Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

U-M to be featured on segment of PBS’ “NewsHour”

President Mary Sue Coleman and Thomas Zurbuchen, director of U-M’s Center for Entrepreneurship, are among those featured tonight on PBS’ “NewsHour” in a segment that looks at the university’s role in the changing economy.

The segment is the second of the five-part “Patchwork Nation” series, which looks at how the recession is affecting various types of communities around the United States.

Citizens nationwide have been affected greatly by America's economic crisis. Exactly how they've been impacted may depend more on the types of communities in which they live — and what the driving forces behind their local economies are — rather than the specific locations.

The national news show is profiling Ann Arbor as a representative community in the segment titled “Campus and Careers.” The show looks at how towns such as Ann Arbor may be well positioned for economic changes, given that people still want to go to college and government research money also provides steady funds.

“NewsHour” airs at 6 p.m. on WTVS, Detroit; 6:30 p.m. on WGTE, Toledo; and 7 p.m. on WKAR, East Lansing.