September 2020 WMU News

WellTrack app gives WMU community tools to focus on mental health

A new self-help application available to WMU students, faculty and staff offers a number of tools and resources aimed at managing mental health. Supporting the University’s wellness mission, WellTrack allows users to track their mood over time, identify stressors, intentionally schedule self-care activities and learn about strategies to manage feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.

WMU program fast-tracks student ideas to business launch

Starting Gate business  accelerator is open to all WMU sophomore and older undergraduate and all graduate students through a competitive application process where students must demonstrate a promising idea for a product or service, which can be launched within a short period of time

WMU takes action to advance racial justice

Mountaintop Initiatives is a new $2 million investment to advance the University's charge toward racial justice. In addition, the newly formed Racial Justice Advisory Committee will lead efforts to address systemic racism and racial inequities on campus and identify actions to build a campuswide culture of change.

WMU programs recognized by national diversity magazine

WMU was one of 90 institutions from around the nation named an annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity—HEED—honoree by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine and recognized for its efforts supporting diversity in higher education.

WMU students eligible for campus sustainability grant funding

Applications for the fall 2020 WMU Student Sustainability Grant allocations cycle are due on Thursday, Nov. 19, by 11:59 p.m. Collaborators expect to award up to $32,500 this fall semester. Awards will be announced by mid-December 2020.

WMU partners to host film, panel discussion on reducing gender bias in STEM fields

Western Michigan University—in collaboration with Iowa State University, Michigan Technological University and North Dakota State University—is hosting a virtual film and panel discussion to enhance awareness of gender bias and continued lack of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields.

Trustees adopt 2020-21 budget reflecting better-than-projected shortfall, enrollment

Enrollment proved to be one of the better-than-expected elements in this year's budget picture. Predicted in May to be down as much as 15% in some national higher education models and similarly in the University's own forecast, WMU's fall enrollment is 20,490, down by 4.6%, which is less than a third of the predicted decrease.

Student Recreation Center reopens with safety precautions in place

The SRC is returning to action in phases, beginning with outdoor and virtual fitness programming. The facility will reopen Friday, Sept. 11. Current students, faculty and staff can participate in those classes free of charge through the month of September. Paid SRC membership will be required to utilize indoor facilities.

Flu shots are available at Sindecuse Health Center

WMU's health center offers seasonal influenza immunizations to full- and part-time employees, students, retirees and other eligible individuals beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. Precautions are in place to reduce risks associated with COVID-19. Drop-in clinics are not yet scheduled for the fall semester.

Fall virtual career fairs to connect WMU students to job seekers

Employers have posted thousands of jobs to the online career site Handshake, and representatives from Career and Student Employment Services and the Zhang Career Center have had conversations with hundreds of employers about their hiring needs.