Olivet College Offers Cultivating Women Leaders Inaugural Event

Olivet College’s Women’s Leadership
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In 2016, Margaret Ann Dimond took on a new role as president and chief executive officer of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. On the board of several prestigious organizations, Margaret Ann Dimond sits on the advisory council of Olivet College’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and was a speaker at its inaugural Cultivating Women Leaders event.

Located in Olivet, Michigan, Olivet College began almost 175 years ago, and its founders believed that education should be available to all students. The college remains dedicated to impacting students, especially young women, with the help of strong female leadership. It seeks to inspire female students to become exceptional leaders and does this with the help of its Women’s Leadership Initiative and its new event.

The Cultivating Women Leaders annual event, which occurred on March 3, 2017, was established to inspire young women to realize their potential as strong leaders. The day-long program gave current and prospective students an opportunity to garner the necessary tools and resources to become leaders. Women business leaders in the state of Michigan gathered alongside Olivet College alumnae to give students the skills to overcome obstacles in the community and workplace. The 2018 event is scheduled for March 3.


Michigan Humane Society Gives Winter Care Tips for Pets

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Winter Care Tips
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Margaret Ann Dimond teaches at Michigan State University, where she serves as an assistant professor and provides instruction in areas such as organizational and nonprofit administration. Outside of her academic career, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the efforts of the Michigan Humane Society.

During the winter months, it is usually not good for pets to be left outside for extended time periods. While some animals can stay outside in near-zero temperatures, the Michigan Humane Society recommends that all pet owners bring their pets inside for the winter. Under state law, pets that are left outside, even during non-winter months, must have access to necessities such as shelter, water, and food.

During the winter months, cats that typically roam around neighborhoods often seek warm places to hide. One popular spot for felines is in car engines, so be sure to check there before starting the car to make sure a cat hasn’t settled in there to stay warm. For family pets that stay outside, make sure their water supply remains unfrozen and check ears as well as paws regularly. If these body parts are pale, the animal may have frostbite and needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Helping Your Dog with Its Fears


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Graduate professor and researcher Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches courses on organizational leadership and nonprofit administration. A longtime dog lover, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the Michigan Humane Society, which publishes an abundance of information related to pet behavior.

Early in life, dogs can display fear corresponding to certain external stimuli or perhaps to a specific person or situation. Rescued animals often exhibit fearful responses when they are in an environment that reminds them of an abusive situation. Once these fears have become manifest, it is important to address them immediately before they exacerbate and become more serious.

Initially, it is important to resist the urge to provide immediate comfort to a dog when it displays fear. It may seem counterintuitive, but by petting the dog, the owner is reinforcing an unhelpful cycle by “rewarding” the animal for being fearful.

Instead, a common method of addressing fear in dogs is by implementing a thorough desensitization process. Owners do this by systematically exposing the dog to smaller versions of its fears while repeating “trick and reward” activities during the exposure. It’s important to start small with this process. Only escalate the desensitization process once the dog has shown it is comfortable with the current level of stimulus.

If a dog has become so fearful of a particular person, or types of people, that it has become aggressive, owners are encouraged to seek the help of a dog behavior professional rather than try to tackle the issue on their own.

Leader Dogs for the Blind Opens New Facility

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Leader Dogs for the Blind
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An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Margaret Ann Dimond is an avid supporter of animal rescue organizations. In her local community, Margaret Ann Dimond serves as a board member with Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that helps train dogs to assist individuals with visual impairments and disabilities.

Leader Dogs for the Blind recently invited the public to tour its newly opened Canine Development Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan, at the corner of Rochester and Avon roads.

The 75,000-square-foot facility cost $14.5 million to build and takes the place of the on-site kennels the organization previously used. The new facility is home to 255 kennels and will be used to breed, train, and care for the organization’s current and future animals. It is expected the new center will provide a less stressful environment in which to train the dogs, as well as help them to better socialize with one another.

Leader Dogs for the Blind has helped more than 14,500 people become more independent with the use of assistance animals for mobility.

To learn more about Leader Dogs for the Blind, visit www.leaderdog.org.

Leader Dogs Teach Human Leaders

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Leader Dogs for the Blind
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Before she became the CEO and president of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Margaret Ann Dimond worked as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Outside of her career, Margaret Ann Dimond is involved in Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Leader Dogs for the Blind hosts Harness the Power of Leadership, a one-day business leadership training program designed for entry- or mid-level managers and newly formed teams. The training involves dogs and uses the relationship between guide dog and owner as a starting point.

Each participant is assigned a leader dog. As a team, both the dog and the person must learn to communicate with and trust each other. The experience emphasizes the importance of giving clear instructions and positive reinforcement. Work with the dogs culminates in a blindfolded walk experience, which enables participants to use the skills they learned. Harness the Power of Leadership also includes keynote presentations designed to motivate audiences to view business from different perspectives.

PBS Wins 14 News and Documentary Emmys

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Since 2003, Margaret Ann Dimond has served as an assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She has also performed extensive research and authored numerous articles on social work clinical outcomes. Outside of her academic career, Margaret Ann Dimond supports various nonprofit organizations, such as the Public Broadcasting Service.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was recently honored at the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City with 14 awards for its programming. The critically praised FRONTLINE series took home seven awards, which was the most of any program on the night. POV also won two awards, including Best Documentary.

In total, the 14 awards given to PBS programming were the most of any television organization at the event.

Stanley Nelson was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his acclaimed body of documentary work, as well as his many films depicting African American life.

A complete list of News & Documentary Emmy Award winners can be found at http://emmyonline.com/news_37th_winners.

Karmanos Medical Play Clinics Help Children Cope with Cancer

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Karmanos Medical Play Clinics
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Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work, where she teaches graduate-level classes. Margaret Ann Dimond was the the president of the Karmanos Cancer Hospital at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, from 2014-16.

Based in southeast Michigan, the Karmanos Cancer Institute is an integrated research center dedicated to the total eradication of cancer and is the only Michigan-based hospital focused solely on cancer care. At the same time that the center provides state-of-the-art treatment options, it also helps patients and their family members cope with the diagnosis of cancer.

For children, the Karmanos Cancer Hospital offers medical play clinics to help them understand what a diagnosis of cancer means for a family member. They are led by Alexis Cora, a certified child life specialist who strives to help children and their families overcome these challenges. In the play clinics, effective coping is facilitated through play, preparative education, and self-expression activities. Moreover, the clinics provide emotional support for adult members of the family.