Day One Monday, April 30, 2012

6:45 a.m. Depart Ann Arbor

8:00 a.m. Arrive at State Capitol Building

8:15 a.m. Breakfast Program w/Legislators

9:45 a.m. Depart for Michigan State University

10:00 a.m. Arrive at MSU National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL)

  • Zach Constan, NSCL Outreach Coordinator

12:00 p.m. Depart for U.P.

  • Box lunches on the bus/Rest area stop along the way

3: 30 p.m. Arrive Mackinaw City - Straits State Harbor

  • Keith Chielli, ASLA, AICP- Regional Field Planner/MDNR
  • Sean Conner, Harbor Master

4:30 p.m. Depart for Sault Ste. Marie

5:30 p.m. Arrive/check-in at the Hotel

6:30 p.m. Community Reception and Dinner

The Economy in the UP Panel:

9:30 Adjourn

Day Two, Tuesday May 1, 2012

7:30 a.m. Depart for Dock #1

8:00 a.m. Soo Locks Boat Tour

10:00 a.m. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

        • Jackie Minton, Cultural Department
        • Cecil Pavlat, Cultural Department

12:30 p.m. Leave for Traverse City

3:30 p.m. Arrive at the Father Fred Foundation

        • Martie Manty, Executive Director of Father Fred Foundation
        • Joan Abbott, Coordinator, STEP program @ TC High School
        • Samantha Day, High School Senior

5:30 p.m.                     Depart for Hotel

6:30 p.m.                     Leave for Dinner on the Town           

Day Three, Wednesday May 2, 2012

7:00 a.m. Breakfast Conversation: TC Poverty Reduction Initiative (@hotel)
• Janie McNabb, Director of Prog Development & Community Relations, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
• Sidney Van Slyke
, Vice President
, Northwestern Bank

8:15 a.m. Depart for State Theater

8:30 a.m. Historic State Theater and Traverse City Film Festival
• Deb Lake, Executive Director, Traverse City Film Festival

10:00 a.m. Depart for Grand Rapids

12:30 p.m. Lunch at the Dominican Center w/ Grand Rapids Schools Interim Superintendent
• Teresa Weatherall Neal, Interim Superintendent, GRPS

2:00 p.m. Leave for Goodwill Industries

2:30 p.m. Goodwill Industries
• Dan Buron, Chief Workforce Development Officer
• Nick Carlson, Director of Environmental Sustainability

4:30 p.m. Leave for Hotel

6:00 p.m. Depart for Reception/Dinner with Grand Rapids Alum Club
and Scholarship Recipients
Van Andel Institute

8:00 p.m. Return to Hotel

Day Four, Thursday May 3, 2012

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast at hotel

8:00 a.m.         Depart for Benton Harbor

9:15 a.m.         Arrive at Harbor Shores

  • Host: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Champions for Change Community Leaders

12:00 p.m.       Depart for MSU Southwest Michigan Research Center

12:30 p.m.       MSU Southwest Michigan Research Center (Lunch)

  • Ron Goldy, District Vegetable and Marketing Agent

2:00 p.m.         Depart for Detroit

5:00 p.m.         Arrive in Detroit/Hotel Check In at The Inn on Ferry Street

6:00 p.m.         Leave for the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

6:30 p.m.         Dinner at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

  • Angela Reyes, Chairperson, DHDC

8:30 p.m.         Return to Hotel

Day Five, Friday May 4, 2012

7:30 a.m.                     Breakfast at the Inn on Ferry Street

8:30 a.m.                     Introductory Remarks and Overview

9:00 a.m.                     Bus Tour of Midtown Detroit, DMC Campus, Wayne State Campus, Cultural Institutions, Woodward Corridor, Campus Martius, Washington Square, Grand Circus Park, Fox Town, New Center and GM Renaissance Center, among other locations

11:00 a.m. Depart for SE Michigan United Way

11:30 a.m. Arrive at SE Michigan United Way for Early Education Program

  • Michael Tenbusch, VP of Educational Preparedness

12:30 p.m.                   Depart for Compuware Corporation (short walk)

12:50 pm                     Compuware Corporation Headquarters- Lunch and Presentation (note: need your badge on for building entry)

  • Denise Knobblock, Senior Vice President, Administration, Compuware

1:45 PM                       Michigan Economic Development Corporation LiveWork Detroit

  • Michelle Elder, MEDC

2: 30 pm                      Depart for Detroit Port Authority

3:00 pm                       Arrive Detroit Port Authority

  • John Kerr, DPA Director of Economic Development & Grants Management

4:00 pm                       Tour of Detroit Riverwalk

  • Karen Slaughter-DuPerry, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

5:15 pm                       Bus Departs for Ann Arbor

Home Sweet Home


Record Update article:
Michigan Road Scholars Roll Out on 13th Annual Tour, read

More pictures from the tour are available on the Record Update

If you would like additional information regarding the Michigan Road Scholar Tour, please contact Dana Sitzler at (734) 763-4755, or email to