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November 20, 2017

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Ferris Wheel Building opens in Flint

A ribbon-cutting ceremony recently took place for the Ferris Wheel Building in downtown Flint, which will in part hold space for University of Michigan-Flint offices dedicated to economic development and entrepreneurship. The Ferris Wheel is a project of SkyPoint Ventures that aims to further the growth of innovation and entrepreneurism in the region. UM-Flint has been involved in the Ferris Wheel project from the beginning, financing the feasibility study for the original concept and helping to bring together various stakeholders. As part of the recent ribbon-cutting, UM-Flint's Innovation Incubator and EDA University Center for Community and Economic Development opened offices on the second floor, where staff and students will assist entrepreneurs.

Nominations sought for Shirley Verrett Award

The Women of Color in the Academy Project is currently seeking nominations for the annual Shirley Verrett Award, which recognizes a faculty member whose work — teaching, performance and scholarship or service — supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. The annual Shirley Verrett Award ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Stamps Auditorium. Established in 2012, the award honors the late Shirley Verrett, James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. It is available to all tenured or tenure-track faculty, lecturers and clinical faculty at U-M's Ann Arbor campus, and carries a $5,000 prize. Nominations are due Dec. 1 and can be submitted at For more information, visit

Record email, print publication reduced over Thanksgiving

Wednesday's University Record email will be the last one sent until Nov. 29, as the Record's online and print editions will take a break over the Thanksgiving holiday. Also, there will be no print edition of the Record on Nov. 27. It will return Dec. 4., and the final print edition of the semester will be Dec. 11. Daily email delivery will resume Nov. 29 and the final email edition of the semester will be Dec. 18. The email will resume Jan. 4, and the print edition will resume Jan. 8. Major faculty or staff news that occurs over the holidays may be posted to the Record's website,

Nominations sought for Distinguished Service in International Education award

In celebration of International Education Week, the Office of the President is seeking nominations for the President's Award for Distinguished Service in International Education, an award program recognizing and celebrating faculty and staff whose efforts keep U-M on the leading edge of international education. Award recipients earn $1,000 in recognition of their accomplishments. Nominations are due Jan. 26. To submit a nomination, visit

U-M collects record-setting units of blood in Blood Battle

The university is surging ahead in the annual Blood Battle against The Ohio State University. Donors showed up earlier this month at Michigan Stadium to help the American Red Cross collect 424 units of blood, a new record and the largest one-day blood drive on the U-M campus. Dozens more were signed up as organ donors and were screened for Be the Match, the national bone marrow registry. The 2017 Blood Battle continues through Nov. 22. To find a list of drives, visit

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record