Jazz pianist Edward Simon, a bandleader and member of SFJazz Collective, has established close ties to Western Michigan's School of Music in the last few years as an Artist-in-Residence, says jazz professor Tom Knific. He will premiere a new, 40-minute jazz suite at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on Sunday.

Renee Stout and Hand Print Workshop International, Alexandria, VA

If you’ve been to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts this summer, you might have seen the exhibit by Washington D.C. artist Renee Stout called Tales of the Conjure Woman. It’s like stepping into the home of a Hoodoo fortune teller. There are altars with bottles upon bottles of herbs and potions, next to journal entries on how to ensnare a love interest.

But what is Hoodoo exactly? Western Michigan University cultural anthropologist Kristina Wirtz will talk about Hoodoo and Santeria in the context the exhibit September 29th at 6:30 p.m. . 

Nan Melville

The upcoming school year at Western Michigan University's School of Music will feature a 50th anniversary concert by the Western Brass Quintet, performances by world-class choirs A Roomful Of Teeth and The Rose Ensemble, and the return of the inspiring Sphinx Virtuosi, to name a few. School of Music director Brad Wong and Director of Concerts Kevin West share even more upcoming highlights, and invite people to come and see what's happening at the Dalton Center.


A 22 member search committee has been created to find Western Michigan University’s next president. 

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Leaders at Western Michigan University say they think the school can do more to help students stymied by a class to resolve their issues, stay in college and ultimately graduate.

On Wednesday the College of Arts and Sciences told Western's Board of Trustees it has a plan for improving retention rates in the kinds of “gateway” classes students must take to move on to another course. In particular, certain math and science classes see many students leave.