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Week of September 7, 2010

Student Move-In

Erica Salehi (left) of Dearborn gets help from her parents, Alex and June Salehi, as she moves into Martha Cook Residence Hall. Salehi was among 7,000 U-M students who moved into Ann Arbor campus residential halls during the four-day Fall Term Move-In, says Peter Logan, communications director for University Housing. An additional 3,000 students moved on campus early. Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services.

U-M leaders focus on Planet Blue as sustainability hub

The issue of sustainability at U-M took on greater meaning last year when President Mary Sue Coleman said in her annual State of University speech that “U-M is strengthening its long-standing commitment to sustainability across the board — in education, research, operations and engagement.” Kevin Brown of the University Record recently sat down to discuss this institutional topic with three U-M sustainability leaders — Terry Alexander, executive director for the Office of Campus Sustainability; Don Scavia, special counsel to the president for sustainability, Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, professor of natural resources and environment, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and the director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; and Ryan Smith of the Student Sustainability Initiative.

Class of 2014 encouraged to embrace discovery

President Mary Sue Coleman encouraged the incoming freshman class to see their U-M experience as a ticket to creative thinking, diverse perspectives, unique personalities and discovery, in her remarks at the New Student Convocation Sept. 2 at Crisler Arena.

LSA theme semester asks questions about life

This fall the LSA theme semester “What Makes Life Worth Living?” will invite students and community members to explore this question and answers offered over the centuries and around the globe. The semester will offer courses, lectures, films and activities for all U-M students to connect with the theme and integrate their academic work with their co-curricular activities and off-campus experiences.

Hovey lecturers predict radical rethink in journalism industry

Journalist couple Gerard Ryle, news editor of The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, and wife Kimberley Porteous, multimedia editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, will deliver the 25th Graham Hovey Lecture, “The Odd Couple: Newspapers and the Internet — Will they ever get along?” at 5 p.m. Friday at Wallace House, 620 Oxford Road. 

Nine people, five teams receive diversity leaders awards

Recipients of the second annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award (DDLA) recently were celebrated at a breakfast ceremony in Palmer Commons.

Task force addresses

A U-M task force is recommending ways to address privacy and data security issues associated with the growing trend toward “cloud computing” — applications and services provided over the Internet instead of internally or on individual computers.

New plaques on stadium 
represent state’s 83 counties

When the gates of the renovated Michigan Stadium opened Sept. 4, Michigan fans may have heard some interesting new chatter. Thanks to the vision of former Athletic Director Bill Martin, “Meet me at Gogebic” and other Michigan counties could be as common as “Go Blue!” 

Provost selects three faculty 
to help mold academic vision

Phil Hanlon, in one of his first acts as provost on July 1, tapped three faculty leaders to spend the next year helping him mold the strategic vision that will position U-M’s academic enterprise to achieve continued excellence in the decades to come.



Linh Nguyen, program manager, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Intercultural Development, on attending her first spoken word poetry event: “It was just the passion they had talking about identity issues, plus it was an art form I had never been exposed to.”

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.


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