WMU News

December 31, 1997, Kalamazoo MI USA

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December 1997 WMU News Archive
Stories are listed in descending order by release date, beginning with the most recent. Click on the headline for the full story.

WMU graduate student is 'heavy' into the art scene (Dec. 23) "Handling fine art that weighs as much as a piano is not an easy thing," reports WMU graduate art student and Grand Rapids native Kristin Casaletto, describing her recent work on a fresco commissioned by the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Darnell signs five-year contract (Dec. 23) WMU athletic director Kathy B. Beauregard today announced that head football coach Gary Darnell has agreed to the University's five-year contract offer.

Third book in Alexander Trilogy examines area social change (Dec. 23) Sixty years of social change are examined through the words of prominent Kalamazoo citizens in a new book that is the final volume of an oral history project begun by the area's first black surgeon.

WMU research team charged with charter school evaluations (Dec. 23) The performance, operation and impact of charter schools in both Michigan and Connecticut will be the focus of two new statewide studies.

Program Jan. 12-16 delves into one of today's hottest topics (Dec. 23) A week-long training program covers the conceptual foundation and applications of Geographic Information Systems and computer mapping will take place at WMU Jan. 12-16.

Faculty member writes comprehensive food marketing book (Dec. 23) From the growing number of consumers eating in restaurants to the globalization of the nation's food supply, a new textbook takes a comprehensive approach to the U.S. food marketing system.

WMU statement on contract talks with Coach Darnell (Dec. 22) Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard and Keith Pretty, WMU General Counsel, are meeting this morning with Coach Gary Darnell to assess his current employment situation and his future with the University.

WMU, Metro Transit to launch new campus bus service on Jan. 5 (Dec. 19) WMU and the city of Kalamazoo's Metro Transit will launch a greatly enhanced bus service for the WMU campus beginning Monday, Jan. 5.

Southfield firm selected to design new student services building (Dec. 19) The Southfield architectural firm of Neumann/Smith & Associates has been selected as the design consultant for WMU's new student services building. Designed to provide a new "front door" for WMU, the building will be located at the southeast corner of Stadium Drive and Oliver Street.

WMU Trustees hear October, November gift reports (Dec. 19) More than $844,000 in current and deferred cash gifts was donated to WMU during October and November.

Grants to WMU top $3.5 million for October and November (Dec. 19) More than $3.5 million in grants was awarded to WMU during October and November.

Board approved appointments (Dec. 19) The Board of Trustees approved appointments of two new employees in the Sindecuse Health Center: Scott P. Musial as chief pharmacist and Dr. Carol J. Voytas as a physician. Also appointed were: Laureen A. Summerville as director of staff collective bargaining and James B. Thelen as assistant general counsel.

New chemical engineering degree one of a kind in Michigan (Dec. 19) WMU will begin offering a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering this fall.

32 faculty members granted sabbaticals (Dec. 19) A total of 32 faculty members were granted sabbatical leaves by the Board of Trustees.

Board to meet Friday, Dec. 19 (Dec. 16) The WMU Board of Trustees will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in the Connable Board Room of the Bernhard Center.

Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 20 (Dec. 12) Western Michigan University will award nearly 1,900 degrees in commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 20, in Miller Auditorium.

British Airways pilots to be trained at WMU (Dec. 12) A two-year, $6 million contract announced Dec. 12 by London-based British Airways will make that firm the first major client of Western Michigan University's new International Pilot Training Centre.

WMU creates 8,500 jobs while pumping $500 million into local economy (Dec. 10) WMU creates nearly 8,500 jobs in Kalamazoo County and pumps almost $500 million into the local economy, results of a recent study show. That's an increase of about 1,300 jobs since 1994-95.

Maritime history exhibit on display at Waldo Library (Dec. 9) An exhibit that explores the maritime history of Holland, Mich., is on display at Western Michigan University's Waldo Library through the end of January.

Holiday-related tips and features (Dec. 4) Winter storms, shopping and travel arrangements may be as much a part of the holiday season as family gatherings, traditional music and fruitcake. Here are several story "tips" that could be used for holiday features.

13 named to new advisory council for accountancy department (Dec. 4) Thirteen business executives have been named to a new Department of Accountancy Advisory Council in the Haworth College of Business.

Employers gather for conference to maximize employee performance (Dec. 1) Safety directors and production managers from the Kalamazoo area's 20 largest employers will gather on the Western Michigan University campus Friday, Dec. 12, for a conference that features two of the nation's leading experts on implementing positive change in the workplace.

WMU assists effort to screen hearing of new babies (Dec. 1) Western Michigan University's Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and Bronson Children's Hospital are leading an effort to test the hearing of newborn babies in hopes of detecting problems early.

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