The University Record, December 13, 1999

Briefings

Regents will meet Dec. 16

U-M Regents will meet at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Bldg. The meeting will include the annual report on research, scholarship and creative activity at the University, the biannual report of the Michigan Student Assembly and regular agenda items. Public comments are welcome at 4 p.m. For more information, call 764-3883.

Immigration cap could be reached in January

The 115,000 annual H-1B immigration status cap for FY 2000 could be reached as early as January. Therefore, it is critical that new requests for H-1B status be submitted to the International Center immediately. Although all new requests will be processed as quickly as possible, the Center cannot guarantee that incoming cases will not get caught in the cap.

Because H-1B petitions can be submitted to the Department of Labor and the Immigration and Naturalization Service no more than six months in advance of the intended start date, individuals applying for H-1B status now must have a start date of May 15 or earlier.

Legislation has been introduced to raise the H-1B cap. However, no action on the proposed bills is expected until mid-summer, too late for a “cure” for FY 2000. With the prospect for remedial legislation in the near future being so unlikely, congressional action cannot be relied on as a solution to the cap.

It is the International Center’s understanding that petitions pending at the Service Centers when the cap is reached will automatically be given an Oct. 1, 2000, start date, and individuals currently in the United States on F1 and J1 visas will be allowed to remain in the country without work authorization until Oct. 1, 2000. When the H-1B cap is reached, immigration advisers will review each pending case individually and explore possible alternative forms of work authorization with the department and the individual.

This is the last year that the allocation of H-1B visas will be 115,000. The number will drop to 107,500 in FY 2001. The numbers will drop gradually after that and return to the original limit of 65,000. The cap does not affect changes of employer or extensions.

The International Center will work with departments on a case-by-case basis to find ways that employees may continue to work. Work continuance may not be possible, however, depending upon the individual’s situation.

For more information, contact the faculty and staff immigration advisers at the International Center, 763-4081.

MIRLYNWeb login to change in January

The login procedure for MIRLYNWeb and other University Library resources requiring authentication will change beginning in January.

Individuals who currently use their last name and social security or ID number to sign-on to MIRLYNWeb, UM-Medsearch or other Web-based library resources will need to use their uniqname beginning in January. Passwords will be either a distinct University Library password of the user’s choice or the user’s UMICH password.

Both login methods can be used through January, with the new login process in full use in February. For more information, visit the Web at www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/mirlyn/authenchange/.

Senate Assembly to meet today

Senate Assembly will meet at 3 p.m. today (Dec. 13) in the Rackham Assembly Hall. Hank Baier, associate vice president for facilities and operations, will speak 3–4 p.m, focusing on University parking issues.

Sign up for Dearborn art classes

The Art Museum Project at U-M-Dearborn will offer public, non-credit studio art classes and workshops beginning in January.

The courses are taught by regional artists at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of ability for students age 18 and older. Most classes will meet three hours per week for nine or 10 weeks. Students will be able to access other University facilities, such as the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery and Henry Ford Estate.

For more information, call (313) 593-5058.

Grad School and Library announce joint fellowship program

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the University Library will administer a new postdoctoral fellowship program, Fellows in Scholarly Communication. Two-year appointments are open to recent Ph.D.s who are interested in creating and shaping effective scholarly communication processes, products and tools for the 21st century.

Individuals in the fields of scholarly publishing, visual culture, life sciences and digital humanities text collections are welcome to apply. Initial appointments will be made by mid-winter term. The application deadline is Jan. 10. For more information, send e-mail to lib.fellows@umich.edu or visit the Web at www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Fellows/.

Retirees to meet Dec. 16

The Retirees Association will meet at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower, for a social hour of discussion and light refreshments. For more information, call 764-9291.

U seeks comments for reaccreditation

The University is seeking public comments in preparation for its March 2–3 and March 6–8 evaluation by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The team will review a special self-study on collaborative, integrative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and will examine the University’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and General Institutional Requirements. The U-M has been accredited by the commission since 1913.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to: Public Comment on the University of Michigan, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606.

Comments must be in writing, must be signed, and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the University or its academic programs. Comments must be received by Feb. 2 and cannot be treated as confidential.

Improved long-distance access to library resources coming in January

Beginning in January, members of the U-M community who are not on campus will be able to access most of the University Library’s electronic resources through a proxy server that eliminates the need for a direct connection to the campus network as well as long distance charges.

Faculty, students and staff will be able to use Internet service providers of their choice, such as AOL, Merit, etc. The expanded service requires sign-on with a U-M uniqname and either a distinct Library password or a UMICH password. The University’s 16-digit ID number will be required to establish or change the Library password.

For additional information, visit the Web at www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/electres/remote/.

FHLP offers English courses

The Family Housing Language Program (FHLP) will offer winter term English classes for the families of international students, faculty and staff. Registration for children, teen and adult classes is under way.

Native English speakers are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. For more information, call 763-1440 or send e-mail to louwsma@umich.edu.

UMS hosts the Gabrieli Consort & Players

The University Musical Society (UMS) will sponsor a performance by the Gabrieli Consort & Players with the UMS Choral Union at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd.

The ensemble, known for its reconstructions of famous 16th- and 17th- century musical events, will recreate Michael Praetorius’ Lutheran Christmas Celebration from 1620.

Tickets, $25, are available by calling the UMS Box Office, 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229, or by visiting the Web at www.ums.org.

CEW offers scholarships

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) is accepting applications for its CEW Scholarships for Returning Women, made possible by the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship Fund endowment and other contributors.

Women who will be full- or part-time undergraduate, graduate or professional school students at Flint, Dearborn or Ann Arbor during the 2000–2001 academic year, and who have had an interruption in their education between high school and the present of at least 48 consecutive months or a total of 60 months, excluding interruptions of less than 12 months, are eligible. Women in mathematics, engineering, physical sciences and other fields less traditional for women are especially encouraged to apply.

CEW Scholars will receive awards ranging from $1,000–$4,500 with one $11,000 scholarship for undergraduate study and one $10,000 scholarship in engineering (including computer science) or the physical sciences. Approximately 30 applicants are chosen each year based on motivation, promise of impact on a chosen field, academic record and potential, and creative scholarly contributions appropriate for undergraduate, graduate or professional status. Financial need also is considered.

Applications, due at the Center by Jan. 10, are available at CEW, 330 E. Liberty, or on the Web, www.umich.edu/~cew. Mail requests require a self-addressed business envelope with two First Class stamps. For more information, call 998-7699.

Ansel Adams exhibit to open at Art Museum

The majestic landscape photography of Ansel Adams will be on display Dec. 19–Feb. 27 at the Works on Paper Gallery, Museum of Art. The black-and-white photographs in the exhibition highlight such locations as Yosemite Valley, Canyon de Chelly and the Grand Tetons.

Many of the displayed images come from the Museum Set Edition, a portfolio that includes prints from negatives dating back to the 1940s. The portfolio, created by Adams late in his life, was given to the Museum by alumnus and photography dealer and collector Harry H. Lunn Jr., who died earlier this year.

The Museum is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thurs. and noon–5 p.m. Sun. It will be closed Dec. 24–25 and Dec. 31–Jan. 2. A $5 donation is suggested for admission. For more information, call 764-0395 or visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~umma/.

Health statistics and surveys available through MHSR

The Michigan Health Services Research (MHSR) initiative has been named by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to coordinate the Center’s data program at the U-M. As coordinator, MHSR will act as an agent for researchers and make requests to NCHS on their behalf. NCHS data fees typically run between $300 and $3,000 per data set. By working through MHSR, data fees are waived. In addition, MHSR provides data manipulation and research support services to improve the production capability of health services researchers.

An interdisciplinary unit, MHSR was launched in January 1998 to provide support to U-M health services researchers. The unit facilitates research on such topics as health care organization and funding, access to health care, practitioner and consumer behavior, quality of care, clinical evaluation and outcomes research, and the health professions work force.

Funded by the Office of the Provost, MHSR also sponsors multidisciplinary research projects and organizes and creates new funding opportunities for multidisciplinary research teams.

To learn more about the data available from NCHS, and MHSR research support services, call 615-3813.

New Year’s Jubilee offers non-alcohol, family events

The 10th New Year’s Jubilee will be held 6 p.m. Dec. 31–1 a.m. Jan. 1 at six different sites in Ypsilanti’s Old Depot Town. The event, sponsored by the University’s Saline Health Center and numerous area businesses and residents, features approximately 50 activities and performances for all ages, such as clowns, classical music, laser tag, 1960s music and jazz piano. A fireworks display will begin at 6:15 p.m. in Riverside Park.

For more information or to purchase $20 badges, visit a Busch’s Food Store; call 995-7281 in Ann Arbor or 483-4444 in Ypsilanti; or check the Web at www.annarbor.org or www.ypsilanti.org. To volunteer, call Dawn Welt, 429-7128.

Placey named Dearborn admissions director

David Placey, director of admissions at Washtenaw Community College since 1992, has been named admissions director at U-M-Dearborn.

Placey worked in career services and admissions at Eastern Michigan University, where he earned his master’s degree in 1989. At Washtenaw Community College, he led enrollment management initiatives, including recruitment and marketing plans, retention efforts and quality-service programs.

Dearborn receives $81,000 gift for naturalist position, fellowship

Marion Parkhurst, a longtime U-M-Dearborn donor, died in July, leaving a $60,000 gift to the campus to support a naturalist position at the Environmental Interpretive Center, as well as $21,000 for an environmental studies student fellowship providing $1,000 a year toward tuition and fees.

Neither Parkhurst nor her family attended U-M-Dearborn, but Parkhurst frequented the University’s natural areas as a lifetime resident of the city.