Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 22, 2010

Laura Patterson, associate vice president for Information and Technology Services and chief information officer, listens to suggestions during a recent town hall to discuss the components of NextGen Michigan. (Photo courtesy of Information and Technology Services)

University announces plan to transform information technology
NextGen Michigan, a multi-year strategy for employing state-of-the-art technology to advance the U-M mission, kicks off this month. It has four main components: moving to a shared services model, creating alignment that includes instituting an IT Governance Structure, the rationalization of IT, and enabling units to focus on technology that differentiates their school or college.
Questions and answers about the new IT Governance Structure.

Heavy snow closes UM-Dearborn campus
The UM-Dearborn campus is closed today due to heavy snowfall. All classes are canceled.

Town hall meeting Tuesday for research community
Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest has scheduled a town hall meeting for U-M’s research community at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Topics include the university’s position of research leadership, the North Campus Research Complex, fiscal year 2011 federal research spending, and anticipating opportunities and challenges.

U-M students closing in on final ice-dancing round
The four U-M students in the Winter Olympics ice dancing competition — Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Evan Bates and Emily Samuelson — completed their compulsory and original dances over the weekend. See what they have to say on their blog as they prepare for this evening’s free dance, the final component in their medal quest.

The Michigan Difference

Sharing educational opportunity
Growing up in Mexico, Antonio Flores expected to become a farmer, just like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. But he loved learning, and when the opportunity came to further his education, Flores took it. Ultimately, he received his doctorate from the School of Education. Since 1996, Flores has been president of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, which represents more than 450 institutions that are committed to Latino/a higher education success.