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Oct. 31, 2003, Kalamazoo MI USA

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October 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 approve union agreements (Oct. 31) Trustees ratify agreements with AFSCME Local 1668 and University's Police Officer Association.

Visiting scholar addresses ethical theory and current issues (Oct. 30) Notre Dame's Dr. Robert Audi lectures on "Ethical Theory and Some Challenges of Contemporary Life" Nov. 5.

Bailey to speak at library gathering (Oct. 30) President Bailey is featured speaker at Nov. 5 gathering of the Friends of the Libraries.

Labor contracts on board's Oct. 31 agenda (Oct. 30) Board of Trustees will convene by phone in a special conference call meeting set for 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Student Web site urges "Help Higher Ed" (Oct. 29) All 15 Michigan public universities join student-initiated effort to demonstrate support for higher ed during current round of budget cuts.

Smash hit "STOMP" returns to Miller (Oct. 29) International percussion sensation makes its triumphant return to Miller Auditorium Friday through Sunday, Nov. 7-9.

"In the Mood" swings into Miller (Oct. 29) "In the Mood" features the big band sound of the 1940s, on stage at Miller Auditorium for one show Nov. 2.

Shedding light on slavery in America (Oct. 28) Two-week exhibition of slavery-related artifacts and series of programs on slavery and racism in America begin Nov. 3.

Panel discussion slated for Native American Heritage Month (Oct. 28) Discussion Nov. 6 focues on increasingly prominent role Native Americans are taking in interpreting their own past.

Environmentalist addresses "Saving Nature in Time" (Oct. 28) University of Wisconsin's Dr. William Cronon examinies the past and future of environmentalism Nov. 6.

Miller receives nearly $25,000 for community programs (Oct. 28) Miller Auditorium gets $15,000 from Target Stores, several other national and local grants for family and community programs.

Sky Broncos gain berth at national championship (Oct. 28) Sky Broncos earn individual honors at regional competition, including "top pilot" senior Marc Kobaissi.

Bronco cadets take first at Ranger Challenge (Oct. 27) WMU cadets defeat teams from 10 other Midwest universities, senior Kelly Thompson takes overall honors in physical fitness events.

High school string musicians come to campus (Oct. 27) Concert Nov. 7 features Grand Rapids Christian and Troy High School orchestras and University Symphony Orchestra.

Western Winds offer free concert (Oct. 27) Faculty and graduate student ensemble performs works by Gabrieli, Mussorgsky and others Wednesday , Nov. 5.

University Chorale performs "Cathedral Classics" (Oct. 27) Chorale and Grand Rapids Christian High School Chamber Choir perform Nov. 7 at the Cathedral Church of Christ the King.

More state funding cuts for higher education expected (Oct. 27) New legislative affairs leaders Rosine and Bourke prepare to deal with impact of Michigan's looming $898 million deficit.

Trustees meet by phone to consider AFSCME contract (Oct. 27) Trustees convene by telephone Friday, Oct. 31, to consider approval of a new, three-year contract.

Open enrollment for health plans ends Friday (Oct. 27) Health plan open enrollment for employees and retirees at continues through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

SDMG offers personal counseling (Oct. 27) Employees considering the university's tax-deferred savings plans for 2004 may schedule an on-campus personal consultation.

TIAA offers retirement counseling (Oct. 27) Employees can meet with TIAA-CREF representative on campus Oct. 29 and 30, Nov. 13 and 14, and Dec. 17 and 18.

PSSO scholarships awarded (Oct. 27) PSSO Education Assistance Scholarships go to Pearl DeVries, Ann McNess, and Shannon Rauner.

Three from WMU take prize for lubrication engineering paper (Oct. 27) Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers goes to two WMU faculty members and a 2000 alumna.

Faculty Artist Series features baritone Carl Ratner (Oct. 24) Dalton Center recital Nov. 3 features WMU's Carl Ratner with guest artist and pianist Gunta Laukmane.

How will we feed another 3 billion people? (Oct. 24) University of Minnesota's Dr. Vernon Ruttan lectures Nov. 5 on "Sustainable Growth in Agricultural Production."

Centennial scholar offers sneak peek at the future of education (Oct. 24) Market forecaster Dr. William Banach looks at the future of education in Nov. 4 centennial series lecture.

Saillant's work selected for "We the People" initiative (Oct. 24) Dr. John Saillant's "Black Antislavery Writings Project" eligible for $100,000 from National Endowment for the Humanities.

Finnegan illustrates newly released de Tocqueville book (Oct. 24) WMU art instructor illustrates new, collector's edition of "A Fortnight in the Wilderness" by Alexis de Tocqueville.

AFSCME membership approves contract (Oct. 23) Local 1668 approves new three-year contract with WMU by a 3 to 1 margin; WMU trustees vote Oct. 31 on raitification.

President Bailey reinstitutes hiring freeze (Oct. 22) Complete text of president's message to faculty and staff on continuing budget shortfall in Michigan.

Author of "Still Pitching" offers reading Tuesday (Oct. 22) Award-winning author Michael Steinberg is next in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, Oct. 28.

Join the Broncos for breakfast Saturday (Oct. 22) Men's basketball team invites fans out for "Breakfast with the Broncos" Saturday, Oct. 25, followed by scrimmage and autograph session.

Centennial honors go to 100 art alumni (Oct. 22) Program honoring 100 Distinguished Art Alumni is Thursday, Oct. 23, in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Author of "The Shadow University" lectures on campus freedom (Oct. 22) Dr. Alan Charles Kors lectures Oct. 29 on the loss of free speech and legal inequity on university campuses.

Bailey named to Technology Tri-Corridor Committee (Oct. 21) Gov. Granholm names WMU president to newly created Technology Tri-Corridor Steering Committee.

Children's Trauma Center wins $1.6 million federal grant (Oct. 21) Grant from Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration to help abused children both inside and outside the classroom.

Maier pens sequel to theological thriller, 'Skeleton' (Oct. 21) Paul Maier authors "More Than a Skeleton," sequel to his best-selling novel, "A Skeleton in God's Closet."

Students stage haunted forest for charity (Oct. 21) Big Brothers-Big Sisters and AIDS awareness are beneficiaries of 10th annual Haunted Forest Oct. 24-25 in Goldsworth Valley.

Michigan sociologists hold annual meeting at WMU (Oct. 21) Annual meeting of Michigan Sociological Association is Nov. 1 at Fetzer Center.

Changes in China discussed at next 'Learning OutLoud' (Oct. 21) China's political, economic and cultural changes is topic of Oct. 28 discussion at Portage District Library.

Classic musical "Godspell" staged in Multiform Theatre (Oct. 20) University Theatre presents the enduring musical for seven performances Oct. 30 through Nov. 8.

"Late Night Catechism" staged in Shaw Theatre (Oct. 20) Miller Auditorium presents comedy "Late Night Catechism" in Shaw Theatre Oct. 21-26.

WFS has a Halloween treat for you (Oct. 20) Western Film Society presents Halloween weekend screenings of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall.

Edward L. Trembley (Oct. 20) Professor emeritus of counselor education and counseling psychology died Oct. 12.

Sky Broncos take first at NIFA regionals (Oct. 19) WMU captures 329 out of a possible 660 points to guarantee a berth at next April's national championship in Tennessee.

Centennial officials seek submissions for time-honored tradition (Oct. 17) Suggestions and donations sought for inclusion in WMU centennial time capsule.

Professors to review and preview Supreme Court decisions (Oct. 17) Political scientists Ashlyn Kuersten and Peter Renstrom discuss Supreme Court during Oct. 30 Brown Bag Lunch and Learn.

Centennial series continues with lecture by engineering expert (Oct. 17) William A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, speaks Oct. 27 at WMU.

Expert talks about the business of making businesses ethical (Oct. 17) University of Michigan's Dr. Timothy Fort presents ethics lecture Nov. 7.

Women athletes receive long overdue recognition (Oct. 16) Nearly 200 former women athletes receive varsity letters at Oct. 18 ceremony, the 32-1 volleyball team from 1983 also honored Saturday.

Robert B. Trader (Oct. 16) Professor emeritus of marketing died Oct. 12.

Alumna's centennial sculpture will be unveiled (Oct. 15) Acclaimed sculptor and alumna Karla Wyss-Tye returns to campus Oct. 23 to unveil her work honoring WMU's centennial.

Single-ring tradition introduced (Oct. 15) WMU Alumni Association introduces new official WMU ring replacing wide variety of class ring designs used in the past.

Dance and music collaborate on centennial concert (Oct. 15) Symphonic band and dance students combine to present faculty composer Richard Adams' "Fields of Motion" Sunday, Oct. 19.

Annual festival to bring families together (Oct. 15) Family Festival, Oct. 24-26, offers parents and families a full weekend of activities.

Career-minded students display their good taste (Oct. 15) Sixth annual Etiquette Dinner is Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Fetzer Center.

Kalamazoo native returns to share Wall Street wisdom (Oct. 15) Dr. B. Joseph White is next speaker in Centennial Scholar and Artist Series, Oct. 27.

City Commission candidates participate in forum (Oct. 15) Political science's Susan Hoffmann and WMUK's Gordon Evans will moderate Oct. 22 candidate forum.

Annual Holistic Dinner set for Oct. 29 (Oct. 15) Holistic health and the ways it can impact everyday life is focus of dinner program at the Birches.

New book records fishing rights debates (Oct. 14) "Fish for All," is comprehensive oral history of heated debate on fishing rights to Lake Michigan, one of the world's largest freshwater fisheries.

Elaine Jayne honored for work on library tutorial (Oct. 14) WMU librarian receives award from Michigan Library Association for creating a computer tutorial.

Jellies named to journal's editorial board (Oct. 14) John A. Jellies, associate professor of biological sciences, selected to serve on "Neuron Glia Biology" editorial board.

Fenn elected to academy leadership (Oct. 14) William Fenn, professor of physician assistant, elected to board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Open enrollment begins for employee benefits (Oct. 13) Open enrollment for WMU employee health insurance continues through Oct. 31, all employees must re-enroll.

Sessions this week for public comment on athletic programs (Oct. 13) Committee charged with reviewing continuation of 20 varsity sports at WMU holds forums for public comment Oct. 14 and 15.

Choral students and alumni fill Miller stage (Oct. 13) Choral Alumni Reunion concludes with free afternoon concert Oct. 26 featuring more than 350 student and alumni singers.

McDaniel exhibition opens in Sangren Hall (Oct. 13) Visiting artist exhibition, "One Night in the Forest," open weekdays in Gallery II through Nov. 13.

WMU librarian assumes persona of Dwight Waldo (Oct. 12) David Isaacson creates one-man show in the role of Western Michigan University's founding president.

Gayl Werme remembered for contributions to WMU (Oct. 12) Former development officer and WMU trustee Gayl Werme remembered with Bill Brown Award for Exemplary Service and Leadership.

Lecture addresses enormous potential of nanotechnology (Oct. 12) Prominent physicist and Distinguished Alumni Award-winner Dr. J. Thomas Dickinson speaks Oct. 21.

Students stage innovative fine arts production (Oct. 12) Seniors Christopher "K.C." Tuazon and Stephanie Bettig combine art, dance, music and theatre in Dalton Center production Oct. 17.

Keystone series features biotech start-up executives (Oct. 12) Phil Long and Dr. Jay Goodwin are next speakers in Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series Oct. 24.

Bronson's Robert Beck discusses medical ethics (Oct. 12) Chair of Bronson Hospital's Ethics Committee talks about practical issues and ethical concerns , Oct. 21.

Annual art faculty exhibition opens in Dalton Center (Oct. 10) Works by art faculty and professional staff members in the Dalton Center Multimedia Room Oct. 13 through Nov. 5.

Homecoming parade salutes community partnership (Oct. 10) WMU celebrates 100-year partnership with Kalamazoo with downtown parade, televised live on WWMT TV-3.

Sky Broncos head to Ohio for regional competition (Oct. 10) WMU precision flight team competes at Ohio University Oct. 14-18 in National Intercollegiate Flying Association regional competition.

AFSCME and WMU reach tentative agreement (Oct. 10) WMU and AFSCME Local 1668 reach tentative agreement, trustees ratify pact with AAUP.

Award-winning poet Claire Bateman comes to WMU (Oct. 8) Recipient of NEA and Robert Frost fellowships will read from her works Oct. 15 as part of Gwen Frostic Reading Series.

Myron H. Ross (Oct. 8) Professor emeritus in economics died Oct. 6.

Campus Classic runners could park free next year (Oct. 8) Three "W" student parking stickers for the 2004-05 and a $500 travel voucher from AAA are among the Homecoming Campus Classic door prizes.

Japanese alumni make 'centi-mental' trip to campus (Oct. 8) Delegation of about 20 graduates travel from Tokyo to Kalamazoo Oct. 8-11 to celebrate WMU's 100th anniversary.

Massie's centennial history of WMU now available (Oct. 7) "Brown and Golden Memories," 276-page centennial history by Larry Massie available online and in Kalamazoo-area bookstores.

Pottery, copper work by Ed Gray on exhibit (Oct. 7) Works on display at Lee Honors College, Gray speaks Oct. 16 as part of Centennial Scholar and Artist Series.

War's economic consequences in developing countries (Oct. 7) Kansas State University's Dr. Wayne Nafziger is next speaker in the Werner Sichel Economics Lecture Series Oct. 15.

Universitywide health, benefits fair slated for Oct. 16 (Oct. 7) Campus community invited to Oct. 16 benefits and health fair in Bernhard Center.

Lindsey A. Thomas (Oct. 6) Retired professor of dance died Oct. 1.

New lab helps engineering students put theory into practice (Oct. 3) Parker Hannifin donated $100,000 to establish the Parker Motion and Control Laboratory, dedication is Oct. 7.

WMU launches review of athletic programs (Oct. 3) Charles Elliott and Lewis Walker co-chair eight-member committee charged with evaluating athletic programs.

CAB brings comedian Dane Cook to campus (Oct. 3) Campus Activity Board presents comedian Dane Cook for one performance, Oct. 9 in Miller Auditorium.

WFS debuts "The Hard Word" homecoming weekend (Oct. 3) Western Film Society presents area debut of "The Hard Word," starring Guy Pierce and Rachel Griffiths, Oct. 10-12.

College of Education honors standout teachers (Oct. 3) Alumni Van Dickerson, Sandra Gagie, Vickie Dove Winfield to be honored Oct. 10 with Golden Apple Awards.

Antonio Flores speaks during Hispanic Heritage Month (Oct. 3) Distinguished Alumni Award-winner talks about "Latinos in Higher Education" Thursday, Oct. 9.

VP of nation's largest power company to speak (Oct. 3) Political science alumnus Chris Womack, senior executive with the Southern Company, talks about leadership in business Oct. 10.

Lecture addresses ethical use and ownership of animals (Oct. 3) Wayne Cavanaugh, president of the United Kennel Club, speaks Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Clinics set to help WMU community dodge the flu (Oct. 3) Outreach clinics Oct. 15 at Student Recreation Center and Oct. 21 in Bernhard Center as well as walk-in hours at Sindecuse.

Trustees to vote on AAUP agreement (Oct. 3) Trustees convene by conference call Oct. 7 to consider new provisions for existing faculty contract.

Student wins scholarship to study in South America (Oct. 2) Senior Sonya Datta-Sandhu of Kalamazoo earns $25,000 Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary Foundation.

Nursing's Joyce Thompson wins book award (Oct. 2) WMU professor of community health nursing earns award from American College of Nurse Midwives.

New AVP rounds out legislative affairs staff (Oct. 2) Melissa Yutzey Bourke appointed assistant vice president for legislative affairs, effective Oct. 13.

Saillant speaks at Library of Congress (Oct. 1) WMU professor of English and history addresses impact of theologian Jonathan Edwards' work on 18th and 19th century U.S. slave trade.

Homecoming celebrates the past, embraces the future (Oct. 1) Centennial homecoming includes downtown parade, displays of historical memorabilia and traditional popular events.

Homecoming begins with annual Campus Classic (Oct. 1) Hundreds of runners, walkers and spectators expected for fifth annual 5K race through campus homecoming Saturday.

Three earn Distinguished Alumni Awards (Oct. 1) Alumni Susan B. Anthony, J. Thomas Dickinson and Antonio Flores recognized at homecoming with Alumni Association's highest honor.

"Lend Me a Tenor" staged in Shaw Theatre (Oct. 1) University Theatre presents one of Ken Ludwig's hilarious farces, "Lend Me a Tenor," for seven performances Oct. 9-18.

WMU kicks off its United Way campaign (Oct. 1) WMU's 2003 United Way campaign officially kicks off today with a goal of $238,000.

Sindecuse schedules fall workshops (Oct. 1) Sindecuse Health Center classes and workshops for faculty, staff and students cover wide range of health and nuitrition issues.

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