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

WMU implementing pandemic preparedness plan (April 30) Students return from study abroad program in Queretaro, Mexico.

Men's tennis team earns MAC's highest honors (April 30) Dave Morin is seven-time MAC Coach of the Year, senior Kevin Hayward is Player of the Year.

In-depth briefing on state budget outlook (April 29) Mitch Bean, director of the nonpartisan Michigan House Fiscal Agency, will address the community May 4.

Gold Company lands prestigious Silicon Valley gig (April 29) Award-winning vocal jazz group will perform at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

WMU suspends Mexican study abroad program (April 29) WMU continues to monitor swine flu outbreak, minimizes risk by brining students home early from Queretaro, Mexico.

Reservations due for APA/PSSO luncheon (April 29) Sign up by May 8 for awards luncheon featuring keynote address on employee wellness services.

Annual congress brings thousands to campus (April 29) More than 3,000 will gather for the International Congress on Medieval Studies May 7-10.

Book celebrates decades of bringing history to life (April 29) Dr. Von H. Washington to host a book release party May 9 at the Trimpe Building.

Gold Company performs on 'Oprah' (April 28) WMU's award-winning vocal jazz group will perform with Charice on an upcoming episode of the show.

Delmas is second-highest draft pick in WMU history (April 28) Free safety Louis Delmas selected in second round, 33rd overall, by Detroit Lions.

Men's tennis wins fourth straight MAC Championship (April 27) Broncos advance to NCAA Tournament for seventh time in program history.

WMU names new dean of engineering college (April 27) Dr. Anthony J. Vizzini, nationally renowned aerospace engineer, will take the reins July 1.

Ten retirements announced (April 24) Board approves the retirements of two faculty members and eight staff members.

Trustees approve teaching assistants' new contract (April 24) Three-year contract calls for salary increases and greater tuition waivers.

WMU monitoring swine flu outbreak (April 25) Swine flu outbreak reported in U.S., recommendations.

Room and board rates increase by 2.9 percent (April 24) Increase is effective fall semester, will not affect students already living on campus.

Service for Annie Dobbs is Saturday (April 23) Dobbs, office associate, died April 14 at the age of 58.

Who are the top staffers of 2009? (April 23) Supporting materials sought for 23 staff members in the running for this year's Make a Difference annual awards.

Alumni art exhibits on display (April 23) "Through a Crack in the Lake" and "Word Play" are on display in the Richmond Center through June 26.

Three Bronco teams in NCAA's top 10 percent academically (April 22) Men's basketball, men's soccer and softball rank in top tier among Division I schools.

Area student art highlights aviation open house (April 22) Reservations requested for free open house April 30 at College of Aviation.

Grad students awarded for research (April 22) Seventeen students were recognized for their scholarly and creative achievements at annual research event.

New trustees to be sworn in Friday (April 22) James Hettinger and Mary Asmonga-Knapp will be sworn in as new members of WMU's Board of Trustees.

Find answers to questions about local elections (April 22) Voter information Web page promotes participation in May 5 elections.

Memorial service for Joseph Frattallone is Friday (April 21) Frattallone, associate professor emeritus of art, died April 17 at the age of 80.

Longtime staff member dies (April 20) Georgia (Kerby) Bryan died April 10 at age 54.

Hundreds already registered for WMU Day (April 20) More than 400 already registered for WMU celebration on state capitol lawn.

Regional director appointed at business-tech center (April 20) Tamara J. Davis will help develop and grow small businesses in Southwest Michigan.

Sculpture honoring Frostic to be unveiled (April 20) Piece created by WMU professor and students in memory of the Michigan artist will be unveiled Sunday in Wyandotte.

New faculty, staff training program (April 20) Summer training series will cover a range of topics from managing conflict to preparing for an interview.

Funeral service for Elen Cutrim is Monday (April 17) Longtime geography professor Dr. Elen M.C. Cutrim died April 15 at the age of 62.

Job opportunities for teachers (April 16) Teacher Education Career Fair April 20 is expected to draw recruiters from more than 85 school districts.

Watch party set for Giraud's next 'Idol' performance (April 16) Students can show their support for WMU grad Matt Giraud Tuesday at the rec center.

Get cash for used books (April 16) Students can sell used books to the WMU Bookstore at Textbook Alley and other locations through Saturday, April 25.

Nearly 2,500 students to graduate this month (April 16) President John M. Dunn will preside over four commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 25.

Arnie Johnston honored for decades of service (April 15) Longtime chair of Department of English will be recognized at a retirement reception April 21.

Warfield cited for lifetime of achievement (April 15) Alumna and staff member Martha Warfield has received YWCA's Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award.

Historian chronicles ancient China (April 13) Dr. Victor Xiong, professor of history, has written an 856-page historical dictionary on medieval China.

Emeritus profiles successful grocery entrepreneur (April 13) Dr. Larry ten Harmsel has co-authored a book recounting the life of retailer Fred Meijer.

Outstanding staffers to be recognized (April 13) Eleven staff members will be honored at the spring Make a Difference awards reception April 20.

Animated film observes effects of war (April 10) Kalamazoo Film Society presents seven screenings of "Waltz with Bashir" April 17-19 in the Little Theatre.

Business breakfast highlights community success story (April 10) Bob Miller will talk about WMU's Business Technology and Research Park Friday, April 24.

Program will honor top grad students (April 10) The community is invited to a Thursday evening event honoring the achievements of 67 graduate students.

German professor receives prestigious award (April 10) Peter Krawutschke is recognized by the American Translators Association for his contributions to the field.

Artist's work selected for national exhibit (April 10) Art instructor Indrani Gall is one of 30 artists worldwide chosen for "Erasing Borders" exhibit.

Students clinch third in regional engineering competition (April 9) WMU's 25-member concrete canoe team paddled into third place at regional meet.

Register now for WMU Day at the Capitol (April 9) Sign up online to receive a free T-shirt, box lunch and transportation to the May 27 event in Lansing.

Jazz student releases debut album (April 9) Senior Ryan Andrews will perform songs from "Requiem" in a two-day release party this weekend at the Union.

Student project awards $15,000 to local charities (April 8) Students get hands-on experience assessing community needs and awarding grants.

Arbor Day celebration includes tree walk (April 8) Arbor Day events April 17 include tree-planting ceremony, unveiling of campus tree walk.

Find out who the real geeks are (April 8) Everything from CO2-powered racecars to spaghetti bridges will be featured at the April 15 Geek Gamez.

Role of Jihad in Islamic politics (April 8) Dr. Roxanne Euben will discuss "The Politics of Jihad in Islamist Thought" April 15 at the Fetzer Center.

Student news show debuts on campus (April 8) Student-run news program being shown on two new widescreens in Brown Hall through Friday, April 17.

'Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness' (April 7) Eighth film in Krzysztof Kieslowski's acclaimed Decalogue series will be shown Monday, April 13.

Volleyball schedule set (April 7) Coming off a 28-7 season, the volleyball Broncos will host a tournament and 10 regular matches at University Arena this year.

New Issues Poetry & Prose releases new books (April 6) WMU-based publisher will release four new poetry collections this spring.

Year-end Finals Finish event helps students unwind (April 6) Volunteers are needed for the April 21 event designed to relieve the stress of finals week.

Registration due for Medieval Congress (April 6) Local residents can register for Medieval Congress events free of charge, but only until April 15.

Mead Film Fest at Little Theatre (April 6) Free festival Saturday, April 11, will showcase five international documentary films.

Sales team places in top 10 nationwide (April 3) Business students Shannon Lapsley and Rob Little finish top ten at National Collegiate Sales Competition.

Event spotlights senior engineering projects (April 3) Students to present dozens of new solutions to business and industry problems at April 14 event.

Upcoming events for literature instructors (April 3) Dr. Sheridan Blau will offer strategies for helping students in a lecture April 9 and workshops April 10.

Student and faculty research recognized (April 2) Scholarly work of graduate students and faculty will be showcased Friday, April 10, at the Fetzer Center.

Private solutions to public disasters (April 2) Dr. Peter Boettke wraps up a series of lectures on the economics of disasters Wednesday, April 8.

Alumna discusses embryonic stem cell research (April 2) Jacqueline Kueh shares advancements in spinal cord repair and embryonic stem cells Wednesday, April 8.

'Everything I Want to Do is Illegal' (April 2) Libertarian farmer and author Joel Salatin talks about government regulation of farming Monday, April 6.

Selling public education (April 1) Social justice lecture series continues Monday, April 6 with Dr. Kenneth Saltman and a case against privatized education.

Jean-Claude Van Damme at Little Theatre (April 1) Western Film Society presents the local debut of "JCVD" April 3-5 at the Little Theatre.

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