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‘COMECC means community’

The theme of this year’s Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign is “COMECC means community,” and it’s true—COMECC really does mean community. Through last year’s campaign, UMMS employees strengthened our local community through contributions to many organizations in the region, such as the Worcester County Food Bank, AIDS Project Worcester and the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Contributions were also made to our global community, representing organizations such as Doctors without Borders, The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, the Disabled Veteran’s Charitable Trust and the Conservation Fund, to name just a few. Overall, approximately $350,000 was raised through 46 percent employee participation—the highest rate ever. In fact, 27 individual departments had participation rates of 80 percent or higher, which was an increase from the previous year. This year’s goal is to increase participation to 50 percent and raise $500,000. Despite the difficult economic times, UMMS employees and students are urged to think about the neediest members of our community and donate as generously as possible. Now more than ever, you could make a big difference.

 This year’s campaign begins Monday, November 2 and continues through Friday, November 20.Watch for additional details about COMECC in the coming weeks.

Call for Proposals: IMEG Grants to Support Innovations in Medical, Nursing and Biomedical Sciences Education

Faculty, staff, residents, and students are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 from the Innovations in Medical Education Grants (IMEG) Program, administered through the Office of Educational Affairs. Funds awarded through IMEG grants are utilized for the development and implementation of new and creative approaches to teaching in the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Graduate School of Nursing. Submission deadline for grant proposals for the 2009-10 academic year is Friday, Oct. 30. Please refer to the one-page overview of the IMEG Program, and proposal guidelines and an application, available at http://www.umassmed.edu/ome/grants/ or contact Emily Ferrara at ext. 6-5134 or via global e-mail.

Dinners for Dollars

The Worcester Group restaurantsVia, 111 Chop House and the Sole Proprietorare offering a promotion that support breast and pancreatic cancers right here at UMass Memorial Cancer Center—all you need to do is go out and eat! All students and employees of UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Medical Center and all affiliate hospitals who present their ID badge at any of the group’s three restaurants will receive a free dessert or appetizer (up to $10) with the purchase of a dinner entrée. And, for each transaction that takes place, the Worcester Restaurant Group will donate $1 to the UMass Memorial Cancer Center. For more information please contact the UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Development Office at ext. 6-1299 or send an e-mail to events@umassmed.edu