Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 28, 2012

Christine Siegel, Julia Fituch and Tracy Harris sing "The Victors" during a celebration marking the renovation of Vera B. Baits Houses II. The open house and barbecue took place Thursday, and also featured tours of the North Campus student housing complex, which underwent remodeling and upgrades over the summer as part of the university's Residential Life Initiatives. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)

Planet Blue Operations Team helps cut energy use; boost recycling
The university continues to make progress to reduce energy consumption and boost recycling on campus as a result of ongoing efforts by the Planet Blue Operations Team. Energy conservation measures applied in 137 Ann Arbor campus buildings have resulted in an 8.1 percent reduction in energy consumption, saving the university more than $4 million through cost avoidance last year.

Winning departments announced for MHealthy Ergonomics Awards
MHealthy Ergonomics Awards were given to six university departments and units for independently implementing ergonomic solutions within their work environment. Winning areas have decreased risk factors and reduced or prevented employee discomfort by adding or modifying equipment or redesigning work processes.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute marks a quarter-century
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is celebrating its 25th anniversary at U-M this year. Sponsored by the Geriatrics Center at the U-M Health System and the Bernard Osher Foundation, the OLLI offers more than 180 volunteer-led educational, cultural and social activities each year to 1,280 members ages 50 and older.

Shapiro Library to stay open around the clock
The U-M Library has announced the start of around-the-clock access to the Shapiro Library. Beginning Monday, the Shapiro building will remain open to the U-M community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Between midnight and 7 a.m., students, faculty and staff will be required to swipe their MCards to enter the facility.

The Michigan Difference

A summer helping displaced Iraqis
Betsy Fisher has spent summers in the Middle East before, so she had some idea what to expect when she decided to spend this one in Iraq, helping displaced Iraqis — especially LGBT Iraqis — find safe, permanent homes. She worked with the Iraqi Assistance Project as the Law School's 2012 Perry Watkins Fellow. The fellowship is named after a Vietnam-era draftee who successfully challenged the U.S. Army policy of excluding gay service members.