The Semester Begins!

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:

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Fort Custer Leadership Retreat
Last week honors college Peer Student Success Team (PSST) mentors traveled to Fort Custer in Battle Creek for a leadership retreat, where they completed military team building exercises. Mentors were challenged to think critically, problem solve and make it through a muddy water pit!

Ft Custer Leadership Retreat

Mix It Up
Some of the 180+ honors college students at the first Mix It Up!

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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!


Lyceum Lecture
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (12-1 p.m.)
“How Did I Become an Engaged Global Citizen?”
by Said M. Abubakr, Ph.D., Chemical and Paper Engineering.

MIX IT UP: National Day of Service
Thursday, September 11, 7-8 p.m. LHC Lounge
This week’s Mix It Up program will be focused on honoring the service of our troops. Students will have the opportunity to write encouraging messages on cards to be sent to military service members. Beverages and snacks provided.

Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk (LHC Co-Sponsored Event)
Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m. Bronson Park
Help provide support for suicide prevention efforts by participating in this Gryphon Place sponsored walk. Jane Baas, Associate Dean, has created an LHC walking team called LHC Champions for the Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk. To join her, or to donate, please visit:
Click here to Register for the Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk. If you choose to walk on the LHC team, sign in with Jane and this can count as an LHC co-sponsored event!



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 13, 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.


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 next Mix-it-Up takes place on Thursday, September 11, 2014. See below for information on each week’s program.

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mix it up

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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.

Alpha Sigma Phi Homes for Our Troops Run/Walk
Saturday, September 27, 8 a.m.
Show support for our nation’s most severely injured Veterans during by volunteering to help at this event. Homes for Our Troops is an organization that builds homes for Veterans free of charge. Volunteers are needed to direct runners or walkers along the path, help any runners who sustain an injury and pass out water. Please contact Kumar Orlewicz at 734-474-5151 or at to volunteer. Deadline is September 20.

Homes for Our Troops

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. (


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:

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 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:

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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 that they make for our country. Volunteers can help by working donation tables, passing out flyers, planning, organizing and creating care packages. This has been approved by Dr. Koretsky for meeting the volunteer requirement but you must fill out your volunteer log and submit it for it to count! Volunteers may sign up at For more information contact: Ryan Kohsel at

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 (

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, or 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 for more information and to sign up.

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Michigan Energy Future Conference
The honors college is planning to send 12 people to the Michigan Energy Futures Conference on September 9, 2014. Lee Honors College will cover all the costs for travel there, including meals for the day. Registration is free for students. If you would like to attend, please contact Fareed Shalhout as soon as possible via email at Click the link below for more information

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:


FAST (Future Alumni Support Team) is beginning a Young Alumni Mentor Program with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to facilitate mentorship and networking between professionals and students.  One undergraduate student will be matched with one alumni (of the past decade) with similar career interest for professional advice.  For more information, go online to 100 students and 100 alumni will be accepted. Application deadline is October 1. Click below on the image below to apply.

FAST mentorship

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 or 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

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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
For more information, visit the Lee Honors College homepage.

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