Faculty/Staff Spotlights

  1. November 22, 2021 Clare Croft

    “All of the years of Daring Dances have been working to focus on populations and questions that feel particularly important to southeastern Michigan.”

    — Clare Croft, associate professor of American culture who also has launched and curated projects to promote queer dance and open dialogue in that sphere

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  2. November 15, 2021 Amy I-Lin Cheng

    “I’m reminded that as an artist-teacher, we really need to cultivate our youth in a positive way through music.”

    — Amy I-Lin Cheng, a lecturer IV in piano in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance who also teaches piano to youth ages 7-17 in her private studio in Ann Arbor

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  3. November 8, 2021 Tony DeLaRosa

    “A lot of the kids here are first-generation students, who maybe don’t have parents sort of guiding them through that process.”

    — Tony DeLaRosa, who serves UM-Dearborn as assistant director of experiential learning at the College of Engineering and Computer Science

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  4. November 1, 2021 Lara Unger

    “There’s very much a personal element in each of the books that I make or there’s something challenging about them.”

    — Lara Unger, digital conversion supervisor at the U-M Library who has made more than 50 artist’s books for people she knows

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  5. October 25, 2021 Kelly Miltimore

    “I have this drive to fight for this population because I know how hard it was for us to get services when he was a cute kid.”

    — Kelly Miltimore, a registered nurse who works in the Central Staffing Resources at Michigan Medicine and wrote a book about raising a special-needs child

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  6. October 18, 2021 Brian DiBlassio

    “It’s just one of those situations being in a city like Ann Arbor where you have all these opportunities and culture, I definitely benefitted from that.”

    — Brian DiBlassio, associate professor of music in the College of Arts and Sciences at UM-Flint, who began playing piano at age 9 and has been in the same band since 1999

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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