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Week of November 14, 2011

Provost’s seminar

Matt Kaplan, managing director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, uses a magnifying glass to read ancient texts during an interactive session of “Teaching with Collections: Engaging Students in the Archives, Museums and Gardens of the University of Michigan.” The session was part of the Provost’s Seminar on Teaching, which took place Nov. 7 at the Michigan League. Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services.

Top Michigan Municipal League officials have U-M ties

It’s likely that in its 112 years, the Michigan Municipal League, which advocates for cities and villages throughout the state, has never had so much U-M leadership involvement, officials say. Current league President Karen Majewski, Vice President David Lossing and Trustee Susan Rowe all work for U-M.

First Arab woman to win Nobel Peace Prize to speak

Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkul Karman, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, will discuss the role of women in the changes sweeping across the Middle East in a public lecture Nov. 14 at U-M.

Alternative transportation options help U-M community get home for holidays

As students, faculty and staff begin making plans for the upcoming holidays, for many getting home is priority No. 1. Figuring out travel plans can be stressful, which is why the university provides a range of options to help get people over the river, through the woods or just to the airport.

Parking fees to replace 
admission charge at 
Matthaei Botanical Gardens

In a move that will make admission to Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ Conservatory free, and align the gardens with standard U-M admission and parking practices, the conservatory fee will end and a U-M parking-kiosk system will be installed.

UMHS reaches contract agreement with U-M Professional Nurse Council

Members of U-M Professional Nurse Council/Michigan Nurses Association voted affirmatively last week on a new contract to succeed the previous one that was ratified in 2008 and expired June 30.

University Housing to close Baits I residence hall

After considerable discussion and analysis, University Housing has decided that Baits I residence hall located on North Campus should be closed at the end of the 2011-12 academic year, and no longer be available for student housing.

Website promotes green computing practices

The recently launched Sustainable Computing website offers practical tips, advice and resources to campus computing members that can be used at work, school or home.



The Rev. Dr. Debby Mitchell, student affairs program manager, Rackham Graduate School, on her work with Rackham: “My great joy is interacting with the many students we help achieve their academic and professional goals."


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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.


Old school: U-M in History

Parade performance