"I loved the books since I was young — I was fascinated by Laura's realness — real people, real family, real places. They're the reason I became a historian."
Michelle McClellan, assistant professor of history, on her enduring attraction to the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
"I work in technology and management, but I have a passion for creative and design."
Aisha Holly, Web manager at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business who also does wedding and event design.
"The excitement of making something work that I helped invent, and knowing that it’ll help us understand our planet."
Christopher Ruf, professor of atmospheric science and electrical engineering, on what inspires him
"I can't live without poetry, art, Buddhist practice, nature and animals. (And) the people I love."
Sarah Messer, lecturer, writer and goat tender and White Lotus Farms
"I actively choose to love and care for people around me as best as I can."
Angela Jeon, student administration assistant for the College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, on being a mentor.
"I consider myself the cultural ambassador of everything Cajun to the world. I’m trying to spread the joy of life of the Cajun culture wherever I go."
Kaitlin Deslatte, community outreach officer with the U-M Police Department and Louisiana native.
"I'm still inspired by the idea of bringing the past to life, of understanding past societies in all their richness."
Geoff Emberling, assistant research scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
"I was always just running around — looking for cow bones, sneaking into cow pastures, finding kittens in the barn. That sort of thing. It was all very country."
Josie Pickens, an executive secretary in the School of Nursing, recalling summers on the Ohio farm that has been in her family for more than 200 years.
"A lot of people want to work. They see work as healing in a way. It's their ability to make a contribution."
Luke Shaefer, associate professor of social work and public policy, whose recent research focused on rising levels of extreme poverty across the nation.
"What kind of messages do you want to leave? Is it temporary? Is it long lasting? Are we willing to break the mold?"
Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, professor of art and design, about the ideas behind a campaign's visual image.