Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, April 19, 2010

Elementary school students learn how to cheer the Wolverine way at the K-grams Kids Fair. Nearly 1,000 elementary students from Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit schools filled the floor and concourse of Crisler Arena on Friday for the annual event. Student groups offered a variety of activities to help the children celebrate a year of kids programs at U-M. K-grams is a mentoring and learning organization that pairs university students and local elementary school students through letter writing, class projects, and other fun and educational activities. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M News Service)

Statewide May 1 smoking ban already university policy
The new state law banning smoking at all food establishments and workplaces effective May 1 will have little effect on U-M’s smoking enforcement policies, because smoking indoors on campus already is banned, university officials say. The implementation of the state law May 1 comes as the university pursues its own wider-ranging Smoke-Free University Initiative.

Men's gymnastics team wins national championship
The No. 3-ranked U-M men's gymnastics team upset the field at the NCAA Championships on Friday night, winning its first NCAA title since 1999 and the fourth in its history. On Saturday, Senior Ryan McCarthy took the NCAA high bar individual championship.

The passing of C.K. Prahalad
C.K. Prahalad, the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and one of the world's top management gurus, died Friday in San Diego after a brief illness. He was 68.

Provost Sullivan touts benefits of higher education in talk
What’s the return on investment in higher education? Provost Teresa Sullivan, a sociologist and the university’s chief budget officer, has an ever-growing list. Reflecting on a climate of declining state aid to colleges and universities, Sullivan addressed the Wolverine Caucus about various ways the public gains when more college graduates move into communities.

Active U to celebrate its biggest year with “‘victory lap”‘ at Ingalls Mall
To celebrate Active U’s biggest year ever, MHealthy is encouraging all participants, as well as anyone else who would like to participate, to take part in a special “victory lap” walk at Ingalls Mall on Tuesday. More than 11,000 people participated in the fifth year of MHealthy’s 12-week physical activity challenge and charity fundraiser.

CRIME ALERT: Suspicious fires
Four off-campus locations; all vehicle fires.

CRIME ALERT: Indecent exposure
Central Campus Recreation Building, 401 Washtenaw Ave.

The Michigan Difference

Linking health and society
Over the course of his career, George Kaplan has delved into the issue of how social inequalities affect human health, demonstrating time and again that things like where one lives and works matter. The Thomas Francis Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Public Health now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where he continues to research what he describes as “the links between ‘social divides’ and ‘health divides.’”