The University Record, July 30, 1997


Deadline for NEH Summer Stipends is Aug. 29

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies nominates faculty members for the NEH Summer Stipend Competition. Stipends are $4,000, with the total increased to $7,000 if a Rackham fellowship is awarded for the same project. The deadline for applying for summer 1998 funding is Aug. 29. Interested faculty should use the Rackham Faculty Grants and Fellowships application, available in Room 1004 Rackham Bldg.; by calling 764-8221; or sending e-mail to

Family Housing holds yard sale

Family Housing will sponsor a yard sale on Sept. 6: 9 a.m.-noon at Cram Place in Lot NW21 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at McIntyre and Stone Road. Rain date is 1-4 p.m. Sept. 7. Questions? Call Family Housing, 763-1440.

Benefit Reimbursement Account cut-off dates

To guarantee reimbursement in their August paycheck, Benefit Reimbursement Account participants should submit claims to the Benefits Office (Central Campus), Wolverine Tower G405, 3003 S. State St., by Aug. 19 for biweekly and monthly pay periods. The dates also are on the Benefits Office home page:

Dates set for service awards recognition events

The dates for the 1997 service awards recognition events for staff are Nov. 4 (10 years), open house, Alumni Center; Nov. 12 (20 years), dinner/reception, Michigan League; and Nov. 19 (30-40 years), dinner/reception, Michigan League. Recipients will receive award information in August and invitations will follow. Thirty- and 40-year honorees will be contacted to set up appointments for photographs in August and September.

M-Quality Expo coming up

"Working Together: Building Leadership throughout the University" is the theme for this year's M-Quality Expo, set for Oct. 16-17 at the Michigan Union. Even if your team is not formally associated with M-Quality, you are encouraged to exhibit your progress. Your team is welcome if it uses one or more of the following approaches: Satisfying those being served, respecting people and their ideas, pursuing continuous improvement, managing by fact, promoting teamwork and collaboration in the workplace and promoting the mission and vision of the organization.

For an Exhibitor Packet, contact Fran Shadley, 763-9226, or send e-mail to

Act now, as spaces are going fast. Deadline for return of the completed packet is Aug. 15.

Next Record Aug. 13

The next Record will be published Aug. 13. Calendar listings and Briefings will cover events taking place Aug. 13-Sept. 5. Deadline for these items is 5 p.m. Aug. 5. Weekly publication will resume with the Sept. 3 issue.

Dial-in modems moving this week

Dial-in modems at the U-M are being moved during the July 30-Aug. 4 period. The Information Technology Division recommends that users dial in to a different modem for a few days during and after the scheduled move. Those who dial in to a modem while it is being moved may be disconnected at any time without warning. Numbers of the modems scheduled to be out of service are: 998-1300--July 30, 213-3720--Aug. 1, 213-7970--Aug. 4, (800)232-3379 (Merit for-fee number)--Aug. 4. For information on how to find another service, access the National Dial-In home page at

Dearborn/Henry Ford partnership receives grant

Partners Plus, a joint program of U-M-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College to attract minority students seeking bachelor's degrees in business and education, has received an $86,014 grant from the Michigan Department of Education.

The program is designed to attract and retain underrepresented minority students, many of whom begin their college education at Henry Ford and transfer to Dearborn. Since its inception in 1993, more than 220 students have participated in the program, which provides tutoring, career services and encouragement for African American, Arab American, Native American and Hispanic students.

Tax Department now on Web

The Tax Department has opened a Web site on the Financial Operations home page with a newsletter containing information on tax items that may affect the University or of interest to individuals. Additional information will be added. Find the site at

Older adults: Find out "New Ways to Feel Good"

"New Ways to Feel Good," a therapy group for adults age 60 and over who are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety or low self-esteem, is being offered by the Turner Geriatric Clinic. The group meets for 10 consecutive weeks and emphasizes techniques used in cognitive therapy. Participants will learn to identify and question self-defeating thoughts that can affect the way they feel. Interested individuals will be interviewed by group leaders beginning Aug. 18. For information, call Janet Fogler or Sally Edwards, 764-2556.

Galilee exhibit to open at Kelsey Sept. 7

"Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture," sponsored by the Museum of Art and Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, will open Sept. 7 at both museums. The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 14 and speaks to issues of history, religion, art and diversity, "propels the viewer back in time and to a distant land where, for centuries, three distinct cultures co-existed in relative harmony."

The free exhibition was organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art and is supported by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Related events include a "Child's Walk through Sepphoris," a family day and "Zippori Live!" a living-history experience in which viewers can interact with trained actors portraying the citizens of ancient Sepphoris.

Dearborn develops "retooling" certificate program for engineers

"Re-tooling" is the term used by industry to describe changes in plants and processes to meet new challenges, and many engineers find the need to do some personal re-tooling to help them tackle global competition and industry changes.

U-M-Dearborn's School of Engineering's Professional Development Office has designed a certificate program for these individuals in the currently "hot" fields of software engineering, CAD/CAM, quality engineering, vehicle electronics and intelligent control.

The programs are ideally suited for engineers and managers who want to develop greater knowledge in specialized areas because of job or career changes.

Students will have to complete approximately 12 graduate-level credit hours in one engineering specialty. There are required courses, but students may customize additional work to meet individual needs.

For information, call (313) 593-4000.

Applications sought for Searle Scholar Program

Applications for the 1998 Searle Scholar Program, sponsored by the Biomedical Research Council, are due Aug. 22. Up to two awards are available Universitywide. The program supports independent research of outstanding individuals who are in the first or second year of their first appointment at the assistant professor level in a tenure-track position in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine and the biological sciences. Grants are normally $18,000 over a three-year period.

For information on application materials, contact Nili Tannenbaum, 763-4086, or send e-mail to Decisions on recipients will be made by mid-September.

Digital Music Ensemble offers "experiment" Aug. 3

The Digital Music Ensemble, known for its innovative approach to multi-media musical presentation, will experiment with the MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) capabilities of the carillon at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Ann and Richard H. Lurie Tower, North Campus.

Directed by Barton L. Polot, professor of music education and piano, the performance will feature a male dancer interacting with trip-sensitive devices that will trigger sound response from the carillon.

Members of this summer's Ensemble are public school teachers in a master's degree program who will devise the program's content as part of their coursework.

African American Health Summit is Aug. 14-17

Louis Sullivan, president of the Morehouse School of Medicine and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be the featured speaker at the first African American Health Summit Aug. 14-17 at the Ypsilanti Marriott.

The program, designed to provide comprehensive exploration and information exchange on critical health issues prevalent among African Americans, is sponsored by the Medical Center and the Washtenaw County Task Force on African American Health.

Medical School faculty, students, house officers and staff are encouraged to attend Aug. 14-15 workshop sessions. Members of the community are invited to attend Family Health Day Aug. 16. Aug. 17 will feature a Black Family Reunion with a keynote presentation on "Spirituality and Health" by the Rev. Frederick Sampson of Detroit's Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.

The fee is $45 per day Aug. 14-15, free Aug. 16-17. For information and registration, contact the Minority Health Care Initiative, 764-3124.

Turner offers program on diabetes

Diabetes is increasingly common with age, present in possibly 20 percent of those age 65 or older. Complications often are disabling and may be avoidable with better blood sugar control. Turner Geriatric Clinic will present "Ask the Nurse Practitioner" 1-3 p.m. Aug. 1 on level 1 of the new Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg. The free program features Jennifer Merritt, nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator, leading an interactive discussion on diabetes. For information, call 764-2556.

Summer Storytelling Spree continues at Museum of Art

The Museum of Art's Summer Storytelling Spree, at 1 p.m. Thursdays, continue in August with:

Admission is free; donations are accepted.

Howe to direct Dearborn's annual fund

Dennis Howe has been named director of the annual fund at U-M-Dearborn. He will be responsible for generating regular contributions for scholarships and academic programs. He comes to the U-M from Eastern Michigan University, where he was responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the colleges of Business and Technology. He also held several positions with the Detroit Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Aug. 5 is deadline for WCTF awards nominations

Aug. 5 is the deadline for Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) awards nominations. Awards will be presented Oct. 1 at Crisler Arena as part of the University's Staff Appreciation Awards Celebration, "Tailgate for Champions." They recognize exemplary women of color who have made significant contributions to the University community. Awards will be presented for Woman of the Year in Human Relations and Woman of the Year in Leadership.

The WCTF is a core group of volunteers organized to identify and meet the specific concerns of women of color on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Nomination forms are available from the WCTF Awards Selection Committee, 4005 Wolverine Tower 1281.

MQR summer issue available

The writings of a half-dozen U-M faculty members are among those appearing in the Michigan Quarterly Review's summer issue.

Those featured include: music Prof. William Bolcom's essay "An Update on Virgil Thomson's 'The State of Music'"; the poetry of Thylias Moss, associate professor of English, and of Donald Hall, former professor of English; English Prof. Tobin Siebers' account of getting "knocked out" as a youth growing up in the 1960s; the fiction of English Prof. Jonis Agee; and a review of T.S. Eliot's works by George Bornstein, professor of English.

Others whose works appear include Philip Levine, Lolita Hernandez, Eugene Goodheart, Dannie Abse, David Lehman, Reginald Gibbons, Maija Rhee Devine, Emery George, David Cowart, Nancy Jesser and Steven Kellerman.

Published by the U-M, MQR contains essays, poetry, fiction, memoirs, reviews and graphics by well-known writers and scholars. The summer issue is available in local bookstores and in the MQR office, Room 3032, Rackham Bldg. For more information, call 764-9265 or consult the MQR Web site:

Ramfjord memorial contributions

Memorial contributions for Sigurd P. Ramfjord, former chair of the Department of Periodontics who died July 4 at age 86, may be made to: Ramfjord Endowed Visiting Lectureship, School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor MI 48109.