The University Record, September 23, 1998


Art Museum Project announces 1999 Glass Competition

The Art Museum Project at U-M-Dearborn, in cooperation with the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery and the Fine Art Associates support group is sponsoring "Glass: Its Substance and Attributes" by Michigan artists, May 15-June 27, 1999.

Artists living and working in Michigan, 18 years of age and older, are invited to submit work in any medium for consideration. Recent work made of glass, dealing with glass as subject matter or exploring the attributes of glass such as fragility, transparency, translucency, opacity, refraction, reflection and distortion are invited. Entries, in slide format, are due March 6, 1999. For a copy of the competition brochure with details and an entry application, call (313) 593-5058 or (313) 593-5087.


Take a 'Blast to the Past' at the Gardens' Fall Festival

"Fall Festival: A Blast to the Past (circa 1750)" will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The Festival will depict the lifestyle of the American people from the mid-1600s to the 1800s.

"Fall Festival will celebrate the bounty of our land and explore how native plants were used for food, medicine, tools, clothing, dyes and crafts by Native Americans and early travelers of the region," says Karen Meske, Gardens events coordinator. "There will be a lot of exciting events for everyone to take part in and enjoy."

Events include Native American games, pottery, making baskets and cattail dolls, and demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, cooking and concocting medicine. Food and music will be in keeping with the era--bison burgers and flutes and drums--and Festival staff will be dressed in period costumes.

General admission is $7 for adults ($5 for Gardens' members) and $5 for children ($3 for Gardens' members). Visitors wishing to walk the outdoor trails during the two-day event will need to pay the admission fee and will be restricted to festival hours only. For more information, call 998-7061.


IM slow pitch softball registration deadline is Sept. 30

The $50 entry fee for slow pitch softball, sponsored by the Department of Recreational Sports, Intramural (IM) Sports Bldg., is due at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the IM Sports Building. There will be a mandatory manager's meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Cliff Keen Arena. The softball tournament will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 2 and continue 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 at Mitchell Fields. For more information, call 763-3562.


University Library book sale is Sept. 25

The University Library will host a mini book sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25. The sale, located in the atrium of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, will feature books on mathematics, chemistry, physics, botany and biology, geology, engineering, history and religion. There also will be books on tape and phonograph records. For more information, call 763-5386.


Commission for Women meets second Tuesdays

The Commission for Women holds its steering committee meetings noon-1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month around the conference table outside Room 4016, 4th floor, LS&A Bldg. New members are always welcome. The first meeting of the year is Oct. 13. For more information, call Sally Grace, 764-5188, or send e-mail to


The Capitoline Ideology lecture series begins today

The Thomas Spencer Jerome Lecture Committee is sponsoring a lecture series by Nicolas Purcell, fellow and tutor in ancient history, St. John's College, Oxford, titled "The Capitoline Ideology." The first lecture, "Olympia and Rome," is 4 p.m. today (Sept. 23) in Rackham Amphitheater.

The series, endowed by Thomas Spencer Jerome, is jointly administered by the University and The American Academy in Rome. The lectures deal with phases of the history or culture of the Romans or of people included in the Roman Empire. Watch the Record calendar for upcoming lectures.


Viktor Ullmann centennial celebration Sept. 27-Oct. 7

The centennial year of the birth of Viktor Ullmann will be celebrated by the School of Music and the Institute for the Humanities Sept. 27-Oct. 7 with free, public lectures and concerts.

"Terezin, 1944--The Emperor of Atlantis and its Composer," a lecture by Siglind Bruhn, will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1917 Washtenaw Ave.

The chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis will be presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at the McInstosh Theatre, E.V. Moore Bldg.

Chamber music from 1943-44 will be performed at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg.

A mini-symposium, "Viktor Ullman: Composer, Jew, Anthroposophist, Humanist," will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. The symposium will feature a lecture by Marcus Gerhardts from the Ullman Archive in Dornach titled "Viktor Ullmann and Anthroposophy," and a lecture by Robert Kolben of Munich, "The Emperor of Atlantis: A Late Mystery Play."

Jim Leonard will present "The Symphonic Ullmann: Symphony without Orchestra," a guide through Ullmann's symphonic music recordings, at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at SKR Classical, 539 Liberty.

Vocal music will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg.

Composer Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944), a composition student of Schoenberg, an associate of Zemlinsky and a follower of Rudolf Steiner's teachings, is a composer who attained his creative culmination while incarcerated in the concentration camp Terezin (Theresienstadt) in northern Bohemia in Sept. 1942.


Exhibition of Clarence Darrow's letters at Law Library

Letters and photos from the Clarence Darrow family archive are mounted in display cases outside the Jackier Rare Book Room on the top floor of the Law Library. Darrow attended the Law School in 1877-78. There are 14 pieces of correspondence displayed, including letters from Helen Keller, H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, Mother Jones and Theodore Dreiser as well as letters to Darrow's friends, clients and family.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 24 and is available for viewing during Law Library hours 8 a.m.-midnight. It is available courtesy of the Darrow family.


South and Southeast Asian Studies invites all to brown-bag lectures

The Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies (CSSEAS) is holding a Friday brown-bag lecture series from noon-1:30 p.m. in Room 1644, Social Work Bldg. The first lecture, "Electoral Considerations and the Politics of Caste" by Pradeep Chhibber, assistant professor of political science and assistant director of CSSEAS, will be Oct. 2.


'Old Age Is Not for Sissies' meets Oct. 7-Nov. 11

A new discussion group for older women, "Old Age Is Not for Sissies," will be held 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11 at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. Facilitated by Hanny Leitson and Pearl Axelrod, the group invites women to share concerns and ideas about how to meet challenges while growing older. New ways of self-nurturing, nurturing others and garnering support from family, friends and community will be explored. For more information, or to register, call Sheila Silver, Learning in Retirement Program, 998-9353.


Flu vaccination time again!

The Turner Geriatric Clinic will offer three flu clinics. The first will be 1-4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Cancer and Geriatrics Center Bldg. for Turner patients and adults with current U-M Medical Center registration. There is a $7 fee for patients without Medicare. A second chance for Turner patients only will be held 2-4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Geriatrics Center. The Washtenaw County Department of Human Services also will offer free immunization for all persons age 9 and older at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 21. A $7 donation would be appreciated. Medicare billing is not available for this session.

The flu vaccination is recommended for everyone age 65 and older, persons with heart and lung problems, persons with cancer or an immunological disorder that lowers resistance to infections, and those with chronic metabolic diseases such as diabetes, anemia, kidney disease or severe asthma. For more information, call 764-2556.


'Holistic Health and Healing Self' talk is Sept. 29

Chiropractor Andrea Galley will discuss "Holistic Health and Healing Self: Healing Capability, Chiropractical Approach" 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 29 at the Intergenerational Women's Group in the conference room, floor 1, Cancer and Geriatrics Center Bldg. Future meetings of the Intergenerational Group will include a talk by Jane Riddle on "Plant Folklore and Fall Planting" Oct. 6, and a discussion with Gabriel Chin on "Qigong and Tai Chi and a Lot More" on Oct. 27. Women of all ages are welcome to join the free group. Registration is not required. For more information, call 764-2556.


Turner offers memory improvement course

A three-session memory improvement course will be offered at the Turner Geriatric Clinic 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 5, 12, and 19 in the conference room, Cancer and Geriatrics Center Bldg. Topics include information on how memory works, how memory changes with age, factors that can cause changes in memory and techniques for improving memory. The fee is $40, which includes the text, Improving Your Memory: How To Remember What You Are Starting To Forget. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call Lynn Stern, 764-2556.


Explore the ethnobotanical trail Sept. 24

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens will be offering "Plants and People: The Ethnobotanical Trail," a lecture by Trish Beckjord, environmental specialist, at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Gardens. "Plants and people have been connected since man discovered the first edible plant," Beckjord says. "From this has evolved a relationship between the two that has continued to be mutually beneficial to this day. The lecture will emphasize the history of Native American uses of Michigan's native plant species and how that relates to today's growing market."

Light refreshments will be served. To register for the $10 lecture (free for Gardens' members) or for more information, call 998-7061.


Registration open for Gardens' October classes

Registration is now open for the Matthaei Botanical Gardens' adult education classes in October. To register call 998-7061. Gardens' members will receive 10 percent off any class.

"Natural Landscape Living," by Matthew C. Heumann, naturalist, is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 3. The cost is $45.

"Winter Garden Landscape," by Steven Nikkila, professional horticulture photographer, is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 5. The cost is $20.

"A Reunion of Trees," by Liz Elling, Gardens visitor programs coordinator, is 1-3 p.m. Oct. 10 and 31. The cost is $40.

"Pruning Workshop," by Irene McDonnel Cahill, forestry supervisor for Lansing, is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 14 and 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 17. The cost is $40.

"Glacial Geology," by Dave Thomas, faculty member of Washtenaw Community College, is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15 and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 17. The cost is $45.

"Mosses," by Barbara Madsen, wetland ecologist and editor of Michigan Botanist, is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15, 22, and 1-5 p.m. Oct. 17. The cost is $75.

"Indoor Bulb Forcing," by Adrienne O'Brien, Gardens senior horticulture assistant, has three sessions: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 17, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 18 and 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19. Each session is $40.

"All About Oaks," by Warren H. Wagner, professor emeritus of botany, is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18. The cost is $55.

"Fall Garden Clean-Up," by Janet Macunovich, professional gardener and writer, is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19. The cost is $25.

"Wetland Delineations," with Brian Klatt, Gardens associate director, Ellen Elliott Weatherbee, head of the Gardens' adult education program, and regulatory agency personnel is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-22 and 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 23. The cost is $800.

"Landscape Design," by Kenneth Rapp, landscape architect, is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. The cost is $45.

"Dazzle with Perennials," by Annie Hannan, Eastern Michigan University instructor, is offered 7-9 p.m. Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. The cost is $40.

"Garden Photography," by Steven Nikkila, horticulture photographer, is offered 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and Oct. 29. The cost is $85.


Zhukov to perform Chopin and Scriabin

Russian pianist Igor Zhukov will give a free, public performance of the second and third piano sonatas by Chopin and Scriabin at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in Britton Recital Hall.

Chopin's second sonata was an outgrowth of its third movement--the famous funeral march. The third sonata, composed five years later, is harmonically complex and laced with detailed decorative elements.

Scriabin's second sonata, the "Fantasy Sonata," is from his Paris period, and Scriabin's third sonata is one of his best known and most widely performed works. Scriabin's biographer Sabaneeff writes that the third sonata is "where the real Scriabin shows his face . . . clear, powerful and all his own."


Find out about network and system outages

Information technology network and system outages affecting multiple users are reported regularly on the Information Technology Division (ITD) Web page ( and on a telephone recording, 764-4357. Suspected outages also can be reported by calling and selecting option 3. Reports are investigated and added to the notification system. The system also attempts to provide an estimated fix time and advice on what to do during the interruption of service.


Computer courses for everyone

More than 100 non-credit computing courses are available to faculty, staff and students on topics ranging from basic word processing to Windows NT administration. Courses are taught throughout the term for varying fees on Central Campus and North Campus. For more information on these courses, visit the Information Technology Division (ITD) Web page at Scheduled courses also are listed in the calendar section of the Record.

Computer-based training on the Web is available at no charge with a uniqname, password and access to a Windows computer with a Web browser. Check the ITD Web page for interactive courses on more than 200 topics.


Back-to-campus computer sale continues

Computer, printer and software sales are continuing for faculty, staff and students at the Computer Showcase, ground level, Michigan Union. This year Apple, Compaq and IBM computers may be purchased online directly from vendors through their higher education Web sites. A good selection also is available from University America.

Apple, Dell and Twinhead personal computers are available, as well as software, printers and accessories, including monitors, Ethernet items, modems, external drives, memory and Blue Discs (U-M produced CD-ROMs with Mac and Windows Internet access kits and anti-viral software). For more information see the Showcase Web page at


Fair Lane Estate featured in enrichment class

"A Treasure We Can Share," an adult enrichment class featuring Henry Ford's Fair Lane Estate, is being offered through the U-M-Dearborn Adult and Continuing Education Program. Participants will spend seven evenings at Fair Lane studying the mansion and the personal lives of Henry and Clara Ford. Classes will include the history of Fair Lane; a walking tour of the gardens and grounds; and a behind-the-scenes tour of non-public areas, the Powerhouse and restored garage, and the restoration process at Fair Lane.

The enrichment class begins at 6:30 p.m. today (Sept. 23) and will continue for three more Wednesdays. Upon completion, students will be eligible to become Fair Lane docents and lead public tours. The cost of the course is $30. For more information, call Mary Jo Lomus, (313) 730-0468.


School of Music to host International Computer Music Conference

The School of Music will host the International Computer Music Conference Oct. 1-6, featuring concerts, research paper presentations and many of the world's vanguard electronic multimedia installations.

Free, public concerts will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2, 1 p.m. Oct. 2-6 and 3 p.m. Oct. 5-6, at Rackham Auditorium. Concerts also are being held at the Power Center at 8 p.m. Oct. 3-6 with a $12 charge per ticket ($6 for senior citizens and students with a valid ID).

The conference offers daily viewings of music installations such as Burton Beerman's Spaces in the Media Union Video Studio, and a Virtual Reality Tutorial seminar 9 a.m.snoon Oct. 1 at the Media Union. The seminar fee is $135 ($68 for senior citizens and students with a valid ID). For more information, call Kelly Klooster, Conference Management Services, 764-4276.

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