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April 2011 WMU News

Stories listed in descending order by release date.

'Monty Python's Spamalot' at Miller Auditorium (April 29) Tony Award-winning musical can be seen on campus May 10-11.

WMU prepares solar racecar for Indy track race (April 29) Sunseeker to compete in American Solar Challenge's Formula Sun Grand Prix.

East Campus development faces new threat at time of promise (April 29) Gov. Rick Snyder may slash tax credits that make redevelopment possible.

WMU to offer nursing program in Benton Harbor (April 29) Learn more at one of three information sessions May 4 and 18.

Broncos deserve praise for giving (April 28) WMU places fifth among Greater Kalamazoo United Way's top-contributing organizations.

Help select WMU's top four staffers for 2011 (April 28) Fourteen staff members are in the running for annual Make a Difference awards.

Reservations due for annual employee luncheon (April 27) APA and PSSO hold spring awards luncheon Friday, May 20.

'Mama' comes to WMU on Mother's Day (April 27) Emmy Award-winning comedian Vicki Lawrence performs at Miller Auditorium May 8.

Doyle and Swanson named year's top scholar-athletes (April 26) Complete list of 2010-11 WMU scholar-athletes.

WMU events observe National Foster Care Month (April 26) Former foster-care youth Cherish Thomas talks on campus May 6.

National Geographic spotlights biologist's work (April 26) Dr. Stephen Malcolm answers common questions about monarch butterflies.

'Aluminum Show' at Miller Auditorium (April 26) Show combines movement, dance and visual theatre on stage Tuesday, May 3.

Virginia N. Crawford (April 25) Crawford, retired secretary in the College of General Studies, died April 10 at age 86.

Sarah A. Sims (April 25) Sims, retired WMU custodian, died April 17 at age 72.

Yo-Yo Ma performs at WMU with Kalamazoo Symphony (April 24) Internationally acclaimed cellist helps KSO celebrate 90th season Thursday.

May 3 school board elections important in Michigan (April 24) Proposed state budget cuts add importance to school board elections.

Bookstore paying cash for used books (April 24) Students can get up to 50 percent on used textbooks through Saturday.

Parking lots closed Tuesday for officer Zapata's funeral (April 22) Allow extra time for travel and seek alternate routes.

University releases detailed visual identity guidelines (April 21) Produce print materials with consistent, professional look and feel.

Two of 10 national Richter Scholarships go to WMU students (April 21) Christopher Mulcahy and Cameron Tew win prestigious business scholarships.

WMU to confer 2,600 degrees this spring (April 21) Four commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 30, in Miller Auditorium.

Green manufacturing consortium continues to recruit (April 21) One of world's largest cereal companies, Post Foods, joins initiative.

WMU engineering team wins first Stryker Challenge (April 21) Event designed to help company determine best recruiting locations.

Promoting Kalamazoo touted in breakfast lecture (April 20) Greg Ayers will discuss Kalamazoo as a visitor's destination April 29.

WMU music professor to perform at Carnegie Hall (April 20) Pianist Lori Sims makes her second Carnegie Hall appearance in May.

Five WMU doctoral students named Frostic fellows (April 19) Competitive fellowships assist with students' dissertation expenses.

WMU chapter of band fraternity wins national award (April 19) WMU receives Governor's Cup at Kappa Kappa Psi district convention.

Louis Govatos (April 19) It was recently learned that Govatos, professor emeritus of education and professional development, has died.

YWCA names WMU dean 'Woman of Achievement' (April 19) Dr. Earlie Washington honored for her contributions to WMU and Kalamazoo.

Nationally renowned historian retires from WMU after 50-plus years (April 18) Dr. Paul Maier delivers his final lecture this week.

WMU announces finalists in national choreography competition (April 18) Winner will be chosen by public vote Thursday.

Blashill completes hat trick of National Coach of the Year awards (April 17) Bronco hockey coach earns third national top coach honor.

Five WMU students receive Michigan service awards (April 15) Students recognized for dedication to community service during their college years.

Academic program changes win board approval (April 15) Three changes made to undergraduate academic degree offerings.

Year-to-date gift total surpasses $7 million mark (April 15) WMU received $7,081,306 in gifts from July through February.

Grants to WMU top $500,000 in one month (April 15) Public service led the way in externally funded awards in February.

General revenue bonds to fund campus construction (April 15) Proceeds to finance Western View, Lee Honors College and Sangren Hall.

Trustees approve nine retirements (April 15) Retirements of five faculty and four staff members were approved at April meeting.

English major careers highlighted at poster presentation (April 15) Students discuss their career options with English majors Wednesday.

Organize an 'excitement zone' for Kalamazoo's first marathon (April 15) Course passes through both the West and Parkview campuses.

Summer camp opportunities abound at WMU (April 15) Registration under way for sports, music, theme and engineering camps.

WMU grad depicts disease, recovery in art show (April 15) Paintings by cancer survivor Rachel Castle Herzer on display through May 16.

Effect of urbanization on birds focus of Hadley lecture (April 14) Well-known ecologist Dr. Amanda Rodewald speaks Tuesday.

WMU seniors showcase engineering design projects (April 14) Students present solutions to business and industry problems Tuesday.

Gertrude 'Trudy' M. VanZee (April 14) VanZee, associate professor emeritus of University Libraries, died Feb. 6 at age 98.

Relay for Life needs big final push to make goal (April 13) Annual 24-hour fundraiser for cancer society begins 10 a.m. Friday.

Ruth Jane Overbeek (April 13) Visitation and memorial service for Overbeek, retired dining services secretary, are Friday.

Flags lowered Friday for Benjamin D. Rast (April 13) Rast, of Niles, Mich., died while on active duty in Afghanistan.

Finals Finish shines the light on WMU students (April 13) Event April 26 is designed to ease students' exam-week stress.

Medieval congress free to local residents (April 13) Free registration for WMU and Kalamazoo communities through April 27.

Jesse Jackson to focus on education cuts during WMU address (April 13) Famed civil-rights activist and politician speaks on campus Monday.

Van Der Kley to replace retiring V.P. Rinker (April 12) Janice Van Der Kley named vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer.

New service learning staffer to work with community groups (April 12) Shawn Tenney named coordinator for service-learning.

WMU turns over vacant building to city of Kalamazoo (April 12) Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital's Northwest Unit being turned over to city.

Chemistry Research Day slated (April 12) Learn about ongoing student and faculty chemistry projects April 15.

WMU alum, former principal to discuss new book (April 12) Richard Njus talks about "Touching Hearts, Educating Minds" April 19.

Dominican education official will receive honorary degree (April 12) Ligia Amada Melo de Cardona to be honored with Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Edward L. Galligan (April 12) Galligan, professor emeritus of English, died March 29 at age 85.

Doris Luke (April 12) Luke, a retired WMU mail clerk, died March 15 at age 99.

Marie Irene (Stickley) Delahousaye (April 12) Delahousaye, former head secretary in general business law, died March 24 at age 93.

Richard W. Flores Sr. (April 12) Flores, executive director emeritus of WMU's Paper Technology Foundation, died Dec. 26 at age 83.

Can you identify these suspects? (April 11) Police seek vandals who spray painted dozens of buildings over the weekend.

University Theatre announces 2011-12 season (April 11) Order a subscription package by April 23 and get a free bonus ticket.

Kalamazoo slates 'breaking the silence' events (April 8) Events April 15 bring attention to name-calling, bullying and harassment of LGBT youth.

Event to showcase graduate and faculty research (April 8) Fifth annual WMU Research and Creative Activities Poster Day is April 15.

Room and board rates increase by 1.9 percent (April 8) New residents see lowest housing increase in six years; no increase for returning residents.

Music therapy participants stage annual concert (April 8) Free Music Therapy Clinic Concert is April 18 at Dalton Center.

Western Film Society presents 'Blue Valentine' (April 8) Film starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams visits Little Theatre April 15-17.

Global Lens Film Series visits WMU (April 8) Foreign Film Club presents eight films from around the globe April 15-17.

Noted scholar addresses Confucian humanism (April 7) Dr. Tu Weiming speaks Monday, April 18, at Fetzer Center.

Volunteers needed for hearing research (April 7) Participants attend six meetings over two weeks, receive reimbursement.

Stanford scholar to shed light on magic of Shakespeare's England (April 7) Dr. Stephen Orgel speaks in Bernhard Center April 14.

Professor to read from newly released poetry collection (April 7) Judi Rypma hosts free reading and book signing on campus April 13.

Annual Teacher Education Career Fair is Wednesday (April 7) More than 40 districts will showcase job opportunities for teachers.

Talk brings Chinese economy into sharper focus (April 7) Dr. Gene Chang discusses Chinese economy and U.S.-China relations April 12.

Orchestra concert features student soloists (April 6) Concerto Competition winners perform with University Symphony Orchestra April 17.

WMUK partners with community organizations in spring drive (April 6) Public radio station holds its spring fund drive April 9-15.

Earth Week has something for everyone (April 6) Free events through April 14 include locally grown food, free market, lectures and more.

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago performs on campus (April 6) Original jazz dance company performs April 20 at Miller Auditorium.

Blood drive honors No. 1 Bronco hockey fan (April 6) Friday's drive honors Gideon Schripsema, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3.

Fall room and board rates, property transfer top Friday's board agenda (April 5) Trustees to meet at 11 a.m. Friday in Bernhard Center.

Twenty-three undergraduate students win research awards (April 5) Undergraduate Research Excellence Award comes with $500 stipend.

WMU study shows much praised KIPP charters not for everyone (April 5) Report raises questions about Knowledge is Power Program.

Spring semiannual staff award winners selected (April 5) Eight staff members to be recognized during awards reception Monday, April 11.

Oscar-nominated 'The Illusionist' at Little Theatre (April 5) Kalamazoo Film Society offers eight screenings of the animated film this weekend.

University Theatre offers back-to-back laughs (April 5) Get two for the price of one with "The Real Inspector Hound" and "Black Comedy" April 14-23.

Annual Wounded Warrior 5K is Saturday (April 4) Race begins near WMU ROTC Building and raises funds for wounded veterans.

School of Medicine requests architectural and engineering contacts (April 4) Interested firms have until April 11 to get RFQ details.

Blashill is college hockey's national coach of the year (April 3) First-year coach Jeff Blashill leads Broncos to best season in 15 years.

Deadline approaches to apply for Ethics Bowl Team (April 1) Students have until April 8 to apply for WMU Ethics Bowl team.

Popular tech expo returns to Bernhard Center (April 1) Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo and other vendors, plus prizes April 5-6.