Advising Blog

Stamps Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs Joann McDaniel posts here with tips for student success. If you have questions, email or schedule an advising appointment.

Before the Break

November 19, 2017

Hi Stampers,

I doubt you’ll spend a lot of time this week thinking about your winter schedule; it’s the best chance you’ll have to relax before the onslaught of final projects and critiques, so spend the break wisely and take at least a day or two to decompress.

Changes to the Winter Schedule

The most notable are the meeting day/time change for ArtDes 314, Change by Design and the addition of ArtDes 269, Figure Drawing.  Change by Design will now meet M (9-12:30) and W (10-11). There are other minor changes, mostly involving room swaps.  You can see the full schedule (as of 19 November) here.

Et Alia

By the way, ArtDes 200, Social Spaces counts as an engagement studio. And if you want to see the Help with Registration Calendar, look in the blog entry for last week. It'll open inyour Google calendar, but remember, you have to be logged in with your UM address.

Deal on Adobe Creative Suite

November 12, 2017

Adobe Creative Cloud is $175 for Stamps Undergraduate Students


Check your email for information about buying Adobe Creative Cloud for $175 a year (and not $240).  Attached to the message is a form to complete so you can get it. Your UM account will be billed, so for those of you who don’t have $175 lying around, you’re in luck.

Changes to the Stamps Winter 2018 Schedule

Check this space for changes to the schedule. Chnages will also be posted on Wolverine Access, but this is where you’ll find out there’s been a change, and what it is.  So here is the latest (as of Friday, 10 November)

  1. Many of the ArtDes 300 courses are having their numbers updated. We’ll start making those changes on Wolverine Access Monday, Nov 15. I’ll post the exact numbers for each section as soon as I can confirm them.
  2. All courses that meet the engagement studio requirement will be listed as ArtDes 310-319, with the exception of ArtDes 200.001 and 200.002,  Social Spaces.  Any course within that range will meet the requirement.
  3. ArtDes 300.004, ArtDes 300.007 and ArtDes 300.008 will be changed to ArtDes 310.  They will all meet the engagement requirement.
  4. ArtDes 398.001, Identity Politics has been canceled. ArtDes 400.002, Identity Identity Politics will be four, not three, credits.
  5. ArtDes 105.005, Drawing II is a three-credit course, not a four-credit course

Registration Info for First Year Students

  1. Most of you will register Thursday, Dec 7 or Friday, Dec 8.
  2. You will build your own schedule, selecting the times and days you wish to have.Write for help.
  3. If you did not get a copy of the Stamps course schedule at the Course Preview, you can check it out on Wolverine Access or at
  4. You can read an overview of registration at
  5. If you don’t know what you supposed to take, the handbook has that information, too. Look for the sample plan of study for winter semester! or at
  6. I’ll run another help session for you this Wednesday, room 2043, starting at 11:30 am. Please rsvp to John Luther at
  7. Check out the Help with Registration Calendar at
  8. The LAST DAY to get help with your schedule is Tuesday, Dec 12, starting at 4:30.  Come to the side door of the office, across from rooms 2043 and 2044. If you do not have all your classes by then, you need to show up for this help session.

Registration Info for All Students

  1. Course pre-requisites will be enforced. If it happens that you can register for a course anyway, don’t be surprised if you are asked to drop it.
  2. The Curriculum Designer is here
  3. The Stamps Winter 2018 Course Guide is here
  4. Two-hundred level courses will be capped at 5 students initially so we can reserve the remaining seats for our sophomores.  If you want to take a Stamps course that is full (already started the wait list) your best bet is to add yourself to the waitlist.
  5. Check out the Help with Registration Calendar at
  6. For quickest response, write to


Overrides for Stamps Courses

I issue overrides every afternoon/evening and some mornings. If I issue an override before noon, it will expire at midnight the same day.  If I issue it after noon, it will expire at midnight the next day.  So, pay attention to your UM email. I do it this way so other students don’t have to wait longer than they need to. 

P.S. International Fair

November 5, 2017

hi Stampers,

Did you just relaize that you haven't given a thought to how when where you will complete your internaitonal experience? Take the easy way out and drop by the International Fair in Work Commons 11:30-1:30 Thursday, 9 November.  Eat food,  see stuff,  talk to people who went. No M-Compass is involved,  just good food and good people.

l got them old registration blues

November 5, 2017

Hi Stampers,

Earlier this past week, Dean Van Gent (aka “Elona”) wrote to ask you to be mindful of the distraction that comes from chatter and the light from phones and laptops during the Penny Stamps Lecture. I was there Thursday, and I want to thank all of you for keeping the light and noise levels down at the lecture.  I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing Art Spiegelman this week (the 9th), and I hope you are, too.

Course Schedule Previews

Also on the 9th, 3-4:30 pm in the A&A auditorium (room 2104)—this not the Stamps Auditorium by the way.  Your TTh afternoon studios will end early so you can attend.  If you have a class on Central or if you’re working, you can find the information afterwards here and on the Stamps website under “courses.”

The course preview will feature the updated curriculum designer with descriptions of the classes offer winter term. I’ll go over what’s new for registration this year.  You’ll also have a chance to ask questions of academic advisors, me, the Undergraduate Program Directors (Proff. Anne Mondro and Stephanie Tharp) and the “schedule-whisperer” herself, Elona.


First Year Registration Special Treatment

The Mysteries of Registration for First Year Students, Wednesday, 8 Nov. 11:30-1:00 (or about that time) in room 2043.  This is for first year students who aren’t quite sure about registration: what they are supposed to do, when they do it, or how they do it.  I’ll be the facilitator and the format will be very relaxed.  Bring your computers if you like.  You’ll have a chance to ask questions about your personal schedule, too.  Extra points for “dumb” questions, Stampers.


One-on-one Writing Consultations are now available for Stamps students with Jennifer Metsker, the Stamps Writing Coordinator and instructor of Writing in Art and Design. These consultations are intended to help you with writing of any kind at any stage of the process. You can meet with her for a half an hour to discuss a grant or essay or creative writing or to just articulate your ideas for visual projects in order to see your purpose more clearly.  

Writing Appointments can be made at

Feel free to bring writing of any kind, including but not limited to:

          Statements and Grants      Project Proposals     Study Abroad Applications     

                  Academic Essays     Reading Responses    Reflections


Or just come with a writing assignment or project idea that you would like to brainstorm!  


WIthdrawal Deadline

The last day to withdraw from a course is Friday, 10 November.  You will not get a refuund abut you will get a "W.  After 11:59 p.m. the course is yours, and so is the grade.


Free Letterpress Studio in the Dude Basement

A message from first year student Shannon Yeung:

You might know of already but if you did not, there’s a letterpress studio in the Duderstadt basement open to everyone every Friday from 1-4pm, with an instructor who teaches people how to operate the machines. It is a neat little place - you should go check it out if you have the time! 

Registration: Too Scary for Hallowe’en

October 29, 2017

Hi Stampers,

No code word winner from last week. “Diffidence,” in case anyone was wondering. This week, there’s a code sentence.  Find the sentence and send it to me. Win the candy/health bar of your choice.  First correct answer wins.

When Do I Register?

Our advising team has been getting a lot of requests for appointments as registration approaches. But things seem closer in the mirror than they actually are. Undergrads, even those of you who are super seniors on the 5-year plan, will not register until Monday, Nov. 27.  First year students with little to no transfer or AP credit can plan on Friday, Dec 8. So, please hold off on the panicky requests to meet.  You can do better.

The Course Schedule Preview

The Course Schedule Preview is Thursday, Nov. 9 at 3 pm. If you have a studio that afternoon, it will end early so you can attend. We’ll “reveal” the final course schedule for winter term and an updated curriculum designer so you can see what’s really being offered and get course descriptions.  We’ll also tell you what’s new for registration this year and review some old stuff that you may have (mercifully) forgotten.  There will be time for Q and A and you’ll get a chance to chat briefly with advisors before you head out to the Stamps lecture at 4:30.

Registration and Course Selection Help                                       

Meeting with your advisor is not the way to get started.  There’s no way we can tell you all you need/want to know in 30 minutes and have it sink in.  Instead, use the resources below to get a better understanding of how to manage registration and strategize to get what you want. Knowledge is power. This will get you started:

  •      The student handbook has a short chapter on registration for those of you who are completely clueless.
  •      A general Info session about registration for first year students is Wednesday, November 8 at 11:30 in room 2043. You have to rsvp to John Luther ( because the room is small.
  •      The Course Schedule Preview. Critical information for all and a chance to ask questions.
  •       Help sessions during the registration time period are useful, and our advising team will have plenty of them for you. I’ll post specific times later as we grow closer to registration. These sessions are open to everyone -- walk in and get help.

Last chance for help is Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4:30-6:30. I will be available even after 6:30 if need be to help any student who hasn’t been able to get the courses they need.  You leave with a complete and workable schedule. I promise.


Now, go put on your Hallowe’en costume and go scare bad and mean people into being better and kinder. But be safe. Please.

Code Word #2

October 23, 2017

Hello Stampers,

The winner of last week’s code word contest was first year student Valerie Le.  The answer: foment. Valerie is the winner of the candy/energy bar of her choice. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a “careful reading of the text” contest.  Read the blog. Detect the code word. Send it, along with its definition, to me. Win. Or don’t.  One entry per person per blog.

Mid Term Reports

Stamps mid–term progress reports are going out this week and next—and maybe even later.  For those of you who have never experienced mid–term reports (i.e., first year in Stamps), the mid-term reports are simply a way for your instructor to let you know that you’re doing exceedingly well (superior), you’re doing just fine (adequate) or that you need improvement (needs improvement).  We’ve also done away with paper. Look for the report in your UM email. If your instructor does not send you one, feel free to ask what your mid-term grade is. And if you don’t get an answer, persist. Ask why not.  

Dropping a Class

The last day to drop a course is Friday, 10 November. If you receive a mid-term report that is far from laudatory, dropping the course may be a prudent course of action. Or maybe not. Unless you have already failed the course, I suggest that you run your decision by your instructor and by your advisor before you drop it. And just to be clear, a “W” is always better than an “E.”  Always.

Tell or Ask the Dean 

Drop by Work Commons this Wednesday 4:30-6 pm to talk to Dean Guna about whatever you want to. This is your chance to find out why our School works the way it does. Even if you don’t have anything to say, it would be nice just to drop by to say hello.  Diffidence is not always a virtue, so act boldly. If you can’t think of anything else, ask about art and/or design. Just ask. 

Code Word: It’s not Candy

October 17, 2017

Hi Stampers,

In this week’s post, I’m introducing a new feature of the blog; the code word. Here’s how it works. There’s a word in the post that is the designated “code word.”  That’s the word that shows you read this. It’s the word that wins you the candy or energy bar of your choice.  Find it and send me the definition (with the source). First correct entry wins.  One entry per person per post.  Prizes will vary from week to week Or maybe they won't.  I don't know.


Your Opinion of Stamps Gets You an Audience and a Free Lunch

NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) representatives will be here next Monday and Tuesday to review Stamps for our re-accreditation review.  We need undergrads to tell them what Stamps is like from the student’s point of view—no restrictions. And we’ll provide lunch (for the first fifteen or so). You’ll need to block 11:30-1:00 Tuesday October 24th.  If you have IP during that time, feel free to arrive late or leave early. We need the input from everyone.  Please use this form (click on the long link below) to let us know you’ll be there and what you can/cannot eat.


Mid Term Reports: Now Saving Trees and Fomenting Unrest

Mid–term progress reports are going out later this month.  For those of you who have never experienced mid–term reports (i.e., first year in Stamps), the mid-term reports used to be so admonitory as to feel punitive, but now they are simply a way for your instructor to let you know that you’re doing exceptionally well (superior), you’re doing fine (adequate) or that you need improvement (needs improvement).  We’ve also done away with paper. Look for the report in your UM email. If your instructor does not send you one feel free to ask what your mid-term grade is. And if you don’t get an answer, ask why not.  


Short Lead Time: Photo Contest

Theme:  What does global engagement mean to you?
Deadline:  Oct 22 (this Sunday)
Eligibility:  Currently enrolled students who completed their International Experience milestone in 2016-17 and all international students. (note from Joann: Stampers, you'll be in competition with the rest of the U, but what does that really mean?  Remember, you are the only UM students who must have visual talent to be admitted. Just sayin'.)
Up to 3 images may be submitted.  Details about the submission process will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday the 18th)
Winners announced during the International Fair on Nov 9. There will be food.  And exciting prizes.  And recognition by your community.  Fun will be had by all.
The winning photos will be displayed at the U-M wide Global Photo Showcase on Mon, Nov 13, 6-8 pm, Ross Executive Suite.  Delicious food will be served.  Prizes will be awarded. But no where nearly so good as the sweet sweet candy bar from CODE WORD.

Nag, Nag, Nag

October 8, 2017

Hi Stampers,

If you are reading this after midnight on Sunday, the 8th, you missed the deadline. You'll have to wait another year before you can enter the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. This means one less chance to show your work and one less chance to win a small fortune that will keep the cost of your education down.  Missing the deadline puts you farther behind in your career path.  Missing the deadline will not destroy your life, but if you managed to get your entry in BEFORE the deadline, then you know your creative practice is solid.  Showing their work is what visually creative peopel do. Next year join the community of artists and designers. Look for the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition call for entries in late September.

Now, a little something for all you seniors.

Apply to graduate.  If you don't, you won't. And if you wait too late, you may find that you can't graduate. Sorry for all the rhymes; it just came out that way. Here's a good reason to apply to graduate now. You'll get a Senior Audit signed by an academic advisor and confirmed by me. The Senior Audit is the official and final statement of what you still need to do to graduate.Imagine finding out halfway through your last semester that you don't have enough of the right credits to graduate  Now imagine telling your parents that.   Now stop imagining horror stories and go apply for graduation.



Got that study abroad squared away? How about that internship? Nag, nag, nag.


Sophomore (2nd year) Stampers

Your academic advisor would be happy to see you for meeting number 4. It's time to reflect on your first year, set goals for the year and  look ahead to sophomore review. For best results, you need to do this before fall break. For lackluster and mediocre results, you can wait.


First Year Students

A heads up. It will start to get crazy toward the end of October/first part of November.  Projects, papers, presentations--all the "P" stuff.  By mid November whelm can become overwhelm.  Good idea to anticipate all the frenzy and madness of the last few weeks of the term by taking fall break as a time to catch up and maybe even get ahead of it all. Pace yourself, please. We want you back. 

Hate has No Home in Stamps

October 1, 2017

Hi Stampers.

I’m repeating part of Dean Guna’s message to the Stamps student body to remind you of the working lunch to develop rules to hold members of our community accountable.  I plan to attend to listen and learn from you. Please lend your knowledge and opinions and ideas to this very important effort. Lunch will be provided.

From Dean Guna:

Hate has no home in Stamps and the consequences for perpetrators are serious. Many students have asked what the consequences are for those who perpetrate hate in our community. In an effort to further clarify the accountability expected of each member of our community I am working with my team to compile a set of community expectations of conduct for our school. These guidelines will help us make those who contravene those norms accountable. To kickstart this effort and to gather student input, I will be leading a focused working lunch on Wednesday, October 4, from 11:45-1:00 pm in 2030 A&A and all students are invited to attend and to participate. The resulting document will circulate in October for further feedback.  


Applying for Graduation (let's try this one more time)

Last week when I posted about applying for graduation, I gave navigation instructions from before the re-design of Wolverine Access. Here are the current instructions:

Go to Student Business, then to Self-Service. Look for the Degree Progress/Graduation tab. You can find out more about Stamps graduation in the student handbook and about UM graduation here:


Senior Audits

Senior Audits start going out next week. Applying to graduate automatically puts you on the senior audit list. It takes about 2 weeks to get your audit after you aplly for graduation,  so do it now.


LSA Advising -- even on North Campus

Patrick Hill from LSA advising holds walk-in quick question hours weekly. Tuesdays in B 209 Walgreen from 3-4 starting Oct 10.

Students intending to pursue either an MDDP or transfer into LSA MUST attend an LSA Information Session before launching the transfer or MDDP process.  All sessions (listed below)  start at 54:00 pm.

Oct 3rd, Tuesday - G243 Angell

Oct 18th, Wednesday - G255J Angell
Nov 7th, Tuesday - G243 Angell
Nov 29th, Wednesday - G243 Angell
Dec 5th, Tuesday - G243 Angell
Dec 13th, Wednesday - G243 Angell - Hosted by Patrick Hill


Kelsey Museum Focus Groups

The Kelsey Museum is gathering focus groups together to help create exhibitions that are engaging and interesting to their audience.Participants will be asked their opinions on titles, graphics, and interactives.  Because UM students are their primary audience, student input is particularly valuable.  Interested students should attend one of these sessions listed below (no RSVP required) at the Kelsey Museum.  Go the State Street entrance of the Museum (across from Angell Hall).  Participants get "a small token of appreciation."  Good things come in small packages.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2-3 PM

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2-3 PM

Friday, Oct. 27, 3-4 PM

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2-3 PM

Stuff Smart People Do

September 24, 2017

Hi Stampers,

I hope you’re storing some of the heat we’ve had the past few days for later. By the end of November you’ll wonder why the sun quit showing up for class. Last weeks’ blog is worth a re-read because a lot of what’s in it is still relevant.  Like the drop deadline. 

But here’s the latest info that will enhance your creative practice, expand your knowledge and move ou toward graduating…

SENIORS: Apply for Graduation NOW

Senior Stampers, if you are planning to graduate this academic year (fall 2017, winter 2018 or summer 2018) please apply for graduation NOW.  If you aren’t sure, use the earliest time you think is possible. Or just use winter 2018 (that’s the April graduation).

After you apply for graduation, you will get an OFFICIAL SENIOR AUDIT signed by me and one of the Stamps advisors.  The official senior audit lets you know what courses you will need to take to graduate so you won't get a nasty surprise later on.  Applying for graduation lets the University (and Stamps) graduate you. Sadly, no application=no graduation.   To apply for graduation, go to your Student Center on Wolverine Access.  Look in the lower right-hand corner.

Everyone: Show Your Stuff (Deadline is 8 Oct)

Stampers, you have to out your work out there.  So get started now---this includes all you first year students!! 

Submit your work to the School's Undergraduate Juried Exhibition.  This exhibition is a once a year event, a highly anticipated Stamps School tradition that provides an opportunity for the school to support students whose creative work is recognized as exceptional by invited jurors, with thousands of dollars in awards announced at the exhibition reception. You can submit up to three pieces of your best work to the show.

Go here to find out more:


Freethinkers: Independent International Experience

Students interested in the Independent International Experience can now read about it in M-Compass and submit an application for the Dec 1 deadline.

Whaddya Mean No News? It’s all good.

September 17, 2017

Hi Stampers,

There's a lot of good information here. I try to include critical and tiemly information, but if there's something you'd like me to address or answer or explain, let me know (email me).  I am handsomely paid in bitcoins, gold dust, and magic powder, so you may as well get your money's worth. 


In case you hadn’t heard, Stampers, John Lewis has had to cancel his book signing and talk on the 21st because of a meeting of the Black Congressional Caucus. I don’t know what that means for the Penny Stamps lecture this Thursday, but I bet Bill Burgard does (so check Canvas).


UM Religious Observances

I have already reminded the faculty that some of you will be absent in the next couple of weeks for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  If you must be absent from class, please talk to your teacher beforehand. If you work out in advance with them what you can do to keep from falling behind, they’ll be better able to help you and you’ll be less stressed.


Course Withdrawal Deadline

This coming week marks the start of the 3rd week of school. So what, you ask? Here’s what. Monday the 25th is the last day to withdraw from a class without “penalty.” If you drop a class before midnight next Monday, it completely disappears from your record and you get your class fee back. If you wait until Tuesday, you get a “W” and you’re charged for the class.  Same deadline to declare a course pass/fail (juniors and seniors only).

If you want to withdraw from a foundation class (ArtDes 100, 105, 115, 120, 125 or 150), you will need permission (write askanadvisor). First year students who want to drop one of these courses may do so only in cases of severe illness or extreme distress. Contact your advisor as soon as possible!


More Resources for Mental Health

Wolverine Support Network is a student organization on campus dedicated to promoting and addressing mental health and well-being through weekly peer-facilitated group meetings and bi-weekly community-building social events. Created in 2014 as the nation’s first collegiate peer-to-peer support model, and with over 1,000 groups met to date, WSN helps to create an empathetic and inclusive community on campus, and acts as a resource for its students throughout the year. Click the link below to take the first step in prioritizing your well-being, and join this incredible campus community!” 


International Study Help Right Here

Juniors - The deadline for W2018 study abroad applications is Oct 1.  This is under two weeks away.  All apps are in M-Compass.  Can't find them?  Keep reading....  

First Years & Sophomores: start preparing for your international experience!  Get accurate information in a relaxed atmosphere, available at these fine locations:

            International peer advising hours:  M and W - 11:30-2:00   Advising Office

            International group advising:  Tues- Noon-1:00  Room 2147

            Do It Yourself Resources - available 24/7



An Invitation to All Stampers from Dean Guna:

One of the things I don’t get to do enough in my role as Dean, but which I enjoy immensely, is to meet with students. My busy schedule coupled with your busy schedules makes it particularly challenging to find the right time and/or place to meet. I am eager for more opportunities to meet with you personally and more informally to understand how you are doing with life and work here.
Several times each semester, I am going to be holding some regular office hours in the Work Commons, and will be available during that time to meet with any student who would like to. There will also be coffee and cookies.
You will find me sitting in the Work Commons on the following dates:

Tuesday September 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday October 25, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday November 28, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Looking forward to meeting many of you soon.

Beyond the Studio but not Without Images

September 10, 2017

Hello, Stampers. One of the great things about the Stamps community is that it’s small enough for you to have a loud voice. When there are only about 585 undergrads, every one makes a difference. I encourage every one of you, particularly new students, to get involved in some way in the life of our School.  Engaging outside the calssroom is going to make your academic experience here more meaningful, and you’ll be surprised how much you learn outside the studio.  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Join ADC, the student advisory group that represents the interests of Stampers to the administration, oversees Work Commons, administers the ADC Student Grant Program, and manages student dinners with the Penny Stamps speakers.  ADC need 3 new members:  two first year students and a junior.  Interested?  Send an email to with “Membership” in the subject line. Explain what you want to work on and why you would be a good choice.  The first meeting is Sept 20 at 4:30.
  2. Speak up and tell ADC what you think or ask a question or make a suggestion.  Send your Opinions/Questions/Suggestions to  Subject line should have “Opinion,” “Question,” or “Suggestion.”
  3. Dinner with a Penny Stamps speaker.  Here’s the request form:
  4. Join the Michigan Animation Club. Mass Meeting Friday, 15 Sept, 6pm-8pm in Design Lab 1 (Duderstadt Center). Absolutely no experience is required to join; they will teach you the basics of 2D and 3D animation through student and sponsored projects. New skills, more experience, additions to your portfolio, and colleagues. Cookie provided.  Contact:  Michelle Sheng at
  5. Do something. Your Student Handbook has suggestions.

Have a great week, and think about this Werner Herzog quote from time to time: For such an advanced civilization as ours to be without images that are adequate to it is as serious a defect as being without memory.




PS. Celebrate our birthday!  Five years as the Penny W. Stamps School of  Art & Design. Wednesday, 20 Sept, 11:30-1 in Work Commons. Eat CUPCAKES and sign a card for Penny (who is a REAL person).

Welcome Back, Stampers!

August 29, 2017

Welcome back to school, Stampers!  I missed you (seriously).  And a big welcome to all 170+ of our fantastic new students, too!  To help you feel even more welcome, we’re going to stuff you with sugar and fat the first week of classes. Like Hansel and Gretel but without the witch.

     Tuesday morning: Timbits, outside the Stamps Main Office

     Tuesday afternoon (starting at 4): Ice Cream Sundae Bar in the Work Commons

     Wednesday morning: more Timbits, outside the Stamps Main Office

     Thursday 11:30-1:30: CAPS Coffee and Donuts, outside the Stamps Main Office

For those of you with fairly urgent problems, Stamps Advising will have WALK-IN HELP Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 5 and 6.  If you have a more routine need (progress toward degree, for example) please schedule an appointment with an advisor or come to peer advising (look for the peer advising schedule in next week’s blog). That way, we can help you without being rushed and your fellow students with time-sensitive issues will be a little less crazed.


Study Abroad Notes:

Juniors - Make your W2018 study abroad plans NOW.  If you need individual help, NOW is the time to secure an appointment and get your questions answered before the 01 Oct application deadline. 

THREE options for you

     1. GenBook appointments available Th, 8/31 - F, 9/8  

     2. International peer advising begins W, 9/6

     3. International group advising begins Sep 12 @ noon - room 2147



Have a GREAT first week of school!

Joann (no "e" and lower case "a")

Our Long Registration Nightmare is Over

April 14, 2017

Many thanks to all the Stampers who paid attention (mostly), got help (eventually), asked questions (even the “stupid” ones), spotted errors (you’re all so visual!), showed up (good for you!), quit crying (with the help of Kleenex), stayed calm (relatively calm), said please and thank you, and generally made registration less agonizing than it could have been.

For those few of you who are still having trouble with registration, please read to the bottom of this post.


$75 and all the delicious food you can eat!  Help give directions at Stamps Graduation, Saturday, April 29. Email Brian Banks,


Going abroad during Spring, Summer or Fall term?

A Stamps-sponsored study abroad program, non-UM program or independent international experience?    

Pre-departure orientation sessions begin Monday, April 17.

Only one session is required. Select one session from the following dates/times:  

M, April 17, 11:30-1:30
Fri, April 21, 1:00-3:00
Tu, April 25, 11:00-1:00
W, April 26, 1:00-3:00

Bring your laptop, a pen, and your lunch/snacks to room 2147 A&AB.


Joann returns to genbook. Appointments now available for the week of April 17-21.

Absolute LAST day for walk-in registration help: Tuesday, April 18, 5-6 pm.

Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines

April 10, 2017

Going abroad Spring, Summer or Fall term?  

The final International Workshop will be held on Monday, April 10, 11:30-1:30, room 2147.  This is a work session. Bring your laptop and questions about how to complete your M-Compass application.  

Attendance at one pre-departure orientation session is MANDATORY.  They begin Monday, April 17, 11:30-1:30, room 2147.  Additional dates/times will be announced later.   

Win a plane ticket!  Delta Airlines is sponsoring a competition for U-M students.  One round trip plane ticket will be awarded for students studying abroad through a U-M sponsored education abroad program!  Submit your 2000 word essay by May 12.  Details and application on following link:


U-M Library Undergraduate Research Award

In recognition of the extraordinary academic achievements of our undergraduate students, the University Library announces the seventh annual U-M Library Undergraduate Research Award for excellence in library research conducted in support of an undergraduate student project.

 It would be great to see Stamps represented! Research papers and projects created anytime during Spring 2016 through Winter 2017 terms are eligible. You will also need a faculty sponsor to apply. 

 The awards are as follows:

Maize Award for Single-Term Projects                Blue Award for Multi-Term Projects

   First Place        $1,000                                         First Place        $1,000

   Second Place   $   500                                        Second Place   $   500

   Third Place        $   250                                       Third Place        $   250

   Global Award    $   500                                       Global Award    $   500

Interested faculty and students can find additional information about this award at:

 The application deadline is Thursday, April 27, 2017.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the award committee at:


Lavender Graduation

Lavender Grauation is a celebration of LGBTQIA+ graduates of the University of Michigan! Graduates from any school/college in the University from any academic level are welcome to participate. All participants will receive a FREE rainbow 2017 tassel, lavender cords, and a Lavender Degree!

Families, students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to join the celebration, which will include our annual Honorary Lavender Degree speaker, awards, a musical performance, and a reception with light appetizers.

Lavender Graduation takes place Thursday, April 27, 4:30-6:30pm with a reception from 6:30-7:30pm in the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA).
If you are graduating, REGISTER HERE:

You MUST register for Lav Grad by Friday, April 14th at 5pm!

Should you have any questions please contact us at or call (734) 763 4186