Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, November 23, 2009

Volunteers from the Fleming Building’s “Fall Food Fight” count items that were collected over a two-week period as part of the competition among floors to see which one could donate the most food. A total of 1,837 non-perishable items were given to Food Gatherers, a Washtenaw County organization that collects unused food and works to relieve hunger in the community. The contest’s winner is to be announced in December. (Photo by James Iseler)

MHealthy Wellness Assessments show stress, weight as top health issues
Results from MHealthy Wellness Assessments show weight and stress to be two of the largest health concerns for U-M employees. University officials say the findings reiterate the value of programs that strive to improve employees’ health and well being, as well as cut costs. A recent article in U.S. News & World Report showed that obesity left unchecked will cost U.S. companies $344 billion by 2018.

Athletic director search under way
The University of Michigan is beginning its search for a new athletic director to replace Bill Martin, who announced he is retiring from his position in September 2010. The job description and a brief Q & A about the search are posted online.

Provost encourages students to look to university first with financial concerns
Provost Teresa Sullivan sent an e-mail to students and their families today acknowledging that finances in the current economy may be tight, and encouraging them to turn to the university first for advice and loans. Sullivan reminded students that it’s not too late to apply for loans for the current academic year.

The Michigan Difference

Reaching out to veterans
On Veterans Day UM-Flint dedicated a new Student Veterans Center. Jeremy Glasstetter, who served with the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, was among those who made the center happen. Now a student at UM-Flint, Glasstetter is founder and president of the Flint chapter of Student Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to aiding the transition from the battlefield to the college campus.