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UMHHC earns environmental award

The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) has been awarded the Environmental Leadership Circle award, the highest environmental achievement award presented by Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization of health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. To be considered, facilities must meet the criteria for mercury-free operations, and recycle at least 25 percent of their total waste stream, among other criteria.

Breast Oncology Program benefits from fund-raiser

Online shopping channel QVC and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) recently presented the Comprehensive Cancer Center with a $382,075 check from proceeds of the FFANY Shoes on Sale event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October. The Cancer Center's Breast Oncology Program was one of the beneficiaries of the televised fund-raiser that benefits breast cancer research and education institutions, through the sale of shoes, many donated by major manufacturers, at reduced prices.

IT stakeholder town hall meetings

The university will conduct three town hall meetings over the next several days to discuss upcoming changes in U-M's IT structure. The stakeholder meetings, intended for non-new IT employees, will be 9 11 a.m. Friday at the Palmer Commons and 1- 3 p.m. at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, and 9-11 a.m. June 29 at the Michigan Union. U-M recently combined Information Technology Central Services (ITCS), Information Technology Security Services (ITSS) and Michigan Administrative Information Services (MAIS) in an effort to continue to offer high performance computing for the university. All attendees must register online. For more information and registration visit

University food operations earn honors

Two food operations managed by the Division of Student Affairs have been recognized for excellence by the National Association of College and University Food Services. The Hill Dining Center opened last fall earned a bronze award in the Residence Hall Dining Multiple Concepts category of the Loyal E. Horton dining awards. The judging criteria for the award included menu selection, merchandising and presentation, marketing, nutritional soundness and overall impression. The University Unions U-go's Express convenience store earned an honorable mention in the 2009 Best in Business Campus C-Store contest for excellence in marketing and merchandising.

Regents meeting July 16

The Board of Regents will have its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. July 16 in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building. Public comments on agenda items will be taken prior to their consideration. Comments on nonagenda items will follow the regular business agenda. People with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at 734-764-3883. For more about regents meetings, go to

English classes available for families

The U-M Northwood Community English Language Program is offering English classes this summer for the families of international students, faculty and staff. Register at the Northwood Community Center for children, teen and adult classes. Native speakers of English also are invited to participate as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. For more information call 764-9998 or e-mail

Diabetes studies applications sought

The Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center is accepting applications for Pilot and Feasibility Studies. The MDRTC National Institutes of Health grant supports research initiatives by new and established U-M faculty. Support is available for one year with funding up to $50,000. The MDRTC is also accepting applications for a Pilot and Feasibility Study to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers. Proposals are for one year of support with funding up to $100,000. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Aug. 3. For more information go to

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