Our network

Arts & Culture

My Town Kalamazoo: $1.4 million grant to go toward STEM instruction reform

My Town Kalamazoo: $1.4 million grant to go toward STEM instruction reform

---------------NEWS RELEASE-----------

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Western Michigan University)--A $1.4 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Western Michigan University will be used to enhance undergraduate introduction to science, with the goal of attracting and retaining more students in the STEM disciplines--science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The five-year research and development effort, announced May 29 by HHMI, will be centered on WMU's introductory courses in biological sciences. The grant is one of just 37 awards made by HHMI  this year to American research universities invited to compete in the institute's 2014 funding round. A total of 203 universities were invited to apply, and the eventual winners were selected after three rounds of peer review.

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Literacy Center of West Michigan is getting a big financial boost.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Grand Rapids organization a $10,000 grant to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.  The funding is part of more than $6 million in grants Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded last week to approximately 700 schools, nonprofits and organizations nationwide.  Other West Michigan recipients include:

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com

My Town Kalamazoo: Nominees sought for Community Arts Awards

My Town Kalamazoo: Nominees sought for Community Arts Awards

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo is accepting nominations for the 2014 Community Arts Awards.

The council has been handing out the annual Community Arts Awards since 1985.

 “In recognizing and celebrating significant contributions to the arts in greater Kalamazoo, the Community Arts Awards is the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s opportunity to highlight those groups and individuals who move Kalamazoo forward,” says D. Neil Bremer, executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. “We honor those who use the same imagination and creativity found in all of us to create something profoundly inspiring, encouraging all of Kalamazoo to think in new ways for a better future.”

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Student filmmakers are getting ready for the final round of the 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition.

Students in grades 8-12 submitted short videos about their Catholic faith.   The competition has been whittled down to ten finalists from four districts.  During Champions Night on May 13, their films will grace the big screen at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.    A panel of judges will pick the top three films, which will receive cash prizes. The grand prize is $2,000.

The ten finalists include:

My Town: EKHS students selected for Michigan Youth Arts Festival

My Town: EKHS students selected for Michigan Youth Arts Festival

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Four instrumental music students from East Kentwood High School have been selected to participate in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, held on the campus of Western Michigan University, May 8th-10th.  

They are:

  • Derek Bartlett (11) Honors Jazz Ensemble-Trombone
  • Peter Cripps (11) Honors Band-Tuba
  • Claire Ross (12) Honors Orchestra-Horn
  • Travon Williams (12) Honors Jazz Ensemble- Piano

For Cripps and Ross, selection was a result of proficiency examinations at State Solo and Ensemble.  Their scores were among the highest in the state for their instruments. Williams and Bartlett were selected as a result of outstanding performances at the State Jazz Festival.  The adjudicators nominated several students from throughout the state.   A panel of judges selected the top 20 students for the Honors Jazz Ensemble based on their performances.

My Town: A snapshot of the library love in Kalamazoo

My Town: A snapshot of the library love in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—What do Americans love more than apple pie and baseball?

According to The Atlantic, it’s libraries.  And Kalamazoo Public Library is among the most loved ones in Michigan. 

So far this fiscal year, KPL has circulated 673,268 books; 520,431 movies and 68,031 music CDs.  The library is also responsible for 7,427 Freegal music downloads and 3,630 Hoopla media streams. 

When compared to other Michigan libraries of its size, KPL ranks: