Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, May 11, 2009

In recent years, a new tradition has taken root at U-M. Many students who attend the customary Spring Commencement also are taking part in more personal celebrations.

University updates flu guidelines for travelers
As the number of countries reporting cases of H1N1 swine flu continues to grow, university leaders are offering some additional precautions and guidance for people who are traveling, particularly those headed for the Southern Hemisphere, which is about to enter its regular flu season. As of now, the ban on university-sponsored travel to Mexico remains.

UMS cutbacks won’t affect quality of schedule
The University Musical Society, one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, is striving to maintain its internationally renowned productions, even as reduced government, foundation and corporate support forces it to cut costs and lay off staff. The society will offer four fewer shows in its 131st season, which starts in September, but it will continue to bring in prestigious performers.

Federal budget generally positive for U-M
President Barack Obama’s 2009-10 fiscal year budget contains continued support for higher education and research that will benefit U-M and other universities. The spending plan issued last week proposes a maximum Pell Grant at $5,550 for the 2010-11 academic year and funds many other programs at current levels. For research, the budget proposes increases for all the major agencies.

The Michigan Difference

Hawaiian music maker
Amy Stillman didn’t go to graduate school to become a songwriter. A native Hawaiian, she dedicated her life to studying native Hawaiian music, language, and culture. But in February, the U-M associate professor of American culture stood on stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and received a Grammy Award for songwriting in her native language.