‘True Blue!’ earns State History Award

The Historical Society of Michigan has awarded the University of Michigan the 2017 State History Award for Special Programs/Events for its bicentennial production “True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan.” The society presents the State History Awards every year to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation, collection, preservation or promotion of state and local history. They will be presented during the society’s annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24 in Holland, Michigan. “True Blue!” was a live-action multimedia presentation that celebrated the bicentennial of the university’s founding. It incorporated music, theater and dance and featured celebrated alumni performing alongside faculty and students.

Suggestions offered for people affected by Equifax data breach

In response to a recently announced data breach at the credit-reporting company Equifax affecting as many as 143 million Americans, U-M’s Information Assurance Office has prepared suggestions for affected employees. The incident also is a reminder for people to take measures to guard against identity theft. Affected employees are advised to take a variety of steps, including putting a fraud alert on their credit report, keeping an eye on bank account and credit card statements, checking their free credit reports and turning on two-factor for Weblogin and for personal accounts. For more information, visit myumi.ch/6pMGO. To learn about ways to prevent identity theft, visit myumi.ch/6OzEQ.

CEW awards nearly $375K to nontraditional students

The Center for the Education of Women is welcoming the 2017-18 cohort of 56 scholars and one Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellow to the CEW Scholar community. Thanks to generous support from donors, this year marks CEW’s largest total to date: nearly $375,000 in scholarships awarded to nontraditional students. Among them are student parents and primary caregivers, students returning to the classroom after a prolonged interruption, first generation and international students and students who have overcome great obstacles in pursuing their degree. The 2017-18 scholars include 11 doctoral students, 33 master’s students and 13 undergraduate students — 43 of whom are studying on the Ann Arbor campus. This year’s awards range from $1,000 to $35,000 to cover cost of tuition and living expenses, with an average award of more than $6,500. To learn more about this year’s scholars, go to cew.umich.edu/about/news/20170912/20440.

UM-Dearborn takes steps to enhance campus safety

As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance campus safety and security, UM-Dearborn has begun the installation of security cameras on campus. The implementation is part of the university’s strategy to improve public safety function, through better preparation, prevention and responsiveness initiatives. The campus will undergo a phased implementation during the next 18 months. The first set of cameras began operation in August in areas considered higher risk for theft and other crimes. Jeff Evans, vice chancellor for business affairs, said the addition of security cameras is part of the UM-Dearborn Police Department’s overall commitment to maintain a safe campus environment. In recent months, the department also has added three new officers, updated technology and participated in additional training, including emergency response and active attacker training.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record