The University Record, July 22, 1998

Briefings

Criteria for FICA tax withholding for student employees changes

Effective fall term, the criteria used to determine whether student employees can be exempted from FICA tax withholding will change. The change results from Internal Revenue Service guidelines published in January. Students holding temporary hourly positions and graduate student assistants could be affected by the change.

Two information sessions on the changes will be held next month:

• Aug. 12, 3-4 p.m., Room G18, Wolverine Tower.

• Aug. 13, 3-4 p.m., Room 2553, Executive Conference Room, LS&A Bldg.

More complete information on the criteria will be published in the Sept. 9 issue of the Record. Information also is available on the Web at http://www.umich.edu/~payroll.

 

Search launched for LS&A dean

Provost Nancy Cantor has appointed a 12-member search advisory committee for the LS&A dean. She has asked the group to conduct a national search and present her with an unranked slate of final candidates in winter term 1999.

The committee is chaired by William G. Rosenberg (history). Other members are: Sangeeta R. Bhatia, president, LS&A Student Government; Alec D. Gallimore (aerospace engineering); Philip J. Hanlon (mathematics); Benita S. Jackson, graduate student (psychology and women's studies); Gordon L. Kane (physics); Vonnie C. McLoyd (psychology and Afroamerican studies); Piotr A. Michalowski (Near Eastern studies); Esrold Nurse, LS&A assistant dean for student academic affairs; Domna C. Stanton (romance languages and women's studies); Jan Svejnar (business economics and international business); and Katherine M. Verdery (anthropology).

The committee members may be reached via e-mail at LSASEARCH@umich.edu.

 

Next Record Aug. 19

The next issue of the Record will be published Aug. 19. The deadline for Calendar and Briefings items is 5 p.m. Aug. 12. The Record resumes weekly publication Sept. 9. Calendar and Briefings items for that issue are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 2.

 

WCTF seeking new members

The Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) is seeking new members to assist with its task and goals. Established in 1979, WCTF is an organization of volunteer women addressing the specific needs and special concerns of women in the University community. For more information, call 763-0235 or send e-mail to wctfexec@umich.edu.

 

YoHA seeks feedback

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking opinions and ideas about the past year's celebrations and experiments for the Year of Humanities and Arts (YoHA). Those interested can provide feedback by filling out an evaluation questionnaire on the Web (http://www.yoha.umich.edu); by requesting an e-mail evaluation from yohainfo@umich.edu; or by calling 763-1289 for a paper form to fill out and return.

 

Freedom from Smoking introductory session is Aug. 5

Freedom from Smoking, a seven-week program designed to help smokers quit smoking, will hold an introductory session 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 5 at the East Ann Arbor Health Center. The cost for the seven week class is $65 ($30 with M-CARE discount). Classes begin Aug. 12. For more information, call Sharon Sheldon, 998-7641, or Lisa Schneider, 647-5645.

 

734 area code mandatory July 25

On Sat. (July 25), the transition to the 734 area code will be completed, and callers will no longer be able to reach Ann Arbor phone numbers when using the 313 area code. The Information Technology Division (ITD) has made the changeover in the University's telephone equipment. According to project manager Dave Boyers, "The transition period between the old and new area code is over. More than before, it is now extremely important that every unit on campus makes sure that key documents and self-managed equipment are updated to include the correct 734 area code. Units should consider going the extra mile for their external customers and contact them to make sure they are aware of the area code change."

Materials that should be changed include stationery, business cards, internal documents, directories, advertising (including yellow page listings) and Web sites. Software and equipment that record phone numbers, such as fax machines, modems, pagers and cellular telephones, also may need to be changed. Additionally, all faculty, staff, and students should make sure that they update their cell phone, pager and fax numbers as listed on the University's Online Campus Directory (X.500). These numbers must be corrected by each individual since the information is not available to ITD to make the corrections for them.

Questions about the new area code should be sent by e-mail to new_area_code@umich.edu. Questions about changing X.500 entries should be sent to online.consulting@umich.edu. If you hear of any problems experienced by people trying to reach U-M phone numbers with the 734 area code, please report these problems to the University's telephone repair number, 647-8888.

 

UMRA has home at Wolverine Tower

The U-M-Retirees Association (UMRA) has been granted office space and staff support in the Human Resource Administration's offices, room 4052, at Wolverine Tower. UMRA, previously the U-M-Annuitant's Association, has existed since the 1950s through the volunteer efforts of faculty and staff retirees. The new facilities give UMRA a permanent home for its files and member services and a space where monthly social hours can be held.

Association officers are Wilfred Kaplan, president; Donald Thiel, vice president; Ralph Loomis, secretary; and Fred Beutler, treasurer. Fred Remley is the newsletter editor and Tammy Rendell, secretary of Human Resources, provides staff support.

 

Prostate cancer symposium is July 31-Aug 2

The Section of Urology will hold the first International Prostate Cancer Symposium July 31-Aug. 2 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. This free conference is open to the public. Prostate cancer survivor Bob Novak of CNN will present the keynote address, and medical experts from the nation's leading cancer centers will offer objective and unbiased medical information on alternative and conventional therapies. Space is limited. To register or for more information, call (800) 835-7633.

 

Office of Student Conflict Resolution being reviewed

A University committee has been formed to review the Office of Student Conflict Resolution and the effectiveness of the Code of Student Conduct. The committee will meet with key academic and administrative units within and outside the University. Comments relevant to this review are invited. They may be sent to the committee chair, Simone Himbeault Taylor, director, Career Planning and Placement, via e-mail to shtaylor@umich.edu or by fax to 763-9268.

Committee members include: Sarah Chopp, vice president, Michigan Student Assembly; Paul Edwards, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel; Barbara MacAdam, University Library; Philip Margolis, Civil Liberties Board; Lester Monts, associate provost; Olga Savic, Student Rights Commission, MSA; and Derrick Scott, College of Engineering.

 

Dial-in expands, phone number to change

The Information Technology Division (ITD) will offer a new, larger, upgraded dial-in modem pool next month for U-M users in Ann Arbor. When the change is made, the dial-in numbers also will change. The new dial-in modem pool will support faster connection speeds, up to 56 kilobits per second (Kbps) for analog modems. Sometime in late fall, it also will support multi-link (two-channel) ISDN connections.

According to dial-in team co-leaders Dory Leifer and Michelle Marcouiller, the modems will use the new v.90 standard protocol. "We're converting to digital technology to improve the quality and capacity of our modem pool," Leifer says. Marcouiller adds: "Another benefit of this upgrade is that our dial-in users will only need to remember one Ann Arbor number from now on. And because the pool is for U-M users only, we won't compete with other MichNet users for modems."

The pool will replace both the current Ann Arbor U-M-Private pool (213-7970) and the two Ann Arbor MichNet-shared pools (998-1300 and 213-3720). Merit will provide a separate new MichNet number for non-U-M users. Dial-in users should continue to use the current access numbers until the new modem pool is available. The new dial-in number--(734) 489-2222--is currently scheduled for activation in August, depending on when the testing of the new numbers is completed.

An announcement will be made to the campus when the new number goes "live." Prior to that announcement, check the ITCom Dial-In Home Page (www.itcom.itd.umich.edu/dialin) for the most up-to-date information about the new modem pool.

 

FASAP offers brown bag educational presentations

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) offers eight brown-bag educational classes to faculty and staff, departments, groups or organizations. Topics range from "Getting Along Better With Nearly Everyone" to "Teenagers, A Parent's Survival Guide." Each program is presented by one of FASAP's counseling staff at no charge. The short classes, which can be done at the requester's location of choice, are designed to provide an overview of a particular topic and allow time for questions and discussion. For more information or to schedule a class, contact Tom Waldecker, FASAP manager, or Colleen Root, program secretary, 936-8660.

 

Bug-Byte*: 7 steps will help with Y2K problem

As units complete their assessments of how the Year 2000 (Y2K) problem may affect their mission-critical systems, they are focusing on the development of action plans to deal with the identified problem areas.

Consultants working with the Health System have suggested a seven-step methodology for dealing with the Y2K computer glitch: (1) awareness; (2) inventory; (3) project plan; (4) examination, analysis and design; (5) modification; (6) testing; and (7) implementation. Information is on the U-M Y2K Web site at http://www.year2000.umich.edu/methodology.html.

Many U-M units are progressing effectively toward modification, testing, and implementation. Units that are only at the assessment and inventory stage have a lot to do in less than 18 months. For more information and assistance in moving forward, see the Web at http://www.year2000.umich.edu.

*"Bug-Bytes" are bite-sized announcements and tips about Year 2000 updates and activities on campus. They are sent by e-mail to the mail group (y2k.bug-bytes@umich.edu) and are published on the U-M Year 2000 Web site.

 

Power Award nomination deadline changes

The Academic Women's Caucus (AWC) has changed the deadline for nominations

for the 1999 Sarah Goddard Power Award to Nov. 20. The award ceremony will be held Feb. 17, 1999, one month earlier than in previous years. Since 1984, the AWC has presented awards to women who have distinguished themselves through their leadership, scholarship and sustained service on behalf of women. In 1988, the award was renamed in honor of the late Regent Sarah Power. Last year, the President's Office began funding the award with a stipend for each winner. For more information, contact Sally Grace, 764-5188, or sgrace@umich.edu.

 

CRLT Fall GSI Orientation Sept 3-4

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will be holding a Fall Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Orientation 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 3, fourth floor, Rackham Bldg., and 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 4, School of Education Bldg.

The program is open to all graduate students, but is specifically designed to help new GSIs prepare for their initial teaching experience. The orientation will feature seasoned faculty and GSIs who will speak to the needs, hopes and anxieties that arise on the brink of teaching one's first class. Workshops will provide an opportunity for GSIs to develop important pedagogical skills and resources. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

 

Asia Library grants for Japan scholars

Grants up to $500 are available to help defray the cost of travel, lodging, meals and photo duplication for Japan scholars who wish to utilize the collection at the Asia Library through June 30, 1999. Interested scholars should submit a brief statement to the Center for Japanese Studies describing their research and the need to use the Asia Library collection. Additionally, scholars should provide a current curriculum vitae and proposed travel dates. For more information send e-mail to umcjs@umich.edu or write to Asia Library Travel Grants, Center for Japanese Studies, 1080 S. University, Ste. 3603, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106.