Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Visitors inspect the new premium club seating on the east side of Michigan Stadium as part of an open house. The new seating, suites and other amenities in the Big House renovation project were opened to the public Wednesday. Click here for more about the stadium open house and renovations. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Henry Russel awardees, lecturer named for 2011
Three faculty researchers will receive the Henry Russel Award, one of the highest honors the university bestows upon junior faculty. Chosen were Anthony Grbic and Anna Michalak of the College of Engineering, and David Harding of LSA. Also, Richard Janko, the Gerald F. Else Collegiate Professor of Classical Studies, was named the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2011.

Regents approve golf practice facility schematic designs
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the schematic design of a new practice facility for the men’s and women’s golf programs. The $2.5 million, 10,000-gross-square-foot facility will be located off of South Main Street on the west side of the U-M Golf Course driving range.
Regents also took action regarding the Institute for Social Research and Crisler Arena, the academic computing center, the 2010-11 regents meeting schedule and committee structure, and the endowment payout.

U-M earns No. 14 ranking among nation's best hospitals
The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers have been ranked among the country’s best hospitals, placing 14th overall for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report magazine. This year, U-M was ranked in every specialty, and rankings went up in 11 of the 16 specialties.

Lloyd Carr retiring from U-M on Sept. 1
After 30 years of distinguished service to the University of Michigan, associate athletic director and former U-M head football head coach Lloyd Carr will officially retire from the athletic department on Sept. 1.

U-M called national model for innovation; Coleman to co-chair panel
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Tuesday that U-M’s innovative economic development initiatives serve as models for other universities and communities nationwide. Locke also announced that President Mary Sue Coleman has been named one of three co-chairs of a new National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

University expands automated travel and expense system, launches foreign per diem
Concur, U-M’s automated travel and expense system, will expand to include the U-M Health System and the Office of University Development starting this week. In addition, the university’s Travel and Business Hosting Expense Policy will include a per diem system for employees traveling to foreign countries on university business.

WCC to offer evening classes on U-M campus this fall in pilot program
The university will lease several classrooms to Washtenaw Community College this fall that will allow WCC to offer evening classes in Ann Arbor as part of a pilot program. WCC will use four classrooms four nights a week in Mason Hall. LSA manages the classrooms and will provide instructional support services to the WCC faculty and students.

Robert Groves to present status report on 2010 Census at U-M
U.S. Census Director Robert Groves will brief the media, students and the general public on the status of the 2010 Census at 9 a.m. Friday in the auditorium at the U-M Museum of Art. Groves directed the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research until he was tapped by President Obama to head the Census Bureau last year.

Guidelines explain what’s allowed regarding campaign activity
Many members of the U-M community have asked about their rights and responsibilities regarding campaigning for or against a candidate or ballot initiative. Comprehensive guidelines are available to explain the activities in which members of the campus community may engage, as well as those that are restricted by law.

Ann Arbor listed among Money’s best small cities
Ann Arbor’s college-town atmosphere and its arts, culture and outdoor recreation opportunities have placed it on Money magazine’s list of the Top 100 best small cities in the United States.

Other photos from the Record Update
Click the headline to view a photo of a visit by Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon with U-M stem cell researchers.

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The Michigan Difference

Writing your own ticket
Studies show fewer employed people are satisfied with their jobs today than in the 1980s, says Jane Dutton, a professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. To combat this problem, Dutton and two colleagues have designed a solution they call “job crafting,” which focuses on a tool that helps employees define their roles and daily tasks in way that allows them to map their current position and outline a more ideal path toward satisfaction.