"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
"I never thought I would be a teacher. I feel like everything that I thought was so separate is actually integrated."
Anne Mondro, associate professor of art and design
“People around here know me as the dog lady. If they have any dog problems, they’ll come to me.”
Mary Maguire Byrkit, application manager, Information and Technology Services
"I saw the power of education to elevate my own life and that of my family from a history of poverty and disadvantage."
Kendra Hearn, coordinator of the Teach for America-Detroit Interim Teacher Certification and Master of Arts in Educational Studies — Urban Pedagogy programs.
"I feel a strong connection to Ross' mission of developing leaders who make a positive difference in the world."
Christopher Ankney, social media specialist, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
“It’s a totally different animal when you put people from different worldviews together. No one discipline in isolation could succeed.”
Bill Lovejoy, professor of technology and operations, on how his Integrated Product Design projects work.
"It's fun to come to work and be able to help people and go home knowing that you made somebody's quality of life better."
Mark Taylor, orthotist and prosthetist at U-M Health System
“I try to help students understand that there’s a lot that exists in the world outside of the classroom, and technology is one way to bring that world closer.”
Stein Brunvand, associate professor of education at UM-Dearborn
"I'm always doing something for my fundraising, giving back to the community, kind of paying forward."
Brenda Phillips, grant specialist at the U-M Health System.