Alumni Association Updates on COVID-19

Updated: April 21, 2020

A Global Message of Hope From Michigan Alumni

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April 18, 2020

Alumni Association staff members will continue working remotely through at least May 18. An exact end date will depend on the future direction of the COVID-19 outbreak and guidelines by University of Michigan and public health officials.

March 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the University of Michigan community, unfortunately, has not been spared. We at the Alumni Association are taking proactive steps to ensure that we help “flatten the curve” of infection growth.

While many of us are at very low risk for serious health consequences from the virus, we are all potential carriers and, therefore, play important roles in how quickly it spreads. A steep spike in cases will threaten the viability of our health care system and endanger the health and lives of people we know.

Therefore, we have decided that members of our staff will work remotely, rather than in our current shared office workspace. This temporary arrangement will begin on Monday, March 16, and likely continue for about 30 days. The exact end date will depend on the future direction of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Alumni Association and our alumni clubs are expected to cancel or postpone any events or upcoming gatherings. Additionally, the Michigan Alumni Travel program is working on a daily basis to accommodate the needs of our travelers. And we are monitoring the situation closely for Camp Michigania summer programming. You can continue to find the latest status of all our programs and events below and on our social media channels.

Despite the precautions we are taking, we will continue to be responsive to your needs as U-M alumni and Association members and to work hard on your behalf. So please continue to phone and email us as you normally would.

If you want more information about the outbreak and its impact on the University, please refer to U-M’s announcements website. The Alumni Association’s Education Gateway will continue to feature all the important findings from the University and Michigan Medicine to keep the community informed.

As always, we appreciate the support that our proud alumni provide the University. And we hope that you fare well during this very challenging time.

Sincerely,

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Steve Grafton
President and CEO
Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund

Gifts to the COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund will enable Michigan Medicine to direct crucial extra support to the most pressing needs. Contributions may support additional staffing to care for patients, the purchase of equipment to care for patients, the establishment of more drive-through COVID-19 testing stations, emergency needs for frontline workers, and a broad range of emerging opportunities to advance patient care and research.

COVID-19 Resources

The Alumni Education Gateway is tracking the latest information on COVID-19 from professors and experts of the University of Michigan. The Alumni Career Program, meanwhile, is hosting webinars and virtual workshops on searching for a job during uncertain times, leading or collaborating virtually, mastering a virtual interview, and more.

U-M’s Office of Public Affairs regularly updates its coronavirus site to provide the latest on COVID-19’s impact on the University community, plus information on what to do if you suspect you have the virus.

For additional resources from across campus, visit our COVID-19 resources guide from the April 2020 Michigan Alumnus newsletter. In addition to links to news and updates, it includes coping tips and even some diversions.

Finally, visit our directory of alumni-owned small businesses and see how you can support them during these uncertain times. If you’re a small business owner, see this resource list from the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer for information on loans and financial programs, response programs, communications plans, remote work policies, and much more.

Alumni Association Event Updates

  • 2020 Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion – Postponed
  • Camp Michigania – See Michigania page for updates
  • Club events – Contact local club for details
  • LEAD Scholars events – Canceled in-person for remainder of Winter 2020 semester (see LEAD Events calendar for more information)
  • March 2020 Alumni Relations Council – Postponed
  • Michigan Alumni Travel trips – See travel guidelines update/FAQ
  • Welcome Wednesdays – Canceled for remainder of Winter 2020 semester

Please contact the Alumni Association at 800.847.4764 or alumni@umich.edu if you have questions about the status of an event.