Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 2, 2009

While a jazz combo plays, Michigan Law alumni peruse items available for bid at an Alumni Funded Fellowship (AFF) silent auction in New York City. AFF supports summer public interest fellowships benefiting U-M Law School students. (Photo courtesy of Laura Jarvis/Law School)

Semester test of alert system scheduled for Friday
The semester test of the U-M Emergency Alert system is expected to be conducted mid-day Friday. It is anticipated that two messages will be sent to registered cell phones and e-mail addresses — an initial test message followed an hour later by an “all clear.”

U-M to stage nation’s first green opera
As a new hire this year in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Robert Swedberg saw the opportunity to produce an Opera Studio class project as the nation’s first green opera. The production uses recyclable materials in the construction of set and costumes, among other Earth-friendly approaches.

Podcast: New Law School clinic to assist human trafficking victims
Human trafficking is the second largest criminal activity in the world, generating billions of dollars annually. The new Human Trafficking Clinic at the Law School opens this fall to help victims regain their lives.

The Michigan Difference

Exploring the power of space
As a child Jim Chaffers, at right with former TCAUP Dean Doug Kelbaugh, intuitively understood the transformative power of architecture. Years later, the concept of space as a catalyst and generator of possibilities would manifest itself in the structures Chaffers designed, the classes he taught and the research projects he pursued. “My work has been guided by a belief that the practice of architecture is first and foremost an act of addressing human aspiration and, as such, is fundamentally future-oriented and spiritual,” says Chaffers, professor emeritus of architecture.