Top News of 2015

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M. Noreen VanderBeek obituary

M. Noreen VanderBeek, a retired staff member in the business and finance division, died June 1 at age 96. Services have been held.

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WMU earns top accreditation for landscape management

The University is one of only five organizations the nation to have received accreditation for landscape management and operations under a program established by the Professional Grounds Management Society.

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Dr. Ernest E. Rossi obituary

Dr. Ernest E. Rossi, a former longtime administrator and professor emeritus of political science who retired in 1996, died Aug. 7 at age 86. Services have taken place.

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Maryann Haws-Johnson obituary

MaryAnn Haws-Johnson, a retired coordinator of the Education Library, died May 12 at age 76. She retired in 2002 after 22 years of service to the University.

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Shelley S. Grant obituary

Shelley S. Grant, a retired administrator in the Department of Facilities Management, died April 1 at age 56. She joined the WMU staff in 1992 and retired in 2013 after 21 years of service to the University.

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Judith A. Kirk obituary

Judith A. Kirk, a University Libraries employee, died March 20 at age 57. Kirk had been working at the University for nearly 30 years.

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Leonard E. Srackangast obituary

Leonard E. Srackangast, a retired Department of Facilities Management administrator, died March 8 at age 70. Services have been held.

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ISM student wins $3,000 scholarship

Heather Fabian is the latest integrated supply management student to be awarded a statewide scholarship from the Transportation Club of Detroit.

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New WMU Web presence ready for rollout

The University's Web presence will take on a new look and enhanced usability with a redesign on wmich.edu set to go live July 28. Visitors will notice both aesthetic and navigational changes.

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IT Lab Manager Racine dies, services planned

John W. Racine, a nearly 30-year employee of WMU and IT lab manager, died suddenly July 21. Visitation is set for 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 24, with a service at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25.

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Trustees give OK to med school purchase

Acting at its July 8 meeting, WMU's Board of Trustees gave its seal of approval to a resolution authorizing the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to acquire the physical assets of the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center.

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WMU board adopts new campuswide policy changes

The Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures were first rolled out and implemented as an interim policy in January.

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Dorothy L. Franzen obituary

Dorothy L. (Bladt) Franzen, WMU associate professor emerita of education and professional development, died May 9, at age 91. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Redmond Funeral Home in Kalamazoo.

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Dunn re-elected to head MAC council

Members of the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents, the governing body for the MAC, have selected WMU President John M. Dunn to chair the council for another two-year term.

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Accountancy student receives $10,000 scholarship

Rainie Quang, a senior accountancy major and management minor, recently received a $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Scholarship. She hopes to one day open her own tax preparation business.

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Soga Japan Center receives Champs award

The successful partnership between the Soga Japan Center and Kalamazoo Public Schools earned the center one of this year's eight Champs awards. Michiko Yoshimoto, the center's outreach coordinator, accepted the award.

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Former President Elson Floyd dies in Washington

Dr. Elson S. Floyd died Saturday, June 20, at age 59. Floyd was WMU's president from 1998 to 2003. His tenure was marked by a series of major developments that have had a lasting impact on the campus and community.

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BroncoJobs Web platform gets major makeover

A major upgrade to BroncoJobs has resulted in several new services and system efficiencies for both WMU students and alumni seeking jobs and on- and off-campus employers seeking to fill open positions.

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George William Hobbs obituary

Former WMU coach and professor, George William Hobbs died Thursday, March 12, in Merritt Island, Florida. He was 75. A memorial service is set for Friday, June 12.

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Groundbreaking for Valley Dining Center set

The campus community will gather in Goldsworth Valley at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the new dining facility that will be open for fall 2016.

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Trustees vote to keep WMU's tuition within the state cap

Acting in formal session, WMU trustees approved a recommendation to increase tuition and required fees for 2015-16 by 3.2 percent. A full-time Michigan freshman or sophomore will see a $344 increase over last year.

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Campus visit rekindles a family legacy

The daughter of WMU's second president took a walk down memory lane in April when she returned to campus with her husband and several close family members.

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WMU receives one of six statewide college-access awards

The Michigan College Access Network has presented its inaugural Steward Award to WMU for the University's contributions to increasing the number of Michiganders who earn postsecondary educational credentials.

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WMU sales program nationally recognized for excellence

For the ninth consecutive year, the program has been recognized  by the Sales Education Foundation for preparing students for careers in professional selling and helping to elevate the sales profession.

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Campus compensation project heads for home stretch

The University Staff Compensation Project is moving quickly to completion with new job title guidelines developed and the final assignment of University positions to the new pay structure nearly complete.

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WMU grants near $2.4 million mark in March

Grants to WMU nearly hit the $2.4 million mark in March, pushing the year-to-date total to almost $25 million. Grants for research closed in on $1 million, followed by grants for instruction at almost $800,000.

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Larry E. Syndergaard obituary

Larry E. Syndergaard, WMU professor emeritus of English, died April 15 in Kalamazoo. He was 78. A memorial service and celebration of his life is planned for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, in the Fetzer Center.

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Student honored for leadership, service

WMU junior David Bere of Kalamazoo was named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for being a promising student leader who has demonstrated an investment in his community.

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WMU to offer BSW program in Benton Harbor

Applications are due Friday, May 1, for classes that will begin in September. The unique hybrid program features online learning, limited face-to-face sessions and evening classes.

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Sindecuse Health Center achieves AAAHC accreditation

After going through an extensive assessment and examination process by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Sindecuse Health Center has had its accreditation renewed by the organization.

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WMU grants top $1.5 million mark in January, February

WMU garnered more than $1.5 million in grants in January and February, bringing the year-to-date grant total to more than $22.5 million. Grants for research led the way, totaling more than $1 million.

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College of Fine Arts names new marketing coordinator

Sandra Hillring, a WMU alumna who has previously worked in marketing and public relations for several Kalamazoo organizations, has joined the WMU College of Fine Arts as marketing coordinator.

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WMU among grant winners recognized at 'Americas' summit

A WMU study abroad program numbers among the 10 innovation grant winners that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in conjunction with the Summit of the Americas held April 10 and 11 in Panama City, Panama.

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Dedication scheduled for new main campus icon

The large representation of the University seal installed in the turnaround in front of the Sangren Hall pedestrian mall will be dedicated Friday, April 24. The piece was designed by artist Joshua Diedrich.

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Richard E. Munsterman obituary

Dr. Richard E. Munsterman, former chair and professor emeritus of industrial and manufacturing engineering, died Feb. 4 at age 79. Memorial guestbook entries can be made online.

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Russell J. Grandstaff obituary

Russell J. Grandstaff, professor emeritus of theatre, died Dec. 20, 2014, at age 86. Grandstaff joined the WMU faculty in 1965 and retired in 1991 after 26 years of service to the University.

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Trustees approve 13 retirements, 1 resignation

At its Jan. 22 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees signed off one faculty and 12 staff member retirements. The board also approved one resignation as well as two sabbatical leaves.

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Albert E. Castel III obituary

Albert E. Castel III, professor emeritus of history, died Nov. 14, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio at age 86. Services and interment have occurred. Memorial guestbook entries can be made online.

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WMU student team wins national Wege sustainability prize

The $15,000 prize was awarded by an international panel of judges for the design of the The Local Loop Farm. The team was challenged to work collaboratively across  disciplinary boundaries to create a circular economy.

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Graduate College selects duo to be 2015 fellows

Drs. Julie Apker and Christine Browning have been named Graduate College Faculty Fellows for 2015. Fellows make significant contributions to WMU's graduate education while developing as campus leaders.

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WMU Medieval Institute names new publications director

Dr. Simon Forde, who most recently served as the head of acquisitions at Amsterdam University Press and publisher of the press' European History list, has taken the helm of the Medieval Institute's publishing arm.

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ISM students earn high honors in regional competition

Two teams of students enrolled in WMU's integrated supply management program finished second and sixth overall in a field of 25 at the 2015 APICS Great Lakes District case competition Feb. 20-21.

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Top seniors to be honored as 2015 Presidential Scholars

The top seniors in 47 WMU departments and programs will be recognized during the 35th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation Thursday, March 19. The honorees were selected from more than 6,000 senior students.

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Shirley C. Woodworth obituary

Dr. Shirley C. Woodworth, WMU associate professor emerita of communication, died Thursday, Feb. 26. A visitation and funeral will be held March 13 and 14.

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Judith Peppel obituary

Judith Peppel, a former WMU staff member, died Dec. 30, 2014 in Kalamazoo at age 74. Peppel worked in the Department of Sociology at the time of her retirement in 2005.

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Marjory Spradling obituary

Marjory Spradling, assistant professor emerita of biological sciences, died Feb. 12 at age 92. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the People's Church in Kalamazoo.

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WMU professor recognized for gender-focused research

Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti is the recipient of the University's annual Gender Scholar Award. The award recognizes contributions advancing knowledge in an area of research that has a gender focus.

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Center for Disability Services awarded accreditation

WMU's Center for Disability Services has been accredited for the maximum period of three years for its community integration, service coordination, supported living and adult day service programs by CARF International.

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Memorial service set for H. Nicholas Hamner

Dr. H. Nicholas Hamner, a professor emeritus of history whose career at WMU spanned 36 years, died Feb. 15. He was 92. A memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Kiva Auditorium at Friendship Village.

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Thomas C. Hardie II obituary

Thomas C. Hardie II, a former director of WMU's choirs, died Nov. 15, 2014, at age 93. An open house to celebrate his life will be hosted by the family from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Hardie's home in Chicago.

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WMU introduces Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Education at WMU is now available to all members of the University community who have a wmich.edu email account. The next Cool Tools faculty workshops focusing on the suite take place Feb. 6 and 20.

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Gerontology expert Page-Robin dies

Ellen Page-Robin, professor emerita of community health services, died Jan. 3 in Kalamazoo. She was 82. A memorial service will be held on March 21 in the Kiva Room at Friendship Village, 1400 N. Drake, Kalamazoo.

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WMU closed Monday, Feb. 2, due to severe weather

Except for essential and emergency services, WMU will be closed Monday, Feb. 2, due to severe weather. All classes are canceled. For information on the status of regional locations, visit the Extended University Programs Web page.

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New admissions director to start in February

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.

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Erwin W. Rayford obituary

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.

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WMU Pilot Plants director, researcher dies

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.

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Peggy Seals obituary

Peggy Arlene Seals, a former employee in the WMU residence halls, died Dec. 20. She was 78. A memorial service was held, and guestbook entries can be viewed online.

 

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NASA scientist to present talk on Rosetta Mission

The historic Rosetta Mission will be discussed during a presentation by Dr. Essam Heggy, one of the mission's science team members, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium.

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Former trustee's book sheds light on lobbying

George Franklin, a WMU Trustee from 1989 to 2001 and former Kellogg Co. executive, offers practical knowledge in his book "Raisin Bran and other Cereal Wars: 30 Years of Lobbying for the Most Famous Tiger in the World."