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Networking Over Drinks

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Networking Over Drinks: A new Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti young professionals group has recently been co-founded by DYAC member Jason Levine. NOD (Networking Over Drinks) is a group of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti young professionals committed to the idea that businesses grow through personal relationships. NOD’s purpose is to serve as an accelerator for career oriented young professionals who wish to speed up the traditional incubation period for the average career. April’s happy hour event will be on the 23rd at Blue Tractor starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Jason Levine at jdlevine@eastmansmith.com or (419) 290-7527.

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New LSA Dean appointed

Andrew D. Martin was appointed dean of the College of Literature Science and the Arts on Thursday. Martin is the Charles Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science at the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently serving as Vice Dean of the School of Law and Professor of Political Science.

Martin’s five year appointment will begin on July 1. He will also be appointed as a tenured professor of political science in LSA.

“I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am to take on this important leadership role at the University of Michigan,” Martin said. “The liberal arts are vitally important to society, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build on the extraordinary strengths of LSA”

Martin has a B.A. in mathematics and political science from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis

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Want to mentor an LSA student this summer?

 Want to mentor an LSA student this summer?

The DYAC’s annual summer mentorship program is kicking off for summer 2014 and all interested DYAC members are encouraged to participate!

Here’s how it works: We pair DYAC members with current LSA students who are taking internships in the same city over the summer. Mentor-mentee pairs will aim to meet up at least three times throughout the summer. Meetings are casual (usually taking place over coffee or lunch).

As a mentor, you are there to provide professional guidance and to be a familiar face for your mentee who may be new to your area.

If you would like to be a mentor this summer, simply fill out this short form to express your interest. We will do our very best to match you with a student who is interning in your city this summer and who has similar academic and/or professional interests.

The deadline for signing up is Thursday, May 1st at 5pm. If you have any questions at all about mentoring, expectations, or responsibilities, please email me and Mark Chou at lsa-mentorship-2014@umich.edu. We would love to hear from you!

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Follow the Maize Brick Road…

By Laura Zeligman (BA ‘08 Political Science and Sociology) 

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When I chose to go to the University of Michigan from the state of Kansas, I did not anticipate the breadth of experience and valuable life lessons I would get from my liberal arts education at this esteemed public institution. But now I see how much I grew during my journey down the ‘Maize Brick Road’. I developed an understanding of myself, how I relate to others, and how I can make an impact on my world. Looking back, it is clear to me that these are the life lessons that Michigan taught me:

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The Statement by The Michigan Daily, put together a beautiful and captivating collection of the best Michigan photos of the year.
Check out the photo scroll for pictures of the zombie apocalypse on campus, Devin Gardner leaving the field crying after the Ohio State game, a student scaling the side of a glacier on a study abroad trip, and many more!

The Statement by The Michigan Daily, put together a beautiful and captivating collection of the best Michigan photos of the year.

Check out the photo scroll for pictures of the zombie apocalypse on campus, Devin Gardner leaving the field crying after the Ohio State game, a student scaling the side of a glacier on a study abroad trip, and many more!

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Class experience: Be glad you are safely indoors. Dr. Samson, who takes upper-level students to chase tornadoes, brings the drama of meteorology to this introductory course. “I have some hair-raising videos taken by students on the chase,” he says, plus stories (his car was bounced across a highway when he got too close to an F4 tornado).

Students bring laptops to class and log into a class platform Dr. Samson created. They analyze data from the field and answer questions like: Where on this weather map would you expect wind speeds to be highest? Point and click. Got a dumb question? Type away — it’s anonymous — and Dr. Samson will post the answer. Confused? Press a designated button. If enough do, he’ll stop and explain. Oh, and all exams are “open book, open computer, call a friend.” In life, says Dr. Samson, rarely will you be asked a question about science that you can’t look up.

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Extreme Weather (AOSS 102), with Dr. Perry Samson, was featured in a New York Times article about emphasizing teaching at major universities.

The article details the ways that major universities, historically focusing more heavily on research, find themselves putting increasing emphasis on teaching and teaching well, with competition from online platforms making student engagement increasingly important.

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“Paying Forward the Values I learned at Michigan”

By: Keary Engle (BA 2007 Chemistry and Economics)

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10 years ago, working at my cramped and cluttered desk, which sat below a lofted bed in my South Quad dorm room, I sent an email that changed my life.

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