The 2017 Tour will take place May 1 - 5, 2017.

The Michigan Road Scholar orientation took place on March 21st at the Michigan Union and the information from the event is contained in this document:
View MRS 2017 Orientation pptx on Slideshare

View our Past Tours itineraries to see previous stops and photos of the 2016 tour graciously shared by Mark Daskin.

To view a list of MRS alumni visit the Alumni page.

If you would like additional information regarding the Michigan Road Scholar tour please contact Dana Sitzler at (734) 763-4755 or

View the 2017 Itinerary; below or Word.docx.
(note: all itinerary links open in a new window)

Day One
Monday, May 1st

7:00 a.m. Depart UM- Fleming Building

8:15 a.m. Arrive at UM Detroit Center - Bus tour of Woodward Corridor
• Sue Mosey- Executive Director, Midtown Detroit

9:30 a.m. Depart for The Empowerment Plan

9:45 a.m. Arrive at Empowerment Plan
• Erika George- Director of Development

10:45 a.m. Depart Empowerment Plan

11:00 a.m. Arrive at Lear Innovation Center
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11:50 a.m. Depart Lear Innovation Center

12:00 p.m. Arrive at UMDC for lunch/presentation
• Alicyia Meriweather- Interim Superintendent- Detroit Public Schools

1:30 p.m. Leave UMDC for Recovery Park

1:50 p.m. Arrive at Recovery Park
• Gary Wozniak- Executive Director
• Anna Kohn- Non-Profit Manager

3:00 p.m. Leave for Holiday Inn- Gateway Centre in Flint

4:15 p.m. Arrive at Holiday Inn

5:10 p.m. Leave Holiday Inn for Northbank Center

5:30 p.m. Arrive Northbank Center- for Bicentennial Reception in Grand Ballroom

7:10 p.m. Leave Northbank Center for 501 Bar & Grille (walking)

7:15 p.m. Dinner for MRS participants at 501 Bar & Grille

9:00 p.m. Leave for Holiday Inn- Gateway Centre

9:20 p.m. Arrive at Hotel

Overnight Accommodations:

Holiday Inn- Gateway Centre Flint
5353 Gateway Centre, Flint, MI 48507
Phone: 810.232.5300 Fax: 810.232.9806
Day Two
Tuesday, May 2nd

7:30 a.m. Bus Departs Hotel for Diplomat Pharmacy

7:50 a.m. Bus arrives at Diplomat Pharmacy World Headquarters
• Fill-in Blank Name- Director of

9:00 a.m. Depart for Camp Grayling

11:20 p.m. Arrive at Camp Grayling
• Lt. Col. Theresa L. Brown- Deputy Garrison Commander
• Sergeant FC Jeremie A. Mead

1:30 p.m. Leave Camp Grayling for Sault Ste Marie
*Box Lunches on the bus

4:00 p.m. Arrive Holiday Inn Express – Presentation
• Jeff Holt, Director, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp

5:00 p.m. Depart for Rooms

6:10 p.m. Leave Hotel for Karl’s Cuisine

6:30 p.m. Dinner w/ Community Leaders

Overnight Accommodations:

Holiday Inn Express
1171 Riverview Way, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Sault St. Marie, MI
Phone: (906) 632-3999

Day Three
Wednesday, May 3rd

7:00 a.m. Breakfast Program @ Hotel
• Kevin Sprague, Army Corps of Engineers
• Joanne Gray, Army Corps of Engineers

8:00 a.m. Depart for Dock

8:30 a.m. Soo Locks Tour

10:30 a.m. Depart for Sugar Island (10:45 or 11:15 Ferry)

11:30 a.m. Arrive at Mary Murray Culture Camp
• Jackie Minton,

12:45 p.m. Depart for Sugar Island Ferry

1:15 p.m. Depart for Traverse City

5:00 p.m. Arrive at Hotel

5:30 p.m. Depart for Reception at Indigo Hotel

7:15 p.m. Dinner/Daily Debrief @ Hotel

Overnight Accommodations:

Cambria Suites
255 Munson Avenue (US31)
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 778-9000
Day Four
Thursday, May 4th

7:40 a.m. Breakfast @ Hotel

8:00 a.m. FishPass Project Presentation @ Hotel
• Mark Breederland, Michigan Sea Grant

8:40 a.m. Depart for Boardman River site (weather dependent)

9:10 a.m. Depart for Roaster Jacks

9:30 a.m. Arrive Roaster Jacks
• RoasterJack

10:30 a.m. Depart for Village at Grand Traverse Commons

11:00 a.m. Presentations by Small Business Owners @ Left Foot Charley’s
• Tammy Tarsa, Holli Home Health Care
• Bryan Ulbrich, LeftFoot Charley
• Anna Serrano, Spanglish

1:15 p.m. Depart for Grand Rapids

3:30 p.m. Arrive at Fifth-Third Ballpark
• Dennis Baxter
Managing Partner, West Michigan Whitecaps
• Steve McCarthy Vice President of Sales
4:30 p.m. Depart for hotel

5:30 p.m. Depart for Bicentennial Reception at Gerald Ford Museum (walking)

7:00 p.m. Dinner @ Hotel Lobby Bar

Overnight Accommodations:

Holiday Inn Downtown
310 Pearl Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 235-7611

Day Five
Friday, May 5th

7:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel

7:45 a.m. Leave for Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

8:00 a.m. Arrive Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

9:00 a.m. Depart for Amway

9:30 a.m. Arrive Amway World Headquarters

11:00 a.m. Depart for Lansing

12:15 p.m. Arrive at State Capitol Building - Legislative/Public Policy Luncheon
Cynthia Wilbanks, UM V.P. for Government Relations (moderator)
Dick Posthumus, Chief of Staff to Governor Rick Snyder

1:45 p.m. Tour of the State Capitol Building, with UM alumna and Capitol Historian Valerie Marvin

2:30 p.m. Depart for Lansing Refugee Development Center

2:30 p.m. Lansing Refugee Development Center

3:30 p.m. Depart for Arts Council Greater Lansing in Old Town

3:45 p.m. Greater Lansing Arts Council panel discussion/presentation
• Virg Bernero, Mayor of Lansing
• Deborah Mikula, Executive Director of Arts Council Greater Lansing
• Bob Trezise, LEAP
• Julie Pingston, Lansing Convention & Visitor Bureau

5:00 p.m. Arts Night Out Experience – Old Town

6:00 p.m. Depart from Lansing to Ann Arbor

Overnight Accommodations:
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