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My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

Fall Harvest Ballroom Dance

Fall Harvest Ballroom Dance

The Commons of Evergreen present the Fall Harvest Ballroom Dance with music by Pacific Lite on Saturday, October 11th from 7 - 10pm.  Admission is $10 for a Commons member and $15 for Non-members.

Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer or snack to share.

Reservations and payment must be made by Thursday, October 9th.

Evergreen Commons is located at 480 State St. in Holland, MI 49423. Please mail your reservation and check to this address.

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

 

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL

PARTICIPATES IN WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

My Town Holland: Poetry collections by Hope Professor and Former Student Win Gold and Silver

My Town Holland: Poetry collections by Hope Professor and Former Student Win Gold and Silver

HOLLAND, Mich. – Published in the same month by the same press, poetry collections by emeritus professor Jack Ridl of the Hope College English faculty and 1998 Hope graduate Christopher Dombrowski have now earned honors together as well.

Ridl, who taught at Hope from 1971 until retiring in 2006, and Dombrowski, who is one of Ridl’s former students, have received Gold and Silver recognition respectively for poetry in the 2013 IndieFab Awards competition sponsored by “Foreword Reviews” magazine.  Ridl received a Gold Award for his collection “Practicing to Walk Like a Heron,” and Dombrowski received a Silver Award for his collection “Earth Again.”  Both collections were published in February 2013 in the “Made in Michigan Writers Series” of Wayne State University Press.

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

HOLLAND, MIch. – Writing as D.R. James, David James of the Hope College English faculty explores conflict in myriad forms and its aftermath in “Why War,” a chapbook of poetry published recently by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.

“’Why War’ has no question mark, and that is no minor matter, turning the title into something like a Zen koan,” said Fred Marchant, author of the collection's “The Looking House” and “Full Moon Boat.”  Marchant spoke at Hope in February 2012 through the college’s A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series.  “This poetry probes the ‘why war’ we instinctively wage with life.  We demand answers, crave reasons why, especially regarding undeserved suffering.  This collection arcs from the family legacies of war, through the painful dissolution of a marriage, and finally presents a speaker who is ‘beyond compliance, beyond resistance,’ the clarity of truly being in the present,” he explains.

My Town: Book by Hope professor considers "Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics"

My Town: Book by Hope professor considers "Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics"

HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. John Cox of the Hope College English faculty has co-edited “Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics,” a collection of essays by various scholars that consider William Shakespeare’s active role in the intellectual life of his day.

 The book is divided into three sections with four essays in each section: “Shakespeare and Classical Ethics,” “Shakespeare and Christian Ethics,” and “Shakespeare and the Ethical Thinking of Montaigne.”  Cox, who is an internationally recognized Shakespeare scholar, contributed the essay “Shakespeare’s Prayers” to the collection’s second section.

My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Governor Snyder is naming ten more people to a panel in charge of tackling poverty in Michigan.

The Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity is a 12-member commission focused on promoting social and economic opportunities for low-income people.  Those appointed to a one year-term on the commission include Hope College graduate Jacob Maas.  The Grand Rapids native is executive director of the Area Community Services Employment and Training Council. He will represent community action agencies.