President John M. Dunn will deliver his final State of the University address Friday, Sept. 30. Other activities include sessions focused on teaching and assessment, an awards ceremony and a picnic lunch.
Lawrence Nolan, an alumnus of both WMU and the WMU Cooley Law School, recently became the 82nd president of the State Bar of Michigan, charged with leading the organization's 45,000 members.
Kalamazoo Mayor and WMU alumnus Bobby J. Hopewell will serve as the officiant for the 3:30 p.m. ceremony; Development and Alumni Relations Vice President Tim Terrentine will emcee.
Margaret J. Watson, retired classroom technology consultant, died Sept. 26 at age 61. No formal service is being held, per Watson's wishes.
Student activities planned for Homecoming Week Oct. 3-8 include a spirit competition, food drive, multicultural talent show, and flag football and basketball tournaments.
Gershwin A. Drain and James M. Field will be honored as this year's distinguished alumni during a reception Oct. 7. Advance registration is requested by Sept. 30.
WMU's official overall student enrollment for fall 2016 is 23,252. At 418, the incoming Lee Honors College freshman class is the largest in University history.
Drs. Jennifer Machiorlatti and Lisa Paulius will receive this year's Distinguished Teaching Awards during WMU's Academic Convocation, set for Friday, Sept. 30.
Dr. Jessaca Spybrook, associate professor of educational leadership, research and technology, will receive the 2016-17 Emerging Scholar Award during convocation Friday, Sept. 30.
Dr. Frank R. Olenchak, assistant professor emeritus of education and professional development, died Aug. 24 at age 88.
"Forever Brown and Gold" is WMU's 2016 homecoming theme, and a host of activities will mark this year's Oct. 3-8 celebration, including Family Weekend.
English Professor Elizabeth Bradburn will discuss "Station Eleven" at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. The book's author, Emily St. John Mandel, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The University closed the 2015-16 fiscal year with just over $23.5 million in grants, WMU trustees learned at their Sept. 7 meeting.
Thomas L. Swihart, retired equipment operator for landscape services, died Aug. 24 at age 67. He joined the WMU staff in 1986 and retired in 2010 after 24 years of service to the University.
Seth and Dooley will be honored at Fall Convocation, which is set to begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Bernhard Center.
The events, which are scheduled throughout the fall semester, are intended to encourage discussion about the role of ethics in decision making and moral judgment.
William Pickard will kick off the 2016-17 Distinguished Speaker Series with a talk at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, on "The 7 Principles of Entrepreneurship."
Arthur T. Howson, assistant professor emeritus of education and professional development, died Aug. 15 at age 85.
Danielle Green will present a talk, titled "The Resilience Factor," at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in 2000 Schneider Hall.
The mobile office will be on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Active-duty service members, veterans and military dependents are invited to apply by Saturday, April 1, for the need-based scholarship.
Sheila Atherton, Earl Conner, Stacy L. Thinnes and Cindy Town will be recognized Friday, Sept. 30, as recipients of the Annual Make a Difference Award.
Candidates for four state House of Representatives seats representing Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties will answer questions at a public forum Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at WMU.
Three WMU occupational therapy students have moved into a retirement community to research the communication between residents and their service providers.
Dr. James Croteau died Sept. 18 in Kalamazoo at age 59. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
Consumers Energy recently celebrated the opening of the state's second large-scale solar project, which is located on WMU's campus and produces enough electricity for 200 homes and businesses.
Returning students get their first look at projects that involved installing acres of solar panels, redesigning the Goldworth Valley Pond area, using goats to control vegetation and beautifying Prospect Hill.
WMU students, employees and retirees may get flu shots by appointment now or at outreach clinics in October and November. Students who get vaccinated early may receive their shots for free.
To assist in the implementation, faculty and staff members will receive a quick reference guide in the mail and, if appropriate, be able to participate in enterprise risk management training.
The gifts, made during the year by 16,828 unique donors, constitutes the second-largest gift total the University has recorded in the past 15 years.
Western Wellness is offering two new programs this fall, adding to its efforts to spread health and wellness across the WMU campus.