Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jim Diana (left), professor of natural resources and director of the Michigan Sea Grant, greets Provost Philip Hanlon at a reception welcoming Hanlon to the job he began July 1. Faculty and staff from across the Ann Arbor campus turned out for the event at Clements Library on Monday. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Lloyd Carr retiring from U-M on Sept. 1
After 30 years of distinguished service to the University of Michigan, associate athletic director and former U-M head football head coach Lloyd Carr will officially retire from the athletic department on Sept. 1.

Commerce Secretary calls U-M a national model for innovative economic collaboration
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Tuesday that U-M’s innovative economic development initiatives serve as models for other universities and communities nationwide. Locke also announced that President Mary Sue Coleman has been named one of three co-chairs of a new National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

University expands automated travel and expense system, launches foreign per diem
Concur, U-M’s automated travel and expense system, will expand to include the U-M Health System and the Office of University Development starting this week. In addition, the university’s Travel and Business Hosting Expense Policy will include a per diem system for employees traveling to foreign countries on university business.

WCC to offer evening classes on U-M campus this fall in pilot program
The university will lease several classrooms to Washtenaw Community College this fall that will allow WCC to offer evening classes in Ann Arbor as part of a pilot program. WCC will use four classrooms four nights a week in Mason Hall. LSA manages the classrooms and will provide instructional support services to the WCC faculty and students.

Public will be able to view Michigan Stadium renovations today
With the college football season just two months away, U-M opens the doors to Michigan Stadium today to showcase the Big House renovations. The public is invited to the one-day event from 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Follow @UMNewsService for a live Twitter feed, or join the conversation at #BigHouse.

Robert Groves to present status report on 2010 Census at U-M
U.S. Census Director Robert Groves will brief the media, students and the general public on the status of the 2010 Census at 9 a.m. Friday in the auditorium at the U-M Museum of Art.
Groves directed the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research until he was tapped by President Obama to head the Census Bureau last year.

Guidelines explain what’s allowed regarding campaign activity
Many members of the U-M community have asked about their rights and responsibilities regarding campaigning for or against a candidate or ballot initiative. Comprehensive guidelines are available to explain the activities in which members of the campus community may engage, as well as those that are restricted by law.

Ann Arbor listed among Money’s best small cities
Ann Arbor’s college-town atmosphere and its arts, culture and outdoor recreation opportunities have placed it on Money magazine’s list of the Top 100 best small cities in the United States.

CTools positioned for expansion
U-M’s largest collaboration application for teaching and learning, CTools, is benefiting from a renewed focus on its support. The CTools support staff has moved from the Digital Media Commons to Information and Technology Services, which sets the stage for expanding the CTools application team and adding new functionality.
• Deborah Ball, dean of the School of Education, has been appointed the IT Governance Council’s teaching and learning mission domain steward.

Other photos from the Record Update
Click the headline to view a photo of a visit by Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon with U-M stem cell researchers.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
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The Michigan Difference

Writing your own ticket
Studies show fewer employed people are satisfied with their jobs today than in the 1980s, says Jane Dutton, a professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. To combat this problem, Dutton and two colleagues have designed a solution they call “job crafting,” which focuses on a tool that helps employees define their roles and daily tasks in way that allows them to map their current position and outline a more ideal path toward satisfaction.