Monday, March 22, 2010

Excel guru offers students opportunity to improve employability

WMU students, faculty and staff members have the opportunity to learn Excel skills when Bill Jelen, aka Mr. Excel, shares his knowledge on April 20, from 3 to 5 p.m., during a seminar at the Fetzer Center.

“While many accounting and finance jobs use Excel extensively, students majoring in any business discipline will need to use it. Excel is a tool whose degree of usage depends, to a large degree, on users’ knowledge of the program,” says Dr. Robert Balik, professor of finance in the Haworth College of Business, host to the event. “Who better than Mr. Excel himself to show us what the program can do?”

Jelen shares his knowledge through and is the author of more than 20 books on the Microsoft spreadsheet program Excel. Before founding in 1998, Jelen spent twelve years as a financial systems analyst at Telxon. His company automates Excel reports for hundreds of clients around the world. His website answers over 30,000 questions a year – for free – for readers all over the world. He has given Power Excel seminars around the United States. Bill Jelen has made over 60 guests appearances on TV’s “Call for Help” with Leo Laporte, was voted guest of the year on the “Computer America” radio show, and his daily video podcast “Learn Excel from Mr. Excel” is a top 50 tech video podcast on iTunes.

Balik says students who learn to use Excel’s powerful tools will be better prepared in the work place regardless of their chosen profession. The Department of Finance and Commercial Law in the Haworth College of Business was awarded a grant to host the event by the 2009-10 WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

Established in 1960, the Visiting Scholars and Artists Program significantly contributes to the intellectual life of Western Michigan University. The program provides funds for academic units to bring distinguished scholars and artists to campus. The visitors meet with faculty and students in their fields and address the community at large.

Persons driving to the presentation and without a parking pass should use Parking Lot 72F. For location see following web page: . When entering the parking lot, the attendant will provide a parking sticker.

Contact Dr. Robert Balik, 387.5674 or, for more information.

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