Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Susan Collins, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, stands with sculptor J. Brett Grill in front of a bronze statue of President Ford in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Grill, a 2001 U-M alumnus, created the statue that was dedicated Tuesday. Ford, the 38th president of the United States, graduated from U-M in 1935 and also served as vice president and represented West Michigan in the U.S. House. Read articles about the dedication in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. (Photo by Mark Ratner)

URC seed funding enhances research competitiveness
University Research Corridor seed funding of more than $750,000 will support two major environmental health studies including researchers from all three URC member institutions: U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

REMINDER: E-waste recycling event Thursday-Saturday
The Office of Campus Sustainability and Ann Arbor Public Schools are sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday to help people dispose of electronics in an earth-friendly way. Businesses and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to register for the institutional collections on Thursday and Friday at the Tennis & Gymnastics parking lot. The general public can drop off items Saturday at Pioneer High School. Enter from Main Street at the corner of West Stadium Boulevard.

Student payment plan to be administered internally
Beginning next fall, U-M's payment plan option, which allows students and their families to spread tuition, residence hall, and other costs across several months, will be administered internally by the Student Financial Services Department.

The Michigan Difference

Advice from the bullpen
Former U-M pitcher Jim Abbott was born without a right hand, but he didn't let it dampen his illustrious baseball career or hamper his successful foray into public speaking. "I've never felt as though I've had a disability," Abbott says. "I would probably say that I'm more blessed than not in terms of what I'm able to do physically. And I think that has to be your focus."