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Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum. 

My Town Kalamazoo: $2 million gift means upgrades, scholarships for art school

My Town Kalamazoo: $2 million gift means upgrades, scholarships for art school

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Studio upgrades and a new series of scholarships are coming to the Kirk Newman Art School, thanks to a $2 million gift from a Kalamazoo couple.

Rosemary and John Brown announced their donation to the school during a reception at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts earlier this month.  Kirk Newman, who was a longtime director of the art school, was in attendance.

"Our decision to give to the Kirk Newman Art School at the KIA is based on our admiration of Kirk as a person and on our desire to validate his legacy," said Rosemary Brown. "Our hope is that the school will continue to thrive and to have an ongoing positive influence on the cultural life of the Kalamazoo area."

Planting the seed: Drought-resistant corn developer awarded $500k grant

Planting the seed: Drought-resistant corn developer awarded $500k grant

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Grand Valley State University) — Native Traits Corporation, a start-up bio-technology company in Kalamazoo, received $500,000 in pre-seed funding.

The Bioscience Research and Commercialization Center (BRCC) at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo invested $250,000 and Northern Michigan Angels, an investor group in Traverse City, provided an additional $250,000. The company also received hands-on support from the Michigan Small Business Development Center housed at Grand Valley State University.

Native Traits Corporation is a commercial developer of native traits for the hybrid seed corn industry; the company’s primary focus is the development of genetic traits that can make corn resistant to drought and extreme temperatures.

My Town: Kalamazoo marks a decade of keeping 'The Promise’

My Town: Kalamazoo marks a decade of keeping 'The Promise’

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This year, "The Kalamazoo Promise" community -- where anonymous donors put college education within the reach of every child here -- is celebrating a decade and nearly 4,000 scholarships thus far.

Kalamazoo Public Schools is the district where all high school graduates can count on full-tuition scholarships to any community college, public university or, new this year, a select group of private colleges in Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Promise is the famed initiative that sparked a national movement. Today, more than four dozen communities around the country have sought community transformation through free tuition strategies modeled at some level on the Kalamazoo effort. Most recently, President Barack Obama launched an initiative promoting free tuition for community colleges.

WMU Fraternity “Freezin’ for a Reason” Fundraiser, February 24-26

WMU Fraternity “Freezin’ for a Reason” Fundraiser, February 24-26

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- Members of Western Michigan University’s Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity will camp out for 48 consecutive hours to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, February 24-26. The current weather forecast is calling for highs in the 20s, sub-zero lows, and snow showers. The ATO brothers hope to raise $3,000 and are prepared for the weather, they claim, because they know they will be “freezin’ for a reason.”

The campout will take place at the flag poles in front of the Wesley Foundation from noon on Tuesday, February 24 to noon on Thursday, February 26. The community can visit the campers, learn more about Habitat for Humanity, and, of course, make a donation.

My Town: WMU-Grand Rapids research highlights barriers for women leaders in social work

My Town: WMU-Grand Rapids research highlights barriers for women leaders in social work

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 23, 2015 – Research surrounding barriers for women leaders in social work was recently presented by professors Dr. Barbara Barton and Dr. Dee Sheerwood, along with WMU-Grand Rapids student Courtney Dunsmore, at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas.

The paper, “Falling Silent: Analyzing the Voices of Women Leaders in the Social Work Profession,” qualitatively explores how 10 women experienced support and barriers in their development as leaders within nonprofit organizations, higher education or governmental agencies.

My Town Kalamazoo: Marti Hearron's final gift to WMU establishes a fine arts professorship

My Town Kalamazoo: Marti Hearron's final gift to WMU establishes a fine arts professorship

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After decades of joyfully supporting the fine arts and students at Western Michigan University, the late Martha "Marti" Hearron of Kalamazoo made one final major gift to be revealed only after her death.

Hearron, a renowned biostatistician for the Upjohn Co., died Nov. 29. Her estate included a $2 million gift to WMU that will establish the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professorship. It also will provide funding for some of her favorite arts programs as well as endow a new Medallion Scholarship for students in the fine arts.

The gift, and the fact that the endowed professorship is the first in College of Fine Arts history, were announced Feb. 5 by Dean Daniel Guyette at the college's annual Dance Advocacy Award ceremony that was part of the Winter Gala Dance Concert.