Western Michigan University

Campus construction continues:

Construction across campus continues as May draws to a close. The demolition of McCracken Hall is still on schedule to be completed by the end of May and the ongoing South Neighborhood revitalization and renovations to Waldo continue to make progress. 

On May 10 the College of Aviation broke ground on the construction of a new expansion and facility at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek. This following the college's selection for a National Air Transportation Association Industry Excellence Award. Further coverage of the expansion and award, including an interview with the college's dean, Dave Powell, to come next week.

Kalamazoo Township votes to ban recreational marijuana businesses:

The Kalamazoo Township Board of Trustees decided not to allow recreational marijuana businesses within township borders during their meeting on Tuesday. The ban will not affect marijuana usage. In their decision, members of the board cited the lack of regulations and state level guidance regarding the sale of marijuana. More coverage of this decision and the roll-in of marijuana legalization in the greater Kalamazoo area forthcoming.

Texas State University Assistant professor wins WMU Medieval Institute award:

An assistant professor of art at Texas State University was selected to receive the Otto Gründler Book Prize for her book The Architecture of the Christian Holy Land: Reception from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance" which details how Holy Land architecture was received in the minds of medieval Europeans.  Kathryn Blair Moore was given the award at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, a premier annual gathering of Middle Ages scholars held at WMU. The award has been given out since 1997 and is named after the late director of the Medieval Institute.

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