Just a few more weeks and the Fall Semester will begin at Western Michigan University! Whether you are a new or returning student, the following information will help you prepare for a successful experience in the honors college. Please pay particular attention to special event dates since your membership in the honors college depends on a certain level of participation in these events, as per our official policy:

This requirement is intended to encourage students to explore the rich, cultural events available on this campus as an enhancement of their educational experience. To this end, the Lee Honors College requires that all freshmen attend at least four LHC-sponsored events during their first year and two in their sophomore year. Transfer students are required to attend two LHC-sponsored events during their first year as an honors student. Failure to attend and present a Bronco ID at four LHC sponsored events by the end of their first year will result in a student not being in good standing in the honors college. Failure to attend and present a Bronco ID at four LHC sponsored events by the end of the second year will result in dismissal from the honors college. Mark your calendars and plan to attend as many of these as possible!

Take a break from moving in and join the honors college for refreshments and activities on Monday, August 25, 2014 (2-5 pm). Enjoy a guided tour of the Leni Sinclair photography exhibit, lemonade in the garden, facility tours, and the chance to chat informally with staff.

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Fall Welcome Common Read Discussion
Monday, August 25, 2014, Bernhard Center Ballroom
Incoming LHC freshman will meet with faculty and alumni in small groups to discuss Life of Pi by Yann Martel over refreshments.

Yann Martel Visit and Lecture
Thursday, October 23, 2014, Miller Auditorium
“Healing Journeys: Crossing the Pacific, Dealing With Trauma.”


Leni Sinclair Visit and Photography Exhibit
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This is a unique opportunity for a cultural experience like none other. Leni Sinclair is a Detroit-based photographer and radical political activist. She has photographed rock and jazz musicians since the early 1960s, and was the co-founder of the White Panther Party. Her work will be on display in the Lee Honors College throughout Fall Semester.

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Scholar Scare 5K Run
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Join this Halloween-themed fun run and help raise money for the Lee Honors College student-enrichment programs, Study Abroad and Study in the States.

Gordon Henry Visit
Thursday, November 14, 2014
An Anishinabe poet and novelist, Gordon Henry, Jr. is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota. His reading will be accompanied by improvised music, providing a varied and interactive experience.


Lyceum Lecture Series Fall 2014
Wednesdays, Fall Semester 2014 (12-1pm)
The lecture series, titled “Global Citizenship,” provides perspectives from a wide range of professors in various departments across campus. Brown bag lunches are welcome. The first Lyceum Lecture is on September 10, 2014 (12-1pm) and is titled “How Did I Become an Engaged Global Citizen?” by SAID M. ABUBAKR, Ph.D. Chemical and Paper Engineering.

Mix it Up!
Mix It Up programs take place every Thursday evening (usually at 7pm) and include parties, movie nights, special guests,thesis workshops, research assistance, and more! Plan to keep Thursday nights free and make Mix it Up part of the weekly routine. The first Mix-it-Up takes place on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Read the weekly newsletter for information on each week’s program.


All Lee Honors College students are required to complete volunteer hours each semester. Why wait until the last minute to complete yours? New opportunities are typically posted each week. Here are some current needs that you might be able to fill.

Invisible Need Project
Volunteers needed to help with stocking, sorting and keeping inventory current at The Invisible Need Project’s food pantry located in Ackley Hall. The Invisible Needs Project is a multi-faceted initiative intended to serve students with unmet needs, while building a WMU culture of giving. Contact Nathan Robinson to volunteer in Ackley (

Office of Sustainability
The Office for Sustainability needs many volunteers to help out with EcoMug distribution, recycling at the residents halls as well as other random events during Fall Welcome. You do not have to sign up to work the full day, but are welcome to. Bring sunscreen, a hat if they want and sunglasses, a water bottle, and a lunch or snacks. Breaks will be given to people who are working for longer hours as well as a break for lunch. Please contact Callie Toaso at or 269-387-8165, if you have any questions!


WISH Internships
We are now accepting nominations for the spring 2015 semester!  The deadline for students to apply is October 15th. Some premier internship positions require an extensive lead time and may have internal application deadlines as early as september. Students can apply online at Previous placement areas include: Interpol, US Chamber of Commerce, US Marshal Service, Korean Embassy, ABC News, Children’s Defense Fund, Homeland Security, Center for International Policy, and the European Institute.

The Lee Honors College Newsletter is a weekly publication that aims to provide relevant and timely information to students. It is published every Sunday and contains information about events in the coming week and into the future, enabling you to plan your activities for the semester and the remainder of the year. We will particularly highlight those activities that fulfill cultural credits (for freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students) and volunteer opportunities. The newsletter will also contain important announcements and information designed to make your life easier, so make sure to read through it each week. If you haven’t done so already, join our Facebook group to get daily information about new events and other relevant announcements.

The newsletter will also feature occasional profiles of both staff and students as well as newsworthy stories and reports—perhaps written by you!—about the exciting things happening in the honors college. If you have questions or would like to submit a story, contact LHC communications coordinator and newsletter editor Devin Jordan (

For information on the Lee Honors College.