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MICHIGAN — Michigan's top three research universities say they're doing their share to support innovation and to create the talent pipeline behind it.

In one recent report, the University Research Corridor says its members — consisting of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — benchmark well against research clusters nationally in terms of enrollments, graduates with high-tech degrees, research and development expenditures, and technology transfers into the marketplace.

CALEDONIA — An aging population that will increasingly require more care led Davenport University to launch a trio of graduate programs designed to elevate the health care talent level in the Grand Rapids area.

The new master's degree in nursing and master's in occupational therapy, plus a doctorate in physical therapy, are geared for people well into their careers and will offer a mixture of courses to enhance their clinical skills and enable them to move into administration or even higher in a management role.

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University plans to offer a new degree to complement the demands of companies looking for new skilled workers.

Starting in the fall, WMU will roll out its Master of Arts in Leadership for Organizational Learning and Performance program.

For Gazelle Sports co-founder Chris Lampen-Crowell, giving back is all about advocating for a healthier, more active community.

Lampen-Crowell co-founded the small West Michigan-based chain of running and fitness stores in 1985. From the beginning, the retailer focused on building a community of health and fitness conscious individuals.

For Lara Kitts, paying it forward is steadily becoming a full-time job.

Kitts chairs the board of the Family Hope Foundation, a growing all-volunteer organization launched in 2010. The organization works across West Michigan to unburden families that have special needs children.

After a decade of budget slashing in schools and arts groups, starting an arts-based school in Grand Rapids might not seem like a winning proposition, but it's exactly what Grand Rapids Symphony education director Claire VanBrandeghen plans to do.

If Americans know how to do one thing, it's barbeque. For many it's a family tradition, and that's exactly why the second generation, family-owned Miller Welding Supply hosts its annual "Bad to the Bone BBQ Rib Cook-off," an event which benefits Hospice of Michigan.

WEST MICHIGAN — For the first time in recent memory, the state of Michigan is actually adding money back to its higher education budget.

Grand Valley State University's latest venture seeks to grow management talent in the region. 

The university this spring formed the Center for Leadership & Innovation as part of the Seidman College of Business to provide training for middle managers at businesses across West Michigan.

Owners of the Eastown landmark and favorite breakfast spot Wolfgang's Restaurant have partnered with D.A. Blodgett – St. Johns, putting their time and skills into honoring Grand Rapids area foster families.

It was faith and family that inspired John Loeks, president of Celebration Cinemas, to put his business connections to use for children in the West African nation of Sierra Leone.

Pay it Forward - Laurie Beard Founders Bank

Written by | Wednesday, 18 April 2012 09:40 |

For a relatively small company, Founders Bank & Trust does a lot for the community. Every year the bank selects a handful of charities to highlight and offers ways for employees to get involved.

Q&A: David Rosen, Ph.D.

Written by | Friday, 13 April 2012 11:12 |

When Oliver Evans steps down in July as president of Kendall College of Art and Design — the school he’s led for 18 years — he will be succeeded by David Rosen, currently the senior VP and VP of academic affairs at Woodbury University, a private California school. A former professor of English and drama, he also directed academic and small theater productions and is a published writer of fiction and of one rock song, “Valerie,” released by the Greg Kihn Band. Rosen talked with MiBiz about his vision for Kendall.

A new program not only helps members of the community to find affordable housing, but it also serves as a vehicle to teach other people the skills they need for a successful career in the construction industry.

A coalition of Michigan universities aims to accelerate the commercialization of technology developed in their labs by developing a broader talent base that can take a concept to the marketplace.

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