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Ganton Art Gallery to Host Works of Renowned Artist Philip C. Curtis

("Street Car Journey" by Philip C. Curtis,  photo courtesy Spring Arbor University) The work of critically acclaimed and locally born artist Philip C. Curtis will be on display at Spring Arbor University’s Ganton Art Gallery from February 3 to March 12.  Titled “Coming Home,” this display of Curtis’ work is the most historically and artistically significant show yet received by the Ganton Art Gallery. The show opens to the public on Sunday, February 5, following a private, invitation-only opening the previous Friday. A week later on Sunday, February 12, the gallery will hold a Community Reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. SAU Art Department lecturer in art Jonathan Rinck will be deliver a lecture on the style and significance of the pieces on display. Others will be on hand to answer questions and interact with attendees. Food and drink will be provided. The event is open to the public. Visit arbor.edu/philipcurtis for directions and contact information. Philip Campbell Curtis was born May 26, 1907, in Jackson, Michigan, and received his bachelor of arts from Albion College, later attending the University of Michigan and Yale. During the Great Depression, Curtis served in the Work’s Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Program, which eventually relocated…

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Jackson College Gains Approval for New Bachelors Degree in Culinary Management & Hospitality

(photos:  Jackson College culinary students, courtesy:  Jackson College) Students may begin enrolling this fall in Jackson College’s second bachelor’s degree program, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Culinary Management and Hospitality, following recent authorization by the Higher Learning Commission.   The College has offered associate degree and certificate options in culinary arts and hospitality for several years, along with several shorter-term credentials that can be building blocks toward a career. The bachelor’s degree will be a four-year program building on a foundation of culinary arts and hospitality and adding business and management courses to prepare students for full-service careers.   “We are excited about the addition of our second baccalaureate program as we continuously seek to meet the current and emerging needs of our students and employers,” said Dr. Daniel J. Phelan, Jackson College president. “This new baccalaureate degree offers yet another step in Jackson College’s innovative focus on high-demand programs.”   Today, people are dining out more than ever. In 2015, sales at restaurants overtook spending at grocery stories, according to Commerce Department data. With this increased demand, the need for skilled food service and hospitality workers increases.   “Careers in culinary arts are up,” said Chef David Hooper,…

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CP Federal Announces Retirement of CEO John Crist; Chrissy Siders to Succeed

(photo:  John Crist at press conference announcing CP Federal's gift for CP Federal City Square and the Glidden Parker Mural with Senator Debbie Stabenow on August 25, 2016.  JTV file photo) CP Federal Credit Union announced today that John Crist will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer on July 1st, 2017.  The Board of Directors has selected Chrissy Siders to be the company's next President/CEO.    Crist has served CP Federal Credit Union for over 43 years as a volunteer Supervisory Committee member, board member and board chair. Crist then became President/CEO in 1997 after working 29 years at Consumers Energy. Under Crist’s leadership CP Federal Credit Union has grown to over $400 million in assets, expanded into Ingham County, operates 7 full service branches and serves over 50,000 members. Recently, CP Federal Credit Union received a Top 100 Workplace award from the Detroit Free Press for its third consecutive year.  “It has been a true honor to serve the members of CP Federal Credit Union and lead the Credit Union to be one of Jackson’s most successful locally owned financial institutions. We have a wonderful family here at CP Federal and they will continue to be on my…

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Norey, Gilg Honored as “Persons of Achievement” by State BPW

BPW Jackson President Marie Bonkowski with award recipient Cheryl Norey (courtesy photo) The Michigan Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (BPW) presented the 2016 Person of Achievement Award to two area businesswomen.  The Person of Achievement from Jackson BPW is Cheryl Norey.  Cheryl is Community Relations Coordinator for Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. and has served the community through her employment at MACI and on several local boards.  She is involved with the United Way of Jackson County, serving on the  Board of Directors and the Campaign Cabinet. The Albion BPW Person of Achievement is Carolyn Gilg, the current President of BPW/Michigan.  Carolyn has been deeply involved with BPW for many years in Albion, as well as at the state level.  She is active in the Albion community and has also served on the Jackson County Rose Festival board. The awards were presented at the Fall State Board Meeting in Grand Rapids and recognize women and men throughout the state for their dedication to BPW and their enthusiastic willingness to help others in their communities. The BPW Mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.  BPW’s Vision is to be the…

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MIS Cares

MIS Cares awarded $69,950 in cash grants to 19 local charities

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Nov. 11, 2016) — The spirit of giving isn’t just a seasonal belief at Michigan International Speedway; it’s the racetrack’s way of doing business. MIS Cares, the speedway’s charity arm, awarded $69,950 in cash donations to local charities through its grant program during the track’s annual Community Luncheon on Thursday. All of these deserving recipients share the MIS Cares mission to assist and inspire youth in Jackson and Lenawee counties. “We are proud to make a difference in our community thanks to the efforts of MIS Cares through the NASCAR Foundation,” track President Rick Brenner said. “It is because of the generous support of our partners and fans throughout the year that we were able to donate a total of $69,950 to so many deserving organizations in 2016. These efforts will make a year-long impact in our community.” Recipients include: MIS Cares granted the Associated Charities of Lenawee County with $2,500 for its back to school program to provide kids in grades K-12 with basic school supplies as well as shoes and appropriate clothing.   The Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee County received a $5,000 grant for the Project Learn program, with the goal that every member…

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Spring Arbor University Beyond Youth

Spring Arbor University hosts Beyond, an all-night youth event

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — Spring Arbor University will host Beyond, a special event for middle school students, on Friday, November 11, beginning at 7 p.m.  Beyond will create an atmosphere of fellowship and fun for middle school students, and will feature such activities as: worship and message, food and snacks, inflatables, movies, and basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, soccer and video game tournaments. Beyond is an annual and themed event, and is meant to spiritually engage middle school students in purposeful and meaningful ways. This year’s theme is Pressure, through which Beyond will help students explore their faith beyond the American dream, beyond the typical, and beyond the norm. The event will end Saturday morning, November 12, at 7 a.m. The Beyond event is designed and programmed by SAU youth ministry majors, with as many as 50 additional SAU students volunteering during the event. Students with Basic First Aid training will also be present during the event. Cost of attendance is $15 per person, and registration is required. Youth leaders get one free adult registration for every eight youth registrations. Complete health forms are also required. Registration procedure and form downloads can be found at arbor.edu/beyond. For more information, please contact Madison Penwell…

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Cascades golf course

Cascades Hosts Couples Golf & Comedy Night

Cascades Golf Course will be hosting a Couples Golf And Comedy Night featuring comedian Jay Harris on Friday, September 23.  Your're invited for an afternoon and evening of golf, dinner and comedy at Cascades Golf Course.   The format:  9 hole, 4 person scramble, followed by a catered dinner and entertainment featuring comedian Jay Harris.  You may sign up your own 4-some or sign up as a 2-some and Cascades will pair you with another couple.  Small prizes will be given to winning teams and for proximity contests. The shotgun start at 4:30, followed by dinner and entertainment, ending at approximately 9:00.  Cost: $80.00 per couple.  Includes 9 holes with cart, prizes, catered dinner, and entertainment.  Entry deadline:  September 19.  Space limited to the first 20 couples to sign up. Must make payment with entry to secure your spot.  No refunds after entry deadline.  For more information, contact Phil Fischmeister @ 517-768-2916 or pfischme@co.jackson.mi.us. For more information on Jay Harris, visit his website at www.jayharriscomedy.com. You can download the registration form here.

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Extreme Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM Achieves FCA Customer First Award for Excellence

Less than 1 percent of FCA dealerships in the United States were given this elite status Last October, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced criteria for a new designation of car dealer – an elite status of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM and/or FIAT dealership that puts the customer first. Dealers around the nation (there are around 2,600 FCA dealerships in the US) were eligible to earn the inaugural Customer First Award for Excellence in 2016. Extreme Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM was one of 124 dealers in the nation to receive the award. The program required dealers to fulfill very specific requirements relative to customer sales and vehicle service experience. The requirements were aligned with the following five “pillars of excellence.” Customer First Award Pillars of Excellence Facility – Customers consistently find dealerships to be clean, convenient and comfortable. Facilities are certified every six months. Customer Processes – Dealer consistently executes processes for key customer interaction points, such as sales negotiation, delivery and follow up. Performance – Dealer constantly achieves high level of satisfaction from customer sales and service satisfaction surveys. Employee Survey – Survey employees annually, share findings with employees, and act on the feedback and results. Training Certification – Dealership personnel continues to meet training…

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Baker College to Offer Career Exploration Open House

Baker College of Jackson will open its doors to the public, prospective students and students 4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, for a Career Exploration Open House at 2800 Springport Road, Jackson. Registration is recommended, but not required: www.baker.edu/jackson-rsvp or call 517.788.7800. The event will explore Baker College undergraduate programs that lead to careers with growing employment opportunities in the areas of: Business administration. Computer information systems. Engineering/technology. Health sciences. Nursing Human services. There will also be giveaways, and Baker College staff members will be grilling hot dogs for attendees. “This is a one-stop opportunity for people who are considering higher education to obtain their career goals,” said Steve Simpson, Ed.D., Baker College of Jackson president. “Industry experts and faculty will be available to provide insight into each career field and program, perform demonstrations and answer questions.” For each of the career programs offered at the Jackson campus, there will be information about employment opportunities, job responsibilities, salary estimates, the needed or desired professional qualifications and educational requirements. Facility tours will include state-of-the-art laboratories for programs such as nursing, surgical technology, radiation therapy, veterinary technology and cyber defense. Other campus resources that will be open include the Academic Resource Center (ARC),…

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