by Marcia Goodrich, senior
Woychowski, a member of the Board of Control, presented
a $160,000 check to the University Oct. 6 on behalf of
The gift, which was received
during the Board of Control's regular meeting, will fund
a variety of student activities. Among them are the
Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced
Motorsports Enterprises, several Senior Design teams and
student groups, and diversity programs.
University President Glenn Mroz accepted the check from
Woychowski, GM's vice president for global vehicle
program management. Michigan Tech also recently received
a new Chevy Volt hybrid electric vehicle from GM, as
well as a $200,000 gift from the GM Foundation for
hybrid engine/vehicle testing, research, and education
in the Advanced Powertrain Systems Research Center.
"Michigan Tech is very fortunate to have General
Motors as a partner in these endeavors," Mroz said.
"Thousands of alumni and students have benefited from
GM's support of our programs."
from the GM Foundation are further evidence of the value
that General Motors places on its relationship with
Michigan Tech, from its research and development to the
education of our engineers," Woychowski said.
the GM donations support the Generations of Discovery
capital campaign. Vice President for Advancement Shea
McGrew reported that the campaign has attracted $153
million in gifts and pledges toward its goal of $200
million by June 30, 2013.
In other business, the
* approved the Capital Outlay Budget
Request, a prioritized list of building projects that
the University submits annually to the state.
Construction depends fully on the availability of state
funding. Topping the list is the $29.5 million Next
Generation Energy Complex. Construction would involve
additions and remodeling to Dillman Hall, Fisher Hall
and the Academic Office Building and the construction of
a biomass co-generation facility to complement the
existing heating plant.
* heard from Vice
President for Research David Reed that, as federal
stimulus funding has drawn to an end, external awards
for 2010-11 were $54.1 million, a decline of 8 percent
over the previous year. However, excluding American
Recovery and Reinvestment monies, federal awards to
Michigan Tech actually have increased 14 percent.
* received an enrollment report from Vice President
for Student Affairs Les Cook. Among the highlights, at
26.1 percent, female enrollment is up for the sixth
straight year, the highest in the University's history.
The percentage of women also rose from 18 percent to 22
percent among incoming engineering undergraduates.
Overall enrollment rose from 6,976 to 7,031.
voted to award Chang K. Park an Honorary Doctor of
Philosophy at Midyear Commencement, Dec. 10. Park is CEO
of Universal Remote Control in Harrison, N.Y. He earned
bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and in
business engineering administration from the University
* heard from external auditor Steve
Peacock of Rehmann Robson that the University had a
clean audit report, indicating that the financial
statements are properly prepared and accurately portray
the University's financial situation.