Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 29, 2010

From left, Byron Miller of Hill Dining Center and Ronda Jones of Bursley dining hall prepare their rib recipes during University Housing Residential Dining Services’ second annual “Hot Off the Grill BBQ Rib Competition.” Click on the photo for more details about the contest. (Photo by Peter Logan, University Housing)

No commencement tickets left!
Spring Commencement tickets no longer are available for the university community. The Michigan Union Ticket Office ran out of tickets shortly before 3 p.m. today. The university, therefore, is canceling the public distribution of tickets that had been scheduled for tomorrow.

MacKie-Mason chosen as new dean of the School of Information
Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, the Arthur W. Burks Collegiate Professor of Information and Computer Science, has been chosen as the next dean of the School of Information (SI), effective July 1 and pending Board of Regents approval. He is a founding faculty member of SI and helped design the school.

URC presidents testify before House subcommittee about group’s value
A state House panel on Wednesday heard from presidents of the three University Research Corridor schools, as well as from entrepreneurs who touted the benefits of the cooperative venture that is designed to help lead the state toward economic rebirth.

Some parking meters covered to aid students during Move-Out
Some parking meters in the vicinity of residence halls are being covered today and Friday to aid students and their families who are moving out. The affected spaces are not intended for long-term parking, nor are they to be used by university or employee vehicles.

The Michigan Difference

Creating characters through clothes
Martin Pakledinaz plays a key role in creating the look and feel of characters that grace the professional stage. The 1975 Master of Fine Arts graduate has dressed some of Broadway’s most famous leading ladies: Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone. He has created breathable and fluid costumes for dancers, and designed complex clothing constructions for operas. “I love what performers do and I like being around them,” Pakledinaz says.