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Michigan Radio's spring fund drive tops $700K

Michigan Radio, U-M's public radio stations, raised $702,437 during the spring fund drive that ended April 2. The total is a 16 percent increase over the spring 2003 fund drive. Listener support generates more than half of Michigan Radio's annual operating budget.

Ann Arbor to test warning sirens

The City of Ann Arbor Office of Emergency Management will test outdoor warning sirens at 1 p.m. April 13. Questions should be directed to (734) 761-2425.

Arts of Citizenship Program honored

The Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies has named the Arts of Citizenship Program recipient of a 2004 Great Lakes Community Arts Award. Formal presentation of the award—an original work of art by Michigan artist Nancy Lautenbach—will be 4 p.m. April 26 at the Work Gallery, 306 S. State St. The awards are presented to arts organizations that are outstanding in management and programming, in community and economic development, and in leadership. Winners must demonstrate a commitment to integrating arts and culture into community life. Arts of Citizenship is being honored for project partnerships that have included:

• Theater pieces created from local oral histories (with Mosaic Youth Theatre and Matrix Theatre Co., both in Detroit)

• After-school art-across-the-curriculum workshops in Detroit elementary schools (with Communities in Schools)

• A two-year performance partnership exploring social issues in southeast Michigan through dance (with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, University Musical Society and many community dance troupes)

• A Web site of design proposals for public art and cultural amenities in a historic park (with the city of Ann Arbor and park neighbors)

• Radio documentaries on topics such as jazz in Detroit and the Arab American teen experience (with Michigan Radio and several community groups)

• Multi-arts playshops to improve the literacy of homeless children in Washtenaw County (with SOS Community Services).

James Neubacher Award nominations

Each October, during Investing in Ability events, the James Neubacher Award is presented to a faculty or staff member, student or alumna/alumnus for significant achievements in promoting acceptance and awareness of people with disabilities; advocating for their civil rights; or removing barriers to full participation in programs and services for those with disabilities.

Established by the Council for Disability Concerns in 1990, the award is a memorial to Neubacher, an alumnus of the University, columnist for The Detroit Free Press, and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. The award includes a stipend provided by the Office of the President. The deadline for nominations is May 31. More information and nomination forms are available at or by calling (734) 975-4635, ext. 233.

City, University preparing for final move-out

The final move-out date for students in residence halls is May 1. The halls will close at 11 a.m., and residents must vacate by that time. University Housing officials expect some disruption and inconvenience because of construction work at the School of Public Health. Besides interrupting traffic flow, the construction has eliminated some parking spaces normally available near residence halls and the Medical Center. University Housing is working with the city of Ann Arbor and the city's police and fire departments to make move-out as smooth as possible.

Nominations for DPS oversight committee

Staff nominations are being accepted for non-union candidates to the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee. The committee considers grievances against any public safety officer deputized by the University. Its findings and recommendations are reported to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

The six-member committee comprises two students, two faculty members and two staff members—one union and one non-union—who are nominated and elected by their peers for two-year terms. This year, the term of the non-union staff member will expire.

Appointment of the non-union staff member to the committee takes effect in July. Staff members not represented by unions may nominate themselves or another non-union-represented staff member. Nominations can be made online through May 3 at Human Resources will contact nominees for their consent to run in the election by non-union staff in June. For more information, e-mail

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