Big 10 Government Relations Conference Agenda

October 21 – October 23, 2019

Day One: Monday, October 21
Day Two: Tuesday October 22
Day Three: Wednesday October 23

Agenda is subject to change*

Day One – Monday, October 21

9:30AM – 2:00PM

Golf (Optional) – UM Golf Course

500 East Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

2:30PM – 4:00PM

Check-In – The Graduate Hotel Lobby

615 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-2200

4:00PM – 4:15PM

Bus to University of Michigan Transportation Institute (UMTRI) / Mcity Tour
Meet in Graduate Hotel Lobby

4:30PM – 6:30PM

UMTRI/Mcity Tour

2905 Baxter Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

6:00PM – 6:30PM

Bus to University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
From Mcity

6:30PM – 8:45PM

UMMA Dinner and Evening Event
Performing: UM Friars Club

UM Museum of Art
525 S State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48909

8:45PM – 9:15 PM

Return to Graduate Hotel

Day Two – Tuesday, October 22

8:00AM – 8:15AM

Walk to Rackham Graduate School
Meet in Graduate Hotel Lobby at 7:55AM

915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

8:15AM – 9:00AM

Breakfast at Rackham Graduate School

4th Floor Rackham
West Alcove

9:00AM – 10:30AM

Advocating Through Social Media

Nikki Sunstrum, UM Director of Social Media
Jeremy Reuter, MSU Director for Statewide Advocacy
David Waymire, Partner, Martin Waymire
Madeline Nykaza, UM OVPGR

10:30AM – 10:45AM


10:45AM – 12:00PM

Engaging Industry at the University and State Level

Stella Wixom, Director of UM Business Engagement Center
Charlie Hasemann, Director of MSU’s Business Conduct
Denise Graves, University Relations Director, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Mike A Waring, Director, Federal Relations, University of Michigan

12:00PM – 1:45PM


12:30PM – 1:30PM

Knight Wallace Presentation on 2020 Election Politics
Discussion on National Politics from an international and national media perspective.

What are individual Wallace Fellow experiencing in their perspective fields?

Maria Byrne, BBC News, Brussels, Belgium
Tracie Mauriello, Washington Bureau Chief, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Karen Rouse, Reporter, WNYC News, New York Public Radio
Lynette Clemetson, Director, Wallace House, University of Michigan

1:30PM – 1:45PM


1:45PM – 2:45PM

Local, State, Federal, and Advocacy Updates

Room 4 (The League): Michael Rein, UM Director of Community Relations
West Conference Room: Cynthia Wilbanks, VP for Government Relations
East Conference Room: Mike Waring, UM Director of Federal Relations
Room D (The League): PSU, Leading Advocacy Group

2:45PM – 3:00PM


3:00PM – 4:30PM

TED-style Talks: Building Innovative Partnerships to Benefit Society:
Mcubed, P-2U Partnership, Poverty Solutions

Professor Mark Burns, Ex-Director MCubed
Elizabeth Moje, Dean School of Education
Kristen Kerecman, Communications and Public Engagement Director, Poverty Solutions

4:30PM – 6:00PM

Break before Dinner
4:30PM – 5:30PM: Campus Bus Tour
(Meet in front of Rackham)

Susan Gott, University Planner, University of Michigan

6:00PM – 6:15PM

Bus to U-M Stadium
Board buses on Huron St

6:15PM – 6:30PM

Photos in Big House

U-M Stadium
1201 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6:30PM – 7:00PM

Tour of Stadium

7:00PM – 8:00PM

Music and hors d’oeuvres as people arrive from tour for dinner

8:00PM – 9:00PM

Dinner and Program/ Entertainment
Junge Family Champions Center
333 East Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Professor Jason Owen-Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director, UM Institute for Research on Innovation and Science

9:00PM – 9:20PM

Bus to Graduate Hotel
From Junge Family Champions Center

Day Three – Wednesday, October 23

8:00AM – 9:00AM


The Huron Ballroom
Graduate Hotel
615 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-2200

9:00AM – 9:15AM

U-M President Mark Schlissel Welcome
The Regency Ballroom

Mark Schlissel, President, University of Michigan

9:15AM – 10:15AM

Fundamental Truths about American Politics Going into the 2020 Election
The Regency Ballroom

Vincent Hutchings, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
Stuart Soroka, Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan
Jowei Chen, Associate Professor of American Politics, Methodology, and Political Science, University of Michigan
Ken Kollman, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor, University of Michigan

10:15AM – 10:30AM


The Regency Ballroom

10:30AM – 11:30AM

Government Relations Hot Topic: Sports Gambling Legislation
The Regency Ballroom

Edgar Burch, Associate Director of Government Relations, NCAA
Debra Kowich, General Counsel, UM Office of General Counsel
Elizabeth Heinrich, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Michigan
Mike A Waring, Director, Federal Relations, University of Michigan

11:30AM – 11:45AM

2020 Big 10 Conference Announcement
– The Ohio State University

The Regency Ballroom


Conference Concludes with Boxed Lunches

The Regency Ballroom