Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 15, 2010

President Mary Sue Coleman and Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams announce a memorandum of understanding welcoming U-M to the Peace Corps’ Master’s International program. (Photo by Martin Vloet, Photo Services)

U-M, Peace Corps partner to combine volunteer service with graduate school
U-M and the Peace Corps have announced a new partnership to pair graduate studies in social work, natural resources and the environment, landscape architecture, and a master’s degree in education with Peace Corps volunteer service.
• At various events, crowds reflected on how John F. Kennedy shaped the U-M community.
• Pick up a copy of the University Record on Monday for more coverage of the Peace Corps celebration.

University earns 6.2 percent annual investment return for the decade, beats S&P 500
The Investment Office has reported a 6.2 percent average annual return on investments for the last decade. That compares with a 3.9 percent average annual return for all college and university endowments, and an average loss of 1.6 percent for the S&P 500 for the same period.
In other action, regents praised President Mary Sue Coleman’s performance, backed MSA President Chris Armstrong, and approved construction projects.

State appropriations to Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint less than last year
U-M’s Ann Arbor campus will receive a $316 million appropriation from the state of Michigan. The appropriation is 2.8 percent less than the campus received last year, but very close to what the university anticipated. U-M Dearborn’s state appropriation is $24.7 million and UM-Flint’s is $20.9 million, both less than last year’s.

Wolverines to open 2012 football season against Alabama
The U-M football team will face the University of Alabama in the 2012 College Football Kick-off Event at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 1, 2012. This will be the fourth time in school history that Michigan faces Alabama, and it will be the first contest played during the regular season by the two programs.

The Michigan Difference

Blogging about the Peace Corps
As U-M celebrates 50 years of the Peace Corps this week, recent U-M graduates Nate Gire and Kelsey Kennedy are blogging about their experiences as new volunteers with the organization. They started their Peace Corps assignment in Lima, Peru, in September.