Thursday, April 25, 2013
The university's community organic garden will host a nine-week summer workshop that will focus on growing vegetables and herbs.
A University of Michigan-Dearborn program is doing its part to teach children the importance of developing a sustainable food source. The university's "Gardening for Families" program is a nine-week summer workshop that provides children a hands-on opportunity to cultivate an organic garden while learning about the importance of nature. "The program is always a lot of fun, especially for children who may have not have been exposed to gardening before," Rick Simek, program supervisor for UMD's Environmental Interpretive Center said."We focus on the key steps of growing and harvesting." "Gardening for Families" is open to children ages 6 to 8 and their parents. Participants will accompany UM-D student interpreters at the Community Organic …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
UM-Dearborn recently honored 50 students who are making a difference as leaders in their communities across Michigan.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn recently recognized 50 students as “Difference Makers” for 2013. The distinction honors students for their academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and creative contributions—in and out of the classroom. “To have been chosen for this award identifies a student as one of the most significant contributors to our University of Michigan-Dearborn community,” said Stanley Henderson, UM-Dearborn vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life. Among this year's award recepients is Tyson Gersh, co-founder of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI). The nonprofit works in poor neighborhoods throughout Southeast Michigan to engage residents in sustainable agriculture projects. MUFI is currently…
Friday, March 8, 2013
Coyote sightings have been reported around town. Where have you seen the animals? Share your sightings on our interactive map.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn sees thousands of students and staff every day—plus, lately, a few coyotes. According to the university, the furry creatures have always been part of the campus community—but have been more visible in recent months. “Coyotes have been living on and around our campus for years, under the radar like undercover agents, but in the last few months, they have been slightly more active by day,” Dorothy McLeer, program coordinator and interpretive naturalist at UM-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center, told the UM-Dearborn News. Coyotes were also spotted at Henry Ford Community College in 2011. According to Dearborn Animal Shelter Executive Director Elaine Greene, coyote sightings are not uncommon in …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Local students got in on the latest internet meme this month.
It starts with one person, most likely in costume, dancing in a room full of people. It ends with an all-out dance party. And this week, University of Michigan-Dearborn students got in on the "Harlem Shake" craze. The latest internet meme, "Harlem Shake"—according to knowyourmeme.com—is "the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track produced by Baauer. In February 2013, the song spawned a series of dance videos that begin with a masked individual dancing alone in a group before suddenly cutting to a wild dance party featuring the entire group." A video posted to YouTube on Thursday, Feb. 21, shows a "Harlem Shake" dance party in the UM-Dearborn University Center. Check out the video, then let us know what you think: Are you a fan of …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The university approved the change from the Wolves this month.
Starting this fall, University of Michigan-Dearborn students will officially be able to call themselves Wolverines. Formerly branded as the Wolves, the school announced this month that it will make the change to align itself with Ann Arbor athletics. According to campus newspaper The Michigan Journal, a survey conducted by the university found that 87 percent of respondents felt that the change to Wolverines would be beneficial to the school's athletics program, while 77 percent said they already think of themselves as Wolverines. Efforts to rebrand UM-Dearborn are under way, and coincide with the other, bigger change at the Dearborn college coming up this fall: student housing. That project is expected to be completed in time for the fall…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Barnes & Noble has announced it will continue downsizing its brick and mortar operations over the next decade, though there's no word on whether that will include the Allen Park and Dearborn locations.
Less than two years after losing Borders, local bookworms could be forced to bid farewell to another Hall Road giant with the possible closure of Barnes & Noble. Facing tough online competition, Mitchell Klipper, CEO of Barnes & Noble’s retail group, told the Wall Street Journal Monday that the company plans to close at least 20 stores a year over the next 10 years. Since the closing of the Dearborn Borders store in 2011, Barnes & Noble in Allen Park is the area's only major bookstore. Additionally, B&N operates a college bookstore at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The chain currently operates 689 stores nationally, as well as 684 college bookstroes. The fate of the Dearborn and Allen Park stores remains unknown as the company has …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Why a sighting of this dam-building creature is good news for the river.
On July 15, 2012, Rick Simek of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Environmental Interpretive Center snapped a photo of a beaver in the Rouge River in Dearborn. Big deal, right? But what might seem like a normal occurrence could actually be a sign of the increasing water and habitat quality of the Rouge watershed. According to a piece written by Simek in the EIC's spring newsletter, beaver trapping led to the local extinction of the species in Metro Detroit in the 1830s, with "no traces of the species left by 1877." Though several other reports of beaver sightings and markings had been reported in recent years in the Rouge and other nearby rivers, Simek's photo is proof of the beaver's return to Dearborn more than a century later. And …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The project is set to open in September.
Even in winter, construction is progressing on Dearborn's first student housing project. The project, set to be completed by September, is a $30 million investment. The Union at Dearborn will provide housing for up to 500 University of Michigan-Dearborn students. The Union at Dearborn officially began offering leases Nov. 14. Check out floor plans, pricing and more at www.unionatdearborn.com.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The student food pantry—part of the college's Community Involvement and Volunteerism Center—officially openings in January.
It's hard to learn—let alone complete a college degree program—on an empty stomach. That fact is the driving force behind a new initiative at the University of Michigan-Dearborn: the student food pantry. Organized by the Community Involvement and Volunteerism Center, the pantry offers food and toiletries to students in need. More: Help feed Michiganders in need with the Patch Fights Hunger initiative! Assistant director of civic engagement Amy Karaban, who spearheaded the effort, said the idea came about when staff at the college combined an institutional knowledge about issues of hunger on campuswith the realization that many UM-Dearborn students were just plain hungry. "You're wondering if there's an event on campus that has free food," …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
An opinion piece in The Michigan Journal has sparked debate over women who back the GOP.
While the Michigan Journal—the University of Michigan-Dearborn's campus newspaper—made clear their support for the reelection of President Barack Obama, one staffer had a slightly different way of stating it. The op-ed by Opinion Editor Kristen Golembiewski, published Tuesday by the Michigan Journal, attacks women's support of Mitt Romney as "against the rules of feminism." "I just don’t understand why any woman, regardless of race or social status, would vote for a candidate that has made misogynistic remarks on more than one occasion, did not support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, is anti-choice, and made comments that alluded to the idea that women have to rush home after work to be with the kids and cook dinner," Golembiewski wrote…