Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Michigan Stadium Project, shown above at the corner of South Main Street and East Stadium Boulevard, is on schedule to be completed for the opening of the 2010 U-M football season. So far, 70 percent of all premium seating has been reserved. The $226 million construction project will create 83 suites, a new press box, outdoor club space with lounge seating, additional restrooms and elevators. (Photo by Chris Ehman/Department of Athletics)

Completion of Pfizer property purchase near
Within weeks the university will take ownership of the former Pfizer pharmaceutical research facility, a 174-acre research campus that will provide a springboard for new discoveries, job creation and educational opportunity — and offer a wise investment for U-M’s future.

Room and board rates approved for 2009-10
Residence hall room and board and apartment rental rates for the 2009-10 academic year were approved by the Board of Regents at its May 14 meeting. Students in residence halls will pay an average of 3.9 percent more for room and board next academic year, while Northwood Community Apartments monthly rental rates will increase by an average of 1.9 percent.

U-M maintains top bond ratings
The university has maintained its top bond ratings from two national rating services that investors look to before purchasing bonds. U-M is one of just three public universities in the nation to retain the top ratings as the nation's stalled economy begins to stabilize.

Regents OK building soccer stadium
Work will begin immediately on the design of a new U-M soccer stadium, following Board of Regents approval of the project during its meeting Thursday in Dearborn. The $6 million project will add grandstand seating for 2,200, two team locker rooms, restrooms and concessions for spectators, and a press area.

The Michigan Difference

Hawaiian music maker
Amy Stillman didn’t go to graduate school to become a songwriter. A native Hawaiian, she dedicated her life to studying native Hawaiian music, language, and culture. But in February, the U-M associate professor of American culture stood on stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and received a Grammy Award for songwriting in her native language.