Dr. Stephen M. Wolfinbarger, professor of music, has been named the 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year. Wolfinbarger has been a WMU faculty member since 1986.
Top News of 2013
During its Dec. 5 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees gave its consent to the retirements of 12 faculty members and seven staff members as well as to five faculty resignations and two faculty leaves.
Jane Baas, chair and professor of dance, has been appointed associate dean of the Lee Honors College and will begin her new role Jan. 1, pending approval by the WMU Board of Trustees.
WMU's Science and Mathematics Program Improvement unit has received two grants totaling $529,000 from the National Science Foundation to enhance teaching and help retain students in STEM disciplines.
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.
The annual evaluation of WMU President John M. Dunn, a move to make WMU tobacco free and new apartment rental rates for 2014-15 are all on the agenda for the Dec. 5 Board of Trustees meeting.
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.
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 is embracing a new nationwide program aimed at expanding how higher education views sustainability and transforming the way campuses collect data to document sustainability achievements.
WMU will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to campus and speech at Read Fieldhouse at noon Monday, Dec. 2, in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.
Two sales and business marketing students have earned top honors in a national sales competition, jointly securing more than $10,000 in scholarships and landing WMU a second-place finish.
Dr. Karen M. Lancendorfer, WMU associate professor of marketing, has been elected president of the American Academy of Advertising. She will serve a 3-year term beginning in January.
The Historical Society of Michigan has presented a State History Award to the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project. The award is in the educational programs category.
WMU is exceeding the national average in attracting international students according to the 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which was released Nov. 12.
Dr. Patrick H. Munley, professor and chair of the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at WMU, is the new chair of the Michigan Board of Counseling.
At its Sept. 18 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of nine staff members. Trustees also signed off on one faculty resignation as well as faculty promotions and leaves.
Students from both WMU and Kalamazoo College will have an opportunity for an early admission decision to attend the Western Michigan University School of Medicine through the recently announced WMedStart program.
For the fourth consecutive year, WMU has been named one of nation's best institutions for military veterans pursuing higher education by Military Times EDGE magazine.
Senior Jared Sipes received a Boren Scholarship to spend this fall semester at Saratov State University in Russia, where he is continuing his Russian language studies.
The WMU women's soccer team defeated Ball State Sunday, Nov. 10, in Ypsilanti, Mich., to win their second Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship in a decade. Their last MAC Championship season was in 2003.
John A. Yellich, a geologist with more than 40 years of experience, was appointed director of the Michigan Geological Survey, effective Oct. 2. The survey became part of WMU's Department of Geosciences in 2011.
WMU interior designers Sheri Harper and Julie Lenczycki took home awards from the Association of University Interior Designers, a national interior design competition for higher education facilities.
A multidisciplinary team led by civil and construction engineers has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create one of 33 transportation research centers at colleges across the country.
More than 300 first-year students in the WMU's Haworth College of Business will participate in the service-learning project Saturday, Nov. 2, at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich.
Dr. Fritz Allhoff, associate professor of philosophy, received the grant as part of a collaborative project with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and the Naval Postgraduate School.
Five softball players were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar Athlete Team. This was the fourth consecutive season that at least five WMU players were named to the team.
Dr. Andrew Targowski, professor of business information systems, is the author of a new book, "Harnessing the Power of Wisdom, From Data to Wisdom." The book was published in July.
A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10 signaled the official reopening of the Fountain Plaza by Miller Auditorium. The plaza area underwent a redesign this summer to make it more accessible and inviting.
The WMU School of Medicine celebrated the completion of the addition to its existing 320,000-square-foot building at 300 Portage St. by holding a topping off ceremony Oct. 2 at the downtown Kalamazoo site.
WMU has received a 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity—HEED—award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, the nation's oldest and largest publication that focuses on diversity in higher education.
The W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change has earned a major award for a map initiative that is bringing hyper-accurately geo-referenced maps to market for mobile devices.
The Western View Community Center opened its doors earlier this month, joining the second Western View housing complex that opened in August. A welcome gathering was held Friday, Oct. 4.
The new home for the historical records of southwest Michigan will be formally introduced to the community during a Friday, Oct. 18, dedication of WMU's Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center.
Acting at its Oct. 11 semiannual meeting, the WMU Alumni Association Board of Directors approved a measure to add $1 million in association funds to help turn the core of East Hall into a new alumni center.
By this time next year, WMU will be a "fundamentally changed" institution, WMU President John M. Dunn told a campus audience during his annual State of the University address Oct. 4. Listen to his address here.
WMU's finance program was recently accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute's University Recognition Program. The endorsement includes five annual scholarships for WMU students.
Raymond Bonner, author of "Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong," will be on campus Monday, Oct. 14. He will make a presentation and sign his book from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Bernhard Center's North Ballroom.
As an APICS Scholar, Ashley Moyle will attend conferences and learn valuable information pertaining to supply chain operations management, as well as network with supply chain professionals worldwide.
Two graduates and one student in WMU's Creative Writing Program have won important literary awards that will result in the publication of their works. The award winners are Laura Donnelly, Dustin M. Hoffman and Brandon Krieg.
Drs. Chris L.S. Coryn, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation; Michael A. Famiano, physics; and Kristina Wirtz, anthropology, are recipients of the 2013-14 Emerging Faculty Scholar Award.
Four staff members will receive WMU's annual Make a Difference Award for 2012-13 Friday, Oct. 4. The award is the highest honor the University bestows specifically on non-faculty employees for service excellence.
The annual gathering to review accomplishments and focus on the new academic year will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday. Oct. 4. Faculty and staff members will receive awards for exemplary service and scholarship.
Dr. Daneen Wardrop, longtime faculty member and internationally known poet-scholar, will be formally recognized for her contributions to scholarship at WMU and beyond at the Oct. 4 Academic Convocation.
Dr. Holly J. Nibert, Paul R. Solomon and Dr. Sarah E. Summy will receive Distinguished Teaching Awards at the annual academic convocation, set for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
SHW Group, of Berkley, Mich., the firm that designed Sangren, received the prestigious award presented during AIA-Detroit's annual awards ceremony Sept. 19 at Detroit's Eastern Market.
Drs. Alan E. Kehew and Toni Woolfork-Barnes will be honored during the University's annual Academic Convocation, set for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
The WMU Chorale is runner-up in the 2013 American Prize competition's college and university choral division. The prize is a national contest that annually recognizes the best performing artists in the United States.
Though an overwhelming majority of the campus community views diversity and inclusion as values that are respected and valued at WMU, pockets of concern were identified, setting the agenda for coming initiatives.
Some 200 people, including members of the legal community, attended a ceremony on campus Sept. 17 to witness the formal signing of an affiliation agreement between WMU and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Dr. R. Adam Manley, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences in the career and technical education program, has been appointed to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Through geologic data housed at WMU's Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education, a large, high-grade deposit of potash has been rediscovered. Potash is a mineral that is critical to the agriculture industry.
WMU has been listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top-tier universities among 281 institutions—173 public, 101 private and seven for-profit—that have national standing and are among the nation's best.
Episodes of "The Living Room," hosted and co-produced by Allison Downey, teaching, learning and educational studies, are being aired on Michigan Public Radio stations Thursday, Sept. 5.
WMU has been named by Washington Monthly as one of the top-50 values among national universities and by the PolicyMic blog as one of 12 top universities offering "the best bang for the buck."
Aspiring student entrepreneurs are being sought to take part in a new business accelerator at WMU, called Starting Gate, which will help them grow their innovative business ideas.
WMU has been recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Veterans Affairs as the only school in Michigan to have adopted a set of strategies considered to be best practices for serving veterans.
WMU alumna Katie Eberling has been named the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Women's Bobsled Athlete of the Year. Eberling was honored at an Aug. 11 ceremony.
School of Music alumnus Paul Clifton took home two prestigious awards at the International Horn Society's 45th annual symposium, held July 29-Aug. 3 at the University of Memphis in Tennessee.
WMU's President Dunn and WCCCD's Chancellor Ivery signed a reverse transfer agreement, the most recent addition to a growing partnership between the two schools.
Grand Valley State University and WMU have launched a study to explore the magnitude of family owned businesses in West Michigan. The study will survey over 10,000 small businesses.
Members of the University's governing board signed off on several retirements, resignations and other personnel recommendations during its July 18 board meeting.
University officials have announced that Penny Jernigan, University of North Carolina gymnastics assistant head coach, will fill the position of head coach of the Bronco gymnastics team.
Spanish instructor Hedy Habra has been awarded an honorable mention for her book "Flying Carpets." She will be honored Saturday, Nov. 2, at a reception in Detroit.
WMU is the only school in the Mid-American Conference to earn one of the National Association of Basketball Coaches' inaugural Team Academic Excellence Awards.
WMU trustees have approved an affiliation agreement that will allow the private Thomas M. Cooley Law School to become the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Over the next two years, WMU's campus will be transformed into a series of neighborhoods featuring new and renovated residence halls, enhanced dining facilities, and amenities to support academic success.
Beginning with the 2013 fall semester, WMU will offer the Master of Arts in Leadership for Organizational Learning and Performance at its Metro Detroit and Southwest regional sites.
Recent graduate Amanda Shuman, of Montrose, Mich., was awarded a prestigious Math for America-D.C. Fellowship. The award includes a full scholarship for master's studies and a living stipend.
The WMU chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has received its fifth national award in six years from the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va.
After leading for part of the final day, WMU's solar car, Sunseeker, fell to fifth place after batteries overheated in triple-digit temperatures in Austin, Texas. The race ran June 24-29.
Freshman Mingyuan Yang has taken first place in the International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition. Yang was one of three finalists chosen by an international panel of judges.
Two WMU alumni, Jeffrey Callard and James Earle Canfield, were honored by the American Academy of Physician Assistants at its annual conference, held May 25-29.
Longtime international education professional Dr. Wolfgang F. Schlör has been named the new associate provost for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The appointment is effective Oct. 1.
Daniel Guyette, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washington University, has been named dean of the WMU College of Fine Arts. He replaces Dean Margaret Merrion, who will retire later this month.
Three teams, headed by women's tennis, earn awards from the NCAA, honoring them as being in the top 10 pecent in the nation according to the Academic Progress Rate.
Applicants with extensive military service can join applicants who have a terminal degree or bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of managerial experience in applying for a GRE/GMAT waiver.
Medallion Scholarships are the highest merit-based award that the University bestows on incoming freshmen. A total of 729 seniors from across Michigan and the United States participated in this year's competition.
The WMU sales and business marketing program once again has been named a top university sales program by the Sales Education Foundation. Fewer than 20 universities nationwide share the distinction.
Acting at its June 12 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved recommendations to increase both tuition and required fees at a rate that keeps WMU a best value among Michigan's public universities.
The University has switched to a new emergency alert system, allowing for the transmission of information in text message as well as voice format. Currently registered phone numbers will be transferred to the new system.
WMU is one of 13 top research universities around the nation tapped to conduct a multiyear $4.3 million research effort aimed at determining the impact of organic aerosol materials on climate and air quality.
The Broncoland game, a 3D depiction of the WMU campus, was unveiled during the first day of new student orientation. The game allows players to explore campus and learn about habits that lead to success in college.
Students from WMU's School of Music took home six coveted awards in DownBeat magazine's annual student music competition, third most of any college or university worldwide.
Demetria Jones worked in the in the School of Social Work's field education office from 2012 until her graduation in April. She is among 66 student employees nominated for the honor.
Zheng "Rachel" Wei, graduate student in paper and imaging science and engineering, and Dr. Margaret Joyce, professor of paper and chemical engineering, both earned awards at a recent industry conference.
WMU was named the public sector category winner by the Detroit Free Press in this year's Michigan Green Leader competition. Winners in all categories will be honored at a June 10 event.
Freshman Mingyuan Yang will compete June 27 as one of three finalists in the International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition for young bassoon players.
A team from the computer information systems capstone course earned first place in the second annual Midwest Student Information Systems Project and Case Competition, beating out eight other teams from five universities.
For the fourth consecutive year, WMU has been recognized for its sustainability efforts by Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools.
A summer redesign of Fountain Plaza near Miller Auditorium will result in more green space, seating and shade, with the aim of making the area more informal and inviting. Plans can be seen at fm.wmich.edu/planning.
Two WMU music students took top honors and three others were finalists at the Opera Grand Rapids 2013 Collegiate Vocal Competition earlier this month, competing against students from several other institutions.
Eaton has provided $8,000 to WMU in support of three student engineering teams that will design and develop vehicles to compete against other collegiate teams this year in solar, baja and formula-style races.
Hanna Downs of Novi, Mich., is the sixth WMU student to receive a prestigious Richter Scholarship over the past decade. Downs and fellow 2013 scholarship recipients will be honored at an April 27 dinner.
Business major Sara Simic, working as an intern at Stryker Instruments, designed a website and mobile application that is helping Styker's national sales force.
The WMU College of Aviation is the first collegiate program in the nation to be part of an American Eagle Airlines pilot-hiring program that will allow recent graduates to accrue additional flight hours at their alma mater.
Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, secured a $13,500 award from Google’s Computer Science for High School program to offer a game-design workshop.
The School of Music will hit its 100th anniversary this year as the first university in Michigan to be named an All-Steinway Music School, joining other esteemed schools including the Yale School of Music.
Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid plans to open a state-of-the art 40,000-square-foot facility at WMU's Business Technology and Research Park by early 2014, and expects to have a Kalamazoo employee base of up to 100.
Students were recognized at the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge, winning $10,000 in micro-grants for innovative ideas, including apps to encourage energy savings and track electronics for recycling.
WMU has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction, which recognizes educational institutions acheiving meaningful outcomes in their communities through service.
Dr. Alyce Dickinson, WMU professor of psychology, has been honored for fundamentally advanced understanding and application of behavioral principles in organizational settings.
A WMU team of integrated supply management students was the top-placing undergraduate team in a field of 24 at the recent Great Lakes Region APICS—the Association for Operations Management case competition.
A national non-profit organization has given WMU's career center gold-level certification for 2013 as a place where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students can find career resources.
Brown Hall, the Chemistry Building and Phase I Western View buildings all earned LEED certifications within the past year. Several other campus buildings are in the process of being certified.
A collaboration agreement allowing WMU to offer advanced classes at Wayne County Community College District's Northwest Campus will expand the University's growing presence in southeast Michigan.
Senior Ronald Altman has been chosen to present his paper at a prestigious international conference in April. David Curwen, WMU associate professor of dance, will also present a paper at the conference.
University graduate Taylor Paskin has designed a completely online anatomy and physiology class that employs both a virtual anatomy lab and hands-on lab assignments that students conduct at home.
Brad Baughman and Rebecca Dubord have been collectively awarded $8,500 through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study foreign languages overseas during the 2013-14 academic year.
WMU receives its third consecutive designation as one of the nation's best institutions for military veterans by Military Times Edge magazine and is included on Military Advanced Education's list of "military friendly" schools.