July 2012 WMU News

Year-end gift totals top $41 million

Gifts, pledges and deferred commitments made to WMU totaled $41,575,189 for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended June 30. This includes nearly $412,000 in gifts and pledges over $10,000 made in June.

Grants to WMU top $22.7 million for fiscal year

WMU received more than $4.6 million in grants during May and June, bringing the year-to-date total for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended June 30, to more than $22.7 million.

Kalamazoo Film Society presents 'Hysteria'

The Kalamazoo Film Society will present the romantic comedy "Hysteria" Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12, at WMU's Little Theatre. The film, set in Victorian England, is rated R. Admission is $5.

Language department gets new name

The Department of Foreign Languages is now the Department of World Languages and Literatures, as approved by the Board of Trustees.

Seita Scholars to share stories with Congressional panel

Four students who have transitioned from Michigan's foster care system to lives as successful college students will share their stories with members of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Monday, July 30.

Trailblazing company mophie to build at BTR Park

Mophie, the portable-power trailblazer and developer of the globally renowned juice pack for smartphones, has announced its expansion into the Business Technology and Research Park.

Trustees approve four retirements

Trustees recently approved the retirements of staff members Maxine R. Gilling, William A. Green, Linda M. Rowen and David H. Smith. They also signed off on the resignation of Dr. Pingbo Tang.

WMU operating budget set at more than $358 million

Major budget investments include financial aid, which will see a more than $2.26 million increase, as well as academic support, student services, and campus operations and maintenance.

Tuition for regional locations and online classes set

Tuition to increase 3.91 percent to $378.66 per credit hour for undergraduate courses offered at regional locations and $535.29 per credit hour for graduate courses offered online or at regional locations.

Martini named associate dean of arts and sciences

As an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Edwin A. Martini will focus on undergraduate and graduate student enrollment management, curriculum development and academic program review.

Ribfest comes to Kalamazoo

Ribfest Kalamazoo runs Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2-4, and features live music, a cook-off, eating contests, children's events and an arts and crafts sale.

R. Marcus 'Mark' Spink obituary

Ralph Marcus "Mark" Spink, retired professor of media services and coordinator of production services in media services, died June 17 at age 86. A memorial service is scheduled for Sept. 2.

Charlene R. Bennett obituary

Charlene R. Bennett, a former administrative assistant for more than 16 years in the Division of Continuing Education, now Extended University Programs, died June 9. She was 88. There are no services scheduled.

Alumni Association selects leadership for 2012-13

Officers elected to serve one-year terms on the Alumni Association Board of Directors include Chludzinski, La Mere and Lueth as president, vice president and treasurer, respectively.