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A Dream Job
Cody Janczewski is set to graduate in April 2014, but he’s already left campus to pursue his career. Cody received a job offer from Broadway’s

Jitter Tolerance
As they were preparing for their upcoming graduation, seniors majoring in dance have been working on a fully student-produced concert, Jitter Tolerance. This concert showcases the diverse choreography of BFA students Michele Rosemann, Jesse Hoisington, Connor Cornelius, Julie-Ann Gambino, and Veronica Woods

Dancers Shine at Gala Concert
For the second year, both dances submitted by the Western Michigan University Department of Dance were selected for performance at the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Festival Association East-Central Conference. WMU Dancers traveled to Ohio University in early March to perform with

Leading Lady
Marin Mazzie is preparing for her next big role, this time as lead in the Broadway musical adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway

The Pattengale Award
Dr. Robert Pattengale (BS '58, Music) was a music professor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead for 29 years, chairing the Music 

Winter Gala Dance Concert
Jesse Hoisington (senior, Dance) will be one of three students to have their work featured in the concert.  "What I'm most excited about is to be able to communicate with the audience, through movement, one one one. I have never performed a solo before, and to be able to do one now at the end of my career at Western is unbelievable

A Dream Internship
Western Michigan University student Tyler Siems (sophomore, Theatre) planned for a pretty normal year on campus. He was enrolled full time and worked as a residence hall assistant in Britton-Hadley. But near the end of the fall semester, a phone call turned his normal year upside down

Performing at Carnegie
Five Western Michigan University School of Music students will have the incredible experience of performing at Carnegie Hall in February, as part of the Manhattan Concert Productions (MCP) Fourth Annual Collegiate Honors Recital. Each year, MCP chooses a university to hold a performance competition in their music department 

Inside the Golden Globes
Terry Crews was with his fellow cast members at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night to accept the award for 

Chicago Fire
Victoria Blade (BA '10, Theater Performance) recently propelled her career by making her television debut on NBC's "Chicago Fire," 15 years after her first stage debut with the Pinckney Players in the Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre of Pinckney, Michigan. In addition to her television debut, Blade was also nominated for a

All for One
The Autism and Visual Art Project is a collaboration between the Frostic School of Art in the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University and KRESA (Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency). For a limited time, you can see the art in the 'All for One' exhibit on campus

International Leadership
The International Council of Fine Arts Deans, an organization that focuses exclusively on issues that impact arts in higher education, is enjoying unprecedented growth— and a significant portion of this success can be attributed to the current and 

In Mary Poppins
Ericka Mac (BFA '97, Music Theatre Performance) is back on stage—this time in Mary Poppins. The musical, based on P.L. Travers' cherished classic 1964 Disney film, opens Wednesday, Oct. 23,  at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Illinois. The 

See 'The Merling Trio' Live
The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, precision—and an impeccable blend of sound. All faculty members of the WMU School of Music, the Merling Trio is 

Architecture of Kalamazoo
Thanks to Charles Stroh, WMU Professor Emeritus from the College of Fine Arts, residents of and visitors to Kalamazoo have a new resource for exploring the city. Kalamazoo Architectural Tours is a CD with six walking tours of different areas of 

Meet the New Deans
Western Michigan University will begin the 2013-14 academic year with three new deans, and one new interim dean.The College of Fine Arts, the Lee Honors College, and the College of Education and Human Development all have new 

Honored at Montreux
The 47th Montreux Jazz Festival took place during mid July, and two Broncos were honored during the competition portion of the event. Matt Landon took third place in the Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition, and Logan Thomas was a 

Driving for America
Gregory Humes (BS ’87, Art) is using his skills, knowledge, and expertise to meet demands in strategic and innovative ways. Humes has always been the type of person that solves problems by using his freelance design and technical 

New Year, New Board
It's a new fiscal year and that means the Alumni Association Board of Directors has made some changes. Meet the new faces representing all 225,000 Western Michigan University Alumni!Phil Chludzinski (BBA '80, Accountancy) stepped down 

Broncos in Russia
For eight days, ten Western Michigan University music students immersed themselves in Russian music and culture, lead by WMU Professor Igor Fedotov. After recieving grant money from the College of Fine Arts, the WMU Viola Studio spent the 

New Fine Arts Dean
On August 15, Western Michigan University will welcome a new dean. Daniel Guyette, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washington University, has been named dean of the WMU College of Fine Arts. Guyette will 

House Hunter

Nayanna Holley (BM '07, Jazz Studies) wants to buy a house. The part about this that is interesting? She was recently featured on an episode of HGTV's House Hunters. The website describes the episode: "At 26 years-old, Nayanna has a 

Somewhere in Time
Hannah Elless has landed her next big role, this time in a world premiere that could make it to Broadway. Somewhere in Time is currently  running at the Portland Center Stage from May 28 to June 30. Elless arrived in Portland fresh off her 

Six More DownBeat Awards
Western Michigan University music students have won six awards in DownBeat Magazine's Annual Student Music Competition—the third most of any college or university worldwide. WMU, the only university in Michigan to win an award

We Know They Can Dance
Four WMU Dancers are on their way to Vegas to compete in the hit reality series So You Think You Can Dance on FOX. Stacey Cable, Dashh Boggerty, Dani Clifford, and Brittny Tesner have made it to callbacks for the tenth season. The two-night premier aired on May 14 and 15. When they arrive in Vegas, dancers will

Broadway Director
David Alpert (BA '06, Theatre Studies) has been working on an impressive resume since leaving WMU, most recently serving as an associate director for The Trip to Bountiful. The Broadway show opens April 23 and features a star-studded cast including Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Vanessa Williams

Helm Wins Vocal Competition
A Western Michigan University Student took first place in the Opera Grand Rapids' Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition in mid April. A record number of students entered the competition—only nine made it the the final round, and Chelsea Helm of WMU, soprano, won

An 'All-Steinway' Campus
The School of Music turns 100 years old this year and becomes the first All-Steinway Music School at a university in Michigan

Ardently Involved
Both dances submitted by the WMU Dance Department were selected for the Gala Concert performance at the regional American College Dance Festival. Viva Vivaldi was the only ballet selected for the performance and Ardently Involved was one of only two works choreographed by undergraduate students 

Boerma Joins WMU
Scott Boerma (BM '86, Music Education) is joining WMU in his 'dream job.' The new Director of Bands will be responsible for all

Award Winning
Karen Ziemba has won a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award—and this weekend she's on stage at WMU

Dancing with the Stars, at WMU
The fifth annual Dancing with the WMU/KAZOO Stars is all wrapped up and a new winner has been named. Stephanie Hinman, took first place with partner, Jesse Hoisington. Hinman is the Director of Sustainability for the Hinman Company in Portage, MI.

A New Musical
The next great Department of Theatre production hits William's Theatre in the Gilmore Complex on Friday (October 26). Spring Awakening tells the story of rebellious 19th century teenagers on their journey from adolescence to adulthood—a "powerful celebration of self-discovery in oppressive times

Three Musketeers Take Over!
The Three Musketeers are taking over campus mid-October, and the swash-buckling swordplay is not to be missed! The student production begins October 11 and runs through October 21 at Shaw Theatre

WMUsic Spectacular!
A showcase of talent from WMU's internationally recognized music program will perform for the benefit of Student Scholarships on 

A Global Gathering
In late September, the Fetzer Institute hosted an international event in Assisi, Italy—The Global Gathering— which brought together over 500 thought leaders and Advisory Council Members from around the world. The purpose of the gathering was 

A Creative Voice, Found
Mary Hatch (BS '70, Secondary Education- Art; MA '72, Painting) taught briefly—three years to be exact—helping students to find their creative voice. She's also taught classes at Kellogg Community College and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Although she felt well prepared for teaching, she returned to the studio to focus 

The Gift
LaVergne traveled to Nigeria to create a 14-foot steel sculpture called 'The Gift' at Obafemi Awolowo University. The sculpture depicts a woman receiving a child from heaven. The sculpture will be dedicated as part of the University's 50th anniversary celebration later this fall

A New Dean
Dan J. Martin (BA '76, Communication; Music Theatre Performance) now has the prestigious distinction of being able to call himself

Crews — Back in the News
Terry Crews is back in the News— and he's been busy. Since the former Bronco football star played the boot camp Instructor in Bridesmaids, Crews has starred in The Expendables 2 and scored a spot on the new HBO series The Newsroom. Crews is also in talks to develop a spin off of the movie Idiocracy

A Season Preview
The Back to School Sales have already begun and although there's still some Summer left, the Bronco Marching Band is gearing up for a new season of members and music

Best Brief
John Bursch (BM ’94, Music Performance) is the Solicitor General of Michigan. In late July, Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the Attorney General's Solicitor General Office received the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)

Moku Hanga
The Georgia Review is recognized as one of America's premier journals for arts and letters. The Summer issue includes a series of woodblock 

LaughFest Director
Joanne Roehm (BA '04, Music; MPA '10, Non-Profit Leadership & Administration) is involved with some funny stuff. She was recently appointed

Listen Closely... to Heather Ewer

In the Times
If you watch the Showtime comedy Episodes, you may have noticed Kathleen Rose Perkins (BFA '95, Music Theatre Performance) as

Listen Closely... to Ross Wixon

World Choir Games
Think Summer Olympics—except with choirs. WMU's Gold Company was invited to give two featured showcase performances—the only invited representation of vocal jazz from the United States— at the 2012 World Choir Games. More than 17,000 singers—350 choirs, from 50 countries attended the games

Listen Closely... to Richard Baskin

Listen Closely... to Nich Mueller

Dancing Funny Man
Matt Baker (BFA ’08, Dance) was recently interviewed by Dance Spirit Magazine to talk about KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K + C), a 

In The Spotlight
If you watched the Tony Awards Sunday night, you may have noticed Godspell star and WMU alumna, Hannah Elless (BFA '09, Musical Theatre Performance), in the spotlight for a moment. In a special performance by the cast of Godspell, you can see Elless choosing none other

Hollywood Bronco
While attending WMU, Shannon Kane  was a Gilmore Scholar for Dance, so we already know she's talented, but now

Showcasing Bronco Talent
This year, the Walmart Annual Shareholders Meeting featured the talents of several Broncos in their global celebration.

And the Winner is...
At the May 4 Art Hop in Downtown Kalamazoo, comic book versions of the Goldman were larger-than-life and there was a contest to win an iPad

The Maybee Library
There are several different libraries on WMU's campus—many containing more than just books, and one of them is tucked away in the Dalton Center. The Maybee Music & Dance Library was established in 1948 and named for the first 

Listen Closely... to Mary Bullock

Listen Closely... to Carl Doubleday

4,620 Miles
Formed in 1915, the BMB saw two World Wars, a nationally-televised Chicago Bears halftime show in 1959, and a school name change in 1941 that forced all school songs to be rewritten

Student Art on Display
Graphic Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, Jewelry & Metals, Painting, Printmaking, and New Media will all be featured in this year's Annual Gwen Frostic School of Art Student Exhibition

Dalton Back on Campus
Alumnus Nick Dalton recently closed the world premier of the new musical The Nutcracker and I, and then headed back to WMU's campus for his next gig— choreographing the University Theatre's upcoming musical, Hairspray

A Broadway Debut
Hannah Elless (BFA '09, Musical Theatre Performance) recently made her broadway debut in the revival of Godspell! 

Performing at the Kennedy Center
Western Michigan University dancers have been included in a select group to perform Foreground at the Kennedy Center in this year's American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) National Conference. In the world of university dance

A Stunning Debut
Brett Rigby (BFA ’07, Theatre) has been advancing his education since he left WMU, including studying under award winning musical theatre 

'Colors of Life' on Display
Susan Teague (’76) received her bachelor’s degree in art from WMU—but the professional artist’s work is currently on display at the College of Health and Human Services. Colors of Life can be viewed  in the second floor art gallery now through March 12.

Run Across Palestine
Meryl Marsh (BA ’04, Music) is running across Palestine—that’s right, for 5 days and 129 miles, Marsh is running from the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories, from Hebron to Jenin, to show her support for sustainable community development in farming regions across the world.

The Cat's Pajamas
Nathaniel Adams (BA ’08, Music; Lee Honors College) is a lead/ tenor singer in a vocal band that’s been getting a lot of attention lately

The People's Choice
Erin Lamont (BA, Dance, BBA, Marketing) is at it again—more accurately, she never stopped

The Nominees Are...

Alumna in Aluminum Show

Leading Actress

Broncos in Dolphins Voices

WMU Dancers in Chicago

Download WMU from Anywhere

A Bronco's Big Break

U.S. Supreme Court Appearances

Radio City Rockettes!

Ad World Authority

Spotlight: MLK Jr. Academy

Grammy Winner to Perform with Students

Palimpsest Visual Art Project

Students Perform with DanceWorks Chicago

The Merling Trio

WMU's Very Own Dancing with the Stars!

WMUsic Spectacular!

Visiting Campus, on a National Tour

World Class Jazz

Best Trombonist

WMU in Scotland

A Marching Band in the Making

Lead by a Bronco

Broadway Star Honored

From the Top

Painting Stars

Making the Cut

WMU's Own 'Drop Dead Diva'

A Brand New Band

Making a Scene

On the Road with Meatloaf

From Kalamazoo to Broadway and Back

One Funny Bronco—On Broadway Too!

Don't Try This at Home!

Minnelli's Protégé

Grammy Award Winning Artist

Hookwinked and Happy!

Touring With Sheryl Crow

Former American Idol Contestant

Touring with Meatloaf

Carnegie and Kennedy

Ranked #1 in the Country!

Modern Jazz, WMU Style

WMU's Jazz Piano King!

Another Emerging Musician

Going Retro

WMU's Double Reed Festival!

Art's Been My Calling...

Makin' It In Hollywood!

The Color Purple Gets Its Bronco!

Next To Normal - Not This Bronco!

WMU 2010 Grad—Touring the World!

Back By Special Request—The Bronco Way

WMU's Star Maker—His Latest Book!

Lifetime Networks' "Drop Dead Diva" a Bronco!

There's Plenty of Talent at WMU

Soap Opera Star Going "Big Screen"

Showtime's "Episodes" Star—A Bronco!

"Broadway's Rising Stars"—A Bronco On the List!

"Extraordinary Ordinary"—Not This Bronco!

"Fake Fighting" Alum's Calling

She Works With Dragons!

Vox Audio in KZOO!

Her Debut CD

Follow the Musical Chairs

WMU Welcomes Yo-Yo Ma

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