Top News of 2016

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WMU's President Dunn announces 2017 retirement date

Dunn, who has served as president of WMU since July 1, 2007, will retire June 30, 2017. He plans to serve in the capacity of president emeritus for the year following his tenure as president.

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WMU football Broncos win MAC title

The No. 13 ranked WMU football Broncos beat Ohio 29-23 in the Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship game Friday, Dec. 2, to earn their first conference title since 1988.

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Football Broncos head to MAC championship

The No. 13 ranked WMU football Broncos will face Ohio in the Mid-American Conference championship game at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Ford Field in Detroit.

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Beatrice P. Hartman obituary

Beatrice P. Hartman, assistant professor emerita of communication, died Nov. 15 at age 91. Services have taken place.

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June Marie Conkin obituary

June Marie Conkin, a retired custodian, died Nov. 24 at age 73. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30, and the funeral service for Thursday, Dec. 1.

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Mary Eleanor (Mariel) Neu obituary

Mary Eleanor (Mariel) Neu, associate professor emerita of art, died Nov. 15 at age 76. A memorial service is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo.

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ESPN College GameDay coming to WMU Saturday

ESPN College GameDay will make a first-time stop in Kalamazoo Saturday, Nov. 19, to do a pregame broadcast from the campus of No. 14 (AP) WMU. Be at the Sangren Pedestrian Mall by 9 a.m. dressed in your brown and gold.

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Elaine Chew obituary

Elaine Chew, a retired physician assistant in the Sindecuse Health Center, died Oct. 11 at age 82. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Bonnie Sleeman obituary

Bonnie Sleeman, a retired executive assistant in the Office of Information Technology, died Oct. 19 at age 70.

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Football Broncos move up to No. 14 in AP rankings

WMU moved up three spots to No. 14 in the AP rankings and fell to No. 21 in the USA Today poll. CFP rankings (No. 23) are updated Tuesday night. Broncos remain undefeated at 9-0.

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Football Broncos move up to No. 17 in AP Poll

At 8-0, WMU's football team is one of only five in the nation to remain undefeated. Following a bye week, the Broncos moved up to No. 17 in the AP rankings and No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

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WMU men's soccer honored for team GPA

The Broncos concluded the 2015-16 academic year with an overall team GPA of 3.34, which ranked among the top of Division I institutions.

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Football Broncos move up to No. 20 in AP Poll

At 7-0, WMU's football team is one of 11 teams in the nation to be undefeated. The next game is a home match against Eastern Michigan set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Russell P. Griggs obituary

Russell P. Griggs, retired construction supervisor with landscape services, died Aug. 13 at age 81.

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Kay A. Shearer obituary

Kay A. Shearer, retired office coordinator in the Mallinson Institute for Science Education, died Sept. 17 at age 71.

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Margaret J. Watson obituary

Margaret J. Watson, retired classroom technology consultant, died Sept. 26 at age 61. No formal service is being held, per Watson's wishes.

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Frank R. Olenchak obituary

Dr. Frank R. Olenchak, assistant professor emeritus of education and professional development, died Aug. 24 at age 88.

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Thomas L. Swihart obituary

Thomas L. Swihart, retired equipment operator for landscape services, died Aug. 24 at age 67. He joined the WMU staff in 1986 and retired in 2010 after 24 years of service to the University.

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Arthur T. Howson obituary

Arthur T. Howson, assistant professor emeritus of education and professional development, died Aug. 15 at age 85.

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Bert Carr obituary

Bert Carr, a retired vehicle mechanic at WMU, died June 10 at age 90. He joined the WMU staff in 1979 and retired in 1990 after 11 years of service to the University.

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Revised strategic plan being implemented through 2020

To assist in the implementation, faculty and staff members will receive a quick reference guide in the mail and, if appropriate, be able to participate in enterprise risk management training. 

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Alumni competing in goalball at Paralympics in Rio

John Kusku, Joseph Hamilton, Tyler Merren and Asya Miller, all graduates of WMU, and Jen Armbruster, a former WMU instructor, are competing in the goalball competitions at the Paralympic Games, which run through Sept. 18.

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Fredrick J. Dobney obituary

Dr. Fredrick J. Dobney, former WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, died Aug. 19 at his home in Brighton. He was 72.

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New alum's photo chosen for national promotions

A photo of J. Gabriel Ware taken by WMU photographer Mike Lanka was selected by the Phi Kappa Phi honor society as first place winner in its Spring 2016 Graduation Photo Contest.

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Thomas J. Carr obituary

Thomas J. Carr, former associate vice president for operations of the Office of Business and Finance, died July 15 at age 87. 

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Robert Campbell obituary

Robert Campbell, a retired financial services specialist in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, died June 11 at age 69.

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Marcia L. Thompson obituary

Marcia L. Thompson, a retired human resources assistant, died April 20 at age 67. She joined the WMU staff in 1997 and retired in 2010 after 13 years of service to the University.

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Leander C. Jones obituary

Dr. Leander C. Jones, emeritus professor of Africana Studies, died July 2 at age 81. Visitation and a Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity service is set for July 8, with a memorial service scheduled for noon July 9.

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Officials give OK for WMU 'takeoff' in Florida

Florida's Commission for Independent Education has approved two provisional licenses, paving the way for WMU to offer aviation and several other academic programs in the state.

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Onsi B. Fares obituary

Onsi Fares, former language specialist in the Career English Language Center for International Studies, died April 29 at age 91.

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Norma Cook obituary

Norma Cook, a retired staff member in Dining Services, died June 22 at age 94. A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 6.

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Donald F. Sellin obituary

Dr. Donald F. Sellin, professor emeritus of special education, died May 16 at age 82. He joined the faculty in 1969 and retired in 1990 after 21 years of service to the University.

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Berwin H. Bergman obituary

Berwin H. Bergman, a retired carpet and tile layer, died May 28, at age 75. He joined the staff in 1986 and retired in 2002 after 16 years of service to the University.

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Arthur W. Parker Jr. obituary

Arthur W. Parker Jr., a retired press operator in what was Brink Printing Services, died May 7 at age 83. He joined the staff in 1966 and retired in 1994 after 28 years of service.

Judy K. Dunn obituary

Judy K. Dunn, a retired athletic equipment handler, died April 27 at age 74. She joined the WMU staff in 1974 and retired in 2002 after more than 27 years of service to the University.

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Bernadine Carlson obituary

Dr. Bernadine "Penny" Carlson, professor emerita of English, died May 17 at age 97. A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo.

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Philip E. Kaldon obituary

Dr. Philip E. Kaldon, physics, died Wednesday, April 20, at age 57. He had been teaching at WMU since 1992.

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Faculty Senate elects board members

Three new officers and seven directors comprise the senate's new leadership team. Most of the members will serve two-year terms, through 2018.

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Ursula Barrett obituary

Ursula Barrett, retired staff member in Burnhams Dining Services, died May  8 at age 76. She joined the WMU staff in 1980 and retired in 2006 after almost 26 years of service.

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Dorene Lois Scheffers obituary

Dorene Lois Scheffers, a retired receptionist who most recently worked in Graduate College admissions, died April 17 at age 77.

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Paule Miller obituary

Paule Miller, associate professor emeritus of languages and linguistics, died May 1 at age 91. A celebration of her life will be held from 5 to 7  p.m. Friday, June 3, in Kalamazoo.

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Julie K. TerMeer obituary

Julie K. TerMeer, a staff member in the Sindecuse Health Center, died May 11 at age 44. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17.

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Doretha E. 'Corey' Mortimore obituary

Doretha E. "Corey" Mortimore, a former director of the Annual Fund, died March 20 at age 73. Mortimore joined the staff in 1972 and resigned in 1989 after 17 years of service.

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Sophia Julia Marvin obituary

Sophia Julia Marvin, a retired data operator, died April 9 at age 94. She retired in 1983 after 10 years of service to the University.

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Fifty seniors receive WMU's top undergraduate honor

The 2016 class of Presidential Scholars come from across Michigan as well as other states and demonstrate the outstanding academic and artistic capabilities of the University's student body.

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Eugene M. Bernstein obituary

Eugene M. Bernstein, a former chair of the Department of Physics, died Feb. 20 at age 85. He retired in 1992 after almost 24 years of service to the University.

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Eleanor Rose Samson obituary

Services for Eleanor Rose Samson will be held at noon on Monday, May 2, in Portage and at noon on Tuesday, May 3, in Muskegon.

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Robert 'Rob' E. Fedorchak obituary

Robert "Rob" E. Fedorchak, a former maintenance services staff member, died April 14 at age 69. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28.

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Robert 'Bob' L. Smith obituary

Dr. Robert L. Smith, professor emeritus of communication, died April 11 at age 82. He retired in 1996 after 31 years of service to the University.

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Alfred Balkin obituary

Dr. Alfred Balkin, professor emeritus of education and professional development, died March 23 at the age of 84.

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Malcolm H. Robertson obituary

Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson, professor emeritus of psychology, died Feb 28 at the age of 90. He retired in 1998 after 37 years of service.

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Evaline Sue Marks obituary

Evaline Sue Marks, a former Dining Services staff member, died March 26 at age 68. She retired in 2002 after 33 years of service.

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Timothy Earl Kahler obituary

Timothy E. Kahler, a retired landscape services staff member, died April 7 at age 69. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 18, with visitation starting at noon.

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David F. Sadler obituary

Dr. David F. Sadler, an emeritus English professor, died March 5 at age 93. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

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Janet E. Stillwell obituary

Dr. Janet E. Stillwell, a former associate dean of fine arts, died March 29 at age 79. A tribute will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Dalton Center lobby.

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Dan G. Malley obituary

Dan G. Malley, a retired WMU custodian, died March 2 at age 68. He retired in 2012 after 12 years of service to the University.

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Flor De Lys Houston obituary

Flor De Lys Houston, a retired library assistant at Waldo Library, died Feb. 16 at age 95. She retired in 1985 after 16 years of service to the University

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Anthony A. Gioia obituary

Anthony A. Gioia, a retired professor of mathematics, died Jan. 4 at age 81. He retired in 1996 after 30 years of service to the University.

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Idella L. Anderson obituary

Idella L. Anderson, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Nov. 8, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1985 after 21 years of service to the University

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Daniel Tinkler obituary

Daniel Tinkler, a retired power plan operating engineer,  died Aug. 31, 2015, at age 67. Memorial gifts may be made to the Almena United Methodist Church Helping Hands Fund.

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Carl F. Shuster obituary

Carl F. Shuster, retired director of the pilot plants in the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering, died Feb. 8 at age 87.

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Emilie A. Garrity obituary

Emilie A. Garrity, retired utility food person in Walwood Union, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, at age 104.

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Eugene L. Keller obituary

Eugene L. Keller, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Monday, Feb. 15, at age 91. A visitation is planned for Feb. 21 with a funeral mass Feb. 22.

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Fotoula 'Tulla Kaz' Kazanowski obituary

Fotoula "Tulla Kaz" Kazanowski, a retired senior administrative assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences, died Jan. 7 at age 89.

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Jane Walter obituary

Jane Walter, a retired scanning machine operator, died Nov. 25, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1987 after 14 years of service to the University.

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Shirley R. Miars obituary

Shirley R. Miars, a retired statistician in the Registrar's Office, died Nov. 17, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1987 after 12 years of continuous service to the University.

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Former chair of anthropology dies

Robert Jack Smith, professor emeritus and chair of anthropology died Jan. 31. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 6.

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Jim Tripp obituary

Jim Tripp, a painter/glazier, died Dec. 25, 2015, at age 62. An open house to celebrate his life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

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John J. Pruis obituary

John J. Pruis, a former WMU vice president, professor and secretary to the Board of Trustees, died Friday, Jan. 15, at age 92.

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Lambert R. VanderKooi obituary

Dr. Lambert R. VanderKooi, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died Nov. 17, 2015, at age 80. Services have been held.

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Michael Woodhams obituary

Michael "Woody" Woodhams, former electrician in maintenance services, died Jan. 19. A memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 25.

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Janice S. Weaver obituary

Janice S. Weaver, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Dec. 30, 2015, at age 68. Services have been held. A message book is available online

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Marvin 'Geno' Milkovich obituary

Marvin "Geno" Milkovich, a former carpet cleaner, died Dec. 24 at age 83. A private graveside service is to be held.

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Elton Mayo obituary

Elton Mayo, a former member of the Facilities Management staff, died Jan. 26, 2015, at age 83. Arrangements were handled by Life Story Funeral Homes-Betzler.

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Joseph T. MacLean obituary

Joseph T. MacLean, former manager of the WMU Bookstore, died Sept. 11, 2015, at age 77. Services have been held.

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Edward W. Randt Jr. obituary

Edward W. Randt Jr., a retired journeyman plumber, died Dec. 24 at age 77. Visitation and the funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 and 11 a.m., respectively.

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John 'Bokey' D. Satterfield Jr. obituary

John "Bokey" D. Satterfield Jr., a retired maintenance services manager, died Dec. 29 at age 73. A visitation is set for Jan. 8 with a service on Jan. 9.