Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

U-M patients who received the gift of life in the form of donated blood, organs, tissue or bone marrow share how their donor heroes affected them and their families. This video is the cornerstone of the fall Wolverines for Life campaign that includes a massive donor drive at Michigan Stadium on Nov. 17 and the annual challenges between U-M and Ohio State — the Wolverine vs. Buckeye Challenge for Life and the Blood Battle.

New committee to recommend changes to retirement savings and retiree health benefits
University leaders have appointed a faculty-led committee to propose ways to reduce the cost of U-M's retirement savings plan. The Committee on Retirement Savings Plan and Retiree Health Benefits will use current market data as part of its work to develop recommendations that keep U-M's benefits competitive while reducing university costs.
U-M Health System leadership has separately charged a committee to review and make recommendations regarding options for reducing the costs of current paid time off programs for staff at the Medical School and Hospital and Health Centers.

Applications being accepted for funding to make workplaces safer
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 in MHealthy ergonomic grant funds to implement solutions that make the work environment safer.

Nominations sought for Candace J. Johnson Staff Award
The Office of the Provost wishes to recognize exemplary staff at the Ann Arbor and Health System campuses with the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence. Nov. 1 is the final day nominations will be accepted.

The Michigan Difference

Fresh-food guru
Fiona Ruddy’s official title at Detroit’s Eastern Market is “Alternative Food Program Coordinator,” but in her view, there should be nothing “alternative” about the food distribution models that she oversees. A 2010 LSA graduate, she runs the Eastern Market Farm Stand Program, which serves 18 different locations around Detroit and its suburbs, bringing fresh produce directly to hospitals, office buildings, nonprofit organizations and neighborhood farmers markets.