September 2019 WMU News

Autonomous vehicle research rolling onto WMU campus

Research involving an autonomous electric shuttle officially kicked off Thursday, Sept. 19, on the WMU campus. The $2.1 million project, funded through the Michigan Mobility Challenge announced by former Gov. Rick Snyder last year, focuses on improving transportation options for people with disabilities.

Health advisory: Safeguards against mosquito-borne virus recommended

Health officials have recommended avoiding outdoor activities after dusk due to local cases of the rare but serious mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Officials also recommend using insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET. UPDATE: Insect repellent is being made available at academic buildings, residence halls, the Sindecuse Health Center, the Student Rec Center and other key areas.

Outstanding faculty, staff members awarded WMU's highest honors

At Fall Convocation, eleven WMU faculty and staff members were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the University. The Distinguished Service, Distinguished Teaching, Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Emerging Scholar and Make a Difference awards were presented during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 20.

WMU Study Abroad Fair open to campus and community

Western Michigan University's annual Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 25, will provide area students and the public with the information to make an overseas learning experience part of their college degree programs.

Three WMU students receive prestigious scholarships

Western Michigan University students Jake DeJulio, Jake Frye and Samantha Mcgrath have received prestigious scholarships from the National Grocers Association Foundation. This is the second consecutive year that WMU students have garnered the most scholarships out of all students nationally who received awards.

WMU's regional manufacturing lab installs new high-tech equipment

The first of three new machines for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, or AMP Lab, in downtown Grand Rapids, weighs more than 20,000 pounds and required removal of one of the windows facing Cherry Street and two cranes in order to move into the building and to its final spot in the Showcase/Prototyping Lab.

Three to receive WMU's Distinguished Service Award

Diana Hernández, director of the Division of Multicultural Affairs; Dr. Wei-Chiao Huang, professor of economics; and Dr. William Rantz, professor of aviation sciences, will receive Western Michigan University's Distinguished Service Award during WMU's annual Fall Convocation Friday, Sept. 20.

Donation helps WMU foster entrepreneur success in Kalamazoo community

A $140,000 gift establishing the Monroe-Brown Foundation Entrepreneurship Fund aims to foster job-creation and engage Kalamazoo-area entrepreneurs like Dr. Khady Ndao-Brumblay, who hopes to turn her dream of increasing African representation in children's literature a reality.

Four staffers bestowed WMU's top honor

Dr. Vun Doubblestein, Rebecca Huntley, Shari Rose and Dustin Skaggs will be honored for their exceptional contributions to Western Michigan University during Fall Convocation Friday, Sept. 20.

Faculty experts give free science talks to boost research awareness

Monthly engaging public talks about science start Saturday, Sept. 14, on the campus of Western Michigan University. Various WMU faculty members will speak and answer questions from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 1104 Rood Hall on a variety of topics that are relevant and open to all ages.

WMU welcomes new director of international admissions

Dr. M.K. "Mohan" Mohanan brings to WMU deep expertise in graduate and undergraduate international admissions and the enrollment management lifecycle from his work at Cleveland State University, Rutgers University, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Wayne State University.

WMU Today to go online, feature self-published announcements

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 9, WMU Today, the compilation of concise campus notices emailed to employees and retirees each week, will become an online repository in addition to a weekly email blast. Employees may post their own notices to appear on the WMU Today site using the University's content management system. As of Monday, Oct. 7, submissions for WMU Today will no longer be accepted by email.

Students, public invited to career fairs held this fall

Members of the public, along with students and alumni from WMU and other area colleges and universities, are welcome to attend as many events as they wish. No registration is necessary, although attendees will need to go through check-in at many of the events.

Topping-out event, groundbreaking to celebrate two WMU building projects

The University community will gather Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new student center and dining facility and also to celebrate a major milestone for Arcadia Flats, the new student housing complex that is rising in Hilltop Village.