Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

From left, Yesenia Harrison, Sam Morykwas, and Joe Sandman, representing the College Democrats, display a certificate they received from James S. Jackson, director of the Institute for Social Research, at an award ceremony for the Census Video Contest. The trio also received a check for $1,000 Tuesday for winning first place in an online popular vote. Contestants submitted videos that sought to boost student participation in the 2010 census. To see all the prize-winning videos, go to (Photo by Jennifer Puckett, ISR)

Alumni experts work with Erb Institute on course in sustainable finance
A group of alumni from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business have returned to campus to facilitate a new course offered by the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. The course explores the concept of sustainable finance — seeking ways to deliver market rate returns and generate positive social and environmental impacts.

Nominees sought for 21st Annual James T. Neubacher Award
The university’s Council for Disability Concerns is seeking nominees for the 21st Annual James T. Neubacher Award recognizing faculty, staff, students or alumni who make contributions to improve awareness, access, acceptance and full participation in society for persons with disabilities.

PODCAST: Many parents not using booster seats for older children
The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds that while nearly all parents report their kids ages 5 and younger use booster seats or car seats in vehicles, use drops to 40 percent by age 8. Many parents wouldn't require their 7- and 8-year-olds to use booster seats at all if there weren't laws requiring it.

The Michigan Difference

A journey of faith
UM-Flint alumnus Christopher Paul Curtis has received more than a dozen awards for his novel “Bud, Not Buddy,” about a 10-year-old boy who flees an abusive foster family and sets out on a journey across Michigan. The story was adapted into a stage play that recently finished a two-week run at UM-Flint.