The 2015 Michigan Road Scholar Tour

The 2015 Michigan Road Scholar Tour took place May 4 - 8.

The itinerary is below. View our Past Tours itineraries to see previous years stops.

To view a list of MRS alumni visit the Alumni page.


Day One
Monday, May 4

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7:00 a.m. Depart Ann Arbor for Dr. Benjamin Carson High School (BCHS), Detroit

8:15 a.m. Arrive at BCHS

  • Brenda Belcher, Principal, BCHS
  • Charles Grant, VP Student Curriculum, BCHS

9:15 a.m. Depart for Ponyride

9:30 a.m. Arrive at Ponyride

  • Karla Henderson, Executive Director, Ponyride
  • Matuaka Brown, Floor Manager, The Empowerment Plan

10:45 a.m. Depart for Lafayette Greens/Greening of Detroit

11:00 a.m. Arrive at Lafayette Greens

11:50 a.m. Depart for UM Detroit Center

12:00 p.m. Arrive at UM Detroit Center (Lunch catered by Fresh Corner Café)

  • Noam Kittelman, Fresh Corner Café
  • Dr. Addell Anderson, Director, UM Detroit Center
  • Craig Register, Semester in Detroit

1:30 p.m.  Depart for Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

2:00 p.m. Arrive at Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

  • Quincy Jones, Executive Director

3:30 p.m. Depart for Lansing

5:00 p.m. Arrive Hotel

6:30 p.m. Community Reception

7:00 p.m.  Legislative/Policy Dinner

9:00 p.m. Daily De-Brief

Day Two
Tuesday, May 5

7:30 a.m. Breakfast Program

  • Virg Bernero, Mayor, City of Lansing
  • Nathan Triplett, Mayor, City of East Lansing

8:45 a.m. Depart Hotel for State Capitol Building

9:00 a.m. Arrive at State Capitol Building (Photo op on the Capitol steps)

9:15 a.m. Tour of the State Capitol Building

10:30 a.m.  Depart for Alpena

12:00 p.m. Box Lunches on Bus
(rest area stop along the way)

2:30 p.m. Arrive at NOAA - Thunder Bay Sanctuary, Alpena

  • Jeff Gray, Superintendent, NOAA
  • Russ Green, Deputy Superintendent, NOAA

3:30 p.m. Boat Tour on Lake Huron (Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Alpena)

5:15 p.m. Depart for Hotel

6:45 p.m. Depart for NOAA

7:00 p.m. Alpena Community Reception

  • NOAA officials
  • Alpena community leaders
  • Alpena Community College officials

8:45 p.m.         Bus departs for Hotel

9:00 p.m.         Daily De-Brief

Day Three
Wednesday, May 6

6:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Hotel

7:30 a.m.         Bus departs for Alpena Community College

7:40 a.m.         Arrive at Alpena Community College

9:00 a.m.         Depart for Moran Iron Works, Onaway

10:00 a.m.       Arrive at Moran Iron Works

  • Tom Moran, President/CEO
  • Marilyn Moran, Community Relations / PR

11:00 a.m.       Depart for Mackinac Bridge, St. Ignace

12:00 p.m.       Arrive at Mackinac Bridge for Lunch

  • Bob Sweeney, CEO, Mackinac Bridge Authority

1:00 p.m.         Depart for Museum of Ojibwa Culture

1:15 p.m.         Museum of Ojibwa Culture

2:45 p.m.         Depart for Traverse City

5:00 p.m.         Arrive at Hotel

6:00 p.m.         Depart for Chateau Chantal

6:30 p.m.         Winery Tour and Dinner

9:30 p.m.         Daily Debrief

Day Four
Thursday, May 7

6:45a.m.          Breakfast @ Hotel

7:45 a.m.         Depart for Hagerty Insurance, Traverse City

8:00 a.m.         Arrive Hagerty Insurance

  • Carmen Stevens, VP Corporate Communications and Community Relations
  • 9:00 a.m.         Gas and Oil Industry in Michigan Presentation

10:00 a.m.       Depart for Goodwill Inn

10:20 a.m.       Arrive at Goodwill Inn

  • Cecil McNally, Executive Director

10:45 a.m.       Visit Goodwill Retail Store and Food Processing Operations

12:15 a.m.       Depart for Kalkaska

1:00 p.m.         Arrive Kalkaska Screw Products

  • Kevin Schluter, President
  • Bernie Fuller, Chief Financial Officer

2:30 p.m.         Depart for Grand Rapids

5:00 p.m.         Arrive @ Hotel

6:15 p.m.         Leave for GR UM Alum Club Scholarship Dinner

6:30 p.m.         Dinner with Scholarship Recipients and Families

8:30 p.m.         Daily Debrief

Day Five
Friday, May 8

7:30 a.m.        Depart for City Bus Tour, Grand Rapids

8:15 a.m.         Arrive at Bluescape Lab, Grand Rapids

  • Jennifer Boezwinkle, VP of Business Development, Rockford Construction

9:15 a.m.         Depart for Mercy Health

9:30 a.m.         Arrive at Mercy Health Clinical Trial Unit

  • Susan Hoppouch, Executive Director
  • Bill Baer, Medical Director

11:30 a.m.       Depart for Kalamazoo

12:30 p.m.       Arrive at the Eccentric Cafe for Lunch

  • Larry Bell, Founder and President, Bell’ Brewery, Inc.

1:30 p.m.         Depart for Bell’s Brewery

2:00 p.m.         Tour Bell’s Brewery

  • Clay Karz, Brewery Tour Coordinator, Bell’ Brewery, Inc.

3:30 p.m.         Depart for Battle Creek

4:00 p.m.         Arrive at Fire Keepers Casino, Solar Panels

  • Patrick Bullard, General Manager, Skasge´ Power, LLC
  • Paula Stuck, Executive Assistant, Skasge´ Power, LLC

5:00 p.m.         Bus Departs for Ann Arbor

6:30 p.m.         Arrive Ann Arbor