Community Life

There’s a good reason the City of Ann Arbor is considered one of the top college towns in the country. The University of Michigan contributes to the richness, diversity and quality of life in our community in a wide variety of ways. At every turn, U-M faculty, students, staff, facilities, programs and events are providing opportunities for local residents to experience global perspectives, arts and culture, as well as access extensive educational and health resources.

Museums & Cultural

Museum of Art

The Museum of Art (UMMA) holds collections that represent 150 years of art collecting at the University of Michigan, while its dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and interpretative programs connects visitors with the rich artistic legacy of the past and today’s avant-garde. Dramatic new galleries highlight works drawn from the Museum’s collections of more than 18,000 artworks, special exhibition spaces that soar with new life, “open storage” galleries, and a range of lively educational and event spaces.

Bentley Historical Library

The Bentley Historical Library, The Bentley Historical Library is free and open to the public, offering a statewide collection of Michigan’s history and serving as the official archives of the University of Michigan. The library holds 64,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 55,000 books, 1.5 million photographs and other visual materials, more than 10,000 maps, and nearly 60 terabytes of digital content, including an extensive Civil War collection. Come explore where Michigan’s history lives.

Museum of Natural History

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History offers four floors of exhibits that include the largest display of dinosaurs in Michigan, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, and several changing exhibits. The Planetarium will transport you to the furthest reaches of space. School and community groups enjoy programs guided by U-M student docents.

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of more than 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East. Among its holdings is the largest collection of Greco-Roman Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo, one of the largest corpuses of Latin inscriptions in North America, and an impressive collection of Egyptian mummy masks. The Kelsey also offers regularly changing special exhibitions and sponsors research, educational programs for children, and fieldwork projects, as well as housing the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology. The Museum offers tours, civilization in a crate, family days, lectures & talks and more.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located in northeast Ann Arbor where you’ll find a conservatory; gift shop; classroom and meeting spaces; display gardens such as the Gaffield Children’s Garden, Bonsai & Penjing Garden, Great Lakes Gardens, and others; and many trails and natural areas.

Nichols Arboretum is located on the University of Michigan’s central campus next to the University of Michigan Health System. The “Arb” (as it is known) is a haven for students, residents, and visitors year-round. It’s also home to the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden and several collections of historic or native plants such as the Julie Norris Post Collection of Ericaceous and Appalachian Plants, Centennial Shrub Collection, prairie, and others.

Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry

The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, housed within the School of Dentistry, is one of a handful of museums throughout the world devoted to preserving and exhibiting the history of dentistry. The Museum develops and preserves a historical collection containing over 15,000 objects focused on the history of dentistry with particular interest on dental practice and technology in the United States and Michigan dating from the 18th century to today.

The Detroit Observatory

The Detroit Observatory, named in honor of major donors from Detroit, was the centerpiece of U-M President Henry Philip Tappan’s efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States. Today, the building stands essentially as it were in 1854. The original astronomical instruments remain intact and operational, including the 6-inch Pistor & Martins meridian circle and the 12 5/8-inch Henry Fitz, Jr. refracting telescopes, which in their day were among the largest in the world. The dome is turned manually by pulling a continuous rope. Completely restored in 1998, the Observatory is a cultural treasure waiting to be explored.

Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

Holding more than 2,500 historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world, the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments is one of the largest accumulations of such artifacts housed in a North American university. Known internationally as a unique collection, it is not only a precious heritage from the past, but also a rich resource for musical, educational, and cultural needs of the present and future.  The collection features permanent and occasional displays in the Vesta Mills Gallery and in various exhibition areas throughout the Earl V. Moore Building of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan.

The Towsley Family Museum

The Towsley Family Museum inside Schembechler Hall features displays with artifacts highlighting the history of Michigan football, and a Legends area. There are interactive displays that highlight the complete history of the football program and a Win Wall with a football marking each of the program’s 910 victories. The museum is open to the public on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. throughout the year and is free. A featured element in the renovation of Schembechler Hall is the life-size statue of legendary coach Bo Schembechler outside the entrance to the building.

The Virtual Museum

The Virtual Museum is working to create a virtual space to preserve and exhibit the histories of information while redefining the “virtual museum”. Their collections are stories, and their exhibits are presentations of those stories. They’ve organized the Virtual Museum into three Content Modules including, Mind & Machine, Mechanisms of Learning, and Communication & Collaboration. The Museum exists to inspire students, faculty, staff and IT professionals to continue developing empowering technologies, despite the risks and uncertainties of working at the threshold of knowledge.

University Musical Society

University Musical Society (UMS) hosts over 80 performances and more than 150 educational events each season in up to nine different venues in Ann Arbor. UMS seeks to inspire individuals and enrich communities by connecting audiences and artists in uncommon and engaging experiences. Over its 135 years, strong leadership coupled with a devoted community has placed UMS in a league of internationally recognized performing arts series. UMS seasonal program presents the very best from the full spectrum of the performing arts: internationally renowned recitalists and orchestras, dance and chamber ensembles, jazz and world music performers, and opera and theatre. Through educational endeavors, commissioning of new work, youth programs, artist residencies and other collaborative projects.

School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Each year the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) students, faculty, and guest artists present more than 450 concerts, recitals, lectures, master classes, and staged performances that are integral to the eduction of students and at the same time they constitute a conrnucopia of performing arts opportunities for audiences in our community. Whether with dance, drama, opera, musical theatre, chamber music, orchestra, band or choir, their stage resound in a dazzling spectrum of movement, music, emotions, and ideas. In addition to the work onstage, there is a wealth of digital content on their website and social media page to enrich your participation in their offerings. Each season is thought-provoking and has electrifying performances.

Lectures & Education

All Events on U-M Campus

A listing and description of all events, lectures, events, exhibitions and performances taking place on campus can be found at http://events.umich.edu/

Saturday Morning Physics Lectures

Physics is a fundamental science and provides the foundations for solving both cosmic mysteries and practical problems. In 1995, the University of Michigan Department of Physics began sharing some of the latest ideas in the field with the public in the Saturday Morning Physics lecture series. Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy to understand, non-technical terms. The multimedia presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the principles discussed, along with slides, video, and computer simulations.

Penny W. Stamps Speakers Series

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct public lectures and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

Environmental Law and Policy Program Lecture Series

The Environmental Law and Policy Program Lecture Series features speakers from a wide range of backgrounds in government, academia, public interest groups, and private practice. The lecture series provides Michigan Law students the opportunity to learn from leaders of the environmental movement in the United States, builds relationships between the Law School and the environmental community, and contributes to debate about the environmental challenges facing our nation and the world.

The Kelsey Museum of Archeology

The Kelsey Museum of Archeology sponsors or cosponsors a variety of lectures throughout the academic year including the Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series where each year, between September and May, the Archaeological Institute of America sends up to three outstanding archaeologists to lecture to each of its societies. Additionally, lectures are always provided in conjunction with the opening of new exhibitions.

School of Information Guest Lecture Series

Throughout the academic year, the School of Information hosts free, public lectures on a variety of topics.

Ford School of Public Policy Lectures

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) frequently sponsor lectures featuring both national and regional speakers of notoriety in government, economics and public policy.

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Lectures

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (a member of the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and the International Institute) promotes scholarship to better understand the conditions and policies fostering transformations from authoritarian rule to democracy. Their commitment is to understand the conditions for democracy and freedom in Europe, Eurasia, and beyond

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies sponsors and co-sponsors lectures, conferences, symposia, briefings, and other events that focus on the center’s thematic. Their multimedia page includes audio and video files from recent events.

The Center for the Education of Women

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW), is dedicated to encouraging and enhancing the education and careers of adult women and men through programs and services, advocacy and research. CEW’s counseling services are open to all community members and have been used effectively by all kinds of people – from executives to entrepreneurs, from faculty to non-traditional returning students, to community members experiencing mid-life transitions. Other resources and services available include the CEW Library, CEW Scholarship Program, and Community College Student Transfer Program and the Visiting Scholar Program.

Open.Michigan

Open.Michigan is a University of Michigan initiative that enables faculty, students, and others to share their educational resources and research with the global learning community.  Open.Michigan encourages researchers, learners, and instructors to maximize the impact and reach of their scholarly work through open sharing. In other words, you create and we help you share.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Drawing on the rich resources of the university community, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents several lecture series, as well as classes and study groups. A broad range are presented that include of topics includes philosophy, religion, politics, history, literature and the arts, government and world culture. Formerly named Learning in Retirement, the program is designed to enhance our understanding of the world including its historic, cultural, and social aspects doing this through lectures, study groups and field trips. Headsets are available for the hearing impaired at no charge, and all sites are barrier free.

Zell Visiting Writers Series

The Zell Visiting Writers Series is presented by the Helen Zell Writers’ Program in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, with support from the Department of English Language & Literature, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and Janey Lack.

Libraries

Since 1838, the University of Michigan (U-M) Library has been serving the research needs of students, faculty and the public. Over its many years of operation the library system has acquired an enormous wealth of diverse resources. Unable to contain these resources in one location the U-M Library is physically spread over more than 12 buildings housing more than 20 libraries. In addition to the main library system on campus, there are a variety of departmental libraries and resource centers (http://www.lib.umich.edu/departmental-libraries-and-resource-centers) located across the U-M Ann Arbor campus designed to serve specialized needs. While most facilities are open for browsing or research there are likely to be limitations on checking out materials. Check with Library staff. Materials in these collections are usually accessible to the entire campus community, but often cannot be checked out and are available during more limited hours.

Hatcher Graduate Library

The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library is the University of Michigan’s primary research collection for the humanities and social sciences.  Located on the Diag at the heart of central campus, they are open to everyone, including all students, faculty, staff and members of the public.

Clements Library

The William L. Clements Library is an independent University of Michigan library on the central campus that houses original resources for the study of American History and culture from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century. Its mission is to collect and preserve primary source materials, to make them available for research, and to create an environment that supports and encourages scholarly investigation of our nation’s past. The Clements Library’s collections are represented in Mirlyn, with the location of “William L. Clements.”

Gerald R. Ford Library

While not affiliated with the University of Michigan, the Gerald R. Ford Library is located on North Campus. This presidential library collects, preserves, and makes accessible a rich variety of archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations, and political affairs during the Cold War era. The Library offers exhibits, special events, education partnerships, and reference services. The 1974-77 presidential papers of Gerald Ford and his White House staff form the core collection.

Kresge Business Administration Library

The Kresge Business Administration Library primarily serves the research, instruction and curriculum needs of the faculty, students and staff of the Ross School of Business. The Library focuses on the specific information resource needs of the Ross Community, especially in support of faculty research and action-based learning programs.

Taubman Health Sciences Library

The A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library delivers high-quality health and biomedical information services to the University of Michigan’s (U-M) academic health sciences schools, basic and clinical research, bioinformatics and clinical translational science, and the U-M Health System.

Community Health Programs

Cancer AnswerLine

The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 or e-mail from anywhere in the country. You’ll get a personal response from an oncology registered nurse. The Cancer AnswerLine™ nurses are experienced in oncology care, including helping patients and their families who have questions about cancer.

Cancer Education: The Patient Family Education Resource Center

The Patient Family Education Resource Center provides a vital link between the patient and the most current cancer information resources. It is a full-service library housing a comprehensive collection of print and audiovisual resources on all aspects of cancer.

Cancer Center Community Outreach Program

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Community Outreach Program is committed to providing reliable health information, tailored programs and special events to educate the community about cancer prevention, screening, and early diagnosis, and, increase awareness of, and trust in research conducted at UMCCC. We offer the following services:

  • Speaker’s Bureau – experts from the U-M Cancer Center give presentations for corporations, civic organizations, schools, churches and businesses
  • Minority Outreach Initiative – provides culturally- tailored community events and materials for communities of color
  • Ongoing Community Outreach Events
  • Free cancer educational displays and materials for health fairs, meetings and conferences
  • Community-wide event to celebrate National Cancer Survivors’ Day in early June.

For more information visit http://www.mcancer.org/about/community-outreach

UMHS Public Events Calendar

The University Health System maintains an online calendar of public lectures and special events that can add to your knowledge and awareness of various health issues, treatments and initiatives. Calendar

Community Programs and Services

Created in 1997 as Community Health Services, Community Programs and Services aligns community initiatives across the Health System through program coordination, strategic planning and resource allocation. By participating with local and state partners, Community Programs and Services capitalizes on the University of Michigan Health System’s (UMHS) resources and expertise to improve the health and the quality of life in the communities we serve. Their mission is to provide programs and services that benefit patients and families, promote health equity, access to care, and connect UMHS to the communities it serves.

Housing Bureau for Seniors

The Health System provides a number of resources and programs for the older adult population. The Housing Bureau for Seniors is a place where seniors and their families can find answers to questions about senior housing and care options, receive assistance with loans to prevent foreclosure as a result of unpaid property taxes, and prevent elderly eviction for non payment of rent.

Interpreter Services Program

Interpreter Services has been providing medical interpreters since before 1990. We have grown from 370 interpreter requests to over 2,000 requests per month. Our interpreters are carefully screened and highly trained. We currently employ 21 staff interpreters, 15 contract sign languages interpreters, 5 administrative staff, and a pool of over 100 temporary interpreters who between them speak more than 70 languages.

Meals on Wheels

Ann Arbor’s Meals on Wheels program reduces hunger and supports the dignity and independence of the homebound in the Ann Arbor area by providing nutritiously balanced meals six days a week. Meals are delivered by volunteers. This visit also serves as a safety or wellness check. Volunteers report back any concerns they have to Meals on Wheels staff. For many of our clients, a volunteer is the only person they see all day. Diabetic, Kosher and liquid meals are available. We use a 4-week cyclical menu. Meals are prepared by the UMHS Patient Food and Nutrition Services.

MHealthy

MHealthy is the University of Michigan’s Health & Well-being program for U-M faculty, staff, dependents, retirees and members of the surrounding community. Their mission is to create a model community of health where people thrive. MHealthy’s wellness and health risk reduction programs (formerly MFit) are open to the community and include exercise classes, fitness center memberships, personal training, weight management, nutrition coaching, cooking classes, tobacco cessation, and alcohol management. MHealthy also has a corporate wellness team that assists local businesses. In addition, MHealthy operates a Health Education Resource Center to improve our community’s health status through prevention, self-care education, informed health care decision-making and improved treatment compliance. MHealthy experts also participate in various community outreach events.

Program for Multicultural Health

The Program for Multicultural Health (PMCH), a unit of the University of Michigan Health System, is committed to reducing health disparities among cultural populations. PMCH conducts culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive health promotion, education and research programs for surrounding communities. PMCH acts to improve the health status of diverse populations by identifying both culturally specific health needs and addressing culturally targeted approaches.

Project Healthy Schools

Project Healthy Schools is a collaborative effort between the Health System and the Ann Arbor Public Schools to teach sixth-grade students about heart-healthy lifestyles. The overall goal is to reduce their future risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The project is supported by a broad community partnership. Clague Middle School was the pilot site and yielded excellent results – decreasing cholesterol and glucose levels.

Reach Out and Read

The national Reach Out and Read program, which promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room is a part of the East Ann Arbor Health Center, the Ypsilanti Health Center, the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, and the Migrant Outreach Clinics in rural Michigan. Children visiting pediatric offices in these four centers are sent home with a new book in hand.

Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools

The Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools is a collaboration between the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ypsilanti Public Schools, Ypsilanti Public Schools, Willow Run Community Schools and the U-M Health System. Its mission is to promote the health and holistic growth of the students and families of the school communities they serve by providing school-based health services such as physical examinations, immunizations, acute and chronic illness management, dental screening and services, individual and family counseling, group counseling, referrals for community resources, and health education and counseling. In FY08, these school-based health centers served 807 students; more than 75 percent of the students at each school have received services through RAHS . Supplemental funding support has come from grants through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Education.

Trail’s Edge Camp for Ventilator Dependent Children

Trail’s Edge Camp is a summer camp for children who are ventilator-dependent.  The camp is staffed by volunteers and funded through donations. Since 1990, this ambitious accomplishment of caring that has provided a five-day, five-night summer camp experience for campers ages five through 18 who are ventilator-dependent and medically fragile. Camp is held during the first full week in June at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, a beautiful barrier-free camp on 200 acres in Mayville, Michigan.

Turner Senior Resource Center

The Turner Senior Resource Center provides many education and support events for seniors, including the Turner Senior Resource Center, health screenings, computer classes, social events, in-home counseling, support groups, Silver Club Memory Loss program, and   information & referral to community organizations.

U-M Depression Education Resource Center

The Friends Depression Education Resource Center (FDERC), located in the east end of the Rachel Upjohn Building Atrium, provides a wide array of educational materials from trusted sources on mental health diagnoses, treatment options, self-help strategies, tips on talking to healthcare providers, and regional and national support networks. The FDERC provides the following services: computer access to our Depression Toolkit website and other reliable mental health information websites; staff to help answer questions and locate appropriate materials; a lending library with print and video materials; and free brochures, pamphlets, and articles focusing on a wide variety of depressive disorders and other mental health conditions.

Women’s Health Resources

As part of our commitment to providing unparalleled women’s health care, the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital is committed to providing women access to educational resources, wellness information, and outreach activities through our unique Women’s Health Resource Center. The Women’s Health Resource Center (WHRC)  offers a wide variety of classes and educational programs throughout Southeast Michigan, in addition to maintain a full-service WHRC providing women and their families with access to credible health information in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Business, Career and Workplace Assistance

The Business Engagement Center (BEC), headquartered at the North Campus Research Center, was established to strengthen the University’s ties to business and community partners and to help revitalize and diversify the state of Michigan’s economy. The BEC has partner offices in the College of Engineering, the Medical School, and on the Dearborn and Flint campuses. Through the BEC you can access the University’s vast resources, including research discoveries, new technology, student and alumni talent, continuing education programs, and strategic giving opportunities. Phone: (734) 647-1000; E-mail: um-bec@umich.edu.

Career Center Area organizations and businesses in need of new employees or interns can work with The Career Center, which provides employment opportunities for students. The office posts a wide variety of internships and permanent positions for local companies and conducts numerous job fairs connecting students and employers. Career counseling and assessment testing is available for a fee. Phone: (734) 764-7460; E-mail: careercenter@umich.edu.

Center for Business Acceleration and Incubation Studies (CBAIS) is committed to economic development and diversification through the establishment and promotion of business incubators. Business incubators have been shown to be an effective job creation tool and increase the survival rate of new businesses from an average of 20 percent to 80 percent. The studies consist of performing the due diligence that is necessary to obtain Federal or State funding to establish an incubation program and facility. The program has also conducted National and Statewide studies of the business incubation industries. Phone: (734) 998-6239; E-mail: kallen@umich.edu

Center for the Education of Women The Center for the Education of Women – with its mission of service, research and advocacy – is nationally recognized as a catalyst for change as well as a welcoming place for individuals. CEW provides counseling and educational programs to women and men regarding academic, career and life issues; conducts social research on policy and gender issues; and advocates for improved policy and practice. CEW also offers a library with resources about careers, job hunting, resume writing and interviewing. Phone: (734) 764-6005; E-mail: contactcew@umich.edu

Center for Labor and Community Studies The Center for Labor and Community Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn incorporates the Labor Studies Center, formerly housed at U-M Ann Arbor, and provides additional programs, research, seminars, and other activities for the labor community and other local groups. The Labor Studies Center opened in 1957in Ann Arbor and has been providing educational offerings in the fields of labor relations. The current staff is dedicated to adult education that empowers workers to keep pace with the changing global economy. Through engaged research activities, the center will create new opportunities for scholarship and community impact in southeast Michigan. Phone: (313) 583 6400; E-mail: clcs.info@umd.umich.edu

Center for Labor Market Research The Center for Labor Market Research (CLMR) has two main focus areas: economic forecasting and economic policy analysis. The strength of the methodology combined with continued refinements over time have resulted in a long, distinguished record for accuracy in forecasting labor market activity for a number of localities, especially with regard to their future prospects for employment and income. Phone: (734) 763-9404; E-mail: gfulton@umich.edu

Center for Ergonomics The Center provides introductory ergonomics training, seminars and job analysis that focus on reducing occupational musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. Projects are also conducted within the manufacturing or product design facilities of government or corporate sponsors. The Center is equipped to measure all facets of human perceptual, information-processing, and motor performance. Services are state-funded and are offered at no cost to businesses. Phone: (734) 763-2243; E-mail: centerforergonomics@umich.edu

Center for Occupational Health & Safety Engineering: Continuing Education Continuing education is available for practitioners in industry health, safety, occupational health nursing and occupational medicine. Programs are available on and off campus through the Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering, operated by the College of Engineering. Phone: (734) 763-2243; E-mail: umcohse-info@umich.edu

Challenge Program The Challenge Program at the University of Michigan is an activity-based program, which uses a highly interactive and experiential approach to team building and other aspects of organizational development. Since 1990 the Challenge Program has provided hundreds of organizations with dramatic and dynamic learning opportunities. We use activities as the medium for helping a wide variety of groups and organizations explore issues such as team dynamics, communication, goal setting, trust, and commitment. We help participants and groups learn about themselves and how they work together. Phone: (734) 998-7145; E-mail: challenge.program@umich.edu

Corporate Relations Engineering’s Corporate and Foundation Relations serves the College’s research and graduate education programs by building collaborative partnerships between the faculty and their industrial, state, or federal constituents. These partnerships take the form of funded research projects, state of Michigan outreach initiatives, or commercialization ventures. Phone: (734) 647-1579; E-mail: jmmclaug@umich.edu

Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program DMAP is designed to provide technical assistance that includes both a strategic and implementation plan. The goal of DMAP is to help maintain individual firm’s manufacturing capability and capacity through customized planning and co-funded core-strengthening and diversification projects leading to survival, stabilization and potential growth. DMAP is in a pre-implementation phase during which we are gathering information about critical needs in the defense industry and assessing demand for different elements of the program. Phone: (734) 998-6239; E-mail: kallen@umich.edu

Executive Education Cutting-edge research, practical applications, and competitive insights await executives and organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business Executive Education. Executive Education professionals design and deliver custom programs tailored to your business needs. A portfolio of more than 50 programs gives executives the tools to address the issues they confront every day. Phone: (734) 615-5002; E-mail: rossexeced@umich.edu

First Customer Program (FCP) The FCP assists companies with identifying first customers, gaining introductions, and closing deals. FCP is focused on start-up tech companies that need both preparation for and introduction to first customers. While focusing on start-ups, FCP also assists established companies that are facing start-up challenges as they diversify into new markets. Phone: (734) 998-6221; E-mail: sbwilson@umich.edu

Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center Small to mid-sized manufacturing firms in the area can seek help from the Center, which provides technical and management assistance to import-impacted firms in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The Center helps firms to become competitive in domestic and international markets and provides up to $75,000 in matching funds. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration sponsors the GLTAAC. Phone: (734) 998-6213; E-mail: gltaac@umich.edu

Health Management Research Center Getting a handle on health care costs is a service of the Center, which studies the link between employee health behaviors, productivity, absenteeism, job turnover and health care costs. It helps organizations project future health care costs by tracking the relationship between lifestyle behaviors and other variables. The Center helps organizations develop wellness programs at the work site. Phone: (734) 647-2717; E-mail: hmrc-info@umich.edu

Impact Corps Internship Program  Formerly the Domestic Corps, the Impact Corps is a summer internship program with the Center for Social Impact. Through the 10-week internship, University of Michigan Business School MBA and BBA students, conduct high-level internships with nonprofit organizations across the United States. Typical projects include strategic planning, marketing, finance, new business development, or organizational development. Phone: (734) 763-4214; E-mail: socialimpact@umich.edu

Integrated Systems + Design – Professional Programs One of the nation’s top-ranked Colleges of Engineering, the University of Michigan Division of Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) offers professional development programs taught by subject matter experts from the U-M faculty, its affiliates, and industry partners. ISD professional development programs run from one to ten days and can include exclusive hands-on simulations, group exercises; are customizable and can be held at your company location. Phone: (734) 647-7171; E-mail: borbely@umich.edu

Labor and Global Change Program The Labor and Global Change Program (LAGC) addresses the effects of economic “globalization” on workers, unions, and societies.  It explores how public policy, business programs, and worker organizations can increase the human benefits and reduce the social costs of national and global economic restructuring.  It has been engaged in cross-campus conferences and support for research and educational initiatives related to international labor rights. Phone: (734) 998-0144; E-mail: jinyunl@umich.edu

National Excess Manufacturing Catalog (NEXCAP) This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration and works to inventory and profile closed manufacturing facilities and communities and to develop a web based interactive portal that will enable manufacturing firms Globally to enter their needs for manufacturing facilities and be linked to the information about sites and communities that most closely meet their needs. Phone: (734) 998-6239; E-mail: kallen@umich.edu

Non-profit help – Community Consulting Club The mission of the Community Consulting Club is to support community organizations and non-profits in Michigan. The MBA student members have diverse professional backgrounds including finance, consulting, marketing, and operations. They volunteer their time to support organization in a 10 week well-defined consulting project that delivers meaningful impact towards supporting the organizations mission. E-mail: rosscccboard2014@umich.edu

Property Disposition Surplus computers, office furniture, telephone accessories, copiers and other items are available for sale through the Property Disposition office. The warehouse is open to the public throughout the week. Phone: (734) 764-2470; E-mail: property.disposition@umich.edu

Technology Commercialization Assistance Program (TCA) This program funded through two SmartZones in Michigan, one at Central Michigan University, and one at Michigan Technological University with funds from MEDC works to identify technology and intellectual property needs of existing small to mid sized manufacturing firms and links firms with University of Michigan – based intellectual property and/or technologies. The program has also conducted national and statewide studies of the business incubation industries. Phone: (734) 998-6221; E-mail: sbwilson@umich.edu

U-M Tech Transfer We encourage you to contact U-M Tech Transfer during your discovery process to ensure that you are aware of the options to develop the commercial potential of your research. Tech Transfer office engages in proactive facilitation of start-up companies based on U-M technologies. This includes assistance in business planning, and the recruitment of management and venture financing. The office maintains lists of all technologies developed at the University that are available for licensing. Phone: (734) 763-0614; E-mail: techtransfer@umich.edu

For a complete list of programs please visit the U-M Outreach Directory: outreach.umich.edu.