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Result in ew

ord Negotiations!
Dearborn Center
.cmt Group Gives
Funds, Land
;' " : For College

FACULTY OFFICES-A separate structure is being constructed on the Dearborn campus for faculty
offices. This building, which will have glazed brick panels on the exterior, will provide office space
for 90 to 115 faculty members, predominantly in single member offices.

Describe Program Offerings

Students at .the business admin-
istration school at Dearborn Cen-
ter will get educational experience
both in the class room and on the
job, according to Prof. R. Lee
Brummet, chairT n of the school
program at the Center.
He noted that the program "does,
not hold equal advantages for all
students." Prof. Brummet ex-
plained that the matter rested in
the hands of the individual stu-
"A student in the Dearborn Cen-
ter's program would go to. school
for three years, including sum-
mers, to get the same number of
class hours as a student in the
regular business administration
school would get in two years.
without summers."
Train on Jobs,
The additional time would be
spent in "internships" or on-the-
job training periods.:
Prof. Brummet said the academ-
ic year would be divided into quar-
ters. The first quarter will be spent
in classes, he noted. After this
time, the student would be ready
to begin his first "internship."
It is likely there will be many
positions in financing institutions.
such as banks and brokerage
houses and insurance and account-
ing firms as well as jobs in indus-
try, Prof. Brummet disclosed.
No Guarantee
He commented that students
might not always have their choice
as to what type of position they
desire. He said this .would depend
at least to some extent on the po-
sitions that were available.
"Some people will enter the
school knowing precisely what
they want," he said. "These may
be able to spend most of their
training periods in the same firm
or at least in the same type of
"Those who do not know, may
be in positions to observe several
kinds of institutions. This may aid
them in making their choice,"
Use Quarter System
Prof. Brummet said that stu-
dents at the Center would be alter-
nating 'quarters in class and in,
the cooperative program.
"No one will be admitted to the.
Center in the business program
who is not on the cooperative sys;'
tem," he, declared. He said he felt
many students would find the pro-
gram more interesting and more
valuable than the normal business
administration course.
Prof. Brummet said he did not
know at this time what kind of
jobs would be available to the ,
students. He said they were just
betting started in the process of
arranging the programs at the
"Most of the firms we have con-,
tacted have greeted the proposal
with enthusiasm," he noted. "I!
am sure we will have no difficulty
in finding positions for the stu-
dents while they are in the pro-

A University professor recently
cited "distinct advantages" to be
gained by the engineering stu-
dents who will graduate from
Dearborn Center.
They all hinge on the fact that.
the school will be run on the
quarter-system internship pro-
gram in which upperclassmen al-
ternate three-month periods of
classroom study and on-the-job'
industrial or mechanical engi-
neering experience.
Although necessitating. approx-
imately three and a half, rather
than two years to' complete the
junior and; senior academic work,
the plan allows the' student! to
graduate with the bonus of ,a full
year of practical experience and a
good chance for faster advance-
ment, Prof. Axel Marin, chairman
of the engineering college advi-
sory committee for Dearborn Cen-
ter, explained.
Cooperate Closely
Cooperating closely with Ford
Motor Company, although work
experience is not limited to either
the automotive industry or this
company, the committee planned
the intern period so that the stu-
dent's, industrial work will be
supervised' by "outstanding"' men
in: the' participating companies
and his job 'assignments gauged to
his academic program.
In this way, Prof. Marin said,
the student has the opportunity
to apply his accumulating class-
room knowledge and, if he "keeps
his eyes and ears open," may dis-
cover how his supervisors attained
the industrial positions they hold.
Ford's coordinating program-
he commented, is set up to per-
mit the student's wage to increase
as his academic standing advances
and he becomes "a bit more valu-
able" to the company. Thus, he
continued, if the participant is
"careful with his money, it can
just about carry him through col-
Emphasis on Quality
The emiphasis In the project has
been placed on quality rather
than quantity and Ford feels, he
noted, that. the quality of the
student's academic, work may be
increased if he doesn't have to
hold down odd jobs while attend-
Ing classes.
In helping establish the Univer-
sity branch, Ford stipulated that
there be a graduating class of ap-
proximately 300 engineers per
The advisory committee, after
considering the probable attrition
rates, set enrollment at a maxi-
mum of about 512 juniors and
seniors working and the same
number studying during each
The student must make his own
contacts with the companies par-
ticipating in the internship pro-
gram, Prof. Marin emphasized,
but there will be two alternating
students for each,-industrial posi-
At the moment the Center can
only accommodate students con-
centrating in mechanical and in-
dustrial engineering, he said.

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"We will offer, in the Arts and
Sciences division of the Dearborn
Center, a very good degree pro-
gram with concentration in sev-
eral fields," Prof. Karl Litzenberg
of the English department said
Prof. Litzenberg, chairman of
the Standing Committee on Lib-
eral Arts and Sciences, added that
the Executive Committee will in-
sist oni Uversity standards for all
courses in the Center.
"We cannot offer an inadequate
program," he declared, "that is
not worthy of the University."
Establish Schedule
The liberal arts division of the
Dearborn Center will be run on
the quarter system, like the rest
of the 'Center, with one difference.
The cooperative program, in which
students go to school one quarter,
work at course-related jobs for one
quarter and return to school for
the next quarter, will .not be fol-
lowed by the liberal arts division,
although it is being adopted by
the r'est of the Dearborn Center.
"It has been thought that the
co-operative system would not be
successful for us in the, fields of
liberal arts," he said, "so we will
operate the program for three
quarters without interruption."
"We hope to be able to guaran-
tee summer employment, so that


INSTRUCTIONAL CENTER-The classroom building, which will house laboratories, 28 classrooms and 2 lecture halls, is nearing com-
pletion on the Dearborn Center campus. The building, like all others on the campus, will be air conditioned because of the year-around
school calendar. Instruction in engineering, liberal arts and business administration will be conducted here.

Four New

The Dearborn Center will be
primarily for students living in
southeastern Michigan and as
such, it has been planned as a
commuting college, Director of
the Center William E. Stirton
The University does not have
any immediate plans to con-
struct dormitories there, he
noted, but the possibility has
not been entirely ruled out for
the future.
For students who do not live
within commuting distance' of
the school, there are many rea-
sonably priced apartments
available nearby, the University
has been assured.
students can work their way
through school as they can in the
other divisions," hecontinued.
Termed Excellent
The facilities will be excellent,
Prof. Litzenberg said. The build-
ings are being built and entirely
equipped without any cost to the
University. All the equipment is
being bought now with money!
from outside sources.
The primary consideration in
hiring a faculty, he added, is that
we must be sure "they are of such
a caliber that they could, if there
were openings, teach at the Uni-
versity at Ann Arbor." He stressed
the requirement that everything
must be up to Ann Arbor stand-
The liberal arts division will
open under a reasonably full oper-
ation with twelve to fourteen cap-
able staff men, he added, who can
offer University-standard courses.
To Offer Courses
"Of course, we can't offer every
kind of program," he said, "but we
will have courses in all major
fields of interest."
The Center is organized with
Vice-President William E. Stirton
as director and an executive com-
mittee which includes the deans
of the business administration
school, the engineering college and
the literary college,

Four buildings are being con-
structed for the Dearborn Center
from the original Ford gift of $6.5;
The four-a classroom building,
a student services building, an en-
gineering building and a faculty
office structure-will be clustered
around a landscaped mall.
The four long, low brick struc-
tures will be completed for the.
Center's opening in September,
Director William E. Stirton said.
All buildings will be air condi-
tioned because classes will be held
all year.
Nearing Completion
The classroom building is a long
two story structure which will
feature 28 classrooms, two lecture
halls and four research offices. Al-
ready in the final stages of com-
pletion, the building will include
two chemistry laboratories and'
two biology laboratories, and lab-
oratories for physics, psychology
and statistics.
Three .engineering design rooms
and a nurses office will also be in-
cluded in the structure which fea-
tures brightly decorated hallways
and an elevator.
The engineering laboratory will
provide laboratory space for auto-
motive, fluid flow, engine ring me-
chanics, electrical, metallurgical
and machine tools courses, In ad-
dition an instrument room; nine
computing rooms and 10 offices
will be housed there.

SUBDUED LUXURY-The great stairway in the main hall of
° Fairlane boasts a hand-carved wood bannister. On the landing
are stained glass windows depicting farming, Henry Ford's chief
Ford Home To Become
Part of New 'U' Campus
(Continued from Page 8)
walnut panelling which Mrs. Ford had painted a light green, "to
achieve a more cheerful and brighter effect."
The music room, 28 by 48 feet, contains a 12 by 10 foot fireplace
of Italian walnut and marble, and once had its own built-in pipe organ.
Near the music room is the dining room which overlooks the Rouge
River and Mrs. Ford's English garden. It features a chandelier, wall
sconces and cabinet hardware of silver, as well as roseleaf mahogany

Areas Dot
Ford. Land
In building the Dearborn Cen-
ter, the University will try to pre-
serve the beauty and simplicity of
the extensive Fair Lane gardens
that reflect the taste of Mrs. Henry
The gardens consist mainly of
trees, shrubs, flowers and plants
native to the area, although some
unique and exotic flowers were
used to establish an unusual land-
Beginning at the approach to
the grounds, the gardens include
a border of trees and shrubs along
the almost mile - long entrance
drive. The most prominent species
are witch hazel, beech, dogwood,
sumac, flowering hawthorne and
wild crab apple.
Plant Iris Garden
The Iris Garden is encompassed
by a wall of tall lilac bushes and
includes some 130 varieties of iris,
including many rare Japanese and
German plants.
Separated from the Iris Garden
by an iron gate brought from an
old English estate, the formal Eng-
lish Garden includes lilac hedges,
grass grown flagstone' walks and
rubble edge, and, Japanese flower-
ing cherry trees. A special feature
of the garden is the tea pavilion
at the south end with its variety
of annuals and perennials.'
Dedicated in 1916
The Burroughs Grotto, dedicated
to the American, naturalist John
Burroughs, was dedicated in 1916.
Built into the hillside between the
English Gardens and the river
side, the scenic spot includes a
statuette of Burroughs surrounded
by wood plants and dwarf gver-
green trees.
Delphiniums, veronicas and scil-
la campanulate combined with a
tint of yellow for contrast, carry
out the motif of the Blue Garden
which was originally planted in
1917. The Rock Garden is cen-
tered around a pool and includes
alpine plants on a grayish-brown
stone terrace. Steppingstone walks
bordered with forget-me-not and
English primrose wind down the
Probably the most unique area
is the three-acre Rose Garden,
which includes 12,004 bushes, 300
trees and 400 climbers .of more
than 350 varieties. The garden also
features a wooded approach via
the Trail Gardens and a rill
through which a continuous flow
of water is forced over the finely
graduated steps into the upper
pool, eventually reaching the lily
pond to assure a constant intake
of fresh water.

Officials Consider
Fair Lane Property
Best Area Location
After more than a year of nego-
tiating, on Dec. 17, 1956, the Un-
versity and Ford Motor Company
Jointly announced the Ford gift
which makes the Dearborn Center
Vice-President and Dean of Fac-
ulties Marvin L. NTiehuss explained
that the announcement climaxed
a series of events which followed
an inquiry by Ford officials to
Vice-President for. Student Af-
fairs James A. Lewis.
Ford wanted the University to
set up extension courses in their
plants-as the University has done
for other companies. Lewis, Nie-
huss reported, suggested that Ford
.might better spend its money by
developing a University branch iii
Asked Cost
Ford thought over the proposal
he continued, then they asked how
much it would cost. "We told them
that $10 million would. be a nice
figure. But they wanted to give
about $2 million. We told them,
'No, that's not enough.'
"Finally they offered $6.5 mil-
lion.. We thought that would be
adequate so we agreed. Then came
the question of land. Dean (of
State - wide Education) Harold
Dorr and I went down to Dearborn
to look at some of the Ford land
that they were willing to give us.
"After seeing the land 'we went
to the office of John Bugas, the
chairman of the committee Ford
set up to ,negotiate with the Uni-
versity . . . 'Well, what did you
think of it,' he asked? Not bad,
'but we aren't happy with it."
Wants Fair Lane
Bugas asked what land the Uni-
versity would .like.
"We thought of Fair Lane es-
tate," Niehuss answered.
The Ford officials objected to
this, Niehuss explained, for two
reasons, First,'Ford was planning
to give the gift through the Ford
Motor Company Fund and Fair
Lane was owned by the company,
not by the fund. The second reason
was that Fair Lane estate con-
tained about twelve hundred acrew
and the properties that Ford had
were about one hundred and ten
acres. "We explained that "we',
needed the rest of the land for
future growth.
"Bugas told us that there wasn't
a chance of our getting Fair Lane,.
so we went hom without decd
ing anything. But about two weekls
later one of the Ford vice-presi-
dents called us up and said,;'Have
good news for you. The Ford,
Motor Company board just voted
'to give you the Fair Lane estate.'"
Land Adequate
"All of it?" Niehuss asked, pleas-
antly surprised.
"No, only 210 acres.
"We decided that this was ade-
quate," Niehuss concluded. As-
sisting Niehuss in the negotiations
were Lewis, Dorr and Vice-presi-
dent in Charge of Business and Fi-
nance Wilbur K. Pierpont.
The Ford representatives were
Bugas; . A. Duffy, vice-president
general manager, Tractor and Im-
plement Division; Charlie Moore,
Jr., vice - president, public rela-
tions; Ray H. Sullivan, vice-presi
dent, group executive; and Arjay
Miller, controller.
Ideas Changed
Although Ford started out with
the idea of a training program for
Ford employees, Niehuss explained,
during the course of the negotia-
tions the University convinced
them of the need of gving the
University a free hand to run the
Center as the University sees fit.
At the time the gift was an-
nounced, University President Har-
lan Hatcher said that "these two
generous gifts from Ford are the
largest ever received by the Uni-
versity of Michigan from any in-

dustrial institution and its charit-
able fund."

To House Faculty woodwork.
A faculty office building, faced Bird Manuals Found
with natural and blue-glazed brick, Adjoining the living room is the study, Ford's favorite room. Found
will house 40 single offices, 25 in it after his death were a telescope, bird manuals, and other equip-
double or triple offices, eight sec- ment of the Fords, who were avid bird watchers.
r etarial offices and two seminar A fifty foot swimming pool was built in a wing of the house. The
rooms. The building will house 90 1pool which was covered when the Ford Archives were housed in the


to 115 faculty members.
The fourth building, the student
activities-library building, will fea-
ture an open stack library area
with reading space.
The building will also contain a
food service area with snack bar,
faculty dining room, kitchen, of-
fice, food storage area and multi-
purpose areas for student dining
aid social events.
The four buildings will cost $4,-
250,000 for construction and an
additional $1 million to furnish.
The $1,250,000 remaining from the
original $6.5 million Ford gift is
being utilized for utility' lines,
roadways, parking area and other
The four campus buildings will
be clustered around a mall fea-
turing a large reflecting pool sur-
rounded by stone benches for be-

building until 1956, is filled with sand and covered with tile, but can
be used again by removing its present contents.
The Ford bedroom on the second floor was located in a room of
the tower, and furnished luxuriously, although the Fords slept on an
adjoining sleeping porch in a wicker bed. A safe was found in the,
room designed to resemble a delicate bedside table, but in fact
took two strong men to remove it from the room.
Connected to Power Station
The kitchen features a large safe for silver storage, and in the
basement is a built-in bowling alley. In the basement, too; is the old
room where Ford could conduct one of his favorite hobbies, square
dancing. It features a cyprus fireplace inscribed, "Chop your own wood,
and it will warm you twice."
Connected to the home by a 300-foot inclined underground tunnel
is the four story power station which is still in running order. This
building also housed Ford's private hide-away, a suite of rooms for
living and working away from the crowds of the main house.
The home and grounds will be maintained, providing a campus
of ngatural beauty, Stirton said. Trees and flowers will be cared for
and perhaps paths constructed to make the wonders of the Ford estate
available to all.

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