The University Record, February 27, 1996


Editor’s Note: The Regents took the following actions at their February meeting.

$34.6 million in gifts accepted
The Regents accepted $34,618,872 in gifts received during December 1995 and January 1996.

The total included $21,655,437 from individuals, $5,868,705 from corporations, $5,217,755 from foundations, and $1,876,975 from associations and others.

Tenured faculty
appointments OK’d

Faculty appointments, with tenure, approved by the Regents at their February meeting included:

Anjan V. Thakor, from Indiana University, will be professor of finance and the Edward J. Frey Professor of Banking and Finance, effective Sept. 1.

Vojo Deretic, from the University of Texas, will be associate professor of microbiology and immunology, effective July 1.

Jean E. Robillard, from the University of Iowa, will be professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, effective Feb. 1.

Joel A. Swanson, from Harvard Medical School, will be associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, effective July 1.

Nine faculty named to
administrative posts

Administrative appointments approved by the Regents included:

Eugene M. Pijanowski, professor of art, was reappointed School of Art associate dean for undergraduate education for another two years, effective July 1.

Janet A. Weiss, professor of organizational behavior and public policy and professor of public policy, will extend her appointment as associate dean in the Business School until Aug. 31.

Clarita Mays was reappointed assistant dean of student and multicultural affairs in the School of Social Work for three years, effective July 1.

Martin Sichel, professor of aerospace engineering, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, effective Jan. 1–May 31.

Betty Jean Jones, professor of theatre, will serve as associate dean in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, effective Jan. 1, 1996–June 30, 1999.

Earl Lewis, professor of history and of Afroamerican and African studies, will be senior associate dean in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, effective May 1, 1996–June 30, 2000.

Gary M. Olson, professor of psychology and of information and library studies, will be associate dean of the School of Information and Library Studies, effective Oct. 1, 1995–Sept. 30, 1998.

H. David Humes, professor of internal medicine, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, effective Feb. 14.

James W. Richards, associate dean and professor in the College of Pharmacy, will be interim dean of the College, effective Jan. 1–June 30.

New residence hall,
apartments rates OK’d

The Regents have approved an average rate increase of 4.9 percent for residence halls and 4.7 percent for apartments on the Ann Arbor campus for next year.

The basic rate for a double room in the traditional residence halls, now $4,897.42 for two terms, will be $5,137.44. Other rates will range from $2,051.28 (now $1,954.90) for a room-only converted triple unit in a non-traditional hall to $6,103.02 (now $5,817.24) for a single room in the traditional halls. Rates in the traditional halls include room and 13 meals per w eek.

New rates for student tenants in apartments, effective July 1, will range from $337 (now $322) a month for an unfurnished room in the Observatory Lodge to $812 (now $760) for a furnished three-bedroom unit. Faculty and staff tenants will pay abou t 20 percent more. All rates include utilities.

The proposed rates were recommended unanimously by the rate study committees, made up of students and staff members.

Sprinkler system to be
installed in Hatcher Library

The Regents approved the installation of sprinkler systems in the Hatcher Graduate Library.

“The University has a phased program in place to sprinkle all Central Campus University Libraries as funding becomes available,” Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack said. “The Shapiro Library was completed as part of the rece nt renovation project, and a portion of the north side of the Hatcher Graduate Library has been completed. Fire protection is also nearing completion in the Cook Legal Research Library.”

Funding has now been identified to complete the sprinkler system installation in the north side of the Hatcher Library and completely sprinkle the south side of the library. “At this point,” Womack said, “we will have the major Uni versity collections protected.

The installation project is estimated to cost $1,795,000.

North Campus pool,
bridge get go-ahead

The Regents approved the proposed reflecting pool and pedestrian bridge for the Engineering Center, now nearing completion, on North Campus.

“Two of the more significant features in the North Campus Landscape Master Plan are the reflecting pool and a pedestrian bridge intended to connect the primary level of the Engineering Center (at Level 2) to the existing grade of the core are a to the west,” Womack said.

“Funding has now been identified for the pedestrian bridge. While assessing the manner in which construction should progress, we have recognized that the major elements of the bridge should precede the construction of the pool. For this rea son, as well as economy of scale, we are interested in combining the two projects (the reflecting pool at $600,000 and the pedestrian bridge at $800,000) under one general contractor.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring with plans to complete as much of the construction as possible by the October dedication of the Engineering Center.

Three renovation
projects approved

The Regents approved these renovation projects:

“The University will enter into an agreement with the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) to jointly develop a Park N Ride location adjacent to Printing Services on Green Road. The parking lot will contain approximately 312 space s,” Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack said. “The rising cost to develop and maintain parking structures and lots increasingly hinders our ability to meet our obligation to the campus community to provide parking options at a reasonable cost. Creative solutions to this problem may be found in sharing resources with the surrounding community.”

AATA will fund $275,000 for construction and Parking Services will fund maintenance for the shared parking lot. The agreement is proposed for 20 years during which the University may terminate at any time and reimburse AATA per a depreciation sch edule.

The Monroe Health Center, a primary care facility containing three practices purchased recently by the University, operates out of a medical building in downtown Monroe. “The building leased for this center is 18,700 square feet includi ng 6,250 square feet of shelled space,” Womack said. “We propose to finish this shelled space to house a five physician internal medicine clinic.” The project is estimated to cost $1,450,000.

“The house at 710–716 Forest Ave. in Ann Arbor was donated to the University in 1981 with the understanding that the building would continue as a child care center under a long-term lease,” explained Womack. “That lease has expired and the building has been vacated. It is now proposed that the building be used to accommodate children from the Children’s Center for Working Families (now housed in rental space) and the Madelon Pound House Children’s Center (located on Hil l Street).”

Before relocation can take place, renovations must be undertaken to meet state Department of Social Services current child care center regulations. The renovations address fire code and handicapped access items. The estimated cost of the project is $215,000.


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