Top News of 2019

Photo of a rendering of the new WMU student center.

Topping-out event, groundbreaking to celebrate two WMU building projects

The University community will gather Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new student center and dining facility and also to celebrate a major milestone for Arcadia Flats, the new student housing complex that is rising in Hilltop Village.

Engineering students lead cutting-edge automation research at WMU

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visited WMU's campus Monday, Oct. 21, to help launch the testing of accessible autonomous shuttles aimed at improving transportation options for people with disabilities. Two WMU graduate students, Nick Goberville and Johan Rojas, are helping coordinate and carry out the multimillion-dollar project.

Outstanding faculty, staff members awarded WMU's highest honors

At Fall Convocation, eleven WMU faculty and staff members were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the University. The Distinguished Service, Distinguished Teaching, Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Emerging Scholar and Make a Difference awards were presented during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 20.

WMU secures federal grant to battle opioid epidemic

A $1.35 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will fund the MY-PROUD program. Created by an interdisciplinary team of professors, MY-PROUD aims to increase training and expand services in rural and medically underserved communities impacted by opioid and substance abuse.

We have lift off: WMU launches UAV certificate programs

WMU is one of a limited number of schools to offer stand-alone academic programs utilizing consumer drones and is about to become the second organization in the world to have a VLF electromagnetic sensor system outfitted on one.

Sky Broncos place sixth in national championship event

The 14-member WMU team competed against 28 other teams from colleges and universities across the nation. The Sky Broncos placed third in flight events, fifth for the judges trophy and seventh in ground events, placing sixth overall.

Pilot training program recognized for excellence

The award is presented annually by the National Air Transportation Association to individuals and organizations that demonstrate superior service to the aviation business community, particularly through their leadership skills and advancement of a safety-first culture.

Center lauded for supporting region's small business community

Tamara Davis, regional director of WMU's Southwest Michigan Small Business Development Center, credits the efforts of team members Lincoln Crocker, Lori Puzevic and John Schmitt for continually elevating the center to greater heights.

Students find springboard to success at WMU

The latest Post-Graduation Activity Survey reveals 91% of recent WMU graduates are actively engaged in employment or service. Some students about to join their ranks are sharing their own success stories.

Big changes unfold at WMU Pilot Plants

Facilities on the WMU Parkview Campus now house a one-of-a-kind in North America pilot-scale multi-ply paper manufacturing machine and a new fiber recycling plant used to test and certify products from around the world for repulpability and recyclability.

Renowned Evaluation Center at WMU receives $4.9 million NSF grant

Awarded over five years, the grant extends and expands the center's work to support evaluation within the NSF's Advanced Technological Education program and may be the largest single grant the agency has made to support evaluation capacity development.

Climate change could make the Great Lakes region unrecognizable

Worse winters over the next few decades and dramatic die-offs of iconic Michigan flora and fauna are all predicted if climate change continues at its current pace. A global change ecologist at WMU explains the science behind Earth's warming and what will have the biggest impact on slowing down warming.

Climate change—Michigan's state in year 2100

Although not a perfect solution, implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change will be better for the Great Lakes region than practicing business as usual. Humans, birds, fish and trees will be among the main beneficiaries.

Football program earns NCAA sportsmanship award

The 2017 Broncos brought home one of this year’s awards, making WMU the first institution in Mid-American Conference history to win the NCAA’s prestigious national sportsmanship award.