The University Record, May 22, 2000


Next Record is June 5

The next Record will be published June 5. The deadline for Briefings and Calendar items for the June 5 issue is 5 p.m. May 30. The issue’s Calendar will include events scheduled for June 5–21.

Nominations sought for staff position on Public Safety Oversight Committee

Nominations are being accepted for a non-union staff member position on the Public Safety Oversight Committee. Staff members not represented by unions may nominate themselves or agree to be nominated. The committee is comprised of two staff members, two students and two faculty.

Staff members, serving a two-year term on the committee, are elected by their peers through a mailed ballot. If there are more than six nominees, Human Resources and Affirmative Action (HR/AA) will provide a balanced slate of six candidates from the various job families to be sent to all non-union staff members from the allied health, professional/administrative, office and technical job groups.

To obtain a nomination form, visit the Web at Nominations, due May 29, may be submitted to HR/AA Employee Relations/Compensation, 2005 Wolverine Tower 1281.

Units have moved

The following units have recently moved:

  • The Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association have moved from 109 E. Madison to 2005 Baits Drive 2075.

  • The Department of Political Science moved from 7602 Haven Hall to Suite 334, 611 Church Street 3028.

  • The Women’s Studies Program moved from 234 West Hall to 1122 Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street 1290.

    Reception for Christenson’s retirement is May 31

    Jim Christenson, director of Plant Operations since 1991, will retire May 31. A reception will be held in his honor 2:30–4:30 p.m. May 31 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union.

    Christenson will be concluding 21 years in university facility management, which followed a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy.

    Ann Arbor, Dearborn area code overlays postponed

    The implementation of the new area code overlays scheduled by Ameritech for Ann Arbor and Dearborn has been postponed by the Federal Communications Commission. The delay in the 734/278 area code overlay for Ann Arbor and the 313/679 area code overlay for Dearborn follows a similar delay for Flint’s 810/586 area code overlay plan, which was announced in the May 8 issue of the Record.

    Public comments on tobacco stock divestment postponed

    The public comments session on the issue of divestment of tobacco stocks, originally scheduled for the May 19 Regents’ meeting, will be held beginning at 4 p.m. June 15 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Administration Bldg.

    An eight-member committee, formed in September 1999, unanimously recommended in April that the Regents approve a resolution directing Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer, to “sell all of the University’s currently owned shares of stock (and not to purchase any new shares) in companies that, either themselves or through their subsidiaries, manufacture significant quantities of cigarettes or other tobacco products.”

    Speakers are limited to five minutes each. Requests to speak at the session must be received by 4 p.m. June 14. Sign up on the Web at

    Abandoned bicycles to be collected

    With the warmer months upon us, more University staff, faculty and students plan to ride bicycles to and from work, classes and meetings. Having racks available to park the bicycles is an important aspect of this alternative transportation mode. Unfortunately, many bicycles have been left in bicycle racks and abandoned. A University ordinance stipulates that bicycles are to be parked no longer than 48 hours in one spot.

    Therefore, beginning May 22, officers from the Department of Public Safety will be collecting abandoned bicycles from outdoor bicycle racks throughout campus. The bicycles will be impounded for up to 30 days. Bicycles not claimed by their owners within 30 days will be transferred to Property Disposition for re-sale. A similar collection effort was completed last week for bicycle racks that adjoin residence halls. If you believe your bicycle has been impounded, please contact Officer Matt Garland, (734) 763-3434, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Mon.–Fri. to schedule an appointment to reclaim your bike.

    Keep your address current

    The best way to make sure you receive important information from the University on time is to keep your home and office address current. This is particularly true for faculty, staff and retirees who need to change their permanent, winter or spring address due to moves, sabbaticals or job changes.

    There are three ways you can update your address.

  • Call Human Resources Records and Information Services (HRRIS), (734) 764-9250. If you are calling to change your own address, you can make the change over the phone. If you are calling for someone else, you can request an Address/Personal Data form, have that person complete it, then return it by U.S. mail, campus mail or by fax to HRRIS. Send the information to HRRIS, 4073 Wolverine Tower, 3003 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1281.

  • Send an e-mail message to Please include your name, Social Security number, your old address, your new address, the effective date of the change and a daytime phone number.

  • Obtain an Address/Personal Data Form. Complete and sign the form, then fax it to HRRIS, (734) 763-1283. Or, you can type the information on your department letterhead, sign it and fax it to HRRIS. You can obtain an Address/Personal Data Form from your department, request by phone that HRRIS mail one to you or request the form through the HRRIS Web site at

    If you have questions about submitting an address change, contact HRRIS, (734) 764-9250.

    Do not forget to register for memory course

    The Geriatrics Center will offer a three-session memory improvement course 2–4 p.m. May 31, June 7 and June 14 in Suite C, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. The classes will focus on how memory works, how it changes with age, factors that cause changes in memory and techniques for improving memory.

    The $35 fee includes the textbook, Improving Your Memory: How to Remember What You Are Starting to Forget, which is written by the instructors. Registration is required. For more information, call Janet Fogler or Lynn Stern, (734) 764-2556.

    Lossing named to state outreach post

    David E. Lossing has been appointed an associate director of state outreach in the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. He will serve as outreach liaison with community leaders in west Michigan and will coordinate planning for the annual Michigan Road Scholars tour of the state.

    He succeeds Susan Froelich, who has moved to the Office of Development as an associate major gifts officer.

    “David brings a wealth of community relations experience to the job, which will serve the University well in its continuing efforts to assist Michigan communities through research and service,” said Lewis A. Morrissey, state outreach director.

    Lossing has been a regional representative for U.S. Sen. Carl Levin for eight years, most recently directing Levin’s mid-Michigan office in Saginaw. His responsibilities included identifying federal programs to help address community needs, planning a variety of events, and serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

    Prior to joining Levin’s staff, Lossing was president of a campaign and computer consulting firm in Michigan and served as an administrator with the Boy Scouts of America in Vermilion, Ohio. He serves on the Linden City Council.

    Lossing holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from U-M-Flint, and is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the U-M. He also is a former fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program.

    Poetry database is available

    The Digital Library Production Service has made the Database of Twentieth Century American Poetry available at Access to this collection is restricted to U-M faculty, staff and students.

    According to the publisher, Chadwyck-Healey, the database includes the works of most major poets of the 20th century, beginning with the traditionalists, continuing through the American modernists represented by such poets as Wallace Stevens, and moving onward to the contemporary works of the past decade.

    The collection also has biographies for the majority of authors with works in the database. A list of authors, with links to their biographies, can be found at

    Women’s Football Academy to benefit Cancer Center

    Head Football Coach Lloyd Carr and his staff will team up with the Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide the second annual Michigan Football Women’s Academy at 10 a.m. June 17. Participants will learn football basics on the official football practice fields and in the Oosterbaan Indoor Field House. Proceeds from the Academy will support the Coach Carr Cancer Fund to supplement patient care and wellness programs within the Cancer Center.

    The $65 registration fee includes lunch and an official academy t-shirt. Space is limited. Call (734) 615-0665 or visit the Web at to register by June 7.

    Sign up for IM tennis, golf

    The Intramural (IM) Sports Program is accepting entries for its tennis tournament and golf scramble through next week. Entry deadlines, fees and game dates are:

  • Tennis tournament, 2 p.m. May 25, IM Sports Bldg., $5 for singles and $9 for doubles. The tournament will be conducted beginning at 5 p.m. May 26 and 10 a.m. May 27–28 (rain dates: June 2–4) at the Palmer Tennis Courts.

  • Two-Person Team Golf Scramble, 2 p.m. May 31, IM Sports Bldg., $22 per team (The golf course fee—$21 per individual—is not part of the entry fee). The tournament will be played beginning at 11 a.m. June 4 at the U-M Golf Course.

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

    Panel Study of Income Dynamics named to NSF’s ‘Nifty Fifty’

    The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) has been named one of 50 projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) over the last half-century that has transformed the way Americans live, think and work. It is the only social science project on the official “Nifty Fifty” list of inventions and discoveries, announced this month as part of the foundation’s golden anniversary celebration. Other projects selected for the “Nifty Fifty” include the Internet, Doppler radar, magnetic resonance imaging technology and DNA fingerprinting.

    Started in 1968 and co-directed by economist Frank Stafford and sociologist Sandra Hofferth, the Panel Study on Income Dynamics (PSID) is a longitudinal study of a representative sample of U.S. men, women and children, and the families in which they reside. Unique in combining a nationally representative sample, repeated interviews with the same individuals for a significant period of time and a self-regenerating sample design, the PSID now contains information about more than 40,000 people covering as much as 33 years of their lives.

    One of the most widely used social science data sets in the world, the PSID has contributed to the understanding of a wide range of economic, demographic, sociological and psychological behaviors. These include intergenerational relations, teen childbearing, marriage, divorce, living arrangements, savings and wealth. New directions for the study include research on information technology for home, work, and school; the impact of family, school and community on child development; and immigrant adaptation.

    Finkel to discuss ‘Applying Buddhist Spiritual Principles for Health’

    Sandra Finkel, co-founder and member of the Jewel Heart Buddhist Center, will discuss “Creating Balance: Applying Buddhist Spiritual Principles for Health” noon–1 p.m. June 20 in the Auditorium, Maternal and Child Health Center. The presentation is part of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center’s noon lecture series.

    Finkel teaches meditation and Buddhist practice at Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. She is interested in integrating a spiritual approach to life with health practices.

    For more information, call (734) 998-7715.

    Nursing History Society hosts annual picnic, program

    The Nursing History Society will hold its annual picnic and program beginning at 6 p.m. June 5 in Room 1334, 300 N. Ingalls Bldg. Lillian Ostrand, professor emerita of public health and nursing specialist, will give an oral history of her professional career 7–8:30 p.m., following the picnic dinner.

    Picnic attendees should bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Beverages will be provided. For more information about the free, public event, call Linda Strodtman, (734) 434-0266.

    Exhibit Museum presents four planetarium shows in June

    Four planetarium shows will be available to Exhibit Museum of Natural History visitors during June.

  • Garfield: A Cat for All Seasons,” sponsored by the U-M Credit Union, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 3, 10 and 17; and 2:30 p.m. June 4, 11 and 18. Join Garfield as he learns about “the reasons for the seasons.”

  • 'The Stars of Spring,” 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 3, 10 and 17; and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 4, 11 and 18. Bright stars, constellations and planets are discussed, along with a few other short astronomy lessons.

  • »Collisions!” 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 24; and 2:30 p.m. June 25. The program will look at the many collisions, from stars and galaxies that collide to tiny grains of sand that streak across the night sky, throughout the Universe.

  • The Stars of Summer,” 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 24; and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 25. Constellations of birds, dolphins, crosses and harps; bright and dim stars; and other objects that can be seen with the aid of binoculars or small telescopes are the focus of this program.

    Planetarium tickets, $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens and children age 12 and under, may be purchased in the Museum Store one hour before each show. For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or (734) 763-6085 (recorded message) or visit the Web at

    ‘Stars’ exhibition to open June 3

    Eight aquatint prints of conceptual artist Sol LeWitt will be on display June 3–Aug. 20 in the Works on Paper Gallery, Museum of Art. The prints comprise LeWitt’s 1993 series “Stars,” which exhibits his interest in seriality and intense, saturated color. By using black, gray, blue, red and yellow, LeWitt illustrates the expanding complexity of star patterns.

    Despite extensive construction outside the building, the Museum remains open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thurs. and noon–5 p.m. Sun. For more information, call (734) 764-0395 or (734) 763-8662 (recorded hotline).