Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Janice Sigler, vice president of innovation and technology for the Alumni Association serves coffee for graduates lined up to collect their tickets for Saturday’s Spring Commencement ceremony featuring President Barack Obama. Graduates must have a ticket to participate in commencement. Tickets will be available to students through Wednesday, the university community on Thursday and to the general public on Friday (click photo for times and more information). People planning to attend commencement are advised to arrive early to allow time for security checks. The gates at Michigan Stadium will open at 6:30 a.m. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

Three faculty members named to AAAS
U-M survey expert Robert Groves, Institute for Social Research Director James S. Jackson and School of Public Health biostatistics professor Roderick Little have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.

MHealthy plans drop-in sessions to help with Rewards registration
Beginning Wednesday and running through May 7, MHealthy is offering onsite drop-in sessions to help benefits-eligible faculty and staff with the first step in the MHealthy Rewards program — completing a health questionnaire.

Senate Assembly endorses changes to faculty grievance policy
The Senate Assembly on Monday endorsed a new model policy for resolving faculty grievances. The policy will serve as a template for the grievance procedures adopted by each U-M school or college.

The Michigan Difference

Creating characters through clothes
Martin Pakledinaz plays a key role in creating the look and feel of characters that grace the professional stage. The 1975 Master of Fine Arts graduate has dressed some of Broadway’s most famous leading ladies: Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone. He has created breathable and fluid costumes for dancers, and designed complex clothing constructions for operas. “I love what performers do and I like being around them,” Pakledinaz says.