The University Record, December 7, 1998

Briefings

 

Wolverines are bowl bound!

For more information about tickets for the football team’s bowl game, check the Athletic Department Web site, www.mgoblue.com, or the Alumni Association Web site, www.umich.edu/~umalumni/. The Alumni Association’s site will have information on purchasing tickets separate from a package. For more information, call the Alumni Association, 763-6676.

West and Hewlett discuss War Against Parents Dec. 10

Cornel West and Sylvia Ann Hewlett will present a free, public talk about their book, The War Against Parents, 4–6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is part of the Center for the Education of Women and Family Care Resources Program “Work/Life/Family Series.”

The War Against Parents addresses the virtual abandonment of parents by business, politics and culture. West and Hewlett call for a “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” giving value and dignity to the parental role and restoring the nation’s commitment to the well-being of children. Discussion topics include the rising cost of child care, employee flexibility, examples of schools and parents working together to meet students’ needs and being overworked.

Co-sponsors of the lecture are the Office of the Provost; the schools of Business Administration, Dentistry, Education, Nursing, Public Health and Social Work; the Law, Medical, and Graduate schools; the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Women’s Studies Program; Human Resources/Affirmative Action; Office of Student Affairs and University Hospitals.

Reimbursement account claims due Dec. 11, 21

Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account(s) claims must be turned in by Dec. 11 if paid monthly or Dec. 21 if paid bi-weekly to ensure reimbursement in December. The early deadline is the result of the earlier December pay date. Forms may be dropped off or mailed to Benefits Office (Central Campus), Wolverine Tower-Low Rise G405, 3003 S. State St., 48109-1278. Forms must be received by the deadline for reimbursement to occur. For a copy of a form or a list of deadlines, visit the Web, www.umich.edu/~benefits/, or look in the Reimbursement Accounts Claim Kit. For more information, call 763-1214.

Y2K bug focus of teleconference today

A teleconference on how schools and colleges nationwide are meeting the Y2K Millennium Bug challenge will be broadcast noon—2 p.m. today (Dec. 7) on Channel 12 on UMTV, the campus cable system that is operated by the Information Technology Division.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Speakers include U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley and John Koskinen, chair of the President’s Council on Year 2000 Conversion. Topics include:

—Steps to take to address the Y2K challenge and develop an action plan.

—Lessons learned from institutions already working on the problem.

—Resources available.

—The Department of Education’s progress with its own systems that affect schools and colleges and upcoming opportunities to conduct tests with electronic data systems.

The program also will be broadcast by MediaOne on Ann Arbor’s Community Television Network, cable channel 8 or 18, and can be seen online at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/stm.

For more information on the program, visit the Web at www.ed.gov/inits/stm/y2kflyer.html.

‘Whad’ Ya Know’ to feature Gershwin songs, sword fighting lesson

Michael Feldman and his listeners will get a taste of something a little out of the ordinary when he brings his “Michael Feldman’s Whad’ Ya Know?” radio program to Hill Auditorium Dec. 12.

Feldman will be joined by several faculty members, including Erik Fredericksen, chair of the Department of Theatre and Drama, who will teach Feldman how to sword fight. Also joining the program will be William Bolcom, the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Music and his, wife, Joan Morris, who will perform George Gershwin songs in honor of the composer’s 100th birthday anniversary this year.

Whad’ Ya Know,” heard on WUOM 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays, is a comedy/quiz show during which Feldman invites callers and audience members to compete for “useless prizes,” including, among other things, pink flamingo lawn ornaments. Contestants answer questions from Feldman’s seemingly limitless store of insignificant information.

The U-M show will contain the program’s standard elements, including jazz by John Thulin and Jeff Eckels and a monologue on “All the News That Isn’t” by Feldman, described by People magazine as a “sort of Garrison Keillor-meets-Groucho Marx.”

Tickets for the live broadcast ($24 and $15, $19 and $10 for students) are available at the Michigan League Ticket Office. For more information, call 647-3466.

U-M-Dearborn presents Glenda Kirkland Dec. 9

The Fair Lane Music Guild of U-M-Dearborn will present a concert with Glenda Kirkland at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Henry Ford Estate.

Kirkland has performed in Carmen and The Pearl Fishers with the Michigan Opera Theatre, as well as in productions of Porgy and Bess, Don Giovanni and Madame Butterfly. Kirkland frequently appears in Schubert and Brahms festivals, Strauss operas, and new works by Hailstork and Tillis.

The concert is sponsored by Park Place Catering of Dearborn. For more information, call (313) 593-5330.

Free video viewing available through FVL

The Film and Video Library (FVL) is offering videos for free overnight checkout for private, home viewing to anyone with a U-M Library borrowing card. Housed at the University Reserves Desk, Room 2002, Shapiro Library, The Video Alternative (TVA) has a collection of more than 1,100 VHS tapes available that include foreign language films, classics, comedies, dramas, science fiction, horror, musicals and westerns. The complete works of William Shakespeare, documentaries and special interest videos also are included.

For a complete list of TVA titles, visit the Web, www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/FVL.lib/tvapage.html, or look at the TVA notebook on the second floor, Shapiro Library.

Faculty and staff who wish to show one of the FVL’s more than 14,000 films/videos for a group may make arrangements by contacting the FVL office, 764-5360 or fvl.office@umich.edu, or by filling out a request form on the Web, www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/FVL.lib/fvl.html.

Business School staff recognition program is Dec. 15

The Business School will hold its winter staff recognition ceremony at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 in Hale Auditorium. Six staff members are chosen at each ceremony from nominations by their peers. For more information, contact Stephanie Ainley, committee chair, at 763-2594.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival tickets available

The Ann Arbor Folk Festival, presented by the Office of Major Events, Division of Student Affairs and The Ark, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in Hill Auditorium. Artists participating in this year’s festival are Emmylou Harris, Altan, Moxy Fruvous, Kelly Joe Phelps, The Paperboys, Karen Savoca, Carrie Newcomer, Buddy and Judy Miller, The Raisin Pickers, and Andy Breckman.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, Herb David Guitar Studio, SKR Pop and Rock and all Ticketmaster outlets. Patron and sponsor tickets are available at The Ark, 761-1800. For more information or to charge by phone, call 763-TKTS or (248) 645-6666.

Silver Club is seeking work projects

The Silver Club, a program for older adults with memory loss, is seeking work projects for its participants, who will be registered as hospital volunteers. Examples of work projects are labeling, folding fliers, organizing mailings, stuffing packets, folding towels and any task that can be broken down into simple steps. Participants have organized a monthly mailing for the Health System’s Infection Control and Epidemiology Department. The Silver Club meets 10 a.m.–3 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road.

At least two projects a month are desired. Projects may be dropped off at the Resource Center or can be picked up by Silver Club staff. If interested in providing a work project or for more information, contact Ruth Campbell or Jovi Sanchez, 764-2556.

Grant writing workshop is Dec. 9

The Humanities Institute is offering a free workshop, “Writing to Win Grants and Fellowships in the Humanities,” 5–6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Room 1524, Rackham Bldg.

The workshop is the second part of a program led by David Scobey, director, Arts of Citizenship Program, and Paul Eiss, graduate student in anthropology. In the first session, Scobey and Eiss provided an overview of the application process.

The Dec. 9 session will provide examples of successful applications and an opportunity to obtain advice on applications being drafted.

Graduate students interested in participating must register in advance, 936-1930 or humin@umich.edu, and may purchase a set of successful project descriptions and personal statements at Accucopy, E. William St. If constructive feedback on personal project descriptions is desired, bring five copies to the workshop.

CEW accepting scholarship applications

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) is accepting applications for its Scholarships for Returning Women. Women students at the Ann Arbor, Dearborn or Flint campus during the 1999–2000 academic year who have had an interruption in their education of at least 48 consecutive months or at least 60 months excluding interruptions of less than 12 months are eligible to apply. Thirty awards of $1,000–$4,500 will be given. Also awarded will be one undergraduate scholarship of $11,000 and one scholarship in engineering, computer science or the physical sciences of $10,000. Applicants may be at any college level and may be planning full- or part-time study.

Scholarship selection criteria includes strength of motivation, promise of impact in a chosen field, academic record, potential, creative or scholarly contributions and financial need.

Applications are available at CEW or on the Web, www.umich.edu/~cew. The deadline for applications to be received at CEW, 330 E. Liberty, is Jan. 15. For information, call 998-7699.

GE Faculty for the Future Program is providing research opportunities

The General Electric (GE) Faculty for the Future Program is providing research opportunities and academic support services for undergraduates through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). The Faculty for the Future program is open to historically underrepresented minority students and/or women interested in pursuing graduate work in engineering, computer science and/or physics. Eligible participants will have completed their first year by May 1999, but will not graduate before December 1999.

GE Fellows receive up to $3,000 for 12 weeks of research with a faculty sponsor during the summer and funding to conduct six–12 hours of research a week during the academic year. Interested students must complete a pre-application and submit it with two recommendation forms and an official transcript by Jan. 22. Pre-accepted students will be invited to complete a secondary research application. Applications are available at UROP, 715 N. University, Suite 201. For more information, contact Angela Locks, 998-9381, or ge.fff.info@umich.edu.

Summer Biomedical Fellowship Program applications being accepted

Undergraduates who wish to engage in traditional or community-based biomedical research as Summer Biomedical Research Fellows may apply to the Summer Biomedical Fellowship Program. The program, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Kellogg Foundation and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), will give priority to UROP members and former members or students who have not had a full-time research experience. Research must be in biomedicine or community-based health. Underrepresented minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 12.

Fellows receive up to $3,000 for full time research during summer 1999. Students with demonstrated financial need may also receive supplementary funding for housing. A faculty sponsor must be arranged by the student.

Applications are available at UROP, 715 N. University, Suite 201. For more information, contact Angela Locks, 998-9381 or ge.fff.info@umich.edu.

U-M-Dearborn’s ‘First Things First: Balancing Work and Family’ is Dec. 10

“First Things First: Balancing Work and Family” is the topic of a workshop by authors A. Roger Merrill and Stephen Covey 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Novi Hilton, 21111 Haggerty Road, 1-275 at Eight Mile Road. The workshop, sponsored by U-M-Dearborn’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development and the Franklin Covey Co., will focus on life management on and off the job.

Both presenters are nationally known authors. Merill co-wrote First Things First with Covey, who is the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The workshop fee, $209 each for fewer than four participants, $199 each for four–14 and $179 each for more than 14, includes handouts, a workbook and copies of First Things First and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. To register or for more information, call (800) 842-2441.

Wallenberg essays due Jan. 29

The Wallenberg Lecture and Medal Presentation series is holding an essay contest on a theme of “the moral implications of decisions made by a few, when the consequences of those decisions will adversely affect many.” The contest honors distinguished alumnus Raoul Wallenberg as an exceptional humanitarian who saved thousands of lives from the Nazis during World War II.

Awards of $1,000 will be given for the best essay by an undergraduate and by a graduate student. Essays are due Jan. 29 and the awards will be presented at the next Wallenberg Lecture. For more information, including essay guidelines, visit the Web, www.rackham.umich.edu/StudInfo/Wallenberg/contest.html, or contact Vi Benner, 647-4566.

Closed for the holidays? Let us know

The Record will publish its annual list of holiday closings in the Dec. 14 issue. Let the rest of the University know when your unit will be closed by sending e-mail to urecord@umich.edu or a fax to 764-7084. Holiday closing schedules for the December holiday break will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 8.


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