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Dec. 31, 2002, Kalamazoo MI USA

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December 2002 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.

Two football Broncos earn academic honors (Dec. 30) Junior Jason Feldpausch and senior Jake Gasaway named to the Mid-American Conference All-Academic Football Team.

WMU offices closed through Jan. 1 (Dec. 24) Holiday break hours for health center, library, rec center and lawson arena; all offices reopen on normal schedules Thursday, Jan. 2.

How to find out if WMU is closed (Dec. 23) There are three ways to determine if WMU is closed because of severe winter weather; always assume the University is open until notified otherwise.

Holiday skating available at Lawson Arena (Dec. 23) Lawson open for two-hour public ice skating most days during holidays, $3 admission fee, rental skates available.

WMU study finds gains in Pennsylvania charter schools (Dec. 23) Pennsylvania charter schools making achievement gains overall, but school-to-school improvement is inconsistent.

Students seek lot to build 'centennial' Habitat house (Dec. 23)Western Michigan University students hope to build Habitat for Humanity home for WMU's 100th birthday.

University closing Dec. 24 at noon (Dec. 16) Nearly all WMU offices close at noon Tuesday, Dec. 24, and reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

Trustees move forward with changes in University leadership (Dec. 16) Appointment of Daniel Litynski as interim president, creation of presidential search committee get board endorsement.

Nanotechnology research organization launched (Dec. 16) Western Michigan University establishes Nanotechnology Research and Computation Center.

Gifts to WMU during current fiscal year reach $7.2 million (Dec. 16) Four-month total for 2002-03 fiscal year shows 38 percent increase over previous year.

Two-month grant total tops $11.4 million (Dec. 16) Grant total for 2002-03 fiscal year tops $18.5 million through the end of October.

Trustees authorizes moves to improve traffic and safety (Dec. 16) WMU assumes maintanence responsibility from city of Kalamazoo for parts of West Michigan Avenue.

Retirements of three faculty, eight staff members announced (Dec. 16) Board of Trustees officially okays retirements.

Sabbatical leaves approved for 37 faculty members (Dec. 16) Complete list of sabbatical leaves authorized at Dec. 13 Board of Trustees meeting.

Trustees sign off on leases, approve deal with Lake Michigan College (Dec. 16) Cooley Law School lease in Grand Rapids among those ratified by WMU Board of Trustees.

Trustees announce meeting dates, approve revised bylaws (Dec. 16) Board schedules six meetings during 2003.

Revamped international studies program announced (Dec. 16) Trustees also move to divide existing engineering and industrial design department into three academic units.

Trustees okay drug policy for student-athletes (Dec. 16) Policy intended to protect health and safety of Western Michigan University student-athletes.

Faculty and staff appointments approved by trustees (Dec. 16) Appointments of three department chairs, two staff promotions okayed by trustees.

Robert Smith Jr. (Dec. 13) Retired assistant financial aid director died Dec. 1.

Carl B. Snow (Dec. 13) Emeritus in teacher education died Oct. 11.

Anne O. Szalkowski (Dec. 13) Emerita in English died Oct. 12.

Presidential transition issues dominate trustee meeting (Dec. 11) Decisions concerning search for a new president and a new research center headline issues at Dec. 13 Board of Trustees meeting.

Gerontology organization recognizes grad student (Dec. 10) Melanie Bremer, graduate student in speech pathology and audiology, honored by Michigan Society of Gerontology.

Bronson Healthcare contributing $1.2 million to WMU (Dec. 10) Kalamazoo healthcare group pledges $1.2 million toward new building for the College of Health and Human Services

Cooley, WMU alliance brings law school to downtown Grand Rapids (Dec. 10) Cooley Law School to open branch campus in conjunction with WMU Graduate Center in Grand Rapids Arena District.

Colombian business students gain unique experience at WMU (Dec. 10) Students from Universidad Externado de Colombia learn English at WMU and gain practical experience with Kalamazoo businesses.

Faculty and staff honored for 25 years of service (Dec. 10) Forty-four WMU faculty and staff members inducted into WMU's 25 Year Club during annual gala at the Bernhard Center.

WMU aids faith- and community-based organizations (Dec. 9) Center for Community Asset Building assists with $1.9 million effort to train non-profit groups in six West Michigan counties.

CEDRS improving mediation procedures (Dec. 9) Campus Employee Dispute Resolution Services improving under new coordinator following survey of needs and concerns.

Bronco Football Banquet is Wednesday (Dec. 9) Team awards banquet is Dec. 11 at Radisson Plaza Hotel in the Kalamazoo Center.

Jack C. Plano (Dec. 6) Emeritus in political science died Nov. 21.

Board of Trustees sponsors farewell reception for Floyds (Dec. 6) WMU faculty and staff members invited to attend farewell reception for Elson and Carmento Floyd Friday, Dec. 13.

WMU's United Way campaign tops goal in final hours (Dec. 6) Western Michigan University community contributes $236,202 toward Greater Kalamazoo United Way $9 million total.

Sen. Gast and President Floyd to receive honorary degrees (Dec. 6) WMU to confer honorary degrees Dec. 14 on longtime state legislator Harry Gast and President Elson S. Floyd.

Babin named MAC football defensive player of the year (Dec. 6) Junior defensive end Jason Babin becomes the fifth Bronco to earn defensive player of the year honors.

Forecast for winter tourism is partly cloudy (Dec. 6) Lean year for ski industry in Michigan contributes to bargain prices for tourists says WMU expert Eldor Quandt.

Enjoy a hassle-free holiday dinner (Dec. 6) Food marketing's Dr. Ron Larson sees rapid growth in trend toward buying fully prepared holiday meals from grocery stores.

Avoid stress by not giving into holiday hype (Dec. 6) WMU's Dr. Phillip Johnson offers pointers for minimizing holiday stress, beginning with "keep your expectations reasonable."

Retailers react to changes in consumer spending (Dec. 6) Retail business expert Dr. Barbara J. Frazier says one-third of consumers expect to spend less this holiday season than last year.

Several factors lead to holiday shopping bargains (Dec. 6) Faculty expert Kelly Weathers cites dock workers' lockout and increased e-commerce competition as two factors.

Effective parenting can relieve holiday stress (Dec. 6) Parenting experts Lori Farrer and Bryce Dickey urge parents to use constraint, confidence and common sense as holiday guides.

WIDR debuts student plays (Dec. 6) Student-authored plays air Dec. 6 and 9 from noon to 1 p.m. and feature voices of WMU students, an alumna and a faculty member.

More than 2,000 students to receive degrees (Dec. 5) President Elson S. Floyd will preside over three ceremonies in Miller Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 14.

Clark-Mendes works selected for Atlanta art exhibit (Dec. 5) Work by WMU's Cybele Clark-Mendes selected for new exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia through Jan. 19.

Center for Disability Services recognized for its work (Dec. 5) Two organizations give awards to Western Michigan University center.

Area high school athletes bring home goalball championship (Dec. 5) Michigan team, which qualified in competition at WMU, brings home national high school title.

Lee gives prized violin to School of Music (Dec. 5) Professor Emeritus Hung Peng Lee donates 18th-century violin after reading about new Fetzer Scholarships for string music students.

'The Play's the Thing' during finals week (Dec. 5) Three reader's theatre presentations Dec. 9-11 mark the end of the fall semester for English department student playwrights.

Santa Claus is comin' to Western! (Dec. 5) Miller Auditorium's Buster Bronco Family Series presents "Sing Along Santa" Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Gayl F. Werme (Dec. 4) Development officer and trustee emerita died Dec. 3.

Broncos supporting holiday food drive (Dec. 3) With food donation, fans get two-for-one ticket prices on selected hockey and men's basketball contests.

Boston Pops Christmas comes to Miller Auditorium (Dec. 3) World renown Boston Pops Orchestra performs traditional and popular holiday music Saturday.

Four Broncos earn All-MAC football honors (Dec. 3) Tight end Mobolaji Afariogun, defensive ends Jason Babin and Chris Browning named to all-conference first team.

Volleyball Broncos gain conference honors (Dec. 3) Senior Angie Sillmon of Plymouth, Mich., named to MAC Honorable Mention Team; Shaylen Jackson of Kalamazoo makes All-Freshman Team.

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