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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

Community Champion
Denise Dunn (M.A. '00, Family and Consumer Sciences) is the executive director of Housing Services Mid Michigan (HSMM) which serves Barry, Clinton and Eaton counties. Since taking this leadership role in 1999, Dunn has grown the agency’s

'Pet Project' Becomes Shark Tank Success
Last year, Brandon Zavala never would have thought he’d appear on ABC’s Shark Tank, but then he was invited to participate with his business, Apollo Peak, so he decided to give it a try. Apollo Peak produces wine for your pets

Start Small, Give Back, Be Curious
Carrie Collins-Fadell (MPA ’04) was recently tapped to serve on the United States Brain Injury Alliance Board, an organization that oversees 14 state chapters and is committed to improving lives through awareness, prevention, advocacy

Honors Society Features Alumna's Work
Charmane (Johnson) Echols is an educator who decided to create a character named Kimberlite because she saw a need in students who were exhibiting low self-esteem. “In My Own Shoes: The Adventures of Kimberlite" follows a young girl searching for

Trainor Receives MCC Distinguished Faculty Award
Timothy N. Trainor (M.A. ’77, Psychology), who taught computer information systems and psychology at Muskegon Community College for more than 33 years and who authored or co-authored more than 18 computer textbooks, has been awarded

Climatology Researcher Given Inaugural Award at MCC
Rudy Bartels (M.A. ’14, Geography), geography and climatology researcher, is being honored with the inaugural Alumni Achievement Award from Muskegon Community College. The award recognizes professional achievements

Reality Based Fiction
Richard Trevae (MBA ’71) spends his retirement writing ‘reality inspired fiction,’ most notably focusing on the character of Dalton Crusoe. In late 2016, the fifth novel in the Dalton Crusoe series was published and unravels a plot involving secret

Never Stop Learning
Carla Postell (Ed.D ’11, Educational Leadership) is one of eleven educators chosen for the Gerstacker Fellowship through Saginaw Valley State University. “When you as the educator show the drive and passion you have for learning, you can't help but to encourage the masses

Best Selling Bucket List
Patricia (Conor) Hodapp (B.A.’65, English; MSL ’67) and her husband Paul (B.A.’65, Philosophy) developed a love for Santa Fe when they moved out west in 1972. “When I first visited Santa Fe in 1973, I wrote a simple guide book for my favorite things for friends

Alumna Named Seita Director
A longtime Western Michigan University staff member has been tapped to head the acclaimed Seita Scholars support program for former foster youth. Ronicka D. Hamilton, senior campus coach for the program, will take over as its director

Filling a Niche
Walter Scott (B.S. ’74, Psychology; M.A. ’77, Chemistry) is an Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer at Alston & Bird LLP in New York, where he focuses on all aspects of patent and trade secret litigation and counseling

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

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

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)