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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.


Students and staff run Big House 5K for fun and charity

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ford School students and staff ran in the second annual Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors on Sunday, April 6. The event, coordinated by the U-M Athletic Department and Ann Arbor Track Club, began at the Glick Field House, circled through campus, and ended on the 50-yard-line of the Big House.


Public policy students respond to Kevyn Orr's Ford School lecture

Friday, March 28, 2014

On March 26, 2014, Detroit's Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, spoke at the University of Michigan as part of an event put on by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Public policy student Harsha Nahata was quoted in Rochelle Riley's Detroit Free Press column on her thoughts about Orr's speech and about the future of the city of Detroit.


Ford School MPP student among winners of 2014 Social Impact Challenge

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Noelle Polaski (MPP, MA '16) is among four U-M graduate students whose team, Le Rouge, won the 2014 Social Impact Challenge based on their recommendations for Detroit Future City. The Social Impact Challenge asks multidisciplinary teams of graduate students to collaborate on addressing real issues for an organization that delivers social impact. Teams receive a Challenge statement, investigate the context and social issues, and develop strategic recommendations for action.


Brittany Jones (BA '14) honored as a 2014 MLK Spirit Award recipient

Monday, January 27, 2014

Brittany Jones (BA '14) was recognized as a 2014 Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award recipient during the 28th annual MLK Symposium on January 25. The Ninth Annual Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Awards honored students from the schools and colleges on Central Campus who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of the civil rights leader. Students were nominated by faculty and staff from the Business, Education, Kinesiology, Literature, Science, and the Arts, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Policy programs.


Crowdfunding guides prepared by Ford School students circulated by Crowdfund Insider

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Documents prepared by Christopher Falcone (MPP '14), Matthew Papadapoluos (MPP/MA '13), Erin Sullivan (MPP '14), and Jessica Teng (MPP '14) detailing the basics of equity crowdfunding and a framework for potential investors and businesses to consider circulated after crowdfunding legislation is passed in the Michigan Senate.


Wolfers and McIntyre featured in roundup of most important economic stories of 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ford School professor Justin Wolfers and current masters student Adrianna McIntyre (MPP/MPH '15) among 43 economists, journalists, and think-tankers asked by The Atlantic to select charts they think best represent the year in economics.


Alyssa Mouton heads to U.N. to learn advocacy skills at Commission on the Status of Women Conference

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Alyssa Mouton (MPP/MPH '14) will gain experience in the art of advocacy at a practicum held March 8 – March 15, 2014 in conjunction with meetings of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Mouton is one of 20 women students chosen from across the nation to participate in the practicum, which offers an opportunity to observe how the United Nations works to address issues requiring multilateral engagement and coordinated action.


Ford School senior wins seat on Trenton City Council

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Steven Rzeppa (BA '14) hopes to bring a fresh perspective to city government in his hometown of Trenton, MI.


Three Ford School students awarded CEW scholarships

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Center for the Education of Women selected Adrienne Call (MPP/MSW '13), Colleen Campbell (MPP/MA '14), and Kristin van Ausdal (MPP '14) among its 2013-14 scholarship recipients, honoring the academic performance and potential of women.


Rachel Potter wins APSA Founders Award for best graduate student paper

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Rachel Potter has won the 2013 Founders Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her paper, "Strategic Transparency in Agency Rulemaking." The award is given for the best graduate student paper presented at APSA's annual meeting or at any of the regional meetings in the preceding two years.


Michigan Daily names Kevin Mersol-Barg (BA '14) a Student of the Year

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Michigan Daily has named Ford School BA senior Kevin Mersol-Barg (BA '14) a Student of the Year. Each year, the campus paper's managing editors cull eleven finalists from dozens of nominated students who have had a positive impact at the University.


U-M ranks seventh for Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

U-M ranks No. 7 in the nation as a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows university in the 2013 rankings of top Peace Corps Master's International and Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.

U-M has 20 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers currently enrolled in the Coverdell Fellows graduate program.

The Coverdell Fellows Program provides returned volunteers with scholarships, academic credit, and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service along with professional internships helping underserved American communities. The Peace Corps Master's International program allows students to earn their graduate degree while serving in the Peace Corps. U-M offers both Peace Corps Fellows and Master's International programs.


Ford School names incoming MPP/MBA students Brian Garcia and Brian McMillan as 2014 Bohnett Public Service Fellows

Friday, May 3, 2013

Incoming MPP/MBA candidates Brian Garcia and Brian McMillan have been selected to receive the prestigious David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship. The foundation will pay full tuition for two years for both Garcia and McMillan and will provide a $6,000 summer internship stipend. Both Garcia and McMillan commit to completing a ten-week, full-time summer internship with the City of Detroit Mayor's Office.


Ford School APS students reimagine GM Powertrain Plant Facility and Willow Run Airport

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ford School master's students Patrick Leonard, Tyler Sawher, Dan Trubman, and Eboni Wells presented proposals to local officials, community leaders, and residents that would repurpose the GM Powertrain Plant Facility and the Willow Run Airport as a waste management facility, or "Energyopolis," and "Willow Network," a research hub. The presentation served as the culmination of the students' final project for the Applied Policy Seminar (APS). The four students were part of a research group that also included students from the U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the School of Public Health, and the College of Engineering.


Ford School community participates in run to honor victims of Boston Marathon bombing

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Members of the Ford School community participated in a three-mile solidarity run through Ann Arbor on Saturday to honor victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. The event, organized by Ford School graduate student James (Jimmy) Schneidewind (MPP '14) and co-sponsored by the Ford School, the City of Ann Arbor, and local organizations and businesses, was planned as a way for the Ann Arbor and University of Michigan communities to show support for victims of the bombing.


After war

Monday, April 22, 2013

Zouheir Al Ghreiwati looks toward the future of Syria

Zouheir Al Ghreiwati's (BA '14) native land is a warzone.

Hailing from Damascus, Syria, Al Ghreiwati lived in the now war-torn nation until his junior year of high school. Despite the mainstream media's portrayal of Syria as a country divided by sectarian lines, Ghreiwati believes the civil war is driven not by religious hatred, but by the Syrian people's desire for democracy.


Fifth Annual Public Policy Connects conference welcomes students from Washtenaw International High School

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Public Policy Connects (PPC) stepped up to a new challenge in 2013. Held on Saturday, April 13, the 5th Annual student-led conference has for the last several years aimed at introducing high school students from southeast Michigan to public policy and demystifying the college application process. This year, the Ford School's Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP) and co-host Association for Public Policy about Learning and Education (APPLE) amplified that goal when they welcomed sophomores and juniors from Washtenaw International High SchoolIPE (Integrated Policy Exercise) style simulation, "Online Learning: The Next Frontier?"


Annual charity auction to raise funds for Detroit Action Commonwealth

Friday, March 22, 2013

The 2013 Ford School Charity Auction will take place on April 6 at the Kensington Court Hotel in Ann Arbor. The theme for this year's fundraiser is "The Roaring 20s" and will involve a jazz-era gala. The beneficiary of the event will be Detroit Action Commonwealth, a nonprofit in southeast Michigan which supports homeless communities in Detroit.


Ford School MPP student among winners of 2013 Social Impact Challenge

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ford School student Lauren Sheram's (MPP '14) team won the 2013 Social Impact Challenge, a case competition organized by the Nonprofit and Public Management Center.


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