Spring 2022 Alumni Newsletter

Spring 2022


Spring Quarter continues to be a full and busy time in the Honors Center, so we are excited to share more about student involvement and the ways we are recognizing our graduating student accomplishments. Read on to stay connected with the current events of the WWU Honors College and give us a follow on Linkedin to grow your Honors College network.

Honors Grad Spotlight

Honors Outstanding Graduate: Isaac Heiman

Isaac is a Washington-born nature lover, avid cross-country skier, and health enthusiast! He is a behavioral neuroscience major with minors in chemistry, psychology, and honors interdisciplinary studies. At Western he has enjoyed working as a STEM tutor at the library Tutoring Center and as a Student Ambassador with Donor Relations. He is grateful for the opportunities he had to conduct research in Dr. Josh Kaplan's Neuropharmacology of Cannabis lab, serve on Vice President Melynda Huskey's Enrollment and Student Services Student Advisory Council, and serve as Neuroscience Research Driven Students (NeRDS) Vice President. In addition, he is thankful for the experience of conducting public health research for his Honors senior capstone project. Following graduation, he plans to complete the MCAT and work in a clinical setting before applying for medical school next June. He is excited to take his valuable, informative Western experiences into his career as a physician!

Portrait of Isaac in a suit, smiling with a forest background

Spring Senior Capstone Presentations

Mark your calendar for Spring Quarter Senior Capstone presentations! Scheduled from Thursday, May 26 to Friday, June 10, you won't want to miss these incredible presentations. To arrange attendance at any presentation, please email Honors@wwu.edu to request the Zoom link. All times listed are in Pacific Time.

Here's a sneak peek of some of our upcoming presentations:

A fairy with blue hair and a rabbit are in front of a cream background. Three polyhedral dice decorate the page, as well as a cartoon brain. The text reads "Dungeons and Disorders. Destigmatizing the mental health conversation. Wren Hart. Dr. Lori Martindale. June 6th 2pm. Old Main 330C and Zoom. Roll with me. For disability accommodations please contact honors@wwu.edu."
Poster with a background showing things under a microscope lens. The text reads: “The Effects of Polyunsaturated Aldehydes on Zebrafish Larvae Heart Rate and Mortality. Soraya Jessa, advised by Dr. Brady Olson. May 27th at 10am OM 330. For disability accommodations, please email honors@wwu.edu."
A poster with a blue background and paper collages of a shirt, two jackets, leaves, and a ring. The text reads: "To Remember You By, Tesla Kawakami advised by Keith Negley. An illustrated memoir of queer love, dating, and growing up, framed by what was left behind. Monday June 6, 9:00-9:45 AM, OM 330C. For Disability Accommodations please email honors@wwu.edu."
Beige poster with handcuffed hands. Text reads “Media freedom and democracy: does increasing media freedom prevent democratic backsliding? An investigation of 7 countries over a 15-year span. Exploring the effects of media freedom, online regulation, compulsory education, and changing levels of economic inequality on democratic backsliding. June 2, 10:00 AM at Old Main 340 or Zoom. Presented by Annabelle Stefanoff and advised by Dr. Cynthia Horne. For disability accommodations, please email honors@wwu.edu.”

Honors Peer Mentors - Year One Reflections

The WWU Honors Peer Mentors provide first-year Honors students with the resources and support necessary to have a successful first year in the Honors College at Western. For the 2021-2022 academic year, we were able to hire 6 Mentors and a Mentor Lead who in turn, connected with our first-year cohort.

A primary goal of the Mentor Team is to increase support for incoming Honors students from underrepresented backgrounds and facilitate connections with cross-campus partners, including the Ethnic Student Center, LGBTQ+, Disability Outreach Center, Academic Advising, and more. We are actively interviewing and hiring next year's mentors and are excited to watch this program grow.

Honors Bookclub - A Year in Review

Book covers (from left to right): Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, The Archive of Alternative Endings by Lindsey Drager, Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno, How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu, and The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

The Honors Bookclub has grown significantly since its start. Check out the exceptional books they've covered this year!

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Archive of Alternative Endings by Lindsey Drager

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

WWU Give Day - May 26, 2022

The Honors College is gearing up for WWU's annual Give Day which is Thursday, May 26 – just around the corner! We continue to work on ways to support our exceptional students, faculty, and programs. We humbly ask that you consider making a gift to the WWU Honors College this Give Day where you will no doubt impact the lives of current and future Honors students. We utilize your gifts for student scholarships, aid for senior capstone projects, and to support the awesome events put on by our student leaders.