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WMU foster youth support program to get $750,000 from the state

WMU foster youth support program to get $750,000 from the state

The new Michigan budget approved by the Legislature June 5 includes $750,000 in the Department of Human Services appropriation to support Western Michigan University's renowned program that helps former foster care youth earn college degrees.

The item in the DHS appropriation is part of an overall state budget that also includes a 2.31 percent increase in annual state appropriations to WMU.

The DHS funding is for WMU's Foster Youth and Higher Education initiative, a four-year-old effort known most commonly as the Seita Scholars program. The program provides a support network for students who have aged out of foster care and are pursuing college degrees. The initiative has already seen its first graduates and has garnered state and national attention as a comprehensive model for supporting the college aspirations of former foster-care youth.

Foster youth program seeks mentors for incoming students

Foster youth program seeks mentors for incoming students

by John Greenhoe
WMU News


KALAMAZOO--Career mentors are being sought to help guide new students entering into WMU's foster youth support program this fall.

Known as the Seita Scholars program, WMU began providing a comprehensive support system in 2008 for individuals who have aged out of the foster care system, and who wish to earn a college degree. The program includes tuition support, year-round housing and around the clock counseling availability.

Chris Harris, Seita Scholars director, first became involved with the program as a career mentor. Harris says a total of 45 new mentors are needed to work with incoming students. According to Harris, the volunteer opportunity is rewarding for both the mentor and mentee.

Contract with Teaching Assistants Union tops board June 7 agenda

Contract with Teaching Assistants Union tops board June 7 agenda

Meeting on Thursday, June 7, the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees is expected to consider approval of a new three-year contract with the University's Teaching Assistants Union.

Meeting at 11:30 a.m. in Rooms 157-159 of the Bernhard Center, the board will hear details of the contract that was negotiated during the winter and spring and ratified May 23 by members of TAU. 

During the meeting, board members also will consider approval of a property lease between the WMU School of Medicine and Borgess Health. The lease is to continue an ongoing initiative that houses the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies Psychiatric Clinic at Borgess. KCMS is merging into the WMU medical school July 1.

Also on the agenda are tenure and promotion recommendations for faculty members. The University administration is recommending that 19 faculty members receive tenure and 37 faculty members be promoted to the next highest faculty rank.

GRCC, WMU to Partner for Business Bachelor’s Degree

GRCC, WMU to Partner for Business Bachelor’s Degree

Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University announced today the formation of a partnership that will offer students joint admission to both schools, enabling them to initiate their college studies at GRCC and seamlessly transfer to WMU to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

The partnership – made official this afternoon at a signing ceremony hosted by GRCC – will allow students to be admitted to both GRCC and WMU during their freshman year, assuming they meet the requirements of the agreement, and be admitted to WMU's Haworth College of Business prior to beginning their junior year. The agreement guarantees that GRCC transfer students who earn an associate degree, with a minimum of a C in each class of the agreed upon curriculum and a 2.5 GPA overall, will be admitted the WMU's Bachelor of Business Administration program.

WMU - Kanley Track closed through September for renovation

WMU - Kanley Track closed through September for renovation

by Thom Myers
June 2, 2012, WMU News


KALAMAZOO--Kanley Track at Western Michigan University will be unavailable for use through Sept. 25 for renovations and improvements.

The track surface will be replaced and additional drainage installed along the infield edge. The entire fenced area of the track is a construction zone and is closed for the duration of the project.

Contact WMU Facilities Management, Projects and Construction Divison, at (269) 387-8546 with questions regarding the improvements.

Kanley Track is a public outdoor running track and home of the Bronco track and field team. It is located between West Michigan Avenue and Stadium Drive just east of Read Fieldhouse and the Student Recreation Center. The track building at Kanley was completed in 1992.

WMU appoints associate vice president for Human Resources

WMU appoints associate vice president for Human Resources

Dr. Warren Hills has been appointed associate vice president for Human Resources at Western Michigan University.

Hills, whose appointment was effective April 30, had been associate vice president for human resources at Ferris State University since 1999 and brings an unusual depth of human resources knowledge and experience to the University.

As WMU's chief human relations officer, he will be a key member of the business and finance senior leadership team, with responsibility for managing, planning and delivering human resource programs and services to WMU's faculty, staff and administration. He will oversee the main functional areas associated with employee recruitment, benefits administration, employee relations, compensation, training and development, records, human resources information systems, temporary staffing, and labor relations for staff bargaining units.

LBGT Student Services appoints new coordinator

LBGT Student Services appoints new coordinator

by Jeanne Baron
May 25, 2012, WMU News


KALAMAZOO--Jennifer Hsu has been appointed coordinator for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services in Western Michigan University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Effective April 9, Hsu replaced Sarah Stangl, who is now an advisor in the College of Education and Human Development.

Previously, Hsu was executive director of the OutCenter of Berrien County in Benton Harbor, Mich. She comes to WMU with a strong professional background in social justice advocacy with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, faith, sexual orientation and sexual identity. She also has a background in fundraising and budget development.