Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A new 30-second video promoting the qualities and unique attributes of the university made its national network debut Saturday during the U-M-Iowa football game.

Fall enrollment sets records at Ann Arbor, Flint campuses; also up at Dearborn
Enrollment on the U-M Ann Arbor campus is at an all-time high in Fall 2009 with 41,674 students, according to the Office of the Registrar. Total enrollment includes a freshman class of 6,079 students, a 5.1 percent increase from the previous year. Fall enrollment also set a record at UM-Flint, and was the highest in six years at UM-Dearborn.

Big House bag ban extended through remainder of football season
The ban on bags of any size at Michigan Stadium will continue for the remainder of U-M’s home football games, the Department of Public Safety has announced. The bag prohibition includes, but is not limited to, purses, lunch sacks, binocular and camera cases, fanny packs and diaper bags. Exceptions for medical reasons may be granted as long as the patron has a prescription or written authorization from a medical professional.

Change to season day usage effective for 2009
The university observes four season days between the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays and employees receive time off on those days. The university now offers greater flexibility in scheduling alternative vacation time for employees who must work on a designated season day by eliminating the two-month period from mid-November to mid-January during which alternate season days had to be taken.

The Michigan Difference

From U-M to Oprah
Uwem Akpan began writing his book, “Say You’re One of Them,” while studying for his master of fine arts degree in creative writing at U-M. The collection of short stories about African children struggling under extreme circumstances was chosen as the current selection for Oprah’s Book Club. Akpan is a Jesuit priest and a former fellow at the Institute for the Humanities.