WMU News

April 5-9 set aside to honor graduate students

April 1, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will honor its more than 5,500 graduate students during National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, designated by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students to run from Monday through Friday, April 5 through 9.

WMU President Judith I. Bailey also has officially proclaimed these days as Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week at the University. The annual observance, which is being celebrated at WMU for the seventh year, recognizes graduate students for their exceptional scholarly and creative achievements as well as the valuable contributions they make to furthering WMU's educational mission.

Throughout the week, academic departments will host recognition ceremonies for graduate students in honor of their scholarship, teaching and research.

The highlight of this year's celebration will be an open reception for all graduate students that will feature free food, live music from the Butterfat Trio and a T-shirt give-away. The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Bernhard Center's South Ballroom. The Graduate Student Advisory Committee is serving as host.

In addition to the GSAC reception, the Graduate College will hold a presentation ceremony for the 2004 recipients of both the Graduate Student Research and Creative Scholar Awards and the Graduate Student Teaching Effectiveness Awards from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, in rooms 208 and 209 of the Bernhard Center. Award winners will make presentations that showcase their teaching effectiveness and research projects.

For more information about Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week's campuswide activities, call (269) 387-8207. For details about departmental events, call the individual departments.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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