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Change Ups: Students’ fashion exhibit draws historical inspiration

July 29, 2016
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The Grand Rapids Public Museum partnered with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion to open a new fashion exhibit, Inspired Style. The exhibit starts Aug 6. Nine students used the museum’s fashion collection from decades spanning the 1850s to 1950s for inspiration to create modern interpretations from the historical pieces. Visitors will be able to examine the details of the students’ pieces and the historical garments that inspired them.


Horizen Hydroponics announced it has moved to 2200 Alpine NW.


TowerPinkster announced the additions of Greg Adamczyk, engineer; Amber Anderson and Ella Segur, interior designers; Craig Newhouse, landscape architect; Arthur Ueck and Zach Verhuls, architectural technicians; Andreas Argoudelis, mechanical design intern; and Caleb Martin, electrical engineering intern.


Women’s Resource Center announced the promotions of Sharon Caldwell-Newton to chief executive officer and Michelle Bryk to chief operating officer.


Old National Bank has hired Jeff Oleniczak as financial advisor, VP.


AccessPoint announced the opening of a new office, 6157 28th Street SE, Suite 14.

Allegra Marketing, Print & Mail announced the full-time status of marketing technologist Ethan Treber, whose expanded role will leverage his expertise in the digital field. He has been a part-time associate since 2013.

The Battle Creek Unlimited board of directors announced the appointment of Joe Sobieralski as interim president/CEO. Sobieralski joined BCU in December 2015 as vice president.

Consolidated Electrical Contractors announced its new office, 112 54th St. SW, Wyoming.

DK Security announced it was awarded a federal contract to provide 25 armed security guards at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. The one-year contract includes the option for renewal for up to three years. 

Kentwood Office Furniture Inc. has marked its 40 year anniversary by refreshing its corporate brand identity and launching a new mobile-first corporate website designed to support the needs of its expanding customer base. Details:


The American Subcontractors Association of Michigan announced its 2016-17 board members. Officers: President Matt Fennema; Vice President Chris Weaver; Secretary Jon Lunderberg; Treasurer Ann Plummer; and Past-President, Steve Alles. Directors: James Bockheim, Tim Burgess, Steve Coates, Benjamin Hammond, Jeff Moomey, Brian Potter, Paul Roussey and Tony Vermaas.

Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo welcomed three new interns: Vamshi Boorla, project intern; Sawyer Dickinson, project intern; and Tracy Kuhle, marketing intern.


Baker College in Muskegon announced it will provide financial awards per term to students enrolled in 14 or more credit hours for any undergraduate degree or certificate program — on ground or online — starting the fall quarter. For the 2016-17 academic year, the college will award the following amounts based on registered hours:  14 credits = $250 per quarter ($750 savings for three quarters); 15 credits = $375 per quarter ($1,125 savings for three quarters); 16-plus credits = $500 per quarter ($1,500 savings for three quarters).

Baker College’s Muskegon campus has announced student Jammie Cook is the recipient of the $2,500 2016 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship.


The City of Grand Rapids has selected ASTI Environmental to provide as-needed professional environmental services. The multi-year contract includes investigation, sampling, remediation and/or risk management services related to air quality, asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint and pollution prevention, as well as brownfield redevelopment, environmental impact studies, environmental site investigations, assessments, remediation and compliance audits.


Merrill Lynch Wealth Management advisors David A. Lund of Rockford and Timothy Long of Ada were recognized by WealthManagement Magazine in its annual “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in 2016” list, which are ranked exclusively by assets under management at the four wirehouse firms. Only advisors for whom 80 percent or more of assets correspond to retail clients are eligible for the list.

Watkins Ross announced Sharon Miller-Walcott, QKA, Certified ESOP Specialist, was elected as the 2016 Employee Owner of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of The ESOP Association.


Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids’ East Hills announced it has installed a 192-solar-panel array atop its production brewery and adjoining pub.

Long Road Distillers is the recipient of Spirits International Prestige’s Platinum Medal Award for Long Road Gin, and two Gold Medals for Long Road Aquavit and Long Road Vodka.


The Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously appointed Anita L. Hitchcock as its new city attorney.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced Bob Moody Jr. was re-elected as its Tribal Council vice chairman, and Roger Rader and Becky Price were re-elected as members at large.


Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates announced Dr. Todd Vogel, M.D. has joined the practice as an associate.

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund announced it has hired Megan Murphy as its grants manager.

Northern Physical Therapy announced the additions of Ashley VandenBerg, physical therapist, Tessa Rollenhagen, occupational therapist and Nicole Schaefer, physical therapist assistant at Northern’s six clinics; Kelsey Wilterink, swim personal training instructor at Northern’s Grand Rapids/Northview clinic; Noelle Williams, Skylar Swifink, Logan Sweet and Alex Rust, patient care specialists; and Denise Jongekrijg, gym aid.


Michigan Meetings + Events announced the finalists of the Best of Awards 2016: Best college/university venue, Grand Valley State University; best craft brewery/brewpub, Founders Brewing Co.; best hotel with meeting/event space-more than 200 guest rooms, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; best meeting/event venue outside Detroit metro area, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; and best service (meeting/event venue), Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.


Goodwill Northern Michigan in Traverse City announced the selection of Dan Buron as CEO.


Siblings Kelly Ufnal and Bryan Lambert announced the opening of their insurance agency, Brightway, The Lambert Family Agency, at 2638 Henry St. in Muskegon.


Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing has named Colleen Herczak director of quality assurance and regulatory affairs.

Pro-Vision Video Systems in Byron Center announced the additions of Bill Hale, Southwest region manager, and Mark Martinez, South Central Region manager, to its Commercial Group and the promotion of Jon Coeling to distribution/production supervisor.

Walter Hill has joined Portage-based Accu-Mold LLC as strategic sales director.


Local First has moved to 345 Fuller Ave. NE


NAI Wisinski of West Michigan announced it negotiated the sale of land that will bring Home 2 Suites by Hilton to Holland on West Shore Drive. The innovative all-suites extended-stay hotel is pet-friendly and includes relaxing common areas and full kitchens.


The CAMO Edge Fastening system was featured on the unscripted competition on the Fox-TV series Home Free. CAMO was used to fasten all four of the show’s decks, including the deck attached to the bunkhouses in which the contestants stay.


Data Strategy announced the appointment of Michael Medvecky to general manager, Great Lakes region.

Dewpoint welcomed the following employees: System engineers Don Patterson, Angela Doede and Kat Shroyer; network engineers Brett Cagney, David Henshaw, Martin Clason and Carl Strickland; desktop administrators Mitch Dervin and Ken Kruis; application administrators Tom Donaldson and Tiffany Cook; database administrator Zach Decker; service tech Jean Vicario; senior service tech Tom Simmons; and FileMaker application administrator Scott Reese.

SolveForce announced it is entering the Grand Rapids market, offering Internet and phone bundling services.

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