March 2024 WMU News

Connections between engineering and business a win for students

Ryan Rubarth is a finance major with a passion for engineering and racing. He is a leader on the Bronco Racing Formula SAE team and the Bronco Wind Team, both registered student organizations (RSOs) at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences that are open to all WMU students.

Education professor's study nominated for Article of the Year award

Dr. Summer Davis, an assistant professor of secondary education, was nominated for the National Association of School Psychologists' 2023 Article of the Year for her work on "'It’s the Teacher’s Responsibility:' Examining Pre-service and In-service Teachers’ Responses to Racial Discrimination," published in the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation.

Counselor education professor featured on LGBT+ podcast

Dr. Gary Bischof brought his expertise on marriage, couples and family counseling to a new audience as a guest on the OurPath "Our Voices" podcast. He discusses the pitfalls for couples negotiating gender transition, the factors that can lead to couples staying together and what competent couples therapy looks like for couples in this situation. 

Seniors honored for academic excellence as 2024 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 4,349 students.

Education career fair promotes networking and job readiness

Organized by Career and Student Employment Services, the fair connected education students with representatives from school districts. In addition to showcasing open positions, the fair offered job-ready resources to help students prepare for upcoming interviews.

Aidan Paciorek: Finding a career and community

Aidan Paciorek found a sense of belonging in the WMU food marketing program, which also gave him the opportunity to travel for industry conferences and intern at SpartanNash, where his intern project was named among the top 15 out of over 100.

Lauren Dani: Selling solutions

Lauren Dani has gone from being inspired by her family's business, to majoring in sales and business marketing at Western, to landing a full-time position with Stryker as a result of an internship. Along the way, she has participated in sales competitions and mentored rising sales talent.  

Student experience meets community impact in groundbreaking new Evaluation Lab

The new lab, which employs students from various majors across campus, provides program evaluation and related services to local nonprofit agencies. It partners with organizations to help them measure impact, assess needs, identify opportunities to improve and demonstrate their value through systematic analysis of both numbers and stories. 

WMU celebrates journal's 10-year anniversary on grandfamilies research

College of Education and Human Development faculty members Drs. Ángel Gullón-Rivera and Andrea Smith have played an integral part in delivering high-quality, evidence-based research related to grandparents raising grandchildren to professionals around the globe.