Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Members of the U-M Symphony Band join the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA). The band wrapped up its three-week trip to China over the weekend with events in L.A. — the visit with the YOLA musicians and a “welcome home” performance presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Click on the photo to read more about the YOLA experience in a blog post by Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology. (Photo by Mark Clague)

U-M revises trespass warning policy
A revised Department of Public Safety policy on trespass warnings includes a number of changes that will more clearly spell out the scope and the reason for the warnings. The policy also makes it clear that faculty, students and staff may be issued trespass warnings only in extenuating circumstances.

SPG posted for campus smoking ban that takes effect July 1
In one month the university will become a smoke-free campus. The newly posted Standard Practice Guide, 601.4, states the intent of the smoking ban that takes effect July 1, and details the restrictions.

Video parody delivers a musical lesson about filling cavities
A music video created by several students at the School of Dentistry has been generating a lot of buzz among students, faculty, and staff since it was posted on YouTube this spring. "Composite," a dancing dental parody about a material used to fill cavities, is set to the melody from Taio Cruz’s "Dynamite."

The Michigan Difference

One pebble at a time
When U-M graduate student Joseph Perosky went to Ghana for the first time in 2008, he wanted to help reverse the high numbers of women who die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Since then, he's returned to the country repeatedly, working toward that goal. He’s become wiser, more patient and more determined to change a situation made formidable because it has developed over a long period of time. Perosky compares his work to "building a mountain one pebble at a time.”