Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, July 1, 2011

Middle school girls gather to race cardboard boats they made during the Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) program. The race Thursday was part of the program that brought seventh- and eighth-grade students to campus for one week to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities planned and taught by U-M faculty, staff and students. Click the photo for a series of images from the program. (Photo by Marcin Szczepanski, CoE)

NEWS ALERT: Court decision says '06 Prop. 2 unconstitutional
A panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, July 1, issued a decision finding as unconstitutional Proposal 2, a ballot initiative approved by Michigan voters in 2006 that amended the Michigan Constitution to prohibit discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity, sex, or national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting.

REMINDER: U-M is a smoke-free campus today
As of today, smoking is prohibited in all university buildings, facilities, grounds and U-M-owned vehicles. The ban, announced in April 2009 by President Mary Sue Coleman, is in effect on all three campuses. Click here for more information on the Smoke-free University Initiative.
• U-M Health System leaders wrote a note to staff explaining how the policy affects UMHS facilities.

Move Out 2011 collection benefits community and environment
Students living on campus unloaded their unwanted but reusable items during Move Out 2011, resulting in more than 11 tons of materials collected and donated to local charities. This year’s collection was nearly 17 percent larger than in 2010.

Record Update's email edition will be sent weekly until Aug. 22
This will be the last daily email edition of the Record Update until Aug. 22. An email version of the Record Update will be sent to subscribers each Wednesday for the next seven weeks. Breaking campus news will be added to the Record Update website as it happens.

CRIME ALERT CANCELED: Suspect arrested
Arrest made in April 23 off-campus aggravated assault.

The Michigan Difference

A matter of trust
Joe Burke certainly isn't the first attorney to grind out a seemingly endless series of 14-hour days. But not many can say they do so in a place like Lashkar Gah. Burke, a 1989 Law School graduate, is a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State in Afghanistan. As the senior American civilian in the British-led Provincial Reconstruction Team for Helmand Province he leads a group of about 120 civilians and a similar number of soldiers and Marines with the overarching goal of connecting the Afghan government to the Afghan people.