Anthony Helms, Assistant Dean

Meet Our Assistant Dean, Anthony Helms

Anthony is no stranger to the University. He has served in many capacities over the years, beginning as a student, earning both his degrees from WMU. In 2009, he served as an advisor for the College of Education and Human Development for 3 years before joining the Lee Honors College, where he has served students for the past six years. Anthony also teaches in the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies, serves as advisor to the WMU chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), and was recently elected to serve as Vice-President of Chapter Relations and Expansion on the national board for ALD. In his time away from campus, Anthony most enjoys family time, coaching youth sports, playing and gaming with his kids, date nights with his wife, Sara, and spending as much time outside as possible.

Caitlin Koob at scenic overlook

Alumna Presents at MiOTA

“While visiting the PlayGarden last summer on the Study in the States trip: Therapeutic Gardens, I was inspired by its inclusive values and holistic educational curriculum in an outdoor learning environment”. Recent Honors College graduate Caitlin Koob, B.S. ‘19, presented her honors thesis at the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Annual Fall Conference (MiOTA) on Oct. 12. She was able to share the benefits of structured preschool programs and how they provide support for optimal engagement and social participation for children of all abilities.

JustOne, engineering Honors student behind a podium

A Bronco Gets a Boost

For JustOne Crosby, taking on challenges was second nature. But imagining himself as a successful student didn’t come as easily. He found a boost of confidence in the steady support of a professor who saw his path to success from the very beginning. With shared determination, they united around a single truth: JustOne had the right stuff to be an honors student in engineering. All he needed was a nudge to take the first step.

Lee honors college alum, Abrahan Garcia, sitting in front of tulips

BlueOx Credit Union Welcomes Recent Honors College Alum

BlueOx Credit Union welcomed recent honors college alum, Abrahan Garcia, B.B.A. ’18, as the new Manager of Digital Marketing and Communications. Abrahan earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising and promotion and obtained much experience while serving as Marketing intern for the honors college.

Dr. Irma Lopez, Interim Dean

Dr. Irma Lopez Appointed Interim Dean Of Lee Honors College

Meet our dean Dr. Irma Lopez. Dr. Lopez is a professor of Spanish and has been at WMU for 25 years. In 2007, she received the WMU Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2011 became the chair of Spanish, where she served for seven years. Following that, she became the interim director of the College of Arts and Sciences Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies. As of August 2, she was appointed interim dean of the Lee Honors College. Dr. Lopez says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your dean, and will do my very best to move the honors college forward along with the exceptionally motivated team.”