October 2020 WMU News

So that all may learn

Dr. Selena Protacio received a COVID-19 Response Grant through WMU's Office of Research and Innovation to fund a design-based research study focused on bridging the technology gap between English learners in rural areas and their teachers by utilizing voice recorders to deliver lessons.

Shining light on the future of disinfection

Tekna, a global product development firm founded by a WMU alum, partnered with the University to pilot new technology that uses UVC light to disinfect personal items and equipment. It's an added layer of protection as Western works to mitigate spread of COVID-19.

Student group focuses on breaking the stigma surrounding mental health

A recent Active Minds survey found 89% of college students are experiencing stress or anxiety as a result of COVID-19, and a quarter of students surveyed say their depression has significantly increased. But there is a silver lining: Two-thirds of students report an increase in supporting others with their mental wellness. It's a mission X-Hale, a Registered Student Organization established to help break down stigmas surrounding mental health among students and encourage healthy behaviors, is helping to move forward.

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist to join WeVote in final push to encourage student civic engagement

A week ahead of Election Day, WeVote is making one last push to get Western Michigan University students equipped and excited to vote. The nonpartisan group, which focuses on encouraging civic engagement on campus, will be joined by Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist for a panel discussion among student leaders. The virtual event, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, will encourage students to make their voices heard by voting.

Mental Health Week at WMU aims to raise awareness, offer resources

Mental Health Week at WMU runs Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23. It features a variety of events to highlight wellness resources the campus community can utilize. In addition to events, all week long the University will be sharing tips to help students take care of their mental well-being using the hashtag #BeWellBroncos on various social media platforms.

Students help lead COVID-19 prevention, education efforts on WMU campus

The COVID-19 Student Coalition aims to keep the student population educated about proper mitigation strategies to reduce spread of the new coronavirus. The group is wielding their peer influence to encourage safe behaviors on campus and connect students to health and safety resources. 

Fostering success of STEM transfer students at WMU is focus of nearly $1M NSF grant

The five-year grant will look to recruit, retain and support future chemists and biochemists who transfer into WMU's program through structured and targeted interventions such as workshops, community service, research and internship opportunities. The project will also include faculty programming to foster inclusive mentoring practices, incorporate evidence-based instructional practices into courses and support diverse students.

Bronco fall spirit events scheduled

Bronco fall alumni celebrations will highlight campus with a car parade through several spirit zones and virtual components, and a Virtual Bash will help students connect with campus organizations and departments.