Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the schematic design for the Crisler Arena expansion project's second phase. New construction of approximately 63,000 gross square feet will create new spectator entrances, retail spaces, ticketing areas and a private club space. Renovation of approximately 54,000 gross square feet will accommodate accessible seats, improve circulation and egress, increase the number of restrooms and concession areas, and add other fan amenities. The $52 million cost will be covered by Athletic Department resources. It is expected to be completed by the winter of 2014. (Drawing courtesy of TMP Architecture)

New institute on health care policy, innovation planned at NCRC
A new health care policy institute — expected to become one of the largest of its kind in the nation — will be established at the North Campus Research Complex. The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents. Its mission is to enhance the health and well-being of local, national and global populations through innovative, interdisciplinary health services research.

Room and board rates approved for 2011-12
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved rates for residence hall room and board, and University Housing apartment rentals for the 2011-12 academic year. Room and board will reflect a 1 percent increase to partially offset projected costs to operate and maintain the facilities and necessary services and programs. Residents also will pay an amount equal to 2 percent of the previous year's rate to fund major renovations of campus housing facilities.

Regents approve resolution regarding GSRA organizing effort
The Board of Regents voted 6-2 Thursday to support the rights of graduate student research assistants to choose whether to proceed toward a representation election.

Rudgers appointed VP for global communication, strategic initiatives
The Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Lisa Rudgers as vice president for global communications and strategic initiatives, effective June 1. Rudgers will be the university's chief communications officer, responsible for developing communication strategies to enhance U-M's visibility locally, nationally and internationally.
In other action, regents also approved construction and renovation projects, and voted to rename the Engineering Programs Building.

The Michigan Difference

Blogging around China
The U-M Symphony Band is in the second week of its historic China tour. Many of the participants are chronicling their trip on blogs, with selected entries compiled on a special page created by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.