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Aquinas College Honors Notable Alumni

Aquinas College Honors Notable Alumni

On Thursday, September 25, Aquinas College honored notable alumni as a part of its 13th annual Awards Gala. Brad Smith (’91), president and CEO of Intuit, a software company based in California, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Jacqueline D. Taylor (’80), Ph.D., a higher education administrator for more than 30 years, received the Outstanding Alumna Award.

“Both Brad Smith and Jacqueline Taylor are outstanding examples of Aquinas alumni,” said President Juan Olivarez. “In their fields they have set great examples for innovation and long term thinking. We’re proud to honor them both and to count them among our graduates.”

Smith earned his master of management degree from Aquinas College in 1991. Prior to joining Intuit, he served as the senior vice president of marketing and business development at ADP in Grand Rapids. In 2003, he joined Intuit as the vice president and general manager of the Accountant Central and Developer Network.

My Town GR Central: Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally Sept. 20

My Town GR Central: Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally Sept. 20

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –Grand Rapids will host the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally XIV in collaboration with Recovery Palooza, to increase statewide public awareness about alcoholism and other drug addictions.

The walk will take place in Ah-Nab-Awen Park in September, which is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend this year’s walk and rally, since it combines two events. Individuals in recovery, their family members and friends, addiction treatment and prevention professionals and many more who support recovery and healthy communities are invited to participate in the day’s activities.

Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 303 Pearl St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When: Saturday, Sept. 20; walk begins at 11:30 a.m. and program begins at 12 p.m.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

 

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL

PARTICIPATES IN WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Knock back a beer and help knock out cancer this month with “Hops for Hope.”

 

During September, several West Michigan breweries will be donating $1 from each “purple beer” purchase to Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community.  Proceeds from sales of Hops for Hope growlers and refills will also go to the cause.

 

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood. “It’s wonderful that VAI is in Grand Rapids, and 100% of what we raise goes to research.”

 

AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Grand Rapids will celebrate Stair Week 2014 with a leadership breakfast. Stair Week, scheduled for Sept. 8-14, will highlight the health, design, and environmental benefits of taking the stairs. AIA Grand Rapids members and community leaders will gather on Wednesday, Sept.

Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry

Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry

By Matthew Russell
This article originally appeared in Rapid Growth

It’s not just the regular releases of always-popular beer that Brewery Vivant is now celebrated for, but a renewed commitment to its three tenets—people, profit, and planet—as bolstered by a recent B Corp certification.