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In the Community: Alternative Bronco Breaks

“ On all of my trips I walked away knowing that I helped organizations in ways that would assist them in creating the change they are working hard to manifest; whether that be spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS, supporting the LGBTQ community, or stopping animal cruelty,” said Emily Fisher ( B.A.’19,

Alumni Spotlight: Free Speech & Critical Thinking

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:43
Alumnus Barry D. Wood (B.A.’65, M.A.’68), recalls a beloved yet challenging professor. Lou Junker ranks highest among several outstanding professors I encountered at Western. His forte, as I reflect on the decades that have gone by, was challenging students’ conventional thinking and in so doing prompting introspection and examination of

Community Innovator

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/26/2019 - 13:49
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Grand Rapids-based Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently recognized three local women for their work in the community, and one of them is WMU alumna Michelle LaJoye-Young, Kent County Sheriff. During Women’s History Month, DAR

Sam M.: Student Spotlight

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 13:35
Sam McGrath is Western Michigan University. A multi-generational Bronco, she is a third year student double majoring in Food Marketing and Business & Leadership strategy, and is highly involved on campus. Sam is a student ambassador, an undergraduate research assistant for Professor Zondag, and a Food & Consumer Package Goods

Megan S.: Student Spotlight

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:25
Megan Scherpereel is in the hot seat for being a super star student at WMU. She’s a civil engineering major and currently works for WMU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations as the Training Manager in the Bronco Connection Center. There she trains new student alumni fundraisers and interacts with

Be Bold, Don't Settle

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 15:34
Chris Slater (B.B.A.’09, Accountancy) was a first generation college student enrolled at KVCC and WMU without a clear understanding of what he wanted to do until he visited WMU’s Career Services. After taking the Myers-Briggs assessment, which indicated his areas of strength, Chris chose accountancy because it was a subject

We've All Got Something to Give

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 15:30
As a student, Cindy (Finkbeiner) Anderson (B.S.’72, Speech Pathology and Audiology; M.A.’74) traveled to the Netherlands as part of a study abroad program for general education student teaching. The experience sparked a lifelong appreciation for travel and connecting with others all over the world. Cindy, who was active on campus

LEADING INNOVATION

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
Al Stefanski ( B.S. ’83, Electrical Engineering ) always enjoyed building things, so when he applied to college, he knew he wanted to be an engineer. WMU was recruiting him for his cross-country and track abilities, so the combination of athletic scholarships and a rigorous engineering program made the school

Alumnus Nabs Emmy Award

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/18/2018 - 20:00
Composer and WMU alumnus Brian Katona (BMI) recently won an Emmy® Award for his musical score to the short documentary film,“The Builder.” Directed by David Kuznicki and written by Matthew Russell, The Builder tells the story of a 91-year old veteran struggling to maintain his grip on the past. The