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Western Michigan University

Established 1903
Type Public
Endowment $150,242,000
President Diether Haenicke (interim)
Faculty 925
Students 24,481
Undergraduates 18,869
Postgraduates 5,612
Location Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Campus suburban
Colors Brown and Gold
Nickname Broncos
Mascot Buster Bronco
Website wmich.edu WMUBroncos.com

Western Michigan University (abbr. WMU) is a public university established in 1903; its main campus is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. As of 2006, the school has slightly fewer than 25,000 students. The school is the fourth largest in the state of Michigan and is one of the 50 largest universities in the United States.The school's mascot is Buster Bronco, and the school colors are brown and gold. The first president of WMU was Dwight B. Waldo. Image File history File links Western Michigan University File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Dr. Diether H. Haenicke is currently the interim president of Western Michigan University. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Nickname: The Mall City Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan Coordinates: Counties Kalamazoo County  - Mayor Hannah McKinney Area    - City 65. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... A bronc is an untamed horse. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... Buster Bronco is the official mascot of Western Michigan University athletic teams. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... The Universitätscampus Wien, Austria ( details) Campus (plural: campuses) is derived from the (identical) Latin word for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... Nickname: The Mall City Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan Coordinates: Counties Kalamazoo County  - Mayor Hannah McKinney Area    - City 65. ... Freshman and Sophomore redirect here. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... Buster Bronco is the official mascot of Western Michigan University athletic teams. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Brown, when used as a general term, is a color which is a dark orange, red or rose, of very low intensity. ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... Dr. Dwight Bryant Waldo (Born: June 13, 1864 in Arcade, New York - Died: October 29, 1939) was the first President of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI and a native of Plainwell, Michigan. ...


WMU's College of Aviation is one of the largest aviation programs in the United States; the university is also noted for its Paper Engineering and Behavioral Analysis programs, as well as for the Haworth College of Business. WMU's theatre department has also produced many talented individuals working in the entertainment industry throughout the country. Aviation refers to flying using aircraft, machines designed by humans for atmospheric flight. ...


WMU's expansion projects include a new Business and Technology park for research, a new aviation campus in Battle Creek, Michigan, and extensive building renovation and restoration in the Kalamazoo campus, as well as a new chemistry building and a visual arts center. Battle Creek is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, in northeast Calhoun County. ...


WMU is the site of the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. The International Congress on Medieval Studies is an conference for Medieval scholars sponsored by Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ...

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Academics

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of American colleges and universities includes WMU as one of the nation's top-100 public universities. Princeton Review included Western on its 'best Midwestern colleges' list for two years in a row. The University also had six Fulbright Scholars, the most of any school in the state of Michigan in 2006, these individuals are recognized for increasing understanding between the United States and other countries. The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit U.S. company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in... The Fulbright Program is program of educational grants (Fulbright Fellowships) sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. ...


The university offers 254 degree programs through 9 colleges. The colleges that are part of WMU are: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Aviation, the Haworth College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Health and Human Services, the Lee Honors College, and the Graduate College.


The Haworth College of Business operates out of Arnold Schneider Hall. The school is named for an alumnus, who gave a gift of $5,000,000 towards the construction of Schneider Hall, and later served on the school's board of directors. Aside from having a nationally recognized undergraduate business program, the Haworth College of Business has one of the oldest and most successful Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in the state. It also is the sixth largest college of business in the country, with over 5,200 students.


Campus

Western Michigan University is divided into four campuses in Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo is a city located in Kalamazoo County in southwest Michigan. ...

  • West Campus
  • East Campus
  • Oakland Drive Campus
  • Parkview Campus

West Campus

Stewart Clocktower, flanked by Waldo Library to the left.
Stewart Clocktower, flanked by Waldo Library to the left.

West Campus is the primary and largest WMU campus in Kalamazoo, and could also be referred to as "Main Campus." Most of the university academic and administrative buildings are located on West Campus, including the College of Arts of Sciences, Haworth College of Business, College of Education, College of Fine Arts, and the Lee Honors College. Many of the residence halls are found scattered throughout West Campus, while freshman dormatories are located a short distance away in Goldsworth Valley. The Bernhard Center is a centrally located multi-purpose building to provide student and community groups with meeting space. Located within the Bernhard Center is the Bronco Mall, a one-stop-shop for students which includes a large computing center, a food court and dining area, a full service bank, and the school bookstore. Waldo Library and an attached computing lab are located on West Campus, as is the Dalton Musical Center. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 577 KB) Waldo Library and the University Computing Center, joined by the Stewart Clocktower. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 577 KB) Waldo Library and the University Computing Center, joined by the Stewart Clocktower. ... Kalamazoo is a city located in Kalamazoo County in southwest Michigan. ... Plato is credited with the inception of academia: the body of knowledge, its development and transmission across generations. ... Organisational use In some organisational analyses, administration can refer to the bureaucratic or operational performance of mundane office tasks, usually internally oriented. ... A halls of residence, British English (almost always halls and not hall) or a residence hall (North American English) is a type of residential accommodation for large numbers of students. ... A typical American college dorm room A dormitory or dorm is a place to sleep. ... Food court at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. ... Banker redirects here; see wiktionary:banker for more meanings. ... A bookstore. ...


West Campus is also the site of Miller Auditorium. A large entertainment venue seating nearly 3500 people, it is Michigan's fourth largest auditorium. Miller Auditorium hosts many events ranging from popular musicals and concerts to graduation commencements and film screenings. The Gilmore Theater Complex is located directly next to Miller Auditorium, and features three performance stages and faculty offices. James W. Miller Auditorium is a performance venue at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... A concert comprises a performance, usually involving some degree of formality, and particularly a performance featuring music. ...


East Campus

East Hall at late dusk, overlooking the city of Kalamazoo.
East Hall at late dusk, overlooking the city of Kalamazoo.

East Campus is the original development dating from when the university was founded in 1903. It contains many of the university's historical buildings including, East Hall, West Hall, North Hall, Walwood Hall, Spindler Hall, Vandercook Hall, and The Little Theater. Many of these buildings are located on a hill overlooking the city of Kalamazoo. Image File history File linksMetadata Ecampus1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Ecampus1. ... Nickname: The Mall City Location of Kalamazoo within Kalamazoo County, Michigan Coordinates: Counties Kalamazoo County  - Mayor Hannah McKinney Area    - City 65. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Kalamazoo is a city located in Kalamazoo County in southwest Michigan. ...


Although most of the academic and administrative functions of the university have moved to West Campus, East Hall houses the Western Michigan University Archives in the old school gymnasium. There was little to no renovation for the original gym, as the original floor is intact, along with fitness ropes that still hang from the ceiling. Many aspects of East Campus were left "as is" during the move, with many undesirable items simply left behind. This includes anything from old announcements and bulletins left hanging on the walls to old audio/visual equipment. Despite being on the National Register of Historic Places, WMU has found limited uses for East Hall and the rest of historic East Campus. Some of the space is used by WMU's Art Department for studio use and occasional faculty office space. Modern indoor gymnasium with pull-down basketball hoops. ... Renovation is the process of restoring or improving a structure. ... An overhead projector is a display system that is used to display images to an audience. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...


East Campus is also the site of some of Western's athletic facilities including Waldo Stadium, Hyames Field, Ebert Field, and The Donald Seelye Athletic Center. Waldo Stadium is a stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ... The baseball stadium (located next to Waldo Stadium) where the Western Michigan University baseball team plays. ... Ebert Field is a softball field located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and home to the Western Michigan University softball team. ...


Oakland Drive Campus

The Oakland Drive Campus is the university's newest land acquisition. The campus, acquired in 1998, was originally state property used by the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital. The hospital is still leased to the state and remains in operation, although in a more limited role. Geographically, it is generally located between West Campus and East Campus, allowing for a natural accessibility. A focal point of the area is the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital Water Tower. Completed in 1895, this large (175 feet tall) gothic-style construction can be seen from many areas on campus and in town. The new Oakland Drive Campus buildings are located on Oakland Drive, north of the hospital and water tower.


The Oakland Drive Campus is home to the university's College of Health and Human Services. The college's new $48.2 million facility opened in 2005, with a total building space of 195,000 square feet. An interesting design feature is the "winter garden", a 3-level open atrium and commons area with floor to ceiling transparent windows. This feature has become popular in northern climates, as featured in the renovated Renaissance Center in Detroit and the Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills. As of August 2006, the building has yet to be named. Winter Garden may refer to: Winter Garden A winter garden, winter-hardy plants grown to decorate in the winter or be harvested between winter and early spring Winter Garden, Florida Winter Garden Theatre A large public atrium in the World Financial Center in New York City Winter Garden, a book... The Renaissance Center, nicknamed the RenCen, is a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers in downtown Detroit, Michigan on the Detroit International Riverfront. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Government  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... For other uses, see Chrysler (disambiguation). ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


Parkview Campus

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Parkview Campus
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Parkview Campus

The Parkview Campus is home to the University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Business Technology and Research Park. Erected in 2003, the $72.5 million building is 343,000 square feet and features two two-story 600 foot wings connected by a middle glass enclosure. The campus is located about 3 miles southwest of the main campus. Students often commute to the campus via a shuttle bus that runs Monday through Friday between the main campus and the engineering college. Image File history File linksMetadata Wmuengineering. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Wmuengineering. ...


The 265 acre campus is the only in the world with paper production, paper coating, and printing pilot plants on site. The school offers 16 undergraduate engineering, technology and applied sciences programs, while the graduate level, the College of Engineering offers 11 master programs, and 5 doctoral programs.


Branch campuses

Western also has several branch campuses that offer education to more than 6,000 students each year. These branch campuses are located in various cities throughout Michigan: Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ...

Battle Creek is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, in northeast Calhoun County. ... Nickname: Location of Grand Rapids within Kent County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Kent  - Mayor George Heartwell Area    - City 45. ... Holland is a city in the western region of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... South Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Benton Harbor is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. State of Michigan. ... Traverse City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...

Student life

Students enjoying WMU's Main Campus on a spring day.
Students enjoying WMU's Main Campus on a spring day.

Western offers a wide range of activities for its students. There are currently over 300 registered student organizations that students may join. Good Bye Bailey. Students are welcomed to school each year with Bronco Bash, an event with live entertainment performances and booths sponsored by student and community organizations. The Campus Activities Board CAB is the main student organization responsible for bringing entertainment events for students. Some events the organization sponsors include "At The Show" concerts, "Bernie's After Hours" comedians, "Special Events Live" and "Miller Movies," presented at the school's main theater, Miller Auditorium. CAB sponsors both Bronco Bash and WMU's student Homecoming activities. The Western Student Association (WSA) also plays an important role in funding RSO events as well as addressing student concerns around campus. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 582 KB) A scene of student on WMUs Main Campus on April 26, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 582 KB) A scene of student on WMUs Main Campus on April 26, 2006. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


WMU sponsors or recognizes several groups aimed towards personal and social development. This includes Faith and Spiritual Development, LBGT Student Services, Greek Life, services for International Students, Multicultural Affairs, Off Campus Life, and Sponsored Student Organizations. LGBT (or GLBT) is an initialism used as a collective term to refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words frater and soror, meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe any number of social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, or the Shriners. ...


Western Michigan University students and faculty are served by Sindecuse Health Center. Resources include full clinical, diagnostic, and nursing services, health promotion options, sports medicine and therapy, dental services, and a pharmacy. Sindecuse Health Center is located on West Campus.


Athletics

Western Michigan University is a NCAA Division I-A school and competes in the Mid-American Conference in mens baseball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis; and womens basketball, cross-country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. ...

Fight Song

WMU's Marching Band at the Rogers Centre in Toronto during half of the International Bowl.
WMU's Marching Band at the Rogers Centre in Toronto during half of the International Bowl.

Fight on, fight on for Western!
Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 596 pixel Image in higher resolution (2576 × 1920 pixel, file size: 656 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) self made I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 596 pixel Image in higher resolution (2576 × 1920 pixel, file size: 656 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) self made I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms... Rogers Centre, formerly known as (and often still unofficially called) SkyDome, [1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... The International Bowl is a NCAA college American football bowl game played in Toronto, Ontario. ...


Take the ball, make the score
Win the game--ah!
Onward for the brown and gold
Push 'em back, push 'em back!
Bring us fame!
Fight on, fight on for Western!
Over one, over all, We will reign!
Fight, Broncos fight!
Fight with all your might!
Western win this game!

Notable alumni

// Bryan Charles, author Gwen Frostic artist, naturalist, former poet laureate of Michigan Hideaki Miyamura, potter Xavier Davis, pianist Robert Bobb, CEO, founder of Cardinal Growth Jeanne Carlson, CEO of Blue Care Network, WMU Trustee James Epolito, President of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation G.W. Haworth, businessman, founder of Haworth...

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Western Michigan University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1236 words)
The school is the fourth largest in the state of Michigan and is one of the 50 largest universities in the United States.The school's mascot is Buster Bronco, and the school colors are brown and gold.
WMU's expansion projects include a new Business and Technology park for research, a new aviation campus in Battle Creek, Michigan, and extensive building renovation and restoration in the Kalamazoo campus, as well as a new chemistry building and performing arts center that are expected to be completed in Fall of 2006.
Western Michigan University is a NCAA Division I-A school and competes in the Mid-American Conference in men's baseball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis; and women's basketball, cross-country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball.
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