Is a college fair worth your time?

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Mar 20, 2017 2:57:19 PM


It seems everything can be done online these days, so why bother attending a physical college fair? Other than logging some serious steps, it can actually save you time from clicking aimlessly for hours searching numerous sites for answers for each school that sparks your interest. At a college fair, there are dozens – if not hundreds – of colleges and universities under one roof. What better place to get all (or at least most) of your questions answered? Take advantage of this opportunity. Plus, who doesn’t love freebies? College fairs are not only a source of free information, but also free pens, coasters, flash drives, note pads and more.

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Topics: Admissions, College Decision

5 ways the WMU Department of Dance prepared me for the professional dance world

Posted by Sarah Jones on Mar 16, 2017 11:26:43 AM


“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”  -Jean-Luc Godard


Inspired … how I always felt at Western Michigan University.  Inspired by my professors, the guest choreographers, the repétitéurs, the alumni and my peers. Inspired by their stories and experiences. Inspired to find my own voice. Inspired to trust that voice. Inspired to train and chisel my body into a vessel for that voice. Inspired to get to the next level. Inspired to give back.     

That inspiration reaffirmed me when I felt rejected, steadied me when I stumbled, and picked me up when I fell; all of which you will experience in the professional dance world. With every dismissal, you dig in and dig deeper, until finally, you get your shot. I am proud to say that this small town girl used that inspiration and her WMU education to get to the bright lights of the windy city as a company member of DanceWorks Chicago!

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Student Experience, The Student Experience, Alumni

A day in the life of an art student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 13, 2017 2:03:27 PM


For sophomore BFA student Sidney Anderson, no two days are alike. While some days he's up on a scissor lift carefully lighting a new exhibition at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, other days he's tucked away in his studio space in Kohrman Hall finishing up a project. But no matter the time or day, you can always find Sidney creating. 
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Topics: Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience

Four reasons why "Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher" shouldn’t be missed

Posted by Brian Wiegand on Mar 9, 2017 12:04:14 PM


If you’re only going to see one University Theatre show this semester (though I highly recommend them all), let it be Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.Based on the children’s novel by Bruce Coville, this stage adaptation is making its world premiere at Western Michigan University’s own Shaw Theatre. With breathtaking projections, beautiful puppets and a star-studded student cast, this show is guaranteed to be a fast-paced adventure for any audience member.

My name is Brian Wiegand, and I’m a puppeteer for the show. Here are the four reasons why Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher shouldn’t be missed: 

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How to convince your parents to let you pursue a degree in the arts

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 6, 2017 3:44:40 PM


Time and time again, we hear about doubtful parents. They’re skeptical of the job prospects available to those who graduate with arts degrees, and they question the return on investment of an art school education, especially if they plan to pay for it. Sound familiar?

You came to the right place.

We get it. Your parents want the best for you, and they don’t like the idea of you being a “starving artist.” But the truth is, the world will always need creatives and there are endless opportunities for you after graduation. We’ve compiled a few tips for you as you make a case for your art school aspirations:


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Meet the man who started WMU's photography program

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 23, 2017 1:28:07 PM


Artist, professor emeritus, Western Michigan University photography pioneer and long-time supporter, Jack Carney is truly a living legend. We sat down with him to hear his story and learn more about his role in the creation of WMU’s photography program. 

Fifty years ago right now, Carney was in his second semester of teaching at Western Michigan University. Just a twenty-five-year-old “hot shot kid full of energy,” he was brought in as a member of WMU’s largest hire class, a group tasked with widening the curricular offerings at an institution known only at the time as a college for teachers.

“We newbies were given the charge by the president and provost to create a university,” Carney remembered. “The students needed more major alternatives than education.”

Carney and his peers in the Department of Art eagerly took the reins in fulfilling this lofty assignment. But no one at the time could ever have imagined just how much Carney would actually contribute. In fact, his work would ultimately earn him the moniker “founding father” of Western’s photography program.

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Faculty feature, Richmond Center for Visual Arts

A tale of two artists: Living in the Fine Arts House

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 8, 2017 9:13:00 AM


From the Valley to Western Heights, the Student Ghetto to Fraternity Village, there are endless options when it comes to housing at Western Michigan University. Each residence hall boasts its own perks, and each neighborhood offers its own quirks.

College of Fine Arts students have yet another housing option available to them: the Fine Arts House. If for you, home is where the art is, then this Living Learning Community might be a perfect fit. Located in Draper/Siedschlag Hall, the Fine Arts House offers a great opportunity for those with a love of visual and performing arts to live together.

Meet Jules and Tracey, two current College of Fine Arts students. Though their artistic interests and pursuits couldn't be more different, they both found home in the Fine Arts House at Draper/Siedschlag. Get a sense for the Fine Arts House experience through their memories and accounts.

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Topics: Insider, School of Music, Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, Kalamazoo, A Tale of Two Artists

Sweet home Kalamazoo

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 3, 2017 2:03:53 PM


Sweet home Kalamazoo. Located almost exactly halfway between Detroit and Chicago, this quirky little gem of a city holds a special place in the hearts of so many Western Michigan University students and alumni. But for senior graphic design student and Print Center manager Stephany Bagnall, Kalamazoo has even more significance.

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Topics: Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience, Kalamazoo

A day in the life of a dance student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jan 27, 2017 12:35:42 PM


Mastering and performing a ballet is no easy feat. It's a process that involves complex dance sequences and intricate technique. It requires flexibility and balance - both physical and internal - as dancers must take on different roles through the movement of their bodies alone. It demands discipline, stamina, attention to detail and commitment.

In many ways, the complexities and demands of staging a ballet mirror those that exist in the every day life of a dance student. With coursework to complete, choreography to learn and rehearsals to attend, the life of a dance student is a fast-paced and tiring balancing act. But, just as perfecting a ballet brings great satisfaction and applause, the life of a dance student is immensely rewarding. 

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Student Experience, The Student Experience

4 questions to ask yourself before submitting your portfolio

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Jan 17, 2017 2:10:42 PM


You’ve meticulously selected which artworks to include in your portfolio, spent hours crafting your statement of intent, and asked your favorite art teacher for a recommendation letter. Are you ready to hit submit? Take a moment to ask yourself these four questions just to cross your 't's and dot your 'i's. 

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Topics: Admissions, Frostic School of Art, College Decision

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