Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Students line up to see the renovated U-M Museum of Art. About 5,500 students representing 47 states and 52 countries attended the four-hour open house. Those waiting to attend the student event lined up around the corner along South University past the president's house. Over a six-day grand reopening, 23,950 people toured the museum, with 15,000 of them attending a special 24-hour open house over the weekend. (Photo by Christine Hucal)

University transforming information technology operations
U-M announced it will combine Information Technology Central Services (ITCS), Information Technology Security Services (ITSS) and Michigan Administrative Information Services (MAIS) to optimize resources and offer the campus community the most technologically sophisticated services, applications and infrastructure possible.

Health plan and retirement savings changes discussed at campus forums

To help clarify upcoming benefits changes, the university hosted information forums this week on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. A forum in Ann Arbor included questions from the audience on a broad variety of topics including benefits for retirees, part-time workers and families with children.

South Quad Squatters inspire with exercise
In April 2008 University Housing Facilities launched an exercise pilot program for facilities employees working in the South Quad residence hall. A year later the South Quad Squatters have inspired the start of facilities staff exercise groups at several other residence halls and housing facilities locations.

Michigan Radio to air special call-in program with Gov. Granholm
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will take telephone calls from across the state in a live call-in show to air on Michigan Radio from 9-10 a.m. today. The governor is expected to focus on the turmoil in the automobile industry and her economic plans for Michigan.

The Michigan Difference

Exploring the power of space
As a child Jim Chaffers, at right with former TCAUP Dean Doug Kelbaugh, intuitively understood the transformative power of architecture. Years later, the concept of space as a catalyst and generator of possibilities would manifest itself in the structures Chaffers designed, the classes he taught and the research projects he pursued. “My work has been guided by a belief that the practice of architecture is first and foremost an act of addressing human aspiration and, as such, is fundamentally future-oriented and spiritual,” says Chaffers, professor emeritus of architecture.