Good News for June 2016


Olivet College Recognizes Calvin Jones during 20th Annual Leadership Awards

On May 11, Olivet College recognized some of Michigan’s finest leaders as part of its 20th annual Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner, hosted at the Country Club of Lansing. Among the leaders recognized by Olivet College was Calvin Jones. Jones is the director of governmental affairs for the Lansing Board of Water and Light, and serves as a critical link between the utility, city government and the citizens of Lansing. He also oversees the coordination of the annual BWL Chili Cook-Off and Silver Bells in the City. Jones also volunteers his time with multiple organizations in the Lansing area, including the Delta-Waverly Rotary Club, the Lansing Ecnominc Development Corporation and the McLaren Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees, among many others. Jones was chosen for this honor by Olivet University for his leadership and dedication to the community.

Seniors Helping Seniors Receives 2016 Best of Home Care® Provider of Choice Award

Seniors Helping Seniors of Greater Lansing recently announced that it has received the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse. Seniors Helping Seniors is now ranked among a select few home care providers across the country which have proven their ability to provide outstanding care. Best of Home Care Provider of Choice award-winning providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients by conducting live phone interviews with their clients each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent third-party company, it is able to collect honest and unbiased feedback. These award-winning providers have received the highest satisfaction scores from their clients in areas such as professionalism, services provided, compassion of caregivers and overall quality of care. To find out more about Seniors Helping Seniors, please visit or call (517) 332-9953.

MSU Head Coach, Suzy Merchant, and the MSU Eli Broad College of Business Hosted EmpowHER Retreat

Suzy Merchant, head coach of the Michigan State Women’s Basketball team, and the MSU Eli Broad College of Business hosted its first ever Spring 2016 EmpowHER Retreat on April 29 and 30, 2016. This sold out event attracted 150 mid-Michigan girls in grades 5 through 9 and was held at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Mich. The EmpowHER keynote speaker was Elizabeth McCormick, a former U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot and an authority on leadership. The young girls also attended inspiring workshops focused on social media, self-care and dealing with unfriendly friends, classmates and bullies, followed by a relaxing yoga session. Workshop sessions were taught by Stacey Fenton, business consultant and motivational speaker; Kimber Bishop-Yanke, founder of Girls and Boys Empowered; Kathleen Livingston, contemporary circus performer with Violet & Fortuna; Tashmica Torok, executive director of the Firecracker Foundation and Toni Thomas, certified yoga instructor. EmpowHER was created to provide girls from various backgrounds with the tools to find confidence, passion and purpose. The retreat works to build self-confidence in girls by providing interactive workshops concentrated on the importance of self-empowerment, confidence, health and wellness and relationship building. The Spring 2016 EmpowHER Retreat was the first in the mid-Michigan area. Visit to learn more and to find out about future events.


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