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Student Spotlight: Cass Adair

“This was a teaching experience beyond anything I could have imagined. This was a dream come true, the icing on the cake for my U-M experience, and added great depth to my education. I really loved this class.”

A 3rd year Ph.D. candidate, Cass created and taught “Transgender Politics and Community Activism” in the Residential College during the Winter 2014 term, as a one-term GSI appointment for an engaged-learning course sponsored by the Residential College (RC) and Rackham’s Arts of Citizenship program.

“This kind of work is a project for tenure track faculty in terms of the academic protocol of developing a curriculum. I used some transferable skills from my graduate studies, but some were completely new. This was an amazing opportunity.”

Alumni Spotlight: Ernie & Martha Hammel

Martha and Ernie first became acquainted with Rackham in 1965. Martha was a Latin major and a teaching fellow, and Ernie was an M.P.H. student.

With the skills she strengthened in the graduate program, Martha pursued a teaching career in business and technical writing for college students and professionals. Ernie went on to his Ph.D. studies, and Rackham resources were essential to the success of his dissertation research. His studies provided the foundation to his career in program design and development, and medical education administration.

Debbie Freund, From Rackham to University President

When asked why she came to U-M, Debbie says, “As an undergraduate, I was working in a hospital and in what later became an HMO. I wanted to pursue the field somehow, and my faculty told me the best Health Administration programs were at Michigan, so that’s where I went.”

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