I'm Fraser, but work at Wayne State. There's a ton of us on the east side who get together regularly to drink at Dragonmead or other places, we also often brew together, and we do a group grain buy twice a year usually. We do a lot of our local communication in the Michigan Mashers
subsection of the forum so you might want to check out those threads there.
Welcome. If you want some pointers or stuff let us know. Although we haven't talked about it yet, I'm sure there will be some form of informal group brew between Christmas and New Years at someone's house. If you want to come and hang or something.