Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hundreds of university faculty, staff and students participated in the Torch Relay on Wednesday to kick off Active U Autumn, MHealthy's fall physical activity program. Participants began at Regents' Plaza and the University Hospital Courtyard and convened at Palmer Field for the MGames Field Day. Registration for Active U Autumn continues through Oct. 8. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

BREAKING NEWS: Gift to transform U-M's School of Art and Design
As a symbol of gratitude and recognition of the vision of Penny and E. Roe Stamps, the Board of Regents approved today the renaming of the art-and-design school to the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. The total commitment to U-M's School of Art and Design — where Penny Stamps is an alumna (BS, Design '66) — is $40 million, $32.5 million from Stamps family foundations, and a $7.5 million match from the university.

UM-Flint sees big jump in international enrollment
Enrollment at UM-Flint has increased for the ninth consecutive year, led by a surge in international students. For fall 2012, there are 348 international students on the Flint campus, a 37 percent increase from 2011. Overall graduate and undergrad enrollment was 8,289, a new historic high.

School of Education dean Ball to be part of NBC's Education Nation
Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the School of Education, will appear Sunday on MSNBC as part of the NBC network’s Education Nation Summit. She will be interviewed by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams about the changing landscape of teacher evaluation in a live broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. Ball is scheduled to appear in the first half-hour.

Travel registry is vital tool for international travel
In the coming weeks, more than 470 U-M faculty, staff and students will be traveling around the globe, and natural disasters or political violence could put those travelers at risk. The U-M Travel Registry is an important tool to help the university reach them quickly in a time of crisis.

The Michigan Difference

Working in a house of wax
Valerie Wang works daily with Hollywood's A-Listers — Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and the like. She's not an agent or studio executive. As marketing manager at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, part of the legendary London-based chain of wax museums, the 2008 alumna hangs with replicas of yesterday's and today's hottest stars.