Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

From left, Stephanie Fillip and Amanda Meyer are among the incoming School of Public Health students sorting apples and other food items for distribution at Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor. The Aug. 28 event was one of several SPH Practice Plunge program activities. U-M students led by faculty and staff in several schools are reaching out this fall to community organizations for one-day service opportunities, and for semesterlong projects tied to courses. (Photo by Lon Horwedel, Michigan Photography)

University to receive $200M from developer Stephen M. Ross
Real estate developer and alumnus Stephen M. Ross will give $200 million to U-M to significantly transform the student experience at the business school and athletic campus. Ross' gift is the largest single donation in U-M history and makes him the biggest donor to his alma mater, with lifetime giving of more than $313 million.

Employees, spouses can win $500 by participating in healthy programs
Getting and staying on a healthier track can be a challenge in the fall. To help, MHealthy is offering extra motivation with its November Grand Prize Drawing. Six people who participate in one or more eligible health and well-being activities between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 will be randomly selected to receive a $500 American Express gift card.

Parnes named managing director of Institute for Social Research
Marvin Parnes, who has been serving as an associate vice president for reasearch, has been appointed managing director of the Institute for Social Research. He will work closely with the ISR director and center directors to formulate long-range strategic plans, and will oversee the institute's budget and the Center for Institute Services.

The Michigan Difference

Safe water for Mexico
Two School of Nursing graduates were part of a water purification effort to help residents in high flood-risk areas of Mexico. Denise Soulliere and Angela Wan were part of the 2013 Clean Water Team that also included three U-M medical students and three cadets from the U.S. Military Academy. The project, part of the Eleanor Josaitis Global Initiative at Focus: Hope, focused on how the P&G Purifier of Water product could be incorporated into emergency relief protocols.