Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gov. Rick Snyder sits with President Mary Sue Coleman during the 2011 Spring Commencement. Click here or on the photo to view a slideshow of images from the weekend's commencement festivities at the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Click here for a video of the Ann Arbor ceremony. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: Travel alert issued in wake of actions in Pakistan
Following recent developments in counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan, the U.S. Department of State has issued a worldwide travel alert to United States citizens traveling overseas. The U-M International Travel Oversight Committee is broadcasting this news to every member of the university community who is registered with the U-M’s Travel Registry. Noting that university-affiliated programs largely are in locations where reprisals are unlikely,  officials say programs are proceeding as planned.

Speakers encourage class of 2011 to embrace roles as leaders and best
A common theme rang through the various remarks at the U-M Spring Commencement celebration Saturday: the imperative for graduates to take the skills and experiences gained from their years at the university to become leaders who will change their communities and the world. Gov. Rick Snyder — who earned three degrees at U-M — urged graduates to do the right thing and make Michigan a better place. "Some may have a mission today, others may not for years," Snyder said during the ceremony at Michigan Stadium. "There's no right or wrong answer."

Staff member quits smoking with help from U-M program
As the July 1 implementation date for the U-M Smoke-Free University initiative approaches, a staff member determined to give up tobacco talks about the factors motivating her to quit smoking with help from the MHealthy Tobacco Independence Program.

Michigan Meeting explores role of the arts at a research university
Higher education administrators, educators, business leaders, journalists, and artists from around the country will come to U-M Wednesday-Friday for a symposium exploring an expanded role for the arts and creativity in research-oriented universities. “The Role of Art-Making and the Arts in a Research University” is the first of this year's Michigan Meetings.

This week in the University Record
• Michigan Road Scholars convene 12th annual traveling seminar
• Question of the Week: What advice would you give to the class of 2011?
• Spotlight: Coordinator welcomes international visitors to campus
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Advice from the bullpen
Former U-M pitcher Jim Abbott was born without a right hand, but he didn't let it dampen his illustrious baseball career or hamper his successful foray into public speaking. "I've never felt as though I've had a disability," Abbott says. "I would probably say that I'm more blessed than not in terms of what I'm able to do physically. And I think that has to be your focus."