Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 19, 2010

Olympic silver medalist Meryl Davis, left, speaks at Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting after she and U-M’s other three Olympic ice dancers were presented with a resolution honoring their accomplishments at the recent Vancouver Games. From left are Davis, her partner and fellow silver medalist Charlie White, Evan Bates and his partner Emily Samuelson. All four are U-M students. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Obama, five other leaders to receive honorary degrees
The president of the United States will be joined by the founder of the Center for the Education of Women, a noted jazz musician, a pioneer in solar innovation, a legendary broadcast journalist and a former U-M provost now serving as president of the National Academy of Engineering in receiving honorary degrees at Spring Commencement.
• Regents also approved two building repair projects.

Reaccreditation team leader offers favorable preliminary report, explains next steps
The Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation team has found U-M to be fully in compliance with the commission’s criteria for reaccreditation. This announcement by team chair Celestino Fernàndez followed several days of meetings, during which the HLC met with more than 300 people from the university.

U-M to play Notre Dame in historic Big House night game
The Wolverines will play Notre Dame in a historic night football game at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011, Athletic Director David Brandon announced Thursday. It will be the first-ever primetime game played at home in the history of U-M football.

Confucius Institute open house to highlight Chinese art forms
The Confucius Institute at U-M will conduct its inaugural open house Monday. The event is an opportunity to enjoy the magical tones of traditional Chinese instruments, the artistry of calligraphy, the intricacy of Chinese paper cutting, or the distinct nuance of Chinese opera.

Medical students meet their match for residency training
Medical students gathered Thursday for an annual ritual in which they learned where they would spend the next three to seven years of their training. At the Medical School’s annual Match Day celebration, students received a plain, white envelope that contained a single slip of paper stating the location of their residencies.

The Michigan Difference

Helping hand for laid-off workers
As Michigan’s economy shifts away from manufacturing, thousands of unemployed workers face the challenge of preparing for a new career. Helping them meet their retraining needs is LEARN, a program developed by Lynn Wooten, clinical associate professor of strategy and management and organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. A collaboration among several organizations, LEARN provides university-level e-learning and career rebranding courses.