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More Mcards deactivated for students’ failure to complete COVID-19 tests

Mcard access to non-residential campus buildings has been deactivated for a second wave of students, due to their failure to comply with mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements set forth by the university earlier this term. U-M requires all students who live, work or learn on campus, or who access campus buildings and facilities, to complete weekly COVID-19 testing through the Community Sampling and Tracking Program, or through the University Health Service, if they are symptomatic. Email notifications were sent to 846 undergraduate, graduate and professional students from the Compliance and Accountability Team on April 5 to make them aware of the action. The identified students have not completed a COVID-19 test in four or more weeks or do not have a prior test on file, and have used their Mcard recently on campus. To have their building access reactivated on their Mcard, students can either get tested through the CSTP — or the University Health Service if they are symptomatic — or submit a request for an exemption if they believe they should not be included in the mandatory testing cohort. Students with questions about their Mcard access related to testing compliance should email

Michigan Medicine launches new branding campaign

When the Michigan Medicine Department of Communication set out to design a new brand campaign nearly two years ago, the imperative was clear. It needed to reflect the contributions of the people who power all three parts of the mission: research, education and patient care. The findings from focus groups informed a unique new campaign: Michigan Answers. Before production began, the Michigan Answers concept was tested across a number of groups, including external stakeholders across the state. The first visible signs of the campaign will be elevator wraps installed in University Hospital and Taubman Health Center, with additional campaign images installed throughout the medical campus over the next several weeks. The multi-platform campaign will kick off in the external community the week of April 5, with the debut of three new television commercials and billboards. Later in the spring, radio, print advertising and other digital advertising will kick off as well. For more on the campaign.

Police panel election for union staff member open through April 16

The election for the union staff representative to serve on the U-M Police Department Oversight Committee is underway and continues through April 16. The candidates are Sarah DeFlon, registered nurse; Laura Jirasek, registered nurse; Christopher Koerber, plumber; Michael Lazarus, operating engineer; Gregory R. Mitchell, registered nurse; John Nichols, electrician. Members of AFSCME, HOA, IUOE, MNA, Skilled Trades, and UPAMM at Michigan Medicine and on the Ann Arbor campus may vote. The ballot is available at The newly elected member will begin their two-year term May 3. The committee receives and makes recommendations regarding grievances against the U-M Police Department or any police officer deputized by the university. The committee consists of two students, two faculty members (one Senate and one non-Senate faculty), and two staff members (one union and one non-union), who are nominated and elected by their peers.

Philanthropist challenges donors to invest in Detroit youth and educators

A new gift to the University of Michigan School of Education focused on serving Detroit youth and their teachers will fuel the teaching and learning already underway at a recently launched K-12 public school in northwest Detroit. The School at Marygrove, housed on the grounds of the former Marygrove College, is part of the Detroit P-20 Partnership, a cradle-to-career educational collaboration between U-M and Detroit Public Schools Community District, among others. Local philanthropist Waltraud “Wally” Prechter is offering to match up to $1 million in gifts that support the School of Education’s work on the partnership. Qualifying donations will support teacher education, students with scholarships and training in Detroit; advance curriculum development, implementation and evaluation; and further the professional growth of Detroit educators.  Elizabeth Birr Moje, dean of the School of Education, said Prechter’s gift will lead to the development of high-quality materials and practices that enable Detroit teachers and students to do their very best work. For more on the Detroit P-20 Partnership, visit

Applications sought for Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award

In honor of former director Carol Hollenshead’s 20-year tenure at the Center for the Education of Women+, CEW+ is seeking proposal submissions for the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. Submissions are due May 7. The award amount is $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for groups. Faculty, staff, postdoctorates, research fellows and students whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation at U-M or beyond are welcome to submit proposals. More information and the application are available.

Compiled by Jeff Bleiler and James Iseler, The University Record


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