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My Town: WMU-Grand Rapids research highlights barriers for women leaders in social work

My Town: WMU-Grand Rapids research highlights barriers for women leaders in social work

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 23, 2015 – Research surrounding barriers for women leaders in social work was recently presented by professors Dr. Barbara Barton and Dr. Dee Sheerwood, along with WMU-Grand Rapids student Courtney Dunsmore, at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas.

The paper, “Falling Silent: Analyzing the Voices of Women Leaders in the Social Work Profession,” qualitatively explores how 10 women experienced support and barriers in their development as leaders within nonprofit organizations, higher education or governmental agencies.

My Town: Aquinas College ranks near the top of all institutes seating students for CPA exam

My Town: Aquinas College ranks near the top of all institutes seating students for CPA exam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) recently released its annual candidate performance book, which features comprehensive statistical data from all four testing windows of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. Aquinas College is ranked in the top 3 percent of all accounting programs in the country based on the 2014 CPA Exam pass rate.

Aquinas was ranked 5th out of 257 institutions with small programs and 20th out of 776 institutions in the nation. Aquinas was also one of only two schools in the state ranked in the top 20 schools, the other being the University of Michigan.  

“We are very excited and very proud of our graduates,” said Accounting Department Chair Cindy VanGelderen. “We have worked hard to make the accounting program at Aquinas strong and rigorous for our students; it is great to see that we have made significant strides toward that goal.”

My Town: Meijer families to receive two $10,000 scholarships

My Town: Meijer families to receive two $10,000 scholarships

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For the fourth consecutive year, Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 to further their college education with the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

"Our dad always believed that continuing education and lifelong learning were invaluable," said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. "My brothers and I are pleased to continue providing this scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members and their children through Grand Rapids Community Foundation."

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.

Grand Rapids student joins virtual school’s National Honors Society

Grand Rapids student joins virtual school’s National Honors Society

Zoe Gibson from Grand Rapids posed with fellow Great Lakes Cyber Academy classmates during her induction into the National Honors Society. To learn more about Great Lakes Cyber Academy, register for an upcoming information session or visit their website.

My Town: WMU-Cooley Law honors the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

My Town: WMU-Cooley Law honors the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WMU-Cooley Law School and the school’s Black Law Student Association hosted a viewing of the documentary Martin Luther King Jr. – The Man and The Dream.

Following the documentary, a discussion was held about the impact King has had on individuals, the community and society. Leaders of the group discussion also contemplated what society would be like today if King was not assassinated 47 years ago.

“It’s important to reflect back on the work Dr. King accomplished almost 50 years ago and to consider what else we can do in terms of establishing equality,” said Te Smith, president, WMU-Cooley Black Law Students Association. “We all enjoyed celebrating his legacy together and the impact he has had on society.”

 

My Town: Downtown student population doubles as WMU shuts down Beltline campus

My Town: Downtown student population doubles as WMU shuts down Beltline campus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds more college students will pack downtown Grand Rapids starting next week, as Western Michigan University temporarily shuts down its Graduate Center-Beltline location.

The campus on East Beltline is expected to remain closed for seven months during extensive renovations, displacing approximately 550 students.   Beginning Jan. 12, those students will take spring classes at WMU’s Graduate Center-Downtown, doubling the WMU population at that location.

"We're excited to welcome Beltline students and faculty to the downtown location," says Roxanne Buhl, regional director, WMU-Grand Rapids. We're certain they will enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer, while local businesses will have the opportunity to serve new customers with the increase of students over the next seven months."