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Anne Gere and Julie Ellison

Posted: 11/25/2002
Anne and Julie Ellison have been awarded $1,140,376 from the Department of Education for a proposal that focuses on recruiting and preparing a more diverse population for teaching in urban schools.

Anne Gere

Posted: 11/25/2002
Anne Gere has just been elected chair of the MLA's Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee.

MFA Program in Creative Writing 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted: 10/31/2002
On October 25 and 26, the MFA Program in Creative Writing celebrated its 20th Anniversary by holding an alumni reunion. Approximately 80 alumni and 10 former faculty made it back for the celebration, which included panel discussions, a book-signing reception at Shaman Drum, readings, and a dinner party with music and dancing late into the night afterwards. Nicholas Delbanco, who is stepping down as program director (though not as professor), was honored with the presentation of a student scholarship in his name. By all accounts, the weekend was a wonderful chance for participants to celebrate what has become one of the best MFA programs in the country, as well as to reconnect with the U-M writing community in both its local and far flung manifestations.

Royal Shakespeare Company to return

Posted: 9/26/2002
By Sara Billmann University Musical Society

The University Musical Society (UMS) and the U-M announce the return of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for 16 performances of three plays in March 2003. The company will present five performances each of Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," as well as six performances of a new stage adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning novel, "Midnight’s Children." The RSC also will be involved in a residency program with students and the public during its presence on the campus.

UMS President Kenneth C. Fischer commented, "Last season’s performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company were among the most exciting events artistically that UMS has ever presented. Over the past year, we’ve worked closely with the RSC to put together a program that we believe has equally interesting connections to the University and community at large. We’re particularly excited about the possibilities with the stage adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s "Midnight’s Children," which explores the first 30 years of India’s independence. And we’re grateful to the University of Michigan and Interim President Joe White for the University’s extraordinary commitment to this exciting next phase of our five-year partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company."

Subscription tickets for RSC are on sale now. The entire UMS season can be seen at www.ums.org. For more information, or to be added to the mailing list for a season brochure, contact the UMS Box Office, (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229.

Dr. Paul Courant Appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for

Posted: 9/20/2002
From Mary Sue Coleman:
I am pleased to tell you that, following extensive consultation and deliberation, I have decided to appoint Interim Provost Paul Courant as the permanent Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Dr. Courant's appointment will begin October 1, 2002, and will be for a term of approximately three years, ending July 31, 2005. Following the second year of his term, we will conduct a comprehensive review, with the possibility of renewing his appointment for a term of five years.

Paul Courant embodies the academic credentials, the management experience, and the public policy expertise that make him ideally suited to the position of provost. As an eminent economist and a seasoned administrative leader, he combines a passion for the academic mission with a deep understanding of the structure and organization of the University. Furthermore, he is a longtime member of the University faculty who brings a great love and knowledge of the institution. I have worked with him as a valued and trusted colleague since becoming president, and I look forward to our continued association.


Mary Sue Coleman

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