Regents update: October 2018


Capital outlay request, new appointments, gift announcements and more highlights from the Dec. 6 Board of Regents meeting.

The items below were approved at the Dec. 6, 2018, U-M Board of Regents’ meeting.

Campus update:
UM-Dearborn will hold our fall commencement ceremony on campus, Saturday, Dec. 15. There are nearly 700 degree candidates, and we will confer over 700 degrees.

Emily Kolinski Morris, the chief economist at Ford Motor Company, will serve as the keynote speaker. Emily earned her B.A. in economics and international studies from UM-Dearborn and a Ph.D. in economics from UM-Ann Arbor. 

Gifts of $10,000 and above shared with UM-Dearborn:
Estate of Alberta Z. Abbott
$166,529 in support of the George A. Abbott Music Lecture Series in Honor of Musician Harry James Fund, Billy and Bobby MacFarlane Scholarship, George and Alberta Abbott Fund honoring NASA and Dr. Wernher von Braun, UM-Dearborn CASL Student "Get to Graduation" Fund, and the Susan Zehra Memorial Scholarship

Anonymous donor
$25,000 in support of the CASL Legacy Lecture Series

Bhungalia Family
$10,000 in support of the Bhungalia Family Scholarship

Edward W. Elliott Jr.
$50,000 in support of the Dr. Ross Cowan Collegiate Professorship Fund

Ford Motor Company Fund
$15,500 in support of the UM-Dearborn Center for Arab American Studies, iLabs and CEHHS

James Lico
$152,184 in support of the Donald Thomas Lico Endowed Scholarship

The following personnel actions were approved:

Establishing and renaming professorships and selected academic and administrative and positions:
Correction to the criteria for a collegiate professorship, Richard E. Czarnecki Collegiate Professorship I, College of Business, effective November 1, 2018.

Correction to the criteria for a collegiate professorship, Richard E. Czarnecki Collegiate Professorship II, College of Business, effective November 1, 2018.

Correct criteria: The professorship recognizes a distinguished faculty member in the COB who exemplifies the core values of public service and trust, and is a distinguished teacher who can carry on Professor Czarnecki’s strong legacy of teaching excellence.

New appointments of instructional staff represented by the Lecturers’ Employee Organization:
Magidah Alaudi, M.SC., lecturer I, Biological Sciences, Department of Natural Sciences, CASL, September 1 – December 31, 2018.

Julie A. Felker, D.B.A, lecturer I, Management Studies, COB, January 1 – April 30, 2019.

Walter Roberts III, Ph.D., lecturer I, Language, Culture, and Communication, CASL, September 1 – December 31, 2018.

Stephane J. Spoiden, Ph.D., lecturer I, College-Wide Programs, CASL, September 1 – December 31, 2018.

The following memorials were recognized and approved:
Adoption of memorial statements for Bruce Elenbogen, Ph.D., associate professor of computer and information science, CECS; and Elsayed Orady, Ph.D., professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, CECS.

The Regents reviewed all three campus Fiscal Year 20 state of Michigan capital outlay requests. UM-Dearborn submitted the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Artistry Laboratory at the Mardigian Library. This renovation project would improve student access, provide a technology-rich learning environment, and would update infrastructure, address deferred maintenance and reorganize spaces in this 37-year-old building. The estimated cost of this project is $45 million.

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