UM-Dearborn honors 50 students who are making a difference now and have the potential to impact the region as future leaders

April 6, 2010

DEARBORN / April 6, 2010---Fifty University of Michigan-Dearborn students are being honored as “Difference Makers” in recognition of their academic achievement, integrity, leadership and creative contribution--in and out of the classroom.    

The “Difference Makers” student recognition award, which was created as part the campus’s 50th anniversary celebration, identifies 50 students who are making a difference now, and who have the potential to have impact as future leaders.  Biographies of all 50 students can be found at

“To have been chosen for this award identifies a student as one of the most significant contributors to our University of Michigan-Dearborn community,” UM-Dearborn Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Life Stanley Henderson said in his campus announcement about the “Difference Makers.”  “These students have made their contributions in so many ways.  Some are scholars of exceptional note with publications and national conference presentations.  Some have held offices in campus organizations and changed the course of their group's history.  Some make a difference in their larger community.  All will be UM-Dearborn graduates whom we will watch for their future contributions.”

UM-Dearborn’s “Difference Makers” were recognized with a special ad in the March 29 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business.  They also will be honored at the Student Leadership Awards on Wednesday, April 14.  Each will receive a certificate and a 50th anniversary gift.

Nominations were based primarily on leadership, creativity and contributions in the classroom, on campus and in the broader community.  Although academic achievement and integrity were important factors, the awards were designed to honor students who demonstrate leadership on and off the campus.  A small panel of faculty and staff members reviewed the nominations and selected the “Difference Makers.”

“We truly have some dedicated, professional and highly motivated students who are also very nice people,” said Mike Callahan, director of internships and career management in the College of Business, who served on the selection panel.  “Once again, I am reminded of how lucky I am to be able to work with some of the leaders of tomorrow and see the changes that are, and will be, happening in our community.”  


About University of Michigan-Dearborn

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.


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