Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 25, 2013

C.J. Lee, an administrative specialist with the men's basketball program, leaps into the frigid waters of a Polar Plunge pool at Michigan Stadium. He was among the hundreds who signed up for the Saturday event, which raised more than $100,000 for Special Olympics. Read Athletic Director Dave Brandon's blog entry about the Athletic Department's partnership with Special Olympics Michigan-Washtenaw County. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

BREAKING NEWS: Tripped relay in DTE substation causes campus power outage
University and DTE Energy officials say the power outage affecting a large swath of Central Campus on Monday morning was caused when a relay tripped in a DTE substation and interrupted power to the U-M Central Power Plant. The 30-minute outage began at 9:54 a.m. The power plant has been restored to normal operations and the DTE transformers are back in service.

More than 1,000 U-M community members certified as Planet Blue Ambassadors
In one month, more than 1,000 faculty, staff, and students have become certified as Planet Blue Ambassadors. Certification involves training on effective ways to reduce environmental impact and lead sustainability efforts on campus and beyond. These inaugural ambassadors have made more than 26,000 pledges of action, with more than 12,000 actions completed to date.

U-M Health System ranked among 100 Top Hospitals in the U.S.
A new independent analysis of the quality, safety and efficiency of care provided by more than 3,000 hospitals across the country rates the U-M Health System in the top 100. In the 100 Top Hospitals list released today by Truven Health Analytics, UMHS is one of only 15 major teaching hospitals to earn a place.

This week in the University Record
• Lead exposure negatively impacts MEAP scores of Detroit schoolchildren
• Mirel elected to National Academy of Education
• Water on the moon: It’s been there all along
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on newspaper racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

The 1913 Lectern
A century ago, graduating seniors in LSA presented a gift to the university: a carved oak lectern to be used in the new Hill Auditorium. Like the great hall, the lectern was the design of the architect Albert Kahn. For 100 years, 1913 lectern has symbolized U-M’s role as a democratic forum — a place where society’s challenges are debated and struggled over. (For the next few months, Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the new U-M Heritage Project website.)