Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Students line up on the Central Campus Diag after signing thank-you notes to alumni who donated $50 or less to U-M. An estimated 1,700 students participated in Wednesday's "Day of Thanks" events on Central and North campuses and at the Ross Academic Center. The focus was to educate students about the role that private giving — particularly small donations — plays in the Michigan student experience, and to give them an opportunity to express their appreciation and receive a T-shirt. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

President Coleman urges improvements in funding metrics
President Mary Sue Coleman told state legislators Wednesday that proposed higher-education budget formula metrics give the wrong impression about success at U-M. She urged lawmakers to consider changes to the metrics that do not pit individual state universities against each other for funding.

U-M a top university in world ranking
The university has been ranked 12th in the annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings announced today. The 2012 Reputation Rankings are based on results from an invitation-only survey of scholars from around the world. U-M is one of only four public institutions in the top 25.

eTextbook Initiative vendors to offer demonstrations
The U-M eTextbook Initiative will host demonstrations by four e-textbook vendors in the coming weeks to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to preview and evaluate the various platforms. Feedback from the sessions will inform the initiative's selection of an e-textbook platform for the campus.

RSC's residency culminates in public play readings
Since arriving last Saturday, members of the Royal Shakespeare Company have led workshops on acting and directing, and delivered lectures on interpreting Shakespeare. During the next several days, the public is invited to attend several public events, including the readings of two landmark work-in-progress plays.

Markovits honored with German Order of Merit
Andrei Markovits, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies, received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on Wednesday.

Conforth receives Golden Apple teaching award
Bruce Conforth, a lecturer in the Department of American Culture since 2001, was named Wednesday as the recipient of the 2012 Golden Apple Award honoring faculty who continuously strive to spread knowledge as well as inspire and engage their students. It is the only teaching award at U-M given by students.

Enhancing the culture of safety at UMHS
In the latest post to her blog "Medicine That Speaks," Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System, addresses how U-M's medical community can enhance its culture of safety and learn from mistakes when things go wrong.

Michigan Corporate Relations Network announces RFP for innovation program
The Michigan Corporate Relations Network, a statewide network of Michigan research universities, is soliciting proposals for its Small Company Innovation Program, which will provide cost-sharing grants to foster collaboration between MCRN universities and small-to medium-size companies on research projects for new commercial products or services.

CRIME ALERT: Assault
 March 9 and 11; off-campus around Central Campus.

The Michigan Difference

Engineering student turned actor
As a sophomore engineering student at U-M Mark Metcalf had no clue he would one day play an iconic role in the 1978 movie "Animal House" and go on to a successful stage, movie and TV acting career. A chance audition for a U-M production of "Henry VI" not only changed Metcalf’s major in college, but gave him the opportunity to help promote local artists, work with young filmmakers and inspire generations of audiences with his memorable roles.