News from other Michigan public universities and U-M peer institutions across the nation.

STATE UNIVERSITIES

Western announces Alumni Center plans

Western Michigan University officials have agreed to renovate the original core of East Hall, turning the birthplace of the university into a $21.4 million WMU Alumni Center that reflects national best practices, preserves the building’s historic designation and incorporates a high level of sustainable building features. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2015.

Northern, USOC continue partnership

Northern Michigan University and the United States Olympic Committee have announced the renewal of a contract to maintain an Olympic training site on the NMU campus. The site currently features residential programs for men’s Greco-Roman wrestling and men’s and women’s weightlifting. One of 16 U.S. Olympic training sites in the nation, NMU has 43 Greco-Roman wrestlers and 26 weightlifters.

PEER INSTITUTIONS

Indiana University will honor Burroughs

A five-day festival in Bloomington, Ind., will help kick off the nation’s centennial birthday celebration of author, essayist, painter and spoken-word performer William S. Burroughs, a founder of the Beat Generation. The Burroughs Century event Feb. 5-9 will feature events on the Indiana University campus and in the Bloomington community. The collaboration unites the local academic, artistic and cultural communities to honor an artist who transcended boundaries between literature, painting, music, film and art.

Purdue begins search for next provost

Purdue University has launched the search for its next provost with the naming and first meeting of a search advisory committee, which will be asked to present a list of candidates to President Mitch Daniels by April 15. Purdue’s next provost will succeed Tim Sands, who will leave Purdue at the end of the spring semester to become president of Virginia Tech University.

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