Upcoming Events

WCAA Golf Outing
Friday, August 24, 2012
Northville Hills Golf Club 7:30 a.m.




    Network with fellow alumni and enjoy a day of golf at Northville Hills Golf Club.  The alumni association's annual golf outing will also include a 50/50 raffle; lunch at the turn; dinner and cocktails; and awards.  Individual golf packages start at only $120.  Sponsorship packages are  available.  For more information please visit www.walshcollege.edu/wcaagolf

Homecoming Celebration
Saturday, September 22, 2012
12-4 p.m. Troy campus
Enjoy an afternoon reminiscing with alumni and faculty at the Walsh Homecoming celebration.  The event is free and open to Walsh alumni, students and their families.  There will be live entertainment, food, games, the Walsh Hall of Fame, a photo booth and more.  For more information and to register please visit www.walshcollege.edu/homecoming

Leadership Awards Dinner
Saturday, November 10, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Royal Park Hotel, Rochester





Join us for the Leadership Awards Dinner where we will celebrate the achievements of area business leaders and Walsh alumni.  Tickets to the event are $250.  All funds raised will benefit the Walsh College Scholarship Fund.  To preview this year's honorees please visit www.walshcollege.edu/leadershipawards

Volunteer Recognition Breakfast
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7:30 a.m. Troy Marriott
This event is Walsh's way of thanking its many dedicated volunteers who help to make us successful!  This year's keynote speaker is Richard Bernstein of the Bernstein Law Firm in Farmington Hills.

Novi Holiday Breakfast - 90th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, December 7, 2012
Novi campus, Time TBD
If you are unable to join us at Homecoming in September you are welcome to attend the Novi Holiday Breakfast which will also celebrate our 90th anniversary.  Guests will enjoy a hot breakfast, the Walsh Hall of Fame, and the opportunity to visit with current and former faculty and alumni.  For more information please visit www.walshcollege.edu/homecoming

Quick Hits

Scholarship student testimonial videos

Click on the link below to hear from current student scholarship recipients.  You will learn why they chose Walsh College and how grateful they are to scholarship donors who have made it possible for them to attain their goals of a higher education.




 Issue Five                                                                   July 2012

Walsh College celebrates 90 years!
This year Walsh is celebrating its 90th anniversary.  What began as the Walsh Institute on Madison Ave. in Detroit in 1922, now boasts over 23,000 alumni throughout the United States.  

“Ninety years ago, Mervyn Walsh had the foresight and business acumen to open the Walsh Institute, creating a reputation for valued graduates who immediately contributed to their employers’ success. Today, with a workplace spanning the world and graduates in many specializations, we are proud of and remain committed to this legacy,” said Stephanie Bergeron, President, Walsh College. 


To mark this special occasion we are planning Homecoming celebrations at the Troy and Novi campuses.  Learn more in the Upcoming Events column to the left.    

Walsh proudly announces newly created donor scholarships at the President's Appreciation Reception
On May 17th, members of the Walsh College President's Club and scholarship students gathered at the Troy campus to celebrate student achievement and donor support. 

One of the highlights of the reception was the announcement made by Paul Trulik, BAC '90 and his wife Tricia, of a newly named scholarship they are funding to honor Tricia's parents, Michael McKay DIP '64 and his wife Rosemarie.  The Michael and Rosemarie McKay Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students.

Other newly created scholarships include:
Plotzke Family Endowed Scholarship in tribute to Ilene Plotzke, established by Michael Plotzke, BAC '80; MST '86 and his wife Courtney.  The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a preference to Macomb Community College transfer students.

The Joyce and Charles Simmons Annual Scholarship was created to assist undergraduate and graduate students studying Information Assurance and Business Law.  The scholarship was established by the Joyce and Charles Simmons Foundation with the help of P. Terry and Barbara Knight.

Mark Solomon Endowed Scholarship was initiated by Jeff Groen BAC '76; MST '81 who made a challenge grant to fellow MST alumni.  The award, is honoring legendary professor Mark Solomon and is open to students enrolled in the MST program and employed by the IRS.

The Tax Executives Institute Detroit Chapter recently made an award to Walsh College to establish the TEI Detroit Chapter Scholarship.  This scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are majoring in accounting and taking tax classes. 

Chadwick Herman Rakusin, CPA Memorial Scholarship was recently created by Dr. Sheila Ronis in memory of her father.  It will be awarded to students in the MBA program.

"Scholarship support is vital to our students.  It gives them the opportunity to be rewarded for academic achievement and  lessens the cost of attending Walsh.  We are grateful to our donors for helping our deserving students reach their goal of a higher education," said Audrey Olmstead, Vice President Development & Alumni Relations.

If you would like more information on the Walsh scholarship program and how to make a gift please contact the Development Office at 248-823-1204.

Volunteer special event chairs raise awareness of Walsh in our community while raising valuable scholarship dollars!
Special events require a lot of planning and attention to detail.  Each of Walsh's three major fundraisers are co-chaired by alumni of the College.  Without their leadership and commitment these events may not be possible. 
Thank you to this fiscal year's event co-chairs for successful fundraisers!
Leadership Awards Dinner - Dennis Harder, BBA '91; MSF '97; Managing Director & Senior Vice President, The Private Bank; Michael Plotzke, BAC '80; MST '86; CFO, Plastipak Packaging.
Walsh Wine Gala - Kathleen Kosmatka, BAC '77; Partner, Deloitte; Michael Semanco, BBA '91; MSF '99; President & COO, Hennessey Capital.
Scholarship Golf Classic - David Girodat, BBA '85; MSF '92; President & CEO, 5/3 Bank Eastern Michigan; Rod Slobodian, MBA '06; President, Irvin Automotive.

We appreciate their leadership and constant support to help Walsh students!

Behind every great college or university, you will find great philanthropy.  We appreciate every dollar donated to Walsh College and 100% of your contribution is directed to the area you wish to support.  Thank you for supporting us and our students!

The Bottom Line is published bi-annually.  For more information please contact Andrea Richards in the Development Office at 248-823-1204.