Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 8, 2010

Jason Bornhorst, a 2009 U-M alumnus and self-described "serial entrepreneur," joined President Mary Sue Coleman in testifying before the state Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education on March 1. Coleman and Bornhorst, who has co-founded several companies as well as the TechArb incubator space, urged legislators to support the growing entrepreneurial culture in Michigan. Also at the hearing, Coleman and her University Research Corridor partners — Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, Wayne State University President Jay Noren and URC Executive Director Jeff Mason — described the economic benefits URC partners bring to the state. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

IT rationalization project starts with unit assessments
U-M will conduct its first-ever comprehensive assessment of information technology at the unit and campus levels as part of NextGen Michigan, the transformation of campus information technology. The primary objective of the assessments, to be conducted over the next few months, is to develop an accurate snapshot of how IT is distributed and provided across campus.

Nominations sought for MHealthy Ergonomics Awards
MHealthy is accepting nominations for its fourth annual MHealthy Ergonomics Awards program. The Ergo Awards recognize university departments and units for independently implementing ergonomic solutions that have decreased risk factors and reduced or prevented employee discomfort.

President Coleman’s list of three things to fix the state
As part of Michigan Radio’s ongoing series that asks people from all walks of life to name three things to help improve the state, President Mary Sue Coleman offered her suggestions this morning. Coleman’s list focused on expanding the state’s entrepreneurial culture, raising expectations about education and rebuilding the public school system.

U-M Health System medical team returns from Haiti
The U-M Health System has welcomed back its team of 10 volunteer medical professionals who spent two weeks supporting the U.S. Navy’s medical mission in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake. The team was deployed in mid-February to provide medical care on board U.S. Naval Ship Comfort, in the harbor near Port-au-Prince.

The Michigan Difference

Sharing educational opportunity
Annette Karageanes clearly recalls the generosity of others who helped her succeed as a student and early in her career. She once asked someone who had helped her how to repay the debt. That person’s advice? Lend a helping hand to someone else someday. In that spirit the College of Pharmacy graduate (BSPharm, ’83) created the Karageanes Family Scholarship to support PharmD students. "Now is the time to act, to pay it forward," she says.