Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jessica Goldberg (left) and Stephanie Huang (right) put the finishing touches on the pair of end tables that they created using scrap acrylic and non-toxic medical waste for the ArtsEngine "42 Hours of Re_Creativity" competition held recently on North Campus. Goldberg, Huang and the rest of their team took first place in the design challenge. Click here to read more about the competition. (Photo by Dwight Cendrowski)

Joe Piersante to lead DPS again during search for new chief
Deputy Police Chief Joe Piersante was appointed interim university police chief Wednesday, after the unexpected resignation of Chief Greg O’Dell. O’Dell told university officials Tuesday that he was resigning and returning to his previous position as police chief at Eastern Michigan University.

Ross School to deliver Executive MBA program in Los Angeles
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business will offer its 20-month Executive MBA Program in Los Angeles beginning in August 2012. Applications will be accepted in January. The move opens the door to a leading MBA customized for busy executives who would otherwise not travel outside the region, and also opens a gateway to new industries, perspectives and educational opportunities for executives, Dean Alison Davis-Blake says.

U-M expert to lead new European economic research program
U-M economist David Lam has been appointed director of a new European research program to improve understanding of economic growth and labor markets in low-income countries. The program will allocate more than 10 million British pounds to fund peer-reviewed research projects based in institutions around the globe.

Hoke voted Big Ten coach of the year by media and coaches
The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday that U-M head football coach Brady Hoke was chosen as the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year, as selected by conference coaches, and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, as picked by the media.

The Michigan Difference

Jumpstart on success
Seeing the educational needs of low-income, at-risk preschool students inspired senior Jillian Rodriguez to join Jumpstart, a collaboration between U-M and AmeriCorps that works with children who are a year away from kindergarten. Student volunteers meet weekly with children to strengthen their language, literary and social skills.