Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 25, 2010

George Dong, second from right, a U-M alumnus and Teach for America educator brought students Lawrence Mead, left; Demetreius Russell, second from left; and Steven May, to visit campus. The young men from Urban Prep Academy for Young Men in Chicago visited U-M to get a taste of college life. A story about their visit is in this week’s University Record. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Accreditation self-study document finished and available online
A two-year information gathering process involving the entire campus has resulted in a comprehensive document that U-M leaders say should fulfill the requirements for re-accreditation and can help the university cast a vision for the future. The document, titled “The University of Michigan: An Institution of Global Learning, Knowledge and Engagement,” is available on the Web.

No injuries in fire at Baits Housing
An accidental fire around 3 p.m. Sunday displaced eight students living in Cross House of Baits II. There were no injuries. All residents were evacuated from the building and most were allowed back into the remainder of the building around 6 p.m. Eight residents will not occupy their rooms until the area has been properly cleaned and repaired.

Information technology town halls set for February
A new IT Governance Model will be unveiled at town hall meetings in February. The model is part of a larger plan to change the university’s approach to information technology at every level on campus. Chief Information Officer Laura Patterson will host the sessions.

Student Sustainability Initiative wins international award
The U-M Student Sustainability Initiative recently earned the Student Entrepreneurship Award from oikos International, a global student organization focused on sustainable economics and management. The SSI won for the "Sustainable Campus" category.

WORTH REPEATING: Campus Web site shares word of U-M efforts to help Haiti
The university has a Web site to update the community about various efforts on campus to respond to the crisis.

CRIME ALERT: Unarmed robbery
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The Michigan Difference

Passing of a pioneering geneticist
Marshall Nirenberg, a Nobel Prize-winning U-M alumnus who deciphered the genetic code in 1961, has died at age 82. In 1968 Nirenberg became the first federal employee to win a Nobel in physiology or medicine. In announcing his death, the Medical School’s Department of Biological Chemistry included a link to Nirenberg’s obituary in The Washington Post.