1. The Opioid Epidemic

    The U.S. is in the midst of an epidemic. Opioid deaths now exceed automobile related deaths as approximately 90 percent of the global opioid supply is consumed in the U.S. Join us for an enlightening discussion from the many agencies and individuals seeing the impact every day. Our panel will examine – how people become addicted to opioids, the warning signs of abuse, how the police and courts handle drug abusers, the reality in the Emergency Room, alternatives to opioid use and measures you can take to avoid becoming addicted. Presenters include: Dr. Melissa Eiben, Dr. Daniel Farkas, Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig, James Kessler, BSN, RN, Sgt. Dan Langbeen and Angela Bogota.

  2. Secrest Wardle Supports Grand Rapids Area Girls Choral Academy at “Let Their Voice Be Heard” Event

    Secrest Wardle Partner, Amanda Fopma, and Grand Rapids Office Manager and Paralegal, Laurie Weaver, attended the Girls Choral Academy (GCA) “Let Their Voice Be Heard” fundraising event on November 16th, 2017. The 20th season celebration took place at the St. George Banquet Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The dinner event gave those in attendance an opportunity to learn more about GCA’s endeavors to provide girls across west Michigan with the opportunity to learn leadership skills and to elevate their level of self-confidence through music. Secrest Wardle proudly served as a “Member of the Choir” sponsor. Proceeds from the event support a major portion of the organization’s operating budget. Read the rest of this entry »

  3. Oakland University launches ‘Ideas 2 Business’ program

    Oakland University’s (OU) Research Office and the School of Business Administration (SBA) have recently launched the Ideas 2 Business (I2B) program, a real-world, project-based experience connecting students with local businesses.

    The program is an initiative of the newly-formed Mobilization Zone (MZ), focused on mobilizing university knowledge into the public domain for economic and community development. Read the rest of this entry »

  4. Walsh College Launches Innovative Automotive Cybersecurity Concentration to Explore New Industry and Anticipate Future Growth

    Walsh College has announced the launch of an all-new, groundbreaking academic concentration in Automotive Cybersecurity. The program will take an experiential and applied approach to produce qualified automotive cybersecurity professionals with the skills and understanding to help the auto industry secure and expand innovation in the growing field.

    With the addition of multiple networks, computers, and control units within modern vehicles, vehicle cybersecurity has taken center stage. The concentration is an expansion of the College’s innovative Fundamentals of Automotive Cybersecurity course, which was the first of its kind nationally when it launched in spring 2017. The new concentration will go further into the industry with courses such as Advanced Automotive Penetration Testing & Threat Analysis, and Connected Automotive Ecosystems and Threat Analysis, giving students an understanding of the challenges, risks, and opportunities in a rapidly growing industry. Read the rest of this entry »

  5. Attorney William Rosin Joins Dickinson Wright’s Troy Office as a Member

    TROY, Mich., December 5, 2017 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney William L. Rosin has joined the firm’s Troy office as a Member.

    Mr. Rosin has extensive experience in representing national and multi-national corporations in their business transactions. The representation includes counseling clients in the buying and selling of businesses as well as routinely providing legal advice in many other areas of corporate business law including: selecting and creating the appropriate corporate entity, buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements, financing transactions, employment agreements, management agreements, supply and distribution agreements, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, purchase orders, and joint ventures. Many of Mr. Rosin’s clients are in the automotive industry and his years of experience with them makes him uniquely qualified to assist clients in dealing with the issues specific to the automotive industry. His non-automotive experience includes the representation of clients engaged in consulting, sales, investing, manufacturing, lending, among others. Read the rest of this entry »

  6. Innovative Learning Group Recognized as a MichBusiness “Designing Star”

    Innovative Learning Group, Inc. (ILG) has received a Best of MichBusiness award in the category of Designing Stars for its corporate headquarters. The award recognizes those companies that create a great working space.

    “In designing our space, my goal was to provide an environment where we can collaborate; do focused individual work; be comfortable; host our vendors, clients, and colleagues in the learning community; and be inspired to create engaging learning solutions for our clients,” says ILG CEO Lisa Toenniges. Read the rest of this entry »

  7. Attorneys Eric Bartley, Heather Olson, Brian Foley, and Chelsey Marsh Co-Author Community Land Trust Manual

    TROY, Mich., December 5, 2017 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorneys Eric Bartley, Heather Olson, Brian Foley, and Chelsey Marsh co-authored the Community Land Trust Manual, published by Michigan Community Resources.

    The second edition of the Community Land Trust Manual provides overviews of the legal considerations most commonly involved in establishing and maintaining Community Land Trusts. Community Land Trusts are private, nonprofit corporations created to provide secure affordable access to land and housing for the benefit of the community. The manual covers a range of topics from “The Homebuyer’s Guide to Community Land Trusts” to “Primers” for local officials, financial institutions, local assessors, and more. To learn more about the Community Land Trust Manual and to download a copy, please click here. Read the rest of this entry »

  8. Mary Wade Joins Gordon Advisors as a Senior Manager

    Troy, Michigan, December 1, 2017 – Gordon Advisors, P.C. one of Michigan’s leading CPA and Consulting firms, is pleased to announce that Mary Wade, CPA and MST has joined the firm as a Tax Senior Manager. Read the rest of this entry »

  9. OCC Women’s Volleyball Team Tied for MCCAA Eastern Conference Champions

    OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – November 30, 2017 – After a season of playing all teams in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference, the Oakland Community College’s (OCC) Women’s Volleyball team went into the conference tournament and finished Eastern Conference Co-Champions. They share top honors with Mott Community College.
    OCC’s volleyball team ended their season 11-1. Coach Brian Coughenour was clearly excited for his team, particularly as this was his first year as head coach.
    In addition to the team championship, two outstanding players, Autumn Anderson and Emily Jansen, received All-Region, First-Team All MCCAA Eastern Conference and All Freshman Team honors. Anderson was also named the MCCAA Eastern Conference Freshman and Player of the Year. Read the rest of this entry »

  10. From attire to apps, OU’s ISE program prepares students for ‘magical’ experiences at Disney

    From the classroom to the Magic Kingdom, the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at Oakland University is empowering students to pursue their passions.

    “In addition to helping me develop strong leadership skills, my time with the ISE Department at Oakland University equipped me with various technical skills, which I use daily in my data analysis work,” said Kimmy Romstad, a 2014 graduate of OU’s ISE program who is currently working as a costume inventory manager for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, which includes Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.; Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.; and the Disney Cruise Line. Read the rest of this entry »