Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

President Mary Sue Coleman delivered her State of the University address Monday from Blau Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Click here to read the full text of the speech. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Coleman outlines opportunities and challenges for the year
President Mary Sue Coleman on Monday described what she called the university’s “achievements and challenges” in her State of the University message, during which she announced an increased emphasis on sustainability and highlighted U-M’s role in the state’s economy, the promise of expanded research and the pressing need for increased efficiencies in campus activities and operations. She also called for an initial study of alternative transportation that would link Central and North campuses. Other highlights of the address include:
A wide-reaching initiative will elevate U-M’s commitment to sustainability.
University researchers disclosed 350 new inventions in fiscal 2009, a new record.

Portal en Español : New look and features
The U-M Portal en Español has a new look and new features including a video series, "In Our Own Words" (En Nuestras Propias Palabras). It also offers access to U-M information on major social networks and in all multimedia formats. The initiative aims to make U-M Spanish language information accessible and approachable for prospective families, counselors and readers in general.

University to house county medical examiner autopsies, duties
All of Washtenaw County’s autopsies are now being performed at the U-M morgue, and the county medical examiner’s office has been moved to the U-M campus. The move is part of an ongoing partnership between the university and the county, which helped to fund a new state-of-art morgue that opened at the hospital in July.

The Michigan Difference

Engineering a better world
More than two-thirds of Cambodian children don’t complete a primary education. For nearly two years, Andrea Messmer worked to change that. The College of Engineering alumna was general manager at the Schools for Children of Cambodia, the latest in a series of jobs from which she derived satisfaction by helping others around the world.