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Professional highlights form the Great Lakes Bay Region

Midland Center for the Arts Rates Among Top Venues In its latest edition, Pollstar Magazine rates the Midland Center for the Arts as one of the top theater venues in the world based on ticket sales. “The center is a community cornerstone with a storied past in the community and the arts industry,” said Terri Trotter, president and CEO of the Midland Center for the Arts, “And over the last few years, we have been working to augment our programming to ensure that we use this great facility to its fullest potential to serve residents of Midland, the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond. The introduction of national touting Broadway productions along with acclaimed singers, comedians and artists are making Midland Center a popular destination for people from all over mid-Michigan and the state, and it’s nice to see that reflected in the Pollstar ranking.” The Pollstar ranking is announced annually and is considered to be the leading report for touring artists, booking agencies, promoters and presenters in the United States and beyond. Ranking at 168 of 200 worldwide venues for 2019, the Midland Center for the Arts claims its spot on the chart for the first time in its history. Associated Builders and Contractors Appoints Leadership The Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter announced new board of directors leadership for 2020. The incoming offers are Chairman Ken Misiewicz of Pleune Service Co., Vice Chairman Shawn Pnacek of Great Lakes Bay Construction, Secretary Brian Stadler of Wolgast Corp., Treasurer Mike Laundra of Alloy Construction Service Inc., Past Chairman Jason Johnson of J.E. Johnson, Executive Emeritus Ed Tanzini of the Tancor Corp. and Lansing Council Glenn Hengesbach of Albin Hengesbach Carpentry & Cust. Cabinets Inc.The rest of the board includes Jon Lynch of Three Rivers Corp., Erick Forshee of Fisher Cos., Derrik Mills of United Rentals, Mike Tenniswood of American Plumbing, Mike Parsons of Valley Electrical Contractors Inc., Mike Laundra of Alloy Construction Service Inc., Doug Shafer of Shafer Redi-Mix, Jeff Kipfmiller of Answer Heating and Cooling, Dave Mollitor of Consolidated Electrical Contractors, and Steve Russell of A/C Electric.   Tennis Association Named CTA of the Year The Bay Community Tennis Association has been named the 2019 recipient of the Northeastern Michigan CTA of the Year Award. The CTA of the Year Award honors the organization that successfully promotes and grows the game of tennis in its community by demonstrating excellence through a variety of criteria. “The Bay Community Tennis Association opened the new Janet Jopke Tennis Courts at Richard Shaw Park to much fanfare in June of 2019,” said Joe Ricard, president of the Bay Community Tennis Association. “Approximately 175 donors committed to the project, some with donations as small as $25; however, from the beginning, the BCTA was intent on making this a park for the entire community and was clear that all donations would be greatly appreciated. “The Bay Community Tennis Association is a model for collaborative community efforts,” he added. “The local YMCA, private donors, local foundations, the USTA, the local school district, local laborers, county government – all are responsible for providing the Bay City-area community with what has been called the best outdoor tennis courts in the state.”   SVSU Hosts Regional Health Conference The Bay Community Tennis Association has been named the 2019 recipient of the Northeastern Michigan CTA of the Year Award. The CTA of the Year Award honors the organization that successfully promotes and grows the game of tennis in its community by demonstrating excellence through a variety of criteria. “The Bay Community Tennis Association opened the new Janet Jopke Tennis Courts at Richard Shaw Park to much fanfare in June of 2019,” said Joe Ricard, president of the Bay Community Tennis Association. “Approximately 175 donors committed to the project, some with donations as small as $25; however, from the beginning, the BCTA was intent on making this a park for the entire community and was clear that all donations would be greatly appreciated. “The Bay Community Tennis Association is a model for collaborative community efforts,” he added. “The local YMCA, private donors, local foundations, the USTA, the local school district, local laborers, county government – all are responsible for providing the Bay City-area community with what has been called the best outdoor tennis courts in the state.”   Home Builders Association Announces Board The Home Builders Association of Saginaw has announced its 2020 board of directors. The induction took place Jan. 15. The new board officers are Michele Bueker of Bueker Development, president; Jeffrey Nicklyn of Nicklyn Builders, vice president; James Boufford of Boufford Builders, treasurer; and Steven Zietz of Zietz Builders, past president. The remainder of the board includes Kevin Kerns of Kerns Custom Homes, Michael Tribble of Yeo & Yeo, Jake DeMitchell of Jason DeMitchell Home Building, Timothy Gohm of Gohm Insurance Restoration, David Schauman of Schauman Construction, Tracy Reimus of Lake Michigan Credit Union, Dan Wortman of My Member Insurance, Debra Beffrey of Credit Services of Michigan, Ron Schauman of Schauman Development, Jeffery Tithof of Tithof Construction, Michael Booker of Marlo Build & Remodel, Louie Pomaville of R&R Drywall Insulation and Keith Henderson of Carter Lumber.   Fellowship to Support Research in Math Theory, Stereotypes Established in 2005, the Braun Fellowship program was created through a $1.5 million endowment from the Saginaw-based Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation with a purpose of recognizing exceptional accomplishments and potential of Saginaw Valley State University faculty and staff. Every year, two SVSU faculty members are chosen by the Braun Fellowship to cultivate their research and support scholarly pursuits that assist communities all over the world. This year, Olivier Heubo-Kwegna, professor of mathematics, and Ross Singer, associate professor of communication, received these grants to help further their respective research projects that explore a nearly century-old math theory as well as gender-based stereotypes in environmentalism. The Braun Fellowship program awards $37,500 over three years in funding for a research project for each recipient, support that includes funding for research tools, expenses, equipment and travel.   SVSU Hires New Dean of Education Saginaw Valley State University has hired James Tarr to serve as the new dean of the institution’s College of Education. Tarr joined SVSU after more than three decades spent working as a teacher, researcher and faculty leader at the K-12 and higher education levels, including most recently at the University of Missouri. Tarr said he was excited for the opportunity to join an institution with SVSU’s strong reputation for empowering individuals in the education sector. “As dean, I will support SVSU’s outstanding faculty and staff in delivering high-quality programs, engaging with local communities, and producing scholarship that informs practice and addresses important societal challenges,” Tarr said.

Professional highlights form the Great Lakes Bay Region

Midland Center for the Arts Rates Among Top Venues
In its latest edition, Pollstar Magazine rates the Midland Center for the Arts as one of the top theater venues in the world based on ticket sales.

“The center is a community cornerstone with a storied past in the community and the arts industry,” said Terri Trotter, president and CEO of the Midland Center for the Arts, “And over the last few years, we have been working to augment our programming to ensure that we use this great facility to its fullest potential to serve residents of Midland, the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond. The introduction of national touting Broadway productions along with acclaimed singers, comedians and artists are making Midland Center a popular destination for people from all over mid-Michigan and the state, and it’s nice to see that reflected in the Pollstar ranking.”

The Pollstar ranking is announced annually and is considered to be the leading report for touring artists, booking agencies, promoters and presenters in the United States and beyond. Ranking at 168 of 200 worldwide venues for 2019, the Midland Center for the Arts claims its spot on the chart for the first time in its history.

Associated Builders and Contractors Appoints Leadership
The Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter announced new board of directors leadership for 2020. The incoming offers are Chairman Ken Misiewicz of Pleune Service Co., Vice Chairman Shawn Pnacek of Great Lakes Bay Construction, Secretary Brian Stadler of Wolgast Corp., Treasurer Mike Laundra of Alloy Construction Service Inc., Past Chairman Jason Johnson of J.E. Johnson, Executive Emeritus Ed Tanzini of the Tancor Corp. and Lansing Council Glenn Hengesbach of Albin Hengesbach Carpentry & Cust. Cabinets Inc.The rest of the board includes Jon Lynch of Three Rivers Corp., Erick Forshee of Fisher Cos., Derrik Mills of United Rentals, Mike Tenniswood of American Plumbing, Mike Parsons of Valley Electrical Contractors Inc., Mike Laundra of Alloy Construction Service Inc., Doug Shafer of Shafer Redi-Mix, Jeff Kipfmiller of Answer Heating and Cooling, Dave Mollitor of Consolidated Electrical Contractors, and Steve Russell of A/C Electric.

 

Tennis Association Named CTA of the Year
The Bay Community Tennis Association has been named the 2019 recipient of the Northeastern Michigan CTA of the Year Award. The CTA of the Year Award honors the organization that successfully promotes and grows the game of tennis in its community by demonstrating excellence through a variety of criteria.

“The Bay Community Tennis Association opened the new Janet Jopke Tennis Courts at Richard Shaw Park to much fanfare in June of 2019,” said Joe Ricard, president of the Bay Community Tennis Association. “Approximately 175 donors committed to the project, some with donations as small as $25; however, from the beginning, the BCTA was intent on making this a park for the entire community and was clear that all donations would be greatly appreciated.

“The Bay Community Tennis Association is a model for collaborative community efforts,” he added. “The local YMCA, private donors, local foundations, the USTA, the local school district, local laborers, county government – all are responsible for providing the Bay City-area community with what has been called the best outdoor tennis courts in the state.”

 

SVSU Hosts Regional Health Conference
The Bay Community Tennis Association has been named the 2019 recipient of the Northeastern Michigan CTA of the Year Award. The CTA of the Year Award honors the organization that successfully promotes and grows the game of tennis in its community by demonstrating excellence through a variety of criteria.

“The Bay Community Tennis Association opened the new Janet Jopke Tennis Courts at Richard Shaw Park to much fanfare in June of 2019,” said Joe Ricard, president of the Bay Community Tennis Association. “Approximately 175 donors committed to the project, some with donations as small as $25; however, from the beginning, the BCTA was intent on making this a park for the entire community and was clear that all donations would be greatly appreciated.

“The Bay Community Tennis Association is a model for collaborative community efforts,” he added. “The local YMCA, private donors, local foundations, the USTA, the local school district, local laborers, county government – all are responsible for providing the Bay City-area community with what has been called the best outdoor tennis courts in the state.”

 

Home Builders Association Announces Board
The Home Builders Association of Saginaw has announced its 2020 board of directors. The induction took place Jan. 15. The new board officers are Michele Bueker of Bueker Development, president; Jeffrey Nicklyn of Nicklyn Builders, vice president; James Boufford of Boufford Builders, treasurer; and Steven Zietz of Zietz Builders, past president.

The remainder of the board includes Kevin Kerns of Kerns Custom Homes, Michael Tribble of Yeo & Yeo, Jake DeMitchell of Jason DeMitchell Home Building, Timothy Gohm of Gohm Insurance Restoration, David Schauman of Schauman Construction, Tracy Reimus of Lake Michigan Credit Union, Dan Wortman of My Member Insurance, Debra Beffrey of Credit Services of Michigan, Ron Schauman of Schauman Development, Jeffery Tithof of Tithof Construction, Michael Booker of Marlo Build & Remodel, Louie Pomaville of R&R Drywall Insulation and Keith Henderson of Carter Lumber.

 

Fellowship to Support Research in Math Theory, Stereotypes
Established in 2005, the Braun Fellowship program was created through a $1.5 million endowment from the Saginaw-based Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation with a purpose of recognizing exceptional accomplishments and potential of Saginaw Valley State University faculty and staff.

Every year, two SVSU faculty members are chosen by the Braun Fellowship to cultivate their research and support scholarly pursuits that assist communities all over the world.
This year, Olivier Heubo-Kwegna, professor of mathematics, and Ross Singer, associate professor of communication, received these grants to help further their respective research projects that explore a nearly century-old math theory as well as gender-based stereotypes in environmentalism.

The Braun Fellowship program awards $37,500 over three years in funding for a research project for each recipient, support that includes funding for research tools, expenses, equipment and travel.

 

SVSU Hires New Dean of Education
Saginaw Valley State University has hired James Tarr to serve as the new dean of the institution’s College of Education.

Tarr joined SVSU after more than three decades spent working as a teacher, researcher and faculty leader at the K-12 and higher education levels, including most recently at the University of Missouri.

Tarr said he was excited for the opportunity to join an institution with SVSU’s strong reputation for empowering individuals in the education sector.

“As dean, I will support SVSU’s outstanding faculty and staff in delivering high-quality programs, engaging with local communities, and producing scholarship that informs practice and addresses important societal challenges,” Tarr said.

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