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Coach Kim Barnes Arico signs contract extension through 2028

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Kim Barnes Arico

The University of Michigan and women’s basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico have agreed to a contract extension through the 2027-28 season, with an automatic one-year extension added each June. Barnes Arico, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Women’s Basketball Head Coach, is the winningest coach in program history with 241 wins, the only coach to ever eclipse 200 victories in Ann Arbor. She is a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year — in 2017 and 2022 — and was a semifinalist for the 2022 Werner Ladder Coach of the Year honor. Her players have combined to earn 11 All-Big Ten first-team honors from the coaches, nine first-team honors from the media, nine second-team honors from the coaches, nine second-team honors from the media and a third-team honor from both before the teams were consolidated to two teams. “I am delighted to know that Kim will continue to lead our student-athletes into the future with this new contract extension that will keep her with us for many years to come,” said Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. Read more about Barnes Arico’s extension.

Thanksgiving break parking, transportation modifications planned

In preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break, Logistics, Transportation & Parking is advising the Ann Arbor campus community of modifications for parking and transportation services. This includes a suspension of parking enforcement Nov. 23-24 for permits and meter fees in most parking areas, with several noted exceptions on the Medical Campus and elsewhere. Regular parking enforcement will resume at 6 a.m. Nov. 25. There will be no bus or shuttle service Nov. 23-24. Regular weekend transit service will resume Nov. 25. There will be no East Ann Arbor Employee Parking Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle (ends at 6 a.m. the morning of Nov. 23), Ride Home or State Street Ride on Nov. 23-24. These services will resume Nov. 27. There will be no paratransit services Nov. 23-24. Read more online about the exceptions to suspended parking enforcement.

UM-Flint earns ‘Best for Vets’ accolade from Military Times

UM-Flint has been named a 2023 “Best for Vets” college by the Military Times, considered the largest and most comprehensive annual ranking of schools for military service members and veterans. Each year, the Military Times sends a survey to colleges and universities across the nation asking about their programs for veterans. This year, 325 schools made the “Best for Vets” list, an increase of nearly 5% from last year. Serving veterans is a crucial mission for UM-Flint. The Student Veterans Resource Center offers veterans academic support and services, including assistance navigating VA benefits. The university also offers the Valiant Veterans Scholarship, and the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education program connects incoming veteran learners with established student veterans to help ease the transition to college and provide additional connections in the new environment. Read more about the list.

Semiconductor training program to be part of statewide effort

As part of a $3.6 million initiative led by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to expand semiconductor training opportunities in Metro Detroit, the University of Michigan will launch a series of hands-on, publicly available short courses in its advanced labs. The initiative is the largest investment in state history to promote semiconductor learning and career opportunities. It includes 2023 MEDC grants as well as matching funds from Wayne State, Oakland University, U-M and Washtenaw Community College. The U-M short courses will be aimed at high school and community college students and working technicians from semiconductor-related fields. The only background required will be high-school-level knowledge of math, chemistry and physics. The goal is to broaden understanding and interest in semiconductor technology among the current and future workforce. Program developers expect to reach 600 participants a year. Read more about this effort.

Ross School, Financial Times team up for new election year poll

The Financial Times and Stephen M. Ross School of Business are partnering on a new monthly poll to track how American voters perceive financial and economic issues in the lead-up to the 2024 U.S. presidential election. The FT-Ross School poll will aim to find out whether Americans feel better off than they did four years ago, and how their financial well-being will impact their vote in the 2024 presidential election. From mid-November, the poll will run for 12 months leading up to the election. The poll will be conducted by Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group and Republican polling firm North Star Opinion Research. It will survey an online sample of 1,000 registered voters from a variety of socio-economic groups across the country and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at 95% confidence level.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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