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February 2009 WMU News Archive
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Research competition offers cash prizes (Feb. 27) Students can submit papers on the future of civilization through Tuesday, March 31, for a chance at $250.

Four administrative appointments approved (Feb. 27) New appointments announced in honors college, multicultural affairs and communication.

Annual festival open to hornists of all ages (Feb. 27) Beginners, professionals and middle, high school and college students perform together Sunday, March 15.

Summer internships available (Feb. 27) Students are encouraged to apply for one of two dozen internships available in the Kalamazoo area.

Student chosen for nationwide leadership program (Feb. 25) Senior Sarah Gerbig is one of 24 chosen for Society of Automotive Engineers leadership program.

English professor keynotes national conference (Feb. 25) Dr. Karen Vocke is the featured speaker at the National Writing Project's conference for rural teachers.

Social class in the classroom (Feb. 25) Cherie Rankin will talk about how social class is conveyed in the classroom in a March 9 public lecture.

Seraphic Fire joins University Chorale in concert (Feb. 25) Professional chamber choir joins student ensemble in landmark performance March 15.

Flat Stanley makes his musical debut (Feb. 24) Star of the popular children's book series will visit Miller Auditorium March 21 in his first musical performance.

Details of Haenicke memorial service (Feb. 24) Community to pause, celebrate life of former president Diether Haenicke Thursday at Miller Auditorium.

'Drumline Live' at Miller Auditorium (Feb. 24) "Drumline Live" will bring the marching band tradition to life in a single performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13.

Inflatable Theater makes its area debut (Feb. 24) The family-friendly Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company takes the Miller Auditorium stage Sunday.

Festival brings 1,300 singers to campus (Feb. 24) Annual high school choral festival culminates in free, public performance March 12.

Parking lots closed to accommodate memorial service (Feb. 23) Lots next to Miller Auditorium closed Thursday until 1 p.m.

'Riverdance' farewell performances at Miller (Feb. 23) Tickets are on sale now for the March 17-18 celebration of Irish song and dance.

Faculty Assessment Grant deadline nears (Feb. 23) Submit applications by April 15 for one of the annual grants worth up to $5,000 each.

Hettinger named to WMU Board of Trustees (Feb. 20) WMU alumnus and respected economic development expert Jim Hettinger is newest trustee.

Administrator honored for leadership in community service (Feb. 20) Tony Dennis is awarded for his contributions to service-based learning.

Distinguished Alumni Award deadline nears (Feb. 20) Nominate accomplished WMU graduates for the prestigious honor by March 6.

Gazette editor to speak at business college (Feb. 20) Rebecca Pierce will speak Friday, Feb. 27, as part of the Keystone breakfast series.

Best-selling Iranian author to speak at Bernhard (Feb. 20) Firoozeh Dumas will share humorous stories about growing up Iranian in America Thursday.

Campout raises funds for Habitat (Feb. 20) Alpha Tau Omega seeks to raise $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity by roughing it for 48 hours.

Haenicke memorial fund established (Feb. 20) Gifts to memorial fund for President Emeritus Haenicke may be made online or by mail.

Former counselor ed professor dies (Feb. 19) Gilbert Earnest Mazer died July 20, 2008, at the age of 81.

Higher ed subcommittee holds budget hearing at WMU (Feb. 19) President John M. Dunn will testify at the Feb. 23 hearing, which is open to the public.

Book artist hosts papermaking workshop (Feb. 19) Art instructor Jeff Abshear offers a papermaking demonstration and tour Wednesday at Park Trades Center.

Science career day open to public (Feb. 19) Event Feb. 25 will help those seeking careers in science-related fields.

Economic impact of disasters is subject of talk (Feb. 18) Dr. Hal Cochrane will explain the consequences of natural and man-made disasters Feb. 25.

Classes canceled during Haenicke memorial event (Feb. 18) Classes canceled, many offices closed from 1:45 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26.

Ethics film series continues with 'Diving Bell' (Feb. 18) Film about Elle magazine editor and stroke victim Jean-Dominique Bauby will be shown Monday, Feb. 23.

Trustees set 2009 meeting dates (Feb. 18) Board of Trustees will meet April 24, June 4, July 2, Sept. 17 and Nov. 6.

Volunteers needed for goalball tournament (Feb. 18) Some 80 volunteers needed Feb. 28 and March 1 at annual contest for blind athletes.

Free faculty seminar on sustainability (Feb. 17) Susan Santone will share sustainable business practices for educational institutions Friday, Feb. 20.

Horror flick is WIDR fund-raiser (Feb. 17) Western Film Society presents the area debut of "Let the Right One In" Feb. 20-22 at the Little Theatre.

Community invited to Haenicke memorial service (Feb. 17) A service honoring the longtime WMU president is set for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Miller Auditorium.

Renewable energy experts speak on campus (Feb. 16) Brion and Kathy Dickens are next up in free environmental lecture series.

Former president Diether Haenicke dead at 73 (Feb. 15) Longtime WMU president notable for extraordinary record of achievement and service.

Levin to hold forum on campus (Feb. 13) Sen. Carl Levin will talk about the federal government's response to the economic crisis Feb. 20.

Schauer holds town hall meeting (Feb. 13) Rep. Mark Schauer will meet with members of the community Monday at the aviation campus in Battle Creek.

Partners in Dance sponsors trip to Detroit Opera House (Feb. 13) Register by March 2 to see American Ballet Theatre perform "Romeo and Juliet."

Music students perform comic opera (Feb. 13) Students present Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Feb. 20-21 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Race exhibit group to meet (Feb. 13) Meeting Feb. 17 is open to anyone interested in planning events for the national exhibit on race relations.

Upton to discuss science policy (Feb. 12) Rep. Fred Upton will field questions from the community in a Feb. 18 discussion on science policy.

Students win broadcasting awards (Feb. 12) Documentaries produced as part of the Kalamazoo Youth Media Initiative will debut Feb. 19.

WMU wins four interior design awards (Feb. 11) Two staffers lauded for improvements to the recreation center, residence halls and business college.

Teaching for justice in unjust times (Feb. 11) Social justice series continues Monday, Feb. 16, with a free lecture by Dr. Robert Peterson.

Popular TotalTech expo returns to Bernhard Center (Feb. 11) Apple, Dell, Fujitsu and other vendors, plus prizes Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20.

Nominations sought for student "Who's Who" (Feb. 11) Nominate outstanding juniors, seniors, grad students before Feb. 20 deadline.

Lead toxicity expert to give free lecture (Feb. 11) Dr. Hilary Godwin will discuss how lead poisoning can cause cognitive deficits in children Feb. 16.

Mayor Hopewell to speak with students (Feb. 11) Register by Monday to attend a special leadership luncheon with Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell.

Three engineering minors added (Feb. 11) Academic changes include new minors in automotive systems, cast metals and plastics processing.

Gifts down from last year (Feb. 11) WMU has received $5,918,356 in gifts this year, down $4.2 million from last year.

Grants top $22 million in six months (Feb. 11) Awards topped $1 million in December, bringing this year's total to $22 million.

Retirements and resignations announced (Feb. 11) Dr. Susan Ponchillia retires along with three staff members, four faculty resign.

Dunn travels to Spain (Feb. 10) President John M. Dunn's recent trip marked 10th year of WMU's most popular study abroad program.

Gold Company alumni enjoy national visibility (Feb. 12) Matt Giraud competes on "American Idol," Nayanna Holley joins Grammy awards telecast.

Truth about Islam (Feb. 10) Reservations required for free dinner-lecture led by Ustadh Usama Canon Feb. 20.

Students infuse Greek myth with African soul (Feb. 9) University Theatre highlights the African roots of "Oedipus" Feb. 19-28 in Williams Theatre.

Food sought for deployed Broncos (Feb. 9) Contributions of food, snacks needed by Feb. 18 for shipment to students, alumni and employees serving in the military.

LBGT Awareness Week events scheduled (Feb. 9) Events this week promote lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender awareness on campus.

'Synecdoche, New York' is WIDR fund-raiser (Feb. 8) Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars in "Synecdoche, New York," playing Feb. 13-15 at the Little Theatre.

Local celebs join Broadway musical (Feb. 8) Film critic James Sanford and WMU President John M. Dunn will appear in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

Engineers Dinner to address sustainable energy (Feb. 6) Reservations due by Feb. 13 for 30th annual Engineers Week Dinner.

Noted physicist questions reality and genetics (Feb. 6) Dr. Sylvester Gates will look at the genetic basis of reality in a Feb. 16 talk at the Fetzer Center.

Gathering planned for WMU's military veterans (Feb. 6) Get to know other veteran and active-duty students, faculty and staff at Feb. 12 meet and greet.

Speakers share 'argument templates' (Feb. 6) Drs. Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein-Graff help writers develop their arguments Feb. 12-13.

Study affirms med school feasibility (Feb. 6) Consultants say WMU, Bronson and Borgess could run an "excellent" medical school.

Event highlights French Canadian history (Feb. 6) Canceled--Dr. Marcel Martel will speak Feb. 10 in recognition of Quebec's 400th anniversary.

Series of lectures to focus on foreign affairs (Feb. 5) Experts to discuss timely international issues involving Afghanistan, the Arctic and Cuba.

Esteemed scholar dies (Feb. 5) Dr. Howard Mowen died Jan. 18 at the age of 86.

Retired history professor dies (Feb. 5) Dr. Robert Hahn died Dec. 22 at the age of 81.

Miller, Tolbert to lead WMU trustees (Feb. 5) Kenneth V. Miller and Larry Tolbert elected to serve as chair and vice chair of the board.

Educator speaks against two-tiered faculty (Feb. 4) Social justice series continues with Feb. 9 talk by Dr. Joe Berry.

Free financial aid event Sunday (Feb. 4) College Goal event helps college-bound students maximize financial aid opportunities.

Dean candidates visit campus (Feb. 4) Candidates for the position of engineering dean will make public presentations Feb. 9, 11, 16 and 18.

GoWMU offline Sunday (Feb. 4) GoWMU will be down Feb. 8 until noon. Webmail and e-learning will remain available during the outage.

Stand-up comedian Nick Swardson at Miller (Feb. 3) Students can purchase discounted tickets to see the "Grandma's Boy" star April 3.

Election of officers tops board's agenda (Feb. 3) WMU's Board of Trustees will elect new officers at its Feb. 4 meeting.

World-famous comedians perform at Bernhard (Feb. 3) Dan Nainan and Dean Obeidallah join the first International Comedy Night Feb. 7.

Professors rate Super Bowl ads (Feb. 2) WMU professors blame this year's lackluster ads on a poor economy.

President hosts open forum (Feb. 2) President John M. Dunn will talk with members of the community at a Feb. 18 forum in the Bernhard Center.

WMU celebrates Motown's 50th anniversary (Feb. 2) Concerts Feb. 7 feature the Velvelettes, a well-known Motown group with WMU roots.

Top students vie in Concerto Competition (Feb. 2) Music competition Feb. 15 is open to the public free of charge.

Gibbs House seeks fellowship applicants (Feb. 2) Applications due by Feb. 20 for yearlong environmental research fellowships.

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