Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 8, 2010

LSA freshman Daniel Morse tries on a baseball cap advertising the 2010 census during an event Wednesday on the Diag. With Morse are LSA freshmen Irene Ko (center) and Danielle Weinberg. Census partnership specialists Donald Mahoney (left) and Kofi Kenyatta (right) were giving out hats and bags to generate student participation in the once-per-decade population count. Officials are urging students to fill out the census forms they receive at campus addresses to ensure that they are accurately reflected in the count. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Student Life Subcommittee gathers input from many on Smoke-Free Initiative
More than 1,500 students across the Ann Arbor campus have given input to one of several subcommittees that will help the university determine how best to move to a smoke-free campus. The new policy is set to take effect July 1, 2011, after on- and off-campus constituencies have a chance to weigh in on how to make U-M smoke-free in a way that is helpful to and respectful of smokers and non-smokers.

U-M achieves significant savings through new online bond auction process
An innovative online auction tool used by U-M when it recently issued nearly $185 million in bonds is expected to result in significant savings. The process allowed underwriters to compete in real time with their lowest possible interest rates. University officials estimate the measure could save from $1.4 million to $2.2 million over the life of the bonds when compared to previous approaches.

Town mall meeting seeks campus feedback on sustainability
A second town hall meeting to gather feedback and suggestions about campus sustainability will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Rackham Amphitheatre. The town hall is a public outreach component of a yearlong effort to set four or five specific, measurable goals for sustainable campus operations.

DPS seeking information about stolen historical marker
The Department of Public Safety is seeking information about the theft of an historical marker commemorating the Michigan "Scabbard & Blade" regiment.

The Michigan Difference

Three generations of aero engineers
Over the course of three generations, the Criel family has witnessed much of the history of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Harry Criel, his son Todd and grandson Ben all graduated with Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees through the department. They discussed their memorable experiences and professors on page 2 of the latest edition of AeroNews, the department newsletter.