Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 22, 2011

In this video, university officials and A. Alfred Taubman discuss the benefits of Taubman's $56 million gift the U-M Health System.

Taubman increases support for medical research to $100M
A. Alfred Taubman has become U-M's largest individual donor, with total giving of more than $142 million. His latest gift of $56 million to the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, announced Thursday before the university’s Board of Regents, will bring his support of innovative medical science at the university to $100 million. In recognition of this support, regents approved renaming the Biomedical Science Research Building as the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building.

Regents approve extending upper limit of tenure probationary period
The Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to extend the upper limit on faculty tenure probationary periods from eight to 10 years. The one-word change in Regents’ Bylaw 5.09 gives the governing faculty in individual schools and colleges added flexibility when establishing the appropriate tenure probationary period.
In other action, regents approved several construction projects, set their meeting schedule for 2012, and passed a joint master’s degree and graduate certificate in health informatics.

Flint, Dearborn campuses announce speakers for commencement ceremonies
UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn have announced the featured speakers for their commencement on May 1. Both schools will conduct separate morning and afternoon ceremonies that day.

Men's Glee Club to perform in Cuba during Caribbean trip in May
As a part of its annual Spring Tour the Men’s Glee Club will perform in Cuba from May 10-14. While in Cuba, the Glee Club will share two concerts with Cuban choirs and participate in volunteer work. The Cuba tour will be flanked by concerts in Memphis, New Orleans, Tallahassee, Sarasota, and Fort Lauderdale.

Bursley team tastes rib contest victory for second straight year
Joyua Williams and Ronda Jones know success is sweeter – or spicier – the second time around. Repeating their performance of last year, the pair from Bursley Dining Hall won the Judges Choice award in the third annual "Hot Off the Grill BBQ Rib Competition" for University Housing Residential Dining Services.

The Michigan Difference

Smiles all around
Each year children between the ages of 5 and 12 receive free oral health care from the School of Dentistry's Give Kids a Smile program. But the program also puts a smile on the faces of the dental students, faculty and other volunteers who participate in the event. They praise the opportunity to give back and interact with the children they meet. Says second-year dental student Edward Lee, "Having the opportunity to help patients this young reminds me why I chose dentistry as my profession in the first place.”