Local Events – Week of Feb. 20

WMU Town Hall:


Southwest of Salem:


“Writings on the Wall:”
Meet the Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • Tuesday, March 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
  •  Miller Auditorium, 2200 Auditorium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Free general admission (no reserved seats; no ticket required)
  • Books may be purchased at the eventPlease RSVP at: readingtogether.us/RSVP/
  • Please RSVP with a unique name and email address for each person who plans to attend; this does not guarantee a seat.
  • Group RSVPs – For groups larger than 10, please call (269) 553-7895.

For additional Reading Together events regarding “Writings on the Wall,” visit: kpl.gov/reading-together/2017/.


Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop:
A Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop for students will be offered during the spring semester at Career and Student Employment Services in Ellsworth Hall, Room 1401.

The Start Smart Workshop, with content provided by the American Association for University Women, is designed to prepare students to approach the job market with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits.

This spring, the two-hour workshop will be offered at the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, March 16, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Coincides with Equal Pay Day, a date symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year).

Workshop attendees will learn:

  • How the gender wage gap affects their lives,
  • How to negotiate a starting salary to narrow the wage gap early in their careers,
  • How to articulate their value and improve lifelong earning potential,
  • How to benchmark salary and benefits, and
  • How to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs.

Strong negotiation skills ensure students are putting a fair price on their work; this also helps establish a benchmark for future salary increases. Women, according to the American Association of University Women, earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn in the first year following graduation, and the wage gap continues to widen in ensuing years.

Registration is limited to 20 students per workshop. To register, visit the BroncoJOBS portal at app.joinhandshake.com/login or email Lynn Kelly-Albertson, executive director for Career and Student Employment Services, at lynn.kelly-albertson@wmich.edu.

Western’s Got Talent:
Can you sing, dance, act or play an instrument? Do you enjoy entertaining people in some unique way? Then the first annual “Western’s Got Talent” competition may be for you!

Blessings from Broncos is sponsoring an all-inclusive talent competition for all WMU students. Similar to “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent,” “Western’s Got Talent” participants will be competing for a cash prize.

Auditions are open Feb. 25 between 2 and 6 p.m. in room 209 of the Bernhard Center. A panel of WMU faculty judges will listen and watch you perform and select finalists to perform in the competition. There is a $1 auditioning fee and proceeds go to the Blessings in a Backpack Foundation to help feed underprivileged children in the Kalamazoo area.

Just show up and be prepared! Vocalists will sing a cappella, and all props or instruments must be provided by the performer. A variety of talents are welcomed and encouraged.

The competition is March 18 at 8 p.m. in room 209 of the Bernhard Center. Admission is $1 for WMU students with valid Bronco Cards and $2 for the general public. Again, all proceeds will be donated to the Blessings in a Backpack Foundation.

To register, please contact Matt Wrightman at matthew.l.wrightman@wmich.edu.


WMU College of Health and Human Services Upcoming Events:


Intern Speed Dating with WMWTA:


Careers for Women in Medicine and Science:


Leaders Unplugged:
Leaders Unplugged is a five-day backpacking trip. Students will gain outdoor skills (no experience necessary), as well as challenge themselves both physically and mentally.

Any questions about the Spring Leadership Retreat or the Leaders Unplugged program can be directed to: Kate Bates, Associate Director, Student Activities and Leadership Programs at (269) 387-2182.

Center for the Study of Ethics in Society Between the Lines Book Club:


Stand Up and March for Science and Climate Action:
Join the Union of Concerned Scientists and hundreds of thousands of others as they march together for strong and swift action to prevent the worst impacts of climate change: People’s Climate Mobilization, Sat., April 29, Washington, DC. Click here to participate.

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