Faculty/Staff Spotlights

  1. June 24, 2024
    “I wanted to pick things that were of historical significance but also things that were inside jokes or favorite haunts of people as well.”

    — Bettina Senga, communications manager for the Center for Global Health Equity who is using relief printmaking to illustrate an alphabet book highlighting Ann Arbor’s gems in honor of the city’s 200th birthday this year

    Read more about Bettina Senga
  2. June 10, 2024 Samir Rawashdeh
    “It’s just plastic and a bunch of motors. But somehow it becomes more than the sum of its parts.”

    — Samir Rawashdeh, a UM-Dearborn associate professor of electrical and computer engineering who 3D printed replicas of the “Star Wars” droids and engineered them into robotic toys for his kids

    Read more about Samir Rawashdeh
  3. May 20, 2024 A photo of Thomas Henthorn
    “If you could conquer blacksmithing, you could probably figure out something else that seems out of reach to you.”

    — Thomas Henthorn, professor of history at UM-Flint who was introduced to blacksmithing while exploring historic sites and now teaches classes on blacksmithing in Flint

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  4. May 6, 2024 A photo of Gray Carper
    “Hong Kong has turned me into a voracious omnivore who lives to eat and plans everything around it.”

    — Gray Carper, a service quality analyst with Health Information Technology & Services who first visited Hong Kong in 2003 and now lives there and serves as a tour guide

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  5. April 29, 2024 A compilation photo of six graduating seniors
    Among those preparing to graduate are Mahalina Dimacali from LSA/School for the Environment and Sustainability; Evan Eidt from the College of Engineering; Ikalanni Jahi from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; Olivia Jeong from the School of Public Health; Neil Nakkash from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and Hannah Slawson from the School of Nursing

    — Each year, the Record highlights the range of experiences and people who attend U-M by profiling selected graduates about their time at the university and their plans for life afterward.

    Read more about the seniors
  6. April 22, 2024 A photo of Trisha Miller
    “Music is very, very important to me. It’s a big part of my life. So, I feel really fortunate that I get to be involved in this.”

    — Trisha Miller, student services coordinator at the Marsal Family School of Education who has been a member of the Out Loud Chorus for nearly 20 years

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  7. April 15, 2024 A photo of Irina Bondarenko
    “I was keen on exploring this idea of beauty emerging despite injury or destruction.”

    — Irina Bondarenko, a statistician lead for the biostatistics department in the School of Public Health who grew up in Ukraine and has been inspired to create ceramic artwork honoring her homeland

    Read more about Irina Bondarenko
  8. April 8, 2024 A photo of a man with a squirrel on his head
    “Campus is one of the few places where squirrels run toward you, not away, and that’s just kind of charming and delightful and is a great joy.”

    — Corey Seeman, director of Kresge Library Services for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, who is a squirrel aficionado who serves that population as the eradicator of mange

    Read more about Corey Seeman
  9. April 1, 2024 A photo of a woman and a horse
    “I would argue that for anyone who enjoys being around horses, it’s therapeutic, and riding provides awesome benefits for your body.”

    — Jenny Jones, a supervisor in the Medical School Office of Research, who is involved with Therapeutic Riding Inc., where she helps people with disabilities gain life lessons and foster independence by learning to ride horses

    Read more about Jenny Jones
  10. March 25, 2024 A photo of Piotr Westwalewicz
    “We are relentless in following the best coaching practices from around the world and always focus on building positive life habits.”

    — Piotr Westwalewicz, lecturer IV in Slavic languages and literatures in LSA who in 2005 founded Ann Arbor CRUSH, a youth soccer club that has grown from 15 players to hundreds

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