The University Record, February 4, 1997

In Brief...

Cancer education program
begins this week

The Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society will co-sponsor eight "I Can Cope" classes for people with cancer, their families and friends 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 5, in the second floor dining rooms, University Hospital. Participants will learn about cancer diagnosis, treatment, side effects, nutrition, exercise and stress management. Guest speakers will include professionals in the field of cancer management. The series is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For information, call 763-0134.


Sarah Goddard Power Awards ceremony set for March 19
The Academic Women's Caucus invites the University community to the 13th Annual Sarah Goddard Power Awards ceremony 3:30-5 p.m. March 19 in the Founders' Room, Alumni Center. The award honors and recognizes individuals who have contributed to the betterment of women through distinguished leadership, scholarship or other activities related to their professional lives. The award is named for the late Sarah Goddard Power, a Regent and women's advocate.


Benefit Reimbursement Accounts cutoff date announced
To guarantee reimbursement in their February paychecks, Benefit Reimbursement Account participants should submit claims to the Benefits Office (Central Campus) by Feb. 18 for biweekly and monthly pay periods. The benefit reimbursement cutoff dates also are available on the Benefits Office's home page,, under "Your Taxes & Benefits."


For the record
University Catering was misidentified as North Campus Catering in a caption in the Jan. 28 issue of the Record.


Journalists, experts will discuss welfare debate
New York Times correspondent Jason DeParle and Nick Lemann, national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, will join several more nationally recognized journalists and welfare experts to examine recent changes in the federal welfare program and the media's role in shaping public perception and policy, 1:30-5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Hale Auditorium, School of Business Administration. The panel discussion, "Shaping the Welfare Debate: The Press, Policy and Public Perception," is sponsored by the Journalism Fellows, the schools of Public Policy and Social Work and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A reception follows the free, public event. For information, call 998-7666.


Vanpools offer alternative
to driving yourself to work

Join a U-M Vanpool and enjoy your ride to work with others from your area in a 15-passenger van. If you live in the Brighton or Grass Lake area and are interested in the Vanpool Program, call Transportation Services, 764-3429, for more information. The Vanpool program is available to regular and temporary full-time University employees for a monthly fee of $65 by payroll deduction.


Lecture focuses on
Vietnamese language

The Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies (CSSEAS) will present Keith W. Taylor, professor of Vietnamese culture and history at Cornell University, speaking on "Stately Fiction, Treasonous Terrains, and Terrible Translations," noon-1:30 p.m. Fri. (Feb. 7) in Lane Hall Commons. The talk, examining narrative, locality and language in the context of Vietnamese area studies, is free and open to the public. For information, call 764-0352.


Explore the attributes of
romantic botanics at the Gardens

Diana Steinauer leads a class on the various fruits, vegetables and herbs to which, historically, aphrodisiac powers have been ascribed, 7-9:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Taste and apply them to yourself to see if they actually increase human desires---physically, mentally or emotionally. The $25 class is described in the spring and summer bulletin published by the Gardens as "an appropriate pre-Valentine's Day `research experiment.'" The Matthaei Botanical Gardens are located at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Call 998-7061 for information.


Talk highlights European
abortion legislation trends

Eleonora Zielinska, professor of law and director of the Institute of Penal Law at Warsaw University, will discuss recent trends in abortion legislation in Central Europe 7:30-9 p.m. Mon. (Feb. 10) in the Lane Hall Commons Room. Zielinska, author of Social and Legal Assessments of Abortion: A Comparative Study, has taught courses on reproductive rights from a feminist perspective and courses on equal-status laws in Europe. She is the Council of Europe specialist on gender equality and violence against women. The free, public lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Law School and the Women's Studies Program. For information, call 764-9537, or send e-mail to


Pierpont Commons will host
art exhibition

Counseling Services and the Center for Eating Disorders will sponsor a joint exhibit of art works by women, celebrating the "creative forces unleashed as women free themselves from the tyranny of diet and weight obsession," Feb. 11-22 in the Pierpont Commons Atrium.


Pierpont Commons Gallery
hosts art show

Art works by the Torch Lake Gang of Five will be displayed at the Pierpont Commons Gallery, Feb. 3-21. A reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri. (Feb. 7) at the gallery. The Torch Lake Gang is a group of five women friends who have spent a week each summer for the past 15 years painting together at a Torch Lake cottage. For information, call 426-5669.


Workshop introduces nursing
Internet resources

The Health Sciences Libraries will offer a workshop for faculty, students and staff on nursing resources on the Internet 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 in LRC 3950, Taubman Medical Library. The workshop is an introduction to the WorldWide Web using Netscape software, with a focus on accessing nursing homepages and nursing resources. To register for Nursing Internet Resources, call 763-2037 or send e-mail to


Lecture explores legal status of women in ancient Egypt
Janet H. Johnson, of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Chicago, will give an illustrated lecture, "The Legal Status of Women in Ancient Egypt," 4-5 p.m. Fri. (Feb. 7) in Room 180, Tappan Hall. The talk, the third in a series of lectures on women and gender in antiquity, is co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Call 764-9537 for information.


Workshop examines
eldercare alternatives

The Family Care Resources Program presents "When an Older Person Can No Longer Live Alone," a brown-bag Eldercare Workshop, noon-1 p.m. Wed. (Feb. 5), in Conference Room 2, Michigan League. Ruth Campbell, social work specialist, Turner Geriatric Clinic, will discuss a range of options available, including in-home care and nursing homes, and the pros and cons of each. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 998-6133 to reserve a space or for more information.


Undergraduate Library hosts public book sale
More than 2,500 withdrawn and duplicate volumes from the U-M Library will be available at a public book sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. (Feb. 7) in the atrium of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. Books available represent a wide range of subjects, including a large selection of works in literature, literary criticism, history, philosophy, and psychology.


Lecture focuses on growing
up female in Israel

The Ecumenical Campus Center presents Rachel Persico, foreign student adviser with the International Center, in "Growing Up as a Woman in Israel," at noon today (Feb. 4) in the International Center, 603 E. Madison. A buffet lunch is available. Call 764-9310 or 662-5529 for information.


Status of welfare reform
will be discussed at Dearborn

Changes in federal and state policies on welfare reform will be the focus of a panel discussion 3-5 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Recreation and Organizations Center at the U-M-Dearborn. Panelists for the discussion include: Sheldon Danziger, professor of social work and public policy; Maxine Berman, former Democratic state representative from Southfield; and Pamela Walker, social worker and program director of the Youth Sports and Recreation Commission, a non-profit organization based in Detroit. The free, public event is sponsored by the U-M-Dearborn Women's Studies Program and the Office of Student Activities. Call 593-5518 for information.


Get Funny at U-Club
The U-Club will host the University Activities Center's Comedy Company in a performance of Get Funny, a collection of originally written comedy sketches and improv games, at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the U-Club, first floor, Michigan Union. The Comedy Company comprises 8 cast members and is the University's only affiliated comedy troupe. Tickets are $5 at the door only. For more information, call 763-3281.


Museum of Art opens
Michigan Collectors exhibition

"Michigan Collectors," an exhibition of the works owned by graduates and friends of the University, will be on display Feb. 8-April
13 at the Museum of Art. The varied exhibition, which encompasses art works dating from 300 B.C. to the present, includes painting, sculpture, prints and Tiffany lamps. In conjunction with the exhibition, several special events have been scheduled: Leading Michigan collectors will talk about their experiences in a series of collectors seminars at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 13, 20 and 27 in the Museum Apse. The cost for all three seminars is $15 for Friends of the Museum and $30 for others. "Conversations with Collectors," in conjunction with the Museum's "Tea at Three" series, will continue at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 and March 21, also in the Apse. Join Ann Arbor collectors for informal presentations. A Family Collecting Fair, "If the Shoe Fits, Show It," will take place 1-3 p.m. March 6. Participants will learn to create an actual museum display for an artifact from their own collections. Local collectors of comics, cookie jars, Barbie dolls and more will be on hand to offer tips and tell collecting stories. And finally, "Aspects of Collecting," an Anniversary Seminar, will bring alumni to the Museum to share their collecting experiences and offer advice on all aspects of collecting 1-6 p.m. March 22 in the Alumni Center. The seminar will be jointly sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Museum. Call 764-0395 for more information.


Women deans will speak
at upcoming forum

The Academic Women's Caucus, Center for the Education of Women, Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies will sponsor a Deans' Forum 4-5 p.m. March 25 in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union. Speakers will be deans Edie Goldenberg of LS&A; Nancy Cantor of the Graduate School; and Noreen Clark of the School of Public Health. The event is open to all faculty, staff and students.


Voices of Light pays homage
to Joan of Arc

Voices of Light, an opera/oratorio featuring texts by medieval female mystics and poets to accompany Carl Dreyer's silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, comes to the Michigan Theater at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. The performance is part of the University Musical Society's (UMS) Visions and Voices of Women Series. Tickets, available at the UMS Box Office, are $24-36. Call 764-2538 for information.


Rabbi will discuss
student activism

The Orthodox Minyan hosts Rabbi Avi Weiss, national president of the Coalition for Jewish Concerns-Amcha, in a discussion focusing on how students can become activists on campus, at 7:30 p.m. Thurs. (Feb. 6) at Hillel Foundation. Call 769-0500 for information.


Essence editor will speak Feb. 13
Linda Villarosa, executive editor of Essence magazine, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in Rackham Auditorium. Villarosa will share her outlook as an award-winning journalist, a Black woman, a daughter and a lesbian. The lecture is co-sponsored by the UniversityActivities Center, the African American Task Force, Queer Unity Project, Students of Color of Rackham, Sappho Gamma Phi and the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives. Call 763-4186 for information.


Contemporary Directions
concert features John Harbison

The Contemporary Directions ensemble of the School of Music will present a concert at 8 p.m. Sat. (Feb. 8) in Rackham Auditorium featuring the music of American composer and guest composer-in-residence, John Harbison. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his cantata "The Flight Into Egypt," Harbison is a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of operas and larger vocal works, as well as concertos for piano and violin, and chamber and vocal pieces. H. Robert Reynolds directs the ensemble.


String quartet will give
Valentine's Day concert

The Lafayette String Quartet will give a Valentine's Day performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Museum of Art Apse. The program, the last in the Museum's 1996-97 Chamber Concert series, will include Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 50, No. 4 in f-sharp minor; John Burke's String Quartet; and Beethoven's String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130, with the Grosse Fugue. Tickets, $20 ($10 for students), are available at the Museum gift shop during regular Museum hours, or by calling 647-0521. A public gallery tour one hour before the concert will explore the links between art and music.