State Issues Conferences
The State Outreach Office, in collaboration with UM schools and colleges and various community or state organizations, organizes one-day conferences on issues impacting the state and its citizens. Presenters include both community practitioners and university faculty.
Areas of Outreach
Bob Waldron Memorial Internship
Veronica A. W. Johnson and Debra Horner, Center for State, Local and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), at the UM Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy choose a candidate each year for the Bob Waldron Memorial Internship to intern for a Representative during the fall and spring. This year the intern for Winter 2013 will be Charlotte Schredderfrom UM Ann Arbor. She will intern in the Office of the Speaker of the House Jase Bolger.
Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE)
Annual Legislative Conference: Veronica A. W. Johnson helps plan this all-day legislative public policy conference every year. This conference speakers and presenters include: local state officials, members of the House and Senate, department heads, and various media around the State of Michigan. What is the MSAE? The Michigan Society of Association Executives is a not-for-profit membership organization that serves similar organizations in a variety of managerial and staff specialist roles. MSAE focuses its resources on the professional development needs of its members. The scope of program development includes the following broadly defined functions:
- advancing knowledge and skill in organizational management and technical specialties
- facilitating interchange of expertise and experience among professionals
- advocating the values of professional management of not-for-profit membership organizations
- assisting with the career progression of members
MSAE has served the association management and meetings industries since 1927. Today it functions as an information resource and professional network for more than 700 executives in Michigan's association and nonprofit communities. Take advantage of this outstanding resource for yourself and your organization. http://www.msae.org/Home/tabid/2694/Default.aspx
Community University Partnerships: Invested in Michigan Future (CUPIMF)"From Early Childhood to Innovation: Education in the 21st Century" Conference Associate Provost Dr. Hiram E. Fitzgerald from Michigan State University asked that the 15 public universities participate in developing a conference on improving Michigan’s future. Veronica A. W. Johnson will represent U-M Ann Arbor, and she will also be helping with the logistics. This conference will take place Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Dana Sitzler, Associate Director of State Outreach, Ann Arbor, assisted the Center for Educational Outreach and the School of Education in the annual event for Michigan Native American students, Camp KinoMaage, at the University of Michigan Biological Station.
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In early August, Michael Rein met with officials JoAnn Crary and Tom Miller from Saginaw Future regarding potential partnership opportunities with the University of Michigan. In the course of the meeting, Ms. Crary mentioned that Saginaw Future was working closely with RACER Trust on the disposition of the former GM facilities in and around Saginaw. Two specific sites were mentioned that were contaminated and had potential brownfield applications. The question was raised if there was any individual at UM with expertise in re-use of brownfield sites?
After some initial research, Mr. Rein learned that Professor Joan Nassauer in the School of Natural Resources & Environment had practical experience in this particular area. After reviewing the base information regarding the two sites obtained from Saginaw Future, Professor Nassauer decided to choose the "Nodular" site as the focus for her “Metropolitan Design Studio” for this semester. Professor Nassauer and her Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) students have twice visited the site with community leaders from Saginaw and are now in the process of creating design options for re-development of this brownfield site. The final master plans will be presented to Saginaw officials on March 9th. Photos on Flickr were taken by Dave BrennerRead more below.
Former GM plant inspires students in SNRE Design Studio course
Hundreds of acres adjacent to a former GM plant are serving as the design canvas this year for a group of University of Michigan graduate students. Their assignment: create plans that address the ecological and property management dynamics of a landscape in transition from a past industrial use to an uncertain future.
The acreage is part of a larger 700-acre former General Motors facility adjacent to the Saginaw River on the northwestern edge of Saginaw, Mich. The course work concludes in early spring, when students present drawings and concept plans that present scenarios for 2015 and 2027. The class, "Metropolitan Design Studio: Design in the Dynamics of Urban Landscape Recovery," is taught by Joan Iverson Nassauer, a professor of Landscape Architecture at U-M's School of Natural Resources and Environment. The broader purpose of the class is to prepare students to envision how urban places can recover – and their inhabitants can thrive – in the context of fundamental economic shifts and emerging environmental legacies.
The curriculum pushes students to think beyond distinct categories of brownfields and greenfields, open space and developed land and high density and low density and to instead envision new forms of development across scales in metropolitan systems. The resulting designs will serve as cues to the future to be acted upon by today’s citizens.
Art in the Legislature Program (Lansing Outreach)
This initiative is sponsored by the President’s Council for State Universities in Michigan. Lansing Service Center Director Veronica A. W. Johnson, selected University of Michigan students Paul DiStefano with the artwork entitled: "Whirling Dynamics"; Emerson Schreinerwith the artwork entitled: "Last Look" and Eliana Gershon with the artwork entitled "Echo".