The University Record, February 4, 1998



Feb. 17 is benefit reimbursement accounts claims cutoff date

To ensure reimbursement in your February paycheck, reimbursement account(s) claims must be turned in by Feb. 17. Drop off or mail forms to the Main Campus Benefits Office, Wolverine Tower-Low Rise G-405, 303 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Due dates also appear on the Benefits Office Web site: Questions? Call 763-1214.


Oracle licensing agreement signed

A five-year licensing agreement has been signed with Oracle Corp. The agreement provides unlimited distribution of licensed products across 10 server platforms and operating systems and all U-M campuses. It includes the Oracle core database technology and other products such as the Oracle Web Application Service, Developer 2000, Designer 2000, Programmer 2000 and Discoverer. Deb Masten, manager of software licensing and distribution for the Information Technology Division, worked with an interdisciplinary U-M team for nearly a year to conclude negotiations. For information on the agreement, visit the Web at http://www.i


Students eligible for reduced tuition in Family Housing playgroup program

Students interested in Family Housing's spring term playgroup sessions may receive reduced rate tuition of 50-100 percent through a program funded by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation in collaboration with the Center for the Education of Women. Playgroups are held once a week at Family Housing and offer developmentally appropriate activities for parent and child. Applications are available at the Family Housing Child Development Center on North Campus at 1000 McIntyre, and will be accepted 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 25 and 2-5 p.m. Feb. 26. For more information, call 764-4557.


Find the Office of Financial Aid on-line

The Office of Financial Aid's new Website is located at The site contains the latest financial aid information, aid application tips and procedures, scholarship listings and a variety of other aid resources. Special information categories include: Prospective U-M Student Information, Information for Current U-M Students, Student Employment, Frequently Asked Questions/Terms, Publications/Forms, Facts about U-M Financial Aid and Office Contact Information. For more information, call 763-6600 or send e-mail to


Women's health center offers variety of resources, counseling

The Women's Health Resource Center, located on the south end of Level 1 of the Taubman Center, provides information on women's health topics in a variety of ways. Individual counseling, community outreach programs, a video library and viewing room and an extensive resource library are available at the Center, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. All services provided by the Center are free. For more information, call 936-8886.


Flint now has M-CARE rep

M-CARE, in collaboration with the Benefits Office, now has a dedicated customer service representative for U-M-Flint staff. Carrie Lovesay will be working out of M-CARE's Flint office (Cornerstone Bldgs., 1303 S. Linden Road, Suite C, 810-732-6620, 800-605-6388, 810-732-1723-fax). She will work with members and providers on enrollment, benefits and claims questions.


Diversity and academic excellence focus of KCP scholar's talk

Lee Knefelkamp, King/Chavez/Parks visiting scholar, will speak on "Diversity and Academic Excellence" 4-5 p.m. Mon. (Feb. 9) in Rackham Amphitheater. She will talk about the necessity of diversity in education to ensure intellectual complexity and academic excellence. Knefel-kamp is professor of higher education at Columbia Teachers College and recipient of four honorary degrees.

Her visit is sponsored by the KCP Visiting Professors Program and the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic and Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, the Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education and the Women's Studies Program.


Integrity in research is focus of Feb. 10-11 conference

"Managing Integrity in Research," a regional conference to promote responsibility in the conduct and administration of university-based research, will be held Feb. 10-11 at the Rackham Bldg. Discussions at the program, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Public Health Service Office of Research Integrity, will focus on ways to enhance an institution's culture of integrity as well as strategies for the design of research integrity programming. It also will touch on emerging ethical challenges that research institutions will face.

Harold T. Shapiro, president of Princeton University and chair of the National Bioethics Advisory Committee, will deliver the keynote address on "Ethical Systems and Public Policy" at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 10, followed by panel responses. His talk will address the difficulty in "establishing or projecting a moral vision within the constraints of a public policy process," such as that faced last year by the Bioethics Commission in establishing a position on human cloning.

Other conference sessions include Design of Research Integrity Programs, Sharpening Existing Organizational Tools, The Ethical Climate, Public and Media Perceptions of Academic Approaches to Integrity in Research, Emerging Issues in Research Responsibility and a workshop on alternative dispute resolution.

Conference sessions are free for U-M participants but registration is encouraged by calling 763-1289 or visiting the Web at


Dance the night (and day) away

Faculty and staff are invited to join in the student-run Dance Marathon 10 a.m. Sat.-4 p.m. Sun. (Feb. 7-8) at the Indoor Track Bldg. The philanthropic and social event is designed to build support and funding for the children and families helped by Chlidren's Miracle Network. Proceeds from the event will benefit Beaumont Hospital's Children's Center, providing services and scholarships for children uable to afford medical care. There will be a silent auction of sports paraphernalia in addition to dancing and entertainment. For information, call Evan Meyers, 668-2458, or send e-mail to


Eating issues and body image support group forms

The Psychological Clinic offers a nine-week workshop 3:15-4:45 p.m. Mondays beginning Feb. 16. Topics include controlling compulsive eating, how dieting can lead to bingeing, alternatives to purging and how to stay healthy. Enrollment is limited and there is a variable fee for the workshops. For more information or to set up a private pre-workshop interview, call Mary McKinney, 764-3471.


'African Sky Tales' at Exhibit Museum

"The People and their Sky: African Sky Tales" tells about the early understanding, hopes, fears and speculations of the African people about the night sky and the world around them. Offered in celebration of Black History Month, the planetarium presentation can be viewed at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through June. Tickets to the planetarium shows are $3 for adults, $2.50 senior citizens and children under age 12. There is a 20 percent discount for Museum members.

A special evening celebration of the production (7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. Feb. 20) will showcase some of the artists who worked on the show and Matthew Linke, planetarium director, will be on hand to meet museum visitors.

For more information, call the Museum at 764-0478.


Hopwood festival honors playwright's life, legacy

February's Hopwood Festival will honor the playwright's life and legacy with lectures, and exhibition and production of one of Hopwood's plays.

Nicholas Delbanco, professor of English, will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Special Collections Library, and Jack Sharrar, Hopwood's biographer, will lecture at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 in Rackham Amphitheater. The Best People, a U-M production of Hopwood's play, will premier at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in Mendelssohn Theatre. Additional performances begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 and 2 p.m. Feb. 15.

For ticket information, call 764-0450. For information on the Festival, call the Hopwood Room, 764-6296.


Religious perspectives on affirmative action is topic of Feb. 11 program

Local Buddhist, Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders will join in a panel presentation on religious perspectives on affirmative action 7-9:30 p.m. Wed. (Feb. 11) in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. They will address current issues of affirmative action from their respective historical traditions. English Prof. Ralph Williams will give closing remarks. The program is sponsored by Guild House.


'I Can Cope' program begins Feb. 5

The free, eight-week educational program "I Can Cope" will begin 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs. (Feb. 5) in Room 426, Floor B1 of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. The program gives participants an opportunity to share their concerns about cancer with others who have similar experiences and to design ways to cope with the challenges of cancer. Gust speakers, videotapes, print materials and class discussions provide current information for patients, family and friends.

Registration is required, but there is no fee for the sessions. To register or for more information, call 936-8700.


Fashion show benefits agencies

The Business School Significant Other and Spouse Club is sponsoring the "Ann Arbor Home with a Heart Fashion Show" to benefit Ronald McDonald House and Project/SAFE House at 4 p.m. Sun. (Feb. 8) in the Michigan League Ballroom. Tickets, $10, are available at the Business School Student Lounge and by contacting Sharon Hawes, 764-5181, or Sally Petersen, 996-5569, and at the event. Models will include Wolverine co-captain Eric Mayes and other members of the football team. All ticket proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House. Proceeds from a raffle will benefit Project/SAFE House.


Effect of globalization on space is Feb. 26-28 symposium topic

Concentrated and growing cities, which are becoming increasingly regional and international in their economies, cultures, tastes and lifestyles, exist in the midst of a local space, economy and culture. The synergy and the tensions that evolve between local and global forces in cities will be the focus of an international symposium Feb. 26-28, "City, Space and Globalization." Discussions at the symposium will be critical, theoretical, empirical, historical and based on actual cases, with presentations organized around three themes:


Architectural design, physical planning and internationalization.

Cultural heritage, revitalization and development.

Gender, class, ethnicity and globalization.

Concurrent with the symposium, the Slusser Gallery will host an exhibition of projects that explore critical perspectives on space and built form produced through the relationship of local, city and global cultures.

A screening of movies on the city, a book fair and poster presentations of papers will be offered throughout the symposium.

All interested members of the University community are invited to attend the program. Those planning to attend all sessions are encouraged to register in advance. The symposium is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies and the International Center.

For registration information and a complete schedule of activities, visit the Web at http://www.umich .edu/~iinet/csseas/cityspace.html.


'Choreography of Geography' dancers circle the globe

The dance concert "The Choreography of Geography" plays at Power Center at 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. (Feb. 5-7) and at 2 p.m. Sun. (Feb. 8). Merce Cunningham's famous work "Changing Steps" is part of the annual dance concert. The U-M performance of Cunningham's work will use 16 dancers, although the number on any particular evening may vary.

The Digital Music Ensemble, directed by Stephen Rush, will provide musical accompaniment from trumpet, acoustic bass, electronic percussion and phonograph "cartridges."

Tickets, $7 for students and $14 or $18 for others, are available at the League Ticket Office or at the Power Center box office one hour prior to curtain time on performance days.

For more information, call 764-0450.


Nominate co-worker for UMatter Award

Do you work with someone who has a lot of initiative or is very creative? Have you encountered someone in your work with other U-M units who treated you, as a customer, exceptionally well? Do you know of someone who goes the extra mile to meet the special needs of individuals or your unit? Want to make sure that person's talents and thoughtfulness are recognized?

Consider nominating that person for a UMatter Award. The UMatter program was developed in 1997 to provide an easy yet visible way to acknowledge the many contributions--both over time and on a day-to-day basis--that staff members make to the life of the University.

Arranging for that pat on the back is as easy as visiting the Web at The site includes a description of the program and an easy-to-fill-out electronic nomination form. Nominations also may be submitted via e-mail and must include the information requested on the Web site form.

UMatter Award recipients are announced in "Applause" in the Record and honored at an annual staff recognition event. They also receive a pin and certificate.

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