Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 20, 2012

Members of the high-energy dance group Step Afrika perform during a free presentation given as part of the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Step Afrika is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. It grew out of the rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s. The presentation was Thursday at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services)

U-M saves more than $400 million through benefits initiatives
U-M will have accumulated savings of almost $400 million since 2003 due to a wide-ranging set of benefits initiatives, Tim Slottow, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said during Thursday's Board of Regents meeting.

UMHS launches plan for Northville Township health center
The U-M Health System will expand its primary and specialty patient care in Metro Detroit with construction of a health center in Northville Township, an area of growth and vitality in Michigan. The Board of Regents approved the $39 million project during its meeting Thursday.

Regents approve Schembechler Hall renovation
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved renovations to Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler Hall. The $9 million renovation to Schembechler Hall will add approximately 7,000 gross square feet and renovate an additional 7,000 gross square feet.
In other action, regents approved items related to work at Yost Arena, Kraus Building and Northwood Apartments.

Energy Institute name change embraces Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project legacy
The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute will change its name to the U-M Energy Institute, effective Feb. 1. The name change will clarify the institute's identity as an interdisciplinary research unit of the Office of the Vice President of Research that draws on expertise from across the university to develop, coordinate, and promote energy research and education.

Provost voices support for faculty decision on GSRA issue
Provost Phil Hanlon said Thursday that the academic decisions made regarding a graduate student who claimed she was targeted because of her union activities were “justified, correct and appropriate.”

The Michigan Difference

Educating India’s poor
Pallavi Shukla saw inequality in the education of India’s children and knew she could do something about it. The first year master’s student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy acquired land and built a school to help make a powerful difference in the lives of India’s poor and underserved children. She hopes to return to India to develop and support policies that will improve the education system for all of the country's children — rich and poor alike.