GVSU To Host Panel Discussion On Faith Traditions In Health Care: Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing will host a panel discussion, “Engaging Faith Traditions in Health Care,” as part of 2012: Year of Interfaith Understanding events. The event is set for Monday, March 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids. It is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors are Grand Valley’s College of Health Professions, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Metro Health and Spectrum Health. A variety of topics will be discussed including spirituality and end-of-life care, how different faiths interact in health care, and connecting with community resources. Cynthia McCurren, dean of KCON, will serve as moderator. Continuing education credits for nursing will be offered. Light refreshments will be available. RSVP by sending an email to Kellie Knight at knightke@gvsu.edu  or by calling (616) 331-5783. The Year of Interfaith Understanding is a community-wide celebration of religious diversity that brings hundreds of events to the area with support from Grand Valley’s Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Grand Rapids Mayor’s office, Grand Rapids Press, WGVU Public Media and Grand Rapids Community Foundation and area campuses, congregations and community organizations.

Keystrata kicks off Premiere After Work Networking Event at Tre Monti Ristorante: Troy-based Keystrata, a provider of business intelligence services and MicroStrategy systems integrator, has partnered with Tre Monti Ristorante at 1695 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, to launch an exciting after work social networking event for IT, data warehousing and business intelligence professionals and leaders. IT Social 5:01 is a premiere networking group comprised of IT, data warehousing and BI professionals from the high tech corridors of Automation Alley, Tech Town, Ann Arbor, and Metropolitan Detroit. These leaders come together for networking, knowledge sharing, and professional career advancement opportunities. Keystrata will host this event at Tre Monti on Wednesday, March 28 from 5:01 to 8 p.m. and will offer participants the opportunity to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine, appetizers, and discounted beverages. They will also be raffling off Detroit Red Wings tickets during the event. There will be no cost for the event, however, in an effort to help feed hungry children in metro Detroit who do not have the means to get the nutrition they need each day, Keystrata will be accepting donations that will be applied to purchasing discounted Vi-Shape shake meals by ViSalus Sciences, a Troy-based company. ViSalus will match every donation and your generosity can help shape the future of our local community. More at www.keystrata.com.

Dearborn Rotary to Host 2nd Annual “Shares & Cares” Breakfast: The Rotary Club of Dearborn will host its second annual “Shares & Cares” breakfast fundraiser on Friday, March 30 at The Fairlane Club in Dearborn. Proceeds from the event will once again benefit the programs of Pro-Literacy Detroit, Michigan’s largest literacy agency which provides services to adult learners at no cost. Last year’s event raised nearly $4,500. “Our members agree that supporting the efforts of Pro-Literacy Detroit, which helps adults learn how to read, benefits everyone in our community,” said John Artis, 2011-12 president of the Rotary Club of Dearborn. It is estimated that 47 percent of metro Detroiters are unable to read and that 44 percent of Michigan adults are unable to read above the fourth grade level. During the past 25 years, Pro-Literacy Detroit has tutored more than 12,000 adult learners and trained over 8,000 tutors to help metro Detroiters over the age of 16 to read. The club is currently seeking table sponsors for the event. Each table provides seating for 10 guests to attend a free breakfast program and hear from Pro-Literacy Detroit CEO Margaret Williamson, volunteers and adult learners. To date, table sponsors include John Artis, Andrea Awada, Margaret Blohm, Rick Goward, Dr, Omar Guevara, Jim Ives, Kerrie Peterson, Darlene Schoolmaster, The Sadr Foundation, Ray Trudeau, Brian Whiston and Margaret Williamson. Rachel Fawaz of Trolley Books, a provider of books and story events for children, will provide decorative table centerpieces including book donations. The cost to become a table sponsor is only $100 which covers the cost of breakfast for the sponsor and nine guests. Breakfast fellowship will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the event will conclude by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 30. For more details about becoming a sponsor or attending the event, please email event chair Amy Bazzy at ajbazzy@comcast.net or call 313-433-0013.


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