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Week of March 21, 2011

Regents in Detroit

U-M, Detroit connection

• When U-M was established in late summer of 1817, it had no home. A month later, the People of the Three Fires (the Odawa, Ojibwe and Bodewadimi), donated nearly 2,000 acres in Detroit to be used for the fledgling college, where Native Americans would be welcome to enroll.

• More than 9,700 current U-M students (more than 16 percent of the total enrollment on all three U-M campuses) are from Wayne County, 1,200 of whom call Detroit home.

• Of the approximately 199,600 U-M alumni now living in Michigan, about 64 percent (almost 127,000) live in Southeast Michigan, with nearly 6,000 residing in Detroit.

U-M officials and Detroit dignitaries mingle during a reception before the Board of Regents meeting in Detroit. Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services.

• The University Research Corridor — a partnership of U-M, Wayne State University and Michigan State University established in late-2006 — is committed to expanding and capitalizing on the knowledge-based potential of Michigan and each of its regions, including Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

• U-M has long-standing relationships with many Detroit-area businesses, including the Big Three automakers — Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler — as well as other companies such as DTE Energy and North American Bancard.

— Compiled by Deborah Meyers Greene, Public Affairs



Linnea Chervenak, senior project manager, Ambulatory Care, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, on her lifelong attraction to travel: “I always thought it was normal to travel to foreign countries.”


Author Pauline Kaldas poetry reading at 5:10 p.m. March 28, Angell Hall, with author T.J. Anderson.

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