Calendar of SPuRS-Approved Events

Upcoming events

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

Monday, January 8

*Starting Gate Workshop - "Networking 101".  Park Trades Center Building, Suite #321, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 9

*Pitch Zoo - Arcadia Brewing Company, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 12

*Entrepreneurship Forum - Adam McFarlin, Kalamazoo Candle Company, 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Wednesday, January 17

Lyceum Lecture Series - "Mental Health as a Public Health Issue: Local Initiatives and Resources"  Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

*The Art of Mindful Communication: Communication in College (part 1) - Join the Communication Center and the SPuRS program for a 2-part series of interactive workshops focusing on mindful communication strategies. 2335 Schneider Hall, 11 a.m to 12:15 p.m.

*Peer to Peer Talk Fest - "Personal Branding", Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall, 5 to 6 p.m. Students interested in participating in this activity should RSVP to Bob Stewart.

Wednesday, January 17 - Friday, February 2

Resume ReVamp -  An opportunity for business students to drop off a resume in order to receive written recommendations for improvement, within three days. Further details will be provided regarding the process at the time of drop-off. Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall.

Friday, January 19, 26 & February 2

*Bring Your A Game to Work - Learn to define, discuss, practice and apply the seven behaviors of work ethic. 2345 Schneider Hall, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, January 22

*Starting Gate Workshop - "Social Media for Startups"  Park Trades Center Building, Suite #321, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23

Business Externship Program - Showcase and Poster Presentation, Schneider Employee Lounge, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24

Lyceum Lecture Series - "Depression: Symptoms and Strategies" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

*Resume Building Workshop - Career preparation workshop, which includes discussion and practice exercises. 2345 Schneider Hall, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

*ISM Interview Workshop - A prep event for ISM Career Night where supply chain professionals edit resumes and provide interviewing tips. 2150 Schneider Hall, 6 to 8 p.m.

Business Externship Program: Showcase/Poster Presentation -  1360 Schneider Hall, 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, January 25

Financial Planning Speaker Series - TBA , 2150 Schneider Hall, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 26

*Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series - Peter Gistelinck, president and CEO, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m.

*Resume Critique Day - An event that assists business students in editing their professional resume. Students meet with an employer for a 30-minute, one-on-one appointment to receive feedback. (Space is limited). Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, January 29

*Starting Gate Workshop - "Basics of Startup Financials"  Park Trades Center Building, Suite #321, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 30

*ISM Career Night - A night of networking for students pursuing internships and entry level positions in supply chain management. Bernhard Center, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 31

*The Art of Mindful Communication: Communication in College (part 2) - Join the Communication Center and the SPuRS program for a 2-part series of interactive workshops focusing on mindful communication strategies. 2335 Schneider Hall, 11 a.m to 12:15 p.m.

Career Fair Prep Event - The Zhang Career Center invites local professionals and recruiters to talk to business students about networking strategies, resumes, professional introductions, and interview tips. In addition, pre-business students seeking internships may choose to attend an internship panel as a breakout session and learn from upper-level students who have completed an internship. Fetzer Center, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Lyceum Lecture Series - "Suicide Prevention" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, February 2

IT Career Day with BTN - Bernhard Center, 8:30 a.m. to noon

*Practice Interview Day - An event that assists business students practice their interview skills. Students meet with an employer for a 40-minute, one-on-one appointment to receive feedback. Space is limited. Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, February 5

*Starting Gate Workshop - "Communications Workshop"  Park Trades Center Building, Suite #321, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7

*Marketing, Sales and Food Marketing Night - A networking event for students pursuing internships and entry level positions in marketing, with a focus on careers in food marketing, marketing and sales. Attend a keynote speaker presentation followed by networking. Fetzer Center, 5 to 8 p.m.

WMU Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Career Fair - Bernhard Center, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Lyceum Lecture Series - "Healthy Minds Study: Current Issues and Trends on Campus Mental Health" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

Lyceum Lecture Series - " The 'S' Word: A Screening  and Panel Discussion of a Film about Young Adults and Suicide", Chenery Auditorium, 7 p.m.

*WMU Pitch Workshop - Developing a Business Idea - 1345 Schneider Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students are strongly encouraged to RSVP for this workshop at least 24 hours in advance of the event to Lara Hobson.

Thursday, February 8

WMU Career Fair - An opportunity to meet with employer representatives to discuss internships and professional employment opportunities in business. Bernhard Center, Noon to 4 p.m.

Friday, February 9

*Entrepreneurship Forum - Kevin Romeo, creative director, Rhino Media, 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Monday, February 12

*Starting Gate Workshop - "Using Improv Techinques in your Pitch"  Park Trades Center Building, Suite #321, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

*Trailblazer Application Deadline - 8 a.m.

Tuesday, February 13

*Pitch Zoo - Arcadia Brewing Company, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14

Lyceum Lecture Series - "What to Do When Someone You Know is Struggling" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p

*Peer to Peer Talk Fest - "LinkedIn", Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall, 5 to 6 p.m. Students interested in participating in this activity should RSVP to Bob Stewart.

Thursday, February 15

Real Talk Diversity Series - "Unlikely Allies: The Case for Aligning Business and Social Justice," Adrian Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, February 16

WMU Government and Non-Profit Career Fair - Bernhard Center, 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday, February 19

*Starting Gate Workshop - "Pitching to Angels Workshop"  Park Trades Center Building, Suite #321, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, February 19 - Wednesday, February 21

Major Match Up - An event for all students wishing to explore Haworth College of Business Majors. A student could explore two majors each evening with senior level students who are knowledgeable and engaged. 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 positions in this major, which organizations are aligned with the major, which events are best to attend, and any other questions that you may have. THIS IS A PEER TO PEER EVENT, designed to provide information to first and second year students who are exploring options in order to select a major. 1400 Wing-Schneider Hall,  4:45 to 6 p.m. each night.

Wednesday, February 21

Lyceum Lecture Series - " The Pulse of Anxiety is Rising" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, February 23

*Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series -  Tim Lester, WMU football head coach, 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Tuesday, February 27

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion - 2150 Schneider Hall (Dean's Conference Room), 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, February 28

Lyceum Lecture Series - " The Somebodiness of African American Men" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

*WMU Pitch Workshop - Basic Elements of a 3-Minute Elevator Pitch, 1345 Schneider Hall, 1 to 2 p.m. Students are strongly encouraged to RSVP for this workshop at least 24 hours in advance of the event to Lara Hobson.

Thursday, March 1

Financial Planning Speaker Series - TBA , 2150 Schneider Hall, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

*WMU Pitch Workshop - Basic Elements of a 3-Minute Elevator Pitch, Floyd Hall - Parkview Room (Parkview Campus), 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students are strongly encouraged to RSVP for this workshop at least 24 hours in advance of the event to Lara Hobson.

Friday, March 2

*Business Externship Application Deadline - Zhang Career Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, March 12

*Practice DEMO Day, 2150 Schneider Hall, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13

*Pitch Zoo - Arcadia Brewing Company, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14

Lyceum Lecture Series - " How Can Good Enough Be Enough: Perfectionism in Perspective" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

*Five P's of Presenting Professionally - All Western Michigan University students majoring in business are invited to this career preparation workshop. Students who attend and contribute to this dynamic discussion on presenting yourself and/or projects/information will not only learn how to best approach and give a presentation but how to do so confidently and professionally. 2335 Schneider Hall, 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

*Peer to Peer Talk Fest - "Experiental Learning Activities" Zhang Career Center, 3020 Schneider Hall, 5 to 6 p.m.  Students interested in participating in this activity should RSVP to Bob Stewart.

Friday, March 16

*Entrepreneurship Forum - Roxanne Leder, owner, Decadent Dog, 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Real Talk Diversity Series - "Systemic Change at WMU", Adrian Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 1 to 3 p.m.

Monday, March 19

*DEMO Day, 2150 Schneider Hall, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

Lyceum Lecture Series - " Technology and Mental Health: Challenges and Resources" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, March 23

K.C. O'Shaughnessy / WMU Pitch Competition - Schneider Hall, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Contact Lara Hobson to register as a participant or attend the competition.

Wednesday, March 28

Lyceum Lecture Series - " Medications 101 and Mental Health Treatment Options" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, March 30

*Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series - Chris Burns, fixed income analyst, Greenleaf Trust, "Special Topics in Finance," 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m

Wednesday, April 4

Lyceum Lecture Series - " Healthy Relationships" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10

*Pitch Zoo - Arcadia Brewing Company, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11

Lyceum Lecture Series - " Grit, Resiliency and Self-Care" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

Real Talk Diversity Series - "Enviromental Justice," Adrian Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 6 to 8 p.m.

Business Etiquette Dinner - This event, which includes a seminar followed by a group meal, imparts bread and butter information about proper business etiquette in social situations. Fetzer Center, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 12

Financial Planning Speaker Series - TBA , 2150 Schneider Hall, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 13

*Entrepreneurship Forum - Regi Kurien, president, Amhawk, 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Wednesday, April 18

Lyceum Lecture Series - " Stories of Recovery and Resilience: A Student Panel" Lee Honors College, noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, April 27

*Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series - Jim Ritsema, Kalamazoo city manager, "Kalamazoo's Foundation for Excellence," 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m

Tuesday, May 8

*Pitch Zoo - Arcadia Brewing Company, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 18

*Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series - Dr. Edward Montgomery, president, Western Michigan University, 2150 Schneider Hall, 7:30 to 9 a.m