Q&A with industrial design innovators

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 31, 2017 11:28:10 AM


Industrial design is about building products and systems. But even more so, industrial design is about people. After all, this discipline is rooted in understanding the way people live and interact with their surroundings in order to create solutions that improve and enhance the human experience.

Given design's emphasis on people, we decided to explore the field by focusing on people too.

Enter Robb Smalldon and Paul Martus. Robb is the Vice President of Studio 431, Landscape Forms' custom product division. Meanwhile, Paul is a Principal Industrial Designer at Newell Brands

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Topics: Careers in the Arts, Kalamazoo, Frostic School of Art

How to turn your passion into your profession

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Dec 20, 2016 10:42:19 AM


As the saying goes, if you choose a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life. Julie Guy, an alumna of WMU's music therapy master's program, will attest that this is indeed the case.

After discovering music therapy and finding it to be the perfect marriage of her two passions, music and service, Julie has gone on to achieve great success and fulfillment.

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Topics: School of Music, Careers in the Arts

Forever brown and gold: September Buys

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 28, 2016 11:25:15 AM


In a mere email exchange with WMU Art Education alumna September Buys (1999), it becomes instantly clear that she's passionate about her work. September's email sign-off, a quote from Bob Ross, says it all: 

"You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy."

With awards and accolades including  National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Middle Level Art Educator of the Year, Michigan Youth Arts Art Educator of the Year and Michigan Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year, September is no ordinary middle school art teacher.
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Topics: Careers in the Arts, Alumni, Forever brown and gold, Frostic School of Art

Forever brown and gold: Jacquelyn Nowicki

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 21, 2016 10:12:56 AM
Heading out into the "real world" after graduating college isn't a straightforward or particularly easy process for anyone. With major life choices to make, an aggressive job market to navigate and never-ending bills to pay, the transition can be tough. When you're in a competitive and not-always-steady industry like professional dance, you'll face another layer of challenges entirely.
WMU dance alumna Jacquelyn Nowicki, who will be returning to campus this fall as the Department of Dance's 2016 Distingusihed Alumi Award honoree, managed to make it through the world of professional dance with great success.
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Topics: Careers in the Arts, Alumni, Forever brown and gold, Department of Dance, Dance

Forever brown and gold: Dennis DeSantis

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 16, 2016 10:28:30 AM


 The WMU School of Music has been producing leaders in electronic music long before the multimedia arts technology program ever existed. Case in point: Dennis DeSantis.

Since Graduating from WMU in 1997 with a Bachelors of Music degree in music composition and music theory, 2016 School of Music distinguished alumnus honoree Dennis DeSantis has gone on to do big things in electronic music.

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Topics: Careers in the Arts, Alumni, Forever brown and gold, School of Music

Dialogue with the Deans

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Sep 12, 2016 2:33:55 PM


It’s that time of year again. Classes have resumed, the leaves are starting to change color and sweatshirts are replacing beach towels. But while you were on summer break soaking up the rays and working a part-time job, not everyone left campus. Among those that remain on campus during the summer months are admissions counselors, academic advisors and deans in order to prepare for the new academic year come September.

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Topics: Insider, Careers in the Arts

Forever brown and gold: David Alpert

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 7, 2016 9:33:30 AM


University Theatre is kicking off its 2016-17 season with a satirical comedy and a familiar face. Theatre studies alumnus David Alpert has returned to campus as guest director of Baby with the Bathwater, which takes the York Arena Theatre stage September 23 through October 8.

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Topics: Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre, Alumni, Forever brown and gold

The life of a professional opera performer: Q&A with Clare Regan

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jul 22, 2016 6:12:00 PM


What do beer and opera have in common?

As it turns out, they’re both key parts of Opera Grand Rapids' recent production of “The Student Prince.” Set in a Heidelberg biergarten, “The Student Prince” follows the tale of a torn prince who must decide between his obligation to marry Princess Margaret and his new love: a barmaid on his college campus.

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Topics: School of Music, Student Experience, Careers in the Arts, CFA Students in Summer

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