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Year's Top News 2008



Dec. 31, 2008, Kalamazoo MI USA

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Student and faculty achievements dominate top news of 2008.

Photo of Jaime Gotham.
Middle Blocker Jaime Gotham

Volleyball Broncos among nation's top teams (Dec. 28) WMU wins record 10th MAC title, advances to NCAA Sweet 16, ranked among top teams in final polls.

Researchers touch the lives of local children (Oct. 3) A $4 million grant will help 350 Kalamazoo-area children learn to read.

Photo of Aubrey Johnson.   Johnson

Recent grad wins second DownBeat award (June 9) DownBeat magazine names April graduate Aubrey Johnson Jazz Vocalist College Co-Winner.

Photo of Margaret Gerhart.   Gerhart

Student gets scholarship, doing research in Brazil (May 20) Margaret Gerhart gets paper engineering scholarship, accepted to do nanotechnology research in Brazil.

Photo of Phillip Swanson.   Swanson

Swanson earns Academic All-America (Dec. 9) Phillip Swanson is seventh football Bronco to receive Academic All-American honors.

Alumnus' $1 million gift triggers renovation for baseball (May 2) Robert J. Bobb's challenge gift funds complete renovation of stadium at historic Hyames Field.

Photo of Dave Morin.   Coach of the Year
Dave Morin

Men's tennis heads to NCAA tourney (April 28) Broncos win record 20th MAC title, third straight MAC tournament and automatic berth in NCAA national tournament.

Photo of Betsy Kuhle.
  Photo of Kerstin Pahl.

Women's tennis claims fourth straight MAC title (April 28) Junior Kerstin Pahl is MAC player of the year, Betsy Kuhle earns seventh coach of the year honor.

Photo of Norris Tweah.   Tweah

WMU grad awarded fellowship to assist Liberians (Jan. 9) Recent graduate Norris Tweah gets $35,000 grant to work as special assistant for Liberian government.

Graduating senior lands job as 'Blue Man' (April 16) Musical theatre performance major Patrick Newton goes from graduation to job in Blue Man Group.

Photo of Michael Barcelona.
Photo of Stephen Covell.
Photo of Stephen Covell.
Barcelona   Covell   Warren

Three faculty members named Fulbright Scholars (Nov. 21) Drs. Barcelona, Covell and Warren chosen for nation's foremost academic exchange program.

Three students receive supply management awards (Feb. 14) Seniors Marie Chapman and Derrick Lasecki, freshman Matilda Shaw among 13 winners nationwide.

Photo of Matthew Mingus.   Mingus

Mingus chosen as leading scholar, attends prestigious retreat (May 20) Dr. Matthew Mingus selected as one of the top 50 emerging scholars in public administration.

WMU wins chamber's environmental honors (April 1) WMU gets 2008 Environmental Award from Kalamazoo chamber for leadership in sustainability.

Scores of Dominican Republic students coming to WMU (Feb. 5) Agreement with Caribbean nation has already brought 60 students to WMU on full scholarships.

WMU program best undergrad team at competition (April 23) Team from WMU Telecommunications and Information Management program best in nation.


Photo from WMU Day.
Group photo full image

First WMU Day is resounding, fun-filled success (May 29) More than 700 Broncos invade Michigan Capitol in daylong demonstration of pride and achievement.

WMU named one of America's best national universities by U.S. News. (Aug. 22) This marks WMU's 10th consecutive year on U.S. News & World Report's "Best National Universities" list.

CAB program poster art.   Bernie's After Hours is a regular presentation of CAB

CAB wins award for programming (March 26) WMU Campus Activities Board named in Campus Activities Magazine voting as nation's best college program board for 2007.

Photo of Michael Gregor.   Gregor

Junior Michael Gregor is WMU's newest Udall Scholar (April 16) Gregor is fifth WMU student to win prestigious environmental scholarship since 2000.

Grad student is lead author of article in Geology (April 8) Travis Hayden article in Geology magazine explores Chesapeake Bay meteor impact 35 million years ago.

Three WMU teams in NCAA's top 10 percent academically (May 7) Baseball, gymnastics, volleyball rank in top tier academically among Division I schools.

Photo of Becky Horn.   Horn

Horn third, Brown seventh at NCAA track nationals (June 16) Becky Horn, 800-meter run; Danielle Brown, 400-meter hurdles, earn All-American and shot at Olympics.

Photo of Hana Beloglavec.   Beloglavec

Sophomore wins prestigious young artist award (May 23) Trombonist Hana Beloglavec of Kalamazoo wins Yamaha Young Performing Artists award.

Photo of Diane Stein.   Stein

Nursing student Diane Stein wins national scholarship (May 9) Stein earns $2,000 Roberta Pierce Scofield Scholarship rarely given to undergraduates.

Photo of Yockey, Densmore, Lane.   Yockey, Densmore, Lane

Three film students invited to Cannes Festival (May 2) Three from WMU competitively selected for student programs at Cannes International Film Festival.

  Pulsifer and Dempsey (hi-res image)

Two seniors receive Bucknell poetry fellowships (April 16) Jennifer Dempsey and Rebecah Pulsifer among just 12 undergraduates nationwide to get young poet awards.

Business college, Cooley Law launch joint program (May 19) Haworth College of Business and Cooley Law ink agreement to offer joint law degree and MBA.

Photo of Jeffrey Angles.    Angles

Foreign languages professor receives coveted NEA grant (Sept. 15) Dr. Jeffrey Angles is awarded $20,000 to translate the memoirs of a prominent Japanese poet.

WMU goes into Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame (April 10) College of Aviation inducted into state Hall of Fame.

Faculty in four grad programs get top-10 ranking (Jan. 9) Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index ranks WMU faculty in four programs among top 10 in their disciplines.


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