Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 7, 2011

Facing the possible extinction of spoken Ojibwe, lecturers in the Native American Studies Program are engaging students in the preservation of the language — and community members in the revitalization of the culture. This segment from the Big Ten Network's "Out of the Blue" showcases the effort.

Spectrum Center celebrates 40 years of LGBT activism
The Spectrum Center, U-M's office for sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, will kick off "Doin' It for 40 Years," a yearlong celebration of four decades of LGBT activism, with a birthday party Monday at the U-M Museum of Art. The event, open to the university community, gets under way at 6 p.m.

School of Dentistry takes steps to improve online accessibility
The university calls for accessibility in online resources including videos. The School of Dentistry has taken a step that serves as an example of how one unit is moving toward accomplishing that goal. For more information about accessibility in online resources, go to

Statement from Rich Rodriguez
Former head football coach Rich Rodriguez issued a statement Thursday saying he was proud of his staff and student-athletes, and thanking U-M football fans and the student body for their support.

The Michigan Difference

Reversing fortunes
U-M students who have come from the foster care system face a unique set of challenges, both in terms of funding their education as well as lacking the family and community support that most undergraduates enjoy. U-M alumnus Paul Blavin and his wife, Amy, want to help provide that guidance and sense of community through the Blavin Scholars Program. They have pledged to match $500,000 in contributions to fund the program.