Change Ups: Olivet, Kellogg colleges enter articulation agreement


Front row from left: President Steven M. Corey, Olivet College; and President Mark O’Connell, Kellogg Community College. Back row: Dean and Provost Maria G. Davis, Olivet College; Paul Watson, Kellogg Community College vice president of instruction; and Lorraine Manier, Olivet College director of nursing education.

Olivet College and Kellogg Community College entered into a partnership that enables the transfer of credits between the two institutions that will assist students pursing a Bachelor of Science in nursing with a smooth curriculum transition. The agreement minimizes loss of credit and duplication of coursework. The program serves three student populations seeking a seamless path to a BSN: graduates of KCC’s associate degree in nursing program, traditional undergraduate students at Olivet College and professional registered nurses currently working in health care.


Holland Home announced Dr. John Mulder was recognized by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine with the 2019 Project on Death In America Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award. Mulder is medical director of the Trillium Institute, an affiliate of Holland Home.

The city of Wayland was named a winner of the 2019 Michigan Main Street Photo Contest in the Organization category and was sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The photos focused on Main Street volunteers, organizational fundraising campaigns and Main Street Communities’ efforts to increase awareness for its local organizations. Wayland’s Main Street/Downtown Development Authority will receive $1,000.

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council announced the recipients of its Hidden Heroine Awards. Woman of Vision Award: Tanya Cabala; Woman of Inspiration Award: Jan Strait; and Woman of Hope Award: Morgan Kelley.


Chemical Bank appointed Milinda Ysasi to its Grand Rapids Community Advisory Board. Ysasi is the executive director of The SOURCE.


Service Express opened a 2,900-square-foot purpose-built enterprise test lab located at the company’s Grand Rapids headquarters. It’s used to test data center parts, build and configure systems for customers and for advanced technical training. The $500,000 production lab features a custom-designed Liebert air conditioning unit, a Panduit Net-Contain system and is the primary workspace for the production and hardware solutions engineering teams. The new space increases the previous production lab by 1,000 square feet.


Ada-based Erhardt Construction announced Stacey Jones joined its marketing team as a marketing specialist; Mike VanHouten was hired as an estimator.

Consolidated Electrical Contractors promoted Kris Elsenbroek to vice president of operations – commercial/multifamily division.


Aquinas College is launching an esports program in fall 2019, providing students a new opportunity to participate in competitive video gaming. The college will become the fifth institution in Michigan to offer esports at the college level.


Waypost Brewing Co. in Fennville and the Holland chapter of Girls Pint Out recently joined breweries around the globe to brew a batch of beer in recognition of International Women's Collaboration Brew Day. Since its inception in 2013, IWCBD has been held to coincide with International Women’s Day to encourage and support the women’s brewing community by bringing together women of all brewing backgrounds — commercial and homebrewers alike.


The Centennial Group & The Principal Financial Group announced Alex Lentine qualified for the company’s Pacesetter Early Achievement Award, given by the company within the producer’s first year in the Principal Advisor Network.


Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, vice president for community investment at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation was appointed by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to the newly created Election Modernization Advisory Committee.


Big Rapids-based Ferris State University’s Information Security and Intelligence program received a $130,000 National Security Agency grant to establish a social media/dark web analysis curriculum concentration that is focused on security and intelligence. It also will equip ISI faculty with the necessary training and classroom tools.

Independent Bank recently presented Family Promise of Grand Rapids with a $10,000 donation, which will assist the organization in providing emergency shelter and viable solutions for families with children who are facing a housing crisis.


Metro Health-University of Michigan Health in Wyoming now offers Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab, a comprehensive, lifestyle change program, that provides patients with an exercise component and instructs them how to cook heart-healthy meals, do smart grocery shopping, order intelligently in restaurants, lose weight using science-based skills, quit smoking, manage stress and transform negative attitudes into positive ones.

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health opened a new Women’s Health Center at its Metro Health East Campus, just off the Interstate 96 exit, near East Paris. The newly renovated space unites all OB/GYN services under one roof, including advanced outpatient surgery, 3D ultrasound, infertility evaluation and treatment, on-site mammography, along with dozens of other services.


AHC+Hospitality announced the appointment of Lindsay Jarvis as general manager of the Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown, opening summer 2019. Jarvis will oversee daily operations of the modern 160-room hotel.


Christopher Rork joined Miller Johnson’s litigation section in the firm’s Kalamazoo office. He is part of the Healthcare Reimbursement group and will work with hospital, health system and medical provider clients in pursuing improperly denied claims

Miller Johnson attorneys Jason M. Crow, Patrick M. Edsenga, Neil J. Marchand, Gerald W. (Tripp) VanderWal and Neil D. Williams were recently elected to membership.

Miller Johnson established a Mental Health Law practice that is part of the law firm’s overall Health Care Law emphasis and focuses on the obligations under Michigan’s Mental Health Code that go beyond the laws and regulations that apply to other health care providers.


Riverside-based Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of one Single-Zone Tube Furnace to an engineering company in the nuclear power industry. This light industrial furnace can be used for a variety of applications, including annealing, ashing, carbon firing, ceramic firing, drying, hardening, sintering, solution treating, stress relieving and normalizing.


Navy Electronics Technician 3rd Class Cullan McCormick, a Catholic Central High School graduate and Grand Rapids native, was awarded Sailor of the Week for the week of Feb. 10, serving aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106). As an electronics technician, McCormick maintains and repairs electronic equipment such as radar, communication and navigation equipment.

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class and Hesperia High School graduate Chad Galvin was selected as Naval Hospital Bremerton Senior Sailor of the Quarter. Galvin is the director for medical services, leading petty officer and a respiratory therapist.


8THIRTYFOUR Integrated Communications hired Jen VanEe as director of client success. 


Colliers International West Michigan announced seven of its advisers were honored at the 2019 Commercial Alliance of Realtors Awards. Realtor of the Year: Mike Murray; Biggest Sale Awards – Industrial: Duke Suwyn, John Kuiper and Mike Visser; Biggest Sale Awards – Land: David Rapp, John Kuiper; Biggest Sale Awards – Multi-family: Jeff Schreur and Visser; and Biggest Lease Awards: David Wiener and Kuiper.


Meijer stores now sell the Certified Angus Beef blends that is part of the Wahlburgers At Home retail beef program that brothers Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, along with investors and the ARKK Food Co., launched.


OST hired the following in its Grand Rapids office: Jill Dunkelberger, professional services office, accounting; Michael Kranker, application development; Will Metz, application development; Zach Ruppert, application development; and Jordan Smith, internal support.


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport reported January was its busiest January ever with 257,194 passengers, a 7 percent growth year over year. It was the first time GRIA has served over a quarter-million passengers in January.

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