Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

U-M Police Sgt. Stacy Richmond makes a point during Tuesday's community meeting at the Department of Public Safety headquarters. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

DPS chief heads inaugural public meeting to build communication
The Department of Public Safety's staff room doors were thrown open to the public this week to encourage conversation between campus police and the community. In welcoming the public to the department's regular Tuesday morning meeting, U-M Chief of Police Greg O'Dell announced this would be the first of several open staff meetings the department intends to present around campus. "We want to begin having more dialogue with the community," he said.

Mellon grant funds teaching initiatives, furthers museum transformation
The U-M Museum of Art has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support and expand a comprehensive initiative for collections-based teaching and learning. The grant focuses on three objectives: engaging and sustaining curriculum-based relationships with students, faculty, and staff in a more systematic way; expanding the range of exhibitions that highlight U-M’s varied collections; and funding training and support for future scholars, historians and curators in various stages of their careers.

Applicants sought for field-based sustainability courses
The Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute is seeking high-performing student applicants for field-based undergraduate sustainability courses it is supporting in 2012. Applications for the courses, which include multi-week site visits to places ranging from Detroit and Wyoming to China, Costa Rica, and Kenya, are due Dec. 5.

Record Update and University Record to go on Thanksgiving break
The email version of the Record Update will not be sent during the Thanksgiving break. It will return on Tuesday. The University Record will not publish an edition the week of Nov. 28. Its next edition will be Dec. 5.

The Michigan Difference

Dental outreach to inmates
Hands-on experience is a crucial part of dental training. That’s why U-M dental students Chady Elhage and Mohamed Saad say they value the opportunity to have participated in the Outreach Dentistry program at the Michigan State Prison near Jackson. For two weeks students perform tooth extractions and fillings on inmates, taking on as many as 10 patients a day. “Many of the inmates we saw were in so much pain that they were grateful that we were there to help them,” Saad said.