The University Record, September 3, 1996

In Brief... 

Tori Amos coming to Hill

Tori Amos will appear in concert at Hill Auditorium at 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Tickets for the concert, presented by the Office of Major Events/Division of Student Affairs, went on sale at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets on Aug. 17. Prices are $23.50 and $20. For ticket information or to charge by phone, call 313-763-TKTS. In Detroit, call (810) 645-6666.

 

New Museum exhibition sets art on its tusk
The Museum of Art's upcoming exhibition, "Komar, Melamid and Renee," opening Mon. (Sept. 9), will showcase the works of Russian émigré painters Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid, in collaboration with a brush-wielding African elephant named Renee. Komar and Melamid will join Renee's trainer Don RedFox to discuss the exhibit during a special roundtable discussion, "The Possibilities and Limits of Collaboration," at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Museum's West Gallery. The exhibition runs through Oct. 13. For more information, call 764-0395.

 

Museum of Art turns 50
The Museum of Art will throw open its doors 1-5 p.m. Sept. 22 for a Birthday Bash commemorating "Fifty years of opening eyes and minds." The free afternoon of celebration features museum tours; Dixieland music by Ann Arbor's Olivia Street Stompers; a sneak peek at the museum's rarely displayed watercolor, "Frisian Landscape," by Emil Nolde; and plenty of birthday cake and other refreshments, including 10 birthday cakes to be given away as door prizes. Children are the guests of honor at the party, and they can also enjoy storytelling, balloon art, gallery games and lots more. Call 764-0395 for more information.

 

Museum of Art to chronicle two centuries of Venetian Art
The Museum of Art will give visitors a glimpse of 16th and 18th century Venetian art beginning Sept. 21. Nearly 40 works from the two "Golden Ages" of Venetian art comprise the upcoming exhibition, "Venice, Traditions Transformed: Works from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and the University of Michigan." Artists featured in the exhibition include Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, Pietro Longhi, Palma il Giovane, Sebastiano Ricci, Tintoretto and others. Browse work-on-paper from this exhibit at the Museum of Art web site, http://www.umich.edu/~umma. Call 764-0395 for additional information.

 

View art and artists on video
Head for the Museum of Art at 12:10 p.m. Wednesdays and at 7 p.m. Thursdays to see free video presentations about art and artists. Topics relate to special exhibitions, works from the Museum's permanent collection, and major artists and art movements from various historical periods and places of origin. Showing Wed. (Sept. 4) is "Crete and Mycenae," comparing Minoan and Mycenean civilizations. On Sept. 11, see "Cezanne, the Man and the Mountain," an examination of the artist's career and work and his fascination with nature. "Citizen Barnes and An American Dream" will be shown at 6:30 Sept. 12.

 

Steven Wright brings monotone schtick to Hill
Comedian Steven Wright, known as "the man with the monotone," brings his deadpan humor to Hill Auditorium at 9 p.m., Sept. 21. Wright has appeared on "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show." He also has appeared on television and in films, most recently in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Tickets are $16 (service charge where applicable)
and are on sale now at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. For ticket information, or to charge by phone, call 313-763-TKTS or (810) 645-6666. The event, sponsored by the U-M Alumni Association, is one of many activities slated for Parent's Weekend.

 

Choir seeks warblers
If you like to sing, the Business and Finance Diversity Choir is looking for you. The choir, composed entirely of Business and Finance department staff, performs at the MLK Day Convocation in January and at other University events. Rehearsals are held in the Student Theater Arts Complex, 1201 Kipke, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 11. Choir members do not need to have formal musical training to join, but regular attendance at rehearsals is urged. For more information or to sign up, call George Elliott at 763-9379.

 

Tune in, turn on to three new offerings on WUOM
Three new programs with wide appeal have been added to the regular lineup of the University of Michigan's Public Radio stations, WUOM (91.7 FM, Ann Arbor), WFUM (91.1 FM, Flint) and WVGR (104.1 FM, Grand Rapids). For the classical music-minded, Performance Today, hosted by Martin Goldsmith, airs seven days a week: 8-10 p.m. on weeknights, and 3-5 p.m. on weekends. The show debuted on National Public Radio in 1987 and features live concert recordings of classical solo, chamber and symphonic works, as well as news from the music world, interviews, previews of new releases, feature stories and in-depth commentary. Those who find their toes tapping to reels and jigs, bagpipes and penny whistles can turn to The Thistle & Shamrock, hosted by Fiona Ritchie, 7 - 8 p.m. Sunday evenings. The celebrated weekly one-hour series on Celtic music and heritage was developed by Ritchie, a native of Greenock, Scotland, in the early 1980s. Production of the show was moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in 1990. Car owners seeking relief from their automotive ailments can tune in to Car Talk with hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi, a.k.a. "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers." The show is heard at 10 a.m. Saturdays. Each week these uninhibited Boston brothers mix wisecracks with muffler problems and word puzzles with wheel alignment as they dispense automotive first aid to public radio listeners during the unscripted, unrehearsed show.

 

Two new exhibits scheduled at Pierpont Commons
Lynn Grammatico and Annie James Breiholtz present a two-woman show of representational work in oils and acrylics, respectively, Sept. 10-26 in the Pierpont Commons Gallery. The two have worked and painted together for ten years and share subject matter such as landscapes, people and picnics al fresco.

"Entity," the Ann Arbor Computer Artist Coalition, will offer an exhibit of computer graphics in the Pierpont Commons Atrium from Sept. 10-Sept. 26.

There is no admission charge for the two exhibits, which are sponsored by The Pierpont Commons Arts and Programs. Call 764-7544 for more information.

 

Music will fill the air at Leonardo's
North Campus will be swinging as music returns to Leonardo's at Pierpont Commons. Each Monday in September, Randy Napoleon brings his classic bebop sound and cohesive arrangements to the basement bistro. On September Thursdays the smooth sounds of jazz are presented in cooperation with the School of Music Jazz Studies Program, directed by Ed Sarath. Featured ensembles will perform original compositions and contemporary arrangements.

 

Slusser to showcase Castagnacci's artworks
Artworks by Vincent Castagnacci , professor of art,will be on exhibit at the Slusser Gallery, School of Art & Design Sept. 6-Sept. 29. Some 60 paintings, drawings, monotypes and collages comprise "Castagnacci: WORKS (1968-1995)," which traces Castagnacci's artistic course and influences on his work. The Slusser Gallery is located in the Art and Architecture Bldg. on North Campus. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information, call 936-2082 or 763-4417.

 

Engler to speak at U-M-Flint Economics Club
Gov. John Engler will be the guest of the first Greater Flint Economics Club lecture series this fall. He will speak on the state of Michigan's economy at a breakfast meeting 8 a.m. Sept. 24 in the Michigan Room of the University Center on the Flint campus. Beginning Sept. 18, the Greater Flint Economics Club, sponsored by the U-M-Flint, in conjunction with the FOCUS Council and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, will offer five additional breakfast presentations focusing on changes in the Flint community. Series tickets ($50) may be purchased by calling (810) 762-3350. Individual tickets are not available.

 

Conference examines community erosion
The U-M-Flint will host an intensive three-day interdisciplinary conference addressing the erosion of community Sept. 19-21. More than 100 scholars and practitioners will join the public to discuss the problems evident in our communities, consider ways to lessen their impact on society and collaborate in developing frameworks for action to address community issues. Participants will be introduced to the Reinforcing Community Values curriculum enrichment project supported by the State of Michigan and directed by Nora Faires of UM-Flint. Registration times are 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 and 8 a.m. Sept. 20. All sessions are free and open to the public, but there are charges for meals and materials. For more information, call (810) 762-3385.

 

Learn pruning at Matthaei
The Matthaei Botanical Gardens Adult Education Program will sponsor outdoor pruning workshops led by Irene McDonnell Cahill, forestry supervisor for the City of Lansing, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18. The four-hour workshops are designed to provide an understanding of the proper techniques for pruning deciduous shrubs and small ornamental and native trees. Emphasis will be on naturalistic shaping andthinning, as well as size reduction and rejuvenation where necessary. The first section will meet 7-9 p.m. Sept. 11 and 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. Sept. 21. A second section will meet from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 18, and either 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. Sept. 21. There is a $30 fee for the workshop. For more information, call 998-7061.

 

Taubman Medical Library announces new Online Journal
An online version of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) is now accessible via computer on the Ann Arbor campus. Full texts of articles dating back to Apr. 14, 1995 are available. The WWW address for the journal is http://www-jbc.stanford.edu/jbc/. For further information, call 763-3071.

 

Stop smoking program offered
A group smoking cessation program sponsored by the American Lung Association of Michigan will meet one evening per week at the East Ann Arbor Health Center in the Health Education Resource Center, beginning with introductory sessions 7-8 p.m. Sept. 17-18. The program sessions begin on Sept. 25. Cost of the 7-week program is $65 (M-CARE insurance discounts $30). For additional information, call Sharon Sheldon at 998-7641.

 

Name the newsletter contest announced
Brainstorm a name and you might win a prize. A new bi-monthly diversity newsletter, published by a committee of individuals from University Medical and Hospital Services and the Human Resources Development office, needs a name. Enter the "Name the Diversity Newsletter" contest by picking up an entry form at the diversity booth during the UMHS Employee Appreciation Week festival, Sept. 9-13 in the Hospitals Courtyard. Submit your suggestions to: Carolyn Ransom, Operations & Ambulatory System, MPB 5214, Box 0718; or Deborah Orlowski, HRD, 1111 Kipke 1015. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30. Announcement of the winning entry will be made in October at the M-Quality Expo.

 

Experts to discuss Japanese manufacturing methods
"Remade in America: Japanese Manufacturing Transformed" will examine Japanese manufacturing methods and their application to manufacturing in the United States at 3 p.m. Fri. (Sept. 6) in the Henderson Room, Michigan League. The free event is sponsored by the Japan Technology Management Program. Symposium speakers are John Shook, consultant and lecturer in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and co-director of the Japan Technology Management Program; Paul Adler, Assoc. Prof. of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California; and Mark Fruin, a visiting faculty member from the University of British Columbia.

 

Copier Expo set for next week
If your copier isn't exactly state of the art and your new best friend is the copy machine repairman, check out the U-M Managed Copier Expo 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Michigan League's Vandenberg Room. The expo is sponsored by Photo & Campus Services, which has contracted with a major copier manufacturer to provide copiers for use in University offices for just 2.5 cents per copy. For more information, call Ralph Maten at 647-3240.

 

English language classes offered
Families of international students, faculty and staff may take English language instruction through classes offered by the Family Housing Program. Registration is underway for fall term children's, teens' and adult classes for the fall semester. Classes are held at the Family Housing Community Center, 1000 McIntyre Drive. Native speakers of English also are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. Call 763-1440 for more information or to volunteer.

 

UMS Series tickets on sale
Tickets for 1996-1997 University Musical Society concert series are on sale at the UMS Box Office in Burton Tower. Visions and Voices of Women offers five events highlighting the artistic expression of women, including an appearance by the Twyla Tharp Dance Company. New Interpretations brings five outstanding performances by artists on the cutting edge of contemporary expression to Ann Arbor, including a performance of Meredith Monk's new work. Asian Traditions continues the University Musical Society's commitment to bringing an expanded global view to the southeastern Michigan community, with an emphasis on the traditions of Asia, including performances by the National Traditional Orchestra of China and the Japanese movement theater group Sankai Juku. The Schubert Cycle Series is a special eight-concert series of performances, including chamber concerts in the Rackham and song recitals in Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. The Musical Summit Series showcases world renowned artists in collaborative performances and the Stage Presence Series brings the world to the Ann Arbor stage. A highlight of the stage Presence Series is a performance of Puccini's La
Boheme
by the New York City Opera National Company. UMS subscribers may order individual tickets to any of the 1996-1997 Special Concerts, including performances by Kathleen Battle and Friends (Dec. 13), the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (Feb. 23), Kodo (Feb. 24) and Cecilia Bartoli (Mar. 29). Individual tickets go on sale today. For more information, call 764-2538.

 

New video delivery service available
The Media Union and the Film and Video Library have announced a new video/film delivery service for U-M faculty, staff and Graduate Student Instructors. North Campus patrons may now make arrangements to pick up and return items borrowed from the collection housed on Central Campus through the Media Union Library Reserves Desk (2nd floor). To request the service, call 764-5360 or send e-mail to fvl.office@umich.edu at least one weekday before the requested pick-up date. Films and videos may be reserved only for use in U-M courses, programs, meetings, training sessions and other U-M events.

 

LS&A faculty meeting scheduled Sept. 9
Agenda items for the Mon (Sept. 9) LS&A faculty meeting include introduction of new faculty members, presentation of new chairs and directors and new recipients of named professorships, and presentation of special awards, including the Matthews Underclass Teaching Award. Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m. The meeting begins at 4:10 p.m.

 

Benefits office will give presentations on Open Enrollment
Employee groups needing an explanation of "What's New for Open Enrollment" may call the Benefits Office to request a presentation on the subject. The Benefits Office will send a representative to speak with groups of 30 or more to talk about benefits offered during Open Enrollment. The one-hour presentation includes approximately 30 minutes of questions and answers. For more information, call Barbara Brower at 763-1217.

 

Prostate screenings offered
The Prostate Program and Comprehensive Cancer Center are offering free prostate cancer screenings Sept. 21, 24 and 26. Men ages 50 and older and men ages 40 and older who are African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer are eligible. Exams take less than 10 minutes and include a free PSA blood test. To schedule an exam, call the Cancer Answer Line nurses 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at 1-800-865-1125.

 

Benefit reimbursement accounts cutoff date is Sept. 20
To guarantee reimbursement in their September paychecks, Benefit Reimbursement Account participants should submit claims to the Benefits Office (Central Campus), Wolverine Towers G-405, 3003 S. State Street, by September 20 for bi-weekly and monthly pay periods.

 

Program seeks internship opportunities for women
The Center for the Education of Women is seeking internship sponsors for its Administrative Internship Program. The program's goal is to provide women who have at least an undergraduate degree with a short-term, supervised work experience to update their skills, learn new skills and increase their confidence before they seek regular employment. Interns work 20 hours per week for 12 to 24 weeks, beginning in January, 1997. Deadline for submitting a description of a proposed internship project is Sept. 23. For more information, call 998-7210.

 

Israeli human rights authority will speak Sept. 10
Menachem Hofnung, assistant professor of political science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will speak on "Safeguarding Human Rights during a Protracted Peace Process," at 4 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Rackham West Conference Room. The lecture is part of the Middle East Distingished Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North Affrican Studies and the departments of Political Science and Near Eastern Studies. For more information call 764-0350.

 

Get help writing your curriculum vita
Career Planning and Placement will offer "Writing Your Curriculum Vita" 5:10-6 p.m. Sept. 10 in the program room at the Career Planning and Placement office, Student Activities Bldg. The program is designed for those finishing a terminal degree and preparing to enter the academic job market. For more information, call 764-7460.

 

Student Biomedical Engineering Symposium slated
The Department of Biomedical Engineering will hold a Student Research Symposium from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Rackham Bldg. The keynote address, "Polymers in Medicine: Recent Advances in Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering," will be given by Robert Langer, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For additional information, call 764-9588.

 

Usher positions available
The University Musical Society will accept applications for ushering positions for the 1996-1997 season from 6-8 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. Sept. 5 and 6, at the Hill Auditorium Box Office. Preference is given to 1) returning qualified ushers, 2) graduate students and members of the Ann Arbor community and 3) undergraduate students. Apply in person only. For additional information, call 913-9696.