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Graduate College Administrative Changes:

According to a press release from Western Michigan University, the dean of the University’s Graduate College has assumed the role of special assistant to the provost. Dr. Sue Stapleton served as dean of the college since 2012 and accepted the role of special assistant on May 16. Associate dean and professor Christine Byrd-Jacobs will serve as the college’s interim dean.

Construction on Campus:

The demolition of McCracken Hall is underway. On May 16 the demolition of the five story portion of the building began. The work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June. 

Other projects are underway as well. The renovation of the first floor of Waldo Library, which began on April 29 should be finished by late August according to Facilities Management.

Significant progress is expected to be made on the Arcadia Flats over the summer. A student housing project located next to the Burnhams, the construction has been controversial as it necessitated the removal of many trees located on the grounds.

College of Aviation Recognized for Excellence:

WMU's College of Aviation has been selected to receive one of the National Air Transportation Association's Industry Excellence Awards. This marks the first time a four-year institution has been selected in it's 32-year history. More coverage of the award and what students have to say about WMU's aviation program to come next week.

WMU Alumna Named Michigan's Top Teacher:

The Michigan Department of Education has selected WMU alumna Cara Lougheed as the state's top teacher. She is a teacher at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills. This is the second year in a row in which the Department of Education has selected a Western alumna.


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