News, Events & Information - Lansing, Michigan

State Capitol building


The Government Relations Office reports news
from the three cities in which its staff is located;
Ann Arbor, Lansing, Michigan and Washington, D.C.

Government Relations is proud to salute our colleague Dr. Veronica Johnson, Ph.D who has established an Internship at the UM School of Information
(Veronica Wilkerson Johnson Internship Award). 

Veronica Wilkerson Johnson

What: Art in the House!

View the 2016-17 Art in the House brochure 1and brochure 2 featuring student art from the public universities that is on display at the Anderson House Office Building (HOB) until October 2017. Note the UM-Ann Arbor artists whose work we know you'll enjoy when you visiting the HOB.
Where: Andersons House Office Building. Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, 124 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing.

UM-AA 2016-17 student artists:

  • Mythological Birds by Jessica French
  • Remember Your Duty by Eva Roos 
  • California by Becca Weisz
  • Colored Winter by So Ye Oh

The School of Information (SI) / 2016: Ferndale, Michigan

Following a successful three-year partnership with the City of Jackson, Michigan, the University of Michigan School of Information's Citizen Interaction Design program moved in fall 2016 to Ferndale.

Citizen Interaction Design is a novel approach to learning that partners local governments with University of Michigan student teams. Together, the goal is to develop new information tools that help foster citizen engagement.

"This initiative seeks to engage our students in service learning opportunities through the creation of information tools and services in local communities," said Scott TenBrink, Community Project Manager for the program. "By partnering with the overall community rather than with individual organizations, the intention is to fundamentally change how citizens engage with their local governments and non-profit organizations through the design and implementation of new tools." Read More Photos taken by: Jay Jackson

School of Information /Jackson, Michigan: Citizen Interaction Design Initiative

The School of Information (SI) students were the first to be enrolled in Citizen Interaction Design (CID).

Students developed information tools such as apps and social media sites to foster citizen engagement with government. Through a unique three-year partnership, students worked on a number of projects with the city of Jackson.

John Holda, deputy chief of police said "This is an opportunity for us to get something we believe will help us solve crime, help us reduce crime, and have a connection with the community that we don’t currently have in a very cost-effective manner," of the Tips by Text app students are developing.

Read about the Citizen Interaction Design Initiative: Read article; includes video

2015 Projects

  • Business Connect with City of Jackson and the Chamber of Commerce
  • Making History with Ella Sharp Museum
  • Welcome to Jackson with City of Jackson
  • Organizing for a Safe Neighborhood with B2 Watchers
  • Proving I'm Me with Jackson Interfaith Shelter
  • Nature for All with the Dahlem Center
  • Winter Sidewalk Clearing with the Walkable Community Coalition
  • Access for All with disAbility Connections - Article and video

View all of the School of Information Student Presentations about the Initiative for Information Impact: Citizen Interaction Design.

Photos taken by: Jay Jackson

child holding piggy bank

U-M researcher launches new child savings account program in Lansing

LANSING—A University of Michigan-led program that will help Lansing families save for their children's education will launch today.

The first phase of Lansing SAVE (Student Accounts Valuing Education) involves 357 kindergarten students in five Lansing School District elementary schools who will have an MSU Federal Credit Union education savings account opened in their name.

LANSING, Mich. - Thirty Michigan schools have made significant progress in improving student achievement and will be removed from the state’s Priority Schools List, Gov. Rick Snyder said today.

Snyder also said the School Reform Office will take action to immediately improve academics for students in the East Detroit School District after years of chronically low student achievement.

Read more here.

41 Facts About Lansing
Lansing got its start founded by two brothers from New York back in 1835. At the time they settled the area just south of present-day Lansing, they called it “Biddle City.” Most of the area was actually flooded for most of the year. Ironically, those two brothers were from Lansing, New York.

Did You Know....

Can't make it to a Wolverine Caucus event? You can now watch the Caucus events on your local cable station. Look HERE for a schedule!

Lansing is ranked as a top 10 "Best Affordable Place to Live" by Home to insurance, biotech, higher ed, health care & auto industries, Lansing boasts diverse eateries, festivals, all-ages entertainment, Lugnuts baseball, affordable housing, farmers markets, & abundant parkland. Read more

The U-M of Greater Lansing Alumni Club has a proud and active 7,000+ alumni base here in rival Spartan country. . The 2014 Lansing-Area Scholarship winners are: Thierry Laurens (Eastern); Diana Trinh (Everett); Rachel Rienstra (Waverly); Jonathan Cordes (Grand Ledge); Emily Hadick (Holt); Emily Pielack (Holt); Narasionhan Lyengar (Lansing Catholic); Caitlin Choi (Haslett); Tyler Williams (Okimos); Mariana Jimenez (East Lansing); Alexandria Shand (Williamston); Samantha Parkinson (DeWitt).

Did you know that we have over 300 famous Alumni. Some include: Actress Lucy Liu, '90; Actor James Earl Jones, '55; Former President Gerald Ford, '35; NFL Player Tom Brandy, '00.

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