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Join the Walsh College Alumni Association for the annual Golf Outing at Greystone Golf Club

WCAA Golf Outing

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Walsh College Alumni Association is hosting the 2016 golf outing at Greystone Golf Club, 67500 Mound Road in Washington, Mich. 

Registration from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. with Shotgun Start at 9:30 a.m.

Individual Golfers - $135

Foursome - $500 

Foursome & Hole Sponsor - $550

Outing Includes: Practice Range, 18 Holes with Cart, Continental Breakfast, Lunch at the Turn, Prizes, WCAA Golf Trophy for 1st place, 50/50 Raffle, Hole-in-one Contest, Longest Putt, Silent Auction, Steak Dinner, Open Bar (one hour during dinner). 

Sponsorships Available!

Register today at WCAA Golf Outing.           



Applauding Alumni

Michael Draska, BBA '92, MSF '95                

As the owner of Draska Investments, Michael Draska is able to help people in all communities with a wide range of financial products and services.  His goal is to help take the mystery out of investing, help to manage risk and plan for retirement.  He has 20+ plus years of financial experience and is a registered FINRA Broker.

But that is not the only reason Draska is our applauding alumni!  From July 22 to July 24, there was a “Quake on the Lake”(http://www.quakeonthelake.org/) and Draska was at the heart of it all.  As the Vice-Chair of Operations Management and Volunteers, Draska made sure that the event was seamless and exciting for all ages.  As a Walsh College alumni and a former WCAA Board President, Michael invited alumni to join him on Pontiac Lake for a weekend of fun, food, and hydroplane racing.  

Read more about Michael Draska, BBA '92, MSF '95

 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 to receive? Let us know! Contact the Alumni Relations Office at (248) 823-1298.

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

Upcoming WCAA Events

August Board Meeting

Looking for a way to stay involved with Walsh College? Become a part of the Walsh College Alumni Association. Mark your calendar and come to the Troy campus on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. The Board meeting will be held in the Upper Level Boardroom on the second level of the new building. All alumni are invited to join the WCAA meeting and are welcomed to become an active part of the association. Committee members are needed for our yearly programming and we encourage everyone to get involved.

Some committees to consider include  Marketing/Communications, Finance, Community Outreach, Special Events, and Alumni Programming.

Can't make the August meeting? Mark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

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



Evening Networking


Are you a new alumnus? Need to increase your network? Looking to reconnect with former classmates?  Join the alumni association at the next networking event on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at: StrayCat Lounge, 40813 Garfield Road, Clinton Twp, Mich. Enjoy hot appetizers sponsored by the WCAA, music, conversation, and networking with your hosts. Registration is required and seating is limited for this event. For more info contact Lisa Mattern at lmattern4@gmail.com or Register today for Evening Networking.


Community Projects

Come on out and join your fellow alumni to give back to the community!

#HashtagLunchbag meets monthly to prepare and distribute lunches for those less fortunate throughout Detroit.  The group meets on the last Sunday of every month at Marygrove College in Detroit. 

It’s a movement dedicated to utilizing social media to bring awareness and eliminate hunger needs in local communities. 

We will pack until we've met our goal for the event of total amount of lunches. Once we've met that we will head out to pass out to the community.  #HashtagLunchbag asks volunteers to bring a $10 donation to help cover the cost of groceries for their upcoming events (although it’s not mandatory).

Meet at Marygrove College:

8425 W. McNichols Rd. Detroit,MI 48221

Madame Cadillac Building-Main Dinning Hall

Sunday July 31st, Sunday August 28th and/or Sunday September 25th  2016

Attend just one date or attend all three!

Assembly: 10:30 a.m sharp     Distribution:12 p.m.

More information is available at the following:

HashTag Registration

Web site: http://www.hashtaglunchbag.org

Facebook: Hashtaglunchbag Detroit


Gleaners DTE Energy Farm

Come on out and join your fellow alumni to give back to the community!

Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 535 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Gleaners collects 34.5 million pounds of food a year and distributes 79,000 meals each day including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 84,700 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. 

Our work at the Detroit distribution center will involve sorting and packing nonperishable food and fresh produce, folding plastic food drive bags, picking partner orders, and more!  Register Today for Gleaners DTE


Meet at Gleaners:

2131 Beaufait

Detroit, MI 48207

Saturday September 10th, 2016

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Warehouse safety: Please wear closed-toed shoes!


More information is available at the following:

Web site: http://www.gcfb.org

Facebook: Gleaners Community Food Bank

If you have questions then please contact Bill Ferguson at wferguson@alumni.walshcollege.edu.



Career Services

Career Services is hosting many events in the next few months. Come out and learn more!

Check out Career Services Current Events for all of the August Events.

Meet & Greets and Company Presentations

M           Aug 15     Clear Rate Comm.            Meet & Greet      4:00-6:00 PM      Barry Center Lobby

W           Aug 17     Sedgwick                           Meet & Greet      4:00-6:00 PM      Barry Center Lobby

TH          Aug 18     Accountemps                   Presentation*      4:30-5:30 PM      Success Center Rm 123

T             Aug 23     BDO                                    Presentation*      4:30-5:30 PM      Success Center Rm 123

T             Aug 30     Clayton-McKervey           Meet & Greet      4:00-6:00 PM      Barry Center Lobby

W           Aug 31     Plante Moran                   Meet & Greet      4:00-6:00 PM      Barry Center Lobby

*Register for Presentations in WalshCareerLink.com under Events/Workshops

Need help preparing for On Campus Recruiting (OCR) or the Career Fair?

Fall Career Fair in Troy, Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 1 - 4pm

For more information on Career Services contact,Liz Gawel at (248) 823-1237

Walsh College LaunchPad

LaunchPad Member News

Walsh Alum and LaunchPad member Leanna Haun, owner of Picasso’s Grapevine, has joined the Michigan Renaissance Festival this year offering a daily Royal Painting event, "A wee bit of paint and a wee bit of wine".  Join Picasso's Grapevine to create paintings fit for the Queen. Each patron will receive wine and food parings while making their very own masterpiece to take home. The Renaissance Festival takes place from August 20 through October 2, 2016.  More details are available here.





With his brother, Jacob, Walsh College LaunchPad member Samuel Shamayev started Jacob Ryan Entertainment, LLC.  Jacob appeared on WJBK - Fox 2 News the morning of Monday, July 4 and entertained the news staff and viewers with his magic tricks.  View the video clip here.  If you’re looking to "wow" your guests at an event, contact Jacob Ryan at jacobryanentertainmentllc@gmail.com



Do you have an idea that you would like to turn into a business, but don’t know where to begin?  Sign up today to become a member of LaunchPad by visiting:  http://www.walshcollege.edu/launchpad and click on the Join Now button. 



College Events

The MBA Experience

Presented by Scott Wyckoff, Admissions and Academic Advisor

Providing you with an insightful and engaging presentation to help you become a part of this exciting program!


You will learn how earning the Walsh MBA will help you:

  • Structure your thinking
  • Develop strategic insight and judgment
  • Develop leadership and managerial skills
  • Network with faculty and peers while learning the importance of teamwork
  • Take action on ideas, problem-solving methods, and experiences shared in the classroom

MBA Experience​​

 Alumni Picnic


The summer is coming closer to an end. While this may mean many of us are working more and taking fewer vacations, it doesn't mean we shouldn't make the best of the last couple months of the season. It was that thought that led us to the decision of throwing our first family friendly bash at the Novi Campus. I completely understand that you may have spent more time on campus during your degree than you would have liked, but I promise this will be worth it. The food will be great, the games and music will be a blast, and the people you meet or even reconnect with may be relationships that last for years to come!
While this is titled as an alumni event, as a current student who has attended the Novi Campus I wanted to extend a personal invite your way. So, if you're ready for some fun, click here or on the invitation above to register for the event. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you in a month! Best,
Jason A. Sweet l Director, Novi Campus