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Relay for Life @ Michigan
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - Sunday, April 11, 2010
Time: 10am-10am
Location: Palmer Field

Join First-Gens @ Michigan in our first time participating in Relay for Life at the University of Michigan! Relay for Life is an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society.

Educating Rita Film Viewing
Date: Monday, March 29, 2010
Time: 6-8pm
Location: 4154 LSA Building

First-Gens at Michigan will host a viewing of the filmEducating Rita which will be followed by a discussion of the film and issues presented.

Film Summary:  Premiering in 1983, Educating Rita is an engaging film which explores issues related to both social class and higher education. The story's  plot focuses on the lives of a working class hairdresser named Rita and a disenchanted University professor named Frank. Deciding that she  would like to further her education, Rita signs up to take an Open  University course in which Frank is her mentor. This inspiring film  provides viewers with distinctive and at times comical insights into  the story of one woman's efforts towards obtaining a college education.

Guests Dilip Das and Laura Blake Jones & Presentation

Date: Monday, March 15, 2010
Time: 6pm
Location: 4154 LSA Building

Dilip Das, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, will be visiting to discuss what the University might do to address first-generation issues at Michigan. Laura Blake Jones, the newly appointed Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, will also be in attendance. Additionally, there will be a presentation by our own Shardae Osuna on her first-gen experience in higher education, to which Das and Jones will offer reactions.

2nd Annual Backpacking Party
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 4154 LSA Building

Guest Speaker Tom Fricke
Date: Monday, November 30, 2009
Time: 6pm
Location: 4154 LSA Building

Tom Fricke, Chair of Anthropology here at the University, gave a presentation addressing an array of topics including (1) his transition from home to college as a first-generation student, (2) how he successfully negotiated college, (3) then on to graduate school, and (4) eventually on to an academic career.

Mayer Zald Talk
Date: Monday, October 12, 2009
Time: 6pm
Location: 4154 LSA Building

Mayer Zald (Professor Emeritus in Sociology) made a wonderful presentation regarding his first-gen experience at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan in the late 1940s and 1950s. He presented some important ideas regarding identities during college - especially for first-generation students.