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News Briefs
Distinguished Dissertation Awards nominations due Nov. 21

Nominations for the Distinguished Dissertation Awards are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Nominees must have been or will be awarded their doctoral degree during the 2005 calendar year. The awards, which include a $1,000 honorarium, recognize exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students during the last phase of their graduate work. For more information, visit or call (734) 764-8221.

President Ford among Distinguished Alumni Service Award winners

The 2005 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award to be presented Oct. 6 include former President Gerald Ford ('35, HLLD '74) and former speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Paul Hillegonds ('71).

Other recipients are: Richard E. Balzhiser ('55, MSE'56, PhD '61), Avern Cohn (JD'49), Richard A. English (MA'61, MSW '64, PhD'70) and Janet Netzer Neary ('54). The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Michigan League Ballroom. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Alumnus S. Spencer Scott ('14) of New York established the award in 1947 to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves "by reason of services performed on behalf of the University of Michigan, or in connection with its organized alumni activities."

For more information call (734) 764-0384 or visit:

Candace Johnson Award deadline Oct. 10

The deadline to nominate exemplary staff on the Ann Arbor and U-M Health System campuses for the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence is Oct. 10.

Established in 2004, the award is a memorial to Candy Johnson, a dedicated staff member from the provost's office who died in 2003.

Her special blend of professionalism and personality was a positive influence in the workplace, her co-workers say.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate and recognize peers who make a difference at the University through a combination of enthusiasm and excellence.

The Office of the Provost will present a $500 cash prize and certificate in December to the recipient or recipients.

For more information and nomination forms, visit:

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