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Grounds Department to begin removing abandoned bikes in April

The University of Michigan Grounds Department is gearing up to remove abandoned bicycles from the bike racks on the Ann Arbor campus. Brightly colored tags will be placed on bikes that show signs of abandonment, such as bent rims, rusted or broken chains, deteriorated tires or frozen brakes, cables or shifters. Starting April 3, each tagged bike will be photographed and have its location, model, color, serial number and registration documented, if available. This information will be turned over to the U-M Police Department. Any tagged bikes left on campus after May 19 will be considered abandoned and will be removed by the Grounds Department. Bicycle owners who want to retrieve their bikes should contact the U-M Grounds Department at 734-763-5539. Since the program was launched on campus in spring 2016, nearly 1,000 abandoned bicycles have been removed from campus. All collected bicycles in good condition will be donated to Project Healthy Schools, a community-Michigan Medicine collaborative, to be refurbished and donated to Michigan schools.

U-M seeks volunteers for Spring Commencement

For the 2019 Spring Commencement ceremony at Michigan Stadium, the university is hoping to enlist volunteers to welcome guests, assist attendees with limited mobility by pushing wheelchairs and driving golf carts, answering guests’ questions and other responsibilities. Staff, faculty, students, retirees and alumni are invited to sign up to volunteer for the May 4 ceremony, which takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Michigan Stadium. Volunteers must attend one of three orientation sessions at the Junge Family Champions Center next to the stadium. Register to volunteer at Those who have questions can contact Lauren Smott at

Enhancements made to Michigan Medicine retirement savings plans

Recently, the Michigan Medicine leadership team endorsed a change to the retirement savings plan benefit for the health system and shared services employees to align them with the medical school and university. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, university contributions to health system and shared services employee retirement savings plans will be capped at 10 percent (currently 9 percent) of base pay, when employees contribute 5 percent (currently 4.5 percent) of base pay. Retirement savings contributions for bargained-for employees are still determined by the terms of their respective collective bargaining agreements. This change also reflects the organization’s desire to foster a culture of fairness and alignment across all areas of academic institution. Check out Frequently Asked Questions about the changes at For additional information, please contact in Human Resources.

UM-Dearborn CECS Dean Tony England to address Class of 2019

UM-Dearborn will hold one commencement ceremony for all graduates at U-M’s Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. April 28, with the student processional beginning at 1 p.m. Tony England, dean of UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, will give the commencement address, with student Jacquelene Hollier-Jackson giving additional remarks. This will be the fourth consecutive year the ceremony has been held at Crisler Center in order to better accommodate graduates and their guests. Graduates are eligible to receive eight guest tickets; all guests — including children over the age of 2 — need a ticket to attend. A live stream of the ceremony will be available for those unable to attend.

— Compiled by Jill Greenberg and Safiya Merchant, The University Record; and Hanna Quinlan, Public Affairs


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