"Invisible Need" Students at WMU - Part 1

May 11, 2018
Andy Robins / WMUK-FM

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of t-shirts sold to support the Invisible Need Project.

During much of its academic year, Western Michigan University is home to over 20,000 students. Some of them don’t have enough money pay for their tuition, healthcare, and in some cases food. But the Invisible Need Project on campus is there to help.

WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

The first class at the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo graduates later this month. The privately funded school affiliated with Western Michigan University is also expanding into Battle Creek with a new residency program in family medicine.

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Grand Rapids native Dann Sytsma has long wondered why it's customary for companies to offer new employee orientation, but not so for communities to provide such training for its new residents. That question has led him to launch the "Welcome to Kalamazoo" show during downtown Kalamazoo's Art Hops. The next one is May 4.

Evgeniya (Jane) Kozhevnikova

The WMU Symphony Orchestra will present the 59th Annual Concerto Concert as its last concert of the 2017–18 season on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.  The three soloists - trombonist William Ford, alto saxophonist Andrew Keating, and marimbist Evan Leffert - joined Cara Lieurance in the studio to talk about their backgrounds, and how they prepared for the concert.

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Western's Trustees also revised the school's policy for staff who work with minors, and approved a three percent increase in room and board rates. 

Graduate students who teach at Western Michigan University say they’re unhappy with the contract terms the school has offered. Members of the Teaching Assistants Union packed a Trustees meeting on Wednesday. They told the Board that students who teach at Western struggle to support themselves on their wages.