Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Children attending summer school in Piatra Neamt, Romania, take a break to enjoy some ice cream in this photo by Luciana Aenasoaie, a doctoral candidate in anthropology and history. It is among dozens of images submitted in an annual photo contest sponsored by the International Institute. The photos showcase the critical work students do in the world, taking their education beyond the classroom, to cultures and communities thousands of miles away. Click on the photo to access other contest submissions.

Changing health care landscape puts member engagement plan on hold
The university will not go forward at this time with a new health plan design, called a Member Engagement Health Plan. Multiple factors led to the decision, including upcoming facets of U.S. health care reform legislation that may affect the reliability of the projections for the new design.

MHealthy summer eating series starts in June
MHealthy will conduct free, 30-minute healthy-eating events for faculty and staff every Wednesday this summer. Registration now is open for the June 6, 13, 20 and 27 sessions of the "Eat Smarter: Summer Series," which focus on a range of summer eating topics. Participants can attend in person or online, and may register for one or more events.

REMINDER: Deadline for Neubacher Award nominations is Friday
Nominations are due Friday for the James T. Neubacher Award recognizing a faculty or staff member, student, alumna or alumnus who has made significant contributions to improve awareness, access, acceptance and full participation in society for persons with disabilities.

The Michigan Difference

International man of history
His start at U-M helped alumnus Chris McLaurin achieve as much as he has done so far. An article in LSA Today describes how, shortly after graduating magna cum laude in 2009, McLaurin served a year as a Fulbright Scholar, helping underprivileged children with the transition into college life. This inspired him to create his own mentoring program matching such students with local university mentors.