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Week of February 15, 2010

Art viewer

Stephen Schudlich, director of Work•Detroit, views “Cosmos: Ravenna Delirium” by professor Jim Cogswell at The Slusser Gallery in the School of Art & Design. The artwork, presented as part of the Sixth Annual Faculty Exhibition, was made with oil paint, paper plates, adhesive caulk and staples on 18 wood panels. Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services.

President Obama to deliver U-M spring 2010 commencement address

President Barack Obama will deliver the spring 2010 commencement address at U-M, President Mary Sue Coleman announced. Obama will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

GreenRide ride-sharing program gains participants 

U-M employees Rebecca Sitz and Dawn Russell say GreenRide carpooling is convenient and saves money. They are among 3,314 staff and faculty at U-M who have signed up for the ride-sharing program. GreenRide is part of an overall strategy to promote alternatives to bringing autos to campus.

Distinguished University Professor: Frier to speak of Greek poet during lecture

The Greek poet Constantine Cavafy is the inspiration for a talk by Bruce Frier, the 2008 John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law. Frier, also a professor of classical studies and of law, will present his Distinguished University Professor lecture at 4 p.m. Feb. 25 in Rackham Amphitheatre.

U-M earns place on Peace Corps’ annual top colleges rankings

For the 10th year in a row, U-M has placed on the Peace Corps’ top 25 list of large universities nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 73 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, U-M is at No. 8 in this year’s rankings. Since Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 2,331 U-M alumni have served in Peace Corps, making it the No. 4 all-time producer of volunteers. The university has made the Peace Corps’ Top Schools list since the ranking system began in 2001.

Granholm’s budget maintains support for U-M, higher ed

Gov. Jennifer Granholm last week proposed a 2011 budget that attempts to restore some cuts made to U-M and higher education including a revamped, more targeted Michigan Promise Scholarship proposal.

New residential learning community a creative venture

A new living-learning community coming to North Campus this fall is unique among collegiate residential communities in this country. Living Arts, to be housed in Bursley Hall, unites students in the arts, engineering and other fields with programming focused on the development of students’ creative capacity.

U-M faculty work life study now being conducted

Faculty workload and other work life issues continue to be a concern on this campus as on many campuses across the country. To measure progress made at U-M on these issues, a new survey of tenured, tenure-track and contingent U-M faculty is currently in the field. The Faculty Work Life Study, sent in January to a sample of faculty on the Ann Arbor campus, asks questions about faculty activities, attitudes and perceptions of the work environment.



Jeanne Mackey, senior performance support analyst, Information and Technology Services, on environmental activism: “What I love about the Transition Towns approach to a low-energy future is that it draws on our hopes more than our fears.”


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School of Information dean and wife pledge $2.5M to U-M

School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and his wife, Janet Netz, have committed to a gift of $2.5 million to the school.


Question of the Week

What Winter Olympic sport will you be watching?

Old school:
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Campus hangout: Cool limeaids make warm memories