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Alum donates
$150,000 to
Ford School of
P:ublic Poliecy
By Andrew McCormack
and Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporters
Earlier this month, a $150,000 donation was given to
the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy by Universi-
ty alum James Hackett to start the Lee C. Bollinger
Award, which will grant $7,500 to one exceptional sec-
ond-year students each year.
Hackett, currently President and CEO of Steelcase
Inc., headquartered in Grand Rapids, graduated in 1977
from LSA and played football for Michigan from 1973
to 1977.
Hackett spoke of the importance of the University's
school of public policy and said he has plans to meet
with the dean to "further support her in priorities that
she's developing."
"I've found in the school and my association with
President Ford that there's a lot more work that I want
to do here at this particular school," Hackett said.
"Its my wife and my hope that we can continue to
give the opportunity for others to go to this fine school
and that others will join us in celebrating the respective
contributions of Lee (Bollinger) and President Ford to
the (University)," he said. "This is going to be a very
cool place at Michigan."
As for naming the award after former University
President Lee Bollinger, Hackett spoke of Bollinger's
vision in establishing the school.
"For me, that was one of Lee (Bollinger)'s hallmarks,
that he really wanted the University to engage intellec-
tually in topics as deeply and broadly as possible, which
is what makes a university experience so wonderful,"
Hackett said.
He said Bollinger recognized the potential of the
University and sought to enhance it to "world-class
thinking."
"Lee had an instinct about the vibrancy of the Uni-
versity in the way that it fuels the development of pub-
lic policy and it harkens back to my days at the
University in the early '70s, seeing the impact that the
students had in the political mainstream in the time,"
Hackett said.
Rebecca Blank, dean of the School of Public Policy,
said the interest collected on the original donation will
perpetuate the award indefinitely.
"We are always in need of fellowships for our stu-
dents," Blank said. "(They) don't enter high paying
jobs after they graduate."
Blank added that because most graduates enter either

The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 12, 2002 - 3

Redesigned site
offers new layout
and more features

By Karen Schwartz
Daily News Editor
As of today, the University's website
has a whole new look, designed to help
make the site more user-friendly and
make information easier to access.
"Many of us have been unhappy
with the website for years, it just felt
clunky and hard to navigate and
especially difficult for people who
don't know the University. So we just
wanted to make it more accessible
and have a smoother look and feel,"
said interim Provost Paul Courant.
While the underlying information on
the site hasn't changed, he said, the new
presentation makes it easier to navigate.
"As I look at other universities'
websites, I was thinking we ought to
have a nice, easy-to-use website, so
now we do one that allows ou to

"One of the great things about Michi-
gan students is that they almost invari-
ably tell us what they think,"he said.
Vice President for Communications
Lisa Rudgers said the site, which has
been under construction for over a year,
will have the same subject areas but also
have content organized by audience to
assist users of the site who might have
trouble finding whatthey're looking for.
"It will be more easily navigated
whether you are a member of the cam-
pus community or outside of thecampus
community," she said.
The site is organized in a more intu-
itive way and has been in trial stages for
the past six months, she said.
"We've been testing it for about six
months, 200 users who represent faculty,
staff, students, prospective students and
alumni, who tested the site and gave it
lots of good feedbick se said

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The Ford School of Public Policy Is located inside of Lorch get academic information, business The new site also features multime
Hall on Tappan Street. Tentative plans have been approved information and allows people who dia, links to audience-specific home
to create a new building to house the school. are thinking about visiting or apply- pages, a "news-rich emphasis" anda
ing to find out what they want to text-only version to assist individuals
public service or non-profit work, the generally lower know," he said. with visual disabilities and others.
salaries of these careers makes student debt difficult to He added that he looks forward to "We're trying to include multimedia
pay off. seeing what the University community features as much as we can. We feel i
Thus, the amount of scholarship aid a public policy and visitors think of the site. He said he maximizes the medium itself and pres
school can provide is a major factor in competing for has no doubt that as people use the site, ents the University in a very vibran
better and brighter students, she said. he will receive plenty of feedback. way" Rudgers said.
"I am delighted to get this gift," Blank said. "We're
ranked in the top five, but we lose students sometimes
because of our ability to provide financial aid. ... One
of my highest priorities in fundraising is to raise addi- *
tional scholarship funds."
The school has received donations designated for
financial aid of up to $250,000, but $150,000 "is a very
generous gift," Blank said.
The award, which will be primarily merit-based, a
comes with no strings attached, and the only condition
is that it help the students pay for their time at the Uni-
versity, which could mean anything from helping cover7 4
a grocery hill to putting a dent in the $11,884 in-state
or $21,530 out-of-state tuition, Blank said.
Blank added, however, that while the school's ability 0Nsuyw
to provide financial aid could always be better, current- Sun.-ur a 30 ao0pm.m N.University
ly almost all of the 82 entering students and 79 contin-t
uing students receive some sort of financial aid -ems y s.Uli
package ranging from $1,000 to $15,000.
The school pays out a total of between $400,000 and
$450,000 per year. 'rHis, oy
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