Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chief Health Officer Robert Winfield and Wellness Coordinator Colleen Greene discuss some of the the benefits and activities associated with 2010 Start! Heart Walk & NuStep 5k Run.

Campus encouraged to join the Heart Walk fun
U-M health leaders urge faculty, staff and students to walk or run for cardiac health during the American Heart Association 2010 Start! Heart Walk & NuStep 5k Run on May 15 at Washtenaw Community College. The event is designed to increase awareness of two of the top three leading causes of death, and to raise funds for research, advocacy and education.

U-M announces Census Video Contest winners
The Institute for Social Research has announced seven winners in a video contest designed to boost student participation in the 2010 U.S. census. The winners each will take a share of $3,000 in prize money. The contest was co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Google Fest boosts A2 Fiber campaign with rally on the Diag
Ann Arbor’s effort to win Google’s Fiber for Communities ultrahigh-speed broadband demonstration project culminates Friday with a daylong rally on the Diag. Google Fest for Google Fiber kicks off with a three-minute “flash mob” at 11:57 a.m. Click here for other ways to show support for the A2 Fiber campaign.

Universitywide test of emergency alert system set for Friday
The university expects to conduct its semester test of the UM Emergency Alert system around midday Friday at its Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. Text and/or voice messages will be sent to telephones, cell phones and text-reception devices registered to receive the emergency messages, as well as to all faculty, staff and student e-mail addresses.

The Michigan Difference

Former Los Angeles gang members trying to lose the markings of their previous lifestyle have an ally in plastic surgeon and U-M alumnus Dr. Frank Ryan. For the last 15 years, Ryan has been removing visible gang-related tattoos without charge for youth who want to lose their markings so they can stand a better chance of landing a job, and with it a second chance. “These youth have already done the hardest thing by leaving the gang,” Ryan says.