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MDining staff compete in ice carving competition

MDining’s John Merucci, chef de cuisine at South Quad, and Martin Folk, general manager for Residential Dining, recently braved frigid Northern Canadian temperatures to compete in the ice carving competition at the Long John Jamboree 2018 at Yellowknife Bay, located in the Northwest Territories. The March 23-25 event took place on Great Slave Lake, located about 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The invitational competition brings ice carvers from across North America to compete to create the best ice sculpture. The MDining team placed eighth out of 15 teams from six countries, and received a bronze medal by the National Ice Carving Association. The MDining carving design was developed to show the progression of the dining industry, using the style of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Institute of Arts mural and showing workers on the assembly line. The final design was developed and sketched out by William Kliber, assistant manager, MDining Retail.

Non-union staff nominees sought for Police Oversight Committee

Nominees are being sought for the non-union staff representative position on the University of Michigan Police Department Oversight Committee. The committee considers grievances against any police officer or the department. One staff member of the committee is elected in odd-numbered years by staff members represented by a union, and one is elected in even-numbered years by staff members not represented by a union. The two-year term for the non-union staff member begins July 2. Nominations may be made online through May 4 at Staff members not represented by unions may nominate themselves or agree to be nominated. The election will take place June 11-22. For more information, contact Julie Doman at [email protected].

$611,000 awarded to fund student research, internships abroad

The International Institute and the Rackham Graduate School awarded $611,603 in support of international research and internships. The award will benefit 174 students through 16 funding opportunities. Students will travel abroad between May 2018 and May 2019 to conduct research or serve internships in 68 countries. Research projects include improving maternal health care in Zambia, combating undernutrition for children in Armenia, and social justice issues in India. Internships will be with several agencies, including U.S. embassies, universities, museums and non-governmental organizations. For more information on the recipients, visit

Free financial health workshops available

Faculty and staff are invited to focus on their financial health at more than 30 free workshops during Financial Wellness Week from May 7-11. Community members can attend a session near them or online on a variety of subjects, including budgeting, debt and managing finances, saving more for retirement, transitioning from career to retirement, and managing investments. Financial Wellness Week events will take place at multiple Central Campus, North Campus and Michigan Medicine locations, as well as online. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for events, visit Programming is sponsored by the U-M Benefits Office in partnership with TIAA and Fidelity Investments.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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