March 2013 WMU News

Inaugural 'Lavender Graduation' planned

Nominations are being accepted through April 5 for awards that will be presented during the Lavender Graduation ceremony, set for April 25, celebrating WMU's lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and ally students.

Film profiles entrepreneurs and their business startups

A screening of the documentary "The Startup Kids," a meet-and-greet with local entrepreneurs and a video chat question-and-answer session with the film's directors begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in 2000 Schneider Hall.


Leila Bradfield obituary

Dr. Leila Bradfield, former assistant professor of sociology, died Tuesday, March 19, at age 86. She joined the WMU faculty in 1983 and retired in 1991 after eight years of service to the University.

Clyde Gillette obituary

Clyde Gillette, former assistant manager for custodial services, died Tuesday, March 5, at the age of 81. He retired in May 1994 after 15 years of service to the University.

Adjunct faculty's creative work to be showcased

The second "Talent Unveiled" event, featuring the creative work of adjunct faculty, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the University Center for the Humanities, 2500 Knauss Hall.

Award-winning New York poet to read in Frostic Series

Jean Valentine, winner of a National Book Award for "Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003," will read at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Little Theatre. The reading is free and open to the public.

Newell Rubbermaid to build at BTR Park

Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid plans to open a state-of-the art 40,000-square-foot facility at WMU's Business Technology and Research Park by early 2014, and expects to have a Kalamazoo employee base of up to 100.

University Percussion Ensemble closes concert series

WMU's Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, closing out the 2012-13 season of the Bullock Performance Institute concert series.

Artists from Center for Disability Services display works

Four participants in day programming and services offered by the Center for Disability Services will display their art through the end of April in the second floor art gallery of the College of Health and Human Services.

Jane Nichols obituary

Jane Nichols, a retired finance clerk for the WMU Bookstore, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, at age 89. She joined the University in 1968 and retired in 1988 after 20 years of service.

Event showcases graduate and faculty research

Graduate students and faculty members, who have previously received a Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award will showcase their scholarly work on Friday, April 5, in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

Windellin S. Ashbrook obituary

Windellin S. Ashbrook, a former assistant baker at Burnham Dining Services, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, at age 77. She retired in November 2000 after 10 years of service to the University.

On-campus homecoming for soldiers set

Welcome home returning soldiers from the 1433rd Company of the 507th Engineering Battalion of the Michigan Army National Guard at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at University Arena.

James W. 'Bill' Armstrong obituary

Dr. James W. "Bill" Armstrong, associate professor emeritus of education and professional development, died Feb. 23 at age 85. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, in Portage, Mich.

2013 summer camps offer a variety of experiences

Numerous summer camps, including writing, sports and college preparatory camps, are being offered on the campus of WMU for young people. Registration is under way for many of the camps.

Dr. Ruth M. Davis obituary

Dr. Ruth M. Davis, professor emerita of health, physical education and recreation, died Dec. 16, 2012, at age 89. She retired in 1986 after 24 years of service to the University.

College information session for veterans slated

The session, "Higher Education for Veterans," will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Battle Creek, Mich., at the Fort Custer Education Center Pentagon Building, Room A181C.