Our network

People

Jim Crow Museum creator visits WMU to address teaching tolerance

Jim Crow Museum creator visits WMU to address teaching tolerance

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Western Michigan University)--The creator of an innovative museum containing a large collection of racist artifacts will address teaching tolerance in a visit next week to Western Michigan University.

Dr. David Pilgrim, vice president for diversity and inclusion at Ferris State University, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 2008 of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts. His presentation, free and open to the public, is titled "Using Objects of Intolerance to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice: The Case of the Jim Crow Museum."

Former EGR teacher to help allocate $1.56 billion in state funding

Former EGR teacher to help allocate $1.56 billion in state funding

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  A former East Grand Rapids school teacher is now helping the state improve its health and wellness programs.

Earlier this month, Governor Snyder appointed Susan Jandernoa to the newly created Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board.    The nine-person board is in charge of allocating funding the state collects from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  BCBSM is expected to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years to the Health Endowment Fund.  The funding is meant to improve the health and wellness of state residents, as well as provide a program to help cover the costs of Medicare for senior citizens in need.

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

LANSING, Mich.--  A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is beginning work in West Michigan.

Graduates of the 125th Trooper Recruit School began reporting to their posts Monday.   The class graduated Friday.  Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address during the ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

You don’t have to switch your TV to the Food Network tonight to catch an Iron Chef competition.

Eight teams of student chefs will try to out-cook one another Tuesday, September 24 during the 2013 Cascade Iron Chef competition.   Chefs from the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will prepare gourmet cuisine using the "secret ingredient" for a chance to take home the iron skillet award and a college scholarship.  WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will emcee the competition, which will be judged by a panel of local celebrities.  The judging panel includes:

Can pond scum fuel our future?

Can pond scum fuel our future?

HOLLAND, Mich.—Pond and lake scum might be the key to fueling our future.

Learn how algae can be transformed into a biofuel during a free lecture Wednesday, September 11. Western Michigan University chemistry professor John Miller will present “Algal biofuels: Energy, Environment and Economy” at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, starting at 3:30 p.m. 

According to Miller, algae can yield more biofuel than other plants and is much simpler to process.  Miller says the leftovers can also be used to amend soil.

Wednesday’s presentation is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  For special accommodations, call (517) 432-4499. 

Art Online: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts introduces eMuseum

Art Online: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts introduces eMuseum

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Art lovers no longer need to travel to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to see its entire collection.

Last month, the KIA launched its eMuseum, giving online visitors access to more than 4,200 works of art.  The database is located under the “collection” tab on www.kiarts.org.

"The KIA can now provide access to all of the artwork in our collection, not just the pieces that are on display in our galleries at a given time,” said Robin Goodman, museum registrar. “This is an excellent educational tool for students, scholars and the general public to learn more about our collection, as well as a resource for other museums seeking to borrow works from the KIA for exhibitions."

Three local filmmakers make the cut for Blue Water Film Festival

Three local filmmakers make the cut for Blue Water Film Festival

The works of three West Michigan filmmakers are among the 20 films selected for this year’s Blue Water Film Festival in Port Huron.

The film finalists come from Canada and all over Michigan. Their movies fit a variety of formats, from full-length features to animated short films. They’ll be screened at McMorran Place Theatre Saturday, September 28.  The festival will culiminate that evening with an awards ceremony.

This year’s selections include:

Abed - Ryan Lieske (Bryon Center)

Bone Yard - Scott Galeski (Wyandotte)

Broadcasts from Voyager Prime - Matthew Winne (Ferndale)

Dayplanner of the Dead - John Wisniewski (Farmington)

Dog Tag - Mark Finnell (Ferndale)

Downriver - Tinisha Brugnone (Warren)