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March 2008 WMU News Archive
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Thursday gala marks opening of new art studios (March 31) Daylong festivities include opening of Kohrman studios, two exhibitions, student awards and reception.

Visiting scholar to address ethics and empires (March 31) University of Chicago's Dr. Dipesh Chakrabarty speaks Friday afternoon in Knauss Hall.

Reservations due for popular Muslim program (March 31) Reservations due by Sunday for Muslim Students Association's free dinner-lecture series.

Why English-Only Doesn't Cut it (March 31) Government service veteran Thomas Petzold addresses need for language specialists Thursday in Lee Honors College.

Make a Difference award winners honored (March 31) Gerald Ditto, Betty Merrifield, Arthur Smith, Margaret Watson recognized at Wednesday reception.

Carl Joseph Engels (March 31) Associate professor emeritus of natural science died March 11.

"Bronco Review" TV show wins Telly Award (March 28) WMU produced cable television show wins national award for local sports programming.

"Paper Clips," a simple idea, an inspiring film (March 28) Award-winning film about an extraordinary school project shown free of charge Sunday, April 6, in Little Theatre.

Faculty encouraged to participate in national survey (March 28) Faculty members who are contacted are encouraged to participate in survey of student engagement.

Oil's human costs discussed by human rights expert (March 27) Dr. Scott Pegg describes "The Real Price of Oil" in free, public lecture Thursday, April 3.

Ethics Bowl team seeks members (March 27) Deadline for applications is Thursday, April 3, for WMU's 2008-09 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team.

Flags lowered for Detroit man killed in Afghanistan (March 27) Army Pfc. Antione Robinson died March 19 while on active duty in Afghanistan.

WMUK looking for shortened spring fund drive (March 26) Public radio station hopes to reduce on-air pledge hours by more than 50 percent with pre-campaign gifts.

CAB wins award for programming (March 26) WMU Campus Activities Board named in Campus Activities Magazine voting as nation's best college program board for 2007.

Renowned Chinese troupe offers music and dance concert (March 26) Sichuan University Art Troupe of gives free, public performance Monday in Dalton Center.

Choirs premiere student composition (March 26) Premiere of Gordon van Gent work featured in University Chorale and Collegiate Singers concert Friday, April 4.

WMU student's dance selected for conference concert (March 26) "Carson Keepsake" by Marissa Staniec performed at gala concert of ACDFA regional conference.

Debate surrounding science, ethics and politics explored (March 26) Panel discusses whether science, ethics and politics are compatible Wednesday, April 2.

Heath Ledger appears as Bob Dylan at Little Theatre (March 25) Western Film Society presents area debut of "I'm Not There," Friday through Sunday.

Possible phone scam hits campus (March 25) Callers try to steal student information with bogus job offers. Reminder about avoiding identify theft.

President Dunn delivers inaugural address (March 24) The importance of a shared vision and a commitment to character, civility and compassion.

Ted Nugent to speak at Miller Auditorium (March 24) Rock musician and outspoken political conservative Ted Nugent gives free, public lecture Monday, March 31.

Noted expert to address Great Lakes water management (March 24) University of Wisconsin's Dr. Jean Bahr speaks Monday, March 31, on "Midwest Water Follies."

Study finds mixed picture for school choice (March 24) WMU's Evaluation Center part of nationwide research project finding school choice yields mixed results.

What can I do with an English major? (March 24) Friday is English Major Career Day, excellent opportunity for majors and those considering English majors.

Expert in second language acquisition speaks Friday (March 24) Presentation by Dr. Susan Gass, rescheduled from February, begins 4 p.m. Friday in Multicultural Center.

Top seniors to be honored as Presidential Scholars (March 24) Forty-seven students will be recognized at 28th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation.

TIM program shines in ITERA national competition (March 24) Telecommunications and Information Management students advance in national competition this week.

Grant total tops $16 million for fiscal year (March 24) Grants received in January and February topped $1.5 million, raising 2007-08 total to $16.5 million.

Trustees sign off on academic program changes (March 24) Trustees okay several name changes, elimination of one program and creation of two others.

Gifts to WMU up dramatically compared to recent years (March 24) Eight-month fiscal-year total jumps 55 percent compared to previous year.

Final details announced for inaugural celebration (March 21) No tickets required for inauguration, webcast live and recorded, arrangements for delegates and faculty.

National educational leader to speak at Chavez banquet (March 21) Reservations required by Monday for Saturday, March 29, event with Dr. Antonio Flores.

Make-A-Wish Foundation fund-raiser is sweet deal (March 21) Chi Omega sponsoring fund-raiser Friday, March 28, at Cold Stone Creamery for Make-A-Wish of Michigan.

International Sports Night is open to campus community (March 21) Registration available now for men's, women's and co-rec teams for Friday, March 28, event at rec center.

Marmalade Dog gaming convention at Bernhard (March 21) Largest gaming convention in Southwest Michigan is Friday through Sunday, March 28-30, at WMU.

Renowned bioethicist to give free public talk (March 21) Dr. Adrienne Asch addresses "Ethics and Science" in Thursday lecture at Fetzer Center.

WMU class makes it its business to help non-profits (March 21) Business class in Benton Harbor helps restart city's recycling, relocate non-profit thrift store.

Trustees approve eight retirements (March 21) Trustees approve retirements of three faculty members and five staff members, accept one faculty resignation.

University webmasters invited to monthly meetings (March 20) Webmasters' User Group is open to anyone with responsibilities for WMU Web pages.

Mary Meader (March 20) WMU benefactor died March 16.

Ruth J. Chapman (March 20) Former Dining Services staff member died March 1.

Ollin J. Drennan (March 20) Former professor of physics and dean of general studies died Feb. 12.

Clayton A. Holaday (March 20) Professor emeritus of English died Feb. 14.

Elaine A. Albert (March 20) Assistant professor emerita of English died Dec. 17, 2007.

President's inauguration is Monday at Miller Auditorium (March 20) Visiting dignitaries, local leaders join WMU community for installation of Dr. John M. Dunn.

Sen. Levin to speak on Iraq, Democratic primary (March 19) Limited seating for March 27 talk, question and answer session with Sen. Carl Levin at Bernhard Center.

Guest composer Samuel Hazo headlines conference (March 19) Hazo will host three performances during April 3 wind and percussion music conference.

Concert features dramas from Middle Ages, Baroque era (March 19) Early music ensemble Collegium Musicum presents free concert Tuesday, April 1.

Student show is one of two new art exhibits (March 19) Annual art student show on display April 3-17, "John Link: Recent Paintings" displayed through June 13.

WMU gives military families in-state tuition (March 19) Active-duty military personnel and dependents stationed in Michigan now eligible for in-state rates.

Zack L. York (March 19) Professor emeritus of theatre died March 17.

WSA officer elections, ballot referendum online (March 18) Voting for president and vice president, senators, and ballot referendum on increasing Student Assessment Fee.

Colloquium features advice from six community leaders (March 18) President Dunn moderates panel of local leaders in education, business and government March 25.

"Lars and the Real Girl" is fund-raiser for WIDR (March 18) Kalamazoo Film Society screenings Friday through Sunday benefit WMU student radio station.

University Theatre celebrates civil rights movement (March 18) Seven performances of "North Star" run March 27 through April 6 in Williams Theatre.

Economics and global justice is focus of lecture (March 18) Wellesley College's Dr. Joseph Joyce speaks on "Global Justice: An Economist's Perspective" March 26.

Computer Information Systems wins Micosoft award (March 17) Haworth College of Business CIS program gets Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Award.

Harvard astrophysicist discusses evolution of galaxies (March 17) Dr. Christine Jones of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics speaks Tuesday, March 25.

Registration deadline approaches for IT Forum (March 17) Registration due by Tuesday, March 25, for "Focusing on the Business Value of Technology."

WMU Day at the Capitol to highlight programs, people (March 14) Students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends of WMU organizing first-of-its-kind event in Lansing May 28.

Football schedule and homecoming date announced (March 14) WMU gets three of five MAC West games at home and hosts Ohio for homecoming, Oct. 4.

Joslin teaches in Egypt through Fulbright exchange (March 14) Dr. Katherine Joslin visits Minoufiya University through Fulbright senior specialist program.

Area senior citizens celebrate 20 years of prom-going (March 14) Annual Senior Prom Thursday in Bernhard Center includes Big Band music and ballroom dancing.

Private equity subject of next Haworth series talk (March 13) Bill Bolton, retired Jewel-Osco president, speaks Wednesday at Haworth College of Business.

Panel discussion to address lack of civility in politics (March 13) Perceived lack of civility in current political debate discussed Wednesday at Bernhard Center.

"Smoke Signals" next up for Ethics Film Series (March 13) Admission is free for 1998 comedy-drama Thursday, March 20, in Bernhard Center.

Quebec diplomat to address North American nation building (March 13) Marc Boucher to discuss Monday the way globalization is affecting Quebec.

Prominent social justice advocate visits WMU (March 13) Dr. Linda Christensen, director of Oregon Writing Project, gives public lecture Thursday, March 20.

Guitarist John Abercrombie comes to Dalton Center (March 13) Jazz guitarist's only appearance in Southwest Michigan is at WMU Tuesday.

University Theatre produces cutting-edge collaboration (March 13) Students from theatre, playwriting, dance and music collaborate on "Fuse 1" March 20-30.

Weekend of jazz starts and ends in concert (March 13) Billy Hart tribute concert is March 28 and closing concert of Western Invitational Jazz Festival is March 29.

Software development company is new BTR Park partner (March 13) Next generation software firm iyeTek moving headquarters to WMU Parkview Campus.

West Hills slates spring fitness open house (March 13) Open house for benefits-eligible WMU employees is Wednesday at West Hills Athletic Club.

Faculty grant available to explore study abroad (March 12) Wednesday, March 19, is deadline to apply for new faculty grant from Haenicke Institute.

Fiction writer Kellie Wells next in Frostic Readings (March 11) Short story author will read from her work Monday in the Little Theatre.

Is Michigan behind life sciences? (March 10) State leaders, including President Dunn, address Michigan's support for life sciences Wednesday at Fetzer Center.

Sen. Stabenow to talk about women in politics (March 10) Talk by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow March 17 is part of Women's History Month at WMU.

Free tickets required for president's inauguration (March 10) Complimentary tickets available at Miller Ticket Office for Dr. John Dunn's March 24 inauguration.

WMU hosts regional Science Olympiad contest (March 10) Brightest "intelletes" from 26 area middle and high schools convene at Parkview Campus Saturday.

Learning researcher to discuss at-risk adolescents (March 10) University of Kansas researcher speaks on "At-risk Adolescent Learners" March 17.

Origins of American Spanish is lecture topic (March 10) "Marginalized Spanish-speaking Communities" addressed by Dr. Armin Schwegler March 17.

High school juniors invited to check out WMU (March 7) Area high school juniors and their parents can register online for Saturday, March 15, "WMU Spotlight."

International Festival expected to draw 3,000 people (March 7) Popular event features dance performances, displays, fashion and food from around the world March 16.

WMU digitizes historic African American book (March 7) Book from 1915 about African Americans in Michigan now available worldwide on Internet.

Music of the legendary Johnny Cash ignites Miller (March 7) "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash" at Miller Auditorium for one show March 29.

Antique Book Road Show coming to Waldo Library (March 6) Library fund-raiser March 13 is opportunity to have old books appraised by noted expert.

Mock trial team preps for nationals (March 6) Team offers free public presentation March 13 in Bernhard Center.

Prize-winning chemistry prof gives business talk (March 6) Dr. Abul Hussam, winner of $1 million Grainger Prize, is next in Global Lecture Series March 13.

There is no gene for race (March 5) Human Race Machine exhibit demonstrates that race is a social, not genetic distinction, March 12-17 in the Bernhard Center.

Food industry leaders focus on reaching consumers (March 5) More than 400 food industry executives will attend WMU conference at Radisson Plaza.

Green Gala highlights sustainable energy solutions (March 5) Environmentalist Majora Carter speaks March 13 at environmental gala at Radisson Plaza.

Two film directors highlight Francophone Fest (March 5) Arnold Antonin and Maryanne Zehil present their films during french-lanugage film festival March 12-16.

Nominations sought for student organization awards (March 5) Golden Bronco Awards recognize organizations and members, deadline for nominations March 12.

Trio of chances to hear the best in vocal jazz (March 4) Vocal jazz festival features New York Voices March 11, Curtis Stigers March 14, Gold Company March 15.

Hundreds of dancers swarm campus (March 4) More than 450 students, instructors, professionals at WMU this week for dance association regional conference.

Owen Horton Jr. (March 4) Retired printing services bindery operator died Feb. 5.

Student scholars from across Michigan meet at WMU (March 3) Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters conference is Thursday and Friday.

Top federal, state employers at Criminal Justice Fair (March 3) Career fair Wednesday, March 12, in Bernhard Center attracts more than 40 employers.

Vocal festival celebrates 70th anniversary (March 3) Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival brings 1,300 singers from 30 high schools to WMU March 13.

Model auditions held for semiannual fashion show (March 1) Auditions for MODA spring fashion show open to women 18 and older March 14.

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