Message from the Dean

Jane Baas, Interim DeanWe bid a fond farewell to Dean Carla Koretsky and thank her for her inspired leadership over the past 4 years. Dr. Koretsky began her role as dean of WMU’s largest college, the College of Arts and Sciences, on July 1. Under her guidance, the honors college has grown to more than 1,800 students, and many programs and opportunities have been initiated, expanded and enhanced. I began my term as interim dean with Dean Koretsky’s departure. During the fall semester, we will conduct a search for our next dean, and I encourage you to actively participate in the process by attending the public presentations and receptions for each candidate and then, most importantly, submitting your feedback! Please watch your email and our social media sites for more information in September.

We have many exciting events and opportunities planned for the fall semester in addition to the search for a new dean!  Our Lyceum Lecture series, “Our Blue Marble: Water, Home and Humanity (Part II),” will continue with a shift to global issues related to water. The free lectures are held every Wednesday at noon in the honors college lounge. Plan to join us September 14 for the first talk, and read more about the series by visiting our Lyceum Lecture series page.

New this fall, we will partner with the University Center for the Humanities for a yearlong speaker series, “Science and the Human Endeavor.” Headlining the fall slate of speakers on October 6 at Chenery Auditorium is Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and first female director of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Complete information on the series can be found here. Additionally, our third annual Scholar Scare, a fun Halloween-themed 5K fundraiser, is happening on October 27, our regular “Mix It Up” workshops every Thursday evening, as well as our Metropolitan Series trips and I guarantee you that you will not be bored!

I hope you enjoy what is left of your summer and that you return in September ready for a great year in the honors college!

Jane Baas,
Interim Dean