Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, July 16, 2010

U.S. Census Director Robert Groves, former director of the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research, speaks before former colleagues and current students at U-M about the status of the 2010 Census. Click here for more about Groves’ presentation. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Henry Russel awardees, lecturer named for 2011
Richard Janko, the Gerald F. Else Collegiate Professor of Classical Studies, has been named the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2011. Also, three faculty researchers will receive the Henry Russel Award, one of the highest honors the university bestows upon junior faculty. Chosen for the award were Anthony Grbic and Anna Michalak from the College of Engineering, and David Harding from LSA.

Regents approve golf practice facility schematic designs
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the schematic design of a new practice facility for the men’s and women’s golf programs. The $2.5 million, 10,000-gross-square-foot facility will be located off of South Main Street on the west side of the U-M Golf Course driving range.
Regents also took action regarding the Institute for Social Research and Crisler Arena, the academic computing center, the 2010-11 regents meeting schedule and committee structure, and the endowment payout.

U-M earns No. 14 ranking among nation's best hospitals
The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers have been ranked among the country’s best hospitals, placing 14th overall for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report magazine. This year, U-M was ranked in every specialty, and rankings went up in 11 of the 16 specialties.

Thousands flock to Michigan Stadium for firsthand view of renovations
Approximately 15,000 Wolverine football fans streamed into the Big House on Wednesday to see the new seating, suites and other amenities that are part of a three-year renovation project. The athletic department announced that Michigan Stadium’s seating capacity for 2010 will be 109,901, allowing it to reclaim its title as the largest collegiate or professional football venue in the United States.

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.

U-M called national model for innovation; Coleman to co-chair panel
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.

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.

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.

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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.