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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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 (becky.cooper@wmich.edu).

Transportation Evolved
Got an electric car? WMU has been cited as one of the nation’s most EV-Friendly universities in the U.S. Click the link below for details:

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 the image 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 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

Lee Honors College Metropolitan Series: Art Prize 2014
Friday, September 26, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This honor college sponsored event is already fully subscribed! If you signed up for this event and something now prevents you from attending, please contact Fareed Shalhout at: honr-grad2@wmich.edu or 269-387-3230 so that someone from the waiting list can be notified.

“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, September 24, 2014, 12-1 p.m. LHC Lounge
“Music as an Instrument of Diversity,” by Gwendolynn Rose, D.M.D., School of Music

Thursday, September 25, 6:30-8 p.m. LHC Lounge
Come to this week’s Mix It Up for informative presentations on internships, research, and creative activities. Light snacks and beverages are included.

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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, 25 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 and next to support the voter registration drive. Contact Nora or Stephanie at WeVote@wmich.edu to sign up.

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 ravi.j.orlewicz@wmich.edu 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. (http://www.wmich.edu/healthcenter/healthpromotion/fireplace/peer-fire)


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 Molly at 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/

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FAST Rent-A-Puppy
The Future Alumni Support Team (FAST) is in need of volunteers for their Rent-A-Puppy event that will be held at Goldsworth Valley Pond, September 26, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to check dogs in and out. Contact Taylor Sova at taylor.m.sova@wmich.edu for more information.

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 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 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.

Invisible Needs Project

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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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.

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 www.fastwmu.com/YAMP. 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 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
5 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.


WMU Alumni Association Legacy Scholarships
More than $300,000 in Alumni Legacy Scholarships available in fall 2015 for new students! See below for details:

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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.

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.

Stadium Drive MDOT meeting

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:

Hope for Creation: Faith & Action
Monday, September 22, 5:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. St. Thomas More Church
Listen to climate change activist and videographer Perter Sinclair discuss climate change issues during his presentation, “Climate Change 2014: Update & Solutions.” Free dinner included. See below for details.

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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 mme642@aol.com or Janet Heller at janetheller@charter.net

Political Forums
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 its second of two political forums on campus to allow voters to meet and learn more about candidates in local races. Appearing this week are the 20th Senate District candidates, Margaret O’Brien (Republican), Sean McCann (Democrat) and Lorence Wenke (Libertarian).

Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
Thursday, September 25 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 artist, writer, translator and professor, Dr. Paul D’Agostino, from City University of New York, Brooklyn College.

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 wmich.edu/business/mercantile-rsvp.

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: Jeffrey.angles@wmich.edu or 269-387-3044

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The 10th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference
Friday, September 26, and Saturday, September 27. 620 East Main Street, Niles, Michigan (Niles Library)
This two-day conference, hosted in Niles, MI, will focus on the managing of archaeological resources as well as the future of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project. Contact Michael Nassaney at nassaney@wmich.edu for more information.

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.

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



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.

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