Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 23, 2011

A graduate signals her enthusiasm during the 2011 Winter Commencement ceremony. Click on the photo for more images from the Dec. 18 ceremony at Crisler Arena, as well as photos from the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint commencement ceremonies. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

Governor says universities exempt from domestic partner benefit ban
Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed legislation that prevents some public employers from offering medical benefits to the domestic partners of public employees, but not before saying that university employees are exempt.

U-M releases annual salary report
Faculty salary increases at the U-M's Ann Arbor campus for 2011-12 averaged 2.8 percent, according to figures from the university's salary report, released today. Salary increases for campus staff averaged 2.2 percent.

Congress approves remaining FY '12 spending bills
In the final nine appropriation bills passed by Congress recently, federal funding for research and education was at about the same levels as the previous year, with a few exceptions. A summary from the U-M Washington Office looks at funding for federal programs of interest to U-M and the higher education community.

School of Education class gives $50,000 to non-profits
As part of a gift designed to teach students the principles of philanthropy through practical experience, students in a Philanthropy and Higher Education course have been given a $50,000 gift that it chose to donate to two non-profit organizations in southeast Michigan.

Institutes at U-M, MSU launch Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum
The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies has joined forces with Michigan State University's Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to create the Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum, which has the ultimate goal of advancing entrepreneurship among students and alumni in Michigan.

Mochitsuki Festival marking Japanese new year set for Jan. 7
 U-M's Center for Japanese Studies is one of several organizations that will conduct the ninth annual Mochitsuki Festival at U-M on Jan. 7. The festival, which is free and open to the public, marks a traditional celebration of the Japanese new year.

UMHS medical resident charged with possession of child pornography
U-M Health System house officer Dr. Stephen Jenson was arraigned Saturday on charges of possessing computerized child pornography. Dr. Jenson is suspended from practicing at U-M, and cannot see patients, access medical records or enter any U-M facility.

An Open Letter to President Obama
U-M President Mary Sue Coleman has written an open letter to President Barack Obama calling for elected officials, university presidents, business leaders, philanthropists and parents to collaborate on making higher education affordable for all. "The cost of attending college is one of the most serious matters facing a country that seeks to strengthen its global competitiveness," she writes.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
Off campus, 300 block of Briarwood Circle, 11 p.m. Dec. 22

Record Update to go on hiatus over holiday break
This is the last regular, email issue of the Record Update for 2011. Major items of interest to faculty and staff may be posted to the Record Update website. The morning email version will return Jan. 4. Click here for a list of other holiday-related closings and special hours.

The Michigan Difference

From Milan to Marquette
With the largest graduate medical education program in the state, U-M graduates are spread across Michigan, occupying cities both large and small. The current edition of Medicine at Michigan profiles four such physicians, Dr. Nathan Taylor, a hand-and-wrist surgeon in Marquette; Dr. Carla Zahuranec, a family doctor in Milan; Dr. Desiree Seeyave, who practices pediatric emergency medicine in Flint; and Dr. Richard Ohye, part of the next generation of U-M medical educators helping to train residents and medical students.