Moving Forward

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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WMU Alpha Lambda Delta receives award
Last week the Lee Honors College chapter of ALD was awarded the 2014 Delta Silver by the National Council for increasing chapter membership by 28% from 2012-2013 to 2103-2014. Congratulations to all the members and the ALD board!

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Student President Selected
Congratulations to honors college sophomore Jake Tholen who has been selected as student president for the WMU chapter of the honor society, Phi Kappa Phi!

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A Day at Camp
The Peer Student Success Team had wonderful leadership and team-building experience at YMCA Camp Eberhart. Here they are at the high ropes course.


Mix It Up
Thank you to everyone who came to our National Day of Service Mix It Up event last week to honor our troops! More than 100 handwritten cards will be sent to military personnel.

WMU Moves Up!
WMU has once again been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of “best national universities,” moving up eight spots from last year’s ranking! Click below for details.

WMU Moves Up rankings

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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LHC SPONSORED EVENTS THIS WEEK: September 14 –September 20

Check-It: A Conversation
Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m. LHC Lounge.
Check Your Privilege, an original piece of documentary theatre, will be showing at the York Arena from September 26 to October 12 ( The documentary is written entirely based on interviews with WMU faculty, staff and students and will explore and examine our diverse campus. Check It: A Conversation will give honors students the unique opportunity to meet production director Stephanie Sandburg for a discussion of privilege and a preview of the show. The first 30 students will receive free tickets to a performance of Check Your Privilege!.

Check It-A Conversation Flyer

Lyceum Lecture
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12-1 p.m. LHC Lounge
“The Need for Cross Cultural Perspectives in Family and Human Services Programs,” by Bryce Dickey, M.S., Family and Consumer Sciences

Food Drive Discussion and Pizza Party
Wednesday, September 17, 6 p.m. LHC Lounge
Pizza Party! Dr. Allen Webb will provide a talk titled, “Food Justice in the 21st Century: Addressing Inequality and Climate Change” and eat free pizza with your donation to the Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes food pantry (monetary or a nonperishable food item).

Food Drive Pizza

MIX IT UP: Dinner with the Deans
Thursday, September 18, 6:30-8 p.m. LHC Lounge
This week at Mix It Up students will have the opportunity to discuss study abroad programs and scholarships over dinner with the deans! Students who have received Lee Honors College study abroad scholarship will give brief presentations about their experiences and will be on hand to answer your questions about the study abroad experience. Click the link below to RSVP and indicate your preference for a Jimmy John’s sandwich. The deadline to RSVP is September 16, 2014 by 5 p.m.

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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 building.


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
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 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, September 18, 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.

Alpha Lambda Delta Trail Clean Up Day
Saturday, September 20, 12:30 p.m.
Opportunity for DOUBLE volunteer hours! Volunteers needed to help pick up trash and recyclables, as well as pull out evasive species around the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. Meet at the flag poles on campus at 12:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided, but if any volunteers have a car available to give rides to other volunteers that would be great. Contact Nicole Thompson at for more information. RSVP on the ALD website at:

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 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. Deadline was September 11, 2014, but exceptions may be made in some circumstances. 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 shifts 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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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:

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. 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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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.

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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 by October 1 for an appointment to explore this opportunity.

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

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



Leading scholar presents at Geosciences Seminar
Monday, September 22, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Rood Hall, room 1118
Distinguished guest Dr. Tim Naish will be discussing paleoclimate perspectives on ice sheet and sea level sensitivity in this seminar series. Dr. Naish is the director of the Joint Antarctic Research Institute at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He is also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change 5th Assessment report.

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:

International Affairs Graduate Programs
Tuesday, September 16, 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 3301 Friedmann Hall.
Come listen to representatives from schools like Columbia University, Georgetown University and Princeton University discuss academic programs and career opportunities related to international affairs.

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Political Forums
Wednesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Brown Auditorium, Schneider Hall
Western Michigan University’s National Public Radio station WMUK and Friends of WMU, a political action committee, are hosting two political forums on campus in the coming weeks to allow voters to meet and learn more about candidates in local races.

Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
Thursday, September 18 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. The presentation this week will feature Frostic School of Art honors graduate Elizabeth Sauer, who is currently completing her graduate studies at the University of Florida. Her focus is ceramic, instillation and performance art.

Town Versus Gown Poetry Reading
Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library.
Readings will feature WMU faculty who are members of the gown contingent. For more information contact: Professor Kerlikowske at or Janet Heller at

Haworth College of Business Mercantile Bank Breakfast Speaker Series
Friday, September 26, 7:30 a.m.
Come eat breakfast and listen to speakers discuss topics such as end of life care, Black Friday shopping and business technology. This week Laura Latiolais will discuss “Care at the End of Life: What Hospice Provides.” For more information or to register contact the Haworth College of Business at (269)-387-6059 or go to

Appearance by Japanese Scholar
Thursday, September 25, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Brown Hall, room 3025
Hiromi Itō, a radical iconoclast known for her bold explorations of the feminine body, sexuality and motherhood, will read poetry, works of prose and essays. For more information, contact Prof. Angles at or (269) 387-3044.

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Internal Funding Sources
How about seeking some funding, researchers? Applications for the Support for Faculty Scholars Award and Undergraduate Research Excellence Award are due Tuesday, Sept. 30. Details and application forms are available online at This is also the deadline for Lee Honors College Research and Creative Activities and Study Abroad Scholarships! Details are available on the website at

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

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


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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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