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WMU alumna receives Uganda's Medal of Honor

 The Honorable Dr. Betty Udongo, a 2009 graduate of Western Michigan University's science education program, was recognized for her work to increase educational opportunities for children in the Republic of Uganda in March 2012 when she received the Presidential Nalubale (Lake Victoria) Medal of Honor.


WMU ESL information available in five languages

WMU has been offering English as a Second Language courses and programs since 1975 through its Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS). The center's primary mission is to help prepare non-native speakers planning to study in American colleges and universities and to help professionals improve their English for use in the workplace. A translated introduction (five languages) to CELCIS and WMU is included in the fliers below.




American Samoan a starting linesman for Bronco football

 Hefting coconut trees for weight training and running on the beaches of American Samoa are standard practice for high school football players on that South Pacific island, according to Kasimili “Mili” Uitalia, a senior starting offensive linesman for Western Michigan University's Bronco football team.

Unlikely as it might seem that an American fall sport would be popular in a country so close to the equator, Uitalia said he grew up with lots of exposure to American football.


Christ University twinning student named RA of the Year

Aneesha Rai, a twinning student from India's Christ University, who graduated from WMU in April 2012, was honored for her work on campus just before graduation when she was named Resident Assistant of the Year for WMU's Eicher/Lefevre Hall.

Aneesha Rai (far left) with students from her hall


WMU alumni's life demonstrates meaning of globally engaged

Transatlantic sailor, combat soldier, humanitarian, and crime investigator are just a few of the titles that describe the work and life experiences of Jordan Wilson, a 2011 graduate of Western Michigan University's Global and International Studies program.

Becoming globally engaged came easy to Wilson, who traveled overseas for the first time as a young boy and who has visited more than 30 countries. He is now a graduate student at New York University in Manhattan majoring in global affairs.


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