Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Saturday, May 1, 2010

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd estimated at between 80,000 and 85,000 people during Spring Commencement. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

COMMENCEMENT: Obama calls for civility, participation and proper role in government
 As he helped send them from under uncertain skies into an uncertain world, President Barack Obama posed a simple challenge to U-M graduates Saturday: “How will you keep our democracy going?” The third sitting president to address a U-M graduating class, Obama laid out three key points for graduates to keep in mind: government’s helpful role in people’s lives, greater civility in the public discourse, and active participation in the mechanisms of democracy.

Part of North University Avenue to close for transit center project
Beginning Monday, North University Avenue will be closed between Fletcher and Church streets for the construction of the new Central Campus Transit Center. Traffic will be directed around the construction site along two alternate routes: via Geddes Avenue, Washtenaw Avenue and Fletcher Street, or via North University Avenue, South State Street, South University Avenue and Church Street.

Three to receive OVPR’s Distinguished Research Administrator Award
The Office of the Vice President for Research has named three recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Research Administrator Award. The honorees are Drew Buchanan, director of research and sponsored programs at UM–Dearborn; Catherine Liebowitz, research process senior manager at the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research; and Patricia Preston, business manager in the Department of Sociology, LSA.

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.