Message from the Dean

Photo of Carla KoretskyI hope that this has been an enjoyable and productive semester for all of you, and that finals week has not been too stressful! The semester has flown by for me, as I am sure it has for many of you. It has been a busy time in the honors college. Some of the semester highlights for me have been the "Race Matters" Lyceum Lecture series, the visit of Carol Rifka Brunt, author of our common read book "Tell the Wolves I’m Home," Dinner with the Dean: Spotlight on Study Abroad and Study in the States, and most recently our Thesis Celebration and accompanying art exhibition by graduating fine arts student Cassandra Stagner.

If you missed the Lyceum lectures, you can still watch many of them on video by going to www.wmich.edu/honors/lectures. Many thanks to Brian Carnell at Extended University Programs and intern Paige Alston for taping the lectures and posting them for us. We have a fascinating Lyceum series set for the coming semester, with the theme "Uncertainty." I hope that you can attend—lectures will again be held in the Lee Honors College lounge every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. We will also be continuing our "Mix It Up" series on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. The line-up for next semester looks terrific, with a welcome back party, a variety of workshops (e.g., honors thesis, Western H.E.R.O.E.S. bystander training, career services and suicide prevention), dance lessons and much more! We are also planning our second Scholar Scamper 5K, which will be held on Saturday, April 12. Mark your calendars and start training now! Our spring Thesis Celebration will be held on April 2-4. Please do come and listen to some of the defense presentations. 

I am also delighted to announce five Study in the States trips for summer 2014. They will be: Garbage in Gotham (Professor Sarah Hill, anthropology and environmental studies), Religion in the Midwest (Professor Brian Wilson, comparative religion), The Texas Tour (Professor Derrick McIver, management), Understanding Startup Ecosystems (Professor John Mueller, management) and Vues d’Afrique (Professor Vincent DesRoches, world languages and literature). Don’t forget that the honors college is committed to paying all travel costs for every student enrolled in these summer courses; students are only required to pay the standard tuition rate for a 3-credit summer class. More information about each course and an application will be posted on the Lee Honors College website this week.

I wish all of you a wonderful and restful semester break and look forward to seeing you in January.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carla Koretsky
Dean, Lee Honors College