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Want to be the next Buster Bronco?

Want to be the next Buster Bronco?

By: Thom Myers
From: http://www.wmich.edu


Did you know Buster Bronco doesn't speak? Did you know both men and women have served as Buster Bronco?

Western Michigan University is looking for an outgoing and energetic student to be the next Buster Bronco.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 30.

The University's mascot attends every football game and most home contests for other varsity sports. Buster also represents WMU at a variety of campus and community events.

Since Buster never speaks, applicants must be physically expressive, as well as physically fit and kid-friendly. They must be dedicated students, able to manage their time effectively and have the flexibility to meet the schedule required of Buster Bronco.

Western changed its nickname to the Broncos in 1939, but it wasn't until 1988 that Buster Bronco was adopted as the school mascot.

WMU trustees okay 2 percent increase on residence hall, apartment rates

Acting at their April 19 meeting, Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees approved a 2 percent increase on residence hall room-and-board rates and rental rates for most campus apartments. The increase is effective with the start of the fall 2012 semester.

The new rates mean that a new student living in a campus residence hall and subscribing to the mid-level 15-meal plan will pay $8,206 for the academic year--up $161 over the 2011-12 rate. Students opting for the 10-meal or unlimited meal plans will pay $7,724 or $8,414, respectively.

The rate increase will not affect current students returning to traditional campus residence halls. As part of the Western Edge, WMU's Residence Hall and Dining Advantage program will continue to ensure that food and housing rates will remain the same for four consecutive years. The program has saved families $1.5 million since its inception in 2008.

WMU students win national green-vehicle competition

WMU students win national green-vehicle competition

A group of engineering students from Western Michigan University has won this year's national Human Assisted Green Energy Vehicle design competition sponsored by the Parker Hannifin Corp.

The four-member team finished first, second or third in nine out of the 10 judging criteria in the overall competition, which featured an initial phase to determine the quality of the participating schools' designs and a concluding phase April 11 and 12 in Irvine, Calif., to test how well those designs perform.

The WMU Broncos and their BroncoBike entry bested 11 other teams from schools including the universities of Cincinnati, Illinois and Minnesota and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Case Western Reserve, Northwestern and Purdue universities. Minnesota came in second overall and Cal Poly third.

A Swinging Sixties President's Performance

A Swinging Sixties President's Performance

News Release:

Kalamazoo, MI - April 10, 2012 The most anticipated event of the year at The University Theatre has arrived: Western Michigan University's President John M. and Mrs. Linda Dunn, with the University Theatre Guild, invite you to join them for a very special benefit event: The President's Performance featuring a production of the iconic and Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray will be held Saturday, April 21st at 5:30pm.

The Theatre Guild invites you to join John and Linda Dunn for hors d'ourves, provided by the Epic Bistro, and dinner provided by The Wine Loft, Oakwood Bistro, Full City Café, and Chinn Chinn. Following a performance of Hairspray, guests will finish the night with a dessert after-party with the cast of Hairspray.

As the largest fundraiser of the year for the University Theatre Guild scholarship fund, the support of Kalamazoo is crucial.

Hard-working WMU students meet academic challenge

Hard-working WMU students meet academic challenge

News Release:

 

KALAMAZOO--Two Western Michigan University students met a challenge to get top grades for a year and as a result, were treated to a March 28 lunch with WMU President John M. Dunn.

Trista Kelly from Lawrence, Mich., and Raymond Enbody from Crystal, Mich., won the challenge, which was put to students participating in the TRIO Student Success Program.

Kelly is a senior majoring in special education: cognitive impairment and learning disabilities who will be graduating this month.

Students to rally for higher ed issues at Michigan Capitol

Students to rally for higher ed issues at Michigan Capitol

by Tonya Durlach
from http://www.wmich.edu


KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University students will join others from across Michigan to support and rally for higher education issues at this year's Lansing Blitz from noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Michigan Capitol.

WMU students who would like to take advantage of the free transportation provided by WMU's Office of Government Affairs must register ahead of time, and should meet at the Bernhard Center at 10 a.m. Buses will depart promptly at 10:30 a.m., and will return back to campus by 4 p.m.

Any student not taking the provided transportation should meet at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., at 11 a.m. The march begins at 11:50 a.m., and lunch will be provided courtesy of the WMU Alumni...

High school juniors invited to check out WMU

High school juniors invited to check out WMU

KALAMAZOO--High school juniors and their parents are invited to visit Western Michigan University's main campus Saturday, March 31, or Saturday, April 14, for the annual WMU Spotlight event.

Designed exclusively for high school juniors, this free event is one of the University's largest on-campus recruiting events. Some 900 students and their parents are expected to attend one of the two open houses that have been scheduled this year.

Registrations are strongly encouraged for the open houses, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Activities will begin on the second floor of the Bernhard Center with pre-registration check-in as well as walk-in registration. At 10 a.m., WMU President John M. Dunn will join other speakers to welcome attendees and kick off each day's activities.