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Week of May 23, 2011

In Brief

Open.Michigan innovation recognized

Open.Michigan, U-M’s initiative for publishing and sharing learning materials as Open Educational Resources (OER), has won an award for its new publishing platform OERbit, a Drupal-based content management system developed in conjunction with the Ann Arbor company Switchback. The OpenCourseWare Consortium recognized OERbit with a 2011 Technical Innovation Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence.

Nonstudent temps to be added to eRecruit

The nonstudent temporary employee hiring process will be added to eRecruit June 27. Using eRecruit should lead to faster hiring turnaround and more timely background checking. This continuing development of the eRecruit system is a collaboration between University Human Resources, ITS and unit partners. Informational videos about the process are available at Direct questions to eRecruit project manager Jane Miller at

School of Dentistry expands services

The School of Dentistry is expanding its community outreach program in the Traverse City area and is launching a new program in the Thumb area of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Starting this month, U-M dental students will work with private practitioners, local health agencies and community colleges to provide oral health care to the underserved and underinsured. These efforts complement existing School of Dentistry outreach initiatives in Michigan.

Nominations sought for Ungerleider Award

The Committee on the Use and Care of Animals and the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine are soliciting nominations for the Jody C. Ungerleider Memorial Award for outstanding contributions toward the humane use and welfare of laboratory animals. The award recognizes individuals whose activities and attitudes are consistent with high standards set by Ungerleider, a research assistant who believed the care and welfare of animals used in research should be one of the highest priorities. For more information contact Annette Sodemann at Nominations are due June 17.

Student workers available through Family Helpers

Faculty, staff or students seeking temporary child care, elder care, pet sitting, house sitting or yard work can find students looking for work at the U-M Family Helpers website, through the U-M Work/Life Resource Center. Family Helpers information is available to those with a Kerberos (Level 1) password at Student profiles are searchable by services offered and contain information about qualifications, experience and availability. Direct questions to Barb Mulay at or 734-936-8677.

Student payments to be managed internally

Starting this fall, U-M’s payment plan option, which allows students to spread tuition, residence hall and other costs over several months, will be administered by the Student Financial Services Department. Students will be able to see both their payment plan activity and bills through Wolverine Access. For more information go to



Mike Ross, financial aid officer senior, Office of Financial Aid, on how training and preparation for sports competition positively impacts his approach to work: “It takes a lot of motivation and attention to detail to do my job well.”


“Reconstruction of an Antenna (as seen on TV)” from UMMA Projects: Amalia Pica, May 28-Sept. 18, U-M Museum of Art.

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