Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, May 3, 2010

President Barack Obama addresses an enthusiastic crowd at Spring Commencement. Click on the photo for a slide show of commencement activities. (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 speak at a U-M commencement 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.
Rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of graduates gathering at Elbel Field.

MHealthy launches two new online exercise resources
MHealthy is launching two new online features to help university faculty and staff test their knowledge of exercise and train safely for a fitness event. Now available are monthly “Check Your EQ (Exercise Quotient)” exercise challenges. Beginning May 10, MHealthy will offer online training routines to help employees train safely and effectively in four months for a fitness event.

Staff nominations sought for DPS Oversight Committee
Nominations are being accepted for the nonunion-staff position on the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee. The committee considers grievances against any police officer or the department. The staff members on the committee serve two-year terms and are elected through an electronic ballot.

The Michigan Difference

Road Scholars on tour
U-M’s Road Scholars launch their four-day 2010 tour this week. The 31 members of the annual tour will travel throughout Michigan to develop among faculty an awareness of the state’s diverse features and the communities that a majority of U-M students call home. Follow the group’s progress on its website and Facebook page.