UMNEWS – Spring Commencement speakers announced

Several highly distinguished individuals will address more then 2,500 graduates at the UM Convocation Center during six commencement ceremonies Thursday through Sunday, May 12 to 15.

Luis Glaser, executive vice president and provost, will give the keynote address at the Graduate School ceremony. Glaser is stepping down after 19 years of service to the University but will remain at UM as a tenured professor of biology and an advisor to President Shalala.

Mamphela A. Ramphele, a civil rights activist, author, anthropologist, physician and former managing director of the World Bank, will address the Schools of Architecture, Nursing and Health Studies. Communication, Education and the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music and will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree.

George F. Will, syndicated political columnist, author, television personality and baseball historian, will also receive the Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree and deliver the keynote speech during the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony.

Rainaldo Rodriguez, B.B.A., ’73, president and COO of Univision, the nation’s largest Spanish-language media company, will address graduates of the School of Business Administration and the College of Engineering.

J. Michael McGinnis, M.D., a pioneer in preventive medicine who has served as deputy assistant secretary for health and as assistant surgeon general in the Department of Health and Human Services, will address graduates of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

The Honorable Federico A. Moreno, J.D. ’78, a United States district judge for the Southern District of Florida, will address School of Law graduates.

ELsewhere – Authorities arrest man posing as U. Oregon professor

(U-WIRE) EUGENE, Ore.-A Eugene, Ore., man impersonating a University of Oregon psychology professor was arrested April 13 after a student discovered he lied to her about his position, city police said.

According to Eugene police, Checklin Jonathan Vaifale, 35, has been an active member of several campus clubs over the past two years under the guise of a student and a professor by the name of Jonathan Vaifalc-Valdez.

Hall arrested Vaifale between the EMU and Straub Hall, where he was standing with his props-a briefcase and several files-in hand. Hall said Vaifale allegedly created a file labeled “Human Neuropsychology,” the name of the class he pretended to teach.

The female student who turned him in said he told her he could get her a job in the psychology lab, but after not finding him in the directory and discovering that the other faculty members had never heard of him, she became suspicious and alerted the Department of Public Safety, Hall said. Vaifale is being charged with criminal impersonation.


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