Spring 2022 Alumni Newsletter
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!
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:
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
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.