Student Organizations

Bronco Buddies

Bronco Buddies is a pen pal program in which Lee Honors College students partner with Chicago-area elementary school children to provide mentoring and information about college. Buddies exchange emails, participate in Skype sessions with the class and meet their buddies during the much-anticipated (optional) yearly visit. Interested in becoming a Bronco Buddy? Contact our graduate assistant at for more information and/or to sign up.

Peer Student Success Team

The Lee Honors College offers their Peer Student Success Team to support incoming honors students both academically and socially. The program's goal is to encourage lasting friendships with upperclassmen and offer a resource for campus and city information. With this system, we hope to identify concerns early and provide additional options for positive solutions. Participation in the program is extended to all honors freshmen.

Mentors hold office hours for help with Weebly, iWebfolio and basic Lee Honors College information. They are available: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Seminar Room (glass room in lobby) and 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lee Honors College advising office in Ackley (first floor, inside Honors Lounge).

Photo of Emily DiekmaEmily Diekma, Student Coordinator
Holland, Mich.

Major: Speech-language pathology
Why the honors college: Opportunities for volunteering and community involvement
Activities/interests: Kalamazoo, volunteering, Tiller's International, waitressing, spending time with friends, being outside, ultimate (Frisbee)

Photo of Ethan ArcherEthan Archer, Mentor
Lansing, Mich.

Major: Undecided (probably one of the natural sciences)
Why the honors college: Tight-knit feel of community, place to find like minded people at WMU
Activities/interests: Hockey, tennis, basketball, rugby, water skiing, music, spending time with friends, R.A. in the Burnhams

Photo of Casey BlairCasey Blair, Mentor
Wheaton, Ill.

Major: Aviation
Why the honors college: Opportunities, smaller, more discussion-based classes
Activities/interests: Football, volleyball, baseball, basketball, East Campus, Young Life, Cru, landscape services worker, orientation student leader, downtown Kalamazoo restaurants (The Union, Burdick's)

Photo of Elizabeth BlaskoElizabeth Blasko, Mentor
Grayslake, Ill.

Major: Public relations
Minor: Non-profit leadership
Why the honors college: Involvement with others who value academics, service and culture
Activities/interests: Chi Omega, Non-Profit Leadership Student Association, Alpha Lamda Delta, NASCAR, Disney movies

Photo of Ali GossenAli Gossen, Mentor
Evanston, Ill.

Major: Food and consumer packaged goods marketing
Why the honors college: Chance to meet and interact with amazing new people, build a professional network, have a lot of fun
Activities/interests: Bronco Buddies, WMU volleyball, Food Marketing Association, reading, writing, waterskiing, being outdoors, country music, coffee, ice cream

Photo of Elyse HoganElyse Hogan, Mentor
Bay City, Mich.

Major: English
Minor: Spanish
Why the honors college: 2011 Medallion Scholar
Activities/interests: Bronco Buddies, Sigma Tau Delta (English honors society), reading, SNL, Law & Order, painting, music, Sims, swimming, running, camping, adventuring through forests, hanging out with friends and family

Photo of Matt OlivierMatt Olivier, Mentor
Frankemuth, Mich.

Major: Occupational therapy
Why the honors college: Chance to get involved—the more people you know, the more WMU begins to feel like home
Activities/interests: Bronco Buddies, Alpha Lamda Delta, Student Occupational Therapy Association, orientation student coordinator, rollerblading

Photo of Jasmine ScottJasmine Scott, Mentor
Shelby Township, Mich.

Major: Marketing
Minors: Event management, music, general business
Why the honors college: Opportunities, smaller, more discussion-based classes
Activities/interests: WMU Student Ambassador, Omega Delta Epsilon Choral Service Fraternity, WMU Choirs, SALP Leadership Certificates, Drive Safe Kalamazoo, traveling, coffee, kayaking and singing

Photo of Kelsey WrightKelsey Wright, Mentor
Adrian, Mich.

Major: Occupational therapy
Why the honors college: Opportunities to get involved
Activities/interests: Bronco Buddies, Lee Honors College Common Read Committee, Alpha Lamda Delta, Colleges Against Cancer, His House Ministries, Student Occupational Therapy Association, Drive Safe Kalamazoo, traveling, golfing, laser tag

Photo of Nadia YalaNadia Yala, Mentor
Oak Park, Ill.

Major: Occupational therapy
Why the honors college: Belonging to a smaller community within a big campus
Activities/interest: Alpha Lambda Delta, WMU intramural girls volleyball champion, bike riding, eating ice cream, watching movies with roommates