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Back to School: Send us your pics!

Back to School: Send us your pics!

Calling all residents - we want your Back to School photos!

Send us your child’s cutest, silliest, craziest photo and it may make it on your city's community site. The more creative, the better! Make sure you include your name, the name of your children, the school name, city of residence and, if you would like, add a caption.

Email your photos to pics@wzzm13.com.

First Saturday @ KPL on September 1

First Saturday @ KPL on September 1

From: http://www.kpl.gov

Take your family to the library the first Saturday of every month! Enjoy fun, free activities. Free books and door prizes!

On September 1, 2012, Kalamazoo Public Library and Kalamazoo Public Schools will sponsor First Saturday, from 2-4 pm, at the Central Library’s Children’s Room, 315 S Rose St. This new initiative, now in its sixth month, encourages families to make regular library visits an important part of their lives. Hundreds of parents and children have attended the First Saturday events so far!

WMU opens one-stop service center for students and parents

WMU opens one-stop service center for students and parents

by Cara Barnes | WMU News

KALAMAZOO—As thousands of students head back to campus, Western Michigan University will once again offer a one-stop service center to those wishing to take care of last-minute business associated with the start of a new semester.

WMU's temporary One Stop Convenience Center will be assembled in the West Ballroom on the second floor of the Bernhard Center for two weeks, Aug. 27 through Sept. 7, offering students and their parents an assortment of campus services in one centralized location. The center will close over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1–3.

One Stop fall 2012 hours

WMU - Recreation center closes for annual maintenance

WMU - Recreation center closes for annual maintenance

by Cara Barnes, WMU News

KALAMAZOO—The Student Recreation Center at Western Michigan University will close at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, for its annual maintenance, cleaning and student training in preparation for the fall semester.

The center will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. It will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of U.S. Labor Day, and will begin regular fall semester hours Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6 a.m.

During the two-week closure, the University Recreation office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for equipment checkout and to accept faculty and staff fall membership renewals.

For more details and complete fall semester hours, visit the WMU Student Recreation Center online.

Professor's art exhibited as part of prestigious show in Havana

Professor's art exhibited as part of prestigious show in Havana

by Mark Schwerin

KALAMAZOO—Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, Western Michigan University professor of art, was recently invited to create a site-specific art installation for the 11th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba.

The piece, "Cystema @ 23°8'27.054"N 82°21'10.117"W," consisted of hundreds of cell-like sculptural forms and a sound component that invaded the façade and interior of the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam, located in Old Havana.

"As an artist, I am thrilled to have my work included within the context of the Biennial and to have the opportunity to dialogue with the Cuban public as well as international artists and critics that visit the Biennial during its run," Villalobos Echeverría says. "It took 12 days to install the...

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Six to be inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Six to be inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

by Deanne Puca
August 7, 2012, WMU News


KALAMAZOO—Six former student-athletes across five sports are represented in the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Class. This year's class also includes the first-ever women's soccer student-athlete and only the third active coach to be inducted.

They will be honored at an induction ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo and also at halftime at WMU's home football game against Northern Illinois at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27.

WMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Dan Edwards
Men's soccer, 1991-94
Portage, Mich.

Sunseeker runs into technical trouble after successful race start

Sunseeker runs into technical trouble after successful race start

by Cheryl Roland
July 16, 2012, WMU News


KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Sunseeker solar racing team finished the first day of the 2012 American Solar Challenge cross-country race in fourth place opting for a conservative strategy to make the most of its battery power in cloudy conditions.

On the second day of the event, racers were buffeted by storms and torrential rainfall, and Sunseeker developed electronic problems becoming one of seven of the race's 11 remaining vehicles that did not make it to the Mansfield, Ohio, checkpoint by the time it closed Sunday. The WMU team ended its day by trailering to Ann Arbor, Mich., Monday's designated overnight stop.