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Week of September 9, 2013

U-M unveils new PSA video

A new “Victors Valiant” public service announcement (PSA) video debuted at the Maize Out, Lights On Pep Rally Sept. 6, before its national TV premiere Sept. 7 during the Michigan-Notre Dame game. Above, master of music graduate Caitlin Eger plays her cello, and Stacey Ervin performs a backflip, in still images from the PSA video, displayed on The Cube in Regent’s Plaza. Photo by Joel S. Johnson, Michigan Photography.

U-M to receive $200M from developer Stephen M. Ross

Real estate developer and alumnus Stephen M. Ross will give $200 million to U-M to significantly transform the student experience at the business school and athletic campus.

Public service announcement debuts new U-M campaign

Current and former students are featured in a new “Victors Valiant” public service announcement (PSA) video that debuted nationally last weekend. A key theme of the PSA is the university’s focus on collaboration to foster innovation. It is conveyed by juxtaposing athletics and law, music and science, and other combinations of disciplines.

Regents invite community input on qualities needed in next U-M president

The Board of Regents and the Presidential Search Advisory Committee will host a series of public forums in the weeks ahead to gather broad input on the search for the next president of the University of Michigan.

Bollywood, Hollywood and Law come together in a mini seminar

The savory smell of samosas mingled with the Hindi spoken by the actors on the big screen and laughter of the audience. If you closed your eyes, you could easily imagine yourself at a movie theater in Mumbai. The class "Hollywood, Bollywood and the Law: The Globalizing Entertainment Industry" is taught by professor Vikramaditya Khanna and met for a mini seminar course six times during the academic year.

U-M technical reports examine hydraulic fracturing in Michigan

University of Michigan researchers last week released seven technical reports that together form the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.

EarthFest 2013: Party for the Planet

The campus community will continue its annual tradition of partying for the planet at EarthFest, Sept. 19 on the Diag.

Active U Autumn registration opens Tuesday

Registration for Active U Autumn, MHealthy’s six-week physical activity challenge, opens Tuesday. This is the third year for the fall program, which saw more than 8,000 faculty, staff, students, employee spouses/other qualified adults (OQA) and retirees log nearly 7 million activity minutes in just six weeks last year.



Margot Finn, a lecturer in university courses, on what she could not live without: “My existence would be profoundly different without the Internet (for research and communication).”


Audra McDonald performs favorite show tunes and more, 4 p.m. Sept. 15, Hill Auditorium.

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School of Information dean and wife pledge $2.5M to U-M

School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and his wife, Janet Netz, have committed to a gift of $2.5 million to the school.


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