Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 1, 2012

In an inspirational new video, U-M patients say thank you to the donors who provided blood, bone marrow, organs and tissues. The video is the cornerstone of the fall Wolverines for Life campaign, and is designed to spur participation in the annual Wolverine-Buckeye Challenge and Blood Battle with Ohio State. Read more about the donor campaigns and challenges.

Grants up to $5,000 available for workplace ergonomic issues
MHealthy is accepting applications for its annual ergonomics grants program. University departments or units in need of financial help to purchase equipment or redesign work processes to solve ergonomic issues can receive up to $5,000 to implement solutions. Applications are accepted year-round; however, submissions are encouraged by Oct. 31.

U-M United Way campaign shows continued commitment, organizers say
Today marks the launch of the 2012 U-M United Way Charitable Giving Campaign. Campaign co-chairs Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Douglas L. Strong, CEO of U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, have set a campaign goal of $1.5 million to help United Way address the needs of individuals and families in Washtenaw County.

Annual security and fire safety reports now available
The 2012-13 edition of the U-M "Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report" is available. An electronic copy of the booklet may be downloaded, and hard-copy versions will be available in mid-October from the Department of Public Safety as well as several administrative offices and main libraries.

This week in the University Record
• School of Public Health tackles noncommunicable diseases in Latin America
• Road safety: Let the good times roll … or not
• Starting to snore during pregnancy could indicate risk for high blood pressure
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Career guidance overseas
Not even a U.S. State Department security warning could keep UM-Dearborn's Barbara Peitsch and Mike Callahan from their planned travels this summer. The two traveled to the Middle East and North Africa as part of a reverse professional exchange. They hoped to promote the process of guiding, counseling and mentoring young people in their educational and career choices. In many of the host locations, students graduate with desired degrees but few resources to help them find employment.