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Three teams from the University of Michigan swept the honorable mention categories, which included interactive design, product design and overall design. Participants came from U-M’s School of Information and the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
The multi-school competition was funded by U-M, and organized by Paul Fontaine, a lecturer at the Taubman College and program manager of the Michigan Engaging Community through the Classroom Initiative.
James Holloway, vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs, said the university got involved as a way to engage students.
“We supported this project first because it was a terrific opportunity for student learning, to work in parallel with the professional design competition on a real project with authentic stakeholders who are truly invested in the outcome,” Holloway said “And also because we saw it as a way to further connect the schools of higher education — including U-M, Wayne, the College of Creative Studies, and others — and the institutions in the cultural district.”
After thirteen years, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance graduate Elise Eden returned to Alpena High School in late April to give a lecture recital at the Stanley C. Beck Auditorium. On May 18th, she will return again to give another performance, and hold an afternoon workshop for students of music.
Elise hopes the story of her difficult journey will inspire others.
“When I was in high school, I couldn’t afford voice lessons,” she said. “Lots of kids don’t have the money to do those things, so if I collect a little money, I will give it to Mrs. Baker for her students and hopefully inspire them. If I can do it, anyone can do it.”
With a masters degree in-hand, Elise Eden will return to the University of Michigan to pursue her doctoral in vocal performance. Her work in Alpena is intended to encourage children to pursue music as a career, and is supported by the PEERs program.