PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Jan. 30, 2004
University Center opening will unite campus
DEARBORN--Three days of special
events under the theme of "Uniting our Campus" have been
scheduled for Feb. 4-6 to celebrate the opening of the University Center.
"Student life at the University of Michigan-Dearborn took a very
major step forward with the opening of the University Center last November,"
according to Donna McKinley, vice chancellor for student affairs. "We
hope the grand opening festivities will show off some of the connections
that the building has been designed to support and stimulate the interactions
that are an essential part of the learning experience."
Among other events, the festivities will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 4 with
a day of programming by student organizations followed by an evening of
entertainment including a casino night. Several musical performances have
been scheduled during the grand opening, including appearances by the
U-M men's and women's glee clubs and other groups. Comedian Jon Reep,
known for appearances in Dodge truck commercials, will appear at noon,
Feb. 4 on the Center Stage.
Student-led and self-directed tours will be offered throughout the three
days, with special rewards offered to those who complete "passports"
indicating they've visited a certain number of offices and facilities
in the building.
A formal dedication ceremony, which is open to all members of the community,
has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 on the building's Center
Stage. Instead of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the event will feature a
"ribbon tying," commemorating the building's purpose of uniting
On Friday, Feb. 6, author and cultural critic Kevin Powell will be the
keynote speaker at "A Conversation on Race: Voices of a New Generation,"
from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Powell was a cast member
in the first season of the MTV series "The Real World" and has
written numerous books and articles on hip-hop music and other racial
and social issues.
His presentation will be followed by a forum for students to discuss
some of the attitudes and feelings about race. The program is a collaboration
of UM-Dearborn and New Detroit, an organization whose mission is to address
racial issues in the Detroit metropolitan area. Reservations are required
for this event and can be obtained by contacting the Student Activities
For more information on the University Center opening activities, see
the Web site www.umd.umich.edu/universitycenter.