U-M & West Michigan

West Michigan and the University of Michigan are tied together through a host of people and partnerships including efforts to create new opportunities and improve education, health care and public service.

U-M boosts local math education

Dean Deborah Ball

The University of Michigan’s School of Education dean will spend a week of her summer in Grand Rapids’ Steelcase headquarters, standing in the center of a horseshoe of tables surrounded by 27 incoming fifth-graders.

Deborah Ball is one of the nation's leading math education experts (both the Obama and Bush administrations have sought her counsel). But she also spends two weeks each summer at the helm of U-M's Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (EML) which will operate in Grand Rapids in the summers of 2010 through 2012.
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Moving ahead: bike camp changes lives

Ulrich video

U-M Kinesiology professor Dale Ulrich has been helping families who have a child with Down Syndrome and autism in the greater Grand Rapids area for more than four years.
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U-M President keynotes West Michigan's Most Influential Women

Mary Sue Coleman

More than 500 people gathered recently at the J.W. Marriott to honor West Michigan’s 50 most influential women. U-M President Mary Sue Coleman was the keynote speaker, telling the audience, “a state of mind — one of increased education — is what Michigan must become to prosper in the 21st century”
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Also: President Coleman gives GVSU commencement address (Dec. 12, 2009)


Jobs: U-M, West Michigan partner to bring opportunities to region

  • U-M, GVSU study wind energy
  • Helping Michigan get back to business
  • U-M research and Holland-based S2 could create 1,000 new jobs

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Education: Growth through learning

  • Transfers from West Michigan community colleges up
  • U-M boosts local math education

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Health: U-M improving quality of life

  • Value partnerships improve health care, contain costs
  • U-M partnering with Van Andel Institute to plan network

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Service: U-M serving West Michigan

  • Assisting communities in socioeconomic distress
  • Michigan Sea Grant goes coast to coast

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