Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rufus, the U-M Recycling mascot, was on hand to help people "party for the planet" Thursday at EarthFest 2012. The annual event, which took place on the Central Campus Diag, featured representatives providing information about sustainability at U-M in focus areas representing the goals of climate action, waste prevention, healthy environments and community awareness. (Photo by Dana Budzaj, Public Affairs)

Gift to transform U-M's School of Art and Design
As a symbol of gratitude and recognition of the vision of Penny and E. Roe Stamps, the Board of Regents approved Thursday the renaming of the art-and-design school to the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. The total commitment to U-M's School of Art and Design — where Penny Stamps is an alumna (BS, Design '66) — is $40 million, $32.5 million from the Stamps family foundations, and a $7.5 million match from the university.

Annual research spending at U-M rises 3 percent to $1.27 billion
The total volume of research at U-M rose by 3 percent to a record $1.27 billion — an increase of $37.5 million — in the fiscal year that closed on June 30. "Continued growth in support from a wide range of sponsors highlights the value they see in investing in the people and ideas that drive the vitality of our economy," said Stephen R. Forrest, vice president for research.

Regents laud Coleman for leading in difficult times
President Mary Sue Coleman was lauded for leading the university during economically challenging times during her annual review at Thursday's Board of Regents meeting. Coleman received a 3 percent raise, which she said she would donate to help fund study-abroad scholarships.

South Quad approved for renovation work
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved renovation to create a new dining center in South Quadrangle, as well as improvements to student bathrooms and community spaces in the residence hall.
In other action, regents approved the sale of a university-owned house, infrastructure work at the Chemistry and Modern Languages buildings, and the purchase of an "open" MRI scanner at University Hospital.

Coleman part of panel discussion of higher ed issues
Can the next U.S. president make public universities more affordable — and can the federal government do anything to support crucial research that takes place in these institutions? Yes, said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and Carnegie Corp. President Vartan Gregorian in a panel co-presented by UCLA at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The Michigan Difference

Working in a house of wax
Valerie Wang works daily with Hollywood's A-Listers — Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and the like. She's not an agent or studio executive. As marketing manager at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, part of the legendary London-based chain of wax museums, the 2008 alumna hangs with replicas of yesterday's and today's hottest stars.