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Updated: 7:23 am, Friday, Dec. 31, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of President John M Dunn announcing $100 million gift. Record $100 million gift supports new WMU School of Medicine

March 22, 2011 | WMU News

WMU gets largest cash gift ever to a Michigan college or university, 15th largest in U.S. higher education.

President Dunn announces record gift

Photo of new WMU medical school. MPI donates downtown research facility to house medical school

Dec. 8, 2011 | WMU News

WMU will renovate 330,000-square-foot building to open in 2014.

Photo of Jordan White. Bronco Jordan White is football All American

Dec. 5, 2011 | WMU News

Cleveland native leads nation in almost every pass receiving category.

Photo of Drew Nowak. Drew Nowak earns MAC Defensive Player of the Year

Dec. 2, 2011 | WMU News

Eight Broncos from 2011 football team named all-conference.

Photo of engineering students in Stryker Challenge. Engineering students win second straight Stryker Challenge

Nov. 18, 2011 | WMU News

Competition with Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue.

Photo of veteran. WMU again named one of nation's 'Best for Vets' schools

Nov. 18, 2011 | WMU News

Michigan's top-ranked school for outreach and service to veterans.

Photo of donor Fred Sammons. New gift is largest ever to an occupational therapy program

Nov. 9, 2011 | WMU News

Fred Sammons and Barbara Rider give $2 million for OT program.

Photo of Jared Lindberg. Accounting student wins one of five national scholarships

Oct. 25, 2011 | WMU News

Senior Jared Lindberg of Plainwell, Mich., gets $2,500 award.

Photo of Michigan geological basin. Michigan Geological Survey finds new home at WMU

Oct. 12, 2011 | WMU News

Gov. Snyder signs bill effecting transfer from state to University.

Photo of Melinda Mousatakis. Alumna picked one of top five young fiction writers in nation

Oct. 12, 2011 | WMU News

Melinda Moustakis recognized by the National Book Foundation.

Photo of Bronco statue at entrance to WMU campus. Broncos recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship

Oct. 9, 2011 | WMU News

WMU earns MAC's annual Cartwright Award for overall excellence.

Photo of artist Revere La Noue and Epic Broncos mural. 'Epic Broncos' building wrap unveiled in Grand Rapids

Sept. 24, 2011 | WMU News

Hundreds of WMU alumni, friends gather for gala ArtPrize party.

Photo of WMU campus entrance and Princeton Review Best Colleges logo. WMU again on U.S. News list of top-tier national universities

Sept. 14, 2011 | WMU News

WMU named one of the nation's top 100 public universities.

Photo of WMU aircraft and FedEx 727 at Kellogg Airport. Boeing 727 aircraft gifted to WMU College of Aviation

Sept. 7, 2011 | WMU News

Retired FedEx plane added to hands-on training for aviation students.

Photo of 'rainbow' Bronco Mall WMU makes list of top 25 gay friendly universities

Aug. 30, 2011 | WMU News

Newsweek and Daily Beast publish list of LBGT supportive campuses.

Photo of WMU campus entrance and Princeton Review Best Colleges logo. WMU makes Princeton Review's best colleges list

Aug. 5, 2011 | WMU News

Among the "Best Midwestern Colleges" for seventh year in a row.

Photo of WMU construction project. Sales and business marketing program is ranked in the top 50

July 14, 2011 | WMU News

WMU is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation.

Photo of WMU trombone student Derek Lyp. WMU student named top bass trombonist at international event

June 29, 2011 | WMU News

Derek Lyp, of Lambertville, Mich., wins prestigious solo competition.

Photo of a warehouse. Integrated Supply Management program earns national ranking

June 29, 2011 | WMU News

WMU 12th among nation's best supply chain management programs.

Photo of WMU senior Rachel Plaster. Advertising student snags one of four statewide scholarships

June 23, 2011 | WMU News

Rachel Plaster, of Deerfield, Ill., wins $2,500 from Adcraft Club.

Photo of WMU's Kathy Beauregard. Kathy Beauregard honored as Athletic Director of the Year

June 15, 2011 | WMU News

Beauregard chosen as top athletic director in 14-state region.

Photo of June 2011 Downbeat magazine cover. Jazz students rack up multiple DownBeat Awards

June 13, 2011 | WMU News

Winning tradition continues with awards in six categories.

Photo of gerontology center. New Center for Gerontology to serve aging population

June 13, 2011 | WMU News

Center revives WMU gerontology program.

Photo of downtown Kalamazoo and Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Kalamazoo makes top 25 best cities for recent college grads

June 2, 2011 | WMU News

Daily Beast list based on quality of life for young adults.

Photo of WMU's gymnastics team. Broncos tops in MAC women's sports, second in men's

June 2, 2011 | WMU News

WMU only school in top third in both men's and women's sports.

Photo of WMU Mobile app for Android and iPhone. Students create WMU apps for Android and iPhone

May 24, 2011 | WMU News

Free WMU Mobile app at iTunes Store and Android Market.

Photo of Oprah Winfrey and WMU graduate Tererai Trent. WMU grad named Oprah Winfrey's favorite guest

May 20, 2011 | WMU News

Zimbabwe's Tererai Trent earned a doctoral degree in 2009.

Photo of WMU's MAC Champion softball team. Three-win Sunday sends Broncos to NCAA Softball Tournament

May 15, 2011 | WMU News

WMU claims both MAC regular season and tournament titles.

Photo of WMU's Gracie Barstad. Softball Broncos take coach and player of the year awards

May 12, 2011 | WMU News

Gracie Barstad is Bronco softball's first MAC Player of the Year.

Photo of pianist Laura Dubin. April grad one of eight picked for Kennedy Center workshop

May 2, 2011 | WMU News

Pianist Laura Dubin performs at Women in Jazz Festival.

Photo of WMU professor Paul Maier. Nationally renowned historian retires after 50-plus years

April 18, 2011 | WMU News

Dr. Paul Maier was longest-serving faculty member in WMU history.

Photo of WMU electric vehicle charging station. Sen. Stabenow helps unveil WMU electric-vehicle charging stations

March 21, 2011 | WMU News

Four electric-vehicle charging stations open to the public.

Photo of WMU's Dr Karin Essani. Dr. Karim Essani gets $400,000 grant to help fight colon cancer

March 21, 2011 | WMU News

National Cancer Institute grant for virotherapy project.

Photo of WMU grad student Mikala Hansen. Grad student wins playwriting award from Kennedy Center

March 11, 2011 | WMU News

Mikala Hansen wins with full-length play "Viking-American."

Photo of WMU We Sustain EcoMug. WMU projects lauded nationally for sustainability

Feb. 17, 2011 | WMU News

EcoMug and other projects cited by National Wildlife Federation.

Photo of Greg Jennings. WMU alumnus Greg Jennings is Super Bowl Champion

Feb. 7, 2011 | WMU News

Jennings scores two touchdowns in Packers' Super Bowl win.

Photo of WMU's Dr. Katherine Joslin. WMU admitting first class for air-traffic control program

Jan. 26, 2011 | WMU News

College of Aviation accepting students for FAA initiative.

Photo of WMU College of Aviation. Joslin book named ALA Outstanding Academic Title

Jan. 26, 2011 | WMU News

Dr. Katherine Joslin's "Edith Wharton" makes prestigious ALA list.

Photo of Hal Jenson. Dr. Hal Jenson named founding dean of WMU School of Medicine

Jan. 25, 2011 | WMU News

School of Medicine dean chosen following national search.

Photo of Dr Alan Poling. 'HeroRats' detect landmines, tuberculosis

Jan. 4, 2011 | WMU News

Dr. Alan Poling training African rats to save lives in Tanzania.

Photo of Dr Timothy Light. Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies established

Jan. 3, 2011 | WMU News

New center to enhance teaching, understanding of China studies.

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