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WMU business prof wins national award for classroom innovation

WMU business prof wins national award for classroom innovation

A Western Michigan University business professor has been recognized for her innovation in the classroom.

Dr. Ann Veeck, professor of marketing, has received the 2012 Marketing Management Association Teaching Innovation Award. The national award recognizes innovative approaches to classroom instruction.

Veeck was selected from among three finalists during the association's 2012 Fall Educators' Conference for her social media analysis materials and teaching concept "Learning Tools to Effectively Monitor Social Media: A Social Media Marketing Research Project." All three finalists presented their innovations at the conference Sept. 19-21 in Minneapolis.

Air Zoo launches Homeschool Discovery Days

Air Zoo launches Homeschool Discovery Days

The Air Zoo is launching new 2012-2013 Homeschool Discovery Days, which are interactive programs designed specifically for homeschooled children ages 5-12.
 
Homeschool Discovery Days are held once a month throughout the school year.  Each multi-disciplinary program has an emphasis on activities related to aviation and space.  Students will explore these subjects through fun and fascinating hands-on activities.  Upcoming Homeschool Discovery Days include:
 
Nov. 6, 2012: Marbles, It’s a Game of Science!
10-11:30 a.m.
For kindergarten-2nd graders

The concept of motion and the laws that govern it are introduced in a creative and fun hands-on approach. Kids will learn about inertia, matter and molecules in this timeless game.
 
Nov. 6, 2012: The Phenomenon of Sound
1-2 p.m.
For 3-6th graders

High-energy fundraiser planned for campus United Way campaign

High-energy fundraiser planned for campus United Way campaign

by Deanne Puca
from WMU News


KALAMAZOO—"Mission: United" is the theme of a high-energy fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, for Western Michigan University's United Way campaign.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a stronger community by supporting the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region through a $5 fee to attend the event, to be held at WMU's Student Recreation Center.

Join a Zumba dance party, scale a 42-foot climbing wall, meet the challenges of the inflatable obstacle courses and capture your adventures at a free photo booth; all while contributing funds to help impact education and health for the community.

Open to the WMU campus and community, admission is $5 for a Live United wristband in advance at the Student Recreation Center Service Desk. The wristbands are $7 the day of the event.

WMU School of Medicine Groundbreaking Friday, Oct 12, 11am

WMU School of Medicine Groundbreaking Friday, Oct 12, 11am

From: downtownkalamazoo.org

A very important shovel is about to turn over a very important piece of downtown earth.
 
One and a half years after the announcement of the $100 million dollar anonymous donation to WMU for the development of its School of Medicine, and nearly a year after MPI announced the donation of its downtown facility to the cause,  the community is invited to witness and celebrate its official ground breaking.
 
Earth and shovel will meet:  Land that has needed a use will meet a tool that will shape its future. Within two years the current facility will be a living, breathing organization of learning -  students and medical professionals bringing a renewed purpose  to 330,000 square-feet.

WMU aviation, engineering colleges tapped by FAA for new center

WMU aviation, engineering colleges tapped by FAA for new center

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has been named by the Federal Aviation Administration to be part of a new network of 12 universities charged with enhancing the safety and future of the nation's general aviation sector.

The FAA announced the establishment Sept. 27 of the Center for Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability--known as PEGASAS. The center's goal is to lay the groundwork for the creation of a cost-sharing partnership between academia, industry and government that will focus on general aviation, safety-related topics.

"The United States has the largest and most diverse general aviation community in the world, with more than 300,000 aircraft registered to fly through American skies," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in announcing the new center. "This innovative partnership with academia and industry will help us take general aviation safety to the next level." 

Pilfered Bronco Victory Bell restored to campus and set for season

Pilfered Bronco Victory Bell restored to campus and set for season

by Cheryl Roland | WMU News

KALAMAZOO—A victory bell that was once a staple at Western Michigan University football games has been found, restored and reintroduced to the campus during the annual CommUniverCity celebration.

The bell was stolen many years ago, says David Corstange, WMU's senior associate athletic director, and was seemingly lost to WMU forever. But the person who took the bell contacted WMU a few years ago to say he still had the bell and wanted to return it. Corstange recovered the bell, and it has been restored by four members of WMU's chapter of AFSCME—the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.

Will your school's football game be suspended due to weather?

Will your school's football game be suspended due to weather?

Tonight's weather is starting to look a bit threatening. Most people know that lightening and thunder will force a game to be suspended, but we thought you might want to know the exact details regarding inclement weather game delays and suspensions.

Here are the official Contest Suspension Guidelines for Inclement Weather as listed on the MHSAA website: