Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Provost Philip Hanlon (left) introduces Brian Porter-Szücs, professor of history, as one of the 2012 Arthur F. Thurnau Professors honored Monday at a ceremony that also marked the 25th anniversary of the Thurnau Professorships. Looking on is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Lester Monts. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

Dow and U-M launch program to develop sustainability leaders
Dow Chemical Co. and the university will bring together 300 students from all areas of study to help solve some of the world's most pressing sustainability challenges in a new and unprecedented fellowship program announced Monday. Dow will provide a gift of $10 million over six years to support the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at U-M.

Thurnau Professors attend 25th anniversary celebration
Sixty winners of the university's highest award for undergraduate education, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorships, gathered to mark the 25th anniversary of this distinguished award Monday. The celebration at the Michigan League Ballroom also honored this year's awardees.

U-M graduate schools continue to receive top rankings
The university continues to be recognized for its academic strength nationally in the latest U.S News & World Report rankings of graduate programs. Among the programs ranked each year in America's Best Graduate Schools — business, education, engineering, law and medicine — U-M maintained top-15 rankings in all five categories. Two programs that U.S. News does not rank each year — the School of Social Work and the College of Pharmacy — also were on the list.

Washtenaw County recognizes U-M Golf Course for environmental stewardship
The U-M Golf Course has been named a Community Partners for Clean Streams Program member by Washtenaw County for its efforts to promote and maintain business practices that protect water quality. To be recognized, the course completed a series of requirements related to water management, storm water runoff, fertilizer and pesticide usage and storage, and waste management.

The Michigan Difference

Engineering student turned actor
As a sophomore engineering student at U-M Mark Metcalf had no clue he would one day play an iconic role in the 1978 movie "Animal House" and go on to a successful stage, movie and TV acting career. A chance audition for a U-M production of "Henry VI" not only changed Metcalf’s major in college, but gave him the opportunity to help promote local artists, work with young filmmakers and inspire generations of audiences with his memorable roles.