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Something old, new in Gold Company's Lincoln Center show


They've done this before.

But not quite like this.

For the second time in the past year, Western Michigan's acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company will hit the stage at New York's famed Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the New York City Jazz Festival. After knocking the socks off festival-goers a year ago, Gold Co. was asked to do it again this year on Sunday, March 4.

But there's an added twist this time. Joining the ensemble will be nine-time Grammy Award-winner, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer Paquito D'Rivera, who performed with Gold Company last November in Miller Auditorium. D'Rivera, who was featured last fall as part of the new "Jazz Masters at Miller" series, shared the stage with Gold Company and the University Jazz Orchestra.

Memorial concert for Greg Fisk reflects love of classical music

Memorial concert for Greg Fisk reflects love of classical music

by Thom Myers
from http://www.wmich.edu

Some of West Michigan's most noted musicians will perform at a memorial concert service for Franklin G. (Greg) Fisk, Western Michigan University professor emeritus of science studies and a passionate fan of classical music. Fisk died Dec. 28 at age 80.

The free, public performance is Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, 315 W. Michigan Ave.

Classical musicians, all with connections to the University, include music faculty members Lin Foulk, French horn, andKarl Schrock, organ; Elizabeth (Betsy) Start, cello; and pianist Phyllis Rappeport, professor emerita of music

The program features the first movement of a work by composer Elizabeth Start for cello and piano based on the work of...

Disney recruiting at WMU

Disney recruiting at WMU

by Deanne Puca
from WMU News

Walt Disney Co. representatives will be on campus to recruit Western Michigan University students for a one-of-a-kind education and work program at the Magic Kingdom in Florida or California.

Representatives from the Disney College Program will be on hand Monday, Feb. 27, at noon and at 6 p.m. in Room 105 of the Bernhard Center to provide information about the real world of make believe and becoming a Disney "cast member."

The free event is sponsored by the WMU Chapter of the Disney College Program Alumni Association, which was established in 1996 to provide networking opportunities and promote the development of the program at WMU. Previously called the Walt Disney World College Program, Disney representatives began recruiting at WMU in 1993.

Registration under way for spring Lifelong Learning classes at WMU

Registration has begun for the spring 2012 classes being offered by Western Michigan University's Lifelong Learning Academy.

The academy offers low-cost, short-term educational programs to older Kalamazoo-area residents, although individuals of any age are welcome to participate. It aims to provide an informal and lively atmosphere that is intellectually and culturally stimulating, promotes personal growth, and fosters social engagement. Academy courses are provided for the joy of learning--there are no tests or grades.

The spring 2012 session runs from Monday, March 5, through Wednesday, May 9, and features 21 non-credit classes that fall into seven categories: arts and humanities, current events, enrichment, international themes, health, history, and science and technology.

WMU biz students nab first place in national finance competition

WMU biz students nab first place in national finance competition

Two Western Michigan University business students took first place in a recent financial service industry competition, topping finalist teams from Texas Tech and William Paterson universities and each earning a $3,000 scholarship.

Team members Alison Huey, an accountancy major from Canton, Mich., and Joshua Kallen, an advertising and promotion major from Muskegon, Mich., won first place in the first Financial Services National Industry Issues Competition held in late January in Phoenix.

The competition, sponsored by the Society of Financial Service Professionals, provided student teams from universities around the country with the opportunity to provide practical insights and recommendations to a real world financial services industry issue. This year's topic focused on the use of social media.

Davenport U Students Set Record at State Business Competition

Davenport University students earned 26 first place awards at the 40th annual Business Professionals of America (BPA) Post-Secondary State Leadership Conference, creating a new record for victories by one university at the state competition. Fifty-five students from Davenport’s Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo campuses competed in 48 events at the competition, held at Northwood University in Midland on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. 

“Davenport University students have dominated this competition for years,” said Dr. Linda Rinker, Executive Vice President for Academics and Provost for Davenport University.  “Results like this against top competition from across Michigan are a testimony to the fact that our students are learning what they need to succeed in the workplace and get where the world is going.”

Five WMU teams compete in statewide clean energy challenge

Five teams of Western Michigan University students will join finalists from five other universities across Michigan to present their green technology solutions and vie for more than $100,000 in prizes at the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge this week.

Teams will present their green energy strategies starting at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Bob Lutz, retired General Motors vice chairman, will speak at the event.

WMU's five teams are among a total of 16 competing. In addition to WMU, teams are coming from Lake Superior State University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

The challenge was established by U-M and DTE Energy to encourage students from Michigan colleges and universities to grow clean-energy solutions into thriving businesses.