Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

School of Nursing Dean Kathleen Potempa discusses the potential benefits of proposed state legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to practice under their own license, independently of physicians. Read more about the possible expansion of the role of nurse practitioners and how it could help ease a physician shortage that is expected to grow in Michigan.

Obama to nominate U-M education dean for National Science Board
President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball as one of seven new members of the National Science Board. The board sets policy for the National Science Foundation, and serves the president and Congress as an independent advisory panel on science and engineering research.

Senate Assembly pushes for faculty voice on search committees
The university's Senate Assembly unanimously approved a resolution Monday urging faculty representation on committees that are appointed to help search for executive officers. The resolution's intent is to give non-administrative faculty a clear voice in the selection of U-M's top officials.

Kettenbeil named vice chancellor for external relations at UM-Dearborn
Ken Kettenbeil has been named vice chancellor for external relations at UM-Dearborn. The appointment serves to create the Office of External Relations, which will encompass government relations as well as communications and marketing. Kettenbeil has served as executive director of communications and marketing since March 2010, and as interim director of government relations since Oct. 12.

Facilities preparation for the Thanksgiving weekend
Various U-M services will be modified through the Thanksgiving weekend, and faculty and staff are asked to take measures to save energy and promote safety.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
Off-campus, near Roosevelt and South Forest avenues (south of Hill Street), about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

The Michigan Difference

Three weeks in Ghana
This past August, Charlie Michaels, coordinator for Detroit Connections at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, led 10 undergraduate students on a three-week international experience in Ghana, West Africa. While there, they worked on projects in which they engaged with local children and artists, and worked toward solving an environmental problem by making charcoal out of corn cobs.