Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, November 11, 2010

This fall the Department of Mathematics, in coordination with parents from the area, began hosting a weekly math program for area middle and high school students. Among those participating in the Michigan Math Circle are, from left, Arjun Lama, U-M undergraduate Katie Poggensee, Sara Fish and Jon-Michael Taylor. In addition to encountering challenging new material, students have had the unique opportunity to interact with professional mathematicians and mathematics concentrators in an informal setting. The meetings will continue until Thanksgiving, then resume on Jan. 20. Click the photo for more information. (Photo by Stephen DeBacker, Department of Mathematics)

University serves thriving student veteran communities
As Americans celebrate Veteran’s Day today, U-M notes that its Ann Arbor campus, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and UM-Flint recently were designated “Military Friendly Schools.” The designation comes because of an expansion of the Yellow Ribbon program for enrolled student veterans, as well as other initiatives.

Tuition support for graduate-level courses becomes taxable Jan. 1
Effective Jan. 1, tuition support payments for graduate-level courses — which had been tax exempt up to $5,250 annually — will become taxable compensation. Payments or imputed income processed on and after Jan. 1 will be taxable for federal, state and FICA taxes. Undergraduate tuition support will continue to be tax-exempt.

Department of Musical Theatre raising curtain on new original show
The Department of Musical Theatre is preparing for next week’s opening of “Gibson Fleck,” an original production created by a trio of current U-M students. It tells the story of a young man, abandoned as a baby and looking for a place to call his own. “Gibson Fleck” will run Nov. 18-21 at the Arthur Miller Theatre on North Campus.

The Michigan Difference

Message to middle schoolers
With approximately one-third of smokers taking up the habit before the age of 14, anti-smoking proponents are focusing their preventive message at a younger audience. In that spirit, the College of Pharmacy's American Pharmacists Association — Academy of Student Pharmacists Tobacco Cessation Committee has been making presentations at Ann Arbor Public School's Clague Middle School and the visits now are part of Clague's health class curriculum.