Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 21, 2011

A $3.8 million upgrade to the U-M Health System's inpatient psychiatric unit adds new security features, more private rooms and additional treatment space. Click on the photo for a slideshow of the new project, or click here to view the photos on platforms that do not allow Flash. Click here for story about the upgrade. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Board of Regents approves Phase 2 of Crisler Arena renovations
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the second phase of renovations and an expansion of Crisler Arena. The expansion will add approximately 63,000 gross square feet for new fan entrances, additional retail spaces and ticketing areas, while the renovation will improve seating for people with disabilities and provide expanded and renovated concourses.
In other action, regents voted unanimously to install new high-definition video scoreboards at Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena and Yost Ice Arena. The boards will be installed at each venue prior to the 2011-12 season.
Regents also approved the submission of capital outlay requests from Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint, and tunnel work on Central Campus.

Federal stimulus awards to U-M researchers top $300 million
U-M scientists and engineers have been awarded more than 500 federal stimulus-package research grants to date, totaling $301.1 million. The total, through Nov. 30, places U-M at or near the top of the list among U.S. colleges and universities receiving funding from the $787 billion federal stimulus package.

U-M targets Big Ten schools, other universities in RecycleMania program
The battle is on among U-M, other Big Ten schools, and colleges and universities nationally as RecycleMania 2011 kicks off in a challenge for campus recycling supremacy. The 10-week program runs Sunday through April 2. Campuses will compete to collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, produce the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest overall recycling rate over the course of the competition.

DPS seeks feedback on campus safety and services
The Department of Public Safety is conducting an anonymous, online survey of students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors regarding perceptions of campus safety and services provided by DPS.

The Michigan Difference

An alum's atonement
Robert Wollack was a fallen cop, sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to sell cocaine. It was there that he got his second chance, which led to a degree from the School of Social Work and his new life helping others get their second chance. Wollack is founder and president of Wolverine Human Services, a non-profit organization that works with troubled youth in Detroit.