Uniserv Director Served County with Integrity, Humor, Honesty
April 3, 2014; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
Kent ISD, MI — Henry William “Bill” Dungey, Jr. was a lifelong advocate for justice, a champion of causes, and a towering presence who evoked warmth and kindness wherever he went. For Kent County school districts, those qualities made him one of the area’s finest negotiators, say local superintendents and administrators.
… Dungey was honored in 2010 with a Giants Award from Grand Rapids Community College for helping the Kent County Education Association partner with the Salvation Army’s Booth Family Services’ Angel Baby Initiative, which donates diapers, baby food, car seats, toys and educational items to infants in need.
Obituaries today: Catherine Barrow-Williams, 83, trailblazing singer and missionary
April 4, 2014; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Catherine Barrow-Williams spent her life opening doors.
… Honored with the Ethel Coe Humanities Award at the 2005 Grand Rapids Giants Awards, Barrow-Williams appeared in a production of “Showboat” with Circle Theatre, sang arias from Bizet’s “Carmen” for summer concerts at Garfield Park, and sang with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus during her many years in West Michigan.
Charsie Sawyer, professor of music at Calvin College, who nominated Barrow-Williams for the award sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College and several African-American organizations, called her “a real trailblazer.”
Autocam Invests In Education And Innovation
April 4, 2014; prnewswire.com
KENTWOOD, Mich., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Autocam Corp is a leading precision manufacturer for both the automotive and medical industries and recently announced it is sponsoring Governor Rick Snyder’s Governor’s Education Summit taking place on April 24, 2014. Autocam is committed to investment in education, jobs creation and advanced manufacturing technologies.
Autocam has offered talent development programs for technicians and engineers for nearly 25 years in efforts to close the skills gap in the advanced manufacturing workforce. The company formalized its technician-training program in 2012 to create the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a progressive learn-and-earn educational program through the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) using formal and on-the-job training to jumpstart the careers of young talent.
College notes: Grand Valley slugger brought a big bat with him from Bronx
April 3, 2014; MLive
… Kyle Orlowski, Aquinas College: Orlowski, a senior outfielder, tripled and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 13-10 win over Siena Heights on March 30. Orlowski (Kenowa Hills/GRCC) is batting .313 and leads the team with 14 runs scored. It was the first game for Aquinas (9-7) in more than a week.