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University and GEO extend contract

The University and the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), which represents about 1,700 graduate student instructors, have agreed to a contract extension through Feb. 24.

The current agreement was scheduled to expire Feb. 1.

Bargaining began in November and continues twice weekly during the winter term.

Updates on the status of bargaining and the issues under negotiation can be found at

Distinguished Alumni Service Award nominations due March 18

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award is presented annually to graduates who have distinguished themselves by reason of services performed on behalf of U-M, or in connection with its organized alumni activities. Nominations are due March 18. Details on the award, including a recommendation form and criteria, are available at

OVPR offers funding opportunities

The Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) Research Partnership Program includes two funding opportunities available to faculty and graduate students. The Spring/Summer Research Grants Program will award a minimum of 30 grants to faculty to enable them to hire doctoral students to assist with research and scholarly projects. The Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars Program will provide a maximum of five awards to groups of faculty, students or graduate programs proposing innovative seminars and colloquia. For more information, visit the OVPR Web site,

Position of VP and secretary of the University open

The Office of the President is seeking candidates for the position of vice president and secretary of the University.

As an executive officer of the institution, the vice president serves as a member of the senior-level executive management team. Working at the direction of the president and in concert with the Board of Regents, the vice president and secretary of the University is responsible to each party to ensure the conditions necessary for the exercise of the governance authority of the board.

The vice president serves as a liaison both to and from the board so that all members are informed of University policy and prepared to act on them; responsible for planning and implementing activities and processes in support of the board's authority for the governance of the University; serves as a liaison, when appropriate, between the board and the University community; executes documents that are usual to the office, including those that are presented to the regents for their approval at regular meeting sessions; and plans and oversees an orientation for all incoming regents.

The vice president and secretary of the University also is the custodian of meeting minutes and all supporting documents of the Board of Regents and the official seal of the University. The posting will expire Feb. 14.

Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Gary Krenz, Office of the President, 2074 Fleming Administration Building, 503 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1340 or e-mail

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