Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The U-M Health System has received a $15 million gift from the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation, the largest gift ever made to the Health System for women’s health. It will support the construction of a new women’s hospital. On Thursday, the U-M Board of Regents will be asked to approve naming the new women’s hospital after the late Discount Tire Co. co-founder and his late wife. Click here for more information about the gift.

Finances sound, but leaders seek help with more belt tightening
Although U-M is relatively well positioned to withstand the effects of recession, university leaders are encouraging everyone on campus to look for additional ways to operate more efficiently, and to participate in programs and initiatives designed to reduce overall costs. That was a key message from two top university budget officers at a town hall meeting Monday.

Committee on retiree health benefits to be formed
University leaders have appointed a new committee to recommend changes to retiree health benefits. The Committee on Retiree Health Benefits is the result of continuing efforts to contain the growth of benefit costs. It will be asked to provide guidance on better aligning retiree health benefits with those at U-M’s peer institutions.

Participants sought For Diversity Dialogues project
The Diversity Dialogues project — an innovative and timely new program that examines the impact of social identities on academic research and experience — will be launched during the Winter 2010 term. Workshops within the series bring together interdisciplinary groups of graduate students to discuss diversity and academia. The registration deadline is Friday.

The Michigan Difference

Key player on the 'green' team
The Obama administration’s ambitious environmental agenda is keeping congressional staff member Mary Frances Repko busy these days. Repko, who received her master’s degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment, is House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s senior policy adviser for energy and environmental issues, and one of 10 energy staff members that the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call says will “play a crucial role in the country’s future energy legislation.” Her story is on Page 18 of the fall edition of SNRE’s magazine, Stewards.