The University Record, June 4, 2001


New HR/Payroll Service Center opens

The new HR (Human Resource)/Payroll Service Center is now open. Faculty and staff who need assistance with questions related to benefits, payroll, employment and other HR questions may call the Service Center at (734) 615-2000 or toll-free at (866) 647-7657. The Service Center consolidates, but does not replace, the existing services of the central offices. The center is available to U-M faculty, staff, retirees, dependents and prospective employees using HR and Payroll services. Service Center hours of operation are 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri.

UMHS/UMHHC policies office moves

The central location of the U-M Health System (UMHS) and U-M Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) Policies Office moved June 1 from the Human Resources department to the executive director’s office. Carolyn Ladd, administrative associate, is assuming responsibility for these policies. Ladd will continue in her role as UHHC’s governance coordinator. Policy-related questions should be directed to Ladd, (734) 647-2510 or

Outreach office creating summer camp guide

The State Outreach office is creating a comprehensive summer camp guide on its community assistance Web site. Departments and units that run a summer camp or workshop for youth may list their programs by visiting the Outreach office’s Web site at For more information, call Elaine Courter, (734) 764-9256 or

Carillonneurs to perform for public

Beginning June 18, various international carillonneurs will hold public recitals at the Lurie Tower on North Campus. The series of recitals is sponsored by Jim and Millie Irwin, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, School of Music and College of Engineering. Listeners are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets or umbrellas, as recitals will be given rain or shine. A TV monitor will provide a view of performers, and visitors will be welcome in the tower following the recitals. The recitals will be held at 7 p.m. June 18 and 25, and July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. For more information, contact Margo Halsted, (734) 764-2539 or

Summer programs for children with communicative disorders

The Communicative Disorders Clinic is offering three summer programs for children who struggle with language, literacy and learning. Each program runs July 9–Aug. 3. Programs include:

  • “Bridge to Kindergarten,” geared to enhance children’s participation and understanding of typical kindergarten classroom activities. Sessions run half-days Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • “Summer Language Program,” offered for children who struggle with literacy and/or literacy learning. A “Parent Education Series” is included as part of the program that covers topics of interest to parents of children with learning difficulties.

  • “Learning to Learn,” designed to give students with language, learning and literacy difficulties the opportunity to learn strategies for succeeding academically and to become independent lifelong learners. Speech-language pathologists will conduct learning sessions in laboratory format.

    For more information or to register, contact Mimi Block, (734) 764-8440 or, or visit the Web at

    School of Social Work receives grant

    The School of Social Work has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to fund its Assessing Consumer-Centered Services (ACCS) project. The ACCS will study characteristics of consumer-centered programs in Michigan. These programs provide places for people with mental illness to socialize, access community resources and services, and receive social support from peers.

    “Michigan has the largest number of consumer drop-in centers in the country, which makes the state a perfect place to study these programs,” said Jean Dukarski of the Justice in Mental Health Organization.

    The ACCS will collect data from 60 programs in Michigan June 2001–May 2002. For more information, call (734) 998-9325.

    ‘Word and Image’ exhibit opens June 16

    The exhibition “Word and Image” will be on display June 16–Aug. 15 at the Museum of Art. “Word and Image” will feature works of post-World War II artists who use text to connect visual arts, advertising, popular culture and social commentary. Artists include Glenn Ligon, Lesley Dill, Joan Snyder and Ian Hamilton Finlay. For more information, contact the Museum of Art, (734) 764-0395, or visit the Web at

    Retirement reception for Pat Ardner

    A retirement reception is planned for Pat Ardner, executive secretary in the Office of the Hospital Executive Director, 2–3:30 p.m. June 18 in Hospital Dining Rooms C & D. Ardner is retiring after more than 33 years of service.

    Northwalk to resume in fall

    Northwalk, operated from Bursley Hall on North Campus, will not be offered this spring and summer term. The student-run service will resume in the fall. For more information, call the Bursley Hall director, (734) 647-2593.

    Summer math program for high school students

    The Department of Mathematics has several positions available in the Michigan Math and Science Scholars Summer Program 2001. The program offers high school students the opportunity to take an intensive course in mathematics or science. Courses, taught by U-M professors, are biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Session I runs June 24–July 7, and Session II runs July 8–July 21. Financial aid is available. For more information, contact Annie Dowling, (734) 615-3439 or Additional information and applications are available on the Web at

    U-M-Dearborn forms alliance

    The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the U-M-Dearborn and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) are forming a partnership that will allow WCC faculty to teach classes for entry-level course work and U-M Dearborn CECS faculty visiting WCC’s campus to instruct upper-level courses.

    Both schools will be working jointly on admissions and advising for the new program. For more information, contact Susan Seychel, U-M-Dearborn’s CECS program coordinator, (313) 593-4000.

    M-Fit to hold employee walk/run

    The M-Fit Employee Recognition Fun Walk/Run begins at 7:15 a.m. June 13 in the “pit” entrance to Nichols Arboretum. The event will include a three-mile run, a three-mile walk and a one-mile walk. For more information or to register, call (734) 975-4410, ext. 221. Information also is available at

    Golf outing supports Mott patient activities

    The 12th annual Wolverine Invitational Golf Outing is at 1:30 p.m. June 23, at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Pinckney. The $125 fee includes 18 holes of golf, beverages on the course, gifts and a buffet dinner. Proceeds will benefit patient activities at the Mott Hospital Child Life Department. For more information, call (734) 936-6519.

    Dentistry students to provide care to migrant workers

    School of Dentistry students once again will be providing oral health care to migrant workers and their families in the Traverse City area. The program, in its 28th year, runs June 25-Aug. 3.

    The students will work in two-week rotations in groups of eight. They will provide cleanings, extractions, fillings and X-rays. They also will advise patients on proper oral health care.

    Robert Bagramian, professor of dentistry, directs the migrant worker clinic. Supervisors of this year’s program are Marcela Jimenez and Juliana Almeida, who have master’s degrees in restorative dentistry.

    Volunteers needed for Survivors’ Day

    The Comprehensive Cancer Center needs volunteers for its annual Cancer Survivors’ Day celebration, “Striking a Balance.” Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff booths, serve refreshments, greet guests and clean up. The event will be held 1–3:30 p.m. June 10 in the Morris Lawrence Bldg., Washtenaw Community College. For more information, contact Maxine Solvay, (734) 647-1663 or To learn more about Cancer Survivors’ Day, visit the Web at

    M-Fit offers group bike rides

    Beginning in June, M-Fit will offer group bike rides at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at the circle drive by the Medical School entrance. Participants will receive a list of roads for varying weather conditions. To learn more, call (734) 975-4410, ext. 487, or visit the Web at

    Library offers free access to its class-based software

    The University Library has announced free access to its popular suite of class-based software. The software is designed to facilitate communication between the Web and digital library tools, such as a search engine, and includes powerful digital library functionality, including searching and result-set management.

    Designed for specific categories of digital objects—text, images and bibliographic information converted electronically for computer usage—the software tools provide a consistent method for supporting online collections, such as those supported by the Humanities Text Initiative and the Making of America. To facilitate further development of these tools and to assist the information community in building and deploying electronic resources, the University Library will provide free open-source access to these tools. To learn more about the Open Source Inititative, visit the Web at, or call (734) 936-3814.