The Blavin Scholars Program hosts a variety of community building events and educational workshops for Blavin Scholars. Blavin Events and Workshops are implemented with feedback and suggestions from Blavin Scholars.
Each year there are a variety of social events offered to build community among Blavin Scholars. There are several annual traditional events that the Blavin Scholars Program hosts. Some events require Blavin Scholar attendance, as noted by *, and others are optional. If you have an idea or feedback on Blavin Events please talk to your Campus Coach!
*Fall Welcome September. The Fall Welcome is the first time that everyone in the Blavin Scholars Program gets together each academic year. We do activities to get to know one another, set community expectations for the year, share program updates and involvement opportunities, and most importantly, have fun!
*Fall Tailgate October: The Fall Tailgate is an opportunity for the Blavin Scholars to gather with the Blavin Mentors, Blavin Program Staff, and Paul and Amy Blavin before a U-M football game to get to know one another, enjoy lunch, and prepare to cheer at the game. Go Blue!
Gratitude Dinner November. The Gratitude Dinner is an opportunity for Blavin Scholars to gather with the Blavin Mentors and Blavin Program Staff to enjoy a delicious meal. We understand that some Blavin Scholars may have plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday recess and others may not so we take this time to enjoy one another's company and connect before the holiday break.
Fall Study Day December. The Blavin Study Day takes place on the U-M Study Day, a day that is set aside for students to study and prepare for upcoming final exams. The Blavin Study Day is a drop-in event where Blavin Scholars can join a quiet study room or socialize in a relaxation and destress room. We serve study snacks and have campus partners lead brief sessions on fun relaxation activities and academic skills.
*Pizza and Pucks February: The Blavin Pizza and Pucks Day provides an opportunity for Blavin Scholars, Blavin Mentors, Blavin Program Staff, and Paul and Amy Blavin to gather to enjoy lunch together and attend a U-M hockey game.
Winter Study Day April: The Blavin Study Day takes place on teh U-M Study Day, a day that is set aside for students to study and prepare for upcoming final exams. The Blavin Study Day is a drop-in event where Blavin Scholars can join a quiet study room or socialize in a relaxation and de-stress room. We serve study snacks and have campus partners lead brief sessions on fun relaxation activities and academic skills.
*Spring Dinner May. The Blavin Spring Dinner is a time when the Blavin Scholars Program community gathers to recognize the accomplishments of the Blavin Scholars throughout the year and celebrate the graduating Blavin Scholars and all that they have achieved.
In addition to the traditional annual events listed above, there will be several other community building events offered throughout the year. This past academic year the Blavin Scholars went to a Detroit Tigers Game, a Detroit Red Wings Game, canoeing on the Huron River, and attended performance events on campus.
*Blavin Life Skills Conference-October
This annual annual conference offers scholars opportunities to gain academic and professional life skills while during a day of fun and community building. This year’s conference, “takes Scholars through a fun-filled day learning new skills such as how to buy a new or used car, self-defense, interview skills training, business dinner etiquette and the adventures of studying abroad.