The University Record, December 10, 1997


Breast cancer support group meets today

The monthly support group for women breast cancer survivors will be noon-1:30 p.m. today (Dec. 10) in Conference Room 180, Cancer Center. No registration is required. For more information, call 764-3115 or 936-6000.

Burns speaks on 'Sharing the American Experience' Dec. 13; also is winter commencement speaker

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will speak on "Sharing the American Experience" at 2 p.m. Sat. (Dec. 13) in Mendelssohn Theatre. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the University Library, the l ecture is part of the Year of Humanities and Arts (YoHA) celebration.

Burns, one of this country's most respected and prolific historians, has earned several film and television awards for his PBS series The Civil War, Baseball and most recently, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. His next major series is a history of jazz.

Burns also will be the main speaker at winter commencement 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in Crisler Arena. Some 2,000 students on the Ann Arbor campus expect their degrees this winter.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Burns; Gwendolyn Calvert Baker, educator and social activist; and Richard E. Smalley, chemist and Nobel laureate.

Winter commencement tickets will be distributed through Thurs. (Dec. 11) at the Lydia Mendelssohn Box Office, Michigan League. Up to six tickets per graduating student will be distributed. Extra tickets, if available, will be distributed Dec. 12.

On the day of commencement, families and guests should enter Crisler Arena through the concourse level doors and be seated by 1:50 p.m. Graduating students should enter through the tunnel entrance and be seated by 1:50 p.m.

Those with disabilities who have questions or special needs should call 647-6037.

Dance Department presents 'Dance and Related Arts'

The School of Music Department of Dance will present its annual Dance and Related Arts Concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 at the Betty Pease Studio Theater. The concert is a result of the collaboration between U-M students in the Dance and Related Arts clas s, bringing together fields of visual arts, music, writing, dance and computer technology to produce five original works reflecting ideas, philosophies and lifestyles that emerged from the beat generation. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. F or more information, call 763-5461.

Roberson to speak at U-M-Flint commencement Dec. 14

Joe Roberson, former director of intercollegiate athletics, will be the speaker at the U-M Flint winter commencement at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the IMA Sports Arena.

Roberson served as the director of athletics from February 1994 to fall 1997. Prior to his appointment as athletic director, he was executive director of the $1 billion Campaign for Michigan and associate vice president for development.

Roberson, a U-M-Flint alumnus, also served as acting chancellor of the Flint campus in 1984.

'Skate with Santa' at Yost

Children and grown-ups of all ages can "Skate with Santa" from 2-3:50 p.m. Sun. (Dec. 14) at Yost Ice Arena. Candy, music and St. Nick himself will be part of the holiday festivities. For more information, call 764-4600.

Open house at Arbor Lakes is Dec. 19

The University recently acquired the Arbor Lakes Office Complex at Plymouth and Earhart Roads, and an open house in the facility's Conference Center will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 19. The Information Technology Division is the primary occupant and w ill manage the space at the facility. Joes-Marie Griffiths, University chief information officer and ITD executive director, will officially open the center via satellite.

The conference center has three conference rooms and the following amenities: video conferencing capability, UMTV reception and transmission, Ethernet connectivity, writable and projectable walls, smart board, document viewer, and on-site catering and cafeteria. It can accommodate up to 100 persons with auditorium-style seating.

For more information, call 998-6590.

Matthaei offers rental deal

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens is offering a special rental package perfect for hosting departmental events. In December and January, any department that rents the auditorium is also admitted to the Conservatory at no additional cost. This is a savin gs of up to $150. For more information, call Susan Dara, 998-7061.

Library acquires Armenian holdings

The University Library has recently acquired approximately 4,700 items from the personal collection of Abaciyan (1924-89), the late head of library and archives of the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul. The collection includes Armenian-language books, periodicals, newspapers ad engravings from the late 18th to the mid-20th century, and a number of Ottoman Turkish publications.

The acquisition greatly enhances the Library's Armenian holdings, which already comprise the largest collection between the East and West coasts. Processing will take about a year, after which the materials will be available to readers.

Public policy dean search advisory committee formed

A 13-member advisory committee, chaired by David L. Featherman, has been appointed by Provost Nancy Cantor to assist her in the search for a new dean for the School of Public Policy. Other members are Holly B. Anderson, Robert Axelrod, William F. Broc kman, Kerwin K. Charles, Mary E. Corcoran, Sheldon H. Danziger, Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Phoebe C. Ellsworth, Martha S. Feldman, Carl P. Simon, Kenneth E. Warner and Robert J. Willis.

The committee has been asked to conduct a national search and present Cantor with an unranked final slate of candidates by summer.

School of Social Work relocates

The School of Social Work will begin moving to the new School of Social Work Bldg. on Dec. 18. It is anticipated that the Frieze Bldg. offices will be moved by Jan. 15. Offices at the Social Work Center Bldg. will be moving between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1 3. All mailing lists should be changed accordingly. Phone numbers will remain the same, but there may be some delays in reaching individuals while the move is under way. For more information, send e-mail to the relocation committee at ssw.move@umich.ed u.

Assembly meets Dec. 15

Senate Assembly will meet at 3:15 p.m. Mon. (Dec. 15) in Rackham Amphitheater. Agenda items include a discussion and Q&A on benefits with Human Resources Director Jackie McClain, consideration of minutes of the Oct. 27 and Nov. 27 meetings, annnouncem ents and reports, and the SACUA nominating committee election.

Take steps to become effective leader

The Commission for Women will sponsor a brown bag talk titled "Seven Steps to Effective Leadership" noon-1 p.m. Tues. (Dec. 16) at the Michigan Room, Michigan League. Demeter's Triangle Consulting will present a seven-step process for overcoming commo n mindsets that keep people from becoming effective leaders. Presenting will be Christi Bemister, a third-year student in the Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science program, a healing practitioner and instructional strategist in the Office of Instruct ional Technology; Marcia Harrer, a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years who specializes in trauma recovery and integrates spirituality into the psychological process; and Lora Vatalaro, a psychologist in private clinical practice for 12 year s with knowledge of the body-mind relationship.

Funds available for research on aging

The Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology currently have available funds to support pilot/feasibility research in geriatrics and the biology of aging.

Funding is provided by the National Institute on Aging via the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in Aging Research and a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Proposals may involve biomedical science, health services research, clinical physiology and pathophysiology, behavioral and social science research, or investigations into the biology of aging. The Pepper Center is interested in studies that propos e to develop interventions or intervention-related methods to improve the health and independence of elderly people. The Shock Center is interested in proposals dealing with cell and molecular biology of aging. The Pilot Grant program is for investigator s with full-time faculty appointments with ranks no higher than assistant professor or assistant research scientist. There is also limited support for full-time faculty at any rank whose proposal deals with geriatric intervention research.

Awards are for one year and will not exceed $20,000, although awardees are permitted to apply for a second year of funding. Successful applicants also may use resources provided by the Research Resource Cores within the Shock and Pepper Center prog rams.

Those interested in applying should contact Cindy Hendrickson, 936-8198, or send e-mail to Applications must be submitted by Feb. 16. Applicants will be notified and funds will be availab le by May 15.

Learn about weight management

"Lifesteps," a comprehensive nutrition and weight management program offered by the Nutrition Counseling Center and endorsed by M-Fit, will have a display Jan. 5-9 in the Towsley Link and Jan. 10-12 at the University Hospital Cafeteria. Free informati on sessions will be held Jan. 8-12, and classes will begin in late January. Participants receive individual attention and group support while developing healthy eating and activity habits. An M-CARE discount is available. For more information, call 936 -7527.

Register for winter term U-Move

Registration is under way for U-Move, a program of adult activity and fitness classes running Jan. 12-April 20. New for winter term, U-Move will offer a "Move & Tone" class at University Hospital and nutrition counseling. In addition to being able to register for a specific class, Drop-in Coupons, Unlimited Monthly Cards or Unlimited Semester cards are also available. Those registering for more than one class can get a discount, and senior citizens receive a 15% discount. Register at the U-Move Office, Room 3060, Central Campus Recreation Bldg., or call 764-1342. Office hours are 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Holiday sing at League is Dec. 14

The Michigan League is sponsoring a Holiday Sing on Sun., (Dec. 14) from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Vandenberg Room. University organist Marilyn Mason will accompany the singers on a newly restored parlor organ that for many years was stored in the League' s basement, and song sheets will be available. The free, public event, sponsored by the Friends of the Michigan League, will include wassail and cookies.

In the past, the organ, which was original to the building, was in the League Chapel and used for weddings and other League events. According to League records, it was purchased for $480 by the San Francisco Bay Cities Group of California and prese nted as a gift to the League when in opened in 1929.

According to Ginger Sissom, Friends coordinator, restoration included cleaning of the Estey organ's 250 reeds, replacing the bellows and refinishing the cabinet. Elgin A. Clingaman of Renaissance Pipe Organ Co., and Dana Hull of Organ Restoration, b oth in Ann Arbor, completed the work. Funds were provided by alumnae of Collegiate Sorosis, U-M sorority that was dissolved in 1992.

The restoration is one of several projects the newly formed Friends of the League have undertaken in the past year. Others include conservation of existing art work, pruning of trees and shrubs and planting more than 300 spring bulbs in the League Garden.

On Feb. 7, the group will host "A Taste of Monet," a dinner theater event to complement the U-M Museum of Art's Monet exhibit.

For information on the sing and the dinner theater, call 936-2218.

GLTAAC recognized by national organization

The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) at the Business School has received national recognition for its work in helping a sheet metal firm overcome an operating loss to become a prime supplier for two global manufacturers.

The project, "A Case Study in Planning and Leadership for a Great Turnaround in the Fabricating Industry," was led by GLTAAC project manager Sam Swaminathan. It was named "outstanding" in the business assistance category of the National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers 1997 Project of the Year Awards Competition.

M-Quality EXPO sessions on UMTV

UMTV, the campus cable system, is rebroadcasting six of the M-Quality EXPO sessions on InfoTech Channel 26. All sessions will air at noon weekdays onthe dates below. They include:


"Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within," keynote address by Business School Prof. Robert Quinn, Tues. (Dec. 16).


"Build the Bridge as You Walk on It" panel presentation, Session I (Julie Brown, Douglas VanHouweling, Nathan Norman, Laura Patterson) today (Dec. 10) and Dec. 18; Session II (Jose-Marie Griffiths, Ada Sue Hinshaw, James House, Laurita Thomas), Thurs. (Dec. 11) and Dec. 19.


"Teamwork: A Key to Success" panel presentation, Anita La Coss, Pattie Postel, Diane Lamb, Patricia Ward, Wed. (Dec. 17).


"Quality and Academia," Judith Gibson, Fri. (Dec. 12).


"The Future U-M Instructional Environment," Mike Nowak, Mon. (Dec. 15).

For complete schedule information and program synopsis, access the Web at Videotapes of the sessions are available for departmental check out at the Film and Video Library, Shaprio Library, 764-5360, or via e-mail to They also may b e purchased: $20 each, $100 for the set.