The University Record, February 07, 2000

Works reflect the soul

Development Officer Mary Penet leads a second life as a doll artisan, specializing in depictions of Native Americans. Shown here are (left) ‘Crying for a Dream,’ an Elder Grandfather praying to the Creator for his people. He offers a pipe filled with sacred tobacco so that his prayers may be heard. The pipe bowl was carved from sacred pipestone by Rona Moore, a pipemaker from Pipestone, Minn., where the stone is quarried. ‘Sweetgrass Singing Woman’ (right) sings morning prayers of gratitude to the Creator and the rising Grandfather Sun. She was blessed by Francis Cree, an Elder from the Turtle Mountain Reserve in North Dakota, and named by two women Elders from Marquette, who were not aware of the sweetgrass within her body. She is Penet’s favorite and will never be sold. Both figures carry four sacred herbs, tobacco, sweetgrass, sage and cedar in their bags. Click here for story. Photo by Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services


Teens meet research through HOPE

Teens from area middle and high schools teamed up with faculty and research staff from health sciences units last week to get a firsthand look at careers in medicine. The Health Occupations Partners in Education (HOPE) program matched students with volunteer medical personnel for a day of job shadowing in such areas as neonatal care, pediatrics, dentistry, and with volunteers from the Warner Lambert-Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research division.

At right, Tiffany Ofili, West Middle School (center) and Ypsilanti High School senior Latrice Brown were paired with Ameed Raoof, lecturer in anatomy and cell biology, in the plastination laboratory. The largest in the United States, the lab works with anatomical donations to produce specimens for medical schools and historical displays throughout the nation. Medical students benefit a great deal from the process, since they can examine more closely specimens that are preserved using the technique, as opposed to those preserved in formalin and kept in containers. Photo by Rebecca A. Doyle

‘Barber of Seville’ on tap at Power

The New York City Opera National Company will perform Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ (in Italian with English supertitles) Feb. 17–19 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. A serious case of love at first sight poses problems for Count Almaviva, as the woman he adores is kept under lock and key by her lecherous guardian. Enter Figaro, who concocts several plots to bring the two together. Rossini wrote the comedy when he was just 25. Tickets, $45, $40, $35 and $22, are on sale at the University Musical Society Box Office (10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday), 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229. Photo courtesy University Musical Society

Master drummer in concert Feb. 10

Percussion master Doudou N’Diaye Rose will appear with Drummers of West Africa under the auspices of the University Musical Society at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 in Hill Auditorium. Rose will be interviewed during a free, public program at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Recital Hall, School of Music, by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Lester Monts, who also is professor of music (ethnomusicology).

Rose and the Drummers, all members of his family, have toured European and South American capitals. A guardian of tradition, but also an untiring innovator, Rose is perceived as a true conductor.

Tickets, $26, $20, $16, $10, are available from the UMS Box Office, 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229. Photo courtesy University Musical Society