Luncheon Meeting - U-M Men's Soccer Coach - A Season of Excellence

02/09/2011 - 12:00
02/09/2011 - 1:30pm

Barely ten years after its first varsity game, the U-M Men’s Soccer Team made it to the brink of the NCAA Division I College Cup championship, losing to the eventual champ, No. 2 ranked Akron, in the semifinal game on December 10. That loss (on a penalty kick in the 74th minute) did little to dim the luster of the team’s best-ever season and first-ever Big Ten Tournament title. Coach Burns, who has been at the helm throughout the team’s varsity history, will help us get better acquainted with the program’s history, this year’s great team, and the bright future ahead for Varsity Men’s Soccer at the University of Michigan. Introducer: Tony Nam.

Luncheon Meeting - U-M President Mary Sue Coleman - The State of the University

02/02/2011 - 12:00
02/02/2011 - 1:30pm

Closely following State of the State and State of the Union addresses by new Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and President Obama, one of the nation’s most respected public university leaders (and one of a precious few Honorary Ann Arbor Rotarians) will bring us up to date on the State of the University. With a “Michigan Man” on board as the new football coach and things progressing well with the North Campus Research Complex, we can expect an upbeat and insightful message and candid answers to club members’ questions. Introducer: Cynthia Wilbanks.

Luncheon Meeting - Homayoon Pirooz, City Project Manager - Ann Arbor's Roads & Bridges

01/26/2011 - 12:00
01/26/2011 - 1:30pm

News flash: the public infrastructure is aging – in some cases (can you say State Street bridges?) crumbling – and in dire need of ongoing repair and replacement in Ann Arbor and throughout the country. Some parts of that infrastructure generate local revenues that pay for maintenance, repair and replacement, but others depend in large measure on State revenue sharing (which itself is declining dramatically) and Federal grants. Our speaker will discuss the ongoing challenges of keeping these public infrastructure systems safe, sound and efficient with such inconsistent and uncertain funding sources. Introducer: Ed Hoffman.

Luncheon Meeting - David Canter - Turning Vision into Reality at U-M North Campus Research Complex

01/19/2011 - 12:00
01/19/2011 - 1:30pm

Nobody knows the former Pfizer Ann Arbor research complex better than David Canter, who ran the place as a Pfizer executive and now heads U-M’s efforts to transform the sprawling property into a unique combination of inter-disciplinary University research and entrepreneurial activities. He will report on what’s been done so far, including moving hundreds of researchers into several buildings in five lab-based research clusters and leasing space to a number of private companies, and summarize plans for the future, including a Tech Transfer-Business Engagement Center that will be a venture accelerator for U-M start-up companies. Introducer: Dallas Dort.

Luncheon Meeting - Kevin Thompson, IBM - Doing Well by Doing Good, The Role of Business in Society

01/12/2011 - 12:00
01/12/2011 - 1:30pm

Home-based in Dexter but working throughout IBM’s far-flung network of international business operations, Kevin Thompson has a dual portfolio: focusing IBM’s technological resources on the challenges and opportunities of globalization and emerging markets, and supporting company leadership in responsible worldwide corporate citizenship. He will speak with us primarily about the latter topic, as he has at Cornell, Harvard, U-M and many other places, placing the Rotary commitment of Service above Self in a global corporate context. Introducer: Norman Herbert.

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