The 2016 Michigan Road Scholar Tour

The 2016 Tour took place May 2 - 6, 2016.

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

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

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


Day One
Monday, May 2, 2016

7:15 a.m. Depart Ann Arbor for Lansing Grand River Assembly

8:30 a.m. Arrive Lansing/Brief Talk on Bus

  • David Hollister, for Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero

9:00 a.m. Tour Grand River Assembly Plalnt

11:00 a.m. Depart for State Capitol Building

11:15 a.m. Arrive at State Capitol Building

11:30 a.m. Tour of State Capitol Building

  • Valerie Marvin, Capitol Historian

12:30 p.m. Legislative/Public Policy Luncheon at the State Capitol Building

  • Rebecca DeVooght, State Relations Director, UM
  • Senator Curtis Hertel
  • Representative Chris Afendoulis

2:00 p.m.  Depart Lansing for Grand Rapids

3:15 p.m.  Arrive Network 180

  • Eric Achtyes, Behavioral Health Medical Director
  • Alan Bolter, Associate Director of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards

4:45 p.m. Depart for Hotel

6:00 p.m. Depart for Reception with Grand Rapids Alumni Club and U-M Scholarship Recipients at Thousand Oaks Country Club

8:00 p.m. Depart for Hotel

8:30 p.m. Daily De-Brief

Day Two
Tuesday, May 3

7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel

8:00 a.m. Breakfast Program

9:30 a.m.Depart Hotel for Big Rapids

10:30 a.m. Arrive at Wolverine Worldwide

  • Gail Taylor, Director of Operations, Big Rapids Factory

12:00 p.m. Depart for Chase

12:30 p.m. Arrive at Chase Creek Smoke House

1:30 p.m. Depart for Traverse City

3:00 p.m.Arrive at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

  • Raymond Minervini, Partner Minervini Group

4:30 p.m. Depart for Hotel

6:30 p.m. Depart for Left Foot Charley

9:00 p.m.  Depart for Hotel

9:15 p.m.  Daily De-Brief

Day Three
Wednesday, May 4

7:30 a.m.         Breakfast at the Hotel

8:00 a.m.         Breakfast Program

9:00 a.m.        Depart for Leelanau Peninsula

9:30 a.m.       Arrive at Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center

  • Nikki Rothwell, Center Coordinator

11:00 a.m.      Depart for Harbor Springs

1:00 p.m.      Arrive at Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa

  • Jannan Cotto, Education Director

2:30 p.m. Depart for Spirit (Wycamp) Lake

3:00 p.m.  Arrive Spirit (Wycamp)Lake

4:30 p.m. Depart for St. Ignace

5:30 p.m. Arrive at Hotel

6:30 p.m. Dinner at hotel

  • Mark Breederland, Michigan Sea Grant

9:30 p.m.  Daily Debrief

Day Four
Thursday, May 5

7:00a.m.          Breakfast at the Hotel

8:00 a.m.         Depart for Carmeuse Lime & Stone

8:45 a.m.        Arrive at Carmeuse Lime & Stone

  • Mark Snyder, Site Operations Manager

10:00 a.m.       Depart for Great Lakes Boat Building School

10:15 a.m.       Arrive Great Lakes Boat Building School

  • Ryan Hinnen, Recruiting & Placement Services Manager

11:30 a.m.       Depart for Hessel

11:45 a.m.      Arrive at Les Cheneaux Culinary School (lunch at this site)

  • Zachary Schroeder, Program Director

1:00 p.m.        Depart for Bay City

4:45 p.m.         Arrive downtown Bay City - pick up tour guide

  • Eric Jylha

515 p.m.         Arrive at Hotel

6:15 p.m.         Depart Hotel for walk to Old City Hall Restaurant

6:30 p.m.         Dinner at Atrium Restaurant

8:45 p.m.         Daily Debrief

Day Five
Friday, May 6

7:30 a.m.       Depart Hotel

10:00 a.m.        Arrive at Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, Detroit

  • Quincy Jones, Executive Director

11:45 a.m.       Depart for U-M Detroit Center(UMDC)

12:10 Arrive at U-M Detroit Center for lunch

1:00 p.m.       Detroit Schools Presentation

2:10 p.m.        Depart UMDC

2:20 p.m.       Arrive at Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

  • Angela Reyes, Director and Founder

3:45 p.m.      Depart for Belle Isle State Park

4:00 p.m.      Arrive at Belle Isle

  • Lori Feret, Belle Isle Conservancy

5:30 p.m.         Bus Departs for Ann Arbor

6:30 p.m.         Arrive Ann Arbor