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March 31, 2003, Kalamazoo MI USA

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March 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.

TenHarmsel named dean of Lee Honors College (March 31) Long-time faculty member Larry J. tenHarmsel is new honors college dean.

Academic appointments approved by trustees (March 31) Appointments of two new associate vice presidents, an interim dean and two academic department heads were approved.

Fines double for parking in handicapped spaces (March 31) Fine for illegal use of a handicapped parking spot on campus increases to $100.

WMU lands funding for innovative research, public service projects (March 31) Grant total for 2002-03 surpasses $22 million.

Gift total for 2002-03 reaches $15 million (March 31) WMU receives more than $1.3 million in gifts in January and February.

Trustees approve retirements (March 31) Retirements of nine faculty and six staff members approved.

Trustees approve issuance of bonds, other business items (March 31) Portion of bond issue will be used to fund new College of Health and Human Services building.

Trustees approve leases on tower, in downtown facility (March 31) Lease arrangements approved for wireless phone services to use WMUK tower and University-owned building in Kalamazoo.

U.S. government tapping WMU physics professor's knowledge of Iraq (March 28) Iraqi exile Dr. Emanuel Kamber has been advising U.S. on plans for post-Saddam Hussain Iraq for the past year.

Litynski will detail impact of budget cuts for state legislators (March 28) President Litynski will testify Wednesday, April 2, before House Appropriations Subcommittee.

New high-tech rooms sport wide variety of features to aid faculty (March 28) President Litynski unveils technology upgrades to 13 general purpose classrooms.

APA calls for nominations, scholarship applications (March 28) Employee nominations sought for professional and service awards and for $500 APA scholarship.

Ford Motor Co. donates Mustang to engineering college (March 28) Donation is a start in Ford's investment in WMU and its engineering students says Ford's Frank Ligon.

Prestigious European research fellowship goes to WMU's Angelov (March 28) Historian and Byzantine Empire expert Dimiter Angelov receives Marie Curie Foundation Fellowship.

Economist describes valuation of environmental cleanups (March 28) University of Maryland's Kenneth McConnell is next speaker in the Werner Sichel Lecture Series April 9.

Film by WMU's Paul Nwulu premieres at 'African Cannes' (March 28) Faculty member traveled to West Africa to premiere his film "Starting Over" at Pan-African Film Festival.

Alumna talks about living and working in Japan (March 28) Sharon Rasul of Temple University Japan presents "Living and Working Abroad" April 7.

Faculty and staff get discount for volleyball camp (March 28) Daughters of faculty and staff may attend annual Julu volleyball camp and clinics at reduced rates.

Suggestions sought for new class ring design (March 27) Alumni Association launching new program to have one ring design for all graduates; alumni and students encouraged to submit ideas.

Yu-Lien The performs with Chamber Orchestra (March 27) Artist-in-residence and pianist The performs with Chamber Orchestra in free concert April 2.

Women's choruses from four universities to perform (March 27) Choruses from Grand Valley State, Illinois, Michigan State and WMU perform in free festival concert April 5.

Annual Native American Pow-Wow is this weekend (March 27) Heritage of American Indians celebrated through song and dance in WMU's University Arena Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.

New degree programs top trustees' agenda (March 27) Board of Trustees will consider final approval for two new doctoral degree programs Friday, March 28.

Engineers are fast studies, nab third spot in regional event (March 27) WMU engineeringing students take third place for design prowess and ability to master new software.

Grad student receives Harik economics award (March 27) Zijian Huang of Richmond Hill, Ont., awarded Department of Economics' Elias Harik Award.

Founding business dean dies in Florida (March 26) Dr. Arnold E. Schneider, founding dean of Haworth College of Business, died today in Florida. He was 94.

Skaters qualify for international competition at U.S. nationals (March 25) WMU rises to "elite six" in U.S. Figure Skating Association in only fourth season as a varsity sport.

Food marketing conference focuses on 'industry in transformation' (March 25) Food industry leaders gather at Bernhard Center for annual conference March 31 and April 1.

Blakely to counsel on coping with workplace victims, bullies (March 25) Next WBDC workshop features Mary Blakely of Azuray Learning April 3 at Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce.

Art professor joins Italian artist to stage exhibit in Florence (March 25) WMU's Charles Loverme collaborates on exhibit at the Galleria La Corte Arte Contemporanea in Florence.

Series of events slated for Sexual Assault Awareness Week (March 25) Communitywide Take Back the Night rally highlights observance, March 31 through April 4.

Lecture deals with issues surrounding genetically engineered foods (March 20) Dr. Hector Quemada present an objective, research-based assessment of genetically engineered foods March 25.

Former Ailey dancer to work with students as visiting artist (March 20) Christopher Huggins will work with dance students at Western Michigan University March 26-27.

Women's history comes alive 'On the Trail of Mrs. Redding' (March 20) Mary Frances Fenton describes her four-year journey to discover more about Michigan pioneer Ina Redding March 25.

Prairie Home Companion tickets available first to donors (March 20) WMUK FM supporters get first opportunity for tickets to live performance of Home Companion at Miller Auditorium.

Hong Kong Night features Chinese food and entertainment (March 20) Hong Kong Student Association sponsors annual intercultural banquet in the Bernhard Center April 4.

Supply chain management is focus of business breakfast (March 20) Tom Scannell of WMU's Grand Rapids MBA program speaks at March 28 Keystone Community Bank-sponsored program.

Forum examines how globalization affects Southwest Michigan (March 20) WMU geography professor directs discussion at next Portage Library "Learning OutLoud" program March 25.

Former White House staffer helps WMU honor Cesar Chavez (March 20) Maria Echaveste will speak about Chavez, activism and her West Wing experiences Thursday, March 27.

Drinking, drugging topic of conference for area high school students (March 20) Program March 21 helps area high school students avoid the pitfalls of drinking and drug use.

Area seniors, students ready to conjure up enchanted evening (March 20) Hundreds of area residents expected for 15th annual Senior Prom.

March Musical Marrowthon takes Center Stage (March 19) Free three-hour concert March 21 is one of several student-sponsored events supporting Tuesday's campus bone marrow drive.

Students remember friend with bone marrow donor drive (March 19) Student-sponsored bone marrow donor drive Tuesday, March 25, in memory of WMU student Taylor Pierce, who died March 2002.

Sigma Pi teeter-totters for bone marrow program (March 19) Fraternity's 72-hour fundraiser on the main campus promenade March 25-28 benefits National Marrow Donor Program.

Marriage of Figaro has interesting new twist (March 19) WMU production of Mozart's famed opera is performed in English and set in the White House during the Clinton administration.

'Fedotov and Friends' in concert at Dalton Center (March 19) Faculty Artist Concert Series features "Igor Fedotov and Friends" Sunday afternoon, March 30.

Gold Company concludes jazz festival (March 19) Concert March 29 is final local performance before ensemble's Lincoln Center appearance and three-week concert tour in South Africa.

Collegium Musicum offers free concert Tuesday (March 19) WMU's only Baroque music ensemble performs March 25 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

WFS presents area debut of Spike Lee's '25th Hour' (March 19) Starring Edward Norton, Rosario Dawson and Philip Seymour Hoffman, "25th Hour" debuts at Little Theatre March 21-23.

In times of turmoil, children need normalcy (March 18) Expert on early childhood education says parents must limit children's exposure to graphic news coverage of the war in Iraq.

War in Iraq threatens stability of Pakistan, other countries (March 18) Pakistan expert Dr. Lawrence Ziring says conflict will galvanize Islamic fundamentalists, create new problems in Pakistan, other countries.

Success in Iraq depends on rapid transition to new government (March 18) WMU expert and Iraqi exile Dr. Emanuel Kamber says "bloodless victory" and short occupation are keys to U.S. success.

War in Iraq could jeopardize future of some European leaders (March 18) WMU's Gunther Hega says Britain's Tony Blair, Spain's Jose Aznar may profit politically despite war opposition in their countries.

Anti-war movement stronger than during 1991 Gulf War (March 18) WMU expert Paul Clements says long war could lead to Vietnam-era levels of opposition and protest.

Wesley offers reading of her work at Lee Honors College (March 18) WMU's Patricia Jabbeh Wesley gives free public reading April 1.

'Help Desk' returns (March 18) University officials bow to convention and return the name of the computing center help desk to... "Help Desk."

Harvard's Patricia Powell reads from her works Thursday (March 18) Jamaican-born novelist, author of "Me Dying Trial," "A Small Gathering of Bones," "The Pagoda" offers reading March 20.

Annual Art Student Exhibition opens in Dalton Center (March 18) Exhibition of this year's top works by art students opens in Multimedia Room. Student exhibitions also displayed in Sangren and East halls.

WMU and Altair share $1 million federal nanotech grant (March 18) Nevada's Altair Nanotechnologies and WMU to develop technology to detect chemical and biological weapons and for environmental application.

WMU team assembles sail for Kitty Hawk competition (March 17) Team members begin seaming, assembling and laminating the sail made in WMU's paper pilot plant.

Still time to register for TRIO Day luncheon (March 17) Awards and recognition luncheon is March 18 at Fetzer Center.

Bronco men host Illinois-Chicago in NIT (March 16) Broncos earn berth in NIT. First-ever men's basketball postseason contest at WMU is Wednesday night in University Arena.

Bronco women play at Stanford in NCAA Tournament (March 16) MAC champion women's basketball team faces Stanford in the opening round of NCAA Tournament Saturday.

Broncos win MAC women's basketball championship (March 15) WMU wins first women's basketball title since 1985, advances to NCAA tournament. Casey Rost is MAC tournament MVP.

Students ready glider to recreate Wright brothers' flight (March 14) Paper science students assembling hang glider with paper sail to compete against other universities April 5 at Kitty Hawk.

William A. Ritchie (March 13) Professor emeritus of political science died Feb. 28.

Many issues raised by abducted teen's return (March 13) WMU's Richard Spates, an expert on hostages and victims of terrorism, talks about issues facing Elizabeth Smart and her family.

Students and faculty 'Bowling for Bone Marrow' (March 13) Fund-raiser for the National Marrow Donor Program is Sunday, March 16. Campus bone marrow donor drive is March 25.

Cousineau, Lattery receive All-CCHA honorable mention (March 13) Hockey Broncos Dave Cousineau and Dana Lattery named to All-CCHA Honorable Mention Team.

Cousineau earns CCHA all-academic honors (March 13) WMU hockey team has placed a student-athlete on the conference's all-academic team 17 of the past 18 seasons.

Bellissimo named to CCHA All-Rookie Team (March 13) Hockey Broncos have student-athlete named one of the conference's top rookies for third consecutive season.

Broncos Koetsier and Rost make All-MAC First Team (March 13) WMU is only women's basketball team to have two student-athletes named to the 2003 All-MAC First Team.

Overdue recognition coming for past female athletes (March 13) WMU will recognize female student-athletes who competed prior to 1980 with a varsity letters at special ceremony Oct. 18.

Student artist's work selected for national exhibit (March 12) Drawing by graduate art student Laura Borneman is part of a jury-selected exhibition at Kline Gallery in New Mexico.

Expert on Japanese films discusses fan subtitling of anime (March 12) Dr. Abe Mark Nornes addresses "The Abusive Subtitling of Anime Fandom" as part of Focus on Japan series March 19.

Princeton scholar examines 'culutral mixtures' (March 12) Renowned international historian Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis examines cultural boundaries March 19.

Lawyer discusses ethics surrounding apologies in legal disputes (March 12) Sharan Levine addresses ethics of saying "I'm sorry" in the courtroom March 20.

Aviation instructor awarded 'master' status (March 12) Ryan Seiler named a Master Certified Flight Instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors.

WMU launches new accelerated pilot training program (March 10) College of Aviation merges international training capabilities with growing domestic enrollment, launches CAPT program in Battle Creek.

WMU researchers see promise in Connecticut charter schools (March 10) Evaluation Center's Gary Miron and Jerry Horn find Connecticut charters are highly accountable and closing the academic gap with public schools.

Three New Issues poets offer reading Tuesday (March 10) Poets Myronn Hardy, Sarah Messer and Martha Serpas read from their works Tuesday evening, March 11.

Talk focuses on corporate failures in communications industry (March 10) Dr. Richard Gershon addresses "The Deregulation Paradox" as part of ethics lecture series March 12.

Slovenian scholar discusses political left of Eastern Europe (March 10) Dr. Igor Luksic, dean of social sciences at the University of Ljubljana, is 2003 George Klein Lecturer March 18.

Keeping pace with change is business workshop topic (March 10) "Reinventing Yourself and Your Business" with Judy Pilat is March 20 at Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce.

Sneak preview of new CPA exam offered (March 10) More than 60 WMU accounting majors and accountants from around the state will sit March 14-15 for pre-test of Uniform CPA exam.

WMU schedules open house for prospective students (March 10) WMU Preview for high school students is Saturday, March 22.

Three Tuskegee Airmen visit WMU Friday (March 8) Three veterans of famed World War II fighter unit speak at Fetzer Center Friday, March 14.

Environmental advocates focus on Lake Michigan (March 8) Regional land use planners, conservation officials and environmentalists gather March 12-14 at Western Michigan University.

Students for a Sustainable Earth offer Earth Week program (March 6) "Hemp and the Environment" includes lecture, video and reception featuring hemp food, clothing, and other products March 12.

WMU responds to governor's budget proposals (March 6) Governor's proposed cuts would set WMU back eight years in state support per student, reduce state appropriation by more than $12.5 million.

Free tickets available for Desmond Tutu speech (March 6) WMU students, faculty, staff offered limited number of free tickets for Grand Rapids speech by 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Finnish violinist Elina Vahala performs in Dalton Center (March 5) Winner of the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions performs at WMU Tuesday, March 11.

Defense contracting expert advises on military packaging (March 5) Expert explains new regulations for marking and packaging products sold to the military at March 13 business workshop.

WMU plays host to 'Fahrenheit 451' events (March 5) Communitywide initiative aims to get all of Kalamazoo reading and talking about Ray Bradbury's "book-burning" book on censorship.

International Festival, Malaysian Night widen Kalamazoo's world (March 5) Malaysian Night and International Festival, March 21 and 23, offer a world of sights, sounds, foods and fashions.

Students Socializing Sober wins statewide award (March 5) WMU student organization overseen by alcohol and drug prevention office earns special award for successful programs.

Charges filed in 22-year-old campus homicide case (March 4) Man arraigned and charged with murder in the 1980 killing of WMU student Patricia Lang in a campus parking lot.

Students sponsor Earth Friendly Food Day (March 4) Students for a Sustainable Earth present discussion, video and Earth-friendly organic vegetarian meal Monday, March 10.

Pianist Korevaar performs in free recital at Dalton Center (March 3) David Korevaar returns to Kalamazoo for a guest artist recital at Western Michigan University Monday, March 17.

Paintings by alumna Mary McDonnell exhibited (March 3) Exhibition in Sangren Hall Gallery II is free and open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10-27.

Francophone Film Festival includes U.S. debuts of 10 films (March 1) World's only film festival of its kind features U.S. premieres of 10 foreign films March 13-16 at Western Michigan University.

Researcher lectures on alternative fuels and cars of the future (March 1) Carnegie-Mellon's Dr. Lester Lave presents "Automobiles in 2020: Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Systems" March 12.

French and German diplomats discuss relations with U.S. (March 1) Crisis in Iraq is backdrop to presentations by leaders of French and German consulates in Chicago March 14.

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