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February 2008 WMU News Archive
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Spring recess hours for campus services (Feb. 29) WMU offices open normal hours, many campus services on reduced hours through March 9 start of classes.

Dunn decries injustice of university funding formula (Feb. 28) President Dunn critical at state senate hearing of governor's proposed funding formula.

Students can get $5 "Mamma Mia!" tickets (Feb. 28) WMU students can buy a $5 ticket to one of four performances of "Mamma Mia!" at Miller Auditorium.

Reitz again earns Academic All-American (Feb. 27) Basketball standout and finance major Joe Reitz among a handful to earn Academic All-American honors twice.

Chinese pianist closes young artists series (Feb. 27) Chu-Fang Huang performs Scarlatti, Schumann, Ravel and Chinese composer Chu Wang-Hua Sunday, March 9.

WMU challenges 13 other colleges in Gift of Life (Feb. 26) Students, faculty, staff, friends encouraged to sign up for organ donation online by Monday end of competition.

Campus network outages Friday morning (Feb. 26) Service interruptions between 3 and 7 a.m. include Internet access, GoWMU, webmail, e-learning, other systems.

Poet headline's Whitney Young Award program (Feb. 25) Dr. Kwame Dawes keynotes program Wednesday at College of Health and Human Services.

Art exhibit offers an interpretive look at pollution (Feb. 25) Original exhibit "Losing Blue" opens Thursday, continues through March 22 in Richmond Center.

Grad student falls for older man at Little Theatre (Feb. 25) Kalamazoo Film Society presents "Starting Out in the Evening" Friday through Sunday, March 7-9.

Local youths join Grand Rapids Ballet in "Peter Pan" (Feb. 25) Tickets on sale for single performance of "Peter Pan" Wednesday, March 19, in Miller Auditorium.

Detailed course information available to all (Feb. 22) New online service puts course schedules, descriptions, real-time availability in one location.

Mock trial team advances to national competition (Feb. 22) Fifth time WMU team qualifies for American Mock Trial Association national tournament.

Visiting scholar addresses development and globalization (Feb. 22) University of Illinois' Dr. Hadi Saleh Esfahani next in Sichel Lecture Series Wednesday.

Jazz flutist, pianist headline Tuesday concert in Dalton (Feb. 22) Holly Hofmann and Mike Wofford joined by WMU's Tom Knific and Tim Froncek.

Mediation, not litigation is focus of presentation (Feb. 22) Veteran mediator, lawyer next in Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series Friday, Feb. 29.

"Building Reading Confidence in Adolescents" (Feb. 22) Drs. Lauren Freedman and Karen Thomas contribute to new book with fresh insight into self-efficacy and reading.

Three honored by American Music Therapy Association (Feb. 22) Brian Wilson, Mary Scovel get lifetime achievement awards, Dr. David Smith earns Award of Merit.

Alumnus performs with "Mamma Mia!" at Miller (Feb. 22) WMU alumnus Chris Sargent joins Miller Auditorium run of "Mamma Mia!" Feb. 26 through March 2.

English majors to present work at national convention (Feb. 21) Sigma Tau Delta honor society members selected to present work in Louisville.

Nearly 300 high school students attending CPA event (Feb. 21) High school students explore careers in accounting with WMU faculty and professionals Friday.

Gold Company performing at choral convention (Feb. 21) Gold Company gives two featured performances at the ACDA Convention in Grand Rapids.

Health care, cultural clashes are focus of speech (Feb. 21) Dr. Ia Kue presentation Wednesday based on book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down."

Talk focuses on vets with post traumatic stress disorder (Feb. 21) Sessions for WMU faculty and staff on PTSD Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 29.

Leon Edward "Bus" Burgoyne (Feb. 21) Retired career services staff member died Jan. 27.

Playwright Lisa Kron next in Frostic Readings (Feb. 20) Day and location of Kron's reading changed to Monday at Epic Center Theatre on Kalamazoo Mall.

E-mail survey results released (Feb. 20) Nearly 1,400 participate in survey, including 847 students. Participants choose which of 41 potential features are important to them.

Students reprise "Vagina Monologues" this weekend (Feb. 19) Tenth annual student performances staged in Dalton Center Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteers needed for goalball tournament (Feb. 19) U.S. goalball season for visually impaired gets under way with tournament March 1-2 at WMU.

Film reveals the consequences of Agent Orange (Feb. 19) Free screening of "The Last Ghost of War" followed by panel discussion Wednesday night at Little Theatre.

Lost Film Fest coming to Little Theatre (Feb. 18) Pie fights with police, riot footage and "culture jamming" featured in unusual film festival Monday, Feb. 25.

Miller and Martin elected to lead trustees (Feb. 18) Kenneth Miller and William Martin elected to serve for 2008 as chair and vice chair, respectively.

Teacher certification partnership aids K College students (Feb. 18) Agreement with Kalamazoo College puts K students on a fast track for teacher certification.

WMU to join Park Trades community of artists (Feb. 18) Fifteen art faculty members will join growing community of artists with studios in downtown building.

Trustees approve retirements (Feb. 18) Retirements of three faculty members, two staff members approved.

How to learn about campus emergencies (Feb. 18) Where to get first alerts, visit Emergency Preparedness on the Web for detailed campus emergency plans.

Grant helps students learn about federal jobs (Feb. 15) WMU one of five universities launching program to help students learn about federal jobs and internships.

Basketball versus CMU highlights Women's Sports Expo (Feb. 15) Expo in conjunction with Girls and Women in Sports Day precedes Feb. 23 basketball game.

Dunn pledges support for NIU students, colleagues (Feb. 15) President Dunn issues message to WMU community in wake of Northern Illinois tragedy.

Presentation looks at Hindus in Kalamazoo (Feb. 15) Dr. Nancy Falk's talk, rescheduled from January, will be held in the Heinig Emeriti Lounge Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Three students receive supply management awards (Feb. 14) Seniors Marie Chapman and Derrick Lasecki, freshman Matilda Shaw among 13 winners nationwide.

Class using digital technology to experience Black history (Feb. 14) Students attend online class as characters in a virtual 19th-century African village.

Visiting scholar will discuss Israeli- Palestinian conflict (Feb. 14) Ben-Gurion University's Dr. Neve Gordon, author of "Israel's Occupation" speaks Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Need-based financial aid available for study abroad (Feb. 14) Applications due by March 1 for summer study abroad scholarships for qualifying students.

Merit Network makes first e-mail presentation (Feb. 13) Merit Network makes open campus presentation of its e-mail services Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Fetzer Center.

Industry leaders hit campus for technology expo (Feb. 13) Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, others at TotalTech expo in Bernhard Feb. 21-22.

Innovative teaching expert speaks here Tuesday (Feb. 13) Billy Staples gives free, public presentation Tuesday evening in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.

Western Brass Quintet presents afternoon concert (Feb. 13) Faculty Artists Series continues with brass quintet on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 24, in Dalton.

Spring Frostic Series begins with poet Carl Phillips (Feb. 13) Author of "Quiver of Arrows" and "Riding Westward" reads from his work Monday at Little Theatre.

New Issues poets offer readings at Little Theatre (Feb. 13) Frostic Reading Series presents poets David Keplinger and Heather Sellers Thursday, Feb. 21.

Italian musician's first U.S. recital is at WMU (Feb. 12) Massimo La Rosa, principal trombonist of the Cleveland Orchestra, performs Friday, Feb. 22, in Dalton.

Panel of experts discuss Russia's future (Feb. 12) "Putin's Long Shadow: Russia's Future," discussed by faculty experts from three universities Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Fetzer Center.

Nominations sought for student "Who's Who" (Feb. 11) WMU faculty and staff invited to nominate deserving students for national student "Who's Who."

WFS presents area debut of "Margot at the Wedding" (Feb. 11) Film starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black, screens Friday through Sunday at Little Theatre.

Canadian Brass returns to Miller Auditorium (Feb. 11) Kalamazoo area favorite Canadian Brass returns to Miller for one show Saturday, Feb. 23.

Tickets for spring shows at Miller go on sale (Feb. 11) Tickets on sale for "Ring of Fire," "Radio Days," "Lord of the Dance," and other shows through May.

University Theatre stages Mozart comic opera (Feb. 11) School of Music and University Theatre collaborate on for performances of "Cosi Fan Tutte" Feb. 21-24.

How to find out if WMU is closed (Feb. 11) Always assume the University is open. Closings announced immediately in WMU News and at (269) 387-1001.

Women's basketball is "thinking pink" (Feb. 8) Broncos supporting breast cancer awareness. Free admission for wearing pink shirt to Wednesday's home contest.

Football Broncos take on Illini at Ford Field (Feb. 8) WMU completes non-conference schedule with "home game" at 65,000-seat Ford Field in Detroit versus Illinois.

"China Syndrome" next in Ethics Film Series (Feb. 8) Academy Award winner about nuclear power plant crisis is subject of screening and discussion Thursday, Feb. 21.

Motivational speaker talks about moving forward (Feb. 8) Andres Lara presents talk and workshop "How to Move Forward When You Feel Like Quitting" Wednesday.

What features do you want with WMU e-mail? (Feb. 8) Online survey gives students, alumni, faculty and staff opportunity to recommend important features.

Time's running out to contribute points of pride (Feb. 7) Opportunity to submit WMU points of pride ends Tuesday. Students entered in $100 prize drawing.

Trustees reschedule canceled meeting (Feb. 7) Trustees will elect a new chair and vice chair, consider other business at rescheduled meeting Friday, Feb. 15.

Bronco hockey team supporting cancer society (Feb. 6) Series of "Hockey Cares" events Feb. 7-10 support ACS, highlighted by "think pink" matches vs. Lake Superior State.

Sociologists to discuss self-injurers (Feb. 6) Drs. Patricia and Peter Adler discuss "The Cyber Worlds of Self-Injurers" Thursday afternoon at the Fetzer Center.

GoWMU offline early Sunday morning (Feb. 6) GoWMU offline Sunday, Feb. 10. Users encouraged not to use webmail or e-learning during outage.

Scientist to discuss rovers, water, life on Mars (Feb. 5) Washington University's Dr. Raymond Arvidson will discuss "The Mars Exploration Rover Mission" Monday.

Angles curates Kennedy Center Japanese events (Feb. 5) Dr. Jeffrey Angles organizes series of literary events for Kennedy Center festival on Japanese culture.

Scores of Dominican Republic students coming to WMU (Feb. 5) Agreement with Caribbean nation has already brought 60 students to WMU on full scholarships.

College Goal free financial aid event Sunday (Feb. 5) High school students and families can get free professional advice and assistance with FAFSA applications.

Gibbs House accepting fellowship applications (Feb. 5) Applications for yearlong fellowships in environment research and education due by Feb. 22.

Gold Company concert is 30th anniversary bash (Feb. 5) "The Best of Gold Company" with special guests Nick Lachey Choir set for two shows Saturday in Miller.

Western Wind Quintet concert canceled (Feb. 5) Tonight's Mardi Gras concert in the Dalton Center canceled due to illness.

Erotic tale of espionage stirs Little Theatre audiences (Feb. 5) Kalamazoo Film Society presents Golden Globe- nominated "Lust, Caution" Friday through Sunday.

Tajikistani business leaders here for open forum (Feb. 5) Question-and-answer session with delegation from Tajikistan is Friday in Bernhard Center.

Professors say Super Bowl ads lacked creativity (Feb. 3) Advertising and marketing faculty say most of this year's Super Bowl ads were disappointing.

WMU closed due to severe winter weather (Feb. 1) All campuses are closed except for essential and emergency services. All classes are canceled. More details.

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