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A Brief History of Western Michigan University L e s s o n # 2 R e q u i r e m e n t f o r E D T 3 4 7 O n l i n e C r e a t e d B y : J a s o n D. V.

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2 A Brief History of Western Michigan University L e s s o n # 2 R e q u i r e m e n t f o r E D T O n l i n e C r e a t e d B y : J a s o n D. V a l a d e

3 How about a little info… Now celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding, Western Michigan University is a vibrant, nationally recognized student- centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 30,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities. WMU is one of only 102 public universities placed in the highest category of doctoral-research universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching -- "Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive." WMU also has been named one of the nation's top 100 public universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of American colleges and universities.

4 WMU History as they celebrate their Centennial 1903 Following the successful effort to have Michigan's fourth and final normal school located in their city, hundreds of Kalamazoo residents sign a petition calling for a special election to help fund it. The drive pays off on Oct. 19 when, by nearly an 8-1 margin, voters authorize the city to borrow $70,000 to build and operate the new school. Western State Normal School is dedicated on May 27, As additional facilities are built on and near Prospect Hill, East Campus takes on the look of a bustling small town. Notable dedications in 1925 include the Library, now named North Hall, and the Men's Gymnasium. The gymnasium was later renamed the Oakland Gym and in 2001 demolished, except for the Oakland Drive facade, to make way for the Seelye Athletic Center now under construction.

5 WMU History as they celebrate their Centennial 1941 With the advent of World War II, life at WMU dramatically changes. Most on-campus housing is soon reserved for the 900 men stationed at the school during the war as part of the V-5 program (for naval cadets receiving ground and flight instruction) and the V- 12 program (for Navy men and Marines preparing to become officers). The last naval contingents leave in October 1945, but were quickly followed by veterans returning to complete their interrupted college educations. Western State Teacher College changes it's name to Western Michigan College of Education Figures show enrollment has more than doubled during President Miller's tenure, jumping from 9,000 to 22,000 students. The increase signals a new period of growth for WMU, but one it's prepared for given the introduction of scores of new academic programs and the completion of 37 construction projects during "the Miller years."

6 How about a little sports history? Athletic Logos The current logo has several variations, but the key features are a stylized horse with text set in a complimentary typeface. Adopted in 1998, it was part of a new athletics image program designed to better communicate the speed, aggressiveness and determination of the Broncos. Some versions of the logo, which was developed by a New York sports marketing firm, depict a horse's head while others show a full horse. There also are versions with and without text. The logo now being used replaced a more traditional looking mark that featured a block "W" behind a horse rearing up on its hind legs. That logo was extensively used during much of the 1980s and 1990s, with the original version featuring a bucking rather than rearing horse. But it was in 1940 that WMU adopted its first official Bronco emblem—a sketch from a photograph of the Wyoming license plate bronco

7 How about a little sports history? LOGO cir. 1940LOGO cir LOGO cir LOGO cir Present

8 Time for a little tradition Traditions: Songs Early in WMU's history, numerous songs were written and sung in honor of the institution. Many of these needed to be updated as the years progressed and WMU changed its name or broadened its mission. The current "Alma Mater" and "WMU Fight Song" are the result of a 1959 contest to replace existing songs. Open to the University community, the two-stage contest solicited first lyrics and then music. Alumnus James H. Bull won in the lyrics category for the "Alma Mater." Alumnus Walter Gilbert took the remaining honors for fight song lyrics and music for both the fight song and "Alma Mater."

9 Alma Mater Western we sing to you, Brown and Gold, Western we bring to you, faith untold. You challenge and inspire; your hope is our desire. We sing to you our Alma Mater, Brown and Gold. WMU Fight Song Fight on, fight on for Western; Take the ball, make a score, win the game. Onward for the Brown and Gold; Push 'em back, push 'em back, bring us fame. Fight on, fight on for Western; Over one, over all, we will reign. Fight, Broncos fight! Fight with all your might. Western win this game!

10 TraditionsTraditions: School Nicknames Hilltoppers ORIGINAL NICKNAME WMU's athletic teams initially went by the nickname "Hilltoppers," reflecting the institution's original Prospect Hill campus. The moniker often led to confusion with other schools that had a similar nickname and became outdated when the University expanded beyond its hilltop confines. The nickname "Hilltoppers" was resurrected in 2001 to identify a new volunteer group that is clearing and cleaning up Prospect Hill.

11 TraditionsTraditions: School Nicknames Broncos 1939 The name "Broncos" was the winning entry in a 1939 contest to select a new nickname for WMU. It was submitted by John W. Gill, an outstanding student-athlete who went on to become a successful WMU coach and administrator. He earned a $10 check for his efforts and promptly turned it over to the Waldo Stadium building fund Do you think your WMU knowledge is up for a little quiz????

12 WMU Trivia!!! Western Michigan University recently made a list of the top _____ national public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. A) 10 B) 50 C) 100 D) 500 AB CD

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14 CORRECT! WMU also has been named one of the nation's top 100 public universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of American colleges and universities.

15 Thank you for viewing my Slide-Show Presentation for EDT 347 – Online. This was my first full attempt at PowerPoint and I think it turned out OK. This is the end of the show. Please feel free to view the next and final slide for bibliography information regarding the content of this show. Thank You, Jason Valade The end of the line

16 Bibliography Factual information regarding WMU was obtained from the following website: WMU logos and campus snapshots were obtained from the following website: This Slide-Show was created by Jason D. Valade to give a brief history of WMU for EDT 347. Questions?


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