Month: November 2012

Michelle Crumm, Ronald Hall appointed to Western Michigan University board of trustees

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Michelle Crumm, of Ann Arbor, and Ronald “Ron” Hall, of Detroit, to the Western Michigan University board of trustees. The eight-person board is the governing body of the university. “Michelle and Ron are outstanding Michiganders and business professionals,” said Snyder. “I am confident they will do great work on behalf of Western Michigan University.” Crumm is owner and CEO of Present Value LLC, where she provides business strategy, forecasting and planning services. She is co-founder and former chief business officer of Adaptive Materials Inc., where she worked for 12 years. Crumm is a board member for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and Arbor Hospice, and is chair of the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. Crumm replaces Larry Tolbert. Hall is chairman and CEO of New Center Stamping and president and CEO of Bridgewater Interiors, both Detroit-based automotive supply companies. He worked for Ford Motor Co. for 15 years, and served as president and CEO of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council and as director of the Minority Economic Development, Detroit Inc. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University. He...

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Hilfinger joins Michigan Economic Development Corporation as chief operating officer

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced chief regulatory officer and director of the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Steve Hilfinger is leaving his post to become chief operating officer at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) effective Dec. 10, 2012. Hilfinger will oversee several internal administrative functions and help drive best practices and operational effectiveness to support business growth and the creation of more and better jobs throughout Michigan. He will continue to play a key role in the state’s Economic Growth Executive Group. “Steve is a highly talented and experienced professional whose strong leadership has been instrumental in our efforts to reinvent Michigan,” said Snyder. “His extensive knowledge of the business and regulatory environment will be great additions to the MEDC team as we continue to transform our state into an innovative, customer-friendly business environment that works better for everyone.” As chief regulatory officer at LARA, Hilfinger had principal oversight of licensing and regulatory functions of the state of Michigan, including: Licensing and Regulatory, Office of Regulatory Reinvention, Michigan Administrative Hearing System, and Employment Security and Workplace Safety. Previously, he focused a 23-year legal career on corporate and securities law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital transactions, debt and equity finance transactions, business formation and corporate governance, and general corporate and contract counseling. A partner at Foley...

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National Portrait Gallery installs “The Network,” by Lincoln Schatz

What:  National Portrait Gallery installs “The Network,” by Lincoln Schatz When:  Tuesday, December 11, 2012 – 9:00am – 10:30am Where:  National Portrait Gallery Eighth and G streets N.W. 9 a.m.: Media arrive for set-up 9:45 a.m.: Speaking program begins 10 a.m.: Work debuts;  Photo-op with artist, Lincoln Schatz, and 37 of the 89 sitters in front of the work 10:10 a.m.: Q&A The National Portrait Gallery has acquired “The Network,” a video portrait by the artist Lincoln Schatz. Called a “generative portrait,” this piece is a single-screen video that constantly recombines 89 interviews with politicians, scientists, innovators and scholars; 37 of the sitters will attend the installation (list follows). The piece will be on view beginning Dec. 11 when the museum opens at 11:30 a.m. At 6 p.m. Schatz will give a talk about the portrait and the process he used to create it. He will also sign books. Note to editors: Still images of the work are available at newsdesk.si.edu. Interested media contact: bentleyb@si.edu. ### SI-510-2012 Bookmark It Hide...

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Something WICKED This Way Comes: Special Performance at the National Museum of American History Announces Donation from Broadway Musical

What:  Something WICKED This Way Comes Special Performance at the National Museum of American History Announces Donation from Broadway Musical When:  Monday, December 17, 2012 – 11:15am Where:  Flag Hall National Museum of American History 14th Street and Madison Drive (Camera setup begins at 11 a.m.) In a special ceremony, Tony award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty will sign the deed of gift for an Elphaba costume and broom from the musical WICKED, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, to the National Museum of American History’s popular culture collections. The costume is currently on display in the “American Stories” exhibition. WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz: one, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood while the other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their journey and how these unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Winner of 35 major awards, including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED has been called “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly. Seen by more than 35 million people, there are seven productions of WICKED worldwide, including two concurrent North American tours. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, and...

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World’s First “Spidernaut” Lands at Smithsonian

Natural History’s Insect Zoo Hosts Live Space-traveling Spider November 29, 2012 The new Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Kirk Johnson, had only been on the job for 26 days when he got an urgent message about a special mission: retrieve the world’s first “Spidernaut.” A jumping spider of the species Phidippus johnsoni recently returned from a 100-day stay in space en route to and as a resident aboard the International Space Station. She is the first jumping spider to return from space and successfully readjust to life on Earth. The spider was the focus of a student-initiated experiment and needed to land somewhere so it could be displayed for audiences to see and enjoy. The National Museum of Natural History’s popular Insect Zoo was a natural choice for the world’s first-ever Spidernaut. Johnson was able to personally escort the Spidernaut from Colorado to Washington, D.C., to take up residence at the museum for the rest of her life. Video: Nefertiti aboard the International Space Station in her experimental habitat (BioServe Space Technologies) “The Insect Zoo is one of our most popular exhibitions, and we are thrilled that having such a great educational space also gives us the opportunity to host a critter as special as this space-traveling spider,” said Johnson. “And don’t think it’s lost on me that the common name for this spider is...

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