The University Record, April 15, 1998


Benefits adds focus group sessions

The response has been so great to the Benefits Office invitation to a series of 16 focus group sessions that eight new sessions have been added to the schedule. The topic is medical leave, including sick time with pay, extended sick time with pay, disability, medical leave without pay and paid time off. Suggestions for improvements to the program will be presented and the feedback gathered from participants will be used to shape improvements. Call the numbers on your invitation letter to register or send e-mail to or

The full schedule is on the Benefits Web site,, and identifies sessions that are still open.


At U-M-Flint: 8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon, May 4, Michigan Room B, University Center Building. (Two April 14 sessions were cancelled.)

Other new sessions:

Faculty only, 8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30-noon, Anderson Room A and B, Michigan Union.


For all who received an invitation:


9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 5, Room 1H205, University Hospital.


8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon, May 6 and May 7, Room G439, Mason Hall.

Problems using new 734 area code

IT-Communications has learned that some people calling Ann Arbor in recent weeks using the new 734 area code have not been connected. In every case investigated by IT-Communications, it was determined that the problems were with specific long-distance service providers. Apparently, some long-distance providers have not yet included the new 734 area code in their switch capabilities. The University telephone switch is set up to receive calls to the 734 area code. When someone is not able to call the new area code, IT Communications investigates and urges the long-distance company involved to correct the problem. Report any problems with the 734 area code to the IT-Communications Repair Center, 647-8888.

Regents' meeting is April 21

This month's Regents' Meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tues. (April 21) in the Regents' Room, Fleming Bldg. This is a change from the previously announced 9 a.m. start time. Agenda items include reports from the Michigan Student Assembly and the Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty. The Regents also will present a resolution to the hockey team in honor of its NCAA championship. For more information, call 764-3883.

Buy 'Welcome to Michigan' paraphernalia

"Welcome to Michigan '98" is offering promotional items to University offices and units to create a welcoming environment for new students in the fall. Offices and departments interested in purchasing Welcome Week T-shirts, buttons or posters may submit orders on-line at /welcome/. The deadline for submission is May 20. For more information, call Jennifer Cross, 764-6413, or send e-mail to

Think for success

The Commission for Women will host "How Successful People Think," a presentation by Elizabeth Poage Baxter noon-1 p.m. Tues. (April 21) at the Michigan Room, Michigan League. Baxter, a local psychologist and author of Building Power, The Art of Influence, will cover the principles and cognitive patterns that lead to repeated and sustained success in life. Baxter is the head of Baxter, Breckenridge and Warner, a consulting firm that works primarily with mid-size organizations. She was in charge of management development training at the University for 14 years before leaving to pursue her private work.

Rec Sports hiring for spring and summer

The Department of Recreational Sports is hiring for spring and summer. Lifeguards, entrance monitors, equipment room attendants, building crew and others are needed for the Central Campus Recreation Building, North Campus Recreation Building and the Intramural Sports Building. Application deadline is April 21. For information, call 936-0617, or send e-mail to

Francis speaks on 'The Justice Gap'

Judge Nancy Francis, long-time member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will speak on "The Justice Gap" at the annual meeting of the Washtenaw County ACLU Branch, 8:30 p.m. April 22 at the Jackson Auditorium, Unitarian Church, in Ann Arbor. Francis' talk will focus on racial inequalities, current trends and the impact of recent legislation on the juvenile justice system. The event is sponsored by the Washtenaw County and student chapters of the ACLU.

Nancy E. Riley, manager of the Washtenaw County and the City of Ann Arbor Community Corrections, and Rosemary Sarri, professor emeritus of social work, will comment on Francis' remarks, and add their own views.

Francis has spent 16 years as a practicing attorney representing low and moderate income clients in a broad range of civil and criminal cases. She was the first African American to serve as a judge in Washtenaw County, appointed to the Probate Bench in 1990. She was assigned to the Juvenile Division, and has been there ever since.

Next week is last weekly Record

The April 22 issue of the Record will be the last weekly issue this year. The Record will come out biweekly with the May 6 issue. Other spring-summer publication dates are May 20; June 10, 24; July 8, 22 and Aug. 19. The deadline for studies, calendar and briefing items is 5 p.m. seven days before publication.

New electronic resources available through University Library

The University Library is rapidly expanding its base of electronic resources. Several new online resources have been acquired recently or are being tested. The University community is encouraged to try them out. Suggestions and feedback may be sent to

The Library has test access to the Kluwer ( and the Springer ( or journal collections until June. The Kluwer collection contains 116 journals, though not all have full text. The John Wiley collection is at, and contains 119 technical, science, medical and professional journals. It eventually will include 400 such journals.

Simon & Schuster has made Newslink, the Web-based index and topical guide to news sources, available free through the summer as a contribution to U-M's National Science Foundation Digital Library Project. College Newslink brings the leading newspapers of the world to campus via the Web. Stories are linked to relevant university Web sites, textbooks, government sites, and political organizations and leaders. Newslink is at

The Library has obtained licenses for several other online resources: CollegeSource Online (, a collection of 7,000 college catalogs; CareerSearch ( h), which is jointly sponsored by the University Library and the Kresge Business Administration Library and provides industry-specific career information; Stat USA (, a federal statistical resource; and Congressional Quarterly (

Join online book discussion group

Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is the next book featured in the Alumni Association's online book discussion group, "Readers & Best." The discussion starts April 24 and will continue for about two weeks. Registrations are due April 17. Members can register through The Diag Online at http:/// alumni/diag.html. Questions? Call Kay VendenBosch, 763-9707, or send e-mail to

U-M-Flint raises sexual assault awareness with events, conference

U-M-Flint's Adult Resource and Women's Center will continue Sexual Assault Awareness week this week with a number of events in the Harding Mott University Center. Events include:


A Flint Youth Theatre production of "Growing Up Female" and discussion 6-8 p.m. today (April 15) in Michigan Room C.


"Take Back the Night," 8:30 p.m. Thurs. (April 16) in McKinnon Plaza. The event will feature speakers and musical guests, ending with a concert by the Chenille Sisters.


"Conference on Sexual Assault Awareness," 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fri. (April 17) in the Harding Mott University Center.

For more information, call (810) 766-6714.

'one house' exhibition showing at Robbins Center Gallery

The School of Art and Design will present "one house," an exhibition of recent paintings by Sarah McKenzie April 16-22 at the Warren Robbins Center Gallery.

For the past two years, McKenzie, an M.F.A. student, has devoted her work to a neighborhood of abandoned, historic homes in Brush Park, an area near downtown Detroit. "one house" includes two series of paintings, all conceived "post-mortem"-the artist worked from memory and photographs to reconstruct her experience of the house prior to its destruction.

Borders' sales benefit Kelsey April 24-26

Borders Books and Music will hold "Borders Benefit Days" for the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology April 24-26. On these days, when customers mention the Kelsey Museum, up to 15 percent of their purchases will be donated to the Museum. The benefit is valid at the Ann Arbor Borders store only. Store hours are 9 a.m.-11 p.m. April 24-25 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 26. Purchases may also be made by phone at 668-7652.

Exhibition examines antique Egyptian fashion

The exhibition "Reconstructing Personal Style in Late Antique Egypt" will open at the Kelsey Museum on April 17. The exhibition presents textiles from various collections to explore developments in the expressive potential of fashion in late antiquity. The exhibition focuses on the 4th-7th centuries C.E. For more information, call 763-3559.

Michigan Radio breaks records

Michigan Radio's spring fund drive broke all records for dollars raised during its spring on-air drive. The station received $251,600 in pledges from 3,287 listeners. Additional funds were donated by corporations matching employee contributions and businesses participating in the Challenge Grant Program. A record 1,799 pledges were received from first-time contributors. In all, Michigan Radio raised $285,200 over eight days.

Cancer Center needs volunteers

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking volunteers to help during the annual Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration on June 14 at the Morris Lawrence Bldg., Washtenaw Community College. Cancer survivors are welcome to join the planning committee for the event. For more information, call Maxine Solvay, 936-9583.

See new musical, Mina & Colossus

The School of Music will present Mina & Colossus, a workshop production of a new musical based on the life of poet/artist Mina Loy, at 8 p.m. April 19-21 at the Video Studio, Media Union. The musical is set in the formative period of the modern art movement in Europe and America, 1916-1958. It traces the ups and downs of the relationship between Mina Loy and her husband, athlete/poet Arthur Cravan.

Mina & Colossus features a book and score by two U-M students, librettist and author Ron Nyren and composer Sam Davis, who will discuss their production at noon Mon. (April 20) in Rm. 1524, Rackham Bldg. The production will be directed by John Neville-Andrews, associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Drama.

Admission is free, but tickets are required (maximum two per reservation) and may be obtained in person or by phone at the Michigan League Ticket Office, 764-0450.

U-M-Dearborn childcare open house is April 22

The U-M-Dearborn Child Development Center will host an open house for kindergarten, pre-school and toddler programs 4-6 p.m. Wed. (April 22) in the administrative office of the Child Development Center, Room 1031, CASL Annex.

The early-childhood programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Child Development Center is one of 10 centers featured in WTVS-TV Detroit's series, "The Whole Child: A Caregiver's Guide to the First Five Years."

Fall 1998 enrollment to the kindergarten program is open to all children who will reach age 5 before Dec. 1. The toddler and pre-school programs are open to children ages 1 (who are walking) to 5.

For more information, call (313) 593-5424.

Leningrad Codex to be presented to University Library

A facsimile edition of the Leningrad Codex, the oldest complete Hebrew Bible in the world, will be presented to the University Library at a reception, 5-6 p.m. Wed. (April 22) in the Special Collections Library. This edition of the Codex is a landmark publishing event in biblical scholarship. The original is housed in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg and dates from 1009 C.E. The facsimile edition contains five critical introductions and full-color reproductions of all 16 carpet pages.

David Noel Freedman, former head of the Program on Studies in Religion and general editor of the facsimile edition, and Astrid Beck, program associate in Studies in Religion and managing editor of the edition, will present the Codex to William Gosling, interim director of University Library and Peggy Daub, head of the Special Collections Library. For more information, call 764-9377.

Register now for U-Move

Registration for spring and summer U-Move adult activity and fitness classes is under way. Classes include step aerobics, ballroom dancing, swimming and certification courses in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR. Prices vary. Those who register for both terms at the same time will receive a 15 percent discount, as will those over age 60. You may register 7:30-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in Room 3060, Central Campus Recreation Bldg., or by mail. For more information, call 764-1342 or send e-mail to

Programs honored for dealing with student alcohol problems

Two U-M strategies dealing with alcohol and substance abuse issues have been recognized in a new sourcebook compiled by the "Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol Strategies" project.

U-M's centralized efforts to combat alcohol abuse among students and DrinkWise, a program offered through the Health System's Health Promotion Division, were recognized, based on seven criteria: replicability, cost effectiveness, specific focus, student involvement, context, desired outcomes and evidence of success.

U-M's overall system for dealing with alcohol and other substance abuse issues for students focuses on awareness events, education and resources for referral and assistance.

DrinkWise is an early intervention program intended to prevent and reduce alcohol problems. Using an adult education approach, it offers participants knowledge and skills that can be applied to cutting down, modifying, or stopping drinking habits.

Arianna String Quartet plays April 26

The Fair Lane Music Guild at U-M-Dearborn will present its final concert of the 1997-98 season with the Arianna String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Henry Ford Estate.

The Arianna String Quartet is known as one of America's finest chamber ensembles. It has won the grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition and first prize in both the Coleman and Carmel National Competitions. The group has played on several live national radio performances as part of Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Series, and on Canada's CBC Radio.

The Quartet will play works by Mozart, Stravinsky and Schubert. For more information, call (313) 593-5330.

Beware of a possible investment scam

The Benefits Office has received a report of what might be an investment scam.

A U-M employee was contacted by an individual who said he was from Prudential Securities. He said he knew she had recently signed up for the TIAA-CREF retirement plan and that he wanted to meet with her at her office to help her confirm she had made good choices in investing her money.

When he arrived, he was extremely persistent and had a laptop computer available to help explain his programs.

The staff member felt she had been tricked since he represented himself as being affiliated with the Benefits Office. She contacted the Benefits Office and learned that he is not.

Marty Eichstadt, director of benefits, says the University "has little control over local agents. They usually just purchase a directory and start making calls.

"We do, however, have rights if the agents misrepresent themselves as representatives of the University."

Individuals with similar experiences are encouraged to notify the Benefits Office via e-mail to