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January 29, 2002
Vol. 28, No. 14

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UT faces projected deficit; proposes $230 increase in student fees

Teresa Graham Brett named dean of students

Behavior of midwater fishes under Antarctic ice: Observations by a predator

Student group displays pro-life exhibit at West Mall area

Meningitis ruled cause of university student's death

New study examines effects of memory training

Endowed scholarship honors Myers

Researchers get $4.5 million to study child language therapy

New engineering chair made possible by $2.35 million gift

Global extinction rate reaches historical proportions

Special programs highlight celebration of Black History Month

Nichols named associate vice president for research

Texas Exes to honor teachers for their excellence as educators

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program Policy Statement

University approves new policy for lighting UT Tower

Coral study challenges long-held theory on glacial cycles

UT research shows radiation zapping Mars may affect biological evolution

Growing number of U.S.-Mexican border residents using herbs to treat ailments

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Critics program Viewpoint 2002 begins on Jan. 31

UT student returns home to conduct Corpus Christi Symphony in Rockport

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Teresa Graham Brett named associate vice president and dean of students

Teresa Graham Brett, associate dean of students at the University of Michigan since 1998, has been appointed associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Vice President for Student Affairs James Vick said the appointment resulted from a nationwide search by a 13-member committee composed of members of the university's faculty, staff and student body. The position has been vacant since Dean of Students Sharon Justice retired on Aug. 1. Tom Dison, associate vice president and director of recreational sports at The University of Texas at Austin, has been serving as the interim dean of students during the search process.

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"Teresa Graham Brett is a talented, experienced leader with a clear vision of the major issues we face in serving students," Vick said. "Her strengths in bringing together diverse groups of students, bridging the boundary between student affairs and academic affairs, and resolving conflict will be valuable to the Dean of Students Office and the university."

As the associate dean of students at the University of Michigan, Brett has been responsible for areas including Student Activities and Leadership, the Program on Intergroup Relations, Conflict and Community, the International Center, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Affairs. She serves as student advocate on various campus issues and works closely with individual student leaders and organizations as a mentor and adviser.

As a co-director since 1996 on the Program on Intergroup Relations, Conflict and Community, Brett has been responsible for development, implementation and management of innovative curricular and co-curricular programs for undergraduate students. These programs focus on issues of social justice, intergroup relations, intergroup conflict and community building.

Brett began work at Michigan in 1996 as an associate director in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives. She worked at the University of Arizona from 1993 to 1995 as associate director of minority student services in the University Learning Center. From 1989-93 she worked in the university's Office of Minority Affairs.

"My leadership and administration philosophy is a direct result of both the successes and challenges in my career," Brett said. "I believe in and foster a collaborative team environment while understanding the need to be decisive and provide clear direction. My career has been committed to bridging boundaries between student affairs and academic affairs, social identity groups (based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, etc.), staff and administrators, and students and administrators, to create more inclusive environments."

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