Wednesday, July 28

Detroit's Communication and Media Arts High School chosen to receive makeover on new NBC series “School Pride"

Executive producers Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Denise Cramsey (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) selected Detroit's Communication and Media Arts High School (CMA) to receive a much-needed building makeover.

Housed in a building built in 1959, CMA was a candidate for closure this month due to its poor condition and the anticipated expense of repairs. Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb learned the producers were looking for schools for the show and nominated CMA for a makeover. He removed it from the closure list after learning it was a finalist.

“CMA has a very high graduation rate and virtually all the graduates go on to college. They deserve to learn in an environment that will help them achieve even more,” Bobb said. “I’m excited to see all the changes that will take place, but the show’s crew and the students of this small school cannot do it alone. We need the entire city to come out and help make this the best makeover in the country. In a time of highly limited resources, we need to marshal all our community resources to create 21st century learning environments for our students.”

The reality series, debuting this fall and airing Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC, empowers communities to take charge and improve their broken schools, motivating students, parents and teachers to renovate their neighborhood educational institutions. Making use of local businesses and skilled local labor, the community will make over classrooms, public spaces, athletic facilities, and art and music halls. The changes at CMA will truly be a community effort, with “School Pride” producers planning to recruit a large number of volunteers from the local area to work on the transformation effort.

While a team of experts will lend expertise in the makeover process, it’s ultimately up to the students, teachers and community to execute the restoration. “School Pride” cameras will document their progress, revealing multiple surprises along the way and, ultimately, concluding with the unveiling of a brand-new, completely transformed school. Months later, the school will be revisited to determine the effects – such as renewed sense of pride and an increase in student achievement scores – the transformation has ignited.

The “School Pride” crew and hosts will document the makeover Aug. 1-7, 2010, and the public is encouraged to sign up to participate or donate goods and/or services to the effort. Volunteers will be needed for tasks ranging from painting and serving food to skilled trades such as electrical and plumbing work.

Although the list has reached capacity, volunteers are encouraged to sign up to be on the stand-by list at

Be sure to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Friday, August 6, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. The school is located at 14771 Mansfield, Detroit, MI 48227.

Follow “School Pride” on Twitter @NBCSchoolPride ( View the trailer, visit “School Pride” is produced by Horizon Alternative Television.

Monday, July 26

AIA Michigan open Executive Director postion

AIA Michigan is a vital organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the profession of Architecture and more specifically, to it’s membership. It is a truly member-centric organization; its finances are healthy; and its programs and leadership are well received locally and nationally. As AIA Michigan moves forward, it must continue to use its strong resources effectively as Architecture and related professions are affected by turbulent economic times and significant shifts in the professional roles and relationships that define the design and construction industries in Michigan.

The Board, staff and membership seek a new Executive Director who is a respected strategic manager and a bold thinker to advance the mission of AIA Michigan. S/he must be able to capture opportunity, navigate change and assist the board leadership to move the organization to its next level of accomplishment – programmatically, financially and in terms of its professional and public effectiveness. Through innovation, smart business practices, and a commitment to engage diverse audiences in, s/he will enhance AIA Michigan’s influence within the state and the professional success of its membership.

See the complete AIA Michigan Executive Director position profile here

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to (In electronic PDF format only)