Brenau University's Ana Maria Lopera, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, who received a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education, was one of 190 Women's College students awarded degrees as the class of 2014. Lopez, who immigrated to the U.S. from Columbia when she was 12-years-old, is the first person in her family to graduate with a college degree and is now a second-grade teacher at Fair Street Elementary School in Gainesville, Georgia.
Selena Owens, left, kisses Tony Mattow while firefighters work to staunch a blaze that broke out in the home of Mattow's grandfather on Thursday, Dec. 25 in Jackson. At least one firefighter was injured, but no civilian injuries were reported.
Dena Shepherd of the Mid-Michigan Community Choir cries during a prayer before the group's concert at the Lane Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, Mich. The only requirement to become part of the Mid-Michigan Choir is that you must be an active member of a Christian church and love Jesus Christ.
Members of Brenau University's chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority welcome back Alaina Troha who shed her letters to become a Rho Gamma and help usher new Women's College students to a sorority. Once the new members of each sorority are welcomed during the annual bid day event the "Rho Gams" are reunited with their sisters.
Four-year-old Matthew Wagman, center right, blows kisses as he is held by Mickey Trudell at
the Lyle Torrant Center, while Rose Bishop, left, holds Krista Walker's hand. Thursday the Lyle
Torrant Center held their Cinderella Ball and students from the Torrant and Kit Young Centers
came and danced in the gym. "I think it's awesome," Bishop said. " It's so good for the students
to socialize and communicate."
A tear rolls down Ashley Smilowski's face as she hugs her friend Sarah Merrill while Darcey Ambs looks on from behind. July 31 was the last day she saw her friends and family before heading off to the Lansing MEPS center for processing. Smilowski, who rose through the JROTC ranks in high school, committed to eight years in the Army, five in active duty.
A member of the Woodstock VFW Post 5040 Honor Guard takes a moment before a salute.
Kathy Goodman, recipient of the Hagerman Thompson award, received congratulations from professor Patty Webster and provost Nancy Krippel at Monday's faculty-staff holiday party.
Six-year-old Lilly Schell, bottom right, hugs her 1-year-old sister Myla as her mother Deeann, top right, looks on. The kids in Michelle Chajkowski's K-1 class at Springport Elementary gathered with their parents Wednesday to present paper mache animals they had made and read pages from the book they created titled “You are Special to me.” Schell's page was two lines about her sister: “I love my little sister. She looks up to me.”
Vivian McNish reacts after hearing her the sentence for her son, 19-year-old Christopher Hurst, of 20-40 years in prison. Hurst was charged with first degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony in the death of 21-year-old Romeo Gibson on Apirl 6, 2010.
Scott TenBrink, executive director of the Fitness Council in Jackson, talks with his 3-year-old son Leif. The Fitness Council hosted a high heeled, smart commute bike ride Friday afternoon. The bikers showed up in business attire and high heels to show that you can ride your bike in work clothes.