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News Briefs

Regents to meet Oct. 21 at U-M-Flint

The Board of Regents will hold its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Michigan Rooms of the Harding Mott University Center on the U-M-Flint campus. Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at (734) 764-3883.

The University Record takes a Fall Break

The University Record will publish an abbreviated issue due to Fall Break. The issue will be distributed Oct. 18 in racks around campus and through U.S. and campus mail. The Record will resume its normal publication schedule Oct. 25. To view the Record's 2004-05 publication schedule, visit

Michigan Visiting Nurses offer immunizations

The Michigan Visiting Nurses (MVN) will hold fall immunization clinics at many sites in southeast Michigan. MVN clinics will be held October through December and are open to the general public, 18 years and older. Flu shots for children 12 years of age and older, who are accompanied by a parent or guardian, also will be available at select sites. Currently, the U-M Health System is following Centers for Disease Control guidelines and asking all healthy adults to forgo getting a flu shot because of a shortage of the vaccine.

Businesses may contact MVN at to schedule an on-site flu immunization clinic for employees.

For a complete list of sites, call MVN at (734) 677-0020 or visit its Web site.

Campus Safety Handbook available

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced that the 2004-05 edition of the Campus Safety Handbook is available. Copies of the 34-page book are available at Hard copy versions are available from the Office of Student Affairs, Human Resources and Affirmative Action offices, the Admissions office in the Student Activities Building, or any DPS neighborhood office. The handbook is a resource for issues of campus safety, including emergency services, safety tips, University policies and state laws, and additional support services. The publication also includes three-year statistics of reported crime on the Ann Arbor campus and adjoining properties.

Key Office hours to change

Office hours for the Key Office at 525 Church St. will be reduced by one hour per week beginning Oct. 11 to provide time for staff meetings and training activities. As a result, the office will be closed to walk-in traffic on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., rather than the current half-hour closure. Hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will remain 7:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3:45 p.m., while Tuesday hours will be 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:45 p.m.

Alger takes new post at Rutgers

Jonathan R. Alger, who coordinated the University's two landmark U.S. Supreme Court affirmative action lawsuits, will become vice president and general counsel for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, effective Jan. 1. Alger has been U-M assistant general counsel and a member of the faculty since 2000. Prior to that, he was counsel to the American Association of University Professors in Washington, D.C. Alger's work with the lawsuits included management of the largest amicus brief effort in Supreme Court history.

Academic Women's Caucus seeks nominees for awards

The Academic Women's Caucus (AWC) is seeking nominations for the 2005 Sarah Goddard Power Award and the Distinguished Service Award. The awards are presented annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves through their leadership, scholarship and sustained service on behalf of women. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31. The award ceremony will be 4 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Michigan League. Eligible candidates for the Power Award include any faculty members (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. Four copies of the nomination information and the nominees' curriculum vitae should be sent to Professor Cynthia Marcelo, Kresge I, R5669, Box 0592, 200 Zina Pitcher Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. For more information on the AWC, visit or call (734) 763-6721 or (734) 663-3242.

Kids Kare registration provides childcare backup

As part of the University's commitment to help faculty and staff balance work obligations with family commitments, the Work/Life Resource Center is offering Kids Kare at Home. Kids Kare at Home 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 an important meeting that can't be missed, a Kids Kare caregiver can be called to provide back-up care. Faculty, staff and students must first register at during the registration period Oct. 19-29. Registration is free and does not obligate a faculty or staff member to use the service, which has a sliding-scale hourly fee.

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