Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This year’s homecoming festivities featured a new “green” event as the alumni tailgate took on a goal of zero waste. Biodegradable cups, plates and utensils were separated for composting, bottles and cans were recycled, and volunteers encouraged alumni to carry the concept over into their everyday lives. View this video about the Zero Waste Alumni Tailgate on the U-M YouTube channel.

Fuller Road structure would add new parking near medical center
The university would add about 780 parking spaces near the Medical Center Campus under Phase 1 of a proposal that ultimately could result in an intermodal transportation center for car, bus, rail and bicycle traffic. The Ann Arbor City Council has approved a Memorandum of Understanding under which U-M will pay for 78 percent of the first phase of the Fuller Road Station. The project approval and architect selection request is expected go before the Board of Regents in December.

Contest exceeding goal of gathering 1,000 ideas for new businesses or products
Ideas are bubbling up across campus as part of MPowered Entrepreneurship’s second annual 1,000 Pitches competition. In fact, with 10 days left in the application period, this year’s contest already has exceeded the number of pitches submitted in 2008. Open to all majors, the 1,000 Pitches contest awards $1,000 in prize money to the most innovative businesses or product ideas in nine categories.

Annual report recaps innovation, discovery, economic development
The university has issued its Annual Report on Technology Transfer, Industry Research and Economic Development 2009. The report explains the numbers behind U-M’s more than $1 billion in research expenditures, and describes some of the new discoveries and established ventures that have developed from a big idea to a successful spinoff.

Dental Health Day clinic offers free oral exams, screenings and hygiene education
Students and faculty from the School of Dentistry will provide free oral examinations, oral cancer screenings, oral hygiene education, and selected x-rays to participants ages 16 and older on Saturday. The clinic is limited to the first 150 participants.

CRIME ALERT: Sexual Assault (Fourth Degree)
Tuesday, 12:30 a.m., Michigan Union

The Michigan Difference

Helping boys become men
Growing up in Miami, Mike Trepper says, he and his friends were "good kids caught up in bad systems." He wanted to direct his energies toward a better purpose. After graduating from the School of Social Work, he worked for the National Conference for Community and Justice and helped found the Boys Initiative in Tampa, Fla., helping boys grow into responsible men.