"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.
"Teaching and mentorship are ways of giving back. I try to participate in events that focus on women in science."
Melanie Sanford, Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and MacArthur Fellow.
"I really enjoy interacting with people. Whether it's classroom work or research needs, I like working with faculty, staff and students."
Rebi Varghese, desktop support specialist with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who also volunteers for the Harvest Mission Community Church in Honduras.
"I like motorcycling for the same reason one of my mentors likes mountain climbing. It requires so much attention to what you're doing that it forces you to not think about work."
Brendan Haug, archivist of the university's Papyrology Collection
"People come in and are putting their art on the chopping block. That's their baby, and there's an incredible amount of stress and tension, so I try to have the 'aloha' spirit. Part of my job is just coming in and having a goofy shirt on and smiling."
Jacques Mersereau, producing manager of the Digital Media Commons Video Studio in the Duderstadt Library