The University Record, July 19, 1999

‘A Touch of the Soul’

‘It has to be exact or it has no effect,’ demonstrates world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau before a select group of advanced and intermediate students in town for a residency on mime July 5–10 in the Media Union’s video studio. Here Marceau exhibits ‘vanity,’ asking students to pay special attention to the alignment of their legs, the tilt of the head and the thrust of the chest. But, Marceau emphasized, body movements and acting are not enough, miming has to have ‘a touch of the soul’ to reach an audience.

Marceau and assistants from the Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris visited to teach a master class, coordinated by Brian J. Trim and Spectrum Theatre Productions, along with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and the Department of Dance. Photo by Bob Kalmbach


Snap shots

Ahoy mates! Anchors aweigh!

Central Campus sports some new sculptures—two anchors from 19th-century sailing ships. The anchors were recently moved from North Campus when the Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences (CGLAS) moved to new quarters in the C.C. Little and Dennison buildings.

Seen with the anchors are Svetlana Rudnicka (left) and Nergui Soninkhisig, visiting scientists working this summer in CGLAS facilities.

Rudnicka, a fisheries research scientist from Varna, Bulgaria, is working the David Jude, CGLAS and School of Natural Resources and Environment research scientist.

Soninkhishig, from the Department of Botany/Biological Research and Training, State University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is working with Mark Edlund, a CGLAS research fellow, in the phytoplankton laboratory facilities of Eugent Stoermer, professor of natural resources, CGLAS research scientist and Herbarium research scientist. Photo by Bob Kalmbach

New assisted-living facility to feature U-M faculty, student involvement

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held July 15 for a privately developed, 75-unit assisted-living facility expected to open in the summer of 2000 that will carry a ‘Michigan’ touch.

Richard Adelman, research scientist, Institute of Gerontology, and professor of biological chemistry, is collaborating with developer Dean Solden to offer intellectual and cultural programming, including lectures and concerts in the new facility.

Adelman is spearheading an effort to stimulate contact between residents of the facility and members of the U-M community, including faculty, research scientists, performing artists and students. He also plans to use the facility as a field site for pilot studies with older adults.

‘University Living will draw upon the resources of the U-M community to provide assistance for the bodies, minds and spirits of our residents,’ Solden says.

Nationwide, about 1.2 million people live in about 30,000 assisted-living facilities that offer a range of personal and medical services for the frail elderly who are too healthy to need skilled nursing services on a 24-hour basis but who are no longer able to live on their own. Photo by Rebecca A. Doyle