Community volunteers work on the new mural on the side of the Fishes and Loaves food pantry across from the Adrian Post Office.

Renaissance and renewal: Adrian mural project brings people together

Earlier today, I stopped by the site of Adrian’s new mural, which is being painted on the side of the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, just across from the Adrian Post Office at the corner of Maumee and Locust. I talked with Martin Moreno, the artist working on the project, about the design for the mural and how it came to be. “The whole theme is revitalization,” said Moreno, an Adrian native and Siena Heights University alumnus who now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. “We asked for input that would revolve around the concepts of revitalization, renewal and renaissance – new life, new beginnings.”

Area residents shared their ideas for the mural at community forums last week, and Moreno synthesized those ideas into a single design. The themes depicted include labor and faith. Continue Reading

Bradley Smith, Rich Robinson and Doug Spade will speak Thursday at Siena Heights University about campaign finance.

Money in politics is topic of Thursday night event at Siena Heights

Bradley Smith, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, is one of several participants in the upcoming “The Business of Elections” panel discussion at Siena Heights University. The panel will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Rueckert Auditorium. Other panelists will include Michigan Campaign Finance Network executive director Rich Robinson and former state Rep. Doug Spade. Smith was appointed FEC chair by former President Bill Clinton and is currently a law professor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Robinson directs the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network, while Spade served as a state representative from 1998-2004. Continue Reading

Free college trips scheduled for 2015

The Lenawee Youth Council and Lenawee College Access Network are planning another series of free college campus visits for local youth. (Click here for a previous story about the visits.) Here are the dates:

Adrian College: April 6. Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Caine Student Center. The tour will end after lunch at 1 p.m.
Siena Heights University: April 25. Meet at 9:45 a.m. on the main floor of Dominican Hall. Continue Reading

People coming downtown after today will notice the familiar red bows on the light posts.

Photos: Getting downtown ready for the holidays

City employees and students from Adrian College and Siena Heights University are out in force downtown today, picking up leaves and changing decorations to get ready for the Christmas season. Mayor Jim Berryman said another group is down at Comstock Park, cleaning up the park and driving stakes for the Comstock Christmas Riverwalk. Continue Reading

A group of Adrian-area students earned college scholarships from TLC Community Credit Union for a marketing project they took on as part of a two-week summer program called iChallengeU. Seated, from left to right, are students Taylor Mohler, Haleigh Galnares, Stephanie Ziviski and Andrea Germain. (Not present was team member Nathaniel Melnik.) Standing, from left to right, are TLC human resources manager Deb Elliott; Bob Tebo, director of the Regional Business Fellowship; Keith Covey, a teacher from Madison High School who worked with the students; TLC CEO Randy Smith; vice president of operations Bob Schrock; and executive vice president of administration Mike Servoss.

Five Adrian-area students earn college scholarships for TLC marketing project

A marketing project for TLC Community Credit Union led to college scholarships for five Adrian-area teens. The students were participants in iChallengeU, a summer educational program organized by the Regional Business Fellowship at South Central Michigan Works. The program, now in its second year, is an intensive two-week educational opportunity in which students form teams to work on problems posed by local businesses, who pay a fee to take part. The students who worked with TLC were Adrian High School seniors Haleigh Galnares, Nathaniel Melnik and Stephanie Ziviski; Adrian graduate Andrea Germain; and Madison High School senior Taylor Mohler. (Germain, Mohler and Ziviski all were dual-enrolled at the LISD Tech Center.) The question TLC posed was how the credit union could get more people of all ages to use its e-services such as its smartphone app and online and mobile banking. Continue Reading

United Way

Lenawee United Way announces newest class for Emerging Leaders program

Lenawee United Way announced today that it has named 16 people to take part in its Emerging Leaders program, which is beginning its seventh year. Founded by Lenawee United Way in 2008, Emerging Leaders is an eight-month leadership development program for professionals between the ages of 22 and 40. “The program teaches leadership skills that they can go right back to their workplace and use,” said United Way executive director Amy Palmer, “but it also teaches community leadership skills such as how to be a good board member.” The members of the 2014-15 Emerging Leaders class are:

Andrea Bailey (Kemner-Iott Agency)
Jenna Borck (Masco Cabinetry)
Juana Chavez-Torres (Brazeway)
Julia DeJonghe (Gurdjian Insurance Group)
Alycia Demey (TLC Community Credit Union)
Amanda Davis (Catholic Charities)
Kimberly Morin (TLC)
Nikki Nyack (First Federal Bank)
Megan Porter (Cambrian Assisted Living)
Angela Raymond (Siena Heights University)
Tino Rebottaro (TLC)
Melissa Sheldon (South Central Michigan Works)
Laura Soto (TLC)
Danielle Stepp (Lenawee County Register of Deeds office)
Josh Van Camp (Gleaner Life Insurance Society)
Lisa Williams (TLC)

The program facilitators are Ashley LaVigne and Jason Borck. Palmer said that of the 76 people who have completed the program so far, 56 percent have changed jobs or been promoted, and 65 percent have joined a nonprofit board or advisory council or run for public office. Continue Reading

Nicole Miller of Palmyra is the first runner-up to Miss Michigan 2014.

Names in the news: Appointments at Adrian College, a Miss Michigan runner-up, a fundraiser for Haiti, and more

A roundup of some recent local names in the news, gathered from around the web … The new Adrian College men’s hockey coach is no stranger to the team. Adam Krug, whose selection as the new head coach was announced Monday, played for the Bulldogs when he was in college. He replaces Ron Fogarty, who was the first coach of the new hockey program and who has accepted a position at Princeton University. Another new appointment at Adrian: The college announced today that Kristen Miller, previously the college’s assistant registrar, has been promoted to registrar. Continue Reading

Siena Heights University's Creative Stages camp begins June 23. This photo is from "A Midsummer Night's Midterm," a youth theater production staged earlier this year to mark the 50th anniversary of Siena Heights' child drama program.

Summer art, music and drama opportunities for kids

Does your son or daughter have a creative streak? Here are some art, music and drama camps and classes you may want to check out for this summer. Creative Stages, Siena Heights University’s summer drama and fine arts camp for students in grades 1-12, runs from June 23 to July 3. Two courses are offered: An Introduction to Creative Theater for grades 1-12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and an Acting and Musical Theater Boot Camp for grades 7-12 from 1-4 p.m. Click here for more information. Art Rocks Kids, Adrian College’s arts camp, takes place the week of July 14-18. Continue Reading

Ken Thompson accepts the 2014 Lenawee Arts Award. He was introduced by fellow artist and longtime friend Tom Rudd and by Jere Righter, artistic director of the Croswell.

Ken Thompson presented with Lenawee Arts Award at annual Croswell benefit

Seven years ago, sculptor Ken Thompson designed an award that would be given each year to a distinguished artists or supporter of the arts in Lenawee County. That project came full circle Friday night at the Croswell Opera House’s annual Great Big Night fundraiser, as Thompson himself became the 2014 recipient of the Lenawee Arts Award. Thompson is the owner of Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Art Galleries in Blissfield and the founder of the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, which has led to rotating large-scale public art installations in towns across the region, including Adrian and Tecumseh. “Many, many sculptors are really indebted to Ken Thompson,” his longtime friend Tom Rudd said, introducing Thompson before opening night of the Croswell’s production of “Oliver!” Thompson said he’s “so happy to now be included in this group.” Continue Reading

Both of Adrian's private colleges are now part of the Kalamazoo Promise.

15 private colleges, including Adrian and Siena Heights, join Kalamazoo Promise

The Kalamazoo Promise — which since 2006 has guaranteed to pay 100 percent of tuition at Michigan’s state colleges and universities for students who attended grades K-12 in Kalamazoo public schools — is expanding. Fifteen private colleges and universities are joining the list of schools that Kalamazoo graduates can attend for free, including Adrian College and Siena Heights University. Both schools are part of the Michigan Colleges Alliance, a network of private schools. According to Julie Mack of the Kalamazoo Gazette, the MCA approached trustees of the Kalamazoo Promise with several goals in mind, including reaching more students, promoting Michigan’s private colleges to a wider audience, becoming associated with a program that has nationwide recognition, and showing a commitment to serving low-income and minority students. The colleges have agreed to lower their tuition for students who come in as part of the Kalamazoo Promise. Here are some details about how it will work, according to the MCA:
Beginning in fall of 2015, students may use their Kalamazoo Promise scholarship to attend any one of the MCA liberal arts colleges and universities in Michigan. Continue Reading