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Change Ups: Cooley Law School recipient of volunteer award

June 13, 2014
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From left are: Samar Sarkis; Kevin Firth; Helen Feingersh; Holliann Willekes; Tracey Brame, Cooley Law School assistant dean; Kellen Dotson; Lane Zabawa; Karen Rowlader, Cooley Law professor; Renata Bajic; and Dan Fricke.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus was awarded the 2014 United Way Volunteer Award at the first United Way Community Awards. The award is given to an organization that provides year-round opportunities for its employees to volunteer their time and talents. The United Way recognized Cooley’s efforts by students, faculty and staff for donating more than 2,270 hours of pro bono legal services and more than 1,000 hours of non-legal services throughout Kent County.

ADVERTISING

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ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Rockford Construction’s office complex has been selected by the American Institute of Architects Michigan for design excellence in the Building Category.

ASSOCIATIONS

Attorney Mark Rysberg was re-elected to a second term on the board of directors for the American Institute of Architects’ Grand Rapids Chapter. As part of his participation, Rysberg serves as the professional affiliate director.

AWARDS

Custer announced it has been designated a 2014 Steelcase Platinum Partner for the second year in a row.

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BANKING

Lake Michigan Credit Union has hired Holly Brinks as mortgage loan originator for its Lakeshore lending team.

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BUSINESS SERVICES

Varnum attorney Dean Reisner has been appointed to the board of directors to the Chamber of Commerce for Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg. Reisner is a partner on the law firm's corporate and estate planning practice teams.

CONSTRUCTION

Grand River Construction Inc. in Hudsonville announced the promotion of Peter C. Elzinga to vice president.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College computer information systems professor Kristin Roberts is the recipient of the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course for her C++ programming. Blackboard Inc., a developer of educational software, will honor Roberts and other award winners during a July conference in Las Vegas.

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HEALTH

North Ottawa Community Health System in Grand Haven announced its affiliate, North Ottawa Care Center, has received MPRO’s 2014 Governor’s Award of Excellence for achievements in reducing health-care-acquired conditions in nursing homes. MPRO is a nonprofit in health care quality improvement and medical review.

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HUMAN SERVICES

The Ottawa County Food Policy Council has launched the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign in Holland and Zeeland to help provide nutritious food to area food pantries and to group homes for adults with disabilities.

LEGAL

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