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.
After a long day of work, what is better than coming home to relax and unwind? For Julie DuChateau, it's hitting the gym for a couple dozen pull-ups and a 200-pound-plus deadlift.
The deterioration and resulting need for preservation of art motivates and inspires Kate Holoka.
A fascination with Japanese printmaking has led Holoka to create a home studio with a printing press of her own. Her focus is on traditional methods of printmaking, such as engraving copper plates and carving woodblocks.
What do you get when you cross stuffed unicorns and recreational athletes? You get Andy Boehnlein, The Second City alumnus and coordinator of intramural sports at the University of Michigan.
Going 15 miles per hour in a cramped parking lot, Julian Weisensel slammed on the brakes of his motorcycle and flew over the handlebars, crashing onto the asphalt right in front of his motorcycle safety instructor.
Any American can relate to the thrill of attending a professional baseball game. However, as a member of the Detroit Tigers' Energy Squad, Katie Wopinsky can relate more than most.
"(The squad members) are the most intelligent group of women I've ever met. Most of us are friends for life. It's pretty amazing," she said.
The historic fire raged weeks before. Still, a bonfire smell lingered.
Kevin Leeser took time off from his job as a registered nurse at the University of Michigan Health System to lead volunteers raking through ashes in burned-out basements in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
They discovered something greater than gold.
When the University of Michigan's biggest machines break down, Heavy Equipment Mechanic Bob Winkler is there to fix them.
"There's always something to do," Winkler says.
From his "gentleman's farm" to his electric car, Todd Brown strives to live a mindful existence.
A whirlwind of inspirational energy by day and a tango dancer in the eve, Kimberly Smith is always on the move, helping students find their path and preparing them for graduation.