Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Want to draw curious looks and bring people together? Show up with a bicycle built for seven. That’s what happened Wednesday when University Ombudsman Bob Holmes hired his neighbor Tom Bartlett to bring his Conference Bike to Regents’ Plaza for some late-autumn fun. Over the course of an hour, numerous passersby took Holmes up on his offer to climb aboard the unusual conveyance for a couple of passes around the plaza. Bartlett said his is the only Conference Bike in Michigan. It was designed by Eric Staller, a U-M alumnus now living in Amsterdam. (Photo by James Iseler)

Domestic and sexual violence awareness campaign unveiled
The U-M Initiative on Domestic and Sexual Violence has created Abuse Hurts: Recognize, Respond, Refer — a campaign to raise awareness of the effects of domestic violence. In the first phase of the initiative, the campaign has launched a Web site to offer information for those interested in learning more about domestic violence.

Kids Kare registration offers faculty and staff backup child care
The U-M Work/Life Resource Center is again offering “Kids Kare at Home,” an emergency back-up option for when regular child care is unavailable, but the parent cannot take time off from work. In those instances, a Kids Kare worker can provide back-up care in the home. Registration, which is under way through Nov. 20, is free and there is no obligation to use the service.

Kenneth Cole stresses social responsibility in School of Public Health speech
Kenneth Cole, fashion icon and humanitarian, told a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday that tough times brought on by the current economic situation can fuel creative solutions. He spoke at the School of Public Health about activism, employment, and thinking outside the box.

The Michigan Difference

Helping boys become men
Growing up in Miami, Mike Trepper says, he and his friends were "good kids caught up in bad systems." He wanted to direct his energies toward a better purpose. After graduating from the School of Social Work, he worked for the National Conference for Community and Justice and helped found the Boys Initiative in Tampa, Fla., helping boys grow into responsible men.