February 2023 WMU News

World-renowned artist carved path to success at Western

M. Scott Johnson came to Western as a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Academy and began exploring disciplines across campus, including anthropology, history, geography and theology. He built on that foundation, along with impressive apprenticeships, to become a sought-after artist.

Why I Give: Linda Lesniak

Linda Lesniak, BA '70, MA '71, PhD '74, has a passion for empowering women in the field of mathematics, which inspired her to give to future Bronco alumni through scholarships.

WMU’s century plant reaches new heights

When a century plant grows 3.5 inches daily, it's quite the sight to behold! Meet Alice, the Agave americana plant at Western Michigan University, which is preparing to bloom. But with its spike already surpassing the top of the greenhouse, Finch Greenhouse specialist Chris Jackson has to be creative to help Alice reach the end of its life cycle.

Western receives grant to aid student retention

The goal of the Courses and Curricula in Urban Ecosystems project is to eliminate race, ethnicity and family income as the best predictors of who succeeds in gateway courses and to examine the broader curricula of those courses. 

The numbers are in: Marketing analytics course makes measurable difference

Dr. Ann Veeck has taught Food Marketing Analytics since its inaugural class in spring 2018. As she prepared for her fall class, she recognized there was a unique opportunity for her current students to learn from alumni and invited many of them back to judge the final presentations.

Detecting threats and emergencies to protect infrastructures

Dr. Shameek Bhattacharjee envisions a time when emergencies and cyber threats in infrastructures such as city transportation systems or electricity service distribution systems are detected and reported to responders almost immediately, resulting in better service and lower costs.

When data—not cars­—drives the new American city

From roundabouts and bike lanes to the increase in e-scooters and e-bikes to commuter updates going directly to your smartphone, a quiet revolution is occurring across the United States in an effort to craft safer and more mobile cities. At the center of much of this work is WMU’s Dr. Valerian Kwigizile, associate professor of civil and construction engineering and co-director of the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities.