March 2013 WMU News

Taste and see world cultures at International Festival

Traditional foods, cultural performances, a fashion show and display tables will all be featured during WMU's 24th annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the Bernhard Center's East Ballroom.

Japanese studies speakers to give public presentations

The five-part Japanese Studies Speaker and Workshop Series kicks off Tuesday, March 12. The free talks range from readings of Japanese poetry to academic presentations on Japanese theater, religion, literature and culture.

Dr. Michitoshi Soga obituary

Dr. Michitoshi Soga, professor emeritus of physics and a leading figure in the expansion of Japanese studies at WMU, died March 3 at age 86. A public memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in 1910 Sangren Hall.

Expert on Russian economy to give Sichel talk

Dr. Susan Linz, an economist who has studied employment in Russia and other countries in the former Soviet Union, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in Brown Hall.

Welcome home returning soldiers Saturday

Soldiers in the 507th Engineer Battalion of the Michigan Army National Guard, including several WMU ROTC alumni, will return from Afghanistan Saturday, March 9. Greet them at 3:30 p.m. at Portage Central High School.

Public invited to apply to four-week translation program

People who want to improve their translation skills while working on their language proficiency in Arabic, Japanese or Spanish may apply now to the four-week translation program being offered on campus July 1-25.

MSU economist to give Sichel talk

Dr. Susan Linz will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in 2028 Brown Hall. Her presentation, titled "Good Governance in Transition Economies: A Comparative Analysis," is free and open to the public.

Western Wind Quintet premieres new composition

School of Music faculty ensemble Western Wind Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Dr. Dan Jacobson will host a 7 p.m. discussion ahead of the performance.

Trumpeter kicks off annual jazz festival

Grammy-nominated composer and trumpeter Tim Hagans will join the Western Jazz Quartet at the Western Invitational Jazz Festival at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Merling Trio premieres new work by Peter Scott Lewis

Renowned faculty ensemble the Merling Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson.

Date set for men's soccer walk-on tryouts

Men's soccer walk-on tryouts will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Seelye Indoor Athletic Facility on Stadium Drive. A physical, sickle cell test and insurance paperwork is required.