PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: May 5, 2004
Fund-raising campaign kickoff May 14
DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will launch a major fund-raising
campaign at a kick-off ceremony at 7:45 a.m. May 14 at the Fairlane Center.
The Fairlane Center, which was Ford's Fairlane Training and Development
Center, was acquired by UM-Dearborn last year and houses the campus's
schools of education and management. It is located at 19000 Hubbard Drive
"This occasion provides us a wonderful opportunity for the UM-Dearborn
family-students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends-to come together to
celebrate almost a half-century of growth and change," according
to Chancellor Daniel Little.
"A great foundation has been laid over the 45 years since the campus
was founded, and it is now time for us to build on that foundation and
to enhance our capacity to serve this region in truly distinctive ways
for the next century," Little said.
The ceremony will include remarks by U-M Regent Andrew Richner, Chancellor
Little, Provost Robert Simpson, students and alumni who have volunteered
to take leadership roles in the campaign. UM-Dearborn's event was planned
to coincide with the launch the same weekend of the campaign that will
include all schools, colleges, units and campuses of the University of
"We expect to make some major announcements at the kickoff, including
the target amount that we hope to raise between now and 2008," according
to Thomas Baird, vice chancellor for institutional advancement. "We
will announce some major gifts that day, gifts that indicate the dedication
and affection our alumni have for their experiences as students at UM-Dearborn."
The campaign will focus on three main areas: increasing student opportunities
especially through scholarships; strengthening academic programs through
endowed professorships; and enhancing the campus's already strong partnerships
in southeastern Michigan.
"These priorities were identified through a year-long process involving
the academic leadership of the campus, some faculty and staff, and hundreds
of alumni and other supporters in the community," Baird said.
Increasing scholarship support is critical to helping the campus attract
more students, especially those students who are choosing between UM-Dearborn
and other schools, Baird said. "Many of our most dedicated supporters
among our alumni feel very strongly about keeping UM-Dearborn affordable
for students in this region, and they've indicated strong levels of support
"We also will be seeking gifts to help equip the new engineering
and science buildings that will be built in the next few years,"
In addition, the campaign will be seeking support for more collaborative
projects among the campus and the communities in southeastern Michigan.
"This campus has always stood for stronger connections with the surrounding community, and those connections are critical to the campus's visibility and influence in southeastern Michigan," Baird said. "Strengthening those connections will help us recruit more students and generate even more support for the campus in the years ahead."
Those interested in attending the kickoff should call (313) 593-5130
or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.