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Week of October 24, 2011

Ten supervisors honored with work/life balance award

The U-M Work/Life Resource Center has announced 10 recipients of the first “Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors.”

Selected from 150 nominations, the supervisors from across all U-M campuses and the health system were recognized for their exemplary support of work/life balance.

Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors 2011 recipients are, from left, Esrold Nurse, Vijay Nair, Todd Baily, Dr. Jose Antonio Diaz, Maureen Thum, Stephanie Gatica, Olidia Thomas, Sandra Iaderosa, Kate Pepin and Dennis Grimard. Photo by Matt Snyder, Human Resources Communications.

“When staff feel supported by their work environment and their supervisors, they are able to give themselves fully while they’re at work and it becomes a win-win situation for everyone,” said Jennie McAlpine, director of Work/Life Programs.

Recipients of the Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors 2011 are:

• Todd Baily, assistant dean of development and alumni relations, Law School

• Dr. Jose Antonio Diaz, research investigator, vascular surgery, Medical School

• Stephanie Gatica, administrative manager, internal medicine — infectious diseases, Medical School

• Dennis Grimard, managing director, Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, College of Engineering

• Sandra Iaderosa, clinical social work manager, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers

• Vijay Nair, Donald A. Darling Professor of Statistics, Department of Industrial & Operations Engineering

• Esrold Nurse, assistant dean for undergraduate education, LSA

• Kate Pepin, director of facilities planning, UM-Dearborn

• Olidia Thomas, clinic department associate III, UMH Briarwood Family Practice

• Maureen Thum, professor of English, UM-Flint

Associate Vice President for Human Resources Laurita Thomas formally presented the Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors at the U-M Work/Life Resource Center’s sixth annual Connecting the Dots Conference on Oct. 4.

“The work/life conference helps to give people tools and strategies that will allow them to juggle the many responsibilities that they have and have energy left for the things that they love to do,” said Barb Mulay, manager of the U-M Work/Life Resource Center.

More than 300 staff members attended the conference. Gretchen M. Spreitzer, co-director of the Ross Leadership Initiative and professor of management and organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, spoke about the importance of a well-balanced life and creating and maintaining energy in order to be effective managers and employees.

“Work doesn’t have to be depleting of energy. It can be sustaining of energy. Even creating of energy,” Spreitzer said.

Conference participants also attended a variety of workshops that focused on improving emotional, physical and mental health and increasing energy in order to stay balanced. This supported the conference’s theme of “Navigating Obligations, Expectations, and Goals in Work and Personal Life.”



Maj. Jonathan Liscombe, assistant professor of the Air Force Officer Education Program, on what inspires him: "People who sacrifice their well-being and wealth for others."


Audra McDonald, 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Hill Auditorium.

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