Gibbs House accepting resident applications

Contact: Deanne Puca

Gibbs House

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Office for Sustainability is accepting applications until 8 a.m. Monday, April 2, for four yearlong residential fellowships at the Gibbs House.

The Gibbs program is open to all students registered at WMU's main Kalamazoo campus system. Selected students will lead yearlong projects to improve the sustainability of WMU while living at the historic Gibbs House, located at 4503 Parkview Ave., adjacent to WMU's Parkview Campus and across from the scenic Asylum Lake Preserve. Fellows will have their own private room, and will be paid as hourly student employees at a rate consistent with their level of experience and the scale of their project.

Fellows will be expected to work 10 to 15 hours per week, with their time being split between independent research and designated hours in the Office for Sustainability. Schedules will be flexible and arranged to accommodate other academic commitments. Fellows are assessed a home-improvement fee twice a year to support sustainability upgrades and general upkeep of the house. Fees for 2012-13 will total $2,000, with half due at move in and half due at the beginning of spring semester. This works out to be roughly $170 a month, with utilities, Internet, and washer and dryer included.

Apply now

Applications are available online at, and can be submitted via e-mail to or in person at 1313 Faunce Student Services Building. Applications must be completed in full and accompanied by a personal statement, essay on sustainability and a proposed project, resume, and three academic or professional references.

For more information, contact Matt Hollander at or (269) 387-0941.