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Week of September 20, 2010

North Quad housewarming

Students, faculty and staff gather in North Quad's new dining hall during a housewarming for the new residential and academic home. The Sept. 15 event also included a a “ribbon joining” ceremony with President Mary Sue Coleman and other university officials. The ribbon joining used international flags as a symbolic illustration that North Quad, with its blend of living and learning and its focus on the global experience, was about joining people from different cultures and backgrounds in a unique environment. Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services.

Housewarming celebrates opening of North Quad

A Sept. 15 housewarming was billed as a time for students, faculty and staff, who are making North Quad their residential and academic home, to celebrate their place in history. The North Quad Residential and Academic Complex is the first residence hall built at U-M since 1967, and its approach to living and learning is unique.

‘The ’60s began’ at U-M: How students helped JFK change world


Alan Guskin, a 23-year-old Michigan graduate student when he stood in front of the Michigan Union at 2 a.m. Oct. 14, 1960, will be back at the Union at 2 a.m. this Oct. 14, speaking to a crowd celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK's speech that would lead to the creation of the Peace Corps. Guskin will detail how he and other students and faculty took action: writing letters, organizing groups, conducting petition drives, building momentum so the Peace Corps would be established by executive order on March 1, 1961.

Sustainability-related majors, programs see explosive growth

Making green out of maize and blue, increasing numbers of students across the U-M are pursuing majors and graduate programs that focus on sustainability.

University crafting plan to reward good health

Large employers across the country are looking for health plans that provide effective ways to encourage employees to stay healthy, reduce their risks and manage chronic conditions. Often, they share in the financial savings by getting reduced premium rates while they improve their health. Associate Vice President for Human Resources Laurita Thomas charged a committee with crafting a plan that provides these types of incentives, and it could be offered as soon as 2012.

14 U-M researchers to speak at World Stem Cell Summit

U-M researchers will present updates on groundbreaking clinical trials, new insights into basic stem cell biology and reports on some of the latest technical advances at the 2010 World Stem Cell Summit in Detroit next month.

U-M annual research spending grows 12 percent to $1.14 billion

Research spending at U-M in 2009-10 grew 12 percent over the previous year to $1.14 billion, the second straight year the university has surpassed the billion-dollar milestone.

MTIP offers $5 co-pay for OTC tobacco cessation products

MHealthy’s Tobacco Independence Program (MTIP) now includes coverage for generic, over-the-counter (OTC) tobacco treatment products with a $5 co-pay per one-month supply.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Kevin Perkins, team leader, Planet Blue Teams, on the impression Planet Blue energy evaluations make on building users: “It makes you feel good when you see you’re getting their attention.”

School of Information dean and wife pledge $2.5M to U-M

School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and his wife, Janet Netz, have committed to a gift of $2.5 million to the school.

Features

Question of the Week

This fall, LSA’s theme semester is “What Makes Life Worth Living?” How would you answer this question?

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