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News Briefs
School of Dentistry to offer free mouth guards

Free, custom mouth guards will be made for amateur athletes ages 5 and older July 12 at the School of Dentistry, 1011 N. University Ave. Supervised by faculty members, dental and dental hygiene students will make 120 oral appliances on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. until noon. A mouth guard is considered vital for athletes planning to participate in fall or winter sports including football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey or other contact sports. For more information go to or contact Jerry Mastey by phone at 615-1971 or e-mail at

Election for DPS committee closes June 30

Elections for the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee are underway. The committee considers grievances against any public safety officer deputized by the University. This year, the term of the non-union staff member is expiring. All Ann Arbor campus and UMHS staff members not represented by a collective bargaining unit are eligible to vote until 4 p.m. June 30. The winning candidate will be appointed in July. The six-member oversight committee is comprised of two students, two faculty and two staff (one union and one non-union), nominated and elected by their peers for two-year terms. Go to to review candidate statements and vote. (Note: Voting more than once or for more than one candidate will result in disqualification.) For more information contact Shirley Sindlinger in Staff Human Resource Services at

Allen-Meares selected to lead University of Illinois at Chicago

Paula Allen-Meares, dean of the nationally top-ranked School of Social Work since 1993, has been selected as the next chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees. Allen-Meares would take office effective Jan. 16 and would assume the helm of the largest university in Chicago. "Paula Allen Meares has given our campus energy and vision and established the School of Social Work as one of the top in the country," President Mary Sue Coleman says. "Paula has provided distinguished leadership at the University of Michigan and I am delighted for her in this new role and wish her the very best." In addition to the chancellorship, Allen-Meares would hold faculty appointments in social work and education at the UIC and Urbana campuses.

U-M honored by HVA

The Huron Valley Ambulance Board of Trustees awarded U-M the Heart Safe Organization award at its annual EMS Awards Dinner May 22. HVA President Dale Berry said, "This award recognizes the University for your early and comprehensive placement of automated defibrillators in multiple locations throughout your campus facilities, and for the inclusion of your AED devices in your emergency response plans. The U-M Department of Public Safety was one of the first law enforcement agencies in our area to deploy AED devices in patrol cars and to promote police officer response to victims of cardiac arrest. The U-M is recognized as a leader in providing a Heart Safe environment for your students, staff and visitors."

K-9 brings home trophies

DPS rookie canine Sampson brought home three trophies from the U.S. Police Canine Association Region 19 certification event May 4-6. Sampson, a Belgian Malinois, joined DPS in March along with his sister, Tazer, following the retirements of DPS' first two canines. Forty dogs attended the event hosted by the Macomb County Sheriff Department. Sampson and his human partner Officer Mark West placed first in explosive detection, first in team explosive detection and third overall.

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