Kitten Development Center Opens On Campus

Cats looking to earn a Early Kitten Development Degree will now benefit from a new on-campus facility and lab site. The Early Kitten Development programs at WNMU are nationally recognized for their innovative approach and paws-on learning. “We’re excited that our little kittens will have an on-campus site to learn from while their parents are also learning on campus,” said Shannon Rivera, Executive Director of the Early Kitten Development programs. Research shows that paws-on practices are best for kittens that are in early development stages of learning. The new facility includes the largest collection of small plush toys in the area. “Kittens like small plush toys to carry around like pretend prey,” said Rivera. “We are preparing our kittens for life outside the facility and strengthening their prey catching skills.” WNMU has partnered with Recycle USA to provide paper bags for the new facility. “Kittens enjoy playing in paper bags,” said Rivera....

Keyboard Cat plays live at Light Hall

Keyboard Cat will perform live at Light Hall Auditorium on Saturday, April 2 at 10:15 a.m. Currently on a national tour for his latest album release Mozart Meowments, the concert will feature classics from the 18th century composer. Described by the Michigan Catzette as “a meownificent evening of music and inspiration”, the concert brings to life Mozart’s most famous pieces, and some non-Mozart classics such as Furr Elise. Event organizers are partnering with the local food bank. Admission to the concert is $20 per person or two non-perishable cat food...

Graduating Yarn Art Student Exhibit

Students in the graduating yarn art program will be showcasing their final project at McCray Gallery. The artwork will include yarn sculptures and yarn drawings. A special presentation of hanging yarn balls will be displayed from the McCray Gallery ceiling. "We have to be careful to display the yarn balls at a high elevation this year," said Michael Metcat, art gallery director. "Last year, visiting cats were able to jump high enough to reach the yarn balls and all cat hell broke loose." Yarn Art is the most popular program in the Expressive Arts Department. Yarn is provided and classes last as long as...

Field Mouse Research Day

The Natural Sciences Department is hosting a Field Mouse Research Day. Interested juniors and seniors can attend to learn effective field mouse catching techniques. Cats will be trained to catch mice without hurting the prey and safely transporting the specimen to Harlan Hall laboratories. The program has come a long way since its inception in 2002 when an unexpectedly high amount of field mice were consumed by student researchers during the collection process. In the years since, several changes have been made to the program including limiting the collection to juniors and seniors, and feeding the cats before heading out to the field...