Walsh College Receives 2015 Military Friendly Schools Designation

Walsh College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School for the sixth consecutive year by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine and other media channels.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate their success in the classroom and after graduation. The Victory Media survey includes the leading practices that support military students.

“Walsh College has placed great emphasis on supporting service members and veterans in their pursuit of undergraduate and graduate business education,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “We appreciate the perspective and experiences these students bring to our academic programs and community. We are proud of our selection to the Military Friendly Schools list.”

Walsh College also recently became an official signatory to the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success,” a federal initiative that provides a set of specific strategies that colleges and universities can implement to support educational success for student veterans of the armed forces.

Walsh also received recognition earlier this year from Military Times magazine as one of 64 select national institutions ranked as a “Best for Vets Business College” for providing a high level of service for veterans.

Additional services Walsh offers its military students include:

· The Walsh College Student Veteran Organization (WCSVO), which provides community involvement and networking opportunities for student veterans. The WCSVO represents the views of student veterans at the college and explores the population’s needs in order to implement helpful programs.
· Military grants available to all active-duty or reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The grants cover all undergraduate tuition costs and a significant portion of graduate costs when used in conjunction with Military Tuition Assistance.
· Veteran-specific scholarships.
· A full-time Veterans Services Coordinator, Lauren Mileto, who serves as the main point of contact for students who are veterans. Mileto assists the students by navigating their education benefits and specializes in understanding their payments and how they can combine multiple benefits.

The College is also a National Center of Academic Excellence, a designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency to only 91 U.S. schools.

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

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.

Walsh College Honors Military Graduates at 103rd Commencement Ceremony and Announces Robinson-Coleman Endowed Scholarship for Veterans

Several graduates at the 103rd Commencement of Walsh College were service men and women of the U.S. armed forces, distinguished at the June 21 event by wearing a red, white, and blue regalia cord.

“Walsh College is honored to have these service men and women among our ranks and we want to express our respect and gratitude for their service,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO of Walsh College, in remarks in the opening address of the ceremony.

Of the entire graduating class of 464 students, two graduates, both veterans, and both earning Master of Management degrees, completed their programs with perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point averages. Both of these students, Daniel Capizzo and James Polak, are featured in the photo (attached) among their fellow service member graduates.

Walsh College offers multiple scholarship opportunities to active military or veteran students. The most recent addition is the Robinson-Coleman Endowed Scholarship for Veterans. This scholarship was established by Amy Coleman, BAC ’90, and vice president and chief financial officer at the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan. The scholarship honors several of Coleman’s family members who served in the United States military and to recognize all veterans for their valiant service.

The very first Walsh College student scholarship designated specifically for U.S. armed forces students, the Walter P. Rinkus Memorial Scholarship, was created earlier this year. Mike Rinkus, veteran and associate professor, Finance, at Walsh College, established this scholarship along with his wife, Judy Rinkus, in honor of Mike’s father, a veteran of World War II.

Walsh College also waives all application fees for veterans and current military service members. Helpful and knowledgeable Veteran Services staff members are readily available at the College to assist veterans in learning more about these educational benefits and career counseling.

To apply for scholarships, visit www.walshcollege.edu/scholarships.
For Veteran Services information, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans.
For more information on giving, go to www.walshcollege.edu/giving.


Photo Caption: (L to R) Back Row: Jaclyn Atkins, BBA; Joshua Wessel, BBA; Jerrison Boor, BSBIS; Stephen Juhasz, BBA; Zachary Luckhart, MM; James Polak, MM; Front Row: Bafti (Ben) Baftiu, MM; Daniel Capizzo, MM

Founded in 1922, Walsh College, one of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, offers upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, designed to provide 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, http://www.acbsp.org/) accredits specific degree programs.


Tanner Friedman selected as PR partner by Top of the Mound Productions, Inc.

Top of The Mound Productions, Inc. has selected Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications to provide communications, marketing and promotional support to its nonprofit initiatives includingthe U.S. Military All Stars Baseball Team and the upcoming “Showdown in Motown,” in order to raise awareness and funds for military charities throughout Metro Detroit.

As the public relations partner to the growing nonprofit, Tanner Friedman’s efforts will include pre-event publicity, event promotion, social media and marketing support and coordinating media coverage.

The U.S. Military All Stars is a baseball team comprised of military members, to raise funds for the men and women in the armed forces. The “Showdown in Motown” event is an evening of storytelling, dining and nostalgia featuring Detroit Tigers players from the 1968 and 1984 World Series team. The event is designed to raise funds and awareness for the U.S. Military All Stars, Vets Returning Home and Operation Injured Soldiers charities.

September 2012: Committed to Excellence

New TACOM LCMC commander committed to warfighter

By Amanda Lee

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The value of innovation is never more apparent than on the battlefield where the American warfighter puts his or her life in peril to defend their country and way of life. Few operations play a more prominent role in providing for those soldiers than TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) in Warren.

The TACOM LCMC gained new leadership as Major General Michael J. Terry took over command in a formal ceremony on June 21 at the Detroit Arsenal.

“My top priority is always providing support to the soldier. It’s the reason this command exists,” he said. “The soldier is at the center of our TACOM LCMC mission and vision statements and we’re organizationally aligned to get soldiers what they need, when they need it and where they need it.”

“The TACOM motto is ‘committed to excellence,’” he continued. “We like to say ‘if a soldier eats it, wears it, drives it or shoots it … TACOM LCMC develops, supplies or sustains it.’ We have always and will continue to always lead the way to keep them safe.”

Terry succeeds outgoing commander Major General Kurt J. Stein, who served as TACOM’s commanding general from January 2010. Terry previously served at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he was the commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

“Mike has plenty of sand in his boots and knows what it takes to support our warfighters,” said U.S. Army Materiel Command  Commander General Dennis L. Via, who officiated the ceremony in June.  “He has the experience, vision and passion to position TACOM for exciting years ahead.”

Terry, a native of Pennsylvania, received his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement from the University of Scranton in 1979 and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He is married and has three children.

For his part, Terry says TACOM’s place in the defense industry has never been more important.

Terry said he is excited to be at the helm of TACOM and eager to build partnerships throughout Southeast Michigan.

“I am very excited about our involvement in the area, the partnerships we have formed, the career opportunities we provide and most of all, the heart of our people who always lead the way in support and volunteer efforts for events where and when needed,” he said. “We are and will continue

to be an integral part of the team and look forward to the continued success and working relationship with our community partners.”

While TACOM is focused on helping the Army take innovation to another level, Terry says TACOM’s current operation goals aren’t much different than they have been in years past.

“The background of the TACOM LCMC is steeped in the World War II industrial mobilization of the United States,” he explained. “Even before the start of World War II, Army and business visionaries came together and built the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, what would soon become synonymous with the Arsenal of Democracy.

“Seventy years later, the Detroit Arsenal, home of the TACOM LCMC, is still at the forefront of providing our modern day warfighters with the equipment they need to fight yet another global conflict,” he continued. “From the very beginning through today, the mission of the TACOM LCMC has remained constant. For 70 years, our command never lost sight of our primary focus – our soldiers.”

Amanda Lee is a Metro Detroit freelance writer.

September 2012: A Good Fit

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel discusses Michigan’s defense industry

By James Martinez

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Elected as Macomb County Executive in November 2010, Mark Hackel has had a strong focus on economic development, including the automotive industry and advanced manufacturing. With Macomb County’s existing assets, the defense industry is a crucial component of those efforts. In this question-and-answer with the Detroiter, Hackel discusses the defense industry and his efforts to actively promote the county as the defense capital of the Midwest.

What makes Macomb County and Michigan such a good fit for the defense industry?

Companies that want to get ahead locate close to the action.

It’s our collective ability to innovate, create and produce goods.  We have an unequalled expertise in developing the world’s most advanced and lethal ground combat vehicles. President Franklin D. Roosevelt realized our strength and ability to retool to begin building tanks in Warren more than 70 years ago when he turned to Chrysler Corporation when our allies were struggling to win a war.  This lead to the establishment of strong assets including TACOM, TARDEC, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, several world-renowned prime defense contractors, over 500 area defense contractors, and a vibrant workforce of engineers and skilled labor.

In fact, a Defense Industry Strategy Taskforce has been developed through a partnership between Macomb County, Macomb Community College and the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan.  The purpose of this task force focuses on identifying, prioritizing and developing strategies to sustain and enhance the regional defense industry.

What type of impact does the defense industry have on Macomb County?

Macomb County represents the largest volume dollar of defense contracting on a per county basis in the state of Michigan, and is home to approximately 65 percent of the defense businesses in the state.  Over the last 10 years, defense contractors within Macomb County have been awarded contracts from the Department of Defense totaling more than $26 billion.  Primary contracts range upwards from a small moving company to the multi-million dollar contracts awarded to our locally-based defense suppliers such as General Dynamics Land Systems.

Every one of these contracts is part of a vast supplier network that helps to create jobs and investment in Macomb County.

What type of defense jobs do you see Macomb County supporting moving forward? What type of workforce will it take to support those jobs?

The Southeast Michigan region has a strong talent pool of engineers and dedicated professionals with a deep knowledge in new technology.  The jobs of the future will focus on engineering, robotics, cyber security, and modeling and simulation.

The recent summit, Seeing 2020: Ensuring Skills Preparedness in the Southeast Michigan Defense Sector, hosted by Macomb Community College demonstrated that we are proactively creating the workforce of tomorrow through collaboration within the defense industry.

In the last decade or so, we have witnessed quantum leaps in technology that have made our lives easier, faster and safer.  Macomb County and the region – offering a depth of research, technology and engineering expertise – are well equipped to meet the future workforce needs.

Often the mainstream perception of the defense industry can be quite narrow, focusing in on just the military. What do you the think the average Michigander doesn’t realize about the defense industry?

The military is not simply about weapons and combat vehicles. It is an organization that employs and manages people. There are millions of contract dollars that go to everyday companies like Kellogg and Herman Miller – so the opportunities are open to a wide range of businesses in all types of industries.
Military technology is often created with partnerships with private industry and universities.  The federal government contracts with higher education and business to develop technologically superior advantages on the battlefield.  These innovations are frequently adapted for mass civilian use.  Examples include the microwave, GPS, Infrared, prosthetic limbs and even Kleenex!

With the emergence of the global economy driven by high-tech innovation, how has the defense industry changed over the past few years? How do you adjust for changes that can emerge so quickly? 

Our biggest defense suppliers – GDLS, BAE, Oshkosh – don’t just supply the American forces, but also our allies.

Michigan’s strength is innovation.  In fact, this global demand for high-tech innovation works in our favor. Allied countries are seeking the technology that is developed here.  Companies within the U.S. defense industry are responding to this demand which diversifies their business.  They have accomplished this by working with allies to sell their products outside of the United States.  This trade is heavily regulated to ensure the superiority of the United States military but helps this country to strengthen supporting forces.

What are the biggest challenges facing Michigan’s defense industry?

Political uncertainty is the biggest challenge facing the nation’s defense industry.  Sequestration could significantly cut the budget of the Department of Defense, in a manner that would be detrimental to the nation’s defense industrial base.

How do you see the footprint of key assets like TACOM and Selfridge Air National Guard Base changing in the future?

Although a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) has been shelved for 2013, we must always prepare for continual adjustments to the Department of Defense. In the last BRAC (2005), we were able to enhance our local facilities with gains from Rock Island, Illinois.  This area needs to continue to add value to the military.  Again, it’s the symbiotic relationship between our private industry, higher education and military installations.  It’s not just the value the military brings to this area, it’s the advantages we offer the military and national defense.  If we continue this line of thinking,  I am hopeful Michigan’s assets – TACOM LCMC and Selfridge ANG – will be expanded.

In Macomb County you’ve focused on driving the defense industry and worked to position your county as the defense capital of the world. How does the rest of the country and the world view Michigan’s defense industry?

I’m not sure there is an overwhelming impression that Michigan has a robust defense industry. Michigan and the Detroit area are just starting to realize how important it is to market our strengths.  The success of the Pure Michigan campaign is direct evidence of that importance and evidence that
we need to promote what we do and who we are.

Changing that for the defense industry is our exact goal for Macomb and the region.

With world-renowned defense contractors such as General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, and Oshkosh Defense, Macomb County’s defense industry certainly has unique and important strengths that contribute greatly to the nation’s military capabilities.

Other locales in the nation focus on serving other aspects of the military. Our strengths are in ground vehicles, robotics and modeling and simulation, and we are growing our prowess in serving the aerospace industry as well.

Where do you see the defense industry 20 years from now?

Obviously I cannot speak for the industry as a whole.  As for what happens in our area – I would like to see enhanced collaboration between the military, the higher education community and private industry. This coexistence has benefited our economy and our nation.

Is there anything else you’d like to discuss?

Check out the new website from the Defense Industry Strategy Taskforce (Macomb Community College, New Economy Initiative and Macomb County) www.southeastmichigandefense.com

From 2000-2010, the Department of Defense contracted activities or awarded grants totaling $1.6 billion for research and development to organizations within Macomb County alone. Let’s grow these opportunities across Michigan!

James Martinez is associate editor of the Detroiter.