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
“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.
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
17th, members of the Walsh College President's
Club and scholarship students gathered at the
Troy campus to celebrate student achievement and
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.
newly created scholarships include:
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.
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.
Solomon Endowed Scholarship
was initiated by Jeff Groen BAC '76; MST '81 who
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.
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.
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
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
to this fiscal year's event co-chairs for
Leadership Awards Dinner - Dennis
Harder, BBA '91; MSF '97; Managing Director
& Senior Vice President, The Private Bank; Michael Plotzke, BAC '80; MST '86; CFO,
Walsh Wine Gala - Kathleen Kosmatka,
BAC '77; Partner, Deloitte; Michael
Semanco, BBA '91; MSF '99; President & COO,
Scholarship Golf Classic - David
Girodat, BBA '85; MSF '92; President & CEO,
5/3 Bank Eastern Michigan; Rod Slobodian, MBA
'06; President, Irvin Automotive.
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.