Welcome Back – Fall 2014 Kicks Off!

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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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Lee Honors College Receives U.S. Green Building Certification
After recent modifications to the building, Lee Honors College was awarded Silver certification status by LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) on August 25, 2014! This status is awarded when facilities meet standards that reflect an environmentally-friendly design, such as efficient use of materials, water and energy. For more information about Green Building Certifications (http://www.usgbc.org/leed).

Lee Honors College Welcome Back Picnic
On Tuesday, August 26, the honors college’s annual welcome back picnic was a huge success! We had over 300 attendees, and lots of food, fun and friendly faces!


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 by any student to attend and present a Bronco ID at four 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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MIX IT UP: Welcome Back Party
September 4, 7-8 p.m. LHC Lounge
This week’s Mix It Up program will be an informal meet-and-greet with snacks, beverages, music, games and more. Stop by and get to know other students!


Lecture by author of Life of Pi , Yann Martel
Thursday, October 23, 2014, Miller Auditorium, 7 p.m.
“Healing Journeys: Crossing the Pacific, Dealing With Trauma.”

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Appearance and Photography Exhibit by Leni Sinclair
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7 p.m.
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 the fall semester.


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.

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Appearance by Gordon Henry
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.

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Lyceum Lecture Series Fall 2014: Engaged Global Citizenship
Wednesdays, Fall Semester 2014 (12-1pm in the LHC Lounge)
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 (12-1 p.m.) 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 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 the weekly routine. The first Mix-it-Up takes place on Thursday, September 4, 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.

Community service hub FOCUS is recruiting new executives and team members to help expand their organization. A few of the positions currently open include: Executive Secretary, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Plan to attend recruitment day at Sprau Tower on Friday, September 5 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you are interested. Please email Tinashe Chaponda at FOCUSKalamazoo@gmail.com, or call 269-250-0278 for more information.

FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Education Program

Earn class credit and/or internship hours, or simply volunteer, by becoming a sexual assault peer educator for FIRE! (Fighting Ignorance and Rape through Education). The Office of Health Promotion and Education at Sindecuse Health Center is looking for students of all genders who want to participate in peer education, plan events and/or provide support services and other awareness activities around the issue of sexual assault. New volunteers will be accepted for the fall 2014 semester until September 11, 2014. Stop by room 3120 in Sindecuse Health Center or call Amber Mosely at (269)-387-2990 for more information. You can also get an application online. (http://www.wmich.edu/healthcenter/healthpromotion/fireplace/peer-fire)


ArtPrize 2014

Students are invited to sign up to volunteer at the Western Michigan University Grand Rapids Downtown location for ArtPrize 2014. The event will begin Wednesday, September 24, 2014 and end Sunday, October 12, 2014. All volunteers will work one or two 3 or 4 hour increments and will receive a gift for their efforts! If you plan to volunteer please sign up by September 17 to receive the pre-week training. Students can click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
View the venue at: http://www.artprize.org/western-michigan-university-grand-rapids

Michigan Autism Conference

Help is needed at the second annual Michigan Autism Conference for tasks such as checking attendees in at registration and at the continuing education talk, and helping attendees navigate the conference arena. The conference will be held Thursday, September 25, and Friday, September 26 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. Please dress professionally as this is a professional conference. Contact honr-grad@wmich.edu if you would like a volunteer signup form that all volunteers must complete and submit prior to the event. Details regarding the conference can be found at: http://www.michiganautismconference.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 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 (Nathan.w.robinson@wmich.edu).

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.

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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. Students can apply online at http://www.internshipsdc.com. 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.

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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.