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Week of July 5, 2010

U-M captures American Solar Challenge

Members of the U-M Solar Car Team celebrate a first-place finish at the American Solar Challenge. The week-long, biennial 1,100-mile competition for solar-powered vehicles started June 20 in Broken Arrow, Okla., and ended June 26 in Naperville, Ill. The U-M car was the first to cross the finish line with a final time of 28 hours, 14 minutes and 44 seconds. This is the sixth North American title for the team. Infinium is believed to be the university’s fastest solar car ever, reaching 100 mph in testing. Photo courtesy U-M Solar Car Team.

University accredited for another 10 years

The university has received official notice that it has earned continuing accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Bentley historical exhibit celebrates Michigan as vacation destination

The history of Michigan as a prime vacation spot is celebrated in the current exhibit “Seeking a Pleasant Peninsula: A Century of Travel & Vacationing in Michigan,” presented 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through August at the Bentley Historical Library.

Former LSA dean led college during difficult time

Peter Steiner, an internationally recognized scholar of economics and law, who guided LSA through turbulent economic times as dean in the 1980s, died June 26 at his home in Ann Arbor. He was 88.

LSA goes smoke free a year ahead of university initiative

Another campus unit has announced its plan to create a smoke-free zone surrounding its building a year ahead of the universitywide implementation of the Smoke-Free University Initiative. As of July 1, smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of the LSA Building, Director of Facilities and Operations Robert Johnston announced in an e-mail two weeks ago to LSA faculty and staff.

Applications, projected freshman enrollment at all-time high

For the fourth consecutive year, U-M received a record number of applications from prospective freshmen, and applications and paid deposits are up for underrepresented minority students.

LSA to use i>clicker audience response tool

Students and faculty in LSA will find learning much easier this fall, with the adoption of the i>clicker. The new “clicker” tool is replacing Qwizdom as LSA’s audience response tool and includes many user-friendly features.

Dolen named new executive director 
for Parking & Transportation Services

Stephen Dolen has been appointed executive director of Parking & Transportation Services, effective July 12.



Sandy Richter, interior designer, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, on why she loves interior design work at the university: “I love thinking of different ways to use space.”


  • “The Geisha Influence on Kimono Fashion” with Liza Dalby, anthropologist and author who spent a year as a geisha in Japan and was a consultant to the film “Memoirs of a Geisha,” 5:30 p.m. July 15, U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium.

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School of Information dean and wife pledge $2.5M to U-M

School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and his wife, Janet Netz, have committed to a gift of $2.5 million to the school.


Question of the Week

How do you beat the summer heat?

Old school: U-M in History

Soccer team