Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 13, 2009

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, looks through a microscope during a tour of lab facilities at the Biomedical Sciences Research Building on Thursday. Looking on is Crystal Pacut, a research laboratory specialist at the BSRB. Peters was touring the BSRB, Life Sciences Institute and the Lurie Engineering Center. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Coleman named a top college president by Time magazine
Time magazine has named President Mary Sue Coleman one of the nation’s 10 Best College Presidents. In its current issue, Time lauds Coleman for her fundraising abilities, specifically noting her leadership of the six-year, $3.2 billion Michigan Difference campaign.

Informational meeting addresses smoke-free university plans
Faculty, staff and students gathered Thursday for an informational meeting about the university plan for a smoke-free campus. Session participants addressed questions about non-smoking enforcement, clarifying campus boundaries so smokers will know where they are permitted to smoke, what smoking cessation support is available, how to get involved with focus groups and whether smoking would be allowed in private vehicles.

U-M applies to join Common Application service
The university has applied to join the Common Application, an online college application service used by nearly 400 schools around the country such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, the University of Virginia and Northwestern University. The Common Application requires member institutions to evaluate students using a holistic selection process, which U-M helped to pioneer, and which remains a core element of the admissions process.

ROAD CLOSURE ALERT: Part of East Hospital Drive closed Monday-Jan. 31
Another temporary road closure begins Monday as part of the Children’s and Women’s Hospital construction. It will continue until Jan. 31. East Hospital Drive will be closed between the construction project and the Mott/Simpson (M22) parking structure. The work will not require any closures of East Medical Center Drive, the "ring road" around the medical center.

CRIME ALERT CANCELED: Sexual assault (fourth degree)
 Suspect arrested

The Michigan Difference

Helping boys become men
Growing up in Miami, Mike Trepper says, he and his friends were "good kids caught up in bad systems." He wanted to direct his energies toward a better purpose. After graduating from the School of Social Work, he worked for the National Conference for Community and Justice and helped found the Boys Initiative in Tampa, Fla., helping boys grow into responsible men.