Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 21, 2010

While sports facilities can serve as solid anchors for developing downtown economies, they can’t do the job all by themselves, says Mark Rosentraub, Bruce and Joan Bickner Professor of Sport Management. Rosentraub discusses why the impact of sports development on Detroit has been limited.

Leaders past and present pay tribute to Robben Fleming
Speakers at a tribute Wednesday remembered President Emeritus Robben Wright Fleming for his courage, humor and as “the perfect leader at an imperfect time.” Fleming, who steered the school safely through the student unrest of the late 1960s and early ’70s, died Jan. 11 at age 93.

U-M students join campus challenge to promote organ donation
U-M students are encouraging peers, professors and community members to sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry as part of the six-week Gift of Life Campus Challenge that involves 16 Michigan colleges and universities.

Habitat for Humanity's U-M chapter receives $10,000 matching grant
The U-M chapter of Habitat for Humanity has received a $10,000 matching grant from State Farm Insurance Co. to help fund the renovation of an Ypsilanti family’s new home. The chapter is one of only seven from campuses nationwide to be awarded the grant.

WORTH REPEATING: Campus Web site shares word of U-M efforts
The university has created a Web site to update the community about various efforts on campus to respond to the earthquake in Haiti.

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.”