Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 18, 2010

Finance honored its 2009 Quality Service Award recipients with a lunch Friday at the Inglis House. From left are Dave Doyle, Lisa Kokas, Associate Vice President for Finance Rowan Miranda, Rula Karapatsakis and Matt Eberhart. The staff members, chosen by a committee of their peers from nominations received by Finance throughout the year, were acknowledged for their exceptional performance, outstanding customer service, creativity and initiative. In addition to a plaque, the honorees received a monetary gift. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Sustainability assessment aims to boost global leadership
A yearlong, comprehensive study of campus operations kicks off this month, with a plan to set ambitious goals for sustainability across U-M. The recently formed Sustainability Executive Council, chaired by President Mary Sue Coleman, approved the study — called an integrated assessment — as one of its first major initiatives.

Distinguished University Professor lecture schedule announced
A new season of Distinguished University Professor lectures begins Feb. 2 as the first of five faculty members who have received one of the university’s top honors will present topics that highlight their work at U-M.

University charitable giving campaign 15 percent over goal
Although numbers for pledges and donations to U-M’s recently completed United Way campaign still are being calculated, it is estimated that university faculty and staff have contributed approximately $1.15 million, the largest total ever raised by the campaign.

HAITI RESPONSE: UMHS offers medical supplies, air ambulance to Haiti
The U-M Health System is mobilizing a multifaceted response to the earthquake disaster in Haiti, coordinated by a task force of UMHS leaders.

University Record offers new look in print, online
Today’s issue of the weekly University Record will feature a new look, both in paper and online. The print and Web editions of the Record also will include some new editorial content. The new Web page now has the ability for RSS feeds and sharing articles with social networks. It also has improved ability to search archived issues.

The Michigan Difference

Building on the fundamentals
Mike Carscaddon’s job is to help people in underdeveloped countries access the capital to buy a home. A 2008 MBA graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Carscaddon (center in photo) is executive vice president for international field operations for Habitat for Humanity International. How big is his challenge? “The current homeownership rate in the U.S. is around 65 percent,” he says. “But if you go to India, fewer than six percent of the people have access to the capital needed to buy a house. When you get to a country like Zambia, that number drops to fewer than one percent.”