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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

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 

Therapist of the Year
Captain Rebecca (Meloy) Hawkins (BS ’06; MS ’07, Occupational Therapy) was honored as the American Business Clubs (AMBUCS) National Therapist of the Year. Nominated by the Department of Occupational Therapy and the Kalamazoo

Educational Leader
Richard Sanchez (Ed.D '72, Educational Leadership) is retiring from a long career as an educational leader, most recently as President of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. During his tenure at Navarro, enrollment grew dramatically— in 2007

A New Provost
Marianne P. Vakalis (EdD '90, Educational Leadership) is the newly appointed Provost of Berkeley College. Berkeley College is considered a leader in business education with six locations in New Jersey, three in New York, and a full online degree 

Begin Empty-Handed
Begin Empty-Handed by Gail Martin (MSW '03, Interpersonal Practice) has won the 2013 Perugia Press Prize. The Perugia Press Prize is a national poetry award for first or second books by women. Begin Empty-Handed was chosen from more than 

What a Story!
Western Michigan University's very own Jim Thomas, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, took a trip to Iowa, said a few nice words—and got some cool recognition for it. While visiting Story City, Iowa to welcome Mark Jackson 

Miles of Wishes
Dave Willson likes to make wishes come true, and he does that by riding in the 300-mile Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour