n To Roberta Teahen of Traverse City, an associate provost for academic affairs at Ferris State University, who was named the 2014 recipient of the Athena award for Athena Grand Traverse. Teahen spent 25 years at Northwestern Michigan College as a business instructor and then co-founder and director of the Center for Business and Industry; she ws later dean of workforce development. Athena is an international awards program that recognizes women who have worked to create leadership opportunities for women.
n To the city of Traverse City, the Village of Kingsley and Frankfort, which were among 125 Michigan communities certified as “Tree City USA” for their work in 2013. The recognition goes to municipalities that promote community forestry. Cities and villages must have a board or department that oversees tree care, a tree ordinance, an official Arbor Day celebration and proclamation, and a public tree care budget of at least $2 per capita.
n To the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, which hired Michael Long as its new executive director to replace John Noonan, who resigned in January after leading the museum for 11 years. Long will start May 8. Long was executive director at Jefferson County Administrators Association in Colorado, a professional membership association for leaders in Jefferson County Public Schools.
n To Ty and Johanna Schmidt for founding Norte! TC, an organization that encourages youth to become life-long cyclists. Norte! TC is a partnership with McLain Cycle and Fitness and The Little Fleet to sponsor weekly, casual, family community bike rides throughout the summer months. Riders will meet at 5:45 p.m. each Wednesday at McLain’s, 750 E. Eighth St.
n To the Minervini Group, the developers of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. for completing the renovation of the former chapel at the Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital on the second floor of Building 50 into Kirkbride Hall. The renovation took almost eight months. Kirkbride Hall, named after the physician who conceived the design of the former state hospita, will function as a gathering and event space.