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Jan. 31, 1998, Kalamazoo MI USA

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January 1998 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.

Engler plan turns welcome attention to early childhood reading initiatives (Jan. 30) Gov. John Engler's plan to boost the reading skills holds promise says a WMU elementary reading specialist.

Winter Olympics feature stories (Jan. 29) Professional players on the U.S. hockey team, snowboarding, an ancient temple site that's become a network substation, public concern over the environment and even El Nino--they're all part of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

New Phi Beta Kappa chapter officers selected (Jan. 29) Five faculty members selected as the first officers of WMU's new chapter.

WMU to recognize contributions of girls and women to sports (Jan. 29) Progress of girls and women in athletic endeavors recognized during events Feb. 5.

Rep. Schauer to address issues facing Calhoun County (Jan. 29) State Rep. Mark Schauer is guest speaker for "Good Morning, Battle Creek" breakfast program.

Geologist to discuss new tools used for forensics and archaeology (Jan. 29) Sophisticated geophysical tools now being used in criminal and archeological investigations will be the focus of a talk by Dr. David C. Nobes, Feb. 9.

Kellogg's North American chief to describe globalization impact (Jan. 29) Thomas A. Knowlton will discuss the importance of preparing students for life in a global business economy Feb. 12.

Nigerian Sculptor returns for lecture/carving demonstration (Jan. 27) Nigerian sculptor Lamidi Fakeye will return to WMU Thursday, Feb. 26, for a free lecture/carving demonstration.

Medallion Scholarship competition to draw 500 top high school seniors (Jan. 27) More than 500 of the brightest stars of the 1998 high school senior class will gather, Feb. 14 and 21, for the 14th annual Medallion Scholarship Competition.

WMU joins health care coalition (Jan. 27) WMU has joined the 14 other public universities in the state to form the Michigan Universities Coalition on Health in an effort to hold down health care costs.

'Inventing Western Civilization' is topic of talk (Jan. 27) Dr. Thomas C. Patterson, professor of anthropology and history at Temple University, will speak on "Inventing Western Civilization" on Feb. 9.

December gifts to WMU reported to trustees (Jan. 23) More than $1,460,000 in cash gifts was donated to WMU in December.

Waddles, Krause elected to board offices (Jan. 23) Lori B. Waddles of Detroit and Joan H. Krause of Grand Rapids have been elected chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively, of the Board of Trustees.

December grants push year's total to nearly $13.5 million (Jan. 23) Grants and contracts awarded to WMU during December reached nearly $5.8 million.

WMU to use private firm to run federal student loan program (Jan. 23) WMU will contract with a private firm, University Accounting Service Inc. of Brookfield, Wis., to administer its federal student loan programs.

Board approves appointment (Jan. 23) Dr. Ajay K. Gupta was named chairperson of the Department of Computer Science.

Fifty candidates for president to be screened (Jan. 22) Some 50 candidates for president of the University will be screened in early February.

Grand tour of Europe available (Jan. 22) Five of the great cities of Europe are on the itinerary for WMU's "Grand Tour of Europe" this summer. An informational meeting about the tour is set for Jan. 28.

Presenters sought for emotional intelligence conference (Jan. 22) Presenters are being sought for a conference at that will explore one of today's most talked about management concepts.

First 'WMU Care' session to be Jan. 22 (Jan. 20) President Diether H. Haenicke will conduct the first public meeting of his initiative to improve communication between the community and the University. The session will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Fetzer Center.

Board to meet Friday, Jan. 23 (Jan. 20)The WMU Board of Trustees will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the Connable Board Room of the Bernhard Center.

Annual Career Fair set for Feb. 5 (Jan. 20) Jobs available for seasoned professionals as well as new graduates will be the focus of WMU's 20th annual Career Fair.

December doctoral recipients announced (Jan. 20) Seventeen students received doctoral degrees from WMU in December.

Housing fair planned at WMU (Jan. 15) A housing fair planned for Thursday, Jan. 22, will make shopping for next fall's living accommodations easier for students.

Seminar series set for economic development professionals (Jan. 15) A series of two-day computer seminars designed for economic development professionals will begin Feb. 10 at locations in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and East Lansing.

WMU to offer materials management program (Jan. 15) A series of seven non-credit courses to help professionals keep pace with advances in production and inventory management will begin in February.

Courses will help students prepare for graduate school exams (Jan. 15) Students planning to go to graduate school can get a head start on getting ready for their entrance examinations by taking a preparation course.

Leading philosophy expert to speak (Jan. 15) Dr. Michael Tye, professor of philosophy at Temple University in Philadelphia and King's College in London, will speak on "Consciousness: The Explanatory Gap" on Thursday, Jan. 29.

WMU ready to go the distance to produce needed specialists (Jan. 15) A shortage of professionals trained to work in schools with children who are visually impaired will be remedied by a new dual degree program.

Forum highlights conflict resolution among young people (Jan. 13) A group dedicated to helping youngsters navigate the complicated world of human relationships will hold a public forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center.

WMU to observe MLK Day Jan. 19 (Jan. 13) WMU will observe the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with more two dozen events and activities, most on Monday, Jan. 19.

Disability legislation spurs development of new profession (Jan. 13) Opportunities opened up by the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act have spurred WMU researchers to develop standards and training materials for a new category of professionals.

Brown, Kuhle alumni 'W' Club Man and Woman of Year (Jan. 8) Willard A. "Bill" Brown, a 1950s football standout, and women's tennis coach Betsy Kuhle, are the 1998 Alumni "W" Club "man" and "woman of the year."

49 WMU students selected for 1998 'Who's Who' (Jan. 8) Forty-nine Western Michigan University students have been named to the 1998 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

Show chronicles four-year trek across Africa (Jan. 8) A multimedia show chronicling one man's four-year trek across Africa will be presented at Western Michigan University Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Conference planned on writing across curriculum (Jan. 8) A conference on "Using Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum" will take place at Western Michigan University Friday, Jan. 30.

Brookings Institution official to discuss economic changes in China (Jan. 8) Dr. Nicholas R. Lardy, a senior fellow in the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution, will speak at 3 p.m. , Jan. 21, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall.

Second European airline signs with WMU for pilot training (Jan. 8) Irish air carrier Aer Lingus has become the second major international customer to contract with Western Michigan University for new pilot training.

WMU student dies in automobile accident (Jan. 1) Anna Louise Tobin, an 18-year-old WMU student of Ishpeming, Mich., was killed Sunday, Dec. 28.

Veteran WMUK news director dies at age 51 (Jan. 1) Anthony E. (Tony) Griffin died Dec. 30 in Kalamazoo. He was 51 and succumbed to cancer.

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