Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 30, 2012

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Al Glick Field House. Obama spoke Friday to a crowd of 4,000 about several issues, including higher education initiatives and increasing the nation’s manufacturing base. Click the photo to view a slideshow of images from Obama's visit, and click here for a video of U-M preparing to greet the president. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

Obama unveils plan for higher education during speech at U-M
Praising U-M for its efforts to cut costs, President Barack Obama unveiled a higher education plan for the nation that included increased funding for universities that keep tuition affordable and provide value. “Here at Michigan, you’ve done a lot to find savings in your budget. So from now on, I’m telling Congress we should steer federal campus-based aid to those colleges that keep tuition affordable, provide good value, serve their students well,” the president said as he addressed 4,000 people Friday morning at the Al Glick Field House.

University committed to correcting gaps in procedures
An internal review of how a report of a possible medical campus crime was handled has revealed gaps in university procedures that campus leaders are committed to correcting. Preliminary findings from the review by University Audits indicate that a possible crime was first reported in May 2011 but not fully investigated until November 2011. The case was dismissed in May because of a lack of evidence. When it was brought forward again in November, the case was fully investigated and evidence showed wrongdoing on the part of a U-M medical resident. The resident has since been charged with possession of child pornography and no longer is working in the Health System.

Campus crime down, but laptop thefts an issue
Campus crime fell in 2011, but laptop, tablet and smart phone thefts continue to be a concern. That was the message Friday at the second Public Crime Meeting, convened by the Department of Public Safety at the Michigan Union.

Fenstermaker named to lead Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Sarah Fenstermaker of the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been appointed director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, effective July 1. The institute fosters collaboration and furthers the research of U-M faculty members and graduate students who use the lens of women and gender to pursue their studies.

This week in the University Record
• Pairing masks, hand washing could drastically slow spread of pandemic flu
• Fourteen winners receive Hopwood Awards
• Old School: U-M in History — Moving Gerald Ford’s presidential papers and memorabilia
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Keeping art alive in Detroit
Janie Paul, associate professor in the School of Art & Design, knew children in underprivileged communities like Detroit had little access to arts education. So she began Detroit Connections, in which A&D students give weekly art lessons to Detroit-area elementary students. The program not only has helped local children to learn more about art, but also has introduced U-M students to Detroit’s rich cultural heritage.