Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 4, 2009

Students and their parents got a chance to share conversation and frozen treats with President Mary Sue Coleman on Thursday as part of the annual Welcome Week ice cream giveaway. Coleman, who dished out treats at Stockwell Hall, was one of several executive officers, deans and directors who participated in the event at about a dozen locations. The ice cream giveaway has been a part of Welcome Week for about 10 years. (Photo by Scott Galvin, Photo Services)

Coleman encourages new students to soak up all they can
President Mary Sue Coleman encouraged new students to “bring initiative, innovation, and a dose of skepticism” to their experiences at the university, during her message Thursday during New Student Convocation. She also advised members of the Class of 2013 to make connections with faculty and fellow students alike, and said they should “explore where a Michigan education might take you.”

Driving and parking reminders for football Saturdays
The Athletic Department is encouraging football fans to plan ahead and come early to the home games this fall. A number of construction projects around the vicinity of the Big House could cause traffic tie-ups, so the department recommends fans also consider alternate routes. Meanwhile, vehicles parked in lots near Michigan Stadium must be moved the night before game day.

Indie film crew has been busy around U-M campus
For the last few months, the crew of the independent film “Trivial Pursuits” has been a conspicuous sight on campus. The low-budget story about the travails of a U-M grad student considering whether to leave his hometown is the first film the university has agreed to be cited in the script as taking place at U-M.

The Michigan Difference

A life in medicine
Dr. Robert Kelch will retire this month after a U-M career that stretches from his days as a medical student in the mid-1960s to the last six years as executive vice president for medical affairs. There will be a public reception in Kelch’s honor from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 9 in the lobby of the Towsley Center. Kelch reflects on his career in the current edition of Medicine at Michigan.