Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More than 1,500 people gathered at the steps of the Michigan Union early this morning to celebrate the exact hour of John F. Kennedy's speech that led to the founding of the Peace Corps. (Photo by Scott Galvin, Photo Services)

Early morning crowd marks 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s Peace Corps challenge
More than 1,500 members of the university community gathered in the drizzly cold on the Michigan Union steps at 2 a.m. today to commemorate the precise moment on Oct. 14, 1960, that presidential candidate John F. Kennedy challenged U-M students to commit their lives to service in developing countries.

University invites neighbor input on plan for vehicle-free zone near Michigan Stadium
Several dozen Michigan Stadium neighbors shared concerns and suggestions with U-M staff Wednesday night in response to an initial plan to create a vehicle-free zone around the stadium during major events. Most concerns focused on perceived challenges the neighborhood would face by closing Main Street to all vehicle traffic between W. Stadium and Pauline boulevards before, during and after major events.

Great Lakes cities, resiliency to climate change discussed
City leaders throughout the Great Lakes region increasingly are concerned about how to adapt to climate change, and that was the topic of discussion at the Great Lakes Cities Climate Adaptation Integrated Assessment Scoping Meeting at U-M this week.

The Michigan Difference

Blogging about the Peace Corps
As U-M celebrates 50 years of the Peace Corps this week, recent U-M graduates Nate Gire and Kelsey Kennedy are blogging about their experiences as new volunteers with the organization. They started their Peace Corps assignment in Lima, Peru, in September.