Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 11, 2009

Actress Drew Barrymore speaks to more than 400 students at the Natural Science Auditorium after a preview Thursday of her directorial debut, "Whip It," which was filmed partly in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Barrymore answered questions about the film industry, how she chose music for her movie, and lessons from her career. She also said state tax incentives for film productions may make "Michigan the Hollywood of the Midwest." (Photo by Scott Galvin, Photo Services)

Singers put their best voices forward at anthem auditions
About 45 people turned out in full voice Wednesday, auditioning for a chance to sing the national anthem at selected U-M sporting events this season. Roughly 20 will be chosen to perform at athletic events ranging from soccer, tennis and gymnastics to women’s basketball, softball and baseball.

Web site offers help for students with mental health conditions
U-M students now have easier access to resources that can help manage mental health conditions that could impair their educational and social functioning. was created by the Depression Center, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, to support students who have been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health disorder, such as recurrent depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety disorder.

SLIDESHOW: Students reach out to help on Community Service Day
Before the fall term began, students from the School of Social Work volunteered Sept. 2 for Community Service Day. This slideshow illustrates how some of the students shared their talents and skills around the area.

Flags at half-staff today to mark Patriot Day
Consistent with Michigan Executive Order 2006-10 and federal law, flags should be displayed at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities today in observance of Patriot Day.

The Michigan Difference

Michigan Law at 150
The Law School has been training legal minds to be the leaders and best for 150 years. A four-day gala celebration this weekend of the school’s sesquicentennial will be highlighted by a visit from U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday.