Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

From left, Couzens Hall resident Ricquel Smith, President Mary Sue Coleman, Residence Halls Association President Haley Prasad, Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper and University Housing Director Linda Newman cheer the reopening of the renovated Couzens Hall. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services)

Renovated Couzens Hall welcomes new generations of students
After more than a year of deep renovation, Couzens Hall reopened for this fall semester with many improvements to student rooms, bathrooms, community areas and learning spaces to meet the residential needs and expectations of current and future U-M students. Couzens was formally reopened during a ceremony on Tuesday.

U-M among top 20 higher education institutions worldwide
U-M is listed as one of the top 20 institutions across the globe — ranked No. 18 — according to the Times Higher Education. The London-based higher education magazine worked with Thomson Reuters to produce “World University Rankings 2011-2012.”

Mobile Apps Challenge seeks entries from U-M developers
Faculty, staff or students who develop a mobile-device application can enter it in the Fall 2011 Mobile Apps Challenge. The challenge is an opportunity to win prizes, showcase talents, and gain recognition in the U-M community. Submissions are due by Dec. 4, and must include a video of a working prototype of the app demonstrating its creativity, usability, and utility.

Nurses union plans informational picket and march today
The U-M Professional Nurses Council/Michigan Nurses Association will conduct an informational picket and march from Central Campus to the Medical Campus from 4:30-7 p.m. today. The march is scheduled to begin with a rally at Liberty Square before traveling on Thompson, William and South State streets, University, Geddes Avenue, Observatory and East Medical Center Drive. Negotiations for a new nursing contract have been under way since April. The current contract expired June 30. Throughout negotiations, operations have continued as normal and the parties continue to operate according to the terms set forth in the expired agreement.

The Michigan Difference

Preserving Detroit’s history
UM-Dearborn student Michael Holtzman is passionate about aiding in the revitalization of Detroit. He started BareBonesDetroit.com to showcase positive aspects of the city by featuring photos of more than 120 historically significant buildings. He plans to expand the website to feature more than 600 buildings, and hopes that someday his efforts will improve the quality of life in Detroit.