• Encore-Magazine-College-Students-Technology-Msy-2017

    WMU students, from left, Donovan Smith, Mauseli Lopez, Krystl Sladovnik, William Edgerton and Danneisha McDole, use a variety of digital devices in their everyday lives.

    Connected The Download on How Technology Has Changed College Life
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-Student-Takeover-Mayl-2017

    WMU Professor Sue Ellen Christian, center, meets with our team of student journalists, clockwise from bottom left, Jay Penny, Samantha May, Greyson Steele, Carolyn Diana and Samantha Marzke.

    About This Issue Why we let WMU students take over our May issue
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-Humphrey-Products-Leaders-April-2017

    Chairman and CEO Robert Humphrey, center, with two of Humphrey Products’ key leaders: Todd Bordewyk, vice president of engineering and compliance, left, and David Maurer, president, in the company’s Kalamazoo manufacturing facility.

    Brilliantly Resilient The successful evolution of Humphrey Products
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-KalmazooKitty-Kitty-copeland-March-2017

    Kitty Copeland works on a piece she will soon sell in her shop, KalamazooKitty. She also teaches classes in furniture painting techniques.

    Designing Woman Creativity drives Kitty Copeland's success in home decor market
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-Remembering-the-Struggle-February-2017

    Then and now: A civil rights protest from 1960; A Black Lives Matter rally in Kalamazoo in 2016. Right photo by Olivia Stier

    Remembering the Struggle 50 years later, the march for justice continues
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-Stephen-Carver-January-2017 Home Again Stephen Carver carries on his family's legacy at the Civic Theatre
  • Encore-Magazine-Fetzer-Institute-building-December-2016

    The Fetzer Institute’s building glows on an autumn night. Photo by Brian Powers

    An Illuminating Mission The Fetzer Institute is working toward a more loving world
  • Encore-Magazine-Right-Retreat-GilChrist-Stone-Chapel-November-2016

    The Stone Chapel at GilChrist offers a cozy meditation space. Photo by Brian Powers

    The Right Retreat You don’t have to go far to get away from it all
  • Encore-Magazine-KVCC-Food-Innovation-students-October-2016

    KVCC student Tristin Janson, left, and production manager Ben Bylsma, far right, work a row of plants as Rachel Bair and instructor Lee Arbogast (center left and right, respectively) observe.

    From Seed to Saute KVCC students learn food innovation from the ground up
  • Encore-Magazine-Mitchell-Blueberries-hands-September-2016 Their Blood Runs Blue Four generations cultivate success of Mitchell’s Blueberries

Joshua Diedrich works on a sculpture in his Kalamazoo studio.

From Starving Artist to Mentor Joshua Diedrich is molding students as well as figures

Students used to be able to smoke cigarettes and pipes in their dorms. Incense and candles were also formerly permitted in the dorm rooms. Now the entire campus is smoke-free.
Image courtesy of the WMU Archives and Regional History Collection

Not Your Grandaddy's DormDorm decor offers glimpse of changing times

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WMU project helps students with hunger, financial emergencies


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Salon owner is an advocate for safer beauty treatments


Duo travels globe teaching Argentine dance

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