"Being a Trailblazer is more than just involving yourself in leadership positions; it's about inspiring people to be the best versions of themselves."
- Rob Nyhuis
Twenty-five business students were honored as a part of Trailblazers—a student recognition program that highlights and honors students who are leaders on campus and in the community.
“Our exceptional students are dedicated to excellence not only in their academic careers, but also in their communities,” says Dr. Kay Palan, outgoing dean of the Haworth College of Business. “The Trailblazers program recognizes a selection of students who make a difference and lead within the campus community, the professional world and beyond."
On March 30, all Trailblazers were honored for their accomplishments, service and leadership. Robert Nyhuis, a management and marketing major, was named Trailblazer of the Year.
A WMU Lee Honors College student, Nyhuis is an active participant in many campus organizations, including the Western Student Association, the DESIGNEDtoLEAD student conference committee, the Haworth College of Business Strategic Planning Council and the Dean’s Leadership Scholar Program. He also serves as the president of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and the Student Leadership Advisory Board. He will work as a business analyst intern at Southwest Michigan First this summer.
“Being a Trailblazer is more than just involving yourself in leadership positions; it’s about inspiring people to be the best versions of themselves and motivating them to be involved on campus and in our community,” says Nyhuis. “It means working hard to make a name for yourself and leaving a legacy. As I move into my professional career, I plan to continue making a name for myself wherever I go and plan on giving back to the Haworth College of Business in any way I can.”
- Brianna Amat, a food and consumer package goods marketing major
- Joshua Angles, a human resource management major
- Eric Beatty, a marketing and management major
- Tinashe Chaponda, a sales and business marketing major
- Sarah Dean, a finance major
- Andrea Gentile, an accountancy and criminal justice major
- Rachel Guenther, a human resource management major
- Sarah Hughey, an entrepreneurship, elementary education and history major
- Daniel Israel, an integrated supply management major
- Jeremy Juday, a sales and business marketing major
- Laura Karlen, an integrated supply management major
- Dylan Kotora, a finance major
- Sydney Lammers, an advertising and promotion major
- Kaitlin Laski, a marketing major
- Alexis Lenderman, an entrepreneurship and food service administration major
- Josie Marshall, a management major
- Eduardo Jimenez Martin, a finance major
- Matthew Milantoni, a sales and business marketing major
- Melanie Morello, an integrated supply management major
- Lauren Nowakowski, a management and sales and business marketing major
- Robert Nyhuis, a management and marketing major
- Kazmira Ruhland, a management major
- Juliet Sanford, an advertising and promotion and management major
- Erin Sionkowski, an electronic business marketing major
- Emma Stuba, an integrated supply management major