The University Record, September 5 , 1995


Those returning to campus after summer break immediately will notice many of the physical changes that occurred this summer on campus—the renovated Shapiro Library, the near-completion of the Randall Laboratory addition and the beginnings of the School of Social Work and International Institute Building. To fill in returning faculty and staff on the rest of the news from the summer, the Record offers its summer roundup.

Tuition increase

smallest in decade

The Regents approved the smallest in-state undergraduate tuition increase in a decade at its July meeting as part of its 1995-96 General Fund budget approval process. Tuition for resident, incoming freshmen will increase by 4.9 percent, while nonresident undergraduates will see a 6.8 percent tuition increase.

The 1995-96 General Fund budget is set at $755.1 million, an increase of $38.7 million over last year. The budget relies largely on state appropriations and student tuition revenues, and pays for teaching, research, library services, scholarships and fellowships, maintenance and operation of physical properties, among others.

About $6.7 million in new resources will be committed to financial aid programs and other forms of student support. Other areas of increased expenditure will include improvements in undergraduate programs in LS&A; library acquisitions; costs of operating new space on campus; debt service on the new Social Work and International Institute Building; and increases in the cost of utilities, insurance and staff benefits.

Machen named interim provost

J. Bernard Machen, dean of the School of Dentistry, will serve as interim provost. The appointment is effective Sept. 1–Dec. 31. Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr., who has served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs since 1990, will return to teaching and a search for his successor is under way.

U committed to

affirmative action

President James J. Duderstadt reaffirmed the U-M‘s commitment to affirmative action in comments to the Regents at their July meeting. Duderstadt stated that it is a “fundamental part of the character of the University.” He noted that the role of affirmative action in education is a difficult issue, divided by many deeply held beliefs. In July, the University of California‘s governing board voted against using race and sex as admissions criteria.

Duderstadt said the University is committed to affirmative action for three reasons: it will help the U-M achieve excellence in scholarship, the University must provide educated people who can build unity out of diversity, and it is morally right to do so.

Social work gets $2.2 million for new center

The School of Social Work received a $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to establish a Social Work Research Development Center to study the relationship between poverty and mental health.

The new center will facilitate research in four core areas: the connection between social class and poverty; the effects of high-risk environments on the mental health of infants and children; preventive interventions with low-income, high-risk populations; and mental health services for the impoverished.

Cantor, Weisbuch appointed

Nancy Cantor has been appointed vice provost for academic affairs-graduate studies and dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Her appointment is effective July 1, 1996. Cantor is currently chair of the Department of Psychology and professor of psychology at Princeton University.

Robert A. Weisbuch will serve as interim dean of the Graduate School until June 30, 1996.

They succeed John H. D‘Arms.

VCM test implemented

A one-year parallel test period of the value centered management (VCM) budget model was implemented July 1. The current budget system will be used for all real-time applications during the one-year period. The VCM model will be used for review purposes to give experience and understanding to users.

Departments will be held budget-neutral for the 1995-96 budget year, with no adjustments made to budgets based on the VCM model.

Job info now has

World Wide Web home page

Job seekers now can access job listings on the World Wide Web from the Job Postings Home Page. Browsers can look up jobs by job family, title, department or specific job posting number to determine whether the position has been closed or if the date has been extended. Like the listings on the gopher server, full text that includes the job description salary range and other details is visible.

One of the new options is the ability to look at back at old job postings. Departments can see how many times they have posted a particular position, or check to see how others have written the job description for the same job classification.

The address is' target='_parent'> ~mchrd/jobs.

Parking ticket appeals move

to the city

U-M employees, students and visitors who wish to contest parking tickets issued to them by U-M parking enforcement officers now must appeal citations to the City of Ann Arbor‘s Parking Violations Bureau, not to the University‘s Parking Services office.

Those filing appeals should contact the City of Ann Arbor Parking Violations Bureau, 1st Floor, Ann Arbor City Hall, 100 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48107, 994-2775.

State legislature approves

$18.8 million additional

appropriation for universities

In June, state legislators voted to distribute $18.8 million in lapsed funds to Michigan‘s public universities, including $8.5 million to U-M. In addition, the legislature eliminated language that had recommended out-of-state students at Michigan‘s public universities not exceed 30 percent.

The final higher education budget figures provide a 3 percent increase for all three U-M campuses. The $8.5 million from lapsed funds are not a guaranteed appropriation. If lapsed funds are available, the University would not receive them until after March 31.

Shapiro Library opens

The renovated Shapiro Library opened officially for business May 19 following a dedication ceremony attended by more than 300 members of the University community. Named in honor of Harold T. Shapiro, the University‘s 10th president, and Vivian Shapiro, associate professor emeritus of social work, the 165,000-square-foot library now houses the Undergraduate Library and the unified Science Library.

“The newly renovated Shapiro Library stands as a reminder of the University‘s steadfast commitment to serve undergraduate students,” said President Duderstadt at the ceremony.


Medical Science Research Building III (MSRB III) officially joined the Medical Center complex May 19, completing the triad of basic science buildings that has been envisioned by Medical School leaders since the mid-1980s. The building‘s open-lab floor plan will encourage interdisciplinary research.

The $60 million, 207,000-square-foot structure is self-financed by the Medical School.

Lump sum withdrawals

for retirees OKd

Retirement plan participants now can receive up to 100 percent of their retirement accumulations as a lump sum at retirement (former employees at age 55). According to the Teachers‘ Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA), more than half of the 5,500 institutions that offer TIAA and CREF (College Retirement Equities Fund) offer 100 percent cashouts.

Prior to this change, U-M employees could take up to 50 percent of their retirement accumulations as a lump sum at retirement.

Bloch Arts Fund to support arts in the academic experience

The physics of music ... the artistry of archaeological finds ... the mathematical theories underlying musical composition. These are just a few of the types of projects and courses that could be funded by a $100,000 gift to LS&A. The Marion and Henry Bloch Arts Fund, which will be spread evenly over five years, has been established to bring the arts more centrally into the academic experience.

“The purpose of the fund will be to enrich the undergraduate and graduate curriculum by helping students recognize the importance of the arts and benefit from the power of integrating creative arts and analytic inquiry,” said Katherine Kurtz, LS&A assistant dean for development and external relations.

Sloan Foundation awards

$2.2 million for trucking


The School of Business Administration, in partnership with the College of Engineering, has been awarded $2.2 million by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to find ways the trucking industry can better support the efforts of American business to improve competitiveness.

The grant will support a pilot study by U-M faculty and graduate students that will identify major issues facing the trucking industry. Among the first issues the new program will explore are the demand for predictable cycle times and a profile of workforce needs for today‘s trucking industry. Ultimately, the U-M will incorporate the study‘s findings into both management and engineering curricula.

$3 million trust fund creates professorship, helps students

at Medical Center

A $3 million trust fund at the Medical School will support an endowed professorship and also help students in need of financial assistance. The faculty position will be known as the J. Griswold Ruth, M.D., and Margery Hopkins Ruth Endowed Professorship in Internal Medicine. The scholarship endowment also will bear their names.

Moeller resigns;

Carr named acting coach

Head football coach Gary Moeller resigned in May amidst a storm of media coverage following an April 28 incident at a Southfield restaurant that resulted in his arrest on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. Athletic Director Joe Roberson announced the resignation “with the deepest sense of regret.”

“We have a tradition of excellence in academics and athletics that stretches back for well over a century,” Roberson said. “Nothing that has happened in any way lessens the debt of gratitude we owe for his years of service to the University, the Athletic Department and the football program.”

In a statement read by Roberson, Moeller said that during his 24 years with the football program he committed himself “to the integrity of the program and the welfare of the student athletes” and that he was proud of what he had accomplished as coach.

Lloyd Carr has been appointed acting head coach.

Dial-in access numbers change

Three new telephone numbers are available to modem users accessing the University‘s data networks, and five old dial-in numbers have been discontinued. New and more versatile hardware will support dial-in service to 500 modems.

The new modem pools provide two telephone numbers that will be available only to University users and three that can be accessed by either U-M users or those affiliated with another University in the Merit system who need to access one of the Ann Arbor local numbers. All will require a login ID (Uniqname for U-M users) and a password for access.

The following are the new numbers:

New Ann Arbor dial-in numbers:

Number Speed Access

213-7970 28.8 Kbps U-M Private

213-3710 14.4 Kbps U-M Private

213-3720 28.8 Kbps Shared

998-1300 14.4 Kbps Shared

213-3730 2400 bps Shared

Discontinued dial-in numbers

Number Speed

763-6520 1200 bps

763-6521 1200 bps

998-1302 2400 bps

998-1303 9600 bps

998-1304 19.2 kbps

Mcard distribution

to begin this fall

Mcard, the University‘s new debit card program, will be available to Ann Arbor students this fall. Ann Arbor staff will receive Mcards later in the year, and the regional campuses are expected to join the program early in 1996.

Based on experiences during a pilot program, “smart” card technology will be incorporated into the Mcard. Smart cards are hard plastic cards with integrated circuits imbedded in them. This will allow one piece of equipment to be used for both the BankStripe and CashStripe, or stored value, transactions.

Hospitals implement

Clinical Delivery System

The new Clinical Delivery System (CDS) was implemented at U-M Hospitals on July 1. Under CDS, all clinical revenues (including hospital and physician) and expenses generated from managed care and fee-for-service patient care will be combined into a single pool. That gross patient service revenue, minus provisions, will then be shared by Hospitals and the Medical School.

The Medical School will in turn distribute funds through its physician group practice to each of the clinical departments in order to cover physician salaries and professional development.

Many more materials

now can be recycled

Receycling on campus has become even easier. The University now uses the new Ann Arbor Material Recovery Facility to recycle its trash. This facility allows for a wider range of products to be recycled.

People now can recycle glossy paper, catalogs, Post-it notes, soft cover books and an array of other paper products. Also, different types of paper and newspaper will not need to be separated.

New center will develop

artificial organs

The U-M‘s Center for Organogenesis, a first-of-its-kind initiative to encourage the study of organs and tissues and the development of artificial organs, was formally launched May 1.

The major clinical goal of the center is to develop long-lasting artificial organs, stem cell therapies and organ transplantation systems to correct genetic and acquired diseases. The center will be directed by Seigo Izumo, professor of internal medicine and of biochemistry.

$1.5 million gift funds chair

for Korean studies

The University received a $1.5 million gift from the Korea Foundation to endow a professorship for the new Korean Studies Program. The Distinguished Korean Foundation Professorship will be filled by a senior scholar who will teach one course in Korean music, one in Asian languages and cultures, and one in Korean civilization. The professor also will serve as director of the Korean Studies Program.

The program will be housed within the International Institute.

Palmer named as secretary

of the University

Roberta R. Palmer became secretary

of the University July 1. Palmer, who was vice president for governmental affairs at Wayne State University from 1988 until her appointment here was effective, will be “the official custodian of the seal of the University of Michigan,” noted President Duderstadt at the April Regents‘ meeting. Before her position at Wayne Sate University, Palmer served the U-M as government relations coordinator, assistant to the vice president for state relations and assistant to the vice president for government relations.

Wilbanks named associate vice president for university relations

Cynthia H. Wilbanks became associate vice president for university relations on June 12, following approval of her appointment by the Regents at the April meeting. Wilbanks will “lead and coordinate the University's state governmental relations activities,” noted Walter Harrison, vice president for university relations. “She will build and maintain effective relationships with state legislators, agencies and officials as well as monitor state legislative, administrative and regulatory activities as they pertain to University operations.”

Before coming to the U-M, Wilbanks served as president of Michigan‘s Children, a nonprofit, statewide multi-issue advocacy organization that represents children and their interests.