The University Record, April 1, 1998

Briefings

Hash Bash alternative offered

"Keep Off the Grass," a drug-free, youth-oriented alternative to the annual Hash Bash, will be held 11 a.m.­1:30 p.m. Sat. (April 4) at the Michigan League Underground. Organizers seek to celebrate drug-free lifestyles and promote community awareness of substance abuse.

"Keep Off the Grass" will be emceed by WIQB radio personality Adam Acey with music by Crimson and Rich Coleman and the Washtenaw Knights. Darnell Jackson, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health Office of Drug Control Policy, will speak on the importance of consistent drug-free messages for youth.

The event is free but capacity is limited. Families are encouraged to attend.

Several U-M units--the University, the Department of Public Safety and the Council for Advancement of Minorities at Mosher Jordan Hall--are sponsoring the event with a number of local agencies, organizations and law enforcement units.

Nominations being taken for staff member rep on public safety committee

The Public Safety Oversight committee, required under Public Act No. 120, is comprised of two staff members, two students and two faculty members nominated and elected by their peers. The committee receives and makes recommendations regarding grievances against any public safety officer deputized by the University.

The staff member positions on the committee are for a two-year term and are elected through a mailed ballot. One staff member of the committee is elected in odd-numbered years by staff members represented by a union; and one is elected in even-numbered years by staff members not represented by a union. This year's election is for a non-union staff member.

Staff members not represented by unions may nominate themselves or agree to be nominated. In the event there are more than six nominees, Human Resources/Affirmative Action (HR/AA) will provide a balanced slate of six candidates from the various job families for a ballot to be sent to all non-union staff members from the allied health, professional/administrative, office and technical job groups.

Nominations should be sent to HR/AA Employee Relations/Compensation Department, 2005 Wolverine Tower, by May 1, with the new representative joining the committee July 1. Nominations must include the name, department affiliation and phone number of the nominee, the name of the nominator and a brief statement on why the individual wants to serve on the committee.

Tour the Biological Station

Reservations are still available for the Alumni Association's May 28­31 tour to U-M's Biological Station on Douglas Lake, the world's largest inland field station. Part of the Environmental Theme Semester, the travel program will give alumni an "up close and personal" view of the station's research facilities and capabilities.

Participants will travel from Ann Arbor by chartered coach to the Association's Michigania on nearby Walloon Lake. All will stay in Michigania cottages, with sessions at Michigania's Alumnae Council Education Center and the Biological Station. Participants will tour the global change laboratory, seeing first-hand the effects of increased carbon dioxide on plants and succeeding inhabitants of the food chain. Faculty and staff members will lead field trips highlighting the glacial history and ecology of that area, the birds walk, and the water life of Douglas Lake.

The tour is $420 including coach transportation from Ann Arbor, $360 for those who drive separately. For reservations, call 763-9707, or write to Joel Berger, Alumni Association, 200 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1007.

Benefit reimbursement accounts claims cutoff dates set

To ensure reimbursement in your April paycheck, Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account claims must be turned in by April 15 for bi-weekly pay schedules, or April 20 for monthly pay schedules. Forms should be dropped off or mailed to the Main Campus Benefits Office, Wolverine Tower-Low Rise G405, 3003 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1278. Forms are considered within the deadline based on the date received in the Benefits Office. Forms and due dates are available on the Benefits Office Web site, and in the Reimbursement Account Claims Kit. For information, call 763-1214.

Flint chancellor search begins

A search advisory committee for the chancellor at U-M-Flint has been appointed by President Lee C. Bollinger. The members, all from Flint, are:

Carolyn M. Gillespie (chair), associate professor and chair of theatre; Anita K. Barry, professor of English; Paulette M. Cebulski, associate professor of physical therapy; Virgil W. Cope, professor of chemistry; Susan K. Gano-Phillips, assistant professor of psychology; Daniel P. Haggerty, student, College of Arts and Sciences; C. Peethambaran Kartha, professor of management; Larry R. Thompson, president and CEO, Flint Cultural Center Corp.; Marcia Y. Watkins, associate professor of art; and Bobby Wells, executive director, Community Capital Development Corp.

Gary D. Krenz, special counsel to the president, will serve as liaison to the committee.

Nominations for the post may be sent to Krenz via e-mail to gdkrenz@umich.edu.

CSSEAS lecture is April 6

The Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies (CSSEAS) will present "The Politics of Internal Migration in Indonesia," a brown-bag discussion with Riwanto Tirtosudarmo, senior research associate in the Indonesian Institute for Sciences, Center for Population and Human Resource Studies. The discussion will be noon-1:30 p.m. Mon. (April 6) in Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg. For more information, call 647-2082.

Try online help desk for computing questions

Tools for help with computer and software are now available in one location on the Web at the Online Help Desk, http://www.itd.umich.edu/help/. The site is available 24 hours-a-day with any Internet connection. It provides links to how-to-documentation, workshop schedules, vendor support services and the new Computing Knowledgebase.

The Computing Knowledgebase is a self-help system. Purchased and maintained by the Information Technology Division (ITD), it contains pre-packaged knowledge about popular commercial products in a variety of categories, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics and presentation, operating systems and hardware, Internet browsers and networking.

Knowledgebase allows users to select a category and specific application, such as Microsoft Word 97 for Windows. Users then select a topic--such as Mail Merge--or describe their problem, and the system narrows the question and provides a solution.

Because the purchased Knowledgebase only contained Windows-specific information, ITD is adding Macintosh help files. The Knowledgebase will grow to include ITD services and products. To suggest improvements to the system, send e-mail to knowledgebase.feedback@umi ch.edu.

Some photocopiers accept CashChip only

Now operating through the Managed Copier Program, new photocopiers at the School of Public Policy and ITD Computing Sites in Angell Hall, Michigan Union, NUBS, School of Education and South Quad accept only the MCard CashChip. For more information, call Ralph Maten, Managed Copier Program, 647-3240.

Fidelity streamlines phone system

Fidelity has enhanced its 800 phone line to ensure the confidentiality of account information and make calls more efficient. When calling (800) 343-0860 to check on their retirement investment account, callers no longer have to enter a "7" to access a representative specifically trained on U-M retirement plans. Instead, callers can enter their social security number and personal identification number (PIN), and be automatically routed to a representative trained on the U-M plans. Callers without a PIN and those with a PIN that has less than six digits should follow the voice prompt to quickly establish a new pin number.

FASAP offers support group for ill, injured employees

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) is offering a support group for employees with illness or injury 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, April 16-June 4 at FASAP, Administrative Services Bldg., on the corner of Hoover and Greene. The group will offer support and coping strategies for work adjustment/return to work, pain, isolation, physical limitations, stress and emotional reactions, and other issues of interest. To screen and register, call 936-8660.

Thomas speaks on religion and morals

The Advanced Study Center of the International Institute, as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series, will present Laurence Thomas, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University, speaking on "Piercing the Flesh: Causing Pain in the Name of Religious Gain," 4-6 p.m. Monday (April 6) in Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg.

Thomas is the author of more than 50 articles and two books, Living Morally: A Psychology of the Moral Character and Vessels of Evil: American Slavery and the Holocaust. His articles on moral theory, on social philosophy and on American Blacks and Jews have been widely anthologized.

Thomas' lecture is co-sponsored by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies; Office of the LS&A Dean, Law School and the Department of Philosophy, in conjunction with the Advanced Study Center Seminar Series, sponsored in part by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

For more information, call Deanna Ferrante, 764-2268.

Goldhagen speaks tonight

Daniel Goldhagen, author of the international bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust will give the Michael Bernstein Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. today (April 1) in Rackham Auditorium. Admission is free for students, $5 for non-students. Tickets are available at Hillel and the Michigan Union Ticket Office. For more information, call Hillel, 769-0500.

Adams to deliver Golden Apple lecture

William J. Adams, professor of economics, will deliver his ideal last lecture, 'Beginnings of the End' at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in Rackham Auditorium. President Lee C. Bollinger will introduce him. Adams is the recipient of the 1998 Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. The recipient is chosen by students through Students Honoring Outstanding University Teaching.

Authors to read, lecture in April

Two writers will read from their work in April as the final installment in the Winter Semester's Visiting Writers Series and John Barth will deliver the annual Hopwood Lecture.

Lee K. Abbott will read from his fiction at 4 p.m. April 6 in Rackham Amphitheater. Abbott is the author of six collections of short stories, most recently Wet Places at Noon that, according to the New York Times, jazzes "up its provincialism with irony, multiple layers of reality and a touch of the grotesque." He is the director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University.

Billy Collins will read his poetry at 4 p.m. April 10 in Rackham Amphitheater. He is the author of five collections of poetry. His recent book, The Art of Drowning, has been described as "a wonderfully thoughtful, sly and moving collection by a fine poet. He is poet-in-residence at Burren College of Art in Ireland and professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY).

Barth will deliver the Hopwood Lecture at 3:30 p.m. April 21 at Rackham Auditorium. The Hopwood Awards ceremony will precede the lecture. Barth is the author of 14 books, most recently a collection of stories, On With The Story. Among his many awards and honors, Barth is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and professor emeritus in the writing seminars at The Johns Hopkins University. The ceremony is sponsored by the Hopwood Awards Program.

The Visiting Writers series is sponsored by Borders Books and Music and the English department, bringing prominent fiction writers and poets to campus throughout the academic year. All readings are free. For more information, call the Hopwood Room, 764-6296.

Dedication of new center celebrates Paul Robeson's birthday

The Division of Kinesiology will present an inaugural symposium celebrating the opening of the new Paul Robeson Research Center for Academic and Athletic Prowess, noon-6 p.m. in the Central Campus Recreation Bldg. (CCRB). All events are in Room 3735, CCRB unless otherwise noted.

Events include:

 

"Listening to Our Voices," a panel discussion from a student-athlete panel (noon-2 p.m.).

 

A reception and ceremonial opening of the Center in Room 1040, CCRB (2:30-3:30 p.m.).

 

"Modern Day Stereotyping and the New Exploitation of Black Athletes: Awakening the Legacy of Paul Robeson, the Scholar Athlete," a keynote lecture by Richard Lapchick, director and founder of the Center for the Study of Sports in Society (4-5:15 p.m.).

 

"Making Academics Popular for the Masses of African Americans Participating in Sport," a musical and visual presentation by C. Keith Harrison, Center director (5:15-5:45 p.m.).

The symposium will take place on the 100th anniversary of Robeson's birth. For more information, call 763-9574, or send e-mail to ckharris@umich.edu.

Guild House sponsors discussion groups

The Guild House campus ministry sponsors two discussion groups each month.

The Women's Book Group meets noon-1 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month for discussions on books that focus on women's experience and issues of spirituality and multiculturalism.

Sexuality and Spirituality: Exploring the Connections, a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, meets 7-8 p.m. Thursdays.

Guild House is located at 802 Monroe, across from the Law Library. For information, call 662-5189. Parenting workshops offered The Center for the Child and the Family will present two eight-session workshops this month, one focusing on high-energy children and the other designed for adoptive parents.

"Adventures in Parenting-Life with Your Turbo-charged Child," is for parents of children ages 2-6 who are more intense, energetic, determined and sensitive. The workshop will offer activities that can strengthen parenting skills and confidence, fresh suggestions, and a chance to discuss experiences with other similarly challenged parents.

Topics include the temperament "features" of a turbo-charged child, methods of communication, helping the child and parent regain control, choices about discipline, and issues raised by participants.

The workshop will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

"Inquisitive Minds" is for adoptive parents of children ages 3-6. It is designed to help parents begin an open dialogue with their children that is responsive to their questions about adoption and to help them communicate in the child's languageãplay, drawings, casual conversation. Participants also will learn from each others' experiences.

This workshop will meet 7:15-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, starting today (April 1).

Both workshops are $150 per family and will meet at the Center, Suite 1465, East Hall. For information or to register, call 764-9466.

Forum examines influence of pharmaceutical industry

National experts representing medical research, the pharmaceutical industry, consumers, health insurers and human resources will voice their perspectives on the impact of recent advances in the pharmaceutical industry at a free, public conference at the Medical Center.

"Where Is the Pharmaceutical Industry Taking Us?" will be held 1-5:30 p.m. Fri. (April 3) in Room F2305, Maternal and Child Health Care Auditorium.

The program includes several keynote speakers, a panel discussion and time for audience questions. The keynote speakers will discuss current research directions and implications for clinical medicine, market forces and industry response, and regulatory issues.

The conference is sponsored by the U-M Forum on Health Policy, a unit of the Program in Society and Medicine, with financial support from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, the Medical and Law Schools, schools of Nursing and Social Work, College of Arts, Science and Letters at U-M-Dearborn, College of Pharmacy, Michigan Nurses Association and the Michigan State Medical Society.

Women's Golf Club season opens April 7

The University Women's Golf Club will open its season at the U-M Golf Course at 8 a.m. Tues. (April 7). Weather permitting, a scramble will be played following refreshments and a business meeting.

Members play nine and 18 holes Tuesday mornings April-October. The Club also holds special events and spring and fall tournaments.

Women staff, faculty, alumnae and students, as well as wives of faculty, staff, alumni and students are eligible for membership. For information, contact Membership Chairwoman, Kathy Cooley, 995-0290.

You can keep your jury duty and witness pay

The University's Standard Practice Guide (SPG) on Jury and Witness Pay has been modified. The SPG allows regular professional/administrative, office, technical, service maintenance, primary and instructional staff to be excused from work without loss of regular compensation when performing jury duty or testifying at the order of a court. The policy no longer requires that an employee's regular compensation be reduced by fees or other payments from the court. Employees will now retain court fees. Payroll will no longer deduct the court fees and compensation from employees' pay. The administrative burden and cost of collecting jury fees and deducting wages justified the policy change. The previous policy had been in place since 1978.

The change is effective immediately. For more details, call the Employee Relations Office, 763-2387.

Antigone on stage this week and next

Sophocles' powerful Greek tragedy Antigone will close the Department of Theatre and Drama's 1997-98 season with performances at 8 p.m. April 2-4 and April 9-11, and 2 p.m. April 5 and April 12 in Trueblood Theatre, Frieze Building.

The production will feature Prof. Glenda Dickerson making her U-M directorial debut with a daring move: The classic tale will take place in Kenya in the 1930s. "The choice of setting appealed to me," Dickerson says, "because that period offers a fertile soil to tell a tale about a women, a princess and a nation in conflict."

Tickets are $14, $7 for students with ID, and may be purchased 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Michigan League Ticket Office and at the Trueblood Box Office one hour prior to curtain on performance days.

Binda lecture is April 3

Charles Menefee III will present the 1998 Guido A. Binda Lecture of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at noon Fri. (April 3) in the Lecture Hall, Art & Architecture Bldg., discussing "Constructed Intention."

Menefee is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia and part of Clark & Menefee. Though the firm's body of work is small, designing one building a year, it has received two first prizes in national design competitions and three national honor awards from the American Institute of Architects. Most of the firm's projects are modest in scale and demeanor and usually located near its office.

Menefee is interested in the juncture of building and landscape and the construction of intention. His buildings are designed to become part of the landscape.

An exhibition of Clark & Menefee projects will be on display in the College Gallery April 3-25.

The Guido A. Binda Exhibit and Lecture Series was established in 1997 to bring special exhibits and lecturers to campus for the benefit of students, faculty and the public. Alumnus Binda maintained an architectural practice in western Michigan specializing in the design of public school buildings.

'Maize and Blue on Ice' is April 4

Yost Ice Arena is hosting the second annual "Maize and Blue on Ice," put on by the University's Figure Skating Club. The collegiate skating exhibition will start at 7 p.m. Sat. (April 4). Admission is free and guests are invited to join a reception with the skaters following the performance. For more information, call 764-4600.

Environmental education forum is April 3-4 at the RC

The Environmental Theme Semester: Rethinking the Relationship will present a "Forum on Environmental Education" 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. (April 3) and 9 a.m.-noon April 4 at the Residential College (RC) Auditorium. A field trip to the George Reserve will leave the RC at 1:30 p.m. Sat.

April 3 presentations include "Environmental Education: Failure and Success" by Susan Jacobson, associate professor and director, Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation, University of Florida; "Education by Watershed," by David Robertson, professor of English and former director, Program on Nature and Culture, University of California, Davis; "Ecological Design, Higher Education and the Challenge of Global Change," by David Orr, professor of environmental studies and chair, Program in Environmental Studies, Oberlin College.

Saturday will feature a panel discussion with Friday's speakers and break-out groups.

The forum is one of the culminating events of the theme semester, which is intended to stimulate a rethinking of the possibilities for environmental education at the University and the larger community. The theme semester is sponsored by LS&A and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Flint's Career Fair is April 3

U-M-Flint's Spring Career Fair will be held 1-4 p.m. Fri. (April 3) in the Recreation Center. It is sponsored by the Cooperative Education and Career Center.

Employers representing K-12 school districts, social services, banking, financial services, health care, government, retail and other profit and non-profit organizations will be there. Participants, who should have resumes in hand, will be able to learn about full-, part-time and co-op positions, internships, seasonal employment and other career opportunities.

For information, call (810) 762-3250.

'Riverfest' set for April 8 at Flint

"Riverfest," replacing last year's "Springfest," will be held 2-6 p.m. April 8, on the riverfront and McKinnon Plaza at U-M-Flint. Organized by the Student Government Council with the help of the office of Student Life and Admission and Recruitment, is a chance to unwind and have fun at the end of the term. It also is a chance for prospective students to get a look at the campus. More than 7,000 prospective students and high school counselors have received invitations to attend.

They will be treated to a campus tour and can win prizes for completing an academic-theme scavenger hunt. Admissions staff will provide on-the-spot admissions for students who bring along their high school or other college transcripts. Financial aid information also will be available.

New fund for Yiddish studies established

Support for Yiddish and Judaic studies has increased with the recent establishment of the Esther and Louis LaMed Fund for Yiddish Studies. The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and LS&A will house the fund, which will partially defray the cost of a lecturer in Yiddish; develop and produce Yiddish Instructional materials; support research and travel in Yiddish Studies; and support lecturers, conferences or public events focused on Yiddish.

The endowment was established by Esther LaMed, who immigrated to Detroit from Poland at the age of 10 and grew up to teach physical education in the Detroit Public Schools. She is the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of Michigan alumni.

For more information about Yiddish and Judaic Studies, stop by the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center, Room 3032, Frieze Bldg., or call 763-9047.