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Week of October 17, 2011

Renovated Couzens Hall reopens

From left, Couzens Hall resident Ricquel Smith, President Mary Sue Coleman, Residence Halls Association President Haley Prasad, Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper and University Housing Director Linda Newman cheer the reopening of the renovated Couzens Hall. The hall was formally reopened Tuesday after being closed for more than a year for deep renovation. Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services.

Aung San Suu Kyi to receive U-M’s Wallenberg Medal, deliver lecture

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese human rights activist and Nobel Peace laureate, is the recipient of the 21st U-M Wallenberg Medal. In a rare public address overseas, Suu Kyi will give her videotaped Wallenberg Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 before an audience in Rackham Auditorium.

Henry Russel 
lecturer, awardees named for 2012

Rebecca Scott, considered one of the foremost Latin American historians in the country, has been selected as the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2012 — one of the university's highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty. Three junior faculty members — Lada Adamic, Aaron Pierce and Haoxing Xu — will receive the Henry Russel Award.

Couzens Hall welcomes 
new generations of students

After more than a year of deep renovation, Couzens Hall reopened for this fall semester with many improvements to meet the residential needs and expectations of current and future U-M students. It was formally reopened during a ceremony last week.

Four to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement

One of the nation’s foremost journalists, a world-renowned scientist who specializes in pharmaceutical chemistry, a former U-M provost and the current chancellor of Syracuse University, and a Harvard professor and author whose work focuses on community, diversity, religion and politics in modern society are to receive honorary degrees at the U-M Winter Commencement 2011.

U-M endowment grows to $7.8 billion with 24.3 percent annual return

The university’s endowment grew to its highest level ever — $7.8 billion — at the end of fiscal year 2011, fueled by a 24.3 percent investment return for the year ended June 30.

Historian stresses need for faculty 
protections from external interference

Without academic freedom, the quality of higher education is likely to decline because the faculty needs policies to protect their freedom of expression in and outside of class, noted historian Ellen Schrecker said in delivering the 2011 Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.



Amy Fredell, recruitment services coordinator, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, on roller-skating as a teenager: “I was a typical clumsy teenager, but on skates, I wasn’t clumsy. I was graceful, stable, and confident.”


Film screening and discussion with Mistinguette Smith, 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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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

Law School graduate