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First Day of Student Art Show at Aquinas College

First Day of Student Art Show at Aquinas College

Today, Monday, March 2, 2015 is the first day of the Aquinas College Student Art Show.

The show runs through March 27th and is open Monday – Thursday from 10am – 7pm. Friday hours are 10am – 4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday the hours are 2pm – 6pm.

Location is at the Aquinas College Art & Music Center at 1607 Robinson Rd. SE in Grand Rapids, MI.  49506

My Town: Aquinas College receives college prep grant for GRPS students

My Town: Aquinas College receives college prep grant for GRPS students

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Aquinas College has been selected as the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation. The Believe to Become Summer Learning Academy grant will fund the AQ College Prep Academy, a summer dual-enrollment college prep experience for high school students in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

“We appreciate the Foundation's confidence in Aquinas,” said Dean of Curriculum Kathy Kremer, Ph.D. “Completing college courses and prep activities on our campus over the summer will set the students up for success in higher education.”

My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold

My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold

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On Feb. 20, 2015, the Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan hosted 63 hospitality students from seven career tech centers in Northwestern Michigan for the 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Competition. These students competed in four areas: Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking, Food & Beverage Service, and Team Banquet. Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students earned gold medals in all three events.

Team Banquet members Chef McCayla Dixon (Oakridge), Sous Chef Kaley Billman (Oakridge), Prep Cook Leah Stokes (Montague), Pastry Chef Samantha Wilson (Whitehall), and Server Kathy Allen (Whitehall) prepared and served a four-course “Taste of the Caribbean” menu. This gold medal winner included coconut lentil soup, watercress pineapple salad, Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin with black bean stew and rice, and finished with Cuban coffee custard.

My Town: Kendall College of Art and Design dresses dancers for Grand Rapids Ballet's Movemedia ll

My Town: Kendall College of Art and Design dresses dancers for Grand Rapids Ballet's Movemedia ll

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Grand Rapids Ballet’s (GRB) MOVEMEDIA series is all about creating a rich and full visual experience for the audience. That can be as simple as amplifying the light on a single dancer for dramatic effect, or as technical as enhancing the stage with video projection for the dancers to move in. This year, students from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD) Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion are working hands-on with choreographer Penny Saunders in the costume creation for her world premiere piece in ‪MOVEMEDIA program II.

Now in its 4th year, MOVEMEDIA features all new internationally recognized choreographers. Applicants chosen are given artistic freedom to create their next great work on GRB’s professional dancers in a LEED certified building. MOVEMEDIA presents a unique perspective into the world of internationally acclaimed contemporary dance.

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

WMU-Cooley students meet with high-profile attorney in honor of Black History Month

WMU-Cooley students meet with high-profile attorney in honor of Black History Month

Gwyne Thomas and Demar Sheffey, members of the Black Law Students Association at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus, had the opportunity recently to meet with Frederick D. McClure, CEO of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. McClure’s visit to Grand Rapids was part of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s Black History Month Celebrations.

McClure began his career in public service as an intern in President Ford’s administration. After serving in Ford’s administration, McClure served as a special assistant in congressional relations for President Ronald Reagan. He later went on to serve as an assistant for legislative affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Following his career in the White House, McClure became managing partner for the international law firm, Dentons US, LLP.

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced
--------NEWS RELEASE-------Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

“We’ve had another successful year,” said KDL Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox. “We are always excited to see and read so much great talent in Michigan. We are supported by 155 volunteer reviewers—librarians, booksellers and Friends of the Library—with over half of them returning from last year’s contest. Many people find this a fun way to support aspiring writers.”