Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Counseling & Psychological Services and the CAPS Student Advisory Board are launching a new effort to prevent student suicides. Tile Day: Messages of Hope will be from noon-5 p.m. Friday. People can write messages on wooden tiles that will be permanently displayed outside of the CAPS office in the Michigan Union. Learn more about the Messages of Hope Project.

BREAKING NEWS: Chancellor Person outlines decade of growth at UM-Flint
Chancellor Ruth Person reviewed a decade of great progress on the UM-Flint campus, and outlined a vision for the future in a "state of the university" speech today. She concluded her address with an announcement that she would step down in 2014, after finishing a one-year extension of her five-year term as chancellor.

U-M Library receives $1.25 million Mellon Grant for conservation
The U-M Library has received a $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create an endowed conservation librarian position. It will enable the library to expand its conservation program, which plays a vital role in ensuring that the library’s vast print collection is available for research, exhibition, and digitization.

Applicants sought for campus security director
The development of a comprehensive Division of Public Safety and Security for the Ann Arbor campus takes a step forward this week as the search for the first executive director of the new division is opened to interested candidates.

Search committee formed for CEHHS dean at UM-Dearborn
Kate Davy, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UM-Dearborn, has announced the formation of a search committee for the position of dean of the new College of Education, Health and Human Services. School of Education Dean Edward Silver has extended his contract through December.

REMINDER: Nominations due Friday for new Staff Innovation Award
Friday is the deadline for faculty or staff to nominate U-M staff members for the new President's Staff Innovation Award. Two prizes will be available annually — honoring one individual staff member and one team — to recognize "outside of the Cube" thinking that helps make the university a better place.

The Michigan Difference

SET to Make a Difference
On a 2011 trip to Togo with the Canadian nonprofit Sleeping Children Around the World, U-M alumnus Don Barclay visited 10 remote villages to deliver bed kits. Along the way, he became aware of the poor condition of rural schools. Barclay, his brother Bob, and two other volunteers conceived and launched an education-focused nonprofit — Support.Education.Togo. — with $40,000 of their own money.