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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Veniece Session, a student in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, joins the crowd in contemplation and prayer at a candlelight vigil to reflect on the impact of Trayvon Martin's death and the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting. The vigil Tuesday evening followed a community forum at the Michigan Union to address the case and its implications. (Photo by Joel Johnson, Michigan Photography)

Regents appoint advisory committee to assist with presidential search
The Board of Regents has appointed an advisory committee to assist with the search for the next president of the university. The seven faculty members on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee will work in conjunction with the Board of Regents and the search firm of Russell Reynolds Associates.

Nine faculty members named Distinguished University Professors
Nine faculty members have received one of the university's top honors as Distinguished University Professors. The appointments were approved by the Board of Regents on Thursday and will be effective Sept. 1. Recently appointed DUP recipients give an inaugural lecture that highlights their work at U-M.

Regents approve clearer, simpler guidelines for in-state tuition
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved changes in the guidelines for how students can qualify for in-state tuition, specifying three avenues for doing so: through residence in the state; through attendance in Michigan schools for middle school and high school; through service in the U.S. military or Public Health Service.

Michielssen named AVP for research, advanced research computing
Eric Michielssen, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been appointed associate vice president for research, advanced research computing, effective Aug. 1. He will work with the campus research community to ensure that U-M's advanced research computing infrastructure meet the needs of university researchers in a wide range of disciplines.

University seeking to lease building for Shared Services Center
The university will move forward to negotiate a lease on a building to house its new Shared Services Center, following approval Thursday by the Board of Regents.
• Regents also approved a schematic design for the West Quad renovation.
In other action, they apporved work at G.G. Brown building and the field hockey center, and approved a liquor license application for the NHL Winter Classic.

Michigan agrees to extend Beilein's contract through 2018-19
A contract extension will keep John Beilein as the men's basketball coach through the 2018-19 season. Beilein led the Wolverines to the national championship game this spring and to four NCAA Tournament appearances in the past five years.

Clayton named head coach of men's track and field
Jerry Clayton has been hired as the men's track and field coach. A Big Ten alum and Midwest native, Clayton takes over the Wolverine program after spending the past 15 seasons at Auburn University.

Added benefits coverage in 2014; co-pays to increase
More U-M employees will receive greater university contributions toward health care next year, and their disability coverage will get a boost, according to University Human Resources, but co-pays also will increase.

U.S. News says U-M hospital care best in Michigan, among the best in the nation
The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers offer the best care in Michigan and are among the nation’s best in 12 specialty areas, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report. This is the second year in a row that U-M has topped the statewide ranking, and the third that it also has topped the Metro Detroit ranking.

Accountable care organization shows Medicare cost savings
Continuing its leadership in the population health movement, the Medical School’s Faculty Group Practice reports cost savings for the Medicare program in 2012 from its Pioneer accountable care organization, and is announcing plans for a change intended to bring even more success.

Student-filmmakers present new films at Traverse City Film Festival
In the days leading up to this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, U-M student-filmmakers are putting the finishing touches on two of their films to premiere at the weeklong international film-lover gathering along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. The ninth annual festival will be July 30-Aug. 4.

The Michigan Difference

Madonna slept here
Today's dorm rooms and student rentals were yesterday's homes for a variety of notable alumni, including James Earl Jones, Arthur Miller, Gilda Radner, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and many more. Take this tour of campus housing to see who lived where before achieving fame.
The Record Update's Michigan Difference feature is occasionally highlight stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.