The University Record, April 22, 2002


Visit the Web for commencement info

To view an updated listing of commencement activities, visit the Record Web site, Many events require tickets for entry. For more information, call the commencement hotline, (734) 647-6037, or visit the Web at

The School of Business Administration graduation speaker will be John Lynch, former CEO of Knoll, the leading high-end furniture manufacturer with annual sales of more than $1 billion. Lynch replaces Harvard historian Richard Tedlow, who had to cancel for health reasons.

The College of Engineering graduation speaker will be Charla Wise, vice president of engineering at Lockheed Martin Corp.

The Medical School commencement will be held at 4 p.m. in the Michigan Theater. The speaker is Howard Dean, governor of Vermont. A non-ticketed reception will be held 1:30–3 p.m. at the Michigan League.

The U-M–Dearborn morning speaker will be John Kaplan, retired executive vice president of Ford Motor Land Services Corporation and former vice president of finance for Ford Europe. U-M–Dearborn’s afternoon speaker is the Honorable John Tennant, consul general of Canada for the Canadian Consulate. Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Director Steven Hamp will receive an honorary degree.

Neubacher award nominations sought

The U-M Council for Disability Concerns is seeking nominations for the James Neubacher Award by May 31.

Nominees must be affiliated with the University (faculty, staff, student, alumna or alumnus) and have made significant contributions in removing barriers, promoting acceptance and advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities.

An award nominee does not have to be a person with a disability.

Submit nominations through the Human Resources and Affirmative Action Web site at, fax (734) 936-8894, or mail the Office of Equity and Diversity Services, 2072 Administrative Services Building, 1009 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI. 48109-1432.

Distinguished dissertation awards ceremony is April 25

The Horace H. Rackham Graduate School, the U-M Society of Fellows and UMI Dissertation Publishing/ProQuest Information and Learning will host the Distinguished Dissertation Award ceremony 2–4 p.m. April 25 in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League.

This award recognizes the most exceptional scholarly work by doctoral students who completed their theses in 2001 and were nominated for this award. Recipients are Heather Heying, ecology and evolutionary biology; Hsien-Hsin Lee, computer science and engineering; Katherine Masur, American culture; Su Fang Ng, English; Penelope Papailias, anthropology and Sarah Ross, physiology.

For more information, contact Amy Renehan, (734) 647-7548.

Teaching seminar is May 1

The Provost’s Office and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will present “Integrating U-M Resources into Your Teaching” 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. May 1 at the Michigan League.

The seminar focuses on the role of the curriculum in promoting learning, and on the ways faculty can integrate the varied and valuable offerings and resources of the U-M into their instructional practices, both inside and outside the classroom.

For more information, contact Jennifer Lutman, (734) 647-5676, or send e-mail to

Celebrate Space Day May 2

The author of “Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary,” a meteorite expert and the director of the Michigan Space and Science Center will launch Space Day May 2 at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History.

Author David West Reynolds will present his most recent book “Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon” at 7 p.m. May 2.

Meteorite expert James Gleason, visiting professor of geology, will host a display of the museum’s meteorites. Stewart Bailey, director of the Michigan Space and Science Center, will showcase model rockets.

For more information, call (734) 764-0478.

Birdathon is May 5

The Nichols Arboretum is hosting a Birdathon at 7 a.m. May 5 at the James D. Reader Center.

Participants will look for birds, have brunch and listen to a presentation by Mike Kielb, coordinator of museum visitor programs. Kielb will present “The Sex Life of Birds.”

Nichols Arboretum’s 123 acres along the Huron River is a premiere migration site for more than 35 species of warblers as well as other neo-tropical and short-distance migrants.

For more information, call (734) 998-9542 or send e-mail to

Volunteer for Avon Breast Cancer walk

The Cancer Center is the medical sponsor for the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Michigan Walk May 31–June 2.

As the sponsor, the center needs medical and non-medical crew members to volunteer for the event. Volunteers are needed for a few hours or a few days to help with chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, podiatry and other services.

To sign up to walk, volunteer or be a crew member, visit, call (800) 825-1000 or send e-mail to

Memorial honors John H. D’Arms

A memorial appreciation in honor of the late-Prof. John H. D’Arms, former chairman of the Department of Classical Studies and dean of the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School will be held at 5 p.m. April 24 in the Michigan League Ballroom.

The service will include remarks and reminiscences delivered by D’Arms’ colleagues and friends, as well as musical selections by William Bolcom, the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished Professor of Composition, Joan Morris, adjunct assistant professor of music, and James Dapogny, professor of music. The public service will be attended by D’Arms’ widow, Teresa D’Arms, and his children, Justin and Helena.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are encouraged to do so to the D’Arms Awards in the Humanities, c/o Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070.

GIS class offered May 20–21, 22–23

The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research is offering two full-day workshops on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and desktop mapping—Introduction to ArcView GIS May 20–21, and for intermediate level students Introduction to ArcGIS May 22–23.

Courses, taught by a local ESRI-authorized instructor, provide extensive hands-on training, an ESRI certificate of completion and a workbook. The cost is $480 for U-M affiliates and $800 for non-U-M participants. A 50 percent discount on the intermediate course is available to individuals who also register for Introduction to ArcView.

ArcView 3 software is available to all University computers as part of the campus site license.

For more information, call (734) 764-7828, x1, or send e-mail to

Bid farewell to Kasdin April 30

A farewell reception will be held for Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer, 3–5 p.m. April 30 in the Vandenberg, Concourse and Hussey Rooms of the Michigan League.

Bowditch memorial service is April 23

A memorial service for John Bowditch, professor emeritus of history, will be held at 4 p.m. April 23 at the Clements Library. A reception will follow.

For more information, contact David Bien, (734) 769-4283 or

Arb offers mobile activity kits

The Nichols Arboretum (Arb) offers mobile activity kits in the form of backpacks for families to use while exploring. The backpacks include a hand lens, compass, scratch paper and a clipboard. On Arbor Day weekend, April 27–28, the kits will hold additional family fun, such as word searchers and tree scavenger hunts. The Reader Center also will be open 1–4 p.m.

For more information, call the Arb, (734) 998-9540.

‘Views of Bahia’ art exhibition now open

Barbara Cervenka opened “Views off Bahia,” an exhibition of her recent watercolors and sketchbooks April 10 at the Institute for the Humanities, 350 South Thayer St. Since 1989, Cervenka has traveled to Central and South America, studying different genres of popular art and curating traveling exhibitions from Peru and Brazil. The works in this show combine her own practice of watercolor study with her appreciation for the environment and the work of her fellow artists in Bahia. The exhibition will be open to the public 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. or by appointment. A public reception is scheduled 4:30–6 p.m. April 22.

For more information, call (734) 936-3519.

ESL Classes offered for families

The U-M Family Housing language program is offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults, teens and children on North Campus. Along with language instruction, cultural orientation, field trips and social activities are provided. The program also presents a great opportunity to interact with people already living in the community through the Volunteer Partners program. Classes are open to both residents and non-residents of family housing during the spring, summer, fall and winter semesters. The spring session runs May 6–June 14, and the summer runs July 8–Aug. 16.

For more information, contact Laurie Nutt, (734) 764-8463 or

Design and book conservationists to speak at Special Collections Library

Friends of the University Library and the Book Club of Detroit will offer “Design, Conservation, Bound Together” at 4 p.m. May 5 in the Special Collections Library, on the top floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library South. The event features conservator Don Ether-ington and Monique Lallier, a husband-and-wife team that will provide a glimpse into the world of restoration and fine bookbinding.

During the course of the event, Etherington will share stories of directing the conservation, treatment and display of the 1927 copy of the Magna Carta belonging to Ross Perot. Lallier will provide insight into the kind of labor that goes into the production of fine bookbinding.

For more information on this free public event, contact the Friends, (734) 763-7368, or