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Year's Top News 2007



Dec. 31, 2007, Kalamazoo MI USA

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Dr. John M. Dunn begins his tenure as WMU's eighth president.

Photo of Linda and John Dunn.
Linda and John Dunn [larger image]

President John M. Dunn begins his tenure (July 2) Eighth president of WMU spends his first official day in the office communicating with WMU community and area media.

Photo of interior of new Chemistry Building.
Mural of periodic table in new chemistry building

New Chemistry Building tech-savvy for 21st century (Feb. 1) New $28.5-million building gets rave reviews from students, alumni and public during January open house.

Nursing honor society lands official charter status (March 18) Bronson School of Nursing Lillian Wald Nursing Honor Society officially chartered in Sigma Theta Tau.

Photo of Stuart Dybek.

Stuart Dybek named MacArthur Foundation Fellow (Sept. 25) Acclaimed author and longtime creative writing faculty member gets "genius award" and $500,000 prize.

NIH pumps additional $4.8 million into WMU-led study (Nov. 15) Study aims to ensure that traffic intersections are accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired.

WMU research improves quality of life in Ecuador (Feb. 16) Anthropologist Dr. Ann Miles uses Fulbright for research in Ecuador on effects of debilitating illness. More Fulbright Scholar stories

WMU makes ninth showing on list of top universities (Aug. 21) WMU again among nation's top-100 public universities in U.S. News & World Report.

Photo of Amanda Quist.   Quist

WMU grad receives prestigious music fellowship (Feb. 1) Amanda Quist receives American Choral Directors fellowship, awarded to only one doctoral student a year.

Photo of Kendra Combs.   Combs

Three students earn study abroad scholarships (May 9) Recent graduate Kendra Combs awarded $36,000 Fulbright Fellowship, will conduct a year of research in Japan.

Photo of Chapman and Pode.   Chapman and Pode

Two ISM majors win $10,000 scholarships (Oct. 1) Integrated supply management seniors Marie Chapman and Richard Pode earn SAP Americas Scholarships.

WMU mathematician helps crack E8 puzzle (March 23) Dr. Annegret Paul one of 18 researchers who solve 120-year-old puzzle of mathematician Sophus Lie.

Photo of Chelsea Biermacher.   Biermacher

Business major wins national sales competition (Dec. 1) Chelsea Biermacher takes top individual honors, pairs with Kyle Kiefer for third in team competition.

Business student wins national scholarship (March 12) Integrated supply management major Elizabeth Aven earns second prestigious scholarship in as many years.

Army grant funds environmental physiology research (March 11) Unique lab created to study physiological effects of temperature extremes in combination with other factors.


Photo of exterior of Richmond Center.
Richmond Center for Visual Arts

Richmond Center completes new arts village (June 11) Completion of sweeping $13 million Richmond Center for Visual Arts boosts stature and awareness of all the arts.

Frostic School of Art named for famed alumna, artist (April 27) Michigan artist had international reputation and was WMU's most generous benefactor.

Photo of Phani Chandar Sree riding WMU entry in Chainless Challenge.
Phani Chandar Sree powers WMU entry in Parker Hannifin "Chainless Challenge."

Engineering students win national design competition (Sept. 4) Team of WMU students sweeps hydraulic bicycle design honors in competition of top engineering schools.

Photo of Dunns, Gov. Granholm and Merrions at Guvvy Awards.
Linda and John Dunn, Gov. Granholm, John and Margaret Merrion at Guvvy Awards

College of Fine Arts receives Governor's Award (Nov. 16) WMU among elite to get Governor's Award for Arts and Culture, past recipients include Aretha Franklin, Arthur Miller.

Photo of wind turbine.   Sign of the times at engineering college

WMU wind turbine is first for Kalamazoo area (Aug. 22) New 40-foot wind turbine on Parkview Campus is obvious sign of changes to come for the University and region.

Photo of Fodei Batty.   Batty

Doctoral student named national peace scholar (Sept. 21) Fodei Batty of Sierra Leone one of only 10 nationally to earn $20,000 Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarships.

Downbeat magazine cover.   DownBeat magazine

Jazz students rack up multiple DownBeat awards (June 5) Students score five times in 30th Annual Student Music Awards; WMU wins multiple awards for 12th straight year.

Photo of WMU President Paul Sangren Michigan Gov. G. Mennen Williams.  

 WMU seal

President Sangren watches Gov. Williams sign bill making Western Michigan a university.

WMU celebrates 50 years as state's fourth university (Feb. 26) On Feb. 26, 1957, Gov. G. Mennen Williams signed into law a bill making WMC a university.

Photo of scholarship winners Thayer, Jancarz and Averill.
Thayer, Jancarz and Averill

Ad students snag three of seven statewide scholarships (Oct. 23) Three business seniors majoring in advertising and promotion earn Adcraft scholarships.

Advertising team second in national competition (June 1) WMU team of four advertising and promotion majors takes second place among teams from 70 universities.

Photo of Vladimir Pintro.   Pintro

Pintro is WMU's second Gates Cambridge Scholar (Jan. 14) Alumnus Vladimir Pintro of Haiti continues graduate studies at Cambridge's King's College.


Women's tennis team wins 10th MAC championship and third straight

Photo of MAC champion women's tennis team.
MAC champion women's tennis team

Women's tennis wins 10th MAC championship (May 7) Nationally ranked Broncos claim third straight MAC title, advance to NCAA Tournament.

Photo of Betsy Kuhle.   Kuhle

Kuhle earns sixth MAC Coach of the Year award (May 7) Women's tennis coach Betsy Kuhle continues to rack up victories, championships and accolades in her 25th season.

Photo of Carrie Moore.   Moore

Carrie Moore named MAC Player of the Year (March 9) Moore concludes career with raft of school and conference records and led the nation in scoring all season.


Photo of Anthony Gebhardt.   Gebhart

Football's Gebhart earns Academic All-America (Dec. 12) Defensive back Anthony Gebhart, an economics major from Addison, Ill., named First Team Academic All-America.

Photo of Joe Reitz.   Reitz

Reitz named to Academic All-American First Team (March 15) Men's basketball standout and finance major Joe Reitz named a First Team Academic All-American.

Photo of Mark Letestuin action at Lawson Ice Arena.

CCHA Rookie of the Year Letestu turns pro (March 22) Bronco Mark Letestu was the nation's top freshman scorer, signs pro contract with NHL Pittsburgh Penguins.


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