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Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency rolls out new website

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The new Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, headed by Ford School alum Jeff Barnes (MPP '09), recently launched a clearing-house website for all Michigan veterans, as well as a toll-free number for veterans' services and needs. The agency, which seeks to become a one-stop-shop for veterans services, has launched these initiatives to help more veterans access the services—education, healthcare, employment—available to them.

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Alum announces new UN strategy for fuel, energy

Monday, June 30, 2014

On May 13, Steven T. Corliss (MPP/JD '88) formally announced the UN Refugee Agency's Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) strategy, a global initiative that will help meet the energy needs of refugees living in camps in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Corliss, who earned his master's of public policy in 1988, is director of the UN Refugee Agency's Division of Programme Support & Management.

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Staebler: call for nominations

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Ford School Alumni Board seeks nominations for the Neil Staebler Distinguished Service Award.

The Staebler Award is a program of the Neil Staebler Fund for Political Education at the Ford School. The Staebler Fund was established in 1987 to honor Neil Staebler (AB '26), one of Michigan's leading political figures. Staebler, who passed away in 2000, devoted his public life to improving democratic government by increasing the participation of citizens in all aspects of public affairs.

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Wanted: Alumni to join Centennial Reunion Committee

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Remember the days of Lorch Hall? Or holiday skits? Or dreaded problem sets? The Centennial Reunion is the perfect occasion to come together as alumni and friends to remember times past, and look to the future.

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Matt Johnson's American Bureaucrat blog highlights the people and ideas public policy is meant to serve

Thursday, May 8, 2014

By Thomas O'Mealia (BA '14)

As deputy director of the Global Security Contingency Fund, Matt Johnson is doing what many Ford School alumni do—serving the public with innovative policy solutions.

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The Last Word

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Jennifer Niggemeier, director of graduate career services and alumni relations, and Elisabeth Johnston, alumni relations manager, sit down with State & Hill to preview The Centennial Reunion (October 31 – November 1, 2014).

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Three reasons why Gregory Holman (MPP/MUP '11) is listed among Crain's Detroit Business "Twenty in their 20s."

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Why did Gregory Holman (MPP/MUP '11), age 29, make Crain's Detroit Business's list of "Twenty in their 20s"? Reporter Chad Halcom explains.

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Zachary Petroni, inaugural Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship recipient, discusses the flawed conservation equation for Kenyan forest

Monday, May 5, 2014

By Zach Petroni (BA '13)

Kenya's Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF), the largest remnant of a hardwood forest that once spanned East Africa's coast from Somalia to southern Mozambique, is a refuge for dozens of endemic and endangered flora and fauna—the Sokoke Scops Owl, Amani Sunbird, and Golden-Rumped Elephant Shrew among them.

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Hauling charcoal, studying conservation in Kenya

Monday, May 5, 2014

By William Foreman

Zach Petroni (BA '13) believes that to truly know something, you have to experience it. So that's why he spent some time working as a charcoal hauler in Kenya, loading huge bags of the fuel on a rusty fixed-gear bike and pedaling it 20 miles into town.

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Fighting poverty like an IPPSter

Friday, May 2, 2014

Peter Borish applies analytics and creativity to for-profit and not-for-profit endeavors alike

By Jeff Mortimer

"I was like every other kid," says Peter Borish (AB '81, MPP '82). "When I was growing up, I wanted to become a professional baseball player."

Like almost every other kid, he didn't. But if he wasn't the Rookie of the Year in his chosen field, he came close. Five years after earning his master's at the Ford School, the hedge fund he co-founded with Paul Jones, Tudor Investments, was already so successful that he, Jones, and another hedge fund executive were able to create the Robin Hood Foundation, now the largest anti-poverty organization in New York City.

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Inaugural Dow Sustainability Fellow Cassie Brown helps city establish revolving loan fund for A2 energy efficiency upgrades

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The first cohort of Dow Sustainability Fellows has recently partnered with the City of Ann Arbor on a pilot project establishing a new, low-interest revolving loan fund for landlords and renters seeking to improve the energy efficiency of rental properties. Cassie Brown, who is seeking a dual degree in engineering and public policy and a Science, Technology, and Public Policy certificate, is among the Dow Sustainability Fellows engaged in the project. Others include Alicia Chin and Amy Eischen from the Ross School of Business, Efrie Friedlander from the Taubman College of Art and Architecture, and Emily Taylor, who is affiliated with the Erb Institute, the School of Natural Resources, and the Ross School of Business.

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Maya Menlo plays a role in U-M decision to support Bangladesh factory safety accord

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"President Mary Sue Coleman announced April 1 that U-M will adopt the recommendations of the President's Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights that all U-M licensees either sign and abide by a worker safety initiative called the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh or demonstrate that they have an equivalent safety plan," reports Kim Broekhuizen in the April 7 edition of The University Record.

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Alumni Board Members Elected to Serve January 1, 2014-December 31, 2016

Friday, December 20, 2013

This past fall, Ford School alumni elected six of their peers to serve on the Alumni Board. Those elected to serve from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016 are Peter Fritz (MPP/MBA '10), Keith Fudge (MPP '09), Tres Fuller (BA '10), Catherine Lomax (MPP '01), Jomo Thorne (MPP/MBA '08), and Paul Weech (MPP '81).

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BA alum among 'Top 35 under 35' foreigners making an impact in Africa

Monday, December 16, 2013

Madelynne Wager (BA '13), a first generation college student from the small town of Greenville, Mich., knew she wanted to make an impact. When she started her studies at the University of Michigan, she thought she could do that best by becoming a doctor. But during a summer medical internship in Venezuela, Wager became deeply troubled by the health disparities she witnessed between the wealthy patients at the region's spotless, upscale hospital, and what the poor confronted at the area's crowded, unkempt clinic. Why are poor people getting so much sicker in the first place, she wondered, and if poverty makes you vulnerable, can a living wage improve your health?

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Rare and powerful analysis

Monday, December 16, 2013

Latesha Love (MPP '02) was two weeks into her second year of graduate school in Ann Arbor, getting dressed for class and watching the news with an absent-minded interest, when she realized that "something was really, really, really wrong." It was the morning of September 11, and Love, like everyone else in America, quickly became riveted by the events unfolding on her television.

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Matching and mobilizing private investments in conservation

Monday, December 16, 2013

Jason Weller (MPP '99) was just out of college, with a still-crisp undergraduate degree, when the native northern-Californian took an unlikely summer job on a family ranching operation in Big Timber, Montana. He was expecting a "Brad Pitt, Legends of the Fall experience," he recalls with self-deprecating humor; instead, he wound up working harder than he'd ever worked in his life. He fixed the fences, shoveled the manure, stacked the hay, and dodged the bulls and rattlesnakes; but his most important responsibility was irrigation.

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From dreaming to doing - tuition equality now

Monday, December 16, 2013

On April 17, 2013, at approximately 6:00 p.m., 50-60 people gathered outside the Michigan Union, at the intersection of State Street and South University. U-M student activists and Ann Arbor community members had come to protest the University's in-state tuition policy, which at that time excluded undocumented Michigan high school graduates. By 7:00 p.m., the protesters had blocked the intersection. "What do we want?" they chanted, in a classic protest call and response. "Tuition equality! When do we want it? Now!" Eight were arrested, including Ford School alumna Marisol Ramos (MPP/MA '13) who, despite her youth, has been an immigrant rights activist and organizer for nearly a decade.

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Yes, you! - The unlikely and absolutely inspiring career of Eunice Burns

Monday, December 16, 2013

Eunice Burns (MPA '70) holds up a photograph taken at her 90th birthday celebration. It's of her children—Catherine's the oldest; then there's Laurie, Robert, and Tamara. In the picture Burns beams with pride, as she does now. Over the years, Burns' children have organized small tributes on her birthday to honor her lifetime of dedication to the city of Ann Arbor; on a number of occasions she has received proclamations from the mayor.

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Cast your vote for the 2013 Ford School Alumni Board

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Voting for the six open seats on the Ford School Alumni Board open through November 19, 2013.

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Ford School launches alumni-in-residence program

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations have launched an alumni-in-residence program where graduates spend a half-day at the Ford School providing professional development support for students through resume reviews, mock interviews, career conversations, and/or office hours.

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