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Top News of 2016
Dr. Fredrick J. Dobney, former WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, died Aug. 19 at his home in Brighton. He was 72.
The Valley Dining Center, which features nine micro-restaurants and a café, is set to open for normal business operations beginning Friday, Sept. 2
A photo of J. Gabriel Ware taken by WMU photographer Mike Lanka was selected by the Phi Kappa Phi honor society as first place winner in its Spring 2016 Graduation Photo Contest.
In her new role, Courtney Clancy will work with the Gwen Frostic School of Art, the School of Music and the departments of Dance and Theatre.
WMU is moving forward with plans to open its new Department of Physical Therapy with the hire of Dr. Stacie J. Fruth as founding chair and program director.
Dr. Alan D. Poling will receive this year's International Humanitarian Award from the American Psychological Association for his work with landmine-detecting rats.
Heritage Hall's renovation, completed in October 2015, transformed it into one of the most efficient and environmentally sophisticated buildings in Southwest Michigan.
Thomas J. Carr, former associate vice president for operations of the Office of Business and Finance, died July 15 at age 87.
Timothy R. Terrentine Sr., who currently serves as executive vice president of Southwest Michigan First, will begin the new position effective Aug. 22.
The school anticipates gaining full accreditation status from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in February 2018, prior to the graduation of its inaugural class.
WMU's sales and business marketing program has once again been identified by the Sales Education Foundation as a top sales program among universities.
WMU passed the $1.6 million mark in externally funded awards in April and May, pushing the year-to-date total above $21 million since the start of the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Capt. Russell Kavalhuna, executive director of flight operations, is in Little Rock, Arkansas, to take part in the graduation of the 2016 Class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program.
Robert Campbell, a retired financial services specialist in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, died June 11 at age 69.
WMU's Board of Trustees approved the tenure of 20 faculty members and promotions of 40 faculty members at its June 29 meeting.
Marcia L. Thompson, a retired human resources assistant, died April 20 at age 67. She joined the WMU staff in 1997 and retired in 2010 after 13 years of service to the University.
A U.S. passport acceptance facility for campus and local community members opened July 5 in WMU's Ellsworth Hall.
Dr. Leander C. Jones, emeritus professor of Africana Studies, died July 2 at age 81. Visitation and a Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity service is set for July 8, with a memorial service scheduled for noon July 9.
Buba, Cinnamon, Diva and seven other goats will be on campus for a week starting Sunday, July 10, to test their viability for controlling invasive plant species.
Florida's Commission for Independent Education has approved two provisional licenses, paving the way for WMU to offer aviation and several other academic programs in the state.
Onsi Fares, former language specialist in the Career English Language Center for International Studies, died April 29 at age 91.
Ronald E. Hall and Charles C. Warfield were instrumental in the founding of WMU's celebrated Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Norma Cook, a retired staff member in Dining Services, died June 22 at age 94. A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 6.
The 11th annual BTR Park Bike Race Saturday, July 9, includes 11 events with state championship races for women, masters and juniors as well as a free kid’s race.
The newly approved and balanced budget includes a 2.43 percent increase of $9.4 million in both total revenue and expenses, as compared with last year's budget.
Acting in formal session, WMU's Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to increase tuition and required fees for 2016-17 by 4.19 percent.
Beginning this fall, WMU will offer new majors in business analytics and business law, addressing growing student interest and increasing industry demand for professionals in those areas.
The team has been awarded a $161,802 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to study changing speed limits on Michigan interstate freeways.
Dr. Donald F. Sellin, professor emeritus of special education, died May 16 at age 82. He joined the faculty in 1969 and retired in 1990 after 21 years of service to the University.
Dr. Terrence M. Curran has been appointed WMU's associate provost for enrollment management following a nationwide search.
The competitive Global Ambassadors Scholarship annually supports early-career study abroad experiences for 100 eligible incoming freshmen.
Berwin H. Bergman, a retired carpet and tile layer, died May 28, at age 75. He joined the staff in 1986 and retired in 2002 after 16 years of service to the University.
The funding enables the Michigan Geological Survey at WMU to do vital work to assess, protect and carefully develop Michigan's vital natural resources.
Graduation exercises, tailored for students in specific academic programs, have been set for 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in Miller Auditorium.
Arthur W. Parker Jr., a retired press operator in what was Brink Printing Services, died May 7 at age 83. He joined the staff in 1966 and retired in 1994 after 28 years of service.
Judy K. Dunn, a retired athletic equipment handler, died April 27 at age 74. She joined the WMU staff in 1974 and retired in 2002 after more than 27 years of service to the University.
Shacara Burrell, Karina Ortiz-Pacheco and Laura Pacheco del Castillo are the recipients of the scholarships, offered on a competitive basis to exceptional students enrolled in graduate programs.
Dr. Bernadine "Penny" Carlson, professor emerita of English, died May 17 at age 97. A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo.
The University will soon begin work on a 67,000-square-foot addition and renovation that will allow its College of Aviation to prepare more students for the future demands of the aviation industry.
Dr. Philip E. Kaldon, physics, died Wednesday, April 20, at age 57. He had been teaching at WMU since 1992.
Three new officers and seven directors comprise the senate's new leadership team. Most of the members will serve two-year terms, through 2018.
Each student athlete has earned at least a 3.2 grade point average and has participated in at least 50 percent of the season's games.
Warfield was a faculty member in the College of Education for 41 years, retiring in 2013 as associate professor emeritus of educational leadership, research and technology.
Medallion Scholarships are the highest merit-based award WMU can bestow on an incoming freshman. They constitute one of the largest merit-based awards in American higher education.
Hall, a 1965 alumnus of WMU, died Wednesday, June 1, after an extended illness. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, in Detroit.
The agreement will allow incoming law students to take 15 credits worth of law classes on WMU's main campus, beginning with the fall 2016 semester.
Dr. Satish Deshpande has been appointed as interim dean of the Haworth College of Business, and Jane Baas will take the reins of the Lee Honors College.
Ursula Barrett, retired staff member in Burnhams Dining Services, died May 8 at age 76. She joined the WMU staff in 1980 and retired in 2006 after almost 26 years of service.
WMU's precision flight team, the Sky Broncos participated in the 2016 National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship, held May 9-14 at Ohio State University.
Stephen Anthony Williams has been named the new general manager of WMU's public radio station, effective July 1.
Dorene Lois Scheffers, a retired receptionist who most recently worked in Graduate College admissions, died April 17 at age 77.
Dr. Lee Penyak comes to WMU from the University of Scranton, where he has served in multiple roles since 2000. He joins the Office of Study Abroad May 23.
WMU music students continue their streak of winning multiple awards in DownBeat's annual Student Music Awards, taking five prizes in this year's contest.
Paule Miller, associate professor emeritus of languages and linguistics, died May 1 at age 91. A celebration of her life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, in Kalamazoo.
High-achieving Michigan high school students have been awarded scholarships worth $15,000 annually over four years.
Joshua Teo, a graduate research assistant studying mechanical engineering, received the award for his invention Durabilika, an interactive cloud-based durability analysis software.
Julie K. TerMeer, a staff member in the Sindecuse Health Center, died May 11 at age 44. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17.
Doretha E. "Corey" Mortimore, a former director of the Annual Fund, died March 20 at age 73. Mortimore joined the staff in 1972 and resigned in 1989 after 17 years of service.
Legrand, who has written the scores for more than 200 films and television shows, was awarded the degree during a May 11 ceremony.
Senior Tirrea Billings' documentary reflects the talents of two—her own and those of recent graduate and painter Johnson Simon.
Awardees included faculty and staff from the Center for Disability Services and departments of civil and construction engineering, statistics and psychology.
Sophia Julia Marvin, a retired data operator, died April 9 at age 94. She retired in 1983 after 10 years of service to the University.
Dunn and Dr. Wolfgang Schlör will speak during a Friday, May 6, session focused on educational opportunities for young people in the Arab World.
The 2016 class of Presidential Scholars come from across Michigan as well as other states and demonstrate the outstanding academic and artistic capabilities of the University's student body.
Eugene M. Bernstein, a former chair of the Department of Physics, died Feb. 20 at age 85. He retired in 1992 after almost 24 years of service to the University.
The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies is set for Thursday through Sunday, May 12-15, on WMU's campus.
The product, Jacket 360, was invented and pitched by Cody Middleton, a senior from Grand Blanc. Middleton was awarded $1,700.
Of the 25 finalists in the Trailblazer Student Recognition program, Robert Nyhuis, a marketing and management major, was honored as Trailblazer of the Year.
Dr. Carla M. Koretsky, professor of geosciences and dean of WMU's Lee Honors College, will become the dean of WMU's College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.
The graduates are set to receive their diplomas April 30 and embark on new careers in high-tech, professional music production.
Kalamazoo County College Signing Day will take place starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, in WMU's University Arena.
A joint Arbor Day celebration will be held Friday, April 29, by WMU and the city of Kalamazoo at two locations.
Services for Eleanor Rose Samson will be held at noon on Monday, May 2, in Portage and at noon on Tuesday, May 3, in Muskegon.
Robert "Rob" E. Fedorchak, a former maintenance services staff member, died April 14 at age 69. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28.
The anonymous gift and another $25,000 gift from Kalamazoo's Advia Foundation are the basis for a new WMU-KPS Future Educators Program.
For a student living in a traditional residence hall and selecting a 15-meal plan, the new rates will translate to an increase of $315 for the full academic year.
Graduation exercises, tailored for students in specific academic programs, have been set for 9 a.m. and 12:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Miller Auditorium.
Dr. Robert L. Smith, professor emeritus of communication, died April 11 at age 82. He retired in 1996 after 31 years of service to the University.
The fifth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant has been awarded to Dr. Victor Xiong.
Dr. Alfred Balkin, professor emeritus of education and professional development, died March 23 at the age of 84.
Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson, professor emeritus of psychology, died Feb 28 at the age of 90. He retired in 1998 after 37 years of service.
Evaline Sue Marks, a former Dining Services staff member, died March 26 at age 68. She retired in 2002 after 33 years of service.
Aaron McClendon has earned the $10,000 Gary L. Buffington Scholarship and the $5,000 R. Gene Richter Scholarship.
Dr. Andrea Beach and Monica Liggins-Abrams were in Washington April 4 for an annual meeting related to U.S. Department of Education's First in the World Program.
For the second consecutive year, WMU has been honored by the Michigan College Access Network for its work in expanding and ensuring college access and success.
Timothy E. Kahler, a retired landscape services staff member, died April 7 at age 69. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 18, with visitation starting at noon.
Dr. David F. Sadler, an emeritus English professor, died March 5 at age 93. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
Sue Ellen Christian was recognized by the Michigan Association of State Universities as one of the state's three recipients of the award.
WMU will present its spring Semiannual Make a Difference Award to 14 employees during a recognition reception at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.
WMU was the only school in Michigan selected for the National Transfer Honor Roll by Phi Theta Kappa, the world's largest honor society for community college students.
Scott Zimmer will present Kalamazoo County's 2016 Respecting Differences talk Wednesday, April 13, in Chenery Auditorium.
Tirrea Billings, a student in the School of Communication, won the award in the 2016 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.
Dr. Janet E. Stillwell, a former associate dean of fine arts, died March 29 at age 79. A tribute will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Dalton Center lobby.
The year-to-date total for externally funded awards is nearly $17.5 million since the July 1 start of the current fiscal year.
The annual scholarship fundraising dinner in honor of civil rights leader César E. Chávez is set for Saturday, April 2.
The 13 dance students will perform "The Illusion Has Been Just a Dream," a work choreographed by WMU Associate Professor of Dance Carolyn Pavlik.
Some 6,000 students and community members will gather Sunday, April 3, to enjoy the music, foods, fashions and traditional dances of 19 cultures represented at WMU.
Fifty of WMU's most outstanding scholars and artists were chosen from this year's senior class of more than 6,500 students.
Trustees unanimously adopted the Gold Standard 2020, a five-year strategic plan designed to build on the three-year strategic planning period that just concluded.
Dr. Jana K. Schulman, professor of English and director of the WMU Medieval Institute will use the $180,000 award to offer a summer institute on teaching "Beowulf."
Nicolas Theoret, a senior in mechanical engineering, participated in the Magna Student Innovation Challenge.
Capt. Russell Kavalhuna will take part in a six-month national leadership development effort called the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program.
The award was bestowed by INSIGHT into Diversity, the oldest and best known publication devoted to diversity in higher education.
The filmmaker will talk about the issues facing Flint, Michigan, disinvestment in low-income communities and other topics Wednesday, April 6.
All seven of WMU's top-100 programs are part of the University's celebrated College of Health and Human Services.
The WMU Title IX Sexual Misconduct and Safety Survey will run from March 21 to April 8, allowing University officials to pinpoint areas of concern that students have.
Dan G. Malley, a retired WMU custodian, died March 2 at age 68. He retired in 2012 after 12 years of service to the University.
Summer camp offerings range from athletics to entrepreneurship to theatre. A full list is available online at wmich.edu/admissions/camps.
Flor De Lys Houston, a retired library assistant at Waldo Library, died Feb. 16 at age 95. She retired in 1985 after 16 years of service to the University
Anthony A. Gioia, a retired professor of mathematics, died Jan. 4 at age 81. He retired in 1996 after 30 years of service to the University.
Anthony Helms will be presented with the award and deliver a keynote address at the 2016 ALD National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C, in October.
Idella L. Anderson, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Nov. 8, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1985 after 21 years of service to the University
Daniel Tinkler, a retired power plan operating engineer, died Aug. 31, 2015, at age 67. Memorial gifts may be made to the Almena United Methodist Church Helping Hands Fund.
The video, "Memories of East Campus," produced by Kalamazoo firm Rhino Media, won an Addy award from the American Advertising Federation of West Michigan.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers received the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
For the second year, Dr. Fritz Allhoff, associate professor of philosophy, has led the delegation to western Alaska.
Bryan Birchmeier, a senior working in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and Carolyn Smith, assistant director of admissions, were honored Feb. 29.
The Bronco Force Supply Chain Services Group will offer sourcing solutions for companies with limited purchasing resources.
The WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society is celebrating three decades in existence by staging a new bioethics conference and a salute to Dr. Michael Pritchard.
Miller Auditorium has announced its 2016-17 lineup, which also includes performances of "Dirty Dancing" and "Rent." Season subscriptions are available now.
The closure is for the Tuesday evening hours only and begins at 5 p.m. Some events on campus will still take place.
Carl F. Shuster, retired director of the pilot plants in the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering, died Feb. 8 at age 87.
A second draft of WMU's revised strategic plan is available for review at wmich.edu/strategic. An open forum is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.
All classes are canceled. For information on the status of regional locations, visit the Extended University Programs Web page.
The closure is for the Wednesday evening hours only and begins at 5 p.m. Several events on campus will still take place.
The listing of the top 100 universities for supply chain education was produced by SCM World, a cross-industry learning community.
Emilie A. Garrity, retired utility food person in Walwood Union, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, at age 104.
The special forum is set for 7 p.m. tonight in the Bernhard Center. It will be streamed live online and will be available for 10 days.
Eugene L. Keller, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Monday, Feb. 15, at age 91. A visitation is planned for Feb. 21 with a funeral mass Feb. 22.
A community open house is planned for 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the foundation's new location, 820 Rankin Ave.
Fotoula "Tulla Kaz" Kazanowski, a retired senior administrative assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences, died Jan. 7 at age 89.
An information session for the new degree program is slated for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at WMU’s Grand Rapids Downtown regional location.
Jane Walter, a retired scanning machine operator, died Nov. 25, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1987 after 14 years of service to the University.
Shirley R. Miars, a retired statistician in the Registrar's Office, died Nov. 17, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1987 after 12 years of continuous service to the University.
Michel Legrand will receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in May while in Kalamazoo to perform at the 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival.
Kenneth V. Miller of Kalamazoo and Jeffrey Rinvelt of Ann Arbor have been elected chair and vice chair, respectively. Kahler B. Schuemann was elected secretary to the board.
Dr. Beverly J. Vandiver has been appointed the incoming editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology. The journal is published six times each year.
WMU has agreed to partner with Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities by boosting the value of individual awards made by the organization's Arab American Scholarship Foundation Program.
WMU has a growing number of educational opportunities and resources inside and outside the classroom designed to support and produce the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The Seita Scholars coaching program, for youths who have aged out of foster care to be successful in college, has become a model with broader applications.
Robert Jack Smith, professor emeritus and chair of anthropology died Jan. 31. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 6.
Campus efforts toward promoting diversity and inclusion will be recognized at the University’s first Spring Convocation at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Fetzer Center.
Dr. Jessaca Spybrook looks to plan studies that can better assess how well professional development initiatives for science teachers are working.
Marian Tripplett and Dr. Dee Ann Sherwood, both of the School of Social Work, will receive the the Innovative Teaching Award at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Fetzer Center.
Jim Tripp, a painter/glazier, died Dec. 25, 2015, at age 62. An open house to celebrate his life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.
John J. Pruis, a former WMU vice president, professor and secretary to the Board of Trustees, died Friday, Jan. 15, at age 92.
George Kremer, a veteran low-vision professional is serving southwest Michigan residents as well as campus community in his new role.
Dr. Lambert R. VanderKooi, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died Nov. 17, 2015, at age 80. Services have been held.
Michael "Woody" Woodhams, former electrician in maintenance services, died Jan. 19. A memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 25.
The terms of the new agreements are already enabling the delivery this semester of two upper-level law classes on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo.
Janice S. Weaver, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Dec. 30, 2015, at age 68. Services have been held. A message book is available online.
Marvin "Geno" Milkovich, a former carpet cleaner, died Dec. 24 at age 83. A private graveside service is to be held.
Robert "Herb" Williams of Kalamazoo died Saturday, Jan. 16, in Battle Creek. A visitation is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.
College of Aviation researchers will use the grants to study weather information systems with the aim of improving general aviation safety.
Melissa Scheid, a second year physician assistant student, was awarded a $1000 scholarship by the Michigan Physician Assistant Foundation.
Elton Mayo, a former member of the Facilities Management staff, died Jan. 26, 2015, at age 83. Arrangements were handled by Life Story Funeral Homes-Betzler.
Joseph T. MacLean, former manager of the WMU Bookstore, died Sept. 11, 2015, at age 77. Services have been held.
Most board meetings are held on campus in the Bernhard Center at 11 a.m., but the 2016 schedule may be modified as necessary.
Edward W. Randt Jr., a retired journeyman plumber, died Dec. 24 at age 77. Visitation and the funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 and 11 a.m., respectively.
John "Bokey" D. Satterfield Jr., a retired maintenance services manager, died Dec. 29 at age 73. A visitation is set for Jan. 8 with a service on Jan. 9.
Results for the annual American Prize competition were announced Dec. 30 by the Connecticut-based nonprofit organization.