Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

People who happened to be near Palmer Field on Monday afternoon may have witnessed this inflatable monument marking the 20th anniversary of the overthrow of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu. Project HOT AIR was constructed by Anca Trandafirescu, assistant professor of architecture, and is designed to resemble the head of a fallen statue. The monument will be taken to Romania, where it will be displayed in Timisoara’s Victory Plaza, site of the first large demonstrations that led to Ceauşescu’s downfall. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

Law School unveils new student pledge to perform pro bono work
The Law School is increasing its effort to promote public service by asking students to participate in a new, voluntary pro bono pledge. The pledge asks students to dedicate at least 50 hours to volunteer service while they are students at the school.

Michigan Radio examines the state’s obesity problem
Michigan has one if the highest rates of obesity of any state in the nation. The causes and effects of the state's obesity problem are being examined in a series of interviews on Michigan Radio all this week during “All Things Considered,” which airs between 4-6:30 p.m. Installments will be posted online after they air.

UM-Flint selected for business expertise award
UM-Flint has won the 2009 Michigan Minority Business Development Council Education and Government Entities Award. It was recognized for establishing Community One, a “business think tank” for the community. Thirty School of Management students worked with 10 businesses and institutions. This video highlights their research.

The Michigan Difference

Engineering a better world
More than two-thirds of Cambodian children don’t complete a primary education. For nearly two years, Andrea Messmer worked to change that. The College of Engineering alumna was general manager at the Schools for Children of Cambodia, the latest in a series of jobs from which she derived satisfaction by helping others around the world.