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Week of February 14, 2011

MPowered Career Fair

U-M student Vidhin Shah, right, speaks with Mike Marsiglia, vice president and owner of software design and development company Atomic Object, during the MPowered Career Fair at the Michigan Union. The Feb. 9 event, sponsored by MPowered Entrepreneurship and the Center for Entrepreneurship, provided an opportunity for students across all majors to inquire about jobs and internships with ambitious small companies and start-up firms. Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services.

Future changes to retiree health care benefits adopted; campus information sessions scheduled

The university will go forward with changes to retiree health benefits beginning in 2013, the university’s executive vice presidents and associate vice president for human resources said in a joint message to faculty and staff Feb. 10.

Engineering professors elected to NAE

Three College of Engineering professors are among the 68 new members and nine foreign associates newly elected to the National Academy of Engineering, NAE President Charles Vest announced Feb. 8.

U targets Big Ten, others 
in RecycleMania program

The battle is on between U-M, other Big Ten schools, and colleges and universities nationally as RecycleMania 2011 kicks off in a challenge for campus recycling supremacy.

University Senate meeting set to discuss tenure proposal

The University Senate has scheduled a meeting for Feb. 21 to discuss and consider a resolution regarding a proposal to increase the maximum allowable faculty tenure probationary period from eight to 10 years.

Checkoway given civic engagement award

Barry Checkoway leads by example when it comes to community service — and he’s teaching others to do the same. It’s that dedication that led to Campus Compact, a nonprofit coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, selecting Checkoway to receive its 2010 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.

First projects funded under Social Sciences Annual Institute

U-M social science faculty teams will organize two sets of novel, interdisciplinary research activities this year with funding from the Social Sciences Annual Institute, an initiative recently established by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

Experts discuss uprisings in Middle East in round-table discussion

U-M scholars addressed the recent tensions in the Middle East that have led to widespread unrest and political instability, and offered criticism of the U.S. media’s coverage of those events in Egypt, Tunisia and other countries, during a program at the International Institute.



Rev. Gregory Joyce, administrative specialist, Cardiovascular Center Administration, on balancing his work at the CVC and his priesthood: “I am a better priest because of my work at the CVC, and I am a better CVC employee because of my work at the church.”


George Bernard Shaw’s comedy “Arms and the Man,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. Feb. 20, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

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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.


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