Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 11, 2010

Former President Robben Wright Fleming is shown during a student demonstration in 1969. Fleming, who guided the university through that tumultuous period and served twice as U-M's leader, died today at age 93. (Photo courtesy of Bentley Historical Library)

BREAKING NEWS: Provost Sullivan named president of U. of Va.
Teresa Sullivan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, today was named the eighth president of the University of Virginia, President Mary Sue Coleman has announced.

BREAKING NEWS: U-M remembers President Emeritus Fleming
Robben Wright Fleming, the imperturbable U-M president who steered the school safely through the student unrest of the late 1960s and early ’70s, died today at The Care and Rehabilitation Center at Glacier Hills in Ann Arbor. He was 93. Fleming served twice as U-M’s leader — from 1968 to 1978; then as interim president in 1988.

First NCRC occupants identified; about 300 employees scheduled to move this spring
About 300 U-M employees from units that support the university’s research community in multiple functions will be the first to move to the North Campus Research Complex this spring. The move represents the first phase of occupancy at the former Pfizer property that the university purchased in June.

Beilein signs contract extension through 2015-16 season
Men’s basketball head coach John Beilein has agreed to a contract extension to lead the Wolverines through the 2015-16 season, U-M athletic director Bill Martin announced today. Currently in his third season leading the Wolverines, Beilein has won 588 career games, placing him in the top 20 in victories among active Division I head coaches.

Staff members voice their budget suggestions
University employees attending a “Voices of the Staff” town hall forum Friday suggested various ways to help trim $100 million from recurring costs over the next three years. About 50 staff members turned out to propose ideas that ranged from sharing best practices to sharing staff.

Video series designed to help staff better understand students and their issues
The Division of Student Affairs hopes to involve more staff members in professional development efforts — as well as use technology to maximize its resources — with a series of video programs that began recently.

Section previews MLK symposium that starts Tuesday
U-M’s 24th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium opens Tuesday and continues throughout January. Highlights include presentations by PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill; Carmen Van Kerckhove, who offers new insights on race and racism; environmental justice advocate Vernice Miller-Travis; and author Sapphire whose best-selling novel “Push” was adapted for the current hit film “Precious.” A special eight-page preview of the symposium is in this week’s University Record.

The Michigan Difference

A sports agent’s life
When people hear the title “sports agent,” it may conjure up images from the movie “Jerry Maguire” and multimillion-dollar contract negotiations. In reality, says Justin Schulman, the job is more of “a personal concierge for our players,” working with off-the-field marketing, endorsement agreements and charity events. Schulman’s clients with Athletes First of Irvine, Calif., include former Wolverines Amani Toomer, Adrian Arrington, Tim Jamison and Chad Henne.