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Year's Top News 2010


Dec. 31, 2010, Kalamazoo MI USA

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Photo of Bradley Kent, Ashley Horvat, Lauren Hearit and Sen. Carl Levin.
Kent, Horvat, Hearit and Sen. Carl Levin

Students tackle U.S. retirement system (Jan. 25) Students take their ideas about a national retirement system to Congress after winning national competition.

Eaton, WMU join forces for hybrid research (Feb. 4) New testing lab to focus on hybrid drive systems for commercial and military vehicles.

Photo of Allyson Doyle.

Volleyball's Doyle earns Academic All-American (Dec. 1) Allyson Doyle is third Bronco in four years selected to national academic first team.

Photo of Dr. Nora Berrah, WMU.   Berrah

WMU physicists lead groundbreaking atomic research (July 2) Team led by Nora Berrah offers first look at what the world's most powerful hard X-ray laser can do.

WMU wins $2 million for four-year literacy project (Oct. 22) Research promotes early detection of language and literacy problems in children.

WMU on U.S. News list of top-tier national universities (Aug. 17) WMU on expanded top tier list with Michigan, MSU and Michigan Tech.

WMU gets $1 million to train science teachers (May 20) WMU chosen by Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve science education.

Military Times' Best for Vets badge.   Best colleges for vets

WMU named one of nation's 'best for vets' colleges (Sept. 29) Military Times ranks WMU 16th on its list of best colleges for veterans.

Photo of President Barack Obama with a K-Central student.
President Obama congratulates grads

Obama visits WMU campus (June 7) President Obama praises, challenges K-Central graduates during commencement ceremony at WMU.

MBA students win finance competition (April 22) Allaboon, Andrews, Hammond and May win Association for Corporate Growth Cup.

Architectural drawings of proposed student housing.
Drawings of proposed housing

Plans unveiled for on-campus student apartments (Feb. 4) Construction begins this summer on a new complex designed to house some 300 upperclassmen.

Nonprofit leadership program wins national award (Jan. 12) WMU earns American Humanics Program Excellence Award for best practices.

  Photo of WMU's Jaimy Gordon.
Gordon and "Lord of Misrule"

English professor wins National Book Award (Nov. 18) Jaimy Gordon wins the nation's premier literary accolade for "Lord of Misrule."

Fellowships help STEM alumni reform teaching (Oct. 13) $30,000 Wilson Fellowships for people with science, math or engineering degrees.

Photo of David Kool.   Kool

Bronco's Kool is MAC Player of the Year (March 9) Senior David Kool named MAC Player of the Year in men's basketball.

Student wins Kennedy Center award for playwriting (April 6) Graduate student William Zorn earns Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting.

Photo of Matthew Smith, Dr. Bret Wagner and Michael Hankamp.
Smith, Wagner and Hankamp

Business students win prestigious scholarships (March 4) Matthew Smith and Michael Hankamp named ISM Services Group Scholars.

Broncos recognized by NCAA for academic success (May 25) Men's basketball and women's tennis score in top 10 percent among Division I teams.

Photo of Chad Stec, Shane Mittan, Kurt Gillispie and Greg Guyette.
Stec, Mittan, Gillispie and Guyette

WMU sweeps national case study competition (April 16) Students win team and individual honors for their strategic technology plans.

Volleyball Broncos make the grade (July 22) Team honored for classroom excellence by American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Photo of Western Michigan University Chorale.   University Chorale

University Chorale and Seraphic Fire top iTunes (Aug. 25) WMU choral group hits it big on new CD with professional singing ensemble.

Music students win nine DownBeat awards (May 3) WMU dominates DownBeat's undergraduate music competition, placing second worldwide.

FAA taps WMU to train air traffic controllers (April 14) WMU is one of just five schools in the nation added to the FAA training program.

Photo of Hana Beloglavec.   Beloglavec

Trombone student hits high notes (April 6) Junior Hana Beloglavec has two new honors to add to her growing list of accomplishments.

NSF-funded project aims to boost college math readiness (Sept. 28) Dr. Christian Hirsch awarded $3.5 million grant from National Science Foundation.

Doctoral student wins publisher's contest for poetry (Feb. 2) Gary McDowell's "American Amen" to be published this year.

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