Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th of July Holiday Weekend

On Monday, July 4, 2016, the Newberry Building will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. It will close early that day so that staff can celebrate the July 4th holiday.

The Summer Program does not cancel classes on July 4; rather, it lets each instructor determine whether or not to hold class. 

Silver Lake, Pinckney Recreation Area.
Staying in town for the long holiday weekend? The weather is supposed to be sunny and lovely, so we recommend floating the Huron River, which runs through downtown Ann Arbor. The Argo Canoe Livery rents kayaks and inner tubes for those looking to relax on the water. There is also a lake and beach at the nearby Pinckney Recreation Area, which is a half-hour drive from Ann Arbor. If you're reliant on public transportation, be aware that the U-M's blue buses and the city of Ann Arbor's Ride buses will not be offering transit services on July 4.

Eastern Market
If you're looking to explore Michigan over the long holiday weekend, you might try Detroit, which is a 45-minute drive to the east of Ann Arbor. We recommend visiting Eastern Market (Sat., 7 a.m.-4 p.m.), a massive outdoor market where you'll find everything from fresh, local fruit and veggies to food to flowers and more. Belle Isle, an island in the Detroit River with impressive views of downtown Detroit and Canada, offers plenty of recreation opportunities, including an aquarium, a conservatory, and a zoo. Other worthwhile places to visit include the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum and the Motown Museum

Downtown Chicago
Other places to visit in Michigan include the lakeside beaches on the west side of the state (although they are guaranteed to be packed during the holiday weekend). If you're feeling adventurous and have a car, Chicago is 4 hours to the west, Toronto 5 hours to the east, and the spacious wilds of Michigan's Upper Peninusla are to the north. 

Have fun, take photos, and share them with us via Twitter or Facebook! Happy 4th!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Things to do this weekend

Mike's Data People
Friday, 6/24, 6:45-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the end of the first week of the First Session with "Mike's Data People"! Instructor Mike Hawthorne has organized a meetup for instructors, TAs, & participants looking to relax and have fun on the Dominick's patio.

Karaoke
Friday & Saturday nights
Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. at this popular downtown bar whose strange decor includes clowns and circus animals.

Farmers Market
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Saturday, 6/25, opens at 7 a.m.
Buy fresh fruit, veggies, baked goods, eggs, and a delicious variety of foods from dozens of local farmers and producers. 

Summer Program Picnic
Saturday, 6/25, 1-5 p.m.
Join your fellow participants, as well as instructors and TAs, for lots of food and fun!

Top of the Park
Saturday & Sunday evenings
This free summer festival features live music, food from local restaurants, and a beer tent. 

Kayaker and his dog enjoying the Argo CascadesFloating the Huron River
Sunday (or any time that it's hot!)
Just north of downtown, the Huron River is a wonderful way to relax and cool down. The Argo Canoe Livery rents kayaks, canoes, tubes, paddleboards, and more.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Great lunch spots

Looking for a quick, casual spot to grab a bite to eat in between classes? May we recommend:

Jerusalem Garden is a Lebanese restaurant that serves delicious and affordable sandwiches and full-plate meals. Excellent falafel, hummus, and chicken shawarma.

Le Dog is a hot dog stand that also serves gourmet soups like lobster bisque, Vichyssoise, chicken tortilla, and clam chowder. No seating.

Kosmo is a Korean diner in the Kerrytown Shops that serves large bowls of bibimbop and Korean-American fusion foods like the Bogie (bulgogi hoagie) or the Seoul dog (a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with kimchi).

Totoro serves fresh sushi, tempura, and teriyaki dishes.

Ginger Deli serves fresh, yummy bahn mi sandwiches and bowls of pho out of a takeout window at the corner of Liberty and Division.

Coffee shops in downtown Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor boasts numerous cafes. Here are a few local spots we recommend:

Located in the airy, glass-covered Nickels Arcade directly across the street from U-M, Comet Coffee serves exquisite espresso drinks and coffees brewed-to-order. Seating is limited in this pocket-sized shop!

Roos Roast is a popular and friendly local roaster whose signature blend, Lobster Butter Love, has a creamy, mild flavor that Ann Arborites adore.

Another beloved local roaster, Mighty Good Coffee has two locations that bookend the campus/downtown area. Both shops feature lots of tables, power outlets, and windows, making them great places to study and work.

lab concocts uniquely flavored espresso drinks whose frothy surfaces are artfully decorated.

Espresso Royale's three locations near campus offer lots of space to study. They sell a giant-sized iced coffee at a reasonable price.

And, if you're ever in need of a quick and free caffeine boost, stop by Newberry, where we have a coffee and tea bar in the back lounge.

Friday, June 17, 2016

First Four-week Session Check-in & Registration

WHEN: June 20, 2016. Please attend the time that corresponds with the first letter of your last name:

9 a.m. — Check-in only (no advising)
10 a.m. — A, B, C, D
11 a.m. — E, F, G, H, I, J
12 Noon — Closed for lunch
1 p.m. — Check-in only (no advising)
2 p.m. — K, L, M, N
3 p.m. — O, P, Q, R, S
4 p.m. — T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

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Monday, June 13, 2016

New! Evening Workshop

From August 15-19, the Summer Program is offering the short workshop "Introduction to R: How to Use R for Data Management, Data Analysis, and Graphical Display" from 5-8 p.m. on the University of Michigan campus. This course is ideal for researchers, analysts, graduate students, staff, and faculty who are seeking a brief and applied introduction to using R for quantitative data analysis in their own research or instruction. ICPSR member registration fee: $600.

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Don't forget to bring:

A sweater, sweatshirt, or light jacket. In past years, the thermostat in some of our classrooms has been set to "polar." The university controls the temperature, which means we may not be able to turn off the A/C in a timely manner. Also, summer nights in Ann Arbor are lovely but occasionally chilly, with temperatures dipping into the 50s or 60s degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius).

Your passport. A short tunnel separates Canada from Detroit, which is only a 45 minute drive from Ann Arbor. Many of our participants use the weekends to take short trips to nearby destinations, including our neighbor to the north.

Sunglasses. When you're not in the classroom, prepare to be outside basking in the sunshine! Downtown Ann Arbor is filled with restaurants, cafes, bars, and beer gardens that provide outdoor seating, perfect for studying, relaxing, or hanging out with friends.

T-shirt ideas: Every year, participants in our four-week sessions are invited to submit their designs for the annual Summer Program t-shirt contest. The design that receives the most votes will be made into a t-shirt worn by your fellow participants and instructors for years and years to come.