Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

President Mary Sue Coleman receives a standing ovation as she begins her address to the final Leadership Breakfast of her tenure as U-M's 13th president. (Photo by Roger Hart, Michigan Photography)

Colemans give $1M gift for global scholarships
President Mary Sue Coleman wants to ensure that more students travel abroad to experience other cultures firsthand, seek solutions to world problems and learn to thrive in a dynamic global environment. She and her husband, Kenneth M. Coleman, are giving $1 million toward scholarships for U-M undergraduate and graduate students to support international study, internships, service work and other opportunities. The gift was announced today at Coleman's annual Leadership Breakfast.

President announces creation of Bicentennial Office, advisory committee
The upcoming bicentennial will recall the university's remarkable past, and serve as fresh inspiration for its future. President Mary Sue Coleman today named Gary D. Krenz executive director of a newly created Bicentennial Office. She also announced the formation of the Bicentennial Advisory Committee, to be chaired by Francis Blouin, professor of history and former director of the Bentley Historical Library.

U-M acquires archive of maverick filmmaker John Sayles
Perhaps more than any modern filmmaker John Sayles personifies American individualism. His movies explore themes of race, class and gender identity. Now, documents, images and props illuminating Sayles’ vast body of work will be available to researchers in the John Sayles Archive at the U-M Special Collections Library.

The government shutdown, sequestration and the future of medical research
In the latest installment of her blog Medicine That Speaks, Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System, addresses the challenges that the health care industry faces in light of the government shutdown, reduced federal funding for research, the Affordable Care Act, Health Care Exchanges and more.

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Close to the heart
As a child protection specialist for the United Nations Children's Fund in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, Ford School alumna Tannistha Datta works on issues of child labor, child marriage, human trafficking, and sexual abuse, among others, and her work is close to her heart. She says she is grateful for the chance to help improve the lives of children who "are often the most neglected and forgotten — the 'invisible' children who have slipped through the cracks of the legal, justice, and social protection systems."