Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

From left, University Catering chefs Aaron Bruck, John Merucci, Rob Sutch and Nick Machcinski prepare their entries for a recent culinary competition with counterparts from The Ohio State University. The Wolverine team won the contest. Click here to read more about the chefs' showdown. (Photo by Michelle Demuth-Bibb, Chef’s Garden)

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Piersante to lead DPS again during search for new chief
Deputy Police Chief Joe Piersante today was appointed interim university police chief, after the unexpected resignation of Chief Greg O’Dell. O’Dell told university officials Tuesday that he was resigning from U-M, effective today, and returning to his previous position as police chief at Eastern Michigan University.

Math student wins Marshall Scholarship to study in the U.K.
Alex Carney, a U-M senior who says he first came to appreciate math through his violin, is one of 36 students in the U.S. to receive a prestigious 2012 Marshall Scholarship, which will enable him to study for two years in the United Kingdom. He will graduate with honors in May and already has several publications in the field of number theory.

Clark Library now open; ceremony set for Friday
The new Stephen S. Clark Library for Maps, Government Information, and Data Services is now open. Its combination of collections, government information expertise, and data services will provide scholars and researchers with opportunities for exploration, discovery, and collaboration. A celebratory ribbon cutting will be at 4 p.m. Friday.

REMINDER: Deadline for Fall 2011 Mobile Apps Challenge is Sunday
Faculty, staff or students who develop a mobile-device application can enter it in the Fall 2011 Mobile Apps Challenge. Submissions are due Sunday, and must include a video of a working prototype of the app demonstrating its creativity, usability, and utility.

The Michigan Difference

Jumpstart on success
Seeing the educational needs of low-income, at-risk preschool students inspired senior Jillian Rodriguez to join Jumpstart, a collaboration between U-M and AmeriCorps that works with children who are a year away from kindergarten. Student volunteers meet weekly with children to strengthen their language, literary and social skills.