Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 26, 2009

University officials and donors dedicated U-M’s new 18,000-square-foot wrestling facility in a ceremony Friday. Wrestling coach Joe McFarland said the building on South State Street, adjacent to the tennis and women's gymnastics facilities, will give the Wolverine wrestling program “a state-of-the-art home.” Cutting the ceremonial ribbon are, from left, donor Janet Warrick, Athletic Director Bill Martin, McFarland, President Mary Sue Coleman, donors Dorothy Bahna and Ralph Bahna, and donors Susan Betzig and Robert Betzig. (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: U-M receives Notice of Inquiry from NCAA
President Mary Sue Coleman today announced that the university has received a "Notice of Inquiry" from the NCAA, indicating it will continue its investigation of allegations made about the U-M's intercollegiate athletics football program. The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the university.

Clive Owen to star in movie to be shot at NCRC in November
 The feature film “Trust,” starring Clive Owen and directed by David Schwimmer, will begin production at the new North Campus Research Complex in November. The script for the film is a suspense-drama that sensitively addresses the topics of cyber stalking, rape and a father’s rage over his daughter’s trauma.

Proposal would revise process for handling faculty grievances
University administrators and faculty governance leaders are considering a proposal to streamline procedures for resolving faculty grievances and make the process more “peer-based.” The Senate Assembly will take up the proposal today. A key recommendation from the Faculty Grievance Process Task Force would change the composition of boards conducting the grievance hearings.

Open Enrollment for 2010 begins today
Faculty and staff can review or revise their U-M benefits elections for 2010 by using Self Service on Wolverine Access today through 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. Retirees can change their benefit elections by completing and returning the form in the back of their Open Enrollment books.

Michigan Community Scholars Program marks 10 years of civic engagement
The Michigan Community Scholars Program on Friday celebrated the first 10 years of a living-learning program that merges civic engagement with academics so students can make a difference in their communities. Director David Schoem says that while student service projects have had an impact in the community the experience also has an impact on students.

Racing with the rays: Follow U-M in the solar car competition
The World Solar Challenge began at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Darwin, Australia (7 p.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor). Follow Infinium’s six-day, sun-powered race from Australia’s northern coast to the South Australian city of Adelaide by reading the U-M team’s blog.

The Michigan Difference

A place for kids to grow
Lindsey Cottrell would like to grant every request that comes to The Olevolos Project, but all too often she finds herself having to say no. It’s a difficult, but frequently necessary part of the School of Public Health alumna’s job as she focuses on the overall goal of the project, which is building an orphanage to give children in a Tanzanian village a chance at a normal childhood.