Faculty/Staff Spotlights

  1. January 9, 2023 Jack Sustic, the bonsai specialist at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, who has his own extensive collection of more than 60 bonsai trees in his home

    “Once you start a tree, the plant has evolved, and it never ends there. You continue to have to work with them to keep their shape.”

    — Jack Sustic, the bonsai specialist at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, who has his own extensive collection of more than 60 bonsai trees in his home

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  2. December 5, 2022 Daryl Marshke, senior photographer with Michigan Creative who has a passion for capturing storms on film

    “I just love chasing storms and taking pictures of the lightning and seeing how the storms build and the different types of clouds that are involved.”

    — Daryl Marshke, senior photographer with Michigan Creative who has a passion for capturing storms on film

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  3. November 21, 2022 Blair Dudley, certified registered nurse anesthetist, who has been involved with CrossFit for about 10 years and recently began taking part in competitions

    “Over time, I became more and more comfortable with those around me knowing that they were doing their own thing, I was doing my thing.”

    — Blair Dudley, certified registered nurse anesthetist, who has been involved with CrossFit for about 10 years and recently began taking part in competitions

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  4. November 14, 2022

    “Taking a walk and playing Pokémon Go does fall in mindfulness, focusing on one thing and forgetting about everything else and being in the moment.”

    — Richard Lindsay, technical director of university productions and lecturer of theatre in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance who discovered Pokémon during the late 1990s 

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  5. November 7, 2022 Beth Dutridge-Corp, an LSA graduate education program manager who takes part in improvisational comedy performances

    “I feel like as adults, we forget how to play and how to kind of let go and have fun.”

    — Beth Dutridge-Corp, an LSA graduate education program manager who takes part in improvisational comedy performances

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  6. October 31, 2022 Jonathan Smith, percussion program manager at U-M, who has performed nearly 200 shows for “Aladdin” on Broadway since 2014 as the designated sub for the musical’s full-time percussionist

    “You can’t play the theme song to ‘A Whole New World’ wrong. Even a 6-year-old kid would say, ‘That doesn’t sound right.’”

    — Jonathan Smith, percussion program manager at U-M, who has performed nearly 200 shows for “Aladdin” on Broadway since 2014 as the designated sub for the musical’s full-time percussionist

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  7. October 24, 2022 Aaron Dworkin, professor of arts leadership and entrepreneurship in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, spent much of his time during the COVID-19 quarantine preparing to captain voyages across the Gulf Stream

    “I have always been obsessed with water and found it a great comfort.”

    — Aaron Dworkin, professor of arts leadership and entrepreneurship in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, spent much of his time during the COVID-19 quarantine preparing to captain voyages across the Gulf Stream

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  8. October 17, 2022 Tamara West, an intercultural program adviser at U-M’s Center for Global and Intercultural Study who participates in singing competitions in a wide array of foreign languages

    “It’s my intention to have them hear a song in another language that’s not English, and hear that that’s beautiful, too.”

    — Tamara West, an intercultural program adviser at U-M’s Center for Global and Intercultural Study who participates in singing competitions in a wide array of foreign languages

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  9. October 10, 2022 supervisor for the Procurement Services technology team, has a robust collection of knives and swords on display in the basement of his Ypsilanti home

    “I have a lot of stuff. It’s kind of an eclectic mix. I get bored pretty easily, so I end up with a lot of hobbies. I’m like a big 12-year-old.”

    — Todd Coon, supervisor for the Procurement Services technology team, has a robust collection of knives, swords, Captain America memorabilia and other things on display in the basement of his Ypsilanti home

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  10. October 3, 2022 Dave Brenner

    “I love to give to other people, and I like to inspire them and let them know that you can do this, too.”

    — Dave Brenner, the School for Environment and Sustainability’s creative and web director who with his wife, Shelley, competes in chalk-art competitions around the country and the world

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