October 2023 WMU News

Forging a new path with HyFlex

Life after undergraduate graduation can become bustling with many different options. With career opportunities, family life and day-to-day responsibilities, time can begin to slip away faster than expected. For Andy MacMillan, Western's HyFlex MBA program has allowed him to begin a new path. 

Liv Hale’s future in advertising is the mane event

A senior at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business, Liv Hale rides at full speed toward her advertising aspirations. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hale is studying advertising and promotion, putting her creative skills into action, while keeping busy around campus. She spent her summer as a marketing and communications intern with Traverse City Horse Shows to promote large-scale functions. 

Moving beyond 'thinking outside the box' to see the world

As an expert in artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and other analytics, WMU's Dr. Kuanchin Chen’s most-recent projects involve collaboration with researchers in Poland, Germany, France, Sweden, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia and Korea.

WMU named to top talent list for consumer packaged goods industry

Western Michigan University's food marketing program was named among the top 11 programs in the country for consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry talent by Consumer Goods Technology. This ranking makes official something CPG organizations have long known—WMU is the place to seek innovative, future-focused employees with strong team skills.

Better buildings through innovation and problem-solving

WMU senior Jessica Schneider says she initially thought she would major in environmental studies. But the interconnection between the environment and building and construction led her to study civil engineering,

Western staff member recognized for support of military student

Christy Chambers, budget analyst in the College of Education and Human Development, received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award recognizes civilian supervisors of Reserve Component Service members who demonstrate support during their employment.

Secondary education alumna receives award from WMU Athletics

Sarah Giramia, a middle school English teacher and graduate of the College of Education and Human Development was the recipient of Extra Yard for Teachers Award. The award was presented by WMU Athletics and the College Football Playoff Foundation.

WMU researchers hope to revolutionize papermaking with $2.5M grant

The team at Western is developing a novel method using enzymes and special solvents, known as deep eutectic solvents, to save energy and reduce carbon output when treating wood chips before they go through a conventional chemical pulping process.

From classroom to credit union, Chloe Park invests in her future

Since transferring to Western Michigan University in the spring of 2022, business analytics student Chloe Park is on a path toward a bright future and successful career, thanks to the support and resources in the Haworth College of Business.

WMU to host 11th annual Michigan Autism Conference

The 11th annual Michigan Autism Conference (MAC), coordinated by the Western Michigan University Department of Psychology, will take place from Oct. 11-13, 2023, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Turfe elected vice chair of WMU Board of Trustees

First appointed to the board in 2020 before being elevated to lead as the body's vice chair in 2023, Turfe brings a wealth of experience and a distinguished career that spans various industries including automotive, e-commerce, metals, medical devices, biotechnology, life sciences and pharmacy.

Data is only the beginning for ambitious business student

Ethan Collyer, a senior studying computer information systems at Western’s Haworth College of Business, is putting himself out into the professional business world one step at a time. Collyer is passionate about the work he is doing and is always looking for new opportunities.

Spencer Gould is energized for his future

Spencer Gould is a student finding his place in the world through his studies at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business. A business analytics major, the senior has jumped into the exciting opportunities and experiences at WMU Haworth, starting with a rewarding internship with a company he continues to work for today.