Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ethan Hardy plays with Martha Kazmierzak, a staff member at the U-M Children's Center, one of four child care centers on the Ann Arbor campus. For a closer look at campus child care options, pick up a copy of this week’s University Record. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

U-M attracting international students; more study abroad
The university attracted 5,790 international students to the state in 2008-09, the sixth highest total of any U.S. university, according to an Institute of International Education report showing international enrollments nationwide grew to a record 671,616. U-M and Michigan State University were in the top 15 for international enrollment as well as study-abroad programs.

Academy grooms future Business & Finance leaders
The impending shortage of experienced leaders, combined with a higher turnover of younger talent and the need for new and critical leadership skills, led to creation of the Business & Finance Leadership Academy. The academy two weeks ago graduated its first class and last week presented recommendations from the Action Learning Project Teams to B&F leadership.

New Web site to aid diversity recruitment for staff
The new Diversity Recruitment for Staff Web site has been created to aid hiring managers in attracting, selecting and retaining a diverse and highly engaged staff community. The site is designed to help departments build awareness and knowledge of the value of diversity, develop an effective recruitment strategy, investigate internal and external sourcing options, broaden the diversity of their candidate pools, screen and select candidates, and retain valued employees.

New $10M Department of Energy center to focus on plasma research
A new center at the College of Engineering will enable fundamental research on low-temperature plasmas — ionized gases with vast potential for practical technological advancements in fields such as energy, lighting, microelectronics and medicine. The center is funded by a $10 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Michigan Difference

Grad school application coaches
Navigating the graduate-school application process can be daunting, particularly for underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged students. Three recent U-M grads have created the nonprofit group Excelerate to guide students through the process and help them best position themselves for admission to professional schools.