Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Visitors to the Gerald R. Ford Library on North Campus may sign a condolence book for former first lady Betty Ford, who died Friday. The library lobby will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday for those wishing to express their sympathy to the Ford family. A condolence book also will be available outside the Betty Ford Classroom of Weill Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday. Officials from U-M and the Ford School of Public Policy remembered Mrs. Ford this week as the nation mourned her loss. Her late husband, President Ford, was a U-M alumnus. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Things to know about NCAA rules compliance
The university's Compliance Services Office has emailed U-M alumni, athletic boosters and season ticket holders about their roles and responsibilities with regard to NCAA rules governing contact with prospects and student-athletes. It contains a list titled "The Top 10 Things Fans & Friends of Michigan Athletics Should Know."

Applications for 2011-12 prospective freshmen outpace previous records
For the fifth consecutive year, U-M received a record number of applications from prospective freshmen. Overall, there were 39,570 freshman applications for academic year 2011-12, an increase of 25 percent from the previous year's record of 31,613. Eventual enrollment at the Ann Arbor campus is expected to be in line with customary numbers.

New MCommunity Directory begins July 18
The new MCommunity Directory will replace the U-M Online Directory beginning July 18, providing more accurate information and better privacy. The transition to the new system will take place between 5 p.m. July 14 and 7 a.m. July 18, during which time users may notice reduced access to some directory functions. Click the headline for current information about the change, or click here for background information.

Solar car Quantum to tour Michigan in the ultimate road test
The national champion U-M Solar Car Team soon will put its 2011 car and crew to the toughest test before the October World Solar Challenge. On Saturday, the team will embark on a 1,000-mile, four-day "mock race" that will ring the state's Lower Peninsula.

Rescued falcon provides Mott Hospital patients with naming opportunity
One of three peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in a nesting box atop University Hospital has been reunited with her parents after she attempted to fly but couldn't get back to her nest. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources rescued the bird and attached an identification band. U-M is offering children at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital the opportunity to name the baby falcon through an online contest.

U-M launching Planet Blue Ambassadors program this fall
Students will not be the only ones in the classroom this fall, as a unique pilot program involving U-M students and staff kicks off as part of the university's commitment to sustainability. The collaborative, seminar-based program involves five campus groups and will provide the necessary skills and training for Planet Blue Ambassadors, while it also explores similarities and differences in staff and student experiences.

UPDATE: UMHS nursing negotiations
After negotiations continued through Saturday, July 9, the U-M Professional Nurses Council (UMPNC) requested a pause so that discussions could be had with UMPNC/Michigan Nurses Association membership.

Prescription Drug Plan selects new mail service pharmacy
Beginning Sept. 1, the U-M Prescription Drug Plan will provide mail order service through NoviXus Pharmacy Services, replacing Walgreens. Overall administration of the university's drug plan will continue under informedRx/SXC. The change of vendors will affect only mail order prescriptions and will not alter other plan features, coverage or member copay amounts.

University launches new mobile version of the Gateway
U-M launched a mobile version of its website,, today. The mobile version of the Gateway will include access to news, events, maps and wayfinding tools, and other campus information, and also will provide access to other mobile sites at the university.

Active U winners announced; $9,800 donated to Emergency Hardship Program
Active U's sixth year proved to be its biggest to date, with more than 11,300 participants logging more than 20 million physical activity minutes and raising $9,841 for the U-M Emergency Hardship Program.

This week in the University Record
• Volunteer spirit powers Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
• University units display, serve during art fair
• Spotlight: Library conservator featured for Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Nursing in Ghana
After spending two weeks immersed in community health in Ghana, Norma Sarkar, lecturer II in the School of Nursing, and the 13 U-M students she accompanied on the trip have returned safely and with a new perspective. Throughout the trip, the students visited clinics, nursing and midwifery training schools, a teaching hospital and an elementary school. They also learned about culture and beliefs from the families with whom they stayed.