Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

As Ol' Man Winter throws us another messy reminder of who rules the weather, this slideshow from Michigan Today offers various scenes of a snow-covered campus — including this one of West Hall — that reveal beauty worthy of literary inspiration. (Photo by Joel Johnson, Michigan Photography)

Coleman stresses financial aid, cost cutting in budget testimony
President Mary Sue Coleman emphasized the importance of higher education to the future of Michigan during her budget testimony Tuesday before the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee. She told state legislators that U-M remains affordable for state residents because of a three-pronged approach that emphasizes financial aid, aggressive cost control and philanthropy.

At 30, Council for Disability Concerns keeps up with growing constituency
Known as the first of its kind in the nation, U-M’s Council for Disability Concerns marks its 30th anniversary in 2013 by drawing public attention to the surging number of “invisible” disabilities, among a range of initiatives. The council advocates for upgrades to university facilities, programs, and policies that affect people who have disabilities.

Snowstorm closes UM-Flint campus
The UM-Flint campus is closed today due to the winter storm that is dumping snow across Michigan. It will reopen Thursday. UM-Dearborn is on spring break this week. The Ann Arbor campus remains open.
• The university's inclement-weather policy for employees at the Ann Arbor campus.

Donations sought to help Student Run Free Clinic rebound from fire
The leadership of a free clinic in Pinckney run by U-M Medical School students is seeking donations to help rebuild after a Feb. 18 destroyed its building. The U-M Student Run Free Clinic shared the building with Faith Medical Clinic to provide free medical care to uninsured patients in Livingston County.

The Michigan Difference

The 1913 Lectern
A century ago, graduating seniors in LSA presented a gift to the university: a carved oak lectern to be used in the new Hill Auditorium. Like the great hall, the lectern was the design of the architect Albert Kahn. For 100 years, 1913 lectern has symbolized U-M’s role as a democratic forum — a place where society’s challenges are debated and struggled over. (For the next few months, Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.)