Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

From left, Jefferson Bullard and Maureen Orsini work in a community vegetable garden in Detroit as part of the annual School of Social Work Community Service Day. More than 160 incoming Master of Social Work students assisted 13 nonprofit organizations in Detroit, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor last week in the program that gives students the opportunity to meet each other, provide needed volunteer service and learn about a variety of nonprofit agencies. (Photo by Sean Thompson)

'Under the Lights' success requires fans to be safe, respectful
University leaders on Tuesday encouraged fans to be safe and exhibit good sportsmanship this weekend when U-M hosts Notre Dame in the first home night game in the 132-year history of Michigan football. Athletic Director David Brandon, Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper and Department of Public Safety Chief Greg O'Dell urged fans to be conscious about safety before, during and after the event, and to remember that a nationwide audience will be watching the historic "Under the Lights" game on television.
• A variety of events and activities are part of the "Under the Lights" celebration.

U-M's new smoke-free policy prompts smoker to kick the habit
When Penny Gamble’s supervisor took her aside one day in July to explain how the university’s new smoke-free policy affected the off-campus site where she works, the U-M Health System employee decided it was a good time to kick the habit.

REMINDER: Voicemail system and features changed over the summer
Information and Technology Services (ITS) upgraded ITS Exchange 2007 to Microsoft's 2010 version during the summer. In connection with the upgrade, all ITS voicemail services transitioned to a single system, ITS Exchange, which retired the U-M voicemail service. Faculty and staff now will have more flexibility and advanced features.

CRIME ALERT: Unarmed robbery
600 block of Monroe Street near South State Street.

The Michigan Difference

Windows to energy
Harry Giles, clinical professor of practice in architecture, believes there is more to a window than typically meets the eye. His curiosity about the possibilities of windows for capturing, storing and transmitting building energy is the basis for a year-old partnership with fellow U-M investigators and researchers from China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University.