The University Record, May 9, 1994


Act now to continue benefits coverage

University contributions to health, dental and life insurance benefits for staff with close-ended funding are not available to those individuals during the summer months. Coverage will cease unless action to continue coverage is taken by affected staff members.

Group Coverage can be retained if staff members pay 100 percent of the premiums during the summer months, provided an eligible fall term appointment is confirmed with a memo from an individual’s department.

The memo must include the duration and percent of effort of the appointment and must be signed by the department chair or designee. Staff will be notified by the Benefits Office about what benefits they may continue to receive during the summer and the premium rates. Staff members’ first premium payments must be received in the Payroll Office, 2032 Administrative Services Building, by May 20.

Without a confirming memo from the staff member’s department, the employee’s benefits may continue in the University group under federal COBRA legislation; however, the staff member will have to pay 102 percent of the premium.

Those who do not continue their health and/or life insurance benefits during the summer and who subsequently are reappointed in the fall must re-enroll in health and/or life insurance within 60 days of the effective date of the reappointment. Enrollment is not automatic.

The Benefits Office does not identify and notify staff with close-ended funding of this policy. Departments are encouraged to notify these individuals. In addition, staff members are responsible for ensuring that departments confirm their fall term appointments.

For information, call the Benefits Office, 763-1214.

Festival features plays by local writers

The Program in Comparative Literature and the Residential College Players will present the Ann Arbor Festival of Original Plays featuring eight short plays by local playwrights Thurs.–Sun. (May 12–15) and May 19–22 at Trueblood Theatre, Frieze Bldg.

Two play bills will be offered. Part A will feature Off and Running by Rachel Feldbin Urist; Lives, Over Easy by Ken Gaertner; Gin by Carol Shepherd; and Intervention by Rob Sulewski. Part B includes Parking No Parking by Rob Sulewski, Tuesday’s Child by Suzanne Burr, Our Moralist Has Died by Bill Tivenan, and Eudaemonic Systems by Jeffry Herman.

Part A performances are scheduled: 8 p.m. May 12 and May 14, 2 p.m. May 15 and May 22, 8 p.m. May 20 and 7 p.m. May 22.

Part B performances are scheduled: 8 p.m. May 13, 2 p.m. May 14 and May 22, 7 p.m. May 15, and 8 p.m. May 19 and May 21.

Tickets reserved before Tues. (May 10) are $4 for one bill, $8 for both. After May 10 tickets are $5 for one bill, $10 for two. For information or to reserve general admission tickets, call (810) 932-3647.

Slusser features work by Francoise Gilot

A collection of works by Francoise Gilot will be on display at the Jean Paul Slusser Gallery through June 18. The exhibition features her 15-foot by 30-foot painting, Dream Twilight, which was created in 1984 for the Guggenheim Museum Auditorium. The painting is rarely seen due to its size.

Gilot is a painter, writer, costume designer and illustrator whose works have been shown in more than 100 exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

The Slusser Gallery in the Art and Architecture Bldg. is open noon–4 p.m. weekdays.

Regents meet May 19–20

This month’s Regents’ meeting begins with public comments at 4 p.m. May 19 in the Anderson Room, Michigan Union. The meeting will resume at 9 a.m. May 20 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Administration Bldg.

Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and need assistance should contact the Regents’ Office two weeks in advance. Call 764-3883 or write to Regents’ Office, Fleming Administration Bldg., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. For TDD services, call 747-1388.

Next Record coming May 23

The May 23 Record Calendar will include events scheduled May 23–June 6. The deadline for Calendar items and News Briefs for the May 23 issue is 5 p.m. May 17.

Medical Center seeks volunteers

Informational meetings about volunteering at the Medical Center are scheduled at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. today (May 9) and at 4 p.m. June 2 in Room 2C108, University Hospital. Teens are welcome to attend.

For information call 936-4327.

Recycle magazines May 9–11

The U-M Recycling Office will recycle magazines today through Wed. (May 9–11). During this period faculty and staff may place glossy magazines and catalogs in newspaper recycling carts or dumpsters at designated loading docks. (For a list of locations, see the Recycling Office advertisement on page 15 of today’s Record.) All magazine pages and covers must be glossy or shiny. Staples or glue-binding are acceptable.

For information, call 763-5539 or send e-mail to

Ameritech now charging for non-local directories

In the past Ameritech, has provided members of the University community with Michigan telephone directories other than a customer’s local directory for free. Because the cost of this service has increased, Ameritech now charges for directories other than local directories, according to the Information Technology Division (ITD).

To obtain a Michigan directory other than the local directory, faculty and staff must submit a telephone service request with an installation account accompanied by an authorized signature. For information, call an ITD Network Systems voice analyst, 763-2000.

School of Art offers summer workshops

The School of Art will offer intensive workshops taught by artists and visiting faculty during the summer half-term, July 27–Aug. 19. Workshops meet 9 a.m.–5 p.m. five days per week and may be taken on a credit or non-credit basis. Courses and workshops are designed for School of Art students, students in other U-M schools and colleges, art teachers and serious part-time visual artists.

More than two dozen workshops are scheduled. They include painting, photography, drawing, color theory, wood carving, calligraphy and furniture design. For a list of workshops or to register, call 764-0397.

Learn about the Peace Corps

An information session about the Peace Corp will be held at 7 p.m. Wed. (May 11) in Room 9, International Center. Sponsored by the International Center, the presentation will include a documentary film titled Let It Begin Here, which profiles the experiences of three volunteers serving in Morocco, Mali and Honduras. Several Peace Corps volunteers will answer questions. For information, call Rebecca Watts Hull, 747-2182.

Rusty Schumacher will discuss teaching in Japan

Ann Arbor Public School teacher Rusty Schumacher will discuss “Japanese Education: Context Matters (Things I Discovered While Teaching in Japan)” at 1 p.m. May 26 at the Ann Arbor Women’s City Club. Her lecture is sponsored by the Women of the University Faculty. For information, call Anne S. Benninghoff, 761-4320.

Units should remain open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. during summer months

Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. and Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack have reaffirmed the decision, announced last year, that units should not alter their regular hours of operation during the summer months. It is their view that offices should normally be open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

They recognize, however, that exceptions may be necessary in certain cases. Closure over the noon hour may also be necessary in some cases, but at least minimal coverage is encouraged whenever possible, particularly if the office services students and staff. Offices currently not on an 8 a.m.–5 p.m. schedule will be making adjustments in the near future.

Directors, chairs and other managers are strongly encouraged to provide flexibility in the working schedules of individual staff members while providing full coverage to those served.

SILS event will honor Kenneth Vance

Faculty, staff, students and friends of the School of Information and Library Studies (SILS) will meet at 4:30 p.m. May 20 at the Alumni Center Building to honor and celebrate the life of the late Kenneth E. Vance, professor emeritus and former assistant dean of SILS.

The program will include remarks by some of Vance’s close friends and Uni-versity colleagues, a slide show about his life, musical entertainment and light refreshments.

Vance, who retired in 1982, continued to teach a class each year, advised students and served on doctoral committees. He also served as executive secretary to the SILS Alumni Society.

SILS has established the Kenneth E. Vance Scholarship Fund in his honor. The first recipient of the award will be announced at this memorial event, which also marks the occasion of Vance’s birthday. To contribute to the fund, call SILS, 763-2281.

The program is open to the public. Persons interested in attending should call SILS by May 16.

Women’s water polo national championships will be held here

The Donald B. Canham Natatorium will host the 1994 Women’s Water Polo Collegiate National Championships May 13–15. Eight games will be played each on Fri. and Sat. with the final round and championship games scheduled Sun.

All-session passes are $10. Individual tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for youths Fri. and Sat. and $4 for adults and $2 for youths Sun. For ticket information, call 747-0500.

Seniors caring for adult children meet monthly at Turner

Turner Geriatric Service is offering a support and educational group for seniors caring for adult children with chronic mental illness or developmental disabilities.

The group meets 10 a.m.–noon the first Thursday of the month at Turner Geriatric Clinic, 1010 Wall St.

The group provides an opportunity for older caregivers to share with one another, gather specific information to aid in the on-going and future caregiving of their adult disabled child, and address issues of their own aging and care needs. For information, call 764-2556.

Henry Ford Estate invites teachers to open house

The Henry Ford Estate on the U-M-Dearborn campus will host an open house titled “Heritage Education” 3:30–5:30 p.m. Thurs. (May 12) at the Estate as part of National Preservation Week.

Participants will explore the world of Henry Ford and Great Lakes heritage, view educational materials, learn a historic interpretive dance and receive information about regional heritage workshops to be held at the Henry Ford Estate June 28–30 and at the St. Helena Lightstation at the Straits of Mackinac Aug. 1–4. For information, call Estate Director Donn Werling, 593-5590.

UROP seeks faculty volunteers

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is accepting faculty applications for research projects from all academic disciplines for the 1994–95 academic year. The application deadline is July 1.

More than 600 students are expected to participate in the UROP, which creates research partnerships between first- and second-year students and faculty. Students participate for either academic credit or can apply their Work-Study awards to the program. For information about the program or an application packet, call 747-2768.

Ford Estate needs volunteers

Volunteers are sought for a variety of positions at the Henry Ford Estate, a National Historic Landmark on the U-M-Dearborn campus. Cashiers, gardeners, greeters, shop salespersons and receptionists are needed.

For information about the estate and volunteer opportunities, call 593-5590.

Biophysics Research Division will celebrate move

The Biophysics Research Division will combine its annual Oncley Lecture with a celebration of its move from North Campus to Central Campus at the symposium “Perspectives in Biophysics” 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. May 20 in Rackham Amphitheater, the Chemistry Building and Willard Henry Dow Laboratory.

Featured speakers include Herman J.C. Berendsen, Stuart A. Kauffman, Thomas A. Steitz, Graham Palmer, J. Kent Blasie,

Nancy L. Thompson, Stephen G. Sligar and Robert G. Griffin. Presentations will emphasize structure, function, dynamics and energetics of biological macromolecules. The symposium will be followed by a tour of the Biophysics facilities. For more information, call 764-5258 or see the Record Calendar.

Breast cancer group meeting Tuesdays

The Breast Cancer Education/Support Group will meet 1–2:30 p.m. on six Tuesdays beginning May 10 in Dining Room C,

U-M Hospitals.

The group of approximately seven to 10 women who have had a recent diagnosis of breast cancer will discuss a variety of topics. The goal is to help women maximize their own strength to cope with diagnosis and treatment. For information, call Margaret Hanson, 936-9425, or Sharon Noffsinger, 936-4296.

Golf outing will benefit Ronald McDonald House

A golf outing to benefit the Ann Arbor Ronald McDonald House will be held June 27 at the newly refurbished U-M Golf Course.

The event is limited to 22 five-person teams and will be played as a scramble. The entry fee is $150 per person or $750 per team.

Prizes include a new car to the first person to make a hole-in-one on a par-three hole, and free rounds of golf on various courses around the state to winners of other special activities.

For information or to enter, call 994-4442.

Radiation measurements symposium scheduled May 16–19

The 1994 Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications will be held May 16–19 in the Rackham Bldg. Interested U-M faculty and staff may pay a one-day registration fee of $50 to attend any single day of the symposium. The one-day registration fee for students is $15. Advance reservations are not necessary. For more information, call David Frankel, 763-2582.

Events Planners meeting May 11

University Events Planners will meet at 3 p.m. Wed. (May 11) at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. All University personnel with an interest in event and meeting planning are invited to attend. To register or for information, call 763-5070.

Workshop will examine mental health services for older adults

Social worker Lynn Stern will discuss “Mental Health Services for Older Adults: What’s Available and How to Get Them to Go” noon–1 p.m. May 17 in Room 4, Michigan League. The Eldercare Workshop is sponsored by the Family Care Resources Program. To pre-register, call 998-6133.

State income tax rate decreases

Effective May 1, the state of Michigan income tax rate decreased from 4.6 percent to 4.4 percent. The smaller withholding will be reflected in paychecks this month. The personal exemption remains at $2,100 annually per person, according to the Payroll Office.

Sara Browne Smith Group will meet May 14

Anne Weinstein Garcia, assistant professor of kinesiology, will speak at the annual meeting of the Sara Browne Smith Group noon–2 p.m. Sat. (May 14) at the Henderson House. Garcia’s topic is “Motivating to Exercise—And Other Healthy Stuff.”

Members and guests are asked to bring a salad or dessert for the potluck luncheon. Officers will be elected. To RSVP, call 663-2379 or 971-2449.

Northwood buses will be rerouted this summer

Due to a construction detour, Northwood buses will be rerouted, beginning today (May 9). From Fuller Road, buses will take Murfin to Plymouth Road, Plymouth to Bishop and then continue on the regular Northwood route. Temporary stops have been added on Murfin at the North Campus Recreation Bldg. and at Bishop and Cram Circle. For information, call 764-3427.

Exhibition marks 25th anniversary of Stonewall riots

The Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Library Association is preparing an exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, to be displayed at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library throughout June.

The exhibition will include a display case covering the original Stonewall events and a history of the gay rights movement, including gay liberation materials from local, state and national activities.

On the morning of June 28, 1969, police in Greenwich Village raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, leading to five days of rioting. The Stonewall riots are considered the central event of the modern gay rights movement.

Weidenbach Athletic Building will be dedicated May 20

The Jack P. Weidenbach Athletic Administration Bldg. will be dedicated at a ceremony at noon May 20 at 1000 S. State St. Public tours will be given 1–2 p.m. A luncheon being held in conjunction with the dedication is by invitation only. The dedication is sponsored by the Regents and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Lectures will focus on life of Joseph Ishill

Thomas La Porte will talk about the life of Joseph Ishill, particularly about his friendship with Agnes Inglis and his association with the Labadie Collection, at 4 p.m. Thurs. (May 12) at the Special Collections Library, seventh floor of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.

Labadie Collection Director Edward Weber will talk about the New York City anarchist community at the time of Ishill’s immigration to the United States and the Modern School movement, of which Ishill was a part in the early half of this century.

The free lectures are open to the public.

Michigan Union Ticket Office selling Cedar Point tickets

Discount tickets for Cedar Point are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office. For information, call 763-TKTS or stop by the ticket office on the ground floor of the Union.

Time to Think Light!

A free introductory session to Think Light! is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. May 17 at Domino’s Farms, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive. Think Light! is an eight-week program consisting of weekly educational and exercise sessions, fitness testing and the Think Light! plan. Participants receive 12 weeks of menu plans, grocery lists, recipes, a book and a cassette. For information or to register, call Carol Nowosad, 998-6736.

Parke-Davis researcher will discuss Alzheimer’s Disease

Brenda D. Shivers, research associate at Parke-Davis, will discuss “Potential Therapeutic Targets for Inhibiting Neuroinflammation in Dementia” noon–1 p.m. Fri. (May 13) in the DeJong Library, Room 1912, Taubman Health Center. The lecture is sponsored by the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Shivers is a molecular neurobiologist at Parke-Davis in the Department of Neuroscience Pharmacology, Neurodegenerative Diseases Section. She leads a small group studying the role of neuroin-inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease.

Benefit Reimbursement account cutoffs

To guarantee reimbursement in their May paycheck, Flexible Spending Account participants should submit claims by May 18 for biweekly and monthly pay periods. Those who wish to submit them to the Benefits Office, 2030 Administrative Services Bldg, must do so by May 12. Starting May 16, they should be submitted to the Benefits Office, Room G405, Wolverine Tower Low Rise, 3003 South State St. On May 13 claims may be submitted to the Benefits Office on the Medical Campus, Room NI8B03, 300 N. Ingalls Bldg.

Amnesty International will focus on Bosnia

The Ann Arbor chapter of Amnesty International will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tues. (May 10) in the Welker Room, Michigan Union. Concerns from Bosnia will be discussed. Petitions, new cases and recent publications will be available. For information, call 668-0660.

Family Housing offers English classes

English classes for the families of international students, faculty and staff are offered by the Family Housing Language Program. Registration for children’s, teens’ and adult classes for the spring and summer terms is currently under way. In addition, native speakers of English are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. For information, call 763-1440.

Nominations sought for James Neubacher Award

June 3 is the deadline to nominate individuals for the James Neubacher Award. Nominees, who must be affiliated with the U-M (includes alumni), will be judged based on significant contributions in the areas of removing barriers, promoting acceptance and awareness of people with disabilities in community life, and advocating the civil rights of people with disabilities in their communities and nations.

Nomination forms are available from the Affirmative Action Office, 747-1387. Forms should be returned to Brian Clapham, Room 6041, Fleming Administration Bldg. 1340. After May 15, the office will be located at Room 4005, Wolverine Tower, 3003 S. State St. 1281.

Workshop focuses on adoption

A Family Care Resources Program workshop “Adoption: What to Expect” will be held 7–9 p.m. Thurs. (May 12) in Wolverine Rooms A, B and C, Michigan Union. Panelists include Monica Linkner, an attorney and adoptive parent, and Lois Plantefaber, director of Catholic Social Service’s Adoption Program. To pre-register, call 998-6133.

‘Music and Medicine’ luncheon topic May 16

The Friends of the U-M Hospitals will sponsor an informational luncheon and lecture May 16 at the Ann Arbor Women’s City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave.

Dan Andrews, a physician at the University Health Service and a baritone, will perform and discuss “Music and Medicine.” Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the program following at 1 p.m. For reservations, $10, call 665-4006. The reservation deadline is Tues. (May 10).

May 27 symposium will focus on gene therapy

A symposium titled “Molecular Genetics and Gene Therapy: Applications to Muscle and Synovium” will be held 9 a.m.–3 p.m. May 27 in Sheldon Auditorium, Towsley Center.

The symposium is sponsored by the Multipurpose Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases Center, Specialized Center for Research in Rheumatoid Arthritis, General Clinical Research Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and Division of Rheumatology. For information, call Norma S. Elias, 936-9539.

Statistics in Review workshop scheduled today

“Statistics in Review Workshop,” an intensive eight-hour review of statistical concepts of design, analysis and presentation of scientific investigations with some discussion of software options, will be held 8 a.m.–5 p.m. today (May 9) in Rackham Amphitheater. The workshop is recommended for faculty or staff engaged in scientific investigation who need a refresher in basic statistics. The fee is $100 for individuals affiliated with the University and $250 for others. To register, call Myrna Pancost, 763-0341.

Blue Cross Blue Shield issues new ID cards

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) will issue new identification cards this month for the Basic BCBSM (group number 68713) and the Comprehensive Major Medical (group number 68712) plans. The contract number on all cards will now include “XYZ” and will identify cardholders as members of the “Michigan” plan. This change will help improve the way BCBSM processes out-of-state claims for physician and facility claims. This change does not affect coverage or rates. Old identification cards should be destroyed. For information, call (800) 423-7488. For additional identification cards, call the Benefits Office, 763-1214.

Series planned for people with hearing loss

Turner Geriatric Clinic is sponsoring a six-week series of meetings for people with hearing loss and their families 10 a.m.–noon Thursdays at Turner, 1010 Wall St., beginning this week (May 12). Topics will include choosing a good hearing aid, communication with people who are hearing impaired and devices to help people hear better. For information on this free program, call 764-2556.

Camp Funshine begins June 27

Camp Funshine, Family Housing’s Summer Day Camp, will begin its 11th season June 27. Located in the North Campus area, Camp Funshine offers an enriching multicultural experience for children currently enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade. During each of the four two-week sessions, children will participate in field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, music and drama, science activities and multicultural experiences. For information, call 764-4557.

Time to play ball

The Department of Recreational Sports Intramural Sports Program will accept entries for spring term softball, sand volleyball and 3-on-3 basketball Thurs. (May 12) at the managers’ meetings at the Intramural Sports Building, 606 E. Hoover. The meeting times and fees are: 5:30 p.m. for softball ($45), 6:30 p.m. for volleyball ($35) and 7:30 p.m. for basketball ($25).

Games, which begin May 15, will be played at Elbel Fields beginning at 5 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information, call 763-3562.