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Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

MSUFCU Gifts $5.5M to Michigan State University

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union announced a $5.5 million donation to Michigan State University that will advance three MSU arts programs over five years. The gift from MSUFCU includes $2.5 million for the MSUFCU Arts Power Up Endowment, which will fund two pilot programs: the Power Up arts residencies at the STEAMpower Project and the Power Up to Start-Up program. An additional $2 million will support the MSU Museum CoLab Studio, which evolved from the museum’s partnership with Science Gallery International. Another $1 million will support the College of Music’s MSUFCU DREAM Fund.

“As MSUFCU celebrates 85 years of partnership with MSU, we’re proud of all we have accomplished together on behalf of campus and community,” said MSUFCU President and CEO April Clobes.


Foresight Group Merges with Engineering Graphics

Foresight Group and Engineering Graphics Inc. have merged.

Owned by Mark and Mike Lamond, EGI has served the Lansing area for more than 50 years with grand-format printing and finishing services. By joining forces with Foresight Group, one of the largest printers in mid-Michigan, EGI will further enhance its service offerings, including commercial printing, mailing, large-format display graphics, vehicle graphics, promotional products, sign-making and installations, and access to new technology.

“EGI is proud to join with Foresight Group, an innovative leader in our industry,” said Mark Lamond. “We will be able to offer our customers expanded products and services, along with the quality they have come to expect at affordable prices. It’s a win-win for EGI and our valued clients.”

This is the ninth acquisition for Foresight Group since 2011, having already acquired Huron Valley Printing and Imaging, White Pine Printers, Logan Brothers Printing, Discount One Hour Signs, Goetzcraft Printers, Stamprite and Aldinger Inc., and Higgins Electric Sign Co.


Peckham Named Community Impact Award Winner

Peckham received the Community Impact Award during the Michigan Manufacturers Association MFG Excellence Awards. The Community Impact Award recognizes a manufacturing business that has shown exemplary leadership in serving its community or state.

Peckham was recognized for its commitment to community service and advancing the manufacturing industry in the Lansing, Flint and Charlotte regions.


Bordayo Wins Governor’s Service Award

Priscilla Bordayo, statewide manager for Michigan at Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, was a recent recipient of a Governor’s Service Award.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission honored 10 winners of the 2020-2021 Governor’s Service Awards who supported significant needs and made a difference in food distribution, health or supporting other community issues during the pandemic.

“Through the historic challenges of the last couple of years, countless Michiganders stepped up to support their loved ones. On National Volunteer Recognition Day, we acknowledge those individuals, businesses and organizations that went above and beyond, selflessly devoting their time and resources to make a difference for their fellow Michiganders,” said Whitmer.


Triterra Team Adds Wright and Fountain to the Michigan Team

Triterra, a Michigan-based environmental consulting firm, announced the addition of two new staff members.

Luke Wright joined Triterra as a senior industrial hygienist, working as a part of the industrial hygiene team. Wright acquired a bachelor’s degree in geology from Calvin University in Grand Rapids. Wright focuses on lead inspections/risk assessments, asbestos building inspections, mold investigations and radon assessments.

Vince Fountain joined Triterra as an industrial hygienist, working as a part of the industrial hygiene team. Fountain worked in the construction/restoration industry for roughly 12 years and began his industrial hygiene career in 2019.


R.E. Olds Museum Appoints Schultz as Executive Director

The board of trustees of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum named Sara Schultz as the executive director.

“The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum is primed for new programs and new possibilities. I’m excited to come on board during this pivotal time in its history,” Schultz said.

Schultz has 15 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations, primarily museums. Schultz comes from a four-year directorship role at The American Museum of Magic in Marshall. Prior to that, Schultz was the museum manager of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, priming her for this latest endeavor.

“Sara’s background as executive director of a nonprofit museum combined with experience managing a historic automobile facility will help to further advance the mission of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum. Her accomplishments in her earlier positions make Sara the perfect person to drive the future of the museum and help grow the legacy of R.E. Olds,” said Gary Doty, president of the board of trustees.


Sparrow Eaton Recognizes Honoree for Outstanding Nursing     

Sparrow Eaton Hospital has honored a highly skilled nurse with its first-ever DAISY Award after she comforted an autistic child uneasy about undergoing surgery.

Surgery nurse Emily Bradford was named the DAISY Award honoree based on a nomination from a family member of a patient for her compassion and attentiveness to the autistic child. Bradford, who has worked at Sparrow Eaton since 2016, was recognized for her compassionate care, outstanding nursing skills and always putting patients first.

“Emily exudes patience, understanding and empathy with every patient she cares for,” said Sparrow Eaton Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Tiffany Friar. “She is joyful and reliable, and her team genuinely adores working alongside her. We are incredibly lucky to have nurses like Emily on our local team.

Origami Rehabilitation Achieves CARF Accreditation

Origami Rehabilitation has received the highest level of accreditation following a thorough survey conducted by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Origami was recognized for its serene and therapeutic environment, tenured passionate team, variety of unique specialty services, and for being a “one-stop shop” for all things rehabilitation.


Peckham Receives Award for National Service

Peckham received the National Service Impact Award during the Governor’s Service Awards Nov. 17.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission celebrated numerous individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations who are leaders in volunteerism, service or philanthropy. Peckham was recognized for its success with the AmeriCorps Economic Opportunity Coaching program.

The Economic Opportunity Coaching Program serves people with disabilities, refugees and low-income individuals. The program is designed to assist individuals in gaining financial literacy and employability skills via one-to-one and group coaching sessions. The program has four focus areas: financial literacy, employability skills, adult literacy and tax preparation.