Coleman inauguration a celebration for the University and communities
ANN ARBOR, Mich.Mary Sue Coleman will be
inaugurated as the 13th president of the University of Michigan
on March 27 in a day of celebration designed to bring together the
students, faculty and staff of the University, as well as the community.
The day begins at 10 a.m. in Crisler Arena with the formal installation
of the president by the U-M Board of Regents. Nearly 100 delegates
from colleges and universities within Michigan, and from national
and international institutions of higher education, will join with
the regents, deans and executive officers in a formal processional
at the start of the ceremony.
"The planning committee is offering an enthusiastic
invitation to the campus community and citizens from the surrounding
communities to attend this very special moment in the history of
the University," said Chacona Johnson, chair of the committee.
"It promises to be a meaningful event celebrating the investiture
of a new president, as we build upon our rich continuity of leadership."
Johnson noted that Crisler Arena offers ample
seating and plenty of parking for the campus community and area
residents to attend. "We encourage people to be seated in
Crisler by 9:45 a.m., so they can witness the pageantry of the academic
procession as it moves into the Arena, followed by what we anticipate
will be a stimulating program," Johnson said.
Following her formal installation, Coleman will
deliver the traditional President's Address. The featured
speaker will be James S. Jackson, the Daniel Katz Distinguished
University Professor of Psychology, director of the U-M Center for
Afroamerican and African Studies, and director of the Research Center
for Group Dynamics and the Program
for Research on Black Americans.
Members of the University Symphonic and Concert
Bands conducted by Damon Talley, and the Men's Glee Club,
led by Stephen Lusmann, will provide festive and formal music. The
ceremony is expected to be a little more than an hour in duration.
The inauguration day celebration continues at 2:30 p.m. in the Power
Center for the Performing Arts with an academic symposium, "For
a University of the World."
Michael Kennedy, vice provost for international
affairs, professor of sociology and director of the International
Institute, will serve as moderator. "We believe that the comprehensive
global university not only connects the world; it recognizes the
value of understanding its diversity," Kennedy said. "The
symposium participants will explore how understanding different
publics across the world challenge us to rethink the priorities
and possibilities of American higher education."
Symposium panelists will be: Gary M. Olson, Paul
M. Fitts Collegiate Professor of Human Computer Interaction, professor
and the associate dean for research in the School of Information
and professor of psychology; C.K. Prahalad, the Harvey C. Fruehauf
Professor of Business Administration; William Rosenberg, the Alfred
G. Meyer Professor of History and president of the American Association
for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; and Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman,
associate professor of music and and american culture, and director,
Asian-Pacific Islander Studies within the Program in American Culture.
The day concludes with a public reception at the President's
House, 815 South University Avenue, 4:30-6:30 p.m. "We encourage
University students, faculty and staff to take this opportunity
to greet President Coleman at the President's House. We hope
that as many of the campus community as possible will attend this
festive ending to an historic day in the life of the University,"
With the exception of a luncheon for visiting
delegates, all of the day's events are free and open to the
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Contact: Joel Seguine
Phone: (734) 936-6396