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Year's Top News 2005



Dec. 31, 2005, Kalamazoo MI USA

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College of Health and Human Services united in spectacular new home

Interior of new CHHS building

Future health care professionals are 'home at last' (Sept. 15) "First" home of WMU's renowned College of Health and Human Services officially opens with building dedication.

Dean Margaret Merrion, Director Phil VanderWeg, donors James and Lois Richmond, and President Judith Bailey.

Construction begins on Richmond Center for Visual Arts (May 20) Groundbreaking ceremony officially launches construction of privately funded art facility.

WMU earns high national marks (Sept. 24) WMU again among U.S. News top-100 public universities; Princeton Review also names WMU to list of best colleges.

Larry Herron as Othello and Katie Duthler as Desdemona.

University Theatre production earns national honors (March 11) WMU troupe will perform "Othello" twice at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

WMU dancers invited to perform at Kennedy Center (March 20) Second time in three years that WMU dance students will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

book cover  

Dybek photo

Dybek (above) and cover of "I Sailed with Magellan"

Dybek's 'Magellan' makes ALA's Notable Books List (March 25) Stuart Dybek's "I Sailed with Magellan" one of 26 books on highly selective American Library Association list.

Down Beat cover   Jazz program wins nine Down Beat awards.

Music students score nine Down Beat awards (June 1) WMU students bring home nine awards in Down Beat's 28th Annual Student Music Awards, second most among all schools.

WMU joins Michigan's Core Technology Alliance (Sept. 30) WMU joins states's three other research universities and Van Andel Research Institute in CTA.

Pratt & Whitney JT9D Turbofan Engine

What can 'Brown' do for WMU? (Jan. 13) Global package-delivery giant UPS donates Pratt & Whitney 747 aircraft engine to aviation's maintenance technology program.

Coach Betsy Kuhle (right) with MAC champion team.

Women's tennis team claims MAC title (April 24) Nationally ranked women's tennis team goes undefeated in MAC play. Kuhle earns record fifth MAC Coach of the Year honor.

photo   Berrah

Berrah gets DOE funding for nanosystems research (Feb. 20) Dr. Nora Berrah gets $564,000 federal grant to continue research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

photo   Mingus

Mingus wins Fulbright for research in Canada (Aug. 30) Dr. Matthew Mingus in Ottawa to study proposed changes to make Canadian parliament more democratic.


Sunseeker crosses the finish line in Calgary. NASC photo by Stefano Paltera. Hi-res image.

Sunseeker crosses finish line in sixth place (July 28) Thousands of Canadians turn out for final hours of the 2,500-mile North American Solar Challenge. Sunseeker team earns award for best design. More Sunseeker photos and news.

WMU second on Intel list of wireless campuses (Oct. 12) WMU is only Michigan school in top 10 of Intel's "Most Unwired College Campuses" two years in a row.

Cirrus SR22

Aviation college getting top-flight Cirrus aircraft (Sept. 30) WMU signs 10-year lease agreement for 30 Cirrus aircraft to be replaced every two years with newest models.

""   Mary Meader during her historic 1937 trip to Africa, when she took many of the first aerial photographs of large parts of that continent.

Unique research center established with $4 million gift (Oct. 17) Edwin and Mary Meader contribute $4 million to establish Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change.

Tower and Ebenhoeh with championship trophy. Hi-res image.

Broncos win collegiate title at Air Race Classic (June 27) WMU team of Erica Ebenhoeh and Sarah Tower bring home Air Race Classic trophy.

GEAR UP Program could net more than $20 million (Aug. 30) WMU program prepares at-risk students for college; new DOE grants could top $20 million over six years.

MAC Offensive Player of the Year Greg Jennings and (inset) Coach of the Year Bill Cubit.

Broncos dominate MAC football honors (Nov. 30) WMU produces Offensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year and puts five players on All-MAC teams.

WMU gets $4.2 million to promote safety in health care (June 16) Drs. William Rutherford and William Hamman will translate techniques long used in aviation to boost safety in medical fields.

Curtis Deer

WMU undergrad awarded $25,000 for nanotech research (March 20) Senior Curtis Deer earns scholarship from United Negro College Fund and pharmaceutical giant Merck.

photo   Brown

Senior named to All-USA College Academic Team (Feb. 20) Senior environmental science major Tristan Brown named to USA Today's list of nation's top college students.

Professional group lauds engineering management programs (Dec. 6) American Society for Engineering Management places WMU graduate and undergraduate programs among nation's best.

Third history student wins Fulbright award (Aug. 30) Missouri native Brian Becker will use Fulbright-Hays to work on his doctoral dissertation in Italy during the 2005-06.

photo   Olsen

WMU professor wins coveted Guggenheim Fellowship (April 21) Dr. William Olsen, professor of English, is among 186 artists and scholars selected from more than 3,000 applicants.

Grant promotes effective use of data in K-12 education (Jan. 21) Wallace Foundation gives $425,000 to develop K-12 education leaders who can use data effectively for improved teaching.


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