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Year's Top News 2003



Dec. 31, 2003, Kalamazoo MI USA

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Judith Bailey is first president of WMU's second century

WMU's seventh president

Judith Bailey elected WMU's seventh president (May 9) Trustees vote unanimously to approve selection of Dr. Judith I. Bailey as president of Western Michigan University.

New art building named for James and Lois Richmond (Dec. 12) Local alumni couple's $2.5 million gift allows construction to proceed on new building for School of Art.


WMU students awarded record number of Fulbrights (June 6) Three graduate students headed to Bolivia, Germany and Senegal with Fulbright Fellowships for international study and research abroad.

Sunseeker returns to campus July 28, passes replica of historic Western Trolley on West Michigan Ave.

Sunseeker takes fifth place in American Solar Challenge (July 26) "Best designed car" in this year's 2,300-mile American Solar Challenge cards highest finish ever for WMU entry in solar race.

photo   Datta-Sandhu

Student wins scholarship to study in South America (Oct. 2) Senior Sonya Datta-Sandhu of Kalamazoo earns $25,000 Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary Foundation.

Catherine Julien earns coveted Guggenheim Fellowship (May 15) History professor awarded prestigious Guggenheim to complete book on Spanish conquest of the Inca empire.

WMU and Altair share $1 million federal nanotech grant (March 18) Nevada's Altair Nanotechnologies and WMU to develop technology to detect chemical and biological weapons and for environmental application.



New College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Building

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Engineering building dedicated (Sept. 6) New 343,000-square-foot facility on Parkview Campus is WMU's largest building, serves 3,000 engineering students.

President Bailey (left) and Gov. Granholm during Aug. 5 presentation at WMU's Parkview Campus.

Granholm presents $10 million check for biosciences center (Aug. 5) Gov. Granholm presents President Bailey with with ceremonial check for new Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center.

Trustees establish life sciences research center (July 30) WMU gets $10 million to launch research center for development and commercialization of pharmaceutical and biosciences products.

Bailey named to Technology Tri-Corridor Committee (Oct. 21) Gov. Granholm names WMU president to newly created Technology Tri-Corridor Steering Committee.

2002 All-American Dale Cowper
Skaters at 2003 national championships

Four varsity sports fall to budget cuts (Dec. 4) Men's indoor and outdoor track, men's cross country and synchronized skating will be eliminated after 2003-04 school year.

Senior is WMU's second Goldwater Scholar (April 8) David Hoogerheide of Portage, Mich., selected from among 1,100 applicants nationwide to received Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Drug development pact brings Tennessee firm to Michigan (Feb. 12) Tennessee firm will develop and commercialize recent Pharmacia Corp. drug patent donation to Western Michigan University.

WMU receives drug patent donation from Pharmacia (Jan. 22) Technology transfer of patents for the drug Xemilofiban boosts regional economic development as life sciences research center.


Broncos win MAC titles in women's basketball, softball and soccer

Soccer photo
2003 Mid-American Conference women's soccer team following their league-title win.

Women's soccer team earns first MAC championship (Nov. 10) Broncos defeat Bowling Green, 4-1, for first MAC title and automatic berth in NCAA Tournament.

Basketball photo
Coach Ron Stewart (left) accepts championship trophy from MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst.

Broncos win MAC women's basketball championship (March 15) WMU wins first women's basketball title since 1985, advances to NCAA tournament. Casey Rost and Maria Jilian named to MAC All-Tournament Team.


MAC Coach of the Year Chris Karwoski (center) led the Broncos to their first MAC title.

Men's soccer team claims its first MAC championship (Nov. 17) WMU is first school to win MAC men's and women's soccer titles in the same season.

Softball photo
2003 MAC champion softball team following their league-title victory at Akron.

Softball Broncos earn MAC championship (May 10) Broncos go 3-0 in MAC championship series, win first softball title since 1984 and advance to NCAA Tournament.


Engineering seniors replicate legendary Western Trolley

Replicated trolley photo
Clausen, Murphy, Hendrix and VanderPloeg with replica.

President Bailey dedicates replica of historic trolley (Sept. 1) Full-scale replica of famous campus landmark built by four engineering students dedicated Sept. 5 as part of centennial celebration.



Massie (above) and cover of "Brown and Golden Memories"

Alumnus authors centennial history of WMU (Oct. 7) "Brown and Golden Memories," 276-page centennial history by Larry Massie contains more than 250 photos.

Scholars and artists join in centennial celebration (Aug. 25) Leaders in education, industry, arts and science come to campus for centennial series of lectures and performances.


Old trolley photo
1940s photo of Western Trolley.

Centennial gala begins with presidential inauguration (Aug. 26) Tickets required for free centennial gala and president's inauguration Sept. 3 in Miller Auditorium.

  Centennial sculpture by alumna Karla Wyss-Tye.

Alumna's centennial sculpture unveiled (Oct. 15) Acclaimed sculptor and alumna Karla Wyss-Tye returns to campus Oct. 23 to unveil her work honoring WMU's centennial.



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