Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 14, 2011

Brian Sole (with arms raised) leads the drumming group Raion Taiko during a performance at the Center for Japanese Studies’ seventh annual Mochitsuki. The Japanese New Year’s celebration took place recently and is CJS' largest event of the year. Approximately 1,200 people attended and participated in activities that included folding origami, playing Japanese games and listening to special Japanese stories. (Photo by Mitch Park)

General Motors Foundation grant to benefit U-M diversity
The university has received $230,000 from the General Motors Foundation to help fund a variety of programs, particularly diversity initiatives at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering. The intent is to encourage women and minorities in those educational programs.

University looking for Michigan Leadership Award nominees
U-M is seeking nominees for eight Michigan Leadership Awards from among faculty, staff, students or student groups. The deadline is Jan. 21 to suggest people or groups who stand out for their commitment and dedication outside the classroom.

Part of Thompson Street closed through Wednesday
Beginning today, Thompson Street will be closed to through traffic from East William Street to approximately the middle of the block north of East Jefferson Street. The closure is expected to last until Wednesday.

REMINDER: Payroll office urges use of electronic W-2s
Employees who have not already done so are asked to visit Wolverine Access no later than Jan. 23 to consent to receive an electronic PDF copy of their 2010 W-2 instead of an identical mailed copy.

The Michigan Difference

Professor on German high court
Susanne Baer, one of the Law School’s five William W. Cook Global Law Professors and a U-M alumna, has been elected to the German Federal Constitutional Court. She will serve a 12-year non-renewable term on Germany's top court, which handles several thousand cases a year. She is expected to continue her relationship with the Law School during her term.