University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Professor Anne Ruggles Gere ’66 was named a Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year in April. Gere, a professor since 1987, was honored “in recognition of her innovative approaches to pedagogy and the numerous programs she has initiated to strengthen undergraduate education,” according to a U-M press release. * Lee Urban ’68, sporting a Hawaiian shirt, was featured in a Portland (Maine) Press Herald story about sharing his love of the ukulele with students at Riverton Elementary School. Urban, a former city planning director, offers a ukulele camp, organized a ukulele festival, and started the nonprofit Ukuleles Heal the World. “It’s a very social, smile-inducing instrument,” he told the Press Herald. * Reflections by Thom Rippon ’68 were included in a yearlong review of 1968 by The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa. Rippon recalled his 1966 Jan Plan in East Harlem, where he made friends that he was visiting two years later on the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.