Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

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Kalamazoo County has adopted a budget for 2016. The Board of Commissioners voted 9-2 to approve the $87 million-and-change appropriation for next year.

Board Chair John Taylor says the county is in excellent financial shape and did not have to cut any programs against its will.


Western Michigan University is considering expanding some of its academic programs to Florida. On Tuesday the Board of Trustees approved a plan that would let Western seek a license from the Florida Department of Education.

Likely candidates for expansion include Western’s aviation and health programs, and the target area is southwest Florida in a region that includes Tampa Bay.

Western Michigan University

On Friday Western Michigan University held its annual academic convocation. It honored members of the faculty and staff with awards, and university president John Dunn delivered the annual State of the University address.

The following is the text of Dunn's speech.

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The Kalamazoo Humane Society says it will not be sharing a building with Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement. That's a reversal of two years of plans for the organizations to share a space, with the Humane Society as owner and the county as its long-term tenant.

An two-year-old agreement that would have allowed the county to rent-long term from the Humane Society expired this month.

On Wednesday the Humane Society said it had come to agree with the county that each group would be best served by building its own building.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A committee that helps to set parking policy for the city of Kalamazoo says downtown would be better off with fewer parking lots. The committee presented a five-year plan Monday that calls for cutting 1000 parking lot spots by the end of the decade –replacing at least some of the lost parking with ramps.