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May 2011 WMU News

Stories listed in descending order by release date.

WMU remains a Tree Campus (May 26) WMU is again re-certified by Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus.

Why is there a tree on top of Sangren Hall? (May 26) Tree-topping tradition summons good fortune for projects under construction.

University staffers receive awards (May 26) Atherton, Keto, Peacock, Nemire, Schröeter and Smith awarded at APA and PSSO luncheon.

Barbara (Boyle) Mehoke (May 25) Mehoke, assistant professor emerita of education, died May 17 at age 84.

Students create WMU apps for Android and iPhone (May 24) Free WMU Mobile app available through iTunes Store and Android Market.

New BTR partner focuses on cloud-based applications for health care (May 24) Traumasoft's web-based EMS applications help streamline operations.

Sky Broncos capture fourth in national championship (May 24) WMU's precision flight team finishes fourth in intercollegiate competition.

Head to the Kalamazoo Mall for music and mingling (May 23) Mixer on the Mall features live music every Wednesday beginning June 8.

WMU's annual Grundler Prize goes to Notre Dame scholar (May 23) Dr. Thomas Noble awarded for "Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians."

WMU prof edits new book on security in 'virtual worlds' (May 23) Dr. Alan Rea's book is first to look at securely managing interactions in virtual realm.

WMU offices closed Memorial Day (May 23) No classes Memorial Day, May 30; most campus services unavailable all weekend.

Recent WMU grad named Oprah's favorite guest (May 20) Oprah chooses WMU alumna Dr. Tererai Trent as her all-time favorite guest.

College of Aviation inducts four into Hall of Honor (May 20) Jeff Haney, Larry Hoikka, Ron Sackett and Lester Zinser to be recognized June 17.

WMU team places fourth in national marketing competition (May 20) WMU's eighth top 10 finish at EdVenture case study competition.

Artists, merchants host Art on the Mall (May 20) Paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, unique garden art and more for sale June 3-4.

Street closures for Girls on the Run (May 20) Traffic will be re-routed from Waldo Stadium through downtown Kalamazoo May 26.

Parody rules downtown at Do Dah Parade (May 19) Annual parade known for its parodies and spoofs starts at Portage and Lovell June 4.

38 Special, Gin Blossoms highlight Greek Fest (May 19) Authentic Greek entertainment, food and beverages also offered June 2-4.

Kalamazoo Art Fair a community celebration (May 19) Kick off summer in downtown Kalamazoo with art, live music and more June 3-4.

Area economy examined in May Keystone series talk (May 18) Ron Kitchens of Southwest Michigan First will speak at May 27 event.

Film shot by WMU students gets Midwest premiere (May 18) Award-winning indie film "Lake Effect" visits Kalamazoo May 25-26, Saugatuck May 28.

Self-health is focus of summer series at Kendall Center (May 18) Free healthy living talks Wednesdays at noon through Sept. 21.

University Theatre presents 'Good Death' benefit (May 16) Proceeds from June 5 performances to help fund students' trip to Edinburgh Fringe Fest.

Three-win Sunday sends Broncos to NCAA Softball Tournament (May 15) WMU claims MAC regular season and tournament titles.

TurboKick training offered at Rec Center (May 13) Register by May 22 to receive a discount.

Students' sustainability priorities examined in survey (May 13) Find out what's most important to students at May 24 public forum.

Sky Broncos head to Ohio for national championship (May 12) Eleven aviation students represent WMU in national flight competition.

Flags lowered Friday for Marine Staff Sgt. David Day (May 12) Day, 26, of Gaylord, Mich., died conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.

Teaching fellows announced in Lansing include 12 headed for WMU (May 12) Program designed to attract top-quality math and science teachers.

Softball Broncos take coach and player of the year awards (May 12) Gracie Barstad is softball's first MAC Player of the Year, Kathy Leitke is top coach.

Baseball stadium to be dedicated Saturday (May 12) Dedication ceremony for Robert J. Bobb Stadium is at noon, first pitch at 1 p.m.

WMU Office of Admissions announces staff changes (May 12) Jodi Ward, Scott Hennessy and Jill Hamilton promoted.

Strazdas elected to international educational facilities board (May 11) Peter Strazdas to serve three-year term as secretary-treasurer.

Flags lowered Thursday for Army Pfc. Robert Friese (May 11) Friese, 21, of Harrison, Mich., was killed while serving in Iraq.

Christine 'Stientje' VanAlphen (May 11) VanAlphen, retired first cook in Dining Services, died April 18 at age 85.

Registrar candidates to make public presentations (May 10) Christine Bedz, Melanie Hough and James Tisdale speak May 16-19 at Fetzer Center.

Art exhibit with WMU ties on display at Richmond Center (May 10) "Artists as Fools" features paintings by retiree Dick Keaveny and alumnus Rick Mallette.

Softball Broncos are MAC Champions (May 9) WMU wins third MAC title under Leitke, heads to tourney as No. 1 seed.

Former faculty member Mary Gillham dies at age 95 (May 9) Associate professor emerita of librarianship retired in 1978.

Study of doctors' job satisfaction draws new media attention (May 9) Satish Deshpande study shows link with Latino patients.

WMU to offer summer lifelong learning classes for older adults (May 6) Learn more or register at May 18 open house.

WMU preps Formula SAE car for MIS competition (May 6) Engineering students compete in automotive design event.

Acclaimed artist and WMU alum displays work on campus (May 6) Linda Rzoska's art is on display in health and human services gallery.

WMU community, area residents urged to get hearing exams (May 6) An estimated 28 million Americans have hearing loss.

Faculty and staff invited to apply to Everyone Counts program (May 6) Learn how to respond to an increasingly diverse campus.

Sunseeker qualifies, begins Indy Speedway track race (May 5) Sunseeker racing in American Solar Challenge's Formula Sun Grand Prix.

Administrator honored for outstanding academic advising (May 5) Kevin Knutson recognized by National Academic Advising Association.

WMU to host medievalists from around the globe (May 5) International Congress on Medieval Studies is May 12-15.

Flags lowered Friday for Marine Dominic Ciaramitaro (May 4) Ciaramitaro, of South Lyon, Mich., died in combat in Afghanistan.

Trustees approve new three-year faculty contract (May 4) Labor agreement includes increases in wages and health care premiums.

Award-winning Korean film 'Poetry' comes to Little Theatre (May 4) Kalamazoo Film Society presents eight screenings May 13-15.

Campus Kids Summer Program features 13 weekly themes (May 4) Enrollment open to children who have completed kindergarten, up to age 9.

WMU offers summer writing workshops for teachers, kids (May 4) Registration deadlines approach for writing workshops and camps.

Marcella S. Faustman (May 3) Faustman, professor emerita of music, died May 1 at age 104.

Robert A. Palmatier (May 3) Palmatier, professor emeritus of foreign languages, died April 29 at age 84.

WMU expert says Pakistan was always key to finding bin Laden (May 3) Within days of 9/11, Dr. Lawrence Ziring predicted al-Qaeda would regroup in Pakistan.

Trustees will meet by phone to consider faculty contract (May 3) Board to consider newly negotiated three-year labor agreement tomorrow.

Fun, educational summer programs for talented youth (May 2) Lee Honors College offers half-day classes for sixth- to ninth-graders.

Students win national case study competition (May 2) WMU also awarded for its Telecommunications and Information Management Program.

WMU grad chosen for Kennedy Center workshop (May 2) Pianist Laura Dubin to attend Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.