Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The bronze fountain “Sunday Morning in Deep Waters” by artist Carl Milles was acquired by U-M in 1940. It is located in Ingalls Mall between the Michigan League and Burton Tower. (Photo by Jillian Bogater)

Important update on U-M response to swine flu
University leaders say that while they continue to monitor the swine flu outbreak, the absence of confirmed cases at any of the three campuses means there is no public health threat at this time. So, as of this moment, they say, it is business as usual at U-M.

Leaders address questions about online evaluation system failure
A team of technical experts continues to try to determine why a new online teaching evaluation system failed April 20. Less than 40 percent of the possible responses had been received by the time the system went down, during the university’s second semester of using the online teaching questionnaire. After a successful first-semester launch of the system, leaders expressed deep disappointment and apologized to students who were unable to complete the evaluations and the faculty who were looking forward to the feedback.

Redesigned UHR Web site offers easier navigation
The new University Human Resources Web Gateway was redesigned and includes more user-friendly options, videos and RSS feeds. The site, www.hr.umich.edu, was developed using feedback from faculty and staff, Business & Finance customer surveys, Web site usability surveys, Voices of the Staff members and visitor statistics from the previous UHR site.

The Michigan Difference

Charting new courses in ambulatory practice
University retiree Fred Remley, 79, at right with Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Tami Remington, says direct pharmacist involvement in medication therapy management has impacted his quality of life by helping to manage the medication he uses. He takes part in MHealthy: Focus on Medicines, a university/College of Pharmacy partnership to improve health outcomes.