The University Record, January 25, 1999


M-Pathways will hold February sessions on processing orders

Representatives from Purchasing Services and Accounts Payable will discuss “Tips for Getting Orders Properly Processed” 1–2:30 p.m. and 3–4:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Rackham Amphitheater; 1–2:30 p.m. and 3–4:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Room M3330, Med Sci I; and 8:30–10 a.m. and 10:30–noon in the Chysler Center Auditorium, North Campus.

The sessions will focus on difficulties with procurement and steps being taken to clear out backlogs. Representatives will explain current processes and offer tips for getting orders processed without unnecessary delays. There will be a question-and-answer period, and new job aids will be handed out.

For more information, call 647-6219 or send e-mail to


Low vision workshop begins Jan. 27

“Living with Low Vision,” a five-week workshop presented by the Turner Geriatric Clinic, the Low Vision Clinic and the Kellogg Eye Center, will be 10 a.m.–noon Jan. 27 at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Topics will include: environmental modification, labeling, organizing, optical devices, reading, money management, community resources, cooking and hobbies. Leading the series are Cheryl Terpening and Mary Rumman. The workshop fee is $30; scholarships are available. To register or for more information, call 764-2556.


Environmental links to breast cancer focus of Feb. 1 lecture

Andrea Martin will discuss “Turning the Microscope Around: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer” at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. Her talk is sponsored by the Michigan Initiative for Women’s Health, the Undergraduate Women’s Studies Association and the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

Martin, an attorney, restaurant owner, political fundraiser, mother and breast cancer survivor, founded the Breast Cancer Fund to raise awareness and support innovative and promising areas of cancer research, education, patient support and advocacy efforts.

For more information, call 647-0774.


Turner celebrates Black History Month

A celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and introducing Black History Month will be held 2–4 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. The celebration, sponsored by the Turner Geriatric Clinic, will feature speakers discussing their Southern childhood, music from New Hope Baptist Church under the direction of Faye Burton and a ceremony to recognize the achievements of the Turner African American Services Council. For more information or help with transportation, call 764-2556.


Panel on gender and sports is Jan. 28

“Gender and Sports” will be held 3–5 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. Panelists sharing their experiences during the interdisciplinary discussion include: Jacqueline Eccles, the Wilbert J. McKeachie Collegiate Professor of Psychology and professor of psychology and of women’s studies; Vikki Krane, Bowling Green State University and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender; and Robert Sellers, associate professor of psychology and faculty associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics. Bruce Watkins, interim director and associate professor of kinesiology, will be the panel chair.

Sponsors of the talk are the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Department of Kinesiology. For more information, call 764-9537.


Jan. 27 lecture focuses on ‘African Americans, birth control’

Vanessa Northington Gamble will speak on “A High Voltage Sensitivity: A History of African Americans and Birth Control” at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Rackham Amphitheater. Gamble’s lecture is presented by the Michigan Initiative for Women’s Health speaker series, “Women’s Health: Historical Perspectives and Policy Dilemmas.”

Gamble, director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Medicine, and professor of medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the author of Making a Place for Ourselves: The Black Hospital Movement, 1920–1945. She has published numerous articles detailing the experiences of African Americans and other minorities with the health care system.

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, Women’s Health Program, Center for European Studies, School of Public Health, Program in Society and Medicine, School of Nursing and the 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.


Pharm.D. Night is Jan. 27

Pharmacy professionals and staff from the College of Pharmacy will explore pharmaceutical issues and discuss career opportunities for pharmacy graduates at Pharm.D. Career Discovery Night, 7–9 p.m. Jan. 27 in Room 1544, C.C. Little Bldg.

No advance registration is required. For more information, contact Valener Perry, assistant dean of student services, 764-5550, visit the Web,, or e-mail


Registration under way for Pierpont’s Uncommon Courses

Registration is open for the Pierpont Commons Arts and Programs’ Uncommon Courses. You may register at the Commons’ Administration Office, mezzanine level, until 5 p.m. on the first class day. For more information, call 764-7544.

Winter term courses include Aerobics, Contra Dancing, Aromatherapy, Bartending/Mocktail Training, Tai Chi Chuan, First Aid, Dream Interpretation, Juggling Arts, Knitting, Massage, Massage for Couples, Meditation, Origami, Palmistry, Scottish Country Dancing, Sign Language, Tae-Kwon Do, Yoga Happy Hour and Jewelry Workshops.


Potential student commencement speeches due March 10

March 10 is the deadline for students who wish to have speeches considered for delivery at commencement May 1. The competition is open to students who will receive a bachelor’s degree during winter term 1999 or spring term 1999. Submissions consist of a typed draft of the speech—five minutes or fewer in length—as well as an audio-cassette of the author delivering the speech. Students also are asked to submit a curriculum vitae or resume, including an e-mail address and local phone number. Cover letters are not necessary.

A committee of students, faculty and staff will select the student speaker. The committee will look for a well-written speech focusing on a few important points and addressing the interests of a broad range of students and parents. Entries should reflect the values of the academic experience and be able to capture the audience’s attention.

Submit entries to Student Speaker Entries, Office of the Vice President for Communications, 2040 Fleming Administration Bldg., 1340. For more information, contact Beth Moceri, 615-0520, or


Population Studies Center has moved

The Population Studies Center has moved to the Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson St., P.O. Box 1248.


Postal seminar is Jan. 26

The University Mail Service will host an informational seminar 9:30–11:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in the Anderson Room, Michigan Union. Topics will include: the 1999 USPS postal rate increase, postal automation review, nonprofit requirements, new parcel service and the new Mail Service Web page. A question-and-answer session will follow. To register, send e-mail to Attendance is limited to the first 150 people.

The new U.S. Postal Service rates for first-class mail are $.33 for a one ounce letter, and $.22 for each additional ounce. The postcard rate, $.20, is unchanged. The maximum first-class weight is 13 ounces.

Priority Mail up to two pounds is $3.20. The Express Mail half-pound rate is $11.75.

The rates have increased an average of 2.6 percent for standard mail. Nonprofit standard rates have increased an average of 14 percent.


‘Book Trouble: The Epilogue’ is Jan. 26

Institute for the Humanities Director Tom Trautmann will respond to the chilling reports of publishers, librarians, copyright attorneys and book sellers on the future of the scholarly book. “Book Trouble: The Epilogue” will be at noon Jan. 26 in Room 1524, Rackham Bldg. For a preview of Trautmann’s remarks, visit the Web, His talk will be followed by a panel discussion with John Price-Wilkin and Wendy Lougee, University Library; Colin Day, U-M Press; Keith Taylor and Karl Pohrt, Shaman Drum Bookshop; and attorney Susan Kornfield.

For more information, call 936-1930.


Tax forms were mailed last week

W-2 wage and statement tax forms for 1998 have been mailed to all University employees. The W-2 format is the same as last year.

Federal and state taxable wages listed exclude any tax deferred retirement contributions. These contributions were, however, subject to Social Security and Medicare tax and are included as wages in those sections. Separate boxes on the W-2 indicate whether employees were enrolled in a retirement plan and the amount of elective tax-deferred retirement contributions. The total contributions are indicated in a separate footnote on the W-2.

A footnote showing the total of Flint/Dearborn/Ann Arbor United Way payroll deductions also is included.

Staff members who had city income tax withheld will receive a Form CW-2 in a separate mailing.


Gardens will close early Feb. 27

Admission to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory will be restricted to Scout Day participants noon–4:30 p.m. Feb. 27. The Conservatory will be open to the public 10 a.m.–noon. For more information, call 998-7061.


HRD offers variety of winter courses

Human Resource Development (HRD) is offering professional development courses during winter term. Topics include project planning, time management, delegation, negotiation, management, conflict resolution, leadership, group process understanding, performance management, customer service, communication, listening, reading, written communication and financial planning.

Early registration is recommened. Registration is available online, For more information or for an HRD catalog, call 764-7410.


Social skills groups for children forming

The University Center for the Child and the Family is forming two 15-week social skills groups. A group for eight-year-olds and under will begin Feb. 2, and a group for children ages 12 and older will begin Feb. 3. The groups are designed to teach participants skills important in making friends and maintaining positive social interactions with peers. To register or for more information, call 764-9466.


Accessing sensitive political information lecture is Jan. 26

“Control and Access to Sensitive Political Information: A Report from the Front Lines” by Peter Kornbluh will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in Room 411, West Hall. The free lecture presented by the School of Information is sponsored by the Society of American Archivists.

Kornbluh, senior analyst at the National Security Archive, will discuss how to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the release of polically charged documentation. He also will speak on insights gleaned from government secrets, the role access to records plays in historical interpretation and reinterpretation, and the notions of accountablility offered through the opening of classified archives.

Kornbluh is the author of Bay of Pigs Declassified: The Secret CIA Report on the Invasion of Cuba, Politics of Illusion: The Bay of Pigs Invasion Reexamined, The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History and The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: A National Security Archive Documents Reader.

More information about the National Security Archive is online,


Three eating issues and body images groups available

Eating issues and body images groups are available through the psychological clinic, including a workshop beginning in February, a student group and a new professional league.

An eight-week Eating Issues and Body Image Workshop will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Psychological Clinic. Topics will include improving your relationship with food, feeling better about your body, determining how much eating is healthy and alternatives to purging. Registration for the $155 workshop is required. For more information or to register, call 764-3471.

Students Promoting Eating Disorder Education (SPEAK), a student group fighting eating disorders, meets regularly. For more information, contact Rachel Russell,, or Mary McKinney, at the Psychological Clinic, 764-3471.

The Michigan League of Professionals Concerned with Eating Disorders meets monthly. Sheril Szuch, a psychologist who specializes in eating disorders, began the group, which continues to be developed by University Health Service physicians and dieticians, Counseling and Psychological Services therapists, and staff members from University sports programs. For more information, call Sheril Szuch, 741-8534, or Mary McKinney, 764-3471.


IM Sports continue in early Feb.

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will hold a 3-point shootout and a free throw contest 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 5 at the IM Sports Bldg. Participants may enter for $5 at any time during the event.

IM Sports will hold a swimming and diving meet starting at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 4 at Canham Natatorium. An entry fee of $5 per individual and $25 per team must be paid by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the IM Sports Bldg. For more information on IM Sports, call 763-3562.