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Fieldwork with Heart
Students in most occupational therapy programs are required to complete 'level I fieldwork.' Western Michigan University Occupational Therapy students in Kalamazoo have the Unified Clinics at their disposal, but students of the Grand Rapids program aren't so lucky. Nancy Hock needed to find a way for her students

One of Only Five
Shelley Aurand received her commission as an army nurse on December 13 and graduated from the Bronson School of Nursing the 

The Wellness RN
Heather Ratliff (BSN '11, Nursing), the founder of The Wellness RN, will be on campus to discuss eating healthy while maintaining an 

Aphasia Awareness
Rachel Eagly (BSW ’03, Social Work) has been leading efforts to provide aphasia awareness training for Kalamazoo first responders. She's had the assistance of many,  including Western Michigan University speech-language pathology graduate 

Outstanding Alumni 2013
It's Homecoming week at Western Michigan University and to celebrate, colleges and departments from across campus are honoring some of their most outstanding alumni. This year the Haworth College of Business,  and the Colleges of Health and 

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

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 

A Celebration of Life
In late April, members of the Kalamazoo Community gathered to remember a WMU alumna. Anastasia Schauer's (BSN '09, Nursing) life was cut short in fall 2012 after a tragic car accident. Anastasia began her collegiate career at Kalamazoo Valley 

A Therapist and Novelist
Catherine Richmond is an Occupational Therapist, and a published novelist. She began writing her first book in 1991, and is currently working on her third. Her first novel was published after she won a contest with Thomas Nelson, a Christian 

Challenge: Successful
Raymond Enbody had a rare treat earlier in October when he earned a special lunch with WMU Presdient, Dr. John M. Dunn. "The lunch with President Dunn was a great experience. It was exciting to talk with him because of his position

Alumni of Distinction
During Homecoming weekend, many alumni were honored by their respective colleges, but two alumni were honored with the University's Distinguished Alumni Award, Jan Huston (MA '74, Psychology) and C. Wesley Smith (BS '61 Chemistry)

Holistic Health Turns 30
The Holistic Health Care Program at WMU was one of the first programs of its kind in the nation—established in 1982. Since then the Program has innovated and evolved, responding to new discoveries in the discipline and to emerging health care

SpeechHero is an iPad app that allows children with Autism, Down syndrome, or Asperger syndrome to communicate more effectively. The alternative, augmented communication devices, are often thousands of dollar—or more—and require special 

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 

Match 4 Manikins
On the third floor of the College of Health and Human Services, you'll find the labs where nursing students practice clinical skills and 

AMBUC of the Year
Dr. Fred Sammons, long-time friend and supporter of the Department of Occupational Therapy at WMU has been honored 

An Exemplary Foundation
William Carls, a German immigrant who made his fortune in the booming Detroit industrial scene of the early 20th century

Therapeutic Writing
In 2006, Rachel Eagly had a beautiful baby boy, a good job, and no intention of writing a children’s story. However, one incident changed 

Outstanding Contributions
Dr. Richard G. Long studies roadway and intersection design in relation to the orientation and mobility of persons with blindness and low vision

CHHS Ranks Among the Best
"These distinctive rankings reflect an exceptional educational experience for students and outstanding contributions to the health and human services professions. The CHHS family can take pride in these accomplishments as we move toward a future of transformational teaching, research, and service"

Caring for Thousands
A WMU student travels to Southern Sudan, an area with 75,000 people and  virtually no medical resources, on his own funds, and stays for two months out of the year to work as a public health educator. He meets with small groups of villagers under a tree or hut to teach them better health practices and provide simple health care.

'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.

The First of Its Kind
The first open-access, online journal in the Occupational Therapy profession has been introduced by the WMU Department of Occupational Therapy. 

WMU Claims a Monumental Gift

Highest Honors

Speech & Audiology Turns 75!

Meeting Demands

Bronco Honored by Redbook Magazine

Oprah's Favorite Guest Of All-Time a Bronco!

Another Bronco goes Pro

Helping Others See with Unique Degree from WMU

Broncos Competing In "Gift of Life"

A Bronco Alum—Serving the Grand Rapids Community

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