Thrills and chills await at an alumni movie premiere 30 years in the making

Posted by Robin Nuyen on Oct 19, 2018 2:25:54 PM

WMU alumni Robin Nuyen graduated with a theatre degree in 1980 and met fellow theatre student Richard Gasparian during a production of Hamlet. In 1987 they co-wrote, co-produced and directed Housesitter… The Night They Saved Siegfried’s Brain. Filmed entirely in Kalamazoo and featuring WMU theatre faculty, the movie sat unfinished for thirty years. Now, with post sound from Skywalker Sound and final picture from Paramount Pictures color department, it is at last completed. It is now the only 4k 35mm movie shot entirely in Kalamazoo. The remastered film will be featured in the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival in Grand Rapids on Oct. 27.

Read more to hear from Robin about how he finally completed the movie in the way it was meant to be seen.

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Topics: Kalamazoo, Department of Theatre, Alumni Stories

How to make WMU your home

Posted by Lydia Burton on Nov 22, 2017 2:07:38 PM


Those first few weeks after move-in almost seemed like summer camp. It felt like any day I would return to my own bed, home-cooked meals, and of course, my dog. The weeks eventually turned to months without returning to the place I grew up, and I was really missing home. I isolated myself to my dorm room and constantly reminisced about my friends, family, and being able to shower without flip flops on.

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Topics: Student Experience, Kalamazoo, Student Organizations

Frostic School of Art students collaborate with Audiotree Music Festival

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 18, 2017 11:16:23 AM


Next weekend, Audiotree Music Festival will return to Arcadia Creek Festival Place, once again bringing "music and community together" in downtown Kalamazoo. But this year, the artists on stage aren't the only ones sharing their talent with audiences; the work of Gwen Frostic School of Art students will also be on display for concertgoers to enjoy.

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

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

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: Kalamazoo, Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, School of Music, Insider, 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: Kalamazoo, Student Experience, The Student Experience, Frostic School of Art

A day in the life of a Bronco Marching Band member

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Dec 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM


It's been an incredible year for the Western Michigan University football team. Not only are the Broncos a ranked team with a perfect 12-0 season, but ESPN College GameDay even made a trip to campus this Fall, shining a national spotlight on our hometown team. And on top of that, the Broncos are headed to the MAC championship game tonight at Ford Field.

We know that PJ Fleck's undefeated team has put in countless hours of practice and preparation this season, but they're not the only ones with a rigorous schedule. The Bronco Marching Band, who will also be taking the field in Detroit this evening, have attended daily rehearsals, endured long hours, memorized scores of music, and mastered fast-paced drill movements for a number of half-time shows, all to support the team and delight Bronco fans with the Sound of Western.

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Topics: School of Music, The Student Experience, Student Organizations, Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo: Case study of a creative capital

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Oct 21, 2016 1:46:23 PM


A couple weeks ago, dean Daniel Guyette and associate dean Scott Irelan joined fine arts adminstrators from across the globe for the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) Annual Conference. Held in Grand Rapids as the city celebrated its annual  ArtPrize competition and festivities, this year's conference theme was one that resonates a great deal with us here in southwest Michigan: transforming communities and economies through arts engagement. Because of Kalamazoo's over-indexing arts scene and the College of Fine Arts' commitment to integrating into our local community, we thought we'd share our own experiences and best practices pertaining to this theme with the deans in attendance.

Below you'll find deep dive into the college-community collaboration we've seen here in Kalamazoo and at Western Michigan University. A case-study of our successes and the underlying priciples driving them, this content originally appeared in the ICFAD 53rd Annual Conference program book:


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Topics: Kalamazoo

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