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Change Ups: Aquinas history professor elected to higher-ed board

August 15, 2014
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Dr. John C. Pinheiro, professor of history and director of Catholic studies at Aquinas College, has been elected to a four-year term on the National Network Board of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. The program strengthens the quality and shapes the character of church-related higher education. Aquinas joined the LFP network in 2009. In 2012, Pinheiro received a grant that allowed Aquinas to host the LFP's Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers.                                   

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

The Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has selected four women to receive its annual student scholarships to assist in continuing their architectural educations: Erin Martin received a $1,000 scholarship; Brean Bush, Suzann Bigelow and Ashley Brenner each received $500.

ASSOCIATIONS

The Institute for Supply Management - Greater Grand Rapids announced its 2014-2015 board of directors: president, Thomas Cole; past president /webmaster, Kip Smalligan; 1st vice president, Kristen Klenk; 2nd vice president, Kris Busman; 3rd vice president, Mark Otto; secretary, Laurene Garchow; treasurer, Dan Hosford; communications, Amy Poplaski; education committee, Edwin Mancuso; emerging professionals, Karlie Hoffman; and board advisors, Jim Armantrout, Lois DeHaan, Mark Dunn, Deborah Harsha and Kristi Paul.

AWARDS

Law firm Varnum is a Corp! Magazine 2014 Michigan's Economic Bright Spots Award Winners and Entrepreneurs of Distinction for being a driving force in the economy and state's innovation. Winners were selected based on growth over the past year and economic impact on the state.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced the hiring of Mary Brown as GROW’s program manager and Danielle Brauer as the new financial manager.

Vince Salatino has joined Custer as an accountant. He will spearhead the Out of State Sales Tax project at Custer.

CONSTRUCTION

Associated General Contractors of Michigan announced recipients of its 2013 National Safety Awards. In the Building Division, 50,000+ Work Hours, Zero Incident Rate: Grand River Construction Inc., Hudsonville; Miller-Davis Co., Kalamazoo; and Schweitzer Inc., Battle Creek. In the Associate Division, 10,000+Work Hours, Zero Incident Rate: Industrial Firebrick Corp., Wyoming.

Nathan Scheffers has joined the Miller-Davis Co. of Kalamazoo as an estimator. 

EDUCATION

Calvin College administrator Shirley Hoogstra has been selected by the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities as its next president. She assumes her new role Sept. 29.Hoogstra has 20 years of experience as an executive leader in higher education at Calvin College.

Davenport University has received approval from the Michigan Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission to offer the Michigan Alternate Route to Interim Teaching Certification through its new College of Urban Education.

Hope College in Holland announced that Linda Graham has been appointed to the Dorothy Wiley De Long Professorship in Dance; Dr. Laura Pardo has been appointed to the Evert J. and Hattie E. Blekkink Professorship; and Dr. Peter Schakel has been reappointed to the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Endowed Professorship.

Spring Arbor University has named Kevin Rose chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration. His new role begins Sept. 1.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Chelsea Rozek is the new leader of ASTI Environmental's GIS department and works with key staff from the office in Grand Rapids.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

SpartanNash Co. announced the promotion of Larry Pierce to executive vice president, merchandising and marketing. Pierce’s 35-year career in the food and beverage industry includes serving the company as interim executive vice president, merchandising and marketing, since August 2013, and as vice president, center store merchandising, since 2008.

GRANTS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $60,000 urban waters grant to Calvin College to be used for restoration work along the Rogue River and Plaster Creek, and a $150,000 environmental education grant to the Great Lakes Fishery Trust to support Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative programs at nine hubs in Michigan, including the Groundswell Center at Grand Valley State University.

HEALTH

Northern Physical Therapy has hired physical therapist David Sefton, who will practice PT and act as team leader at its Cedar Springs clinic; and massage therapist Janeen Pastoor, who will accept appointments at NPT’s Coopersville, Grant, Cedar Springs and Sparta locations.

INSURANCE

HNI has added Cole Barnett, relationship manager, and Sean Casey, account manager.

LEGAL

Michigan Lawyers Weekly announced Miller Johnson attorney Sara G. Lachman was named as one of the 2014 Women in the Law. 

Price Heneveld LLP announced the addition of attorney Michael C. Pophal.

MANUFACTURING

American Seating announced Kurt Hillary is its new vice president of operations and Allen Fox is vice president of engineering and product development. Hillary is responsible for manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, supply chain and quality functions. Fox is responsible for engineering and product development.

 

MEDIA

Sparta’s Great American Media Services, a division of Great American Publishing Inc. and publisher of business-to-business magazines and websites, announced it has purchased Gift Shop Magazine from Pinnacle Publishing Group in Hanover, Mass. The company also has purchased the supporting Web properties.

WZZM 13 announced it has added a 9 a.m. newscast to air Sundays and a 4:30 a.m. newscast to air weekdays. WZZM also announced Lee Van Ameyde has been named managing editor of the Watchdog Investigative Team. He will step aside as an evening anchor but continue as an investigative reporter. Nick LaFave will join the WZZM 13 news team as co-anchor for weekday evening newscasts with Juliet Dragos.

REAL ESTATE

Colliers International|West Michigan will serve as the leasing partner for downtown Grand Rapids’ new mixed-use development Arena Place, 45 Ottawa Ave. SW. The firm will represent all non-residential leasing transactions.

Crawford Group|Sotheby’s International Realty announced Brice Bossardet is its new partner. His office is located in downtown Grand Rapids and serves all of West Michigan.

RETAIL

Ace Hardware Corp. has recognized Rylee’s Ace Hardware with a 2014 Coolest Hardware Store Award. Of 4,850 locally owned and operated Ace Hardware stores worldwide, Rylee’s Ace Hardware is one of six stores honored with this year’s award.

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