The University Record, July 6 , 1999


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Supporter urges visits to ‘jewels’

In the past couple of months, the University of Michigan Credit Union has been happy to sponsor two events on the University of Michigan campus. On April 17, we sponsored the opening day festivities for the new pterodactyl exhibit at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. On June 13, the Credit Union was a sponsor of the Nichols Arboretum’s Arbfest ’99.

Both of these events were greatly enjoyed by all who participated. What surprised me, however, was the number of people at each event who commented to me that this was their first visit to either the Museum or the Arb.

The Arboretum and the Exhibit Museum are two of the crown jewels of the University and of Ann Arbor. The Museum is an excellent spot to entertain kids for a few hours on a rainy day. Children are very intrigued by the exhibits, especially the dinosaurs, and the Museum staff and volunteers do a great job of making learning fun.

The Arboretum is a spectacular oasis of green within the city boundaries and is worth visiting several times a year. The new James D. Reader Jr. Environmental Education Center is sure to become a great resource for the community. It is wonderful that the Arb was able to recycle this beautiful old house into such a lovely setting and for such a great purpose.

If you have not done so, I urge you to visit the Arb and the Exhibit Museum. You will be glad you did. They are two of the things that make Ann Arbor a great place to live.

Jim Kirk, U-M Credit Union, and member, Alumni Association