Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 30, 2010

Members of the U-M community briskly move past the Michigan Union Ticket Office window as Katrina Campos and Dominic Johnson hand out tickets to Spring Commencement featuring President Barack Obama. A long line of faculty, staff and students snaked around the Union and along State, William and Maynard streets Thursday morning as people waited for the ticket distribution to begin. The tickets were gone by 3 p.m. (Photo by James Iseler)

Part of North University Avenue to close for transit center project
Beginning Monday, North University Avenue will be closed between Fletcher and Church streets for the construction of the new Central Campus Transit Center. Traffic will be directed around the construction site along two alternate routes: via Geddes Avenue, Washtenaw Avenue and Fletcher Street, or via North University Avenue, South State Street, South University Avenue and Church Street.

Commencement tickets are gone
Tickets to Spring Commencement, featuring President Barack Obama, have all been distributed, as of Thursday afternoon. The university had hoped to have tickets available for the general public today but they were gone shortly before 3 p.m.

Three to receive OVPR’s Distinguished Research Administrator Award
The Office of the Vice President for Research has named three recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Research Administrator Award. The honorees are Drew Buchanan, director of research and sponsored programs at UM–Dearborn; Catherine Liebowitz, research process senior manager at the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research; and Patricia Preston, business manager in the Department of Sociology, LSA.

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.