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Fraternity & Sorority Life hosted two open houses Feb. 25 at its new location, 1443 Washtenaw Ave., the former William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center. The events allowed faculty, staff, students and alumni to visit the recently renovated offices. From left are Nicole Banks, assistant dean and interim director of Fraternity & Sorority Life; Ian Ross, Interfraternity Council president; Chyanne Laldee, National Pan-Hellenic Council president; Anisha Konkipudi, Multicultural Greek Council president; Laura Blake Jones, dean of students; and Simone Himbeault Taylor, interim vice president for Student Life. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Thurman)

Tech Shop coming to U-M Dearborn

UM-Dearborn and U-M Information and Technology Services have collaborated to bring a technology store and repair center to the Dearborn campus. The 700-square-foot Tech Shop in the University Center will sell items like laptops, iPads and technology equipment at academic pricing, which is often the most discounted price available. It will also have certified Apple, Dell and HP repair. Construction, which will impact a portion of the bookstore, will begin in May. A grand opening will take place in the fall. For more information, visit

Safe Medication Disposal Event scheduled for April 7

The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy will host another Safe Medication Disposal Event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 7 at two locations: the Rackham Graduate Building, 915 E. Washington St. in Ann Arbor, and the Brighton Center for Specialty Care (Entrance 1 outside the Cancer Center), 7500 Challis Road in Brighton. People will be able to drive up and drop off their old or unused medications. Accepted items include prescription and over-the-counter medications, medicine samples, vitamins, ointments, lotions, inhalers, antibiotics, steroids, veterinary medicine items and controlled medications. Sharps and sharps containers will also be accepted. For more information, visit

Applications sought for Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award

In honor of former director Carol Hollenshead’s 20-year tenure, the Center for the Education of Women+ is seeking proposal submissions for the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. Submissions are due April 1. The award amount is $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for groups. Faculty, staff, post doctorates, research fellows and students whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation at Michigan or beyond are welcome to submit proposals. For more information, visit

U-M, Coursera offer $1 monthly online courses to Chinese learners

In response to the coronavirus epidemic that has restricted millions of Chinese people to their homes and towns, U-M and the online learning platform Coursera are offering three popular online data science specializations to learners in China for $1 a month. The specializations are Python for Everybody, Python 3 Programming and Applied Data Science with Python. “When we heard about the challenges faced by scholars and collaborators in China, we knew we wanted to do something to express our concern and lend a hand,” School of Information Dean Thomas Finholt and Coursera Chief Executive Officer Jeff Maggioncalda wrote in announcing the program. “After discussing it, Coursera and UMSI have decided the most valuable thing we can offer is the ability to continue learning, even when international travel might be limited.” Coursera specialization pricing varies, with an option to pay monthly subscriptions ranging from $39 to $89. Having the $1 charge associated with the account allows for verification of the certificate when the specialization is completed. The courses will be offered over the next six months. Learners in China can visit each specialization page via Michigan Online at to enroll with the updated pricing.

Compiled by Ann Zaniewski, The University Record


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