Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dr. Kim Eagle, co-director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center, speaks during the unveiling Thursday of a bronze bust of legendary football coach Bo Schembechler. Looking on is Cathy Schembechler, wife of the man who coached the Wolverines from 1969-89. Schembechler, who died in 2006 after a 37-year battle with heart disease, worked tirelessly through the CVC to educate the public and help further its research. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Regents hear report on effort to use campus space more efficiently
The university’s Space Utilization Initiative (SUI), launched in 2007, is helping U-M make better use of its classroom, research and office space and, as a result, saving taxpayer and tuition dollars. SUI Project Manager Frances Mueller told the Board of Regents on Thursday that by making better use of existing space, U-M seeks to minimize the expansion of facilities that are supported by the general fund.

Advisory committee chair pleased with outcome of dispute with Russell Corp.
The chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights says she is pleased with news of a historic labor rights breakthrough — supported by students and university officials — involving apparel maker Russell Corp. and Honduran workers.

Renovations and updates approved at regents meeting
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved several facilities-improvement projects including: the design for the project to relocate the majority of the Museum of Zoology’s collection from the Alexander G. Ruthven Museums Building, renovating 61,000 square feet at Wolverine Tower, updating laboratories and support spaces at the Edward Henry Kraus Building, and installing an electric chiller at the Chemistry Building.

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Grad school application coaches
Navigating the graduate-school application process can be daunting, particularly for underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged students. Three recent U-M grads have created the nonprofit group Excelerate to guide students through the process and help them best position themselves for admission to professional schools.