March 17-23, 2014

MONDAY, March 17 (Last day to withdraw from Spring Semester classes)
 Art exhibit ”An Open Book: Works by BARBARA ELLMAN.” Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Monroe-Brown Gallery. All week.

(10am-6pm) Art exhibit Trace and Gestures Print Portfolio. Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kerr Gallery. All week.

(11am) 2014 Great Decisions Series Lecture “Unintended Consequences of the Arab Spring,” REZA MARASHI, National Iranian American Council, Fetzer Center’s Putney Auditorium.

(4pm) Geosciences Seminar Series ”Evolutionary Trees: How Cognitive Science Predicts Better and Worse Diagram Styles for Teaching and Learning,” ANDREA BAIR. 1118 Rood Hall. 

(4pm) International Career Development Series “The U.S. Fulbright and Boren Programs: Graduate Programs Abroad,” Dr. MICHELLE METRO-ROLAND. 1920 Sangren Hall.

(6pm) Guest artist and faculty recital PETER ELDRIDGE, jazz vocals, with JEREMY SISKIND, piano, Dalton Center Lecture Hall.

TUESDAY, March 18
(3pm) Guest lecture 
“Three Years Later: Japan and the Challenges of Post-Disaster Recovery,” Dr. ETHAN SEGAL, Michigan State University. 3301 Friedmann Hall.

(7pm) Master class – JEREMY WILSON, trombone. Dalton Center Recital Hall.

This will take place at three times: 5.00-5.45pm; 6.00-6.45pm; 7.00-7.45pm. Questions and signups should be emailed to

(7pm) Poetry reading “Fairy Tales, Legends and Myths,” featuring multiple poets, some with ties to WMU, Portage District Library, 300 Library Lane. Refreshments provided.

(7.30pm) Guest artist recital DAL NIENTE, part of the 2014 New Sounds Festival, Dalton Center Recital Hall.

(7.30) Musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” Miller Auditorium. Ticket prices vary.

(12-1pm) LYCEUM LECTURE SERIES.  “Higher Education: 800 Years of Uncertainty and Still Going Strong,” Dr. ANDREA BEACH, educational leadership, research and technology. Brown bag lunches welcome. Lee Honors College lounge. Full Spring 2014 schedule.

(12pm) FILM SERIES: “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” Not Just a Paycheck: Why do layoffs take such a huge toll in Michigan but cause hardly a ripple in Sweden? Mary Jane Stryker Theater, Kalamazoo Valley Museum. 

(3pm) Gender Scholar Award lecture “How Do Mothers and Fathers Really Feel About Child Caregiving? Evidence From the American Time Use Survey,” Dr. JEAN KIMMEL, economics, 3025 Brown Hall. Light refreshments provided.

(5pm) Guest lecture “Constantine’s Idea of Religious Freedom,” Dr. ELIZABETH DEPALMA DIGESER, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2500 Knauss Hall. Reception to follow.

(7pm) Graphics-based lecture “Mesoamérica Resiste,” telling stories about corporate globalization and militarization in the Americas through pictures, the Beehive Collective, Wesley Foundation.

(7pm) What Do You Know film series “Stoplight: Discussions at the Intersections of Disability, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,” student panel to follow, Ackley/Shilling lounge. Refreshments served.

THURSDAY, March 20
(10am) Information session – to learn more about Islam and the Kalamazoo Islamic Center, meet in front of Waldo Library at 10 a.m. to walk to the center or meet there, 1520 West Michigan Ave., at 10:15 a.m. Refreshments provided.

(6pm) Islam in Global Perspectives “Challenges of Racism and the Acculturation of American Muslims.” DAWUD WALID, Council of American Islamic Relations—Michigan. Trimpe Building Multicultural Center. Refreshments provided.

(7.30pm) Comedic news quiz show “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! NPR’s oddly informative news quiz, Miller Auditorium. Ticket prices vary.

(7pm) Mix-it-Up!
Dance Lessons. Lee Honors College lounge. 

(7.30pm) Final concert – part of Entrepreneurial Arts Workshop, Dalton Center Recital Hall.

(8pm) University Theatre  “9 to 5.” Shaw Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Tickets: (269) 387-6222 or online. Through March 23.

FRIDAY, March 21
(12pm) Dance performance – an informal showing of dances by WMU students and faculty, Dalton Center Dance Studio B.

(12pm) Lecture – “Sensitivity and Impossible Worlds, ” MATTHEW MILLER, 3014 Moore Hall.

(2pm) Master class SARA GAZAREK, jazz vocals, Dalton Center Recital Hall.

(3.30pm) Biological Sciences Seminar Series “Dynamic Inquiry Meets Individual and Social Metacognition.” Dr. MICHAL ZION, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 1710 Wood Hall.

(6pm) Student recital ANIBAL HERNANDEZ, trombone, Dalton Center Lecture Hall.

Francophone Film Festival – featuring French-language films with English subtitles, Little Theatre. Screening times and prices vary.

(8pm) Frostic Reading Series CULLEN BAILEY BURNS, Century College, 208-210 Bernhard Center.

(8pm) Guest artist recital SARA GAZAREK, jazz vocals and JOSH NELSON, piano, Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets: (269) 387-2300 or

SATURDAY, March 22
Tickets are only $15 and include transportation, breakfast, dinner from Zingerman’s Deli (an Ann Arbor delicacy), the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, UM Museum of Art, UM Museum of Archeology, and the Nichols Arboretum. SIGN UP BY MARCH 20.

(1pm) Annual Walk for Water – walk the WMU campus perimeter to benefit non-profit organization Clean Water for the World, begins at Fountain Plaza. Questions  to Paul Flickinger at (269) 254-2851.

Francophone Film Festival – featuring French-language films with English subtitles, Little Theatre, screening times and prices vary.

(8pm) Concert Gold Company, Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets: (269) 387-2300 or

(8pm) Final concert – part of the 34th annual Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival, featuring the Gold Company, Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets: (269) 387-2300 or

(8pm) Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra – presents the music of Led Zeppelin, Miller Auditorium. or (269) 387-2300.

SUNDAY, March 23
(1pm) Broncos men’s soccer vs. Detroit – Waldo Stadium.

(3pm) Concert – Campus Band, Brad Pulverenti, conductor, Dalton Center Recital Hall.

(4-8pm) 25th Annual International Festival – featuring cultural displays, traditional ethnic food and performances, Bernhard Center ballroom. Free admission; nominal fee for food.

(7.30pm) Student recital JOSEPH SWIFT, bassoon, Dalton Center Lecture Hall.

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The Blood Drive takes place March 24 (3-8pm) at Sigma Phi Epsilon, 3031 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI (Community Room/Basement). It is sponsored by Michigan Blood, Help others (and get a free large Papa John’s pizza in the process). It is preferred that the donors make an appointment with MI Blood before hand. They can be reached by: Phone: 1-866-MIBLOOD(642-5663) or Website:
Any more questions? Call Conor Carpenter at (847) 494-6435.

Thursday April 24, 2014 (4-6pm 105-107 Bernhard Center.

Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and Ally (LBGTA) students’ contributions to the university and acknowledges their achievements throughout their college experience. Faculty, staff and groups who have made a significant contribution to the LBGTA community at WMU are also recognised. In addition to awarding certificates to the graduating students, up to five awards may be presented.

Specialists at Waldo Library will give students individual help with their projects and papers on Tuesday April 1 (3-7pm). Writing Center personnel and University librarians and staff will give advice and help search for resources in an individual consultation format. The special clinics help highlight the research services that the libraries and the Writing Center offer to help students succeed. Bring a copy of your research assignment and research questions.

Sign up now for this 5K Run/Walk on April 5, 2014. Proceeds will be used to provide travel scholarships for Lee Honors College WMU students for travel to study abroad and for the new Study in the States program. Runner registration
Volunteer sign up

Want to learn more about urban issues while exploring the city of Chicago? Spend time learning, serving and reflecting in the Windy City for a weekend that might just change your life. April 4-6, 2014. Cost: $50. Spaces limited. Class credit may be available – check with your professor. Contact Zach with questions or to sign up: Sponsored by UCM/InterAction.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 (11am-5pm). Fetzer Center.
Discover the sustainability skills, knowledge and attitudes local sustainability champions are looking for when they recruit new talent by attending a panel discussion comparing perspectives from public and private sector employers.

WMU is hosting a workshop on March 27, 2014 (1-4.15pm) to help give college women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. Advancedregistration is required.

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No experience needed. Work days every Saturday from 8am-4pm. Carpooling and lunch provided. Sign up on the bulletin board outside of 1160 Kanley or come to a weekly meetings (Tuesdays at 5pm in the Kanley Chapel Dialogue Center). Contact:

Volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Kalamazoo. Fridays 3:30-8pm. Stop by 1160 Kanley for more information, or come a weekly meeting (Tuesdays at 8:30pm in the Kanley Chapel Dialogue Center). Website: Contact:


These are year-long opportunities open to all students who pay the sustainability fee. Fellows participate in leadership and discovery-driven learning opportunities and are paid to research and work on campus sustainability projects and policies. Fellows live in the 150-year-old Gibbs House across from Asylum Lake, which also serves as a community sustainability resource centre. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through March 30 annually. Applications may be sent to or submitted to the Office for Sustainability in hard copy.

Available internships and further program details can be found and applied for on the Southwest Michigan First website at

Assistants will assist with field studies in support of research and extension aimed at improving the sustainability of vegetable production in Michigan. Starts in May 2014. To apply, email resume and brief cover letter to CAROLYN LOWRY:

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Award applications for 2014/15 are now available for various awards and grants valued at $1 million each biennium. More than 260 grants and awards will be bestowed in 2014. See the website for applications and deadlines for individual awards.


As a Western Michigan University student, you pay the Student Sustainability Fee every semester. Take the Student Sustainability Fee Survey to add your opinion on how you would like to see this money spent. Just by taking the survey you are entered to win a variety of prizes! A town hall event will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at WMU’s Office for Sustainability. All are invited to discuss the survey results, enjoy free food and claim prizes for participating. The survey will be open through Sunday, March 23 and can be found here: Contact the Office for Sustainability at (269) 387-0943 with questions.

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Please submit items for the newsletter by 12pm each Friday for the Sunday newsletter. Make sure to include all relevant information, such as contact details, etc. Email items to Becky De Oliveira:

The LHC advising office is open 8am-5pm. Please make an appointment to be sure someone is available to help you. Advisors are unavailable during the lunch hour (12-1pm).

Monday-Thursday (5-7pm): Honors Lounge, Ackley

1. Rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
2. Don’t stack dishes on top of each other in the dishwasher.
3. If the dishwasher is running, make sure to handwash your dishes.
4. Clean up after yourself.
5. Use the dishwasher; don’t just put your dishes in the sink.
6. Do not eat food that doesn’t belong to you or remove anything from the refrigerator that does not belong to you.

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 (

For information on the Lee Honors College.

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