Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Among the university's unsung heroes are the members of its custodial staff. Plant Building & Grounds Services has produced this video with Michigan Media highlighting the role and history of the teams who work to keep U-M buildings clean. The video recently received a Telly award.

U-M tuition increase for coming year is smallest in nearly 30 years
The general fund budget approved Thursday by the Board of Regents contains the smallest in-state tuition increase in nearly 30 years — 1.1 percent — and the largest-ever increase in financial aid. That combination means that for the fifth straight year there will be no increase in the net cost of attendance for the typical undergraduate student with financial need.
• Also at Thursday's meeting, regents approved budgets for the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn, and were presented with the Athletic Department budget.

University hires firm to help with presidential search
The university has selected a search firm to assist in selecting a replacement for President Mary Sue Coleman, who plans to retire in July 2014 when her current contract expires. Russell Reynolds Associates, one of the leading executive recruiting firms in the world with offices in 26 countries, will lead the search, Regent Laurence Deitch said Thursday.

U-M picks former State Police director to lead Division of Public Safety and Security
Eddie L. Washington Jr., a former director of the Michigan State Police who has worked as a security consultant for U-M and Dow Chemical Co., has been selected as the executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Security. He will start July 23, pending approval by the Board of Regents at the July 18 meeting.

Bertolini to serve as U-M Health System’s top attorney
Gina Bertolini, an attorney with roots in Michigan and experience at an integrated health care system similar to U-M’s, was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents to be the next head of the U-M Health System’s legal office.

New library dean also will serve as vice provost for digital educational initiatives
James L. Hilton, whose appointment as U-M’s next dean of libraries was approved in May, now has been appointed to the new position of vice provost for digital educational initiatives. His vice provost appointment, effective July 1, was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents.

Fischer Newman to chair Board of Regents; White named vice chair
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman will serve as the next chair of the Board of Regents for a one-year term beginning July 1. Regent Katherine White was named vice chair when the appointments were announced Thursday at the board's monthly meeting.
In other action, regents approved renovations at East and West halls, and power upgrades at University Hospital.

MHealthy offers tips for managing email stress
A recent survey shows 75 percent of respondents reported moderate to high levels of stress related to their email, specifically email volume and response expectations. To help university faculty and staff learn how to manage stress related to email, MHealthy is offering a free webinar, as well as a list of tips regarding email behavior and organization.

Six scholars selected to work on sustainability challenges as Dow Fellows
Six postdoctoral scholars have been selected to join the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program this fall. Through diverse research areas and approaches, each aims to help address some of the world's most pressing sustainability challenges. They represent a range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, and the natural, physical and engineering sciences.

REMINDER: Free mouth guard clinic set for Saturday
The School of Dentistry will conduct its annual Mouth Guard Clinic for amateur athletes from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Athletes who plan to play football, ice hockey, basketball, soccer or other sports in the near future are invited to be fitted for a free customized mouth guard at the school, 1011 N. University Ave.

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