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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Yann Martel, award-winning author of the Life of Pi, will be visiting the Lee Honors College this week!

Meet Yann Martel in the honors college lounge this Thursday (October 23) from 2:30-4:30 pm. Mr. Martel will answer questions, and engage in information discussion about his book. If you have questions about the book, now is your chance to ask the author himself! Mr. Martel will likely be signing books, too, so bring your copy! A public lecture, free and open to students and community members, will be held at the Miller Auditorium @ 7pm on Oct 23. Doors open at 6:30 pm. BOTH events count as honors-college sponsored events!



The Lee Honors College takes students around the nation for a summer learning experience outside the classroom – for just the cost of tuition! All other expenses, including travel, lodging, meals and admissions are covered by the Lee Honors College. Each instructor will announce pre-trip meetings.

*The Texas Tour: Travel to Austin, Houston and San Antonio with Derrick McIver from Management to study corporate culture (May 2 – May 9, 2015). (General Education Area V).

*Garbage in Gotham: What Makes the Big Apple Sustainable? Travel to New York City with Sarah Hill from Anthropology and Environmental & Sustainability Studies (May 7-16, 2015). (General Education Area VII).

*Oshkosh AirVentures: Travel to Oshkosh, WI with Terry Michmerhuizen from Aviation to attend the experimental airshow (July 20-July 26, 2015). (General Education Area VII, pending approval).

*Entrepreneurship: Understanding Startup Communities: Travel to Austin, TX and Boulder, CO during spring break (March 6-15, 2015) with John Mueller from Management. Students will also visit Grand Rapids, Detroit and Chicago for day trips during the spring semester. (Class will meet Fridays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Jan 12 through May 2, 2015, with two all day trips on Feb 6 and Feb. 20, 2015).

*Disney Pilgrimage: Travel with alumnus Christopher Tremblay, beginning in Chicago at the birthplace of Walt Disney and ending in California at his gravesite to explore his legacy (July 7 – 15, 2015). (General Education Area III, pending approval).

FOR DETAILS AND TO APPLY FOR Entrepreneurship: Understanding Startup Communities, VISIT: www.wmich.edu/honors/advising/states. Applications for the summer trips will be posted later in the semester.

Entrepreneurship Study in States

Exciting new spring courses!

Holism course


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 at: becky.cooper@wmich.edu.

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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Tar Sands Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m. LHC Lounge
This honors college co-sponsored event will feature a panel of experts from local universities and organizations to discuss a variety of issues related to the controversial proposed Keystone ‘tar sands’ oil pipeline. A question and answer session will follow each presentation.


Lyceum Lecture
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12-1 p.m. Honors college lounge
Queer Theory in Practice: What is it and How Does it Work, by Dr. Jill Hermann-Wilmarth, Ph.D. Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

 MIX IT UP: Common Read Author Yann Martel @ WMU
Thursday, October 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Honors College Lounge
An exclusive event with Common Read author Yann Martel for honors students. Come to the lounge, chat with Mr. Martel and get your copy of Life of Pi signed!

Thursday, October 23, 7-8 p.m. Miller Auditorium
Come to this week’s Mix It Up @ the Miller Auditorium to hear internationally-known Life of Pi author Yann Martel Doors open @ 6:30 pm. No advance tickets required. A group of honors students will depart for Miller from the Lee Honors College lounge a few minutes before 6:30.

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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.

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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
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 (12-1 p.m. 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, October 23, 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.

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
Friday, October 24, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Need some fun volunteer hours? Check out the flier below!

Gospel Mission

Advertising for Scholar Scare
Tuesday, October 21 – Friday, October 24, and Friday, October 31. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. WMU flagpoles
The honors college needs your help advertising for the first annual Scholar Scare 5K! Volunteers will be asked to hand out treats and fliers at the flagpoles. Volunteers are also needed to work on race day. Race day volunteers also receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt! Contact Fareed Shallhout at honr-grad2@wmich.edu if you are interested.

WMU Homecoming Campus Classic Race
Saturday, October 25, 8:45 a.m. Student Recreation Center indoor tennis courts.
Volunteer at the upcoming Campus Classic Race and you will be entered for a chance to win a free WMU parking pass and a $500 airline travel voucher to anywhere in the U.S. You will be given a free t-shirt and free refreshments before and after the race. All you have to do is pitch in by helping to register and direct runners, and provide water and first aid. To be eligible you must be available to work on campus generally between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 25. Some volunteers are needed at the Student Recreation Center on Friday, October 24, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Go online to http://wmich.edu/campusclassic/volunteering for more information and to register.


Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
Friday, November 7, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Join fellow LHC students for a volunteer trip to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes on November 7th! Click on the link below to volunteer.

Michigan Libertarian Party
Not interested in politics as usual? Volunteer for the Michigan Libertarian Party! Make calls to potential volunteers and supporters, hand out literature on the Libertarian Party and its candidates, work on data entry or highlight your unique skills and areas of interest in other ways and gain experience working outside the two party box! If interested, contact Scotty Boman, Vice-Chair at: 313.247.2052 or scottyboman@hotmail.com

Kalamazoo Juvenile Drug Treatment Court
Interested in helping adolescents with substance use problems? The Kalamazoo Juvenile Drug Treatment Court is looking for volunteers who are interested in making a difference in the lives of youth in the Kalamazoo area. Volunteers will be asked to serve as positive role models, and are needed for help with after school educational support, mentoring and leadership. Please contact Joseph Thomas at jlthom@kalcounty.com for more information or to volunteer.

Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP)
ATYP is looking for students to assist the office with special projects. Volunteers are needed during regular office hours. Contact an ATYP representative at: atyp-info@wmich.edu or call 269-387-3553 for more information.

Data entry for the Michigan Butterfly Network
Earn volunteer hours by taking data from butterfly survey sheets of past years and entering butterfly counts into a new online interface called PollardBase. Contact Kyle Bibby at kbibby@naturecenter.org if you are interested.

Tutor Time
Tutor Time is a service project run by the 2011 Medallions. They work with elementary students from Kalamazoo Public Schools with homework and reading help. Tutor Time is located at the Evergreen South Apartment Complex and runs Monday-Thursday from 4-5pm. They are looking for students who are able to tutor on Mondays or Wednesdays. The program will begin on October 6th. If you are interested in becoming a part of Tutor Time, contact Elyse Hogan at atelyse.c.hogan@wmich.edu with your availability or any questions/concerns.

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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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 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 contact Christine.Robinson@wmich.edu. To simply volunteer, contact Rosie.S.Capps@wmich.edu.

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program 
The Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for 1012 students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, DC. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie programs. Click here for more information and to apply. The application deadline is January 15.

Thesis Publishing Opportunities!
Plug in with Undergraduate Research Commons! Join this discovery portal and stay connected to over 700 outstanding undergraduate research and honors publications. Many publications are searching for undergraduate thesis papers! Contact Casey Busher at cbusher@bepress.com for more information.

People, Prosperity and Planet Grant Program (P3)
The EPA is now accepting applications for its P3 program. The P3 program is a college competition that provides funding of up to $90,000 for teams to develop their environmentally friendly idea. The deadline to apply is December 16, 2014. Click on the link below to apply:

Capital Intern Program
Interested in a career in government? Lee Honors College welcomes all majors to apply for this 4 – 7 credit hour spring internship in Lansing. Placements are available with state representatives and senators, Michigan Environmental Commission, research offices, judges and government agencies such as Homeland Security. Free transportation will be provided to and from Lansing. For more information, contact Dr. David Houghton at david.houghton@wmich.edu

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.

The Michigan Republican Party
The Michigan Republican Party is looking for interns who want to witness and learn the inner-workings of the Michigan Republican Party. Interns will work at the office headquarters in Lansing, and out of other regional office locations meeting elected officials, attending special “behind the scenes” events and more. Duties of interns can include but are not limited to: writing scripts for press releases, planning and staffing events, engaging in research, implementing grassroots strategies and more. If you have any questions email internships@migop.org. Send your resume to internships@migop.org if you are interested in applying.

Hertz Foundation Fellowship
Five-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.


Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Fellowships
Receive a $3,750 stipend plus on-site housing and partial meal support! Enrich your research, writing or artistic experiences with one of four fellowships that will connect you with nature at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Click the image below for more information or to apply. The first deadline is December 31, 2014.

Pierce Cedar Creek

Environmental Chemistry Scholarship
The Michigan Environmental Laboratory Association is awarding $1000 to a full-time WMU Sophomore or Junior with an Environmental, Chemistry, or Geochemistry focus. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2015. Contact Tom Howe at www.michlabs.org to apply.

Phi Kappa Phi Awards and Grants
Beginning with the 2014 – 2016 biennium, Phi Kappa Phi’s award and grant programs will reflect new changes that include two new programs, dual cycles and an increased number of available awards. To learn more about these changes, visit the website at:
http://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards – .VBxiBfldU3d

WMU Alumni Association Legacy Scholarships
Do you have a family member considering attending WMU? More than $300,000 in Alumni Legacy Scholarships available in fall 2015 for new students! See below for details:

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Event for Mark Schauer and Sean McCann
Tuesday, October 21, 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. Sangren Mall
The WMU Student Democrats, Students for Sustainable Earth, Professional Instructors Organization and the Teaching Assistants Union are hosting an event for Mark Schauer (running for Governor) and Sean McCann (running for State Senate) on Sangren Mall of the main campus. Meet and listen to the candidates and enjoy the free food!

WMU Homecoming Campus Classic Race
Saturday, October 25, 8:45 a.m. University Arena by lot 18 on Western Avenue
WMU is hosting its annual Campus Classic Race! The 1K Fun Walk and Run start at 8:45 a.m., and the 5K Run and Walk start at 9:15 a.m. For more information and to register, visit: http://wmich.edu/campusclassic/


Appearance and Presentation by Joint Secretary of Nepal
Tuesday, October 21, 5 p.m. Brown Hall, Room 1028
Come listen to the Joint Secretary of Nepal, Krishna H. Pushkar, discuss issues related to modern slavery in the Gulf and Middle East Islamic states. Please see below for more information. Contact Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, Director, WMU Institute of Government and Politics at 269-387-5685 or peter.wielhouwer@wmich.edu with any questions.

Modern Slavery

National March Against Police Brutality
Wednesday, October 22, 11:30 a.m. WMU flagpoles
The march will begin on the WMU campus and end at K-College.


Bronco Bikes
The WMU Office for Sustainability is renting out bikes for the semester. Since it is already underway, the price for this semester is less than what is listed. Click on the picture below if you’re interested!

Bronco Bikes

Fall Choral Showcase
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m. WMU Dalton Recital Hall
Enjoy this free choral showcase that will feature University Chorale, Cantus Femina and Collegiate Singers.

Real Talk Diversity Series
Throughout the fall semester discussions and presentations will take place on issues relating to race, gender and sexual orientation. Click the link below for details:

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:

Fall Harvest Festival
Friday, October 24, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Gibbs House is hosting a free festival that will include live music, Contra dancing, potluck, fall-themed sweets from Campus Beet and orchard apples. Enjoy the festivities!

Worklight Improv Show
Saturday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. York Arena Theater (near the Gilmore Complex)
Enjoy WMU’s Worklight Improv comedy team at their Pre-Halloween Show. Tickets are $1 with student IDs and $2 without.


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


Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
Thursday, October 30 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. In the next exhibition the work of Jorge Pineda will be showcased. Pineda was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic. A visual artist, his areas of work include painting, sculpture, installation, sketch and other mediums. Pineda is also recognized for his activism through his artwork, which has generated a multitude of works that address child abuse, environmentalism, gender equality and immigration issues.

Haworth College of Business Mercantile Bank Breakfast Speaker Series
Friday, October 31, 2150, Schneider Hall.
Come eat breakfast and listen to speakers discuss topics such as end of life care, Black Friday shopping and business technology. This week Dr. Robert Harrison, assistant professor of marketing, will discuss his latest research on Black Friday shopping. For more information or to register contact the Haworth College of Business at (269)-387-6059 or go to wmich.edu/business/mercantile-rsvp

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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.

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