Senior Joseph Barnett and recent alumnus Stephen John won the prize for their invention, NeoVent, a respiratory support device designed to treat critically ill infants in developing nations.
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Competing against some 350 young aviators from teams representing 29 of the top aviation schools in the nation, the 15-member WMU team came in fourth in flight events and seventh in ground events to place fourth overall.
A ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, will formally mark the installation of a plaque at Kanley that notes the sacrifice of 11 servicemen who died during the war.
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.
WMU's Go West advertising campaign has produced TV commercials that have earned back-to-back silver Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive Visual Arts.
Tyler Payne, Help Desk, was named Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for Michigan by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators.
Junior Sarah Mills is in Panama City this summer with an organization called Movement Exchange to teach dance. Upon her return she wants to start a chapter of Movement Exchange at WMU.
Junior Alex Gibson has been awarded a $16,500 federal scholarship to study Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan, during the the 2015-16 academic year.
Over the past three-plus decades, WMU has tallied more than 150 DownBeat Awards. Results of the 38th annual Student Music Awards will be presented in the magazine's June issue, expected to hit newsstands in mid-May.
The three-year-old company has just moved into a suite in the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, a business incubator for startups in the life sciences.
The International Congress on Medieval Studies is set for May 14-17 at WMU. Those interested in attending the International Congress on Medieval Studies may still register on site.
Campuswide town hall meetings and informational letters mailed to the home of each member of WMU's Staff Compensation System will highlight the rollout next week of the results of the Staff Compensation Project.
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.
FAiST Light Metals opened its office May 1. The company specializes in aluminum die casting, precision machining and surface plating of components for the telecom, automotive, electronics and industrial markets.
The students were recognized as part of the inaugural Trailblazer Student Recognition program, and one student was named Trailblazer of the Year during an April 15 ceremony.
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.
Opportunities for individuals to celebrate their connections to the WMU legacy are available for inclusion in and around the WMU Alumni Center, which is scheduled to open Oct. 23.
Dr. Lillian Brooks is the new regional coordinator for WMU-Lansing. Brooks oversees the academic programs and enrollment activity at WMU's Lansing-area regional location.
Flags on all campuses of WMU will be lowered Friday, May 8, in honor of Navy SEAL Brett Allen Marihugh, of Livonia., who died following a training accident Sunday, April 26.
Tyler Lemke and his team earned the Whirlpool Award for his company, AutoMowticCo. A second WMU team, represented by Kevin Wolf, was named a finalist in the competition
An online, random lottery to determine which 7,000 WMU students will get a free game ticket to the Sept 4. matchup in Waldo Stadium. The registration deadline for the lottery is Monday, Aug. 3.
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.
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.
Four commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 2, in Miller Auditorium for select groups of students. The ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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.
Illumipong, an innovative beer pong table, took top honors at the recent Pitch Competition as well as won the $300 People's Choice Award. The pitch was delivered by Tyler Schramm.
Acting during their April 22 meeting, WMU trustees approved a proposed purchase agreement that will result in the addition of another hangar facility to the College of Aviation campus at Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Airport.
Acting at its April 22 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved a 3.3 percent increase in room and board rates for the 2015-16 academic year to provide continued support for educational campus living facilities.
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.
WMU officials celebrated research excellence at the University and the recent successes of numerous faculty and staff members during an Excellence in Discovery luncheon this winter.
Amanda Barkman and John Schneidenbach each will receive $20,000 over four years to pursue a degree in community and regional planning, geography, or tourism and travel.
The free videos on autism assessment and intervention techniques, developed by Dr. Wayne Fuqua, are available online, with additional videos under development.
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.
The Burris Family Flight Science Scholarship will provide $25,000 per year for a term of four years for a West Michigan Aviation Academy student to pursue a flight science degree at WMU.
Princilla Ursery, who is majoring in clinical mental health counseling and is enrolled in the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse program, was chosen for a coveted addictions counselor fellowship.
University Chorale and new music ensemble Birds on a Wire are featured performers on the newly released album "Contemplating Weather," a collection of works by renowned composer Paul Lansky.
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.
Dr. Jonathan Bush, English, was one of 47 emerging college and university leaders named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year.
Kevin Hines will present a program called "Living Mentally Well" for the 2015 Respecting Differences talk Thursday, April 30, and the 2015 Mental Health Breakfast Friday, May 1.
Season subscriptions are now available and feature discounted tickets and priority access to upcoming shows and events. Single ticket prices and on-sale dates are to be announced.
The University will start Friday, April 24, with a traditional celebration that includes a public tree-planting ceremony. After that, officials will dedicate the new main campus icon.
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.
The South Haven Michigan Lighthouse Logs, a new digital collection, is being created by WMU library science professionals to give a lifelike representation of lighthouse journals spanning the years 1872-1880.
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.
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.
The University community is invited to honor the 12 outstanding staff members who will receive a spring Make a Difference award during a reception at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Bernhard Center.
Patrick T. Randolph has co-written a book called "Cat Got Your Tongue?" to help teachers around the world learn best practices for teaching common but pesky idioms to English learners.
Veteran mathematicians Drs. Gary Chartrand and Ping Zhang co-authored the book, "The Fascinating World of Graph Theory," with Dr. Arthur Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College.
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.
Dr. Linda Reeser will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award during the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan annual conference April 9-10 in Kalamazoo's Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites
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.
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.
The $416,816 grant from the National Institutes of Health will further Dr. James Springstead's research into understanding the underlying biological mechanisms that lead to heart disease.
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.
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.
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.
A five-year-old effort to track the postgraduate activities of WMU alumni has revealed a 90.1 percent rate of active engagement after graduation, with 80.1 percent employed in jobs related to their discipline.
The documentary, produced and directed by Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti and first in a three-part series, will have its local debut at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in 1025 Brown Hall.
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.
Dr. C. James Hueng and Dr. Xiaojun Wang are the recipients of the fourth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant. Each awardee will receive $3,000 to support a research project and publication.
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.
The national Arbor Day Foundation has again recertified WMU as a Tree Campus in recognition of the University's outreach efforts and effective management of its campus trees.
Judith A. Rypma will read from her latest book, a collection of poems titled "Amber Notes," during a public reading at 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, on campus in 3025 Brown Hall.
The team bested the University of Michigan to win the first regional title in its 22-year history. Eight riders will move on to the zone championship March 28 at Morehead State University.
The Mid-year Report, posted online for the third year of the WMU Strategic Plan, finds that the University has embraced strategic planning and is becoming more mature in integrating it into the institutional culture.
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.
The awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters were presented in Lansing March 11. Programs honored included "WestSouthwest" and "Let's Hear It."
Some 5,000 students and community members will be on campus for WMU's annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, on the second floor of the Bernhard Center.
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.
Grants for public service topped other categories, nearly reaching $1.5 million. Grants for research closed in on $1 million, while grants for instruction came in at $588,025.
Miller was elected to a four-year term on the board of directors of the WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is an alumnus of both Cooley Law School and WMU.
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.
Four more programs were named among the top 100 in their discipline, according to the rankings, which were released March 10. Another eight programs were also highly rated.
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.
Steve Zegree died in Bloomington, Indiana, March 7. He retired from WMU in 2012, ending 34 years as a professor of music and mentor to the vocal jazz group Gold Company.
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.
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.
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.
Lee enjoyed a strong relationship with the University, serving on the board of the WMU Foundation and actively supporting a number of initiatives. A memorial service is planned for March 14.
WMU's Food Marketing Conference will celebrate its 50th anniversary March 16 and 17 with one of the best programs in its long history. Online registration is open.
Nominations will be accepted through March 16 for the first Sustainability Champion Awards. Students, faculty and staff may be nominated. Honorees will be announced April 16.
With the signing of the agreement with Bay de Noc Community College, WMU became only the second school in the state to have reverse transfer agreements with all 28 community colleges in Michigan.
The contributions of part-time faculty members will be honored as WMU holds its first Part-time Instructors Appreciation Week Monday through Friday, Feb. 23-27.
WMU's Office of Facilities Management has completed a yearlong effort to become certified for its commercial and institutional cleaning services, becoming the first higher education institution in the Midwest to do so.
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.
WMU's integrated supply management program was recently named second in the nation by Software Advice for its emphasis on teaching technology, software and quantitative tools in an undergraduate program.
The School of Music will present a tribute concert in memory of Curtis Curtis-Smith, professor of music, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Dr. Jonathan Bush and Dr. Sherine Obare were appointed effective immediately, according to a message to faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Evan Clifton, a finalist in the Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition, will travel to Valencia, Spain, in July to compete for a 2,000 euro gift certificate toward a new trombone.
The Mid-American Conference recognized 15 fall student athletes from WMU as distinguished scholars for excelling in athletics and academics during the 2014-15 season.
The $2 million gift will establish the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professorship and endow a new Medallion Scholarship for students in the fine arts.
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.
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.
Hearit's appointment to the post is effective immediately, while a national search is conducted to identify a new arts and sciences dean. He was previously associate dean of the college.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji will become dean effective July 1 pending approval by the WMU Board of Trustees, which is expected to act on the recommendation at its next meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two dozen students were on hand Jan. 7 for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's announcement that the program had won the Sprint Program Excellence Award.
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."