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  1. November 25, 2021

    Tappan Oak removed

    Grounds Services tree trimmers remove the Tappan Oak.

    Grounds Services workers removed this large oak tree, known as the Tappan Oak, from the west side of Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library for safety reasons after it was found to have a completely decayed trunk. From left, tree trimmers Charles Merkel, Lloyd Brown (in bucket) and Jeff Corwin took the tree down limb by limb Nov. 23 and 24. View a photo gallery of the Tappan Oak’s removal. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

    Read more about the history of the Tappan Oak
  2. November 23, 2021

    Study-abroad back on track

    College of Engineering students at a Kenyan coffee plantation

    A group of College of Engineering students visit the DeMan Coffee plantation in Nkubu, Kenya, in 2020, before study-abroad students were called back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The availability of vaccines has been a game changer for U-M’s study-abroad programs, which have seen about 1,500 students, so far, apply to travel to 33 countries during winter 2022, a number that is fast approaching pre-pandemic levels. The university has revised the process for students planning to travel. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

    Read a Q&A with Patrick Morgan, U-M’s chief international safety officer
  3. November 22, 2021

    Have a healthy Thanksgiving

    The holiday travel season is here. From domestic and international travel to interacting with family and friends, this “Friendsgiving” conversation addresses both current health concerns and student questions. In this video, Robert Ernst, associate vice president of student life for health and wellness, and Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani share guidance to help faculty, staff and students protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19, influenza and other seasonal illnesses.

  4. November 19, 2021


    Orga­nized by the Stamps Gallery, “Envi­sion: The Michi­gan Artist Ini­tia­tive” is a new awards pro­gram designed to sup­port the devel­op­ment of con­tem­po­rary artists liv­ing and work­ing in Michi­gan. After eval­u­at­ing 259 sub­mis­sions from across the state, jurors selected five final­ists for a group exhi­bi­tion on view through Jan. 22, 2022, at the Stamps Gallery. In this video, finalist Nayda Col­lazo-Llorens talks about her interdisciplinary work, which exam­ines how people per­ceive and process infor­ma­tion, deal­ing with con­cepts of nav­i­ga­tion, mem­ory, lan­guage, hyper­con­nec­tiv­ity and noise. 

    Read more and view videos about the other “Envision” finalists
  5. November 18, 2021

    Team-based learning

    Students working together is a big part of how learning occurs in 21st-century classrooms, including the normal challenges of group work as well those aspects that developed with the move to remote learning during the pandemic. In this video, Mika LaVaque-Manty, professor of political science, discusses his team-based learning setup, and students talk about how such learning is helping them transition after a challenging year of remote education.

  6. November 17, 2021

    Fighting the Blood Battle

    Photo of Mark Schlissel giving blood

    President Mark Schlissel has his blood drawn by Elizabeth Keith, a phlebotomist with the Southeast Michigan American Red Cross, during a recent blood drive at the Michigan Union. In so doing, Schlissel joined the Blood Battle with Ohio State University and helped provide the needed life-saving resource during a nationwide shortage. The annual Blood Battle is a contest to see which university will donate more blood by Nov. 24. To participate, check this list of blood drive times and locations.

    Read more about the Blood Battle with Ohio State
  7. November 16, 2021

    ‘More Than the Game’

    Athletic director Fielding Yost’s decision to bench Willis Ward during a 1934 football game for racist reasons is an infamous moment in U-M history. But Ward’s life and legacy go well beyond that one incident.  An online exhibit at the Bentley Historical Library addresses the benching within a broader context of Ward’s family, community, campus and career. Above, Ward is shown in portraits as a student in 1931 (left) and later in life in 1965 (right), as well as in a football team photo with Yost and Ward’s friend and future U.S. President Gerald R. Ford. (Photos courtesy of Bentley Historical Library)

    Read more about the Willis Ward exhibit
  8. November 15, 2021

    First snow … and snowman

    Photo of Shriya Jaggi making a snowman

    The first snow of the season dusted the Ann Arbor campus over the weekend, offering an early taste of winter precipitation that created a variety of winter scenes around campus. The snowfall wasn’t heavy but that didn’t stop some members of the campus community from having a bit of winter fun. LSA undergraduate Shriya Jaggi used what snow was available to craft this small snowman. (Photo by Roger Hart, Michigan Photography)

    View more images from the campus’ first snowfall
  9. November 12, 2021

    Honor, educate and celebrate

    Members of the U-M ROTC honored U.S. military veterans Thursday with a Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony on the Diag. In this video, SPC Jennifer Phillips, a Michigan Army National Guard combat medic and student in LSA, shared her thoughts about Veterans Day.

    Read about legal and mental health services provided for veterans.
  10. November 11, 2021

    Teaching residencies

    In partnership with The School at Marygrove, the School of Education has a teacher-training program called the Michigan Education Teaching School that is structured like a medical school curriculum. The residency pairs new teachers with seasoned teachers from the district and U-M faculty and staff. In this photo, Michael Chrzan teaches mathematics at The School at Marygrove. (Photo by Peter Smith)

    Read more about the Michigan Education Teaching School