Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Haworth College of Business to honor alumni and friends in college awards program

WMU’s Haworth College of Business will honor 10 alumni and friends for their outstanding career and service accomplishments during the first-ever college-wide awards recognition program and reception on Friday, October 7 at 4 p.m. in the Dean’s Conference Room, in Schneider Hall on the campus of WMU.

Awards will be presented from the academic departments within the college as well as the presentation of three special college awards.

“The awards are given to alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and who have been engaged with the department and/or college in significant ways,” says Dr. Kay Palan, dean, Haworth College of Business. “These individuals provide innovative, ethical and visionary leadership in business every day. They are remarkable leaders representing the very best of the Haworth College of Business and are examples for our students to aspire to in their own lives and careers.”

The awards will be presented by Dean Palan and department chairs. Steve Parker, BBA’67, MBA ’07, Haworth College of Business Advisory Council president, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. Ken Miller, BBA ’69, MBA ’70, CEO/principal partner, Millenium Restaurant Group LLC, will give closing remarks.  The list of recipients is as follows:

Haworth College of Business Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award
Michael Gulino, BA ’65, MBA ’66

Haworth College of Business Outstanding Service Award
Angela Davis Robinson, BS ’74

Haworth College of Business Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Tyler Colton, BBA ’06

Dept. of Business Information Systems Outstanding Alumni Award - Matthew Mace, BBA 98
Dept. of Finance & Commercial Law - Todd Sanford, BBA 83
Dept. of Management Outstanding Alumni Award - Christopher Flum, BBA 86

Marketing Hall of Fame Award  
Patricia Daugherty - BBA ’80, MBA 81
John Dillworth, BBA 79*

Food & Consumer Package Goods Marketing Outstanding Alumni Award*
Sawan Kapoor, BBA 01
Brian Haaraoja
, BS 84
Christopher Burns
, BS 86
  Donald Baker, BS 85

Food & Consumer Package Goods Marketing Adrian Trimpe Distinguished Service Award
Phil McGrath

WMU ROTC Wall of Fame
Colonel Rodney Faulk, BBA ’87*

* Awards were presented in spring 2011.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Conference to focus on relationships, health care and information technology

Repositioning Health Care through Relationships and Health Information Technology -- Let’s Make a Difference!

Health care professionals, consumers, educators, researchers, IT professionals and students will gather for the first International Conference on Health Information Technology Advancement on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

ICHITA–2011 is co-hosted by the WMU Center for Health Information Technology Advancement—established in 2010 to address health care reform, identified as a top priority by state and federal governments—and the Relationship-Centered Care Network at Southwest Michigan. The event is intended to inform the community about the critical issues and opportunities in health care and how they can be tackled and capitalized through relationships and the infusion of health information technologies.

The day-long conference will feature internationally known scholars and practitioners. Three Keynote speakers and topics will include:

·         8:15 a.m. - “Technology and the Transformation of Health Care” - Dr. Nancy Ridenour, dean and professor, University of New Mexico College of Nursing
·         9 a.m. - “Strategic Impacts of HIT on Relationship-Based Care” - Dr. Joseph Tan, Wayne C. Fox Chair in eBusiness Innovation, professor of eHealth informatics, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
·         11:10 – “Repositioning Health Care through Relationships and HIT” - Pamela Hash, director, clinical education and professional development, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

“We’re excited that this event will help us build the strong relationships needed to tackle the issues and opportunities that exist today in health care.” says CHITA Director Dr. Bernard Han. “The conference will identify new, multifaceted roles for the consumer, health care provider and information technology professional in the health care space augmented by health information technology.”

For information about ICHITA 2011 and to register, visit:

·         CHITA Director Dr. Bernard Han, professor of business information systems, (269) 598-2284;
·         CHITA Associate Director Dr. Sharie Falan, assistant professor of nursing, (269) 760-0955; sharie.falan

The Center for Health Information Technology Advancement was created in 2010 to facilitate better health care and provide solutions to today’s health care information technology needs.

The mission of the Relationship-Centered Care Network of Southwest Michigan, located in Kalamazoo, is to promote caring relationships within the healthcare community.