Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Adoley Jordan, an alumna of U-M’s Michigan in Washington internship program, talks with Liz Schrayer, a U-M alumna and president of Schrayer & Associates, a Washington, D.C., advocacy firm. The two were participating in events marking the fifth anniversary of the internship program last weekend. Click here to read more about the Michigan in Washington program. (Photo by Tracey Baetzel)

State of the University:
Coleman highlights accomplishments and new hires; talks budget

Meeting students’ educational needs through continued and expanded opportunities while managing the effects of an economy still in peril will be the biggest challenge U-M will face in the year to come, President Mary Sue Coleman said during her State of the University message to campus today. The president’s address was upbeat, as she expressed confidence the university would continue to serve students, the state of Michigan and the research and higher education communities with excellence, even as the prospect of declining budgets continues.
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University’s Financial Report is available online
U-M’s 2010 Financial Report, which features university achievements, creativity and innovation, leadership, major projects and more, now is available online. Click here for links to reports from 2005-10.

Clements acquisition offers view of Britain's strategy with colonies
The personal and official papers of a high-ranking British diplomat who participated in the treaty that formally ended the Revolutionary War are now part of the archives of the William L. Clements Library. The papers from the Sir Henry Strachey Collection were purchased at auction earlier this month.

REMINDER: Change in on-campus polling locations for elections
Election Day is Tuesday and the university wants to remind voters that there have been changes in campus polling locations. University residence halls no longer serve as polling locations, which means voters in five precincts will cast ballots at new locations.

Health officials investigating suspected norovirus outbreak at sorority house
The Washtenaw County Health Department continues to investigate a possible outbreak of norovirus among nearly three dozen residents of an off-campus sorority house Saturday night. There have been no cases of the gastrointestinal illness reported among students living in U-M residence halls.

The Michigan Difference

Get Fresh Detroit
Many inner-city Detroiters don’t have easy access to fresh vegetables, but U-M students Noam Kimelman and Zach Markin are trying to change that. They spent their summer launching Get Fresh Detroit, a business that puts fresh fruits and vegetables in the corner stores and liquor stores where many of the city's residents shop for food. The founders estimate that fresh produce is now more accessible to 4,500 people in Detroit.