Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Regents OK Student Affairs name change, UM-Dearborn renovations, other items

Thursday's Board of Regents meeting also included the following items:

Division of Student Affairs will become Student Life

Regents approved Student Life as the new name for the Division of Student Affairs, effective Oct. 1.

In the recommendation to the regents, Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper explained that Student Life better describes the core work of the division, which encompasses the many aspects of a student's life.

The programs and services provided by the units within the organization are grounded in transformative learning experiences; community, intercultural and personal development; social justice, health and well-being education; intervention, support and advocacy.

"In conversations with Michigan students, staff, and parents, Student Life resonates and excites," Harper said. "Further, Student Life creates a clearer and more meaningful connection in our communications with diverse audiences outside the institution. This will be important to the success of our outreach in the current capital campaign and to enable future efforts to connect, inspire, and build community both within and beyond the university."

Renovations planned at UM-Dearborn

Approximately 11,000 gross square feet of space in the Academic Support Center will be renovated to create faculty and staff offices for the Natural Science Department, computing labs, student study areas, and completely replace the fire detection and alarm system in the building.

The $3.54 million project will be funded from UM-Dearborn resources and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2015.

In the Science Building Computing Wing, approximately 10,000 gross square feet will be renovated to create three physics laboratories and one chemistry laboratory, an electronics repair shop, and provide a comprehensive update to the Science Learning Center.

The $4.82 million project is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2015 and will be funded from UM-Dearborn resources.

UMHS plans leasehold improvements

To support the university's upcoming fundraising campaign, a project is planned to improve existing leased space and expand into additional space for the development and alumni relations offices of the U-M Health System.

The project is estimated to cost $1,498,560 and will be funded from Health System resources. Construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2014.

Sale of property planned in tech park

U-M will sell approximately 51 acres of vacant land in the Ann Arbor Technology Park to NSF International, an accredited, non-profit, third-party certification body that tests and certifies products to verify that they meet public health and safety standards.

The land will be used to expand NSF International's facility adjacent to the parcels on Dixboro Road. NSF International has collaborated with the university for approximately 70 years, working to improve environmental health, safety and hygiene standards throughout the world, and has provided extensive support to the university through endowed student scholarships, an endowed chair in the School of Public Health, and funded many research projects at the university.

The property will be sold for the appraised value of $3.52 million, with the university to retain mineral rights and be granted the right of first opportunity to acquire the property.