The University Record, October 22, 1997

Briefings

Senate Assembly meets Oct. 27

The Senate Assembly will meet 3:15--5 p.m. Mon. (Oct. 27) in Rackham Amphitheaer, featuring an address and question-and-answer period with President Lee C. Bollinger. The agenda includes priorities update by Lewis Kleinsmith, discussion of possible ac tion on the tobacco stock divestment by Bunyan Bryant, and a presentation by C.B. Smith of the Committee for a Multicultural University Statement on affirmative action. A reception for Bollinger in Assembly Hall will immediately follow the meeting.

For more information, call 764-0303.

 

Correction in open enrollment materials: HAP serves Washtenaw County

Contrary to current open enrollment materials, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) does serve Washtenaw County in addition to the other counties listed. The Benefits Office regrets any inconvenience or concern the omission may have caused to anyone enrolled in HAP and living in Washtenaw County.

 

Tax act makes reimbursement accounts attractive

A new formula in the 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act used to calculate the amount you can contribute to your supplemental retirement accounts (SRA) makes participation in a benefits reimbursement account more attractive, according to the Benefits Office.

Currently, all amounts deducted from your salary on a pre-tax basis affect the amount you can contribute to your SRA. These might include health insurance premiums, life insurance premiums, and health care and/or dependent care reimbursement accoun t contributions. The pre-tax deductions are subtracted first.

Your tax-deferring limitthe amount from which your allowed contributions to SRAs is computedis based on the salary remaining after all pre-tax deductions are subtracted. The pre-tax deductions lower the salary on which your retirement contribution s is computed, so the amount of the allowable contribution is lower.

Effective Jan. 1, contributions to a health care and/or a dependent care reimbursement account will no longer be part of the calculation. You may now elect to participate in a reimbursement account without worrying that it might affect the amount y ou can contribute to your SRA. The University's and your contributions to your basic retirement account will continue to be calculated on your gross salary amount.

Enrollment in a reimbursement account can be made during open enrollment, which continues through Oct. 31, or during the adjustment period of Nov. 10--26.

 

New RC/EQ Art Gallery opens

The Residential College/East Quad Art Gallery will open Fri. (Oct. 24) with an exhibition of photographs by David and Peter Turnley, U-M alumni and photographers for such publications as Newsweek and the Detroit Free Press. The gallery can be reached from the main entrance of East Quad off East University. A public reception will be 7--9 p.m. Fri. (Oct. 24) and the exhibition will run through Nov. 25. Regular gallery hours are noon--10 p.m. Tues.--Sat. For more information, call Larry Cressman, 763- 0176, or send e-mail to larrycre@umich.edu.

 

'Enlightened Leadership' is CFW topic

The Commission for Women (CFW) will sponsor a brown-bag talk noon--1 p.m. Tues. (Oct. 28) in the Michigan Room, Michigan League, with J.B. Bardouille of the Office of the Plant Director. Bardouille will speak on "Enlightened Leadership," focusing on u seful and practical approaches for shifting from a reactive to a proactive mindset. For information, call Elaine Sims, 936-7634.

 

Special Regents' meeting is Oct. 29

There will be a special Regents' meeting at 9 a.m. Wed. (Oct. 29) in the Regents' Room, Fleming Administration Bldg. Although the meeting will be convened openly, it is expected to be closed immediately by the action of the Board pursuant to section 8 (e) of the Open Meetings Act. (Section 8 (e) allows the Board to consult with its attorney regarding trial or settlement strategy in connection with specific pending litigation.)

 

Steingraber speaks on cancer and environment

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Women's Studies Program will inaugurate the Vivian R. Shaw Lecture Series with a talk by Sandra Steingraber, 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Mendelssohn Theatre. Steingraber, an ecologist, cancer survivor a nd international expert on environmental links to human cancers, will speak on "Living Downstream: Women, Cancer and the Environment." The author of Post-Diagnosis and co-author of The Spoils of Famine, Steingraber recently was appointed to serve on Presi dent Clinton's National Action Plan on Breast Cancer.

 

Families can experience Galilee Oct. 26

The Office of the Vice President for University Relations will sponsor "Family Day: Sepphoris in Galilee" 1--3 p.m. Sun. (Oct. 26) at both the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the Museum of Art. The afternoon will feature art activities and demonstrat ions to bring to life the daily activities and culture of ancient Galilee for children and their parents. Admission is free. For more information, call 647-4167.

 

IM golf tourney deadline is Oct. 23

The entry deadline for the 1997 two-person team scramble golf tournament sponsored by the Intramural Sports Program is 4:30 p.m. Thurs. (Oct. 23) at the Intramural Sports Bldg. There is an entry fee of $15 per team, in addition to a $20 course fee due at time of play. The tournament will be at 9 a.m. Sun. (Oct. 26) at the U-M Golf Course. For more information, call 763-3562.

 

Experts speak on women and cancer

The Cancer Center will sponsor "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Self: Women and Cancer," a free community program 7--8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Livonia West Holiday Inn. Experts will speak on who is at risk for breast and gynecologic cancers, ways of reducing risks, and the role vitamins and supplements play in cancer prevention. For more information, call (800) 865-1125.

 

CEW sponsors seminar on successful presentations

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) will sponsor a seminar on "How to Give a Five-Star Presentation," 10 a.m.--noon Sat. (Oct. 25) in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League. Cindy Jones, president of Cindy Jones Associate and vice president of t he Professional Speakers Association of Michigan, will provide practical tips and insights on preparing and delivering successful and persuasive presentations. She also will show methods of using visual aids to enhance presentations.

The seminar fee is $10 and advance registration is requested. For more information, call 998-7080.

 

'Social Work Day' is Oct. 28

The School of Social Work is sponsoring "Social Work Day" 3--5 p.m. Tues. (Oct. 28) in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union. The program is intended for those interested in pursuing a social work career. Faculty and administrators will discuss the mast er of social work degree program, the Ph.D. program in social work and social science, and career opportunities in social work. For more information, call 764-3309.

 

Turner peer volunteers sponsor workshop on Parkinson's

The first in the series of free health workshops sponsored by Turner Geriatric Clinic's peer volunteers will be "Movement Disorders and Parkinson's Disease," 1--3 p.m. Thurs. (Oct. 23) at the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Roger Albin, associate profe ssor of neurology, will share current thinking on the management of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. The workshop will focus on practical strategies for coping with movement disorders. For more information, call Kim, 764-2556.

 

Romero speaks at U-M Dearborn

U-M-Dearborn will present Mary Romero, professor of sociology and Chicano studies, Arizona State University, speaking on "Life Story of a Mexican Maid's Daughter" 11:30 a.m.--12:30 p.m. Mon. (Oct. 27) in Lecture Hall C, School of Management Bldg. Rome ro is the author of Maid in the U.S.A. and will discuss negotiation of everyday boundaries of race, class and gender. The lecture is sponsored by the state's King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program and the U-M-Dearborn Women's Studies Program. For more information, call Elnora Ford, 593-5031.

 

Alumni Association sponsors workshop on networking

The Alumni Association is sponsoring an "Advance Your Career Through Mentoring and Networks" workshop 2--4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Michigan League. The workshop will be led by Tara Levine, a woman's workplace specialist with a national nonprofit organi zation that works with business and professional groups to advance women. Registration is $35 for Alumni Association members, $50 for non-members and $15 for student members. Pre-payment is required. For more information, call 763-9702.

 

CAAS sponsors symposium on Congo

The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) sponsors "Politics, Culture and Youth in the New Congo: A Symposium on Political Change in Africa" Oct. 26--28 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League.

Session I, 1:30--3:30 p.m. Mon. (Oct. 27), will feature Dieudonne-Christophe Mbala Nkanga, theater and performance studies, National Institute of Art, Kinshasa, speaking on "My Twelve Children: A Father's Desperate Cry for Social Justice"; Scott Ca mpbell, Human Rights Watch, speaking on "New Justice in Congo"; and discussion with Nyunda ya Rubango, Creighton University and University of Lubumbashi.

Session II, 4--6 p.m. the same day, will feature Ngwarasungu Chiwengo, Creighton University, speaking on "Congolese Women in Popular Fiction, TV and Politics: Images and Contradictions"; Filip De Boeck, University of Louvain, Belgium, speaking on "B eyond the Grave: History, Memory and Death in Postcolonial Congo/Zaire"; and discussion with Osumaka Likaka, Wayne State University, and Robert White, McGill University.

A graduate student workshop with symposium speakers Likaka, White and Rubanga is scheduled 9 a.m--noon Tues. (Oct. 28), and a film festival is scheduled 3--9 p.m. Oct. 26, East Hall Auditorium and 9 a.m.--noon Oct. 27, Rooms 1003 and 1009, Natural S cience Bldg.

For more information, call CAAS, 764-5513.

 

M-Pathways demonstrates software

The M-Pathways Campus Community team will demonstrate PeopleSoft's Student Administration Software 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Tues. (Oct. 28) in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. The software automatically generates standard letters using Micros oft Word and records the student's history of contacts.

 

Genders, Bodies, Borders Conference is Oct. 24--26

The 1997 Theme Semester Genders, Bodies, Borders Conference will be Fri.--Sun (Oct. 24--26).

The conference opens at 1 p.m. Fri. in Room 4448, East Hall, with a presentation by Mary Romero, Arizona State University, on "Exploring Bicultural Constructions of Gendered Bodies From the Standpoint of a Mexican Maid's Daughter in the U.S." Ther e will be a roundtable discussion of "Body as Border: Socially Sanctioned and Pathological Bodily Mutilations" 3--4:45 p.m.

On Sat., Marjorie Garber will give the keynote address, "Sexing the Squash, or, Visualizing Bisexuality," at 9 a.m. in Rackham Amphitheater. The rest of the day will feature panel discussions.

In the Rackham East Conference Room, 11 a.m.--12:45 p.m., discussion will focus on "Aging and Youth, Considering Identities." There will be a panel on "Circumscribing Prostitution" 4--5:45 p.m. "Transcending Bodies and Borders" will be the topic 4 --5:45 p.m.

In the West Conference Room, a panel will discuss "Bodies of Religion" 11 a.m.--12:45 p.m.; "Institutionalizing Gender," 2--3:45 p.m. and "Imagining Nationalism" 4--5:45 p.m.

Sunday's agenda in the East Conference Room features a panel on "Prisoners, Adulterers and Criminals: Reforming the Subversive Female Body" 9:30--11:15 a.m., and a discussion on "National, Sexual, Geographic and Cultural Boundaries in Japan" 11:30 a.m.--1:15 p.m. In the West Conference Room, a panel will discuss "Constructing Gendered Nationalisms in Europe" 9:30--11:15 a.m., followed by a panel on "Presenting the Public Body," 11:30 a.m.--1:15 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 647-6341, or access the Web at http://www.umich.edu/~irwg/theme/conference.html.

 

Pimentel speaks Oct. 27

Richard Pimentel, nationally renowned expert on disability management, worker's compensation cost containment, rehabilitation and interpersonal relationships in the workplace, will be presenting several workshops on disability and the workplace Mon. (O ct. 27).

The morning sessions will be in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union. Registration is at 8:45 a.m. Pimentel will speak on disability awareness, emphasizing legal requirements for accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace and ways of de aling with attitudinal barriers, 9--10 a.m. At 10:15--11:15 a.m., the focus will be "Emotional Ergonomics: The Price of Making a Living Should Not Be Your Life." Pimentel will discuss how the work environment affects emotions and productivity.

The afternoon sessions will be in Ford Auditorium, University Hospital. Registration will be at 1:15 p.m. At 1:30--2:30 p.m. Pimental will present "Return-to-Work Process: A Case Management Approach," and at 2:45--3:45 p.m., he will discuss trans itional employment and the gains and losses of a centralized disability management program in "The Taking Control Process."

For more information, call 763-0235 or 647-1388.

 

Free ground-covers available from Arb

To make way for restoration and enhancement of the Arboretum's Appalachian Collection, invasive species have been removed. Two of those species will be made available free to the public 9 a.m.--noon Oct. 25 at the Huron River entrance to the Arboretum , adjacent to the lower U-M Hospitals parking lot (U-M-29) along Fuller Road.

English ivy and Pachysandra are among the species being removed from the Collection and the ones being made available to the public. The ivy has evergreen, glossy leaves and not only creeps along the ground but can climb to 90 feet. Pachysandra is dark green in color and ideal for shady areas. Bring your own containers.

 

Art & Design reunion features masked ball, tours, exhibits and workshops

Don a costume, make a mask and head for the Ball Masque in the Jean Paul Slusser Gallery Nov. 1, where dancing to the II,V,I Orchestra will start at 9 p.m. and continue until the witching hour of midnight. Prizes will be awarded for various categories of costumes.

The masquerade ball is just one of the activities planned for returning alumni and the public during the School's 1997 reunion. Both alumni and the public can attend workshops 9 a.m.--noon and 1--4 p.m. Oct. 31, including "Mask-Making," "Japanese M etalworking Techniques," "Calligraphy," "Expressive Drawing & Mixed Media," "Shibori," "Designing a Web Page" and "Seasonal SculptureAdvanced Pumpkin Carving."

Advance registration is required for the workshops ($10 each) and can be made by calling 764-0397. For Ball Masque ticket information, call 936-0672.

Alumni and the public are invited to a free bus tour of faculty studios from 9 a.m.--noon Nov. 1. The tour will leave from the Slusser Gallery.

 

Cancer Center series starts Oct. 23

The Comprehensive Cancer Center will offer "I Can Cope," a free, eight-week educational series sponsored by the American Cancer Society that provides cancer patients and their loved ones with practical information on diagnosis, treatment, exercise and nutrition. The class meets 7--8:30 p.m. Thursdays on Floor B1, Room 426, Cancer Center, beginning Oct. 23, and continues for eight weeks, except Nov. 27. Registration is required. For information, call 936-8700.

 

Coucouvanis to give Sokol lecture

Interim Dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Earl Lewis, will host the presentation of the 1997--98 Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences to Dimitri N. Coucouvanis, professor of chemistry, at 4 p.m. Tues. (Oct. 28 ) in Rackham Amphitheatre. Coucouvanis will lecture on "Understanding the Structure-Function Relationship in Nitrogenase: A Major Challenge in the Bio-inorganic Chemistry."

The Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences was established at the Rackham Graduate Schoolby Mrs. Margaret Sokol. For more information, call 764-1125.

 

Conservatory closes early Oct. 26

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory and Gift Shop will close at 2:30 p.m. Sun. (Oct. 26) and will resume regular hours of operation Mon. (Oct. 27). The outdoor formal gardens and nature trails will remain open until sunset.

 

Quinn, Duderstadt speak at discussion on new learning structures

Tim Quinn, consultant, Michigan Virtual Auto College (MVAC), former MVAC CEO and former president of Northwestern Michigan College will speak on "State and Foundation Initiatives in Building New Learning Structures" 3-5 p.m. Mon. (Oct. 27) in Room 405, School of Information. The program is part of the Change in Higher Education Enterprise Discussion Series and will be moderated by James J. Duderstadt, president emeritus and University professor of science and engineering. For more information, call 6 47-7300.

 

Flint program receives Alumnae Council Birthday Greeting

The 1997 recipient of the Alumnae Council Birthday Greeting, the U-M-Flint Critical Difference Emergency Grant Program, received its first installment of funds at a reception Sept. 10. This marks the first time in the award's more than 30 year history that a recipient from outside the Ann Arbor campus was chosen.

The award is given to organizations and programs related to women. The 1998 recipient will be the School of Nursing. Proposals for the 1999 recipient are currently being accepted. For information, call Shelly Yee, 763-9752, or send e-mail to shellyee@umich.edu.

 

Turner gives flu shots, advice on winter

Turner Learning Programs is sponsoring free flu vaccinations and a panel on "Tuning up for Winter" 1--4 p.m. Sat. (Oct. 25) at the Geriatric Clinic Bldg. At 1--2 p.m. and 3--4 p.m., James Ashton-Miller will discuss how to prevent falls and safety tips for winter; Deanna Kierczak will talk about cruises and elderhostel opportunities; Mariko Foulk will advise on preventing winter blues; and Don Davidson will give tips on getting your car ready for winter. At 2--3 p.m., Nia Aguirre will guide a tour aro und the hospital. Refreshments will be available.

Turner also will offer flu shots 2--4 p.m. Nov. 19. For people with current Medical Center registration and Medicare, the shots will be billed to Medicare. On Nov. 6, the Washtenaw County Department of Human Services will administer the flu vaccin e to anyone 9 years of age and older. A donation of $7 is appreciated but not mandatory. For information, call 764-2557.

 

Turner offers free hearing screenings

Turner Geriatric Clinic and the Department of Otolaryngology will offer free hearing tests 1--4 p.m. Fri. (Oct. 24). The test is not appropriate for those with previously diagnosed hearing losses or current hearing aid users. Call 764-2556 for a reservation.

 

Eden Alternative conference is Oct. 30

William H. Thomas, author of Life Worth Living and the creator of the Eden Alternative, will be the keynote speaker at "Life Worth Living: Creating Meaning in Later Life," a conference Thurs. (Oct. 30) at the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Communi ty College, sponsored by Turner Living Programs. Small groups will be able to meet with Thomas for consultations.

Panelists representing such areas as home care, community housing, state government and caregiving will explore how the Eden Alternative might be relevant in a variety of long-term care settings. In addition, there will be presentations on voluntee ring, health issues and exercise. Continuing education credit is available to nurses, nursing home administrators and other professionals. Registration is $75.

For more information, call 764-2556.

 

CEW sponsors workshop on moving up

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) will sponsor "Navigating the 'Maize'; Moving Ahead at U-M," a workshop offering guidelines for women looking to move ahead in their careers. Presenters include E. Karen Clark, human resource manager, Institu te for Social Research, and Marilyn Knepp, assistant provost-budgeting and planning. For information, call 998-7080.

 

DPS opens house is Oct. 29

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will host an open house 10 a.m.--3 p.m. Oct. 29 as part of Crime Prevention Month. The event will feature guided tours of the Campus Safety Service Bldg., 1239 Kipke Dr., refreshments, displays and information tab les, as well as opportunities to meet officers and tour various DPS divisions. Police cruisers and mountain bikes will be on display.

DPS will provide a shuttle bus to escort guests. It will depart from and return to three locations: the main entrances to Pierpont Commons, the Michigan Union and Wolverine Tower. The University bus system provides easy access to DPS, and parking will be available. For information, call 647-4066.

 

Coronary artery disease is topic

The Medical Center will present "Preventing Coronary Artery Disease" as the Health Night Out Topic 7:30--9:30 p.m. Tues. (Oct. 28) in Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Presenters will be Melvyn Rubenfire, professor of internal medicine and director of pr eventive cardiology, and Martha Stavros, coordinator, stress management. The session will focus on who is at risk for heart disease, the key to early detection, and how a program called CATS (Coronary Alternative Treatment Strategies) is breaking new gro und in treatment. For more information, call U-M TeleCare, 763-9000, category 1075.

 

ROTC hosts haunted house Oct. 24--25

The ROTC will hold a Haunted House 7--11 p.m. Oct. 24--25. The event is a tri-service (Army, Navy, Air Force) fundraiser for local charities and is run by cadets from all three services.

This year's proceeds will benefit the Ann Arbor Ronald McDonald House and Ann Arbor Hunger Coalition. All ages are permitted, and families and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Admission is $3. For more information, contact Stephanie Amsler , 213-2731.

 

Research Responsibility Program Topic II session is today

Topic 2 of the Research Responsibility Program, "Data Stewardship, Authorship and Mentorship," will be presented 7--9 p.m. today (Oct. 22) in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League. Featured presenters are W. Andrew Achenbaum, professor of history and r esearch scientist in the Institute of Gerontology, and Shake Ketefian, professor and director, doctoral and postdoctoral studies, School of Nursing. For more information, access the Web at http:/www.responsibility.research.umich.edu, send e-mail to research. responsibility@umich.edu, or call 763-1289.