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Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine sits on a pale blue tabletop
Jessica Hill / AP Photo

The COVID vaccination rate at Western Michigan University has ticked up just a little in the last few weeks. That’s according to data the school published on Monday.

A closeup of a sign reading "Portage City Hall" in blue letters, with blue trim

The City of Portage is poised to make its facilities more energy-efficient. Council members voted Tuesday to approve a roughly $1 million plan developed with energy consultant NORESCO.

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Sharon Ferraro is the City of Kalamazoo’s historic preservation expert. She’s come to the historic Vine neighborhood to help answer a question about a name. But Sharon and I are early to this meeting with our question-asker. While we wait, Sharon looks for something in the sidewalk.

A small piece of a meteorite is displayed in a metal and glass commemorative tabletop frame
Courtesy photo / Grant Harkness/TOPSS

Astronomers, teachers and vendors are gathering in Kalamazoo for a conference on planetariums, which starts Wednesday evening at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

Workshop and lecture topics include visualizing Mars exploration, diversity and inclusion in astronomy education, what’s new in planetarium shows for children and astronomers’ role in climate change education.

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Western Michigan University has tentative plans for a brewpub in its new student center, but Trustees cancelled a vote on the proposal Thursday, saying the paperwork was not finished. The postponement came the same day the university announced that a WMU sophomore had been killed by a suspected drunk driver who was also a student at Western.