August 2018 WMU News

Ample resources on hand for switch to WMU Essential Studies

Courses for this new general education curriculum must be submitted for review by Monday, Dec. 31. Workshops and interactive tutorials are just some of the tools available to facilitate appropriate course development and prepare for adoption of WMU Essential Studies in 2020.

WMU goes all in to promote student success

Some 4,700 incoming freshman and transfer students are part of a sweeping new program that immediately connects them to campus and orients them to college life and WMU.

Ellis E. Rathburn obituary

Ellis Rathburn, a retired locksmith, died Aug. 16 at age 87. A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in Evart, Michigan.

Todd Havener obituary

Todd Havener, a police officer in the Department of Public Safety, died unexpectedly at home Aug. 9 at age 47. A visitation and memorial service are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, in Kalamazoo.

Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in September

WMU and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in September. Highlights include welcome to Western parties, a new Kalamazoo Art Institute acquisition, the WMU Study Abroad Fair, Kalamazoo's Taste of Jazz and WMU's China Festival.

Werner Sichel obituary

Dr. Werner Sichel, a widely known scholar and professor emeritus of economics, died Aug. 4 at age 83. A funeral service will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the Langeland Funeral Homes Westside (Oshtemo) Chapel.

Norman Greenberg obituary

Dr. Norman C. Greenberg, an emeritus professor who was a leader in broadening the scope of Western Michigan University's global engagements, died May 26 at age 93. Services have taken place.

Sharon Flickinger obituary

Sharon Flickinger, a retired word process operator for WMU's Extended University Programs, died June 3 at age 71.

Finding a better way from bean to brew

WMU alumnus Floyd Sartin, co-founder of the specialty coffee roasting company MochaBox, encourages new business owners to take the leap.