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Faculty, staff raise $131M for Michigan Difference

University faculty and staff who also call themselves U-M donors have been a high point of the Michigan Difference campaign, President Mary Sue Coleman said last week.

More than 15,450 active and retired faculty and staff members have supported the University as part of the "Heart of the Michigan Difference" campaign. In the University's first-ever faculty and staff campaign, response from donors totals more than $131 million.

"As president, there is no gift that means more to me than the thousands that have been made by our own staff and faculty," Coleman told donors who gathered in the atrium of the Biomedical Science Research Building for a celebratory reception.

The Michigan Difference campaign goal of $2.5 billion was achieved in June 2007; the campaign continues through to its Dec. 31, 2008, deadline with outstanding goals of increasing student and faculty support.

Coleman commended audience members for extending their commitment to the workplace by supporting new scholarships for students, endowed chairs for faculty, and new facilities for teaching and research.

"As donors, your generosity amplifies our strengths in teaching, research, the arts and health care," she said.

Spokespersons for the "Heart of the Michigan Difference" are Paul Courant, University librarian and dean of libraries, and Patricia Warner, associate hospital director, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, and chief administrative officer, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital.

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