University Human Resources
April 30, 2012
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Nominations sought for Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the fourth annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources, the award recognizes individual staff members and teams that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in supporting diversity at the university.
“Staff members contribute to virtually every aspect of creating a community that is diverse, participatory and inclusive,” stated Lester Monts, senior vice provost. “This award will recognize our colleagues demonstrating extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity -- an essential factor in our excellence at the University of Michigan.”
The Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award recognizes individual staff members and teams for their accomplishments and provides a monetary prize -- $1,000 for individuals, $2,500 for teams -- to be used toward professional development activities. Staff members on all campuses and in the U-M Health System are eligible.
“This award is another important expression of the value we hold for a diverse and inclusive environment for all members of our community,” said Laurita Thomas, associate vice president for Human Resources. “The honorees enrich the university with their passionate and profound efforts. We thank them for contributing their gifts of time and talent, which makes Michigan a better place for us all.”
Staff members are described as a crucial link by Anthony Walesby, associate vice provost and senior director of the Office of Institutional Equity. "The commitment of dedicated staff members connects vision to reality, and their efforts are seen from service on President Coleman's U-M Diversity Council to outreach efforts for students and employees and the daily interactions that simply make a difference. Please take a moment to visit the website to learn about the incredible impact our Distinguished Diversity Leaders and Teams make each day."
Nominations for the award will be accepted through May 18, 2012. A full list of previous awardees, nominees and a sample of a winning nomination can be found on the award website.
More information about the award and an online nomination form are available at www.ddla.umich.edu.
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Nominations sought to recognize those who champion disability issues
Nominations are now being accepted for the 23rd annual James T. Neubacher Award. The award is presented to a faculty or staff member, student, or alumna/alumnus for significant achievements in:
- promoting acceptance and awareness of people with disabilities,
- advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities, or
- removing barriers to full participation in programs and services for people with disabilities.
The award includes a stipend provided by the Office of the President and is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity, the U-M Council for Disability Concerns and the Office of the President.
Established by the University of Michigan's Council for Disability Concerns in October 1990, the award is a memorial to James T. Neubacher, an alumnus of the university. Neubacher was also a columnist for The Detroit Free Press and an advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. The award is presented during Investing in Ability events held in October.
The deadline for nomination submissions is June 1, 2012.
More information and nomination forms are available at http://www.hr.umich.edu/ability/neubacher.htm or by contacting Anna Schnitzer at 734.936.1402 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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MHealthy April fitness specials end April 30
Get in shape for summer! You still have time to take advantage of these limited-time special offers from the MFit Fitness Center and MHealthy Personal Training.
- One FREE month MFit Fitness Center membership with purchase of 3-, 6-, or 12-month membership.
- One FREE personal training session with purchase of a package of six or more personal training sessions. (Does not apply to double or group sessions.) Sessions may be scheduled at the MFit Fitness Center at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube or any RecSports location.
Save even more money and have more fun with MHealthy Group Personal Training for up to four people. Available at any RecSports location and the MFit Fitness Center. (Look for a coupon at AroundCampus.com)
Payroll deduction and discounts are available for U-M employees.
For more information, call: 734-998-8700 or click on the current specials icon at: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/programs/activity/icecube.html
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Want to quit tobacco? Get help, coverage for OTC treatment programs and $100
The MHealthy Tobacco Independence Program (MTIP) helps benefits-eligible faculty and staff and enrolled spouses/Other Qualified Adults (OQA) quit tobacco. This program offers free counseling focused on the most successful methods to end tobacco addiction. Online, telephonic, and in-person programs are available.
MTIP participants may qualify to receive:
- Coverage for generic over-the-counter (OTC) tobacco treatment products with a $5 co-pay per one-month supply (employee or spouse/OQA must be covered under a U-M medical plan to be eligible).
- A $100 before-tax incentive once you have completed an eligible tobacco treatment program
- An additional $100 when a covered spouse or OQA also completes the program
To get started:
- Call the MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service at (734) 998-2193 and answer a few tobacco-related questions.
- You and the MTIP coordinator will discuss which program best fits your needs to help you stay on track to kick the habit for good.
Kick the Habit - This tobacco treatment program is open to people of all ages. New groups start almost every month and are held in the evening. This program is free for U-M employees and patients with a U-M physician referral. For all others, cost is $100. New programs start:
- Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm at Traverwood Starting May 15
For more information or to register for group counseling please call 734-998-6222.
Free individual counseling is also available. Participants meet with a quit tobacco counselor for up to five, 50-minute sessions. Sessions are scheduled at the participant’s convenience and tailored to his or her needs.
For more information, call (734) 998-2193 or visit www.MHealthy.umich.edu/mtip.
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Sign up for an MHealthy spring/summer exercise and relaxation class
Registration is now open for more than 100 exercise and relaxation classes that will help you get moving, get fit, and relieve stress this spring and summer! Classes are open to U-M faculty, staff and the general public and are for every fitness level.
Choose from a wide variety of classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, body sculpting, spinning, step aerobics, and much more. All MHealthy classes are taught by certified instructors and are located at 26 different sites across the university, including the University Hospital, Wolverine Tower, and the Fitness Center at the Ice Cube.
To view the class schedule and register, visit www.MHealthy.umich.edu/exercise and refer to the blue box on the right side of the page.
U-M employees receive a $10 discount per class (spinning and 15-Visit Punch Cards are not included).
The 15-week spring/summer session runs May 3 – August 15.
For more information, call 734-647-7888 or email email@example.com.
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Expecting a baby? Attend a Baby Care Basics class
The MHealthy Health Education Resource Center’s (HERC) Baby Care Basics class is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, infant stimulation and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. May class offerings include:
- Brighton Health Center – Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to noon
- Canton Health Center – Wednesday, May 16, 6-8 p.m.
- East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center – Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. to noon
Classes cost $10.
For more information call 734-647-5645 or 1-800-433-6348 (toll free), to register call 734-647-7888 or visit: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
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Help Fight Childhood Obesity – Sign-up for the Ready, Set, Fly 5K/1M Race on May 13
Participate in this 5 kilometer or 1 mile race and raise money to help Project Healthy Schools win the fight against childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. Hosted by students from Skyline High School’s Health and Medicine Magnet Class, with help from Champions for Charity, the race takes place, Sunday, May 13 on the beautiful Skyline High School campus, 2552 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, and in surrounding neighborhoods.
- 5K starts at 9 a.m.
- 1 mile starts at 10:30 a.m.
- Pick up race packets starting at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race, or from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Science and Wellness Expo on Friday, May 11 in the Skyline cafeteria.
T-Shirts guaranteed for all participants! Awards are given for each age group and for overall winners. All proceeds go to Project Healthy Schools, a community-University of Michigan Health System collaborative that provides school-based programming to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks.
Register for Ready, Set, Fly online at: http://www.readysetfly5k.com/. Call 734-213-1033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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Make your wellness screening appointment today!
On-site StayWell® Wellness Screening appointments are filling up so please make your appointment today. A wellness screening is a confidential assessment that gives you the opportunity to "know your numbers" by having your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and height checked.
- Attend an on-site screening with StayWell, OR
- Use values (height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol) from your health care provider. Values must be from between April 1, 2010 and April 1, 2012 and the Health Care Provider Form must be submitted to StayWell by April 30, 2012.
To earn a $100 (before-tax) reward, simply complete the confidential annual health questionnaire and a wellness screening by May 2012.
To protect privacy, U-M has again contracted with StayWell, a national provider of health improvement services, to administer the health questionnaire and wellness screening.
Go to www.mhealthy.umich.edu/rewards to complete your health questionnaire and learn more about your screening options.
Questions? Visit the MHealthy website or email email@example.com.
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Choose Success: HRD Summer 2012 special events & upcoming courses!
HRD Summer 2012 Special Events!
July 11, 2012:
Shawne Duperon: Manage Fear, Manage Life®
What happens when you feel fear at work? Do you avoid conflict and plunge ahead anyway? Do you simply jump into worry mode and make the wrong decisions with colleagues and bosses? Or do you just stop and wait, and wait and wait some more? Six-time EMMY® winner Shawne Duperon says fear isn’t stopping you. Fear is natural, healthy and necessary to have you grow your relationships, avoid bad situations, or even embrace healthy, fun new ones. What may be stopping you is how to “be” with fear which may have you keep repeating the same miserable career mistakes over and over again, stopping you in your career track. Whether you’re a seasoned employee or brand spanking new, this highly interactive session will give you the tools for a new level of mastery.
Click here for additional information or to register! http://www.hrd.umich.edu/specialevents/duperon.html
Stu Tubbs: Surviving Office Politics
Do you ever feel that workplace politics are driving you CRAZY? Come, have an attitude adjustment and have fun while learning how to keep your sanity by better managing relations with your organization, your boss, your peers, and your own psyche!
Click here for additional information or to register! http://www.hrd.umich.edu/specialevents/tubbs.html
August 7, 2012:
Susan Christy: Working Effectively with Faculty and/or Physicians
Working with faculty members and/or physicians takes special insights, approaches and ingenuity. Through years of consulting, research, training and presentations, Dr. Christy has created the first ever book/training/comprehensive approach for building strong staff-faculty relationships. The same approach can also be applied to staff-physician relationships.
Click here for additional information or to register! http://www.hrd.umich.edu/specialevents/christy.html#faculty
Susan Christy: Influencing Without Authority
We never have enough authority to get our work done, but it is possible to have enough influence to make things happen. In today’s complex workplace, we need to be methodical and think through our process, goals, interests and those of our allies. This half-day program focuses on how to lead and influence faculty members, your boss, colleagues, customers and other partners.
Click here for additional information or to register! http://www.hrd.umich.edu/specialevents/christy.html#influencing
Upcoming HRD Courses
Below you'll find links to courses that are coming up through May 2012.
Remember, many of our courses can also be customized and brought to your unit.
Improving Your Listening Skills
Wed. 5/2/12, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Quick Start for Supervisors: An Overview of Essentials for Your New U-M Role
Wed. 5/9/12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. http://hrd.umich.edu/programsandcourses/supervision.html#2
Capitalizing on Your True Leadership Talents: A New Model
Thu. 5/3/12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Process Improvement: Working “Smart” for Better Results
Thu. 5/3, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 5/17/12, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wed. 5/9/12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Keeping Your Ducks in Line While Floating in a Pond of Tasks
Wed. 5/9/12, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
E-Mail and Information Overload: Proactively Managing the Glut
Thu. 5/10/12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Enneagram: 9 Ways of Working Smarter,
Wed. 5/16 & 5/23/12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please check the HRD website for other courses and events: http://www.hrd.umich.edu.
Further information about custom courses can be found at: http://hrd.umich.edu/programsandcourses/customizedtraining.html.
HRD has a monthly newsletter focused on leadership development from all levels. If you would like to see past issues or subscribe to the newsletter, click here: http://www.hrd.umich.edu/newsletter/index.html.
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Become a champion for health in your area – be an MHealthy Champion!
MHealthy is now recruiting new members for its MHealthy Champions program (formerly Wellness Champions). Champions are staff and faculty volunteers who help to create a culture of health within their work areas. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 11.
Who should apply:
Anyone who is enthusiastic about health and well-being, has the time to commit to the role and likes to positively motivate others.
MHealthy Champions have the opportunity to:
- Help tailor wellness programs and activities that best fit your area
- Work with MHealthy to achieve your area’s health improvement goals
- Play a key role in building a healthier workplace culture
Champions serve a two-year term (with option to renew) and spend approximately two hours per month on their duties. They are expected to attend two meetings a year, an annual retreat in June and a one hour meeting in January.
How to apply:
Simply complete the application at https://champs.mhealthy.org/. Your supervisor will receive an email asking to approve your participation in the program. Current Champions who would like to renew their commitment should also complete the application.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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