Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dancers from the Chung School of Praying Mantis Kung Fu of Midland perform a “lion dance” before the opening ceremonies for the Confucius Institute at U-M on Thursday. The dance brings joy, luck and unity and chases away bad luck and bad spirits. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Confucius Institute opens amid fanfare
National anthems played by a virtuoso pipa artist, traditional Chinese musical performances and a welcome from President Mary Sue Coleman marked the opening Thursday of the Confucius Institute at U-M, which will serve as a national resource on Chinese arts and culture for all Confucius Institutes in the United States.

Law School project receives $10 million gift
Robert and Ann Aikens have donated $10 million to the Law School for its ongoing building expansion and renovation project. The gift is the largest ever made to the Law School by a living donor. It will help fund the expansion of instructional space at the historic Law Quadrangle for the first time since the school’s main classroom building opened in 1933.

NIH stimulus awards to U-M Medical School top $47 million
The National Institutes of Health have granted 182 stimulus-package awards totaling nearly $47.5 million to researchers at the Medical School as of Nov. 1. The grants will enable U-M scientists and physicians to continue or begin projects that will speed research advances in cancer, lung disease and many other areas.

Open Enrollment for 2010 ends today
Faculty and staff can review or revise their benefits elections for 2010 until 5 p.m. today. The changes can be made at Wolverine Access. Retirees can change their benefit elections by completing and returning the form in the back of their Open Enrollment books. Forms must be received or postmarked by today.

Crane removal necessitates State Street closure next week
Phase 1 of street closures associated with the removal of a tower crane used to construct the new North Quad Academic and Residential Complex will be in place from 6 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Thursday. South State Street between East Huron Street and East Washington Street will be closed during this time.

The Michigan Difference

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.