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Detroit Center open house to highlight U-M's loyalty to city

Nearly 200 years after U-M was founded in 1817, the Detroit Center —not far from the University's original location — embodies an abiding commitment to the city, offering a visible and accessible gateway to resources by offering instruction, conducting research and providing services.

All the resources and more will be on display at the Detroit Center Open House, noon-3 p.m. Sept. 16, 18 and 19. The center is at 3663 Woodward Ave. on the ground floor of Orchestra Hall.

The Detroit Center is home to the University's Detroit Admissions Office, faculty and program offices, classrooms and meeting space. It hosts art exhibits, guest lectures and collaborative work on behalf of the city and the citizens of Detroit.

During the open house Detroit Center staff will give tours and provide refreshments, and additional staff and faculty members will be present to talk about the work they do at the University.

"The open house is a great place for people to connect," says Detroit Center Director Roger Doster. "In addition to prospective students and their families, some of our community guests will stop by to meet a faculty member from a particular department of the University. Or a non-profit agency will take the opportunity to seek out student-intern placements or to establish a collaboration, such as a jointly written grant proposal for project funding."

In the Detroit Admissions Office, middle school and high school students and their parents and families can sit down with an admissions counselor to work on goal setting and college planning, or see a financial aid expert about ways to meet college expenses. More than 600 such visits occurred in 2007-08, an increase of 60 percent from the previous year. Prospective students also can participate in planned events, such as SAT- and ACT-preparatory workshops, and recruitment events for help with college planning.

"The outreach of this office is focused on the Detroit area and other urban communities within the state," says Tyrone Winfrey, director of the Detroit Admissions Office. "We reach out proactively to prospective students to increase visibility and accessibility for the University among Detroit area students, parents and their families. We seek to expose urban students from across the state and nation to U-M, and to showcase the attributes of Michigan, the distinguished university that is only 45 minutes from Detroit."

The city provides a rich urban context and location for education and scholarship. Today, in dozens of Detroit locations, U-M students and faculty members join residents and leaders in efforts to improve the quality of the city and the life of its residents. At any given time more half of the University's 19 schools and colleges are involved in as many as 100 projects with community-based organizations, government offices, schools and service agencies.

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