UM Human Resources and General Counsel Seek Info From Faculty/Staff Using Same Sex Domestic Partner Benefits
For more information on the U-M same-sex domestic partner policy: CLICK HERE
The University of Michigan recognizes that health insurance is a benefit of vital importance to our faculty and staff and we are working hard to find a solution to the challenges raised by the recent court of appeals decision regarding same sex partner benefits. We are asking for your help in contacting faculty and staff members who either currently cover a same sex domestic partner on their health insurance or might have an interest in such benefits in the future.
We will be very grateful for any help you can give us. We are determined to get this right and are confident we can, but we will need a lot of help to do that.
We have established three meeting times. Please consider attending one of them if this issue affects you, or pass along our request to others who are affected.
Tuesday, March 27, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
MCHC Auditorium----C.S. Mott Children's Hosp.
Wednesday, March 28, noon - 1:00 p.m.
Michigan League, Rm D
Thursday, March 29 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Michigan Union, Pond Rm.
Gloria Hage, Deputy General Counsel, Laurita Thomas, Associate Vice-President of Human Resources, Deborah Childs, Chief HR Officer Health System, or other Human Resources Benefits Staff will lead the meetings.
If you would prefer to talk with one of them individually, their contact information is:
Thank you very much for your assistance.
Gloria A. Hage
Associate Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel
University of Michigan Office of the Vice-President and General Counsel
Annual Zora Neale Hurston Lecture
Thursday, March 29th
4 p.m. Anderson Room
CAAS/CWP Visiting Scholar
“On Women's Activism in
” South Africa
VOICES of the Staff is seeking volunteers to join six network groups to continue the dialog between administration and staff begun in February 2005 when the first VOICES network was formed.
As you may recall, VOICES provides a formal means for staff members to share their ideas with University executives on campus community issues, and serves as a sounding board for leadership about issues affecting staff. University staff with at least one year of service can volunteer to serve on the network group of their choice by completing an application. Members are chosen from the pool of applicants to create a microcosm of the larger U-M staff community in terms of career families, academic and administrative units, and other demographics. Voices members meet for 1 1/2 hours each month to serve in a network of six topic-specific groups
President Mary Sue Coleman and Associate Vice President Laurita Thomas have enjoyed meetings with the 12-member Core Team; and the network groups have been fully engaged, energetic and enthused this past year as they studied the six topics chosen by the Executive Officers. This year’s topics, as chosen by the EO’s, will be:
- Career Development
- Faculty-Staff Communication
- Benefits, Health and Well-being
- Parking & Transportation
- Rewards and Recognition
We invite you again to suggest people to serve on the VOICES Network. This is 2-year rotating term, so half of our network members will be rotating off teams this year, with half staying on teams for continuity. I have attached the application form that is found on our web site, www.voices.umich.edu (for self-nominations) so that you see the time commitment expected.
The African American Narratives Project
An important new research study is being conducted through the University of Michigan Medical School which involves collecting stories of the experiences of African American adults in seeking health care. Participants will be invited to a face-to-face interview about their experiences.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.... FULL STORY
speaker event to be held on
Wednesday, March 28th at the Rackham
Amphitheater. @ 1:00pm
The phenomenal speakers are Dr. James Duderstadt, President Emeritus
and Unversity Professor of Science and Engineering and Dr. Phillip
Bowman, Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity,
who will be speaking about "Diversity: Looking Back and Forging Ahead."
The event will take place at 1pm and will be followed with light
We hope that you are able to attend this enlightening event.
A Well of Pain
By Lynne Duke
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 20, 2007; Page C01
DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. Sheila Holt-Orsted sits on the edge of a sofa in her mother's living room, digging through the large translucent plastic bins arrayed at her feet. The Holt family's fight is in there -- the contaminated water, the cancers, the allegations of racism, the lawsuit. A family's seeming devastation, documented in those bins....FULL STORY
To provide greater understanding of the connections between women's health and depression throughout the life span, the UM Depression Center and AADL present this forum in collaboration with the UM Women's Health Program. Sheila Marcus, MD, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UM Dept. of Psychiatry and Depression Center, Section Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Medical Director of the Women's Perinatal and Mood Disorders Program, will present a brief overview of the latest clinical findings on depression in women throughout the life span, then moderate a panel discussion of medical specialists. A question and answer session will be included.
Panelists will include: Heather Flynn, PhD, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, UM Medical School; Helen C. Kales, MD, Asst. Professor, UM Dept. of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Geriatric Depression Program at UM Depression Center, Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System; Yolanda R. Smith, MD, MS, Assoc. Professor, UM Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Emily Gutman, LMSW, CSW, UM Hospitals and Health Centers. Research has shown that more women than men experience depression and about 23% of women experience depression at some point in their lives. Particular life stages and biological phases may contribute to this increased risk. For example, women may be at greater risk for depression when their estrogen levels change, such as following the birth of a child and at the end of the menstrual cycle.
2nd Annual Tribute to William Sanders
Date: Wednesday March 28 , 2007 Time: 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
Place: Bernath Auditorium, The Bernath Auditorium
The David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University, Detroit
Sponsors: WSU Student Government & the
James Tatum, the Aaron Lawrence Professor of Classics,
The program will feature three classicists from this region:
1 Dr. John Quinn, Ph. D. from the University of Texas, Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Hope College, Holland, Michigan.
2 Dr. J. Mira Seo, Ph.D. from Princeton University, Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
3 Dr. Patrice D. Rankine, Ph.D. from Yale University, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana