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Volunteer ushers needed

Volunteer ushers are being sought for School of Music, Theatre & Dance productions for the 2006-07 season at the Power Center, Mendelssohn Theatre and Hill Auditorium. Call 763-5213 for more information or apply in person 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Sept. 6 at the University Productions Office in the Michigan League.

HRD programs and services online

Human Resource Development, the University's resource for staff professional and organizational development, announces that its 2006-2007 programs and services are now available online. To view all HRD programs and services offered, visit

Innovator Award nominations due Nov. 10

The Office of the Vice President of Research has announced the development of a new Distinguished University Innovator Award. The award will recognize a faculty member or small team led by a faculty member that demonstrates a noteworthy accomplishment through the development of a transformational innovation, movement of an innovation to market-readiness, or creation of new means for moving innovations from the University into the private sector. The awardee receives a $5000 personal honorarium and is invited to deliver a lecture related to his or her accomplishments. Nominations are due Nov. 10. The first award will be announced in January, 2007. For more information, go to

Tuition support increase approved

The University has raised the dollar amount available to staff members through the Tuition Support Program. Full-time staff members taking non-U-M courses that begin after Aug. 1 will be eligible for 75 percent of the cost of in-state tuition plus registration fees up to the new maximum of $1,192 per term. This represents an increase of 5.5 percent, which matches the average percentage of resident undergraduate tuition increase approved by the Board of Regents for the Ann Arbor campus. Part-time staff members with a 50 percent or greater appointment are eligible for tuition support proportional to their appointment fraction.

Full-time staff members enrolled in U-M courses continue to be eligible for 75 percent of the cost of in-state tuition plus registration fees for up to four credit hours per term. Part-time staff members with a 50 percent or greater appointment are eligible for tuition support proportional to their appointment.

Additional information on the Tuition Support Program (SPG 201.69) can be found in the Standard Practice Guide, Staff members represented by a collective bargaining unit should consult their agreements for details on tuition support.

For more information, contact Staff HR Services at (734) 763-2387 or at

Structure to re-open in September

Portions of the Fletcher Street Parking Structure, which has been closed for intensive renovations, are scheduled to re-open in September. Dental School patient parking is expected to return to the plaza level of the structure the week of Sept. 5. Limited staff parking with Blue and Gold permits is expected to be available on Level 5 in early September and Level 4 by mid-September. Access to both levels will be available only from the Fletcher Street entrance/exit. The remaining floors of the structure as well as the Palmer Drive entrance/exit are scheduled to re-open by mid-October. Available parking for staff and faculty often can be found in the Palmer Drive parking structure, the new structure on Ann Street and the surface lots at Crisler Arena.

Construction traffic update

In upcoming construction projects affecting the University community, the southbound lane of Tappan Street will be reduced through Labor Day so DTE contractors can install a new gas main. Two-way traffic is expected to be maintained, though there may be brief periods of interruption. Also, the southwest elevator/stair tower at the Church Street parking structure will be closed for power-washing and repainting at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14 through 6 a.m. Aug. 21.

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