December 2021 WMU News

National chemical engineering JEOPARDY! challenges students

During the fall semester, a team from Western's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences participated in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' JEOPARDY! competition, participating in the competition during the organization's national conference.

WMU education professors receive $29.5M grant to support Grand Rapids children, families

The Grand Rapids Southeast Promise Neighborhood Project, funded at roughly $6 million a year, will address a pipeline of 14 evidence-based solutions for student success, including school readiness, literacy and math success, transitions to middle and high school, post-secondary preparation, and a variety of student and family health and security targets.

Test of WMU Alert system set for Wednesday, Dec. 22

The test will take place beginning at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, unless the WMU Alert system has been activated within the previous 24 hours. If it has been activated, the test will be postponed and instead take place at about 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23.

Hands-on experience helps engineering grad build bright future

Sometimes the path to a college degree is a winding one. Sarah Bular changed her major three times, but her persistence paid off and put her on the path to a fulfilling career in a field she loves. She will graduate with a degree in manufacturing engineering technology and a full-time job at Daimler Trucks North America.

Engineering graduate student awarded scholarship

Baraah Qawasmeh, a Western Michigan University graduate student, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Michigan section of the Institute of Transportation Engineering. 

Western Michigan University to fund 1,350 student scholarships with historic donation

The first initiatives made possible by the historic Empowering Futures Gift—a $550 million contribution to the WMU Foundation over 10 years—will provide not only tuition-free education but also low-cost housing, a new innovative Living Learning Community, internship stipends to foster career development and graduation scholarships for 1,350 incoming and current Broncos during the first year alone.

Approaching graduation with a plan to keep learning

Senior Andrew McCabe, recipient of the Paper Foundation's Outstanding Senior Student award, is approaching graduation but has no intention to stop learning. “Just because I haven’t learned it yet doesn’t mean don’t want to or won’t seek it out in the future,” he says.

Partnership between Western, Gun Lake Tribe promotes suicide prevention

A partnership between Western and Gun Lake Tribe is breaking down stigmas and increasing training and awareness about suicide among Native American youth. The We Walk Together grant is a three-year initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Physical therapy program obtains accreditation, set to graduate first cohort

On Dec. 2, the WMU Department of Physical Therapy received notification that its Doctor of Physical Therapy program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This notification comes four-and-a-half years after the program was initiated at WMU and just three weeks before the first cohort of Doctor of Physical Therapy students will graduate. Graduating from an accredited program is necessary for individuals to obtain a license to practice as a physical therapist.

Resilience, hope fuel athletic training grad's drive for success

Taylor Gaines, whose family experienced stretches of homelessness growing up, is excited to put what she's learned at Western into practice. She has dreams of becoming a physical therapist and opening a clinic to help patients who can't otherwise afford care. "I just care a lot about people, how I can better the community. Seeing the stuff that I've been through just made me want to do better for other people," she says.