Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 20, 2009

UM-Dearborn student Deirdre Devlin, left, a Parkhurst Fellow at the Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC), and her sister, Maeve, help tap the sugar maple trees in the Natural Areas at UM-Dearborn. In the next several weeks, more than 300 children and adults will volunteer at EIC to assist with the sap collection for maple syrup.(Jennifer Thelen/UM-Dearborn)

Health care and retirement savings plan changes
The university will go forward with increases to the health care costs paid by employees and retirees enrolled in U-M plans and will implement a waiting period for future employees to receive university contributions to retirement savings, university leaders said in a message to faculty and staff today (March 20). A series of programs will be held on the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses on March 30 and on the Flint campus on March 31 to give faculty, staff and retirees a chance to learn more details of the changes. The Ann Arbor forum will be simulcast on the Web. More information about the changes and how they affect members of the campus community — including cost-sharing estimates, using U-M Premier Care as a model — are available at www.benefitsstewardship.umich.edu .

U-M groups awarded grants for civic engagement
Two U-M projects have been awarded Venture Grants for health initiatives in Ypsilanti and Africa that encourage the development or expansion of community service programs, service-learning opportunities, and/or civic engagement activities.

Medical students gather to find out residencies
Fourth year Medical School students gathered March 19 in Ann Arbor for Match Day, to receive a single slip of paper stating where they will do their residencies. This year, about 160 students participated in the match.

The Michigan Difference

Vote for your favorite UMMA Art Pick
As the U-M Museum of Art gets set to reopen March 28, following a two-year restoration and renovation project, a few friends of the museum are offering their favorites from selected works of art featured in the collection, and the museum invites the community to vote, as well. Find out what piece former football coach Lloyd Carr says reminds him that “winter is fading and spring will soon be here to bring the promise of summer and fall.”
Then vote for your favorite.