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December 18, 2018


November 20, 2017


Topic: Campus News

Susan E. Borrego, chancellor and professor of education, University of Michigan-Flint, is the recipient of the 2017 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region IV-East President's Award. The award is a special recognition given to a college or university president who has, over a sustained period of time, advanced the quality of student life on campus by supporting student affairs staff and programs. Since becoming UM-Flint's seventh chancellor in 2014, Borrego has demonstrated commitment to student success and academic excellence, navigated through a public health emergency in the Flint water crisis, re-established the institution as a key community partner and set a plan for the future of the university.

Mayuri Guntupalli, director of strategic initiatives, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, recently joined the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor Board of Directors for the 2017-18 year. Guntupalli has more than 15 years of global strategy and development experience with a focus on strategic development for greenfield projects, capacity building for startup organizations, operational planning and implementation, performance management and improvement and organizational restructuring.

A team from Michigan MultiMedia recently won first place for best institutional website in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's District V regional awards competition. The winning website was the Medical School's website,, and was created by a team under the direction of Michigan MultiMedia Assistant Director Sam Keith and IT Project Manager Kelly Davenport. The Medical School website steering committee consists of Medical School Communications Manager Kevin Bergquist, Office of Medical Student Education Director Brad Densen, Lead Public Relations Representative Kara Gavin, Administrative Director Lisa Gubaci-Root, Global REACH Communications Manager Craig McCool and Lead Brand Manager Maria White. CASE is an international association of education advancement officers, which includes alumni administrators, fundraisers, public relations managers, publications editors and government relations officers.

Sergey Fomin, Robert M. Thrall Collegiate Professor of Mathematics and professor of mathematics, LSA; and the late Northeastern University professor Andrei Zelevinsky received the American Mathematical Society's 2018 Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in Discrete Mathematics/Logic for their paper "Cluster algebras I: Foundations," published in 2002 in the Journal of the American Mathematical Society. Presented annually, the Steele Prize is awarded for a paper that has proved to be of fundamental or lasting importance in its field, or a model of important research. The prize will be awarded Jan. 11.

Marlyse Baptista, professor of Afroamerican and African studies, and professor of linguistics, LSA, was recently elected to serve on the executive committee of the Linguistic Society of America. Baptista has been a member of the Linguistic Society of America since 2000 and has taught at four LSA summer institutes, chaired the Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics, and co-chaired the Program Committee for three years. The Linguistic Society of America was founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language. LSA plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general public.

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