|UM-Flint Campus News from the Desk of Chancellor
A short while ago, our Provost Jack Kay announced
that he had accepted a similar position at Eastern
Michigan University. While I congratulate him on his new
appointment, I am disappointed that we will not have the
opportunity to work together in the future. Jack has been an
integral part of the leadership team of our campus for five
years, and he will be missed!
the same time that we bid farewell to Jack, we thank Betty
Velthouse for her service as Interim Dean of SHPS. Betty has
done an outstanding job of leading the school while we
searched for a new dean, and I extend my thanks to her for her
As part of our
transition, Dr. Vahid Lofti will serve again as Interim
Provost. I look forward to working with him in the coming year
- a very important time for us as we welcome our accreditation
team to campus in the Fall, and begin work on a new strategic
plan. Also joining us as a new member of the leadership team
as dean of SHPS is Dr. Barbara Kornblau, who will be moving
from Florida in July. We welcome her!
In order to
put Flint in a position to compete for Federal funds and
programs, a Local Auto Task Force was recently formed.
Initially, I was invited to be a member, along with David
Lossing, Director of Government Relations.
The group is expanding to address
specific Federal agencies (EPA, HUD, Labor, Commerce, Energy,
Treasury, and Transportation). We are actively looking
for campus faculty and staff to serve on each of these groups.
Our participation may allow us to compete for program funding
in some of these
On June 10,
we convened our
employees who have served the University for ten, twenty, and
thirty years.It was truly impressive to see the list of
honorees, and this event was yet another opportunity to come
together to celebrate employee commitment and our mission to
serve students. Together, these individuals represent 390
years of service. Congratulations to all!
the Genessee County Master Gardeners sponsor a garden tour in
late June. This year, we have been invited to participate by
allowing the Ross House yard to be one of the fourteen sites
on display. The Ross House sits on approximately 1.4 acres of
land. Included on the property is a paved, enclosed patio with
seating for a dozen guests. The landscaping surrounding the
house and patio consists largely of ornamental trees and
shrubs, including azaleas and rhododendrons. Spring perennial
flowers include hyacinths, tulips, and bleeding heart. Summer
perennial plants include assorted hostas, rudbeckia,
coneflowers, and assorted daylilies. Annuals are added to the
borders immediately surrounding the house each year. A small
raised-bed herb garden is located adjacent to the patio.
Extensive lawn areas are located on either side of the home.
The lawns are surrounded on the periphery of three sides of
the property by borders consisting of plants and shrubs. The
garden areas immediately adjacent to the home have been
crew, who just won the 2009 Staff Council Recognition Award,
are hard at work on the border areas of the property. I am
working on planting herbs and vegetables when I have a chance.
The tour takes place on June 28th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tickets for the tour are $10 apiece and may be purchased at
any of the gardens. Master Gardeners will staff the site the
day of the event. It will be great to be able to share a part
of our campus that is not often seen by the public unless they
are guests at the house!
June 3 -
June 10 -
Regents Special Session
Dow Corning visit
June 18 -
June 22 -
M Club Dinner
June 24 -
June 25 -
June 28 -
Garden Tour - Ross
June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25 -
Orientation Meet and
for reading "BlueNotes!"