The University Record, August 16, 1999


Conduct parking business early

Parking and Transportation Services will hold its student permit sale 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Since service will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, long lines will likely arise. Faculty and staff should consider conducting their parking business before or after Sept. 9.

TML closed today (Aug. 16)

The Taubman Medical Library (TML) will be closed all day today. The circulation, reference and reserve desks, as well as the public computers, are being moved to prepare for the upcoming library renovation. Details of the renovation process are available in the Library entrance lobby or on the Web at

Presidential Fun Run is Sept. 10

The Third Annual 5K Fun Run with President Lee C. Bollinger will be held Sept. 10 at the Nichols Arboretum. Walkers and runners can register beginning at 7 a.m. at Burnham House, near the Washington Heights entrance to the Arb. Approximately 350 students, faculty and staff members are expected to take part in the event, part of Welcome Week activities. The event is not a race and walkers and runners of all skill levels are welcome.

Water, juice and bagels will be available after the run and many early registrants also will receive T-shirts bearing a commemorative logo.

Participants are encouraged to use campus transportation or walk to Burnham House because parking in the area is very limited.

Donohoe appointed director of the Sexual Harassment Policy Office

Kathleen Donohoe has recently been named director of the Sexual Harassment Policy Office. Donohoe comes to the U-M after a 21-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, which included two years as the Gender Policy Advisor to the Coast Guard’s CEO. During this time, she developed the Sexual Harassment Prevention System and the Workplace Relationships Policy for the Coast Guard, which have been used as models for the other uniformed services. While stationed in Hawaii, Donohoe also was a member of the Gender Equity Board at the University of Hawaii.

Donohoe can be reached at 647-4797, Room 4005, Wolverine Tower or

Phone bill changes postponed

ITD’s Information Technology Communication Services has rescheduled the implementation of its new billing system until late September. Phone bill statements will not change until the new system is completely functional.

For information about the conversion schedule, see or call 763-2000.

Dept of Statistics moved

The Department of Statistics has moved to Room 4062, Frieze Bldg., 105 S. State St. 1285.

Benefits Office launches e-mail newsletter

The Benefits Office has launched a subscription-only, e-mail newsletter devoted to U-M benefits programs. The new newsletter is in addition to the information faculty and staff receive at home and campus addresses. The newsletter will provide updates and information about benefits plans, events and schedules.

The first issue was sent Aug. 4. If you received that message, you already are a subscriber. Recipients are encouraged to share the newsletter with colleagues. All members of the University community are eligible to subscribe.

To subscribe, send an e-mail message to with the word “subscribe” (without the quotation marks) in the subject line of the message.

Library holds workshop on mega-Web site

The Library has scheduled two identical training sessions to focus on Academic Universe,, a large Web site for news and legal materials. The recently redesigned site includes a title-searchable source list, better full-text and field searching options, and a new comparable search form.

Beth Bigman will conduct the two staff training sessions 10 a.m.–noon and 2–4 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Faculty Exploratory. She will also welcome sample search questions and will introduce state bill tracking using another Web site, State Capital Universe. To register for one of the sessions, call 764-2546 or e-mail

Nominations sought for Geriatrics Center lifetime award

The Geriatrics Center Community Lifetime Achievement Award program, honoring the accomplishments of older adults within the community, is accepting applications. The nomination deadline is Sept. 13 and honorees will be recognized Oct. 17 at Rackham Auditorium. For more information, or for an application, call 764-2556.

FHLP offers English classes

The Family Housing Language Program (FHLP) has scheduled fall term English courses for the families of international students, faculty and staff. Registration for children’s, teenage and adult classes is under way. The FHLP needs native English speakers to volunteer as conversation or classroom partners. For more information, call 763-1440 or ]

Back-to-school items available at Exhibit Museum Store

The Exhibit Museum Store offers back-to-school items including dino pencils, erasers, mini-note pads and school kits, as well as galaxy lunch sacks, and tote bags. The Exhibit Museum is open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Sat. and noon–4:45 p.m. Sun. For more information, call 647-1371.

Inventory and Asset management added to M-Pathways Financial System

Two more components of M-Pathways have been put in place this summer. Financial Operations is using Asset Management to calculate depreciation of the University’s capital assets. Because the Asset Management software is integrated with PeopleSoft Financials, depreciation and other asset data were automatically incorporated in the University’s year-end financial calculations. Asset Management will be available to individual units starting in fall 2000.

Inventory Management is being used by the Health System’s Materiel Services, which orders and delivers 20 percent of the hospitals’ medical and surgical supplies, via an on-site warehouse. The unit now can place orders electronically, and Inventory Management is integrated with the University’s procurement system and General Ledger.

The use of this new inventory system also makes it possible for Materiel Services to take advantage of such new technology as bar code readers.

Paper forms and packing slips have been redesigned to accommodate the new information the system provides. Hospitals’ departments and clinics eventually may be able to enter orders online instead of over the phone.

Hickenbottom to discuss stroke prevention in Ask the Doctor series

The Turner Geriatric Clinic will host Susan Hickenbottom for a lecture at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in Room 1139, Cancer & Geriatrics Centers Bldg. As the next speaker in the “Ask the Doctor” series, Hickenbottom will focus on stroke prevention through exercise, nutrition and diet, and medication. For more information, call 764-2556.

‘The Ultimate Drive’ raises funds for cancer research

A national event designed to raise money for breast cancer research, “The Ultimate Drive,” supports work done in conjunction with the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, which supports research at the Cancer Center.

To participate locally, visit the Auto-Strasse BMW dealership, Auto Mall Dr. off Jackson Road, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Aug. 19 to test-drive one of 18 vehicles designated for “The Ultimate Drive.” For every mile test-driven that day, BMW will donate $1 to the foundation.

A ceremony honoring a local breast cancer survivor will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, call 1-877-4-A-DRIVE.

DPS issues warning on mobile phones

Based on reports from Southeast Asia and Europe on explosions at gas stations connected with the use of mobile phones, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) advises people to switch off mobile phones when refueling at a gas station or when near any other flammable substances.

According to Duane Lee, DPS fire inspector, mobile phones pose a threat at gas stations because of their ability to spark. “The high-powered battery inside the phones can generate these sparks. Also, the electromagnetic waves emitted by the phones are more than sufficient to create static electricity that heats the surrounding air. If the flammable vapor from refueling is concentrated enough, an explosion may occur,” Lee says.

For more information, call Lee or Robert Patrick, 763-3434.

Event planners to meet

University Event Planners (UEP) will hold its first meeting of the year with refreshments at 3 p.m. and a program at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Courtyard Marriott, 3205 Boardwalk. The meeting will wrap up with a tour of the Marriott facility at 4:30 p.m. Elke Ferris of the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Marcie Obstfeld of Power Promotions Inc. are the guest speakers.

UEP, which meets every other month, brings together University employees who plan events and allows them to meet with vendors who provide relevant goods and services. To join, call Edith Baise or Anne Hart, 998-9184, or

HRD catalog is now available

The Human Resource Development’s (HRD) 1999–2000 Professional Development catalog, offering basic to advanced skill-building programs, features 21 new courses, as well as Workplace 2000, Organizational Development Consulting, Foundations of Supervision and Customized Training. Course topics include project, time and problem management; process and organizational management; reading; written communication; desktop publishing; delegation; presentation; communication; listening; influencing; conflict management; customer service; performance management; self-development; and financial planning and retirement.

To receive a copy of the catalog, call 764-7410 or visit the Web at