Faculty/Staff Spotlights

  1. October 11, 2021 David Flaugher

    “It’s a jack-of-all-trades kind of a thing, but I’m a master of one, which is drawing. I used to be more modest about it, but now I feel pretty good about it.”

    — David Flaugher, a lecturer I in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design who is also an accomplished skateboarder

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  2. October 4, 2021 Kathy Sodt

    “I just love the fact that I can create; it makes me happy and takes me to a different place, it helps me relax and enjoy life.”

    — Kathy Sodt, a senior business intelligence analyst with Enterprise Data and Information Services and Health Information Technology & Services at Michigan Medicine who makes quilts, table runners and jewelry

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  3. September 27, 2021 Jim Ottaviani

    “I enjoy action and adventure stories — and sure, superheroes too — as much or more as the next person.”

    — Jim Ottaviani, a U-M librarian, has been writing graphic novels about scientists for more than two decades

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  4. September 20, 2021 Ryan Ball
    “Every student I met with the following day made it a point to say it went viral, and I didn’t even know what that meant.”

    — Ryan Ball, clinical assistant professor of business administration in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business who used a potato filter in a recent study session and a student posted videos of it to TikTok

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  5. September 13, 2021 Joe Levickas, program director for Arts at Michigan and assistant director in the Office of New Student Programs and creator of Creal Microgallery
    “It’s taking time to invest in something small, but still feeling like you’re able to appreciate the size and scale of that effort.”

    — Joe Levickas, program director for Arts at Michigan and assistant director in the Office of New Student Programs and creator of Creal Microgallery

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  6. September 7, 2021 Christi-Anne Castro
    “I like the social aspect of when you play (music) together there’s this coordination and emotional magic that happens.”

    — Christi-Anne Castro, associate professor of music and associate dean for faculty development in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance

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  7. August 30, 2021 Nick Ringe
    “We live in a beautiful area for plants and for animals and all this seasonal bounty. For me, it’s trying to connect people with that.”

    — Nick Ringe, assistant manager at East Quad who has been with Michigan Dining since 2013

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  8. August 9, 2021 Drawing of Dave Moran
    “Once you do it and you see no one is going to laugh at you and nothing humiliating is going to happen, it becomes very relaxing.”

    — Dave Moran, a clinical professor of law who models nude for art centers, clubs and classes

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  9. June 21, 2021 Darin Leese
    “I like to pride myself as having the biggest collection of Ogunquit art in Michigan.”

    — Darin Leese, a business systems analyst for My LINC through Information and Technology Services and an art collector

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  10. June 7, 2021 Building facilities manager uses running, music to inspire
    “My goal with running and life is to inspire, and I feel like running has provided me that platform to motivate and inspire.”

    — Joshua Burd, building facilities manager with Student Life Housing Facilities

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