Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gary Olson, director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, (second from left) and Mitch Bean, director of the House Fiscal Agency, speak with student government leaders from U-M’s Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, and the Provost's Student Budget Advisory Committee. The informal discussion Tuesday touched on the state's financial situation, its challenges and the implications for U-M as it prepares for the future. Also attending the event were Teresa Sullivan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs; Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations; and Mary Jo Sekelsky, vice chancellor for student services and enrollment management at UM-Flint. (Photo by Jillian Bogater)

VIDEO: Town hall meeting on the general fund budget
Provost Teresa Sullivan and Phil Hanlon, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, conducted a town hall meeting with U-M staff members Monday to outline the general fund’s financial position. During the session Sullivan and Hanlon highlighted how the university will address lagging support from the state, including what could be a sizable cut in the coming year.

CAPS reaches out with suicide-prevention training program
Suicide prevention is not just about crisis help lines any more. Faculty and staff members play a crucial role in the prevention of suicide among college-age adults. That’s why the university’s student counseling center, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), has adopted a more detailed approach to prevention training.

ESPN Green Game spotlights U-M sustainability efforts
Sustainability will take center court Saturday at the Green Game when U-M takes on Kansas in men’s basketball. The game, to be broadcast at noon on ESPN, will showcase such initiatives as the Zero Waste Tailgate at the Homecoming Weekend football game, the use of hybrid vehicles, and the U-M Solar Car team.

Michigan’s health care spending lower than U.S. average, growing more slowly
Michigan’s health care spending has been growing at a slower pace than the national average for more than a decade, and the state spends less per capita on personal health care than the national average, according to an issue brief released by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation.

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Key player on the 'green' team
The Obama administration’s ambitious environmental agenda is keeping congressional staff member Mary Frances Repko busy these days. Repko, who received her master’s degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment, is House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s senior policy adviser for energy and environmental issues, and one of 10 energy staff members that the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call says will “play a crucial role in the country’s future energy legislation.” Her story is on Page 18 of the fall edition of SNRE’s magazine, Stewards.