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Support the Student Hardship Fund - #WalshGives

Thanksgiving is just 22 days away!  Then comes Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Did you know that Tuesday, December 1st has come to be known as #GivingTuesday?

The idea is simple. It’s a day for your friends, family, and community to come together to give something more. The #WalshGives campaign will run throughout the month of November, culminating the week of #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2015. #WalshGives is a crowdfunding effort to support the Student Hardship Fund reminding us that every gift can make a huge difference in the life of a student.

About the Student Hardship Fund

The Student Hardship Fund was established to aid current students who have found themselves in a personal financial crisis that would otherwise require them to drop out of school. The Student Hardship Fund seeks to provide temporary relief for those individuals. It allows them to continue their education.

We need your support

To make this relief an option for students, generous donors are needed to fund it. Your gift, no matter the size, will go a long way to reducing the financial and emotional burden for Walsh students. Make your gift and support #WalshGives today! 

  1. Visit Walshcollege.edu/givingto and watch the video
  2. Click “Give Now” to make your gift to support the Student Hardship Fund.
  3. Share your gift on social media.



Walsh College Launches Online Alumni Directory

Stay in touch with former Walsh classmates and contacts with our new online alumni directory Community!  Logon to update your professional and personal information and activities; employer, board, and committee service information.  If you don't know your username and password, go to www.walshcollege.edu/Current_Students and follow the prompts. 

Trouble logging in?  Questions?  Contact MiVida Burrus in the alumni office.


Applauding Alumni


Award Nominations

We are proud of our alumni and we know you are too. Nominating individuals for awards is a great way to recognize the difference they make in their communities and industries. As a way to showcase our students and alumni, we encourage you to consider nominating individuals who deserve recognition.

Read about Award Nominations. What award can we nominate you for? Let us know! Contact the Alumni Relations Office at (248) 823-1298.  

To be featured in Applauding Alumni or nominate an alumnus contact Alumni Relations Office at (248) 823-1298.


Upcoming WCAA Events


WCAA Board Meeting

Join the newly elected WCAA Board for the first meeting of the 2015-2016 calendar year.  All alumni of Walsh College are invited and encouraged to join the WCAA at all open meetings.  If you are a recent Walsh College grad, this is an excellent time to meet your new Board and learn more about the Walsh College Alumni Association.

All meetings will be held at 6:00pm in the Columbia Center located at 201 W Big Beaver Road Ste. 190, Troy, MI 48084 until renovations are completed at the College.  Mark your calendars and join the WCAA.        

  December 3, 2015

February 4, 2016

April 7, 2016

 June 2, 2016

 August 4, 2016

 For more info or to learn more about the WCAA, contact MiVida Burrus at 248.823.1298 or email mburrus@walshcollege.edu 



Join the Walsh College Alumni Association at Star Lanes Emagine Royal Oak on Friday, March 18, 2016, for a fun-filled night of gaming on professional tables, strolling appetizers, March Madness, cash bar and much more!  Extend your luck and take a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes during the evening. 

Sponsorship opportunities are now available, email mburrus@walshcollege.edu for more information.


Career Services


Job Postings                                  

Corporate Travel Service in Dearborn Heights is looking for a Financial Controller. The Controller is responsible for the proper accounting, reporting, and analysis of all financial information for the entire enterprise (currently $26 million total revenue). With six major departments, employing a total of 60 employees, the company utilizes both traditional and deferred accounting among various departments and products. All accounting is conducted in two main systems: proprietary software for the creation and execution of group tours, and TRAMS, a publicly purchased accounting system widely used in the travel industry. This is a fulltime position at our office in the western suburbs of Metro Detroit paying both an annual salary and an annual performance bonus. Generous full-time benefits are offered.


Their requirements include:

  • Must hold a CPA license
  • Ability to work “off schedule” (evenings and weekends) when necessary
  • Robust organizational skills
  • Above average Microsoft Excel capabilities
  • Superior written and oral communication
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • High degree of integrity

For more information and to apply log in to WalshCareerLink.com

Looking for Tips and Tools you can use in your job search, click http://www.walshcollege.edu/JobSearchSuccess for Careers Services Blog post that truly inspire and inform.

View over 600 job postings at WalshCareerLink.com.             

Career Services is now located in the temporary Student Services area at the Troy campus. We’re located directly behind Admissions and Advising.  For more information on Career Services contact  Liz Gawel at (248) 823-1625.


Walsh College LaunchPad


LaunchPad Member News


Congratulations to three Walsh College LaunchPad Ventures who are 2015

Best of MichBusiness



The Work, Inc. Alumni: Jesse Ford – Marketing Savant Category.  This is the second year in a row that Jesse has won.  In 2014 The Work, Inc. won in the Best of Hatched category

“Cookies by Chris” Student: Crystal Scott – One Person Wonder Category

 Secure Beginnings, LLC Alumni: Julie Andreae – Stellar Start-Ups Category

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at the International Banquet Center in Detroit. 


Walsh Alumni and LaunchPad Member, Leanna Haun of Picasso’s Grapevine in Clarkston is also offering painting classes called: Brews and Brushes at the Suzanne Haskew Art Center in Milford. Check out her October calendar and schedule a fall paint party today at http://picassosgrapevine.com/.

Walsh College LaunchPad member Crystal Scott of “Cookies by Chris” was featured in the September 13th edition of The Southfield Eccentric. Read the article:  Southfield Woman Launches Cookie Company here.

Join Walsh College President Stephanie Bergeron and the Walsh College LaunchPad Team as we celebrate LaunchPad’s 5-Year Anniversary at our annual Walshpreneur Fair on Monday, November 16th from 5:00pm-7:30pm, Troy Campus.  Jack Aronson, Founder and John Latella, CEO of Garden Fresh Gourmet are the keynote speakers and eager to share their incredible entrepreneurial journey.  This is a fun, informative, interactive and free event.  If interested in attending, please register here.





College Events


Join Walsh College on November 21st as we honor alumni, business and community leaders at the annual Leadership Awards Dinner.  We are proud to announce this year's honorees.

Rebecca Sorensen, BAC '85, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Wealth Advisor, UBS; will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award

Brian Pilarski, MSM '07, Business Insurance Broker, Brown & Brown Insurance; will receive the Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award.

Lori Blaker, Owner & CEO, TTi Global; will receive the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service

William Jones, President, Focus:HOPE, will also receive the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service.  

All funds raised from the event will benefit the Jeffery W. Barry Endowed Scholarship and the Leadership Awards Scholarship.  Tickets are $250 per person. For more information please contact Andrea Richards in the Development Office at 248-823-1204.