Alumni Association Updates on COVID-19

Updated: June 23, 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

U-M’s Campus Maize & Blueprint website has the latest on COVID-19’s impact on the University community and includes campus testing data, FAQs, resources, and other information.

The Alumni Education Gateway is tracking the latest information on COVID-19 from professors and experts at the University of Michigan, and the Alumni Career Program is hosting webinars and virtual workshops. Visit our digital activities zone for virtual Zoom backgrounds, coloring pages, and games, and check out Michigan Story Time, which brings together alumni children’s book authors to share recorded readings of their books. Finally, explore our directory of alumni-owned small businesses to see how you can support them during these uncertain times.

Alumni Association Program and Event Updates

For information on the status of specific programs, please visit their respective pages on our website. To see what upcoming virtual events are being hosted by the Alumni Association or one of our clubs, please visit our virtual events calendar.

For any additional questions about a program or event, please contact the Alumni Association at 800.847.4764 or alumni@umich.edu.