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Flint Campus Opens New


Buildings Rated 'Hazards'

A new era in the history of thE
University will begin when its first
branch campus opens in Flint.
The date will probably be Sep-
tember, 1956.
Approved in principle by the
Board of Regents Jan. 21, the pro-
gram provides that the University
operate a senior college in con-
junction with Flint Junior College
The University will administei
and staff the senior college opera-
tions in facilities provided by the
Flint Board of Education.
Request for $37,000
An appropriation request for
$37,000 to continue planning and
organization for the Flint cam-
pus was before the State Legisla-
ture as this went to press.
University President Harlan H.
Hatcher and Vice-President Mar-
vin L. Niehuss have told legisla-
tors the proposal won the interest
of the Regents and they would
like to experiment.
The new senior college would be
operated in the same physical
plant now used by the Flint Jun-
ior College, located a few blocks
east of downtown Flint.
Flint Junior College is the ben-
eficiary of a $7 million endowment
from the estate of W. S. Ballenger,
w h I c h produces approximately
$500,000 a year.
Adjacent Uto Junior College
Adjacent to the junior college
Flint is developing a $13 million
cultural center for the community
at large, but also available as a
University adjunct.
Popular subscriptions are ac-
counting for most of the $13 mil-
lion. Three million dollars have
already been given by General Mo-
tors Corp., and the Charles S. Mott
Foundation of Flint has contrib-
uted $1 million.
The $37,000 grant from the Leg-
islature would enable the Univer-
sity to complete plans, decide what
courses should be taught and
bring a complete prospectus to the
lawmakers next year.
President Hatcher has said the
University hopes to get the branch
started by the fall of 1956.
During the first year, an esti-
mated 500 students would be en-
rolled in the senior college. After
that, enrollment would rise to a
peak estimated at 4,000-5,000.
Mott Originates Idea
Charles S. Mott, Flint philan-
thropist and president of the Mott
Foundation ,originated the idea
back in 1946 when he said,
"Wouldn't it be fine if boys and
girls here could graduate from the
University without leaving Flint?"
One of the main reasons behind
the plan is the problem of meeting
a continually increasing enroll-
In addition there has been a
conviction that, as President
Hatcher wrote in a letter to the
Regents, "the University is not a
geographic fact, but a mission, a
program, a concept of education,
a kingdom of the mind and of the
College Partly in Use
Part of the development pro-
gram is almost completed. Both the
$650,000 Ballenger Field House and
the $1,075,000 Harlow H. Curtice
academic building are now being
used, though not fully completed.
The $1,557,000 Charles Stewart
Mott Arts and Science Building is
also nearing completion. All three
are primarily parts of the commu-
nity cultural center, bit will also
be used by both the junior and
senior colleges.
Another building in the area
houses present activities of the
junior college. A large area behind
the Ballenger, Curtice and Mott
buildings is earmarked for future
Also in the immediate vicinity
are St. Joseph Hospital, St. Joseph
Nurses School, Flint Central High

School and Whittier Junior High
School Slates
Construction of the North Cam-
pus Architecture Building will be-
gin in 1958 and be completed in
1960 if construction proceeds as
Legislative appropriations for
the building are expected to
amount to $4 million.
Three requests will be made
for appropriations between 1956
and 1959. All financing will be
done by the State Legislature.
A request for $1 million was
made by the College of Architec-
ture and Design in 1953 for an
addition to the presently used
Architecture Building, but it was
not passed. Upon completion of
the North Campus structure, the
building now used will be turned,
over for use by some other de-
partment of the University.
Although it is sid h yrhitec-

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Also familiar to engineering stu-
dents is East Hall. Once a school
house, East Hall's 20,000 square
feet were acquired in 1922 for
$14,300. The' building is used for
engineering college offices and
Present plan is to raze East Hall
when replacement space is pro-
vided by new construction of engi-
neering college laboratories on
the North Campus.
The Music Building was classed
as combustible in 1943 and again
in 1944. The Fire Marshall recom-
mended its razing in 1947 and its
replacement in 1951.
Well-known to Army ROTC and
speech students is the Temporary
Classroom Building, classified as
fire hazardous with recommenda-
tions for replacement in 1951 and
Rifle Range
Another structure on the con-
demned list associated with the
military is the ROTC Rifle Range.
Built in 1894 for $57,000, it has
17,000 square feet for rifle prac-
tice, air force band practice and
Nearthe Rifle Range and also
on the condemned list is the West
Physics Building, built irA 1889,
and Addition, built in 1905.
The University plans to raze the
building when a new Physical Sci-
ence Building can be constructed{
on campus for the physics and as-
tronomy departments.
On the other side of the main
campus are two more condemned
buildings, the Waterman and Bar-
b o u r Gymnasiums.
Waterman Gym was classed
combustible in 1943 and 1944. It
was recommended to be razed in
Barbour Gym was listed as com-
bustible in 1943 and 1944. Razing
was recommended in 1947 and re-
placement in 1951 and 1954.
There are no present plans for
the replacement of either gym be-
cause of lack of funds, according
to Vice-President Pierpont.
No Replacement Plans
For the three remaining struc-
tures on the Fire Marshall's con-
demned list, there are also no
present plans for replacement or
The Institute for Social Re-
search Building was classified as
fire hazardous in 1951 and its re-
placement recommended. It was
built in 1891, cost $63,000, has al-
most 34,000 square feet, and is
used for offices.
The Radiation Laboratory was
classified as fire hazardous with a
recommendation that it be con-
structed throughout in 1943. A
1947 recommendation called for
Last on the list is the Special
Projects Research Laboratory,
which has not been mentioned
specifically in reports, according to
Vice-President Pierpont.

-Daily-John Hirtzei



Unit Plans
Provided the State Legislature
appropriates funds, the School of
Education will have a building of
its own on campus.
The education planning com-
mittee has asked the Legislature
for planning funds amounting to
$34,000 for 1955. It is anticipated
that approximately $3,400,000 will
be requested for actual construc-
tion work for 1956 and 1957.
Although the education school
project has been brought to the
Legislature's attention before, this
is the first year a specific approp-
riation request has been made, ac-
cording to Prof. Howard Jones,
chairman of the planning com-
Enrollment in education school
has increased 25 per cent in each
of the last two years. At the
present time there isan enroll-
ment equivalent to 1,000 full-time
students. The new building will
provide facilities for an enroll-
ment of 1,800 full-time education
Location of the education school
building will be somewhere on
the main campus in order to be
close to the University Elemen-
tary and High Schools. "As yet
we have no preconceived ideas of
what the building will look like,"
Prof. Jones said. "Design will de-
pend on the site, the architect,
and the education specifications
written by the faculty."
Facilities in the new building
will include classrooms, offices,
seminar rooms and administrative
offices for the education school.
The committee is also planning to
have a laboratory with interview-
ing rooms for the preparation of
guidance counselors, and centers
for curriculum materials and ref-
erence research.

--Daily-John Hirtzel

Social Work School Grows

Architecture School: Flexible

C ----- I

Dean of the College of
Architecture and Design
Looking ten years ahead for the
College of Architecture and De-
sign, it is necessary to make cer-
tain assumptions.
Considering the beginning flood
tide of students and the plannedx
!xpansion of campus and facili-
ties it is taken for granted that
Architecture, including Landscape
Architecture and Art, will contin-
ue to constitute the College com-
bining the mutual interests of the'
creative visual arts just named,
while admitting their considerable
Curriculum Changes
Our curriculums have changed DEAN BENNETT
in detail over the past ten years
and it would be regrettable if this certain that our services as a Col-
were not to continue. The next lege will increasingly extend on
decade should see some consolida- ldgeylndheampux. o
tions within each of the major beodte cmpus
groups. Service to Colleges
In architectur-e a trend toward Our staff will contribute more
integration within the majors -extensively and, we believe, more
d e s i g n , construction, building effectively to other colleges of the

pus. This will be our professional
It will provide adequate and
special accommodations looking
forward to our needs in 1965 -
drafting rooms and studies, lec-
ture rooms and offices in number
and in kind adequate to our needs.
New uses will require newi species
by 1965. Those mentioned below'
are already in prospect, others are
certain to appear.
Research Laboratory
The College now has a small
temporary research laboratory
structure. This activity will great-
ly expand. Research and testing
is becoming a more important part
of our educational process.
Photo reproduction as a service
device directly attached to the de-
sign and research facilities will re-
quire suitable quarters, as will a
sizeable and well-equipped shop.
Our present shop can accommo-
date only 20 students.
Other Needs
Our policy of faculty-student
group seminars and class discus-
sions requires conference roomt
to supplement the usual lecture
amphitheaters and blackboard re-
citation rooms.
A moderate-size auditorium for
assemblies and exhibition spaces
for review of student and visiting
showings and for public exhibi-
tions will be indispensable.
At present we have no confer-
ence room and there is a short-
age of exhibition space.
For our general curriculum in
Art and our service courses to the
Colleges of the University, we will
need to offer instruction on the
present main campus so long as
the nrinrinml unnrrod ioP enl- I

Dean of the School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is
completing its fourth year on the{
Formerly the graduate social
work curriculum was offered in
Detroit by the Institute of Social
Work, Horace H. Rackham School
of Graduate Studies. In 1951 the
School, with headquarters in Ann
Arbor, was established by the
Board of Regents and became the
fifteenth among the schools and;
colleges of the University.
Transfer of School
Closer integration with the en-
tire University has been achieved
by the transfer of the School to
An Aror. j

governmental and voluntary so-
cial agencies.
At this stage of development in
social work education, however,
there is also a need to assist per-
sons currently employed in social
agencies to obtain basic social work
The need is obvious when it is
considered that of the 80 thous-
and positions in the United States
only 16 per cent are currently fill-
ed by individuals who have comn-
pleted their work for the Master
of Social Work degree. For this
reason, the School, in addition to
offering the two-year graduate
curriculum on the campus, pro-
vides in cooperation with the Ex-
tension Service off-campus courses
in various cities in the State.
Demand for Social Workers
Professionally trained social




The primary purpose of the
School is to prepare full-time stu-
dents for practice and research in

workers are indemand for a con-

Education School Records 75th Year

stantly growing number of health
and welfare services. The antici-
pated increase in men and women
seeking advanced training in the
years ahead will seriously strain
the School's present facilities as
with all other units of the Univer-
The next ten years promise even
greater responsibilities for the

equipment and city planning-is
already apparent.
This is to strengthen specializa-
tion through clearer orientation.
Considering the coming pressure
upon staff the facilities, and at
the other end of the educational
process, the demand for well-train-
ed graduates, the integrated cur-N
riculum seems inescapable.
Flexibility in Curriculum
In the Art Department we have
up till now been able to afford
the luxury of flexibility in curri-
culum and educational goals.
There has been little rigidity as
to standards expected from gradu-

University. There will be more and
better organized extension courses
in Art ana television programs.
Traveling exhibitions, demonstra-
tions, and conferences will expand
as service activities.
Studies for growth of the physi-
,al plant of the College are al-
ready under way. In general we
Nave to think of some 1000 stu-
dents-,-for most of whom we will
have to house specialized profes-
sional education.
Even with a tightening organi-
zation of the arts program a min-
ority group will combine a major
in Art with a minor in the Col-

School with an expanding popula-
By WILLARD C. OLSON tion requiring basic services and
Dean of the School of Education Certificates are awarded to stu- the development of new commun-
As it celebrates, its 75th anni-:. dents enrolled in eight schools and ity services.
versary year of professional edu- colleges other than the School of
cation, the School of Education is Education and these students take graduate schools of social work
undergoing unprecedented expan-the required work from the fa-
utEd the University of Michigan School
sion. culty in Education. of Social Work ranked fifth in
The tidal wave of students has The School of Education oper- the number of students specializ-
reachedmthebSchoolsooner and in aces aUniversityvElementary during the past
larger numbers than any of the 5 School and 'a University High ~er
early or general predictions would f School enrolling an additional 500 Pear.
have suggested. A persons of appropriate ages and Primary Needs
In 1953 there was an influx of has cooperative arrangements for The number of social work po-
undergraduates amounting to aa: student teaching with the Ann sitions has been increasing more
25 per cent increase, the same Arbor Public Schools and other rapidly than the ability of the
thing happened again in 1954 and school systems. graduate schools to fill these po-
the extrapolations for the fall of Officials of the School of Edu- sitions.
1955 suggest that the same thing I cation some time ago set an in- The primary need at the Uni-
will happen again. I crease of 75 per cent as an im- versity of Michigan School of So-
Undergraduate Enrollment ' mediate goal determined by the cial Work, as well as at other
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