"I consider myself the cultural ambassador of everything Cajun to the world. I’m trying to spread the joy of life of the Cajun culture wherever I go."
Kaitlin Deslatte, community outreach officer with the U-M Police Department and Louisiana native.
"I'm still inspired by the idea of bringing the past to life, of understanding past societies in all their richness."
Geoff Emberling, assistant research scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
"I was always just running around — looking for cow bones, sneaking into cow pastures, finding kittens in the barn. That sort of thing. It was all very country."
Josie Pickens, an executive secretary in the School of Nursing, recalling summers on the Ohio farm that has been in her family for more than 200 years.
"A lot of people want to work. They see work as healing in a way. It's their ability to make a contribution."
Luke Shaefer, associate professor of social work and public policy, whose recent research focused on rising levels of extreme poverty across the nation.
"What kind of messages do you want to leave? Is it temporary? Is it long lasting? Are we willing to break the mold?"
Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, professor of art and design, about the ideas behind a campaign's visual image.
"I was particularly taken with the theater. And it was right there at my doorstep in New York City. And that was what got me hooked."
Gregory Poggi, professor of theatre and drama and director of the performing arts management academic minor at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance
"Theatre is important. Art is important. Ballet is important. Music is important. Make some art everybody — it's important."
Beth Sandmaier, charge scenic artist at the Walgreen Drama Center and freelance designer and scenic artist.
"I liked science. I liked the idea of helping people. I liked the variety of conditions you see in family medicine and getting to really know patients. There's so many factors to consider."
Dr. Philip Zazove, George A. Dean M.D. Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, on persevering to become a physician despite being deaf.
"I really enjoy the opportunity to not only provide that for students, but also to educate around what we could be doing better. It gives me the opportunity to provide for others what I wasn't afforded."
Tynishia Walker, on working at the Spectrum Center, where she is education and leadership program manager.
"Each year, new knowledge and treatments for diabetes and endocrine diseases are uncovered in many parts of the world."
Dr. Meng Tan, professor of internal medicine and editor-in-chief of Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology