Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Seth and Stone Washington, from Lincoln-King Academy in Detroit, color pictures as part of the K-grams Kid's Fair. The event Friday featured a variety of fun, educational activities highlighting a year of letter writing, mentoring, and collaboration for more than 1,000 elementary school children from Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit. It also included U-M students and student organizations that work with the youngsters. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services)

Provost asks regents to extend upper limit of tenure probationary period
Provost Phil Hanlon said in an e-mail message to faculty Monday that he will ask the university’s Board of Regents to extend the upper limit on tenure probationary periods from eight to 10 years. The change requires a modification of Regent’s Bylaw 5.09.

University closing study abroad program near Florence, Italy
Responding to the changing needs in study abroad programs, the Center for Global and Intercultural Study has decided to close its program near Florence, Italy, at the end of the 2011 fall semester. New and more specialized programs will be offered in Italy beginning with the 2012 winter semester.

Barald, Kearfott elected to SACUA leadership 
posts for 2011-12
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on Monday elected Kate Barald, professor of cell and developmental biology and biomedical engineering, to chair the university's faculty governance system for the coming year. Kimberlee Kearfott, professor of nuclear engineering radiological sciences, biomedical engineering and radiology, was elected vice chair.

The Michigan Difference

Smiles all around
Each year children between the ages of 5 and 12 receive free oral health care from the School of Dentistry's Give Kids a Smile program. But the program also puts a smile on the faces of the dental students, faculty and other volunteers who participate in the event. They praise the opportunity to give back and interact with the children they meet. Says second-year dental student Edward Lee, "Having the opportunity to help patients this young reminds me why I chose dentistry as my profession in the first place.”