Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 31, 2011

President Mary Sue Coleman (left) and Regent Andrea Fischer Newman chat with U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, at the U-M Congressional Breakfast in Washington. Click here to read a story about the annual event. (Photo by Freed Photography)

Byrnes takes position as executive director of joint institute
A U-M alumna and former state representative is the new executive director of the university’s joint institute with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Former state Rep. Pamela Byrnes, D-Chelsea, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Far Eastern Studies from U-M, has been appointed to the newly created position.

Condoleezza Rice explores the state of geopolitics in Goff Smith Lecture
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice explored how Middle East political upheaval is affecting oil prices, and discussed other situations around the world during a lecture Wednesday at Rackham Auditorium. Rice delivered the 2011 Goff Smith Lecture.

Brady Hoke signs contract to lead U-M football program through 2016
Brady Hoke has signed a six-year contract to lead the U-M football program as the 19th coach in its 132-year history. Hoke's base compensation for the first year is $2 million — $300,000 in base salary and $1.7 million in additional compensation. The additional compensation increases by $100,000 each of the six years of the contract.

The Michigan Difference

Buddy goes to school
Students in Assistant Professor Mike Lewis’ Media Ethics course at UM-Flint are learning about something they never expected to be part of the curriculum: what it takes to raise and train a leader dog. Lewis is training Buddy for the organization Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, and as part of the project he brings Buddy to class about once a week. “UM-Flint is a great place to train Buddy, with lots of students and activity. He learns to climb stairs, ride elevators, and go through doors," Lewis says.