Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 27, 2012

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Al Glick Field House. Obama spoke Friday to a crowd of 4,000 about several issues, including higher education initiatives and increasing the nation’s manufacturing base. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

Obama unveils plan for higher education
Praising U-M for its efforts to cut costs, President Barack Obama unveiled a higher education plan for the nation that included increased funding for universities that keep tuition affordable and provide value. “Here at Michigan, you’ve done a lot to find savings in your budget,” the president said as he addressed 4,000 people Friday morning at the Al Glick Field House.

University committed to correcting gaps in procedures
An internal review of how a report of a possible medical campus crime was handled has revealed gaps in university procedures that campus leaders are committed to correcting. Preliminary findings from the review by University Audits indicate that a possible crime was first reported in May 2011 but not fully investigated until November 2011. The case was dismissed in May because of a lack of evidence. When it was brought forward again in November, the case was fully investigated and evidence showed wrongdoing on the part of a U-M medical resident. The resident has since been charged with possession of child pornography and no longer is working in the Health System.

Student sees historic changes in Burma on mission to deliver Wallenberg Medal
Dominic Nardi, a U-M graduate student in political science, traveled to Burma over the winter break to deliver the Wallenberg Medal to dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who could not attend the ceremony in Ann Arbor last year. He describes the experience and how Burma has changed from his first visit there 11 years ago.

University helping students manage food allergies
For many students, college can provide exciting new freedoms and present new and unexpected challenges. Students with food allergies often need help to manage their diet through the vast array of campus dining choices. At U-M many professionals help students manage their food allergies and provide ingredient and allergy information.

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Mission to Nicaragua
Four volunteers from the U-M Health System are heading to Nicaragua next month as part of a mission trip to offer basic health care to some of the country's poorest citizens. They will join 20-25 other volunteers on the nine-day trip, conducting six clinics in rural and urban areas around the capital of Managua.