Broncos are always ready for a challenge. That ability to adapt and rise above was galvanized as the COVID-19 crisis swept the globe and campuses cleared out to mitigate the spread. From lecture halls to living rooms, the move to distance education changed the learning environment at Western Michigan University.
WMU now has rapid-result COVID-19 testing
Active COVID-19 antigen testing, which offers results within 15 minutes, is now available at WMU's Sindecuse Health Center, one of only a few sites in Kalamazoo County. Though symptomatic individuals are prioritized, members of the WMU, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College communities can get tested whether they have symptoms of the virus or not.
Broncos Giving Back
Dr. Renée Branch Canady, who is CEO of the Michigan Public Health Institute and Celeste Sanchez Lloyd, Community Program Manager at Strong Beginnings, are among a diverse group of two dozen medical professionals, health and community leaders appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. Led by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, the group is tasked with developing strategies to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in Michigan.
WMU professor unites health care heroes, Broadway stars to raise spirits and funds during pandemic
Jay Berkow, director of music theatre performance, spearheaded the Resilient Project—bringing together dozens of Broadway stars to sing his inspirational anthem, "Resilient," alongside frontline health care workers. The project is raising money for three national charities.
Students in Bill Davis' Digital Photo I course had to transition to distance education in the middle of the semester, some without the necessary camera or editing equipment. Using their own experiences and whatever tools they had at home, they found ways to express themselves and become better artists despite having limited resources. They created imaginative photos portraying the fear, solitude, hope and even humor of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.