Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rowan Miranda (left), associate vice president for finance, and Laurita Thomas (right), associate vice president for human resources, who co-chair U-M's Administrative Services Transformation initiative with Al Franzblau, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs (not pictured), joined Ronn Kolbash (center), assistant vice president of Yale University Shared Services, at a recent meeting with more than 40 employees acting as unit representatives for the universitywide Shared Services project. (Photo by Amy Shepherd, Finance Project Management Office)

Freshman applications to U-M continue to set records
Undergraduate applications rose to unprecedented numbers for a seventh consecutive year at U-M's Ann Arbor campus. Prospective freshmen submitted 46,733 applications for admission for academic year 2013-14, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year's record of 42,480.

Additional solar panels spring up on North Campus
Construction began earlier this month at the site of the second U-M/DTE Energy solar panel installation, fulfilling President Mary Sue Coleman's commitment to bring renewable energy to North Campus. The system will include approximately 1,000 panels on the north side of Fuller Road, between Bonisteel Boulevard and Beal Avenue.

Global Challenge grant to help team tackle energy/resource problem
A team of 10 researchers from across U-M has received a $300,000 Global Challenge grant through the university's Third Century Initiative. The grant will fund the exploratory phase of a grand challenge led by the Energy Institute: Engage students to help find an energy/resource problem, figure out how to solve it, and commercialize the result.

The Michigan Difference

Nature's calling
Through various presentations and exercises, blind or visually impaired youths and young adults learned to identify and enjoy Michigan birds by sound rather than sight recently at UM-Dearborn. The Celebrate Urban Birds event, organized by student Donna Posont, brought students to the campus' Environmental Interpretive Center in April to build birdfeeders, learn how to capture and band birds, and compare avian skulls and bones.