"I want her to be proud of her scars. She's our little heart warrior."
Amanda Holdsworth, marketing communications manager for the Business Engagement Center, about her daughter, whose heart surgery prompted her to create the Heal-A-Boo-Boo Project.
"People think about health and health care as something that's done to you, but we're trying to create the notion that it's something done with you. We all have wisdom to share."
Dr. Joyce Lee, associate professor of pediatrics, and associate professor of environmental health sciences.
"I was really low on money at the time and basically got to eat for free every day, plus the skill is definitely transferrable. I'm kind of a hit of parties."
D. Alvarez, Student Life program manager for The Program on Intergroup Relations, on working as a fromager, or cheese expert.
"My interest in music is not that it transcends day-to-day life, but rather because it works on a practical level."
Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology
"For as long as I can remember, I saw the world through my nose."
Michelle Krell Kydd, communications specialist for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and ArtsEngine
"There's no better way to gain independence, and become more resourceful, than by taking yourself totally out of your comfort zone and your country. Also, it's so much fun."
Jill Peters, International Programs adviser in the College of Engineering.
"I think it's important to know that if you make the right argument you're not necessarily going to be able to change the course of history, but you're also not going to be useless."
Ann Chih Lin, associate professor of public policy, and political science
"I've always had interest in helping the people of Jamaica, and now with the university associated with it, it enables me to even further that goal."
Dr. Joseph Myers, optometrist with University Health Service and co-founder of the Eye Health Institute.
"I've always been outdoorsy and adventurous, but Everest was never an explicit goal. It was just the next mountain."
Scott DeRue, professor of management in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, director of the Ross Leadership Initiative and the faculty director of Ross' Emerging Leaders Program
"I love getting to know our Flint students on these trips. It reinforces the importance of our work as fundraisers and allows me to speak with confidence about the quality of the university experience."
Becky Pettengill, corporate and foundation relations officer at UM-Flint