Events and Programs

The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs proudly sponsors a broad spectrum of programs and activities aimed at connecting and supporting our faculty, staff, alumni, students, residents, and friends of the medical school. We also supervise and direct the planning and coordination of fundraising events involving selected student/alumni affairs for the School of Medicine.  

We invite you to learn more about the events and programs we offer for alumni, donors, faculty, and students and contact us if you’d like to get involved.

2021 Events

WMed Live: A First Decade Celebration – May 27, 2021 

WMed celebrated its first 10 years of accomplishments and the retirement of Founding Dean Dr. Hal B. Jenson at its live virtual gala, WMed Live: A First Decade Celebration. The community also welcomed the new dean of WMed, Dr. Paula M. Termuhlen, during this special event.


Southwest Michigan First Chamber Connect – June 9, 2021

WMed hosted the Southwest Michigan First Chamber Connect on June 9, 2021. Over 100 community business leaders enjoyed an evening of conversation and networking at WMed's W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus in downtown Kalamazoo. Watch the highlight video here or choose to watch Dean Paula M. Termuhlen’s full speech here.


White Coat Sponsorship Program – Fall 2021

Friends of WMed are invited to serve as a white coat sponsor to support a WMed student as they begin their medical education and their journey to become a physician. Sponsoring an entering medical student for their white coat ceremony often results in a special bond between the donor and student.


Dean’s Circle Leadership Giving Society Social Gatherings – August 19, 2021 

Dean’s Circle members are invited to several social gatherings throughout the year to connect with one another and receive in-depth information about some of the exciting new activities underway at Kalamazoo’s premier medical school. Visit the Dean’s Circle Leadership Giving Society webpage to learn more about membership opportunities or contact a member of the WMed Philanthropy Team to RSVP.


Hanson Society Alumni Day - October 9, 2021

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery hosted the fourth annual Hanson Society Alumni Day on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the WMed W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. Orthopaedic Surgery faculty, residents, and alumni gathered to hear an academic presentation from Dr. Rosemary T. Shultz, MD, a 1991 graduate of the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies Orthopaedic Residency Program. Additional items on the agenda were special case presentations, a tour of WMed's main campus as well as an optional WMU Bronco football game. Those in attendance were welcomed to the medical school by Dr. Keith Kenter, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, current Orthopaedic residents and faculty along with the medical school's Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.


Donor Appreciation Luncheon – November 11, 2021 

The Donor Appreciation Luncheon was a special gathering to celebrate all of the generous support the medical school has received throughout the fiscal year. Guests enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving-themed meal and a brief program delivered by Dean Termuhlen, community members, and students. The keynote address for the luncheon was delivered by four current medical student scholars who spoke of their journey which led them to attend medical school at WMed. Each student expressed words of gratitude for the donors who generously supported scholarships, which made their medical education more affordable.


Dean’s Circle Leadership Giving Society Social Gathering – December 5, 2021

Dean’s Circle members were invited to a dessert and champagne reception at Susan and David Thomses home on Sunday, December 5, 2021.  Guests enjoyed a WMU pianist play as they listened to a light program about planned giving options, the White Coat Sponsorship Program, and other exciting new activities underway at WMed. Visit the Dean’s Circle Leadership Giving Society webpage to learn more about membership opportunities or contact a member of the WMed Philanthropy Team to learn more.


2022 Events

Community Tours

The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs will host regularly-scheduled guided tours of the state-of-the-art facility at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus to provide friends of WMed with a personal and informative perspective on what life is like for our future clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. More details coming soon!


Match Day Congratulations – Spring 2022

Match Day is an annual event that marks the day our graduating medical students learn their residency destinations. Friends of WMed can support the next generation of physicians in two ways: Send a congratulatory message to graduating students or make a gift in their honor.


Donor Luncheon with Medical School Scholars

Donors of the WMed Catalyst Scholarship Program are invited to attend a private luncheon with the student scholars they sponsored through the 2022 Catalyst Scholarship Campaign. Attendees will enjoy a lively networking event with other Southwest Michigan’s business, civic, and philanthropic leaders as they get to know students in the medical degree programs at WMed. Learn more about the Catalyst Scholarship Program at med.wmich.edu/catalyst.


Programs

Body Donation Program

Individuals may choose to donate their body to WMed to be used in the advancement of medical science, teaching, and study.


Hosting Opportunities

Are you interested in hosting a fundraiser or an alumni networking event in your area? The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs would be happy to work with you to plan and execute a successful fundraiser or a reception for your fellow alums in the city you reside in.


To learn more about supporting our events and programs or to find out how you can get involved, please call 269.337.6335 or email giving@med.wmich.edu