December 2023 WMU News

Physics alumnus journeys from space dreams to quantum realities

Progressing from a young enthusiast mesmerized by the cosmos to a quantum application engineer at a distinguished U.K. national lab, Dr. Manqoba Hlatshwayo, a graduate from Western Michigan University's Department of Physics, has blazed a trail in quantum physics and computational nuclear physics.

A growing inspiration: Undergraduates’ garden initiative motivates the masses

In the backyard of a housing complex in Kalamazoo, atop a retaining wall, a vibrant garden flourishes with an array of fresh produce, from baby watermelons to cherry tomatoes. This garden is more than mere cultivation; it’s a byproduct of Seed—an urban gardening initiative conceived by Western Michigan University undergraduate students Alexa Hempel, Lexus Lawlor, Will Roosien and Joshua VanSlambrouck.

College recruiter recognized with semi-annual award

The award recognizes an individual’s exceptional work and outstanding contributions in support of faculty, staff, students, administrators and all those served by the College of Education and Human Development.

Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

WMU DPS first sought accreditation from the commission in 2019, and in 2021 became one of the small number of police agencies statewide  to achieve accreditation after undergoing the rigorous examination process. That process begins with assessment, which started anew this year as the department is seeking reaccreditation.

Mia VandenBerg is raising the bar in human resources

Mia VandenBerg, a human resource management student at Western Michigan University, is elevating the world of human resources. Taking her turn in the professional world through internships, academic involvement and co-curricular activities, the senior is more than ready to launch a well-developed career after graduation.

International student finds dynamic new dimensions in IT career field

Shahriar Imran, an international student at Western Michigan University, is growing professionally almost as quickly as his field does. Originally from Noakhali, Bangladesh, the senior studying computer information systems is immersing himself in his education to become a well-rounded data scientist.

Seniors take the runway in student-designed accessible outfits

In a heartwarming display of cross-college collaboration, fashion and occupational therapy students teamed up to create stunning outfits for seniors at the Ecumenical Senior Center. These custom-made pieces, designed for both accessibility and elegance, were worn by the seniors during their holiday gala.

'I matter here': HRM student finds her place at the Haworth College of Business

Human resource management student Alyssa Lozano is excited to take on the world of HR. Building on the skills she has learned in the classroom, her current internship is helping her apply her knowledge to the real world and find her passion for aiding companies in their journey toward excellence.

A future to smile about: Aviation grad on fast track to flight deck

Emily Hartzell is a step job closer to her dream job of flying for Delta as she approaches commencement. In addition to the Propel Pilot Program, she's racked up a number of aviation experiences at Western that have helped prepare her for the pilot's seat.

How Mongolia's herding culture shaped a doctoral candidate's journey

Nestled amidst a tapestry of contrasting terrains, from mountains and plains to deserts and  forests, Mongolia and its herding population have captured the academic imagination of Western Michigan University Department of Sociology doctoral candidate Byron Miller. 

WMU partners with local tribes to create tribal governance graduate certificate

Long before it housed lecture halls and textbooks, the land where Western Michigan University now stands was home to the Ojibwe, Odawa and Bodewadmi people, whose legacy still influences the University's identity today. A deep reverence for this ancestral heritage has led the University on a journey of cultural celebration and respect.

From childhood poems to literary Alaska: An alumna's journey to authorship

Emotional short stories and melodramatic poems provided the childhood building blocks for Western Michigan University alumna and author Dr. Melinda Moustakis’s exceptional career. A writing journey that was launched crafting elementary school writing projects eventually led Moustakis to WMU, where she earned her Ph.D. in creative writing. 

Dunbar Hall's renovation blends legacy and innovation

A wave of excitement is building at Western Michigan University as the highly anticipated renovation of Dunbar Hall, an academic landmark that has served tens of thousands of students over the decades, nears completion. The thoroughly modernized learning environment, made possible by a $43 million investment, is slated to open in spring 2024. 

Michigan Geological Survey receives $14 million in funding

A new chapter begins for the Michigan Geological Survey (MGS), affiliated with Western Michigan University’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, as it secured a substantial funding surge of $14 million from the state of Michigan. This funding promises to bolster the survey's efforts and lead to advancements in geological research and resource management.