Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Workers move computer equipment and televisions during a free e-waste recycling event at Pioneer High School. The Office of Campus Sustainability and the Ann Arbor Public Schools recently sponsored the three-day event at the high school and Washtenaw Intermediate School District to help area residents, small businesses and nonprofits recycle electronics in an earth-friendly way. E-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the country and frequently contains hazardous materials like lead and mercury, which can adversely affect the environment. This is the third year U-M has sponsored free e-waste recycling. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

U-M Health System names first chief administrative officer
Quinta Vreede, an experienced health care administrator at the U-M Health System has been chosen as the institution’s first chief administrative officer. Beginning May 17, Vreede will oversee key UMHS functions including regulatory compliance, government relations, public relations and marketing.

Commencement street closures and parking update
In advance of Saturday’s commencement activities, university officials remind the campus community to remove cars from some parking lots and that some streets near Michigan Stadium will be closed.

Delegation bound for Ghana to witness impact of health mission
A U-M delegation that includes donors, alumni and community members will travel to Ghana next week to highlight efforts of 20 years of work there. The health initiative began as an effort to curb maternal mortality rates and has since grown to include other medical disciplines.

UM-Flint students receive awards for dedication to community service
Michigan Campus Compact recently gave awards to 11 students from UM-Flint for their dedication and commitment to community service.

The Michigan Difference

Creating characters through clothes
Martin Pakledinaz plays a key role in creating the look and feel of characters that grace the professional stage. The 1975 Master of Fine Arts graduate has dressed some of Broadway’s most famous leading ladies: Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone. He has created breathable and fluid costumes for dancers, and designed complex clothing constructions for operas. “I love what performers do and I like being around them,” Pakledinaz says.