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Alumnus inducted into physical education academy

March 17, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Halbert Bates, a recruitment and retention officer at Western Michigan University, has been selected for induction into WMU's Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Alumni Honor Academy.

The academy recognizes the outstanding professional accomplishments, contributions and service of the department's alumni. This year's honorees will be feted at April luncheon.

Bates earned a master's degree in sports administration from WMU and was the University's assistant track and field coach from 1977 to 1996. He has been a staff member since 1979, when he was selected to serve as physical education coordinator for the Upward Bound Program.

Subsequently, Bates served as director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Program and associate director of the Division of Multicultural Affairs. He assumed his current post in the Office of Advising and Admissions for the Haworth College of Business in 2002.

The veteran staffer has been active on and off campus throughout his career. He was an adjunct member of the HPER faculty for several years, and currently is a member of WMU's Athletic Board and a track and field coach at Kalamazoo Central High School.

Bates has served on numerous University boards and committees, including those affiliated with the Alumni Onyx Society, "W" Club, McNair Scholars Program, MLK Program, Pan Hellenic Council, Annual Fund, Minority Recruitment and Retention group, and advising and affirmative action advisory groups.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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