Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

U-M alumnus and benefactor Bert Askwith waves during the opening of Bert's Study Lounge in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. The event Tuesday also was a birthday party for Askwith, who turned 100 on March 2. His gift funded the high-tech study lounge. Pictured from left is Bert's daughter, Patti Askwith Kenner, Askwith, President Mary Sue Coleman, Dean of Libraries Paul Courant, and Shapiro Library Director Laurie Alexander. Former U-M president Harold Shapiro is in the foreground. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

Poetry slam event to celebrate ‘varsity sport of the soul’
The College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, an event that one organizer calls "the varsity sport of the soul,” returns April 6-9 with competitions, educational workshops, panels and a documentary film showing. Thirty-five teams from colleges nationwide are scheduled to compete.

U-M hospitals again recognized as among best in the nation
The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers has been named to the “50 Best Hospitals in America” list published annually by Becker's Hospital Review. Hospitals on the list are recognized for prioritizing patient care, producing various innovations in the medical field and raising the bar for high-quality care.

UM-Flint cancels classes due to winter storm
All classes, events and activities at UM-Flint have been canceled today due to a winter storm.

Voices of the Staff seeking volunteers
Voices of the Staff is looking for volunteers to help share ideas and define the issues that matter most to the U-M staff community. Volunteers are chosen from the overall pool of applicants to represent the demographics of the staff community. The deadline to apply is March 31.

U-M & the Crisis in Japan: The university responds
Get the latest information about U-M's response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami, including videos on the resulting nuclear emergency and a list of organizations for people who want to help.

The Michigan Difference

Witness to a new Egypt
Sharief El-Gabri, a Fulbright U.S. Student fellow from U-M, has a front-row seat to the political changes going on in Egypt, where his father's family still lives. He is teaching English in nearby Jordan, and recently visited Cairo, the capital of the Arab country where he witnessed its first steps in the post-Mubarak era. He posted his observations on the International Institute's blog.