Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 9, 2009

New UMMA symbolizes promise
in tough economic times

Museums reborn in the 21st-century travel a long, difficult road from blueprint to grand-opening ribbon cutting. In these tough economic times, that road for nonprofit cultural institutions is becoming even steeper. Yet despite the current financial struggles throughout the museum world and beyond, the March 28 reopening of the expanded U-M Museum of Art offers a much-needed sign of hope, and serves as a testament to the wonders of patronage and rewards of persistence.

A series of reopening events will offer the chance for the public and friends of the museum to tour the newly designed meeting place for the arts.

Record Update offers daily campus news
Welcome to the first issue of the Record Update, a new online companion to the weekly University Record that will provide a brief and informative look at the news and issues that affect our campus on a daily basis.

Coleman shares hope for economic development
Research universities such as U-M can make a powerful difference in re-inventing the Midwest economy, President Coleman told the City Club of Cleveland Feb. 6. By drawing upon education and innovation, and finding new partners outside of academe, U-M and others are advancing economic development, Coleman told business and university leaders gathered at the luncheon event.

Course challenges participants to think about creativity in new ways
Surrounded by several students playing acoustic instruments, Michael Gould invites one to step in the middle of the circle. “Now play like you are walking,” Gould says. The student shakes the bead-covered gourd in a steady rhythm. “Now play it like you’re falling down.” The exercise is part of a new multi-disciplinary course called Creative Process.

The Michigan Difference

Community Outreach -
A School of Dentistry tradition

Helping those in need in communities across Michigan is nothing new for the School of Dentistry. Talk to any fourth-year dental students and it’s likely they will say that their community outreach experiences were the highlight of their years in dental school.