Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ricki Ballard, left, and Tracy Duval from West Quad Dining work on their entry in the Residential Dining Services Extreme Pumpkin contest, which took place Friday. While Ballard and Duval’s entry was a jack o’ lantern of Barack Obama, some of the other entries followed a more gory Halloween motif. Click on the picture to see more extreme pumpkins … if you dare! (Photo by Peter Logan, University Housing)

Coleman says more savings needed in coming years
U-M must identify $100 million in additional cost savings over the next three years to deal with a state funding outlook that shows no signs of improving soon, President Mary Sue Coleman said Monday. Speaking to the Senate Assembly, Coleman said the budget problem is the concern of everyone in the campus community and she asked everyone’s help in dealing with it.

U-M receives Notice of Inquiry from NCAA

President Mary Sue Coleman announced Monday that the university has received a "Notice of Inquiry" from the NCAA, indicating it will continue its investigation of allegations made about the intercollegiate athletics football program. The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the university.

Health service delays H1N1 vaccination plans
University Health Service has put on hold its plans for vaccinating students against the H1N1 flu virus until more vaccine becomes available. In an e-mail message Monday to students on the Ann Arbor campus, Dr. Robert Ernst, UHS medical director, said delivery of the H1N1 vaccine to the U-M is “far from what we had expected at this point.”

Faculty governance group prefers some insiders on grievance panels
The Senate Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly expressed a preference for faculty-grievance hearing panels that contain members from inside the unit where the grievance originated, but in a minority role. In a non-binding straw poll, the faculty governance body unanimously supported a suggestion that Grievance Hearing Boards should consist of five members, three from outside the affected unit and two from within.

The Michigan Difference

A place for kids to grow
Lindsey Cottrell would like to grant every request that comes to The Olevolos Project, but all too often she finds herself having to say no. It’s a difficult, but frequently necessary part of the School of Public Health alumna’s job as she focuses on the overall goal of the project, which is building an orphanage to give children in a Tanzanian village a chance at a normal childhood.