Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Capt. Richard Vanden Heuvel, commanding officer of U-M’s Naval ROTC, speaks to alumni of the World War II-era V-12 program. They were on campus last weekend for their 65th reunion. Commissioned as officers to serve during World War II, the alumni were among 60,000 Navy and Marine officers that came out of the NROTC’s V-12 program nationwide. (Photo by Rhiannon Ross, Naval ROTC)

BREAKING NEWS: NCAA Committee on Infractions rules on football case
The NCAA Committee on Infractions announced today that it has accepted the self-imposed sanctions initiated by U-M during the NCAA Response on May 25, and added an additional year of probation for the football program.

University modifies trespass warning against Andrew Shirvell
The university will keep in place a trespass warning issued Sept. 14 against Andrew Shirvell, but will narrow the scope of the order based on a review by the Department of Public Safety. Shirvell will be allowed on campus as long as he has no physical or verbal contact with student Chris Armstrong, and he must stay away from campus locations where he could reasonably anticipate Armstrong to be present.

High school engineering mentorship program competing for $250K grant
The Michigan Engineering Zone, a program that mentors Detroit high school students and seeks to inspire them to study engineering in college, is pursuing a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant in an effort to help more students in more ways. Winning projects will be the two that get the most votes from the general public this month.

U-M's Performing Arts Technology program celebrates 25 years
Technology is a part of our daily lives and it’s here to stay, morphing into new forms at a sometimes alarming rate. Twenty-five years ago, the idea of a music program based on the creative possibilities of technology may have seemed like science fiction. But the organizers of the Center for Performing Arts Technology saw into the future. That future is now.

The Michigan Difference

Paying it forward
While studying at Stanford University, Dr. Juanita Merchant took to heart the advice of two role models who urged her to obtain M.D. and Ph.D. degrees if she wanted to succeed as a minority and a woman in academia. Now the H. Marvin Pollard professorship in Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Medical School, Merchant is sharing her experience with the next generation of scientists, mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. “As a minority myself, I want to help other minorities further their careers,” Merchant says.