The University Record, April 22, 1998


No change for 1998 in retirees' Medicare Part B reimbursement rates

The Medicare Part B premium reimbursement to retirees will not change in 1998. Reimbursement checks are mailed quarterly, on the last work day of April, July, October and January. Each check covers the prior three months. For retirees who receive Social Security, the Medicare Part B premium is deducted from Social Security payments.

The rates are:


Retirees who retired prior to Jan. 1, 1970, receive full reimbursement: $43.80 per month, or $131.40 per quarter.


Retirees who retired after Jan. 1, 1970, receive approximately 70 percent reimbursement: $30.89 per month, or $92.67 per quarter.


To arrange direct deposit of the funds, call Payroll, 764-8250.

Questions? Call the Benefits Office, 763-1214 (Main Campus), or 764-6584 (Medical Campus).

Experts speak on cancer fatigue

Chances are that those who are fighting cancer also are fighting exhaustion, listlessness and an overwhelming need to sleep. The Cancer Center will offer a free program on fighting fatigue using nutrition, restorative activities, exercise and daily planning, 79 p.m. Wed. (April 29) at the Livonia West Holiday Inn. Registration is not required. For information, call (800) 865-1125.

Units move to new locations

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, formerly located at 109 E. Madison, has moved to 950 Victors Way, Suite 50, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2736. For more information, call Connie Stoelton, 647-2004.

The Consultation and Conciliation Service, Human Resources and Affirmative Action, formerly located at G250 Wolverine Tower, has moved to 2027 Administrative Services Bldg., 1009 Greene, 48109-1432. For more information, call Wendi Gallagher, 936-8894.

'Welcome to Michigan' deadline May 1

Units interested in sponsoring a "Welcome to Michigan" event must submit event information by May 1. Welcome Week for 1998 is Sept. 17. For more information, call 764-6413 or send e-mail to Event information may be submitted on-line at welcome.

Refractive surgery Health Night Out topic

The Health System's next Health Night Out program, 7:309:30 p.m. May 5 in Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium, will focus on refractive surgery. Faculty from the Department of Ophthalmology will lead the presentation, focusing on how incision-based surgery works, what kind of results can be expected, how laser refractive surgery techniques can correct eyesight, how long it takes to recover from surgery, what new approaches are on the horizon, who is a good candidate for surgery and risks associated with the procedure. For more information, call Telecare, 763-9000, category 1075.

Identify your natural wonders on April 26

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will sponsor the "1st annual ID Day," 13 p.m. Sun. (April 26) at the Museum. Visitors can bring their natural wonder discoveries to a number of experts in many fields, including paleontology, geology, anthropology and herpetology. The event is free. For information, call 763-0478.

School of Nursing open house is May 1

The School of Nursing will hold a Graduate Program Open House, 2:305 p.m. May 1 at the School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls Bldg. The program will include an overview graduate programs and an opportunity to meet with faculty for informal advising. To register, or for more information, call 763-5985.

Say goodbye at 'Michigan Memories'

Faculty and staff are invited to attend "Michigan Memories," an open house for graduating seniors, noon4 p.m. May 2 in the Michigan Union. Refreshments, background entertainment and Michigan highlights from the past four years will be on hand as students and members of the University community connect for the last time before leaving U-M. For more information, call 764-5132.

Final call for Neubacher Award

May 4 is the deadline for nominations for the James Neubacher Award, given annually by the Council for Disability Concerns to those who has served as an effective advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Nomination forms, which include criteria, are available from the Office of Equity and Diversity Services, 763-0235 or 647-1388 (TTY) and on the Web at

Singapi featured at South Africa Initiative spring reception

The South Africa Initiative Office will hold a spring reception 4:306 p.m. Tues. (April 28) in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. The event will feature Mlulami Singapi, vice consul at the South African Consulate General in Chicago, speaking on "The Transformation Process in South Africa: Progress and Challenges." The reception also will honor the 1998 Moody Exchange Scholars and the other 40 students going to South Africa. To RSVP, or for more information, call Amy, 763-7778, or send e-mail to

Calling women golfers

Want to play golf? Opportunities are available for women golfers interested in playing in a 5 p.m. Monday evening league starting May 4. For more information, call Carolyn Bartle, 971-3615, or Radrick Farms, 998-7040.

Turner offers 'Successful Aging' workshop

Turner Geriatric Clinic's Peer Volunteers will sponsor a free workshop on "Successful Aging," 10 a.m.noon May 6 at the Pittsfield Senior Center, 701 Ellsworth St. Robert Kahn, professor emeritus of psychology and co-author of the recently published book Successful Aging, will speak. After his talk, a panel of seniors moderated by Ruth Dunkle, professor of social work, will speak on creative approaches to aging. For more information, call 764-2556.

Exhibition teaches about nursing

Health System Nursing Services and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will co-sponsor "Be A Nurse," an exhibition at the Museum on display noon4 p.m. May 2 and 9, 15 p.m. May 3 and 10. The exhibition will teach children about the work nurses do through demonstrations by nurses from the Medical Center and health-related giveaways for children. Admission to the display is free with admission to the museum, $3 for children age 3 and older, $5 for adults. The Museum is located at 219 E. Huron St.

Herbs and spices make tasty cooking

M-Fit will continue its series of East Ann Arbor Health Center Culinary School Cooking Classes 68 p.m. May 6 with "Herbs & Spices in the Garden & the Kitchen." The class will be presented by Lizzie Burt, culinary arts professional, Kathy Goldberg, registered dietician; and special guest gardener, Raven Tuttle of Saguaro Rare Plant Nursery. Tuttle will discuss easy-care herb gardens, and participants will learn how the addition of herbs and seasoning can bring excitement to everyday cuisine.

M-Fit sponsors various cooking classes at the East Ann Arbor Health Center at 4260 Plymouth Road. Special rates are available to couples, preventive cardiology patients and those who register for at least three classes. All classes are discounted for M-CARE insurance participants. To register or for more information, call Nicole Goyarts, 998-6736.

'Unaccountable Tantrums' is April 27

The Department of Dance is sponsoring "Unaccountable Tantrums," a concert featuring new dance works presented and choreographed by dance students, 8 p.m. Mon. (April 27) at the Betty Pease Studio theater. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For information, call 763-5460.

The Bridge Party reading is April 30

The Department of Theatre and Drama will present a free, rehearsed reading of The Bridge Party, a new play written by Central Michigan University playwright/professor Sandra Seaton, 7:30 p.m. April 30 in Rackham Auditorium. In addition, there will be a panel discussion of the play noon2 p.m. that day in Room 232D, West Hall.

The Bridge Party is about a group of middle-class, African American women in the segregated South of the 1940s whose weekly bridge club is interrupted with the news that a lynching has occurred in their community. The story examines how these women deal with the news and maintain their own dignity and integrity.

The play is included in Strange Fruit, an anthology published by Indiana University Press. Seaton will sign copies of the anthology after the performance. For information, call 763-5213.

Students receive free additional printing, unlimited dial-in access

Recognizing the increasing demands for basic computing services and the University's intent to ensure that students have sufficient access to these services to support their academic needs, the Provost's Office and the Information Technology Division (ITD) have adjusted the basic computing package for the remainder of the semester. Through April 30, students will receive unlimited dial-in access midnight3 p.m. and receive a printing allocation increase of 180 printing pages (300 total for this semester) at no additional charge.

Arrangements will be made to adjust the accounts of students who already have exceeded the former printing allocation of 120 pages. ITD and the Provost's Office, along with representatives from the Michigan Student Assembly, Rackham Student Government and the ITD Student Advisory Committee are working to revise the basic computing package for next year.

Symposium honors dissertation award recipients

A symposium to honor recipients of the 1998 Distinguished Dissertation Awards will be at 2 p.m. April 30 in Assembly Hall, Rackham Bldg. The symposium will be followed by a 45:30 p.m. reception. This event is presented by the Graduate School and the Michigan Society of Fellows. The Distinguished Dissertation Awards are sponsored by University Microfilms. To RSVP, call 764-8221.

Owens speaks on drug abuse therapy

S. Michael Owens, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, University of Arkansas for Medical Science, will speak on "Antibody-Based Therapy for Phencyclidine Overdose and Abuse," noon1 p.m. Wed. (April 29) in Room 5623, Medical Sciences II Bldg. A panel discussion will follow. Owen's lecture is sponsored by the Substance Abuse Research Center and Department of Pharmacology. For more information, call 998-6500, or send e-mail to

CIBE ranked #1 in Title VI funding competition

The Business School's Center for International Business Education (CIBE) received first-place ranking from faculty reviewers in a recent Title VI funding competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The CIBE has been approved to receive $1.2 million in federal funding over the next four years.

CIBE sponsors a range of activities related to international business, including foreign language training, faculty research, curriculum development and links to business, government and other academic institutions, recently adding emphasis to undergraduate training in international business.

For more information, call Brad Farnsworth, CIBE director, 936-3917, or send e-mail to