The president thanked faculty and staff for their dedication and challenged them to continue elevating WMU as a school of choice for 21st century learners.
Recommendations for bus routes, walkability, bike usage and parking at Western Michigan University, as well as input on a future road as part of a new development project, are the focus of two public sessions Thursday, Sept. 26, on campus.
The event also marked the launch of a children's book drive to jump-start the collection of 2,500 new or gently used books throughout the University community for students in kindergarten through the third grade.
Research involving an autonomous electric shuttle officially kicked off Thursday, Sept. 19, on the WMU campus. The $2.1 million project, funded through the Michigan Mobility Challenge announced by former Gov. Rick Snyder last year, focuses on improving transportation options for people with disabilities.
Health officials have recommended avoiding outdoor activities after dusk due to local cases of the rare but serious mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Officials also recommend using insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET. UPDATE: Insect repellent is being made available at academic buildings, residence halls, the Sindecuse Health Center, the Student Rec Center and other key areas.
WMU was one of 93 institutions from around the nation named an annual HEED honoree by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine and has been honored by the publication each year since 2013.
A New Chapter in Business Development
WMU students Levi Soto, Jalen Palmore, Irving Quintero, DeVante White and Tykese Brown also attended the Third Annual National Clemson Men of Color Summit this spring that promoted awareness of changing U.S. demographics and effects on college enrollment and student support.
Dylan Coleman completed 15 hours of service with the family through the Refugee Outreach Collective.
Master's student Tre Goodhue is developing programming for experiences at facilities like the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History, among others.
WMU's chapter of Engineers without Borders recently organized a project for kids at the Refugee Education Center.
Launching New Opportunities
Appropriate drones and onboard instruments are provided when clients contract with UAV consultants from the University to collect and analyze data.
WMU is one of a limited number of schools to offer stand-alone academic programs utilizing consumer drones and is about to become the second organization in the world to have a VLF electromagnetic sensor system outfitted on one.