Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A third of the Michigan Marching Band — including Drum Major Jeffrey McMahon — is from the College of Engineering. That's one of the numerous facts about Michigan Engineering that are part of this fast-paced video that features engineering-related programs and projects.

U-M growing its 'culture of entrepreneurship,' Coleman says
President Mary Sue Coleman told a Washington, D.C., conference Wednesday that the university is constantly expanding its "campus culture of entrepreneurship." At the annual Presidents-Investors Summit, Coleman pointed to numerous examples of activities designed to help start new companies and encourage students and faculty to engage in business creation.
• President Mary Sue Coleman is the inaugural subject for a series of podcast interviews hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK President and CEO Paul Krutko. She discusses a variety of topics related to economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation.

University denies allegations made by grad student, GEO
University officials responded swiftly to allegations made Wednesday by the Graduate Employees' Organization that graduate students were being intimidated in regards to the unionization effort among some graduate student research assistants. "The university does not condone threats, intimidation, or retaliation against graduate students for union activity or any other reason," said university spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald.

SACUA issues statement on status of graduate student researchers
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs — the executive arm of U-M's faculty governance structure — released a statement Wednesday indicating it considers graduate student research assistants to be students and not university employees.

REMINDER: Town hall Friday on climate change issues
The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is co-hosting a town hall discussion Friday titled Cures for Climate Confusion, which also will be available for viewing online via a live webstream. The session is open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. Blau Auditorum of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. 

Tickets for Alabama game to go on sale starting in late January
The Athletic Ticket Office will begin taking orders for tickets to the 2012 football season opener against defending national champion Alabama over the course of the next month. The Cowboys Classic against the Crimson Tide will be played Sept. 1 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Michigan Difference

Educating India’s poor
Pallavi Shukla saw inequality in the education of India’s children and knew she could do something about it. The first year master’s student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy acquired land and built a school to help make a powerful difference in the lives of India’s poor and underserved children. She hopes to return to India to develop and support policies that will improve the education system for all of the country's children — rich and poor alike.