Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Members of the Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC) presented a panel discussion on in Washington, D.C., on Monday to discuss findings about Social Security and the well being of older Americans. MRRC Director John Laitner showed how using the tax system could incentivize people to work longer before retiring, while netting additional tax revenue for the government. Other topics included how prepared most workers are to retire, and how long-term care issues affect families. MRRC is part of U-M's Institute for Social Research. From left are: MRRC Associate Director Dan Silverman, Kathleen McGarry of UCLA, Laitner, and Michael Hurd of the RAND Corp. (Photo by Mike Waring, U-M Washington Office)

BREAKING NEWS: Rosa appointed new director of U-M Museum of Art
Joseph Rosa, the Art Institute of Chicago’s chief curator of architecture and design, will become the new director of the U-M Museum of Art, the university announced today. The appointment, pending approval by the Board of Regents, is effective July 1. Rosa will become the seventh director of UMMA. He has curated more than 30 exhibitions on contemporary architecture and design and is the author of 14 books.

Rackham delays continuous enrollment reinstatement fee
The Rackham School of Graduate Studies will suspend for the 2010-11 academic year a reinstatement fee for former students who return to their doctoral studies. Rackham Dean Janet Weiss said the fee, which had been planned as part of a new continuous enrollment policy, would be put on hold to give Rackham time to better evaluate its appropriate level.

MHealthy extends deadline for Rewards health questionnaire
MHealthy has extended the deadline to complete its Rewards health questionnaire until May 7. Currently, more than 12,000 benefits-eligible employees, approximately 33 percent, have completed a questionnaire that is the gateway into the MHealthy Rewards program, under which participants can earn a $100 before-tax incentive.

Northwood English Language Program marks 25th anniversary
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Northwood Community English Language Program, which offers English as a Second Language classes for international adults and children four semesters per year. To celebrate this milestone, the program will host a gathering from 4-6 p.m. Friday in the Northwood Community Center.

Rothman, Poe elected to SACUA leadership posts for 2010-11
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on Monday elected Edward Rothman, professor of statistics, to chair the university’s faculty governance system for the coming year. Gina Poe, associate professor of anesthesiology, was elected vice chair.

The Michigan Difference

50 who are making a difference
Fifty UM-Dearborn students who are making a difference now and have the potential to make an impact as future leaders are being honored for their academic achievement, integrity, leadership and creative contribution. The "Difference Makers" award was created as part the campus’ 50th anniversary celebration.