The University Record, April 24, 2000


Next Record is May 8

This is the last weekly issue of The University Record until Sept. 4. The Record will be published bi-weekly May–July and once in August, beginning May 8.

Arb tours offered on Arbor Day

The Nichols Arboretum will offer two “Meet the Docents’ Favorite Trees!” tours noon–1 p.m. and 2–3:30 p.m. April 28, starting at the Arboretum’s Reader Center, to honor Arbor Day. Participants will learn what makes specific tree species unique.

For more information, call (734) 998-9540.

SPH commencement is this week

The School of Public Health (SPH) will hold its commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. April 28 in Rackham Auditorium. Julio Frenk, executive director of Evidence and Information for Policy, World Health Organization, will be the featured speaker.

AD search committee hires executive search firm

The advisory committee responsible for searching for a new athletic director has hired Heidrick and Struggles Inc., an executive search firm based in Chicago, to assist in the search.

Heidrick and Struggles will help the search advisory committee generate a broad and diverse pool of candidates to be considered by the committee, said James S. Jackson, search committee chair. The committee’s role will be to evaluate the candidates and recommend to President Lee C. Bollinger an unranked slate of three finalists for his consideration.

“The search committee is making good progress. We have been gathering information on the goals and priorities of the Athletic Department and have begun to generate names of potential candidates. The search firm will help us move that process along more rapidly,” said Jackson, who is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, and director and senior research scientist of the Research Center for Group Dynamics.

The search committee is seeking views from all parts of the community, including alumni. Messages about the athletic director search may be sent to

Nominations may be sent to James S. Jackson, Chair, Athletic Director Search Advisory Committee, c/o Office of the President, University of Michigan, 2070 Fleming Administration Building, 503 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340; or William J. Bowen, Heidrick and Struggles Inc., Sears Tower Suite 7000, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606-6402, (312) 496-1000.

Learn to negotiate flexible work options

A panel presentation, sponsored by the Center for the Education of Women and the Family Care Resources Center, will address flexible work options (flextime, job sharing, telecommuting) and how to negotiate successfully with your supervisor noon–2 p.m. April 26 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. Managers’ perspectives, as well as U-M policies that support or restrict implementation, also will be discussed.

Individuals are welcome to bring a bag lunch to the free, public program. For more information, call (734) 998-7080.

Rummage sale to benefit Pound House

A 55-family rummage sale to benefit Pound House Children’s Center will be held 9 a.m.–1 p.m. May 6 at the Children’s Center, 710 S. Forest Ave. Items include toys, children’s clothing, kitchen supplies, gardening tools, sporting goods, books, videos and furniture.

Admission will not be permitted before 9 a.m. For more information, call (734) 998-8440.

Register for free skin cancer screening

Free skin cancer screenings will be offered 9 a.m.–1 p.m. May 6 at the Geriatrics and Cancer Centers Bldg., 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Skin cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer when it is detected early.

The screening will consist of a painless visual examination by a dermatologist. If any suspicious areas are found, recommendations for follow-up care will be provided. Informational sessions on skin self-exams also will be offered.

To schedule an appointment, call the Cancer AnswerLine nurses, (800) 865-1125. Space is limited, so early registration is advised. Free parking is available. The screenings are co-sponsored by the Cancer Center, Department of Dermatology, American Cancer Society and Michigan Dermatologic Society.

Faculty participate in conversation on ethnicity, class, gender

U-M faculty and other specialists will participate in “Intersections of Ethnicity, Class and Gender: A Conversation on Conceptual Concerns and Methodological Issues” 2–4 p.m. May 5 in Rackham Assembly Hall. The free, public program is co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS).

Panelists include Maxine Baca Zinn, professor of sociology and senior faculty associate with the Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University; James Jackson, director of CAAS, and the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology; Leith Mullings, the Presidential Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York Graduate School; Maria P.P. Root, psychologist and editor; and Abigail Stewart, director, IRWG, and professor of psychology and of women’s studies. Pamela Trotman Reid, research scientist, IRWG, and professor of psychology and of education, will serve as the panel chair.

Sign up for softball, 3-on-3 basketball, sand volleyball, roller hockey

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will accept entries for its softball, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball and roller hockey programs May 4 at each sport’s mandatory manager’s meeting held at the IM Sports Bldg. Games will be played at Elbel Field. Meeting times, fees and game dates are:

  • Softball, 5 p.m., $55 per team. Games will be played on Tues., Wed., Thurs. and Sun. beginning May 7.

  • Sand volleyball, 6:30 p.m., $40 per team. Games will be played Tues., Wed. and Thurs. beginning May 9.

  • 3-on-3 basketball, 7:30 p.m., $20 per team. Games will be played Tues., Wed. and Thurs. beginning May 9.

  • Roller hockey, 8 p.m., $45 per team. Games will be played Tues., Wed. and Thurs. beginning May 9.

    For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

    Matthaei plant sale is May 5–7

    The 20th annual Matthaei Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale and Marketplace will be held 3–7 p.m. May 5 (for Friends of the Gardens only) and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. May 6–7 at the Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road. The sale features 36,000 pots of outdoor plants comprising 1,100 varieties. Perennials, herbs, accent plants and garden accessories are among the items that will be for sale. Gardens staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

    The Spring Sale week begins with a “Savvy Session” 1–3 p.m. April 30. At the Savvy Session, visitors may pick up a list of plants to be sold the following weekend, inspect this year’s featured accent plants in the greenhouse and obtain professional consultation from Master Gardeners and Gardens staff on any horticultural questions.

    All proceeds from the sale will support programs at the Gardens. For more information, call (734) 998-7061 or visit the Web at

    Art Museum temporarily closes Chinese Gallery; Apse houses American paintings

    The Museum of Art’s Chinese Gallery will close May 1 for an extensive reinstallation. The Gallery will re-open to the public in early June.

    Favorites from the Museum’s collection of 19th-century American paintings will be displayed in the Apse through the summer. Works include Eastman Johnson’s richly hued 1868 painting “Boyhood of Lincoln,” which was bequeathed to the University in 1895 by Henry C. Lewis.

    For complete exhibition information, call the Museum, (734) 764-0395 or (734) 763-8662 (recorded hotline).

    Observatory receives preservation award

    The U-M-Detroit Observatory has received an award for its recent restoration work from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN). Quinn Evans/Architects of Ann Arbor nominated the observatory for one of the three awards given statewide.

    Patricia S. Whitesell, director and curator, U-M-Detroit Observatory, will accept the award at MHPN’s annual conference on May 5. Representatives from Quinn Evans/Architects also will be recognized for their work on the restoration project.

    Gillberg to discuss autism April 27

    One in 500 children born today has an autistic spectrum disorder, making the condition more common than Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis or cystic fibrosis. Christopher Gillberg, professor and head of psychiatry, Goteborg University, Sweden, will discuss “Screening for Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Community: Recent Findings” at 5 p.m. April 27 in Room 4448, East Hall. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Human Adjustment and the Department of Psychiatry, the free, public lecture highlights April as National Autism Awareness Month.

    Gillberg is the author of 20 books and more than 400 articles. He is the winner of the Fenstrom Award for Autism Studies, editor of the Swedish Medical Journal and scientific adviser on child and adolescent psychiatry to the World Health Organization.

    A reception will be held at 4 p.m. on the fourth floor terrace of East Hall.

    Meet the ‘America Reads’ challenge

    Created by the U.S. Department of Education, the America Reads Challenge calls upon all Americans to help ensure that every child can read well and independently by the end of the third grade. To bolster that goal, the U-M’s America Reads program will host a conference 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. May 12 in Mason Hall. The program will foster an exchange of ideas about designing, starting and operating a quality literacy tutoring program that recruits and trains college and university students to be reading and writing tutors for early elementary school children.

    Workshops will address building a coalition to start an America Reads program, building relationships with schools and school districts, recruitment and retention, assessment, and evaluation and training.

    The keynote address will be given at 9:30 a.m. by Frances Bond, coordinator of the America Reads Challenge and special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Education.

    Registration, $14 for faculty, staff and community members ($10 per person for groups of five or more), and $7 for college students (undergraduate and graduate), is required. To register or for more information, contact Albert Wat, (734) 647-7766 or or visit the Web at

    Dosseys to discuss spirituality in healthcare

    Larry Dossey, physician, author and proponent of holistic medicine, will discuss “The Importance of the Spirit in Healing and Health” in a community presentation 7–8:30 p.m. May 3 in Rackham Auditorium.

    Dossey has written several books and articles on how physical health and spiritual awareness are synergistic. His presentation will include practical information that is supported by empirical data. Dossey also will share his views on the future of medicine.

    A workshop with Larry and Barbara Dossey, active in the holistic nursing movement, for health practitioners and interested individuals will be held 8 a.m.–4 p.m. May 4 in Rackham Auditorium.

    Tickets to the lecture, $10, are available from the Michigan Union Ticket Office, (734) 763-8587, or Ticket Master, (248) 645-6666. To register for the $75 workshop, visit the Web at or call (734) 763-5283. The events are sponsored by Parish Partnerships of Washtenaw County, the U-M Health System and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

    Dearborn golf outing to benefit scholarship fund

    Golfers can tee off May 12 at Dearborn Hills Golf Course to benefit the U-M-Dearborn Alumni Legacy Scholarship. The outing includes golf, raffles for such prizes as Northwest Airline tickets and an autographed picture of football coach Lloyd Carr, and refreshments.

    The day will begin with lunch followed by a shotgun start at noon. The events will conclude with dinner and remarks by former U-M running back Jamie Morris, who is the Athletic Department’s sales and promotion coordinator.

    The Legacy Scholarship is presented to academically talented students with a close familial relationship to a U-M-Dearborn graduate. Last year’s golf outing raised more than $14,000 for the scholarship endowment.

    For tickets, call the Office of Alumni Relations, (313) 593-5131, or visit the Web at

    Alcohol issues info on Web

    “Answers to Questions about the University of Michigan’s Position on Alcohol Issues,” an updated summary of University initiatives in alcohol education and abuse prevention, compiled by the Substance Abuse Education Network (SAEN), is now available online at

    The summary includes background information, findings from the 1999 Student Life Survey conducted in Spring 1999 by the U-M Substance Abuse Research Center and a list of programs and activities offered by many different student service units across campus.

    “We invite any division, department or other unit within the University, and in the community as well, to link to this URL on their own Web site,” says Marsha Benz, SAEN coordinator. “This is one way that the information we’ve collected—and it will be updated regularly—can be available to as wide an audience as possible.”

    Festival of New Works to begin all-comedy second season

    The Festival of New Works, established last year to develop new dramatic writing—plays, musicals and screenplays—into staged-reading formats, will present comedies May 19–June 18 in the Trueblood and Arena Theatres, Frieze Bldg. This year’s schedule includes:

  • The Edible Woman, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s first novel, May 19–21, Trueblood Theatre.

  • Cold and Getting There, two student screenplays in repertory, May 19–21, Arena Theatre.

  • Peggy Sue Got Married, based on the Francis Ford Coppola movie of the 1970s, June 2–4, Trueblood Theatre.

  • Two student screenplays in repertory from the Dramatic Writing Program, June 2–4, Arena Theatre.

  • Allison, a quirky look at college romance and coming of age, June 16–18, Trueblood Theatre.

  • The Total Immersion of Madeleine Favorini, written by Frank Gagliano, artistic director of the Festival of New Works, June 16–18, Arena Theatre.

    The Festival is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research, the Program in Film and Video Studies, LS&A, and the departments of English and of Theatre and Drama. For ticket information, call (734) 764-0450.

    UMS honors violinist Isaac Stern

    Violinist Isaac Stern will be presented with the University Musical Society (UMS) Distinguished Artist Award at the Ford Honors Program, 7 p.m. May 5 in Hill Auditorium. Although Stern no longer publicly performs, the program will feature several of his young friends and proteges, including violinist Sarah Chang, a 1999 Avery Fisher Prize winner; the Amelia Piano Trio, an ensemble that made its Carnegie Hall debut in 1999; and cellist Samuel Peter Johnson, who was the Youth Division Winner of the 1999 Sphinx Competition.

    The evening also will feature a brief tribute to Stern, including a video presentation compiled from the Carnegie Hall and University Musical Society archives, as well as television appearances and documentaries.

    Stern, who has made 12 appearances in Ann Arbor under UMS auspices, is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost violinists of the past century. In more than 60 years as a professional musician, he has recorded more than 200 works by 63 composers.

    A gala benefit dinner, with all proceeds supporting the UMS Education Program, will follow the performance and tribute in the Michigan League. For tickets, call the UMS Box Office, (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229, or visit the Web at The program is supported by the Ford Motor Co., the Texaco Foundation and Hour Detroit Magazine.