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Join us for the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP) presentation and poster session on Thursday, December 4, 2014

Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss presentation - 3:30 p.m., Science Building 010
CEAP Poster Session following the presentation (refreshments provided)

Keynote Address:
"Re-envisioning Our Grand River"
--Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss

Grand Rapids has been named an Urban Waters Federal Partnership (one of only 18 in the whole U.S.) and is in the midst of re-imagining two of our city's greatest assets: the Grand River and Downtown. Grand Rapids has embarked on a comprehensive planning process that invites the public to be a part of this historical endeavor. City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss will give an overview of this process, its importance, the complexities and the potential that exists. Following the presentation, student posters of CEAP projects this semester will be on display in the Science Building Atrium along with refreshments.

Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss began serving as Second Ward City Commissioner in January 2006, and was re-elected for a second term in November 2009. Commissioner Bliss is the Director of Residential Services at DA Blodgett - St. John's. St. John's Home provides emergency shelter and residential services for abused and neglected children. Rosalynn earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Alabama and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. In addition, she is certified as a Child Trauma and Loss Consultant and is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University's School of Social Work. Commissioner Bliss is an active member of our community. She is a board member of the YMCA, the Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation, and Dyer-Ives Foundation. She serves as a member Uptown CID, the Kent County Land Bank Authority, the Fulton Street Farmer's Market Redevelopment Committee, and is a City Liaison with the Friends of GR Parks. Rosalynn has been recognized and honored locally as well as statewide for her commitment, dedication and work in the field of child abuse and neglect and her leadership in the community.