Ilitch School accounting lecturer honored with Inspire from Within Philanthropy Award

Faculty and staff winners have been announced for the fourth annual Wayne State University Spirit of Community Awards Celebration, which honors members of the university for their community engagement efforts.

Mike Ilitch School of Business Lecturer of Accounting Deb Habel is among those being recognized this year. Habel has earned the 2020 Inspire from Within Philanthropy Award. This award recognizes WSU faculty and staff whose philanthropic investments help strengthen the Wayne State community.

Deb Habel has taught accounting information systems and principles of managerial accounting since 2014. She has spent time volunteering as a healthy test subject in multiple medical studies, contributing to the efforts of a number of university and school committees, serving as faculty advisor to student organizations and Accenture-DTE intern cohorts, and soliciting the WSU community to participate in Heart Walk and Race for the Cure. Her priority is student success inside and outside Wayne State University.

Among her many accomplishments, Habel was appointed by the American Institute of CPAs to serve as an academic champion for future CPA and CITP exam candidates last year. In this role, she has formalized one-on-one mentoring with students pursuing accounting and technology consulting professions. Furthermore, the Excel proficiency crash-courses Habel initiated for students have evolved into a comprehensive required course for all incoming Ilitch School undergraduates.

As a member of the Learning Management System selection committee and a Canvas Warrior, Habel supplies support to her faculty colleagues through the migration of learning management systems, aiding in the shift from Blackboard to Canvas. Her advocacy for the Accounting Aid Society offers WSU students service-learning opportunities with their volunteer income tax assistance and financial literacy programs.

Habel has given more than just her time and expertise to Wayne State, though. She has also gone above and beyond to support her love for the university through philanthropic efforts. Her family’s monetary contributions to the university allow students to reduce their dependency on student loans and part-time employment, enabling them to receive secure financial footing.

For information on other 2020 honorees, click here.

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