The University Record, January 22, 2001


Payroll Office mails W-2 forms

Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for 2000 were mailed last week to University regular and part-time employees who received earnings in 2000. The format of the 2000 Form W-2 is the same as last year.

Federal and state taxable wages listed exclude any tax-deferred retirement contributions. However, such contributions were subject to Social Security and Medicare tax and are therefore included in Social Security and Medicare wages. Separate boxes on the W-2 indicate whether the staff member was enrolled in a retirement plan and the amount of retirement contributions that were “elective” tax-deferred contributions. The total tax-deferred retirement contributions are indicated in a separate footnote on the W-2.

Also excluded from federal/state and Social Security wages will be any pre-tax health insurance and group life insurance premiums deducted in 2000, as well as any dependent care/medical reimbursement account deductions. Dependent care deductions are summarized in a separate box on the Form W-2.

A footnote showing the total of Flint/Dearborn/Ann Arbor United Way payroll deductions for 2000 also is included.

Staff members who had a city income tax withheld in 2000 will receive a Form CW-2 for the appropriate city in a separate mailing. Errors in Social Security numbers should be reported to the Payroll Office. Questions regarding information on W-2 forms should be directed to the Payroll Office, G395 Wolverine Tower, (734) 764-8267. Individuals who do not receive their W-2 by Jan. 31 should call (734) 764-8250.

Shakespeare class open to public

In conjunction with the campus residence of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in March, Ralph Williams, professor of English, has opened his “Shakespeare on Legitimacy and Rebellion” class to the public. The class meets in Hale Auditorium.

The plays to be read are Henry VI, Part One; Henry VI, Part Two; Henry VI, Part Three; and Richard III.

The Jan. 25 class will meet 3–4:30 p.m. Clare Venables of the RSC will present “The Historical Present: Shakespeare’s Histories in Current Context.”

The Feb. 15 the class will meet 3–4 p.m. for the presentation of “Voicing History: Rhetoric and the Stage” by David Potter, professor of Greek and Latin, and Martin Walsh, lecturer III in drama and faculty counselor.

Erik Fredricksen, chair and professor of theatre and drama, will discuss staging battle 3–4 p.m. Feb. 22. On March 8, Simon Reese, RSC dramaturge, will present “From Page to Stage: The Play’s the Thing.”

RSC actors will present “What’s Hecuba to Me?: Acting and Impersonation” 3–4:30 p.m. March 15.

All other meetings of the class will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and will be conducted by Williams or other U-M faculty.

Senate Assembly to meet today

Senate Assembly will meet at 3:15 p.m. today (Jan. 22) in Rackham Amphitheater. Bill Martin, director of athletics, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will address the group at 4 p.m.

Career development positions available

The Michigan Initiative for Women’s Health/ Institute for Research on Women and Gender is accepting applications for six junior faculty career development positions, four clinical and two non-clinical. Research should focus on at least one of the following areas: pelvic floor/urology/urogynecology, health services, reproductive science and women’s medicine, and biobehavior and aging.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information, contact Timothy R.B. Johnson or Patty Smith, (734) 764-9537.

Sign up for IM sports events

The Department of Intramural (IM) Sports is accepting entries for its badminton tournament until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and for its swimming and diving meet until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the IM Sports Bldg. Entry fees and event times and dates are listed below.

Badminton: $5 per individual, $9 per doubles team. The tournament will be conducted at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 and noon Jan. 28 at the North Campus Recreation Bldg.

Swimming and diving meet: $5 per individual, $25 per team. The meet will take place at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 1 at Canham Natatorium.

For more information, call the IM Sports Program, (734) 763-3562.

Center schedules Healing Arts Program

The winter schedule for the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Healing Arts Program is now available. Events are geared to people diagnosed with cancer, and their families, friends and health care providers are welcome to attend. Program examples include “Journaling,” “Art Therapy” and “Music, Relaxation and Guided Imagery.” Call (734) 764-8492 or visit the Web at to obtain a schedule.

Gender studies researchers to speak

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender presents Elena Gapova, director, Center for Gender Studies, European Humanities University, Minsk, Belarus, speaking on “Women Outside of Technology: Wives of International High-Techs in the United States” noon–1:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Room 2239, Lane Hall.

Gapova has received numerous grants for her work on post-communist women’s/gender issues. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the International Institute, and the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Arts of Citizenship Program accepting applications for grants

The Arts of Citizenship Program is accepting applications for grants to support projects that further the role of the arts and humanities in public and community life.

Instructional and research faculty, librarians, archivists and information technology staff are eligible for faculty grants of up to $15,000. Graduate School students are eligible for student grants, which range from $2,500 to $5,000. Proposals for projects that have difficulty gaining conventional academic support are especially invited.

Applications are due Feb. 23 for projects seeking support from July 1, 2001–June 30, 2002. For more information, contact Karis Crawford, (734) 615-0609 or

OVPR establishes two new staff recognition awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has established two new staff recognition awards. The Distinguished Research Administrator Award, which carries a $1,250 honorarium, will honor an individual who has provided superlative service to the research community. It is open to all University staff. The OVPR Exceptional Service Award, which carries a $750 honorarium, will recognize an individual or team from among the units that report to OVPR. The deadline for nominations is March 5. For more information or for nomination materials, call (734) 763-6048 or visit the Web at

Talks focus on using information tech

The School of Information (SI) is hosting two talks on how to benefit from information technology. Abby Smith, director of programs for the Council on Library Information Resources in Washington, D.C., will discuss “Why They Digitize: Strategies for Libraries Going Online” 10:30 a.m.–noon Jan. 24. Isabelle Gingras of Stanford University’s Archimedes Project will address “Technology Access for Individuals with Disabilities” at noon Jan. 25. Her talk is a joint presentation of SI, the School of Education and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Both talks take place in Room 411, West Hall. For more information, visit the Web at

Scholarships available for children of faculty, staff

The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) is accepting applications for the U-M Faculty and Staff Scholarships. Any undergraduate enrolled on the Ann Arbor campus who is a child of a faculty or staff member on the Ann Arbor campus with at least a 50 percent appointment is eligible to apply.

Eight $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, as determined by information submitted on the 2001–02 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Deadline for getting FAFSA forms to the federal processor is March 1. FAFSA forms are available from OFA or on the Web at

Application deadline is March 30. For more information, call (734) 763-4119.

Vanpool spaces available

Spaces are available on the Clinton and Jackson #3 vanpools. For more information, visit the Web at and click on vanpool. Also, the University is seeking a backup driver for the vanpool that leaves Jackson at 6 a.m. and leaves the University for Jackson at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Chris Stilson, (734) 763-7923. Those wishing to join vanpools but who do not have them in their areas can complete the online vanpool application. The applications are placed in a database that matches potential riders and forms new vanpools.

Brater to lecture on Arthur Miller

Enoch Brater, professor of English language and literature and of theater, will lecture on “Arthur Miller at 85” at 4 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. Brater was director of last fall’s international symposium, “Arthur Miller’s America: Theater and Culture in a Century of Change.” There will be a discussion period and refreshments. For more information, call the Michigan League Friends Office, (734) 647-7463.

Cranston to deliver Danly Lecture

Edwin A. Cranston, professor of Japanese literature at Harvard University, will deliver the Center for Japanese Studies’ third annual Robert L. Danly Memorial Lecture 4–5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League. He will speak on “The Dark at the Bottom of the Dish: Fishing for Myth in the Poetry of Mizuno Ruriko.” Ruriko is a contemporary poet who writes about children, animals and dreams. A reception will follow. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

CEW offers series on career choice

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) is offering a three-part workshop on “Career Decision-Making: The Step Before the Job Search” 5:30–8:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 at CEW, 330 E. Liberty St. The series will be presented by Valerie Eaglin, CEW senior counselor. Cost is $40, $10 for

U-M students. Call (734) 998-7080 to register.

Heads, Hillel team up for discussion

Heads, the African American male student intellectual group, and the Jewish student organization Hillel have teamed up to present a series of intra-group discussions between Black and Jewish students. The next program, a Shabbat service, dinner and dialogue, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Hillel, 1429 Hill St.

The group will discuss how stereotypes can shape perception of others, as well as how and why people compromise or sacrifice their religious and cultural roots to evade stereotypes and attain economic and political prosperity.

Questions may be directed to Daniel Tounsel (Heads), or Jamie Katz (Hillel),

Panel to discuss intellectual property rights regarding online courses

Aline Soules, director, Kresge Business Administration Library, and Business School librarian, will moderate an interactive panel discussion titled “Control, Conflict and Courseware: Intellectual Property in Online Education” 2:30–5 p.m. Feb. 8. The broadcast will be downlinked via satellite in Room 411, West Hall. Panelists will be Dan L. Burk, professor of law and the Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar at the University of Minnesota Law School; Georgia K. Harper, manager, Intellectual Property Section, Office of the General Counsel, University of Texas; and Kenneth Salomon of Dow, Lohnes and Albertson, PLLC.

The broadcast is part of the “Copyright Dilemmas in the Information Age Symposium.” The events are sponsored by the Business School, the Division of Student Affairs, Hillel Major Events, the Law School, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of the Provost, the President’s Information Revolution Commission, the School of Information, the Technology Management Office and the University Library. For more information, call (734) 936-3814 or visit the Web at

Visual Effects Seminar Series announces lecture lineup

The following presentations are part of the Division of Computer Science and Engineering’s Visual Effects Seminar Series: Andy Wilkoff of Digital Domain, 4–5 p.m. Jan. 26; Alex Lindsay of D.V. Garage, 4–5 p.m. Feb. 2; Steve Prawat of Sony Pictures Imageworks, 4–5 p.m. Feb. 9; John DesJardin of Manex Visual Effects, 4–5 p.m. Feb. 16; Bruce Wands, chair, computer arts, and director of visual education, School of Visual Arts, New York, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Feb. 20; and Justin Miller of Dreamworks, 4–5 p.m. March 16.

The free seminars will be held in Chesebrough Auditorium, Chrysler Center. For more information, visit the Web at

Meetings focus on travel, business expense policy changes

The Accounts Payable and Travel offices are hosting several meetings to review changes in the travel and business expense policies and the procedures section of the Standard Practice Guide. The new Trip Number Program also will be discussed. Locations, times and dates are:

  • Wolverine Tower, Suite 18: 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Jan. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 8:30–10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 and 1:30–3:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

  • Medical Science Bldg. I: 8:30–10:30 a.m. Jan. 31, Room 6319 and 1:30–3:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Room 5330.

  • Lurie Engineering Bldg.: 8–10 a.m. Feb. 7 and 1:30–3:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Johnson Room.

  • Flint: 9–11 a.m. Feb. 14, Happenings Room, Harding Mott University Center.

  • Dearborn: 2–4 p.m. Feb. 15, Lecture Hall B, School of Management.

    For more information, call (734) 615-5518.

    ‘Shakespeare on Campus’ at Bentley

    “Shakespeare on Campus” is on display through April at the Bentley Historical Library. It is part of a campuswide celebration of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s March visit to the University. The exhibition features images of various interpretations of Shakespeare’s works through the years by University drama groups, visiting performers and faculty.

    Bentley hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sat. For more information, contact (734) 764-3482 or