1999 Road Scholar Itinerary

Michigan Road Scholars

The Office of State Outreach within The Office of the Vice President for Government Relations

Day One – Monday, May 3, 1999

7:30 a.m.

Depart Ann Arbor for Detroit
Watch 37-minute video about Detroit while on bus

8:15 a.m.

Tour Grandmont and Rosedale neighborhoods
Tom Goddeeris, Executive Director
Visit Morningside Commons, a project of U-Snap-Bac, Inc.
Linda Smith, Executive Director

10:20 a.m.

Depart for Cultural Center

11:00 a.m.

Walk through Cultural Center
Marilyn Wheaton, Director of Cultural Affairs, City of Detroit
Sue Mosely, President, University Cultural Center Association

11:45 a.m.

Lunch with community representatives at Union Street Restaurants

12:45 p.m.

Depart Restaurant for Focus Hope

1:15 p.m.

Tour Focus Hope
Eleanor Josaitis, Executive Director

2:15 p.m.

Depart Detroit for Flint-Presentation on bus on route to Flint


Mott Children’s Health Center, downtown Flint-Infants to 18 year olds at or below the poverty level. Focus on the underserved and uninsured.
Welcome and Overview by Dr. Velma Allen, Vice President and Dr. Norma Carter, Clinical Director
Tours and Presetations
Pediatric Dentistry, School and Neighborhood, Behavioral Services, Child and Family Resources, Passport Program, Priority 90’s
Bus Takes Bags to Hotel

5:15 p.m.

Depart Mott Children’s Health Center for hotel (Holiday Inn Express)

5:40 p.m

Check into Hotel

6:15 p.m.

Depart hotel for reception, dinner and program at Alfred P. Sloan Museaum
Steve German, Director
Mayor Woodrow Stanley
Chamber Music provided by the Flint Institute of Music Students

8:30 p.m.

Return to the hotel

Day Two – Tuesday, May 4, 1999

7:45 a.m.

Depart Hotel for GM Truck and Bus Assembly Plant

8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Remarks at GM Truck and Bus
Rick Monkaba, Plant Manager
Mark Hawkins, UAW Representative

8:45 a.m.

GM Truck and Bus Assembly Plant Tour (1.5 hours)
Ed Campbell, Tour Guide

10:15 a.m.

Depart Flint for Saginaw

11:15 a.m.

Saginaw Career Complex-Saginaw Public Schools
Foster Gibbs, Superintendent
Michael Manley, Director of Information Services

12 p.m.

Lunch with community members at Hospitality Dining Room

1:00 p.m.

Depart Saginaw for Oscoda
Retired FBI agent, Phil Kerby, joins us on the bus
Discussion will focus on law enforcement issues unique to Michigan

3:00 p.m.

Wurthsmith Industrial Airpark-Discuss Redevelopment Efforts
Carl Sachs, Executive Director, Office of Economic Development, Charter Township of Oscoda
Lee Major, Site Manager, National Center for Integrated Bioremediation Research and Development (University of Michigan facility)
Dean Wiltse, Township Aupervisor, Oscoda
Snacks Served

4:15 p.m.

Depart Oscoda for Grayling-Drive through Huron National Forest

6:30 p.m.

Arrive at Hartwick Pines State Park-largest stand of virgin pine in the lower peninsula
Walking tour and discussion of lumber industry and link to auto industry
Following the tour, on-site supper will be served
Ann Stephens, Park Interpreter
Rob Burg, Historian

8:30 p.m.

Depart Grayling for St. Ignace, traveling across the Mackinac Bridge

10:00 p.m.

Arrive in St. Ignace and check into hotel (Holiday Inn Express)

Day Three – Wednesday, May 5, 1999

7:50 a.m.

Depart hotel

8:15 a.m.

Presentation on economic condition of the Upper Peninsula
Dennis West, President, Northern Initiatives

10:00 a.m.

Depart-reservation for Pellston

10:45 a.m.

Visit University of Michigan Biological Station
Walking tour of various testing areas
Jim Teeri, Director

12:45 p.m.

Depart Biological Station for Traverse City
Box lunches on the bus
Presentation on route
Bryan Crough, Executive Director, Traverse City Downtown Development Authority

3:00 p.m.

Arrive in Traverse City area
Discussion on tourism at Black Star Wineries on Leelanau Peninsula
Deborah Knudsen, President & CEO, Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ed Downing, President, Interlachen Center for the Arts
Jack Stegenga, Owner, Clack Star Wineries
Bus driver takes bags to hotel

5:00 p.m.

Depart winery for hotel (Holiday Inn)

5:15 p.m.

Arrive at hotel

5:45 p.m.

Depart hotel for dinner at Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College
Eugene Jenneman, Director
Performances by Interlachen Center for the Arts students
Introductions by Ed Downing, President, Interlachen Center for the Arts

8:15 p.m.

Depart Dennos Museum for Park Place hotel
(those planning to attend Interlachen Concert to leave earlier)

9:00 p.m.

Opional visits: Turtle Creek or Suttons Bay Indian Casino downtown Traverse City

Day Four – Thursday, May 6, 1999

6:45 a.m.

Bring luggage to the bus for loading (6:45-7:45 am)

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast available at the hotel starting at 7:00 and going through the 8-9:15 meeting (Pearl Room)

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast continues at the hotel (Pearl Room)
Discussion regarding The Blueprint Project
Gerald L. Felix, Executive Director, Grand Valley Metro Council

9:30 a.m.

Walking tour of the downtown area
Jay Fowler, Planning Department, City of Grand Rapids

10:30 a.m.

Depart Grand Rapids for Lansing

11:45 a.m.

Arrive in Lansing and tour Michigan State Capital Building
Walk 2.5 blocks to the City Club of Lansing

12:30 p.m.

Lunch at the City Club of Lansing
Thomas Scott, Member Sponsor
Welcome by Lansing Mayor David C. Hollister
Panel discussion
James Haag, Director, House Fiscal Agency
Ellen Jeffiies, Senate Fiscal Agency
Leo Kennedy, Director of Research Division

2:00 p.m.

City of Lansing bus tour and drive to East Lansing
Patricia Cook, Manager, Economic Development Corporation, City of Lansing
Karl Dorshimer, Project Coordinator

3:30 p.m.

Tour the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University
David Morrissey, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Orilla A. McHarris, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Fred Becchetti, Ph.D., University of Michigan

4:30 p.m.

Depart East Lansing for Ann Arbor
Trip overviews and debriefing

5:30 p.m.

Arrive in Ann Arbor
Drop off tour participants at Fleming Administration Building