Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, November 2, 2009

U-M officially opened the new William E. Upjohn Wing of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology on Sunday. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the wing are, from left, Terrence McDonald, dean of LSA; Sharon Herbert, director of the Kelsey Museum; and Teresa Sullivan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Click on the picture for more photographs from the museum and a link to a story about its development. (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

Confucius Institute to celebrate opening with major public events
University officials welcome the campus community to celebrate the opening of the Confucius Institute at U-M on Thursday. The daylong series of events will culminate at 7:30 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium, where the Chinese Ensemble of Renmin University of China will present a performance of Chinese music.

U-M No. 1 in ranking of media, Internet and social media interest
U-M has topped Harvard and all other U.S. universities for the amount of public interest measured by media coverage, Internet traffic and social media mentions, according to an independent national analysis released today. The survey was part of Austin, Texas-based Global Language Monitor’s newest Predictive Qualities Indicator survey using word analysis to measure media trends and “buzz.’’

Granholm signs higher ed budget without Michigan Promise Scholarship
The higher education budget bill was one of the last six bills Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed Friday as she finalized the state’s $44.5 billion 2009-10 budget. While the legislation included the expected appropriations for U-M’s three campuses, it did not include funding for the Michigan Promise Scholarships.

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Aiding IRS access
Edwin Staples has been a Peace Corps volunteer, an intern at the Ann Arbor Water Treatment plant and an archivist at the National Library of Medicine. Now, the School of Information master’s degree graduate is the Internal Revenue Service’s first archivist. In that role, he is overseeing the transfer of IRS manuals and regulations to digital format.