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Week of September 30, 2013

East Quad reopens

Members of the campus community celebrated the official reopening of the renovated East Quadrangle Residence Hall on Sept. 25. From left, senior Jihad Komis, a resident adviser and mentor in the Residential College; E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life; sophomore Hannah Lee, a student in the Michigan Community Scholars Program; President Mary Sue Coleman and Regent Andrew Richner turn a ceremonial shovelful of dirt to plant a red dogwood in tribute to the students, faculty and staff of East Quad. Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography.

Presidential search forums draw wide campus interest

The university’s next president should further boost diversity and make sure legislators know that more support for U-M will help the state compete in the global economy.

U-M ‘gateway’ website will 
get new look

Come Wednesday morning the University of Michigan’s front door on the Internet will have a new look that is grounded in powerful photography and graphic presentation and built on a foundation that automatically adjusts for any type of digital device.

Lester Monts to return to faculty in July 2014 

Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs and senior counselor to the president for the arts, diversity, and undergraduate affairs, will swap his top leadership office for the classroom and field research in July 2014.

Employees asked to save the date for Victors for Michigan kickoff events

Faculty, staff, students and community members are being asked to come together Nov. 8 for events launching the Victors for Michigan campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in U-M history.

U-M professor Susan Murphy earns prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

A University of Michigan statistician who is poised to make a significant impact on the field of personalized medicine, an area of great activity in biomedical research, has been chosen as one of 24 “exceptionally creative individuals” by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Grad students and postdocs learn strategies to further their careers

Nearly 250 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from 16 U-M schools and colleges learned about strategies and resources for success in academic careers at the 11th annual “Preparing Future Faculty” conference Sept. 24.

New resources support postdoctoral researchers

Benefit upgrades and new monthly orientation sessions for postdoctoral research fellows are boosting their training environment to help the University of Michigan maintain its reputation as an exceptional research university.



Shawn Rahl, UNIX systems administrator, on farm work: “It’s great to be able to eat the quality foods, mindfully produced, by the efforts of you and your friends.”


The School of Music, Theatre & Dance presents the dark comedy “Red Noses” Oct. 3-13 in the Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller 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.


Old school: U-M in History

School spirit