Western Michigan University

John Dunn says it has been a pleasure and honor to serve as Western Michigan University’s president. Dunn who will retire June 30th says he’s loved getting to know students, and says his advice for the next president would be to take time to interact with students, and the diverse groups on campus. 

Three top choral groups at Western Michigan University will join together Sunday to sing about life's unifying moments in a free program called And So It Goes: The Cycles of Our LivesIn a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Dr. Kimberly Adams, director of the University Chorale, says she landed on the idea earlier in the summer, when her music player landed randomly on the King's Singers' choral adaptation of Billy Joel's pop tune, "And So It Goes." 


Fareed Haque first set himself apart from other guitarists with a simple tactic: play faster than anyone else. But he had other gifts which would round out his youthful need for speed.  An ear for jazz, world, rock, and fusion music, a deep study of classical guitar, and a multi-cultural upbringing helped him become one of the most complete guitarists working today.

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It was a time of plant closings and corporate downsizing when Southwest Michigan First formed in 1999 in Kalamazoo. SWMF CEO Ron Kitchens says the 14 business leaders who dreamed up the group wanted it to keep existing employers here and, draw new ones to the region. The organization has been successful in doing that, Kitchens tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael on today's WestSouthwest public-affairs show. In the last five years alone, Southwest Michigan has seen a net gain of about 37,000 jobs, and he says his group's efforts are one of the contributing factors in job growth.


You may, or may not, see Leonard Sullivan on stage next Tuesday when the Book of Mormon opens at Miller Auditorium. That's because he's a kind of elite understudy, ready to fill in for five different roles if needed.

The Book of Mormon is one of Broadway's biggest success stories in the last decade. Opening in 2011, it won nine Tony awards, including the award for Best Musical.