Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A worker from Traverse City-based Signplicity installs the Block M on one of two wind turbines from which U-M purchases renewable energy as part of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click the photo to see what the final result looks like. (Photo by Andy Wakeman Photography)

New police chief promotes open communication
Newly appointed U-M Chief of Police Gregory O'Dell told local media on Tuesday that he plans to host weekly community crime meetings to allow the public to share its concerns with the Department of Public Safety.
• Campus leaders and local police will promote safety for off-campus residents on Friday.

U-M receives grant for sustainable transportation research in Detroit, Beijing
U-M will receive a $250,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation to support the university's Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation project. The grant will be used to develop and apply practical solutions to the challenges of sustainable transportation in the Detroit and Beijing regions.

Nominations sought for award to honor exemplary staff member
The Office of the Provost is seeking nominees for the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence, which recognizes exemplary staff at the Ann Arbor campus and U-M Health System.

Record Update upgrading email delivery process
The Record Update is upgrading the process by which the daily email publication is delivered. During the process of phasing in the new system technical problems hampered delivery to some email recipients. Readers who did not receive their Record Update email on Tuesday can access it at

The Michigan Difference

Dancing for a dream
While working for the Peace Corps in a rural community in El Salvador, Liliana Richter (LSA ’06) developed and managed more than 50 projects and programs. She designed and taught entrepreneurial and career preparatory courses. She founded and coached a female soccer team. She collaborated with other volunteers to raise funds for 75 high school and university scholarships. And she appeared on the El Salvadoran television show “Dancing for a Dream.”