Change Ups: Cooley Law students garner Leadership Achievement Award


From left: Kenyata McGill, Millicent Southern, Carrie Trimpe and Cody Brooks.

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School students Millicent Southern, Carrie Trimpe, Cody Brooks and Kenyata McGill received the Leadership Achievement Award for effectively providing leadership in a variety of capacities during the law school’s Grand Rapids campus Honors Convocation. Their leadership roles include, but are not limited to, Southern serving as treasurer for the Organization of Women Lawyers; Trimpe as associate editor of Law Review; Brooks serving as Student Development and Administration chair; and McGill involved as a member of the Organization of Women Lawyers.


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park was ranked the 20th Most Visited Museum in the United States in the April edition of The Art Newspaper, and Grand Rapids was named one of the most cultured cities in the United States.

The Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation announced the promotion of Catherine Mott to assistant director.

The West Michigan Youth Ballet received a $1,000 donation from SpartanNash’s Through the Direct Your Dollars program.


The city of Grand Rapids’ Vital Streets Plan received the 2018 Silver National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning from the American Planning Association.

The city of Grand Rapids received the Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement Award from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission in recognition of its Driving Change bicycle safety education campaign.

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology’s Gregory Patera, O.D., was awarded the Dr. Mark Sheldon Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th annual Grand Rapids Lions Club Blind Dinner Date.


Flagstar Bank was named a Fannie Mae Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards Performer for 2017 by Fannie Mae in recognition of Flagstar's outstanding performance and best practices in the General Servicing category for the third consecutive year.


Alissa Wilson joined HR Solutions Group West Michigan where she will put to work her expertise in employee relations, HR administration and talent acquisition.

Green Giftz was recognized as one of the 2018 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.


Grand Valley State University students were joined by tourism industry professionals, who attended the 2018 Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism in Grand Rapids, to clean up Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Fish Ladder Park and Riverside Park.


Merrill Lynch announced financial adviser Rachel Mraz was recognized on the Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors inaugural list. Mraz has been part of Merrill Lynch’s Grand Rapids office for 15 years.


Long Road Distillers was awarded Best of Class Specialty Spirit, Best of Category and a Gold Medal for Long Road Old Aquavit; Best of Category and a Silver Medal for Long Road Gin; Silver Medals for Long Road Aquavit and Nocino; and a Bronze Medal for Long Road MICHIGIN at the 12th annual Judging of Craft Spirits by the American Distilling Institute, in Portland, Oregon.


The Ottawa County Road Commission garnered $1.9 million in additional revenue from the Michigan Legislature’s supplemental appropriation that will be used this year to complete approximately 7 miles of additional improvements to primary and local roads.

The Wyoming City Council appointed local resident and business owner Sheldon DeKryger to fill the first ward council seat that was vacated by Bill Ver Hulst, who recently resigned.


Cirius Therapeutics based in San Diego and Kalamazoo, announced it will present a late-breaking poster describing the activity of the company's lead drug MSDC-0602K, an oral, once-daily next-generation small molecule that restores metabolic balance at its root which then increases the body's sensitivity to insulin, in a three-dimensional bioprinted human tissue model of NASH at The International Liver Congress 2018 in Paris, France.

Great Lakes Management Services Organization rebranded to Blue Sky Vision, reflecting the organization’s commitment to industry leadership, innovation and quality vision care.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued $20,000 each for a total of $500,000 in grants to 25 local health departments to combat Michigan’s hepatitis A outbreak by increasing vaccination outreach to high-risk populations.


Suburban Inns Corporate Director of Sales Lori Varner won the Sales & Marketing Star of the Year Award from the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association.


Leisure Living Management earned a trademark for its Moments MemoryCare program, the first such designation in Michigan focused on caring for residents experiencing memory loss, Alzheimer's and other dementia.

The Pregnancy Resource Center elected its directors: chairman, Adam T. Donovan, Rim Guard; vice chair, Jason Granger, Intellisys Capital; treasurer, Rick Rusthoven, KSS Enterprises; past chair, Peter Baldwin, AMDG Architects; secretary, Lynn Prince, Grand Rapids Community College; and Andrea Reynolds, Kent Career Tech Center.


ICM Products in Cassopolis announced it was awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certification by NSF-ISR for the development and manufacture of silicone products.


Habitat for Humanity of Kent County received $40,000 from the SpartanNash Foundation thanks to its companywide scan campaign that gives customers an opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10. Thirteen Family Fare Supermarkets, five D&W Fresh Markets and Forest Hills Foods teamed up to support HHKC.

The PGA of America announced organizations that have been selected for its Non-Profit Fundraising Program for the 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship: Grace Lutheran Church and School; The Symphony League of Southwest Michigan; Harbor Habitat for Humanity; Pennies From Heaven; YMCA SW Michigan; Computers 4 Causes; Benton Harbor Promise Foundation; The First Tee of Benton Harbor; Kalamazoo Junior Golf Association; Lakeshore High School Boys Golf; Benton Harbor Public Library; JOY Camp; The First Tee of West Michigan; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo; myTEAM TRIUMPH – Michigan; Feeding America West Michigan; Emergency Shelter Services;

Voice Change Hope Alliance; and United Way of Southwest Michigan.

TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants Applebee’s in Ionia presented a check for nearly $12,000 to Komen Michigan. The funds were raised by 18 Michigan-owned Applebee’s locations across the west side of the state through its Apples for the Cure campaign that focuses on raising breast cancer health awareness and funds to support Komen’s mission in local communities across the state.


The Grand Rapids City Commission appointed Joel Hondorp as city clerk.

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced Sergeant David Gillem is the 2017 American Legion MI Department Law Officer of the Year.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Matthew Slagle of Grand Rapids to the State Board of Architects.


Colliers International West Michigan announced JoAnn Fabric will occupy 15,000 square feet and Grand Rapids-based CareLinc Medical will occupy the balance after signing a lease for 10,000 square feet at the former K-Mart building in Ferris Commons, the retail strip at 1250 Perry Ave. in Big Rapids.

CoStar Group awarded its annual Power Broker Awards to signature associates Eric Holdorf, Jeff Chrystal and Joe Rizqallah.


BizStream in Allendale announced the addition of six new team members: web developers Jordan Whiteley, Ben Buurstra, Mike Webb and Nathan Graham; project manager Caleb Compston; and solution architect Darian Bonnell.

CQL Corp. acquired Ann Arbor-based Union Digital.

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