The University Record, September 16, 1998

Dedication of Social Work Building is Sept. 25

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

The School of Social Work and the International Institute will celebrate the dedication of their new building, located at the corner of South University and East University avenues, in a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 25.

The ceremony, which will be held at the building's main entrance, will feature remarks by President Lee C. Bollinger; Regent Olivia Maynard; Dean Paula Allen-Meares of the School of Social Work; David William Cohen, director of the International Institute; and M.S.W. student Marian J. Krzyzowski. The dedication will be followed by a public reception in the building's lobby and courtyard, along with an open house and self-guided tours until 4 p.m.

"The dedication of the Social Work Building marks another significant chapter in the historical development of the University of Michigan School of Social Work," Allen-Meares says. "The theme for the dedication-'Looking Forward'-is so appropriate as we anticipate future intellectual innovations that will advance the profession through our research, instructional and service activities.

"We are indebted to those who have contributed so generously and in significant ways. Such support is the foundation for success."

"It's a splendid facility with which to begin the Institute's sixth year," Cohen says. "The International Institute was founded almost five years to the day of the dedication. We are grateful to former Provost Gil Whittaker and Dean (Edie) Goldenberg, who four years ago committed themselves to making this possible.

"The completion of this facility brings together, for the first time, virtually all area centers and programs of the International Institute, which had been scattered at different sites. The School of Social Work has been an excellent partner, and we look forward to a very productive relationship as we share this building."

In addition to the joint dedication activities, the School of Social Work and the International Institute will present other special events Sept. 25, as well as in the days preceding the dedication ceremony.

The School of Social Work will feature several professional seminars in the morning (9-11:45 a.m.) and various informational and photo exhibits throughout the day.

The annual Fedele F. and Iris M. Fauri Memorial Lecture on Child Welfare kicks off the School's dedication events at 4 p.m. Sept. 24. Held at Rackham Auditorium, the annual lecture will feature international nutrition expert Joanne Csete of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), who will discuss "Challenges to Children's Well-Being in a Globalizing World: A UNICEF Perspective."

Similarly, the International Institute will present a special dedication lecture by University of Chicago sociologist Saskia Sassen at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the School of Education's Schorling Auditorium. Sassen will address "Losing Control? The State in an Age of Globalization." In addition, the Institute will host an exhibition, "Line and Lineament: A Project of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning," in its first-floor reception area throughout the day.

In the week preceding the formal building dedication, several lectures and exhibits commemorating the event will be featured by the Institute's area studies centers and programs, including the Center for European Studies, Korean Studies Program, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Program in the Comparative Study of Social Transformations and Center for Japanese Studies. Check the Record Calendar for details.

The new building, first proposed in 1981 and submitted to the Board of Regents in 1988, was designed by Sims-Varner Associates of Detroit. It was intended to foster a sense of community, with pods of faculty offices arranged around open stairways and the glass walls of its state-of-the-art library open to the lobby, lounge and corridors above.

Construction began in 1995 and faculty and staff moved in earlier this year. The School of Social Work occupies nearly three-fourths of the five-story, 122,000-square-foot building, with the International Institute accounting for the rest of the space.

For more information about the dedication activities, contact Robin Little (763-6339 or or Kitty Foyle (647-4281 or at the School of Social Work, or Marysia Ostafin (647-2237 or at the International Institute.

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