Calendar of SPuRS-Approved Events

Upcoming events

* Events with an asterisk (*) require registration. Click on the event link for details. Event dates and times are subject to change.

January 23

*What's Next? Beyond the Bachelor's: In this interactive workshop, we will discuss opportunities for you after finish your bachelor's degree. Our topics will include: searching for graduate schools, working/traveling abroad, participating in a Gap Year program, and volunteering. We will also talk about how to prepare for the next steps including: doing on-line research, writing a personal statement and networking on LinkedIn. Communication Center Registration at https://wmich.mywconline.net. This workshop takes place in 2345 Schneider Hall from 11 a.m. to noon. This is a Professional Insight - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

ISM Career Night sponsored by IDEX: A night of networking for students pursuing internships and entry level positions in supply chain management. Attend employer presentations and network with supply chain companies. This event takes place in the Bernhard Center from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

January 24

Business Externship Program - Poster Presentations & Showcase: Join former externs and employers to learn more about the Business Externship Program. Peer mentors and former externs will be available to answer questions about the application process and experiences. Also, visit with employers who will be hosting externs this year.  This event takes place on the 3rd floor of Schneider Hall, near the Zhang Career Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

January 25

*Mercantile Bank Speaker Series: Chris Burns, Senior Fixed Income Analyst from Greenleaf Trust will speak on the topic: "The Long and the Short of It - A Historical Perspective on Investing." This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

*Resume Critique Day: An event that assists business students in the editing their professional documents for the upcoming recruiting season. Students meet with an employer for a 30-minute, one-on-one appointment to receive resume feedback. Space is limited; sign up for an appointment on Handshake. This event takes place in the Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

January 28

*Starting Gate Workshop - Everyone Needs to be a Rockstar Salesperson:  From identifying potential customers to selling a project to your supervisor, learn some "impactful" takeaways for selling. Some key topics that will be discussed are: negotiation, sales time management, and how analytics is a key to service. Guest Speaker: Chuck Loparo, National Sales Manager at Midwest Tool & Cutlery Co. This workshop takes place in the Park Trades Center Building from 5 to 6 p.m. RSVP to lara.hobson@wmich.edu. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

January 30

*The 5 P's of Professional Presentations: This workshop identifies and provides examples of the "Five P's" necessary for developing and delivering a powerful, professional presentation. Communication Center Registration at https://wmich.mywconline.net. This workshop takes place in 1280 Schneider Hall from 2 to 3 p.m. This is a Leadership & Service - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

Career Fair Prep Event: A keynote speaker will present business students with advice about what to do at a career fair and how to achieve your career fair goals, followed by breakout sessions covering topics related to job/internship searching and personal branding. This event takes place in the Fetzer Center from 4 to 6 p.m. There opportunities to earn multiple Advanced Level SPuRS at this event.

January 31

Financial Planning Speaker Series - Kevin Haverdink: The Financial Planning Speaker Series for the spring semester kicks off with guest speaker former WMU Bronco and NFL player Kevin Haverdink from Haverdink Financial Management , LLC. He will speak on the topic "My Non-Traditional Road from WMU to Wealth Management." This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

February 1

*Practice Interview Day: An event that assists students with practicing their interviewing skills for the upcoming recruiting season. Students meet with an employer for a 40-minute, one-on-one appointment to receive feedback. Space is limited; sign up for an appointment on Handshake. This event takes place in the Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

February 1 -2

*Spring Leadership Retreat: This event is a two-day off-campus program that is activity focused. The retreat is a great way for students to network with other student leaders and build upon their leadership skills . There is a $10 registration fee for this retreat. This event takes place at Sherman Lake YMCA camp. For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement at 269-387-2115. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

February 4

*Starting Gate Workshop - What Makes a Great Pitch Presentation: Learn what it takes to present effectively, whether it is a 30 second elevator pitch, a 3 minute competition pitch or a 10 minute investor pitch. This workshop will explain what to include to come across clearly and make your presentations memorable. Guest Speaker: John Hoinville, Alfa Jango. This workshop takes place in the Park Trades Center Building from 4 to 5 p.m. RSVP to lara.hobson@wmich.edu. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

February 6

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Job Fair: This event serves WMU students studying hard sciences, computer science, telecommunications and information management, business information systems, data science and all engineering programs. This event takes place in the Bernhard Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

Marketing, Sales & Food Marketing Career Night sponsored by Ethos Group: This networking event is for students pursuing internships and entry-level positions in sales or marketing. This event takes place in the Fetzer Center from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

February 7

WMU Career Fair: This event serves WMU students studying business, healthcare, aviation, supply chain management, education, liberal arts and fine arts. This event takes place in the Bernhard Center from 10 a.m to 2:30 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Professional Insight - Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

February 8

*Entrepreneurship Forum:  Valencia Scott, founder of Perfect Pucker, will be presenting. This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

Government & Non Profit Job Fair: This job fair brings organizations from government and nonprofit sectors to campus that are recruiting candidates that want to work in those environments. This event takes place in the Bernhard Center from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

February 11

*Starting Gate Workshop - Pitching to Angels Workshop:  This is a dialog-centric block of time during which the participants will be introduced to the intricacies of a variety of capital investment structures and their related terms and conditions. In addition, the participants will be presented with how networking becomes a way of life that advances both professional and personal objectives while actually building communities of interest. Guest Speaker: Pat Morand, Open Prairies Ventures.  This workshop takes place in the Park Trades Center Building from 4 to 5 p.m. RSVP to lara.hobson@wmich.edu. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

February 13

*Research Tips & Strategies Workshop: This workshop explores conventions of both in-text citations and reference pages. We will discuss effective methods for doing research including strategies, tools and organization techniques. Communication Center Registration at https://wmich.mywconline.net. This event takes place in 1280 Schneider Hall from 1 to 1:30 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level SPuRS event

February 15

PITCH Competition: WMU students compete for over $5,000 in prizes. This event takes place in Schneider Hall from. If you are attending this event, you will earn Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level SPuRS credit. If you are participating in this event, you will earn Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS credit.

February 18

*Starting Gate Workshop - Using Improv Techniques in Your Pitch:  This workshop will demonstrate some simple tools to help you present with confidence. Using improv techniques, you will be able to better read the moment and respond accordingly.  Guest Speaker:  Dann Sytsma. This workshop takes place in the Park Trades Center Building from 5 to 6 p.m. RSVP to lara.hobson@wmich.edu. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

February 20

Major Match-Up: This is an event for students wishing to explore Haworth College of Business majors. Students will be able to learn what it takes to be successful in the major, what the coursework is like, who the faculty are, which employers come to campus to hire students for internships and/or full time employment, which student organizations are aligned with the major, which events are best to attend, and any other questions you may have. This event takes place in the lower level of Schneider Hall from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

February 22

*Mercantile Bank Speaker Series: Joe Cekola, president and owner of Imperial Beverage will speak on the topic: "Imperial Beverage". This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

C.H. Robinson Company Spotlight Day: This event takes place in the C.H. Robinson Office - Chicago, Il from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

March 14

*Resumes Revisited: Looking for help creating a tailored resume that highlights your credentials to potential employers? Bring a copy of your resume to this informative workshop! Communication Center Registration at https://wmich.mywconline.net. This workshop takes place in 1265 Schneider Hall from 2 to 3 p.m. This is a Leadership & Service - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

March 15

Meijer Company Spotlight Day: This event takes place in the Meijer Corporate Office in Grand Rapids, MI from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

*Entrepreneurship Forum:  Ben Nobis, Nobis Agri Science will be presenting. This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

March 18

*Starting Gate Workshop - Demo Day:  Student entrepreneurs in the 6-month long Starting Gate program will make formal presentations about their businesses to members of the investor community to receive feedback and, possibly, future funding. This event takes place in Schneider Hall from. If you are attending this event, you will earn Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level SPuRS credit. If you are participating in this event, you will earn Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS credit.

March 19

Enterprise Company Spotlight Day: This event takes place in the Haworth College of Business Employee Lounge (3rd floor) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

March 22

*Bring Your "A-Game" to Work: Learn how to define, discuss, practice and apply the seven behaviors of work ethic in this day long workshop. Event registration: This event will take place in 2345 Schneider Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a Leadership & Service - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

March 27

*Business Etiquette Dinner: Learn about proper dining etiquette while connecting with industry professionals. Call 269-387-2730 for registration information. This event takes place in the Fetzer Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is a Leadership & Service - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

March 28

Real Talk Diversity Series - Transgender Day of Visibility Celebration: Campus and community participants are invited to join in this celebration and show support for the transgender community. Activities will recognize the livelihood and empowerment that transgender individuals demonstrate daily around the globe. In addition, ideas and knowledge for addressing cis-sexism and transphobia will be shared. This event takes place in the Multicultural Center of the Adrian Trimpe Building from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

March 29

*Mercantile Bank Speaker Series:  Judy Paget, Executive Director of Hospital Hospitality House, will speak on the topic: "Hospital Hospitality House". This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

April 4

Real Talk Diversity Series - Celebrating Us All: Asian Pacific American Heritage:  In celebration of the history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders' enrichment of the United States and the important role they have in our future, campus and local community members are invited to participate in festivities in honor of a range of Asian Pacific American traditions and experiences.  This event takes place in the Multicultural Center of the Adrian Trimpe Building from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

April 8 - 19

*Escape Room: More information coming soon regarding the Haworth College of Business Escape Room, sponsored by the SPuRS program and the Zhang Career Center.

April 12

*Entrepreneurship Forum:  Matthew McDaid, founder of Section 1776, will be presenting. This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

April 26

*Mercantile Bank Speaker Series:  Greg Dobson, Chief Operating Officer of AVB Construction will speak on the topic: "Construction and Development". This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

April 28 - May 2

*Leaders Unplugged: The program consists of a backpacking trip focused on personal exploration and leadership concepts. There is a $25 registration fee for this event. For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement at 269-387-2115. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

May 17

*Mercantile Bank Speaker Series:  Dr. Larry Beer of Child & Family Psychological Services will speak on the topic: "Anxiety, Depression and Psychological Well-Being". This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.