1. Art in the Legislature 2021

    Mark Rivett posted April 19, 2021

    The University of Michigan Office of Government Relations has nominated four student works for the 2021-2022 Art in the Legislature.

    The Art in the Legislature Program displays and celebrates the work of excellent student artists from Michigan’s 15 public universities each year, and their respective works are displayed in the Anderson House Office Building, or the Binsfeld Senate Building, for one year.

    State Relations Officers, university art department representatives, student-artists, their families, and the public at large are invited to attend the reception, at which time the new pieces of art will be unveiled and the students will be recognized.

    Portait of a Necklace

    Portrait of a Necklace

    by Mikaylyn Beebee

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    This piece is based on the fable of the crow and the serpent. The tale begins with a serpent eating a crow’s family; the crow takes vengeance by stealing the princess’ necklace and dropping it into the serpent’s lair. The royal guards then search for the necklace, find it in the lair, and gut the serpent. It’s a short story that tells that a little wit can win anything. I was drawn to this story because I saw it as a chance to tell a narrative through portraiture, and I love the way all of these characters are connected by the necklace – it killed the serpent, adorned the princess, and allowed the crow to move on. I chose to focus and illustrate all of their relationships to the necklace by having the dead serpent around the princess’ neck, and the crow flying away, shielding her eyes with its clever venture.



    by Lindsay Farb

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    Our world is currently in grave danger due to the worsening effects of the climate crisis. If we, the human population, do not make a significant change right now, before we know it, we will all cease to exist. I cannot help but feel uneasy and panicked when confronted with such alarming information regarding the severity of the situation at hand. My piece, titled Panic, is a visual depiction of chaos and the feeling of panic that pumps through the veins of many due to our current and ongoing climate crisis. The composition consists of jagged and irregularly cut black paper where negative and positive space work in harmony creating an upward motion of energy cutting through the page to mimic piercing and fleeting thoughts. The texture of the individual and overlapping shapes add to the provoked feeling of frenzy, and the sharp, chaotic composition aids in this description of panic in response to our impending doom.



    by Kyler Luna

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    My piece is meant to shine light on the ongoing racial injustice in America faced by black Americans. As a white-Hispanic, I recognize the privilege I have with just the color of my skin. I do not have to worry about racial bias within the justice system influencing my right to a fair trial, but neither should anyone else. While this painting is one of the more prominent additions to my portfolio, the name “Infrared” alludes to something a bit more intricate: the colors of the boy’s face are blue and yellow watercolor while the background features acrylic strokes of orange and red. Each of these colors are seen when you view someone under an infrared scanner, reinforcing the overall message that no matter the color of your skin, we all look the same underneath.

    Wear Your Mask

    Wear Your Mask

    by Jacob Yu

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    Covid-19 has affected so many people, and masks became part of our daily lives. Through this work, I wanted to show how daily lives have changed through the time of pandemic. The drawing shows a commute in the year 2020. Masks are on, and the train is almost empty. Because 2020 has been a very difficult year, I wanted to capture this feeling of isolation.

  2. U of M Alumni Club Honors 2019 Scholarship Recipients

    Mark Rivett posted June 5, 2019

    Read full article at Fox 47

    The U of M Club of Greater Lansing hosted its annual scholarship reception on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The reception took place at the Turner Dodge House in Lansing.

    Scholarship Recipients include:

    • Ena Humphries, Jackson High School
    • Julian Lanum, Lansing Catholic High School
    • Diamond Lewis, Grand Ledge High School
    • Giselle Mesa, Eastern High School
    • Ridesh Rai, J.W. Sexton High School
    • Landon Rodgers, DeWitt High School
    • Navpreet Singh, Waverly High School
    • Allana Tran, East Lansing High School
    • Josh Virk, Okemos High School
    • Huaijin Wang, Haslett High School
    • Riley Wegryn-Jones, Holt High School

    Read full article at Fox 47

  3. Wolverine Caucus – Removing the Opioid Epidemic In Our Communities: How evidence-based approaches could save lives!

    Mark Rivett posted January 24, 2019

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building, 5th Floor, Room 5550
    201 Townsend St, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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    The opioid epidemic continues to be a national emergency. Michigan set a new record for overdose deaths in 2018—an alarming trend that is predicted to continue for several years to come. Opioids are commonly prescribed after both minor and major surgical proce- dures for pain management. Overprescribing is a widespread problem and contributes to the opioid crisis currently claiming 134 American lives every day. With up to 92% of patients having leftover opioids after common operations, millions of pills are left vulner- able to diversion into our communities. The impact is acute in urban, suburban and rural communities alike. Understanding the many complex issues related to opioid overuse and overdose is extremely important in developing effective policy. Please join us to hear from an informative panel of experts from the University of Michigan who will discuss their research and recommendations for policy changes that could help Michigan stem the tide in this growing opioid crisis.

    Featured speakers:

    Romesh Nalliah

    Dr. Romesh Nalliah is the Director for Clinical Education at the U-M School of Dentistry and Clinical Associate Professor of Dentistry. He will discuss trends in opioid prescribing and overuse in dentistry and state and national level research related to prescribing and treatment. He will also discuss how opioid prescribing during the acute care period among those patients not using opioids has the greatest potential to reduce the number of new chronic opioid users and minimize unintended distribution of prescription opioids into communities.

    Dr. Michael Englesbe co-directs the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, Michigan OPEN. He will discuss the unique opportunities provided by collaborative quality initiatives (CQIs) in Michigan. CQIs are statewide, physician-led networks that are devoted to improving the care of patients in Michigan’s major hospitals and surgical specialties. Michigan OPEN partners with them to gather data and implement change to transform surgical pain management and curb opioid misuse.

    Dr. Rebecca Haffajee is the Policy Analysis Activities Lead, Policy Workgroup, Outreach and Translation Core, at the U-M Injury Prevention Center. She will discuss trends in state and national- level policies related to opioid prescribing and treatment, and the evidence base for several prominent state policies that target opioid misuse and overdose, prescription drug monitoring programs, pain clinic regulation and naloxone access laws.

    Panel Moderator: Dr. Chad Brummett is Associate professor of Anesthesiology and co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, Michigan OPEN

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