Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Children show finger puppets they made at the U-M Detroit Center as part of a workshop about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The event, conducted Monday by the Matrix Theatre, was one of various MLK Day activities across the university, including at UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn. Check out the Jan. 28 edition of the University Record for more photos of campus MLK Day celebrations. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

Civil rights attorney urges continued work for justice in MLK Symposium keynote
Morris Dees, who has successfully fought hate groups to protect civil rights in the United States, says the caustic political discourse of today would have been considered hate speech in the past. Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, presented the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium keynote at Hill Auditorium on Monday.

MHealthy Rewards to give employees $100 for healthy activities
MHealthy today launches its two largest programs, Rewards 2013 and Active U. Faculty and staff can learn about their health and earn $50 by completing the annual health questionnaire, then earn another $50 for successfully completing Active U or other healthy activities.

Universities competing to reduce waste in RecycleMania 2013
U-M will compete with hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide in the battle to collect campus trash and recycled materials during RecycleMania 2013. In the competition, which runs through March 30, the university is measuring waste-reduction levels on a weekly basis, and tracking its standings in comparison to other universities.

Redesigned Diversity Matters at Michigan website unveiled
The defining role of diversity at U-M is illustrated in countless ways and now it also has a renewed footprint on the Gateway — the university's online "front door" — linking to the Diversity Matters at Michigan website, which relaunched Monday with its first comprehensive redesign since it was launched in 2007.

Memorial service today for Shaun Jackson
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. today for Shaun Jackson, a professor of art and design, who died Jan. 15.

The Michigan Difference

SET to Make a Difference
On a 2011 trip to Togo with the Canadian nonprofit Sleeping Children Around the World, U-M alumnus Don Barclay visited 10 remote villages to deliver bed kits. Along the way, he became aware of the poor condition of rural schools. Barclay, his brother Bob, and two other volunteers conceived and launched an education-focused nonprofit — Support.Education.Togo. — with $40,000 of their own money.