Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kelly Kowatch, assistant director of career development at the School of Information, sorts pennies and other change in the school's "Penny Wars" fundraiser for Alternative Spring Break projects. Teams collected pennies, checks, silver coin and bills, then the amount collected through silver and bills was deducted from the amount collected through pennies and checks. The team with the highest net tally in pennies and checks won. This year, top honors went to the team of faculty, staff and doctoral students. The total collected by all teams was $3,151.58. (Photo by Jay Jackson, School of Information)

Alison Davis-Blake named dean of Ross School of Business
Alison Davis-Blake will be the new Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Aug. 22, pending approval from the Board of Regents. Davis-Blake is the current dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Gov. Snyder to present awards to Clean Energy Prize winners
Six teams of student entrepreneurs will compete in the final rounds of the Clean Energy Prize competition at U-M on Friday. Gov. Rick Snyder will present the awards with Gerard Anderson, DTE Energy president and chief executive officer. The winning teams will share $100,000 in prize money. Teams from U-M, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University are among the finalists.

Water main break limits traffic along section of Beal Avenue
A water main break over the weekend has closed Beal Avenue to truck traffic, between Hayward Street and Bonisteel Boulevard, until further notice. Some stops on the Northwood bus route also are affected, and car traffic will be allowed road access to park in lots NC60 and NC14.

UMTRI to host conference on automotive safety
The history and future of auto safety will be the topic of a one-day conference at the Michigan League on Wednesday. "Automotive Safety: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?" is part of the U-M Transportation Research Institute's "Focus on the Future" series. It is free to U-M faculty, staff and students.

The Michigan Difference

A home for a veteran
The recent presentation of a renovated house to U.S. Navy veteran Ashley Gordy capped off six months of work by two UM-Flint groups, Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Student Veterans of America. A joint effort with Habitat for Humanity, the project involved thousands of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars in donations.