February 2013 WMU News

Carlson, Hettinger to lead WMU board in 2013

Jeanne H. Carlson of Novi, Mich., and James F. Hettinger of Fennville, Mich., have been elected to serve for 2013 as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the WMU Board of Trustees.

University Theatre presents 'MacBeth'

The all-student cast will give several performances of Shakespeare's classic tragedy "MacBeth" March 14-24 in the Williams Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Tickets are now on sale.

Doo Wop tribute coming to Miller Auditorium

"A Tribute to Doo Wop," featuring Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Bobby Hendricks' Drifters and Larry Marshak’s Tribute to the Platters, is coming to Miller Auditorium for one performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8.

Organic food truck owner next up in speaker series

Bridgett Blough, a certified natural chef and founder of The Organic Gypsy, a food truck business, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, March 8, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free, but registration is required.

Aviation maintenance professional wins regional accolade

The College of Aviation's maintenance director, Scott Austin, has been named a Regional Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year, putting him up for selection as 2013's top U.S. aviation maintenance technician. 

SRC slates daylong open house

The Student Recreation Center will be the site of an open house sponsored by University Recreation for WMU employees and retirees from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Institute to honor Lewis Walker at fundraising dinner

The Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations will sponsor a fundraising dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom. Reservations are requested by Wednesday, March 6.

Musical comedy duo coming to campus

Dakaboom will bring its unique blend of musical comedy to Western Michigan University's campus at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Bernhard Center's North Ballroom.

Apply to be a Fall Welcome ambassador

Students who would like to be a positive role model and mentor for a group of incoming first-year students are encouraged to apply to be a Fall Welcome ambassador. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 15.

GMAT preparation course offered in Grand Rapids

WMU is offering a comprehensive preparation course for the GMAT in its regional facility at 2333 E. Beltline Ave. SE. The instructor-led course costs $450 and will be held Fridays and Saturdays from March 1 through March 22.

Prescribed burns planned at Asylum Lake Preserve

Prescribed burns are planned through the end of February at Asylum Lake Preserve to dispose of piles of brush that have accumulated as a result of University efforts to remove invasive vegetation.

Lawrence Lithography prints on display

The Lawrence Lithography Workshop will exhibit prints in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts' Monroe-Brown Gallery Thursday, Feb. 21, through Friday, March 22.

Last Bronco Standing finals with Roy Wood Jr.

WMU students Brendan Duffy, Shane Petersen and Alec Robbins will compete Thursday, Feb. 21, for the title of this year's funniest Bronco, followed with a set by Roy Wood Jr.

Dean Jenson to give med school update at breakfast event

Dr. Hal B. Jenson, founding dean of the WMU School of Medicine, will speak at the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Dr. Leroy R. Ray Jr. obituary

Dr. Leroy R. Ray Jr., professor emeritus and former director of the Black Americana Program, died Feb. 12 at age 82. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Bloomingdale, Mich.

Female Chinese historians topic of upcoming lecture

The contributions of Chinese women writers in China’s historiography will be outlined in a talk by visiting Chinese scholar Dr. Clara Wing-chung Ho at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in 2028 Brown Hall.

Office earns LGBT career center certification

A national non-profit organization has given WMU's career center gold-level certification for 2013 as a place where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students can find career resources.

Opera students perform act two of 'Die Fledermaus'

School of Music students will perform the second act of "Die Fledermaus" as part of an opera workshop planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Popular local band to perform on campus

Genre-bending band the Red Sea Pedestrians will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. A discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson will precede the show.

Visiting professor to discuss lessons from Arab Spring

Dr. Jocelyne Cesari, professor at the French National Center for Scientific Research, will present the talk "Islam and Democratization: Lessons Learned from the Arab Spring," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in 2008 Richmond Center.