SW Michigan
2:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

WMU's School of Music Gets New Director

WMU School of Music Director Bradley Wong
Credit WMU University Relations

Western Michigan's School of Music has a new director. Bradley Wong replaced former director David Colson earlier this month.

Wong, who is a professor of music, joined Western's faculty 30 years ago as a professor of clarinet. Colson returns to the faculty after heading the School of Music for the last seven years.

Wong is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earlier attended the Interlochen First Arts Academy. He's also been a member of the Western Wind Quintet.

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12:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WMU Gets $4 Million for Autism Research

Keith and Kelli Gibson of Battle Creek with their sons who all have forms of autism
Credit Scott Erskine / AP Photo

Western Michigan University has won $4 million from the state to help families with autistic kids. State Representative Margaret O’Brien of Portage says the money is needed because there aren’t enough professionals to meet demand.

The money goes to the Behavior Analysis Program in Western’s Department of Psychology. University officials say it will be used for research to make autism treatments more effective. Other uses include hiring more professors to increase the number of certified autism professionals.

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2:33 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

WMU Iraqi Students Seek Peace

Iraqi students at WMU rally for peace in their homeland
Credit WMUK

A thunderstorm didn’t stop Iraqi students at Western Michigan University from holding a rally for peace in their home country Wednesday afternoon. During the event organized by the WMU Iraqi Students Union, speakers and supporters chanted “Long Live Iraq; ”Peace for Iraq;” and “Pray for Iraq”.

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SW Michigan
2:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

WMU Helps Detroit Get "Lean"

WMU's Waldo Library
Credit WMUK

The City of Detroit hopes to get some help in Kalamazoo as it works its way through bankruptcy. It hopes students and staff at a program at Western Michigan University can help the city become more efficient.

Teams from Western's Integrated Supply Management Program are working on how Detroit handles maintenance and supplies. University officials say the teams will give Detroit leaders recommendations on ways to make operations "leaner".

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7:23 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Building Projects at Colleges and Universities Move Ahead Without State Funding

Public universities turn to private donors, while community colleges seek millage increases from voters
The next year and a half is shaping up to be a busy period for higher education building projects. That's because West Michigan colleges and universities say they have more than $335 million in new construction, expansion and renovation projects planned and approved through 2015.
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