Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Daryl Weinert, executive director of the Business Engagement Center, speaks during an event at the state Capitol titled “Community-University Partnerships Invested In Michigan’s Future.” Weinert was one of several presenters from U-M, UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn to join colleagues from Michigan's other public universities at the first-of-its-kind program designed to show how universities are partnering with communities to bring joint expertise to a variety of key issues. (Photo by Paul Phipps, Michigan State University)

U-M honored with Simon Award for campus internationalization
U-M is one of five U.S. colleges and universities honored with a 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, NAFSA: Association of International Educators has announced. The award recognizes institutions that "reflect the broad diversity of approaches present in campus internationalization today, both in terms of models and implementation.

President Obama's sister to address education reform in U-M lecture
President Barack Obama's sister, scholar and author Maya Soetoro-Ng will deliver a lecture at U-M on March 22 titled "Education for Peace and Global Awareness." Soetoro-Ng is an assistant professor of education at the University of Hawaii and an expert on multicultural and international education.

Bentley Historical Library receives $1 million endowment from Meijer Foundation
The Meijer Foundation of Grand Rapids has made a gift of $1 million to endow the Bentley Historial Library's iconic Michigan Historical Collections, thereby ensuring that the resource used by researchers from across the state and the nation will be viable and accessible to the public for generations to come.

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Saving face, saving lives
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a former winner of the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which is administered through the U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows program, won an Academy Award on Feb. 26 for her short documentary “Saving Face.” The film chronicles the disfiguring acid attacks that occur against women in Pakistan. She received the 2004 Livingston Award for her documentary “Reinventing the Taliban,” which was broadcast on the Discovery Channel.