November 2014 WMU News

WMU named 'Best for Vets' for fifth consecutive year

Up five spots from last year, WMU is the only Michigan school to have appeared on all five years of Military Times EDGE magazine's annual list of the top colleges in the U.S. for military veterans pursuing higher education.

How to find out if WMU is closed

Find out if WMU is closed due to inclement weather by calling (269) 387-1001, visiting, or tuning in to a local TV or radio station. Subscribers to WMU's alert system will also receive messages about weather closings.

'Elf The Musical' comes to Miller Auditorium

"Elf The Musical," the hilarious tale of Buddy the Elf, is coming to Miller Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 25-26. Tickets are on sale now.

Miller Auditorium presents 'The Lettermen'

American male pop music vocal trio "The Lettermen" is coming to Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium for one performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. Tickets are on sale now.

Academic programs to highlight annual Russian Festival

The 19th annual Kalamazoo Russian Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Fetzer Center. A full slate of programming for young and old is planned, with opening ceremonies scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.

Experience a world of cultures during one week

Learn how to play cricket, prepare traditional ethnic foods, write Chinese calligraphy and much more during International Education Week, set for Saturday through Friday, Nov. 15-21.

New series kicks off with highly honored Michigan educator

Michigan's 2014 Teacher of the Year Gary Abud will help launch a new speaker series at Western Michigan University focusing on topics in K-12 education. The Thursday, Nov. 13 event is free and open to the public.

Honors College hosts award-winning author

Celebrated American Book Award winner and poet Gordon Henry Jr. will perform live with founding members of music group Northwoods Improvisors at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

Presentation by OtterBox chief executive canceled

A Distinguished Speaker Series presentation this week by Brian Thomas has been canceled. Thomas also will not be able to take part in the student-led DESIGNEDtoLEAD conference as previously scheduled.

WMU trustees extend president's contract into 2017

Acting during a special formal session Nov. 7, the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend the contract of WMU President John M. Dunn for an additional year, with that term now to end June 30, 2017.

Florida State clarinet professor to give recital at WMU

Jonathan Holden will perform a recital of chamber music with Marissa Olin and Eric Troiano at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The free program will include music by Libby Larsen and David Gillingham.

WMU faculty ensemble, Merling Trio, joined by guest artists

WMU School of Music faculty ensemble, Merling Trio, will be joined by guest artists Jun-Ching Lin and Andrew Koehler for a concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Forums to update progress on campus diversity study

Discussion on Western Michigan University's Campus Climate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion study will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.

WMU mentor program earns statewide recognition

The University's Career Mentor Program for LBGTA students is an Equity in Education Award winner and will be honored by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers at its annual conference.

Turkey Trot 5K race/walk returns for 62nd year

Southwest Michigan's oldest organized race and walk, the Turkey Trot, begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Student Recreation Center. A canned food drive is being held in conjunction with the event.

University Theatre presents 'Hair'

The all-student cast will take a trip into the 60s with several performances of the Tony Award-winning musical Nov. 14-23 in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.