President Lee C. Bollinger will give his Annual Address to Senate Assembly at 3:154 p.m. today (Oct. 23) in Mendelssohn Theatre. Senate Assembly will discuss agenda items until 4:15 p.m.
Athletic Director Bill Martin has announced the reorganization of his administrative staff with the promotion of Michael Stevenson and Warde Manuel.
Stevenson has been promoted to executive associate athletic director. Stevenson will oversee athletic facilities management and maintenance, capital planning, the Department of Athletic Medicine, athletic concessions, Radrick Farms Golf Course and the Department of Recreational Sports.
Manuel has been named associate athletic director of the Academic Success Program for student-athletes, formerly the Student Athlete Support Program. Manuel has served as the interim director the past six months. He also will continue his liaison responsibilities with the football, mens basketball and ice hockey programs, and serve as the U-M athletic representative on the Big Ten Sports Management Committee.
Eight of the candidates vying for two seats on the Board of Regents in the Nov. 7 election are scheduled to participate in a free, public forum 4:306:30 p.m. today (Oct. 23) in Mendelssohn Theatre, sponsored by the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs and Senate Assembly. The forum will give voters an opportunity to hear the candidates views on affirmative action, the lawsuits involving admissions practices, academic freedom and other issues related to the University.
For those unable to attend, the forum will be broadcast live on UMTV, Channel 22, and on the Web at www.itd.umich.edu/umtv/webcast. For more information, including how to log on to the Webcast, visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~sacua/candidates.htm or call (734) 764-0303. A reception will follow the forum.
The Department of Public Safetys (DPS) 2000 U-M Campus Safety Handbook is available online at www.umich.edu/~safety. Hard copy versions of the 32-page handbook also are available from the Office of Student Affairs, Human Resources/Affirmative Action offices, the Admissions Office in the Student Activities Bldg. or any DPS neighborhood office.
The handbook is a resource for issues of campus safety, including emergency services, safety tips, University policies and state laws, and additional support services. Three-year statistics of reported crime on the Ann Arbor campus and adjoining properties also are included in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. For more information, call (734) 763-3434.
The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments at the School of Music will begin Nov. 1 to train docents who will guide school and tour groups through one of the largest musical instrument collections in America. William P. Malm, professor emeritus of music (music history/musicology), will lead the trainees through the history and construction of musical instruments, and Linda Grekin will discuss the skills needed for giving successful museum tours. The class size is limited. Interested individuals should contact Malm, (734) 665-0995 or email@example.com.
Medical students and others will have a unique chance to explore issues surrounding terminal illness and end-of-life care on Nov. 1, through a special reading of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play W;t! and post-performance discussions being held at the U-M Health System.
The special performance by Ann Arbors Performance Network will begin at 1 p.m. in the Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center, followed by one large and several small group sessions open to a limited number of interested viewers.
W;t!, written by Margaret Edson, won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for drama and had a successful run on Broadway. It centers around a college professors experience with terminal breast cancer as she navigates the medical system and her own emotional response to her condition.
The reading is co-sponsored by the Life Sciences, Values and Society Program, the Program in Society and Medicine, and the newly launched Bioethics Program. Its organizers hope it will stimulate students and others to examine the nexus of art, medicine and compassion at the end of life.
The Performance Networks fully staged production of W;t!, starring Jan Radcliff and directed by Mary Locker, also will run Oct. 26Nov. 19 at its Ann Arbor playhouse. For more information, visit the Web at http://comnet.org/PNetwork/wit.html. U-M physicians and others have provided props and guidance on medical issues to the performers.
Learn the nuances of new software or pick up new techniques for familiar programs at a hands-on workshop at the Faculty Exploratory. Workshops are offered for all experience levels from basic courses on Windows for New Users and File Transfer and E-Mail Attachments to more advanced courses on Building Web Pages with Dreamweaver and Creating Graphics for the Web with Photoshop.
Faculty can use the services at the Exploratory to design a PowerPoint presentation, learn how to use Excel as a gradebook, touch up a scanned photo, and more. Patrons have access to a flatbed scanner, color printer and 17 computers that support both PC and Macintosh operating systems and are loaded with many popular software programs.
Located on the second floor of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, the Faculty Exploratory offers drop-in service until 4 p.m. every Wednesday, in addition to scheduled appointments and workshops. Consultants are available in-person, via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, and by telephone, (734) 647-7406. For more information, visit the Web at www.exploratory.lib.umich.edu.
Individuals interested in U-Move Fitness courses may still register and will only pay for the remaining classes. For more information, call (734) 764-1342 or stop by the U-Move offices. Room 1271, Central Campus Recreation Bldg., 8:30 a.m.5 p.m. Mon.Fri.
Residents of Ann Arbor aand surrounding communities are invited to receive free oral health care services 9 a.m.noon Nov. 4, Dental Health Day, at the School of Dentistry Building, 1011 N. University Ave. The Schools dental and dental hygiene students and faculty will provide various services and oral hygiene instruction. An appointment is not necessary, and all individuals age five and older, regardless of income, are welcome. The services include free oral exams, oral cancer screenings, oral hygiene instruction and screening x-rays. Treatments will not be provided.
For more information, call (734) 763-3313.
M-Fit, the Health Systems health promotion division, has recently been cited in a national publication, The Health Promotion Practitioner, for its work devising and implementing the Charity Challenge program. The program combines fitness and charity to benefit participants and their causes. For more information on the Charity Challenge, call (734) 975-4410, ext. 487, or send e-mail to Colleen Greene, email@example.com.
The Residential College will host a Symposium on the Alger Hiss Case Nov. 35. The free, public symposium includes a presentation and discussion of John Lowenthals film The Trials of Alger Hiss at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Residential College Auditorium; a book-signing of The View from Algers Window with author Tony Hiss at 10:30 a.m. in the East Quadrangle corridor outside the auditorium; and a lecture by Lowenthal on his forthcoming article Venona and Alger Hiss at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Room 126, East Quadrangle.
For more information, call Anne Shore, (734) 936-1998.
Australian artist Stelarc will give a performance titled Zombies and Cyborgs: Absent, Involuntary and Automated Bodies at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in Rackham Auditorium. Stelarc uses his own body to explore humans biological limitations and ways to extend and enhance the body through technology.
In attempting to create a human-machine hybrid, Stelarc has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robots, virtual reality systems and the Internet. He has performed with a third hand, a virtual arm, a virtual body and a stomach sculpture. At a recent performance, Stelarc used a touch screen interface to allow the audience to program his movements, directly stimulating his muscles by the Stimbod computer system.
Stelarc has performed in Japan, Europe and the United States. In 1995, he was appointed honorary professor of art and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and in 1999 was reappointed as a senior research scholar for the faculty at Nottingham Trent University. He is presently artist-in-residence for Hamburg City.
Stelarcs free, public performance is sponsored by the School of Art and Designs Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Fund and the College of Engineering.
For more information, call (734) 763-1265.
Families are invited to the Exhibit Museum of Natural History 35 p.m. or 68 p.m. Oct. 28 for trick-or-treating, costumes and spooky fun while learning about the creepy-crawly creatures, bats and bones of Halloween. Highlights include live bats, spiders, snakes and a screech owl, as well as the Bone Zone, Wolf Den, a haunted planetarium, swamp fishing, and much more. Prizes will be given for the best costumes, and refreshments and candy treats will be available. Participants are encouraged to come in costume.
Space is limited. To purchase tickets, $7 for adults and $5 for children (Museum members: $5 for adults and $3 for children), call (734) 647-6421. The Exhibit Museum will close at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 to prepare for the party. No planetarium shows will be offered Oct. 28.
A retirement reception honoring Charles J. Krause, professor of otorhinolaryngology, will be held 56 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Taubman Center Lobby, across from Reception B, C. All are welcome to attend.
The Department of English and the Office of the Provost will host poet Thomas Lynch for a free, public reading at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Rackham Amphitheater. Lynchs appearance is part of the Visiting Writers Series.
A resident of Milford, Mich., Lynch is the author of three collections of poetry: Skating with Heather Grace, Grimalkin & Other Poems and Still Life in Milford. His collection of essays, The UndertakingLife Studies from the Dismal Trade, won the Heartland Prize for non-fiction, the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Lynchs work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, Harpers, Newsweek, The Washington Post and The New York Times. He has read and lectured at numerous universities, including a stint as a visiting professor in the graduate creative writing program at the U-M. Lynch, a funeral director in Milford, regularly presents at professional conferences for funeral directors, hospice and medical ethics professionals, clergy, educators and business leaders.
For more information, call Ian Reed Twiss, (734) 647-6471.
Winding the Ball, a play with comedic and dramatic elements, will be presented by Basement Arts, the Department of Theatre and Dramas student-run theatre company, at 7 p.m. Oct. 2628 and at 11 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg.
Winding the Ball takes place in a backwoods Southern feed store and deals with ignorance, violence and the lives of the towns remaining citizens after an array of post-Halloween shootings. Amid sex scandals, religious zealots and deer hunting season, audience members likely will find the play both hilarious and disturbing.
All performances are free. Arrive early to ensure a seat. For more information, call (734) 764-6800.
Mayer N. Zald, professor of sociology, of social work and of business administration, will deliver LS&As 23rd Distinguished Senior Faculty Lecture on Collective Actions and Protest in Organizations: History of an Idea at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 30 in Rackham Amphitheater. Zald will describe a 40-year attempt to understand protest and collective action in organizations, drawing upon political sociology.
A reception will follow the free, public lecture in the Rackham Assembly Hall.
Its Your Money! Playing the GameSpending, Saving and Investing, a two-part money management workshop, will be offered 9 a.m.4 p.m. Oct. 28 and 5:307:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Center for the Education of Women, 330 E. Liberty.
The workshop will help new investors understand the language of stocks and investing, address the emotional hurdles of putting money in the market, and figure out how to budget and save. Meir Dembrow, owner, Enterprise Consulting, will show participants how to start investing with very little money and how to invest online.
The workshop costs $40 for materials and lunch. Space is limited. Call (734) 998-7080 to register.
U-M Employee Relations, along with Michigan State University Labor Relations and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Council 25), recently received a $47,700 grant from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services.
The three parties submitted an application to create a training program for AFSCME leadership and stewards, and supervisory staff from both universities. The program includes the development of two videos, one illustrating various types of problems encountered in the workplace, and one providing discussion and practice of problem solving and grievance handling in a joint labor/management setting. The program also will develop training sessions held jointly with union officials and supervisors.
The grant will be administered by Bruce Pringle, director of employee relations, and Wendy Powell, personnel representative; Jim Nash from Michigan State University; and Dennis Nauss from AFSCME Council 25. The team plans to train 900 people from both institutions.
The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) is offering a four-part workshop, The Artful Life, focusing on awakening individuals creative abilities and trusting their guidance. The workshop, led by Stephanie Rowden, sculptor and counselor, and Doreen Murasky, senior counselor, will meet noon1:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 15, 29 and Dec. 12 at CEW, 330 E. Liberty.
In this series of four creative retreats, participants will engage in activities and discussion that will stimulate their creativity, lead them to a range of resources, and allow them to think through life choices and changes. The workshop will focus on flexible, hands-on, supportive learning.
Registration, including materials and dessert, is $40 ($10 for students). Space is limited; call (734) 998-7080 to register. Participants may bring a lunch to the classes.
The U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann St., is holding an open house noon3 p.m. Oct. 26 and sponsoring a lecture on women in astronomy at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Michael Lopresto, chair, Physics Department, Henry Ford Community College, will deliver the free, public lecture on the significant contributions women made to astronomical science and the challenges and experiences unique to women astronomists.
The Oct. 26 open house offers a chance to view the newly restored 1854 observatory, its original telescopes and museum exhibitions. A $5 donation is suggested.
Call (734) 763-2230 or visit the Web at www.DetroitObservatory.umich.edu for more information.
The Office of the Vice President for Researchs Spatial Analysis/GIS Initiative and the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research are presenting a two-session Principles of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) workshop 8 a.m.noon Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 in Rackham Amphitheater.
The workshop, which presumes one course in statistics, will focus on the basics of GIS: its applications, the nature of spatial data/spatial data modeling, attribute data management, data sources, data input and editing, data analysis, spatial statistics, data visualization, and software packages.
The workshop is $135 (due Nov. 1) for U-M faculty, staff and students. For more information, call (734) 764-7828 or visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~cscar.
Innovative programs and techniques for handling various types of conflict will be addressed at the second annual Michigan Conference on Dispute Resolution Nov. 910 at the Eagle Crest Conference Center, Ypsilanti.
Lansing Mayor David Hollister and Josh Stulberg, professor of law, Ohio State University, are among the more than 20 speakers who will present cost-effective and efficient methods to manage conflict. The emerging field of alternative dispute resolution, its methods and its benefits also will be explored. The program, presented by the U-M, the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University, is for attorneys, educators, mediators, managers and other leaders.
Sessions will cover such topics as the process for handling internal conflicts at Ford Motor Co., lessons learned from cross-cultural conflicts, techniques for handling various types of workplace conflict, group facilitation skills, successful public sector mediation programs, insights into Michigans new alternative dispute resolution court rules and methods for problem-solving in legal negotiations.
Participants may attend a complimentary reception and presentation of the third annual Bernard J. OConnor Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Dispute Resolution on Nov. 9. A choice of three intensive post-conference, day-long workshops on advanced mediation skills, resolving organizational conflicts and building negotiation awareness will be offered Nov. 10. Participants must register separately for these workshops at an additional $225 fee.
The Nov. 9 conference is $250. Early registration is advised. For more information, call Vicki Kelly, (734) 741-0603, or visit the Web at www.mimediation.org.
The Cancer Centers Patient Education Resource Center needs volunteers to help patients and families obtain information on cancer. Volunteers should have strong English communication skills, basic computer literacy and knowledge of the Internet. Retired professionals who want to use their experience and skills to empower patients and caregivers to make informed decisions about their health care are well suited for this volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are asked to complete one four-hour shift per week during business hours. For more details, visit the Web at www.cancer.med.umich.edu/learn/percvol.htm or call Ruti Volk, (734) 936-9947.
University Activity Centers Comedy Company will begin its 21st season with three nights of sketch, improvisational and stand-up comedy in shows at 8 p.m. Oct. 2628 in the University Club, Michigan Union.
Comedy Company performances cover many topics, genres and stylesfrom student politics to global politics, from pop culture to post-apocalyptic culture, from slapstick to stand-up. The company has grown from a Michigan-based college comedy troupe to a group that has received national exposure and recognition at Boston and Chicago comedy festivals.
Tickets, $3 for students and $5 for non-students, are available by calling the Michigan Union Ticket Office, (734) 763-8587, or TicketMaster outlets, (248) 645-6666; or by visiting the Web at www.ticketmaster.com.
The University Musical Society (UMS) welcomes Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, Portuguese singer Misia and Brazils Bale Folclorico da Bahia for performances this week. Peformance dates and times, and ticket prices are listed below.
For tickets, call (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229; visit the Web at www.ums.org; or stop by the UMS Box Office, Power Center, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Mon.Fri. and 10 a.m.1 p.m. Sat.
Dramatist Gao Xingjian, senior lecturer, Department of Translation, Chinese University of Hong Kong, is the first Chinese writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gao was awarded the Nobel Prize for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity, which has opened new paths for the Chinese novel and drama. Gaos The Other Shore: Plays by Gao Xingjian, translated into English by Gilbert C.F. Fong, is published by the Chinese University Press and distributed by the U-M Press.
Gaos His Bus Stop, Absolute Signal and Wilderness Man led to a wave of experimental drama in China. In 1986, Gaos The Other Shore was banned in China, and, since that time, his plays have not been performed there. He moved to Paris, where he continued to write in Chinese and French. Gaos works combine Zen philosophy and a modern worldview to illuminate the gritty realities of life, death, sex, loneliness and exile.
For information about The Other Shore, contact Jessica Sysak, (734) 764-4330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual School of Education Graduate Recruitment Day will be held 9 a.m.3 p.m. Oct. 28 in the School of Education Bldg. Prospective graduate students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and current graduate students from various academic programs, and learn about financial aid opportunities, the application process, admission requirements, K12 teacher certification and student support services. For more information and to register, call the Office of Student Services, (734) 764-7563.