WMU News

Gifts and grants reported to trustees

May 4, 2005

KALAMAZOO--During the first three months of 2005, Western Michigan University received gifts totaling more than $4.2 million and grants valued at more than $5.3 million, according to reports made at the April 22 meeting of the WMU Board of Trustees.

The university received more than $4.2 million in gifts, including $1,683,444 in January, $668,478 in February and $1,890,256 in March. The newly reported amounts raised the total received during the first nine months of the university's 2004-05 fiscal year, through March 31, 2005, to $14,311,451.

WMU received $5,327,212 in grants during January, February and March. The new awards bring the total of grants received since the July 1 start of the 2004-05 fiscal year to $25,489,911.

Notable awards during the period included grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Departments of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as well as the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, the Wallace Foundation and Haworth Inc.

Major awards included a $1 million grant to Dr. Clement Burns, associate professor of physics, to build a dedicated beamline at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source and $315,000 to Dr. Daniel Kujawski, professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, from the U.S. Department of Defense to investigate fatigue damage and crack growth processes in structural materials and alloys.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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