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Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School taps McGrath as president, dean

May 10, 2019
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James McGrath
James McGrath. Courtesy WMU Cooley Law School

James McGrath, professor of law and associate dean for academic support and bar services at Texas A&M University School of Law, was selected as WMU Cooley Law School’s next president and dean. McGrath becomes the third president and sixth dean since the law school’s founding in 1972. He replaces Don LeDuc, who retired after 16 years serving as president and dean. Throughout his career, McGrath has spoken at law schools around the country about teaching techniques and continues to focus his advocacy on issues facing education, health care and LGBTQ rights.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Marc Lohela II joined Driesenga & Associates Inc. as survey department manager in the firm’s Holland office.

Progressive AE hired industry expert Bill Culhane as a senior project manager.

AWARDS

The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce in Holland recognized Priya Gurumurthy, IT manager at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, as the recipient of the Individual Champion of Diversity, and Ottawa County as the Corporate Champion of Diversity, at the chamber’s Celebrating Diversity Luncheon.

BANKING

First National Bank of Michigan in Kalamazoo hired Kim Melvin as vice president, personal relationship manager.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced its recognition as one of the Great Places to Work and FORTUNE’s 2019 Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Partners In Action Inc. in Ada celebrated 20 years in the consulting business. The company has grown from the dreams of founder/CEO Rhoda Kreuzer to a full-support human resources services and leadership training firm that serves in 11 states and the U.K.

CONSTRUCTION

CD Barnes Construction awarded Alto-based Mokma Excavating with its quarterly Key To Our Success Award, expressing appreciation to the excavator for its willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations on the Legacies Assisted Living Project.

EDUCATION

Ferris State University Welding Engineering Technology’s program received a high-definition CNC cutting system collectively donated by Airgas, Hypertherm and Machitech.

Grand Rapids Community College student Jake Dabkowski teamed up with Kendall College of Art and Design students Aiden WysockiMatthew Veenhoven and Jonathan Moroney, winning first place and $4,000 from MWest Challenge, a student venture competition for pitching a business that would help summer camps handle medications.

Grand Rapids Community College geology students Maegan Bouwens and Madison Jones will spend four weeks doing fieldwork through a fully funded research experience at the University of Texas-El Paso to study 34- to 56-million-year-old igneous rocks in El Paso. The students will continue their research in Michigan.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Kalamazoo-based Envirologic Technologies Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary of providing environmental consulting and services throughout Michigan, the Great Lakes region and beyond. Co-owners Jeff Hawkins and David Warwick have been at the helm of Envirologic since its beginning.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Muskegon native Kim Hammond, senior vice president, Global Institutional Consultant in the Hammond and Associates Team of Merrill, joined the Retirement Advisor Council.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Grand Rapids Downtown Market will launch Malamiah Juice Bar and Eatery that will be located at Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids. Malamiah Juice Bar is expected to open in fall 2019 and will include dine-in seating and an expanded menu.

GRANTS

Portage-based Air Zoo announced it received a $57,000 grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support the renovation of its existing classroom spaces. The grant matches the investment already committed by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in September 2018, supporting a complete $114,000 renovation of the Air Zoo’s existing classroom spaces. Renovations will enable the Air Zoo to provide an immersive, hands-on space for the more than 90 science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics educational initiatives.

HEALTH

More than 400 guests attended JDRF Great Lakes West Chapter’s annual Promise Gala to fund research on curing and preventing type 1 diabetes research. 

Plackers dental flosser brand launched its Mega Mint flossers. The new flossers deliver a minty blast to freshen breath in seconds with the addition of a new flavor patch directly on the flosser.

Wyoming-based Metro Health – University of Michigan Health became the first health system in Grand Rapids to attain Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Level 7 status, the most prestigious distinction in the use of electronic medical record technology to improve patient care.

HOSPITALITY

Delta Hotels announced the grand opening of the 182-room Delta Hotels by Marriott Kalamazoo Conference Center and 33,385-square-foot of conference and event space, located in Kalamazoo.

INSURANCE

Lake Michigan Insurance Agency announced its recognition as one of Auto Owners Insurance’s top 10 for highest personal and commercial insurance growth in 2018 in West Michigan.

LEGAL

Raj Malviya, a partner in the private client practice group of Miller Johnson, attended oral arguments recently at the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. The hearing was for the case North Carolina Department of Revenue v. the Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust (Kaestner).

LEISURE & RECREATION

The Junior League of Grand Rapids presented a $50,000 check to the city of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department for upgrades to the Ted Rasberry Field, due to the large population of children and the lack of safe play facilities in the immediate area. The play space will feature state-of-the-art playground equipment designed to inspire movement, fitness and interaction, and will be just beyond the outfield fence of Rasberry Field.

MEDIA

WOOD TV8 hired Emily Schuitema as a meteorologist.

MANUFACTURING

Auburn Hill-based Brose North America announced its New Boston plant earned Ford Q1 supplier status after meeting stringent quality and environmental management criteria while also implementing manufacturing processes that support Ford standards.

National Nail, a manufacturer of fastening tools for roofing underlayment and house wrap, introduced its newly enhanced STINGER CN100B Cap Nailer with an innovative design that improves performance with an improved cap magazine for added durability.

Tubelite Inc. completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion of its facility in Walker. The expansion includes the company’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The addition will utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and productivity. 

Walker-based Custom Profile, an international producer of plastic extrusion products, announced it partnered with Mosaic Capital Partners to purchase all of the company’s equity from Blackford Capital. The transaction allows Custom Profile to transition to a 100% employee-owned company through an employee stock ownership plan.

NONPROFITS

The Pregnancy Resource Center elected the following people to its board of directors: chairman, Jason Granger, Intellisys Capital; vice chairman, John DeBlaay, Dan Vos Construction Co.; treasurer, Rick Rusthoven, KSS Enterprises; and secretary, Lynn Prince, Grand Rapids Community College. New board members, Adam Barr, Peace Church; Julian Newman, Tribes Church; and Hannah VanderWilp, Ottawa Area ISD and Spectrum Health. The PRC is holding its annual Walk for Life on June 15.

RELIGION

David J. Walkowiak, bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, is the recipient of the Monsignor John F. Meyers Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for his contributions to Catholic education.

RETAIL

Walker-based Meijer announced it helped dispose of more than 4 tons of unwanted and potentially hazardous medications two months after launching a Consumer Drug Take-Back Program in each of its 241 supercenters across the Midwest.

TECHNOLOGY

Micro Visions Inc. announced the promotion of Sam Rau as technical services manager.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Experience Grand Rapids released an updated version of its annual visitor guide, The Experience, a travel-sized and locally focused resource for visitors and locals. The updated version includes an additional insert that focuses specifically on Project 1 by ArtPrize. An online version of the guide is available at experiencegr.com/emag/experiencegrandrapids2019; guides also can be requested at experiencegr.com/trip-planning/visitors-guide.

WEBSITES

DK Security launched a new website, dksecurity.com. The newly designed site’s features highlight the business, the brand and the talent at DK Security. The Careers page features three employee spotlight videos that aim to break down stereotypes within the security industry by showing what it actually looks like to be a security officer.

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