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Opening Up Dormitories
Monday, November 29, 2010 (2092 reads)

November 24, 2010/Inside Higher Ed

This fall, Eastern Michigan University opened its dorms to students from nearby Washtenaw Community College, in order to earn some extra revenue while further encouraging students to transfer and giving them a taste of residential college life.

The institutions are a half mile apart, Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw in Ann Arbor. The university is also the top transfer destination of students from the community college. But when Eastern Michigan had extra dorm space to spare, the two institutions drew even closer.

“They approached us,” said Linda Blakey, Washtenaw associate vice president of student services, of Eastern Michigan officials. “They had an entire dormitory building that was empty that they were looking to fill. Also, we have some students who are interested in having an on-campus housing experience. But, we’re not interesting in having on-campus housing ourselves. That’s not one of our goals at Washtenaw. So, this now gives those students who are interested a chance to have that opportunity.”

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GVSU Grows in Stature as Valued Community Asset
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 (1079 reads)

November 22, 2010/Grand Rapids Business Journal 

The 50th anniversary marked by Grand Valley State University provides a recollection of cows grazing in the pastures behind the first buildings sited in Allendale, and the group of Grand Rapids area businessmen who stood with shovels and dared to dig in.

The progress of the institution is as remarkable as that early image, and certainly due not only to the extraordinary leadership of a then nationally recognized young leader, but also former President Don Lubbers’ ability to keep and create business partnerships that provided for its success. Its current leader, Thomas Haas, continues that vision and is paving new ground for the next 50 years.

This community and the higher education community provide varied accolades for the university, but its highest praise is that of continued donor beneficence, at far greater levels. Students may not see how unique such contributions are, nor the benefit as it translates to contained tuition rates by university board guidance.

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Wayne State Offers STEM Grads $30K To Make A Difference In Detroit
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 (1079 reads)

November 21, 2010/GLITR

Wayne State University is encouraging college seniors, recent graduates and career changers from science, mathematics or engineering to become teachers in Detroit’s neediest schools.

Funded by a $16.7 million Kellogg Foundation grant and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowships will provide stipends of $30,000 to get certified in 14 months and then finish their MAT the following year while doing their first year of teaching.

In exchange, Fellows must commit to teach in a high-need urban or rural secondary school upon completing the program and obtaining a teaching certificate.

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Hail to the Victors! Team Michigan Wins Inaugural Worldwide Robotics Competition in Australia
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 (1239 reads)

November 17, 2010/San Francisco Chronicle

Brisbane, Queensland (Vocus) November 16, 2010

With a squad of 14 robots that worked together autonomously in a complicated mapping exercise, the University of Michigan's "Team Michigan" has won the inaugural Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010) in Australia.

A joint initiative of Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), MAGIC 2010 spanned more than two years with a stated goal of furthering the development of robot teams that could operate autonomously in dangerous situations, keeping Soldiers out of harm's way.

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State's Public Universities Need Independence
Friday, November 12, 2010 (723 reads)

Detroit Free Press/November 11, 2010

Michael Boulus, Executive Director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan discusses the importance of keeping Michigan's universities autonomous.  Kevin Reilly, President of the University of Wisconsin System provides a counterpoint article on having a central higher education governance system.

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Presidents Council Television Spot during 2010 Elections
Friday, November 05, 2010 (69 reads)

Check out the Presidents Council television spot that is airing on Detroit Public Television and during the 2010 elections.