September 2013 WMU News

WMU to recognize top staff members for outstanding service

Four staff members will receive WMU's annual Make a Difference Award for 2012-13 Friday, Oct. 4. The award is the highest honor the University bestows specifically on non-faculty employees for service excellence.

Homecoming Campus Classic features new 5K course

The 15th annual Homecoming Campus Classic 5K race is Saturday, Oct. 12, on WMU's main campus and is open to people of all ages. Online registration is available at through Thursday, Oct. 10.

Oktoberfest Kalamazoo features food, live music

Kalamazoo's Oktoberfest festival runs from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. The festival will include food, beverage, and artisan vendors along with live music.

WMU academic convocation launches 2013-14 academic year

The annual gathering to review accomplishments and focus on the new academic year will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday. Oct. 4. Faculty and staff members will receive awards for exemplary service and scholarship.

Reception to mark 50 years of Sichel Series lectures

A reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sichel Lecture Series is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Dr. Erica Field will present the first talk of the 2013 series Wednesday, Oct. 16.

University Theatre presents 'Noises Off'

The all-student cast will give several performances of the meta-comedy Oct. 10-20 in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Graduating music theatre performance majors will perform following some shows.

Climate change is focus of areawide series of events

Members of the Kalamazoo community can learn more about the consequences of climate change and potential responses through a series of free events taking place on and off the WMU campus this fall.

Arthur W.J. Stoddart obituary

Arthur W.J. Stoddart, a WMU associate professor emeritus of mathematics, died Friday, Sept. 6, at age 79. Stoddart taught at the University for 29 years.

Peter Chu and company to perform concert

Dancer and choreographer Peter Chu and his company chuthis will perform excerpts from his full-length piece "Nothing Sticks" at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo.

Chorale earns second place in national competition

The WMU Chorale is runner-up in the 2013 American Prize competition's college and university choral division. The prize is a national contest that annually recognizes the best performing artists in the United States.

Mary Ann LeDoux obituary

Mary Ann LeDoux, a staff member in the Valley 2 Dining Service, died Thursday, Aug. 29, at age 48. She served the University for six years, having joined the staff in 2007.

Awareness merges with object in 'Essential Rhythms' art show

The "Essential Rhythms" exhibit, featuring the work of Justin Bernhardt, is on display in the College of Health and Human Services building's second floor art gallery, with a reception set for 4-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the gallery.

Community invited to participate in Parade of Nations

Help celebrate the diversity of WMU and Kalamazoo by being a flag bearer before the University's homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 12. Register today and enjoy a free tailgate party while assembling flags for the event.

Willie J. Mitchell Jr. obituary

Staff member Willie J. Mitchell Jr. died Sept. 16 at age 40. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Harper Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Sept. 27 in Christ Temple Church.

Sphinx Competition alums to perform at WMU

The Sphinx Virtuosi and The Catalyst Quartet, laureates and top alumni of the acclaimed Sphinx Competition for Young Black and Latino String Players, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.