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Career Tech Students Shine in Future Health Professionals Competition

MUSKEGON: Over 40 local high school students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) are headed to a state level competition in Traverse City after demonstrating exceptional skills and knowledge during a recent regional competition. The students are enrolled in the Allied Health Technologies, Foundations of Healthcare, and Health Science Academy courses. They were among 400 students to participate in the HOSA: Future Health Professionals Region 6 Leadership Conference, held on February 5, 2016, at the new Health Science Center at Baker College of Muskegon.
 
Competitions that day tested the skills and knowledge of high school students from seven high schools and technical centers, in the areas of health professions and emergency preparedness. Categories included medical assisting, nursing assisting, forensic medicine, physical therapy, and many others. Written responses were required for several categories, including medical terminology and behavioral health, while others categories tested students ability to perform tasks such as physical therapy and medical assisting.
 
All 43 medalists from the MACTC will advance to the HOSA State Leadership Conference, on
April 14–15, 2016 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan. The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the students meet the needs of the health care community.
 
MACTC medalists include the following:
Health Science Academy
Lindzey Brown             Fruitport                                  Bronze                        HOSA Bowl
Zachary Manguem       Fruitport                                   Silver                          Behavioral Health
Re’Onna Moore            Fruitport                                  Bronze                        Health Career Display
Aleighsha Pryslek        Fruitport                                   Gold                           CERT
Rachael Moreen           Holton                                      Gold                           Public Health
Brandi Taylor              Holton                                       Bronze                       Health Career Display
Jadyn Midkiff              Mona Shores                            Gold                           Medical Photography
Kailee Hutson              Montague                                 Gold                           Public Health
Nila Howell                 Muskegon                                 Bronze                       HOSA Bowl
Tan’Juaray Minor        Muskegon                                 Bronze                       Medical Spelling
T’Asia Thomas           Muskegon                                 Silver                          Lifespan Development
Karol Gasior                Muskegon Catholic                 Gold                            Physical Therapy
Holly Baker                 Oakridge                                  Gold                            Extemporaneous Health Poster
James Herring             Orchard View                           Silver                           Prepared Speaking
A’Yonna Ray               Orchard View                          Gold                            Job Seeking Skills
Chloe Fox                    Reeths-Puffer                           Silver                          Nursing Assisting
Trevor Howard            Reeths-Puffer                           Bronze                        Pharmacology
Faith Daoust                Whitehall                                 Bronze                        Behavioral Health
Kennadi Genson          Whitehall                                 Bronze                        Medical Terminology
 
Allied Health Technology 1
Shanna Bonillas                       Fruitport                       Silver                           Job Interviewing Skills
Morgan Kane                           Fruitport                       Gold                            CERT
Haley Fahrlander                     Montague                     Silver                           Physical Therapy
Jaelyn Eggerson                       Orchard View              Bronze                         Extemporaneous Poster
Adriana Martinez                     Orchard View              Bronze                         Medical Photography
 
Allied Health Technology 2
Kaleigh Brott                           Fruitport                       Silver                          Pathophysiology
Cameron Erndteman                Mona Shores               Gold                            Pathophysiology
Brooklyn Spears                      Mona Shores                Silver                          Medical Assisting
Nathan Abrahamson                Montague                     Bronze                        HOSA Bowl
Cadence Chase                        Oakridge                      Silver                           Public Service Announcement
Danielle Clarke                        Oakridge                      Silver                          Medical Math
Katie Musser                            Oakridge                     Silver                          Public Service Announcement
McKinzie Ogren-Decker          Oakridge                     Silver                          Public Service Announcement
Jenna Potts                               Oakridge                     Silver                           Public Service Announcement
Simran Rai                               Oakridge                     Gold                            Medical Math
Jessica Patterson                      Ravenna                      Silver                           Public Service Announcement
Ashley Sokolowski                  Ravenna                      Gold                             Personal Care
Ekkoe Kinsey                          Reeths-Puffer               Bronze                         Medical Assisting
 
Allied Health Technology 3
Kolin Chahorski                      Oakridge                      Gold                            Medical Assisting
Gillian Bartels                          Oakridge                      Bronze                        Medical Assisting
TEAM:                                   
Sydney Borgman (Orchard View), Marina Pastrick (Fruitport), Sierra Roswell (Reeths-Puffer) and Brittany Santo (Reeths-Puffer)                                                                          
                                                                                      Bronze                         Community Awareness

IRONMEN OPEN CAMP WITH PUBLIC PRACTICE; SEND THREE PLAYERS TO HIGHER LEVEL

Muskegon, MI:  The West Michigan Ironmen professional arena football team, members of the American Indoor Football League, are set to start training camp this weekend.  Players will report on Friday February 12th to their hotel for orientation and team activities.  Saturday, February 13th, will be their first opportunity to show their skills on the field.  The team will hold its first practice, open to the public, at the L. C. Walker arena immediately following the Muskegon Risers indoor soccer game.  Ticket holders from the Risers game will have an opportunity to check out the West Michigan Ironmen football team at no additional cost.  The practice will run from 8:45 pm until 10:45 pm. 
The Ironmen will come into the weekend with a camp roster of 40 players, which includes Muskegon Natives Ronald and Corey Johnson.  That number will be cut down to a final roster of 25 players for the season.  Team owner, Terrence Williams experience working in an NFL agency seems to be paying off for the Ironmen roster.  The roster consists of 7 players with NFL experience, highlighted by Ronald Johnson (WR/USC). RoJo is returning home to play for the first time since leaving for USC.  Johnson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, and also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks.  After suffering through a few injuries, this is an opportunity for RoJo to show the football world that he still has what it takes.  Other notable players on the camp roster include Johnson’s younger brother Corey, Mike Lewis (2nd all time leader in sacks in the AFL), Donovan Campbell (2 time All-American WR), and Derek VandenBosch (LB/ Orchard View).
While Williams experience with the NFL has helped bring quality players in the door, it is also helping to send those players out, but in a good way.  3 players signed to the Ironmen have already received opportunities to move up to the AFL, CFL, and MLFL (the new NFL development league) before the season has started.  Ronald Johnson (OL/Western Michigan University), Isiah Dunning (DL/Grand Valley), and Rony Nelson (LB/Iowa State) have all received offers.  Rony Nelson will start the season with the Ironmen before going to his tryout with the Cleveland Gladiators.  Williams said, “That’s a big reason why I wanted to do this.  I have been around it and I know the business.  Sometimes guys just need the right opportunity and the right person pushing them, and I want to be a part of creating opportunities for guys to live their dream.” Ironmen coach Ty Lynk was not surprised or discouraged by the offers either, “They are still a part of the Ironmen family.  That’s part of our goal, I expect to have a number of other players move on to the AFL, CFL, and even NFL; that’s just the type of talent we have here.”  Other players on the roster are gaining interest from teams around the country and will likely move on during the year, so catch them while you can.
2016 schedule and season ticket packages to watch the Ironmen play inside the LC Walker Arena are on sale now! Keep checking for the latest news and events from the Ironmen! For further information please reach out to our General Manager at nsmith@westmichiganironmen.com or visit our website at www.WestMichiganIronmen.com for the latest Ironmen news!

 

Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

The fifth annual Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame will induct its class of 2016
on April 7. The Muskegon are is well represented. In the Legacy category there are two
women. Margret Drake Elliott was a well-known outdoor writer and for several years
had a column in the Muskegon Chronical. Edith Munger of Hart was a passionate bird
lover. She was President of the Michigan Society for 21 years.
In the Education category is the Robert B. Annis Water Institute at Grand Valley
State University. The Institute devotes it entire energy towards education and research
about the quality of water in our environment.
Entering this year are:
Individual
John Woollam- John is a passionate conservationist and recognized
leader in conservation across the State.
Robert Tallman- Robert is eager to share his knowledge about our
environment to children at every opportunity.
Paul Zugger- Paul is retired after 31 years with the Michigan DNR. Since
retirement, he has served as a consultant to various environmental
organizations and volunteered with Engineers Without Borders.

Legacy Circle
Ralph MacMullan- Was the Director of Michigan Department of Natural Resources and was very much against the use of DDT.
Edith Munger-Edith was a school teacher and became a strong force for
bird conservation, serving for 21 years as President of the Michigan
Society. In 2919 she was a key player in the naming of the Robin as the
State bird.
Margret Drake Elliott-Margret was one of the first women outdoor s writers
and had a long prominence with the Muskegon Chronical. She helped
educate readers of sixty-two years.
Harold Stokes-Harold was a lifelong social activist and was the recipient of
the Herbert l. Munzel Award for Environmental Activism.

Non-Profit Organization
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council From building rain
barrels to teaching about our environment to cleaning up the Grand River,
WMEAC has been there.
Environmental Projects
White Lake Restoration Restoring White Lake has been an ongoing
project for over 20 years. While the work goes on, the Lake was removed
from the Area of Concern last year.
Educational Organizations
Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute This is located in Muskegon,
MI and is part of Grand Valley State University. It has a balanced program
of education outreach combined with water research.
The inductions will take place April 7, at the Loosemore Auditorium in downtown
Grand Rapids at the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University, starting at 6PM. It
is open to the public.

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Native Visions Indian Painting of the Southwest, 1920s-1940s will appear at the Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI—Native Visions: Indian Painting of the Southwest, 1920s-1940s, from the Collection of Charlotte Mittler will open at the Muskegon Museum of Art on March 3, 2016. The public is invited to a public reception that evening from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Guest speaker Bruce Bernstein, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Ralph T. Coe foundation for the Arts, Santa Fe, will give a talk, “Modern by Tradition: American Indian Painting of the Early 20th Century,” at 7:00 pm. Event admission is free.

 

Variously described as modernist and Native American art, Indian easel painting is a unique and indigenous art form of the 20th century. To enrich our experience in viewing and appreciating this distinctive American Southwest painting tradition, Bruce Bernstein will explore its histories, contexts, and artists. Discover this intriguing, beautiful, and relatively unknown art form as exemplified by works from the Charlotte Mittler collection.

 

Indian easel painting is a unique and indigenous art form of the 20th century. Native Visions comprises 35 works from this distinctive painting tradition—dance, hunt, and game themes rendered in gouache and watercolor and pictured in a naturalistic flat-art style. Some of the most revered artists from the Rio Grande, Hopi, and Navajo (Diné) Pueblos are represented in the exhibition, among them Crescencio Martinez, Fred Kabotie, Tonita Peña, and Velino Shije Herrera.

 

The formative years of these principally self-trained artists were shaped by aggressive reform, in the 1920s, from the assimilation policies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs imposed upon Indian children attending government-run boarding schools, to the wide acceptance of progressive principles that were incorporated into Indian education by the 1930s. As a result, young students, unexposed to formal art training, were encouraged to express their Native identity freely. The Studio of the Santa Fe Indian School, begun in 1932, was a major force in bringing American Indian painting to national and worldwide attention. The Studio’s first director, Art Institute of Chicago graduate Dorothy Dunn, codified “traditional modernism,” that preserved, through painting style and iconography, ancient visual traditions and contemporary Pueblo worldviews. Many of the artists in Native Visions attended the Studio School and emerged to critical acclaim.

 

Native Visions was organized in cooperation with Charlotte Mittler of Three Rivers, Michigan. The Mittler Collection comprises Pueblo paintings from southwest tribal areas that were created by students of the Santa Fe Indian School and by independent painters who pioneered Santa Fe’s modern Indian art movement in the first decades of the 20th century. The collection is one of the most extensive holdings of Native American easel painting in private hands. MMA Sr. Curator Jane Connell comments that it is “of great import and pride to the MMA to develop exhibitions drawn from the rich trove of art found in Michigan collections.”

 

The exhibition is underwritten by Hines Corporation. Co-sponsors are Frontier Communication and Legacy Trust. The media sponsor is Blue Lake Public Radio. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave. For visitor information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org or call 231.720.2570.

BAKER COLLEGE OF MUSKEGON’S ‘BOW-WOWS & BOOKS’ BENEFITS KIDS, PUPS AND STUDENTS

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The unconditional love and attention of man’s best friend is often taken for granted, but a new Baker College of Muskegon initiative makes the most of it for area children, dogs and students alike.

Bow-Wows & Books offers free, no-pressure literacy opportunities where children read to assistance dogs in training. The once-a-month, one-hour sessions are structured for families to come and go. They are the culmination of teamwork by the Baker College of Muskegon early childhood education and veterinary technology programs and Paws With A Cause®, an assistance dog training organization.

The program is for children ages 4 to 5 years and PAWS® assistance dogs in training. Students in Baker College’s early childhood education and veterinary technology programs help coordinate the sessions, which are designed to help all participants achieve different, but equally important objectives.

“Bow-Wows & Books offers something for all involved,” said Liz Garman, director of the early childhood education program at Baker College of Muskegon. ”The children gain confidence reading to the nonjudgmental dogs, and the socializing helps improve the dogs’ success as assistance animals. In turn, our students gain invaluable knowledge and experience working with children and dogs. The mutual benefits are obvious, tangible and can last a lifetime.”

The sessions will be on the second Saturday of every month through June 2016, 10-11 a.m., in room E101 at Baker College of Muskegon, 1930 Marquette Ave. Dates for the remaining Saturday sessions are Feb. 13, March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 11. An adult family member must accompany children participating in the program.

Attendees are required to register in advance the Thursday prior to each session by contacting Liz Garman at 231.777.5375 or liz.garman@baker.edu.

The program supports the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Read Early. Read Often. literacy initiative.

Paws With A Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained assistance dogs. PAWS increases awareness of the rights and roles of assistance dog teams through education and advocacy. PAWS provides services in 30 states and has placed more than 2,500 assistance dogs throughout the country.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 23,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker College grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker College graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker College is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.

West MI Lake Hawks Win Versus Team NetWork

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West MI Lake Hawks perform well at home to continue home winning spree. The Lake Hawks played consistent all 4 quarters holding off a hot shooting Team NetWork who shot very well behind the 3point arch. The Lake Hawks are beginning to play playoff basketball style but still looking to improve defensively and stop their opponents from capitalizing on 2nd chance shots. West MI Lake Hawks had six players score in double figures tonight led by Ralph Monday 30 points and Josh Langford with 20points. “I was very excited to see Ralph Monday contribute the way he did tonight. He dominated on the boards and set the tone inside. I think our guards did a great job pushing the ball up the floor and using our inside out game which allowed us to play our style of ball while running our offensive sets.”

 

The Lake Hawks next home game will be February 20, 2016 against Flint Chargers at Reeths Puffer High School. Tipoff at 6pm.

Help Us Sell Out Dancing with the Local Stars – Motown Memories

We are sold out for Saturday evening, but Thursday & Friday evening performance tickets ($40) and Saturday matinee tickets ($30) still are available from Mary Kendall, WDCC event Co-chairperson, by calling (231) 798-4244.  Call for your tickets today!

 

Dancing with the Local Stars

produced by:

Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016 – Tickets Available!

Friday, February 26, 2016 – Tickets Available!

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Sold Out

Muskegon Harbor Holiday Inn

Cash Bar: 6:00 p.m.

   Hors d‘oeuvres and cookies: 6:00 p.m.

Dance Off: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each

 

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Tickets Available!

Cash Bar: 12:00 p.m.

Hors d‘oeuvres and cookies: 12:00 p.m.

Performance: 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each

 

 

The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce announces the participants for the highly popular charity event Dancing with the Local Stars to be held at the Muskegon Harbor Holiday Inn on Thursday, February 25, Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27, 2016.  Proceeds from the event are used to support local food pantries in lower Oceana, upper Ottawa and Muskegon counties.  This is the eighth year of the event.  WDCC donated over $ 519,000 to food pantries over the past seven years.

 

The identical performances on all three nights and a matinee on Saturday afternoon will be emceed by middle school teacher, local talent favorite and Miss Michigan 2001, Stacey Shepherd, and by Gary Nelund, Mayor of Norton Shores and State Farm Insurance Agent.  Each was a Community Star Dancer from previous years.

 

Twelve local dignitaries, business leaders and people of interest coupled with twelve local dance professionals will compete and provide a fabulous show.  Local Stars and Dancing Pros will perform before audiences totaling over 1600 for the 2016 four-performance event!  “The theme this year is Motown Memories,” said event Co-Chair, Mary Kendall.  “We are off and running with a great cast with lots of energy.  Join us for dancing in the streets!”

 

Announcing our Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce Dancing with the Local Stars cast for February, 2016:                                                                                 # of years as DWTLS Pro Dancer = (   )

  • Frank Peterson, City Manager, Muskegon, with Brenda Sprader (8), Criminal & Family Law Attorney, Brenda E. Sprader, Attorney At Law; Dance Instructor
  • Steve Dangel, Senior Vice President, Investments, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., with Lisa Jirikovic (8), Physical Therapist, Knollview-Heartland, Dancer; Singer; Actress
  • Jim VanderWier Owner, Redi Rental, with Mary Switzer (7), Owner, Trainer, THE GYM, North Muskegon
  • Jon Felske, Superintendent, Muskegon Public Schools, with Carly Switzer (4),           Student, Grand Valley State University, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Barista, BIGGBY
  • Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Inc., with Rodney Sprader, PhD (7), Facilities & Maintenance Leader, & Special Projects Manager, GE Aviation – Muskegon; Musician; & Dancer
  • Sonya Hernandez, Adjunct Professor, Grand Rapids Community College; State Commissioner, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, with Byron Doss (2), Instructor, Social Dance Studio, Grand Rapids
  • Chris Burnaw, Marketing/Communications Consultant, United Way of the Lakeshore; Board Trustee, Mona Shores Public Schools, with Sean France (2), Owner, Studio France School of Dance
  • Troy Wasserman, Co-Owner, Wasserman’s Floral Shop, with Mary Ball, MD  (7), Family Physician, West View Family Medicine; dancer
  • Horia Neagos, Attorney, Williams Hughes, PLLC, with Francine Sagan-Kilcrease (8), Wellness Office, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, AgeWell Services, Tanglewood Park; Instructor, Norton Pines
  • Cassy Arsenault, Reporter, FOX 17, West Michigan, with Patrick Johnson (8), GRCC Dance Faculty Instructor; Co-owner PT Arts, LLC Consulting; President & CEO, West MI Flight Academy
  • Julie Hazekamp; CEO, Hazekamp’s Premier Foods, with Dave Kennedy (8), Owner, Kennedy Custom Builders; dancer
  • Katie Lister, LMSW, Lister Family, Hearthstone Bistro; Clinical Social Worker, Start & Associates Psychological Support, with Dr. David Armbrecht  (2), Orthodontist, Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics, Grand Rapids; dancer

 

 

A guest judge will award “The Critic’s Choice” (Most Technical) for each performance.  The audience will vote for “Best of Show” (Best Routine/Audience Favorite).  The third award at each performance will be the “People’s Choice”, which is based on the amount of money the couple raises. Trophies will be awarded at each performance. There also will be a trophy for “Best Costume” which will be awarded on Saturday night.

 

With their fans contributing donations prior to and at the event, teams will collect monetary votes that are used for the “People’s Choice” award voting.  Community Donation Boxes also will be displayed throughout our community so everyone can join in on the fun of voting for their favorite Local Star/Dancing Pro team while contributing to worthwhile food charities.  Find the locations of the Community Boxes on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/womensdivisioncoc

 

For details, visit our website: www.womensdivision.org.

 

All proceeds will be distributed to local food pantries that apply at our website.

Lecture Series

MUSKEGON, MI – The 4th Annual Winter Lecture Series is returning to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum beginning Monday, February 22, 2016.

The series began in February 2013 as a college class taught by Muskegon Community College instructors George Maniates and Kurt Troutman.  They had the vision to teach today’s students by combining classroom studies with a museum filled with WWII artifacts and introducing them to WWII veterans who lived what the students were learning.  Community members were invited to join.  They didn’t expect much of a turnout from the area, but the response has been overwhelming.  The community “students” couldn’t get enough and have been returning to the museum every year since for this exciting continuing education opportunity.

This wonderful series, which was featured last fall by an article in the New York Times, is ready to kick off the new semester on WWII, but with a little bit of a twist.  After conversations with a couple of focus groups, the lecture series will not only feature presentations on WWII, but it will also expand to cover other American military campaigns.

The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is proud to have such strong support from our local residents which allows us to continue to share our mission of honoring our military heroes through education with all generations.  We hope you will join us this year.  It will be a tremendous way to enrich your life and your mind and, we promise, no homework!  See you February 22nd.

Here’s the complete lecture schedule, listed chronologically:

Feb. 22: Horse Soldiers:  An extraordinary story of a band of US soldiers who rode to victory in Afghanistan.

Horse soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban.  Adventurist and author Doug Stanton is the featured speaker.

Feb. 29: Vietnam:  Wrong Place, Wrong War

From the ‘Best and the Brightest’ to the fall of Saigon this is the story of America’s most controversial war – VietnamFeatured speaker is Lt. Col. Ron Janowski (Ret.), US Army, Instructor Junior ROTC.

March 7: 6 Months in 1945 AND Muskegon’s Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Clarence Zylman

Part One:  From Yalta to Potsdam. Part Two:  Raised in Muskegon, trained on the streets of Chicago, a special trumpet player boogied his way into the hearts of our soldiers.  Featured speakers are Muskegon Community College Historians George Maniates and Kurt Troutman.

March 14: Just War Theory in the 21st Century

Using Just War Theory to evaluate the morality of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq since 9/11. Featured speaker is Dr. Roger Durham, Professor of Political Science, Aquinas College.

March 21: How do we Memorialize War through Art?

Over the last 150 years, we have sought to honor our veterans and commemorate events of national significance through art, however, some artworks were not initially embraced by the public and controversy swirled around them.  The featured speaker is Tim Norris, Art Historian, Muskegon Community College.

March 28: Endurance – The Stories of our Korean War Veterans

Based on interviews with hundreds of Korean War veterans, the presentation Endurance offers insights from those veterans on the Korean War.  Featured speaker is Lynnita Brown, Korean War Educator Project.

April 4: Live from the Front, byline Ernie Pyle

This play celebrates the inner struggle of beloved war correspondent Ernie Pyle.  Performed by Dr. Rick Plummer, Executive Director, Mason County Historical Society.

April 11: Franklin D. Roosevelt – Paradox of Power

A lecture that traces FDR’s 12 years in office from the Great Depression in the 1930s through dealing with a two-front war in the 1940s.  Featured speaker is Gleaves Whitney, Director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.

Admission to the World War II Lecture Series can be had by purchasing an annual membership through the USS Silversides Submarine Museum or paying a $7 admission fee to attend any one lecture.

For more information on the Lecture Series, visit silversidesmuseum.org or call 231-755-1230.

Three-way partnership offers lifelong benefits

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The unconditional love and attention of man’s best friend is often taken for granted, but a new Baker College of Muskegon initiative makes the most of it for area children, dogs and students alike.

Bow-Wows & Books offers free, no-pressure literacy opportunities where children read to assistance dogs in training. The once-a-month, one-hour sessions are structured for families to come and go. They are the culmination of teamwork by the Baker College of Muskegon early childhood education and veterinary technology programs and Paws With A Cause®, an assistance dog training organization.

The program is for children ages 4 to 5 years and PAWS® assistance dogs in training. Students in Baker College’s early childhood education and veterinary technology programs help coordinate the sessions, which are designed to help all participants achieve different, but equally important objectives.

“Bow-Wows & Books offers something for all involved,” said Liz Garman, director of the early childhood education program at Baker College of Muskegon. ”The children gain confidence reading to the nonjudgmental dogs, and the socializing helps improve the dogs’ success as assistance animals. In turn, our students gain invaluable knowledge and experience working with children and dogs. The mutual benefits are obvious, tangible and can last a lifetime.”

The sessions will be on the second Saturday of every month through June 2016, 10-11 a.m., in room E101 at Baker College of Muskegon, 1930 Marquette Ave. Dates for the remaining Saturday sessions are Feb. 13, March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 11. An adult family member must accompany children participating in the program.

Attendees are required to register in advance the Thursday prior to each session by contacting Liz Garman at 231.777.5375 or liz.garman@baker.edu.

The program supports the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Read Early. Read Often. literacy initiative.

Paws With A Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained assistance dogs. PAWS increases awareness of the rights and roles of assistance dog teams through education and advocacy. PAWS provides services in 30 states and has placed more than 2,500 assistance dogs throughout the country.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 23,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker College grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker College graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker College is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.

Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 1st,  and July 2nd, 2016.

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Join Watch Muskegon

Muskegon has more to offer than ever before. Join the conversation, movement and Watch Us Go!

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