Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 30, 2012

The annual FestiFools parade of oversized and animated papier-mâché creatures makes its way through downtown Ann Arbor during the April Fool's Day event in 2011. This year's events will feature the parade on Sunday afternoon, a FoolMoon luminary procession tonight, and a new benefit concert Saturday. More information about FestiFools 2012 is available on Montage, the U-M arts portal. (File photo by Myra Klarman)

A fusion of food and empowerment comes to life in the Beet Box
Less than a year ago in Africa, two new friends who were studying abroad wondered if they could fuse their passions — food and youth empowerment — in a way that would impact society. They grew their team, fine-tuned their idea in the TechArb student business incubator, and tonight their "strong food" kitchen called the Beet Box will open at a food courtyard in Ann Arbor.

New degree programs starting this fall at UM-Dearborn
The UM-Dearborn College of Business is launching two new graduate degree programs, a Master of Science in supply chain management and a Master of Science in business analytics in the fall 2012. The new programs fulfill the college’s mission to provide education that prepares professionals in assisting companies to manage their businesses across various industry sectors in southeast Michigan.
• The UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science has launched a Bachelor of Science degree in digital forensics that will be available this fall.

Faculty members elected to DPS Oversight Committee
David A. Moran, clinical professor of law, and Richard D. Friedman, Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law, have been elected for two-year terms on the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee beginning in April.

CRIME ALERT: Unarmed robbery/larceny from person
March 29, three thefts from Central Campus.

The Michigan Difference

Helping deliver babies in Ecuador
When Brooke Bidwell arrived for her internship at a maternity clinic in Ecuador she had no clue she would be helping deliver babies, sitting in on Caesarean sections and even witnessing a pediatric brain surgery. In an article for the International Institute's II Journal, the international studies major says the experience motivated her to want to help provide better services, technology and resources to struggling clinics and to bring awareness through work in nonprofit global health organizations.