Students from Rockford and Sparta high schools were awarded the honor of being accepted into a highly competitive summer science program hosted by Ferris State University (FSU) and CVS Pharmacy this past summer. These students got the opportunity to learn about pharmacy, drug design, chemistry and science by working in local CVS pharmacies as well as Dr. Boncher’s research laboratory at FSU. Among the brightest and most talented of the Rockford and Sparta area, these students got the opportunity to work right next to pharmacists in area pharmacies and learn about drug interactions, filling of prescriptions as well as day-to-day operations in a pharmacy. After this experience, they traveled up to Big Rapids and got involved in diabetic research synthesizing analogues to better improve upon drugs such as Avandia. While at FSU, they also learned how products such as toothpaste, Chapstick and various gels are made. Students presented all their work at Kendall College of Art and Design after the completion of the summer program. “These students were such fun to work with and their excitement, passion and curiosity for learning is very refreshing,” said Dr. Boncher.
Kendall College of Art and Design
Kendall College of Art and Design recently announced the winner of the college’s Excellence Award for the Art Education program of study is graduating senior, Christopher Bruce of Imlay City, Mich. Four years ago, Bruce moved to Grand Rapids from the east side of the state to pursue an education at Kendall. While studying at Kendall he has found that a love of learning, he believes, is a natural part of us all. As one of 271 graduating seniors in the 2011 class, with a bachelor of fine arts; art education, he hopes to continue his goal to advocate for the promotion of literacy through the visual arts. Currently Bruce is an art educator at the Rockford Freshman Center. While working there he has designed and implemented curriculum based on state and national standards, rewrote district-wide common assessments to align with course objectives, and he has updated the classroom environment and procedures to better serve the needs of the students. He is also an education program assistant at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. His objective there is to design and implement creative and educationally sound lesson plans for a wide range of ages.
Several art students from Rockford High School (RHS) will be recognized as regional winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards competition. The ceremony will be held at St. Cecilia’s Music Society at 2 p.m. on January 30, 2011, with a reception following at the Kendall College of Art and Design. Gold Key awards will be given to Shelby Blackmore for photography and her art portfolio, Spencer High for a painting, and Jordan Rookus for ceramics and glass. Silver Key awards will go to Sydney Benda for her art portfolio, Shelby Blackmore for drawing, Emily Frew (Reed City High School) for her art portfolio, Eric Henderson for ceramics and glass, Hanna Reierson for ceramics and glass, and Sarah Verbrugge for jewelry. These students currently have their artwork on display at the Kendall College Art Gallery until the end of the month. The Scholastic Art Awards are an annual juried competition open to seventh- through 12th-graders in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories. Past recipients of national prizes include actor-director Robert Redford, artist Andy Warhol and other noteworthy people. This year, the work of Blackmore, High and Rookus will be representing RHS in the national competition held in New York. For more information, please contact RHS art instructor Barb Kent at (616) 863-6030.