The University Record, May 21, 2001


Benefits Office hours change

Effective June 4, all Benefits Office locations will provide telephone and walk-in customer service 8 a.m.–5 p.m. This marks a change from the current 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. operating hours in preparation for the new Human Resources/Payroll Service Center opening in July and a new benefits enrollment process that will result from the M-Pathways project.

The Benefits Office will remain open during the noon hour. Benefits information is available on the Web at, and e-mail service is available at The Benefits AnswerLine, (734) 647-2375, which provides recorded information and forms by fax, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Social Security numbers won’t be encoded on Mcards

Effective June 1, individuals’ Social Security numbers no longer will be encoded on the magnetic stripe of the Mcard. The change is in accordance with the University’s policy (Standard Practice Guide 601.14) to remove the number from ID cards as a key identifier to access systems. The purpose is to protect the privacy rights of individuals affiliated with the

U-M and to increase the University’s efforts to manage its information databases responsibly.

For more information, contact Dave Doyle, (734) 647-7440 or, or Fred J. White Jr., (734) 647-3831 or

Prostate SPORE grant funds available

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for funds available from the Prostate SPORE grant. Funding of up to $70,000 is available beginning Aug. 1 for faculty projects attempting to understand the mechanisms involved in prostate cancer development or to fund a cure for prostate cancer.

Exceptional applications will be included in a five-year competing application to the National Cancer Institute. The application deadline is June 1. For more information, contact Jill Miller, (734) 615-2068 or

Help line switches to summer hours

The (734) 764-HELP (4357) phone line—the number to call with questions about using services in the Basic Computing Package—will be open 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Thurs. and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday through Aug. 4.

Staff Handbook available online

The Staff Handbook is now available online at The site contains all of the information found in the recently revised print version of the Handbook.

DPS joining Click It or Ticket

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is joining hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout the state today (May 21)–May 28 in supporting the Office of Highway Safety Planning’s Click It or Ticket campaign. Officers will be observing zero tolerance for drivers who fail to buckle up children as required by law.

LS&A holding reception for Cross

LS&A will be holding a public reception 3:30–5 p.m. June 5 in Room 2553, LS&A Bldg. for longtime faculty member and Associate Dean John Cross. For those who wish to provide a letter or remembrance for Cross, there will be a memory book available, or it can be mailed to the LS&A Dean’s Office, Room 2522, LS&A 1382.

Kahn exhibition to open June 2

“Albert Kahn: Inspiration for the Modern” will be on display June 2–Oct. 21 in the Twentieth Century Gallery, Museum of Art. The exhibition, made possible by Ford Motor Co., seeks to show how Kahn’s industrial architecture inspired the development of international modernism. It will include architectural drawings and models by Kahn, along with the works of such visual artists as Diego Rivera and Charles Sheeler, whose work was influenced by Kahn’s industrial vision.

The exhibition is being curated by Brian Carter, professor of architecture and chair, Architecture Program. For more information, visit the Web at

Cancer Survivors’ Day program set

Scott Burton, award-winning comedian, national champion juggler, cancer survivor and author of A Life in the Balance, will bring his one-man show to the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s annual Survivors’ Day celebration 1–3:30 p.m. June 10 in the Morris Lawrence Bldg., Washtenaw Community College.

More than 300 cancer survivors, family members and health care professionals are expected to gather for this free, public event. For more information or to register, call (800) 742-2300, #6275, or visit the Web at

Two University units move

Comparative Studies in Society and History has moved from Room 102, Rackham Bldg. to Room 1210-A, Buhr Bldg., campus zip code 3213. For more information, call (734) 764-6362.

The LS&A Office of Development and External Relations has moved from 350 S. Thayer St. to 524 S. Main St., campus zip code 2921. For more information, call (734) 998-6254.

Art meets physics in exhibition

A collaboration between members of the School of Art and Design and the Department of Physics is culminating in an exhibition of weavings, ceiling installations, neon, animation and typefaces today (May 21)–May 25 in West Hall. The works of art are intended to convey the synergy of two fields that each try to tackle fundamental questions about the nature of the universe.

The exhibition coincides with “2001: A Spacetime Odyssey,” the inaugural conference of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics. The public is invited to view the works 1–5 p.m. May 23.

AATA seeks input on service changes

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) is seeking input on proposed service changes on nine bus routes, including two that serve the campus. The changes are scheduled to take effect Aug. 26.

The proposal would discontinue service on Broadway Street, in North Campus and on Plymouth Road between Murfin and Traver on the #1U Pontiac University route. On the #36 U-M Wolverine Tower Shuttle, AATA proposes adding trips 7–10 a.m. and 3–6 p.m. to relieve overcrowding.

AATA has scheduled a public meeting 3–6 p.m. June 5 in the Multipurpose Room of the Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., to discuss the route changes. Riders also may give input by calling AATA, (734) 677-3934; visiting the Web at and clicking on the “Tell Us” button; sending a fax addressed to “Service Changes” to (734) 973-6338; or writing to Service Changes, 2700 S. Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor 48104.

Shakespeare to be performed in Arb

The Residential College and Nichols Arboretum are teaming up to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m. June 1, 2, 8 and 9 and at 3 p.m. June 3 and 10 in the Arb. Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made by sending e-mail to or by calling (734) 998-9540. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own seating.

The production is part of the Arts in the Arb program. It is made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Co. and will be directed by Kate Mendeloff, lecturer in drama.

UMPTV holding membership drive

U-M Public Television’s (UMPTV) annual Kid’s Membership Drive is continuing today (May 21)–May 24. Children benefit from parents’ pledge of $75 or more by receiving their own membership patch, a birthday card and special surprise, Friendship Club note pad and Barney coloring sheet, a pass to the Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium, and an invitation to the annual Friendship Club picnic.

To make a pledge, call (810) 762-3028 or (800) 728-9386, or visit the Web at

AATA announces holiday schedule

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) will not operate regular fixed-route bus service, A-Ride Paratransit or Good as Gold senior taxi services May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Those services will resume May 29. For more information, call (734) 996-0400 or visit the Web at

Plant Building Services will clean windows for fee

Plant Building Services is offering window-cleaning services to campus customers for a fee. Work will be performed by the unit’s customer response team and by a contracted window-cleaning company, supervised by Building Services.

To schedule service or to obtain an estimate, call Carie Kloack, (734) 764-5458, or the customer response team, (734) 936-1465. Call by June 29 to guarantee a date.

Pound House displays children’s art

The Pound House Children’s Center’s annual children’s art show is on display through May 25 in the Art Lounge, Michigan Union. The exhibition features the work of children ages 2 1/2–5. Featured are mixed media, painting, recycled sculpture and collage. For more information, call (734) 998-8440.

Teen language volunteers sought

The Family Housing Language Program is seeking teen volunteers to help middle and high school students who have just arrived in the United States practice speaking English. An information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Family Housing Community Center. For more information, call (734) 763-1440.

Register for IM golf scramble

The deadline to register for the Intramural Sports (IM) Program’s two-person team golf scramble is 2 p.m. May 31 at the IM Sports Bldg. The entry fee is $25 per team. The golf course fee of $23 per person is not included. The tournament will be held beginning at 11 a.m. June 1 at the U-M Golf Course. For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

Fitness lecture series scheduled

Fitting in Fitness for Life, a four-session interactive workshop that teaches participants how to incorporate fitness routines into their lives, will be held 7–9 p.m. four consecutive Tuesdays beginning May 29. The tuition is $60 per person or $45 per person if signing up with a family member or friend.

The workshop series is sponsored by the Women’s Health Program and the National Center for Women and Wellness. For more information or to register, call (734) 936-8886 or send e-mail to Amy Cortis,

Matthaei offers June programs

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens Adult Education Program is offering several classes that begin in June. Topics, instructors, times, dates and costs for each are as follows:

  • “Natural Landscape Living” by Matthew C. Heumann, naturalist and natural features consultant. Class meets 7–9 p.m. June 1 and 9 a.m.–3 p.m. June 2. The fee is $58.50 for members and $65 for nonmembers.

  • “Wetland Delineation” by Brian J. Klatt, associate director of Matthaei; and Ellen Weatherbee, program associate at Matthaei; and regulatory agency personnel. Class meets 9 a.m.–5 p.m. June 4–7 and 9 a.m.–noon June 8. The fee is $775 for members and $800 for nonmembers.

  • “Bonsai” by Connie Bailie, past president, Ann Arbor Bonsai Society. Class meets 6:30–9 p.m. June 14, 21 and 28, and July 12 and 19. The fee is $112.50 for members and $125 for nonmembers.

    Registration is required for the classes. To register, call (734) 998-7061 or send a fax to (734) 998-6205, if paying with Visa or MasterCard. For more information, visit the Web at

    Exhibit Museum offers June events

    The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is holding several events in June. They include:

  • Free 30-minute docent-led tours of the dinosaur exhibits at 2 p.m. June 2–3, 9–10, 16–17 and 30. Tours are limited to the first 15 people who sign up each day. They are sponsored by the U-M Credit Union.

  • “The Explorers,” a Planetarium show designed to teach participants how to use the stars to navigate on the ocean, as the Poly-nesians have done for thousands of years. Shows will be at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 2, 9 and 16, and at 2:30 p.m. June 3, 10 and 17.

  • “Spring,” a Planetarium show about the locations of stars and planets in the spring sky. Shows will be at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 2, 9 and 16, and at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 3, 10 and 17.

    Planetarium tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and children 12 and younger. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount. Tickets may be purchased at the museum store beginning one hour before each show. The Exhibit Museum is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. Admission is free. Groups of 10 or more must call and make a reservation. For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or (734) 763-6085 (recorded message), or visit the Web at

    Online training library is expanded

    The online NETg training library has been expanded and updated. To access the new library of online courses, visit the IT Education Services Web site, Click the link to NETg Online Self-Paced Training to receive instructions on how to register and set up a personal training plan.

    The new NETg library can be accessed through Michigan Virtual University and is free to U-M faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Elaine Cousins, IT Education Services manager,