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University Club Events Benefit Greater Lansing Food Bank

A fter nearly two months of events, the University Club of MSU delivered checks totaling $6,000 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) to help feed those less fortunate, just in time for the Christmas holiday. This gift is the result of the Stella Cash, University Club past president; Cheryl Wald, president of GLFB Board of Directors; MSU Trustee Melanie Foster; State Representative Joan Bauer; Richard Bruner, University Club CEO/general manager; and William Dansby, University Club president.

Proceeds from three recent events held at the University Club. The Food Bank Friday events, which included a gala celebrating the Club’s 80th anniversary and two Souper Bowl Suppers, raised these funds for this local charity.

A blank check was presented to Cheryl Wald, president of the GLFB Board of Directors, at the anniversary gala, the first of the events. Members were challenged to contribute generously and support the subsequent events to raise the final tally.

“The Food Bank is very appreciative and honored to accept this generous contribution,” said Wald. “Your donation will be put to good use, helping hundreds of individuals and families right here in our community. It is especially meaningful during this holiday season, when members of the University Club went that extra mile to help those in need.”

Fundraising for the Food Bank donations began on Friday, November 6, with the Club’s String of Pearls 80th Anniversary Gala. The Club generously donated proceeds from the evening’s event to the cause. It also sponsored two Souper Bowl Suppers on subsequent Food Bank Fridays and encouraged individual donations from members via write-in amounts on dining checks.

GLCVB Announces 2010 Board of Directors

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is proud to announce its newly elected Board Officers for 2010: Cindy Bowen of Lexington Lansing Hotel, chair; Steve Frederickson of the Christman Company, vice-chair; Robert Selig of Capital Region International Airport, secretary-treasurer; Joel Heberlein of Kellogg Center, immediate past chair; Barry Freed of Art Craft Display, Inc.; Thomas M. Collins of Hertz Rent-A-Car; Debbie De Leon, Ingham County Commissioner; Gus Pine of Radisson Hotel – Lansing; Dorothy E. Maxwell of Max Weingar Group; Mike Rice of Lansing Quality Suites Hotel; and Kellie Dean of Dean Transportation/Dean Trailways.

“We are very fortunate to have such a vital, dedicated group of business professionals and community leaders comprising our Board,” said Bureau president Lee Hladki. “I look forward to working with them to promote the Greater Lansing community.”

GLCVB seeks to positively impact the economic well being of the Greater Lansing area by marketing the entire region as a desirable convention and tourism destination.

GLCVB Welcomes New Staff Member

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is pleased to announce it has hired Jennifer Pazdan as visitor services assistant.

Pazdan holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Davenport University and was most recently employed as a project manager with Graduate Medical Education, Inc., in East Lansing. Previously, Pazdan was a project specialist with the Michigan Primary Care Association for seven years.

Pazdan’s role with the GLCVB will be to provide overall project support to the senior vice president and the Convention Services Department.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jennifer to the organization,” said Lee Hladki, president of the GLCVB. “Providing premium service to all of the convention attendees in Greater Lansing is critical to our continued success. We feel Jennifer will be an asset to the team.”

GLCVB seeks to positively impact the economic well being of the Greater Lansing area by marketing the region as a desirable convention and tourism destination.

Sparrow Hospital Recognized as One of Nation’s Best for Nursing Excellence

Sparrow Hospital has earned the nation’s most prestigious honor for nursing achievement and excellence — American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. Considered the gold standard for nursing care in hospitals, status as a Magnet-recognized organization is held by only about 5 percent of America’s hospitals.

“We are absolutely honored with this national recognition,” said Elizabeth Henry, RN, MN, senior vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer. “It truly recognizes the excellent professional practice that Sparrow nurses deliver every day in our community.”

Magnet recognition was granted after a rigorous process that began in 2005 and included multiple stages of review and an on-site appraisal.

“Magnet recognition is a genuine mark of excellence for our nursing program and our entire organization,” said Dennis A. Swan, Sparrow president and CEO. “We thank the whole Sparrow family for their dedication to clinical and service excellence for every patient, every time.”

Capital Region Community Foundation Welcomes Robin Miner-Swartz

The Capital Region Community Foundation has hired Robin Miner-Swartz to a new position as director of communications for the foundation.

Miner-Swartz most recently worked as the Lansing State Journal’s features editor, and she joins the Community Foundation with more than 18 years of experience in local media. She has written the popular restaurant reviews for the newspaper for many years and led the team that won a prestigious 2008 Michigan Press Association Award for lifestyle page design and content. Miner-Swartz also won a national award for specialty reporting for a series of news articles examining the state of the arts in Lansing.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

“Robin Miner-Swartz will be a great asset to our team at the Community Foundation,” said Dennis Fliehman, president & CEO of the Capital Region Community Foundation. “Robin is highly regarded as an outstanding writer, and everyone who knows Robin recognizes she is very creative, has a tremendous amount of energy and possesses extensive knowledge about our region.”


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