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January 2009 WMU News Archive
Stories are listed in descending order by release date. Click on the headline for the full story.

Military mom speaks out (Jan. 30) WMU graduate Joyce Vaughan will discuss the unique needs of returning military students Feb. 5.

'A Christmas Tale' at Little Theatre (Jan. 30) Kalamazoo Film Society presents seven screenings of the French comedy Feb. 6-8.

GoWMU unavailable Sunday morning (Jan. 30) GoWMU, e-learning and online course offerings down from 4:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 1.

Students to manage $500,000 portfolio (Jan. 29) Finance students hired to manage $500,000 investment portfolio for WMU Foundation.

Students stage Pulitzer Prize-winning romance (Jan. 29) University Theatre presents seven performances of "Picnic" Feb. 5-15.

Concert celebrates landmark jazz collaboration (Jan. 29) Music professor Tom Knific joins Chicago-based artist Kevin Cole in concert Jan. 30.

Playwrights clean up at Kennedy Center regional fest (Jan. 28) Grad students Kris Peterson, Christine Iaderosa and Karen Wurl are headed to nationals.

Winners announced in e-portfolio contest (Jan. 28) Five seniors recognized in WMU's fifth electronic portfolio contest.

Students named NextGen Nonprofit Leaders (Jan. 28) Ashlee Brennan and Hanna Dockweiler are identified as future leaders in the nonprofit arena.

Book examines IT's impact on society (Jan. 28) Business professor Andrew Targowski has written 21 books on topics from technology to politics.

Free program on medical ethics (Jan. 28) Emeriti Council's informal lecture series continues Feb. 11 with a discussion on medical ethics.

Foundation executive addresses literacy (Jan. 27) Dr. Juan Olivarez will tackle the literacy crisis Jan. 30 as a speaker in the Keystone breakfast series.

Kaml to lead Extended University Programs (Jan. 27) Dr. Craig Kaml will serve as interim associate provost of the unit while a national search is conducted.

What happens when bacteria converse at dinner? (Jan. 27) Dr. Marvin Whiteley reveals the social behavior of bacteria in a free public lecture Feb. 5.

Professor shares art inspired by illness (Jan. 27) Gay Walker's multi-media "Art of Healing, Journey through Cancer" exhibit opens Feb. 4.

Students gain an Advantage in residence halls (Jan. 26) Sign up now to lock in housing and meal rates for up to four years.

Black Americans and the Supreme Court (Jan. 26) MLK Celebration continues with Feb. 4 discussion led by Dr. Rosalee Clawson.

Student workers being hired (Jan. 26) Apply by Monday, Feb. 9, to be an international student orientation leader this fall.

WMU competes in Gift of Life challenge (Jan. 26) Students, faculty, staff and friends encouraged to sign up for organ donation online before Feb. 25.

'No smoking' signs installed campuswide (Jan. 26) Signs alert smokers to regulations that prohibit smoking within 25 feet of all campus buildings.

Scholar discusses early American writer (Jan. 25) Dr. Scott Slawinski will speak about poet and novelist Sukey Vickery at 7 p.m. Jan. 29.

Dance students perform in winter concert (Jan. 25) Winter Gala Dance Concerts take place Jan. 29-31 in Williams Theatre.

'Book Read' events start Tuesday (Jan. 25) This year's selection is by former Elle editor and stroke victim Jean-Dominique Bauby.

Aviation dean rejects private sector post to stay at WMU (Jan. 23) David Powell passes on lucrative offer to remain at WMU.

Drive Safe Kalamazoo celebrates 40,000 rides (Jan. 23) Tickets required for dinner-party celebration Jan. 29 at Mongolian Barbeque.

Region's largest gaming convention at Bernhard (Jan. 23) Marmalade Dog 14 features BattleTech: Firestorm flight simulators Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

Student invited to Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 21) Senior Alex Inkster of Kalamazoo gets hands-on experience in Adobe Reel Ideas film program.

Series addresses social justice in education (Jan. 21) Lecture series begins Jan. 26 with a case for free public higher education.

Film about debt-ridden America shown Jan. 26 (Jan. 21) "Maxed Out" is next up in Ethics Center Film Series.

Arts facility honored by Detroit-area architects (Jan. 21) Richmond Center for Visual Arts wins Honor Award from Detroit chapter of American Institute of Architects.

Study abroad fair targets business students (Jan. 21) Learn more about study abroad and exchange programs for business students from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 29.

Longtime budget officer dies (Jan. 21) Services are Friday for Olga M. Roekle, who died Jan. 16 at the age of 95.

Student employees honored in weeklong celebration (Jan. 20) Submit nominations by Feb. 6 for Student Employee of the Year, Supervisor of the Year.

Campus community joins inaugural celebration (Jan. 20) More than 2,500 come together to witness Barack Obama's historic inauguration as 44th U.S. president.

Scholarship competition attracts top students (Jan. 16) Nearly 500 high school seniors will convene on campus Jan. 24 for Medallion Scholarship Competition.

Change of venue for WMU/MSU game (Jan. 16) The Nov. 7 football game originally slated for Ford Field has been moved to Spartan Stadium.

Merling Trio celebrates CD release (Jan. 16) The Merling Trio will perform in a CD-release concert at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Dalton Center.

Aviation dean leaving for post in private sector (Jan. 16) David Powell will serve as COO for Flight Training Services International.

Velvelettes join Gold Company performance (Jan. 16) Motown stars join award-winning vocal jazz ensemble in two tribute concerts Feb. 7.

Advertising guru shares his expertise (Jan. 16) Tony Rubleski will give advertising insights from his new book Jan. 22 in Schneider Hall.

Career Fair open to public (Jan. 15) No advance registration required for Feb. 5 Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bernhard Center.

Detroit Tigers visit with fans at Miller (Jan. 15) Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan tour to stop at Miller Auditorium Jan. 22.

Beatles tribute live at Miller (Jan. 14) Award-winning tribute concert stops at Miller Auditorium for two shows Feb. 13-14.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs (Jan. 14) Modern dance troupe celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Feb. 10 show at Miller Auditorium.

Government reform expert employs research in Iraq (Jan. 14) Dr. Matthew Mingus heads to Iraqi to help build local and provincial governments.

Summit slated for WMU supervisors (Jan. 14) Register now for Jan. 21 seminar about new and existing student employment policies.

Humanex CEO on building corporate talent, culture (Jan. 14) Brad Black will give tips on how to engage and inspire top talent Jan. 21 in Schneider Hall.

Prepare for frigid weather ahead (Jan. 13) Near-arctic windchill temperatures prompt health center warning and tips on dressing properly and other advice.

Cruz and Johansson star in Woody Allen film (Jan. 12) Western Film Society presents six screenings of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" Jan. 16-18 at the Little Theatre.

Celebrated track and field coach dies (Jan. 9) John "Jack" F. Shaw died Jan. 9 at the age of 70.

Students' plays performed at regional fest (Jan. 9) Four grad students chosen for Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's regional competition.

Terrorism, Middle East insurgencies discussed (Jan. 9) Dr. Gerard Chaliand, field observer and government consultant, will give a free, public lecture Jan. 16.

Events pay tribute to MLK (Jan. 9) A dozen events highlight two-month-long observance honoring slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Gold Company salutes Motown (Jan. 7) Award-winning vocal jazz ensemble will perform two tribute concerts at Miller Auditorium Feb. 7.

Researchers find many schools run by nonprofits (Jan. 7) Report released by professor-student duo focuses on nonprofit education management organizations.

Music professor rakes in another award (Jan. 7) Curtis Curtis-Smith receives 32nd award from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Professor helps many with disabilities get active (Jan. 6) Dr. Jiabei Zhang wins grant to provide physical education to disabled children and adults.

Obama inauguration shown live at Miller (Jan. 6) Live PBS coverage of Barack Obama's inauguration as 44th president of the United States Jan. 20.

Peak oil expert launches Frostic environmental series (Jan. 6) Famed Princeton geologist Dr. Kenneth Deffeyes will discuss world oil production Jan. 13.

Supply management students win scholarships (Jan. 6) Alison Brubaker, Kevin Little and David Ursing named ISM Services Group Scholars.

Three pipe organs featured in historic performance (Jan. 6) Free recital begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Former athletic director dies (Jan. 5) Dr. Joseph T. Hoy died Dec. 23 at the age of 90.

Award-winning British comedy at Little Theatre (Jan. 5) Kalamazoo Film Society presents seven screenings of "Happy Go Lucky" Jan. 9-11 at the Little Theatre.

Flags lowered for Michigan men killed in Iraq (Jan. 4) Flags lowered Monday and Tuesday for Sgt. Christopher Smith and Spc. Stephen Okray.

How to find out if WMU is closed (Jan. 4) Always assume the University is open. Closings announced immediately in WMU News and at (269) 387-1001.

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