The University Record, July 23, 2001


New faculty orientation is Aug. 29

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CLRT) will sponsor new faculty orientation starting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 29 in the Michigan League Ballroom. The program will include a presentation by the CLRT Players (an interactive theater troupe) and welcoming remarks by President Lee C. Bollinger. Representatives from various U-M offices will be available to provide materials and answer questions. For more information, call (734) 763-0159.

IT Education moves classroom

The IT Education Services classroom is moving July 26 from the North University Building (NUBS) to the Campus Safety Services Building (CSSB) located at 1239 Kipke Drive. All classes originally scheduled for NUBS after July 26 will be held at the new location.

Class participants may park in the Orange lot located in front of the CSSB or may take the commuter bus, which stops on Kipke Drive near the facility. Daily Orange permits for University faculty and staff may be purchased from Parking Services for $1 per day. For more information, call (734) 763-3700 or visit the Web at

Utilities golf scramble is Sept. 8

The Utilities Department golf scramble will be Sept. 8 at the Rush Lake Hills Golf Course in Pinckney. This year’s outing will be in memory of Greg Metz, who died April 21. Metz worked for 14 years as the chief engineer at the Central Power Plant. The cost to register is $100 per person or $400 per team, which includes course fee, cart, lunch and dinner. All proceeds will go to the Metz Children College Fund. The deadline for registration is Aug. 25. For more information, call (734) 764-3475 or (734) 647-3335.

CJS sponsors film series

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) is presenting a free film series, “Japan, Movies and Music: The Films of Toru Takemitsu,” at 7 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 10 in the Lorch Hall auditorium. The series, which began July 20, features films containing the music of composer Toru Takemitsu. Takemitsu, who has composed music spanning Eastern and Western styles, has produced music for nearly 100 films that incorporate a keen awareness of the relationship between image and sound. The upcoming films in this series include:

  • July 27, Ran, 1985, directed by Akira Kurosawa. This film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear in feudal Japan. When Lord Hidetora announces his intention to relinquish his kingdom, an intense power struggle ensues. An Academy Award winner and Best Film of the Year (National Society of Film Critics), the film has English subtitles and runs 160 minutes.

  • Aug. 3, The Man Who Left His Will on Film, 1970, directed by Nagisa Oshima. Set in 1960s Tokyo, this film of political intrigue reflects on a dead radical’s “meaningless” film as it retraces his political and erotic past. The film has English subtitles and runs 93 minutes.

  • Aug. 10, Himatsuri, 1985, directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi. Determined to halt construction of a tourist park by any means necessary, a lumberjack realizes that the solution lies in the purifying spirit of fire, leading him to commit gut-wrenching acts of violence. The film has English subtitles and runs 120 minutes.

    For more information, call (734) 764-6307 or send e-mail to

    U-M Engineering ranks first for women

    The College of Engineering ranked first in the nation in 1999–2000 for the number of bachelor of science degrees awarded to women, according to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). For more information, visit the ASEE’s Web site,

    Ford Foundation supports U-M’s diversity policy

    The University has received a grant of $600,000 from the Ford Foundation to support outreach and research related to diversity in public education.

    The grant will help fund public education and outreach in connection with the two lawsuits challenging the University’s use of race in undergraduate and law school admissions. The grant also will support research designed to answer questions relevant to future challenges to diversity, ongoing collaboration between social scientists and lawyers defending such challenges, and efforts to educate the public about such research and the educational benefits of diversity. For more information, call (734) 764-7260.

    Museum extends Klein exhibit

    The Exhibit Museum of Natural History has extended the exhibition of Karen Anne Klein’s works through Nov. 30. Klein’s work features images of birds, mammals and plants, and was made using watercolor paints and color pencils. The exhibition is on display in the museum’s rotunda lobby. Museum hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and noon–5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (734) 764-0478.

    Ford offers discounts to U-M faculty and staff

    The Ford Motor Co. is offering automobile discounts to faculty, staff, retirees and their spouses through its Partner Recognition Program. The program offers the purchase or lease of vehicles at Ford Motor Co.’s

    X-Plan price (4 percent over Ford employee price) or S-Plan price (just below dealer invoice). Partner Recognition pricing is available on most Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo and Land Rover products.

    Participating dealers require verification of U-M employee/retiree status and a personal identification number (PIN), which can be found on the Mcard Web site, For more information, call (877) 975-2600 and refer to code UOFM1.

    Skateboard use to be penalized

    Effective immediately, Department of Public Safety officers will enforce the prohibition on operating a skateboard in University parking lots, parking structures, buildings, sidewalks and all other University property. Operating in-line skates or roller skates in University parking structures or buildings also is prohibited. A violation is a civil infraction of Article VIII of the Regents’ Ordinance and punishable by a fine of not more than $50. The skateboard, roller skates or in-line skates may be impounded by the officer and returned upon payment of the fine and presentation of proper identification.

    For more information about the Regents’ Ordinance or its enforcement, call (734) 763-3434.

    Hope Clinic offers free testing

    The Geriatrics Center’s Hope Outreach Clinic will offer free health testing open to the public 8:30 am–noon today (July 23). The clinic will provide tests for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screening. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (734) 647-8447.

    Next Record is Aug. 13

    The next issue of the Record, and the only issue for August, will be published Aug. 13. The Record resumes its weekly publication schedule Sept. 4.

    Briefings and calendar items for the Aug. 13 issue should be sent via e-mail to or by fax to (734) 764-7084 by 5 p.m. Aug. 7. The Aug. 13 issue calendar will include events from Aug. 13–Sept. 5. The display advertising deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 6.

    Motor Meals sponsors benefit dinner

    The Motor Meals program is sponsoring a “Celebrity Summer Night Out” Aug. 1 at the Big Boy restaurant located on 3611 Plymouth Road. Local celebrities including Jim Cieslar, president of Washtenaw United Way; Dennis Pearsall, president of Re/Max; Ed Surovell, president of Surovell Realty; Lucy Ann Lance, morning radio announcer on WQKL FM 107; Ingrid Sheldon, former mayor of Ann Arbor, and others will be hosting and serving tables 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

    Motor Meals is a volunteer, nonprofit, community-based program of the University. The program is dedicated to serving meals to homebound individuals. Motor Meals delivered more than 112,000 meals last year. Volunteers are always needed to share their lunch hour. For more information, call (734) 763-2377

    NCRW releases report on women’s progress

    The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), of which the Center for the Education of Women is a member, has released the report, “Balancing the Equation: Where Are Women and Girls in Science, Engineering and Technology?”

    Among the report’s findings are that women and girls made significant progress in the sciences over the last two decades, particularly in medicine and the biological sciences, but their progress has stalled or eroded in some areas, such as engineering and computer science. The report finds that efforts to open up these fields of study have created new opportunities for women and minorities, but the efforts have been sporadic and disjointed. For more information, call Judy Stentzel, (734) 998-7080.

    Institute of Gerontology partners with assisted living facility

    The Institute of Gerontology is partnering with a new assisted living facility, University Living, that is expected to open in mid-August. Founder Dean Solden envisioned a community that helps seniors maintain their intellectual and cultural dignity in an environment that develops the mind, body and spirit.

    Toward that goal, Solden has partnered with the Institute of Gerontology, which will maintain an office inside the facility. Solden will provide $15,000 annually in research funding for the U-M so that professors and students can work with residents to learn more about seniors. Additionally, plans are in the works to expose residents to U-M’s intellectual opportunities, such as auditing U-M classes. For more information, call (734) 669-3030.