Change Ups: FSU increases fundraising goal to $115 million


Ferris State University President David Eisler.

Ferris State University has reached 97 percent of its fundraising goal with nearly $78 million raised by Ferris alumni, faculty and staff, friends, corporations and foundations. Launched in November 2017, the Now & Always campaign set a goal of $80 million to be raised by June 30, 2019. Now, Shelly Pearcy, vice president for university advancement and marketing, announced the campaign goal has been increased to $115 million and the timeframe has been extended through June 30, 2022.


Sheri Gilreath-Watts was appointed to Kent District Library’s board of trustees by the Kent County Board of Commissioners. Gilreath-Watts will represent the city of Wyoming.


Bergmann was named by the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan as its 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient for dedicating its time to USGBC-WM and its programs on a volunteer basis.

West Michigan Works! recognized seven area service workers with 2018 Beverly A. Drake Essential Service Awards for their integrity and commitment to their jobs: Gordy Bacheller, custom furniture assembler, Bold Furniture (20 years); Kelle Bergers, housekeeper, Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan (28 years); Nicholas Borgman, customer service representative, Quality Car Wash (4 years); Riley Frens, nurse technician, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (3 years); Andrea Gafford, customer service/scheduling, Anderson Technologies, Inc. (20 years); Sam Sandee, employment training program specialists, Wedgwood Christian Services (22 years); and Laurie Trestrail, dietary aide, SKLD (39 years).


Chemical Bank announced the additions of Brian Hofstra and Kirk Koeman as commercial relationship managers.

Jason Fry joined UMB Bank’s Grand Rapids branch as corporate trust national sales officer.


Austrian-based LOGICDATA, with an office in Grand Rapids, announced the promotion of Stefan Knappitsch to president of LOGICDATA North America. Knappitsch will relocate his family to West Michigan from their native home of Preding, Austria.

Midwest Air Filter Inc. announced it reached national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Great Lakes Women's Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.


The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology appointed Anthony Tuttle to the new position of program manager, cyber and IT initiatives. Tuttle will lead WMCAT’s efforts to foster equitable access to cyber security and technology training, and to strengthen the IT sector through talent development.


Gray Skies Distillery released its first straight rye whiskey, named Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey, and a limited-edition release of it Breakfast Bourbon. Both spirits are available for purchase in its tasting room and through licensed retailers, bars and restaurants around Michigan via statewide distribution.


Advance Capital Management announced union legal counsel Sean Egan joined its team of financial professionals serving West Michigan as a financial adviser.


The Griffins Youth Foundation’s board of directors named local attorney Kirk Morgan as the organization’s executive director-elect.


The Grand Rapids Water System received the national Water Fluoridation Quality Award, given jointly by the American Dental Association, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for maintaining a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water throughout 2017.


Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital received accreditation from the Philadelphia-based Adult Congenital Heart Association in recognition for its focused efforts to treat individuals with CHD.

Mercy Health opened a 20,600-square-foot urgent care facility at 3925 32nd Ave. in Hudsonville, and features a number of health care services, including primary care, urgent care, X-ray and ultrasound, lab services and workplace health, and a pharmacy.

Wyoming-based Metro Health-University of Michigan Health Director of Metro Health Sports Medicine and Metro Health Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Dr. Edwin Kornoelje was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.


Dégagé Ministries recognized on Veteran’s Day an estimated 200 homeless or marginalized veterans with a pinning ceremony and gifts, as well as music provided by the Catholic Central Choir. Frontlines of Freedom host Denny Gillem was a guest speaker.


Joslin Monahan and Shoran R. Williams joined Wrigley, Hoffman & Hendricks and Cannalex Law as counsel; Samuel Levine was hired as an associate attorney.

Parmenter Law in Muskegon announced the addition of family law as a new practice area. Nicole M. Osborn was hired as an associate.

Wheeler Upham PC was recognized by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce as one of the first recipients of the chamber’s new EPIC Industry Legacy Award for providing 135 continuous years of legal counsel in Grand Rapids.


GHSP in Grand Haven announced the promotions of Dave Jerovsek to president GHSP North America; Davy Ou to president GHSP China; and Marc Smeyers to chief technology officer.

Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon released the LWE150 linear washdown light. It is half the size of SVL’s LW300 and ODLW300 washdown lights. The compact LWE150 features a 316 stainless steel enclosure specifically designed for food industry and washdown environments where water and corrosive materials such as harsh detergents are present.

Sugar Free Specialties LLC, doing business as Dr. John’s, announced plans to invest $2.3 million to expand its business operations by opening a 25,000-square-foot candy manufacturing facility at 5320 West River Drive in Plainfield Township. The new facility is scheduled to be operational the first quarter 2019 and will create 50 new jobs. The company’s expansion is due to global demand for its products. It expects its sales to increase by 500 percent once the new facility is completed.


MY WEST MICHIGAN host/13 ON YOUR SIDE anchor Jennifer Pascua announced she will resign from the station Dec. 14 and will join Grand Rapids-based Serendipity Media as digital content strategy manger in early 2019.


Teresa (Teri) Behrens accepted the position of executive director at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Wayland-based Paws With A Cause hired Michele Suchovsky as its CEO.


Chiara Licari joined Sabo PR as an associate. Licari will assist clients with social and digital initiatives, event management, graphic design, media relations and other communication initiatives.


Dan’s Diner (formerly Pal’s Diner) in Cascade obtained its liquor license and is serving beer and wine.


Muskegon-based GR8LKS Our Promise initiative guarantees every article of clothing purchased there means every dollar spent equals one minute of trash removal from the great lakes and coastlines within 12 months from the time of purchase.


Fusion IT received the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award.

OST is the recipient of CRN’s 2018 IoT Innovators Award. The second annual IoT Innovators list recognizes North American solution providers and systems integrators whose design and implementation of groundbreaking solutions place them at the forefront of the IoT era.

OWL Computing Inc. hired Sarah Grajewski and Scott Rood as marketing director and director of business development, respectively.

US Signal announced Auburn Hills-based Continental Structural implemented US Signal Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service, Backup-as-a-Service and Enterprise Cloud services.

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