Carrie Rathbun Hawks Named PACE Maker of the Year Carrie Rathbun Hawks, APR was named the 2012 PACE Maker of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America’s Central Michigan Chapter. Rathbun is president of Rathbun Public Relations and has practiced public relations and marketing for almost 21 years. The PACE Maker award is given to one outstanding professional each year who is nominated by their peers. As president of her Laingsburg-based consulting firm, Rathbun’s clients have ranged from telecommunications, waste management and manufacturing companies to economic development, education and healthcare organizations. Rathbun founded Rathbun Public Relations in 2002. Visit www.rathbunpr.com to learn more. M3 Wins Aw ard of Excellence PACE for #MeetMichigan The intrepid journey of the Motion Marketing & Media Special Props (Special Public Relations Opportunities) team to #MeetMichigan last summer has earned them a CMPRSA PACE Award of Excellence award in the “Shoestring Budget” category. The award was given at a ceremony at the Lexington Lansing Hotel, Thursday, April 19. The CMPRSA PACE Awards recognize mid-Michigan’s PR practitioners who have successfully addressed a contemporary issue with professional skill and creativity through PR activities. Over the past two decades, more than 300 organizations, corporations and public and private agencies in mid-Michigan have been recognized. Wharton Center Announces 2012-2013 Season The Wharton Center announced their 2012-2013 30th Anniversary Season. The season offers the best of touring Broadway and an amazing line-up of performing arts.The highlights of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series include the winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, Anything Goes, starring Rachel York. The Broadway season also includes War Horse, Billy Elliot, Sister Act and Catch Me If You Can. This year’s special events include the popular Blue Man Group and Green Day’s American Idiot. Other performances include shows by Sheryl Crow, Lily Tomlin and Sonny Rollins. Returning this season is the World View Lecture Series and a host of other superstars in all the performing arts genres including jazz, classical and world music, dance, variety and much more. For more info www.whartoncenter.com. LAFCU Expands Annual ‘Write to Educate’ Scholarship Contest to Include Community Giving In addition to a $2,500 scholarship to Lansing Community College, the winner of this year’s LAFCU “Write to Educate” Scholarship Contest will choose which local charity gets a $500 boost. The winner will select from four agencies: Capital Area Humane Society, Children’s Miracle Network, EVE (End Violent Encounters) and the Greater Lansing Food Bank. LAFCU, Greater Lansing’s homegrown credit union, awards the scholarship annually to the high school student in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton County who writes the best one-page essay on an assigned topic. This year’s topic is “How do you think college will differ from your high school years?” Essay deadline is May 18. For complete rules and an application, visit lafcu.com/resources/contests.html. GLCVB Welcomes Jessica Cornman The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is pleased to announce it has hired Jessica Cornman as marketing communications coordinator. Cornman holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University and was previously employed with Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. in Lansing as marketing coordinator. In this part-time position with the GLCVB, Cornman will provide general support for the entire Marketing Communications department. “We are really pleased to welcome such a multitalented individual to our staff,” said Lee Hladki, President and CEO of the GLCVB. “Our support staff is critical to our organization’s role of promotingGreater Lansing as a travel destination and I feel Jessica will prove to be a real asset to the team.” MICA Announces Winners of the Annual 2-5-1 Awards The Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) announced the winners of its annual 2-5-1 Community Turnaround Awards at its annual Old Town Stomp party held earlier this spring at Lansing’s Grand Café. MICA is the nonprofit producer of Lansing JazzFest, Old Town BluesFest and Michigan Mosaic Music Festival—all free community events. 2012 Winners: Collaboration Award: Joe McDonald, City of Lansing; Good Neighbor Award: Pablo Maldonado, Pablo’s Panaderia; Broadcast Media Award: Jane Aldrich, WLNSTV 6; Print Media: Anne Erickson, Lansing State Journal; Visual Artist Award: Bruce Thayer; Musician Volunteer Award: Benjamin Hall; New Volunteer Award: Bob Titus; Volunteer of the Year Award: Katie Kiter; Outstanding Supporter Award: Doug Barr; Lights of Michigan Award: David Hollister, Prima Civitas; Game Changer Award: Therese Roth. Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art is a 501(c)3. For more info visit www.micharts.org. JMann Consulting Announces Creation of Rock Star Warriors Michigan Veterans Law and The Rock Star Factory, two Michigan-based companies, have joined forces to form a non-profit called RockStar Warriors. RockStar Warriors will work with veterans to transition the skills acquired through their military service into the skills companies are craving in today’s workplace. Veterans, equipped with employability skills and job seeking tools, will also create the competitive advantage for our veterans to successfully be able to tackle the job market, which is critical to finding and keeping the job. Through creating Veteran Friendly Employer Alliances, RockStar Warriors will also seek to clear the pathway for hiring companies to connect with veterans who are trained and ready to attack the jobseeking market and bring their elite military skills to the workplace.