The Ford School Feed: News for alumni and friends of the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan


May 27, 2009

Greetings from the Dean

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Dean Susan M. Collins on the latest Ford School news, including a celebration of our first BA graduating class, an update on the MPP curriculum review, details about our 95th birthday and alumni reunion, and thoughts about how the economy is impacting our graduates and our finances. [More]

Students at work from Detroit to Senegal

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Seminar engages students with Detroit's opportunities, challenges

A group of students, staff, and faculty spent the day in Detroit this semester to learn about the city's problems and opportunities firsthand. Professor Liz Gerber organized the excursion - which included both a bus tour of economic development sites and a Q&A session with local community leaders - as part of her winter Applied Policy Seminar. [More]

Annual IEDP trip takes students to Senegal... [More]

Faculty news

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Jan Svejnar, Marina Whitman reflect on causes of economic crisis, prospects for recovery

Two Ford School faculty members with deep expertise in economic policy were interviewed this semester in multimedia news releases produced by U-M News and Information Services. [More]

Working after Welfare: new book explores long-term impacts of welfare reform

A new book by the Ford School's Kristin S. Seefeldt was featured in a recent edition of Dome magazine, an online publication that covers politics and policy in the State of Michigan. [More]

More faculty news and awards... [More]

Students set high marks in academics, public service

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Tassels, robes, and happy smiles

The Ford School's 2009 commencement celebrations sent graduates out into the world with our highest hopes and warmest congratulations. For the very first time, the event included undergraduates. [More]

A Salute to Service

Each year, Ford School students organize an all-school charity auction. The '09 auction hit home with amazing results, raising $12,000 in support of American military families. [More]

2nd Annual Gramlich Showcase highlights excellent student work... [More]

Graduating classes give generously in support of future students... [More]

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Keeping in touch: alumni news

All-alumni reunion and Ford School 95th birthday celebration: schedule, hotel info, and more about the September 25-26 big event. [More]

Staebler Award: nominations now being accepted for the Neil Staebler Distinguished Service Award. [More]

Stay connected: join other alumni on Facebook, LinkedIn, and InCircle. [More]

Upcoming alumni reception: Thursday, June 4, 2009 in Chicago, IL. [More]

U-M Alumni Association: free membership, other support for those impacted by the economic downturn. [More]

Careers in public policy

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Tom Talk: Annie Maxwell
Direct Relief International COO and Ford School alum Annie Maxwell discusses nonprofit management. [Listen]

Tom Talk: Matt Naud
Alum Matt Naud discusses careers involving the environment and local government. [Listen]


Multimedia icon Marian Wright Edelman delivers 2009 Citigroup lecture. [Watch]

Multimedia icon Domestic climate policy panel: Dallas Burtraw, Barry Rabe, and Meredith Fowlie. [Watch]

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n. 1. Distribution of a local broadcast by network or satellite to a larger audience. 2. A data format used to provide users with frequently updated content. 3. Email communications from the Ford School used to link our alumni and friends around the world to news and information about our community.

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