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Year's Top News 2009



Dec. 31, 2009, Kalamazoo MI USA

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WMU among nation's first universities named to Tree Campus USA.

Photo of Beverly Houseman, Mayela Cameron, Nancy Sluss, Tammy Kiel planting tree.
Planting trees on Arbor Day

WMU among nation's first Tree Campus schools (March 4) National Arbor Day Foundation names WMU 12th Tree Campus USA.

WMU has nation's newest Confucius Institute (Aug. 1) Institute will promote cultural and business ties with China, expand program options for students.

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2009 MAC champions

Men's tennis wins fourth straight MAC Championship (April 27) Broncos advance to NCAA Tournament for seventh time in program history.

Photo of Kevin Hayward.
Photo of Dave Morin.
Hayward   Morin

Men's tennis earns MAC's highest honors (April 30) Kevin Hayward is Player of the Year, Dave Morin is Coach of the Year.

Photo of Sarah Daniels, William Spalla and Tharyn Taylor.
Daniels, Spalla and Taylor

Three students earn Gilman Scholarships (July 31) Two seniors and one junior get total of $18,000 to study abroad.

WMU receives $1 million for Green Manufacturing (Oct. 26) Project to help create more energy efficient and sustainable business processes and products.

Google picks engineering grad (Aug. 17) WMU alumnus Jonathan Rumohr tapped to work on next version of Google Earth and Sketchup.

Photo of Alison Brubaker.
Photo of Kevin Little.
Brubaker   Little

Business students win SAP scholarships (May 13) Alison Brubaker, Kevin Little win $10,000 each from world's leading business software company.

Jazz students win multiple DownBeat awards (June 3) WMU is the only university in Michigan to win an award this year.

Photo of Raymond Johnson.   Johnson

ROTC cadet receives national scholarship (May 1) Raymond Johnson is one of just four cadets nationwide chosen for the Future Heroes Program.

Playwrights clean up at Kennedy Center regional fest (Jan. 28) Grad students Kris Peterson, Christine Iaderosa and Karen Wurl are among top finishers.

Photo of Sarah Gerbig.   Gerbig

Student chosen for nationwide leadership program (Feb. 25) Senior Sarah Gerbig is one of 24 students chosen for Society of Automotive Engineers leadership program.

Bronco men have highest grades in the MAC (March 25) WMU is awarded for having highest GPA among male athletes in the MAC.

Photo of Hana Beloglavec.   Beloglavec

Music student wins prestigious competition (March 24) Hana Beloglavec takes top honors in national trombone competition.

Student wins information management award (May 12) Matthew Andreychuk is recognized by international telecommunications association.

Photo of Sandra Borden.   Borden

News as a commodity topic of award-winning book (March 12) National award for top book in applied ethics goes to Dr. Sandra Borden.

Photo of Sean Chiplock.   Chiplock

Student wins AX Idol Voice Acting competition (Oct. 8) Sophomore Sean Chiplock won first place voicing a character from "Rurouni Kenshin" TV series.

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Diether and Carol Haenicke in 1998.

WMU mourns death of Diether Haenicke (Feb. 15) Longtime WMU president notable for extraordinary record of achievement and service.

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Health and Human Services building

WMU earns gold for going green (May 29) Health and Human Services Building rated one of the highest performing buildings in Michigan.

WMU receives $500,000 from Kellogg Foundation (June 4) Funds to support groundbreaking foster care initiative.

Photo of quarterback Tim Hiller.   Hiller

Tim Hiller wins 2009 Wuerffel Trophy (Dec. 8) WMU quarterback is the first MAC athlete to win the award, dubbed the "Humanitarian Heisman."

Trio wins international research contest (July 15) Students capture first place in international engineering competition with their nanotechnology research.

WMU named one of nation's best universities (Aug. 20) WMU marks 19th straight year on U.S. News & World Report's "Best National Universities" list.

Student named Richter Scholar (May 18) Jamie Alan Loeks is one of eight students nationwide to receive the prestigious business scholarship.

Photo of Eric Bowman.   Bowman

Student wins international music competition (Aug. 7) Junior Eric Bowman named best student jazz trombonist at International Trombone Festival.

Supply management students win scholarships (Jan. 6) Alison Brubaker, Kevin Little and David Ursing named ISM Services Group Scholars.

Photo of Louis Delmas.   Delmas

Louis Delmas drafted by Lions (April 28) Delmas is chosen in second round, 33rd overall, second-highest NFL draft pick in WMU history.

Three Bronco teams in NCAA's top 10 percent academically (April 22) Men's basketball, men's soccer and softball rank in top tier among Division I schools.

Sky Broncos take third in national championship (May 28) Precision flight team extends streak of top-four finishes to 18 straight years.

Students win statewide advertising scholarships (July 22) Eric Leonard and John Peters receive two of only three scholarships awarded by AdCraft.

Photo of telecast of President Obama's inauguration.
Thousands watch inauguration in Miller Auditorium.

Campus community joins inaugural celebration (Jan. 20) More than 2,500 come together to witness Barack Obama's historic inauguration as 44th U.S. president.

Student invited to Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 21) Senior Alex Inkster of Kalamazoo gets hands-on experience in Adobe Reel Ideas film program.

Photo of C. Curtis-Smith.   Curtis-Smith

Music professor rakes in another award (Jan. 7) Curtis Curtis-Smith receives 32nd award from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Joint engineering program wins innovation award (July 21) Partnership between WMU and KCC garners Business Review's Innovation Michigan award.

WMU one of 'Best Colleges to Work For' (July 8) Chronicle of Higher Education names WMU one of America's Great Colleges to Work For.

Dunn travels to Spain (Feb. 10) President Dunn's trip marks the 10th anniversary of WMU's most popular study abroad program.


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