Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jazz performer Dee Dee Bridgewater (right) receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree during the 2012 Winter Commencement at UM-Flint. Placing Bridgewater's hood are UM-Flint Chancellor Ruth Person (left) and Regent Olivia Maynard. Click the photo to view more images from Sunday's ceremony. (Photo by Bob Mabbitt, UM-Flint)

Coleman outlines budget priorities in annual letter to state
As the university's budget process for fiscal year 2014 gets under way, President Mary Sue Coleman says U-M will continue to work toward a budget that "strongly supports" the university's commitments to academic excellence and affordability. In a letter to State Budget Director John E. Nixon, Coleman expresses the university's appreciation for the 2 percent funding increase in FY 2013 and notes how important it will be to U-M to retain the increase as base funding for FY 2014.

Shared Services Center to be part of Administrative Services Transformation
After a three-year assessment and design process, the university is moving forward with implementing a Shared Services Center, which is expected to open in mid-2014, for select Finance and Human Resources administrative functions. Shared services organize the service delivery of administrative functions to optimize and provide cost-effective, flexible, and reliable services to all customers.

Nine teams win 1,000 Pitches in year of record turnout
Aspiring student entrepreneurs at U-M set a record in the fifth annual 1,000 Pitches contest, winners of which were announced Sunday. The original goal of the contest was to gather 1,000 business or social project ideas from students across campus. This year, the MPowered Entrepreneurship collected more than 4,500.

The Michigan Difference

A conservator gives back
Cathleen Baker, a conservation librarian at the U-M Library, has established a new fellowship that gives students, practicing conservators, and researchers the opportunity to actively conserve materials from the library’s extensive collection. The first fellows in the program — Lauren Calcote and Aisha Wahab — currently are working at the library. “Conservators, whether they are associated with institutions or in private practice, are not usually in a financial position to leave their work temporarily to pursue a short-term project that will benefit the profession and our cultural heritage,” Baker says.