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Year's Top News 2002



Dec. 31, 2002, Kalamazoo MI USA

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Famed alumna Gwen Frostic gives $13 million to WMU


Gwen Frostic leaves more than $13 million to WMU (Jan. 9) Largest portions of famous alumna's gift will support art, creative writing, education and scholarships.

New paper coating equipment

First part of engineering complex opens, boosts industry research (Oct. 11) New 50,000- square- foot Paper Coating Pilot Plant officially opens with Oct. 11 dedication.


Alvero is first WMU student awarded Ford fellowship (June 5) Psychology doctoral candidate Alicia Alvero earns Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.

NFS grant helps improve teaching of middle school science (Oct. 29) Nearly $1 million in National Science Foundation funds go to WMU's Mallinson Institute for Science Education.


Drawing of new HHS building. Click for larger image

Bronson Healthcare contributing $1.2 million to WMU (Dec. 10) Kalamazoo healthcare group pledges $1.2 million toward new building for the College of Health and Human Services.

NIH grant funds Health and Human Services research labs (Sept. 21) National Institutes of Health awards $1.2 million for research labs in new College of Health and Human Services building.


Cooley, WMU alliance brings law school to downtown Grand Rapids (Dec. 10) Cooley Law School to open branch campus in conjunction with WMU Graduate Center in Grand Rapids Arena District.

  Koetsier accepts Honda Inspiration Award in Dallas

Koetsier twice honored for overcoming adversity (July 5) Women's basketball star Kristin Koetsier wins Honda Inspiration Award and V Foundation Comeback of the Year Award.

New WMU building opens at Lake Michigan College (Oct. 25) New $8.5 million building houses WMU's Southwest branch campus.

Dwyer, Reed, Rost

Broncos sweep top rookie honors (March 20) WMU students Pat Dwyer, Ben Reed and Casey Rost are conference Freshmen of the Year in hockey and men's and women's basketball.

Track and field's Cowper earns All-American honors (June 7) Dale Cowper of Marlette, Mich., concludes Bronco career in hammer throw as a two-time All-American.



Floyd leaving WMU for Missouri


President Floyd tapped to head University of Missouri system (Nov. 13) Dr. Elson S. Floyd, sixth president of Western Michigan University, is leaving to accept Missouri presidency.


Sen. Levin announces grant to fund environmental research at WMU Great Lakes Center.

WMU receives $2.6 million for Great Lakes research (Oct. 31) Sen. Carl Levin announces EPA grant to establish Great Lakes Center at WMU with non-profit research firm Altarum as project partner.

  WMU's Ken Rosengren is nation's top pilot

Sky Broncos fly away with national championship (May 19) WMU precision flight team caps a decade of top-three finishes with second national title in the past five years.

WMU cuts tether, completes wireless environment (Jan. 28) More than 600 wireless access ports across campus. WMU one of nation's first wireless universities.

University Chorale performing at the International Robert Schumann Choral Competition.

WMU takes top prize at international choral festival (June 3) University Chorale earns grand prize at International Robert Schumann Choral Competition in Germany.

  Down Beat awards are among the most prestigious for collegiate jazz programs.

Jazz students rack up five Down Beat awards (May 22) For the 10th straight year, School of Music students bring home multiple awards in "most important" barometer for collegiate programs.

Junior is only Udall Scholar from Michigan university (April 22) Benjamin Appleby of Hastings, Mich., is one of 80 Udall Scholars from around the nation, third consecutive WMU student named.

ACA operates United Express

Aviation college inks new airline agreement (June 6) Atlantic Coast Airlines, operating United Express and Delta Connection, is WMU's newest domestic airline partner.

Mesaba inks new deal with College of Aviation (April 15) New deal with Northwest Airlink's Mesaba Airlines will put even more graduates on fast track to employment as flight officers.

Honors student launches undergrad professional journal (March 12) "The Laureate," WMU's only journal featuring work of undergraduate students.

NIH funds research on communication disorders (June 21) Dr. Jan Bedrosian, speech pathology and audiology, receives $780,000 grant to help those with serious communication disorders.


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