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'Mr. Excel' visits campus Tuesday

April 14, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Students, faculty and the general public are invited to sharpen their Excel skills from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, when "Mr. Excel" comes to Western Michigan University.

And the response has been so great the presentation venue has been changed to accommodate a larger crowd and room for laptops. Bill Jelen, the Excel guru, will now make a presentation in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium.

"While many accounting and finance jobs use Excel extensively, students majoring in any business discipline will need to use it," says Dr. Robert Balik, professor of finance and commercial law. "Excel is a tool whose degree of usage depends, to a large extent, on users' knowledge of the program. Who better than Mr. Excel himself to show us what the program can do?"

Jelen shares his knowledge through mrexcel.com and is the author of more than 20 books on the Microsoft spreadsheet program. Before founding MrExcel.com in 1998, Jelen spent 12 years as a financial systems analyst at Telxon. His company automates Excel reports for hundreds of clients around the world. His website answers more than 30,000 questions a year--for free--for readers all around the world. He has given Power Excel seminars across the United States.

Jelen has made more than 60 guests appearances on TV's Call for Help with Leo Laporte, was voted guest of the year on the Computer America radio show, and his daily video podcast, Learn Excel from Mr. Excel, is a top 50 tech video podcast on iTunes.

Jelen is being brought to campus through the Visiting Scholars and Artists Program. Established in 1960, the program significantly contributes to the intellectual life of Western Michigan University. The program provides funds for academic units to bring distinguished scholars and artists to campus. The visitors meet with faculty and students in their fields and address the community at large.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Balik at robert.balik@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5674.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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