Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Brother Jerry Smith, director of Capuchin Soup Kitchen, speaks to Stephen Garcia’s Organizational Studies class. The students raised more than $22,000 in one week for the soup kitchen. (Photo by Lin Jones/U-M Photo Services)

In-class philanthropy: Student activism in the classroom
Why talk about it when you can just do it? When Stephen Garcia’s Organizational Studies class “Inside Organizations” began a unit early this month on fundraising, students decided instead of reading about the topic they would toss out the lesson plan and learn about it first-hand. Putting their fundraising lessons to a real-world test, the 62 students raised $22,000 in one week for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit.

U-M announces smoke-free campus beginning in 2011
U-M will “kick the habit” and snuff out smoking on campus as of July 1, 2011, to help reduce the risks of second-hand smoke and ensure a healthier environment for faculty, staff and students, leaders announced today. The university will implement a new smoke-free policy that will affect all grounds and buildings on the three U-M campuses.

SPH staffer celebrates milestone by giving back
When Student Services Coordinator Sue Crawford first started working with the School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, she thought the job would be temporary. Thirty years later, Crawford has become the first SPH staff person to endow a scholarship for EHS students.

Blueberries make their mark on cardiovascular and diabetes risks, study finds
Could eating blueberries help get rid of belly fat? And could a blueberry-enriched diet stem the conditions that lead to diabetes? A Cardiovascular Center study gives tantalizing clues to the potential of blueberries in reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

The Michigan Difference

Media medicine man
He trained as a neurosurgeon at U-M, intending to start a quiet practice in Michigan. But plans changed for Dr. Sanjay Gupta. CNN’s chief medical correspondent travels the planet to learn more about global health perspectives, which he explains to everyday folks using everyday language.