January 2024 WMU News

WMU professor’s research shows social connection leads to success in health goals

What if you could harness the power of social media platforms to help you reach your goals? Dr. Jiahe (Carrie) Song, associate professor of business information systems at Western Michigan University, has recently published research that delves into this question, with interesting applications for both consumers and health care providers.

Mentors and memberships: Becoming an engineer and a leader

Finding and becoming a mentor while studying to become an industrial engineer, Western student Rachel Millett has taken on leadership roles on campus and is ready to start her career in a field experiencing explosive growth.

Ethics Center announces book clubs for spring 2024

Selections highlight ethical questions regarding body size, plagiarism, cancel culture and the place of the virtues in living a good life. All discussions take place in person on Western Michigan University’s Main Campus.

International grad student takes big steps in the right direction

Hellen Yaa Agbevey is taking her first steps toward professional success. Originally from Ghana, Africa, Agbevey is a graduate student in WMU Haworth’s Master of Science in Finance program and on her way to achieving her goal of becoming a financial analyst.

WALI helps expand access to space education

The Western Aerospace Launch Initiative (WALI) is a student organization dedicated to designing, building, testing and launching WMU’s first satellite.

WMU to close all campuses at 3 p.m. for winter storm

Except for essential services, all WMU campuses will close at 3 p.m. for the remainder of today, Friday, Jan. 12, due to severe weather. Classes scheduled for 3 p.m. or later today are canceled.

Governor names new trustees to Western’s governing board

Joining the University’s board are James L. Liggins Jr., senior counsel with the Kalamazoo office of Warner Norcross + Judd, and Kara Wood, executive director of the Grand Rapids-based economic development organization Grand Action 2.0.

Semester-long series at WMU focuses on climate crisis, inspiring change

Dozens of events for the series, which runs from January through April. They include student-led demonstrations and discussions, film viewings, faculty- and staff-led workshops and lectures, and events hosted by community groups, which will educate students and community members on climate justice, sustainability and ways to fight climate change as individuals, such as recycling, food resourcing and meat consumption, clothing sustainability and conservation of natural resources.

WMU prioritizes safety with expanded Narcan program

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Recognizing the need for immediate intervention in opioid overdose emergencies, Western Michigan University is making access to Narcan nasal spray available for emergency use.

Alumna’s HBO documentary shines light on medical errors

In the aftermath of a harrowing family medical crisis, Margo (Towe) Burrows, an alumna of Western Michigan University School of Communication, unexpectedly found herself on a new career trajectory. When her mother-in-law fell into a coma following what was supposed to be a routine partial hip replacement surgery, Burrows embarked on a fervent ten year long quest to uncover critical medical errors in pursuit of justice.