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January 2011 WMU News

Stories listed in descending order by release date.

WMU dance students perform in annual concert (Jan. 31) Shows Feb. 17-20 feature original choreography of dance students and faculty.

WMU alumni offer tips on careers in federal government (Jan. 31) Students invited to Federal Career Panel discussion Feb. 9 at Lee Honors College.

WMU joins 12 other schools to advance STEM leadership (Jan. 31) Alliance boosts diversity of leadership in science, technology, engineering and math.

Residence hall hosts exhibit on oppression (Jan. 31) Free "Tunnel of Oppression" exhibit is open evenings Feb. 8-9 in Eldridge-Fox.

Student workers to be honored in weeklong celebration (Jan. 31) Nominations for student employee and supervisor of the year due Feb. 8.

Ted G. Haaksma (Jan. 31) Haaksma, a retired carpenter in Facilities Management-maintenance services, died Oct. 1, 2010, at age 85.

WMU to offer two foreign policy lectures (Jan. 29) Hear from NPR reporter Mike Shuster Feb. 7, retired Navy Capt. Gordan VanHook March 21.

Competition features WMU's top music students (Jan. 28) Concerto Competition performance Feb. 13 is open to the public free of charge.

Detroit schools' Robert Bobb speaks at WMU (Jan. 27) Financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools speaks Feb. 9.

Theatre students stage "Arabian Nights" (Jan. 27) Seven performances staged Feb. 10-20 in Williams Theatre.

Professor discusses book on medieval law (Jan. 27) Dr. Jana Schulman talks Feb. 10 about her recently published book.

Joslin book named ALA Outstanding Academic Title (Jan. 27) Joslin's "Edith Wharton" makes prestigious ALA list.

Flute soloist joins WMU orchestra in free concert (Jan. 26) Martha Councell-Vargas joins orchestra Feb. 6 in Miller.

Debel named WMU trustee, Miller reappointed (Jan. 26) Gov. Snyder names Dana Debel, Ken Miller to Board of Trustees.

WMU admitting first class for air-traffic control program (Jan. 26) College of Aviation accepting students for FAA initiative.

Postponed: Public input sought for new archives facility (Jan. 25) Workshop with project architect is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Sold out: Ludacris to perform on campus (Jan. 25) The March 31 Ludacris concert at Miller Auditorium is sold out.

Festival unites hornists of all ages (Jan. 25) Saturday's Horn Day festival concludes with Dalton Center free concert .

Nominations sought for student 'Who's Who' (Jan. 25) Nominations due Feb. 11 for "Who's Who" among college students.

Workshops slated for WMU grad students (Jan. 25) Online registration required for series of nine workshops through May.

Jenson named founding dean of WMU medical school (Jan. 25) Dr. Hal B. Jenson named to lead WMU School of Medicine following national search.

Sign up now to return to residence halls this fall (Jan. 24) Added incentives for students who choose to return to residence halls in 2011-12.

Jennings going to Super Bowl, Babin to Pro Bowl (Jan. 24) Former WMU football greats Babin and Jennings named to Pro Bowl, Jennings earns trip to Super Bowl.

Popular chemistry fundraiser hits halfway point (Jan. 21) Elemental Chemistry Fund to aid WMU grad students experiencing personal or financial crises.

Open house set for new Lifelong Learning Academy (Jan. 21) Learn about educational opportunities for older adults Wednesday, Feb. 9.

WMU inducts 52 employees into 25 Year Club (Jan. 21) University recognizes 52 longstanding faculty and staff members for their service.

Events acquaint students with business programs (Jan. 20) Learn about business majors Jan. 26 and careers, student groups and study abroad Jan. 27.

Emily Czuhajewski (Jan. 19) Czuhajewski, a former member of the environmental services staff at WMU, died Dec. 25, 2010, at age 85.

Austra Zuika (Jan. 19) Zuika, a former secretary in WMU's academic records office, died Oct. 17, 2010, at age 91.

HR slates six training programs (Jan. 19) "The Way Western Works" offers information on campus processes, departments and resources.

Local couple helps students pay their medical bills (Jan. 19) Bryan and Kathy Staufer of Texas Township start fund to assist students with chronic conditions.

Up to $50,000 available in student sustainability grants (Jan. 19) Applications due Friday for grants to support student research, activities and initiatives.

Rescheduled for Feb. 17: Some 130 employers participating in Career Fair (Jan. 18) Employers will be recruiting interns and college graduates Thursday, Feb. 3.

WMU readies for 2011 Relay for Life (Jan. 18) Online registration is open to those who want to start a Relay for Life team or join an existing team.

WMU hosts two-day arts education symposium (Jan. 18) Public invited to keynote address Jan. 24, panel discussion Jan. 25.

Top students to vie for $50,000 Medallion Scholarships (Jan. 14) Annual competition brings 800 high school seniors to campus Saturday, Jan. 22.

Alumnus and local arts director visits business college (Jan. 14) Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo's Neil Bremer to speak Friday, Jan. 28.

Menzies chosen as year's top Bronco fans (Jan. 14) Varsity "W" Club names Hal and Bonnie Menzie of Kalamazoo Man and Woman of the Year.

Upcoming retirement receptions honor 17 employees (Jan. 13) Retirement receptions honor staff members with 416 years service.

Blood challenge rivalry with Central renewed (Jan. 13) Eleven blood drives across campus through Jan. 28 support Red Cross.

Martha Nussbaum addresses importance of liberal arts (Jan. 13) Noted University of Chicago author and philosopher visits WMU Jan. 27.

Carnegie lauds WMU community engagement (Jan. 12) WMU earns Carnegie Foundation special designation for community engagement.

Can you identify this campus robbery suspect? (Jan. 12) Suspect stole credit cards, other property from recreation center locker.

Flags lowered for victims of Arizona shooting (Jan. 10) Flags lowered through Friday for U.S. Rep. Giffords and other victims of Saturday shooting.

Order your new WMU license plate today (Jan. 10) Plate features "W" logo with new opportunities for personalized messages to show WMU pride.

Brandeis economist looks at challenges facing China (Jan. 7) Dr. Gary Jefferson addresses energy, income, inequality and other challenges facing China Wednesday.

Former bankers association chair to speak at WMU (Jan. 7) Alumnus Arthur C. Johnson speaks Jan. 27 on "Changes and Challenges in Community Banking."

Luann Harden is new director of WMU-Southwest (Jan. 7) Six-year veteran staffer takes charge at regional site on Lake Michigan Community College campus.

Student auditions set for community health theatre (Jan. 7) Auditions Jan. 18 to select trained peer educators for campus performances.

Free book exchange Tuesday at Wesley Foundation (Jan. 7) Students invited to exchange books they do not want for books they need.

Woody Allen's latest film comes to Little Theatre (Jan. 7) You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" is playing at the Little Theatre Jan. 14-16.

WMU to participate in communitywide tribute to MLK (Jan. 5) Activities honor civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Event helps students get involved on campus (Jan. 4) Learn about programs and student groups at Western Warm-Up Thursday, Jan. 20.

Multicollege agreement for Muskegon OK'd by trustees (Jan. 4) Consortium agreement involves WMU, Ferris, Grand Valley and MCC.

Trustees approve Howard Street lease (Jan. 4) Board signs off on three-year lease for European Spa Boutique at Howard Street Plaza.

'HeroRats' detect landmines, tuberculosis (Jan. 4) Dr. Alan Poling part of team training African rats to save human lives in Tanzania.

Year to date gifts top $3.4 million (Jan. 4) Gifts received in September, October and November brought this year's total to $3,468,830.

WMU to offer master's degree in chemical engineering (Jan. 3) Program addresses need for advanced degree options and engineers in local industry.

New grants to WMU near $11 million in three months (Jan. 3) Grants received from September through November push this year's total to $21 million.

Light Center for Chinese Studies established (Jan. 3) New center designed to enhance teaching and understanding of China studies.

Tigers GM headlines Bronco baseball dinner (Jan. 2) Tickets available now for dinner in Kalamazoo with WMU alumnus and Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski.

WMU readies for start of spring semester (Jan. 2) Hours for library, computer labs, rec center, other services through start of spring semester.

How to find out if WMU is closed (Jan. 1) University closings due to winter weather are very rare, check the WMU home page for updates.