June 2012 WMU News

WMU community to gather for biennial golf outing

A campuswide golf outing aimed at fostering camaraderie will be held Friday, Aug. 17, at The Prairies, 5303 W. Main St. in Kalamazoo. Anyone affiliated with WMU may sign up to golf or volunteer.

WMU offices closed for Independence Day

In observance of U.S. Independence Day, there will be no classes Wednesday, July 4. Most WMU offices will be closed July 4 and open during normal summer hours the rest of the week.

Kalamazoo celebrates its Irish heritage

Irish and Celtic bands, artists and cultural activities are highlights of the Kalamazoo Irish Fest Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Admission is $8 and $4 for students with a valid ID.

Competitive cycling event continues at WMU

Miller Energy Criterium, organized by WMU and the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Parkview Campus. Online and race-day registration is available.

Register now to reserve booth space at Bronco Bash

The early registration deadline for booth space at Bronco Bash is Friday, July 22. The annual event welcomes more than 25,000 students, faculty and staff back to campus for the start of a new school year.

Broncos honored by NCAA for academic prowess

The WMU men's basketball and women's tennis teams are being honored with Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for posting Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent for their respective sports.

Academic program changes approved

Trustees have approved the creation of a new graduate certificate program in Spirituality, Culture and Health as well as the creation of five concentration areas within the doctoral program in science education.

Trustees sign off on campus ATM lease renewals

Acting at its June meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees authorized the University administration to enter into ATM lease agreement renewals with PNC and Bank of America.

Year-to-date gift total nears $40 million

A recent report shows the total of gifts, pledges and deferred commitments made to WMU for the fiscal year to date now tops $39 million. The figure reported, $39,711,746, includes gift activity through April 30.

School of Medicine lease at Borgess approved

Trustees have approved a sublease of space on the campus of Borgess Health to house a Psychiatric Clinic that is part of the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, which is merging into the WMU School of Medicine July 1.

Long wins prestigious orientation and mobility award

Dr. Richard Long, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, is receiving a coveted Lawrence E. Blaha Award, named after a former faculty member and leader in orientation and mobility.

Gov. Snyder announces new teaching fellows

Thirteen receive Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowships to pursue specially designed master's degrees at WMU in preparation for careers as science and math teachers in high-need public schools.

Robert 'Bobby' M. Davidson obituary

A memorial gathering will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, for Bobby Davidson, assistant professor emeritus of music. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 29. Davidson died June 3 at age 93.

Trustees approve 11 faculty and staff retirements

The retirements of three faculty members and eight staff members were approved by the WMU Board of Trustees at its June 7 meeting. Trustees also signed off on five faculty resignations and  a change in sabbatical leave.

Geographer edits reference handbook

Dr. Joseph Stoltman, WMU professor of geography and science education, is the editor of 21st-Century Geography: A Reference Handbook, published earlier this year by Sage Publications.

Thirty-seven faculty members receive promotions

The WMU Board of Trustees approved the promotions of 37 faculty members at its June 7 meeting. Seventeen faculty members were promoted to the rank of full professor, 13 to associate professor, and seven to master faculty specialist.