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March 2006 WMU News Archive
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Marier and Sturgis earn MAC academic honors (March 31) WMU's top two gymnasts, majoring in biomedical science and nursing, named to MAC All-Academic Team.

NCAA honors baseball Broncos for academic excellence (March 31) Broncos academically among the top 10 percent of Division I baseball teams.

Wagner wins international award (March 31) Dr. Bret Wagner, associate professor of management, is first recipient of outstanding service award from SAP University Alliances.

Health industry executive speaks Thursday (March 31) Business alumnus Paul R. Buckman is next in Haworth College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series.

Murali is nominee for top executive (March 31) Viji Murali, vice president for information technology, is nominee for mid-America top information security exec.

Bilingual poetry reading offered Tuesday (March 30) WMU's Dasha Nisula and Daria Lozinskaya offer readings in Russian and English of works by Russian poet.

Film highlights student research in Malaysia (March 30) "Jaunt to Malaysia" filmed and produced by WMU graduate Tristan Brown, shown Tuesday in Wood Hall.

Kominz co-authors article on rising sea levels (March 30) Geoscience's Dr. Michelle Kominz co-authors paper published in the journal Science.

Lindquist article gets top rating (March 30) Jay Professor emeritus of marketing co-authors one of the most-read articles in a journal by Sage Publications.

Lethonee A. Jones (March 29) Associate professor of emerita of social work died Feb. 22.

Final CHHS dean candidates make presentations (March 29) Drs. David Shelledy and Charles Christiansen make public presentations March 30 and April 3, respectively.

Lewis Pyenson selected as dean of Graduate College (March 28) Research professor and historian from University of Louisiana-Lafayette assumes new role at WMU in June.

Medical ethics talk addresses plight of uninsured (March 28) Nationally recognized authority Christian Krautkramer speaks on "Access, Ethics and Medicine" March 30.

Dozens of school districts represented at career fair (March 28) Job opportunities for teachers showcased at Teacher Education Career Fair April 5 in Bernhard Center.

Information technology firm moves to BTR Park (March 28) Network Appraisal Services brings Initech Building at Business Technology Research Park to full occupancy.

Mary Ruefle and Jane Brox give readings Thursday (March 28) Gwen Frostic Reading Series continues Thursday with poet Mary Ruefle and author Jane Brox.

Trombonist Abbie Conant performs in Dalton (March 28) Multitalented artist gives free performance of "Cybeline" and "Music for the End of Time" Monday.

Concert Band performs Sunday in Miller (March 28) Free afternoon concert includes works by John Barnes Chance, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and others.

Gold Company fills Union stage Thursday (March 28) Gold Company at Union Cabaret and Grille for final show before concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Pow-Wow returns to University Arena (March 27) Cultural heritage and diversity of American Indians celebrated during Native American Pow-Wow Saturday and Sunday.

Carnegie refines WMU's status as research university (March 27) New Carnegie classifications places WMU in research category with just 75 other public universities.

Expert addresses Nepalese economic reform (March 27) Visiting lecturer Krishna Gyawall discusses "The Political Economy of Reform in Nepal" Wednesday, April 5.

Visiting scholar talks on bioterrorism (March 27) Purdue University's Dr. Austin Babrowpresents "Constructing the Uncertainties of Terrorism" Wednesday, April 5.

Merling Trio celebrates CD release Friday (March 27) Acclaimed strings and piano trio celebrates release of "Music of Astor Piazolla and Frank Proto" in the Dalton Center.

Friday conference features three free concerts (March 27) Annual Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music includes young musicians from 67 high schools.

Survey will help chart future of Bernhard Center (March 27) Students can win iPods or gift cards for completing online survey about Bernhard Center.

MAC champion gymnasts sweep league honors (March 26) Broncos take league's regular season title, MAC championship, Gymnast of the Year, Coach of the Year.

WMU hosts first in series of energy conferences (March 25) Reservations required for free Power Shift Energy Conference Saturday, April 1, at Fetzer Center.

HPER honors outstanding alumni (March 25) Six alumni of health, physical education and recreation recognized during luncheon program, Saturday, April 1.

Gallery II features art faculty installation (March 24) Installation "false:start" by Caroline Gore, assistant professor of art, on exhibit Mondays through Fridays, March 30-April 21.

Bosco coordinates WMU's Kalamazoo Promise programs (March 23) Longtime education professor Dr. James Bosco will work with KPS to coordinate WMU efforts.

Senior citizens feel at home during annual prom (March 23) Nostalgic evening brings hundreds of senior citizens together with WMU students for Wednesday's "Senior Prom."

Expert on former Yugoslav states gives lecture (March 23) University of Pittsburgh's Dr. Robert Hayden speaks Tuesday on reconstruction in former Yugoslavia.

Food industry leaders converge on Kalamazoo (March 23) More than 500 food industry executives expected at WMU's 41st Food Marketing Conference March 27-28.

Affirmative action activist speaks Monday at WMU (March 23) Bernhard Center presemtation by activist and author Tim Wise is free and open to the public.

Faculty, student exchanges with China discussed (March 23) Forum March 31 explores strategies for increasing WMU relationships with universities in Greater China.

Student defends dissertation from Bahrain (March 23) Doctorale candidate Alee Sleymann is first at WMU to defend dissertation via teleconference.

Comedian Azhar Usman comes to Bernhard Center (March 23) American-Muslim comedian headlines evening of Pakistani cuisine and programs March 31.

Relay for Life of WMU gears up (March 22) Faculty and staff team joins student and community entries in fund-raiser for American Cancer Society, donations can be made online.

Surplus woodworking equipment goes on sale (March 22) Equipment can be viewed Monday, March 27, and sealed-bids must be submitted Wednesday, March 29.

Western Winds gives spring concert in Dalton (March 21) Music faculty and graduate student ensemble performs Tuesday, March 28, in Dalton Center.

Muslim Student Association presents Juan Galvan (March 20) MSA presents Latino-American Muslim speaking on "Diversity and Tolerance in Islam" at free dinner program.

WFS presents area-debut of "The Squid and the Whale" (March 18) Western Film Society presents Academy Award nominee starring Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, March 24-26.

Candidates for CHHS dean make presentations (March 17) Drs. Kathleen Whitmire and Randall Lambrecht make public presentations Monday and Thursday, respectively.

Chavez celebration includes symbolic march, comic, fiesta (March 17) Entertainer Efrain "Happy" Guerrero speaks at Thursday, March 30, Cesar E. Chavez Day program.

Civil rights pioneer visits WMU Tuesday (March 17) Dr. Robert Moses, civil rights crusader, teacher and founder of the Algebra Project, speaks Tuesday.

Mock trial team at national competition (March 17) For the fourth time in five years, a WMU team qualifies for American Mock Trail Association national tournament.

WMU hosts region's largest gaming convention (March 17) Marmalade Dog 11 gaming convention is Friday through Sunday, March 24-26, at SRC and Bernhard Center.

Top WMU seniors to be honored (March 17) Forty-seven undergraduates recognized March 23 at 26th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation.

Will Power brings "Hip Hop Creation" to Kalamazoo (March 17) University Theatre premieres new work by resident artist Will Power for seven performances at WMU.

Popular Bowfire returns to Miller Auditorium (March 17) "Total violin experience," Saturday, March 25, includes classical, Celtic, jazz, country, rock, bluegrass music and more.

Miller offers sneak preview of upcoming season (March 17) Comedy revue "Forbidden Broadway" follows Wednesday's sneak preview of Miller Auditorium's 2006-07 season.

Mustangs win second straight CCWHA title (March 16) Women's club hockey team wins league title and finishes season ranked seventh in the nation.

Career Day for English Majors is Friday (March 15) Sessions include panel discussion with English alumni, resume building, applying to graduate school, Friday in Bernhard Center.

Holistic health conference focus is mind-body connection (March 15) Candace Pert is keynote speaker at April 1 conference; registration required by March 20.

Visiting scholar tackles evolution-creation debate (March 14) Dr. Michael Ruse, "The Evolution-Creation Struggle: A Very American Story," at Fetzer Center Thursday.

Film directors here for Francophone Film Festival (March 14) Two film directors will be in Kalamazoo to introduce their works during March 15-19 film festival.

Chicago playwright gives next Frostic Reading (March 13) Playwright Lisa Dillman reads from her work Thursday, March 23, in the Little Theatre.

David Copperfield presents "Grand Illusion" (March 13) Hailed as the greatest illusionist of our time, Copperfield gives two performances Sunday in Miller Auditorium.

Fall semester course schedules available in GoWMU (March 13) For the first time, there are no paper course schedules, registration for fall semester begins March 27.

Festival feeds appetite for exploring other cultures (March 12) Learn about other countries, sample exotic cuisines during 17th annual International Festival Sunday, March 19.

Vocal jazz ensemble Sixth Wave performs Friday (March 12) Six-voice a cappella jazz ensemble features two WMU alumni in Dalton Center Recital Hall concert.

Gold Company concert caps vocal jazz festival (March 12) Limited number of tickets available for Saturday's closing concert of Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival.

Rich Little comes to Miller for one show only (March 12) Master impressionist brings his repertoire of more than 200 characters to Miller Auditorium Friday.

Using the sun's energy in novel ways (March 11) Chemist Dr. Sherine Obare gets $500,000 National Science Foundation grant for pioneering nanotechnology research.

Festival's 1,200 massed-voices fill Miller Auditorium (March 11) Thursday's free closing concert of Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival features 1,200-voice chorus.

Violinist Nicolas Kendall performs in YCA series (March 11) Young Concert Artists Series performance supported by Bullock Institute is Thursday evening in Dalton.

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch performs Wednesday (March 11) Dalton Center concert is part of five-state tour promoting new CD of live performances in Amsterdam.

Lecture introduces "the real" Hans Christian Andersen (March 11) Internationally regarded scholar Niels Ingwersen gives lecture Thursday and workshop Friday in Sprau Tower.

Best art student works showcased in Dalton (March 10) Annual Art Student Exhibition is March 15 through April 5 in the Dalton Center Multimedia Room.

Summer sessions tuition adjustment approved (March 10) Summer session students will be charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis, rather than the flat-rate schedule.

WMU honors Czech literary and political icons (March 10) Vaclav Havel and Arnost Lustig will receive honorary degrees from WMU this summer in Prague.

Holden and Pero elected to lead trustees (March 10) WMU alumni James Holden and Dan Pero elected to one-year terms as chair and vice chair of Board of Trustees.

Grant awards top $28 million through January (March 10) Recent notable awards from National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Education, Energy, Health and Human Services.

Trustees approve 11 retirements (March 10) Retirements of one faculty member and 10 staff members approved; trustees also accept three resignations.

BRCC transfered to WMU Research Foundation (March 9) Trustees authorized transfer of WMU's Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center.

English honor society inducts first members (March 8) New WMU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, international English honor society, inducts its first members Saturday.

Trustees elect new officers Thursday (March 7) WMU Board of Trustees also considers adjustment to tuition for the summer sessions at Thursday morning public meeting.

Stefon Harris performs with Western Jazz Quartet (March 7) Composer, marimbist and vibraphonist performs Friday at 8 p.m. in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Education, tax climate are keys to new economy success (March 7) Michigan needs to look at more than just tax incentives, according to new five-state survey.

Sociologist addresses ethical concerns of prisons (March 7) Dr. Richard Quinney presents his longstanding, controversial views in Tuesday, March 14, lecture.

Reading Together films shown Thursday (March 7) Two films about the Vietnam War and its aftermath shown in the Little Theatre as part of Kalamazoo Reading Together.

Faculty and staff organizing Relay for Life team (March 6) Fundraiser for American Cancer Society is April 7-8 at WMU, faculty and staff joining others fielding teams.

Hockey Broncos end postseason drought (March 6) WMU sweeps favored Lakers for improbable, first postseason series win since 1994, Broncos take on No. 1 Miami next.

Rost and Moore named to All-MAC First Team (March 6) Senior Casey Rost and junior Carrie Moore named to women's basketball All-MAC First Team.

Academy Award-winner "Capote" shown at WMU (March 6) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener give award-winning performances in KFS movie March 10-12.

Broncos home for MAC Tournament contest Monday (March 5) Men's basketball team hosts Eastern Michigan in MAC Tournament first-round contest at 7 p.m. Monday.

Poet Judi Rypma reads from her recent works (March 4) English faculty member reads from "Rapunzel's Hair" and "Mineral Treasures" March 13 in Sprau Tower.

Davidson edits essay collection (March 4) Dr. Clifford Davidson, professor emeritus of English and medieval studies, edits "The Dramatic Tradition of the Middle Ages."

Resident artist Yu-Lien The gives solo recital (March 3) Pianist's March 14 recital includes works by Franz Schubert, Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel and Robert Schumann.

Guest artist Stefon Harris headlines jazz festival (March 3) Closing concert of Western Jazz Festival features top high school groups, WMU Jazz Orchestra with Stefon Harris.

Scholarly edition recounts the legend of Saint Martial (March 2) Foreign languages Dr. Molly Lynde-Recchia writes "La Vie seint Marcel de Lymoges" in Old French.

One-man comedy "Male Intellect" performed at Shaw (March 1) "The Male Intellect: an oxymoron?" is a one-actor, multi-character, 90-minute comedy at WMU March 7-12.

Gallery II features Ebendorf jewelry exhibit (March 1) Visiting artist and leader in studio jewelry movement lectures March 8 and exhibits his work through March 23.

Nominations sought for Athletic Hall of Fame (March 1) Bronco Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee soliciting nominations for 2006 induction class.

Multiple Oscar-nominee "Capote" at WMU (March 1) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener give award-winning performances in KFS movie March 10-12 at Little Theatre.

Bailey unveils five-state new economy study (March 1) President Bailey reveals findings from survey of new economy businesses at presentations Tuesday in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

"Stolen Childhoods" exposes child labor abuses (March 1) Walker Institute coordinating three Kalamazoo appearances by filmmaker Len Morris March 8-10.

International students offered free tax filing help (March 1) Accounting fraternity Beta Alpha Psi providing free help to international students on federal and state income tax returns.

Business students earn top honors in regional competition (March 1) WMU ISM students take top honors in Association for Operations Management competition.

Highlighting educational technology's "wow" factor (March 1) Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Conference is March 8-10 in Grand Rapids.

Two units merged to broaden educational options (March 1) Two EUP units combined to create Office of Lifelong Learning and Education, expand educational options.

WMU-Southwest partnership wins state honor (March 1) WMU, LMC, Lakeland Regional Health System and Berrien County ISD partnership earns award for excellence.

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