New this Week – Week of Dec. 5

Well Broncos, we are in the final stretch of the fall 2016 semester. Be sure to verify your final exam time on your class syllabus and with the Registrar’s Office – Fall Final Exam Schedule. Good luck with finals!

Lee Honors College Welcomes Dean Bischof!
Dr. Gary H. Bischof, professor and chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named the new dean of Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College, effective Jan. 1.

A WMU faculty members since 1999, Bischof taught in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology for 13 years before taking the position of interim chair in his current department in 2012. He was named chair in 2014. Both departments are part of the College of Education and Human Development.

Bischof’s background includes clinical and research experience and publication in a number of counseling and family therapy journals. He has been the advisor and doctoral committee chair for 11 successful doctoral candidates in counselor education. He also has served as a doctoral committee member for a number of other counselor education and counseling psychology students.

“Gary Bischof brings energy and a genuine commitment to honors education to the role of dean of this important college,” said Dr. Timothy Greene, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, in announcing the appointment. “His long track record of guiding top students through their research and degree requirements will serve him well in this vital post.”

Bischof’s own research and writing has focused on the topics of collaborative family healthcare, brief solution-oriented treatment and couple therapy. The author of numerous book chapters and articles for refereed journals, Bischof has presented his work at conferences around the world.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Bethany College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech and Purdue universities, respectively.

“I enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to work with the stellar students, faculty and staff of the Lee Honors College,” Bischof says. “We will work together to brighten the gold beacon of undergraduate academic excellence at WMU.”

Bischof, whose appointment was made pending approval by the WMU Board of Trustees, replaces Dr. Carla Koretsky, who left the honors college to assume the role of dean of WMU’s College of Arts and Sciences on July 1. Since then, Jane Baas, associate dean of the honors college and professor of dance, has served as interim dean of the college. Congratulations and welcome to the Lee Honors College, Dean Bischof!

bischof_gary_fall_13Dr.  Gary H. Bischof

Thesis Celebrations
Thesis Celebration Days will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 9. You may receive sponsored event credit for attending and should swipe your Bronco Card with the PSST mentors in the lobby after you attend a thesis presentation. For a full schedule of presentations, click here. The schedule is subject to change without notice. We apologize in advance for any potential inconvenience.


“Writings on the Wall”
The honors college is working alongside the Kalamazoo Public Library, the WMU Alpha Program, University Libraries, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in presenting the 2017 “Read Together” book Writings on the Wall by Kareem Abdul Jabbar. We invite you to be a part of the conversation on “searching for a new equality beyond black and white.” Events will be scheduled throughout the Kalamazoo community. The honors college has five copies of the book that we would like to offer to you on loan. If you’d like to read it and join us for an event to add your voice to the discussion, please stop by the front desk and check one out. We ask that you not keep the book for longer than 10 days, so that as many of our honors college community can read it as possible. If you have ideas about what you’d like the honors college to address at our event after reading it, please contact Jane Baas or Jennifer Townsend via email by Jan. 9, 2017.


Test Prep Books Available
Are you studying for the LSAT, GMAT, GRE or MCAT? The honors college has purchased test prep books for each of these exams. If you are interested in checking one of these books out, please visit the front desk and be prepared to show your Bronco Card and provide your email address and phone number. Test prep books can be checked out for one week at a time.

Did You Know?
In operation for 54 years this fall, the Lee Honors College is one of America’s oldest and most highly regarded collegiate honors programs, with a student profile rivaling that of the most elite private colleges in the United States. It serves as academic home to nearly 1,800 talented and highly motivated members, or nearly 8 percent of the University’s undergraduate student body. These students come from around the nation and are enrolled in disciplines across the campus.

Other Friendly Reminders and Helpful Hints
There are many opportunities and events to get connected, get involved and get focused in this week’s newsletter, so be sure to click through each page to get the information you need. Students receive credit for attending honors college sponsored events by swiping their Bronco Cards with a member of the honors college staff and remaining for the duration of the program. If you would like to check your event attendance history, click here.

All honors college forms related to advising can be found under the Advising tab on the website:

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Request for photos: We are always interested in the events and activities of our honors students. Please send photos to be used on our social media sites and in our eNewsletter (along with a brief description) to: Renee Allen.

Please send us a message or call when you are requesting to join the Lee Honors College closed group Facebook page but you are not using your last name on your personal Facebook page. Your first and last name are necessary for the verification and approval process. If you haven’t connected with us already, here are the links to our website and various social media pages:
Facebook closed group for Honors Students


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