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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

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

More Attention for ABA
Western Michigan University's Department of Psychology continues to garner national recognition for its Behavioral Analysis Program 

Outstanding Leadership
Michael Nienhuis (BS '09, Mechanical Engineering; MS '12, Mechanical Engineering) has been honored with the SAE International Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award. Nienhuis is now an engineer and involved in the Ford College 

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