The University Record, September 17, 1997

Giants, N.Y. Mets and Yankees owners, president of Council of Learned Societies join in double dedication activities

Tisch Hall, formerly known as the Angell-Haven Connector, will be the University's 'front door to the humanities.'
Photo by Bob Kalmbach

By Deborah Gilbert
News and Information Services

The name of New York City's legendary Preston Robert Tisch, co-chairman of Loew's Corp. and co-owner of the New York Giants, will be the first in U-M history to be displayed on buildings on both the academic and athletic campuses.

The University communy is invited to join with Tisch, his family and friends to dedicate Tisch Hall, the University's "front door to the humanities," at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. Tisch Hall is located near the Diag between Angell Hall and Haven Hall.

The U-M community and friends also are invited to the dedication of the Preston Robert Tisch Tennis Building, 2250 S. State St., at 2:30 p.m. the same day. A reception will follow at 3 p.m.

An 11 a.m. symposium on "The Future of the Humanities" will precede the Tisch Hall dedication. The Rackham Amphitheater symposium will feature John H. D'Arms, president of the Council of Learned Societies and former dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies; as well as Domna C. Stanton, professor of Romance languages and of women's studies; and Prof. Thomas R. Trautmann, the Mary Fair Croushore Professor and director of the Institute for the Humanities.

To cap the dedication of the Tisch Tennis Building, Tisch and co-owners of the New York Yankees and the New York Mets and the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation---all U-M alumni---will hold a public symposium, "Managing Professional Sports: A Conversation between Bob Tisch and Friends," at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in Hale Auditorium at the Business School. WDIV-TV sports broadcaster Bernie Smilovitz will moderate the symposium. Panelists will include:


Robert E. Nederlander, a limited partner in the New York Yankee Partnership, president and director of Nederlander Organization Inc., and president of Nederlander Television and Film Production. A former Regent, Nederlander is national development chairman for the U-M and honorary co-chair of the tennis campaign.


Fred Wilpon, president, CEO and co-owner of the New York Mets baseball team; chairman of the board of Sterling Equities Inc., a real estate investment and development firm, and of Pathogenesis Corp., a biotechnology company.


Alan I. Rothenberg, chairman of the board of the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee; president of the U.S. Soccer Federation and founder and chair of Major League Soccer; and litigator with Latham & Watkins, Los Angeles, since 1990.

Tisch Hall completes the four-building complex that includes Angell, Mason and Haven halls, envisioned by campus architects early in the century. The new building, housing the departments of history, English and classical studies, and the Comparative Literature Program, constitutes the geographic center for the humanities at Michigan.

The Tisch Tennis Building is the best of its kind in the nation, providing eight indoor courts with ample seating for spectators, as well as coaches' offices, meeting rooms, training and locker facilities, and a Michigan Tennis museum.

The building dedications and symposiums are part of the Universitywide celebration for the successful completion of the $1 billion Campaign for Michigan.