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WMU Environmental Employment Insights and Mentor Matchmaking

  • Fetzer Center 2350 Business Court Kalamazoo, MI, 49006 United States (map)

The West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association is teaming up with Western Michigan University’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to provide a panel of professionals representing the various facets of the environmental industry to share insights with WMU students aspiring to enter the environmental field. 

This free luncheon event, open to all WMU students interested in the environmental field as well as WM-A&WMA members and guests, will feature panel members representing:
• Government: Chris Christensen, MDEQ-RRD
• Environmental Consulting: David Stegink, Envirologic Technologies, Inc.
• Environmental Contracting: David Balogh, Taplin Group
• Environmental Law: Tammy Helminski, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
• Laboratory Services: Duane Hattem, ESC Lab Sciences
• Manufacturing (Environmental Health & Safety for Industry): Mark Weiss, WMU

Panelists will open up about coursework and experiences that best prepare students for work in the environmental industry, the job market and range of opportunities in their line of work, and candid advice to those looking to pursue work in their field. Students interested can stick around after the lunch and panel for the optional “Mentor Matchmaking”.

12:00 PM Check-In Open (Pre-Registration Required)
12:15 PM Lunch Served*
12:50 PM Welcome by Dr. Denise Keele, Institute for the Environment & Sustainability at WMU
1:00 PM Panel Discussion
2:00 PM Adjourn
2:00-2:30 PM Optional “Mentor Match Making” – students can stick around to provide their resume and more information about their desired line of work for the opportunity to be paired with a professional in their desired field for additional guidance.

Location: Fetzer Center on WMU’s Campus, Parking available outside main entrance
Date: February 26th, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 2:30pm
Cost: Free
Dress: Business Casual (no jeans or sneakers) 
Bring: Consider coming prepared with an up-to-date resume, contact card, questions for our panelists, or (for A&WMA members) information about your company.


This event made possible through the Gwen Frostic Endowment to the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Envirologic Technolgies, Inc., Miller Johnson Attorneys, and the Taplin Group.

*Buffet-style lunch. Please arrive early to ensure you have time to both get lunch and network with your table!