WMU News

Russian educators, entrepreneurs visit with business faculty

Feb. 15, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Nine Russian educators and business owners will meet with faculty from the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16, as part of their efforts to learn more about U.S.-style marketing and entrepreneurship.

The visitors, who are from Tula Oblast in Russia, are spending three weeks in the United States as part of a program funded by the U.S. Department of State through a grant to Colleagues International, which previously was known as the Council for International Programs. This will be the third group from Russia to visit Western Michigan University.

After lunch with WMU College of Business faculty, the Russians will discuss "A New Business Architecture in the U.S." with Dr. Andrew Targowski, professor of business information systems and president of Colleagues International; "American Marketing" with Dr. Linda Delene, professor of marketing; and "Managing a Small Business in the U.S." with Dr. Thomas A. Carey, professor of management.

Other stops on the visitors' itinerary include the Stryker Center at Kalamazoo College, a Rotary meeting, Biggs/Gilmore Communications, the Kalamazoo Gazette, several banks, Michigan Works, economic development organizations, and a meeting with businessman and Kalamazoo City Commissioner Al Heilman. Trips to Chicago and Greenfield Village are also planned.

The visitors are staying with host families while in the Kalamazoo area.

Media contact: Joyce Harden, 616 341-9494


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