Western News

Western News is the newsletter for and about Western Michigan University faculty and staff members. The Office of University Relations publishes Western News every other week, when classes are in session, during the fall and spring semesters and the first summer session.

Publication dates for 2014-15 are: Sept. 4 and 18; Oct. 2, 16 and 30; Nov. 13; Dec. 4; Jan. 15 and 29; Feb. 12 and 26; March 18; April 2 and 16; May 14 and 28; and June 11 and 25. Western News will go on summer hiatus starting June 26. 

Items to be considered for publication should be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday the week preceding publication to Jeanne Baron in the Office of University Relations by email to jeanne.baron@wmich.edu, fax to (269) 387-8422 or campus mail to mail stop 5433. The first fall 2015 publication date is Thursday, Sept. 10. Submissions for that issue are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4.

Current issues

Available below are all editions of Western News published during the 2014-15 academic year. The most recent issue is listed first.

Western News, April 2, 2015
Story highlights: WMU grads headed for 89 percent success rate; Board OKs bond sale, amends president’s contract; Prospective students get into the spirit of ‘get-branded’ initiative; Student group reviving WMU Pow Wow; On Campus with Tom Howe.

Western News, March 19, 2015
Story highlights: Three grad programs named best in state; Engineer wins NIH grant for research on heart disease; WMU icon being installed inside West Campus turnaround; On Campus with DeVon Miller.

Western News, Feb. 26, 2015
Story highlights: Compensation project getting closer to rollout; Award-winning recruitment poster; Report details progress to date in strategic plan’s 3rd year; University reaches reverse transfer pact milestone; On Campus with Lee Ryder.

Western News, Feb. 12, 2015
Story highlights: Supply chain program ranked second in nation; Alumni Center on track, many chances to donate; Donor’s final gift to WMU establishes fine arts professorship; On Campus with Jim Middleton.

Western News, Jan. 29, 2015
Story highlights: Hettinger, Miller to lead Board of Trustees; Nation's first sustainable brewing degree announced; Google Apps for Education at WMU aids teaching, learning; On Campus with Kenny Martin Jr.

Western News, Jan. 15, 2015
Story highlights: Academic program cited as top in nation; University of Alabama prof to lead engineering college; Council names WMU among America’s 10 best green schools; On Campus with Lisa Garcia.

Western News, Dec. 4, 2014
Story highlights: Events staged to honor Martin Luther King; Need-based scholarship aids top incoming students; WMU international student enrollment continues to grow; Unique event touts WMU's 11th, 12th LEED certifications; On Campus with Sandra Kelly.

Western News, Nov. 13, 2014
Story highlights: CHHS department awarded $3.7 million; Forums to discuss progress on diversity suggestions; Trustees extend president’s contract into 2017; Emeriti Council funds $9,200 in student scholarships; On Campus with Cassandra Motycka.

Western News, Oct. 30, 2014
Story highlights: New tour shows off WMU’s beautiful gardens; Homecoming just keeps getting bigger, better; Day focuses on research resources for faculty; Some 50 longtime employees to be inducted into 25 Year Club; On Campus with Sue Beougher.

Western News, Oct. 16, 2014
Story highlights: Dunn sets direction for this academic year; Annual homecoming week starts Oct. 20; Trustees approve name for new residence halls; On Campus with Blaine McFerrin.

Western News, Oct. 2, 2014
Story highlights: WMU gets $3.2 million education grant; Enrollment down slightly; gains seen in key areas; Two to receive Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award; WMU earns its sixth consecutive ‘military friendly’ designation; On Campus with Gary and Sherry Sandlin.

Western News, Sept. 18, 2014
Story highlights: WMU again garners high national marks; Three to receive one of two Universitywide awards; WMU wins grant, partners with Oxford; Final design direction for dining center revealed; On Campus with Kathleen MacKenzie.

Western News, Sept. 4, 2014
Story highlights: Cooley Law, WMU affiliation finalized; Six to receive one of two Universitywide awards; All WMU campuses are now tobacco free; Faculty Senate announces leadership for 2014-16; On Campus with Dale Hagens.