Dr. Richard McAnaw passed away on Oct. 21. McAnaw, 86, professor emeritus of political science, joined the WMU faculty in 1964 and taught at WMU for 35 years before retiring in 1999. He was the founding director of the Center for Public Administration, the forerunner of WMU's School of Public Affairs and Administration, in 1974. In the late 1990s, he served on the Kalamazoo City Charter Review Committee that recommended separate election of mayor and other changes that were adopted last year. McAnaw's family asks that, in his memory, you do something to help someone in need. In lieu of flowers, they suggest a donation to the scholarship fund at the college of your choice to help a deserving student. For more information about how to give directly to the Department of Political Science in Dr. McAnaw's honor, see our giving page.
- Dr. Mark Hurwitz has been named co-principal investigator for the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Innocence Project, a legal clinic that seeks to exonerate people who have been wrongfully convicted of serious crimes. The project was recently awarded a $418,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to continue its vital work.
- Dr. Sushi Datta-Sandhu received a Faculty Achievement Award in Global Engagement from the College of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes her exemplary commitment to global engagement and internationalization, as expressed through research and creative activity; teaching, mentoring, or curriculum transformation; professional service; or a combination of achievements in these areas. Congratulations, Sushi!
- Dr. Karl Hokenmaier was recognized with a Part-time Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. The award acknowledges significant contributions to the learning environment by part-time instructors. It is based on an accumulated record of achievement as a teacher at WMU as evidenced, for example, by student evaluations, peer and supervisor feedback, and letters of support. Dr. Hokenmaier received his PhD from WMU in 2002. Congratulations, Karl!
- David Bere, a political science major, recipient of the Kalamazoo Promise and a studio coordinator in the Office for Sustainability, is one of about 200 undergraduate students nominated by colleges and universities across the country to become 2015 Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. He joins students from universities such as Stanford and Yale who collaborate to develop solutions to quality-of-life issues. Also named WMU's 2015 Student Employee of the Year, Bere is a bike mechanic and non-motorized transportation advocate and volunteers his time to many organizations in the community.
- Stacey Pollard (Ph.D. 2015) serves as a Senior Social Scientist with the US African Command, and was published recently in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
- Michael Romano (Ph.D. 2014) has been appointed assistant professor at Shenandoah University, Virginia, beginning in fall 2015.
- Samuel Gedman, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, recently completed his PhD at the University of Mississippi. He is starting a position as Deputy Director at the County Board of Elections in Durham, NC.
- Kevin Knutson, Master of Arts in Political Science, was presented with the "Make a Difference Award" by Western Michigan University. The award is the highest honor presented to a member of the WMU staff.
- Norris Tweah, Master of International Development Administration, has been appointed Vice President of University Relations at the University of Liberia, Monrovia.
- Angela Peoples, Bachelor of Arts in public law, was featured in the magazine National Journal (access required, but the story is available via the campus network). Angela co-founded GetEQUAL, a grassroots group based in Washington, DC, that advocates on LGBT issues.
- Ashley Horvat, Bachelor of Arts in American public policy, serves as the nation's first-ever public-sector Chief Electric Vehicle Officer.
- Carmen Siciliano, Bachelor of Arts in American public policy, serves as legislative assistant to State Senator Mike Nofs.
- Frank Waters, minor in political science, reminisces about his time at Western Michigan University and how he became the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in Lansing, Mich.
- Tom Lenard, Bachelor of Arts in American public policy, talks about his job as chief of staff for State Senator Jim Ananich (Bronco Legislative Network).