Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 19, 2009

Schematic designs for a new soccer stadium feature grandstand seating, two team locker rooms, restrooms and concessions for spectators and a press area. The designs were approved Thursday by the Board of Regents. Construction is expected to be finished in the fall of 2010.

U-M plans largest
investment in
financial aid ever

Faced with the toughest economic times since the Great Depression, the Board of Regents voted 6 to 2 Thursday to approve a general fund budget that calls for $118 million in centrally awarded financial aid, including an 11.7 percent increase in financial aid for undergraduates. It is the largest investment in central need-based financial aid in U-M history. Regents also heard a report on the Athletics budget and approved budgets for UM-Dearborn/UM-Flint and U-M Hospitals and Health Centers.

President Coleman’s remarks on the 2009-10 budget
In her remarks Thursday to the Board of Regents, President Mary Sue Coleman said the spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1 was crafted with a focus on keeping U-M strong during tough economic times.

Richner to chair Board of Regents
Andrew Richner was elected the next chairman of the Board of Regents at Thursday's meeting. The Grosse Pointe Park Republican was elected to the board in 2002. His one-year term begins July 1.

Technology Transfer Policy amended to encourage student entrepreneurs
The Office of Technology Transfer has made several changes to its Technology Transfer Policy to clarify that student entrepreneurs can pursue their inventions on campus without concern that the university will later try to claim ownership. The most significant change clarifies the ownership provisions for intellectual property created by students.

Committee investigates feasibility of internal classroom locks
An ad hoc committee of representatives from various U-M constituencies is investigating the feasibility of allowing classrooms to be locked from inside in case of emergencies such as an active shooter loose on campus. The suggestion grew out of an incident that saw 32 people die at Virginia Tech two years ago.

The Michigan Difference

Milestones in Giving
Private dollars have long helped U-M fulfill its public mission. A new feature on the Michigan Difference Web site highlights the history of donor impact on U-M's notable achievements.