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Master’s Alumna Leaves Legacy Gift to Rackham

Elena Sliepcevich earned her master’s in education from the University of Michigan in 1949 and a doctorate in physical education—the first woman to do so—from Springfield College in 1955. She went on to a distinguished career in health education at Southern Illinois University. Before she passed away in 2008, she had established a trust to benefit the causes that were most important to her, including the University of Idaho, from which she graduated in 1939 with a bachelor’s degree, and several charities in her home state of Montana.

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Record Number of Ph.D.s in 2010-11

By Jeff Mortimer

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Brett Levy is one of 824 doctorates conferred by Rackham in the 2010-11 academic year.

In the 2010-11 academic year, Rackham conferred 824 Ph.D.s, compared to an average of 780 Ph.D.s annually over the prior five years. But like a savvy baseball fan, Dean Janet Weiss knows which numbers are really significant.