Your springtime guide to well-being

Lights, camera, conversation!

Laura Blake Jones, Mary Jo Deprez and Nico the Therapy Dog.

We sat down with three current Wolverines, and special guest Nico the Therapy Dog, to discuss tips for a paws-itively safe spring at U-M.  

Watch our conversation for practical tips for springtime celebrations, including some of our favorite spots to rest and recharge on campus. And below, you can explore upcoming events and resources that can help you have fun and stay safe. 

Expect Respect, Stay in the Blue, and Go Blue! 

Laura Blake Jones

Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Mary Jo Desprez 

Director, Health Promotion and Wolverine Wellness 


More than Luck: Find a St. Patrick's Day Activity 

Want to host a memorable event? Or want to ensure you remember that celebration you went to with your friends?

No need for that four-leaf clover! 

Wolverine Wellness shares ways to get what you want out of a celebration.

March 13: Stay in the Blue pop-up 

Share your plan to Stay in the Blue this St. Patrick's Day and enter to win $10 in Blue Bucks. Stop by the Michigan Union from 2-4 p.m. to offer tips that you use and snag a free well pack and snacks!

March 16: St. Patrick's Day at the Union

Drop by the Union for St. Patrick’s Day festivities! Tie-dye a tote bag, play trivia, and win prizes. Plus, free food!

March 16-17: St. Patrick’s Day bagel distribution 

Fancy a free bagel? Volunteer with the Beyond the Diag program to pass out bagels and share tips to Stay in the Blue this spring or swing by the Diag to snag free carbs.  

March 16: Sober Skate 

Join the Collegiate Recovery Program from 10 p.m. to midnight at Yost Ice Arena for an annual tradition featuring free admission, skate rental, pizza and pop. 

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Stop by any on-campus dining hall for a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. Students without a meal/block plan can pay the door rate to dine.


Wolverines Helping Wolverines: Springtime Well-being

Start a conversation, set expectations 

Need ideas on how to talk with your friends about less risky options for springtime celebrations? 

Check out these Student Life resources that can help you start a meaningful conversation:


Keep yourself and fellow Wolverines safe 

If you see someone in trouble: Call 911 and stay with them until help arrives. 


Become familiar with the laws, policies, and ordinances on campus and in Ann Arbor to make the most informed decisions. 


An important one to know: Medical Amnesty. 

Any individual, including those under 21, are exempt from prosecution if they voluntarily present themselves or initiate contact with law enforcement or medical services as a result of alcohol intoxication, or an overdose of any controlled substance (including a prescription drug). 

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors

Need a quick recharge? Get outside and discover the parks in Ann Arbor, including our own Nichols Arboretum. Furry friends, on leashes, are welcomed, too! 

If you have the Michigan App on your phone, the Nature Rx feature lets you quickly find a patch of nature nearby to explore. Look under the Well-Being tab in the app to get started.

Find even more ways to champion your well-being 

There are thousands of ways to connect on campus, and you’ll find many events on Happening @ Michigan, our campus’s event calendar. 

Search by interest to find what moves you. There’s even a “well-being” filter!

Explore the Well-being Collective’s tools to connect people to available resources. These resources and more are a part of U-M’s pledge to become a health-promoting campus and care for our community.