Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, September 28, 2009

Television journalist Tom Brokaw speaks with Law School Dean Evan Caminker on Friday before conducting several interviews on campus. Brokaw was at U-M interviewing alumni for a CNBC documentary about baby boomers and how they've been affected by the recent economy. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Photo Services)

URC gains in comparison to nation's other R&D clusters
Michigan’s University Research Corridor — consisting of U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University — has climbed in all competitive categories over the past two years, rising among the nation’s top research-and-development clusters for producing patents, businesses and graduates with high-tech-related degrees.

Comedic commentator entertains Ross crowd with offbeat outlook
Mo Rocca, who describes himself as a “commentator, correspondent and comic,” led alumni, students and faculty through a laugh-filled tour of his life and career Friday during a talk at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. His 75-minute combination slideshow and comedy act meandered among topics as varied as politics, Barbie dolls and presidential gravesites.

Alumni advise student leaders on how to be effective leaders
Student leaders from organizations across campus came together Sunday at the Campus Leadership Colloquium to hear U-M alumni advise them on how to be effective political and business leaders. The speakers included White House staff aides, business CEOs and the president of the university’s Alumni Association.

UM-Dearborn’s new Ed.D. program gains accreditation
UM-Dearborn’s new doctorate of education degree has been included as part of the university’s accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Education’s Ed.D. program began this fall with 18 students enrolled.

The Michigan Difference

King of the road
Michael Daugherty, professor of composition at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, is one of the 10 most performed living American composers. His inspiration comes from observing the America he sees traveling its back roads and blue highways. “I found a way to combine my passion for American places, popular culture, and historical figures with the incredible education in contemporary music I had received,” he says.