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July 31, 2003, Kalamazoo MI USA

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July 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.

Trustees establish life sciences research center (July 30) WMU gets $10 million to launch research center for development and commercialization of pharmaceutical and biosciences products.

June doctoral degree recipients announced (July 30) Complete list of 20 recipients of doctoral degrees awarded at June 2003 commencement.

Thirty-nine WMU students make Who's Who (July 30) Complete list of students selected for the 2002-03 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

Young boys forced to fight in Liberian civil war (July 29) Dr. Susan Weinger says Liberian conflict is "like gang warfare," and U.S. intervention will be welcomed by all sides.

Liberia's stability essential to region (July 29) Faculty expert Dr. Amos Beyan says international peacekeeping force led by the U.S. is needed to halt the bloodshed and restore stability.

New book looks at history of modern-day Guyana (July 29) New book by Dr. Juanita De Barros chronicles 35 years of tension and hostilities during British colonial rule.

British aviator stops at WMU on trip around the globe (July 29) Polly Vacher, dubbed "Pole-to-pole Polly" by the British press, flies into W.K. Kellogg Airport Aug. 4-6.

Trustees to discuss life sciences in special meeting (July 28) Trustees will convene by phone for special conference call meeting at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 30.

Sunseeker at Gilmore Car Museum this weekend (July 28) Kalamazoo-area residents have opportunity to see Sunseeker and meet members of the race team Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3.

Sunseeker returns to campus Monday morning (July 26) "Best designed car" in this year's 2,300-mile American Solar Challenge will cruise through downtown Kalamazoo on way to campus.

President's letter announces tuition increase (July 24) Complete text of President Bailey's letter to students announcing increases in tuition and fees for 2003-04 academic year.

Fifth-place finish is best ever for Sunseeker (July 23) WMU team finishes strong in American Solar Challenge, also wins "Inspectors Choice" award as best overall car in 2003 race.

Sunseeker poised for top-five finish (July 22) WMU solar car covers more than 700 miles in two days, over moutains, through desert; 2,300-mile American Solar Challenge ends Wednesday.

Historic B-24 "Liberator" comes to Kellogg Airport (July 22) World's oldest flying four-engine plane comes to WMU College of Aviation July 29 through Aug. 3. Open to public.

Marketing students place high in national competition (July 22) WMU teams take silver and bronze awards in competition with entries from 40 colleges and universities.

Four staff members rewarded for excellent service (July 22) John Disbro, Paul MacNellis, Sharon Myers and Richard Welch receive $1,000 Staff Service Excellence Awards.

Teachers present digital stories (July 22) School teachers in the Third Coast program will present their digital story projects to the public July 25 in Sprau Tower.

Sunseeker regains fifth place (July 22) WMU solar race team in Barstow, Calif., preparing for final 91-mile leg of American Solar Challenge Wednesday morning.

New undergraduate major in geochemistry approved (July 21) New major in College of Arts and Sciences in response to environmental industry need for professionals with understanding of geochemical processes.

Gift total for 2002-03 reaches $18.7 million (July 21) WMU received more than $3.7 million in gifts during March, April and May; final fiscal-year record due out in September.

Researchers land grants from public agencies, private groups (July 21) More than $4 million in grants received during April and May, bringing fiscal year total to $31 million.

Art department now School of Art, HHS restructured (July 21) Trustees approve School of Art, eliminate School of Community Health Services as a unit and reconfigure its programs with no loss of faculty or staff.

Trustees authorizes land transfer to Innovation Center (July 21) Land at Business Technology and Research Park goes to the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center for tax purposes.

Faculty Senate constitutional amendments finalized (July 21) Amendments effectively broaden the membership of one council and create a new council with an international focus.

Foreign languages and literatures awards announced (July 21) Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures makes awards to WMU students totaling more than $46,000.

Sunseeker rapidly closing on leaders (July 21) WMU solar race team in sixth place after costly wrong turn, but cards second fastest time Sunday to again close on leaders.

Wrong turn drops Sunseeker to sixth place (July 19) Wrong turn costs Sunseeker critical 45 minutes; race resumes Sunday after mandatory layover in Albuquerque, N.M.

Bailey shares budget decisions with campus community (July 18) Nearly 1,000 faculty, staff and students attend "Town Hall" meetings. Charts available now on president's Web site.

Sunseeker in New Mexico, still in fifth place (July 18) WMU solar race team trails fourth-place Missouri-Columbia by just over two minutes with 1,000 miles remaining in American Solar Challenge.

President Bailey issues message on new budget (July 17) President holds three "Town Hall" meetings July 17-18 to answer questions from campus community following adoption of new budget.

Sunseeker officially in fifth place (July 17) WMU solar race team moves up to fifth place at 1,000-mile mark of American Solar Challenge, trails fourth-place Principia by just four minutes.

Trustees approve estimated budget of $272 million (July 16) WMU budget tackles $34.8 million shortfall resulting from reduced state appropriations and cost increases.

Tuition increase approved by trustees (July 16) Per-semester increase of $305 in tuition and required fees will be implemented this fall, as part of a comprehensive plan to deal with budget shortfall.

Room and board, rental rate changes announced (July 16) Room and board and apartment rental rates will rise between 3.6 and 6 percent for 2003-04.

Vehicle registration rates increase (July 16) Rates for full-time students will increase from $250 to $300; parking at Lawson Ice Arena will cost only $150 for the academic year.

Trustees vote to raise two fees (July 16) First increases in enrollment and graduation fees in more than a decade.

Faculty promotions approved by trustees (July 16) Complete list 46 faculty members promoted to full professor, associate professor, or master faculty specialist.

Administrative personnel moves approved (July 16) Resignation of Jeffrey Breneman, vice president for legislative affairs, accepted. Appointment of two deans, other administrative changes approved.

Thirty-five faculty members granted tenure (July 16) Complete list of faculty and their departments. Tenured appointments effective start of fall semester.

Trustees approve retirements (July 16) Retirements of seven faculty members, five staff members approved.

Gold Company performs in 17-day South Africa tour (July 16) Award-winning vocal jazz ensemble returns from performance at New York City's Lincoln Center and 17-day tour of South Africa.

Accounting scholarships awarded (July 16) Sixteen WMU students receive scholarships from Department of Accountancy.

Sunseeker retains sixth place in third day of race (July 16) Sunseeker completes 629 miles of 2,300-mile race, reaches Tulsa, Okla. Minnesota takes overall race lead.

Sunseeker moves up to sixth place (July 15) Sunseeker completes 436 miles of the 2,300-mile American Solar Challenge in sixth place. Flat tire costs team 30 minutes.

Sunseeker ends first day in seventh place (July 14) WMU solar car completes 206-mile first day of race in seventh place. Several notable teams, including 2001 champion Michigan, fail to qualify.

Budget issues, fall tuition and fees top board agenda (July 14) Board of Trustees tackle University budget and set tuition for the 2003-04 academic year at meeting Wednesday, July 16.

Sunseeker set for start of solar race (July 11) WMU's Sunseeker solar racecar is set for the Sunday, July 13, start in Chicago of the grueling 2,255-mile American Solar Challenge.

Three disabled British citizens set for flight training at WMU (July 11) Six-week training begins July 14, famed British aviator Polly Vacher to visit College of Aviation in August.

WMU music student sings way to scholarship (July 11) Tim Buchholz, jazz studies major from Steven's Point, Wis., wins scholarship from the American Male Chorus Association.

Vaclav Havel to visit WMU summer program in Prague (July 11) First president of the Czech Republic, schedules Aug. 24 visit to Western Michigan University's Prague Summer Program.

Bronco hockey 2003-04 schedule announced (July 10) Home contests include Colgate, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and defending CCHA champion Ferris State.

CDC expert talks about hepatitis immunization strategies (July 9) Dr. Rob Lyerla talk about immunization strategies for viral hepatitis among high-risk and college populations Friday, July 11.

Top high school musicians from eight states gather at WMU (July 9) High school musicians come to WMU for Seminar 2003; two-week music camp includes five free public concerts.

Seminar features guest and faculty artist performances (July 9) Free evening Dalton Center concerts feature pianist Nicholas Roth, July 14; Western Jazz Quartet, July 17; and Opus 21, July 21.

High school musicians perform at cathedral's Sunday service (July 9) Musicians from Seminar 2003 will provide music for the July 20 morning worship at Cathedral Church of Christ the King.

Upton Foundation gift funds WMU science education effort (July 8) New summer science program at WMU-Southwest Campus gives Berrien County teachers hands-on learning experiences.

WMU biologists selected for worldwide biosafety effort (July 8) Alexander Enyedi and Hector Quemada co-direct WMU's part of $15 million research project aimed at promoting biosafety in developing countries.

Litynski lauded by national group, gets patent approval (July 7) WMU provost honored for advancing electrical and computer engineering; also has patent approved for new analog-digital conversion process.

Higher ed funding in play in state budget process (July 3) WMU still facing projected $12.5 million cut in state appropriation as legislators continue budget talks.

Upton family honored with dedication of science labs (July 3) WMU and Upton Foundation to announce recent gift and a new initiative for area teachers July 8 at the WMU-Southwest campus.

Bailey to hold 'Town Hall' meetings on budget (July 3) President Bailey to hold series of "Town Hall" meetings July 17-18 to discuss budget with campus community.

'Stick around' message paid off for former corporate scientist (July 1) As WMU faculty member, Hector Quemada turns research prowess he once practiced at the Upjohn Co. into successful, federally funded projects.

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