August 2015 Good News


LifeTech Academy Announces Four New Partnerships

LifeTech Academy, a Lansing-based, blended-model cyber public charter school, announced today that it has formed four new strategic partnerships with Greater Lansing businesses and nonprofit organizations — Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC), LAFCU, M3 Group and US Marines. Each partner will function as one of the approved organizations for LifeTech Learners in grades 7-12 to choose from as part of their real world, hands-on, project-based learning experience.

Other partners include Accident Fund, AKEA Web Solutions, Dale Carnegie Training, Douglas J, Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA), Potter Park Zoo and The Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

LifeTech Academy believes in partnering with businesses and nonprofit organizations that want to be influential in the education of youth. For information on the options to become a strategic partner, contact Matthew D. Anderson at (517) 290-3274 or, or visit

LAFCU Vice President Honored as Credit Union Youth Advocate of the Year

Kelli Ellsworth Etchison was honored at the recent annual convention of the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) as the MCUL 2014 Credit Union Youth Advocate of the Year. Ellsworth Etchison is LAFCU’s vice president of community and business development.

This Youth Advocate achievement recognizes a Michigan credit union employee for outstanding contributions that serve youths. Ellsworth Etchison has led the development of several innovative youth outreach efforts, products and services for the mid-Michigan credit union that dramatically expanded during 2014. To learn more about LAFCU, please call (517) 622-6600 or find us online at

Susan G. Komen Michigan’s Jennifer Jurgens Recives Excellence in Staff Leadership Award

Susan G. Komen Michigan Executive Director, Jennifer Jurgens, was honored for her leadership on June 27 by the global breast cancer organization during its Komen Leadership Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas. Jurgens received the “Excellence in Staff Leadership Award,” which recognizes a staff member of a local Komen Affiliate for accomplishments that exceed normal job responsibilities and expectations.

Jurgens was instrumental in the merger of three Michigan Affiliates earlier this year: Mid-Michigan, Southwest Michigan and West Michigan. Jurgensユ leadership was crucial to the consolidation of systems, communications with Komen headquarters in Dallas, TX and ensuring all voices were being heard in the process. In January, Komen Michigan became a legally merged entity with a stronger, broader, more financially stable and dedicated Affiliate known as Komen Michigan.

Individuals who have questions about breast health or need help accessing services can direct their inquiries to Komen Michigan by calling (616) 752-826 or emailing

The Meridian Company Donates $1,000 to Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan

The Meridian Company, an East Lansing-based plumbing, heating, air conditioning and remodeling firm, recently awarded the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan (CBT) with a $1,000 donation through The Meridian Company Community Connections program. This program is a unique and fun way for The Meridian Company to support the wide variety of noble causes in the Lansing region.

Each quarter, The Meridian Company will make a $1,000 donation to a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chosen by the voting public on the company’s Facebook page.

Nominations are now being accepted for the third quarter donation. The nomination deadline is Saturday, August 8. Voting will occur during the months of August and September. The winner of the $1,000 donation will be announced the first week of October. To nominate your favorite local charity, visit and click on The Meridian Company Community Connections banner and submit a nomination form.

For more information about The Meridian Company Community Connections, contact The Meridian Company at (517) 618-0589 or

MSUFCU Employees Raise Over $69,000 for MYOI

MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that after a six-month fundraising initiative, Credit Union employees raised $69,415 for the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI). This is the largest amount ever raised by the Credit Union’s charity committee, surpassing last year’s total of $44,000 raised in support of Haven House. Throughout the charity campaign, MSUFCU employees hosted various internal fundraisers and spent time with the MYOI youth. The Credit Union hosted cooking classes, an ice skating day and a professional clothing drive, which provided many MYOI youth with professional attire to be used for job interviews and in business settings.

MYOI is a program available to Ingham County foster youth that provides mentoring and life skills training. The goal of MYOI is to ensure that young people in foster care have successful outcomes in housing, education, employment, community engagement and health.


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