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Regents meeting Sept. 17

The Board of Regents will have its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 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

Nominations sought for staff award

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence. All regular staff members of the Ann Arbor Campus and U-M Health System are eligible. The award recipient will receive $500 cash and a certificate presented by the Office of the Provost. All nominations must be received by Oct. 8. Make a nomination at Johnson began her career at U-M in 1972 at the Medical Center in the Department of Internal Medicine. In 1989, she transferred to the Office of the Provost and was employed there until her death in 2003.

Input sought on students to serve on advisory committee

Faculty or staff members who know students with a personal or academic interest in U-M's budget process are asked by Provost Teresa Sullivan to encourage them to apply to join the Student Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC). Nominations are being accepted for the 2009-10 academic year. Eight to 10 students serve a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Sullivan established the SBAC in 2008 to make U-M's budget process more transparent to students and to establish a forum for soliciting student budget ideas. SBAC members learn about the university's budget model, sources of revenue, expenditure patterns and cost containment efforts. Students advise the provost on a range of topics and discuss ideas to contain costs and enhance revenue. SBAC members may be asked to communicate with other students about U-M's budget practices. An application and more information are at The application deadline is Sept. 30.

Benefits Open Enrollment set

Open Enrollment, the annual opportunity for faculty and staff to review benefit choices, is Oct. 26-Nov. 6 to make benefit changes taking effect Jan. 1, 2010. Because the two-year transition to the university's new health plan cost-sharing ratio begins Jan. 1, employees and retirees will begin contributing a greater percentage toward health care costs. Half of the increase will occur in January 2010; the remainder in 2011. Also Jan. 1, medical plan rates only will be available at the Benefits Office Web site, Employees will need to enter a valid uniqname and UMICH password to login and see their monthly 2010 medical plan rates. The system automatically checks current appointment records to determine the appropriate salary band and rates. Go to with questions or to view frequently asked questions, or call the HR/Payroll Service Center at 5-2000 from the Ann Arbor campus, 734-615-2000 local, or 866-647-7657 toll free. Have a UMID number ready.

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