Events

The College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University strives to add value to the lives of its learners and continuously improve the quality of its programming to meet the needs and expectations of the communities it serves. Join us for events that are tailored to your academic interests and help prepare you for the future.

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Upcoming events

Tuesday, November 13

International Education WeekChinese Movie Night, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU, 4510 Sangren Hall, 3 to 6 p.m.

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Panel Discussion–"Bird's Eye View: Avian Mortality from Window Collisions," presented by Dr. Gail Walter, Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, Dr. Sharon Gill, and students from BIOS 1620; learn about avian mortality associated with window strikes, student-led research on bird-window collisions on campus, and low-cost, bird-friendly design solutions, Fetzer Center-Kirsh Auditorium, opening reception at 5:30 p.m., panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.

Real Talk Diversity Series–"Moving toward Cultural Humility: A Lifelong Process." Participants are invited to engage with a panel of campus community members on the topic of cultural humility, Trimpe Building–Multicultural Center, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; light refreshments provided.

Wednesday, November 14

AAAS Brown Bag Talks–"From the Blues to Black Lives Matter: Americana Music and Social Protest," presented by Dr. Larry Simon, 1101 Moore Hall, noon to 1 p.m.; food and refreshments provided.

Lyceum Lecture Series–"Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers Markets: Connections, Initiatives & Impacts," Lee Honors College lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

International Education Week–"From the Blues to Black Lives Matter: Americana Music and Social Protest," hosted by the Department of African American and African Studies, 1101 Moore Hall, noon to 1 p.m.

International Education WeekChinese Movie Night, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU, 4510 Sangren Hall, 3 to 6 p.m.

Ethics Book Club–"In the Shadows of the American Century," written by Alfred W. McCoy, discussion led by William Santiago-Valles, Water Street Coffee Joint- 3037 Oakland Dr, 4 to 6 p.m.

Holiday Spectacular Dining Event–Special holiday celebration open to WMU students, employees and guests, all dining centers, 4 to 8 p.m.

Geography Mapathon–Hosted by the Geography Club, participants will become citizen cartographers that map areas of the globe needing data to aid humanitarian efforts. Sangren Hall, Classroom E, Swain Education Library, 5 to 10 p.m. Food and drinks provided.

SPAA Public Service Engagement Series–"Emergency Management Law and the Public Servant," presented by Laurence Shaffer, City Manager of Portage, 1710 Sangren Hall, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; refreshments at 5 p.m.

Student book drive—"Bedtime Stories With the Provost," bring a new or gently used children's book to donate as part of the University's United Way campaign, and enjoy milk and cookies with Provost Jennifer Bott, Lee Honors College lounge, 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 15

International Education Week–American Thanksgiving Experience, hosted by Bronco Campus Ministries, Kanley Chapel, noon to 2 p.m.

Lyceum Lecture Series–"Nutrition That Really Works: A Quantum Approach From a Doctor of Natural Medicine," Dr. LeAnn Fritz, Lee Honors College lounge, 1 p.m. Event rescheduled from Sept.5.

International Education WeekChinese Movie Night, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU, 4510 Sangren Hall, 3 to 6 p.m.

Innovation Networking Session on PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants–For WMU faculty and research staff, Fetzer Center, 4 to 7 p.m. Food and beverages provided. Free. Registration required.

Kalamazoo Islamic Center Open House–tour the Center and hear the imam (prayer leader) speak and participate in a question and answer session; co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Islamic Center, the WMU Islam Global Forum and the WMU Department of Comparative Religion; gather at Waldo Library at 4 p.m. to walk over to the Center, program starts at 4:15, 1520 W Michigan Ave. Free. Contact Dr. Alisha Perkins for more information.

Visiting Scholar and Artists Program–"Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan," presented by Dr. Charles Becker, professor of economics at Duke University, hosted by the WMU Signature program, 2028 Brown Hall, 4 to 5:15 p.m.; reception will follow with light Kyrgyz-style refreshments. Free and open to the public.

International Education Week–Indonesian Cultural Night, hosted by the Indonesian Student Association, the Wesley Foundation, 6 to 9 p.m.

Gwen Frostic Reading Series–Elisa Albert, 157-159 Bernhard Center, 7 to 8 p.m.

International Education Week–Study Abroad Trivia Night, hosted by the Study Abroad Alumni Ambassadors, 3120 Sangren Hall–conference room, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Rise of the African and Decolonial Hierarchies–Dr. Mukoma wa Ngugi, English, Cornell University, 2500 Knauss, Center for the Humanities, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, November 16

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Deciphering the Language of Symbiotic Communication," presented by Dr. Paul Price of Eastern Michigan University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

International Education Week–The Culture Shuffle, hosted by Global Languages and Learning Community, Valley 1–Hadley Lounge, 7 p.m.

International Education WeekRussia Night, hosted by the Russian Club, 212 Bernhard Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 17

International Education Week–Japan Festival, hosted by the Japan Club, Kanley Chapel, 2 to 5 p.m.

International Education Week–Malaysian Night Market, hosted by Malaysian Student Association, Bernhard Center–East Ballroom, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Monday, November 19

Physics Colloquium–"Beyond Mean-field Approaches for Nuclear Physics", Dr. Jiangming Yao, 1110 Rood Hall, 4 p.m.; light refreshments starting at 3:30 p.m. in 2202 Everett Tower.

Tuesday, November 20

Discovery Acceleration Workshops–For WMU faculty and research staff, "The Ins and Outs of National Science Foundation Grants," 1055 Fetzer Center, noon to 2 p.m. Registration required. Lunch provided. Free.

Wednesday, November 21

Thanksgiving recess begins at noon–No classes. WMU offices open normal hours.

Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving recess–No classes. Many WMU offices closed or on reduced hours.

U.S. Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 23

Thanksgiving recess–No classes. Many WMU offices closed or on reduced hours.

Monday, November 26

Fall semester classes resume at 8 a.m.

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Use of Biomakers in Sedimentary Geology," presented by Dr. Megan Rohrssen of Central Michigan University, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 28

Lyceum Lecture Series–"WMU Permaculture Programming, Practices and Research," Lee Honors College lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

Research Briefs in Global Studies–"Globalisms and South Asian Literature," presented by Drs. Todd Kuchta and Nathan Tabor, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, November 29

Donuts With the Deans–Any student, faculty or staff is welcome to stop by and chat about news, ideas, questions or concerns with our dean and associate deans, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, November 30

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Conservation Corridors for Nature and for People," presented by Dr. Nick Haddad of Kellogg Biological Station and Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 2

Santa Luncheon–Santa returns to the Fetzer Center on Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last seating at 2:30. Adults $16.50, Children ages 3-11 $9, 2 and under free. Registration required.

Monday, December 3

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Mid-Continent Rift of North America," presented by Dr. Carol Stein of the University of Illinois-Chicago, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 5

Lyceum Lecture Series–"Nutrition Paradigms of Three World Cultures," Lee Honors College lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

Thursday, December 6

Lecture"The Politics of Carbon Pricing," Dr. Barry Rabe, University of Michigan, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Gwen Frostic Reading Series–Dennis Hinrichsen, 157-159 Bernhard Center, 7 to 8 p.m.

Friday, December 7

Workshop–"Using the Michigan Public Policy Survey and the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment Data in Your Research," Dr. Barry Rabe, University of Michigan, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Restoring Plant–Microbe Interactions," Dr. Jonathan Bauer, Miami University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30& to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, December 10

Final examination week–through Dec. 13.

Tuesday, December 11

Final examination week–through Dec. 13.

Employee photo session–For WMU faculty and staff, Walwood Hall's Heinig Emeriti Lounge, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 12

Final examination week–through Dec. 13.

Thursday, December 13

Final examination week–through Dec. 13.

Saturday, December 15

Commencement–Miller Auditorium, times to be announced in November.

Fall semester ends

Tuesday, December 18

Fall semester grades due

Wednesday, December 19

Donuts With the Deans–Any student, faculty or staff is welcome to stop by and chat about news, ideas, questions or concerns with our dean and associate deans, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, December 21

Winter solstice (first day of winter)

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

Wednesday, December 26

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

Thursday, December 27

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

Friday, December 28

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

Saturday, December 29

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

Sunday, December 30

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

Monday, December 31

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

New Year's Eve

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Holiday recess–Many offices closed or on reduced hours.

New Year's Day

Wednesday, January 2

WMU offices resume normal business hours

Thursday, January 3

Advising Day

Friday, January 4

Advising Day

Monday, January 7

Spring semester classes begin at 8 a.m.

Tuesday, January 8

Donuts With the Deans–Any student, faculty or staff is welcome to stop by and chat about news, ideas, questions or concerns with our dean and associate deans, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day–No classes. Many WMU offices and services closed or on reduced hours.

Friday, January 25

Environmental Career Connections, Job Fair & Employer Panel–Students can connect with environmental professionals to gain insights into the job market, including the wide range of careers available and how best to launch their environmental careers and to connect employers with potential employees, Fetzer Center, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5

Chinese New Year

Monday, February 18

Presidents' Day

Tuesday, February 19

Discovery Acceleration WorkshopsFor WMU faculty and research staff, "Strategic Paths toward Successful Grants from Foundations and Other Non-Profit Organizations," 1040 Fetzer Center, noon to 2 p.m.  Registration required.

 

Donuts With the Deans–Any student, faculty or staff is welcome to stop by and chat about news, ideas, questions or concerns with our dean and associate deans, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 21

Truth–“More Together Than Alone: The Power and Spirit of Community,” Mark Nepo, poet, author and philosopher, 2425 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 22

Diversity and Inclusion Conference"Health Care: The Power of a Community Who Cares", keynote speaker Mark Nepo, also featuring workshops and presentations by WMU faculty and students, College of Health and Human Services, Room 4010, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets $25, students $10, includes lunch. Registration required

Friday, March 1

Spirit Day–No classes.

Monday, March 4

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Tuesday, March 5

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Wednesday, March 6

Ash Wednesday

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Thursday, March 7

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Friday, March 8

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Sunday, March 10

Daylight Saving Time begins

Monday, March 11

Spring semester classes resume at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, March 27

Donuts With the Deans–Any student, faculty or staff is welcome to stop by and chat about news, ideas, questions or concerns with our dean and associate deans, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 28

Real Talk Diversity Series–"Transgender Day of visibility Celebration." Campus and community participants are invited to join in this celebration and show support for the transgender community, Trimpe Building–Multicultural Center, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; light refreshments provided.

Truth–“Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News,” Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and poetry editor for New Yorker, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 4

Real Talk Diversity Series–"Celebrating us all: Asian Pacific American Heritage." Campus and local community members are invited to participate in festivities in honor of a range of Asian Pacific American traditions and experiences, Trimpe Building–Multicultural Center, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; light refreshments provided.

Tuesday, April 9

Donuts with the Deans–Any student, faculty or staff is welcome to stop by and chat about news, ideas, questions or concerns with our dean and associate deans, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19

Good Friday

Passover begins at sundown

Sunday, April 21

Easter Sunday

Monday, April 22

Final examination week–through April 25.

Tuesday, April 23

Final examination week–through April 25.

Wednesday, April 24

Final examination week–through April 25.

Thursday, April 25

Final examination week–through April 25.

Saturday, April 27

Commencement–Miller Auditorium, times to be announced in March.

Passover ends

Spring semester ends

Tuesday, April 30

Spring semester grades due