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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

President Mary Sue Coleman congratulates a U-M graduate at Winter Commencement. The ceremony took place Dec. 19 at Crisler Arena. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

U-M student named College Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur magazine
A founder of a student start-up that rents brand-name outfits at a fraction or their original cost has been named Entrepreneur magazine's College Entrepreneur of the Year. Allen Kim, a senior industrial operations and engineering major, launched Bebarang last year with Luis Calderon, who is pursuing a dual master's degree in business and natural resources through the Erb Institute.

University releases annual salary report
Faculty and staff salaries at the Ann Arbor campus grew at a modest pace in 2010-11, according to data released today. Faculty salaries increased, on average, 2.6 percent;  increases for staff averaged 2.3 percent.

Regents approve design for Alice Lloyd Hall renovation
The schematic design for the renovation of Alice Lloyd Hall was approved Friday by the Board of Regents. The work will include the addition of a fire suppression system, infrastructure upgrades, improvements to student rooms and bathrooms, and the creation of new community spaces.
In other action, regents approved the design for an addition at the G.G. Brown Building, and renovations to the Edward Henry Knaus Building.

Federal patent office satellite to aid U-M, Forrest says
Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest says an announcement Thursday that the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office will open a satellite office in Detroit is a positive development for the university and the region.

Family, burn center offer fire warnings, tips for safe holidays
Candles are a common component of holiday decorations, but they also pose a significant fire risk, as this story of a U-M Trauma Burn Center patient illustrates. December is the peak month for candle-related fires, but there are several tips to keep holiday plans from going up in flames.

IF YOU MISSED IT: Dr. Alfred Sommer's Francis Medal lecture
Dr. Alfred Sommer was presented with the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health, one of the highest honors bestowed by U-M. View a video of his lecture “Vitamin A Deficiency, Health and Mortality,” which he delivered Nov. 4 as part of the medal presentation ceremony.

Record Update to go on hiatus over holiday break
This is the last regular issue of the Record Update for 2010. Major items of interest to faculty and staff may be posted to the Record Update Web site, but the morning e-mail version will not be sent. Regular daily issues of the Record Update will return Jan. 4. Click here for a list of other holiday-related closings and special hours at the Ann Arbor campus.

The Michigan Difference

Mission to Jamaica
Last May Karen Tam and Emmanuelle Ravat-Francoise, two students in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, joined an effort that other U-M students have been undertaking to improve the lives of residents in Jamaica's Hagley Gap. The pair worked to aid operations at a clinic where U-M medical and engineering students also have helped out since 2007.