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Week of March 22, 2010

Regents honor Olympians

President Mary Sue Coleman, right, and Regent S. Martin Taylor, left, congratulate U-M students and Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Evan Bates and Emily Samuelson for their performances during the Winter Olympics. Regent Andrea Fischer Newman, on behalf of the Board of Regents at its March 18 meeting, presented the athletes with a resolution honoring their efforts at the Olympics, in which Davis and White won silver medals. “In addition to representing the United States, you also represented the maize and blue,” Coleman said. “You did us all proud.” Bates said he was honored to represent the university. “I was born and raised in Ann Arbor. When we travel, we take the block M with us,” he said. The four skaters now are preparing for the World Figure Skating championships, set to take place later this month in Turin, Italy. (Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Obama, five other leaders to get honorary degrees

The president of the United States, the founder of the Center for the Education of Women, a renowned jazz musician, a pioneer in solar innovation, a legendary broadcast journalist and a former U-M provost now serving as president of the National Academy of Engineering will receive honorary degrees at spring commencement.

‘Varsity Vogue’ exhibit celebrates changing fashion

From “Date Bait” hats to parachute pants, campus clothing trends from the 1880s to 1990 are celebrated in the current Bentley Historical Library photo exhibit “Varsity Vogue: Women’s Fashion at the University of Michigan.”

Inspiring mathematician topic of DUP lecture

William Fulton, the Oscar Zariski Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and the M.S. Keeler II Professor of Mathematics, will discuss his interactions and admiration for Zariski in detail during his upcoming Distinguished University Professor lecture.

Reaccreditation team leader offers favorable preliminary report, explains next steps

The Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation team has found U-M to be fully in compliance with the commission’s criteria for reaccreditation. This announcement by team chair Celestino Fernàndez followed several days of meetings, during which the HLC met with more than 300 people from the university.

Public invited to up-close look at Shakespeare plays

A team from The Royal Shakespeare Company arrives at U-M on March 20 for an intensive 10-day “creative project” for the sole purpose of developing three new plays for its 2011 season. The public is invited to observe the creative process being played out in a discussion among dramatists, actors and others.

College football programs appear recession-proof 

A new study supports what college football fans and rabid tailgaters already knew: nothing can keep diehard fans away from tailgate parties on game day.

Prescribed burn planned on North Campus

The Plant Operations Grounds Services department, with the support of the University Planner’s Office and Occupational Safety & Environmental Health, is planning to conduct two controlled burns of areas of North Campus this month into April.



Kimberly Green, medical assistant specialist, U-M Health System, on what she loves about lighthouses: “(They) were always there to help people in a time of darkness.”

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.


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