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Time to lead on climate change

There was an important Op-Ed in The Michigan Daily this week, written by Noah Weaverdyck, a current Ph.D. candidate in Ann Arbor. Noah is part of a group calling themselves the Climate Action Movement at U-M. They have written a letter to President Mark Schlissel urging him to commit the University to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. Noah points out that our University is lagging behind others in its commitments to environmental sustainability.

Read more about it here:

Happy Holidays and Thanks for Another Great U-M Year in Seattle

Just wanted to wish all of our Northwest Wolverines a happy Maize’n Blue holiday, and say “Thanks!” for another great year of engagement with the U-M community in and around Seattle. No matter what your level of involvement – from membership on our working board to attendance at an event to just reading our weekly e-mails – you’re a vital part of our Michigan network here in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re all richer thanks to your involvement. I hope you have the best and brightest of holidays, and hope to see you soon at one of our club events!

The Seven Keys to Becoming a Great U-M Alumni Club Leader

We’re always looking for some of our local alumni to step up and become more involved in planning, organizing, communicating and hosting our local University of Michigan club events.

But what does it mean to become one of our local club leaders? What will be expected of you?

Let me try to lay out some guidelines. None of us will live up to all of these expectations all the time — none of us are perfectly qualified, and all of us have other interests and obligations — but this is what we’re shooting for.

Who Pays for All This Stuff?

We had a great BBQ last year for U-M students interning in Seattle over the summer. I was talking to as many interns and young alums as I could, and at one point one of them asked me, with what seemed to be a note of amazement, who was paying for all of this? It was a good question, of course, and I was happy to answer it, but it made me realize that there may be others out there as well who need some help connecting the dots.