April 2020 WMU News

Summer camps online at WMU in June

A listing of all camps, with new listings added as information becomes available, can be found at wmich.edu/admissions/camps.

Dietician offers natural ways to boost immunity

Right now the world is in the middle of a health crisis. A novel virus—one that has not been identified in humans before—has swept the globe. While that means our bodies don’t have preexisting defenses to COVID-19, there are natural ways to boost your immunity in general.

WMU supply chain alum helps drive GM’s efforts to produce ventilators

Creating a complete supply chain within 72 hours was something that Michael Schwandt, B.B.A.'13, never thought he would have to do, but with a strong team beside him and his WMU supply chain education guiding him, he was ready to help GM deliver a 30,000-unit ventilator order from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Alexis Brown: Achieving Excellence in Aviation

When it came to a career in aviation, Alexis Brown always seemed to know she was on the right "track." During their college careers, her parents competed in that sport and, listening to their stories about travels and meets while growing up, she wanted to follow in their spike marks as well. Good enough as an athlete at LakeVille Memorial High School in Genesee County, Brown earned a track-and-field scholarship to Western Michigan University. The aviation part of the equation was spawned a little earlier when Brown was a youngster in her hometown of Otisville, a small hamlet northeast of Flint.

Physics professor amasses support for WMU students

Led by Dr. Michael Famiano, a professor of physics, a contingent of WMU faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community members is banding together to collect and deliver food and household products to students still living on or near campus.

WMU telehealth: Is the doctor in? Yes!

Similar to an in-person visit, telehealth appointments use video to have a conversation by computer, tablet or smartphone with a provider.

Innovative ideas wanted: COVID-19 Response Grant established

The grant program, designed to support small-scale research projects and creative scholarship, is open to WMU faculty as well as administrators and those staff who meet  the University's requirements to serve in the role of principal investigator to apply for the grant program.

Student entrepreneurs clinch e-Fest prize

Western Michigan University industrial and entrepreneurial engineering student Tyler Skibicki and mechanical engineering student Noah Schultz earned a $3,000 prize from the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge e-Fest competition in March.

Distance education: You do you

Dr. Alan Rea, professor of business information systems, and Dr. Marcel Zondag, associate professor of marketing, are mentoring college of business faculty and staff in the transition to distance education and will serve as experts for the wider campus community in transitioning summer I courses to distance learning. Their take: teaching online is not one size fits all.

Music challenge aims to build harmony, community from a distance

Thousands of miles apart, a Western Michigan University faculty member and alumnus hope to bring people together—through music. They're challenging the WMU community to sing or perform renditions of the University's alma mater and fight song and post them on social media.