LHC senior DEIRDRE COURTNEY, one of four students participating in the pilot SABRE (Students Advancing Biological Research and Engagement) program this summer.
Editor of The Laureate, NICOLE BURCHETTE (second from right), with sponsor BECKY COOPER (right) and staff and contributors at the 2014 public reading and launch which took place at the LHC lounge on Monday, April 14.
END OF SEMESTER MESSAGE FROM THE LHC DEAN, CARLA KORETSKY
I hope that all of you are having an excellent and not-too-stressful end to the spring 2014 semester. Especially given the weather(!), it’s hard to believe that the semester is so close to finished! I also hope that you have had a chance to take advantage of some of the great events in the Lee Honors College this semester. We had some wonderful thesis presentations during Thesis Celebration Days earlier this month, as well as a lovely Fine Arts Celebration evening. Our Mix It Up series recently featured an evening with the Western H.E.R.O.E.S., a WMU group that encourages and empowers bystanders to assist during emergencies of all kinds – thanks to all who participated! We also hosted a very successful Red Cross Blood Drive in the college last month.
The launch of the 13th edition of The Laureate with public readings held in the honors college lounge was another great event. This is the first year that The Laureate, a literary journal for undergraduates of all majors and sponsored by the Lee Honors College, has been published online. You can check it out at: tinyurl.com/laureate2014
The second annual Scholar Scamper 5K on April 5 was also a good time. We are considering moving next year’s 5K to late October/early November and renaming it the Scholar Scare. Stay tuned for more details!
I would also like to take a moment to highlight some of the terrific accomplishments of WMU honors students. Seventeen honors students were named WMU Presidential Scholars this year – the highest academic honor given to graduating seniors. Maurice Washington was recently named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow. This prestigious award is given to “inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country”. Well done, Maurice! Fernanda Pereira was recently interviewed by the Western Herald for an article highlighting her outreach work through the Society of Women Engineers. I am so proud of you, and ALL of the students of the Lee Honors College. Your community service hours are a generous and significant gift to the broader community.
Looking ahead, we have four Study in the States trips slated for this summer: Garbage in Gotham (with Dr. Sarah Hill, Anthropology & Environmental Studies); the Texas Tour (with Dr. Derrick McIver, Management); Religion in the Midwest (with Dr. Brian Wilson, Comparative Religion) and Vues D’Afrique (with Dr. Vincent DesRoches, World Languages & Literatures). We are also offering a new “pre-freshman” study abroad series, the Global Discovery Experience. Students who competed at the Medallion Competition this year are eligible to enroll for the inaugural Summer II study abroad trip, “Discovering Montreal: World Film Festival.” Please encourage any friends or family who will be joining the LHC next year to consider enrolling in this unique course. Next fall, our Lyceum Lecture series will continue with the theme “Become Engaged Global Citizens”, and we have lots of terrific events lined up for our Mix It Up Thursday evenings.
I wish all of you the best for the summer. I am sure that warm weather and sunshine will be here soon!
The following schedule details both Lee Honors College events and a selection of cultural events taking place at Western Michigan University this week. NOTE: Any activity highlighted in the newsletter can count as a cultural event. So can most other WMU events. See the full schedule for all events taking place at WMU this month. Events are free unless otherwise indicated.
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014 FINAL EXAMS BEGIN!
(5pm) Soga Japan Center Speaker Series Reading by YOKO TAWADA, Japanese-German novelist, 3025 Brown Hall.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
(4pm) Lavender Graduation. 105-107 Bernhard Center.
(7pm) Lecture “Shakespeare’s Jewish Women: Rewriting The Merchant of Venice and the Dark Lady.” GRACE TIFFANY, English. Congregation of Moses, 2501 Stadium Drive.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
(3.30pm) Biological Sciences Seminar Series “Forest Management and Climate Effects on Fire Regimes in North American Forests: A Below Ground Perspective,” Dr. JESSICA MIESEL, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall.
(4pm) Grad Talks Symposium featuring 10-minute presentations of graduate students’ scholarly endeavors. Lee Honors College lounge.
(6.30pm) “Experiences of Hijabi Muslim Women.” Brown and Gold Room, 2nd Floor, Bernhard Center. Sponsored by the Comparative Religion Department and Islam Global Formum.
READERS NEEDED DURING FINALS WEEK
The Office for Disability Services for Students is looking for faculty, staff or students who would be available during final exam week to assist students taking exams by serving as readers. Students needing to fulfil service credit for honour societies of RSOs may be interested in volunteering if their schedules allow. Three volunteer readers needed for Thursday, April 24 (11am-2pm). Anyone interested in volunteering should contact JAYNE FRALEY-BURGETT, director of the Office for Disability Services for Students at 387-2120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARENT TO PARENT
Parent to Parent is looking for some volunteers for its annual plant sale and biggest fundraiser. It needs drivers and/or trucks to haul plants and people to volunteer for the sale. Pick up and set up starts May 13, 2014. Plant sale is May 16-17, 2014. Volunteers get a sneak peak Thursday before the sale starts with the option to purchase! Founded in 1998, Parent to Parent services families that have special needs children. We serve a total of nine counties (Allegan, Branch, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph) We collaborate with many local organizations to provide the services that these families need. Phone the office at 269-345-8950 for more information.
SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING PRACTICE (SW 4650)
Offered in the School of Social Work, SW4650 provides an exciting opportunity to expand your organizing skills, empower residents in Kalamazoo’s low-income neighborhoods, and to more fully assert yourself as an active citizen helping to address our country’s fundamental issues. Students who enroll in this Summer I term course (May 5-June 25) provide the organizing energy for Kalamazoo’s “Building Blocks” program. Enrollment is open; no course pre-requisites are involved. To make an informed decision, those considering registration should communicate directly with Dr. CUMMINGS (email@example.com). Excellent Opportunity for Summer I – Get honours credit as a field experience and community service credit.
HNRS 2900 INTRODUCTION TO GAME DESIGN (Honors, TR 12:30-1:45 p.m. 1014 LHC Abbott 3)
This class will provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice the principles of game design. Using methods employed by professional game creators, students will design, build, play, and evaluate games in order to learn what works, what doesn’t and why. Students will evaluate existing games and begin to understand what separates good games from great ones. Finally, we will explore the role of games in society, and speculate where they will take us in the future. Students enrolling in this course should be prepared to be creative, open to evolving ideas, and ready to play! For more information, please email the instructor, KEVIN ABBOTT. See video on course.
W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION RACIAL HEALING PLANNING GRANT PROPOSAL REQUEST
In 2012, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a Racial Healing planning grant to Western Michigan University. The goals of this planning grant are: (1) deepen the commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial healing within the WMU campus community, (2) address health disparities and equity in the communities of west Michigan and (3) expand WMU’s role as a community leader in support of academic readiness and success from early childhood through college graduation, particularly among those from racially diverse, underserved communities in west Michigan. Activities associated with goal (1) have already been funded and are underway. We seek proposals to conduct planning activities addressing goals (2) and (3).
The WKKF Racial Healing grant awarded to WMU is intended to support planning and pilot activities that will build capacity for sustained, future activities, especially those related to goals (2) and (3) above. The Racial Healing planning grant period ends April 30, 2015. It is anticipated that a consortium of WMU faculty and staff will apply to WKKF for an implementation grant, based on the outcomes of the planning period activities. Grant application package
Proposal deadline: May 16, 2014
Awards announced: June 6, 2014
NEW FALL COURSE ENVS 4010: CLIMATE CHANGE (3 credits), MWF 12:00 (NOON) TO 12:50, 2902 WOOD HALL
Lectures will be presented from a wide variety of expert faculty from key and intersecting disciplines including Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geosciences, History, Political Science, and Sociology. A major outcome of the course will be the development of content, materials, structure and assessments for a potential future 1000 level general education course that would promote general awareness and literacy on the broad range of societal challenges that climate change presents, the role of human behavior in both the creation of and solutions to these challenges, and the prospects for fundamental societal transition in values, economics and political institutions necessary to meet these challenges. For more information contact the instructor of record
Dr. DENISE KEELE 269-387-5686 * firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER AND CULTURAL EVENTS DOCUMENTATION DUE
Please submit your volunteer and cultural events documentation for this year by Friday, April 25 at the LHC front desk or via email. Please remember, we are no longer utilizing any electronic portfolios (http://www.wmich.edu/honors/requirements/iwebfolio).
This is the last regular weekly LHC newsletter of the 2013-2014 academic year. We will, however, send out occasional newsletters over the summer – about once a month – with news of summer programs such as Study in the States and containing information you will need as you begin to make plans for the 2014-2015 academic year. Have a wonderful summer!
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 Becky De Oliveira (email@example.com)