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Have You Heard?

WWJ 950

Have you heard Walsh College alumni featured on radio spots on WWJ 950? Our alumni have had unique experiences as students at Walsh College that have taken them to unique business careers. See more at: walshcollege.edu/HaveYouHeard


Walsh College Economic Sentiment Survey Reveals Increased Confidence in Michigan Economy

Walsh College alumni’s confidence in economic conditions continue to trend in a positive direction, with Michigan's longer-term economic prospects exceeding that of the country as a whole. According to preliminary findings of the seventh semi-annual Walsh College Economic Sentiment Survey, conducted during the first quarter of 2014, economic confidence in the state of Michigan has increased 94 percent over the past six months, versus 18 percent increase for the country as a whole.

To read the full release, please visit walshcollege.edu/News/MarchESSresults.


Visit Alumni-in-Action to discover Walsh's elite alumni who have joined Plante Moran as its new chief information officer, have joined Kellogg Company as its new vice president, and have been appointed president of Midcoast Studio.

Keep us informed by updating your contact info and sending in news about your life and career to alumni@walshcollege.edu.

By mail: Alumni Relations
Walsh College, PO Box 7006
Troy, MI 48007


By e-mail: alumni@walshcollege.edu

No phone calls, please;
information must be in writing.

Applauding Alumni

Lou Schmidt, BBA 1990, MSF 1997


Alumnus Lou Schmidt, president of the HoneyBaked Ham Company of Michigan, has endowed a scholarship that draws on his Walsh legacy and the success of his family’s business. He specified that applicants for the Louis C. and Mary Schmidt Endowed Scholarship be enrolled in a degree program with an emphasis in either finance or marketing.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Lou Schmidt


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

Upcoming Events

Walsh College features many opportunities, resources, and benefits for alumni involvement. View the complete Event Calendar.

Business Briefings: Get a Grip on Your Business Making it Simple

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
8:30-10:30 am
Troy Campus

Join Mike Kotsis, a professional Entrepreneurial Operating System implementer, for a comprehensive session on how to simply, clarify, and get what you really want from your business. Learn more at thewalshinstitute.com/lcbriefings

Evening Networking - Tom's Oyster Bar

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6-9:00 pm
Tom's Oyster Bar Map & Directions

Walsh College Alumni Association (WCAA) invite you to join us for networking and fellowship. Alumni, students, and friends of the College are all welcome. This is a free event. Refreshments and food are available for purchase.

For more information or other Networking Events, visit Alumni Evening Networking.

Walsh Foundation Wine Gala

Friday, May 2, 2014
Walter P. Chrysler Museum, 1 Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills
6:30 VIP; 7:00 General Admission

All proceeds benefit the Walsh College Scholarship Fund. For more information visit: Walsh Foundation Wine Gala

Featured Job Posting

Veterinary Hospital Personnel Manager

DePorre Veterinary Hospital
West Bloomfield, MI

DESCRIPTION: Management and motivation of small animal veterinary hospital staff approximately 50 employees.

For requirements on this featured Job Posting or for other job postings available to alumni login to the Walsh Portal to access eRcruiting. For more information on Portal Access visit walshcollege.edu/AlumniPortalAccess.

Contact Career Services at (248) 823-1625.

Blackstone LaunchPad/Walsh Institute

Blackstone LaunchPad Member News

Once again Blackstone LaunchPad members’ contributions exceeded our expectations for the for WCAA’s 5th Annual Casino Night VIP basket donation.  A heartfelt thank you to the following members who donated and a special thank you to Nicole Sesko of Growable Greetings who added the finishing touch! 

Stephanie Comptois (1997/BBA), Bear Necessities
Danielle Cecconi, Doce Brigadeiro
Donovan Shand (2010/MBA) and Nancy Martens, ElderCompass
Denise Kulak (2000/BBA), Fun Stuff!
Rob Berry (1997/MSM) and Judy Farmer, Great Pilates Now
Nicole Sesko, Growable Greetings
Mike Kastler, Kastler Consulting Group
Steve Johnson (2010/MBA), Motor City Brew Tours
Brian Renner (2009/MBA), The Movie Insider
Anthony Mitchell  (2013/MBA), National Mother’s Hall of Fame
Leanna Harrouk Haun (1996/BBA), Picasso’s Grapevine
Anthony Majewski (2010/MBA), Read with Max
Adam Funk (2006/MSF), Savings Coach
Katie Flickinger,  The Garden Hoard

Despite their busy schedules and lack of funds, The Blackstone LaunchPad community of entrepreneurs are always willing “pay it forward”.

Learn more about Blackstone LaunchPad at walshcollege.edu/blackstonelaunchpad

Walsh alumni are life-long learners. Check out our continuing education programs listed at thewalshinstitute.com.


We'll come to your desk during lunch hour! Most webinars are offered from 12:15-1 p.m. ET. These information-packed sessions are designed for busy working professionals.


  • Accounting Degrees
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Boots to Briefcases: Transitioning from the Military into a Business Career
  • Finance Degrees
  • IT/IA/IS Degrees
  • MBA and Master of Management (MM)


  • Facebook 101
  • LinkedIn 101 and 201 for Business Professionals
  • LinkedIn for Executives

Learn more at walshcollege.edu/webinars.

Monthly Networking


Improve your public speaking and leadership skills, or remain competitive during a job search. walshcollege.edu/toastmasters


Michigan's largest professional organization for women. walshcollege.edu/inforum

Walsh College Open Source
Share and educate the group on all facets of web development tools and techniques, as well as initiate and publish open source web-based software projects.

Walsh College Press Releases

For more Walsh College press releases visit walshcollege.edu/news

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Office of Alumni Relations

In this Issue:

Applauding Alumni
Upcoming Events
Featured Job Posting
Blackstone LaunchPad/ Walsh Institute
Monthly Networking
Walsh College Press Releases
Support Scholarships

Walsh grads are life-long learners.
Check out our continuing education programs listed at

Contact Us
Office of Alumni Relations
Walsh College
3838 Livernois Road
PO Box 7006
Troy, MI 48007
Update Your Information

Duc Abrahamson
Alumni & Student Relations Officer
(248) 823-1298


Walsh College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). Specific degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org).

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