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Duderstadt name to take over Media Union crest March 19

The Media Union officially will be renamed the James and Anne Duderstadt Center during a ceremony March 19 in the facility's atrium.

The naming ceremony will be 1:30-2 p.m., followed by a reception and facility tour from 2-3 p.m.

The Board of Regents approved the name change at its Nov. 20 meeting.
Anne and James Duderstadt (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

The regents called the Media Union "a particular manifestation of Dr. Duderstadt's vision for the University. Dedicated to creative collaboration among faculty, students and staff across a broad range of disciplines and beyond the constraints of space and time, it is a building shaped by his efforts as dean, provost and president."

In addition to guiding the University as president from 1988-96, Duderstadt earlier served as dean of the College of Engineering, as provost and vice president for academic affairs, and on the faculty of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science. Upon returning to U-M in his current faculty role as University Professor of Science and Engineering, he was named president emeritus.

"Anne and I feel very honored by this action, and we want to thank the regents and President Coleman for this recognition," Duderstadt said when regents approved the naming.

The facility houses a 600,000-volume library, an exhibition gallery and more than 500 workstations, as well as an advanced visualization laboratory, a virtual reality laboratory, design space for special projects, video and audio performance studios, and a teleconference suite. It is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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