Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cathy Cwiek, right, manager of The Henry Ford’s historic foodways and domestic life programs, gives a tour of Greenfield Village’s working gardens and sustainable food projects to students in UM-Dearborn’s “Fast Food Nation” First Year Seminar course, which encourages students to engage critically with the world of food from farm to mouth. (Photo by Jennifer Thelen, UM-Dearborn)

Rec Sports now part of Student Affairs
Recreational Sports at U-M has moved into the Division of Student Affairs, where leaders say it will fit well with other services provided to students. The announcement was made earlier this month to Rec Sports staff by Provost Teresa Sullivan and Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper, who both say the reporting change represents a good fit for the program that is used predominately by students. The move comes seven months after the university released a report by the Recreational Sports Task Force that called for development of a master plan to upgrade existing indoor and outdoor facilities.

New online survey tool available to entire university
Qualtrics, a powerful online survey and experimentation tool, now is available free to all university campuses and units. The user-friendly tool can be used for course and program evaluations, administrative tasks, student surveys and research.

PODCAST: Michigan's high unemployment, weak economy hurts families
As poverty’s grip continues across the nation, a high unemployment rate in Michigan has weakened the state’s economy and financially devastated many families. In this podcast, Institute of Social Research expert Reynolds Farley talks about the state's poverty rate and how Michigan can rebound.

The Michigan Difference

The little things matter
Tiffany Ofili inhabits a world of tiny tolerances and knows how small mistakes can cause big problems. As a four-year star sprinter, hurdler, and long jumper for the women's track and field team, co-captain Ofili already knew how that maxim can affect athletic performance. But pharmacy school gave the rule another meaning.