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UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint set plans for commencement ceremonies

UM-Dearborn graduates will hear an address by alumna Judy Toland, global customer marketing vice president of Meta, at two ceremonies Dec. 17 in the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse. The morning ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., recognizes graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. The afternoon ceremony, which starts at 2 p.m., celebrates graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Business. For more information, go to Commencement ceremonies at UM-Flint are scheduled for Dec. 18. Students will participate in a ceremony of the school or college that houses their degree program in one of several ceremonies that day at the Riverfront Conference Center. For more information, go to

U-M president named chair, U.S. member of Fulbright Canada

President Santa J. Ono
Santa J. Ono

President Santa J. Ono has been appointed chair of the board of directors of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America, known as Fulbright Canada. Ono is finishing a three-year term as a Canadian member of the board and will now serve another three years as a U.S. member, including a two-year term as board chair. His term as chair will run from Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2024. Ono will have a volunteer and uncompensated position at the foundation, which administers the Fulbright Program in Canada. The board has 20 members, equally divided between Canadian and U.S. citizens, and plays a vital role in overseeing the foundation’s operations and providing management direction and support. Fulbright has been an essential element of U.S. public diplomacy since 1946. The program is key in collective efforts to cultivate future leaders and promote mutual understanding through educational exchange.

Nearly 3,200 pints of blood collected during annual Blood Battle

U-M and Ohio State University combined to collect nearly 3,200 pints of blood during the 40th annual Blood Battle, leading up to the schools’ annual regular-season ending football game. U-M donors donated 1,553 pints of blood, while Ohio State donors donated 1,630 pints, ending a streak of four straight years of U-M collecting more pints. The close result in the Blood Battle contrasted the result on the football field, where U-M beat Ohio State in Columbus, 45-23. A winter blood donation competition is planned. For more information, visit

More than 1,100 pounds of medical waste collected by College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy’s biannual Safe Medication Disposal event resulted in 1,115 pounds of medical waste being diverted from water, landfills and the wrong hands this fall. While many local pharmacies and police stations accept some medications for disposal, the college’s student-run event accepts medications that are more difficult to dispose of, including ointments and lotions, inhalers, antibiotics, controlled medications, sharps and sharps containers. In October, 25 students operated two collections sites, on Central Campus and at Michigan Medicine. Since its inception in 2014, nearly 7,500 pounds of medication and sharps have been collected for safe disposal.

Record print edition on hiatus until winter semester

The Dec. 5 edition of The University Record will be the final print edition of the fall semester. The Record’s print version will resume for the winter semester Jan. 9, 2023. Daily email delivery will continue its fall schedule through Dec. 19. The Record email will then take a break for the holidays and resume for the winter semester Jan. 4, 2023. Major faculty or staff news that occurs over the holidays may be posted to the Record’s website,

Faculty-Led Program Areas have a new name and approaching deadline

In response to the changing needs of the community, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender has updated some of its long-standing programs. Faculty-Led Program Areas will now be called IRWG Incubators to better reflect their primary purpose of catalyzing conversations and growing new research ideas across U-M. They will have an annual call and an initial program period of two years with the possibility of renewal. They also have a newly defined purpose, are open to all IRWG affiliates, and offer new financial flexibility. IRWG Incubators provide structure for a focused, collective examination of a particular area or topic related to women, gender or sexuality. Priority will be given to proposals that gather faculty together around a previously underfunded or emerging research area and that promise to energize a group of scholars at U-M in diverse and inclusive ways. Any IRWG affiliate is eligible to request $500 to $7,500 for up to two years (renewals are permitted). The deadline to apply has been extended to Jan. 25, 2023. For more information.

Compiled by Jeff Bleiler and James Iseler, The University Record


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