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Regent candidates to discuss issues at forum Oct. 25

Candidates vying for two open seats on the Board of Regents in the November election will participate in a public forum at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 25) in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), Senate Assembly and the Michigan Student Assembly will sponsor the forum. Ten candidates are running for the seats.

The candidates will give an overview of their platform and answer two questions from SACUA: 1) Accepting the premise that U-M has grown to be an internationally visible institution, what do you see as the most important challenges to the University during the coming years? and 2) How should the University respond to the seemingly prolonged and continuing decline in government funding support?

They also will field questions from the audience.

The candidates are: incumbents Olivia Maynard (D-Goodrich) and S. Martin Taylor (D-Grosse Pointe Farms); Karen Adams (U.S. Taxpayers Party-Lake Odessa); Patrick Anderson (R-East Lansing); Michael Corliss (Libertarian Party-Westland); Nathaniel Damren (Green Party-Ann Arbor); Mary Debusschere (Natural Law Party-Brighton); James Hudler (Libertarian Party-Chelsea); Carl Meyers (R-Dearborn); and Joe Sanger (U.S. Taxpayers Party-Lansing).

Senate Assembly to vote on administrator evaluations proposal

The Senate Assembly will hold its monthly meeting at 3:15 p.m. today (Oct. 25) in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

The Assembly will consider a resolution from the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) on the issue of evaluation by the faculty of U-M's top administrative officers, including the president, provost, deans and department chairs.

The Administration Evaluation Committee (AEC) was on the agenda of the Assembly's April meeting, but the group did not achieve a quorum and the issue was tabled until today's meeting.

Visiting Nurses revise flu shot schedule

Due to limited availability of the flu vaccine, the U-M Health System's Michigan Visiting Nurses (MVN) have revised their schedule for community flu immunization clinics in October and November. They are offering flu shots to high-risk patients, ages 18 and over, as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines. The CDC is requesting that all healthy adults forego or defer vaccination. Each flu clinic will have a limited supply of the vaccine available. Flu shots are $17 each. MVN now accepts Care Choices, HAP, Paramount Elite and M-Care insurances for influenza and pneumonia immunizations, in addition to cash, check or Medicare Part B at all public clinics. For an updated list of sites, visit MVN's web site ( often. Members of the community are encouraged to contact their health care provider to discuss influenza vaccination options.

Nominations for Candace J. Johnson Award due Oct. 25

The final day nominations will be accepted for the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence is today (Oct. 25). Established by the Office of the Provost to recognize an exemplary staff member from the Ann Arbor campus or Health System, the award is a memorial to Johnson, a dedicated staff member. Faculty and staff are encouraged to recognize staff members who make a difference by combining enthusiasm with excellence. The honor includes a $500 cash award, made possible by gifts from Johnson's friends and colleagues, and a certificate. For more information, visit

Law Library ranks fourth nationally

The National Jurist magazine has ranked the Law Library fourth out of 183 law school libraries in the nation. Only the law libraries at the University of Iowa, Indiana University-Bloomington and Yale Law School ranked ahead of U-M. According to the National Jurist Web site, criteria used for the comparison included the number of volumes, number of titles and serial subscriptions, ratio of library study capacity and professional librarians to student enrollment, and the number of hours per week that the library is open. Data for the comparison were taken from the most recent American Bar Association report, which is updated each year. "This survey is remarkable for its focus [50 percent of the score] on the strength of the collection, and the other half on accessibility: seating, librarians and hours open. Therefore, our wonderful collection—worldwide in scope, and historical in depth—is weighted as it should be," says Margaret Leary, director of the Law Library. "If the assessment went into more depth (examining the amount of foreign, comparative and international law, for example), Michigan would easily remain among the top four or five collections."

Kellogg Eye Center ranked sixth in nation

The U-M Health System's Kellogg Eye Center (KEC) has been named one of the nation's best overall programs in ophthalmology in an annual survey conducted by Ophthalmology Times. KEC was ranked sixth in the best overall program category by chairs and residency directors of ophthalmology departments across the country. In addition, Kellogg ranked in the top 10 for best research, best residency and best clinical programs.

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