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Football Season Is Coming Soon

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Football season is coming up! Are you as excited as we are? We have a great calendar for you to print out to keep track of your favorite Michigan Football Team. Both University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State in East Lansing have announced the dates of their Home games and away games.

 

 

University of Michigan Men's Basketball

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

As the 2013-14 NCAA men's basketball season tips off, the University of Michigan Wolverines find themselves in an enviable, albeit challenging, situation.

The team is coming off a season in which they:

  • Finished the regular season with a record of 13-5
  • Split the season series with two of their biggest rivals, Ohio State and Michigan State
  • Earned their first Big Ten championship (sharing the honors with the Buckeyes and Spartans) in 27 years (1986)
  • Made program history by opening with a 21-2 record
  • Reached the NCAA tournament's prestigious Final Four (last accomplished in 1992-93)
  • Gave Louisville a run for their money in the National Championship game, losing 82-76

So expectations are pretty high for head coach John Beilein's relatively young Wolverines' 2013-14 squad. And they will have to try and meet or even exceed those expectations without the services of point guard Trey Burke and shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., both of whom chose to seek fame and fortune on the NBA's hard court.

Look for Beilein to lean heavily on freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr. and sophomore shooting guard, Nik Stauskas, to try and fill the Burke-Hardaway Jr. void.

University of Michigan Tennis

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

The University of Michigan has good reason to be proud of the Varsity Tennis Center, where the Michigan Wolverines host some of the most prestigious intercollegiate events in the country. Past events include such notable competitions as the ITA National Indoor Championships of 2003-2004, the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional men's championships of 2004-05 and women's championships of 2000. The Big Ten Conference men's championships of 1999 and 2009 and women's championships of 2000 and 2011 also took place here. The indoor facility houses eight courts located 20 feet apart lit by 16 lights per court, ample for televised coverage. Outdoors you will find 12 courts and seating for 600 spectators. Electronic scoreboards enhance the spectator's experience. Located on South State Street, just south of the Golf Course, the facility is truly a gem on the University of Michigan campus, putting Michigan tennis on the map.

The men’s varsity schedule begins in September with non-scoring events and continues through the NCAA Individual championships ending May 26. The men’s team takes on Western Michigan on January 18. The women’s schedule runs concurrently. Women will partake in the Michigan Invitational January 18-20 with competition against Virginia Tech on January 25. The Wolverine Open takes place in 2013 on December 6-8. Competition will be limited to 32 singles and 16 doubles. The weekend should prove to be an exciting event for Michigan tennis enthusiasts.

Last season’s finish in the number two spot in the Big Ten is pushing the men’s team veterans, Evan King, Shaun Bernstein and Barrett Franks to lead their fellow Michigan tennis players on to victory. You can connect with the team for up-to-date news on their Facebook page. The women’s team is doing well as Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee dominated at the ITA Regional Midwest Doubles matches. Yurovsky went on to win the singles title. That is not bad for a sophomore with more playing time coming up for a bright collegiate future. You can follow the women on Facebook as well.

Michigan tennis is just one more asset for residents of Ann Arbor to enjoy. The Wolverines have always been a great source of community pride, and these great young athletes promise not to let us down. Unless the University is hosting NCAA competitions, there is no charge to attend these exciting matches. If you ever have questions about schedules or tickets, call (734) 764-0247 for additional information.

University of Michigan Bidding for $185M Grad Student Dorms

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

During the October 18, 2013 meeting of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, approval was granted to issue the Munger Graduate Residences project for bids and award construction contracts. The schematic design for the eight-story building was approved at the September meeting. The structure will accommodate housing for approximately 630 students. Construction is scheduled for completion during the summer of 2015.

Charles Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has generously donated $100 million toward funding the 370,000-square-foot building as well as another $10,000 in fellowships for resident students. Munger’s donation is the largest in the history of the University. The total estimated cost of the project is about $185 million, the balance of which will be funded by bond proceeds and commercial paper issuance. About 264 construction jobs will be created by the project.

The design includes 96 apartments, most of which will contain seven bedrooms for a total of 632 bedrooms in total. The residences will take up seven floors, with an additional floor of common space accommodating a solarium, a commissary and an outdoor balcony which encircles the floor as a running track. Music practice rooms, a media room and indoor gym are also included in the design. Lounges, study space and the track will be on the eighth floor.

The innovative design was a joint project by Hartman-Cox Architects and Integrated Design Solutions. The plans will follow U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system which will insure exceptional energy efficiency, exceeding standard levels by about 30 percent.

On-campus residences for graduate students are unusual living options and the University hopes that the addition of this unique offering will attract more graduate students to the University of Michigan. Offering a communal approach to student life, the building encourages interaction across disciplines. The vision is that this positive social environment will remove some of the isolation graduate students often feel, and allow the free exchange of ideas to elevate the level of their educational experience. Each bedroom has its own private bath and shares a common kitchen and living areas with three to six other bedrooms. At the current projection, the new dormitory should be available for graduate students for the fall semester of 2015. The $10 million in fellowships will be used in part to select students to help defray their living expenses. The University of Michigan bidding for $185M grad student dorms is officially underway.

University of Michigan Museum of Art

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

One of the most agreeable aspects of owning property in the Ann Arbor area is the wealth of resources associated with the University of Michigan. Among the best of these is the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA.) Founded in 1909, UMMA is one of the largest university art museums in the United States, with a permanent collection that includes nearly 19,000 objects.

About the Museum

The University of Michigan Art Museum is housed in a 94,000-square-foot exhibition space that combines the historic Alumni Memorial Hall with the new Frankel Wing. The remodeled museum, opened in 2009, houses a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits. Highlights of the museum's permanent collection include works by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, James Whistler, Claes Oldenburg and Max Beckmann. The collection includes examples of American, European, Asian, Middle Eastern and Asian art and spans from the pre-Columbian era to modern times.

Visiting the Museum

UMMA is located on State Street on the U of M campus. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are encouraged.

Special Museum Programs

In addition to the permanent and temporary art exhibits, UMMA hosts a full schedule of classes, lectures and special programs. These include drop-in art classes, poetry readings, parent and children art workshops, film screenings and gallery talks. The museum also offers a variety of art tours that focus on examples in the collection of a particular artist, period or genre.

Other Ann Arbor Area Museums

UMMA isn't the only museum in the greater Ann Arbor area. The Cranbrook Museum in Bloomfield Hills features a changing array of modern art exhibits. The Detroit Institute of Arts, located two miles north of downtown Detroit, houses one of the largest and most diverse art collections in the United States. And, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn features a huge collection of historic objects and Americana.

University of Michigan, VA Hospitals Strengthen Ties

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Ann Arbor residents have always had access to excellent health care facilities, but the level of care just increased for area veterans because of the strengthened alliance between the University of Michigan and the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Ann Arbor.

The University of Michigan (U of M) and the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Hospital announced in late October their plan to Lease a new 24,600-square-foot research facility on the U of M campus and to staff it with 150 researchers from the Ann Arbor VA's Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR.)

Benefits of New UM/VA Alliance

The move will consolidate research work at the facility to the benefit of veterans throughout the U.S. Said Dr. Eve Kerr, director of CCMR, in a recent press release: "From improving treatment of chronic conditions to preventing suicides and enhancing hospital care, all of us are eager to make an impact on care through research."

About the UM/VA Research Partnership

The majority of the researchers tapped for this initiative have joint appointments to CCMR and U of M Medical School, the School of Public Health or the School of Nursing. The primary goal of the project is to find cost-effective ways to manage common chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These include increasing the ways that patients can self-manage their care. A second group of researchers will focus on ways to manage veterans' mental health problems and to help reduce suicides and drug overdoses. The move to the new space is expected to be completed by early 2013.

About Ann Arbor VA Hospital

In addition to the research facility, the Ann Arbor VA Hospital offers a wide range of health care services, including a 105-bed acute care hospital, a 40-bed extended care facility, a mental health care center and a program to offer quality health care to homeless veterans. The center also manages satellite health care facilities in Flint and Jackson, Michigan and in Toledo, Ohio.

The number of veterans using VA facilities across the United States has increased dramatically within the last five years. More than 57,000 southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio veterans used the Ann Arbor VA health care facilities in 2012, up 24 percent from 2007.

2011 Michigan Wolverines Football

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Heading into its Big Ten showdown with the Purdue Boilermakers (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 29, the Michigan Wolverines 2011 football team, led by new head coach Brady Hoke, has an overall record of 6-1, 2-1 in the Big Ten, and was ranked No. 18 in the all-important BCS poll.

The highlight of the 2011 season BY FAR occurred on Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Wolverines and Michigan Stadium played host to ancient rival Notre Dame in the first-ever night game in the 84-year history of “The Big house.”(1927-2011)

More than 114,000 screaming fans, the largest crowd in college or pro football history, were treated not only to the intrinsic history of the event, but also a thrilling, come-from-behind 35-31 Wolverine victory.   

The Wolverines’ hopes for a perfect season were crushed on Saturday, Oct. 15. The 28-14 loss was made all the more painful since it came at the hands of in-state rival Michigan State.

A silver lining to that otherwise black cloud for Wolverines’ fans came a week earlier, when it defeated Northwestern 42-24 and achieved bowl eligibility. This win also gave the U of M its best start since the Rose Bowl season of 2006. Michigan opened the 2011 campaign by beating Western Michigan, and has also defeated Eastern Michigan, San Diego State (coach Brady Hoke’s previous team) and Minnesota.

After this Saturday’s UM-Purdue game, Michigan travels to Iowa and Illinois before returning to the Big House to face new Big 10 member Nebraska on Nov. 19. Michigan’s last game of the regular season, on Saturday, Nov. 26, brings the annual chance to bang helmets with longtime nemesis, the Ohio State Buckeyes.

2011 Nichols Arboretum Peony Festival

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

The Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan’s North Campus in Ann Arbor will be the site for the 2011 Peony Festival, set to run from June 4th-12th. The Peony Festival will include guided tours through the botanical gardens and, of course, peony sales. The event will kick off with the Peonies rand Plant Sale on June 4th, which will feature live music and a guided lunchtime tour to view one of the biggest and most extravagant collections of heirloom peonies in all of North America. The peonies are beginning to bloom, so come view the natural beauty of these flowers at this year’s Festival!

Horticulturalist Carmen Leskoviansky will lend her expertise to the event and will share her vast knowledge of peonies with visitors June 6th-10th from 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. These tours will give visitors a rare look at how these peonies are grown and developed. People keenly interested in horticulture will not want to miss these tours. You can also check out the visitor center to learn more about these blooming wonders, while taking a look at the peony cut flower display.

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