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.
Every day at Michigan Medicine’s University Hospital, Lisa Belanger Neal uses a camera to demystify death.
Janine Leah Capsouras had never run before participating in her first half-marathon a year ago. On Oct. 20, she finished the Detroit Marathon as a freedom fighter for victims of human trafficking.
From listening to her parents chat around the dinner table to winning her own seat on the Dearborn City Council, politics has always been an important part of Erin Byrnes’ life.
Armed with more than a decade of experience in disability and accessibility support services, a contagious smile and a fierce desire to help students, Harvey “Chip” Evans has hit the ground running.
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.
Engaging with high school students as they prepare to apply to college requires a certain type of person — one who is up-to-date on trends, has a friendly and welcoming demeanor and can relate to students on a personal level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Richard Eikstadt, a chance encounter with a classmate during his freshman year of college kick-started his journey in the world of professional sports.
The Emmys, Oscars and the MTV Movie awards highlight the best of film during any given year. But who honors the ones that tank?
Five years ago, Sara Saylor saw a message in a Facebook group for the local Ethiopian adoption community inquiring about interest in arranging a heritage camp for the kids.
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.
Since she was 16 years old, Karin Arizala has volunteered at summer camps. Most recently, however, she has worked at camps for kids with special needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.