1. Research and Sustainability Featured at U-M vs MSU Legislative Football Tailgate

    Mark Rivett posted November 18, 2019

    This years Legislative Tailgate on November 16 featured two important initiatives. M-Dining and the University Research Corridor shared information with tailgate attendees prior to the U-M vs. MSU football game.


    Mariah Bloomfield and Crede Strauser represent M-Dining at the Legislative Tailgate

    Michigan Dining is comprised of eleven on-campus cafés and eight markets, seven residential dining halls, a line of Blue to Go foods and the Michigan Catering unit. Their emphasis is on creative, healthy and nutritious foods, international cuisines and sustainability throughout all dining operations. Their mission is to lead, feed, and contribute to the education, health and experience of the community, environment and staff.

    University Research Corridor


    Britany Affolter-Caine and Amber Shinn were present to share information about the URC.

    Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is one of the nation’s top academic research clusters and the leading engine for innovation in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. An alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, the URC is focused on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world.

    In 2017, the three URC universities conducted $2.46 billion in research and development, enrolled more than 155,000 students and granted degrees to more than 36,000 graduates. In 2017, the URC contributed $18.7 billion to Michigan’s economy. The URC has also cultivated 249 startup companies since 2002.

  2. UM Artist Riley Parrish Work: Deterioration

    Mark Rivett posted
    Riley Parrish with her work Deterioration

    Riley Parrish with her work “Deterioration”

    UM student artist Riley Parrish, who attended the Art in the Legislature Reception on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in the Mackinac Room, Anderson House Office Building, took a photo beside her artwork “Deterioration”. She was also congratulated by State Senator Peter J. Lucido, 8th District, as he paused to admire her artwork which is displayed near his office in the Binsfeld Senate Office Building. Riley writes of her artwork:

    “This 18 x 24 inch linoleum block print is a self-portrait of intentional disfigurement. I wanted to illustrate the struggles of my relationship with my body. The media constantly tells us that there is only one way to be beautiful. Although many companies in the beauty and fashion industries have begun to be more inclusive of all shapes and sizes, I still have a hard time loving my body. Through this piece, I explored my feelings more deeply about this subject to better understand what holds me back from loving who I am.”

    Riley Parrish’s artwork is displayed on the 3rd floor of the Senate Binsfeld Building. All are welcome to visit the House and Senate office buildings to see all of the 2019-20 artists’ work through September 2020.

    The Art in the Legislature Program displays and celebrates the work of amazing student artists from Michigan’s 15 public universities each year, and their work will adorn the walls of the Anderson House Office Building, or the Binsfeld Senate Building, for one year. UM proudly has seven 2019-2020 student artists:

    Vanessa with Flowers
    Elizabeth Hungerman

    The Red Coat (Version II)
    Olivia Arau-McSweeney

    Feeling in the Dark
    Eliana Harrison

    Sounds Like a Personal Problem
    Aditi Kannan

    Sunset Over Burton
    The late Atharva Kharkar

    Riley Parrish

    Bounding Hope
    Karson Schenk

  3. House of Representatives purchases UM student’s work

    Mark Rivett posted November 11, 2019

    When UM student artist Gillian Yerrington’s work was brought to Lansing in the summer of 2018, she did not realize the extent to which her artwork would capture the attention of the House of Representatives administrators who decide the placement of student art each year. Pictured below are photos of Gillian’s work “Finding Peace” which the House of Representatives has now purchased so that it will reside permanently in the lobby of the Anderson House Office Building for all to see as they enter the foyer. Finding Peace is a work of the heart for Gillian who described it as follows:

    “I made the piece following the death of my step-father, who owned a recycling center, and gave it to my mom. He was a carpenter and we had the piece framed in one of his center’s frames. It has a lot of meaning to our family, as the title conveys. Also, as my step-father believed, every day we throw wrappers into the garbage and forget how much waste piles up. This work is supposed to be an ironic display of nature through the lens of our trash.”
    UM Lansing Service Center Director, Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson, who has facilitated this work with UM student artists over the years, noted that “when it was time for artworks to be returned to the 2018 artists, the House decided Gillian’s work should remain for our leaders and citizens to enjoy for years to come! The University of Michigan is proud of Gillian Yerrington and all of our artists. Also, another UM student, Paul DiStefano, whose artwork “Whirling Dynamics” was purchased by the House in 2013, is an additional UM work permanently adorning the first floor of the Anderson House Office Building. Paul’s work is another source of pride for the University of Michigan, and the UM Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.”

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