At this initial meeting, Seligman laid out ambitious plans for the council, including assessments and ongoing programming anticipated for faculty, students, and staff. As its initial act, the PDC voted unanimously to have Martin Luther King, Jr. Day recognized as a University holiday, commencing in 2018.
The Ed and Andy Smith Endowed Fund for the Performing Arts will support performing arts programming within the School of Arts & Sciences and seed funding for the proposed construction of a new theater on the River Campus.
Wendi Heinzelman is officially installed as the first woman to serve as dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. During the ceremony, Heinzelman talked about the importance of increasing the representation of women and under-represented minorities in engineering, and the goals of the Hajim School.
Kevin Parker, whose discoveries have been widely applied in medical imaging and image processing, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Parker, the William F. May Professor and dean emeritus of engineering, holds or shares 25 U.S. and 13 international patents with a range of applications.
A gift from George Hamlin IV, chair of Eastman’s Board of Managers, and his wife, Mary, will provide faculty and student support by creating the Hamlin Family Director of the Institute for Music Leadership and the Hamlin Family Scholarship.
The $3.5 million commitment from a generous patron for the expansion, renovation, and perpetual support of the museum’s Grand Gallery is the largest gift the museum has received in its 104-year history.
The University’s continued development as a global university according to Open Doors 2016, an annual report on international education trends which coincides with the celebration of International Education Week (IEW).