Top News of 2013

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WMU among earliest schools to award Mandela honorary degree

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.

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WMU dean earns international service award

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.

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Student sales team nets 'Rookie of the Year' award

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.

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Business students win national sales challenge

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.

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Archaeological project earns state award

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.

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Trustees approve retirements, faculty personnel moves

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.

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WMU School of Medicine announces early decision program

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.

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Women's soccer team clinches MAC tournament championship

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.

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New director named for Michigan Geological Survey

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.

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WMU interior designers bring home national honors

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.

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WMU softball players named scholar athletes

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.

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Fountain Plaza reopens after summer improvements

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.

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Community celebrates medical school renovation milestone

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.

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Western View expansion, community center opens

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.

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Dedication set for Zhang Legacy Collections Center

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.

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Author to speak as part of Universitywide Common Read

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.

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Three from WMU Creative Writing Program win literary awards

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.

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WMU to recognize top staff members for outstanding service

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.

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WMU academic convocation launches 2013-14 academic year

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.

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Chorale earns second place in national competition

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.

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Alumna honored as bobsled athlete

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.

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New head coach for Bronco gymnastics named

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.

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WMU's sales program again recognized for excellence

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.

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New campus emergency communication system in place

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.

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Students earn top honors in regional competition

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.

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Eaton sponsoring, mentoring WMU engineering students

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.

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Newell Rubbermaid to build at BTR Park

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.

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WMU service-learning, community work wins national praise

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.

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Office earns LGBT career center certification

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.

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Two more students earn prestigious Gilman scholarships

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.

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WMU once again among nation's 'Best for Vets' colleges

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.