Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

President Mary Sue Coleman, football coach Brady Hoke, Olympic gymnast Syque Caesar and others across campus welcome the new academic year.

BREAKING NEWS: Wolverine Access systems still available
Despite some first-day-of-class technical issues, the systems behind Wolverine Access are still running. Click the headline for links to common systems used most often this time of year.

U-M group will visit Brazil to forge collaborations in education and research
U-M scientists and scholars led by President Mary Sue Coleman will travel to Brazil Sept. 22-28 to strengthen research and academic collaboration with several leading universities and foundations. The group will have meetings and working sessions in four cities: São Paulo, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.

Retirement eligibility, benefits changes in place starting Jan. 1
With changes in retirement eligibility and benefits at coming as of Jan. 1, it's important that U-M employees make informed decisions. Retirement requires planning, and employees should work to understand the upcoming changes and look up their eligibility status on Wolverine Access.

U-M to host event at which HHS, education leaders will call for tobacco free campuses
More than a year after U-M became smoke free, the Ann Arbor campus will host an event Sept. 12 during which leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will call upon all institutions of higher learning to adopt similar policies and make their campuses tobacco free.

University unveils new online catalog of lifelong learning options
A broad array of continuing education options now is available through U-M's new Lifelong Learning Online Catalog. Hosted by the Alumni Association, this updated online resource offers a wide selection of U-M educational content ranging from lectures to guided tours.

CRIME ALERT: Sexual Assault
2:45 a.m. Sept. 3; off campus, 1800 block of Washtenaw Avenue, near Hill Street.

This week in the University Record
• Faculty Spotlight: SNRE’s Miller works to switch up energy sources
• Research: Smart filter can strain oil out of water
• Research: For diabetics, a steady job is good for health
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Judge, rocker and liberal arts grad
A career in law is about making sure people follow the rules. Singing in a rock 'n' roll band, on the other hand, is all about rebellion. The two meet in the person of LSA alumna Nicole Laurin-Walker. By day she’s a judge in Maricopa County, Ariz. But by night she goes by the stage name Nicole Laurenne, the head-turning lead singer of The Love Me Nots, based in Phoenix.