The University Record, October 15, 1997


Regents meet Oct. 17 in Ann Arbor

The Regents will meet at 9:30 a.m. Fri. (Oct. 17) in the Regents' Room, Fleming Building. Public comments will be at 11 a.m. in the Regents' Room. The meeting agenda incudes the External Audit Report by Ernst and Young LLP. Please note that the sess ion will be in Ann Arbor, and not, as originally planned, in Flint. For more information, call Nancy Asin, 764-3883.


Committee named for Rackham dean search

Abigail Stewart, director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, will chair a search advisory committee for the dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Also serving on the committee, appointed by Provost Nancy Cantor, are Francis Blouin, Stephen Darwall, Irwin Goldstein and George Shirley.

Cantor has asked the committee to review the final candidates from the last search and solicit new nominations from the campus community, and that it present her an unranked slate of finalists later this fall.

Comments may be via e-mail to or to Abigail Stewart, chair, Rackham Dean Search Advisory Committee, 3074 Fleming Administration Bldg. 1340.


Farewell reception for Gramlich is today

The School of Public Policy will host a farewell reception for Dean Edward M. Gramlich 3:305 p.m. today (Oct. 15) in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. Gramlich is leaving the U-M to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank in Washi ngton, D.C. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend. For more information, call 764-3490.


LS&A faculty vote 'no' on renaming area distribution requirement

During its Oct. 6 meeting, the faculty of LS&A voted against a proposal to revise the Area Distribution Requirement of the Faculty Code. Ruth Scodel, director of the Honors Program, proposed that in Faculty Code B 6.14, Sec. 14 - Area Distribution Req uirement the words "Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA)" be changed to "Mathematical, Statistical and Symbolic Analysis (MSSA)."

Scodel said the motion was not expected to change enrollment. Rather it was put forth to help students more clearly understand the requirements in Pattern I and II. "The original proposal's intent was not to confine departmental courses to a categ ory (HU, NS or SS). It was my understanding that basic courses in statistics belonged under mathematics," Scodel said.

Some faculty members expressed concern about the need for such a change. "If we put statistics in this area," said Edward Rothman, professor of statistics, "you will create additional confusion."


Flint scholarship fundraiser is Oct. 22

The 11th annual Holt, Broadway, Broome, McCree and Wright Scholarship Fundraiser to benefit African American U-M-Flint students will be at 6:30 p.m. Wed. (Oct. 22) in the Michigan Rooms on the U-M-Flint campus. The keynote speaker is Asa G. Hilliard, III, the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education, Georgia State University.

The event concludes a communitywide fundraising effort to support the four endowed scholarships and the newly-established scholarship in memory of Dr. Doughlas Wright, late co-chair of the fundraiser.

Scholarship gifts can be made through the U-M-Flint Office of Development, 213 University Pavilion, Flint, MI, 48502-2186.

For more information, call (810) 762-3350.


Grants available for classes with community-based research, service

Small course development grants are available to all assistant, associate and full professors holding regular teaching appointments who are integrating community-based research and/or service-learning into an existing or new course.

Applicants may request funding up to $1,000 and, in special circumstances, up to $2,500. Funding may be used for student assistance, transportation, guest speaker honoraria, curricular planning, and community agency support.

Applicants should submit a two-to-three-page proposal including the course title, semester taught, the estimated number of students, a description of course objectives, pedagogical procedures, time schedule and a budget for needed resources. Applic ants should also describe how community-based research and service-learning will be integrated into the course and the expected effects on students and the community.

Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 3 to Barry Checkoway ( or Jeffrey Howard ( at the Center for Learning through Community Service. Funding announcements will be made by Dec. 1.

Funding for this program is provided by the Bonner Foundation with support from the Corporation for National Service Learn & Serve Program.


Coffey speaks on human destiny

The Cancer Center will sponsor a free talk on human destiny by scientist Donald Coffey, 7 p.m. Tues. (Oct. 21) in Rackham Auditorium. Coffey will address such questions as the place of human beings in the world, the effects of creativity on our tenden cies for good and evil, and new ideas for fighting cancer. For more information, call (800) 865-1125.


'Keepin' it Real' examines African American expression

The Michigan Association of Black Graduate Students will host a free, public conference titled "'Keepin' It Real': Authority and Authenticity in the Performance of African-Americanist Scholarship," Fri.Sat. (Oct. 1718) in the East and West Conf erence Rooms, Rackham Bldg. Registration is at 2 p.m. on Friday.

The conference will consider the experiences of African American scholars who perform intellectual and artistic work in mainstream spaces, and their endeavors to meaningfully represent the Black community. This theme will be explored through variou s forms of African American expression including rap sessions, a poetry slam, paper presentations, an art exhibit/reception and performances.

"Keepin' It Real" is co-sponsored by the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.


Alumni Association celebrates centennial at 21st Go Blue Brunch

The Alumni Association will celebrate its 100th birthday at the 21st Annual Go Blue Brunch 9:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Indoor Track Building. Master of ceremonies for the brunch will be Bob Forman, former executive director of the Alumni Association. The pr ogram features food and entertainment by the Michigan and Michigan Alumni Cheerleaders and Marching Band, as well as greetings from President Lee C. Bollinger and the presentation of the Spirit of Michigan Award.

Cost for the brunch is $15, $8 for U-M students. A limited number of football tickets ($32 each) will be available to those purchasing brunch tickets. For more information, call the Alumni Association, 763-9747.


RC presents 'Giovanni the Fearless'

The Residential College (RC) will present Giovanni the Fearless Oct. 23Nov. 2. The production will open at 8 p.m. Thurs. (Oct. 23) in the RC Theater. The play's Saturday matinee performances (2 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 1) will be followed by an on-stage t alk-back session with the artist-consultants, composer Ben Cohen, lighting designer Rita Girardi, set designer Kathleen Letts, puppet designer Deborah Gibson, author Carolyn Balducci and director Kate Mendeloff. The production and talk-back sessions are funded by grants from the Year of the Humanities and Arts and the Washtenaw Council for the Arts. Tickets are available at the door for $5 for students, $7 for others.


Meeting dates set for Board for Student Publications

The Board for Student Publications will meet on the following Mondays during the 199798 academic year: Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30, and either April 20 or April 27. All meetings will be held at 5 p.m. in Room 204, Student Publications Bldg.


Bryant speaks on environmental justice

Bunyan Bryant, professor of natural resources, will discuss "The U.N. and Sustainable Development: Environmental Justice," at the International Luncheon Forum, noon Tues. (Oct. 21) at the International Center. The lecture is part of the United Nations 1997 theme week, "Building for a Sustainable Future." The lunch and discussion are hosted by the International Center, Ecumenical Campus Center and Church Women United. An optional salad and sandwich lunch may be purchased for $3. For more information, call 971-4021.


U hosts Japanese literary conference

The 1997 Conference of the Midwest Association for Japanese Literary Studies, "The New Historicism and Japanese Literary Studies," will take place Oct. 2426 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. The conference will focus on the usefulness of "new histori cism," the contemporary critical movement that emphasizes how a literary text is historically situated in teaching Japanese literature and culture.

Sessions include: "(Pre) (Post) Modernism and Aesthetics"; "Sexuality, Gender and Power"; "Representations"; "Histories in (of) the Text"; "Literary History and National Identity." Komori Yoichi, Tokyo University, will deliver a keynote speech on "Literature as History, History as Literature: Postwar Literature and Revisionist History," followed by a closing session on "(Pre) (Post) Modernity and Fiction."

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies, LS&A, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Office of Vice President for Research, as well as the Japan Foundation and the Associa tion for Asian Studies. Registration is $15. For more information, send e-mail to


Historian R. Bin Wong to speak at Eckstein Seminar

The Center for Chinese Studies will inaugurate the new Alexander Eckstein Seminar Series with a presentation by R. Bin Wong, professor of history and social sciences, University of California, Irvine. Wong will speak on "Historical Perspectives on China' s Economic Modernization" at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the fourth floor Assembly Hall, Rackham Bldg.

Wong has published more than 20 articles on Chinese economic, social and political history from the 10th century to the present.

The Alexander Eckstein Seminar Series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, endowments from the Center for Chinese Studies and the Eckstein Memorial Fund.


Resources at NPACI are focus

The Center for Parallel Computing will present Hall Marshall and Amit Majumdar speaking on "Parallel Computing at NPACI" at 9 a.m. Oct. 2324 in the Media Union Teleconference Room. They will introduce new and current users to the high performanc e computing resources available at NPACI. Topics will include an overview of CRAY T3E and IBMSP2, MPI, Parallel Tools, Parallel Code Development and Programming Methods. Registration is required and may be done via the Web at http://www. by checking the box for University of Michigan.

For more information, send e-mail to or


Turner sponsors Medicare update

Turner Geriatrics Center will co-sponsor a free meeting 9 a.m.noon Mon. (Oct. 20) at the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium titled "Medicare Update: How Will the New Changes Affect Me?" Congresswoman Lynn Rivers, will discuss "The 1988 Budget: Medicare Chang es and Issues in Congress," and Fran Plets, administrator for Beneficiary Outreach Healthcare Service Corp., Michigan's Medicare carrier, will speak on new benefits and easier paperwork. A question-and-answer period will follow the talks. Free Medicare card lamination and information packets will be available 99:45 a.m. and at noon. The meeting also is sponsored by Catholic Social Services/Council on Aging and the M-CARE Senior Plan. For more information, call 764-2556.


Musical Theatre performs Sweeney Todd Oct. 1619

The Musical Theatre Department will present Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd Oct. 1619 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. One of Sondheim's most controversial works, Sweeney Todd is the story of a barber who vows to kill the corrupt judge wh o destroyed his family. When he is unable to do so, he goes on a rampage, killing both guilty and innocent, while his partner, Mrs. Lovett, bakes the victims into meat pies to sell to the townspeople. Tickets ($18 and $14) are available at the League Ti cket Office. For more information, call 764-0450.


Sarris presents performance works

Terri Sarris, lecturer for film and video studies, will present two performance works at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the LSA-TV Studio, Argus II Bldg. "Loose Threads" explores a mother/daughter relationship, and "significant/other" is a humorous search for posi tive images of women who are not mothers.

Sarris' work combines dance, music and text with home videos, vintage educational films and original video.

The performance is sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the International Institute and the Women's Studies Program, and is part of the Genders, Bodies, Borders Theme Semester.


First Bank Corporate VISA card program to end Nov. 30

The First Bank VISA card program offered to faculty and staff is being terminated due to the imposition of fees by First Bank. Effective Oct. 31, the card can be used for travel only (no retail purchases). Effective Nov. 30, all First Bank VISA cards wil l be terminated. The American Express Corporate Card will continue to be available and application forms may be obtained by sending electronic mail to judyash@ or by calling Financial Operations, Systems & Bank Cards, 763-7792.

First Bank VISA cards that are part of the corporate card program should be destroyed at the termination of the program.


Mexican dance group coming to Power

Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs will present Ballet Folkoric Ecos de Caracol at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

This national dance group from ZihuataneJo Gro, Mexico, is composed of students who have been dancing since the ages of 5 and 6. Combining dance, music, ethno-choreography, technology, linguistics and theater, their objective is to promote the pres ervation and respect for the popular culture of Mexico.

Tickets are $10, $7 for students, and available at all TicketMaster outlets. For more information, call 763-TKTS.


Turner sponsors health workshop

The Turner Geriatric Clinic's Peer Volunteers are sponsoring a series of free health workshops, the first 13 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Kellogg Auditorium. Roger Albin, associate professor of neurology, will speak on "Movement Disorders and Parkinson's Disease." The workshop will focus on practical information, including strategies for coping with movement disorders. For more information, call Kim, 764-2556.


CEW scholarships available

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) has scholarships available to women returning as full and part-time undergraduate, graduate and professional school students during the 1998-99 academic year.

Applicants must have had an interruption in their education between high school and the present of at least 48 consecutive or 60 total months, excluding interruptions of less than 12 months, and have earned no academic credit during the interruption . Admission to the Dearborn, Flint or Ann Arbor campus must be confirmed in order for consideration. Approximately 30 awardees are chosen each year on the basis of motivation, promise of impact on a chosen field, academic record and potential, and schol arly contributions appropriate for their school status.

Awardees will receive funds ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 with one undergraduate scholarship of $11,000 and one in engineering (including computer science) or the physical sciences of $10,000.

The CEW Scholarships for Returning Women are sponsored by the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship Fund endowment and friends of CEW.

Applications are available at CEW and must be returned by Jan. 15. For more information, call 998-7699.


MLK Symposium events registration due Oct. 22

The 11th Annual Martin Luther King Symposium, "Why We Can't Wait," will begin Jan. 15, 1998. The planning committee encourages all faculty and staff to use Symposium events as part of their programs.

A list of all currently registered MLK Symposium events is available via the Web at, as is an excerpt of King's book Why We Can't Wait. The registration dead line for departments wishing to plan an event is Oct. 22. For more information, call Tara Young, program coordinator, 936-1055 or send e-mail to


Matthaei offering rental deal

Those looking for a unique place to host departmental events can take advantage of Matthaei Botanical Gardens' special rental package for November, December and January. During those months, when any department rents the Matthaei auditorium, admittance t o the gardens' conservatory will be included for free, a savings of up to $150.

For more information, call Susan Dara, 998-7061.


Learn the 'The Art of Investing'

A free national satellite teleconference on investing will be hosted by the U-M 34:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at four campus locations:


Kellogg Auditorium, Dental School, at North University and Fletcher, across from the Michigan League


Ford Amphitheater, University Hospital, 2nd level


Pond Room, Michigan Union


Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Greene at Hoover near football stadium

A Benefits Office representative and a TIAA-CREF consultant will be available at all four locations to answer your questions following the broadcast. The teleconference also will be broadcast live on UMTV, Channel 12, the campus cable system. Facu lty and staff are invited to attend the most convenient site or watch on Channel 12.

Deborah Roberts, ABC correspondent for "20/20," will chair a panel that includes Jane Bryant Quinn, author and columnist; Chris Farrell, economics editor of Sound Money; Martin Leibowitz, vice chairman of TIAA-CREF; and Jerry Farley, president of Wa shburn University and past chair, National Association of College and University Business Officers.


Experts gather for SPH Alumni Day

Experts in some of the most critical issues in contemporary public health will be featured at the School of Public Health's (SPH) Alumni Day on Fri. (Oct. 17).

Public health students, undergraduates considering careers in public health and faculty, staff and the public are invited to join alumni and attend the keynote address, panel discussions and poster sessions, which will be held in the SPH II Auditori um. Poster sessions will be held in the SPH II Auditorium Lobby, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Prospective students also can learn about admissions, financial aid, and career opportunities at special sessions throughout the morning.

Sessions include: "Corporate Responsibility and the Environment," on the challenge of corporate and personal responsibility toward the environment; "Emerging Infectious Diseases: Arnold S. Monto, professor of epidemiology, will discuss "Emerging I nfectious Diseases: Separating Real Threat from Media Hype," on the status of some of today's most worrisome diseases such as ebola, malaria, influenza, hepatitis, cholera and diphtheria; "Tobacco: Where Do We Go from Here?" and "Testing the Waters of Our Human Gene Pool: Will We Sink or Swim?"

Participants may buy a $10 box lunch and tour the School at noon, including the Salk Laboratory, and attend a free reception at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 764-8093 or send e-mail to To register for a prospective student session, call 764-5425 or send e-mail to


Dearborn marks 'Higher Education Month'

U-M-Dearborn, along with Henry Ford Community College and the Detroit College of Business will join this month to celebrate "Higher Education Month in Dearborn." The schools will celebrate new programs, new buildings and a history of service to the Dearb orn community through a number of activities.

U-M-Dearborn will host its annual Open House on Oct. 19 to showcase academic programs for potential students and their families.

For more information, call 593-5555.