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U.S. News ranks WMU health programs among best in nation

U.S. News ranks WMU health programs among best in nation

by Mark Schwerin
May 23, 2012, WMU News


KALAMAZOO--U.S. News & World Report's recently published rankings of graduate programs puts six Western Michigan University health programs among the best in the nation, with three of them--occupational therapy, physician assistant and speech-language pathology--rated both the highest in Michigan and among the top 50 nationwide.

The 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Grad Schools includes new rankings in seven health fields, including occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology and social work. Rankings of other health fields, including physician assistant and rehabilitation counseling, are based on earlier surveys conducted in 2011. In all, six of WMU's programs in the health disciplines garnered top-50 ratings, while a seventh was included in the top-100 of such programs.

Sky Broncos take fourth place in national collegiate championship

Sky Broncos take fourth place in national collegiate championship

Western Michigan University's precision flight team, the Sky Broncos, took fourth place in this year's National Intercollegiate Flying Association's championship competition, held May14-19 at Kansas State University.

The 13-member WMU team from WMU's College of Aviation in Battle Creek captured third place in the championship's ground events and fourth in flight events to finish fourth overall, with perennial WMU rivals capturing the top three slots. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott took first, while the University of North Dakota came in second and Southern Illinois University took third.

Team Captain Ben Hastings of Hillsdale, Mich., tied for first place as the top-scoring contestant at the competition, and was second place as the event's overall top pilot. He is a senior studying aviation flight science and administration.

WMU commercialization center invests in nervous system breakthrough

WMU commercialization center invests in nervous system breakthrough

by Cheryl Roland

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center has invested $250,000 in a Kalamazoo company that is doing early-stage work on a revolutionary approach to treat and restore function to people who have suffered major damage to their peripheral or central nervous systems.

The BRCC award to Axonia Medical is part of $2 million in seed financing the company recently assembled to advance technology its founders believe can transform medical care for people who suffer a debilitating nervous system injury. Such injuries include spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, peripheral nerve injury and stroke. Other investors providing seed funding include the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Venture Fund and Ann Arbor SPARK.

WMU snares third most DownBeat awards in the world

WMU snares third most DownBeat awards in the world

by Mark Schwerin
from http://www.wmich.edu


KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University music students are stepping to a familiar beat, winning six awards from DownBeat magazine in its annual student music competition, third most of any institution worldwide and substantially more than any other school in Michigan.

WMU students took top honors in a wide range of categories, making the achievement especially gratifying, says Tom Knific, WMU professor of music and director of the Jazz Studies Program. The competition also is becoming more international in stature, which gives the WMU wins even more prestige.

Kalamazoo Schools millage renewal passes

Kalamazoo Schools millage renewal passes

Voting took place throughout Michigan yesterday. In Kalamazoo, voters approved the renewal of the school millage.

The millage renewal passed 74% to 26%.

Click here to see additional election results from around West Michigan.

New Western View construction planned for fall 2013 occupancy

New Western View construction planned for fall 2013 occupancy

Western Michigan University will add two or three new buildings to its popular Western View residential complex, using a fast-track construction plan to complete the effort for a fall 2013 opening.

Phase II of Western View will be located immediately west of the first phase. The new construction project, details of which are still being finalized, will consist of new residential buildings as well as a community building that will be available for use by all Western View residents.

The project will build on the success of Phase I of the Western View complex that opened in fall 2011. That 330-bed apartment-style complex was at full capacity nearly a year in advance of its opening.

Two WMU film students capture top prize in national CNN contest

Two film students at Western Michigan University are about to find out what it's like to have their work broadcast on CNN and singled out for honors by an international team of journalists.

Cassandra Stagner a sophomore from Troy, Mich., and Wil Granaderos, a sophomore from Portage, Mich., have won a national collegiate film contest sponsored by CNN, Reporters Without Borders USA and the Ford Foundation. They will be flown to New York next week to see their work showcased Thursday, May 3, for World Press Freedom Day.

The pair created an original video public service announcement to enter in the "For Press Freedom" contest, a nationwide competition challenging university students to produce video PSAs on the topic. The two WMU students are film, video and media studies majors. They learned early this month they were among five national finalists in the contest.