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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

Cats, Kittens, and Limericks
Fifty years after earning a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Western Michigan University as Janice Heger -- and 22 years after retiring from a career in public school libraries as Jan Major-- she finally released a book of her own

Honoring a Friend and Mentor
If it wasn’t for Mohammad Hossein Yassaman, Dr. Hashem Akhavan-Tafti’s years as a student in the United States would have been profoundly different. Without Yassaman, Akhavan-Tafti would have never ended up at WMU, a move that he says “saved his life

Emerging HOPE
In 2002, Pamela Robinson (B.S.W. ’01; M.S.W. ’08) established Emerging HOPE, a practical research based family fortifying program that is committed to providing professional, effective leadership and advocacy services to ethnically diverse individuals and families

Popular Projects
“Project Unpopular” is a new book series for tweens about the tough times many of us associate with middle school. ‘Two middle school friends want to make the lives of their classmates more equitable, to disastrous results.' The author, Kristen Tracy (Ph.D. Creative Writing)

Savvy Supervising
After more than 30 years of providing consulting and training in project management, work team effectiveness, manager coaching, and supervisory skills, Dr. Bill Willging decided to write a book about the day-to-day needs, concerns, and

WMU Alumni @ Cooley: Mitchell Zajac
It appears to be a fairly common belief that engineering and law don’t necessarily align – the response I get when I explain my educational background, current profession, and status as a law student is generally along the lines of, “hmm…why?

Alumna's Work in 'Fragmented Reality'
Agora Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York, will feature the original work of Margaret Vega (MA ’83, Art; MFA ’89, Art) in Fragmented Reality. Margaret Vega’s landscapes range from

A Novel Pursuit
Kimberly Knutsen realized she wanted to be a writer after she was cut from the final 13 dancers during an audition for the Siegfried and Roy show in Las Vegas. She decided to focus on her academics and eventually ended up at Western Michigan University to pursue

Building a Loving World
Deb Higgins (BA; MA, Sociology), WMU alumna and former WMU employee, has been named vice president of program at the Fetzer Institute, a spiritually grounded community of love and hope dedicated to helping build the 

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

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