Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lester Monts (left), senior vice provost for academic affairs, presents James Acheampong with a certificate honoring him as a King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professor. Acheampong, a master drum carver from Ghana, spent the last month as a visiting artist-in-residence at Palmer Commons, where he introduced drum carving as an artistic expression. Several of the drums that he carved during his residency were on display at the event Wednesday. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

University expands sustainability promotion with new workplace certificate program
The Office of Campus Sustainability has launched Sustainable Workplace, a certificate program that assist offices in creating greener workplaces across campus through simple adjustments in employee behaviors and equipment settings that support waste prevention, energy reduction and increased awareness of sustainability.

Emergency Alert system test set for Friday
The university plans to conduct its semester test of the UM Emergency Alert system around midday Friday. Text and voice messages will be sent to registered system participants, and email messages will be sent to all faculty staff and students. Registration information is available on the U-M Police website.

REMINDER: Open Enrollment runs until Friday
Open Enrollment, the period during which benefits-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and students can change their benefit choices, will end at 5 p.m. Friday. Benefit changes or annual enrollment in a Flexible Spending Account can be completed through Wolverine Access.

CRIME ALERT: Attempted home invasion
1900 block of McIntyre (Northwood IV), about 2:20 a.m. Nov. 1.

The Michigan Difference

Finding refuge
When a refugee crisis was brewing in Nepal in 2011, a nongovernmental organization asked James Hathaway, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and one of the world's foremost experts on refugee law, to visit Nepal and discuss the options. By the end of his trip, Hathaway not only had discussed and critiqued the draft statutes he'd been asked to review, but he unexpectedly had helped five NGOs meld the best elements of their proposals for refugee protection.