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December 2011 WMU News

Stories listed in descending order by release date.

WMU names first medical school faculty member (Dec. 21) Dr. Eli Collins-Brown to facilitate curriculum development and implementation.

Popular NPR show 'From the Top' tapes broadcast on campus (Dec. 21) Show Jan. 15 will showcase some of the nation's best young classical musicians.

Registration under way for K-8th grade reading clinic (Dec. 20) Literacy tutoring is Thursdays, Jan. 26 through April 19.

One-stop service center opens for students and parents (Dec. 20) One Stop open Jan. 5-6 and 9-11 in Bernhard Center Ballroom.

Longtime College of Education administrator dies (Dec. 19) Memorial service Dec. 28 for Joyce DeRight, who died Dec. 14 at age 68.

Professor part of statewide entrepreneurship initiative (Dec. 16) Dr. Timothy Palmer to help advance entrepreneurship among students and alumni.

Growth of foster youth program brings leadership changes (Dec. 16) Chris Harris named new Seita Scholars program director.

Five appointments made by WMU School of Medicine (Dec. 15) Burns, Lammers, Overton, Zavitz and Ziemkowski join leadership team.

Retired staff member Cora Campbell dies at age 83 (Dec. 15) Campbell, who worked at the Fetzer Center for more than 11 years, died Nov. 11.

Professor's book explores sexual abuse of child holocaust survivors (Dec. 15) Dr. Susan Weinger, social work, co-wrote "Hell Within Hell."

Engineering students win international simulation competition (Dec. 15) Naumann, Kamphaus and Harms take first place with health care simulation.

New center to focus on educational leadership, policy (Dec. 13) Center for Educational Leadership and Policy expected to open in July 2012.

Performance painter David Garibaldi visits Miller Auditorium (Dec. 13) Garibaldi will create his unique portraits on stage Jan. 14.

Sabbatical leaves granted for 36 faculty members (Dec. 13) Most will be on leave during both fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.

September, October grants to WMU top $7 million (Dec. 13) Research grants led the way, climbing past $3.8 million.

Trustees approve retirements of five faculty, 11 staff members (Dec. 13) Four resignations, one promotion and two department changes also OK'd.

WMU trustees schedule 2012 meetings (Dec. 12) Board plans to meet Feb. 29, April 19, June 7, Sept. 20 and Dec. 5, 2012.

WMU board signs off on three-year strategic plan (Dec. 12) Plan includes clearly identified vision statement, goals and strategies for the University.

Trustees affirm campus policies on reporting wrongdoing (Dec. 12) Campus community expected to promptly report criminal or ethical violations.

Employees urged to power down during holiday closure (Dec. 12) Faculty and staff asked to practice energy conservation this holiday season.

Many WMU offices closed during holiday recess (Dec. 12) WMU closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, and will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Moscow Festival Ballet brings Fairytale Fantasy to campus (Dec. 9) Performance Jan. 22 will include highlights from four traditional ballets.

University Theatre stages courtroom drama 'Never the Sinner' (Dec. 9) Play based on 1920s Chicago murder trial runs Jan. 26-Feb. 5.

Western Brass Quintet in concert at Dalton Center (Dec. 9) Faculty ensemble performs Jan. 25 in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Get your tickets for the party and game at Ford Field (Dec. 9) Special ticket prices for students and alumni for Little Caesars Bowl.

Flags lowered Monday for Marine Staff Sgt. Vincent Bell (Dec. 8) Bell, 28, of Detroit, was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.

MPI donates downtown research facility to house medical school (Dec. 8) Building 267 will become home of the new WMU School of Medicine.

WMU to confer 1,900 degrees during fall commencement (Dec. 7) President Dunn presides over three ceremonies Dec. 17 in Miller Auditorium.

Flags lowered Friday for Pfc. Jackie Diener II (Dec. 7) Diener, 20, of Boyne City, Mich., was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Effort to improve area water quality is changing campus landscape (Dec. 7) Stormwater management areas filter out pollutants and reduce erosion.

Researcher's work may lead to better treatments for brain injuries (Dec. 7) Byrd-Jacobs receives U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant.

Strategic plan, police contract top trustees' agenda (Dec. 7) Board meets at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in 157 Bernhard Center.

Flags lowered Wednesday in remembrance of Pearl Harbor (Dec. 6) Attack 70 years ago remembered as day that changed the world.

Community service for Howard Wolpe at Miller Auditorium (Dec. 6) Celebration of Life and Tribute is Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Kalamazoo listed among nation's most affordable college towns (Dec. 6) Kalamazoo ranks fifth in home affordability among nation's college towns.

Book assesses how economists missed predicting Great Recession (Dec. 5) Dr. Matthew Higgins edits "Advances in Economic Forecasting."

Years of research by WMU emeritus culminate in book (Dec. 5) Dr. H. Byron Earhart's "Mount Fuji: Icon of Japan" was published this fall.

Bronco Jordan White is football All-American (Dec. 5) Leads the nation in virtually every pass receiving category.

Broncos headed to bowl game versus Purdue in Detroit (Dec. 5) Tickets on sale for Broncos third bowl trip in five years.

Professor examines communication in health settings (Dec. 5) Dr. Julie Apker releases new book, "Communication in Health Organizations."

Nelson honored by speech-language-hearing association (Dec. 5) Dr. Nicki Nelson earns national association's highest award.

Nationally recognized experts offer workshops on autism treatment (Dec. 2) Drs. Wayne Fisher and Cathleen Piazza host public workshops Dec. 9.

WMU sustainability work highlighted in national case study (Dec. 2) Innovative funding model allows WMU to invest in additional green projects.

Comedian Geoff Keith coming to Bernie's (Dec. 2) Stand-up comic performs Wednesday in Bernhard Center Ballroom.

Drew Nowak earns MAC Defensive Player of the Year (Dec. 2) Eight Broncos from 2011 football team named all-conference.

Professor's book examines 'post-racial' society, perceptions of Obama (Dec. 2) Dr. Mark Orbe studies public perceptions and media's role in politics.

Kresge gift will provide state foster youth support network (Dec. 1) WMU to help other colleges increase success of former foster youth.

Paid student leadership positions available (Dec. 1) Attend Dec. 6 information session to learn more about these positions.

Former staff member Edward Holloway dies at age 58 (Dec. 1) Holloway, University Libraries, died Nov. 25 at age 58.

Fall staff award winners to be feted at reception (Dec. 1) Ten outstanding staff members to receive semiannual Make a Difference awards Monday.

Rev. Billy Talen preaches on commercialization of Christmas (Dec. 1) Free talk and screening of documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?" Dec. 6.