U-M awarded Institutional Achievement Award

The University of Michigan was recently awarded the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International’s Institutional Achievement Award for the MStaff200 bicentennial event. The award recognizes a significant achievement by an institution in the conference and events field for a single event during the award year. Leading the bicentennial MStaff200 included co-chairs Tim Kennedy, building automation services manager, and Tina Jordan, project intermediate manager; Laurita Thomas, associate vice president for human resources and event sponsor; and Gary Krenz, executive director of the Bicentennial Office and event sponsor. Activities included the unveiling of a new public art tribute to staff called “Arriving Home,” a staff photo contest with winning photos included in a staff calendar, a staff talent entertainment stage, and staff recognition tent displays. The event saw more than 20,000 attendees and was staffed by more than 600 volunteers.

Historian Martha S. Jones to speak at UM-Flint commencement

Legal and cultural historian Martha S. Jones will be the keynote speaker for UM-Flint’s Spring Commencement ceremonies. There are two ceremonies, which will take place April 29 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, and Jones is to speak at both. Jones’ research interests include race, law, slavery, citizenship and the rights of women. She is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at John Hopkins University. She was a faculty member at U-M in Ann Arbor from 2001 to 2017. Jones was a Presidential Bicentennial Professor and a professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies at U-M. She was also a founding director of the Michigan Law School Program in Race, Law & History. Jones spent nearly a decade as a public interest lawyer, representing those who are homeless, women living with HIV and AIDS, and people with mental illness.

UM-Dearborn veterans training available for faculty and staff

UM-Dearborn faculty and staff are encouraged complete the Veterans on Campus Training module, a program distributed by the Consortium of Michigan Veterans Educators that gives faculty and staff tips on how to best help campus veterans. At the login screen, faculty and staff should use their campus email and michiganvets as the password. Upon completion, participants are given a certificate to print and place on a door or in an office, letting veterans know that they are welcome. The UM-Dearborn Office of Veteran Affairs will receive a $500 student veteran challenge grant if 83 UM-Dearborn faculty and staff complete the training by May 30, a target number based on student enrollment. The grant would go toward campus programming for veterans.

Nominations sought for Medical School Dean’s Awards

To honor the Medical School’s best and brightest faculty and staff, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs/Dean is accepting nominations for the 2018 Dean’s Awards Program. The deadline for the faculty awards categories, which carry a $5,000 discretionary academic support prize in each category, is May 4. The deadline for nominations for the staff awards, which carry a $1,500 top prize in each category, is June 1. For more information on the awards, visit myumi.ch/JdEOK.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record