Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 29, 2013

Members of the University Hospital’s 8D Intermediate Care Unit celebrate their victory in MHealthy’s 5-Minute Vacation Challenge sponsored by MHealthy. The eight-week challenge encouraged faculty and staff in five hospital units to take two five-minute “healthy vacations” during their shifts to support their own well-being and manage stress. Members of 8D Intermediate Care Unit recorded 125 vacations over eight weeks. The five competing units were selected based on data showing they were at high risk for workplace stress. (Photograph by Nicole Weil, MHealthy)

North Quad flooding affects residents and classes
Some classes meeting today in the North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex have been relocated to Dennison Hall or canceled after a broken water-supply pipe caused flooding in parts of North Quad Thursday. Students living in the building were evacuated around 11 a.m. Thursday when areas of the third and fourth floors flooded. Water also infiltrated lower sections of the building, causing classes to be canceled or relocated.

University to host national conference on well-being of military families
Researchers, clinicians, military leaders and policy makers will meet next month at U-M for the National Research Summit on Reserve Component Military Families, a first-of-its-kind national conference focused on the unique and often unaddressed mental health and well-being needs of National Guard and Reserve families.

Cultural center administrator to head UM-Flint’s development and alumni relations
UM-Flint Chancellor Ruth J. Person has announced the appointment of Linda Moxam to the position of executive director for development and alumni relations. Moxam, a UM-Flint alumna, has been director of development for the Flint Cultural Center Corp. since 2004.

The Michigan Difference

Stay in the shade
Karl Lopata was a recent graduate of U-M, living in California, when he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2005. He returned to Michigan and participated in a clinical trial at U-M. Now cancer-free and enrolled in the School of Nursing’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, Lopata says the experience inspired him to combine his love of running with a new motivation to raise awareness about melanoma. He created “Stay in the Shade,” a non-profit organization that conducts two trail runs each year and donates the money to various melanoma awareness, support and research organizations.