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WMU trombone student gets second 'finalist' designation

WMU trombone student gets second 'finalist' designation

A Western Michigan University trombone student has won an unprecedented "finalist" designation in two separate solo competitions conducted by the International Trombone Association.

Eric Bowman, a senior trombone major from Portage, Mich., has just learned that he has been named a finalist in the J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition for jazz players up to age 25. The recognition comes after Bowman learned he was named a finalist in the Frank Smith Trombone Solo Competition, which also includes students to age 25--mostly master's and doctoral students.

"This is really outstanding," says one of Bowman's teachers, Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, professor of music. "To the best of my knowledge, no other student has ever been recognized as a finalist in both the jazz and classical categories. So this is a real tribute to Eric."

Restored grandeur, adapted reuse planned for East Campus

Restored grandeur, adapted reuse planned for East Campus

by Jeanne Baron
from http://www.wmich.edu


KALAMAZOO--If plans outlined earlier this month come to fruition, Western Michigan University's historic East Hall will regain its earlier grandeur and the University's Prospect Hill birthplace will become home to a boutique hotel, commercial office space and a variety of residential living options.

Randy Doran, senior vice president at KDC Real Estate Development and Investments, outlined the tentative plans during a town hall meeting Feb. 1 before an audience of about 75 campus and community members. KDC is the private-sector development partner WMU identified last fall to redevelop the 35-acre East Campus site.

Doran revealed that thus far, plans call for:

Kalamazoo College Contributed $32 Million to Area Economy During 2010-11 Academic Year

Kalamazoo College Contributed $32 Million to Area Economy During 2010-11 Academic Year

From: http://www.kzoo.edu/

Kalamazoo College contributed $32 million to the Kalamazoo area economy during the 2010-11 academic year, according to the findings of an economic impact analysis conducted by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

The College impacts the economy through three major activities, according to the analysis: operations, student expenditures, and visitor expenditures. 

The College employed 396 full and part-time workers earning an annual payroll of approximately $19.6 million during the 2010-11 academic year. Another 289 jobs and personal income of $6 million were indirectly generated by the presence of the College and the expenditures of students and visitors. 

Additionally, “K” students spent approximately $3.6 million in the local community, and out-of-area campus visitors spent approximately $2 million. 

Chamber Applauds Increase In K-12 Education Funding

Chamber Applauds Increase In K-12 Education Funding

Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steward Sandstrom released the following statement today regarding Governor Snyder’s decision to increase K-12 education funding:

“The Chamber applauds the increase in K-12 education funding announced today by Governor Rick Snyder. 2011 was a transformational year and all indicators show that our economy is headed in the right direction. This increase in revenue, coupled with the efficiencies and cost savings measures we lobbied so hard for – successfully – is good news for the talent pool we’ll be able to offer employers in the future.”

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to help members grow and prosper. With nearly 1,100 members that employ more than 70,000 people, it is the largest private, voluntary business association in southwest Michigan

Penn scholar to address rationing health care at WMU talk

A bioethics scholar from the University of Pennsylvania will address the rationing of health care in a presentation later this month at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Art Caplan, the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Director of the Center for Bioethics and the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at Penn, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Room 2008 of the Richmond Center. His talk, titled "The Inevitability of Rationing and How to be Fair About It," is free and open to the public.

Though some argue that rationing health care can be avoided, Caplan uses demographics to prove this is simply wrong and will take up practical questions. He will explore how rationing should be handled, who should be in charge and what principles they should follow.

WMU trombone students hit high notes, ready for Paris competitions

WMU trombone students hit high notes, ready for Paris competitions

Five trombone students in the Western Michigan University School of Music hit high notes in recent international competitions, with three of them heading to Paris as a result. Eric Bowman of Portage, Mich., Kristen Schaffert of Sanford, Mich., and Evan Clifton of Howell, Mich., have all been named finalists in recent International Trombone Association solo competitions and will be traveling to Paris this summer to continue competing.

Bowman, a senior trombone performance major, was named a finalist in the Frank Smith Trombone Solo Competition, which includes students to age 25, mostly master's and doctoral students. Bowman has won a number of prestigious competitions during his tenure at WMU.

Schaffert, a music education senior at WMU, was named a finalist in the Larry Wiehe International Solo Competition. The competition is for students through age 23.

Weeklong celebration honors student employees

Weeklong celebration honors student employees

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


KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will recognize some 4,000 student employees during the 26th annual Student Employee Appreciation Week Feb. 20-24.

The theme for this year's appreciation week is "Student Employees are Superheroes." Career and Student Employment Services, which sponsors the week, is accepting nominations through Monday, Feb. 13, for the awards it bestows in conjunction with the observance.

The week is a time to honor all student employees for their hard work and the many ways they contribute to WMU. It also provides an opportunity to showcase the University's outstanding student employees and the outstanding staff members who supervisor them.

Students may make nominations for the Supervisor of the...