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News for faculty, staff and retirees

September 10, 2018



Walk-in flu shot clinics start this week; avoid out-of-pocket fee

Faculty and staff have several options for flu vaccination’s this fall. The first of several walk-in flu shot clinics begin this week, and are free for employees and spouses/OQAs who present their U-M health insurance card. Options for Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, students and volunteers are offered separately.

U.S. News lists U-M among country’s top four public universities

The university remains among the nation’s best public universities according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings released today. U-M came in at No. 4 among public universities — behind UCLA, Berkeley and the University of Virginia — and moved up one spot from last year to No. 27 overall.

University seeks nominations for honorary degree recipients

U-M leaders are encouraging the campus community to nominate individuals to be considered for honorary degrees by the Honorary Degree Committee. Nominees may be individuals who have advanced their field of endeavor in significant ways, or have made compelling contributions to society.

WiFi on the Diag

University leaders celebrated the launch of WiFi service on the Diag on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the steps of the Hatcher Graduate Library. From left are Kevin Hegarty, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer; President Mark Schlissel; and Daniel Greene, Central Student Government president. The areas of coverage will include the Hatcher Library plaza with the Block M, and the areas adjacent to the surrounding buildings: Angell Hall, the Kraus, Chemistry, Dow and Dana buildings, Randall Labs and Hatcher Library. (Photo by Joel Iverson, Information and Technology Services)

A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Featuring Dance and Music from Harare and Detroit

International Institute receives $12.9M in federal Title VI grants

The International Institute has been awarded $12.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education under its competitive and prestigious Title VI program. Five area studies centers have been designated National Resource Centers, and six were awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships.


Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, senior economist at the U-M Energy Institute, was interviewed about the state of the U.S. auto industry, including changing consumer tastes, tariffs, and autonomous and electric vehicles.


“Wouldn’t it be interesting if our gubernatorial candidates would come up with some kind of college guarantee — you work hard, you get accepted, we’ll help you pay. Wouldn’t that be a nice gift to give to the next generation?” President Mark Schlissel said at the Detroit Economic Club last week.

Crain’s Detroit Business

Research by William Elliott III, professor of social work, shows that having any savings account — no matter how small — can change how a child sees their future opportunities, make them more likely to attend college, and create a savings mentality that can lead to wise financial choices as an adult.

Consumers Advocate



Astronomy artist

LSA alumnus José Francisco Salgado uses photography and film to bring astronomy to new audiences and inspire them to learn more about the science behind what they see.


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