Welcome—or welcome back— to Western Michigan University and the Lee Honors College for the fall 2013 semester! I am so honored to have been appointed as the new dean of the Lee Honors College! I am very much looking forward to meeting you and working on behalf of every honors student. As many of you know, Dr. Andreadis retired from WMU on July 1. Although he will be greatly missed as dean of the honors college, I’m sure many of you have already noticed with pleasure that he remains an active participant in the college’s activities. We also have some new honors college staff. Please say hello to our new graduate assistants, Molly Wiener and Becky de Oliveira. Molly is completing a master’s degree in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Program here at WMU, and is working closely with our academic advisors, Anthony Helms and Debra Gambino, and returning graduate assistant PJ Majors. Becky is a doctoral student in the Department of English and will be coordinating our marketing and communication activities this year.
We have lots of exciting events planned for the fall semester, and I hope that you be able to take full advantage of them. We have a new series of events, “Mix It Up”, in the Lee Honors College Lounge each Thursday evening. You can find a full line-up of events on the website and in the weekly email. Each Thursday evening at 7 p.m., we will offer a professional development activity (e.g., thesis, prestigious scholarship, STEM internship or ScholarWorks workshops) or something fun (e.g., welcome back, movie night, or Halloween party), and of course, free snacks (or even dinner) will be provided.
I am thrilled with our Lyceum Lecture Series this semester, “Race Matters”. The series kicked off with a provocative lecture, “Diverse Understandings of a ‘Post-Racial’ Society”, given by Dr. Mark Orbe, professor in the School of Communications and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. Please see the list of all of the lectures planned for the semester. I am so pleased with the number of faculty, representing many departments and programs across campus, who have agreed to take time to participate in our series. All lectures are held on Wednesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., in the honors college lounge (please note, however, that this Wednesday, the lecture will begin at 12:15 pm, due to a class conflict). We are offering free cookies to go with our free honors college coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and all lectures count as cultural events! More importantly, this lecture series will explore a topic of great significance to all of us. I hope that we can spark some engaging and fruitful discussions. Please show your support for the college and our faculty and attend some or all of these talks if you can.
The Lee Honors College is co-sponsoring another upcoming event that I wanted all of you to know about. Former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis will be giving a keynote lecture titled, “The Role of Free Enterprise and Government: a conservative Republican talks substantive and political solutions” on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in 1920 Sangren Hall. The honors college will be hosting a reception for Mr. Inglis in the lounge from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. Both events are free and open to the public. Mr. Inglis is currently the executive director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative and prior to that experience served for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Inglis expressly asked to speak at the Lee Honors College because he and his associates had noted with interest the Lyceum Lecture Climate Change Series that we hosted last spring (you can find past lectures from the series online). I hope that many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to meet Mr. Inglis and participate in this important discussion.
Finally, I’m sure some of you have heard by now that I am out of the office on maternity leave, due to the birth of my daughter, River Rose, on July 31. I will be back in the office on Sept. 16. Please feel free to stop in and say hello, and of course, you are always welcome to meet with me or email if you have any questions or suggestions.
Dr. Carla Koretsky
Dean, Lee Honors College