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Change Ups: Baker College plans semester format switch

March 4, 2016
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Baker College of Muskegon is located on a 63-acre wooded campus. Courtesy Baker College

Starting fall 2017, Muskegon-based Baker College will transition from a quarter to a semester format. The college currently offers three quarters of coursework and a summer session. The semester calendar will offer two 16-week semesters and a 12-week summer session. Advantages to the changeover include longer-term internships, easier transfer of credits and enrollment to and from other higher education institutions, and students are available during traditional college breaks for summer and holiday employment.


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC civil litigation attorney Frederick Dilley has been inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional association whose members are recognized for their skills in conflict and alternative dispute-resolution.


Davenport University president Richard J. Pappas has received the 2016 Giving Back Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.

OST has been recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth West Michigan as its 2016 Outstanding Growth Award recipient.The annual award is presented to companies that have demonstrated sustained growth in sales, profitability, employment and community involvement.


Fifth Third Bank announced the appointment of Tim Doyle as senior vice president, commercial sales manager.

Heather Cronkright has joined Lake Michigan Credit Union as a mortgage loan originator for its Wyoming branch.

United Bank of Michigan has kicked off the $5.5 million renovation of its 30,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 900 East Paris Ave. SE. The renovated space will continue to be home to a full-service branch for customers and will remain open during renovation. It also will provide facilities for commercial lending, residential mortgage lending and various other bank operations.


The Grand Rapids Express Employment Professionals office has moved to 1760 44th St. SW, Suite 10, Wyoming.

The Job Post has hired Isaac Vis as manager. All of The Job Post’s profit goes into the Back-to-Work program at Guiding Light Mission.

The Right Place Inc. has been recognized by Global Trade magazine as one of the top 18 economic development corporations in the nation. It is the only EDC from Michigan to make the inaugural list.


Aaron Cook has been named staff attorney for WMU-Cooley Law School’s Access to Justice Clinic at Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus. Cook will supervise law students in their representation of Kent County citizens seeking to expunge their criminal history.

F. James Cummins, retired president and CEO of Baker College System, has become chairman of its board of trustees. The appointment also includes membership on the board of regents for all Baker College campuses, including Baker College of Muskegon.


Conductive Learning Center, the local KidCents charity, received $5,000 for participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s Big Hearts Give Challenge. KidCents was developed by the foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to help children in the communities it serves.


The Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously appointed Joseph Jones to serve as 2nd Ward Commissioner. The seat became vacant when Rosalynn Bliss was elected mayor.

Ottawa County selected Ryan Gamby to receive the Outstanding Customer Service Award for the fourth quarter of 2015. Gamby has been with Ottawa County for four years and serves in the 58th District Court Probation and Community Corrections.


The Finish Line Youth Foundation has awarded The First Tee of Benton Harbor a $4,210 grant to support Project Walk It On, teaching leadership and healthy lifestyles to 30 youth through the game of golf.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care. 

Northern Physical Therapy has hired patient care specialist Mackenzie “Mick” DeBoer in its Coopersville clinic. 

Plastic Surgery Associates achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Priority Health announced the appointment of Seth W. Wolk to its board of directors. Wolk is system chief medical officer of Spectrum Health and president of Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Spectrum Health Blodgett and Spectrum Health Butterworth hospitals were named to the Healthgrades 2016 America’s 50 Best Hospitals list, placing them among the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades.


Secrest Wardle announced the promotions of Sarah L. Walburn to executive partner and David M. Givskud to partner.


Columbian Logistics Network in Kentwood has received renewal of its Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program certification from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Food-processing equipment maker Baker Perkins, 3225 Kraft Ave. SE, announced mechanical engineer Jay Bowers has joined the company.

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. in Muskegon has hired Jeremy Loyselle, sales territory manager. 

Pro-Vision Video Systems in Byron Center welcomed Bichuan Shen, software developer, and Tim Carr, product development engineer, to its engineering department. Shen has a Ph.D. in electrical/computer engineering and 10 years of experience. Carr brings more than 20 years of experience to the team.


Inner City Christian Federation announced it purchased the former Eastern Elementary School in late October 2015. The building is located in the Highland Park neighborhood and has stood vacant since 2008. ICCF’s intended use for the space is unknown but will match with the nonprofit’s mission.

World Mission, headquartered at 4200 Alpine Ave. NW, announced the grand opening of its third local thrift store, 5274 Plainfield Ave. NE, in conjunction with Bibles for Missions, as well as the opening of a Thrift Store Special 99 Cents a Pound Outlet section inside its 949 Four Mile Road NW store.

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s has been named the March 2016 Non-Profit of the Month by the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter. The agency serves around 5,000 families and children each year.


Blue Medora announced CRN, a brand of The Channel Co., has named for the third consecutive year Chris Noordyke, vice president of worldwide sales, to its list of 2016 Channel Chiefs. The executives on the annual list represent leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organizations.

IT Resource Inc. in Coopersville has hired Andrew Smith, director of technical services, and Ryan Camp, network engineer.

Worksighted in Holland promoted Mitchell Applegate to remote support engineer.

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