Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Young students interact with green-construction exhibits during a science field trip to the Samuel T. Dana Building, home to the School of Natural Resources and Environment. On Wednesday (April 1), SNRE kicks off its Teaching and Inspiring Environmental Stewardship (TIES) program with an open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A major component of TIES is a tour of Dana, the greenest building on campus. (Photo by Dave Brenner)

Blake Jones named associate vice president and dean of students
Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper has named Laura Blake Jones as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Blake Jones will assume the position July 13, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

Miranda named associate vice president for finance
Rowan Miranda has been appointed associate vice president for finance, pending approval by the Board of Regents. His appointment will be effective April 20. In his new role, Miranda will be responsible for the university’s central financial functions.

$1,000 reward offered in West Quad arson
The Department of Public Safety is looking for a man in connection with a small fire early Thursday in a lower-level hallway of West Quad. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest for the arson.

Record Update: Last day to connect for great prizes
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The Michigan Difference

Exploring the power of space
As a child Jim Chaffers, at right with former TCAUP Dean Doug Kelbaugh, intuitively understood the transformative power of architecture. Years later, the concept of space as a catalyst and generator of possibilities would manifest itself in the structures Chaffers designed, the classes he taught and the research projects he pursued. “My work has been guided by a belief that the practice of architecture is first and foremost an act of addressing human aspiration and, as such, is fundamentally future-oriented and spiritual,” says Chaffers, professor emeritus of architecture.