Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 1, 2011

Margaret Noori (left) and Howard Kimewon (center), lecturers in the Program in American Culture, join students in leading a version of "The Victors" in Ojibwe. The song was part of a program Thursday at the North Quad Community Open House. For more photos of the event, pick up a copy of the next issue of the the University Record, available Monday on racks across campus. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

North Quad lets the community in to see how the magic is made
Visitors who filled the dining hall of the North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex on Thursday afternoon learned that U-M's newest living-learning center has a nickname. Students have taken to calling it "North Hog," LSA Dean Terrence McDonald said."Hog" as in Hogwarts, the mythical college where Harry Potter and his friends unravel the mysteries of magic. "All the technological provisions are here to do magical things," McDonald said. The magic of North Quad was on display as hundreds of visitors toured the classrooms, technology and residential facilities during the quad's Community Open House.

A look at preparations for the Symphony Band's trip to China
While the Symphony Band doesn’t depart for its tour to China until early May, the pre-tour anticipation and build-up can be seen on its China tour blog. Read student and faculty commentary about everything from the intensive cultural immersion classes required for the tour, to repertoire programming written by the Symphony Band conductor, to one student’s own personal take on why she loves the music of "Star Wars."

Forty-Six Wolverines named to 2011 Winter Academic All-Big Ten team
The Big Ten Conference office has released its winter 2011 Academic All-Big Ten teams, which include 46 U-M student-athletes. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be letter winners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Students put their cooking skills on the line
Ten cooking savvy students brought their culinary skills to the MI Cooking Competition event at Pierpont Commons on Wednesday. The event, hosted by University Unions Arts and Programs, challenged the students to prepare an entree of their choice from ingredients provided by University Catering.

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.