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U-M requiring password reset for UMICH (Level-1) accounts

The university has mandated that passwords for all UMICH (Level-1) accounts be reset by the end of Sept. 12. Faculty, staff and students across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses, as well as Michigan Medicine, were sent an email informing them of the requirement. It included instructions for accessing the self-service password change page at An announcement regarding the password change timeline for alumni and retirees will be sent at a future date. If those subject to the Sept. 12 deadline do not reset their password by that date, a more intricate account-recovery process will be necessary to regain access. Assistance for this process is provided on the Information and Technology Services website. When updating, university community members must not reuse prior passwords. Those facing difficulties with the password tool can find additional resources on the ITS Change Your UMICH Password webpage at, or by contacting the ITS Service Center —, or 734-764-4357 — for further support.

Genesee Early College unveils new space at UM-Flint

The Genesee Early College introduced its new home on the UM-Flint campus. GEC is now located on the fourth floor of David M. French Hall after a move from the Northbank Center. UM-Flint and GEC have been in partnership since 2007. GEC is a five-year early college high school program that allows learners to earn up to 60 transferable college credits at no cost before entering post-secondary education. While students start with a traditional high school curriculum, by the spring of their sophomore year they begin taking a combination of high school and university courses, culminating with a full UM-Flint courseload in year 13. Genesee Intermediate School District leadership and UM-Flint’s Office of K-12 Partnerships collaborated to find a location that was more centrally located to the campus’ academic services for the high school. Read more about the GEC’s new location.

Detroit’s economic recovery likely to continue, U-M experts say

Detroit’s economic recovery is expected to continue over the next several years, with encouraging employment numbers and rising wages. However, a good deal of work remains to achieve widely shared economic success, and the city lags several of its Midwestern counterparts in the number of workers earning a living wage, according to U-M economists. The Detroit Economic Outlook for 2022-28 forecasts a jobless rate below 6% on a sustained basis in 2027 and 2028, and residents’ total inflation-adjusted income per capita to grow by nearly 6% during the forecast period — stronger than the state as a whole. Likewise, Detroit’s payroll employment count will surpass its pre-pandemic level by the end of this year, and by 2028 it will stand at more than 11,000 jobs higher than in 2019. Still, Gabriel Ehrlich, study co-author and director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics at U-M, said high inflation, at least in the near term, will consume much of the residents’ rising incomes. Read the full Detroit economic outlook.

Kelsey Museum relaunches Discovery Cart hands-on opportunities

The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s Education Department has relaunched its Discovery Carts program. Operated by trained interpreters, the Discovery Carts — mobile carts with a selection of touchable artifacts and replicas from the museum’s teaching collection — will provide an interactive, informal experience for all visitors. Discovery Cart interpreters will be trained on how to set up the cart, content knowledge, and methods for communicating with different groups of visitors. In addition to giving visitors a chance to interact with the interpreter, the Discovery Carts will provide new opportunities for hands-on learning and access to information about the Kelsey’s collection and Mediterranean history. Visitors can expect the Discovery Carts to be set up anywhere within the Kelsey Museum’s permanent galleries. The Education Department plans to host the program from 1-3 p.m. Fridays during most of the fall semester through Nov. 17.

UM-Flint unveils trailblazing cannabis-centric course

Students in one new UM-Flint course are hoping for “high” marks this fall as they delve into the past, present and future of one of the country’s newest cash crops. The History and Culture of Cannabis examines cannabis’ deep roots in global history, the traditions of its use and its impact on societies and cultures. This is the first time a course about cannabis will have been taught at UM-Flint. John Ellis, professor of history and the course’s instructor, said that despite its growing social acceptance and economic value, cannabis and its use remain poorly understood and many myths persist. It’s those fallacies that he wants to help dispel while shifting people’s attitudes. The course satisfies the global studies requirement for general education as well as the requirements for a 200-level course in the history major and minor. Topics explored in the class include the origins and global spread of cannabis, its role in modern imperialism, and its outlawing and eventual legalization.

Compiled by James Iseler and Jeff Bleiler, The University Record


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