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Regents meeting Dec. 17

The Board of Regents will have its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building. Public comments on agenda items will be taken prior to their consideration. Comments on nonagenda items will follow the regular business agenda. People with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at 734-764-3883. For more about regents meetings, go to

English classes for international community

The Northwood Community English Language Program offers English classes for the families of international students, faculty members and staff. Registration is taking place at the Northwood Community Center for child, teen and adult classes. Native speakers of English also are invited to participate as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. For more information call 764-9998 or e-mail

University Research Corridor program director named

Vince Nystrom has been selected as the first program director for Michigan's University Research Corridor, an alliance of the state's three research universities — U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University — founded to transform, strengthen and diversify the state's economy. The appointment is effective Dec. 14. Nystrom is vice president of business development for Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit economic development organization that promotes business expansion, retention and location throughout Washtenaw County.

Grounds maintenance efforts earn award

The Professional Grounds Management Society has recognized U-M with an Honor Award in the Society's 2009 Green Star Awards competition. The award was given in the Urban University Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance. Winners were honored during the Society's 2009 School of Grounds Management held Oct. 28-31 in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. In announcing the award, the PGMS cited John Lawter, associate director of plant buildings and grounds services, and his crew for maintaining robust landscape beds of annuals and perennials throughout campus, which highlight landmarks including Burton Memorial Tower; the "no mow" meadows adjacent to Lurie Reflecting Pool; and the Law Quadrangle grounds.

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