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Feb. 28, 2003, Kalamazoo MI USA

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February 2003 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.

Grad student wins regional music competition (Feb. 26) Graduate music student Haida Peterson of Port Angeles, Wash., wins regional Collegiate Artist Performance Competition.

What's needed for 'down and dirty' marketing plan (Feb. 26) "Sharpening Your Marketing Focus" is topic of WBDC workshop at WMU Kendall Center in Battle Creek March 10.

Educational technology conference is March 12-14 in Detroit (Feb. 26) More than 4,000 educators expected for largest educational technology conference in the Midwest.

Robert Engstrom (Feb. 25) Professor emeritus of art died Jan. 25.

Third Coast literary magazine designed to suit any preference (Feb. 25) Spring issue of Third Coast available now in local stores, includes 29 poems, five short stories, other writing and original art.

Students spend spring break volunteering, learning (Feb. 25) Hundreds of WMU students will spend spring breaks learning, serving others or developing their spirituality.

Phoenix Properties marks WMU centennial with $100,000 gift (Feb. 25) Phoenix manages some 3,000 apartment units in West Michigan, including luxury student housing near the WMU campus.

Litynski addresses budget cuts, institutes hiring freeze (Feb. 25) President Litynski announces immediate hiring freeze as one step in meeting cuts in state funding.

WMU making strides in energy efficiency, reducing costs (Feb. 24) More efficient lighting and temperature controls in Student Recreation Center, alone, may save University $3,500 in a single month.

Board meeting rescheduled (Feb. 24) Board of Trustees meeting originally slated for March 14 rescheduled for Friday, March 28.

New book chronicles Cold War America (Feb. 21) Prize-winning WMU historian Ross Gregory's new book chronicles all aspects of American life from Wall Street and politics to pizza and Volkswagens.

Consultant explains whys and hows of strategic planning (Feb. 21) Next WBDC workshop at Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce features Mark Kinnich March 6.

Ford representative discusses supplier-to-business diversity (Feb. 21) Ford Motor Co. manager in supplier diversity talks about minority participation in business Feb. 26.

No classes on Spirit Day (Feb. 21) There are no classes on Spirit Day, Friday, Feb. 28, but all WMU offices will be open during normal business hours.

Broncos announce 2003 football schedule (Feb. 19) Highlights include Virginia, Marshall and Central Michigan at home and road games at Connecticut and Michigan State.

Controversial production 'Eden' staged in Shaw Theatre (Feb. 19) Controversial play by Steve Carter, directed by Von Washington, set for seven performances.

Stephens and Stephanies support teaching of science (Feb. 18) WMU's Stephen Malcolm joins more than 200 scientists nationwide named Steve supporting the teaching of evolution in public schools.

Frigid fund-raiser brings in $4,400 for Habitat (Feb. 18) Brothers of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity camp out on campus during two of winter's coldest days and nights to support Habitat for Humanity.

Senior wins Michigan broadcasting award (Feb. 18) Stefanie Porolniczak earns first-place award in the 2003 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation's competition.

Allison Downey CD available online and in stores (Feb. 18) "Wind at Your Back," an album of pop folk music by WMU's Allison Downey, now available online and through selected stores.

Presentation focuses on truths of advertising (Feb. 17) Next Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series at Haworth College of Business is Feb. 28.

Seminar introduces basics of government contracting (Feb. 17) WMU sponsors "Basics of Government Contracting" Feb. 27 at Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce.

Private gift funds study abroad scholarship (Feb. 17) Gift from alumnus Louis Hellerman will provide scholarships for up to two economics majors studying abroad during 2003-04.

Civil liberties in post-Sept. 11 America (Feb. 17) "The Meaning of Freedom: Civil Liberties in America," presented Feb. 25 at Portage Senior Center by WMU's Thomas Kostrzewa.

Drug development pact brings Tennessee firm to Michigan (Feb. 12) Tennessee firm will develop and commercialize recent Pharmacia Corp. drug patent donation to Western Michigan University.

Beauregard eases back into administrative duties (Feb. 12) Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kathy Beauregard returns on a half-time basis following extended medical leave.

Latino Leadership Forum features national and state leaders (Feb. 12) Three Latino leaders are featured speakers at an areawide Latino Leadership Forum Thursday, Feb. 20.

School of Social Work sings the blues to raise funds (Feb. 12) Local blues band raises money for School of Social Work with concert Sunday, Feb. 16, at The Union.

Princeton scholar to lecture on the philosophy of science (Feb. 12) Visiting scholar Dr. Bas C. van Fraassen lectures on "Representation and Perspective in Science" Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Official delivers 'State of the State' energy report (Feb. 12) How well does Michigan shape up when it comes to energy efficiency? State official gives energy report Feb. 13.

Does education make for happier, more productive workers? (Feb. 12) Dr. Robert Haveman addresses "Social and Nonmarket Benefits from Education in an Advanced Economy" Feb. 19.

Symphonic Band concert set for Miller Auditorium (Feb. 11) University Symphonic Band offers free Sunday afternoon performance, Feb. 23.

Wind ensemble from the Netherlands performs at WMU (Feb. 11) Fifteen-member chamber ensemble, Holland Wind Players, featured in free concert Monday, Feb. 17.

Sindecuse offers Healthy Living Workshops (Feb. 11) Workshops Feb. 18-19 for faculty, staff and students deal with diets, sports nutrition and "Spirituality and Health."

Festival showcases top short films and videos (Feb. 11) Western Film Society presents first annual Kalamazoo Shorts Film & Video Festival, Feb. 14-16, featuring top entries from throughout the country.

Western Michigan is a great university (Feb. 11) Complete transcribed text of the Interim President Daniel Litynski's Feb. 6 State of the University address.

WMU's Points of Pride updated on the Web (Feb. 10) Web page contains bullet-point list of exceptional University, faculty and student achievements. Can be downloaded as text document.

Cultural Events Committee has new Web site (Feb. 10) New Web site contains application guidelines to receive CEC funding and an application form in PDF format.

IEEE elects Mousavinezhad to lead West Michigan section (Feb. 10) WMU's Hossein Mousavinezhad chairs West Michigan section of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Professional group names Frauenknecht Professor of the Year (Feb. 10) Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance honors WMU's Marianne Frauenknecht as Professor of the Year.

Three win PSSO scholarships for spring semester (Feb. 10) Employee scholarships for spring 2003 awarded to Rita Franks, Dori LaChance, Kathryn Wright.

One-act play festival features works of WMU students, alumnus (Feb. 10) Three students and an alumnus have their works featured at one-act play festival staged by Paw Paw Village Players Feb. 13-15.

University community invited to attend reception for legislators (Feb. 10) Alumni, faculty, staff and students invited to reception for Southwest Michigan legislators, reservations required by Friday.

Staff Service Excellence nominations due Feb. 21 (Feb. 10) Semiannual award winners will be announced in March.

Gullickson and Havira win 2002 service awards (Feb. 6) Evaluation Center's Arlen Gullickson and history's Barbara Havira receive WMU Distinguished Service Awards.

WMU honors its 4,600 student employees (Feb. 6) Western Michigan University celebrates "100 Years of Student Employment," with Feb. 17-21 Student Employee Appreciation Week.

New CD celebrates Gold Company's 25th anniversary (Feb. 6) Appropriately titled "25," latest CD contains 15 new tracks, sample tracks and order information available on the Gold Company Web site.

Brass Quintet offers Sunday afternoon performance (Feb. 6) Western Brass Quintet performs in Dalton Center Recital Hall Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m.

Award-winning Costa Rican quartet comes to campus (Feb. 5) Trombones de Costa Rica appears in Dalton Center concert Wednesday evening, Feb. 12.

University Symphony Orchestra performs Sunday (Feb. 5) Special concert features full symphony and chamber orchestras performing Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Schumann Feb. 9.

Is globalization helping world's poor? (Feb. 4) Australian scholar Gavin Kitching speaks at WMU Feb. 14, says creation of global market is benefiting world's poorest people.

Book details Michigan's fastest-growing ethnic group (Feb. 4) "Asian Indians in Michigan." is latest addition to the "Discovering the Peoples of Michigan" series by WMU's Dr. Arthur Helweg.

Scholar examines German, Japanese responses to war on terrorism (Feb. 4) Cornell University's Dr. Peter Katzenstein addresses support from key U.S. allies in Feb. 11 lecture.

New book looks at better ways to evaluate students (Feb. 4) "The Student Evaluation Standards" offers 28 guidelines for ensuring that evaluations of students are fair, useful, feasible and accurate.

Medallion competition draws top high school seniors (Feb. 4) Brightest high school seniors gather at WMU Feb. 8 and 15 for 19th annual Medallion Scholarship Competition.

Campus asked to remember Columbia crew and families (Feb. 3) Interim President Litynski addresses Saturday's space shuttle disaster in letter to campus community.

Variety of public events slated for LBGT Awareness Days (Feb. 3) Increasing awareness about lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender issues is goal of events and activities Feb. 3-7.

Litynski delivers State of the University address Thursday (Feb. 1) Interim President Daniel Litynski delivers "State of the University" address Feb. 6 as part of Academic Convocation.

Candidates for education dean make public presentations (Feb. 1) Candidates Thomas Buttery, Joseph Morris and Gary Wegenke make public presentations this month.

Five doctoral students present at national conference (Feb. 1) WMU doctoral students chosen to present at the American Evaluation Association's annual conference.

Darnell recognized for service to Kalamazoo community (Feb. 1) For second consecutive year, football coach Gary Darnell selected as finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of Distinction Award.

University Theatre stages Edward Albee triology (Feb. 1) One matinee and eight evening performances of "Sand" Feb. 6-15 in York Arena Theatre.

University Chorale offers free preview of New York performances (Feb. 1) WMU's international award winning University Chorale offers two free concerts Feb. 8-9 before leaving on four-state tour.

International bassists elect Tom Knific president (Feb. 1) Head of award-winning jazz studies program will preside over bassists society's world conference at WMU in June 2005.

Seven performances set for Winter Concert of Dance (Feb. 1) Annual showcase event for Department of Dance is Feb. 6-9 and 13-15 with one matinee, six evening shows in Multiform Theatre.

Senior takes top honors at regional theatre competition (Feb. 1) Christina Killmar's scenic design for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" takes top prize at American College Theatre Festival regional competition.

Dance alumna performs on national television (Feb. 1) Melanie George, a 1994 WMU graduate, performs during "Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts."

CAB brings slam-poet Kirk Nugent to campus (Feb. 1) Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion at Little Theatre for single performance Thursday, Feb. 6.

Holysz accepts state award on behalf of Flowerfest (Feb. 1) WMU's manager of landscape services accepts state award on behalf of Kalamazoo County Flowerfest.

To stem spread of Norwalk, wash hands, cook thoroughly (Feb. 1) Norwalk virus was isolated on the WMU campus recently, according to Sindecuse Health Center officials.

New Area Code 269 is mandatory this month (Feb. 1) Beginning Feb. 15, callers will no longer be able to connect using the old 616 Area Code.

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