Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 22, 2011

Children from the U-M Health System Children's Center perform "You Are My Sunshine" onstage during a tour of the Power Center for the Performing Arts. Leading the tour is Barry LaRue (left), senior performance halls operations manager for University Productions. (Photo by Lynn Holland, UMHSCC)

U-M seeking 350 volunteers for night game with Notre Dame
The Athletic Department and the Division of Student Affairs are seeking 350 volunteers to serve as “community ambassadors” on game day for the first night football game at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10. The ambassador program will provide community volunteers an opportunity to enhance the fan experience leading up to kickoff.
Game day parking lots will open to all permits and the public at noon on Sept. 10 when Michigan hosts Notre Dame in the Under the Lights Game.

UMTRI will test vehicle safety communications system
The U-M Transportation Research Institute has been awarded a $14.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a safety pilot model deployment of a vehicle communications system used to improve the safety and efficiency of the nation's roadways.

Graduate students help build sustainable community in rural Africa
A merry-go-round that generates electricity to light a rural African schoolhouse is among the sustainability projects tackled this summer by a team of U-M graduate students working with villagers in Liberia. Students from the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the College of Engineering participated in the project.

UM-Flint nursing forms overseas connection
UM-Flint has a new partnership with a university in Taiwan. The Department of Nursing has signed an agreement with the National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences for educational and cultural exchanges involving undergraduate and graduate students in nursing.

Medical students host Fast-a-thon 2011 for Ramadan
In observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Medical School students, faculty and leaders will participate in Fast-a-thon 2011 by not eating or drinking for an entire day during daylight hours today.

Clean Marina Program a shining example of public-private partnerships
State Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, says marinas in Michigan have an additional role to play as community representatives, aside from the obvious services they provide boaters. MacMaster was speaking in Charlevoix at an event co-sponsored by the Michigan Sea Grant.

Daily e-mail distribution of Record Update returns
As faculty and staff gear up for the start of the fall term, today’s edition marks the return to daily e-mail distribution of the Record Update. The next edition of the University Record is Sept. 6.

The Michigan Difference

Keeping babies safer
There are approximately 1,300-1,600 reported cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome each year in the U.S. One out of four babies with the syndrome die. Dr. Faisal Mawri, a pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, has developed a community-based initiative to combat this health challenge. He created the Keep Infants Safe and Secure program, which works with three Flint high schools to educate students about the effects and dangers of SBS.