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The fall semester at Western Michigan University is here! Whether you are a new or returning student, the following information will help you prepare for a successful experience in the Lee Honors College. Please pay particular attention to special event dates since your membership in the Lee Honors College depends on a certain level of participation in these events, as per our official policy: http://www.wmich.edu/honors/advising/requirements

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Study in the States
Announcing six Study in the States course opportunities for 2015. More information will be made available very soon!

*Vues d’Afrique (African Film Festival): Travel to Montreal with Vincent DesRoches from World Languages and Literatures to attend the African Film Festival (April 24-May 3, 2015).

*The Texas Tour: Travel to Austin, Houston and San Antonio with Derrick McIver from Management to study major corporations (May 2-9 2015).

*Metropolitan Metabolism: What Makes the Big Apple Sustainable?: Travel to New York City with Sarah Hill from Anthropology and Environmental & Sustainability studies (Early May 2015)

*Oshkosh AirVentures: Travel to OshKosh, WI with Terry Michmerhuizen from Aviation to attend the experimental airshow (July 20-26, 2015).

 *Entrepreneuership: Understanding Startup Communities: This course will meet on Friday afternoons in Spring semester 2015. Travel to Austin, TX and Boulder, CO during spring break (March) with John Mueller from Management. Students will also visit Grand Rapids, Detroit and Chicago for day trips during the spring semester. (Feb 6 and 20. 2015, March 6-15, 2015)

*Disney Pilgrimage (tentative): Travel with alumnus Christopher Tremblay, beginning in Chicago at the birthplace of Disney and ending in California at his gravesite to explore his legacy (July 7-15, 2015).

WMU Earns Diversity Award
Western Michigan University has received a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, marking the second consecutive year the university has been honored with this national award by INSIGHT Into Diversity, the nation’s oldest and largest publication that focuses on diversity in higher education.

Commitment to Diversity
Minority Access, Inc. has awarded WMU for its commitment to diversity for the second year in a row.

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Art Prize 2014
Here are some students who traveled to downtown Grand Rapids to attend the first Metropolitan Series event at Art Prize 2014!

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Deadlines Approaching:
September 30 is the deadline for several opportunities listed below!

Study Abroad and Research and Creative Activities Support
The Lee Honors College is offering honors students scholarships of up to $2500 to help defray the cost of study abroad or to facilitate the pursuit of research and creative activities. Deadline to apply is September 30. Click the image below to apply:


Undergraduate Research Excellence Award
Do you need funding for a research or creative project? The Office of the Vice President for Research will be awarding $500 to students who want to gain experience doing hands-on research with faculty members from various colleges at WMU. The deadline to apply is September 30. Click the link below for more information and to apply:

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Call for Editors
The Lee Honors College is seeking applicants to serve as Editor in Chief for the 2014-15 issue of The Laureate. For 13 years, the LHC has published this distinguished literary journal. Each year an honors college student, typically a junior or senior, is selected as Editor in Chief. This student edits the Laureate under the close guidance and mentoring of Professor Becky Cooper. The Editor is responsible for soliciting, reading, and selecting poetry, prose, and photography to be included in the issue. This important work may serve as the Editor’s honors thesis. The ideal candidate will have a passion for literature and creative writing. To submit your resume and letter of interest, or for additional information, please contact Becky Cooper at: becky.cooper@wmich.edu.

Food Donation: “An Apple a Day Keeps the Hunger Away”
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. WMU flag poles
The Invisible Need Project will be at the flagpoles passing out apples kindly donated by Gull Meadow Farms, taking food donations, selling t-shirts and passing out information about the food donation project.

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 honors college requires that all freshmen attend at least four Lee Honors College-sponsored events during their first year and two in their sophomore year. Transfer students are required to attend two Lee Honors College-sponsored events during their first year as an honors student. Any non-transfer student who fails to attend and present a Bronco ID at four sponsored events by the end of their first year will not be in good standing with the honors college. Failure to attend and present a Bronco ID at the required number of honors college sponsored events by the end of the second year will result in dismissal from the Lee Honors College. Mark your calendars and plan to attend as many of these as possible!

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LHC SPONSORED EVENTS THIS WEEK: September 21 –September 27

“Check Your Privilege”
September 26 – October 12 at York Arena
Come view the original documentary theatre piece captured through the eyes and experiences of Western Michigan University students, faculty and staff. Lee Honors College has FREE TICKETS to the Thursday, October 2, 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday, October 5, 2 p.m. performances. Come by the front desk and pick yours up today! Click on the image below for more details:


Lyceum Lecture
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12-1 p.m. LHC Lounge
“Challenges of Promoting Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness for Global Citizens of the 21 Century,” by Dr. Sisay Asefa, Ph.D., Department of Economics

MIX IT UP: Thesis Workshop
Thursday, October 2, 6:30-8 p.m. LHC Lounge
Come to this week’s Mix It Up and learn about strategies for identifying a thesis topic and navigating the thesis process. Light snacks and beverages are included.

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Tar Sands Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m. LHC Lounge
This honors college co-sponsored event will feature a panel of experts from local universities and organizations to discuss a variety of issues related the controversial proposed Keystone ‘tar sands’ oil pipeline. A question and answer session will follow each presentation.

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Appearance and Photography Exhibit by Leni Sinclair
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7 p.m. LHC Lounge
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 a co-founder of the White Panther Party. A selection of Leni’s work is currently on display in the Lee Honors College.


Scholar Scare 5K Run
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Join this Halloween-themed 5K run/walk and help raise money for the Lee Honors College study abroad scholarships and the Study in the States program.

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Appearance by Gordon Henry
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7 p.m. LHC Lounge
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.

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Lyceum Lecture Series Fall 2014: Engaged Global Citizenship
Wednesdays, Fall Semester 2014 (12-1 p.m. in the LHC Lounge)
The lecture series, titled “Global Citizenship,” provides perspectives from a wide range of faculty and staff in various programs across campus. Brown bag lunches are welcome. See below for details.


Mix It Up!
Mix It Up programs take place every Thursday evening (usually at 7 p.m.) 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 your weekly routine. The next Mix-it-Up takes place on Thursday, October 2, 2014. See below for information on each week’s program.

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All Lee Honors College students are required to complete 20 volunteer hours each year. 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.

Voter Registration Drive
Volunteers are needed this week to support the voter registration drive. Contact Nora or Stephanie at WeVote@wmich.edu to sign up.

Data entry for the Michigan Butterfly Network
Earn volunteer hours by taking data from butterfly survey sheets of past years and entering butterfly counts into a new online interface called PollardBase. Contact Kyle Bibby at kbibby@naturecenter.org if you are interested.

Tutor Time
Tutor Time is a service project run by the 2011 Medallions. They work with elementary students from Kalamazoo Public Schools with homework and reading help. Tutor Time is located at the Evergreen South Apartment Complex and runs Monday-Thursday from 4-5pm. They are looking for students who are able to tutor on Mondays or Wednesdays. The program will begin on October 6th. If you are interested in becoming a part of Tutor Time, e-mail Elyse Hogan atelyse.c.hogan@wmich.edu with your availability or any questions/concerns.

Plainwell Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Community
Earn volunteer hours and/or college credit by contributing to music, spiritual, art and dance programs for nursing home residents. See below for details.

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Krazy for the Kazoo River Clean-Up
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Have fun while supporting this valuable natural resource by volunteering to plant trees or remove trash from a stream. All participants will receive a free t-shirt! This event will take place at 7 different locations. Specific details, including meeting times and contact information can be found at: www.kalamazooriver.org

Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK) is looking for volunteers (preferably in English and/or in English fields) to volunteer to help nurture reading and writing skills of students from preschool through twelfth grade. Volunteers are needed to help at monthly Saturday workshops as well as more long-term workshops facilitated in schools. Contact Emily Kastner at www.readandwritekzooo.org to sign up.

Broncos For Heroes
Broncos for Heroes is a WMU RSO that focuses on sending care packages to deployed service men and women in order to show them our support for the sacrifices they make for our country. Volunteers can help by working donation tables, passing out flyers, planning, organizing and creating care packages. Volunteers may sign up at http://broncosforheroes.org/get-involved/. For more information contact: Ryan Kohsel at Volunteer@broncosforheroes.org.

Invisible Need Project
Volunteers needed throughout the school year to help with stocking, sorting and keeping inventory current at The Invisible Need Project’s food pantry located in Ackley Hall. The Invisible Need 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 (Nathan.w.robinson@wmich.edu). Click on this link for more information: www.mywmu.com/invisibleneed.

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The Bronco Study Zone
Volunteers will gain experience tutoring, mentoring, coaching and/or supervising students who have required study hours or who want to develop good study habits. Volunteers will provide these services in the new Bronco Study Zone on the second floor in Waldo Library. To gain academic credit for this service register for UNIV 1030 and email Christine.Robinson@wmich.edu, or Rosie.S.Capps@wmich.edu to simply volunteer.

Bronco Buddies Pen Pals
Bronco Buddies is a pen pal program in which Lee Honors College students partner with Chicago-area elementary school children and Northern Indiana middle school students to provide mentoring and information about college. Buddies exchange emails, participate in Skype sessions with the class and meet their buddies during the much-anticipated (optional) yearly visit. Interested in becoming a Bronco Buddy? Contact our graduate assistant, Molly, at honr-grad@wmich.edu for more information and to sign up.

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Peer Student Success Team (PSST) Position Available
This is a job opportunity be a mentor to first-year LHC students and also act as an LHC Ambassador. PSST mentors are often sponsored to attend several professional development opportunities including conferences and leadership retreats. This is an excellent resume building and leadership development experience. The weekly time commitment is 3 – 8 hours per week. A few of the job duties include: emailing communication with first year students, working LHC events, giving tours of the LHC, coordinating service projects, representing the LHC at university events and attending bi-weekly meetings on Sunday afternoons. If you are interested in applying for this position please contact PSST Student Coordinator, Elyse Hogan, at elyse.c.hogan@wmich.edu. Here are some mentors at the PSST Fall Leadership Retreat, 2014:


Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign
Internships and Fellowship programs are available for students interested in learning the nuts and bolts of how a campaign works and helping to elect Democratic candidates from across the state. Hours are flexible, and no experience is necessary. Participants will learn how to run a local field program and a successful “Get Out the Vote” operation while networking within the profession. To apply for an internship or a fellowship with the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign, or to learn about general volunteer opportunities, visit http://bit.ly/1tfglPV, call (248) 824-6957 or send an email to michigandemcoordinated@hotmail.com.

The Michigan Republican Party
The Michigan Republican Party is looking for interns who want to witness and learn the inner-workings of the Michigan Republican Party. Interns will work at the office headquarters in Lansing, and out of other regional office locations meeting elected officials, attending special “behind the scenes” events and more. Duties of interns can include but are not limited to: writing scripts for press releases, planning and staffing events, engaging in research, implementing grassroots strategies and more. If you have any questions email internships@migop.org. Send your resume to internships@migop.org if you are interested in applying.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Are you a student in a field related to biomedical sciences? Do you want to gain experience with one of the world’s most cutting-edge and highly recognized medical and scientific research organizations? If so, NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) is looking for students with strong academic standing from populations underrepresented in biomedical research for an all-expenses paid trip to the NIH campus. Once there, students will have the opportunity to interview with scientists for potential research training positions, hear lectures from world-renowned scientists and see their state-of-the-science laboratories. Interested applicants must apply between September 1, 2014 and October 15, 2014. For more information, visit:


The Truman Scholarship
Are you a junior who is planning to go to grad school to prepare for a career a career in public service in the government or nonprofit/advocacy sectors? The Truman scholarship might be for you! Please visit the website below and then contact Jane Baas at (269) 387-3234 or jane.baas@wmich.edu by October 1 for an appointment to explore this opportunity. http://www.truman.gov/

Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Apply for an all-expenses paid scholarship to pursue a full-time post-graduate degree at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom! Application deadline is October 15. See link below for more information. Interested students should contact Scott.Friesner@wmich.edu or Carla.Koretsky@wmich.edu for more information.


WISH Internships
We are now accepting nominations for the spring 2015 semester! The deadline for students to apply is October 15. Some premier internship positions may have internal application deadlines as early as September. 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. Students can apply online at: www.internshipsdc.com.

Hertz Foundation Fellowship
Five-year graduate fellowships in applied physical, biological, or engineering sciences. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2014. Apply online at www.hertzfoundation.org. See below for details.


Environmental Chemistry Scholarship
The Michigan Environmental Laboratory Association is awarding $1000 to a full-time WMU Sophomore or Junior with an Environmental, Chemistry, or Geochemistry focus. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2015. Contact Tom Howe at www.michlabs.org to apply.

Phi Kappa Phi Awards and Grants
Beginning with the 2014 – 2016 biennium, Phi Kappa Phi’s award and grant programs will reflect new changes that include two new programs, dual cycles and an increased number of available awards. To learn more about these changes, visit the website at:
http://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards – .VBxiBfldU3d

WMU Alumni Association Legacy Scholarships
Do you have a family member considering attending WMU? More than $300,000 in Alumni Legacy Scholarships available in fall 2015 for new students! See below for details:

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Real Talk Diversity Series
Throughout the fall semester discussions and presentations will take place on issues relating to race, gender and sexual orientation. Click the link below for details:

Complete Streets Coalition Charette
Tuesday, September 30 to Friday, October 3. Radisson Hotel.
Give your input to city leaders and transportation officials regarding how you want the Stadium Drive and Michigan Avenue corridor configured. See below or go to http://completestreetscoalition.weebly.com/ for details.

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Your literary work can be published! Brainchild is highly recognized journal and is seeking submissions from honors college students beginning September 15. See link below for details:

Ebola Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 12 p.m. 204 Bernhard Center
The Haenicke Institute for Global Engagement is hosting a panel discussion on the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. See below for details.


Political Science Guest Presentation
Thursday, October 2 at 2 p.m. Political Science Library (3301 Friedman Hall)
WMU Department of Political Science is hosting a guest presentation by Dr. Jose Antonio Cheibub of the University of Illinois. His talk, “Order in Chaos: Intra-Party Coordination in Proportional Representation Systems,” will address candidate list coordination in countries that use PR systems, with analytic emphasis on Brazilian politics. For more information, contact Dr. Peter Wielhouwer at 269-387-5685 or peter.wielhouwer@wmich.edu.

WMU Graduate and Professional School Fair
Monday, October 6, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. East Ballroom, Bernhard Center
Thinking about grad school, medical school or law school? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about it! For more information call 269-387-8237 or go to: http://www.wmich.edu/grad/newsletter/2014-grad-fair-invite.html

National Coming Out Week
October 6 – 12. Trimpe Building
Celebrate National Coming Out Week with the Office of Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services. See below for details.

2014 National Coming Out Week

Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, October 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bernhard Center East Ballroom
Have questions about Study Abroad? The Haenicke Institute for Global Education is holding their annual Study Abroad fair in the Bernhard Center East Ballroom.

Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
Thursday, October 16 at 5 p.m. Richmond Center for Visual Art.
The Richmond Center is staging a series of lectures in conjunction with its exhibition schedule in support of the thematic approach to its calendar of events. Presentations, gallery talks and workshops are being facilitated by artists from across the country. In the next exhibition, Armita Raafat will present her work, which has been featured in several group exhibitions in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Tehran and Seoul, South Korea.

24rd Annual Argonne Symposium
Friday, November 7, 2014. Argonne National Laboratory
If you are an undergraduate studying science, engineering, math, or a related field, you may be interested in attending this symposium. Participants can expect a day filled with presentations, keynote addresses from cutting edge scientists and engineers, and the opportunity to tour Argonne National Laboratory’s world class User Facilities. Selected students will have the chance to present their research to peers, faculty, and STEM professionals. Click on the link below to register. Deadline is October 17.

Mid-East Honors Association Logo Contest
Win $250 if your logo is chosen! Deadline is October 27. See below for details.


Haworth College of Business Mercantile Bank Breakfast Speaker Series
Friday, October 31, 2150, Schneider Hall.
Come eat breakfast and listen to speakers discuss topics such as end of life care, Black Friday shopping and business technology. This week Dr. Robert Harrison, assistant professor of marketing, will discuss his latest research on Black Friday shopping. For more information or to register contact the Haworth College of Business at (269)-387-6059 or go to wmich.edu/business/mercantile-rsvp


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 highlight Lee Honors College sponsored events and volunteer activities that fulfill required credits. The newsletter will also contain important announcements and information designed to make your life easier, so make sure to read it each week. If you haven’t done so already, join our Facebook group or like our Facebook page for daily information about new events and other relevant announcements. You can also follow us on Twitter @LeeHonorsCol!

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 Lee Honors College. If you have questions or would like to submit a story, contact Lee Honors College communications coordinator and newsletter editor Devin Jordan, at devin.l.jordan@wmich.edu.

For more information, visit the Lee Honors College homepage.