The University Record, October 30, 1995
Note: Regents’ Roundup appears as a semi-regular feature in The Record.
Editor’s Note: The Regents took the following actions at their October Meeting.
$6.2 million in gifts accepted
The Regents accepted $6,194,633 in gifts received during September. The total included $3,563,912 from individuals, $1,370,914 from corporations, $688,601 from foundations, and $571,206 from associations and others.
Kraus labs renovation OK’d
The Regents approved the proposed renovation of four laboratories in the E.H. Kraus Building.
The project, estimated to cost $325,000, will “provide an appropriate, modern molecular microbiology research laboratory,” said Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack.
New MRI scanner approved
The Regents approved the proposed installation of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner on the B2 level of University Hospital.
“The U-M Hospitals currently operates two MRI scanners, dedicated for patient clinical use,” explained Womack. “One of these units was originally purchased by the Radiology Medical Service Plan and was dedicated solely to research and academic use.
“The growth in clinical demand over the past number of years has resulted in both scanners being occupied fully by patient care activity. This has significantly hampered academic pursuits and the ability to compete effectively in funding. Now the Medical School proposes to install a third MRI unit.”
The project is estimated to cost $3,140,000, with approximately $2.4 million of that amount associated with the equipment purchase. A Certificate of Need application will be submitted to the Michigan Department of Public Health.
Personnel actions approved the Regents included:
Thomas C. Kinnear, the D. Maynard Phelps Professor of Business Administration, whose appointment as interim vice president for development will end Aug. 31, 1996, will serve as vice president for development through Aug. 31, 1997.
Jayne A. Thorson, director of faculty affairs in the Medical School, will become assistant dean for faculty affairs, effective Nov. 1.
John Steven Lansing, from the University of Southern California, will be professor of anthropology, with tenure, and professor of natural resources and environment, with tenure, effective Sept. 1.
The Regents approved the Parking Services’ annual maintenance program for 1996.
“The 1996 safety, maintenance, and repair program will include the structural repair of the Thompson Street Parking Structure and the resurfacing of miscellaneous parking lots,” Womack explained. “Several safety and security initiatives, including new and improved lighting, stairwell windows, and emergency phones will also be undertaken.
“A major component of the 1996 parking maintenance program will include the final phase of the Thompson Street Parking Structure repairs.”
The 1996 maintenance program is estimated to cost $5 million.
The Regents approved the proposed changes to the renovation project for Yost Ice Arena.
“The original project, approved by the Regents last December,” Womack explained, “involved upgrading the facility to meet code items, replacing infrastructure systems, and providing minimal program renovations, primarily locker room improvements and replacement of seating.
“As the architectural planning progressed, it became evident that it would minimize disruptions and be cost effective to increase the scope of the project to include additional infrastructure items such as new restrooms on the first and third floors, replace the boiler, and install a new electrical transformer.
“The increase in scope, coupled with a substantial increase in the cost of aluminum seating over the course of the last year, will increase the budget from approximately $4.5 million to $5.5 million.”
Funding will be provided from two sources: a $2 surcharge on all varsity hockey tickets over a four-year span will fund $1 million of the project, and the remainder will be funded through private donations.