Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 21, 2011

President Mary Sue Coleman congratulates students during the 88th Annual Honors Convocation. The event, which took place Sunday at Hill Auditorium, recognizes undergraduate students for their distinguished academic achievements. This year's theme, which was explored from various perspectives by Coleman and faculty and student speakers, was "Is There Anyone Left to Trust?" (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

North Quad residents, programs make the most of new space
From a class studying building use patterns to develop virtual heat maps of where people are and are not congregating, to an event that will use LCD tickers running up walls, across ceilings and around windows to display featured poetry, North Quad students, faculty and staff are taking advantage of their new technology-rich environment.

University, graduate employee union reach tentative agreement
U-M and the Graduate Employee Organization have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. Agreement was reached early Saturday morning at the end of a 12-hour bargaining session that began Friday afternoon. The GEO represents about 1,800 graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants on the three U-M campuses.

Russell caps perfect season, wins national wrestling title
U-M wrestler Kellen Russell fought off a second-period ankle injury to cap a perfect 38-0 season with a win in the 141-pound final at the NCAA Championships on Saturday. Russell wrapped the year with the best individual season record in Wolverine wrestling history.
The women's gymnastics team won the Big Ten Championships for the fifth straight season on Saturday.

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE: The university's response
Get the latest information about U-M's response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami, including videos on the resulting nuclear emergency and a list of organizations for people who want to help.
• Students at U-M and in Japan discuss their experiences with the earthquake in articles in The Michigan Daily and

This week in the University Record
• Three faculty to run for open SACUA seats
• Plutonium in nuclear fuel is topic of upcoming Distinguished University Professor lecture
• Spotlight: Globetrotting project manager loves life on the road
Read these stories and more in this week's University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Witness to a new Egypt
Sharief El-Gabri, a Fulbright U.S. Student fellow from U-M, has a front-row seat to the political changes going on in Egypt, where his father's family still lives. He is teaching English in nearby Jordan, and recently visited Cairo, the capital of the Arab country where he witnessed its first steps in the post-Mubarak era. He posted his observations on the International Institute's blog.