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Scholar Scare 5k to support enrichment program scholarships
The Lee Honors College invites runners, walkers and families at Western Michigan University and the greater Kalamazoo area to join in a fun Halloween-themed 5K/1K on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

2014 Distinguished Alumni Announced
Lee Honors College alumnus Donald G. Southwell (B.A. ’73) is among those being honored.

War hero, Olympian Louis Zamperini dies at 97
Zamperini was a guest speaker in October 2012.

Twenty-four incoming students win $50,000 Medallion Scholarships
Twenty-four freshmen have won coveted Medallion Scholarships to begin their studies at Western Michigan University this fall. Medallion Scholarships are the highest merit-based award WMU can bestow on an incoming freshman. Valued at $50,000 each over four years, they constitute one of the largest merit-based awards in American higher education. For a details and a list of this year’s winners, see the full release.

Photo of Matt Bahleda.WMU Alumnus Starts Legal Career
O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a long history of practicing law and has earned a strong reputation in one of the largest economy and leading technology states—California. In November 2014, a Western Michigan University graduate hopes to add to that history as he creates a legacy of his own. Matt Bahleda '07 is a graduate of WMU's College of Arts and Sciences and the Lee Honors College.

Honors student Deirdre Courtney is showing undergraduates can do research and is doing it with gusto

Lee Honors College graduate assistant wins award
Precious Majors, advising graduate assistant for the Lee Honors College has won the Department Graduate Teaching award for the Educational Leadership, Research and Technology department for 2013-14. Precious (or PJ) will be graduating with a masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs and has been an advising graduate assistant for the Lee Honors College for the past two years. Full list of winners

Maurice Washington named 2014 Newman Civic Fellow

Congratulations Lee Honors College 2014 Presidential Scholars!
Casey N. Mejeur (accountancy), Craig A. Scalpone (aviation sciences), Olivia N. Walser (biological sciences), Jin Y. Woo (chemical and paper engineering), William B. Thayer (chemistry), Bryleigh Loughlin (communication), Paige A. Van De Winkle (English), Derek J. Schrauben (finance and commercial law), Tyler A. Wilson (history), Joshua H. Withee (mathematics), Stephen C. John (mechanical and aerospace engineering), Chelsea A. Helm (music), Catherine M. Abele (occupational therapy), Christopher F. Sudol (political science), Amanda J. Mills (Spanish), Jamie L. Keyser (teaching, learning and educational studies), Christopher G. Miller (world languages and literatures)

Accelerated graduate degree programs
WMU offers a number of accelerated graduate degree programs, whereby undergraduate students meeting certain criteria may take up to 12 graduate credit hours during their senior year. Please see the brochure and accelerated graduate degree program website for more information.

Photo of a female biology student in the lab.Students Advancing Biological Research and Engagement
The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Lee Honors College are seeking to establish the Biology Research and Engagement Fund. The fund would award students who have completed one to two years of research with a Biology mentor, and who would benefit from spending a summer dedicating the majority of their time to research.