Walsh College Will Confer Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree on Keynote Commencement Speaker Judge Steven W. Rhodes

Walsh College will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes, who facilitated Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Rhodes will also serve as the College’s keynote speaker during its 104th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Zion Christian Church, Troy.

In July 2013, Judge Rhodes was assigned to the case managing the City of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The city filed bankruptcy with a debt of over $18 billion. Judge Rhodes approved Detroit’s bankruptcy plan on Nov. 7, 2014, describing it as a “grand bargain.” It was the largest bankruptcy case in the U.S. as of that date.

He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1972 and also served as editor of the Michigan Law Review. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1970.

“Judge Rhodes has distinguished himself as a jurist and educator in the field of bankruptcy law,” said Stephanie W. Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “He has earned wide respect and admiration for his work.

“In presenting him with this honorary degree, we recognize his abilities, knowledge, and understanding of an important, complex body of law. His sense of judicial fairness and impartiality has also been critical to the future of Detroit and Michigan.”

Rhodes previously served as chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, from 2002 to 2009. Rhodes was on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit from 1997 to 2004 and also from 2008 to 2011. He also served as chief judge of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel from 2002 to 2004.

His honors include election as fellow, American College of Bankruptcy in 1995, and the Distinguished Service Award, American Bankruptcy Institute in 2009. He recently co-authored The Ponzi Book: A Legal Resource for Unraveling Ponzi Schemes.

Rhodes’ professional associations include service as Sixth Circuit Representative, Board of Governors, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 2011 to present; bankruptcy judges representative, Judicial Council of Sixth Circuit from 2011 to present; judicial advisor, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Ethics Committee from 2005 to present; vice president for Research, American Bankruptcy Institute from 2005 to 2009; and chair, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education from 2002 to 2004.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Walsh College Will Present Special Achievement Awards to Eight Students From Detroit Tri-County Area

Eight Walsh College students from Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties will receive special academic achievement awards in areas of finance, taxation, and accounting at the College’s 103rd Commencement on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Zion Christian Church, Troy.

“We’re proud of the recognition Walsh College students earn both inside and outside the College,” said Dr. David Shields, executive vice-president and chief academic officer. “It’s a tribute to their scholarship and their achievement beyond expectations in Walsh’s challenging undergraduate and graduate business programs.”

The recipients, their academic standing, hometowns, and awards are:

• Lauren E. Hanna, (Master of Science in Taxation, 2013), Grosse Pointe Shores. Stanley W. Smith Taxation Manuscript Award. Each year, this award is bestowed on a Master of Science in Taxation student who has written an outstanding paper or thesis in the field of taxation.

• Nancy Winkler Spalding, (Master of Science in Taxation candidate), Grosse Pointe Woods. Everett Hawley, Jr. Taxation Award. The award promotes accounting and taxation through education. Named for the former chair of the Walsh College Board of Trustees, the award annually honors a graduate Taxation student for academic achievement.

• Harry Frederick Cook, (Master of Science in Accountancy, 2014), Warren. Bureau of National Affairs Graduate Accounting Award. This award recognizes an outstanding Master of Science in Accountancy student for his or her academic work and contribution to the College.

• Derek D. Baker, (Bachelor of Business Administration candidate), Rochester Hills, and Ryan J. Drews, (Dual Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance candidate), Rochester. Financial Executives Institute (FEI) Award. Every year, the FEI Detroit chapter recognizes finance students for outstanding academic performance.

• Rachael M. Saferian, (Master of Science in Accountancy candidate), Commerce Township. Firman H. Hass Writing Award. The Detroit Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants established this award to recognize a graduate student whose writing contributes to the accounting body of knowledge. It is named in honor of a former trustee and honorary doctoral recipient.

• Kelly M. Steward, (Bachelor of Accountancy candidate), Birmingham. Walter B. Fisher Award for Excellence in Accounting. This award is presented to a student who achieves a 3.5 or better grade point average in the Bachelor of Accountancy program. The recipient must also contribute to Walsh College or the accounting profession through tutoring, club leadership, community service, or other activities. It is named for the chair emeritus of the Walsh College Board of Trustees.

• Yulia Zelenskaya, (Master of Science in Taxation, 2014), Troy. Research Institute of America Graduate Tax Award. This award is given to an outstanding Master of Science in Taxation student for his or her academic work and contribution to Walsh College.

In addition to receiving certificates of recognition, the students will be honored by having their names engraved on plaques in the Founder’s Court on the Troy Campus.

For more information about Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.