Travel Log – 9/07/2007
Michigan Rehabilitation Services – Lansing
We completed the What’s New with AWARE Version 5 training today with the Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS). Attendees included staff and managers from the AWARE Support Unit, MRS filed offices, Michigan Career Technical Institute (MCTI), and the Department of Information Technology (DIT). The staff represented three teams (Adaptation, Testing, and User Education).
When asked what they liked best about v5, attendees sited the navigation, custom layouts, and the ability to have more than one case open at one time. In addition to hands-on training, each team met to discuss their strategy for transition from v4 to v5. The agency is considering a quick implementation by training staff on “just the basics” so they can use the new version as they do today. Then local tech rep trainers would continue to instruct staff on new features, the AWARE Support Unit would incrementally activate new capabilities, and DIT development staff would convert reports from v4 to v5. After the in-depth hands on training the teams have lots to talk about!
Alliance staff enjoyed seeing everyone from Michigan again and gathering many enhancement ideas. The MRS attendees even found a couple obscure errors!
Thank you Michigan staff for the warm welcome and enthusiasm for the new version.
~ Lisa and Rick
Lansing is the capital city of the U.S. state of Michigan, and the state’s sixth largest city. it is located mostly in Ingham County, although small portions of the city extend into Clinton County and Eaton County. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 119,128, an Urbanized Area (UA) population of 300,032, and as of July 1, 2006 a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) population of 454,044. The even larger Combined Statistical Area (CSA) population, which includes Shiawassee County, is estimated at 526,956.
The Lansing metropolitan area, colloquially referred to as “Mid-Michigan”, is an important center for educational, cultural, governmental, business, and high-tech manufacturing institutions, including three medical schools (two human medicine and one veterinary), two nursing schools, two law schools, a Big Ten Conference university (Michigan State), the state capitol, the state Supreme Court, an appellate court, a federal court, the Library of Michigan and Historical Center, and headquarters of four national insurance companies.
Lansing is the only U.S. state capital (among the 46 located in counties) that is not also a county seat. The county seat of Ingham County is Mason, Michigan.
Famous Lansing Individuals
- Stevie Wonder – singer, attended the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing (born and raised in Saginaw, MI)
- Joel Bakan – Canadian law professor and documentary filmmaker
- Timothy Busfield – actor/director
- Jim Cash – screenwriter of Top Gun and many other commercially successful films
- Ed Emshwiller – visual artist and founder of CalArt Computer Animation Lab
- David Fairchild – botanist
- Thom Hartman – radio talk-show host and author
- Andy Hilbert – NHL hockey player
- John Hughes – film director
- Magic Johnson – NBA basketball star
- Matthew Lillard – actor
- Suzanne Malveaux – CNN television news reporter
- Ryan Miller – NHL hockey player
- Muhsin Muhammad – NFL football star
- Ransom E. Olds – automobile manufacturer; founded Olds Motor Vehicle Company
- Larry Page – co-founder of google.com
- Greg Raymer – 2004 World Series of Poker champion
- Burt Reynolds – actor
- Steven Seagal – actor
- John Smoltz – MLB star and 1996 Cy Young Award winner
- Jim “Soni” Sonefeld – drummer and percussionist for Hootie and the Blowfish
- Debbie Stabenow – U.S. Senator, began political career in Ingham County
- Malcolm X – human rights activist