April 2022 WMU News

Engineering alumnus produces ethically sourced chocolate

Craving chocolate? Alumnus Connor Tierney produces single origin and ethically sourced chocolate through his company Chocolate Thunder, which he runs during his off hours  as a full time project engineer with Landscape Forms. "There are 168 hours in a week and my day job is only 40 of those hours," says Tierney.

WMU supply chain program names new director

Dr. Marcel Zondag, associate professor of marketing and director of the Food Industry Research and Education Center (FIRE) at Western Michigan University, has been named director of the integrated supply management (ISM) program at the Haworth College of Business.

Western is just right for this chemical engineer

The large number of opportunities—student organizations, career fairs, research for undergraduates—are part of what drew Emily Principe to Western's engineering program. And it's been a perfect fit since she transferred from Macomb Community College.

Social work grad empowered to uplift migrant and Latinx communities

From shy, quiet kid to confident leader, Jessica Cortes has blossomed at Western Michigan University. She will graduate with a bachelor's degree in social work and is continuing her education in the accelerated social work master's degree program with dreams of one day working in a school system.

Foundation Scholar driven to care for communities in need

Just seven years ago, Aunner Calderón didn't speak a word of English. Now he is graduating with honors from Western Michigan University—a full year ahead of schedule—with a degree in biomedical sciences and a world of possibility in front of him.

Western announces 2022 class of Presidential Innovation Professors

Dr. Martha Councell-Vargas, associate professor of music; Dr. Tianshu Liu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Dr. Alisa Perkins, associate professor of comparative religion and an affiliate scholar with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, have been awarded three-year Presidential Innovation Professorships for their advanced and creative studies.

Western Army ROTC cadet top in state, ranked 8th nationally

Senior Grace VanArendonkis, the recipient of the 2022 Army Officer’s Saber from the Arsenal of Democracy Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, has been ranked eighth nationally among all cadets in the Active Duty Nurse Corps.

MODA Motown fashion show drives donations to breast cancer charity

Student clothing designers and fashion aficionados revved up their creative skills for a cause. MODA raised $2,000 for the Ford Warriors in Pink initiative with its Motown Fashion Show at the Gilmore Car Museum, supported by Seelye Ford. A recent alumna helped secure donations of hundreds of bandanas left over from fundraising campaigns for breast cancer patients. Several student designers then used those bandanas to construct their garments for the show. 

Health and Human Services' DEI office looks forward at end of successful year

In addition to its biennial DEI conference and Burian Lecture, the CHHS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has accomplished much in a very busy year, including hosting many virtual workshops, developing a code of ethics for the college and identifying and displaying DEI-related data for the college.

Innovation at Western celebrated at Spring Convocation

The event, which is fully virtual, begins at 9 a.m. with a Fulbright workshop. Presentations on award-winning faculty research follow at 10 a.m. before a virtual Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award poster presentation session at 10:45 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony at noon.

Western celebrates impact of student employees on campus

Whether offering a friendly face and information to prospective students, leading complex research projects or washing dishes in the dining hall, Western Michigan University's student employees provide essential services to keep the institution running—and they build professional skills while doing it. The University will celebrate their contributions during National Student Employee Week, April 10-16.

Ph.D. student earns teaching effectiveness award

Mechanical engineering Ph.D candidate Hassan Shirzadi Jahromi recent received the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award as the result of his dedication to WMU engineering students and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' commitment to an experiential approach in education. This researcher and educator impresses not only the faculty of the college but also the mechanical and aerospace engineering students his teaches.