Free, public Study Abroad Fair is first step to journey of a lifetime

The ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi wisely advised his contemporaries that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Western Michigan University students are invited to take their first step toward planning an overseas learning experience as part of their degree program by attending the annual Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, on campus in the Bernhard Center's East Ballroom. Read more.

Community invited to participate in Parade of Flags

The public is invited to help put the "home" in homecoming when Western Michigan University holds its annual Parade of Flags Saturday, Oct. 24. Flag bearers are needed to carry a nation's flag in the parade, which takes place just before kickoff of the Homecoming football game at 2 p.m. in Waldo Stadium. The event is a colorful display of multicultural diversity on campus that has become a homecoming tradition. It features some of the University's more than 1,800 international students from about 100 nations carrying flags of their home countries across the playing field.
Flag bearers and others will gather at Kanley Track for an 11 a.m. pre-game tailgate party, where attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary food and assemble flags for the parade. All students, WMU employees and members of the community are welcome to register to attend the tailgate and participate in the parade. Those planning to participate may indicate a specific country they would like to represent in the parade, however, flags are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit WMU's International Student Activities offices in rooms 3521 or 3516 Ellsworth Hall, write, or call (269) 387-3966.

Fulbright student awards go to WMU alumni, doctoral candidate

Two recent Western Michigan University alumni and a current doctoral candidate have won highly competitive Fulbright awards to conduct research or teach English overseas for the 2015-16 academic year. The trio is comprised of Keith Carver, a spring 2015 graduate from Marshall; Peter Dobek, a doctoral candidate from McHenry, Illinois; and Ian Magnuson, a spring 2014 graduate from Battle Creek. Read more.

Mexican migration focus of documentary screening and panel discussion

"Both Sides of the Fence (Los Dos Lados de la Frontera)," a documentary focused on understanding the barriers and challenges faced by Mexicans who migrate to the United States will be shown in a free, open-to-the-public screening planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Fetzer Center’s Putney Auditorium on Western Michigan University's main campus. Read more.

CELCIS one of six programs worldwide to reach accreditation milestone

Western Michigan University's internationally recognized center for English language instruction is one of just six programs worldwide to already have achieved a second reaccreditation by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. Read more.

Free community celebration commemorates Chinese Moon Festival

The second annual China Festival at Western Michigan University commemorates the traditional Chinese Moon Festival, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in WMU's Student Recreation Center. Read more.

China's rise in spotlight during 2015-16 Sichel Series

Six experts on China will take a close look at the emergence of the Asian nation as an economic and political superpower in the coming months when they visit Western Michigan University as part of the restructured Werner Sichel Lecture Series. Read more.

Germans and their Nazi past on tap in Ethics Center season opener

An expert on the regional history of Weimar, Germany, and Nazi Germany will examine the issue of Germans and their Nazi past when he speaks this month at Western Michigan University. Read more.

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