The University Record, January 21, 2002


Addition to the MLK calendar of events: African Americans In World War II—Fighting for Freedom with the 761st Tank Battalion

African Americans In World War II—Fighting for Freedom with the 761st Tank Battalion will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Henderson Room, 3rd floor, Michigan League. The sponsor is Army ROTC. This two-hour event will include a lecture by Jerome Long, a King-Chavez-Parks visiting professor, on the importance of Blacks “fighting for freedom” in World War II. These citizen-soldiers fought for freedom on the battlefields of Europe and for freedom from segregation at home. Their service was essential to breaking down the barriers of segregation in post World War II America. The second hour of this event will include a recollection of personal experiences from a combat veteran of the 761st Tank Battalion, one of the most highly decorated Black units of World War II. Sgt. (Retired) Newton Long served in this segregated unit during 183 days of continuous combat, including the Battle of the Bulge.

Refreshments will be provided. The event is free. Questions may be sent to Capt. Mike Gallagher by sending e-mail to

B-School dean’s speaker series features Swartz Jan. 30

Jeffrey B. Swartz, president and CEO of the Timberland Co., will present Corporate Social Responsibility: Impacting the Bottom Line as part of the Business School Dean’s speaker series. The presentation, co-sponsored by the Nonprofit and Public Management Center, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Hale Auditorium.

Swartz oversees all operations of the Timberland Company, a $1.1 billion global footwear, apparel and accessories brand. He is responsible for the development of Timberland’s long-term strategic plan and has led the company through significant growth.

For more information, visit the Nonprofit and Public Management Center’s Web site at

Pilot finished for my.umich, becomes regular U-M computing service

The my.umich Web site, a suite of Web-based applications including e-mail, classifieds, a calendar, and more, has now moved out of pilot testing to become a regular production service of Information Technology Central Services.

The my.umich site will be available through June 2002. Between now and then, the site will be evaluated for continued funding, relative to other campus information technology priorities.

To connect to my.umich, visit the Web at You will be prompted for your uniqname and UMICH password. All registered students, faculty members and regular staff members are eligible to use my.umich. Users with e-mail provided by the College of Engineering will need to set UMICH and CAEN passwords to be the same in order to access Engineering e-mail through my.umich.

CLOSUP information session location change

An information session Jan. 23 to explain new funding opportunities through the The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has been relocated to Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League. Faculty and primary research staff interested in finding out more about the program should attend the session which will be held from 4–5:30 p.m. Limited funds are available to provide support for up to four major research projects focused on local, state and/or urban policy issues. Awards will be in the range of $30,000–$50,000.

For more information, call (734) 647-4091, send e-mail to, or visit the Web at

Scholarships available for children of faculty, staff

The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) is accepting applications for the U-M Faculty and Staff Scholarship. Any undergraduate enrolled on the Ann Arbor campus, who is the child of a faculty or staff member with at least a 50 percent appointment on the Ann Arbor campus, is eligible to apply. Eight $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

To apply, students must demonstrate financial need by submitting:

  • A 2002–03 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor by March 1 (available from OFA or on the Web at

  • A U-M Faculty and Staff Scholarship application to OFA by March 29 (available at OFA or on the Web at

    For more information, call the OFA Scholarship Office at (734) 763-4119.

    Summer Interdisciplinary Institute application deadline is Feb. 11

    The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is accepting applications for its 2002 Summer Interdisciplinary Institute, “Explorations in Scale: Size, Measure and Value.” The Institute will be co-directed by Melissa Gross, associate professor of kinesiology, and James Porter, professor of classical studies and of comparative literature.

    Participants will aim to explore scale as a unifying and diversifying concept: how it enables, delimits and represents the work we do as researchers, artists, students and teachers. Applicants need not have done previous work on the topic. Application forms are being sent to all departments via campus mail. Copies may be obtained from department chairs or secretaries.

    The application deadline is Feb. 11. Eligible groups are Rackham graduate students on the Ann Arbor campus and postdoctoral fellows and all tenure-track and primary research faculty members on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The Institute will primarily meet 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 2–30 at the Michigan League.

    For further information, contact Lynne Dumas at or (734) 647-2644, or visit the Web at

    Concert features lost works by Czech composer Jan. 24

    Works by Czech composer Vitezslava Kapralova, including a world premiere and American premiere, will be featured in a concert billed “A Birthday Celebration,” presented by the School of Music at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 in Britton Memorial Hall.

    Karla Hartl, founder of the Kapralova Society (, and Zdenka Brodska, lecturer in Slavic languages and literatures, will present a pre-recital lecture at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the McIntosh Theatre.

    Performers for the concert are all School of Music faculty: Timothy Cheek, piano; Anthony Elliott, cello; Caroline Helton, soprano; Freda Herseth, mezzo soprano; Melody Racine, soprano; and Stephen Shipps, violin.

    For more information, call (734) 763-4726.

    Student building ecology projects are on exhibit at the Arb

    The Nichols Arboretum is hosting an exhibition of student architecture projects from Building Ecology, a course taught in the Fall by Jong-Jin Kim, associate professor of architecture and urban planning. Students worked in teams to study the Nichols Arboretum maintenance area and created designs featuring alternative building construction and energy approaches.

    Projects will be on display 5–6:30 p.m. Jan. 24, noon–5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 1–4 p.m. Feb. 2–3 at the Arboretum’s James D. Reader Jr. Urban Environmental Education Center, 1610 Washington Heights.

    For more information, call (734) 998-9541.

    The past is prologue at U-M Dance Company’s winter concert

    The U-M Dance Company will present modern dance flavored by traditional performance in “Ancient Steps, Forward Glances,” at 8 p.m. Jan. 31–Feb. 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

    Tickets are available at the Michigan League Ticket Office. Prices are $20 and $15 for reserved seating, $7 for students with ID.

    For more information or to order by phone, call (734) 764-2538.

    Alumnae Council calls for funding proposals

    The U-M Alumnae Council, under the auspices of the Alumni Association, seeks proposals for funding in 2003 by its Birthday Greeting Program. This 39-year-old program was initiated by women graduates to collectively celebrate the University’s influence on their lives by “giving back” to a program related to women.

    A recipient is selected annually by the Alumnae Council and funded by gifts from thousands of U-M alumnae. Amounts raised each year vary between $30,000–$65,000. Proposed projects should have a direct relationship to the advancement of women at U-M. The application deadline for submissions is Feb 8.

    For further information or to obtain an application, contact Nathan Ketcham of the Alumni Association, (734) 763-9702 or

    Nominations sought by OVPR

    The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) invites nominations of outstanding staff members for one of two awards to be given in Spring 2002: the Distinguished Research Administrator Award and the OVPR Exceptional Service Award. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 20.

    Nomination guidelines for these awards are available on the Web at research/contacts/ovpr/OVPR_service_awards.html.

    For more information, call (734) 763-6048.

    Scholarship opportunities are available for undergrads, grads

    Approximately 125 alumnae-alumni scholarships for undergraduates are awarded each year, in amounts of $500–$5,000. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply if they are currently enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate program at U-M; have a minimum cumulative 3.4 grade point average; qualify for need-based financial aid; demonstrate involvement in the University community; and enroll in an undergraduate program for the 2002–2003 academic year.

    Approximately 40 Alumnae Council scholarships for graduate women are awarded each year, in amounts of $500–$3,000. Women students are eligible to apply if they are currently or were formerly enrolled in a U-M degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program and intend to enroll in a U-M graduate program in Fall 2002, have a minimum grade point average of 7.0 on an 8.0 scale (or 3.4 on a 4.0 scale), demonstrate financial need, demonstrate involvement in the University community, and enroll for the 2002–2003 academic year.

    The application deadline is Feb. 8.

    To apply, visit the Web at Application forms also are available at the Office of Financial Aid, Room 2011, Student Activities Bldg.

    Neisser to lecture at U-M Dearborn Jan. 24

    Ulric Neisser, professor of psychology at Cornell University, will present “Infantile Amnesia Then and Now: From Freudian Repression to Cognitive and Cross-cultural Psychology” at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Lecture Hall A, School of Management, U-M Dearborn. Neisser will review Freud’s original conception of infantile amnesia, the idea that nobody can recall one’s early childhood experiences, and show how a series of discoveries and theoretical advances in the last decade have completely changed our view of it—a real success story in cognitive psychology.