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.

October 22

*Starting Gate Workshop - Intellectual Property: Learn how patenting works and the costs associated with them. You will also learn how patenting of WMU inventions work along with how copyrights are obtained and the costs associated with these. You will also learn about licensing issues that startups face along with information on various business agreements. This event takes place in the Park Trades Center Building, Suite #321,  from 4 to 5 p.m. RSVP to lara.hobson@wmich.edu. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

October 24

Lyceum Lecture Series: Food Access - Serving Communities in Need: This lecture takes place in the Lee Honors College lounge from noon to 1 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

Real Talk Diversity Series: Seeking Access, Togetherness & Meaning - Migrant Farm Work, Family Connections & College Access. This event takes place in the Trimpe Multicultural Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

October 26

*Mercantile Bank Speaker Series: Jeff Getting, prosecutor for Kalamazoo County Government will speak on the topic: "Office of the Prosecuting Attorney". 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.

*Bring Your "A-Game" to Work - Sponsored by Quicken Loans: Learn to define, discuss, practice and apply the seven behaviors of work ethic. In addition to earning SPuRS credit, you will receive a letter of program completion, gain access to the Center for Work Ethic Development certification exam and learn how to display certification on a resume. This workshop takes place in 2355 Schneider Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a Leadership & Service - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

October 29

*Starting Gate Workshop - Business Model Canvas: The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. it allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot your business model. It is a simple graphical template describing nine essential components: customer segments, value propositions, channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, resources, activities, partnerships and costs. The individual elements prompt consideration of a business' full scope, while the layout encourages thought on how the pieces fit together. Learn how to create products and services that customers want. 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.

October 31

Lyceum Lecture Series: Food Entrepreneurship in Our Community: This lecture takes place in the Lee Honors College lounge from Noon to 1 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

November 5

Resumes Revisited Workshop:  Looking for help creating a tailored resume that highlights your credentials to potential employers? Bring a copy of your resume to this informative workshop! This workshop takes place in 1280 Schneider Hall from noon to 1:30 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level SPuRS event. Register here!

*Starting Gate Workshop - Insurance & Liability Basics: Great ideas and passion are a strong start. But successful entrepreneurs know that they are going to have to get others to but into those ideas and feel that passion. This session will offer seven practical ideas for being a more sales and negotiation driven entrepreneur. 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.

November 7

Lyceum Lecture Series: Growing a Stronger Kalamazoo with Community Gardening: This lecture takes place in the Lee Honors College lounge from noon to 1 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

November 9

*Entrepreneurship Forum: Jesus Grillo, founder of Nueva Opinion 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.

November 9

*CLUE: Practical Training for Business - Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Presented by Lacks Enterprises and hosted by SPuRS, student participants will learn to identify and recognize critical thinking strategies and engage in practical application through the game Clue. This event takes place form 10 a.m. to noon in 1220 Schneider Hall. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

November 9 & 10

Fall Leadership Retreat: The Fall Leadership Retreat is a two-day off-campus program that is activity focused. These programs are developed and facilitated by students for students. The retreat includes a low ropes course in the fall. No matter what level leadership experience, the retreats are great ways for students to network with other student leaders and build upon their leadership skills. There is a $10 registration fee for this event. This event takes place at Merriewoode Girl Scout Camp. For more information, please call the Office of Student Engagement (269) 387-2115. This is a Leadership & Service - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

November 12

*Starting Gate Workshop - Entrepreneurial Business Research: This workshop will encourage awareness of information resources available to Western Michigan University students developing business ideas including business plans, funding sources and company, industry and market research.  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.

November 12, 13 & 14

Major Match Up: Major Match-Up is 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. This event takes place in the Lower Level of Schneider Hall from 4:45 to 6 p.m. each night. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

  • Monday: Accountancy, Business Analytics, Business Law, Computer Information Systems, Telecommunication and Information Management, Finance, Health Informatics and Information Management, and Personal Financial Planning.
  • Tuesday: Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Integrated Supply Management, and Management.
  • Wednesday: Advertising & Promotion, Electronic Business Marketing, Food & Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing, Marketing, and Sales & Business Marketing.

    November 13

    Real Talk Diversity Series: Cultural Humility vs. Cultural Competence: Participants are invited to engage with a panel of campus community members on the topic of cultural humility and the notion that, “Cultural humility is a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another’s culture, but one starts with an examination of her/his own beliefs and cultural identities”. This event takes place in the Trimpe Multicultural Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

    November 14

    *Effective Research Workshop - Effective Research: Real World Application: This workshop underscores the importance of learning how to effectively research through the perspective of an industry professional. Presenters will discuss and provide examples of how research has played a role in their career. This event takes place in 2345 Schneider Hall from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level SPuRS event. Register here!

    Lyceum Lecture Series: Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers Markets - Connections, Initiatives & Impacts: This lecture takes place in the Lee Honors College lounge from noon to 1 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

    IT Career Night: IT Career Night is a professional development and networking event for students interested in information technology. Attend a keynote address delivered by an IT professional and network with employers interested in hiring our business information systems students. This event takes place in the Fetzer Center from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

    November 15

    *IT Forum:  The 14th IT Forum, hosted by the Department of Business Information Systems, provides a setting for educators, students, professionals, employers, and state and local governments to interact and exchange ideas about technology-related topics. It is designed to be a bridge between academia and practicing professionals. This event takes place in the Fetzer Center from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

    *Pitch Zoo: Pitch Zoo is a monthly meetup with a goal of helping entrepreneurs talk about their business succinctly. Pitch your business idea in 3 minutes and gain valuable, constructive feedback from the audience. RSVP @ Facebook – Pitch Zoo Kalamazoo. This event takes place at Brite Eyes Brewing Company from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This is a Professional Insight -  Foundational Level  SPuRS event.

    November 19

    Real Talk Diversity Series: RaceTalk Panel Discussion. This event takes place in the Trimpe Multicultural Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

    November 27

    *Starting Gate Workshop - Digital Marketing Tools for Entrepreneurs: This workshop will provide strategic marketing guidance and help participants create profitable, market-leading brands. The speaker will also provide information on effective social media marketing tools for new business owners.  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.

    November 28

    Lyceum Lecture Series: WMU Permaculture Programming, Practices and Research: This lecture takes place in the Lee Honors College lounge from noon to 1 p.m.  This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

    November 29

    Financial Planning Speaker Series: "Holistic Planning" with Tom Owiti from Parousia Life Matters. This event takes place in 2150 Schneider Hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

    November 30

    *Mercantile Bank Speaker Series: Dr. L. Marshall Washington, president of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, will speak on the topic "Kalamazoo Valley Community College". 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.

    December 3

    *Starting Gate Workshop - Motivation: Even When the Critics Get You Down: The goal of this workshop is to teach strategies to keep you motivated as a business owner as well to keep you motivated as business owner as well as to keep your team engaged. You'll also learn valuable goal setting tools that every small business owner, in any stage of the business life cycle, needs to keep them motivated to do more and maintain the success of their business.  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.

    December 5

    Lyceum Lecture Series: Nutrition Paradigms of Three World Cultures: This lecture takes place in the Lee Honors College lounge from noon to 1 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Foundational Level / Advanced Level (x2) SPuRS event.

    December 7

    *Entrepreneurship Forum: Peter Laforest, owner of B45 Academy 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.

     December 20

    *Pitch Zoo: Pitch Zoo is a monthly meetup with a goal of helping entrepreneurs talk about their business succinctly. Pitch your business idea in 3 minutes and gain valuable, constructive feedback from the audience. RSVP @ Facebook – Pitch Zoo Kalamazoo. This event takes place at Brite Eyes Brewing Company from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This is a Professional Insight -  Foundational Level  SPuRS event.