History Graduate Student Organization

History Graduate Student Organization

History Graduate Student Organization

The History Graduate Student Organization functions as an academic and social communication link between faculty and students. It also identifies members for several representative bodies in the university–wide Graduate Student Advisory Committee, its subcommittees, and certain councils of the Faculty Senate.

A graduate student selected by the HGSO represents that body on the Department of History Graduate Studies Committee and participates in developing general curricular and other policy for the department’s graduate programs. The HGSO also selects a member to attend general faculty meetings in the department.

The HGSO encourages graduate students to become active in the organization as well as identify themselves for possible council and committee work in the department and the university. Such activities can be strong assets in your professional resume and excellent experience for future professional life in the academy.

Welcome Packet for New Students
(Everything You May Want to Know about Kalamazoo)


Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 23
Pete's Polish Picnic and New Student Welcome
3 pm to 6 pm at Spring Valley Park (2600 Mt. Olivet Road)
Another SOFTBALL experience, but this time it is hosted by Pete.  Bring your own beverages and dish to pass.  Pete (HGSO) is providing authentic bratwurst and other Polish sausages, Polish style condiments, and Polish style bread.  If possible, have your dish to pass be something Polish.  Let us celebrate all things Poland for Pete’s Polish Picnic at the Park and New Student Welcome.

Tuesday, August 26
New Student Lunch
11:30 to 1 pm at the University Roadhouse
Join your new graduate colleagues for a light lunch.  HGSO is splurging on appetizers.  This is a great opportunity for the new cohort to meet each other before the various trainings this week.

Wednesday, August 27
GA Orientation for Grad College – See emails from the department for details

Thursday, August 28 or Friday, August 29
Department Orientation – see email from department for more information

Wednesday September 3
Department Graduate Student Welcome Lunch

Saturday, September 5
Start of the Year Party and HGSO Meeting
6 pm HGSO meeting, 7 pm social at Pete’s Place
Kick off the year with a quick HGSO meeting and then fun times outside.

Officers 2014-15

President :  Claire Herhold
Vice President:  Peter Dobek
Secretary: Spencer Hunt
Treasurer: Kyle Moerchen

Constitution and By-Laws

Meeting Minutes


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
(269) 387-4650 | (269) 387-4651 Fax