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The Graduate College, as the institution's primary advocate for graduate study, strives to nurture and preserve academic excellence by taking the lead in shaping graduate policy, assisting faculty in guiding and mentoring graduate students, and integrating services that support students in becoming accomplished and ethical scholars, researchers, and practitioners in their disciplines of study.

Stories from the Graduate College

Gettysburg Artists in Residence
Michelle Bonczek Evory and Robert Evory have become Gettysburg National Military Park's first artists-in-residence. "It's our hope to use poetry and photography to bridge history and connect park visitors to the individual men and women who participated in the

Jeffrey Lockwood’s (MA; MFA ’87) first novel, “Anomie” is set to be released on April 7, 2015. “Anomie” is centered on Michael, a middle-aged professor and writer. After a series of tragedies, he seeks closure by

Images that Transform
In a collage that provides glimpses into her life and inspiration, painter Suzanne B. Siegel (MFA ’88) describes herself as a perpetual seeker... The works will be on exhibit through the end of April 2015, and the public is invited to a reception

Creative Cookie
Lesley (Williams) Ware (BS’01, Elementary Education; MPA ’03) attended Western Michigan University for a degree in elementary education because she wanted to work with and teach kids, but she didn’t end up in a ‘typical’ classroom

Graduate Programs Rank High in 2015
The latest annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of the top graduate programs in the nation shows Western Michigan University with seven programs among the top-100 in their disciplines and three of those named the best in Michigan

A Journey in Writing
Luanne Castle (BBA ’77, Marketing; MA ’90, English/ MFA, Creative Writing) has just published her book, 'Doll God,' a collection of poetry that traces the spirit world in human-made and natural objects—a  Japanese doll, a Palo Verde tree, and a hummingbird

Two Alumni Named Most Influential
Modern Healthcare has named the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2014, and two WMU alumni are on the list. This list, currently in it's 13th year, was selected from some 15,000 nominations. Those nominations were narrowed to 300 candidates

Full Circle
Abstract painter Mark Olson's work will be on display in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery now through mid-December. Olson is a self taught artist with a diverse background. After graduating from Western Michigan University

Delivering Value
Rhonda Davenport Johnson (BBA ’84, Industrial Marketing; MBA ’93) is the new National Director of Retail Sales and Service for Comerica Bank. A 27-year veteran of Comerica, she is now responsible for the development and leadership of retail sales and

Art Educator of the Year
Dr. Cindy Todd (PhD ’10, Educational Leadership), chair of the Art Education program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) has recently been awarded two of the highest honors for art educators in Michigan

Improving Mobility
Erin Fitzpatrick (MA ’14, Orientation and Mobility) spent her summer teaching people with blindness and visual impairments how to travel safely and independently as part of her internship at the Maine Department of Labor

A Bronco Visionary
It would seem that George Jepson (BBA ’90; MBA ’07 Marketing) was destined to be a Bronco. With both of his parents and grandmother as alumni of Western Michigan University, Jepson said that he always had the idea that he would

Best Television Weathercast
With an extensive list of accomplishments under his belt already, Keith Thompson (MA ’13, Communication) recently added another; Emmy award winner. Thompson has worked in a television newsroom for nearly 30 years, starting at an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, Fla

Another Alumnus at WMed
Gregory B. Vanden Heuvel (MS '88, Biomedical Sciences), PhD, was involved in the design and implementation of a new systems-based medical curriculum while at Kansas, and brings extensive teaching expertise to WMed as a professor in

Got Spirit?
Owners of a retail store that boasts local college apparel and gear will be the next presenters at October's Entrepreneurship Forum at Western Michigan University. Andrew (BBA ’93, Finance; MBA ’98) and Kathleen Widner, owners of The Spirit of 

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