Dachea Hill, an administrator at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, will be WMU's new director of admissions beginning Feb. 9. She will succeed Penny Bundy, who is now the University's director of graduate admissions.
Eight critical issues will be examined Feb. 2 through March 23 during the 2015 Great Decisions Series, a partnership between WMU and the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.
The PBS documentary "Hawking," a personal biography of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in Room 1110 Rood Hall.
Erwin W. Rayford, retired professor of industrial technology and education, died June 18, 2014, at age 94. Services have been held, and memorial guestbook entries can be made online.
James F. Hettinger of Fennville and Kenneth Miller of Kalamazoo were elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of WMU's Board of Trustees at the board's Jan. 22 meeting.
Deanna Dudley of Matteson, Illinois, was selected to receive the Gilman Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.
Joel Kendrick, a leader in boosting recycling efforts in the fast food and packaging industries, died Monday, Jan. 19, at age 56. Services are set for Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24.
An enhancement to the system that makes access to alerts available for WMU's eight regional locations was recently activated. The alerts notify members of the WMU community to emergencies and campus closures.
WMU's Board of Trustees approved the retirements of 13 faculty and staff members as well as the resignations of six faculty members during its Dec. 18 meeting.
Trustees have granted sabbatical leaves to 36 faculty members. The leaves are for the fall 2015 semester, spring 2016 semester and the 2015-16 academic year.
A dual effort between WMU and KVCC, the 96-credit-hour program will have a rigorous science base as well as sustainability, marketing and culture courses. The major will be offered beginning fall 2015.
Anita Hill will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Kalamazoo's Chenery Auditorium. The documentary "Anita: Speaking Truth to Power" also will be shown at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Nellie Hermann, author of the novel "The Cure for Grief," will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. This event has been canceled due to illness and may be rescheduled for a later date.
The University will mark the end of its campus United Way campaign with a celebration at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Gilmore Theatre Complex Atrium. More than 93 percent of the campaign goal has been raised.
Many events are planned at WMU and around the Kalamazoo community in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including a convocation, march, day of service, educational programs and presentations.
WMU's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Interim Policy and Procedures will remain in effect until a final version of the policy is in place for fall 2015.