News Archive

Gilman Scholarship allows criminal justice major to study in Costa Rica

by Margaret von Steinen
January 26, 2015 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University student recently received a prestigious scholarship to study foreign languages overseas during the 2014-15 academic year through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Read more.

Free Chinese culture workshops offered

by Renita Bellmore
February 5, 2015 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is accepting registrations for three, one-day Chinese culture workshops.

Chinese New Year Gala at WMU February 11

by Baoqing Qian
February 5, 2015 | WMU News

A festive, traditional Chinese New Year celebration is planned at Western Michigan University from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Wesley Foundation on WMU’s main campus.

WMU East Asian Forum April 17

Faculty and staff and members of the academic community of the West Michigan region engaged in ongoing projects and interests related to East Asia are invited to participate in WMU's East Asian Forum planned for Friday, April 17, 2015. The forum will include panel presentations and a keynote speaker. Panel submission deadline is January 31. Information. Registration form.

International reseacher to take reins of WMU engineering college

by Cheryl Roland
January 13, 2015 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, will become the new dean this summer of Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The veteran academic leader and researcher will take on the mantle of dean at the start of the 2015-16 academic year July 1.

October 22, 2014 | WMU News

Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies is accepting applications for a research and creative activities grant to support the study of Greater China. The deadline for submitting proposals is Feb. 13, 2015.

Spring registration underway for low-cost Chinese culture courses

by Margaret von Steinen
December 22, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is accepting registrations for spring Chinese culture courses that begin the week of January 26.

December 17, 2014 | WMU News
WMU was one of only 10 schools and individuals nationwide to be honored, and was named the 2014 Best of Green Schools recipient in USGBC's higher education category.

Experience a world of cultures during one week

by Margaret von Steinen
November 10, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will highlight various countries and cultures during its annual observance of International Education Week, set for Saturday through Friday, Nov. 15-21. Many entertaining and educational public events, nearly all of them free, have been scheduled throughout the week on the main campus by WMU offices and international student organizations.

November 6, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Bilinda Straight, professor of anthropology, has been awarded a $135,891 National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of intercommunity violence on young people in rural northern Kenya.
November 6, 2014 | WMU News

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission has named the Western Michigan University Saudi Students Association best member group out of more than 300 Saudi student groups nationwide.

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

by Margaret von Steinen
September 26, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—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 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, on campus in the Bernhard Center's East Ballroom.

New director named for Soga Japan Center

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University has selected Dr. Takashi Yoshida to direct its Soga Japan Center in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

WMU again called best buy, top-100 school by Washington Monthly

by Cheryl Roland
August 26, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University has once again been named one of the country's top 100 national universities and a "Best Bang for the Buck" school in rankings released Aug. 25 by Washington Monthly.

WMU supply chain program is No. 5 in the nation

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's integrated supply management program is heralding a national accolade that puts it among the top such programs in the country. The celebrated WMU program has been ranked No. 5 on Gartner's Top U.S. Supply Chain Undergraduate University Programs, 2014. In addition to the overall No. 5 ranking, Gartner lists WMU as the leader in its program scope category, a nod to ISM's unique combination of supply chain management, engineering, information technology and business education that prepares graduates for challenging and high-paying careers.

Good governance in Africa is focus of August conference

by Margaret von Steinen
July 21, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Pressing issues African states face in terms of sustainable development will bring scholars and policy-makers from around the globe to Western Michigan University for a conference Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 14-16.

The eighth International Conference on African Development will be held in Brown Hall on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo and is free of charge for academics, policymakers, investors, donors, students and the general public. It will feature a keynote presentation along with the presentation of some 30 papers. Conference program.

English language and culture center gets new director

by Margaret von Steinen
July 31, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Center for English Language and Culture for International Students has a new director.During its July 23 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Thomas Marks as head of the center. Marks had been serving as interim director of CELCIS since July 2013 while a national search was conducted.

Program designed to boost Dominican Republic's education system

by Margaret von Steinen
July 11, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will launch the first doctoral program to be offered in the Dominican Republic in fall 2014 through a unique collaboration between the University and the D.R.'s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo—UNIBE.

WMU wins 2014 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature

June 3, 2014 | WMU News

WMU has been selected to receive a 2014 Climate Leadership Award, which recognizes the campus for its innovation and leadership in sustainability, from national nonprofit organization Second Nature.

May 22, 2014 | WMU News

WMU's Sky Broncos precision flight team finished fourth in this year's National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship competition, which concluded May 17 in Columbus, Ohio.

Claude S. Phillips Jr. obituary

by Jeanne Baron
May 15, 2014 | WMU News

Claude S. Phillips Jr., Western Michigan University professor emeritus of political science and co-founder of what is now the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, died April 17. He was 91.

Alfred K. Ho obituary

Dr. Alfred K. Ho, professor emeritus of economics at Western Michigan University, died Jan. 26 in Kalamazoo. He was 94. Ho joined the WMU faculty in 1967 and retired in 1989 after 22 years of service to the University. In addition to teaching, he served stints as chairman of the Committee on Asian Studies and assistant to the dean of international education and programs.

May 15, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean of WMU's Lee Honors College and longtime geosciences researcher, will be honored with the Geochemical Society's Distinguished Service Award this June.

Call for Papers for 8th International Conference on African Development

The Center of African Development Policy Research at Western Michigan University in collaboration with the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences announce a call for papers on the theme: The Challenges of Good Governance and Leadership for Sustainable Development in African States. For details on the theme, see the Conceptual Scope of Conference Theme.

Date and Venue: Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Room 2028 Brown Hall, Western Michigan University.

Please submit a 250-word abstract by June 1, 2014 here: Submit

Summer registration underway for low-cost Chinese culture classes

by Margaret von Steinen
May 2, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is accepting registrations for summer Chinese culture classes that begin the week of Monday, May 19, and run through Friday, June 27.

WMU student fundraiser planned for Irish senior center

by Deanne Puca
May 9, 2014 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO—Occupational therapy students at Western Michigan University are hosting a fundraiser Saturday, May 17, for a senior center in Ireland that has been an integral stop during a study-abroad program.

 Photo of Allyson Perez

Congratulations to Allyson Perez, a cellist from the Dominican Republic, who just completed her third year at WMU in spring 2014. She has been accepted to play with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas on its world tour during June and July. Perez won her orchestra spot competing against young musicians from 25 nations. The orchestra is under the artistic direction of Placido Domingo.


Photo of business college award recipient, Yoshiaki Nakazawa

 Congratulations to Yoshiaki Nakazawa, who traveled from Japan with his wife, Mariko, to accept the Haworth College of Business Marketing Alumni Hall of Fame Award in April. Yoshiaki is the first international alumnus to receive the award. In photo (left to right): Mushtaq Luqmani, chair, Department of Marketing; Yoshiaki Nakazawa; Mariko Nakazawa; Ann Veeck, professor of marketing; Zahir Quraeshi, professor of marketing and G. W. Haworth Chair of Global Business.


WMU joins national initiative to increase study abroad enrollment

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University has committed to increasing study abroad participation by 50 percent over the next five years as part of a national initiative that aims to double the number of United States college students studying abroad by 2019.

Light Center research grant awarded to business professors

KALAMAZOO—Dr. Bernard Han and Dr. Andrew Targowski, Western Michigan University professors of business information systems, were recently awarded the third annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for their book project, "Chinese Civilization in the 21st Century."

Internationalizing the Curriculum: Global Engagement Across Campus

Workshops for WMU faculty, administrators and staff, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, in 2000 Schneider Hall. Register.

WMU to host 25th annual International Festival

The music, dance, food and fashions of 15 cultures will be showcased during Western Michigan University's twenty-fifth annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 23, on campus in the Bernhard Center's East Ballroom.

Peace studies expert to speak on Jan. 9

Photo of Dr. Federica De SistoDr. Federica De Sisto, a research associate at the Institute of International Integration Studies, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Ireland, will give a presentation titled, "Doing Sensitive Research Cross-cultural Contexts: Reflections from Fieldwork,” at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in 1115 Moore Hall. Event flier

2013 stories

Chinese research grants available to faculty

December 23, 2013 | WMU News
Applications are now being accepted for a research and creative activities grant to support the study of Greater China by Western Michigan University faculty members. The deadline for submitting proposals, valued at up to $3,000 each, is Friday, Feb. 7.

Employees invited to apply for summer study abroad program

November 21, 2013 | WMU News
WMU employees interested in applying for the faculty-staff 2014 summer study abroad program can learn more at an information session at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

International student orientation Jan. 2 and 3

Western Michigan University and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education look forward to welcoming about 300 new students to campus during our International Student Orientation and Registration Program for spring 2014 on Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 in the Bernhard Center East Ballroom.

WMU dean earns international service award

December 3, 2013 | WMU News
Western Michigan University's newly appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development Dr. Ming Li has been selected for an international award honoring outstanding service.

Urgent message for WMU international students

From: Public Engagement Division of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

In recent weeks, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID. The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records. Read more.

WMU exceeds national average in attracting international students

November 19, 2013 | WMU News
WMU is exceeding the national average in attracting international students according to the 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which was released Nov. 12.
November 12, 2013 | WMU News
Senior Jared Sipes received a Boren Scholarship to spend this fall semester at Saratov State University in Russia, where he is continuing his Russian language studies.

WMU to celebrate human diversity
during International Education Week

Schedule of events

Western Michigan University will highlight a variety of countries and cultures during its International Education Week, set for Saturday through Saturday, Nov. 16-23, 2013. Numerous entertaining and educational events sponsored by WMU international registered student organizations and other offices have been scheduled for the local observance on WMU's main campus throughout the week, and most are free and open to the public. 

18th annual Russian Festival first event of International Education Week 2013

Info session on Boren Awards for International Study planned for Nov. 21

Learn more about the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship program, which provides support for study abroad in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security at an informational meeting planned for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in Bernhard Center Room 211, which will be facilitated by a Boren representative. No registration is required.

University of Passau Short-term Faculty Exchange

Western Michigan University and the University of Passau invite applications for a short-term faculty exchange. The WMU applicant who is selected will spend one month in May or June as a visiting professor at Passau, one of the newest German universities in the lovely region of Bavaria. Application information.
Photo from Parade of Nations

WMU sees surge in new freshman, grad and international students

Western Michigan University's fall 2013 enrollment figures show a 5.1 percent increase in the number of new freshmen and strong surges in the number of both international students and graduate students seeking doctoral degrees.

WMU once again on U.S. News' list of top-tier national universities

Western Michigan University is making its 23rd consecutive appearance this year on the U.S. News & World Report's annual list of "best national universities."

Washington Monthly lauds WMU as one of nation's best values

Western Michigan University students are returning to campus this week just in time to hear the news that their school is one of the top-50 values among national universities and already meets many of the performance measures called for in recent weeks by U.S. President Barack Obama.


Campus welcome reception for Dr. Wolfgang Schlör October 8

A gathering welcoming Dr. Wolfgang F. Schlör, associate provost for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Oaklands. Read more about Schlör on the University News website.

Community invited to participate in Parade of Nations

The public is invited to help put the "home" in homecoming when Western Michigan University holds its annual Parade of Nations Saturday, Oct. 12.


Two renowned Japanese writers to read September 10

Mutsuo Takahashi and Hiromi Itō, two of Japan's most important writers, will participate in a bilingual reading of their work from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 in 3025 Brown Hall. Dr. Jeffrey Angles, professor of Japanese and director of WMU's Soga Japan Center has published translations of both writers' work and will provide interpretation. Event flier.

Engineering reception for international students September 19

Faculty and staff of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences will welcome international engineering students at a reception planned for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the front atrium of the college. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, contact Xiaotang Wang, international programming intern, at (269) 387-3966 or write The reception is being hosted by the CEAS and the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.


Dominican Republic educators spend week with WMU colleagues

During a weeklong trip to Western Michigan University, educators from the Dominican Republic's first community college are touring the campus and renewing acquaintances with WMU faculty members who visited their campus to offer a workshop earlier this summer.


Saturday, June 29--Berry picking day trip for international students at Brookside Farms. Bus leaves Bernhard Center at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 for transportation; u-pick berries are $1.25 per pound. Register in 3521 Ellsworth Hall by Friday, June 28. For more information, write or call (269) 387-3966.

A free workshop on the ancient art form of Chinese paper cutting will be hosted by the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, in Brown Hall Room 2037.

Bassoon student takes top prize in prestigious competition

Freshman Mingyuan Yang has taken first place in International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition. Yang was one of three finalists chosen by an international panel of judges.

Three students earn prestigious Gilman Scholarships

Three Western Michigan University students have won a total of $13,500 in scholarships to study foreign languages overseas during the 2013-14 academic year.


Japanese conversation table at WMU 

Five free opportunities to practice Japanese language skills in a conversational setting are being offered by the Soga Japan Center from 4 to 5 p.m. on the following Fridays: May 24 and 31 and June 7, 14, and 21. The meetings are open to the public and will be held in WMU’s Bernhard Center Cafeteria, located on the main floor. Sessions will be led by Michiko Yoshimoto, Soga Center outreach coordinator. To register, send Yoshimoto an email that includes your full name and current level of proficiency: For more information, call (269) 387-5874.

48th Medieval Congress at WMU May 9-12
WMU will stage the the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies May 9-12.

Some 1,500 Malaysian students expected for the 2013 Midwest Games
The Malaysian Midwest Games, an annual sporting event sponsored by members of Malaysian student organizations at American universities located throughout the Midwest, will be hosted by WMU for the third time Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, on WMU's main campus.


April 15, Lecture - "Yume Ka utsutsu ka: "Dream or Reality?: Exploring the World of Dream in Japanese Noh Theatre," 5 p.m. 2500 Knauss Hall

April 11, Lecture – “The Buddha You Never Knew: Re-imagining a Prince of Ancient India in Japan,” Dr. Micah Auerback, 3025 Brown Hall, 5 p.m.

April 11, Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop - 4 to 5 p.m., Brown Hall Room 3030. The workshop includes a brief presentation about the history of paper cutting and a hands-on opportunity to create a window decoration cut from paper.

April 3, Lecture – “Sustainable Chemistry and Business in the United States and in Africa,” Dr. Mo Hunsen, 3 p.m.