Regents Round-up for December 2021

December 13, 2021

Faculty honors and commencement plans were shared at the December Board of Regents meeting.

During the Dec. 9 Board of Regents’ meeting, Chancellor  Domenico Grasso acknowledged Associate Professor of Mathematics Yunus Zeytuncu who was named a Michigan Association of State Universities Professor of the Year. Associate Professor Zeytuncu and his family were in attendance to be formally recognized by the Regents. 

Chancellor Grasso also provided updates regarding the fall semester commencement plans, news of a European study abroad experience tailored for our students and progress on the development of a College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters problem-based learning (PBL) initiative meant to enrich students' experience in the Arts next year. PBL themes were selected to reflect the college's strengths and align with areas of employment opportunities in the region. Additional information on this initiative will be shared in the new year. 

The personnel actions below were approved. 

New appointment of instructional staff represented by the Lecturers’ Employee Organization. 

Timothy Davis, Lecturer II, Management Studies, COB, September 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022.

Tuere Wheeler, Lecturer II, Management Studies, COB, September 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

Gifts of $10,000 or more:

Kresge Foundation, $10,000 in support of the Art Collections & Exhibitions

Templeton World Charity Foundation, $298,643 in support of Professor Francine Dolins and her research on “The Cognitive Foundations of Social Minds”

Verizon Communications, $25,000 in support of the Mathematics Support Fund

Ronald J. Woods Charitable Trust, $20,000 in support of the Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA)

A complete overview of the Regents’ meeting can be found here


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