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Behind the fireworks: Louters is exemplary teacher

Behind the fireworks: Louters is exemplary teacher

by Myrna Anderson
from http://www.calvin.edu


The boy standing center stage in the darkened auditorium, sporting goggles and an orange T-shirt, is holding what looks like a plate of foam. Standing next to him is a man in a white lab coat, who instructs him, “When you see something happen, don’t react. No smiles, no laughter, no flinching, nothing—like rock.” The man lights the foam. It explodes in the boy’s face, but he doesn’t react. Out in the audience, the kids are screaming, and a few leap to their feet, applauding.

The scene is from a 2011 Vimeo clip, and the man prowling the stage in the white coat is Calvin chemistry professor Larry Louters. In 23 years of “Chem Demos,” he has had a few close calls but no real mishaps as he has revealed to thousands of area middle schoolers the scientific principles behind exploding soda bottles and flaming soap bubbles.

Global Sustainable Partnerships: Bringing Clean Water from GR to Tanzania

Global Sustainable Partnerships: Bringing Clean Water from GR to Tanzania

by Chelsea Slocum of the Modelife

Kim Fogg, founder of Global Sustainable Partnerships(GSP), is a very busy woman. She lives life on the go, split between three places: Washington D.C., Grand Rapids and Tanzania. She is a dynamic woman who, in just one year, has provided 8,000 children with clean water, something they they never had access to prior. And that’s just the beginning. 

The Spark

Rewind back to 2010. Fogg is a success in the corporate world, working for a management consulting firm. For family reasons, she needs to relocate back to her hometown of Grand Rapids. She is subsequently let go from her position in Washington D.C. Shortly thereafter, her father passes away. Fogg is at a crossroads in both her professional and personal life.  

Dakota Shayne: From Books and Cookies to Fitness and Urban Growth

Dakota Shayne: From Books and Cookies to Fitness and Urban Growth

By Lauren Folkes

At 25, Dakota Shayne smartly comprehends how to meld a literacy-based non-profit that partners with local businesses and promotes story time, optimal community fitness and his overarching goals of growing Grand Rapids as a model urbanization center.

Aside from philanthropy, his raison d’etre is fitness. He does marketing and public relations, but he’s also an entrepreneur. Shayne moved to Grand Rapids from Phoenix after experiencing the buzzing creative culture of ArtPrize 2009.

“I really like how Grand Rapids is a model city for urbanization. I see my role, in terms of urban renewal, as promoting it on a basic level. We must focus on wellness and community and really include our whole community within the creative culture. I’m an asset to this community because I understand...

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G-Sync: Riding The High Line To GRR (A New York Love Story)

G-Sync: Riding The High Line To GRR (A New York Love Story)

Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

More flights from Grand Rapids are direct routes to cities that used to be accessible only after often nerve-splitting connections. Today, our city has also been experiencing some other direct connections, both in dialog and substance.

For quite some time, I have been forming a deep and longstanding relationship with New York City. In the days and weeks ahead, Grand Rapids will have new opportunities to create new connections with the East Coast urban center. 

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC), beginning with the 2012/13 Season, has formed a partnership with the New York Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center. New Yorkers David Finckel and Wu Han, Musical America’s December 2011 “Musicians of the Year,” will begin programming the chamber music series at St. Cecilia with artists of the New York Chamber Music Society.

Wyoming Public Schools Employment Opportunities

Wyoming Public Schools Employment Opportunities

In scanning the web this morning, I see there are five employment positions open in the Wyoming Public Schools.

There are two positions open for the Athletic/Activities Department, two positions in the Support area and one position open for a part-time Bus Driver.

To check out the open employment, go to www.wyomingpublicschools.com

Innovating with Chef Ray

Innovating with Chef Ray

By J. Bennett Rylah

Ray Sierengowski is a food scientist. You can call him Chef Ray. He works at the Meijer Innovation Center and Test Kitchen, located at 70 Ionia SW as part of GRid 70. The state-of-the-art facility has everything a group of chefs need to dice, chop, bake, puree, cook, steam, broil and what-have-you a plethora of edibles.

For four years, Ray worked with Sara Lee and Kellogg as lead scientist. Prior to that, he was a corporate chef for Morton's Restaruant. He is a graduate of Oakland University, studying Culinary Arts and Food Science. He also does voiceovers on the side, something you might be able to guess during a casual conversation.