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Week of September 5, 2011

Door-to-door safety effort

U-M Chief of Police Gregory O’Dell (center) and Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones discuss safety with U-M senior Elyana Twiggs of Miami. The Division of Students Affairs, Department of Public Safety, Michigan Student Assembly, student volunteers and Ann Arbor Police Department walked door-to-door Sept. 2 in neighborhoods adjacent to campus to welcome student residents and distribute safety information. This event is part of a new, student-led program, Beyond the Diag, designed to establish a network of off-campus student committees within the Ann Arbor neighborhoods where many university students live. Residents were encouraged to leave the lights on outside their houses or apartment doors, walk with a trusted friend whenever possible, keep their apartments, houses and vehicle doors locked at all times, and immediately report suspicious behavior. Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services.

Ten years later, how has 
Sept. 11 shaped America?

On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some U-M faculty experts say the lasting impact on American society ranges from modest to profound, depending on the segment of society affected.

opportunities’ await new class

For the Class of 2015, the Internet always has existed. Cellphones are commonplace. Electric cars are an option. It’s a new world, and the incoming freshmen have “endless opportunities” that await them, President Mary Sue Coleman said at New Student Convocation.

New police chief promotes open communication

Maintaining an open relationship with the public is important to newly appointed U-M Chief of Police Gregory O’Dell. That’s why he plans to host weekly community crime meetings to allow the public to share their concerns with police.

U-M went smoke-free this summer; smoker decides it is time to quit

When Penny Gamble’s supervisor took her aside one day in July to explain how the university’s new smoke-free policy affected the off-campus site where she works, the U-M Health System employee decided it was a good time to kick the habit.

Celebrations planned for new children’s, women’s hospitals

The U-M Health System will open the doors to its new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital this November. Several events, including an open house and fundraisers, are planned to mark the occasion.

U.S. education secretary to address School of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit U-M on Thursday, where he, along with a faculty panel from the School of Education, will discuss how to promote excellence in America’s classrooms, particularly for disadvantaged and underserved students.

Mites exhibit explores the impact of a diverse group of invertebrates

A mite may never win a bug beauty pageant, but these animals’ growing impact on humans begs a closer look. That effect is the impetus behind the new exhibit “The Invisible World of Mites.”



Joe Colangelo, hall director, West Quad, on the value of dorm life: “Whenever else are they going to live in a setting where you have 1,100 neighbors with varying experiences, beliefs and heritages in such close proximity again?”


An Evening with Ahmad Jamal, 8-11 p.m. Sept. 17, Hill 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.


Old school: U-M in History

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