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March 21, 2019

Staff Spotlight

March 18, 2019

School of Education staffer works to revive music for Flint students

From searching for abandoned instruments to collaborating with community partners and foundations, Victoria Bigelow has made it her mission to bring music back to Flint students.

Bigelow, who works as an evaluation coordinator at the School of Education, began her work in Flint when she was a U-M postdoctoral scholar in 2014.

September 10, 2018

Woodworker’s viral creations support humanitarian organization

Matt Thompson was not looking for fame or fortune when he crafted a state of Michigan-themed chair that dispenses beer, but he found himself in the middle of a social media storm after he published two videos that went viral earlier this year.

April 9, 2018

Academic program coordinator is a charitable Ghostbuster

When George Sprague joined the maker movement, it was not anywhere near where it is today.

Sprague’s involvement in the do-it-yourself community that incorporates technology in inventions started way before maker culture even had a name.

February 5, 2018

SEAS graphic artist spent time 'off the grid' at Pictured Rocks

While spending three weeks alone in a secluded cabin may seem daunting to some, for Todd Marsee it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Marsee was presented this experience when he was chosen as the 2017 Artist in Residence at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

January 15, 2018

Disney on Ice performer works to reduce childhood obesity

After graduating high school, Brad Newman wasn't sure about his next step. His path led him to skating with Disney on Ice.

"I thought I'd join the company for one to two years and pursue education later. I ended up staying for five years," he said.

December 4, 2017

Glass-washer turned lab manager shares tale of triumph

Beginning as a glass-washer at the Life Sciences Institute in 2007, Ulla Lilienthal never would have guessed that 10 years later she would work as a lab manager in LSI.

"If I would have planned this, it never would have happened," said Lilienthal, senior research laboratory technician in Research Associate Professor Melanie Ohi's lab.

July 5, 2017

Academic adviser helped students get home from Egypt

It was the beginning of 2011, and Sofia Carlsson was on a plane back to the United States after spending a week in Aleppo, Syria, and Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.

Just three days later, the Arab Spring would begin.

March 20, 2017

Chef looks back on U-M culinary transformation

Standing anxiously in the corner, Chef "Buzz" watches as his dish is served to 30 hungry students in a private dining room at South Quad. They are sampling a new creation: a donut filled with chipotle chocolate and … pork.

March 13, 2017

Dental school staff member takes on dancing, sailing

From ballroom dancing to sailing, Julie Kelsea's free time is full of adventure. As a health information analyst at the School of Dentistry, Kelsea spends most of her days working with patient records.

February 20, 2017

Professional development mentor shares passion for world travel

Janice Reuben's boat was floating amidst a pod of killer whales near Victoria Island, Vancouver, when the matriarch casually breached the surface of the water. Suddenly, dozens of orcas leapt out of the water, creating a serendipitous, dazzling display of nature's elegant beauty, she recalls.

February 6, 2017

Library staff member creates narrative with card game

Some people take up golf as a hobby. Robert Havey, who also enjoys time on the links, competitively plays Magic The Gathering. Havey has been playing the competitive card game for 20 years after learning from a neighbor.

From then on he was hooked.

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