Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, July 19, 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)

U-M to invest in international travel software programs
The university will be investing in two software systems that will facilitate better management of international experiences for U-M students and faculty. The Travel Registry and Studio Abroad systems will increase U-M’s ability to manage its portfolio of international activities.

Art fairs return Wednesday-Saturday
Continuing a tradition that begin in 1960, four art fair groups and the community this week will celebrate what is considered one of the most prestigious and popular such events in the country. The fairs happen from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday on streets ringing the Central Campus and along Liberty and Main streets downtown.
Street and parking changes related to the art fairs.

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 were Anthony Grbic and Anna Michalak of the College of Engineering, and David Harding of 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Michigan Difference

Paying it forward
Alumnus Doug Brook, whose distinguished career includes presidential appointments, attributes much of his success to the opportunities he found at the predecessor of the Ford School of Public Policy. Now he gives back in various ways. Brook’s approaches to “paying it forward” include offering career guidance and internship experiences to Ford School students.