The University Record, July 16, 1997


Use revised travel, hosting forms

The most recent versions of the travel and hosting expense report forms were revised in June 1996 and are available on the Web. They provide for direct deposit, significantly reducing the processing time for reimbursement. Choose either "Travel Policy and Procedures" or "Hosting Activities" from the travel office Web site:

UROP seeks faculty research partners

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) seeks faculty researchers from all schools and colleges in all disciplines to participate during the 1997-98 academic year. UROP students frequently conduct library research; develop instructional technology; assist with new course development, museum exhibits and laboratory experiments; and a host of other activities. All work-study costs are covered by UROP.

UROP will accept applications until Sept. 5. For more information, call 647-2768, or visit the UROP Web site:

Yost reopens to the public

Yost Arena reopened for public skating last weekend. Public skating is available 8-9:50 p.m. Tuesdays, 12-12:50 p.m. Fridays, 2-3:50 p.m. and 7-8:50 p.m. Saturdays, and 2-3:50 p.m. Sundays. Summer skating hours are in effect through Sept. 2. For more information, call 764-4600.

Museum of Art hosts Japanese tea ceremony

The Museum of Art is hosting five Japanese Special Tea Masters. Tea ceremony practitioners introduce attendees to the Museum's authentic Japanese tea house and to the mysterious ways of tea in this month's ceremony titled "The Lifelong Journey of the Way of Tea." Two sittings of the ceremony are scheduled: 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., July 27. Tickets ($5) are available at the Museum gift shop.

Rec Sports facilities to require M-card

Beginning Aug. 4, Recreational Sports will require faculty and staff to use M-card identification to obtain access to facilities. Individuals who expect to use Rec Sports facilities this fall should obtain a valid M-card. For M-card information, call 936-2273.

League needs tour guides

Volunteer docents are needed to lead tours of the Michigan League as part of the Michigan League Open House Event. Tours will focus on the building and its history. Training sessions begin July 29. For more information, call the Friends of the League Office 647-7463.

Comments sought on digital signature guidelines

The Information Technology Security Committee (ITSECUR) is developing policy recommendations on the use of digital signature and encryption technology. ITSECUR seeks comments on the guidelines from the U-M community. The guidelines are available on the Web: Please send comments to Tish Lehman,, by Aug. 31.

Benefits Office Web site has new look

The Benefits Office Web site has a new look. Information on employee benefits is more expansive, including an overview of benefits offered, a section on each plan and information about the Benefits Office and open enrollment. The site offers immediate access to the Web sites of 10 benefits providers including M-CARE and TIAA-CREF. Faculty and staff also can order Benefits Office publications through the site. Visit the Benefits Office at

Have they got it right?

"How do we know if we're designing the right kind of recruiting system?" asks Stuart Churchill-Hoyer of the M-Pathways Student Administration team. "We're going to ask the people who will use it. That's the purpose of our Conference Room Pilots."

See PeopleSoft software and learn more about how project teams are using Conference Room Pilots (CRPs) by attending the M-Pathways Interchange 10:30 a.m.-noon or 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mon. (July 21) at the Kipke Conference Center, Campus Safety Services, 1239 Kipke Drive.

Ilene Seltzer of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will demonstrate a portion of the PeopleSoft Student Administration software that supports recruiting and describe how it could be used at Michigan.

U-M-Dearborn offers program for teachers of students with disabilities

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development at U-M-Dearborn will offer a new program on "Teaching and Working with Students with Disabilities" beginning July 28. The two-day sessions address practical solutions to problems facing general and special-education teachers as well as parents. Topics include teaching students with attention deficit hyperactive disorders, involving families in school, managing the classroom, discussing inclusion strategies and teaching students self-management skills. To register, or for more information, call (313) 593-4776.

Vanpools available for commuters

U-M regular and temporary full-time employees are eligible to join a vanpool sponsored by Transportation Services. Fifteen-passenger vans leave from Brighton, Clinton, Grass Lake and the Jackson area. Cost of the vanpool is $65 per month. For more information, call 764-3429.

Boersma U-M desk has a new location

The U-M office of Boersma Travel has moved to the lower level of the Michigan Union, near the food court. Boersma's U-M desk telephone remains the same: 769-5300.

Flint hosts summer migrant program

U-M-Flint will host the Summer Migrant Program for 4th and 5th grade children of migrant workers. Activities include math, chemistry, story telling, imaginative games, a visit by parents, an awards ceremony and a pool party. The program runs from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. tomorrow (July 17) and Friday (July 18). For more information, call Catherine Davids, Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives, (810) 762-3365.

Jazz in July

U-M-Flint is sponsoring free lunchtime jazz concerts in the Pavilion ice rink. The Sherm Mitchell Trio performs July 23. Ray Kamalay and His Red Hot Peppers perform July 30. The series concludes on Aug. 6 when U-M Flint's Jazz Ensemble performs under the direction of Mark Bolton, assistant professor of music.

In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to the Pavilion Stage. For more information, call (810) 762-3351.

Dearborn offers day camp for children

Nature walks, art, music, movies and crafts highlight the activities offered to children ages 3-7 at the Day Camp for Young Children sponsored by the Child Development Center at U-M-Dearborn. Day camp is offered on full- or half-day schedules, and is taught by certified teachers specializing in early childhood education.

Two-week camps run July 21-Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-15. For more information, call (313) 593-5424.

'Early Morning Edition' to air on Michigan Radio

National Public Radio's (NPR) news program "Early Morning Edition" is now on Michigan Radio. Carl Kasell of NPR hosts the program, which can be heard 5-6 a.m. weekdays on WUOM 91.7 FM in Ann Arbor, WFUM 91.7 in Flint, and WVGR 104.1 in Grand Rapids.

Cecilia Bartoli reschedules recital

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has rescheduled her Ann Arbor recital for 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in Hill Auditorium. The program will be the same as the original with one exception: pianist Stephen Blier will replace Gysrgy Fischer. Ticket holders to the original recital have been contacted by the University Musical Society (UMS). Remaining tickets will go on sale Aug. 18. UMS members may purchase tickets beginning Aug. 4. For more information call, 764-2538.

Is your work area a home away from home?

At least one person has a pet frog. Others have plants, photographs and autographed sports memorabilia. These are just a few of the many ways people personalize their work areas. The University Record would like to find out about the unusual things that adorn your office or work area or that of a colleague. Suggestions will be considered for possible use as stories in upcoming issues of the Record. To relieve possible feelings of paranoia and suspicion, this solicitation is not part of a subversive plot to see who's violating the Standard Practice Guide. Rather, it's a fun way to share with others mementos of what's important to you. Send e-mail suggestions to

U-M Flint hires telecommunications director

Leon Collins has been appointed director of telecommunications for WFUM, U-M Flint.

Collins comes from KUHT Houston Public Television, where he has been executive director of broadcasting. His most recent national production credits are: "A World Transformed: Our Reflections on Ending the Cold War"; "Smithsonian: Voices of Discovery"; and "Space Station 2002," a multi-year series of national specials that will be released in 1998.

He holds a B.A from Howard University and M.A. from Antioch College.

Collins is widely published within his field. He has produced two diversity training videotapes: Capitalizing On A Diverse Workforce and Diversity-What Is It?-Managing Change-Who Does It?

He has won numerous awards including the Advocacy Award from the National Association of Community Broadcasters; the Grassroots Advocacy Award from America's Public Television Stations; the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the NAACP Houston Chapter TV Law Award.

OIP seeks host families for exchange students

The Office of International Programs (OIP) needs host families for students from France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Switzerland and Turkey for the 1997-98 academic year. The students, who speak English well, will arrive in Ann Arbor in mid-August. Host families will not house students, but will be asked to show the students around Ann Arbor and to offer friendly support. For more information, call Kathy Davis, 764-9485.

Japanese Studies publishes book

The Center for Japanese Studies has published Child of Darkness: Yoko and Other Stories, by Furui Yoshikichi, translated with an introduction and critical commentaries by Donna George Storey.

This translation of "Yoko," "Aihara" ("The Plain of Sorrows"), and "Ningyo" ("The Doll") makes the work of this important contemporary writer available to an English-reading audience.

Furui deals with the human dramas of growing up and growing old, but by probing further into the recesses of the mind and memory, he touches upon the deepest mysteries of human existence. As if to balance the somber themes of madness and death, Furui also shows a great sensitivity to the dark humor inherent in everyday life.

"Yoko" is the story of a sensitive young man's relationship with the title character, a beautiful young woman who is suffering from an apparently hereditary mental illness that defies precise diagnosis but is clearly linked to the traumatic transition from carefree child to responsible adult. Through Yoko's vivid but distorted perceptions of the world, Furui highlights the process by which reality and identity are created. Above all, however, "Yoko" is a touching, if somewhat unusual, tale of a young couple's deepening love.

The other two short stories, "The Plain of Sorrows" and "The Doll," deal with the subject of coming to terms with aging and death, thus shifting the focus from the crises of young childhood to those of approaching middle age.

For further information, contact the Center for Japanese Studies, 998-7265.

Museum of Art sponsors ArtVideos

ArtVideos, sponsored by the Museum of Art, presents "Mechanical Paradise" today-Thurs. (July 16-17). A social history of the years 1870-1914 is told through the art of the time. Avant-garde movements of the era culminated in cubism, futurism and surrealism.

Videos are shown at 12:10 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Media Room of the Museum of Art. For more information, call 764-0395.

Museum of Art offers art fairs respite

The Museum of Art invites adults and children to peruse the gallery during the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fairs today-Sat. (July 16-19). There will be a kids' station with art activities, gallery games and more. Artist Marcia Gaynor will lead a workshop for kids who love string games at 1 p.m. today. Eric Engel will perform during the Summer Storytelling Spree at 1 p.m. Thurs. Engel's tales often focus on creation myths and stories that communicate the value systems of a culture. For more information, call 764-0395.

Reception for Southwell is July 21

A farewell reception for Dave Southwell, senior associate diretor and Hospitals' financial officer, willl be held 1-3 p.m. Mon. (July 21) in the

Towsley Center Lobby. Southwell is leaving the Health System after 24 years of service to assume the position of vice president for finance at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa and South Dakota.

Turner's 'Ask the Doctor' focuses on foot care

Being able to move about contributes to the maintenance of an older person's independence, making foot care very important. The Turner Geriatric Clinic will present "Ask the Doctor" 10 a.m.-noon Tues. (July 22) in the conference room, level 1, Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg. Podiatrist Mark J. Klein will talk about foot disorders common to the older adult, with tips on prevention and successful treatment of the disorders. For information, call 764-2556.