Local Events – Week of Feb. 27

“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 event
• Please RSVP at: readingtogether.us/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.

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. All proceeds go to the Blessings in a Backpack Foundation to help feed underprivileged children in the Kalamazoo area.

Please contact Matt Wrightman with questions at matthew.l.wrightman@wmich.edu.


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.

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.

This entry was posted in Local Events, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s