Co-curricular business program receives innovation award

Contact: Cindy Wagner
Photo of Danielle Field.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A staff member from Western Michigan University has been awarded second place in the Innovation in Business Education Award program sponsored by the MidAmerican Business Deans Association.

Danielle Field, program manager for the Haworth College of Business Student Professional Readiness Series, also known as SPuRS, was awarded second place and $750 for her work in establishing the program, which provides a framework for business students to explore and develop career skills. Field will be recognized at a luncheon on Oct. 2 in Chicago.

"The MABDA Award recognizes the creative and unique aspects of SPuRS and Danielle's efforts to ensure the program's successful first year," says Dr. Devrim Yaman, associate dean for undergraduate programs. "The college is proud that SPuRS will be instrumental in engaging and preparing our students for their future careers with excellent experiences outside the classroom."

About the SPuRS program

SPuRS was designed and implemented based on employer feedback supporting experiential learning and professional development throughout the undergraduate experience. The college's combination of exemplary academics and co-curricular experiences prepares Haworth College of Business students for success in the job market after graduation.

SPuRS helps all business students graduate with the career readiness competencies that employers seek. These include areas such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork, digital technology, leadership, work ethic, career management and intercultural fluency.

"Our program provides self-directed discovery for students to explore industries, make professional connections, learn the value of networking, and solidify their personal brand," says Field. "SPuRS provides a competitive advantage for business students."

For more information about the SPuRS program, contact Danielle Field at (269) 387-5088 or

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