Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Michigan Engineering recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 15 moon mission and its all-Michigan crew. At a panel discussion and in this video, insiders shared their thoughts about the past and the future of space exploration and U-M's role in it. Click here to read more.

Parking fees to replace admission charge at botanical gardens
In a move that will make admission to Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ Conservatory free, and align the gardens with standard U-M admission and parking practices, the conservatory fee will end and a parking-kiosk system will be installed. Matthaei is the only U-M museum to charge admission, and one of the few U-M departments to offer free parking.

U-M's ArtsEngine coordinates national debate on arts in higher ed
Six months after a "Michigan Meeting" brought together scholars, media organizations and foundations to explore the role of the arts at research universities, U-M's ArtsEngine is coordinating a national effort to elevate the role and purpose of the arts and teaching the creative process.

1,000 Pitches contest promotes entrepreneurship campuswide
The fourth annual 1,000 Pitches idea contest is heading down the home stretch and has collected more than 2,000 business and product ideas at pitch stations across campus. Students can compete for $1,000 prizes by submitting video pitches in 10 different categories. The last day to submit pitches is Nov. 18.

The Michigan Difference

Bird in the hand
Brother and sister duo Andy and Emily Linn were appalled by Detroit's negative reputation, and wanted to contribute to the vibrancy, activity and rebirth of their home city. That’s why the two U-M graduates opened City Bird, which not only sells Detroit-themed merchandise but also helps Detroit-based artists display their work.