The University Record, December 21, 1998

Briefings

United Way tops goal

This year's Universitywide United Way Campaign topped its goal of $950,000, with a final tally of $953,773. That is about 6 percent more than was contributed last year and represents participation by 21.7 percent of U-M faculty and staff, also up from last year (19 percent).

The average gift this year, $165.18, also was up from last year ($147.63).

"The generous spirit of the people of this University is in evidence every day in this community," said Regent Rebecca McGowan, chair of the University campaign. "The success of this year's United Way Campaign is another welcome expression of our commitment to people and the power of ideas."

James Kosteva, director of community relations, noted that the University again played an important role in the success of the countywide campaign.

"We should take a great deal of pride in knowing that University of Michigan faculty and staff were among the leading contributors in the rate of dollar increase throughout the county, and a great deal of warmth in knowing that people who need will have continuing resources provided," Kosteva said.

"Many thanks are in order to everyone who gave a little extra effort to help achieve this success, from the leadership of Regent McGowan, to the solicitors with M&Ms and every other means of encouragement."

Family care sick time increases to six days Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, the maximum eligibility for family care sick time will increase from three to six days. To take advantage of this plan enhancement, however, staff must have sufficient sick time available. For example, an employee who has used two sick days for family care responsibilities so far this year, will be eligible to use up to four additional days Jan. 1 through the short-term sick time renewal date. At the short-term renewal date, the employee will be eligible to use up to six of the 15 short-term sick days for family care. For more information, contact Employee Relations and Compensation, 763-2387.

W-2s will be mailed week of Jan. 18

1998 Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements are scheduled to be mailed the week of Jan. 18. To ensure prompt delivery, the Records and Information Services (RIS) Office must have each staff member's current home address.

Address change request forms are available by contacting RIS, Room 4073, Wolverine Tower, 764-9250, or by contacting Medical Campus Human Resources Information, 300 N. Ingalls, 647-2385.

Treasurer's Office open for year-end securities gifts

The Treasurer's Office, Room 10090, Wolverine Tower, will have special hours for those making year-end gifts of securities or those with questions about such gifts. For information, contact the Gift Team, (734) 647-9090 or UMGIFTSEC@umich.edu. Regular hours through Dec. 23 are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Special hours are: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 28-31.

Senate Assembly meets Jan. 11

Senate Assembly will meet at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 11 in Rackham Amphitheater. Featured speakers are Jackie McClain, executive director, Human Resources/Affirmative Action, and Marvin Krislov, vice president and general counsel, who were scheduled to speak at the Dec. 7 meeting but were unable to attend.

Summer courses available on survey research techniques

The Institute for Social Research is offering summer courses in survey research techniques through the Survey Research Center. The courses, June 7-July 30, cover data collection methods, methods of survey sampling, analysis and computer analysis of survey data, design of evaluation research, and event history analysis. For more information, contact the Summer Institute, Survey Research Center, at 764-6595, summers@isr.umich.edu, or visit the Web, www.isr.umich.edu/src/si.

Funds to involve undergraduates in research and creative activities available

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) are soliciting proposals from teaching and research faculty for activities to integrate teaching and research, scholarship and creative activity. A small number of awards will be given for activities to be implemented in winter or fall term 1999.

Proposals should be for $1,000-$5,000 to be spent over the course of one semester (summer preparation time included). Three mini-grants can be used to add a research component to an existing course, to develop a course or to engage undergraduate students in research or creative activity. Special consideration will be given to proposals adding a research component to a course, creating opportunities for faculty/students from different disciplines to work together or piloting collaborative community-based activities.

Proposals, due Jan. 11, should include a three- to five- page narrative and a budget narrative. For more information, visit UROP's Web page, www.umich.edu/~urop, or contact Sandra Gregerman, 998-9381 or sgreger@umich.edu.

Eating/weight management info sessions in January

To learn more about the 10-week "HUGS for Better Health" program on eating/weight loss management, attend an introductory session in Room 2G207, University Hospital. Sessions are noon-12:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 11-11:30 a.m. and 4-4:30 p.m. Jan. 11, and noon-12:30 p.m. Jan. 14. The HUGS program is designed to help you get rid of the diet mentality and teach you how to eat for energy and health. HUGS classes will begin the third week of January. An M-CARE discount is available. For information, call 936-4399, or pick up a packet at the Nutrition Counseling Center, Room 2C227, University Hospital.

IM Sports continue during winter term

The Department of Recreational Sports Intramural (IM) Sports Program is offering basketball, racquetball and ice hockey during winter term. Entry fees must be paid 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the IM Sports Bldg. Mandatory manager's meetings are in Cliff Keen Arena. For more information, call 763-3562.

Ice hockey games (10 p.m.-1 a.m.) begin Jan. 10 at the Yost Ice Arena. To register, an entry fee of $395 per team must be paid Jan. 6. A manager's meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 7.

Basketball games (5:30-11:30 p.m.) begin Jan. 14 at the IM Sports Bldg. and the Sports Coliseum. To register, an entry fee of $70 per team must be paid Jan. 11. Manager's meetings will be held at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Jan. 13.

Racquetball games (5:30-10:30 p.m.) begin Jan. 14 at the IMSB. To register, an entry fee of $35 must be paid 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 11. The Manager's Meeting is at 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

Lynch will read from his work

Jan. 14 Thomas Lynch will read from his work at 5 p.m. Jan. 14 in Rackham Amphitheater as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Lynch is the author of three books of poetry: Skating with Heather Grace, Grimalkin and Other Poems and Still Life in Milford. His poems and essays have appeared in Harper's, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, the Paris Review and other periodicals. His nonfiction book, The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the American Book Award. He lives and works in Milford, Mich., where he is a funeral director.

The series is sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost.

'Play Mode' opens Jan. 8

"Play Mode," a multimedia mix of video works, photographs, interactive sculpture, painting and textual works on paper, will be at the Slusser Gallery Jan. 8-28.

"Play Mode," curated by Anne Walsh, University of California, Irvine, brings an international cast of artists to the exhibition to explore the idea that everyday life is as much performed as it is lived spontaneously. Participating artists are Lutz Bacher, Stan Douglas, Joseph Grigely, Bia Gayotto, Francis Alys, Evan Holloway and Ana Mendieta.

Walsh describes "Play Mode" as an examination of the conscious and unconscious factors which direct speech and behavior. "The word performance is used in regard to these works because many of them suggest the possibility that most social interaction and/or emotional life is directed by an internalized script that people in a culture read, write and perform simultaneously."

For more information, call, 936-2082.

Howard Keniston Lecture is Jan. 11

The Howard Keniston Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, will be given by Jean Franco at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in Room 4448, East Hall.

Franco, who has been honored by the governments of Chile and Venezuela for her work on Latin American literature, will speak on the cultural consequences of the Cold War.

Professor emerita at Columbia University, Franco is the author of The Modern Culture of Latin America, Cesar Vallejo: The Dialectics of Poetry and Silence and Plotting Women, Gender and Representation in Mexico. Critical Passions (Duke University Press), a selection of her essays edited by Mary Louise Pratt and Kathleen Newman, is forthcoming. She is working on Peripheral Fantasies (Harvard University Press).

For more information, call 764-5344.

Patterson, Jessye Norman on PBS

Jessye Norman, world-renowned Metropolitan Opera star, is doing a holiday special with Willis Patterson, associate dean and professor of voice, School of Music, at 9 p.m. Dec. 21 on PBS and GPTV Public Television. (Check local listings for channel numbers and time.) The program, Holiday Homecoming, featuring soprano Norman in concert with Patterson conducting the choir and orchestra, was taped Nov. 13 in co-production with the Augusta Opera, (Georgia).

The program includes "Praise God and Dance" by Duke Ellington and Pietro Yon's "Jesu Bambino."

Retirees meet Jan. 14

Members of the U-M Retirees Association will meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. Keith Bruhnsen, benefits consultant, will speak on the new prescription drug program for retirees and employees who have the United of Omaha major medical plan. For more information, contact Tammy Rendell, 763-8938.

Turner series continues Jan. 8

The Learning in Retirement (LIR) program of the Turner Senior Resource Center will start part two of a weekly lecture series Jan. 8. "The 21st Century-O Brave New World" will be held in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium, 1000 Wall St. The series, $25 for LIR members, is open to interested individuals more than 55 years of age. LIR membership dues are $5. For more information, call 998-9353, mornings. Series offerings are listed below.

Jan. 8: The Community College-A 20th-Century Invention, How Will It Evolve in the 21st by Larry Whitworth, president, Washtenaw Community College;

Jan. 14: 21st-Century Cities-Make Way for the New by Joe Stroud, retired executive editor, Detroit Free Press;

Jan. 21: World Population: Prospects and Problems in the 21st Century by Ronald Freedman, professor emeritus of sociology and of population studies;

Jan. 29: Star Wars, Terrorist Wars or No Wars-The Future of Conflict in the 21st Century by David Fitzpatrick, U-M history lecturer and professor of history, Washtenaw Community College;

Feb. 4: Health and Disease in the 21st Century by Victor Hawthorne, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health;

Feb. 11: Race, Ethnicity, Culture and the Health of the Public: The Changing Landscape by Sherman James, professor of epidemiology and director, Center for Ethnicity, School of Public Health.

U-M Dearborn awarded MLK Day grant

The U-M-Dearborn received a $3,500 grant to help support the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day Jan. 18 from the Corporation for National Service. The corporation administers Learn and Serve America, AmeriCorps and the Senior Corps.

On Jan. 18, U-M-Dearborn will work with five other colleges, United Way Community Services, the Salvation Army, Gleaners Community Food Bank, local school districts and the VISTA Maria program for troubled teenage girls.

Francis Lecture is Jan. 11

"Women and Heart Disease: Why We Need Clinical Trials" at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 in the School of Public Health Bldg. Auditorium is the Department of Epidemiology's Thomas Francis Jr. Memorial Lecture. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, professor and division chief of epidemiology, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, will deliver the lecture.

Barrett-Connor's research deals with healthy aging, with a focus on gender differences and women's health. Her work spans cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, memory loss and exogenous/endogenous hormones.

For more information, call 764-5435.

Turkle's 'Identity in the Age of the Internet' is Jan. 11 topic

Sherry Turkle, professor of the sociology of science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on her book, Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, at 5 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union. Her lecture is part of the John D. Evans Distinguished Lecture Series on the Consequences of New Media Technology.

Turkle has written numerous articles on psychoanalysis and culture, and on the subjective side of people's relationships with technology, especially computers. She was cited in Newsweek magazine's "50 for the Future: The Most Influential People to Watch in Cyberspace."

For more information, contact the Department of Communications, 764-0420.


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