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WMU Giving Day

Donors to the Haworth College of Business elevated its ability to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways during WMU’s 2019 Giving Day. The college broke records for donors and dollars with more than 290 donors giving $495,272 to support initiatives such as scholarships, student travel to competitions and conferences, experiential learning, and more. The generosity of 2,190 donors garnered $1,555,417 for impactful programs across all areas of the University.

100% graphic iconPost-graduation success

Digital marketing and eCommerce, entrepreneurship, food and consumer package goods marketing, and sales and business marketing all have post- graduation success rates of 100%, which means graduates are employed or continuing their education within three months of graduation. The college boasts an overall rate of 94% post-graduate success for all majors. 

Students present research at international conference

Students Brandon Buxton and Blake Tindol presented their research at the Conference on Health IT and Analytics in Washington, D.C. The annual research summit gathers prominent scholars from more than 40 research institutions, as well as leading policymakers and practitioners from around the world. Buxton and Tindol presented research they collaborated on with Dr. Utkarsh Shrivastava, assistant professor of business information systems.

Taking the tangle out of power strips

A student startup offering a mess-free alternative to traditional power strips won first place at WMU’s eighth annual K.C. O’Shaughnessy Competition and Showcase. A team comprised of industrial and entrepreneurial engineering students Bridgitt Cornish, Trevor Dendel, Emily Mouat and Brooklyn Smith claimed the top spot after making a pitch for their company No Mess Power Strip.

Conference room updated

The conference room on the main level of Schneider Hall was updated in fall 2019 with a generous gift from the Haworth family and Haworth Inc. The room now boasts new furniture that is entirely mobile, so that the room can be transformed into a number of different configurations, giving the college a flexible, multi-purpose space for student and community events. Perhaps most exciting of all, the room is equipped with Bluescape, a secure visual collaborative platform that unifies content and conversations in a shared space and can be accessed from any device or location.


Broadening students’ cultural horizons is a goal of the Haworth College of Business’s TechNext program, which hosted trips to San Francisco and San Diego in fall semester. Students are selected to participate from programs across the University based on high academic achievement and interest in entrepreneurship and technology applications. This year, students were able to visit 24 companies and make connections with more than 50 alumni.