Aspiring Educators of Michigan's WMU chapter recognized for improvement

Contact: Chris Hybels

Collin Holzberger (left) and Chloe Byron (second to left) accept the award on behalf of AEM at WMU.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Aspiring Educators of Michigan at WMU were recognized at the Golden Bronco Awards on April 13 with the Most Improved Resident Student Organization (RSO) Award. The award recognizes RSOs who have made significant changes to improve their membership and impact on campus culture.

According to Collin Holzbereger, president of AEM at WMU, the RSO's improvement can all be contributed to the rebranding of the WMU chapter. Which he says was necessary to better align with the state-wide organization. 

"As soon as we did that we started getting new membership and seeing people actually want to come to the meetings for more long term reasons," says Holzberger.

In addition to the increase in membership, he says there was also an increase in the knowledge members gained. This included inviting education professionals to present at meetings and hosting events such as their annual "So, you want to be a teacher?" workshop.

"The award shows the progress that we've made and just really solidifies everything," says Holzbereger


The Aspiring Educators of Michigan is a preprofessional organization for people preparing for the teaching profession in any of the higher education institutions in Michigan and who are not regularly employed as educators by an educational institution or agency. Local chapters at Michigan campuses improve networking amongst aspiring educators and expose members to professional learning opportunities and service projects that help prepare college students for fulfilling careers in education.

If you are interested in learning more about AEM at WMU, contact Allison Beasley.

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