1. Halloween Treats in Detroit

    October 31, 2018 by Mark Rivett
    Dylan Smith

    Dylan Smith, PhD in applied physics, gives candy to The Incredible Hulk

    On October 30th, UM State Outreach provided a ‘trunk’ for the American Indian Health & Family Services (AIHFS) ‘Trunk or Treat’ event in Detroit. UM staff, Dana Sitzler and Steve Erskine, UM students Dylan Smith and Gabby May and EMU students Alex Ford and Tom Klemm participated in the family oriented evening. There was a bouncy house, games and face painting followed by the key attraction, trick or treating at the decorated vehicles in the parking lot for healthy treats. There was a car decorated with a circus theme, Peter Rabbit in his garden gave out carrots, and of course the UM vehicle where a ‘go blue’ was sure to get a goody.

    The university has an on-going relationship with AIHFS through the state outreach office and its work with the Tribal Health Directors consortium. University of Michigan students have served as interns and volunteers for the organization for many years. American Indian Health & Family Services is a non-profit health center whose mission is to empower and enhance the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native individuals, families and other underserved populations in southeast Michigan through culturally grounded health and family services.

  2. University of Michigan at 2018 Freshwater Summit

    by Mark Rivett

    From left to right: Lingzi Liu, Adam Arend, Kaitlin Vapenik, Nancy Ye

    The University of Michigan was well represented at the Freshwater Summit held in Traverse City on October 26th. The Freshwater Summit is an annual conference of environmental professionals and engaged citizens focusing on current issues facing the Great Lakes region. The event is the product of the Freshwater Roundtable organized by The Watershed Center, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and Grand Traverse Conservation District.

    Richard Norton, Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and the Program in the Environment, gave a presentation entitled, “Planning to be a Resilient Great Lakes Community”. He focused not only on factors like climate change and economic sustainability but also on the legal framework that governs coastal communities giving the audience an overview of the dynamics that come into play when thinking about and planning for resiliency.

    Dick Norton

    Dick Norton, Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and the Program in the Environment

    The program also included a presentation by UM students Adam Arend, Environmental Policy graduate student; Kangyu Yu, Landscape Architecture graduate student; Nancy Ye, School for Environment and Sustainability graduate student; Kaitlin Vapenik, Environmental Informatics graduate student; and Lingzi Liu, Landscape Architecture graduate student. Their presentation titled, “Blue Communities Vison for Grand Traverse Bay” reported on their investigations focused on public trust, water stewardship, shared visioning and how to build capacity in the region.

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters provided an overview and update on federal initiatives relevant to the Great Lakes and took questions from the audience related to the local impact of these programs. Other speakers focused on understanding the factors impacting historical and future changes in great lakes water levels and documenting the economic impacts of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative led by the Great Lakes Commission. The day also included updates on various local initiatives such as the Boardman River dam removal and the research work in progress to support the implementation of the proposed FishPass, as well as an opportunity for Northwestern Michigan college students to share their internship experiences with community engagement in water management. Overall the day provided the ‘big picture’ view of the great lakes system but also highlighted local Grand Traverse Bay projects that in their own way impact the whole in terms of data collection, restoration or important collaborative efforts.

  3. New Cradle-to-career Educational Partnership to Serve More than 1,000 Detroit Children on Marygrove Campus

    September 18, 2018 by Mark Rivett

    Read full story at The Kresge Foundation

    The P-20 Partnership

    Left to right: University of Michigan President Dr. Mark Schlissel, IHM President Sr. Jane Herb, Starfish CEO Ann Kalass, University of Michigan Dean of the School of Education Dr. Elizabeth Moje, Marygrove College President Dr. Elizabeth Burns, The Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson.

    $50 million Kresge Foundation neighborhood development commitment centered on education brings University of Michigan, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Starfish Family Services, Marygrove College and other partners together in northwest Detroit

    Organizations gathered at the Marygrove College campus on September 13th, 2018 to announce a new cradle-to-career educational partnership including a state-of-the-art early childhood education center, a new K-12 school and the introduction of an innovative teacher education training modeled after hospital residency programs.

    This landmark cradle-to-career educational campus – which will offer pre-K through graduate school studies with wrap-around services and community programs – is being jointly developed through a partnership including Kresge, the University of Michigan School of Education (U-M SOE), Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), the Marygrove Conservancy, Marygrove College, Starfish Family Services, IFF, and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy.

    Mike Duggan

    Mike Duggan, 75th mayor of Detroit, Michigan

    “Not long ago, we were faced with the prospect of this incredible campus going dark, which would have been a terrible setback to the revitalization that is taking place in this area of our city,” said Mayor Duggan. “Instead, today we are celebrating a new beginning and a bright future at Marygrove, thanks to The Kresge Foundation, DPSCD, the University of Michigan and all the partners in this effort. We owe them all a great deal of appreciation for recognizing the importance this campus has to our city and to the community.”

    Duggan praised the P-20 partnership as an example of how the public and private sectors are coming together to provide outstanding educational options for Detroit families.

    Other U-M schools and colleges will join the collaboration as the school and wrap-around services develop. Early partners include: College of Engineering; Stephen M. Ross School of Business; A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; School of Social Work; School of Nursing; and School of Dentistry.

    President Mark Schlissel

    Mark Schlissel: University of Michigan President

    “The University of Michigan was founded in Detroit in 1817, and we share a wonderful history and an equally significant future,” Schlissel said. “This new partnership is founded in our belief that a brighter future will emerge through the creation of different kinds of educational opportunities, and new knowledge, in ways that we could not do alone. It further builds on our School of Education’s longstanding partnerships in conducting research and working in concert with educators in Detroit.”

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