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December 2004 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 receive gift report (Dec. 20) During three months Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, WMU received gifts totaling $3.2 million.

Two-month grant total tops $7.5 million (Dec. 20) Grant total July through October exceeds $16.6 million.

Trustee meetings for 2005 announced (Dec. 20) Annual meeting of WMU Board of Trustees and election of officers for 2005 is Feb. 18 at Bernhard Center.

Contract with power plant employees approved (Dec. 20) Trustees approve three-year labor contract with employees represented by Michigan State Employees Association.

Trustees approve issuance of bonds for chemistry building (Dec. 20) General revenue obligation bonds expected to generate $39 million in proceeds.

WMU closed beginning Dec. 24 for holiday recess (Dec. 17) Listing of holiday recess hours for computer labs, health center and other selected offices. Classes resume Jan. 3.

University Theatre reschedules 'Anton in Show Business' (Dec. 17) University Theatre production now set to open Feb. 10. Ticket holders must exchange existing tickets.

WMU offline Dec. 29 including all Web pages (Dec. 16) All WMU Web pages and e-mail will be unavailable Wednesday, Dec. 29, for major network improvements.

Exhibit reflects slavery and plantation life (Dec. 16) Chicago artist Cassandra Fay Smith exhibits dolls and doll houses in Knauss Hall Space Gallery Jan. 19 through Feb. 17.

Kalamazoo College artist exhibits ceramic sculptures (Dec. 16) Free public exhibit of Sarah Lindley sculptures runs Jan. 6-28 in Sangren Hall Gallery II.

Education students support homeless shelter (Dec. 15) Project generates more than $5,000 worth of useful items donated to the Eleanor Street Shelter in Kalamazoo.

Trustees approve 10 retirements, accept four resignations (Dec. 15) Complete list with last position held, years of service and effective date of retirement or resignation.

Sabbatical leaves okayed for 31 faculty (Dec. 15) Complete list of faculty and administrators granted leaves.

WMU hires veteran enrollment professional (Dec. 13) University of Maine's John Beacon is WMU's new vice provost for enrollment management.

HR chief promoted to associate vice president (Dec. 13) Laureen Summerville promoted to associate vice president and chief human resources officer.

Trustees okay three academic appointments (Dec. 13) Alexander Enyedi and Bassam Harik named associate deans of arts and sciences and Joan Herrington is new theatre chair.

Alabama's Greene is new dean of engineering (Dec. 10) Dr. Timothy Greene, assistant vice president for research at University of Alabama, is new WMU engineering dean.

Trustees praise Bailey's leadership in challenging year (Dec. 10) President Judith Bailey receives 2.5 percent pay increase over her starting salary 18 months ago.

New master's degree in nursing approved (Dec. 10) Master of science in nursing degree offered beginning fall 2005 through WMU Bronson School of Nursing.

Cathy George steps down as volleyball coach (Dec. 10) Veteran coach led Broncos to MAC title in 2000, resigns to accept head coaching job at Michigan State.

Szarmach receives Medal of Service from Poland (Dec. 10) Paul Szarmach commended for his efforts to build bridges between American and Polish medievalists.

Ponchillia lauded for work with children (Dec. 10) Blindness and low vision studies chair receives state Caring for Children Angel Award.

Woloszyk honored for lifetime achievement (Dec. 10) Professor emeritus Carl Woloszyk honored by Marketing Education Association at national convention.

New registrar and financial aid director appointed (Dec. 9) WMU veteran Barbara McKinney is new registrar, NMU's Mark Delorey will direct WMU's financial aid.

Bartholomew honored for 38 years of service (Dec. 8) Retirement reception for Kenneth Bartholomew, director of dining service, is Friday at the Oaklands.

Bill Cubit is new Bronco football coach (Dec. 7) Former assistant coach at Stanford, Rutgers and WMU returns as 14th head coach of 100-year-old football program.

LeAnn Rimes and KSO offer 'Symphonic Christmas' (Dec. 6) Grammy-winner sings her top hits and Christmas favorites with Kalamazoo Symphony Dec. 18 at Miller Auditorium.

Ashley and Schaper honored at receptions (Dec. 6) Longtime staff members, James Schaper and Joan Ashley, honored at retirement receptions, Dec 15 and 16.

Trustees convene Friday (Dec. 6) Board of Trustees meets Dec. 10 in Bernhard Center. Agenda includes president's annual evaluation.

Research aims to boost domestic energy production (Dec. 3) Geosciences gets $1 million Department of Energy grant to study major petroleum-bearing areas in Michigan Basin.

Minnick's book offers new view of dialect writing (Dec. 3) Dr. Lisa Minnick's "Dialect and Dichotomy" places particular emphasis on African American voices in literature.

Opus 21 reprises New York concert at Epic Center (Dec. 3) Thursday performance features seven music faculty members, a visiting artist and a School of Music alumnus.

WMU to graduate more than 2,400 students (Dec. 3) University will confer 1,782 bachelor's, 611 master's, three specialist and 54 doctoral degrees Saturday, Dec. 11.

Corruption at center of upheaval in Ukraine (Dec. 3) Longstanding government corruption at center of Ukrainian crisis according WMU's Dr. James Butterfield.

Students learn to make holiday gifts, avoid shopping woes (Dec. 3) Free Gibbs House program features gift-making and "clothing swap" for Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

Geoscientist's NSF grant funds research, student work (Dec. 1) Dr. Carla Koretsky awarded $471,000 over five years for research on coastal and inland wetland areas.

Engineering programs called tops in nation (Dec. 1) ASEM places graduate and undergraduate programs in engineering management at WMU among nation's top five.

School of Music presents free annual holiday concert (Dec. 1) "Brass for the Holidays" features outstanding student and faculty musicians Dec. 12 at Miller Auditorium.

Advisory committee named in search for football coach (Dec. 1) Faculty and administration members, trustee emeritus, student-athletes make up seven-member committee.

Campus campaign for United Way exceeds goal (Dec. 1) WMU effort raises $218,000. President Bailey praises faculty, staff, students for support of human services.

How to find out if WMU is closed (Dec. 1) Students and employees should assume WMU open unless notified otherwise. Closings will be announced immediately in WMU News.

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