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

    Learn more here

    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. Pigskin to Policy: How Michigan’s 1970 Rose Bowl Led to Building the Largest DC Summer College Public Service Intern Program

    Mark Rivett posted April 16, 2021

    Author: PSIP Student Coordinator Rahul Rokkam, B.S. Economics ‘21

    Contact: Lynn Halton, PSIP Supervisor
    cell 248 231-5472

    Bo Schembechler’s start as head football coach of the University of Michigan in 1969 launched a dominant era of Michigan football. From 1969 to 1989, he achieved an impressive record of 234-65-8, catapulting Michigan into a national title contender. The first 10 years of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry were characterized as the “ten-year war,” with either Schembechler’s Wolverines or Woody Hayes’ Buckeyes winning or sharing the Big Ten conference championship every season. Along with sparking a dominant tradition of Michigan football, Schembechler’s first year also led to the creation of a massively successful intern program at the University of Michigan – the Public Service Intern Program (PSIP).

    During the fall of 1969 (the first few months of Schembechler’s time at Michigan), two undergraduate students – Mike Posner and Betsy Levine Lassar – hatched an idea to start a Washington DC-based internship program. Seeking to enable students to gain experience in public and legislative policy through public service internships in Washington, D.C., Mike and Betsy proposed a plan for the Washington Internship Program with an estimated budget of $9,000. The two students reached out to campus leaders including Bill Audiss in Career Planning and Placement Services, Barbara Newell in the President’s Office, and President Robben Fleming to request support for the program. They waited patiently, but had not gotten a response by the end of Fall semester. Serendipitously, Mike learned from a January 1970 article in The Michigan Daily about a $9,000 surplus from the Alumni Association’s tour proceeds from Michigan’s Rose Bowl appearance. Mike walked over to the Alumni Association to speak with then-Director Bob Forman, and walked out of that meeting with a check for $9,000 to launch the Washington Internship Program!

    The early years of the Washington Internship Program were marked by small intern cohorts (18-20 students per year), as Mike and Betsy worked part-time to grow the fledgling program. During the summer of 1969 in D.C., Mike started to explore internships for Michigan students on Capitol Hill, think tanks, non-profits, media organizations and other types of public service organizations. With funding in place, they both travelled to Washington in early 1970 to secure the first year’s placements. Back at Michigan, Betsy handled the operations and administration of the program.

    Gerald R. Ford

    1975, July 17 – Rose Garden – The White House – Washington, DC – Gerald R. Ford, Representatives Elford Cederberg & Marvin Esch; University of Michigan Students – standing on steps to Colonnade; students on lawn – Congressional Hour – Greeting University of Michigan Students in Washington, DC as Summer Interns

    Over the next few years, the program was re-named the Public Service Intern Program (PSIP) while Mike and Betsy continued to work with PSIP students to build a strong public service experience for students. This was exemplified by Nia Kraud of the 1974-75 PSIP cohort, who wrote a letter to Michigan alumnus President Gerald Ford, reminding him of the program and students’ presence in Washington, D.C. that summer. As a result of Nia’s letter, the President quickly planned a welcome reception and hosted 64 students in the White House Rose Garden on July 17, 1975, along with Michigan Congressmen Elford A. Cederberg and Marvin L. Esch.

    For the next half a century, sponsored by the University Career Center (UCC) (originally, Career Planning and Placement), PSIPers have combined both passion for public service and determination to demand the best from themselves and their elected leaders. As a non-partisan and public-service oriented group, this UCC program prepares students for successful internships through biweekly meetings, professional development seminars, scheduled office hours, career panels, alumni mentorship and networking opportunities.

    Betsy aptly describes the program’s purpose: “If anything, I came away feeling, as I believe now, that it’s important to stay in the game, to respect those with whom we disagree and try to understand their perspectives, to work to bridge our differences; keeping our shared values and the larger public interest as our guideposts, and to continue working for the ideals we believe in.”

    PSIP is home to students, alumni, donors, and employers of all political affiliations and fosters an environment of inclusion. With the help of the D.C. Alumni Club, the PSIP Endowed Scholarship was created during PSIP’s 50th anniversary celebration. PSIP staff aim to fully fund this scholarship so that all students who aspire to intern in Washington, D.C. will be able to do so, regardless of their financial status.

    PSIP students with Senator Carl Levin

    PSIP students with Senator Carl Levin

    Currently in its 52nd year of preparing students for public service focused internships in Washington, D.C., PSIP has grown into a 3,000+ strong community of diverse and successful alumni. Distinguished alumni include three current U.S. Representatives (Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida, Congresswoman Grace Meng of New York, and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois), two-time daytime Emmy award winner (Dan Solomon, PSIP 1980), and Assistant Secretary of State (Michael Posner, PSIP 1970), among thousands of others.

    In addition to successful alumni, PSIP has created thousands of lasting bonds and even marriages!

    Meredith Westerlund (PSIP 2012) shared that “PSIP gave me the opportunity to explore Washington, DC, which I now call home. My internship opened my eyes to new experiences and greatly impacted my career path. Not only did I meet some of my closest friends that summer, but PSIP was how I met my fiance! I’m forever grateful to the program.”
    Meredith’s fiance, Matt Schneider, mentions how PSIP kick-started his professional life: “The program helped me secure my first job out of college and discover my career. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to learn professional skills and build a foundation for their future.”
    2017 Senator Peters & PSIPers

    2017 Senator Peters & PSIPers

    Just as Michigan football fans eagerly await another appearance in the Rose Bowl, PSIP’s 52nd cohort looks forward to another successful summer of public service internships. This summer, similar to last, most students will intern remotely with their Washington, D.C. internship sites due to covid-19. UCC continues to offer students the educational pillars of the program and alumni offer their support and expertise through mentorship and career panel discussions. The program is strong and continues to evolve, but the commitment to encouraging students to pursue careers in public service remains the underlying thread.

  3. ZIIBIMIJWANG FARM Growing Indigenous Food Sovereignty

    Mark Rivett posted April 9, 2021

    Ziibimijwang Farm is helping restore food sovereignty for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and other communities throughout the northern Great Lakes region.

    Joe Van Alstine will discuss ways in which Ziibimijwang is working to provide a reliable food source for tribal community members independent of the larger food system, encourage healthy eating, and enhance people’s knowledge of how to raise their own food.

    He also will share challenges and opportunities in operating a sustainable, community-based farm, as well as how collaboration with tribal and non-tribal institutions, such as the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, can help promote Ziibimijwang’s mission.

    Guest Speaker:

    Joe Van Alstine

    Chair of the Board of Directors, Ziibimijwang, Inc.


    (from the UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum):

    David Michener


    Jeremy Moghtadar

    Campus Farm Program Manager

    When: Wednesday, April 14th at 1:30pm



    UM College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts; UM Office of Research; UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum; UM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative; UM Museum of Anthropological Archaeology; UM Museum Studies Program; UM Department of American Culture; UM Native American Studies Program; UM Office of Government Relations; Native American and Indigenous Studies Interdisciplinary Group

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