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Posted on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 : 12:17 p.m.

Successful alumni from EMU business school to teach students tricks of the trade

By Kellie Woodhouse

Eastern Michigan University's business school has invited more than 30 accomplished alumni back to the Ypsilanti college to offer current students tips on how to succeed in the field.


EMU business school dean Michael Tidwell outside of the College of Business building.

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EMU's first-ever Professional Development Business Conference will be held at the EMU College of Business on Sept. 19.

Sessions will be conducted by prominent alumni, including the board chairman of Virginia-based commercial finance company MCG Capital Corp., the CEO of United Bancorp, the chairman of AON Risk Solutions and the CFO of Logic Solutions.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The conference is part of our larger effort to focus on the professional development for our students,” Michael Tidwell, dean of the College of Business, said in a release. “We recognize that success for today’s graduates hinges on their level of technical proficiency and professional polish in the first few months of a new career. Connecting our alumni with our students helps students build these skill sets while broadening their professional network.”

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Geoff Larcom

Tue, Aug 13, 2013 : 1:53 p.m.

This should be an excellent day of real-world perspective for EMU students. The public is also invited as well.