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Four Universities, Nine Community Colleges Unite to Accelerate Statewide Development of Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Thursday, January 20, 2011 (1156 reads)

Jan. 20, 2011/University of Michigan News

EVENT: Four of Michigan's flagship universities and nine top community colleges kick off their newly expanded collaboration in MI-LSAMP (Michigan-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation).

DATE: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.

Economists, business and government leaders agree: Michigan must have a diversified economy to succeed in the future. And that economy will require a diverse professional work corps.  The newly expanded MI-LSAMP is positioned to accelerate the development of that workforce in Michigan.

Highlight include:

--Remarks by MI-LSAMP Board of Governors, includes President Mary Sue Coleman (U-M), President John Dunn (WMU), President Lou Anna Simon (MSU) and others.

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Cutting-edge Accelerator Project Lures Top Minds, Creates Jobs
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 (2211 reads)

The Detroit Free Press/January 18, 2011

EAST LANSING -- It will be two years before ground is broken on the $600-million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University. But already this haven for nuclear physics research, projected to inject $1 billion of economic activity into the state, is having an impact.
Some of the top minds in science have been recruited to MSU. Students in the nuclear physics graduate program are energized. And that program? It's now tops in the nation.

All this despite a lengthy construction timetable that won't have the facility running until 2020.

When it's done, it will house the world's most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, which will be 1,000 times more powerful than existing accelerators at MSU and capable of creating intense beams of rare isotopes. The implications are enormous, and the project is expected to lead to cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and medicine.

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Wayne State University names Allan Gilmour 11th President
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 (1902 reads)

January 18, 2011/WSU Public Relations

DETROIT - The Board of Governors has ended its search for a permanent President, and has unanimously elected Allan Gilmour to serve as the 11th President of Wayne State University, effective immediately.

Gilmour began his tenure as Interim President on Aug. 30, 2010, and will continue as President through the 2012-2013 academic year.

President Gilmour, a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan, is best known for his career at Ford Motor Company, from which he retired in 1995 as vice chairman. He rejoined the company as vice chairman in 2002, and retired again in 2005, having overseen Finance, the General Auditor's office, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Strategy. He also led Ford's financial services sector-Ford Motor Credit and Hertz Corporation.

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Gov. Rick Snyder Warns University Presidents of Short-term Sacrifice
Friday, January 14, 2011 (2802 reads)

January 14, 2011/

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder didn’t tell the presidents of the state's 15 public universities what level of cuts are coming to their state aid in the next budget. But he did say that eventually, the state needs to invest more in higher education.

“The governor was clear about the difficult nature of the budget issues we all face, although he provided no details — and we did not expect any,” said Michigan Technological University President Glen Mroz, who is chairman of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, the group that put together the Wednesday meeting.

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Universities Hopeful after Meeting with Snyder, but See Pain Ahead
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (1752 reads)

January 12, 2011/Gongwer News


Michigan's public university presidents emerged hopeful of the long-term future after meeting Wednesday with Governor Rick Snyder and Department of Technology, Management and Budget Director John Nixon, but they also acknowledged they expect to see further budget pain in the upcoming years.

Neither Mr. Snyder nor Mr. Nixon, who met the presidents during a lunch meeting, would discuss budget specifics, said Mike Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

In a statement, Michigan Technological University President Glen Mroz, who is chair of the council, said Mr. Snyder was "clear about the difficulty of the budget issues we all face."

And Mr. Boulus said the presidents expect there will be "some pain during the first couple of years" in terms of budget cuts.

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Merit Network Announces REACH-3MC Webcast Update
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (1807 reads)

January 12, 2011/CBS Detroit

Ann Arbor-based Merit Network Inc. is offering an update on its REACH-3MC Internet access project for rural Michigan on the Web Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Merit has brought over $100 million in federal broadband investment to Michigan. During 2010, Merit received two grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program program, part of the federal stimulus.

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The Best Job Strategies Involve Education
Sunday, January 09, 2011 (1727 reads)

January 9, 2011/Lansing State Journal


There's growing optimism about hiring in key growth sectors of the Greater Lansing economy, including health care, financial services and technology.

Still, today's LSJ report on the region's job market captures sobering realities - facts that should make everyone more focused on the value of education.

Start with a drop of 12,000 jobs in the region between 2007 and November 2010 (the most recent statistics). Consider that many of the jobs in growth sectors require specialized education, usually at the college level. And the best jobs want that education along with experience in the field. The unskilled worker faces a daunting market.

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