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Week of January 25, 2010

MLK Symposium: Circle of Unity

Storyteller and musician La'Ron Williams addresses the crowd during the Circle of Unity on the Diag. The MLK Symposium event, which featured music, song and poetry, was sponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Accreditation document finished, available online

More than two years of gathering information and meeting in groups large and small to take account of the university's current work, and envision the potential for growth and change, has resulted in a comprehensive document that leaders say not only should fulfill the requirements for re-accreditation, but can help U-M cast a vision for the future.

students get taste of U-M culture

As the campus and local communities gathered last week to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dedication to hope, change and equality, a special group of visiting students got the chance to see what a college experience could be like.

Ifill: Honor King’s message to keep striving

Veteran journalist Gwen Ifill spoke of the modern-day struggle for racial and social justice during her keynote lecture for the 24th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. "I've rediscovered the world is often resistant to change. But shining the light of justice ... is as necessary as it can be satisfying."

Big year in tough times: $1B in research, new inventions, NCRC

In the midst of the most severe recession since the Great Depression, research spending at U-M topped $1 billion last year, researchers were awarded more than $218 million in federal stimulus grants and faculty members disclosed a record 350 inventions.

Leaders past and present pay tribute to Robben Fleming

"He was the perfect leader for an imperfect time." President Mary Sue Coleman's summation of the contributions pf President Emeritus Robben Wright Fleming, who steered the school safely through the student unrest of the late 1960s and early '70s, was echoed last week by a range of speakers at a tribute.

Students answer 
Haitians’ call for help

A student-run initiative, supported by staff from several schools and departments across campus, is uniting U-M efforts to help those devastated by the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12.

Sustainability assessment 
aims for global leadership

A year-long comprehensive study of campus operations kicks off this month, with a plan to set ambitious goals for sustainability across U-M's campus, with its more than 80,000 faculty, students and staff and 580 buildings.



Carrie Luke, on facilitating writing workshops: “It’s exciting to see the light bulb moments.”


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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

How have you reacted to the Haiti crisis?

Old school: U-M in history

Landmark: Intramural Sports Building, 606 E. Hoover (c. 1935)