Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, April 30, 2012

Dr. Sanjay Gupta and President Mary Sue Coleman acknowledge the crowd at Spring Commencement. View a slideshow of images at Michigan Stadium, or watch a video of the ceremony Saturday. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

Speakers encourage class of 2012 to take risks, embrace creativity
Amid blustery skies and temperatures that hovered in the low 40s, graduates at Spring Commencement on Saturday began the next stages of their lives with warm words of encouragement from Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The U-M alumnus, CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon offered the graduates 10 lessons going forward, and suggested that when summarizing their lives they should be able to write this sentence: "I am who I always wanted to be." President Mary Sue Coleman urged the graduates to let their creativity carry them to new heights, saying earlier alumni "have set a very high bar, knowing you will surpass them."

Michigan Road Scholars roll out on 13th annual tour
Nearly three dozen university faculty and senior staff are hitting the road for the 13th annual Michigan Road Scholars trek around Michigan. In their 2012 "seminar on wheels," the scholars will learn about the communities, people, and priorities in seven locations in Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.

Staff nominations sought for DPS oversight committee
Nominations are being accepted for candidates to be the non-union staff member of the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee. The committee considers grievances against any police officer or the department. The nomination deadline is May 11 for a two-year term that begins July 1.

Pipe repair to close portion of Glen Avenue this week
Glen Avenue will be closed between E. Ann Street and Catherine Street Wednesday through Saturday to accommodate repair of a sanitary sewer pipe in the area.

This week in the University Record
• Research: The Generation X Report — Food in the lives of GenXers
• Old School: U-M in History — Women’s crew team rows on Huron River, circa 1878-79
• Research: Feminine math, science role models do not motivate girls
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Design for social change
A partnership between the School of Art & Design and a community school in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit could become the blueprint for more collaboration. This partnership created projects such as a mobile pizza oven and solar-powered bicycle lights through the conversations, field trips and interactions of Detroit and U-M A&D students.