Top News of 2015

Photo of the winning Western Sustainers team with advisors. Front row: Elijah Lowry, Max Hornick, Kelsey Pitschel, Carlos Daniels. Back row: Kyle Simpson, Ramon Roberts-Perazza, Josh Shultz.
March 30, 2015 | WMU News

The $15,000 prize was awarded by an international panel of judges for the design of the The Local Loop Farm. The team was challenged to work collaboratively across  disciplinary boundaries to create a circular economy.

Photo of a memorial floral arrangement.
March 31, 2015 | WMU News

Albert E. Castel III, professor emeritus of history, died Nov. 14, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio at age 86. Services and interment have occurred. Memorial guestbook entries can be made online.

Photo of a WMU student at a career fair.
March 27, 2015 | WMU News

A five-year-old effort to track the postgraduate activities of WMU alumni has revealed a 90.1 percent rate of active engagement after graduation, with 80.1 percent employed in jobs related to their discipline.

Photo of Dorothy Christian.
March 26, 2015 | WMU News

The documentary, produced and directed by Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti and first in a three-part series, will have its local debut at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in 1025 Brown Hall.

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March 26, 2015 | WMU News

Drs. Julie Apker and Christine Browning have been named Graduate College Faculty Fellows for 2015. Fellows make significant contributions to WMU's graduate education while developing as campus leaders.

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March 26, 2015 | WMU News

Dr. C. James Hueng and Dr. Xiaojun Wang are the recipients of the fourth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant. Each awardee will receive $3,000 to support a research project and publication.

Photo of Dr. Simon Forde.
March 26, 2015 | WMU News

Dr. Simon Forde, who most recently served as the head of acquisitions at Amsterdam University Press and publisher of the press' European History list, has taken the helm of the Medieval Institute's publishing arm.

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March 25, 2015 | WMU News

The national Arbor Day Foundation has again recertified WMU as a Tree Campus in recognition of the University's outreach efforts and effective management of its campus trees.

Photo of Judith Rypma.
March 25, 2015 | WMU News

Judith A. Rypma will read from her latest book, a collection of poems titled "Amber Notes," during a public reading at 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, on campus in 3025 Brown Hall.

Photo of WMU Equestrian Team trophy.
March 23, 2015 | WMU News

The team bested the University of Michigan to win the first regional title in its 22-year history. Eight riders will move on to the zone championship March 28  at Morehead State University.

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March 23, 2015 | WMU News

The Mid-year Report, posted online for the third year of the WMU Strategic Plan, finds that the University has embraced strategic planning and is becoming more mature in integrating it into the institutional culture.

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March 23, 2015 | WMU News

Two teams of students enrolled in WMU's integrated supply management program finished second and sixth overall in a field of 25 at the 2015 APICS Great Lakes District case competition Feb. 20-21.

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March 18, 2015 | WMU News

The awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters were presented in Lansing March 11. Programs honored included "WestSouthwest" and "Let's Hear It."

Photo of student hosts of International Festival.
March 16, 2015 | WMU News

Some 5,000 students and community members will be on campus for WMU's annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, on the second floor of the Bernhard Center.

Photo of the Bronco statue.
March 16, 2015 | WMU News

The top seniors in 47 WMU departments and programs will be recognized during the 35th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation Thursday, March 19. The honorees were selected from more than 6,000 senior students.

Photo of a WMU sign in winter.
March 12, 2015 | WMU News

Grants for public service topped other categories, nearly reaching $1.5 million. Grants for research closed in on $1 million, while grants for instruction came in at $588,025.

Photo of Kenneth Miller.
March 12, 2015 | WMU News

Miller was elected to a four-year term on the board of directors of the WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is an alumnus of both Cooley Law School and WMU.

Photo of Dr. Shirley C. Woodworth.
March 11, 2015 | WMU News

Dr. Shirley C. Woodworth, WMU associate professor emerita of communication, died Thursday, Feb. 26. A visitation and funeral will be held March 13 and 14.

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March 10, 2015 | WMU News

Four more programs were named among the top 100 in their discipline, according to the rankings, which were released March 10. Another eight programs were also highly rated.

Photo of a memorial floral arrangement.
March 10, 2015 | WMU News

Judith Peppel, a former WMU staff member, died Dec. 30, 2014 in Kalamazoo at age 74. Peppel worked in the Department of Sociology at the time of her retirement in 2005.

Photo of Steve Zegree.
March 9, 2015 | WMU News

Steve Zegree died in Bloomington, Indiana, March 7. He retired from WMU in 2012, ending 34 years as a professor of music and mentor to the vocal jazz group Gold Company.

Photo of Marjory Spradling.
March 4, 2015 | WMU News

Marjory Spradling, assistant professor emerita of biological sciences, died Feb. 12 at age 92. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the People's Church in Kalamazoo.

Photo of Jennifer Machiorlatti.
March 3, 2015 | WMU News

Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti is the recipient of the University's annual Gender Scholar Award. The award recognizes contributions advancing knowledge in an area of research that has a gender focus.

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March 3, 2015 | WMU News

WMU's Center for Disability Services has been accredited for the maximum period of three years for its community integration, service coordination, supported living and adult day service programs by CARF International.

Photo of Carl E Lee.
February 25, 2015 | WMU News

Lee enjoyed a strong relationship with the University, serving on the board of the WMU Foundation and actively supporting a number of initiatives. A memorial service is planned for March 14.

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February 25, 2015 | WMU News

WMU's Food Marketing Conference will celebrate its 50th anniversary March 16 and 17 with one of the best programs in its long history. Online registration is open.

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February 23, 2015 | WMU News

Nominations will be accepted through March 16 for the first Sustainability Champion Awards. Students, faculty and staff may be nominated. Honorees will be announced April 16.

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February 23, 2015 | WMU News

With the signing of the agreement with Bay de Noc Community College, WMU became only the second school in the state to have reverse transfer agreements with all 28 community colleges in Michigan. 

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February 19, 2015 | WMU News

The contributions of part-time faculty members will be honored as WMU holds its first Part-time Instructors Appreciation Week Monday through Friday, Feb. 23-27.

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February 18, 2015 | WMU News

WMU's Office of Facilities Management has completed a yearlong effort to become certified for its commercial and institutional cleaning services, becoming the first higher education institution in the Midwest to do so.

Photo of H. Nicholas Hamner.
February 18, 2015 | WMU News

Dr. H. Nicholas Hamner, a professor emeritus of history whose career at WMU spanned 36 years, died Feb. 15. He was 92. A memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Kiva Auditorium at Friendship Village.

Photo of WMU's Schneider Hall.
February 17, 2015 | WMU News

WMU's integrated supply management program was recently named second in the nation by Software Advice for its emphasis on teaching technology, software and quantitative tools in an undergraduate program.

Photo of C. Curtis-Smith.
February 16, 2015 | WMU News

The School of Music will present a tribute concert in memory of Curtis Curtis-Smith, professor of music, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

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February 12, 2015 | WMU News

 Dr. Jonathan Bush and Dr. Sherine Obare were appointed effective immediately, according to a message to faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Photo of Evan Clifton.
February 12, 2015 | WMU News

Evan Clifton, a finalist in the Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition, will travel to Valencia, Spain, in July to compete for a 2,000 euro gift certificate toward a new trombone.

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February 10, 2015 | WMU News

The Mid-American Conference recognized 15 fall student athletes from WMU as distinguished scholars for excelling in athletics and academics during the 2014-15 season.

Photo of Marti Hearron.
February 10, 2015 | WMU News

The $2 million gift will establish the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professorship and endow a new Medallion Scholarship for students in the fine arts.

Photo of Thomas C. Hardie II.
February 5, 2015 | WMU News

Thomas C. Hardie II, a former director of WMU's choirs, died Nov. 15, 2014, at age 93. An open house to celebrate his life will be hosted by the family from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Hardie's home in Chicago.

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February 4, 2015 | WMU News

Google Apps for Education at WMU is now available to all members of the University community who have a wmich.edu email account. The next Cool Tools faculty workshops focusing on the suite take place Feb. 6 and 20.

Photo of Dr. Keith M. Hearit.
February 4, 2015 | WMU News

Hearit's appointment to the post is effective immediately, while a national search is conducted to identify a new arts and sciences dean. He was previously associate dean of the college.

Photo of Ellen Page-Robin.
February 3, 2015 | WMU News

Ellen Page-Robin, professor emerita of community health services, died Jan. 3 in Kalamazoo. She was 82. A memorial service will be held on March 21 in the Kiva Room at Friendship Village, 1400 N. Drake, Kalamazoo.

Photo of an icy Bronco statue.
February 1, 2015 | WMU News

Except for essential and emergency services, WMU will be closed Monday, Feb. 2, due to severe weather. All classes are canceled. For information on the status of regional locations, visit the Extended University Programs Web page.

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January 28, 2015 | WMU News

Dachea Hill, an administrator at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, will be WMU's new director of admissions beginning Feb. 9. She will succeed Penny Bundy, who is now the University's director of graduate admissions.

Photo of Erwin W. Rayford.
January 27, 2015 | WMU News

Erwin W. Rayford, retired professor of industrial technology and education, died June 18, 2014, at age 94. Services have been held, and memorial guestbook entries can be made online.

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January 26, 2015 | WMU News

James F. Hettinger of Fennville and Kenneth Miller of Kalamazoo were elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of WMU's Board of Trustees at the board's Jan. 22 meeting.

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January 26, 2015 | WMU News

Deanna Dudley of Matteson, Illinois, was selected to receive the Gilman Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.

Photo of Joel Kendrick.
January 22, 2015 | WMU News

Joel Kendrick, a leader in boosting recycling efforts in the fast food and packaging industries, died Monday, Jan. 19, at age 56. Services are set for Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24.

Photo of a WMU sign in winter.
January 20, 2015 | WMU News

WMU's Board of Trustees approved the retirements of 13 faculty and staff members as well as the resignations of six faculty members during its Dec. 18 meeting.

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January 20, 2015 | WMU News

Trustees have granted sabbatical leaves to 36 faculty members. The leaves are for the fall 2015 semester, spring 2016 semester and the 2015-16 academic year.

Photo of beer brewing equipment.
January 16, 2015 | WMU News

A dual effort between WMU and KVCC, the 96-credit-hour program will have a rigorous science base as well as sustainability, marketing and culture courses. The major will be offered beginning fall 2015.

Photo of Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji.
January 13, 2015 | WMU News

Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji will become dean effective July 1 pending approval by the WMU Board of Trustees, which is expected to act on the recommendation at its next meeting.

Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. statue.
January 13, 2015 | WMU News

Many events are planned at WMU and around the Kalamazoo community in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including a convocation, march, day of service, educational programs and presentations.

Photo of a memorial floral arrangement.
January 13, 2015 | WMU News

Peggy Arlene Seals, a former employee in the WMU residence halls, died Dec. 20. She was 78. A memorial service was held, and guestbook entries can be viewed online.

 

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January 13, 2015 | WMU News

WMU's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Interim Policy and Procedures will remain in effect until a final version of the policy is in place for fall 2015.

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January 11, 2015 | WMU News

The historic Rosetta Mission will be discussed during a presentation by Dr. Essam Heggy, one of the mission's science team members, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium.

Photo of a WMU seal.
January 8, 2015 | WMU News

Two dozen students were on hand Jan. 7 for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's announcement that the program had won the Sprint Program Excellence Award.

Photo of George Franklin.
January 5, 2015 | WMU News

George Franklin, a WMU Trustee from 1989 to 2001 and former Kellogg Co. executive, offers practical knowledge in his book "Raisin Bran and other Cereal Wars: 30 Years of Lobbying for the Most Famous Tiger in the World."

Photo of a memorial floral arrangement.
January 5, 2015 | WMU News

Marjorie E. (Long) Clum, a former Office of Admissions staff member, died Dec. 11 at age 96. Visit charlesstepfuneralhome.com to make a memorial guestbook entry.