2019 was a year filled with stories and moments you loved.

Members of Western Herald’s photo staff reviewed thousands of pictures to bring you their favorites of the year. Collectively, these moments will form Western Michigan University’s present, past, and future. Here are the photos that told the story of 2019. 

Korey Wise Color

Korey Wise, one of the Central Park Five and an advocate for criminal justice reform, visited Western Michigan's campus Sept. 27, 2019. Wise's visit to WMU was co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, Campus Activity Board and the Western Student Association. 

Climate Activists

A large group of Kalamazoo climate activists took the street to take part in the Global Climate Strike Friday, Sept. 20 2019. Over 5,000 cities around the world took part in the strike. 

WMU President Dr. Edward Montgomery and vice president of marketing and strategic communications Tony Proudfoot meet after WMU's Think Big town hall event.

WMU President Dr. Edward Montgomery and vice president of marketing and strategic communications Tony Proudfoot meet after WMU's Think Big town hall event on Oct. 14. 

Damari Roberson

Freshman Wide receiver Damari Roberson on the sideline at Waldo Stadium early in the season. WMU football finished with a record of 7-6 and defended their home turf by never losing a home game.  

Bronco Bash

Thousands of students gather for Bronco Bash at the start of each fall semester. The event is designed to assist freshmen on how to get involved on campus and become more comfortable with the WMU community.

Football WMU @ MSU

Senior cornerback Anton Curtis covers MSU sophomore receiver C.J. Hayes at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Michigan State went on to win the game 51-17 on Sept. 7, 2019.


ROTC Cadets take a moment of silence the morning of Sept. 11, 2019, outside of the Seibert Administration Building. This year marks the 18 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center in New York City. 

Sights and sounds from night two of the Democratic debate in Detroit

Accompanied by campaign manager Zach Graumann (left), presidential candidate Andrew Yang follow the July 31 Democratic presidential debate in Detroit by speaking to members of the media. 

James Adams: Cornerback Coach

Adams talks with his Bronco defense on sidelines during Western Michigan's Oct. 12 homecoming game.

China Fest

WMU's sixth annual China Festival on Saturday Oct. 5 commemorated the traditional Chinese moon festival. In 2019, the event focused on the culture of the city Xi'an. 

Kaillen Guilleroy rests on the sidelines at the Glass bowl

Kaillen Guilleroy rests on the sidelines at the Glass Bowl while playing against MAC conference foe Toledo on Oct. 5, 2019. The Broncos lost to the Rockets 31-24 on the road. 

Bobby Hopewell Key to city

Newly elected Kalamazoo Mayor David Anderson presents former Mayor Bobby Hopewell with a key to the city. Anderson was sworn in Monday, Nov. 11 along with Vice Mayor Patrese Griffin and Commissioners Chris Praedel and Jeanne Hess. 

Tim Lester

Bronco seniors said goodbye to Waldo Stadium on Nov. 5, finishing off Ball State 35-31 to become bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season.

WMU will not construct additional parking: University unveils other potential transportation solutions

On Sept. 25 WMU executives and Nelson/Nygaard contractors determined that no new parking would be introduced to the university. As of 2019, the parking lot at Sangren hall, one of the largest and most accessible on campus, is reserved for employees only. 

Bronco Hockey vs. UofM

Then No. 18 Western Michigan hockey split a two game series with Michigan on Oct. 26, at a packed Lawson Arena.

Bronco Cheerleader w/ flag

A Bronco cheerleader proudly waves the flag in front of a large crowd at Waldo Stadium after the WMU football team scored a touchdown against rival CMU on Sept. 28, 2019.

Fab Fest

Irita B. Syndrome performs at Fall Fab Fest. The 7th annual Fall Fab Fest brought smiles and pride all around Saturday, Sept. 7 2019.

Gary Shook

WMU Athletics photographer Gary Shook runs out of the tunnel as Western Michigan takes the field against Georgia State on Sept. 14 2019. 

Homecoming High five

Gyasi Gambrell and Nicholas Hammond celebrate after being named the Western Michigan 2019 Homecoming Queen and King. The winners were announced during halftime of Western's home football game against Miami (Ohio) at Waldo Stadium on Oct. 12. 

Ground Breaking Student Center

On Tuesday, September 10 Western Michigan hosted ground breaking celebration at the new student center construction site. Here, President Montgomery along with students and other executives ceremoniously break ground at the new student center set to open in 2021. 

Kaillen Guilleroy rests on the sidelines at the Glass bowl

Kaillen Guilleroy rests on the sidelines at the Glass Bowl while playing against MAC conference foe Toledo on Oct. 5, 2019. The Broncos lost to the Rockets 31-24 on the road. 

Lil Yachty

Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty performed at WMU's Miller Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 21. The performance marked the venues first major hip hop show. 

Anthony Bowie

Senior Anthony Bowie celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Loyola Marymount on Oct. 6, 2019.  

Brianne Korteway

Brianne Korteway is given a standing ovation after it is announced that she is cancer free at Western Michigan's Homecoming game Oct. 12, 2019

Turkey Trot

Boys from Kalamazoo's chapter of Let Me Run excitedly wait at the starting line as Turkey Trot organizers and racers countdown from ten in order to signal the starting of the race on Nov. 23, 2019.

Luke Bafia

After junior Austin Rueschhoff scores a key goal in WMU's 4-2 win over Ferris State, Luke Bafia joins in celebration at Lawson Arena on Nov. 8, 2019. 

LeVante Bellamy

Senior running back LeVante Bellamy breaks a tackle against Miami (OH) defenders on Oct. 12. In 2019 Bellamy ran for 1472 yards and finished his career at Western with a total of 3720 yards. 

WMU cheerleader Claire Burke

WMU cheerleader Claire Burke performed for a field day block party on Oct. 10, 2019. Students, alumni, and community members all enjoyed enjoyed the event in preparation in WMU's Homecoming weekend. 

Justin Tranquill

Senior safety Justin Tranquill looks out onto the field one last time after Western Michigan's final home football game on Nov. 5, 2019. Tranquill earned academic All-MAC and was a MAC distinguished scholar. 

Ibram X. Kendi

Over 400 students, staff and community members filled Schneider Hall on Nov. 15, 2019 where Dr. Ibram X. Kendi spoke and answered questions on topics from his New York Times best-selling book, “How to be an Antiracist.”

Celebration of Excellence

In a multicultural student graduation event, students of color are honored at WMU's Celebration of Excellence ceremony on Dec. 7, 2019. Undergraduate and graduate students' friends and family are brought together to celebrate diversity at WMU. 

Jordan Walker

Redshirt sophomore Jordan Walker shoots a three pointer against Kentucky State University. Walker scored 19 points and the Broncos won on Nov. 14, 2019.  

WMU twirler performs with fire at halftime

21-year-old twirler and burn survivor Brianna Bolinger twirls at a Western Michigan football game. Click here to read more about Brianna's story.

Michael Flowers

Junior Michael Flowers drives to the basket while guarded by Michigan State's Foster Loyer. MSU head coach Tom Izzo and Preseason All-American Cassius Winston watches from the sideline of the Breslin Center on Dec. 29, 2019. 

Sprau in the Snow

When two seasons come together, you get one beautiful campus. Sprau Tower, the tallest building on Western's main campus, stands tall in the first snow of the year on Oct. 31, 2019. 

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