Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The casket bearing the body of former first lady Betty Ford leaves Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids following her funeral Thursday. Mrs. Ford's husband, the late President Gerald Ford, was a U-M alumnus. Several from the university attended to pay their respects including U-M President Mary Sue Coleman; Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations; and Susan Collins, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Those wishing to express sympathy to the Ford family may sign condolence books available at the Gerald R. Ford Library on North Campus and the Ford School's Weill Hall. (Photo by Getty Images)

Damaged plaque marking state's first Jewish cemetery will be replaced
U-M officials are ensuring that a damaged historic marker identifying the site of the state's first Jewish cemetery will be replaced at its location near the Rackham Building on Central Campus. The damage to the metal plaque at the corner of East Huron and Fletcher streets was discovered shortly after 2 a.m. on July 10.

UM-Flint names dean of School of Health Professions and Studies
Dr. David Gordon has been named the new dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at UM-Flint effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Currently, Gordon is a professor of pathology and associate dean for diversity and career development at the Medical School.

Research universities are the heart of U.S. innovation, Forrest tells roundtable
Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest told a media roundtable in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that he believes the nation's research universities — including U-M — are the heart of American innovation.

CRIME ALERTS: Sexual assault, aggravated assault
Sexual assault — Off-campus, 900 block of Greenwood Avenue.
Aggravated assault — East University Avenue near Hill Street.

Message outlines things to know about NCAA rules compliance
The 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 pass 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.