The University Record, January 10, 2000

Briefings

Retirees will meet Jan. 20

The Retirees Association will meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. University Planner Fred Mayer will present information about planning for the Central, North and Athletic campuses at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call Charlene King, 764-9291, or send e-mail to fredr@umich.edu.

Search begins for associate vice president, human resources/affirmative action

The search for an associate vice president for human resources and affirmative action, a title change from executive director of human resources and affirmative action that will be recommended to the Regents to reflect the growing demands and stature of the position, has been initiated.

The members of the search advisory committee include Susan Ashford (chair), senior associate dean, Business School, the Michael and Susan Janderma Professor of Business Administration and professor of human resource management and organizational behavior; Karen Downing, senior associate librarian, assistant to the director for cultural diversity and staff development officer, University Library;

Jeffrey Frumkin, director, Academic Human Resources; Carol Hollenshead, director, Center for the Education of Women; Lewis Klein-smith, professor of biology and vice-chair, SACUA; Terrence McDonald, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of history, LS&A; Timothy Slottow, associate vice president for finance;

Virginia Wait, administrative manager, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Larry Warren, executive director, University Hospitals and Health Centers, and associate vice president, Health System; and Christina Whitman, professor of law and associate dean, Law School.

The committee will conduct a national search and present an unranked slate of final candidates to Nancy Cantor, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Although an executive search firm will be retained, nominations are welcome and may be sent to Candace Johnson, cjj@umich.edu.

Check your exemption status

As of Jan. 1, federal withholding tax tables have changed slightly. Tax rates for 2000 are on the University’s Payroll Web site, www.umich.edu/~payroll/, under Tax Calculation Help.

In addition, the amount of each federal exemption increased from $2,750 to $2,800 per year. The base for Social Security withholding increased to $76,200 from the 1999 figure of $72,600. The rate remains at 6.2 percent, allowing a maximum withholding of $4,724.40, up from $4,501.20 in 1999.

Medicare tax rates are unchanged at 1.45 percent on all earnings paid, and Michigan income tax rates decreased to 4.3 percent (from 4.4 percent). The state exemption increased from $2,800 to $2,900 per year.

Employees who want to change the number of exemptions they claim must file revised federal or state W-4 forms 10 days before a pay date for the change to be effective that date.

Students who claimed exempt in 1999 should review their status and submit new W-4 forms as soon as possible. Exempt status automatically expires Feb. 15 if a new W-4 is not submitted. If 2000 forms are not available, a 1999 form may be used if the current date is entered next to the signature.

W-4 forms are available on the Web, by calling 764-8253 (voice response), or at the Payroll Offices, G395 Wolverine Tower-Low Rise; Hospital Payroll, 300 North Ingalls Bldg.; and the Human Resources service centers, Central Campus, 763-1214; Medical Campus, 764-6584; Flint, (810) 766-6845; or Dearborn, (313) 593-5192.

Humanities Institute fellowship deadline is Jan. 14

Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies students who have attained candidacy are eligible to apply for 2000–2001 fellowships at the Institute for the Humanities if they have not previously held a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 14. For more information, visit the Web at www.lsa.umich.edu/humin or call 936-1930.

HRD announces winter 2000 courses

Human Resource Development (HRD) is offering professional development courses on such topics as problem solving, organizational management, influencing, time management, delegation, negotiation, management, conflict resolution, leadership, facilitation, performance management, desktop publishing, customer service, communication, listening, reading, written communications and financial planning.

Early registration is recommended. To register or for more information, visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~hraa/hrd, see the HRD catalog or call 764-7410.

Friends of Gardens host lecture Jan. 16

The Friends of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens will host a lecture on “Container Gardening” at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Gardens auditorium with Mark Hodesh, Downtown Home & Garden, and Judy Dluzen, horticulturist, Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Hodesh and Dluzen will show gardeners the great scope and versatility of growing plants in pots of varying shapes and sizes.

The program is $10 and guests may register to win a bonsai pot and tray. Admission is free for Gardens members. For reservations, call 998-7061.

HUGS information sessions set

Four information sessions on the Health System’s 10-week eating/weight management program HUGS will be offered as follows:

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Room 2G 207, University Hospital.

  • 11 a.m.–noon Jan. 18, Room 2G 207, University Hospital.

  • 6:30–7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, East Ann Arbor Health Center.

  • Noon–1 p.m. Jan. 20, Room 2G 207, University Hospital.

    The HUGS program, which is endorsed by M-Fit, helps participants gain confidence and insight into their food selections, abandon a diet mentality and learn to eat for energy and health. To register for an information session, call 936-4399.

    Bollinger to address Sigma Xi

    President Lee C. Bollinger will discuss “How Do We Sustain and Improve Research at the University of Michigan?” in his annual message to Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 in Room 1210, Chemistry Bldg.

    The annual lecture on the status of research by the president of the University began in the late 1980s, when then-President James J. Duderstadt, who is a member of Sigma Xi, delivered the first address. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is an international honor society for scientists and engineers. The U-M chapter of Sigma Xi has about 700 active members.

    Yoga for Health begins Jan. 17

    The Health Education Resource Center will offer its Yoga for Health class 7:15–8:45 a.m. Jan. 17–March 7 at the East Ann Arbor Health Center, 4260 Plymouth Road. Registration for the $75 class is required. For more information, call 647-5645.

    Labor standards forum is Jan. 18

    A public forum sponsored by the Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights, established to address various issues relating to the licensed manufacture of apparel and other items displaying University logos, will be held 7–10 p.m. Jan.18 in Schorling Auditorium, School of Education Bldg. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the committee’s working draft of a code of conduct for U-M licensees. The draft will be distributed at the forum.

    Manufacturing site disclosure information required of U-M licensees as of Jan. 1 should be arriving at the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the University’s industry licensing representative, and will be posted on a Web site that will be associated with the News and Information Services site when available.

    The committee is now meeting weekly and hopes to submit a report to President Lee C. Bollinger sometime in March.

    Geriatric Clinic will hold parent-child relations workshop

    The Turner Geriatric Clinic will sponsor a new six-session group “Building a Better Relationship with Your Adult Child” for older adults beginning 2–3:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg. Group goals will be to increase understanding, improve communications, find common ground, set realistic expectations and reach acceptance. The group is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call Lynn Stern or Janet Fogler, 764-2556.

    New Faculty Orientation is Jan. 13

    The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will sponsor a New Faculty Orientation 4–6 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Koessler Room, Michigan League. The program will focus on what U-M students expect from instructors; resources available on campus for teaching and learning, including instructional technology; and ways of strategizing with colleagues about teaching.

    The program is designed specifically for faculty new for winter term, but those faculty who were new in the fall term also are welcome. A light meal will be provided.

    To attend, send your name, department and address to Kim Huner, CRLT, 3300 SEB; call 763-0159; or send e-mail to kimhuner@umich.edu.

    ‘Stealing the Show’ to open at RC

    “Stealing the Show,” an exhibition of paintings by Canadian artist Denyse Goulet, will be on display Jan. 14–Feb. 5 at the Residential College (RC)/East Quadrangle Art Gallery. Goulet’s paintings of power and corruption deploy the figure to examine the construction, control and assumption of political will.

    An opening reception will be held 4–6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Gallery. Goulet will present a slide lecture on the development of her work at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room 124, East Quadrangle. The Gallery is open noon–8 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and noon–4 p.m. Sat. For more information, call Jamie Hart, 763-0176.

    ODP&E sponsors advanced Windows NT course

    Eugene Schultz, adjunct professor, Purdue University, and trusted security adviser and research director, Global Integrity Corp., will offer instruction and hands-on experience in “Advanced Windows NT Security,” a course scheduled for Jan. 27–28.

    The course is sponsored by the Office of Policy Development and Education (ODP&E). For more information, contact Paul Millis, 647-4274, or register by sending e-mail, including Chartfields information, to jartar@umich.edu. Cost of the course is $600.

    Software Council will meet Jan. 13

    The Ann Arbor Software Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 13 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower.

    Brad Lich, e-chemicals vice president of marketing, will address chemical industry market dynamics, how this relates to e-commerce, and the evolution of the company’s business model and strategy for success. David J. Brophy, associate professor of finance, will discuss Internet company valuations.

    Pre-register by noon Jan. 13 to be eligible for a special drawing for a copy of Learning Curve. The cost of the meeting is $10 for members, $15 for prospective members and $5 for students. Register online at www.annarborchamber.org/softcouncil or call Martha, 214-0101.

    Dower to speak Jan. 17, 19

    The Center for Japanese Studies will present two free seminars with John W. Dower, the Elting E. Morison Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 4–6 p.m. Jan. 17 and Jan. 19 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. Dower will discuss “Oxymoronic Democracy in Post-Surrender Japan” on Jan. 17 and “WWII and Japan: The Kaleidoscope of Memory” on Jan. 19.

    Dower, the Toyota Visiting Professor, is the author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of WWII, winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Dower’s other works include War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War, Empire and Aftermath: Yoshida Shigeru and the Japanese Experience, 1878–1954, and the film Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima, which was nominated for a 1988 Academy Award.

    To attend, pre-register by the end of the day today (Jan. 10) by calling 764-6307 or sending e-mail to umcjs@umich.edu

    Science library training sessions offered

    University Library will offer two Shapiro Science Library training sessions in January. Reservations are required for:

  • Web of Science, 11 a.m.–noon Jan. 11, Faculty Exploratory. Contact Patricia Yocum, 936-3079 or pyocum@umich.edu, for reservations.

  • Current Contents, 3–4:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Faculty Exploratory. Contact Kitty Bridges, 763-6054 or bridges@umich.edu, for reservations.

    Research Responsibility series continues Jan. 17, 24

    The Research Responsibility Program (RRP), sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, will offer two programs on conflict of interest. Discussion sessions, emphasizing ethical analysis and problem solving using a case study approach, will be:

  • “Conflict of Interest: Social Sciences,” 5–7 p.m. Jan. 17, West Conference Room, Rackham Bldg., presented by Fred L. Bookstein, senior distinguished research scientist, Institute of Gerontology, and Elaine L. Brock, associate director, Division of Research Development and Administration.

  • “Conflict of Interest: Biomedical Sciences,” 5–7 p.m. Jan. 24, East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg., presented by Brock and Steven A. Goldstein, the Henry Ruppenthal Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies, Medical School.

    The complete RRP schedule is on the Web at www.responsibility.research.umich.edu. For more information, call 763-1289 or send e-mail to research.responsibility@umich.edu.