March 2023 WMU News

Lillie Foland is a project prodigy

From the start of her college career, senior Lillie Foland of Northville, Michigan, was involved in projects that helped her learn and grow.

STEM-focused family event returns to WMU-Grand Rapids

The second annual AMP Lab Family Open House event is planned for Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMP Lab @ WMU in downtown Grand Rapids. This free event encourages children ages 5-12 to explore the world of STEM and manufacturing through a variety of curiosity-provoking hands-on activities.

‘Rising star’ tapped to lead Western’s College of Education and Human Development

“WMU CEHD faculty has a strong record of securing external funding, and I am excited to help grow that portfolio,” Dr. Laura H. Dinehart says. “As a leader, I intend to encourage mentoring and community-building strategies within departments while also working as a facilitator to connect faculty with collaborative opportunities both within and outside the institution.”

Child and family development student puts learning into practice to help create a thriving community for youth

Carly Smith, a student in Western's child and family development program, is putting learning into practice at her internship with the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network. This after-school care program is an organization that uses data-driven models to partner with out-of-school programs, creating a thriving community for youth. The skill and hands-on learning gained from faculty and courses at Western have prepared Smith to be effective in after-school care programs. 

WMU to host regional Science Olympiad tournament

Students from Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties will be competing at Western for the regional Science Olympiad Tournament.

Seniors honored for academic excellence as 2023 Presidential Scholars

Each year, faculty members from across the University select the most outstanding senior in their nearly 50 academic schools, departments and programs to represent their unit as a WMU Presidential Scholar. This year, scholars were chosen from a senior class of 4,748 students.