Walsh College Will Honor Four Community Leaders at Annual Awards Dinner at MGM Grand in Detroit

Walsh College will honor the achievements of four key community leaders at its 2014 Leadership Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, November 22, 2014, at the MGM Grand Hotel, Detroit.

Awards will be presented to Matthew Simoncini, president & CEO, Lear Corporation, recipient of the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service; Jeffrey Groen, recipient of the Walsh College Distinguished Alumni Award; and George and Elizabeth Seifert, recipients of the Walsh College Distinguished Lifetime Service Award.

“Leadership is an important attribute for success in business and in education. We will honor four outstanding people who model that attribute in their careers and in their communities,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “They inspire others to make extraordinary contributions every day to their firms, to society, and to Walsh.”

Individual tickets for the event are $250. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Simoncini, recipient of the Barry Award, named for third president of Walsh College who oversaw 21 years of its significant growth, has been president, CEO, and a director of Lear since September, 2011. He is responsible for the strategic direction and operational leadership of the company. Formerly, Simoncini was senior vice president and chief financial officer, a role he held since 2007.

His memberships include the board of directors at the, Wayne State University (WSU) Foundation; member of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan Board and Campaign Cabinet Committee, as well as the Detroit Economic Club, Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Detroit Recreation Foundation. Simoncini earned a bachelor’s degree from WSU.

A few years after graduation from Walsh College (BAC, 1976; MST, 1981), Groen opened his own accounting firm, Groen Kluka & Company, in Troy, where he continues to serve as managing partner. The firm recently received the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Specialty Designation with an accreditation in business valuation.

Groen has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching undergraduate and graduate accounting courses at Walsh. He currently sits on the board at Great Oaks Country Club and is the treasurer for the North Oakland YMCA. He belongs to the AICPA and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

George and Elizabeth Seifert created the George and Elizabeth Pyle Seifert Endowed Scholarship at Walsh in the 1990s. They are currently members of the Patron Society of the Mervyn B. Walsh Society.

George Seifert was born in Toledo, Ohio, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth (Betty). They were married in 1956 and have three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Following retirement from ATT, George Seifert formed Seifert and Associates. This firm is a consortium of academicians and other professionals who work with non-profit and for-profit organizations. The practice focuses on governance policies, marketing, and strategic planning. He has co-authored and published more than twenty business articles and a textbook, “Practicing Financial Planning for Professionals.”

For more information on the event, contact Andrea Richards, Development Office,
248-823-1204. For more information on the Leadership Awards or Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu/leadershipawards.

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.

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WALSH CONTACTS:
Brenda Meller/Assistant Vice President, Walsh College bmeller@walshcollege.edu or
248-823-1205.

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248-304-1453.

Walsh College Earns Vets Recognition, Hosts Traveling Memorial

Walsh College is one of 64 select national institutions ranked on the “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014” list of colleges that provide high-level service for active duty and veteran military men and women by Military Times magazine.

The selection process considers the school’s culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies and cost.

“The rigorous selection process and the caliber of the survey from a respected military publication make this an exceptional honor,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “Veterans and other military members bring unique perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints to our student body and faculty that enrich business education for everyone.”

Added Lauren Mileto, veteran services coordinator, “Vets and their families rely on Military Times to provide objective, honest recommendations based on their best interests. Walsh is proud to provide our vets with a high level of service.”

The complete “Best for Vets Business College” list is published in the March issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, as well as in print and online at MilitaryTimes.com, ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com, and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

Walsh sponsors a Military Grant for all active duty or reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces. When this grant is used with Military Tuition Assistance, it covers all undergraduate tuition costs or a significant portion of graduate tuition costs.

Traveling Memorial

In addition, Walsh College will be hosting the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at its Troy Campus.

The public is welcome on-campus to view the memorial, learn about Vietnam’s place in our nation’s history and remember those military members who gave their lives for freedom in the Vietnam War.

Michael Rinkus, veteran, associate professor, Finance, at Walsh, and advisor, Walsh College Student Veteran Organization, will speak at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on Walsh’s Veteran Services, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans, email veterans@walshcollege.edu, or call (248)-823-1660.

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) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.