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WMASSP PROGRAM YEAR 2021 / 2022

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Topic: Weed in the Workplace – Current Trends

Presenter: Andrew A. Cascini


Wednesday, October 6th, 2021                                                                                  

Topic: Networking/Social: Founders Brewing Co: Centennial Room

Host: Kasey Wesley, GSP, EHS Coordinator at Founders Brewing Co., and Chapter Education Chair


Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Topic: Making the World Safer Through Technology & Data Click this link to view recorded session  

Presenter: Mr. Tom West


Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Topic: GVSU/OSHM Student 2021 Summer Internship Presentations

Presenter:  Courtney Aloul, Affiliate Professor


Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

Topic: Construction Safety – Assembly and Disassembly of Crawler Cranes

Presenters: Josh Frantz, Phu Nguyen, Dick Moore & Rich DeLeau


Tuesday, February 22rd, 2022

Topic: Scaffolding – Raising the Bar on Mast Climber Safety Click link to view recorded session.

Presenter: Mr. Clint Bridges – Click to view Presentation slides.


Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Topic: DOT – What’s New FMCSA Updates Safety Management System (SMS) Website

Presenters: Matthew A. Kinnucan, Motor Carrier Safety Administrator at FMSCA and Brittany DeVries, COSS,  N.A. Transportation Safety & Compliance Manager at GFS

Click links below to view Presentation and video

FMCSA Michigan Division Outreach Presentation Slides
WM-ASSP March 2022 Meeting FMCSA Safety Management System (SMS) Video


Tuesday & Wednesday, April 12th & 13th, 2022

Topic: 2022 Michigan Safety Conference


Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

Topic: Facility Tour –  The New Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Presenters: Dir. Frederick Schaible, Deputy Director of the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, and Dir.Tiffany Carr, Community Relations


Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Topic: VIII Annual Student Scholarship Golf Outing

Presenter: Bryan Hornik, Golf Event Chair & Immediate Past Chapter President

2021 The Outstanding Student Section Award

According to the award committee, The Outstanding Student Section Award recognizes and encourages the activities of the established ASSP student sections at colleges and universities, honoring those sections that make the most significant contributions towards advancing safety education and research. Under the West Michigan Chapter and the leadership of the Facility Advisors:  Prof. David Huizen, Ph.D, CIH and Prof. Derek McCormick, J.D., CSP, the ASSP/Grand Valley State University  Student Section received a $500.00 stipend from the ASSP Society. Congrats to all.

The Outstanding Student Section Award
Representing the Student Section L-R: Morgan McGrew, S.S. Secretary; Zach Milulec, Past S.S. Vice-President and current Awards & Honors Chair officer; Preston Janeski-Demlow, OSHM student; Jared Nurenberg, S.S. President, Dan Mullens, S.S. Treasurer; and Kasey Wesley, Past S.S. President and current Chapter Education/Program Chair Officer.

2021 ASSP’s Regional Safety Professional of the Year (SPY)

Jim McGlothlin ASSP SPY July 2021
Jim McGlothlin ASSP SPY July 2021

2021 ASSP’s Regional Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award recipient: James D. McGlothlin.

This award recognizes a safety professional who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the safety field. While also making significant contributions to advancing the profession.

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2021 WMASSP VII Annual Chapter Student Scholarship Golf Outing

Grainger Team wins First-place prize of 4 rounds of golf at the Meadows. Winners of the “Longest Drive” and “Closest to the Pin” received $25 for the Meadows Clubhouse.

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Chapter & Student Section Mentor Mentee Program Off to an Exciting Start

Last night we had our ‘first meet and greet’ Mentor/Mentee kick-off event held at the Knickerbocker in downtown Grand Rapids. At this table are Mentor Todd Wiggelsworth – Mentee Ryan Harrower; Mentor Nick Miedema – Mentee Isaac Vander Molen, along with Education Chair Kasey Wesley and her committee member Rich DeLeau.

Chapter & Student Section Mentor Mentee Program Off to an Exciting Start
At this table are Mentor Todd Wiggelsworth – Mentee Ryan Harrower; Mentor Nick Miedema – Mentee Isaac Vander Molen, along with Education Chair Kasey Wesley and her committee member Rich DeLeau.

The Mentors/Mentees were each given a Mentorship Action Plan. In this action plan they had to come up with an agreed upon Goals and what Plans would need to be developed to ensure their goals are met by the end of the program. The Program is a formal 10-week commitment. Afterwards, it’s up to each pair if they would like to continue on an informal basis.”

Program Chair, Kasey Wesley had this to say, “I am eager to roll out this mentorship program and continue building closer bonds with our student chapter, GVSU ASSP. While meeting with the mentor volunteers and the student mentees for our programs first meet and greet, I could feel the excitement in the air and know that this is the start of something spectacular! This program will prove to be valuable and beneficial to not only the mentees, but the mentors as well. Thankful for all of those who have committed their time to helping our students and young safety professionals, and have offered to share their wisdom and experience within the safety world. Looking forward to the continued growth of this mentorship program in upcoming semesters!”