1. 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


  2. Did You Know That Two U-M Students Started PSIP?

    Mark Rivett posted June 3, 2019

    Public Service Internship ProgramBetsy Levine Lassar and Mike Posner had the idea for the Washington Internship Program and met with leaders on campus to propose it for students interested in public service internships. They reached out to key people in senior leadership at the University who supported it, including Bill Audiss in Career Planning & Placement, Barbara Newell in the President’s Office, and U-M President Robben Fleming.

    In Fall 1969, the students created a plan and budget to ask for funds of $9,000 to start it. The U-M football team went to the Rose Bowl and the Michigan Daily had an article in January 1970 that the Alumni Association had a $9,000 surplus from their trip to Pasadena. Mike walked over to the Alumni Association, spoke with Director Bob Forman, and walked out with a check for $9,000 to start the Washington Internship Program!

    In his sophomore year, Mike traveled to DC and scouted out internships on the Hill (Phil Hart and Don Riegel), think tanks, NBC, and other employers. Students were very eager to participate and had 18-20 in the first group. Since then, the program changed its name to the Public Service Intern Program and continued to grow, with approximately 3,000 students participating. We have heard that applicants to the University of Michigan are writing their admission essays about PSIP.

    Mike Posner attended the PSIP Homecoming Reception in Fall 2018 and spoke about how proud he is that the intern program has flourished. He said it was the most impactful thing he participated in during his Michigan days and learned a lot from it. Both he and Betsy have had illustrious careers in the public sector and we are very proud of them!

    “It is so heartening to know that the internship program has influenced so many lives.” – Betsy Levine Lassar, Chicago

  3. 2019 University of Michigan Black Celebratory

    Mark Rivett posted May 20, 2019

    Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson, Dr. Kedra Ishop, Dr. RaShonda Flint, and Deirdre Spencer

    From left to right: Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson, Dr. Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Dr. RaShonda Flint, Asst. Dean for Undergraduate Education and Academic Affairs, and Deirdre Spencer, Librarian, Arts and Humanities, University Library

    Tyrone E. Winfrey, Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson, and Charles Ransom

    From left to right: Tyrone E. Winfrey, Sr., Founder and President of Le Tour Detroit, Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson, and Charles Ransom, UM Multicultural Studies Librarian, University Library

    On Saturday, May 4, 2019, UM Lansing Service Center Director, Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson, participated in the 2019 UM Black Celebratory which celebrates the commonalities and differences that characterize the experiences of African/African American graduates at the University of Michigan. This event acknowledges the value and uniqueness of the African/African American community and commemorate the accomplishments of students that participate in Black Celebratory.

    Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II and Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson

    From Left to Right: Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II and Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson

    Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson and Dr. Lester P. Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau

    From left to right: Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson and Dr. Lester P. Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music; former Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (1993-2014)

    Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson and E. Royster Harper

    From Left to Right: Dr. Veronica Wilkerson Johnson and E. Royster Harper, Vice President for Student Life


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