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WMU to break ground for Legacy Collections building July 19

WMU to break ground for Legacy Collections building July 19

After years of planning and fundraising, Western Michigan University will break ground at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, for a facility that will house the University's archives as well as historical records for all of Southwest Michigan.

The 16,000-square-foot, $8.3 million Legacy Collections Center, officially part of University Libraries, will be built on WMU's Oakland Drive Campus. The campus includes the grounds and some of the original buildings of the Kalamazoo State Hospital, all of which constitute a Michigan historic area. The new legacy facility will be at the end of Calhoun Street, a road that dates back to the property's state hospital days. It is the first entrance into the grounds north of Howard Street.

Participating in the July 19 groundbreaking event will be WMU President John M. Dunn; Dr. Joseph G. Reish, dean of University Libraries; Dr. Sharon Carlson, director of the legacy collections; and representatives of funding organizations.

Sunseeker sails through first solar race qualifying event

Sunseeker sails through first solar race qualifying event

Western Michigan University's Sunseeker solar race team cleared the first hurdle in qualifying for the American Solar Challenge cross-country race by becoming just the second of 18 college teams to complete the scrutineering portion of the pre-race requirements.

The WMU car received approval in all required areas on the second day of the solar event's three-day scrutineering session, after being inspected by electrical and mechanical engineers for adherence to safety regulations and completing dynamic testing. The car is now cleared to enter the next stage of the solar competition--taking part in the Formula Sun Grand Prix at Monticello (N.Y.) Speedway.  Because of its success at scrutineering, the WMU team has earned a second-place starting point in the track event, which begins Tuesday, July 10.

WMU trombone student captures international win in Paris

WMU trombone student captures international win in Paris

A Western Michigan University graduating senior has topped off his high-profile collegiate career by capturing first place in an international trombone soloist competition that concluded Saturday in Paris.

Eric Bowman of Portage, Mich., won the Frank Smith Trombone Solo Competition, the International Trombone Festival's classical trombone division for students to age 25. Competitors in the division are mostly master's and doctoral students. Bowman won the top slot over finalists from the Eastman School of Music and the University of New Mexico, and, in addition to winning the title in his division, Bowman won a trombone valued in excess of $4,000.

Transition accomplished, KCMS is now WMU School of Medicine

Transition accomplished, KCMS is now WMU School of Medicine

The transition of the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine is complete.

The KCMS Board of Directors in early February approved the merger of KCMS and its official transition to the WMU medical school to occur July 1. As part of its transition, KCMS operations, programs, personnel, and facilities are now Western Michigan University School of Medicine Clinic operations, support staff and faculty. They remain at their current locations at 1000 Oakland Drive and the psychiatry clinic located on the Borgess campus. All patient care services provided to the community remain unchanged.

Student leaders urged to register for RSO Leadership Conference

Student leaders urged to register for RSO Leadership Conference

by Jeanne Baron
June 21, 2012, WMU News


KALAMAZOO--WMU students who want to become premiere leaders in their registered student organizations are invited to attend the third annual RSO Leadership Conference, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. The theme of this year's conference is "Model the Way."

To attend the conference, students must register online by 5 p.m. Friday, July 13. The cost of the 2012 RSO Leadership Conference is $25. An additional fee is charged depending on lodging choice. Three choices are being offered: $10 for a room shared with three, $25 for a room shared with one, and $100 for a single room. The conference cost and lodging fee can be paid by visiting the Student Activities and Leadership Programs main office.

Register now to reserve booth space at Bronco Bash

Register now to reserve booth space at Bronco Bash
by Tonya Durlach
June 20, 2012 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Booth applications are now being accepted for Bronco Bash, the annual event welcoming more than 25,000 Western Michigan University students, faculty and staff back to campus and to Kalamazoo for the start of a new school year.

Bronco Bash 2012, the 32nd-anniversary event, is set for 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Festivities will be held at Fountain Plaza, near the University's Miller Auditorium.

More than 400 student organizations, University departments and local businesses are expected to participate in this year's free, public event by giving out information and loads of free stuff. Other features include live music, a food court, games and prizes.

New Mechatronics Academy Launched at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

New Mechatronics Academy Launched at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo Valley Community College is launching a new Career Academy called the Mechatronics Academy. This 18-week, full time, competency-based training program will prepare students for careers in automated industrial equipment maintenance and repair.

The Mechatronics Academy, which begins on August 20, 2012, was designed to assure that graduating students have the knowledge and skills essential to perform troubleshooting, service, and repair on automated industrial systems.  Applications are now being accepted.   An informational session about the new Academy is set for Wednesday, June 27 from 4-5 p.m. at the Groves Center of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 7107 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo.