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Monday, September 14, 2015
New Student Convocation
More than 550 students and their families celebrated the new academic year Tuesday by attending the 13th annual New Student Convocation. Chancellor Daniel Little greeted the crowd, saying, "One thing I have learned in my years serving as chancellor of this university is the quality, imagination and empathy of our students. You are ready to contribute to our university in every way—through interaction in the classroom, through community service, through engagement in student organizations and through your many perspectives and life experiences."
University of Michigan-Dearborn again was ranked seventh among master’s-level public universities in the Midwest in an annual guide to American colleges published by U.S. News & World Report. UM-Dearborn was among the top regional universities in Michigan and ranked 36th among all regional universities in the Midwest. This marks the 13th consecutive year the university was rated as one of the region’s best.
Students experienced history this summer through a new study abroad course in Poland. The month-long program took students to several places including the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, the former Jewish district in Lublin and the European Center of Solidarity in Gdansk.
The launch of several new academic programs that focus on Michigan’s changing needs, the public announcement of the $50 million Victors for UM-Dearborn campaign and the recognition of UM-Dearborn’s ongoing commitment to community engagement—these stories and more are highlighted in University of Michigan-Dearborn’s 2014-2015 Year in Review
Assistant professor Melissa Bowlin and her colleagues uncovered a bizarre habit of Swainson's thrushes when they completed the first full-altitude flight data for migrating songbirds.
Registration now is open for Active U Autumn, MHealthy's annual fall physical activity challenge and charity fundraiser. Tracking begins September 22 and continues for eight weeks.

UM-Dearborn administrators recently implemented changes to several campus email groups that use “umd.umich.edu” addresses, including the everybody list. The changes address increased SPAM-related issues and will allow ITS to reduce staff time, hardware and software needed to support “umd.umich.edu” email groups.
Faculty earned more than $500,000 in external funding last month. Learn more about their work and about NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award opportunities in this month's update.
The Office of Metropolitan Impact has partnered with several organizations to explore how local conservation organizations can increase collaboration to the benefit of the region. Plus, Public Allies Metro Detroit was awarded the Public Ally Network's Site Excellence Award.