The University Record, February 8, 1999


Feb. 16 is reimbursement cutoff date

To be reimbursed in a February paycheck, Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account(s) claims must be received at the Benefits Office by Feb. 16. Forms may be dropped off or mailed to Benefits Office (Central Campus), G405 Wolverine Tower-Low Rise, 3003 S. State St., Ann Arbor 48109-1278.

For a list of forms and due dates, visit the Web,, or look in the Reimbursement Accounts Claims Kit. For more information, contact the Benefits Office: Central Campus, 763-1214; Medical Campus, 764-6584; Flint campus, (810) 766-6845; or Dearborn campus, (313) 593-5192.

Our Country’s Good opens Feb. 11

The Theatre Department will present Our Country’s Good, a story about the founding of Australia, at 8 p.m. Feb. 11–13 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

Our Country’s Good is based on a true story—a reform-minded officer allows his convicts to put on a play. Through art, the lives of both jailers and prisoners change forever.

Tickets, $18 and $14, $7 for students with ID, are available at the Michigan League Ticket Office. For more information, call 764-0450.

Immigration Basics workshop is Feb. 25

“How to Get Them Here: Immigration Basics for Departmental Administrators and Personnel Staff” will be held 2–4 p.m. Feb. 25 in Room 9, International Center. “Immigration Basics” is designed for staff members working closely with International Center immigration advisers to obtain U.S. permanent residency or temporary work visas for foreign-born faculty and staff.

The workshop will include an overview of employment-based permanent residency and the H-1B Temporary Specialty Occupation Worker category. Instructions for processing paperwork and sample forms through the International Center also will be covered. The workshop is not for non-immigrant alien candidates for H-1B or U.S. permanent resident status.

To register, contact Julie Barth-Jones,, or Simmi Isaac, Indicate your department in the message.

WCTF career conference registration extended

The Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) has extended registration to Feb. 12 for its 17th annual career conference, “Ready! Set! Go! TEAM! (Together Everyone Achieves More).” The conference features Laurita Thomas, Health System human resources administrator and founding member of WCTF, as its keynote speaker. For more information, call 764-8265.

M-Pathways staff will move Feb. 11

The M-Pathways staff located in the Administrative Services Bldg. will be relocating to new offices in the building Feb. 11. Staff may not be able to return calls on that day. In case of emergency, call the main office number, 764-6281. The M-Pathways Help Desk will be fully operational at 936-7000.

Tenure wars talk is Feb. 15

Fred Morrison, professor of law, University of Minnesota, will speak on “Tenure Wars” at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Rackham Amphitheater as part of the monthly Senate Assembly meeting.

Morrison will focus on the conflict between regents and faculty over tenure. The regents at the University of Minnesota seriously considered a method to remove academic tenure, a consideration that angered the faculty. The “Tenure Wars” that followed have now reached their conclusion for Minnesota. Morrison’s paper on these wars is available at the Faculty Senate office, 764-0303.

Peace Corps info meeting is Feb. 17

The Peace Corps will present a general information session at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Room 9, International Center. The program will include a video of Peace Corps volunteers around the globe, an application process overview by the campus Peace Corps representative and a panel of former volunteers. For more information, call 647-2182 or send e-mail to

OVPR offering conference on new enterprise development

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will host a conference, “The Muddle in the Middle: Understanding New Enterprise Development from University-Based Discoveries,” Feb. 9 at the Michigan League.

The conference will focus on the process of involving venture capital in new businesses to commercialize university-based technologies. Featured speakers are Gary Bachula, acting undersecretary for technology, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Thomas Churchwell, president and CEO, Arch Development Corp., University of Chicago. Panelists will present views on new business development processes from university technology transfer offices, university faculty and venture capital firms.

Registration is required for the free conference and may be done online at or by calling 647-9085.

Join a Vanpool!

Join a U-M Vanpool and ride into work in a 15-passenger van. If you live in the Brighton, Clinton or Jackson area and are interested in the Vanpool program, contact Transportation Services, 764-3429. The program is available to regular and temporary full-time University employees for a pre-tax monthly fee of $65 by payroll deduction.

Retirees to meet Feb. 18

The Retirees Association will hold its monthly meeting at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 18 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. Speaker Richard Lichtenstein, associate professor of health management and policy, will review recent challenges and choices for the future of the health care system. For more information, call 747-9220.

International long distance rates drop

Fees for making international long distance calls from University phones will be reduced significantly in February billing statements. Rates have dropped 33 percent on average. A complete listing of new rates is available online at

The reduced rates, which vary by country, result from a new primary vendor. Alan McCord, director of operations management at the Information Technology Division, notes that ITD “will continually seek ways to further reduce our operating costs and to pass those savings on to our customers.”

Free senior tax help available

Volunteer tax aides from AARP and the Housing Bureau for Seniors will be available by appointment 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fridays Feb. 5–April 9. The volunteers will provide free assistance for persons age 60 or older with a modest income in filing federal and state income tax returns, Forms 1040 and Schedules A, B, D. Property tax preparation also is available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 998-9339.

‘I Can Cope’ cancer series is starting

The Comprehensive Cancer Center will begin “I Can Cope,” a free, seven-week education series for cancer patients and loved ones, 7–8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Room 180 at the Cancer/Geriatrics Center Bldg.

The program, with topics ranging from diagnosis and treatment to exercise and nutrition, will allow participants to share concerns with others in similar situations and will design ways to cope with challenges. Program speakers are U-M health professionals in cancer management. Up-to-date information will be provided.

Registration is required. For more information, call 936-8700.

Governor’s Innovation Forum is Feb. 10

The third session of the Governor’s Innovation Forum will meet 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Michigan League. The theme for the session is Choosing Solutions and Building Michigan’s Model. President Lee C. Bollinger will offer opening remarks, followed by reports and discussions of potential solutions for fostering greater university-industry-government involvement.

The series examines relationships between the state’s universities and industries, with the goal of greater collaboration in the development, attraction and expansion of new business in Michigan. In April, forum participants will issue recommendations.

Registration is required online,, or by calling 647-9085.

Research scientist award nominations sought

Nominations for the 1999 Research Scientist Awards are being accepted by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Research Scientist awards are the Recognition Award, the Achievement Award and the Distinguished Research Scientist Award. The nomination deadline is March 31. For more information, visit the Web,, or call 763-1289.

Midwifery lecture is Feb. 10

Judith Rooks, associate, Pacific Institute for Women’s Health, will speak on “Midwifery and Children in America” at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Room 1324, East Hall. Her talk is part of the Michigan Initiative for Women’s Health speaker series, “Women’s Health: Historical Perspectives and Policy Dilemmas.”

Rooks is a nurse-midwife and an epidemiologist. She is past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and has written books on midwifery, maternity care and childbirth.

The free, public lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar Series, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Health System’s Women’s Health Program and Women’s Health Resource Center, International Institute, Women’s Studies Program, Center for European Studies, School of Public Health, Program in Society and Medicine, School of Nursing, Center for the Education of Women, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and the Historical Center for the Health Sciences.

For more information, call 764-9537.

Exhibit Museum’s ID Day is March 21

The Exhibit Museum will hold its free, public Second Annual ID Day 1–3 p.m. March 21. Experts from paleontology, geology and anthropology will be available to identify natural wonders. For more information, call 764-0478.

‘Conflict of Interest’ is focus of Feb. 16 RRP workshop

The Research Responsibility Program (RRP) is holding “Conflict of Interest,” coordinated by Fred Bookstein and Elaine Brock, 4–6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Assembly Hall, Rackham Bldg., and again 7–9 p.m. Feb. 24 in the West Conference Room, Rackham Bldg.

RRP, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, is designed to provide an opportunity for University members to learn more about issues relating to the responsible conduct and administration of research.

For more information, visit the Web,, send e-mail to, or call 763-1289.

Volleyball tournament is Feb. 17

The Intramural (IM) Sports program will hold a volleyball tournament, beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 and 21. Team entries, $35, will be accepted 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Feb. 15–17 at the IM Sports Bldg., 606 E. Hoover. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in Cliff Keen Arena. For more information, call 763-3562.

Chinese Studies conference will discuss Jensen’s book

The Center for Chinese Studies is sponsoring, “Interrogating the Construction of ‘Confucianism,’ A Symposium” 1:30–3 p.m. and 3:15–4:45 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Koessler Library, Michigan League. The symposium will discuss issues raised by Lionel Jensen’s book, Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization.

Jensen argues that Confucianism was a Western invention of the 17th century, that the common image of Confucius was inherited from Jesuit missionaries of the period and that a version of this Confucius was recycled by Chinese intellectuals in their 20th-century nationalist projects of historical recovery.

Panelists at the conference, representing philosophical, historical and religious specializations, will be Philip J. Ivanhoe, associate professor, Donald Lopez, professor, and Donald J. Munro, professor emeritus of Asian languages and cultures; Jack Kline, Loyola University; Willard Peterson, Princeton University; Xiaboing Tang, University of Chicago; and author Jensen, University of Colorado, Denver.

For more information, call 764-6308.

‘Nurse! Sistah! Soldier!’ talk is Feb. 16

“A Contribution to the African American Saga: Nurse! Sistah! Soldier!” will be held noon–1 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League, sponsored by the Commission for Women.

Speaker Elizabeth Allen, associate professor of nursing, will share her experiences as a student, educator, Vietnam War nurse and sister continuing in today’s struggle.

Allen has worked as an elementary guidance counselor, teacher of integrated education, head nurse of psychiatry and mental health, interim director of minority affairs, mental health nurse consultant, captain of the United States Army Nurse Corps and as a consultant to the television series, “China Beach.”