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Regents to meet Jan. 15

The Board of Regents will hold its monthly meeting Jan. 15 in the General Motors Conference Hall of the Lurie Engineering Center on North Campus.

Public comments will open the meeting at 2:30 p.m. People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at (734) 764-3883.

Student Publications board seeks members

The Board for Student Publications is recruiting members for three-year terms beginning May 2004. The board particularly is interested in members of the University community—faculty, staff and students—who have experience and expertise in finance, journalism or construction management.

The board is responsible for three publications: The Michigan Daily, The Michiganensian Yearbook and The Gargoyle Humor Magazine. For more information and application forms, contact Sam Offen at (734) 936-7883.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 30.

U-M student squad headed to world programming finals

A U-M student team will compete March 28-April 1 in the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest in Prague, Czech Republic.

The U-M team, consisting of undergraduate computer science students Nuttapong Chentanez, Galen Elias and James McCann, won its berth by placing fourth in a field of 127 teams at the East Central North America Regional Programming Contest Nov. 8.

The contest, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery, will bring together 72 teams selected from regional competitions among 1,300 colleges and universities in 68 countries. A second U-M team, made up of undergraduate students William Cheng, Yuan-Min Tang and Arthur Tomlin, placed fifth. College of Engineering Associate Professor Kevin Compton, and graduate students Andrew Nierman and Jarrod Roy from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, coached both teams.

Nominations for 2004 OVPR Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) invites nominations of outstanding staff members for two awards to be given in spring 2004: the Distinguished Research Administrator Award and the OVPR Exceptional Service Award. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 18. Nomination guidelines are available at or by calling (734) 763-6048.

Scholarships for children of faculty, staff

The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) is accepting applications for the U-M Faculty and Staff Scholarship. Any undergraduate enrolled on the Ann Arbor campus who is a child of a faculty or staff member with at least a 50 percent appointment is eligible. Eight $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

To apply, students must demonstrate financial need by submitting a 2004-05 Free Application for Federal Student Aid to the federal processor by March 1, and a U-M Faculty and Staff Scholarship application to OFA by March 26. For more information, call (734) 763-4119.

AVI moves to Hill Street structure

The roll-out of automatic vehicle identification (AVI) technology to U-M parking structures will continue in January with activation in the Hill Street parking structure (S8) Jan. 19. Permit holders entering the structure during enforcement hours (6 a.m.-5 p.m.) will need an AVI device or swipe card to activate the gate arm. Parking and Transportation Services staff will exchange permits for devices in room E0530 of the Electronic Education and Resources Building of the Business School from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 15, 16 and 19.

Michigan Visiting Nurses offers meningitis clinics for Hajj pilgrims

To protect travelers who are making the Hajj and to help them meet entry requirements into Saudi Arabia, the U-M Health System's Michigan Visiting Nurses (MVN) is offering vaccination clinics against bacterial meningitis by appointment at its Ann Arbor office. Vaccinations will be available throughout January and February. Immunizations are $85. A record of vaccination and receipt of payment will be provided at the time of immunization. MVN's Ann Arbor office is at 2850 S. Industrial, Suite 75.

Architecture ranks No. 7 nationally

The master of architecture program in the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning placed seventh overall in the 2004 DesignIntelligence poll, which tracks how well the nation's architecture schools prepare students for professional practice. Moving up from eighth place in last year's poll, U-M tied with the University of Pennsylvania. Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities took the top three slots, respectively. The fifth annual architecture survey polled more than 1,100 architecture firms and asked people responsible for the hiring and performance of graduates to examine their hiring during the past five years and identify institutions that produced graduates most prepared for real-world practice.

WLRC can help with child care referrals

The Work/Life Resource Center (WLRC) can assist faculty, staff and students with referrals to licensed child care programs and provide other information to help make good child care choices. Child Care Referral Specialists are available in Michigan counties. WLRC also coordinates Kids Kare at Home emergency/back-up child care and provides information related to a new Web-based Expectant Parents Resource Program at For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (734) 936-8677.

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