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Strong first week for United Way campaign

The University's United Way Campaign received $92,074 in pledge contributions during its first week. The campaign will continue thru Nov. 1.

Department level participation, per capita giving and growth in leadership ($1,000 level) giving will be tabulated and recognized with awards every week during the campaign.

Additional information on the campaign can be found at: For questions, send e-mail to:

Open Enrollment begins today (Oct. 10)

Faculty, staff and retirees can update or make changes to their benefits packages for 2006 today (Oct. 10) through Oct. 21.

Changes to benefits must be made via eBenefits at

This is the first year Personal Enrollment Worksheets will not be produced and mailed to staff members' home addresses.

Open Enrollment books have been mailed to employees' campus addresses. They also are available from the HR/Payroll Service Center and may be obtained by sending an e-mail request to

The books, which contain plan descriptions and rates, as well as information on Flexible Spending Accounts, also may be downloaded at:

Kids Kare offers childcare backup

As part of the University's commitment to help faculty and staff meet the challenge of balancing work obligations with family commitments, the Work/Life Resource Center once again is offering "Kids Kare at Home."

The program is a safe and secure emergency back-up option for those times when childcare falls through. For example, if a child is sick and must stay home from daycare but the parent has a meeting that can't be missed a Kids Kare caregiver can be called.

To use the Kids Kare at Home program, faculty, staff and students first must register at Even those who recently signed up for the service must re-enroll during the two-week period.

Registration is free and does not obligate a faculty or staff member to use the service. The program has a sliding-scale hourly fee.

Visit for information.

Academic Women's Caucus seeks nominees

The Academic Women's Caucus (AWC) is seeking nominations for the 2006 Sarah Goddard Power Award and the Distinguished Service Award. The awards are presented annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves through leadership, scholarship and sustained service on behalf of women. Eligible candidates for the Power Award include any faculty member, including instructors, lecturers, primary researchers, librarians, curators and senior administrative staff. Faculty members who no longer are employed by the University but held an appointment within the year prior to nomination also are eligible. The nomination deadline is Nov. 4. Four copies of nomination information and the nominee's curriculum vitae should be sent to Cynthia Marcelo, Kresge I, R5669, Box 0592, 200 Zina Pitcher Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. For more information, visit or call (734) 763-6721 or (734) 663-3242.

M-CARE Medicaid HMO ranked among top 25

M-CAID, M-CARE's Medicaid HMO, has been ranked among the top 25 Medicaid health plans in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report/National Committee for Quality Assurance Americas' Best Health Plans 2005. The list appears in today's (Oct. 10) issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Medicaid ranking includes measures for access to care and service, communication with doctors, staying healthy/preventive care, getting better/living with illness and overall quality. M-CARE's Medicaid HMO was ranked 21st out of all plans reviewed.

Humanities institute fellowships for 2006-07

The Institute for the Humanities invites applications for its faculty, graduate student and careers-in-the-making fellowships for 2006-07.

Faculty fellows are released from their usual teaching and service duties to pursue research while continuing to receive salary and benefits. The deadline for applications is Dec. 9.

Doctoral students who have attained candidacy at the time of application are eligible to apply for a 10-month residential fellowship. Graduate student fellows have offices in the institute, receive a stipend of $2,400 per month and GradCare benefits. The deadline for applications is Jan. 6.

The careers-in-the-making fellowship is for students who have completed a terminal master's program in architecture, art & design, creative writing, dance choreography or music composition. It includes a stipend of $20,000. The deadline for applications is Jan. 13.

For full details of eligibility, selection criteria, and to access applications forms, visit: or contact the institute at (734) 936-3518 or to request a paper copy.

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