Arts and Sciences Magazine
Letter from the Dean
Dear Friends and Alumni,
New in Arts and Sciences
From childhood poems to literary Alaska: Dr. Melinda Moustakis’ journey to authorship
Emotional short stories and melodramatic poems provided the childhood building blocks for Western Michigan University alumna and author Dr. Melinda Moustakis’s exceptional career. Her work has attracted numerous accolades including the Flannery O’ Connor Award, the O. Henry Prize, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 selection, and it has been positively reviewed by numerous media outlets, including NPR and the Sunday New York Times.
Department of Mathematics receives $7 million endowment for student scholarships
The David P. Burns Endowment, which constitutes the single largest donation in the history of the Department of Mathematics, will be used to support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate mathematics students.
Alumna’s HBO documentary shines light on medical errors
In the aftermath of a harrowing family medical crisis, Margo (Towe) Burrows, an alumna of Western Michigan University's School of Communication, unexpectedly found herself on a new career trajectory. When her mother-in-law fell into a coma following what was supposed to be a routine partial hip replacement surgery, Burrows embarked on a fervent ten-year-long quest to uncover critical medical errors in pursuit of justice.
The world is his lab
Where passion meets excellence, you find Dr. Mohamed Sultan. An award-winning, internationally-recognized professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Sultan balances his roles as a devoted family man, inspiring educator and relentless researcher. But at his core lies an enduring love for geosciences and remote sensing.
Doctoral student launches WMU Higher Education for the Justice-Involved program
Brown's commitment to the transformative power of higher education has driven the establishment, in August 2023, of a program that will provide incarcerated individuals the opportunity to pursue and obtain a Bachelor's degree from Western. Entitled Higher Education for the Justice-Involved (HEJI), the program spearheaded by Brown will require its students to complete at least 122 credits within five years in order to earn a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences through the Student Planned Major program.
How Mongolia's herding culture shaped a doctoral candidate's journey
Nestled amidst a tapestry of contrasting terrains, from mountains and plains to deserts and forests, Mongolia and its herding population have captured the academic imagination of Western Michigan University Department of Sociology doctoral candidate Byron Miller.
This year we celebrate new and exciting programs and offerings — from stories about new certificates and buildings to scientific exploration and impactful internships.