Local Events – Week of March 13

“Writings on the Wall” – Meet the Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
Retired professional basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will visit campus to speak about his book, “Writings on the Wall,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in Miller Auditorium. A discussion focusing on chapter one of his book will take place the evening prior to his appearance in the Heritage Hall Ballroom on WMU’s East Campus. Learn more here.

• 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 here 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.

Click here for additional Reading Together events regarding “Writings on the Wall.”


WMed & You:
Join WMU’s Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine Friday, March 24 at 1 p.m. to learn more about one of the newest medical schools in the nation. The event is open to prospective students and pre-health advisors to learn more about WMed. Please register online by Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

  • Speak with admissions staff and current students.
  • Learn about the application process and other important admissions information.
  • Tour the state-of-the-art medical school facility.
  • Much more!

12:30 p.m.        Check-In
1:00 p.m.          Welcome & WMed Overview
1:30 p.m.           Application Process
2:00 p.m.          Refreshments
2:15 p.m.          Student Panel
3:00 p.m.          Campus Tours
3:30 p.m.          Wrap Up and Depart

This event will be hosted at the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine’s W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus at 300 Portage Street.

Find more information on parking and directions to WMed here.

Please contact the Office of Admissions for questions.

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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 Bronco JOBS portal or email Lynn Kelly-Albertson, executive director for Career and Student Employment Services.

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.


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.

  • April 30 to May 4.
  • Cost: $25.
  • Transportation and some gear provided.
  • Learn more here.

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.

WMU Night at Comerica Park:
Save the Date: June 28, 2017 vs. the Kansas City Royals

Western Michigan University is excited to announce a partnership with the Detroit Tigers to hold the second annual WMU Night at Comerica Park on June 28, 2017 (Western Wednesday). Learn more here.

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