Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 3, 2009

Kirsten Herold, right, acting president of the Lecturer’s Employee Organization, prepares for an informational rally Thursday in Regents Plaza. In February LEO filed a formal grievance against the University over the 2 percent salary increase Ann Arbor campus union members received in September 2008, saying the raise violated the collective bargaining agreement. LEO wants U-M to issue an additional 2.1 percent increase retroactively to the 900 affected LEO members on the Ann Arbor campus. The University says the raise was consistent with the language of the contract that expires in May 2010. (Photo by Jillian Bogater)

Survey expert Groves to be tapped as Census director
U-M survey expert Robert M. Groves, who directs the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), will be nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the White House announced Thursday.

Web site highlights programs that help U-M community during economic downturn
In recognition that members of the campus community may need extra help in these tough economic times, a number of programs and resources have been established in recent months. Information on these and other existing programs are now together on a new Web site.

MHealthy chefs to demonstrate quick, healthy meals
Registration begins Monday for MHealthy GOOD CHOICE’s “Quick and Tasty Meals: How to Make a Great Plate” chef demonstration, scheduled for noon-1 p.m. May 6 at Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room.

The Michigan Difference

Exploring the power of space
As a child Jim Chaffers, at right with former Taubman College 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.