WMU's softball team will host two home weekends in 2014, hosting Miami University April 11 and Ball State University April 12-13, as well as University of Buffalo April 25 and Kent State University April 26-27.
WMU is a partner with the state's other four research universities in a 3.5-year, $1.32 million project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to help boost the number of minority faculty members.
Through the efforts of former WMU President Diether H. Haenicke, WMU was one of the first U.S. universities to award an honorary degree to Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95. That degree was conferred in 1988.
Nearly 1,900 students will graduate from WMU during commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Miller Auditorium.
The WMU Board of Trustees approved a measure to make WMU a tobacco-free campus, effective September 2014. The board also approved apartment rate increases, evaluated President Dunn and granted faculty sabbaticals.
Beverly R. "Penny" David, professor emerita of theatre, died Nov. 19 at age 85. David was an internationally recognized expert on Mark Twain and was the founding administrator of WMU's Direct Encounter With the Arts Program.
WMU's newly appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development Dr. Ming Li will receive the North American Society for Sport Management's Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award this spring.
A team of WMU students earned the Rookie of the Year award at the International Collegiate Sales Competition. Seniors Cody Schievink and Lauren Steele were each awarded $250 at the competition.
WMU's Gamma Rho chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has again earned Superior Status, marking the 30th time in 35 years that the chapter has achieved the designation.
The Sindecuse Health Center will shut down during this year's holiday closure, Thursday through Tuesday, Dec. 26-31. The center's pharmacy also will be changing its operating hours beginning Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
A student team representing WMU's sales and business marketing program took first place overall, besting 37 other schools at the Russ Berrie Institute National Sales Challenge.
WMU's baseball team kicks off its 2014 campaign with a three-game series against Conference USA opponent Memphis Friday through Sunday, Feb. 14-16.
The campus community is invited to enjoy a special holiday meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Bernhard Café. Cash, Dining Dollars, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted at the Bernhard Café cash register.
WMU employees interested in applying for the faculty-staff 2014 summer study abroad program can learn more at an information session at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.