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U-M Real Estate Forum receives $10,000 gift

Members of the team that developed Main Street Commons recently presented a $10,000 check to the U-M/Urban Land Institute (ULI) Real Estate Forum to help fund its Real Estate Initiative. Main Street Commons team member Peter Allen, who also teaches real estate at U-M, founded the forum in 1986. The initiative is designed to coordinate courses critical to real estate development at the University, such as architecture, business, engineering, law, natural resources, public policy and urban planning. The team that developed the project is composed entirely of U-M graduates, all former students in Allen's real estate class. This year's U-M/ULI Real Estate Forum will be Nov. 5-6 in Oakland County and Ann Arbor. For more information or to register, visit

Graduate Guide to Commencement site has new look

The Office of Ceremonial and Presidential Events, with the help of Marketing Communications, recently redesigned its Web site for the Graduate Guide to Commencement. The site, , includes information on tickets for winter and spring commencement activities, University contact information, and maps of the Ann Arbor area. U-M Real Estate Forum receives $10,000 gift

Life Sciences Orchestra seeks soloists

The Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) is seeking soloists for its second concerto competition, to be held 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 3 at the McIntosh Theater in the School of Music building. The winner will perform with the LSO in May. The competition is open only to members of the LSO, and to members of the U-M life sciences community whose musical instrument traditionally is not represented in the orchestra, such as piano or voice. Prospective competitors must e-mail Laura Jackson at by Oct. 31. For more information and competition rules, visit

U-M-Flint offers class on women and law

U-M-Flint is offering a new class, Law POL/WGS 385, which will examine and analyze the role of law in the social, economical, political and private lives of women in U.S. history, and the study of current legal concerns faced by women. Topics include women in employment, education, family law, criminal justice and reproductive rights. Shelly Spivak, a former practicing lawyer and current family court referee, is the instructor.

GELS applications available

The application process for faculty and graduate student fellowships with the Global Ethnic Literatures Seminar (GELS) is open, with a deadline of noon Jan. 9. The application is open to tenure-stream faculty and graduate students in candidacy who are doing humanities, arts, cultural or humanities-oriented social science work on issues of ethnicity and globality. GELS, sponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature, is interested in scholars working on regional ethnicity, globalism, diaspora, issues of race and racism, diversity and other pertinent areas. In fall 2004, GELS will support six graduate student fellows and four faculty fellows. Application materials and eligibility requirements are at .

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