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New SACUA officers elected

On April 6 members of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, which represents campus faculty, elected a new chair and vice chair to take office effective May 1. Elected chair was Michael Thouless, professor of mechanical engineering and professor of materials science and engineering, College of Engineering. Elected vice chair was M. Robert Fraser, assistant director of the Mardigian Library, UM-Dearborn. Thouless succeeds David Potter, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of Greek and Latin, Department of Classical Studies, LSA. Potter's SACUA term expires May 1.

Uniqnames available for sponsored individuals

Authorized staff can create online identities, including uniqnames, for department-sponsored people using the new MCommunity Sponsor System. These individuals can include conference attendees, contractors and incoming faculty who need access to U-M resources. For information about becoming a sponsorship administrator go to Departments also can continue to request sponsorships from the ITCS Accounts Office by using MCommunity Sponsorship application forms at

Pledge drive successful for Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio, U-M's public radio service, finished a successful spring membership drive from March 27-April 3, generating more than 6,400 pledges totaling more than $620,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Of that, nearly 2,900 pledges came from first-time donors to the station, resulting in a 50-percent increase in new donors compared to the spring 2008 drive.

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