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A scholarship for medical school students has been named after Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn.

The school says Saturday that the scholarship will cover more than $100,000 in annual tuition for eligible Western Michigan graduates who are admitted into the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine degree program.

The scholarship fund is endowed with $2.2 million in contributions from community leaders, Western Michigan University trustees, and Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare.

Dunn is founding chair of the medical school board.

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The Michigan Municipal League is hosting public forums talking about the state’s system for funding municipalities that it believes is broken. The MML says mayors have consolidated services saving taxpayer dollars but more needs to be done.

During its Save MI City stop in Grand Rapids, WGVU spoke with Matt Bach, director of media relations with the Michigan Municipal League about the fallout from the Great Recession and how decreases in revenue sharing are impacting cities across the state.

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The Michigan appeals court says teachers and other school employees can quit a union at any time, not just one month a year.

In a 3-0 decision, the court says it's following Michigan's right-to-work law, which says workers can't be forced to support a union to keep their job.

The court says restricting union resignations to August clashes with the Legislature's goal of giving employees more choices.

Learning from Scratch was founded by Betsey Hamm in 1998. She collects large sums of commercially produced pieces parts that might otherwise end up in landfills. Hamm puts those industrial leftovers to work explaining, "All by themselves, these various remnants appear useless. But to a creative mind, it's part of something that evolves through an artistic or educational process." 

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After an extensive search, Grand Valley State University has appointed a new provost. Grand Valley State University selected Maria Cimitile to lead as provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. She’s served at Grand Valley for nearly 20 years. Cimitile began her GVSU career in 1999 as an assistant professor in philosophy.

GVSU President Thomas J. Haas explains her appointment was based on “her responsibilities overseeing university curriculum and her experience with budgets, strategic planning, advising and diversity among her many strong suits.”


Central Michigan University plans to cut 30 vacant staff positions and lay off about 24 staff members amid efforts to balance its budget.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports the update comes as university administrators finalize a balanced fiscal year 2018 budget.

Barry Wilkes, the school's vice president of finance and administration, told faculty and staff in an email this week that there will be 4 percent, or $20 million, in total base budget reductions.

An all-campus budget forum was scheduled for Thursday.

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The former superintendent of the Benton Harbor Area Schools has been charged with embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretenses for alleging cashing in too many vacation days.

Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic says 56-year-old Leonard Seawood of Benton Harbor was arraigned Thursday and freed on bond.

Sepic says Seawood's contract allowed him to cash out at most five vacation days per year, but he received cash payouts for an extra 75 days, amounting to about $75,000, from 2012 to 2015.

Seawood received 25 vacation days per year. S

We discuss Youth Exchange and Study (YES) and the Congress Bundestage Youth Exchange scholarship program. Dawn Martinson and Katharina Schuster are our guests.

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The Michigan House has passed bills expanding high school graduation requirements. The Michigan House has passed bills that would give high school students more class options to complete graduation requirements.

The legislation eliminates some math, science, health and English courses so students can take classes that would better prepare them for careers of their choosing.

School Talk

Mar 23, 2017
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School Talk, a monthly conversation with guests from area educational institutions.  Today, Principal Mark Thomas from Northview High School joins us.