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October 25, 2013
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Nate Hurwitz Field

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. has completed the Nate Hurwitz Field for the West Michigan Miracle League at 3300 10 Mile Road in Plainfield Township. The baseball/softball field for children with special needs was celebrated at an inaugural game in September. The field is named in honor of Nate Hurwitz, former WMML board member and supporter who passed away in 2012. Construction included installation of a rubberized turf surface, bleachers, dugouts, fencing, electronic scoreboard, sound system, sidewalks and parking lot.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Revel announced it has hired Michael Schaafsma, web developer.

Nick Ferran has joined Extra Credit Projects as its art director/designer.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Integrated Architecture announced Kevin Simpson has passed the Architect Registration Examination, joining 14 other IA registered architects.

ARTS

Girls Choral Academy announced it is the recipient of a donation from singer-songwriter Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness.

AWARDS

Alternatives in Motion announced its 2014 High Endurance Awards, recognizing local race directors, volunteers, endurance sport clubs, sponsors and participants: Jim Allen, Lifetime Contribution Award; Libby Jennings, Individual Accomplishment Award; Rick VanBeek, Inspiration Award; Metro Health Sports Medicine, Corporate Dedication Award; and John Agar, Moving People Forward Award.

Beth Thomas, Ottawa County emergency management director, is the recipient of the Michigan Emergency Management Association’s Best Local Emergency Management Coordinator Award in a jurisdiction with a population of more than 60,000. Jack Stewart, emergency management coordinator for Kent County, was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award.

Extra Credit Projects is the recipient of two 2013 Creativity International Awards for its advertising campaign for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Holland Hospital was named Michigan’s Healthiest Employer for its wellness programs and how it has made a positive impact on employees’ lives. The annual award is sponsored by Priority Health, Crain’s Detroit Business and MiBiz.

Metro Health Hospital has received the Women’s Choice Award for being one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by Women. Metro Health was one of the top 100 hospitals nationwide in the 101-250 bed category. The award identifies the country’s best health-care institutions based on what women say they want from a hospital.

The state of Michigan has received two first-place awards for excellence in IT from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. First-place awards were in the Data, Information and Knowledge Management category, and in Cyber Security. The state was also a finalist in Enterprise IT Management Initiatives.

BUSINESS SERVICES

EmploymentGroup announced the launch of its “5 In 5” scholarship program, which for the next five years will award three Michigan students with scholarships totaling $25,000. The intent is to encourage creative ways to enhance the workplace. Students enrolled at a Michigan-based community college who have successfully completed 30 hours can enter the contest at employmentgroup.com/5in5.

CONSTRUCTION

Orion Construction Inc. announced the addition of Joe Kuhn, senior project manager.

Triangle Associates Inc. was awarded contracts valued at nearly $17 million in project costs and will provide design/build, construction management and general contracting services for: Centerville, Mendonand Stockbridge community schools; Walmart in Roseville; Trust Building; Ledyard Building; Hutchinson Automotive; and Alpine Golf Club.

EDUCATION

Architecture professors from Grand Rapids Community College and Lawrence Technological University discussed jointly how their expertise has helped nonprofit organizations at GRCC’s Wisner-Bottrail Applied Technology Center. Scott Shall, chairman of LTU’s department of architecture, discussed “Practiced Learning,” and David Dyke, professor in GRCC’s department of mechanical and architecture design, talked about his work with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

Baker College has earned accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Standards include promotion of child development and learning, building family and community relationships and content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum.

Cornerstone University announced Lori Cook, “Maranda” on WOOD-TV8, WOTV 4 and WXSP-TV, and Brian Sikma, developer and broker with Highpoint Real Estate and Development, have joined its board of trustees.

Davenport University has received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.

Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College announced they have entered into an articulation agreement that will allow faculty from both schools to work together in creating a seamless transfer experience for GRCC students.

Muskegon Public Schools announced the appointment of Catherine Kloska as the new business official. She previously was with Coopersville Public Schools.

HUMAN SERVICES

Senior Meals Program Inc. announced Brewster Hamm has been appointed president and CEO.

INSURANCE

Berends Hendricks Stuit announced the additions to its Grandville location of Erinn Groesser, personal lines account manager; Kelsey DeGraff, technical assistant in the employee benefits department; and Susan VandenBosch and Laurie Parker, account managers in the commercial lines department.

LEGAL

Sinas Dramis Law Firm announced the opening of its Grand Rapids office, 15 Ionia Ave. SW, Suite 300. The office will be staffed on a full-time basis by attorney Thomas G. Sinas, a trial lawyer, former prosecutor and grandson of the founder of Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton & McIntyre PC.

NONPROFITS

Blake Rockwell announced the launch of Special Spectators, a first-ever game day held in October for seriously ill children and their families at Michigan State University. Blake is the former owner of ROW Motors Co.

RESTAURANTS

Jeff Lobdell, president of Restaurant Partners Inc. and owner of The Beltline Bar, announced the restaurant is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

SPORTS

Meijer State Games of Michigan officials announced the inaugural 2014 Winter Games will be held Feb. 14-16 in the greater Grand Rapids area. The event is expected to host more than 2,000 athletes from across the state.

TECHNOLOGY

U.S. Signal announced it has broken ground for a 20,000-square-foot state-of-the-art data center in its hometown of Grand Rapids. The new facility is expected to open in July 2014 and will be the first purpose-built data center in the West Michigan area with expansion capabilities up to 40,000 square feet. U.S. Signal also earned HIPPA accreditation for its Hosted Private Cloud product.

TOURISM

Courtney Sheffer has joined the West Michigan Tourist Association as director of marketing.

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