The University Record, January 28, 1998

Briefings

Forum features women Regents

Regents Olivia P. Maynard, Rebecca McGowan and Andrea Fischer Newman, and Regent Emerita Nellie Varner will discuss campus issues and answer questions at the Women Regents' Forum 4-6 p.m. Feb. 18 in Rackham Amphitheater. The Regents will respond to questions submitted to them in advance by the organizers of the event as well as questions from the floor. The forum, which is open to all members of the campus community, is sponsored by the Academic Women's Caucus, the Center for the Education of Women, the Commission for Women, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Women of Color Task Force. For more information, call Sally Grace, 764-5188 or send e-mail to ssgrace@umich.edu.

Check out HRD courses

There's something for everyone in the winter '98 professional development courses available from Human Resource Development (HRD). Topic areas include Performance Management, Change Management, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Customer Service, Telecommuting, Self-Development, Writing and Supervision.

Early registration is recommended as courses fill quickly. You may register through the Professional Development Virtual Calendar (http://www.profdevcal.umich.edu), the HRD Web site (http://www.umich.edu/~hraa/hrd) or the HRD catalog. For information, call 764-7410.

Symposium focuses on '97 Nobel Prizes

Find out about the winners of the 1997 Nobel Prizes, what their work entailed and the impact of their contributions through non-technical presentations at the free, public Third Annual Nobel Symposium sponsored by the Program for the Study of Complex Systems in Room 170, Dennison.

Presentations at 10:30 a.m.-noon Sat. (Jan. 31) will focus on economics (Margaret Smoller, Wayne State University), chemistry (E. Neil Marsh, U-M) and physics (Georg Raithel, U-M). Presentations Feb. 7, same time, will focus on medicine (Jani Lewis, U-M) and literature (Gloria Lauri-Lucente, U-M). Carl Simon, professor of mathematics, of economics and of public policy, will moderate.

For information, call Katherine Richards, 763-3301, send e-mail to kjrich@umich.edu or visit the Complex Systems Web site: http://pscs.physics.las.umich.edu/pscs.html.

Moore not attending "Diversity and the News"

Filmmaker Michael Moore will not be attending the Feb. 2 day-long public debate "Diversity and the News," as was originally reported in the Record last week.

Co-sponsored by the Michigan Journalism Fellows (MJF) and the Committee of Concerned Journalists, the event will run 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Michigan League Ballroom. Network news journalists Mike Wallace and Charles Gibson; NBC News correspondent John Hockenberry; NPR host Ray Suarez; and Walt Swanston, executive director of UNITY '99, an umbrella organization for minority journalists, will join some two dozen journalism professionals from around the country to discuss diversity in American journalism.

Sign up for IM swimming, diving meet

The entry deadline for the 1998 Swimming and Diving Meet, sponsored by the Department of Recreational Sports Intramural Sports Program is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the IM Bldg., 606 E. Hoover. Entry fees are $5 for individuals, $25.00 per team. The meet will begin at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 5 at Canham Natatorium. For a listing of events and additional information, call 763-3562.

IM 3-point, free throw contestsare Feb. 6

The 1998 3-point shoot-out and free-throw contest, sponsored by the Department of Recreational Sports Intramural Sports Program will be held 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the IM Bldg., 606 E. Hoover. Participants may enter at any time during the event for a fee of $5 per person per event. For information, call 763-3562.

Kelsey displays lithographs of Egypt, Near East

"A Victorian's Passion for Egypt: David Roberts," an exhibition of 19th-century lithographs of ancient Egypt and the Near East, will be on display at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology through June 30. David Roberts (1796-1864), was the first professional artist to visit North Africa and the Near East with the intent of bringing back sketches to re-work for later sale. His visit in 1838-39 resulted in 272 sketches, a panorama of Cairo and three full sketchbooks. After returning to England, Roberts produced drawings based on his sketches for a series of 247 lithographs. The Kelsey display consists of nine of these lithographs.

Find out aboutover-the-counter medications

Every day there is a new advertisement about a prescription product that is now available over the counter. Elderly patients characteristically use more medications on a daily basis than others and consequently may have more questions about them. Find out about some of these medications at the free workshop, "Over-the-Counter Medications: A Guide to Selection," 1-3 p.m. Feb. 5 in the level 1 conference room, Cancer and Geriatrics Center.

Clinical pharmacist Kiela Samuels and student pharmacists Marci Plante and Tom Girten will provide information on vitamins, herbals, pain medications, and cold and cough products, and review common interactions in an interactive session. For information, call 764-2556.

Turner seeks volunteers

Do you like to hear people tell their stories and help others? If so, attend peer volunteer training sessions that will be held 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 in the level 1 conference room, Cancer and Geriatrics Center. Participants will be trained to work with older adults in their homes. For information and to register, call 764-2556.

Inaugural Dewey Lecture is Jan. 29

"Campus and Community: Research, Learning and Collaboration in the 21st Century," will be the focus of the inaugural John Dewey Lecture, co-sponsored by the Center for Learning through Community Service and the School of Education. It will be presented 4-5:30 p.m. Thurs. (Jan. 29) in the Tribute Room, School of Education Bldg.

Ira Karkavy of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Community Partnerships will discuss how campus-community collaboration can enable students to learn from experience, faculty to conduct research responsive to real-world needs, and universities to make knowledge more relevant to communities.

Dewey formulated some of his most influential ideas at Michigan in 1884-1894. He changed American education by his writings about the role of experience in education, school in society and higher education in solving social problems in a democracy.

Here's what's included on your W-2

Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for 1997 were mailed last week to regular and part-time employees who received earnings in 1997.

Federal and state taxable wages exclude any tax-deferred retirement contributions. However, these contributions were subject to Social Security and Medicare tax and are included in Social Security and Medicare wages. Separate boxes on the W-2 indicate whether the staff member was enrolled in a retirement plan and the amount of retirement contributions that were "elective" tax-deferred contributions. The total tax-deferred retirement contributions are indicated in a separate footnote on the W-2.

Also excluded from federal/state and Social Security wages are any pre-tax health insurance and group life insurance premiums deducted in 1997, as well as dependent care/medical reimbursement account deductions. Dependent care deductions are summarized in a separate box on the form.

There also is a footnote showing the total Flint/Dearborn/Ann Arbor United Way payroll deductions for 1997.

Staff members who had city income tax withheld in 1997 will receive a Form CW-2 for the appropriate city in a separate mailing.

Staff members who received royalty payments in 1997 will receive a separate Form 1099-Miscellaneous Income for those payments.

Errors in Social Security numbers should be reported to the Payroll Office.

Questions about information on W-2 forms should be directed to the Payroll Office, G395 Wolverine Tower, 764-8267. Individuals who do not receive their W-2 by Jan. 31 should call 764-8250.

Global climate change focus of program

Global climate change specialists from the U.S. State Department, India and Samoa will gather here Jan. 30-31 to continue discussions started at the Kyoto conference last fall.

The free, public program, "After Kyoto, What Next? Prospects for the Future," is part of the Environmental Theme Semester and co-sponsored by LS&A and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

A series of keynote addresses will be presented beginning at 3 p.m. Fri. (Jan. 30) in Room 1324, East Hall. Speakers include Stephen Schneider of Stanford University, considered one of the world's leading experts on climate change, and David Sandalow, White House National Security Council member. Vishwanath Anand, the chief negotiator for the government of India at the Kyoto conference, is tentatively scheduled to speak.

A panel discussion 9:30 a.m.-noon Sat. (Jan. 31) will include Friday's speakers and Neroni Slade, the ambassador from Samoa and the Alliance of Small Island States, and Constance Holmes, senior vice president of the National Mining Association. Harold K. Jacobson, the Jessee Siddal Reeves Professor of Political Science, will moderate the panel, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

For information on the theme semester, call 647-1122 or visit the Web at http://www.umich.edu/~envsem.

Kindergarten open house is Feb. 4

The U-M Children's Center, 400 N. Ingalls off Cornwell, will hold a 1998-99 Kindergarten Open House at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4. See the school, meet the teachers and learn about the program. There will be time for questions and answers. For more information, call Norma, 763-6784.

Find out howto prevent sexual harassment

The Sexual Harassment Prevention and Resolution Program will hold a training session 9 a.m.-noon Fri. (Jan. 30) in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. This free interactive session is for staff and faculty members with managerial or supervisory duties who are responsible for ensuring an environment free of harassing conduct. Appropriate workplace and classroom behavior, behaviors that can constitute sexual harassment, related U-M policies and procedures, and managers' and supervisors' roles and responsibilities in handling sexual harassment issues will be examined.

To register or for more information, contact Begona Garcia at 764-8569 or bgarcia@umich.edu. You also may register on the Web using the Professional Development Virtual Calendar athttp://www.profdevcal.umich.edu.

Find out about career optionsin social work

The School of Social Work and the Office of Career Planning and Placement will present "Career Options in Social Work" 10 a.m.-noon Sat. (Jan. 31) in Rackham Amphitheater.

If you are interested in the master's in social work program, attend and find about opportunities in the field from alumni. Panel participants are experienced professionals in a variety of areas, including clinical and macro practice.

Book artists sought for exhibition

Artists and printers in Michigan are invited to submit their work to the "Michigan Book Artists" exhibition, which will showcase artists and printers in the state who have made a commitment to working in book form. The exhibition is sponsored by the Special Collections Library.

Artists are invited to submit one representative piece created within the last five years, a brief statement about the work and biographical information for catalog and publicity purposes. The piece must not exceed 18" long x 18" wide 6" deep when opened for display purposes. Work will be previewed and artists will be notified of final acceptance.

Submissions must be received between March 15 and May 1 and should be sent to James Fox, Michigan Book Artists 1998, Special Collections Library, 711 Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Submissions should include a telephone and/or fax number, return address label, reusable packing material and sufficient return postage, as well as any special display information. The exhibition will be mounted this fall.

For information, contact Fox, 764-9377, or Jean Buescher, guest curator, 668-7436.

Rackham seeks board nominations

Earl Lewis, interim dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, is seeking nominations of graduate faculty to serve on the Executive Board of the Graduate School and on the Rackham Divisional Boards. Send nominations to Homer Rose, Room 1020A, Rackham Bldg., by 5 p.m. Feb. 20.

Conyers speaks on starting a business

U-M-Flint and the Center for University Outreach will present Jean Conyers, president/CEO of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, conducting a workshop on starting a business 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. (Jan. 31) in the Happenings Room, Harding Mott University Center.

Conyers will teach participants how to design a business plan, the vehicle for financing and operating a business. The session also will cover how to designate a target market and begin the necessary paperwork to form a business.

The $15 registration fee includes materials and lunch. For more information, call (810) 767-7181.

Funds available for work in state and local policy

The Provost's Office is soliciting proposals from teaching and research faculty who are doing work related to state and local policy, particularly issues that affect state or local governments in Michigan. A small number of awards will be made„only this academic year„to support such scholarly activity.

Proposals should have total costs between $50,000 and $200,000, to be spent over a period of not more than three years. Narratives should be two or three pages in length, with curriculum vitaes of research personnel and other supporting material attached. Special consideration will be given to proposals that involve collaborations of faculty with different academic perspectives.

Evaluation will be based on academic merit and potential usefulness to state and local policymaking. Successful proposals must address issues of importance to state or local government policy, especially as they relate to public policy issues in the state of Michigan.

For more information, contact Associate Provost Paul N. Courant by sending e-mail to pnc@umich.edu. Proposals should also be sent to Courant by Feb. 20. Awards will be announced in early March.

Exhibit, lecture kick off Hopwood festival

"Avery Hopwood and the Hopwood Awards," the new exhibition running Feb. 5-June 27 at the Special Collections Library, honors playwright Avery Hopwood (1882-1928) on the 70th anniversary of his death. The exhibition is part of a campuswide Hopwood Festival that includes lectures, panel discussions and a staging of Hopwood's 1924 play, The Best People.

The opening of the exhibition and Festival will be celebrated at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 with a lecture and reception at the Special Collections Library. The lecture, titled "Avery Hopwood: His Life and Legacy," will be given by Nicholas Delbanco, professor of English. The exhibit will open that evening at 7:30 p.m.

Hopwood's plays were popular on Broadway from 1906 until 1927. At the U-M, Hopwood is also remembered as the 1905 graduate whose bequest established the Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing. Since 1930, the program has attracted and rewarded such well-known authors as Arthur Miller, Robert Hayden, John Ciardi, Frank O'Hara, Marge Piercy, Milan Stitt and Nancy Willard.

Exhibit Museum has classes, family fun

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is offering outdoor, hands-on classes in wilderness awareness, animal tracking and skills for living in the wilderness. Classes are appropriate for adults and young people ages 8 and over. For more information, call (313) 426-3047.

At 7-9 p.m. Feb. 6, the museum will present "Living in the Wilderness," a Family Fun night program consisting of hands-on activities and an introduction to skills for living in the wild used by indigenous peoples around the world. The fee is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 6-12 and senior citizens. Payment is at the door, but reservations are required; call 936-5834.

The Exhibit Museum will also continue its popular "Tales for Tots" series for preschool-aged children Sundays at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; and March 15, 22 and 29. The program combines storytime and activities in the galleries on a different theme each week. A donation of $1 per family is requested, but not required. For more information, call 764-0478, or access the Web at http://www.exhibits.lsa.umich.edu.