Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 28, 2010

President Mary Sue Coleman answers questions from the audience after delivering the 2010 State of the University address. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Photo Services)

State of the University:
Coleman highlights accomplishments and new hires; talks budget

Meeting students’ educational needs through continued and expanded opportunities while managing the effects of an economy still in peril will be the biggest challenge U-M will face in the year to come, President Mary Sue Coleman said during her State of the University message to campus Wednesday. The president’s address was upbeat, as she expressed confidence the university would continue to serve students, the state of Michigan and the research and higher education communities with excellence, even as the prospect of declining budgets continues.
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Get Fresh Detroit
Many inner-city Detroiters don’t have easy access to fresh vegetables, but U-M students Noam Kimelman and Zach Markin are trying to change that. They spent their summer launching Get Fresh Detroit, a business that puts fresh fruits and vegetables in the corner stores and liquor stores where many of the city's residents shop for food. The founders estimate that fresh produce is now more accessible to 4,500 people in Detroit.