Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

President Mary Sue Coleman answers a question during a fireside chat with students at the Michigan League. (Photo by Scott Soderberg/U-M Photo Services)

Coleman discusses financial outlook during 'fireside chat' with students
In one of her regular “fireside chats,” President Mary Sue Coleman met with about three dozen students Tuesday afternoon to explain the financial pressures facing the university community in these difficult economic times. Coleman outlined a variety of budget realities, shared frustration over state funding uncertainties, and offered a few bright spots for students facing their own financial restrictions.

Recession speeds change: More jobs require degrees, others cut
Through months of recession, the U.S. economy gained jobs requiring a higher education while shedding millions of low-education jobs, according to the second annual report by Michigan Future Inc. and a U-M economist on the state's transition to a knowledge-based economy.

VOICES volunteers needed: Deadline today
VOICES of the Staff, a program that gives staff members a forum for sharing ideas and defining issues that matter most to the campus community, asks that interested staff members apply by today to be considered as volunteers for one of the 2009-10 VOICES Network Teams.

Detroit Unreal Estate Agency to host international students at MOCAD
As part of Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning professors Andrew Herscher and Mireille Roddier will host international students Thursday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in a dialogue on new ways of thinking about the city, its values and uses.

The Michigan Difference

Bob Moses' Algebra Project:
Mathematics and Civil Rights

Hyman Bass and Dean Deborah Ball have expanded their collaboration with Civil Rights Leader and founder of the Algebra Project Bob Moses by linking their respective equity-focused efforts — the Algebra Project and the Elementary Mathematics Lab — so the mathematical literacy project could spread its work throughout the state of Michigan.