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PAGE 6                                                         ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                            June 13, 2019

                                  BELLEVILLE - CANTON

        Canton trustee is honored for math, science work

                         Don Howard    Technological University, which  ing a symphony, to name a few.  Ford sites, and her continual
                          Staff Writer  she earned this past December.  STEM will bring the future to our  push for infrastructure improve-
                                         “Many girls have a very strong  communities and workplaces  ments to move our world for-
           Canton Township resident    desire to change the world from  and it is important our daughters  ward,” said Julie De Hagen, Ford
        Anne Marie Graham-Hudak has    a very young age - I know that  be there to lend their creative  Motor Co. STEAM business part-
        been honored for her work in sci-  was true of my four sisters and  and unique perspective.  I have  ner mentor.
        ence, technology, engineering  myself - three of us are engi-  been in many engineering meet-  Graham-Hudak and her hus-
        and math (STEM). She received  neers, one is a special education  ings where women have brought  band, Hadley, have four children
        Crain's   Detroit   Business   teacher, and the youngest is a  ideas to the table that the men  “and a very large extended fami-
        Magazine award  May 27.        physical therapy assistant.    did not consider - we are unique  ly throughout Southeastern
           Ford   Motor    Co.   just  Microsoft conducted a poll and  and a large percentage of the  Michigan.” She tells high school
        announced that three Ford      found that 72 percent of the girls  consumers of technology and  girls: “Follow your dreams - and
        women won this award, and pub-  polled said it was important for  decisions in our home and  they can change over time - that's
        lished it on the company internal  them to have jobs that directly  world,” she said.       OK.  See the beauty in math and
        websites.                      helped the world, but only 37    “I love math and science as it  science as it is the root of all we
           “It is such an honor,” said  percent thought of STEM as    opens the doors to so many fields  see, do feel and touch.  Don't let
        Graham-Hudak, who also serves  being creative or making the   and possibilities, and everything  others tell you that you can't do  Anne Marie Graham-Hudak
        on the Canton Township Board   world better,” said Graham-    around us can be described by  something - because as girls and
        of Trustees. She has been with  Hudak.                        math and science.   The acronym  women - we can do anything we  nical expertise and engineering
        Ford for five years and previous-  “Science, technology, engi-  is now STEAM - Science,     put our mind to.   Stay strong and  background to her role as a town-
        ly had a six-year Ford stint.  neering, and math (STEM)       Technology, Engineering, Arts  reach out to other like minded  ship trustee and as the board
           She worked at Chrysler for  careers are a very powerful way  and Mathematics - it is all impor-  people for support when you  representative on the planning
        four years and the Federal     to make these changes, whether  tant,” she concluded.        need encouragement.”           commission.     As   Canton
        Aviation Administration for four  it be through finding cures for  Colleagues at Ford Motor    Canton Township Clerk       Township grows exponentially in
        years. Graham-Hudak has a      diseases, launching ways to    added praise for their coworker.  Michael Siegrist also had praise  population and development,
        bachelor of science degree in  reduce pollution, inventing or   “Anne Marie is enthusiastic in  for Graham-Hudak and the   she is at the vanguard, ensuring
        electrical/electronic engineering  implementing technology in their  her passion for technology. This  expertise she offers the town-  we embrace economic trends to
        from Boston University and an  communities, teaching children  is exemplified in how many   ship.                          create a 21st century communi-
        MBA       from     Lawrence    with special needs, even compos-  changes she has placed across  “Anne Marie brings her tech-  ty,” he said.
        Plans for 25,000 square-foot data center OK’d in Van Buren

           Members of the Belleville   feet each at the site.         property to connect Haggerty  mit phase by David Schreiber   from more than 14,000 miles of
        Planning        Commission       “The timing of phases 2-4    and Tyler roads.              of the Wayne County Economic   privately owned lit fiber and
        approved the site plan for     expansions will be determined    State permits are still neces-  Development Corp. who was  metro rings in strategic tier-
        Phase One, a 25,000 square-foot  by customer demand, but the  sary for the construction which  present at the meeting..    one, tier-two and tier-three
        data center to be constructed  expectation would dictate a    includes a specialized frac-     US Signal currently has 16  markets. According to the web-
        on Haggerty Road.              phase addition every 24        tured pattern of texturized con-  certified data centers in mid-  site, the Van Buren Township
           The application for the con-  months,” wrote McKenna plan-  crete on the building façade.  sized cities across the country.  operation is scheduled to open
        struction plan for the 7.91 acre  ning consultant Vidya Krishnan  The east side of the where  Most are at least 200 miles  in the fourth quarter this year.
        site was prepared by profes-   in a  letter to the commission.  additions are planned with not  apart and all are on separate  The new state-of-the-art
        sional    urban    planners,   She said this would result in a  have the specialized finish,  power grids to minimize the  facility will add up to 100,000
        McKenna, representing US       full build-out in 6-8 years.   according to the architectural  effects of natural disasters,  square feet of additional data
        Signal. Representatives indicat-  Stipulations of the site plan  plans.                     according to the company web-  center space in greater Detroit,
        ed that there will be three addi-  approval included crosswalks  The plan was helped        site.                          according to the company web-
        tional phases of 25,000 square-  on the southwest corner of the  through the Wayne County per-  The data centers benefit   site.
        Verdi Opera Theatre stars to perform at Liberty Fest

           The International Festival in  winner of the Verdi Opera   ning first place and also being  won awards both as a soloist and  singers, and to fostering appreci-
        Heritage Park on Saturday will  Theatre of Michigan annual    the recipient of the baritone cat-  as an accompanist and has par-  ation of the music of Giuseppe
        include a special appearance by  Italian Songs and Arias Vocal  egory prize at the 2019 George  ticipated in the International  Verdi and other composers of
        Soprano Kristine Overman, as   Competition. This summer she   Shirley Vocal Competition. In  Fadjr Festival and the Classic to  opera and popular music for the
        well as Baritone Logan         travels back to Italy to perform  undergraduate Logan was the  Contemporary Festival in     theatre, for everyone's enjoy-
        Dell'Acqua, presented by the   as Vitellia in “La Clemenza di  recipient of the Megan Parker  Tehran. Mahour moved to the  ment and cultural enrichment.
        Verdi Opera Theatre of         Tito,” before pursuing her mas-  vocal award as well as the  United States to pursue her      The performances will begin
        Michigan. The performers will  ter's  degree     in   Vocal   Fitzpatrick Opera award, and he  master's degree in collaborative  at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 on
        be accompanied on piano by     Performance and Pedagogy at    was also a first place winner of  piano at the University of  the Canton LIVE! Stage during
        Mahour Arbabian.               the University of Houston.     the Great Lakes Regional NATS.  Michigan under the renowned  the 28th Annual Liberty Fest, a
           Overman is an American        Dell'Acqua is a lyric baritone  Arbabian is a native of Iran  pianist and vocal coach, Martin  three-day community festival
        soprano and recent graduate    currently studying at the      and was formerly based in     Katz. Arbabian will be spending  featuring two stages of live
        from the University of Michigan  University of Michigan for his  Tehran as a solo and collabora-  this summer at the Aspen Music  entertainment and family fun
        prestigious vocal program.     masters under the direction of  tive pianist. After graduating  Festival and School in Colorado  for all ages.
        Overman has sung with many     Stephen Lusmann. His recent    with her bachelor's degree in  as a recipient of the Polonsky  For additional information
        international festivals in Italy,  roles include Bob in Highway  piano performance from the  Foundation Fellowship.        about the International Festival,
        the Czech Republic, and Austria,  One, USA by William Grant Still;  University of Tehran, she was  The Verdi Opera Theatre of  which is presented by the
        as well as having been featured  Der Lautsprecher, in Der Kaiser  employed by the Tehran    Michigan, founded in 1988 and  Canton Commission for Culture,
        as the Countess in the         Von Atlantis; Figaro, in Le    Conservatory of Music to teach  based in Canton, is a non-profit  Arts & Heritage Multicultural
        University of Michigan Opera   Nozze di Figaro; and Bobby in  music theory, while serving as a  organization dedicated to  Committee, visit www.cantonvil-
        departments “Le Nozze di       company. Among his other most  studio accompanist at the     encouraging and supporting the or call (734) 394-
        Figaro.” She is also a first prize  recent accomplishments: win-  University of Tehran. She has  development of young opera  5300.


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