Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 17, 2011

As it gears up for the World Solar Challenge this October, the U-M Solar Car Team recently took Quantum out for its first test drive on public roads. Click the photo to watch the solar car zipping along city streets and country roads, and click here to read more about the test. Click here to see Mark Fields, executive vice president of Ford Motor Co., discuss the company's relationship with the Solar Car Team and the benefit that Ford receives from it.

U-M focuses on quality, affordability, cost control with historic reduction in state funds
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a $1.59 billion General Fund budget for fiscal year 2012 that absorbs a record cut in state funding, and increases centrally awarded financial aid for undergraduates by 10.9 percent. The budget increases tuition and required fees by 6.7 percent for in-state undergraduates, and 4.9 percent for out-of-state undergraduates. Regents also approved budgets for UM-DearbornUM-Flint, and the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, were presented with the Athletic Department budget, and approved renovations to Yost Ice Arena.

Regents issue statement regarding GSRA resolution
On behalf of members of the Board of Regents, newly appointed Chair Denise Ilitch offered a statement Thursday on the board's action of the previous month regarding graduate student research assistants. The board voted 6-2 May 19 to support the rights of GSRAs to choose whether to proceed toward a representation election.

Demolition will make way for patient parking, new entrance to the Kellogg Eye Center
The Parkview Medical Center and the Scott and Amy Prudden Turner Memorial Clinic buildings, which housed eye clinics and operating rooms for the Department of Ophthalmology — and eventually the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center — for more than 30 years, will be demolished to allow for additional patient parking and a new entrance to the eye center southeast of the Kellogg complex.

Regents name new chair and vice chair, approve construction projects
Regent Denise Ilitch will serve as the next chair of the Board of Regents for a one-year term beginning July 1. Regent Laurence Deitch was named vice chair when the appointments were announced Thursday at the board’s monthly meeting. Meanwhile, regents also approved construction work at the Institute for Social Research, the Medical Science II building and University Hospital's patient food kitchen.

The Michigan Difference

Linguist at large
The Vepsians of northern Russia number just more than 8,000, but only 6,000 of them speak the native language. Of the remaining speakers, most are more than 50 years old. As part of her honors thesis, LSA senior Bryn Hauk worked to document and preserve this endangered language.