The University Record, March 19, 2001


AIG deductions to be discontinued

The Benefits Office will discontinue payroll deductions for American International Group Inc. (AIG) auto, homeowners’ and personal liability insurance coverage as of April 1. The University will continue to sponsor the plan, employees will continue to receive group rates with the AIG Worksite Benefits program, and there will be no interruption in coverage.

AIG will send a letter to participants outlining payment options, which include direct home billing and electronic fund transfer from financial institutions. Faculty and staff should call AIG, (800) 256-7385, if they have experienced problems with AIG payroll deductions or need to reconcile their account.

For more information, call any benefits office: Central Campus, (734) 763-1214; Medical Campus, (734) 764-6584; Flint Campus, (810) 766-6845; and Dearborn Campus, (313) 593-5192.

Parking Office closed March 30–April 2

The Parking Office at 508 Thompson St. will close at 11:30 a.m. March 30 and will resume normal business hours at 7:30 a.m. April 2. For more information, visit the Web at

IBM executive to deliver Medal of Technology lecture

The Office of the Chief Information Officer is sponsoring the inaugural lecture by the winner of the National Medal of Technology at 10 a.m. March 27 in Rackham Auditorium. The event honors the recipient of the nation’s highest honor for achievement in science and technology.

IBM Corp. received the 2001 award for 40 years of innovation in the development and commercialization of hard disk drives and information storage products. Nicholas M. Donofrio, senior vice president for technology and manufacturing, will discuss the company’s achievements.

For more information on this free, public event, visit the Web at

NPR host Williams to broadcast live from Rackham Auditorium

Juan Williams, host of National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Talk of the Nation,” will host a live, two-hour broadcast of the new “Changing Face of America” series at 2 p.m. March 29 in Rackham Auditorium. The first hour of the program will explore the future of higher education, while the second hour will feature a discussion of affirmative action. Panelists will include President Lee C. Bollinger.

Williams is a contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel and appears regularly on “Fox News Sunday.” During a 20-year career at The Washington Post, he served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House reporter.

For more information about the broadcast, call Jennifer White, (734) 764-9210.

M-Fit holds Spring Charity Challenge

M-Fit is holding a Spring Charity Challenge beginning in April with a goal of raising at least $5,000 for an area charity by June. Teams of five or more people each will put up $10 and exercise for a month. At the end of the month, the team with the most exercise minutes gets to choose the charity to which all the money goes. For more information or to participate, contact Colleen Green, (734) 975-4410, ext. 487, or

Men’s Glee Club schedules annual Spring Concert

The Men’s Glee Club will present its 141st annual Spring Concert at 8 p.m. April 7 in Hill Auditorium. Under the direction of Jerry Blackstone and assistant conductor Eugene Rogers, the ensemble will perform classical works, folk songs and contemporary works. Also performing will be the Boychoir of Ann Arbor and The Friars, an octet from the Glee Club. The event also will feature soloist Stephen Lusmann, assistant professor of music (voice).

Tickets are $12 reserved main floor, $10 reserved first balcony and $5 general admission second balcony. For more information or to order tickets, call (734) 764-1448.

Poet Giovanni to read from work

Poet Nikki Giovanni will read from and discuss her works at 7 p.m. March 21 in Room 179, Engineering Laboratory Bldg., U-M-Dearborn. Her free, public presentation is sponsored by the King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professor Initiative and the African/American Studies and Women’s Studies programs.

Giovanni has published more than two dozen books. Her poems have explored racism, feminism, police brutality and rap. She also has published books of children’s poetry and has recorded albums of her work. She currently is a University Distinguished Professor English at Virginia Tech University.

For more information, call (313) 593-5518.

Lecture by Neier to inaugurate Fred Cuny Fellowship Program

Aryeh Neier, president of the Open Society Institute, will inaugurate the Fred Cuny Fellowship Program with a lecture on “Remembering the Legacy of Fred Cuny (1944–95)” at 4 p.m. March 29 in Schorling Auditorium, School of Education Bldg. Neier’s free, public lecture is presented by the Working Group on Southeast European Studies, a joint initiative of the Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) and the International Institute.

The Cuny Fellowship Program was started in 1999 with a gift from alumnus Robert J. Donia. The fellowships are for doctoral students who plan to focus their dissertation research on southeastern Europe. They are named for disaster relief specialist Cuny, who died while on assignment in Chechnya for the Open Society Institute. For more information, call CREES, (734) 764-0351.

Society of Women Engineers hosts contest, exhibition

The Society of Women Engineers-Graduate Student Chapter is presenting its seventh annual Poster Contest and Exhibition. Recent research by students from the College of Engineering will be displayed March 19–23 in the Media Union Gallery. Four faculty members will select the best poster in four categories, and the winners will be announced during a ceremony 2–4 p.m. March 22 in the gallery. The guest speaker for the free, public ceremony will be Joanna Mirecki-Millunchick, assistant professor of materials science and engineering.

Basement Arts presents ‘Closer’

Basement Arts is presenting Patrick Marber’s “Closer” March 22–24 at the Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg. The production is directed by Peter Maris, a senior in the Musical Theatre Department.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 22, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. March 23 and 7 p.m. March 24. Admission is free. For more information, call (734) 764-6800.

Wright to lecture on arms control

Susan Wright, associate research scientist in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) and lecturer in the Residential College, will address “Feminist Tales from the Arms Control Front” noon–1:30 p.m. March 23 in Room 2239, Lane Hall. Wright will draw on her experience of working for the United Nations in Geneva to explore the implications of a feminist approach to the culture of arms control. Her free, public presentation is sponsored by IRWG and the Women’s Studies Program.

UMS presents pianist, soprano, chamber music orchestras

University Musical Society (UMS) presents the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in concert with Grammy Award-winning pianist Murray Perahia at 8 p.m. March 24 in Hill Auditorium. Perahia, who recently was named principal guest conductor of the Academy ensemble, will conduct works by Mozart and Handel and also will perform keyboard concertos by Mozart and Bach.

A Camerata Dinner preceding the performance will be at 6 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Cost is $35 per person, $30 for UMS members at the benefactor level and above. For reservations, call (734) 647-8009. Tickets for the concert are $55, $45, $35 and $20.

Soprano Heidi Grant Murphy will perform with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. March 28 in Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. The concert will feature music by Villa-Lobos, Debussy and Tavener.

For more information or to order tickets for either concert, call (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229 outside the 734 area code.

Fine arts thesis concert scheduled

The Department of Dance will present “. . . The Journey,” a master of fine arts thesis concert, at 8 p.m. March 22–24 in the Betty Pease Studio Theater. The concert will feature the works of three graduating master’s degree students, Svetlana Gladycheva, Angela Marie Gallo and Eric Blair. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door only, beginning at 7 p.m. each night. For more information, call (734) 763-5460 or (734) 763-5461.

Exhibition features Glancy’s works

In celebration of Michigan Glass Month, works by Michael Glancy will be on display March 30–April 29 in the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, U-M-Dearborn. A free, public reception will be held 7–9 p.m. March 30 in the gallery.

The exhibition will feature Grosse Pointe native Glancy’s works over a 20-year period and include pieces from Dearborn’s collection, as well as works on loan from museums and collectors.

The Berkowitz Gallery is in Mardigian Library. Library hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. For more information, call (313) 593-5058.

Michigan Radio named best in state

For the fourth time in the past five years, Michigan Radio has been named Best Public Radio Station by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). Michigan Radio also won eight news awards from the MAB, including in the breaking news category and in the automotive coverage category for the Bridgestone/Firestone tire recall. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s coverage of the environment and its series on the “drug courts” also won awards. The station also was recognized for its involvement in policy issues surrounding low-income health insurance.

Michigan Radio includes WUOM 91.7 in Ann Arbor, WFUM 91.1 in Flint and WVGR 104.1 in Grand Rapids.

Botanical Medicine Conference set

The Women’s Botanical Medicine Conference will be 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. March 31 in the Rackham Bldg. Featured will be Susun S. Weed, herbalist, speaker and author, and Cindy Belew, a nurse midwife, herbalist, author and faculty member of the University of California/San Francisco General Hospital Nurse-Midwifery Program. The cost is $65, and pre-registration is required.

Weed also will lecture on “Herbal Healing: The Wise Woman Way” at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Rackham Bldg. The cost is $10.

The programs are sponsored by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center, the School of Nursing, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Women’s Health Program, the Health System, and the Ann Arbor Center for Holistic Health and Traditional Wisdom. For more information, call Linda Diane Feldt, (734) 662-4902, or send an e-mail to To register, visit the Web at

Opera combines tradition, high-tech

Actors and singers combine with computer-generated characters in vidGod, a unique operatic work by Michael Rodemer, assistant professor of art, and Stephen Rush, associate professor of music, which will premiere at 8 p.m. March 22–24 in the Video Studio, Media Union. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available from the School of Music, (734) 764-0583.

The production was funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research. For more information, visit the Web at

Snoeyink to deliver lecture

Vernon A. Snoeyink, the Ivan Racheff Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, will deliver the 2001 AEESP Distinguished Lecture on the topic “Adsorption of Trace Organic Compounds from Drinking Water Supplies” 4–5 p.m. today (March 19) in Room 1200, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Bldg. His appearance is part of the Environmental Science, Engineering and Policy in the 21st Century Seminar Series. For more information, visit the Web at

Fulbright Association sponsors tour

The Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Fulbright Association is planning an all-day tour of the city of Detroit March 31. The event, to be led by Eugene Perle, professor of geography and urban planning at Wayne State University, is intended to familiarize visiting scholars with the city.

Carpools will leave at 8 a.m. from in front of the Rackham Bldg. and return by 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The tour is free for visiting Fulbright scholars; alumni will be charged a small fee. For more information, call Judith Elkin, (734) 996-2880; send an e-mail to or visit the Web at

Toldeo/Dundee vanpool riders sought

Commuters from Toledo and Dundee attempting to create a new University vanpool

are seeking riders and drivers. All vanpoolers ride free until September; the University pays for their transportation and parking space. For more information, call Corinna Momenee, (734) 763-1180 or (419) 472-2416.

Collaborative art exhibition to open

“The View from Within,” featuring the collaborative, mixed-media work of Japanese artist Sei Saito and African American artist Al Hinton, professor of art, opens March 22 at the Institute for Humanities. The opening reception will be 5–6:30 p.m. March 29 in the Institute’s gallery space and Common Room, Rackham Bldg.

The exhibition, which will be on display through April 30, highlights the artists’ common interest in landscape and the themes of memory and tradition. Samples of the artists’ works will be available on the Institute’s Web site,, or by request to Mary Price, (734) 936-3519.

Nissen to lecture on new media

Elizabeth A. Nissen, the Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professor in Honors and an award-winning journalist, will speak on “—The Not-So-Brave New World of New Media” at 4 p.m. March 27 in Auditorium C, Angell Hall. An alumna, Nissen has served as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, ABC News and CNN. A reception will follow the free, public event, which is presented by the LS&A Honors Program.

Opera Theatre presents La Perichole

Opera Theatre presents Jacques Offenbach’s La Perichole at 8 p.m. March 22–24 and at 2 p.m. March 25 in Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets are $20 and $15 for reserved seats and $7 for students and are available at the League ticket office 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and one hour prior to curtain. For more information, call (734) 764-0450.

U-Club Poetry Slam holding event at museum

Kip Fulbeck will be the featured performer at the U-Club Poetry Slam March 22 at the Museum of Art. Fulbeck is a filmmaker, poet and associate professor of art studio and Asian American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. The free, public event begins at 10 p.m. For more information, call (734) 763-3202 or visit the Web at

Minority Health Conference set

The 15th annual Minority Health Conference, with the theme “The Changing Face of America: Redefining Healthcare as the Minority Becomes the Majority,” is scheduled for March 23–24 at the Michigan League. Organized by students in the School of Public Health, the conference is intended to provide a platform for the discussion of minority health concerns.

Speakers will include Beverly Coleman-Miller, editorial director of Minority Health Today and faculty member of REACH 2010, an initiative aimed at eliminating the health disparity among minorities, and Antronette K. Yancey, director of chronic disease prevention and health promotion for Los Angeles County.

Co-sponsoring the conference are Public Health Students of African Descent and La Salud. For more information or to register, visit the Web at

Pair presenting lecture on ledgers

Eric Ketelaar, the Netherlands Visiting Professor, and James O’Toole, associate professor of history at Boston College, are presenting a public lecture and slide show, “Reading Paintings: Letter and Ledgers on European and American Paintings,” at 3 p.m. March 27 in the Museum of Art.

The event is presented by the Center for European Studies and the Department of History.

U-Move offers 5-week programs

The U-Move Fitness Office is offering five-week sessions of water aerobics, swimming, step aerobics and kickboxing. Registration is open 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. in Room 1271, Central Campus Recreation Bldg. For more information, call (734) 764-1342.

Exhibit Museum hosts family day

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is holding “Celebrations! Discovery Day” noon–4:30 p.m. March 25. This free, family-oriented event is devoted to spring celebrations around the world and will feature food, dance performances and crafts of international cultures.

The program is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) as part of a five-year Exhibit Museum-AADL collaboration. Funding is provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. For more information, call Kira Berman, (734) 647-8574, or the Exhibit Museum, (734) 764-0478.

Center presenting lecture

The Center for the Study of Complex Systems presents Cosma Shalizi of the Santa Fe Institute lecturing on “Spatiotemporal Emergent Structures from Causal Architecture” at 4 p.m. March 22 in Room 231, West Hall. A discussion will follow. To meet with the speaker, send an e-mail to For more information, call (734) 763-3301 or visit the Web at

Dance concert is March 29–31

The Department of Dance will present “3,” a master of fine arts concert by choreographers Jodi Leigh Allen, Melissa Leigh Beck and Darren C. Dunn at 8 p.m. March 29–31 at the Betty Pease Studio Theater. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m. before each presentation. “3” has received funding from the School of Music, Department of Dance and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. For more information, call (734) 763-5461.

UAC/MUSKET presents musical

UAC/MUSKET is presenting the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods March 23–25 at the Power Center. Performances by the student-run production company will be 8 p.m. March 23, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 24 and 2 p.m. March 25. Tickets are $12 for reserved seats, $7 for children, students and senior citizens. They may be purchased 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri. at the Michigan League ticket office or one hour prior to curtain at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, call (734) 764-0450.

Awkward to present Hurston Lecture

Michael Awkward, former director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) and founder of CAAS’ Zora Neale Hurston Lecture, will deliver the Hurston Lecture at 4 p.m. March 22 in Room 411, West Hall. A professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Awkward will discuss “Philly Soul Music, 1970–1975, and the Politics of Family.” The event also will include an announcement by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority of the winner of the Zora Neale Hurston Poetry Contest. There will be a reception afterward. For more information, call CAAS, (734) 764-5513.

Seminar to discuss digital democracy

The Department of Communication Studies and the Center for Political Studies are sponsoring a presentation on the role of computers in the shaping of public opinion at 3 p.m. March 23 in Room 6080, Institute for Social Research. Vincent E. Price, the Marsh Visiting Professor and a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, will report on a study of democratic deliberation on the Internet. James S. Fishkin and Robert C. Luskin of the University of Texas at Austin will discuss their work with “deliberative polls” and the potential for extending them using computer systems. For more information on this free, public program, call (734) 764-0420.

Jourda to present Dinkeloo Lecture

Francoise Jourda, an architect and founding partner of Jourda & Perraudin and JOURDA Architectes and a professor of architecture in Vienna, will present the John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. March 26 in Room 2104, Art & Architecture Bldg. This free, public event is supported by the John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture Fund. For more information, call (734) 764-1300.

Ford Library hosts portrait exhibition

“American Presidents: Life Portraits,” a presidential portrait exhibition, is on display through April 23 in the Gerald R. Ford Library, 1000 Beal Ave. Accompanying the portraits are biographical sketches of all 42 presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

Library hours are 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. The exhibition is sponsored by C-Span, the White House Historical Association and the Gerald R. Ford Foundation. It was commissioned by C-Span to complement its Peabody Award-winning television series, “American Presidents: Life Portraits.” For more information, visit the Web at

Ethnic Directory available online

The Michigan Ethnic Directory, a listing of more than 2,000 ethnic organizations in Michigan, is available on the Web at It is searchable by name, organization type, location and ethnicity.

The Web version is a copy of the fifth edition print version. It was created by the Michigan Heritage Foundation in collaboration with the University Library.

Wrestlers to hold U-Meet event

The men’s wrestling team is holding a U-Meet the Athlete event 2–4 p.m. March 24 in Crisler Arena. The mini-clinic is designed to give children a chance to meet student-athletes and learn the fundamentals of the sport. The cost is $10 per child, and proceeds go to the Jeff Reese-KidSport Scholarship Fund. For more information, call Kerry Winkelseth, (734) 647-2708.