Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The new North Campus Research Complex looks big from the outside, but it’s even more impressive on the inside. Get an insider’s tour of the site through a video that highlights U-M’s largest physical expansion in about 60 years.

Crisler expected to undergo major renovations
A $20 million renovation of Crisler Arena will come before the Board of Regents for consideration Thursday. If approved, the renovation will be Bill Martin’s last major facility improvement as athletic director. Renovations to the arena, which opened in 1969, would be completed over time using a phased approach.

HAITI RESPONSE: Nursing foundation leader discusses health care challenges in Haiti
Haiti faced significant health care challenges even before a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the country last week. In its wake, those problems will be massive, says Rosemarie Rowney, a faculty member emerita at the School of Nursing and School of Public Health who also serves as president of the Haiti Nursing Foundation.

U-M employees can ‘Go Blue’ with ‘green’ W-2s
The University Payroll Office is encouraging employees to “Go Blue” and use a “greener” process to access a hard copy of their Form W-2 tax statement this year. Doing so can help U-M save paper and money.

RecycleMania aims to reduce trash, increase recycling on campus
The university again is participating in RecycleMania during the Winter Term. The 10-week competition among almost 500 U.S. colleges and universities is designed to see which schools can collect the most recyclables per capita, the most total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita and have the highest recycling rate.

The Michigan Difference

Building on the fundamentals
Mike Carscaddon’s job is to help people in underdeveloped countries access the capital to buy a home. A 2008 MBA graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Carscaddon (center in photo) is executive vice president for international field operations for Habitat for Humanity International. How big is his challenge? “The current homeownership rate in the U.S. is around 65 percent,” he says. “But if you go to India, fewer than six percent of the people have access to the capital needed to buy a house. When you get to a country like Zambia, that number drops to fewer than one percent.”