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February 2011 WMU News

Stories listed in descending order by release date.

RSO conference organizers seek program proposals (Feb. 28) Faculty and staff submissions for student leadership conference due March 11.

Award celebrates diversity, multicultural efforts at WMU (Feb. 28) Nominations due March 9 for Excellence in Diversity Award.

HR offers retirement-planning series (Feb. 28) Seminars begin March 31 and focus on different aspects of retirement planning.

Gibbs House seeks fellowship applicants (Feb. 28) Lead a project that improves sustainability at WMU while living in historic house near Parkview Campus.

Folklore and fairy tales are topic of discussion (Feb. 25) Folklorist Dorothy Noyes talks about "Fairy-tale Economics" March 17.

Sophia Coppola's 'Somewhere' is WIDR fundraiser (Feb. 25) Screenings March 4-6 will benefit student-run radio station.

Trustees approve seven retirements (Feb. 25) Board signs off on retirements of three faculty and four staff members.

Archer, Johnston to lead WMU trustees (Feb. 24) Dennis Archer and William Johnston elected chair and vice chair, respectively.

Two WMU colleges adopting differential tuition model (Feb. 24) Business and fine arts will begin using differential tuition models this fall.

EcoMug art contest boasts $300 grand prize (Feb. 24) Students invited to submit art highlighting benefits of EcoMug program.

Is President Obama really a pragmatist? (Feb. 24) Dr. Jack Knight talks March 9 about social and political thoughts governing our nation.

Registration under way for Lifelong Learning classes (Feb. 24) Low-cost educational programs for older community members.

African American studies scholar to speak Thursday (Feb. 23) Free, public talk on "African American History in the Age of Obama."

Board to elect officers, vote on differential tuition plan (Feb. 23) WMU Board of Trustees will gather for public events twice Thursday.

Spring recess hours for campus services (Feb. 22) WMU offices open normal hours, many campus services on reduced hours Feb. 25-March 6.

Violinist Eileen Ivers brings Celtic culture to Miller (Feb. 21) Riverdance violinist and her band, Immigrant Soul, perform Sunday, March 13.

Community event to welcome new medical school dean (Feb. 18) Public invited to meet Dr. Hal B. Jenson and family at Feb. 24 reception at the Radisson.

Philosophy of pragmatism under the microscope (Feb. 18) Dr. Gregory Shepherd speaks March 9 on "Communication and the Pragmatic Tradition."

Public meeting on new archives facility rescheduled (Feb. 18) Public meeting with project architect and library staff members is Tuesday, March 8.

Strategic planning group seeks input (Feb. 17) Faculty, staff and students can help shape WMU's future by attending forums Monday and Wednesday.

WMU projects lauded nationally for sustainability (Feb. 17) EcoMug is one of three WMU projects highlighted by National Wildlife Federation.

WMU talk to explore changing Chinese workplace (Feb. 17) Dr. Mary Gallagher speaks Feb. 23 as part of Sichel economics lecture series.

President Dunn meets with students in open forum (Feb. 17) Dunn will make brief remarks and take questions after Feb. 22 WSA meeting.

Jo Rachel (Turner) Horsford (Feb. 16) A longtime secretary in WMU's business and finance area, Horsford, formerly McLemore, died Nov. 22 at age 84.

Film documents obsession with physical appearance (Feb. 16) "America the Beautiful" shown free of charge Thursday at Little Theatre.

Nora H. Faires (Feb. 15) Faires, a well-known social and cultural historian at WMU, died Feb. 6 at age 61.

University Theatre presents Tony-winner 'Rent' (Feb. 15) Students stage the award-winning rock opera March 17-27.

Resources for entrepreneurs on tap in Keystone series (Feb. 15) WMU alumna Tamara Davis will speak at Feb. 25 breakfast event.

Engineers Week focuses on International Space Station (Feb. 15) Engineers from across southwest Michigan to convene on campus Feb 22.

WMU donates simulator to aviation academy (Feb. 15) West Michigan Aviation Academy is nation's first charter high school for young aviators.

Trombone student is finalist in international competition (Feb. 14) Derek Lyp, of Lambertville, Mich., makes it to final round of solo competition.

Panel explores moral philosophy outside the classroom (Feb. 14) Panel discussion, "Ethics for Everyone," planned for Thursday, Feb. 17.

'The Tempest' comes to Little Theatre (Feb. 14) Helen Mirren and Felicity Jones star in new take on Shakespearean classic Feb. 18-20.

Two honored with dance advocacy award (Feb. 11) Clara Gamble and Kathryn Williams will be honored at Feb. 18 Great Works dinner.

WMU playwright to read from his works (Feb. 10) Dr. Steve Feffer is next writer featured in Frostic Reading Series Thursday, Feb. 17.

Expert examines recent presidential elections (Feb. 10) Dr. Kenneth Goldstein discusses impact of recent elections on 2012 campaign strategies Wednesday.

Seats still open for CPR classes (Feb. 10) Four-hour course provides certification in CPR, choking and automated external defibrillation.

Reception to celebrate success of RACE exhibit (Feb. 10) Register by Friday to attend community reception at Fetzer Center.

WMU series explores sustainable business practices (Feb. 10) Five-session Energy Champions Learning Series begins Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Area veterans join Black History Month events (Feb. 10) Vietnam vets Glenn Charles and Buddy Hannah share their experiences Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Robert "Bob" F. Overmyer Sr. (Feb. 9) Overmyer, longtime WMU public safety officer, died Jan. 23 at age 89.

Joseph Shalom Ellin (Feb. 9) Ellin, activist and WMU professor emeritus of philosophy, died Feb. 4 at age 74.

WMU lauded in groundbreaking sustainability report (Feb. 9) Successful methods pioneered at WMU outlined in national "Greening the Bottom Line" report.

Creating artificial nose nothing to sneeze at (Feb. 9) Award-winning chemist discusses his optoelectronic apparatus Feb. 15.

Financial aid event for soon-to-be college students (Feb. 8) Learn how to maximize college financial aid opportunities Sunday.

Have you seen graffiti suspect? (Feb. 8) Police has security camera photos of white male suspect in East Hall vandalism."

Former bankers association chair to speak at WMU (Feb. 7) Alumnus Arthur Johnson speaks Feb. 15 on "Changes and Challenges in Community Banking."

'A Fire in My Belly' playing at Richmond Center (Feb. 7) Film censored from a Smithsonian exhibit can be seen through March 25.

WMU alumnus Greg Jennings is Super Bowl Champion (Feb. 7) Jennings scores two touchdowns, Packers win 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV.

Knific performs in CD-release concert (Feb. 4) Tom Knific releases fourth solo CD, "The Muse," at Tuesday, Feb. 22, concert.

WMU part of statewide effort to boost STEM leadership (Feb. 4) Alliance to accelerate workforce development in science, technology, engineering and math.

Volunteers sought for goalball tournament at WMU (Feb. 4) Volunteers needed Feb. 26-27 to help stage annual contest for blind athletes.

Some 130 employers participating in Career Fair (Feb. 4) Employers will be recruiting interns and college graduates Feb. 17 at Bernhard Center.

WMU competes in Gift of Life challenge (Feb. 3) Become an organ donor by Feb. 24 to give the gift of life while supporting WMU.

Deadline approaches for semiannual staff awards (Feb. 3) Nominations for spring Make A Difference awards are due Feb. 28.

Images of folk tales explored in WMU art show (Feb. 3) Exhibit depicting dark and light sides of familiar folk tales on display through March 14.

Students learn rules of proper etiquette (Feb. 3) Registration required for annual Etiquette Dinner Feb. 10 at Bernhard Center.

WMUK names Bolar general manager (Feb. 3) Station hires Dr. Gordon Bolar as general manager, Anders Dahlberg as underwriting manager.

How to stay warm in frigid weather (Feb. 1) Health center offers advice on dressing appropriately and adjusting diet and other habits to stay warm.

'My Dog Tulip' comes to Little Theatre (Feb. 1) Kalamazoo Film Society offers eight screenings of the animated film Feb. 11-13.

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