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Week of June 21, 2010

Regents honor Sullivan

Regent Andrew Richner presents a resolution to Provost Teresa Sullivan honoring her work at U-M and congratulating her as she departs to become president of the University of Virginia (UVA). Sullivan, who became provost in June 2006, was noted for her friendly demeanor, her forthright approach to tackling tough problems, and her commitment to sustaining and enhancing an academic environment. “The remarkable legacy of her accomplishments, which touch the entire panoply of issues confronting the Provost’s Office, will be felt for years to come,” the resolution states. Richner said the university has managed its budget challenges so well that “we are victims of our own success,” having lost Sullivan to UVA. The regents also saluted Sullivan’s husband, legal scholar and Law School faculty member Douglas Laycock, who will join her in a new post at UVA. Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services.

Budget: Lowest tuition increase in 26 years

In the coming year U-M will implement the lowest resident undergraduate tuition increase since 1984, paired with a record amount of undergraduate financial aid and a new Economic Hardship Program designed to offer additional help to Michigan families. The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a 1.5 percent increase in resident undergraduate tuition and a 10.6 percent increase in centrally awarded financial aid as part of a $1.55 billion General Fund budget. Budgets also were approved for UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint.

International 
Institute announces record number 
of Fulbright offers

Forty-three U-M students were awarded a U.S. Department of State Student Fulbright grant to participate in research, study or an English teaching assistantship abroad. The number of grant offers is the highest in U-M’s history.

Michigan iPhone app delivers range of information

With a few taps on an iPhone people now can search for somebody in the U-M directory, navigate campus, access the Magic Bus system and even check out what’s being served in the dining halls. Designed to connect students, faculty and staff, Michigan is a free iPhone app that provides access to news, events and other university information. Michigan and the Mobile Center, a new website with mobile resources, were created to encourage and support mobile computing needs at U-M.

Michigan principals face challenges with new requirements

As this year’s graduating seniors begin a new chapter in their lives, a new U-M report indicates many in next year’s senior class should be concerned about not wearing a cap and gown.

Voices of the Staff annual meeting focuses on engagement

Meeting the challenge of sustained staff engagement was the theme of the sixth annual Voices of the Staff meeting.

Bing Ye named a Pew Scholar

Bing Ye, Life Sciences Institute (LSI) research assistant professor and assistant professor of cell and developmental biology at the Medical School, has been named a Pew Scholar. The Pew Charitable Trusts announced last week that Ye, along with 20 other outstanding scientists from across the country were selected as the 2010 Pew Scholars in the biomedical sciences.

U-M selects leader for North Campus Research Complex

David Canter, a physician, scientist and respected leader, once led the Pfizer pharmaceutical research operation on the site now known as the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC). Now, with approval of the Board of Regents, he will be the executive director of the NCRC beginning July 19.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Betty Roon, registered nurse, University Hospital, on connecting with terminally ill patients and their families: “Just sitting with them and being an advocate for them — it’s just an honor.”

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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.

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