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News Briefs
Michigan Radio premieres new local program

Michigan Radio, U-M's public radio station, will premiere its new, locally produced call-in program, "The Jack Lessenberry Show" at 1 p.m. today (Sept. 19). Hosted by veteran journalist Jack Lessenberry, the show will cover a variety of political and social issues with a special focus on Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The live program will provide a forum for callers to voice a spectrum of opinions about how best to deal with social and financial problems in the state of Michigan and its largest city, Detroit. For more information on the show, visit

Commencement speaker deadline Oct. 13

The deadline for prospective student Winter Commencement speakers to submit speeches for consideration is 5 p.m. Oct. 13. The commencement ceremony will be 2 p.m. Dec. 18 in Crisler Arena. The competition is open to U-M students who will receive a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree during Summer or Fall Term 2005. Submissions must include a typed draft of the speech—five minutes or less in length—and a standard audiocassette or CD of the author delivering the speech. Entrants also are asked to submit a curriculum vita or resume, and include an e-mail address and local phone number. A committee of students, faculty and staff will select the speaker. Submit entries to 2074 Fleming Administration Building, 1340. Attention: Student Speaker Entries. For more information, contact Julie Ashley at (734) 647-6974 or

Grant Opportunities Collaborative Spaces seeks proposals

An experimental program that provides collaborative space, equipment and funding for student-initiated research is announcing its second annual call for proposals. Grant Opportunities Collaborative Spaces (GROCS) will support interdisciplinary student teams that employ rich media in collaborative academic projects. Selected teams will receive an unrestricted cash grant of $2,500 for each student team member; $1,500 for their faculty advisor; and work space in the Duderstadt Center.

Rich media is any digital format that includes a time-based component, including audio, video, animation, virtual reality constructions or other data visualized over time. GROCS projects explore ways that rich media might be integrated in the academic environment.

Proposal forms and details about the program, including selection criteria, are available at Project proposals may be submitted anytime before Oct. 28, and recipients will be announced Nov. 7.

Warren retires from UMHHC post

Larry Warren, director and chief executive officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC), has announced his retirement after 29 years at the University. Warren was reappointed to a four-year term as leader of the UMHHC in December 2003. The reappointment also continued his title of associate vice president of the U-M Health System (UMHS) and his adjunct professorship in the School of Public Health. Dr. Robert P. Kelch, executive vice president for medical affairs and UMHS CEO, is assembling a team to conduct a national search to fill the position. An interim director will be selected shortly.

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