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Regents to meet Feb. 19

The Board of Regents will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 19 in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building. Public comments will open the meeting at 2:30 p.m. People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at (734) 764-3883. The Record does not publish a print edition on Feb. 23 because of spring break; look for coverage of the meeting online Feb. 20 and in the March 1 print edition.

Scholarships information session

The Provost's Council on Student Honors invites faculty and staff to nominate students for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships. These prestigious scholarships provide opportunities for university graduates to study at Oxford and other universities in Great Britain. An informal information session for students interested in applying will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 17 in the GM Conference Room of the Lurie Building. Council co-chair James Adams, professor of economics, notes that faculty members can nominate seniors and encourage freshmen and sophomores to take an interest in the scholarships, and juniors to begin preparing their applications. Those wishing to nominate students, as well as interested students, may visit for procedural and deadline information.

Nominations open for Diversity Service Award

The Office of the Provost is soliciting nominations for the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award. Named in honor of Harold Johnson, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, the award was established in 1996 to recognize faculty whose service contributes to the development of a more culturally and ethnically diverse campus community. Five awards are made annually and include a $5,000 stipend. The nomination deadline is March 15. Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty on the Ann Arbor campus. Submissions are welcome from faculty, staff and students. The nomination form is available at For more information, call (734) 615-1634 or e-mail

U-M Women's Football Academy

The sixth annual Women's Football Academy will kick off at 8:15 a.m. June 19 at the U-M football complex. Team up with head coach Lloyd Carr and his staff to learn more about Wolverine football and support the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Participants will spend the day learning about terminology, rules and regulations, player equipment, offense and defense, special teams and more. Lunch will be provided, and participants will receive official academy T-shirts, handouts and a graduation certificate. Registration is $90 ($65 tax-deductible), with proceeds supporting the Coach Carr Cancer Fund—established to supplement patient care and wellness programs at the Cancer Center. In addition, a minimum fundraising commitment of $100 is required. Registration is required and space is limited to 500 participants. For more information and registration, call (734) 936-6475.

Research grants available

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies are offering faculty and students grants for 2004 through the Research Partnership Program. The Spring/Summer Research Grants Program will award at least 30 grants to faculty that will enable them to hire doctoral students to assist in research and projects. The Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars Program will provide up to five awards to groups of faculty, students or graduate programs proposing innovative seminars and colloquia. The deadline for applications is March 8. For more information on the spring/summer grants, call (734) 764-4400. For more information on the seminars program awards, call (734) 763-6048.

Library expands online access to newspapers

The University Library has acquired ProQuest Newsstand and ProQuest Historical Newspapers, which provide indexing of more than 350 newspapers and files dating from the 19th century for major American newspapers. Newsstand and historical newspapers can be found at For more information, contact the Graduate Library Information Center, (734) 764-9373, or the University Library's Ask Us service at

Church Street parking structure to automate

Gate-controlled parking through Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) will be activated at the Church Street Parking Structure (E8) March 1. In preparation, the south Church Street entrance will be modified effective Feb. 16. Access to the majority of the structure—blue and gold spaces—will be available through the Church Street north entrance and the east entrance from Washtenaw Avenue. There will not be access to blue or gold spaces from the south entrance. An AVI device or card will be required to open the gates after March 1.

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