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October Message from the Dean

Dear colleagues,

During the difficult times we are in, it is gratifying to be able to share some positive news to hopefully give you a bit of a break from the very serious events taking place on the world stage. Before I do that, just a gentle reminder that these events are deeply impacting many in our community, so please be as thoughtful and empathetic as you can in your interactions with colleagues and our students. Please know we will also keep you posted on events as they unfold, including any campus information related to safety and our community.

On to some highlights. I am very excited to share that we have had great success recently in getting the word out on all of the amazing things going on at Ross. Earlier this month, a production crew from the BBC News out of London was here at Ross working on a feature story about our Business+Impact initiative. This week, we announced an exclusive partnership with the Financial Times in developing a new monthly poll to track how U.S. voter perceptions about the business and economic climate are impacting voting considerations related to the 2024 U.S. presidential election. The following five faculty members will provide their perspectives on the business implications of the monthly poll results: Marcus Collins, Jerry Davis, Erik Gordon, Tom Lyon, and Sarah Miller. This information will appear monthly in the FT as the “FT-Michigan Ross” poll, so it is a great way to build more awareness of Michigan Ross at a global level. Also, yesterday morning we welcomed a news crew from local radio station WJR for a live broadcast of their morning show from our Davidson Winter Garden, and were able to highlight key insights about our programs and career development successes. A special thanks to Christie Baer, Blaire Moody Rideout, Gretchen Spreitzer, and Loren Townes, Jr. for doing an excellent job sharing insights on Ross. 

In addition, we recently acknowledged faculty member achievements that occurred during the last academic year. Here’s a recent email that highlights these. Please join me in congratulating our faculty on these and in thanking the many staff who make these accomplishments possible through their hard work in supporting our Ross mission and these faculty. 

Looking forward to the coming month, we have a meeting-free day on Nov. 8. Please take advantage of this opportunity to have some uninterrupted time to move projects forward or reflect on larger goals and objectives. If you would like to take a social break, all staff and faculty are invited to stop by the dean’s suite for coffee, cider, and snacks in the morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. From 1-2:30 p.m., there will be snacks and fleece blanket-making with a local non-profit in the Tauber Colloquium. The blankets will be sent to kids at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and other hospitals around Michigan, so you are welcome to stop by and lend a hand.

Also coming up in just a couple of weeks, on Nov. 13, is our 2023 Service Milestone Awards Luncheon, organized by the Staff Recognition Committee. I am very excited to celebrate with those who have reached notable milestones in their careers at the University of Michigan.     

Also, please note there will be a Flu Shot Clinic held at Michigan Ross on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Tauber Colloquium. Please take care of yourselves and those around you during the flu season!  

As a reminder, I will continue to host weekly open office hours for students, faculty, and staff. In November, the in-person office hours for faculty and staff will be held in the Winter Garden as follows: 

  • Friday, Nov. 3 from 2:15-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 2:45-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 4:15-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 4:15-5 p.m.

The monthly virtual office hours will be on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 4:15-5 p.m. If you would like to attend the virtual office hours, please reach out to Heather Cooper (hmcooper@umich.edu) for an invite with the link to join. Thanks in advance for continuing to share your thoughts and insights on anything that is on your mind.  

And I hope you enjoy Halloween – the staff pumpkin decorating contest entries were super creative. Congratulations to Marketing and Communications for their win!

Kind regards,

Sharon

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