The University Record, November 22, 1999


Plant publishes Y2K power management plan

The Plant Department recently issued a report that describes the University’s operational plan for power management during the Y2K rollover period.

The plan contains an assessment of all campus buildings in relation to the University’s mission-critical priorities. Each University property has been evaluated and assigned a “load class” rating of A, B, C or D. “A” buildings, for example, are those that handle life safety, emergency response and operations, campuswide security and emergency communications. These ratings will allow the Plant Department to distribute available power to University buildings in the event that regular service is disrupted.

The plan, “Critical Loads Planning for Central Power Plant Serviced Buildings,” and a companion document, “Critical Loads Planning for Buildings Not Serviced by the Central Power Plant,” are on the Web at

For more information, contact Bill Verge, 647-0959 or

New scholarships available for children of faculty, staff

Undergraduate students who are children of University faculty and staff members with at least a 50 percent appointment are eligible for eight $1,000 scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). Funding for the scholarships came from prior balances in the University’s prepaid medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need, as determined from the 1999–00 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A scholarship application form, available at OFA or on the Web at

  • A 1999–00 FAFSA, available at OFA or on the Web at, to the federal processor.

    The application deadline is Dec. 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Dec. 15. Scholarships are for one year only, but students may reapply in following years. Applications should be submitted to: Scholarship Office, 2011 Student Activities Bldg., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316. For more information, call 763-4119.

    America Reads co-hosts book drive

    The 160-member America Reads Tutoring Corps is assisting Washtenaw Literacy in its 11th Annual Seasons Reading Book Drive held through Dec. 10. Donated books will help start or expand the home libraries of the more than 400 children and families in the America Reads program.

    Donations of new or “gently used” children’s books, appropriate for kindergartners to third-graders, are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the following locations: St. Mary’s Church; the Alumni Association; Office of Financial Aid; Institute for the Humanities; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; College of Engineering; School of Information; School of Music; and the Departments of Philosophy, English, Economics, Kinesiology, Political Science, Sociology and Women’s Studies.

    America Reads, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, is a nationwide literacy effort between college students and children in kindergarten–third grade. The U-M program serves students in 10 elementary schools in the Ann Arbor, Willow Run, Milan and Detroit school districts. For more information, call Albert Wat, 647-7766.

    No Record Nov. 29

    There will be no Record Nov. 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. December publication dates are Dec. 6, 13 and 20. The first issue of the new year will be published Jan. 10, 2000.

    Holiday closures will be published

    The Record will publish winter holidays closure information in the Dec. 13 issue. Information must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person. Information may be sent by e-mail to, campus mail to 412 Maynard St. 1399, or fax to 764-7084.

    Dr. Ruth to visit Dec. 1

    Hillel and the University Activities Center will present “An Evening with Dr. Ruth” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Michigan Theater.

    Known for her frank discussion of human sexuality, Ruth Westheimer began a local radio show called “Sexually Speaking” in New York City in 1980. In addition to teaching at New York University and having her own private practice, Westheimer leads regular seminars on adolescent sexuality for pediatrics residents and interns.

    Westheimer’s visit is co-sponsored by the Michigan Student Assembly, LS&A Student Government and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. Tickets, $10, and $5 for students, are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office.

    Holiday energy management schedules are due Dec. 10

    If you have an event planned for Dec. 23–30 where enough people will occupy a building to warrant turning on a large fan system, please send a schedule to Building Automation Services (formerly Energy Management Services) by Dec. 10. Information may be sent via campus mail, 326 E. Hoover 1002; fax, 747-0967; or e-mail,,

    There will be no reduction in ventilation in facilities that require 24-hour/day ventilation, such as animal rooms and research areas. The ventilation for other areas will be reduced over the holiday period unless notification of a planned event is received.

    Faculty and staff members should make certain windows are closed tightly to avoid potential freeze-up damage over the holidays and to reduce fan use. Computers, lights and any electrical loads should be turned off for the winter break, especially during the Y2K transition period Dec. 31–Jan. 2.

    The Utilities and Maintenance Services’ computer systems that control heating, ventilation and air conditioning on campus were tested for Y2K compliance and for operation in the years 2000–2003 and passed all tests without incident.

    Buhr request forms are on the Web

    The Buhr Shelving Facility now has a request form available on the Web at The main Buhr Web page,, links to the form. Users can enter information regarding the materials they need and at which library they wish to pick up the material.

    Dutch writer to give poetry reading

    Rene Huigen, Dutch Writer in Residence, Department of English, will read from his work (in English translation) at 5 p.m. Nov. 30 in Room 3222, Angell Hall. Huigen, a poet, essayist and novelist, is teaching creative writing during the fall term. His reading is sponsored by the Department of English and the Netherlands America University League.

    Children’s Center holds poinsettia fund-raiser

    The Children’s Center is sponsoring a poinsettia fund-raiser through Nov. 23. Order form requests may be made by sending campus mail to UMCC, 400 NIB 0492; by fax, 763-6785; or by calling Tracey, 665-6217. Poinsettia pick-up will be 4–6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 7:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Dec. 2.

    Liederman delivers Fauri lecture

    David S. Liederman, president and CEO of the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, will deliver the School of Social Work’s annual Fedele F. and Iris M. Fauri Memorial Lecture on Child Welfare at 3 p.m. Nov. 30 in Schorling Auditorium, School of Education Bldg.

    Liederman, former executive director of the Child Welfare League of America Inc., will address “The State of Children in America: Are We Y2K-Ready?”

    The free, public lecture honors Fedele Fauri, former vice president and dean of the School of Social Work, and his wife, Iris. Fedele held various state and federal government positions in social welfare, including serving as the first director of the Michigan Department of Social Services and as Social Security adviser to President Kennedy and Congress.

    For more information, call 647-4281.

    Road Scholars application deadline is Nov. 30

    Instructional and research track faculty who would like to be considered for participation in the Michigan Road Scholars Tour scheduled for May 1–5 must apply by Nov. 30.

    Thirty faculty members will be selected to participate in the five-day traveling seminar. All meals, accommodations (private rooms) and transportation (tour bus) will be provided. Stops on the tour will include special presentations by community representatives. Participants will each receive a notebook with pertinent background on state issues, locations to be visited and community people with whom they will meet. Some tour members may be asked to give informal presentations about their field of expertise.

    The tour is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the State Outreach Office, Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. For more information or to apply, contact Susan Froelich, associate director of state outreach, or 764-8029, or Lew Morrissey, director of state outreach, 764-9256, or visit the Web at

    FASAP holds Y2K-readiness sessions

    The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) will hold sessions on “Y2K Personal Readiness” for the campus community noon–1:15 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Pond Room, Michigan Union, and 3–4:15 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Henderson Room, Michigan League.

    The panel discussions will address technological and personal/emotional concerns and will suggest resources for individuals. Panelists include Gloria Thiele, manager, Information Technology Division, and the University’s Y2K coordinator; Karen Semenuk, FASAP counselor; and Robert Lechtanski, director of emergency management, City of Ann Arbor. A question-and-answer period will follow the panel discussion.

    For more information, call 936-8660.

    Faculty Fellowships application deadline is Dec. 3

    The deadline for applying for 2000–2001 Faculty Fellowships in the Institute for the Humanities is Dec. 3. Faculty members may apply for individual fellowships, but may also submit interdisciplinary proposals from teams of two or three applicants. For more information, visit the Web at, send e-mail to or call 936-3518.

    AAUP to meet Dec. 7

    The Ann Arbor chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will meet at noon Dec. 7 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. The public meeting will focus on conflict resolution and explain the new faculty appeal procedures, which replace the previous grievance process.

    Thomas A. Moore, John T. Lehman and Wilfred Kaplan will discuss the new process. An open discussion will follow. For more information, visit the Web at

    ‘Politics and the University’ panel is Nov. 29

    A panel discussion on “Politics and the University: Lobbying for Higher Education and Research,” sponsored by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, will be held 3–5 p.m. Nov. 29 in Rackham Amphitheater.

    Tom Butts, associate vice president for government relations and executive director of the University’s Washington, D.C., office, will lead a discussion focusing on the significant relationships between the University and the federal government. Panelists will address how federal funding, tax and social policies affect the University’s teaching, student financial aid, research and public service activities.

    Other panelists include President Emeritus Robben Fleming; Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations; Connie Cook, associate professor of education and director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching; and Kevin Casey, senior director, Federal/State Relations, Harvard University.

    Need to change your address?

    Faculty, staff and retirees who need to change their permanent, winter or spring address should contact Human Resources Records and Information Services (HRRIS). The Benefits Office uses the HRRIS address database which is updated at the beginning of each month, for all mailings related to benefits. The Record uses the same information for its retiree mailing.

    There are three ways to update your address:

  • Call HRRIS, (734) 764-9250. If you are calling to change your own address, you can make the change by phone. If you are calling for someone else, request an Address/Personal Data Form, have that person complete it, and then return it by mail or by fax to HRRIS, (734) 763-1283.

  • Send an e-mail message to klzimmer@umich.

    edu. Include in the message your Social Security number, old address, new address and a daytime phone number.

  • Obtain an Address/Personal Data Form, complete and sign it, and then send it by fax to HRRIS, (734) 763-1283; or print the information on department letterhead, sign it and send it by fax to HRRIS.

    The Address/Personal Data Form may be obtained from your department; requested by phone, (734) 764-9250; or through the Web at The HRRIS address is 4073 Wolverine Tower, 3003 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1281. For more information, call (734) 764-9250.

    Sign up for IM basketball, wrestling

    The Intramural (IM) Sports Program has announced the entry deadlines for the basketball and wrestling tournaments.

  • Basketball, entries accepted 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Nov. 29–Dec. 1, IM Sports Bldg., $35 per team. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be conducted at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 in Cliff Keen Arena. The tournament will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

  • Wrestling, deadline: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, IM Sports Bldg., $5 per person, $35 per team. The tournament will be held Dec. 7–9 at the Sports Coliseum. Weigh-ins will be conducted 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Dec. 6.

    For more information, call 763-3562.

    Playwright to visit Dec. 2

    Poet and playwright Wole Soyinka will give a free, public poetry reading at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in Rackham Amphitheater, as part of the Visiting Writer Series that is sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost.

    Soyinka was educated in Nigeria, where he completed most of his plays, poems and essays. His works are written mainly in English and explore the African world view. Soyinka, the Woodruff Professor of the Arts, Emory University, lectures at American, European and African universities. For more information, call Ian Twiss, 647-6471.

    Stainton to speak Nov. 30

    Leslie Stainton, author of Lorca: A Dream of Life, will discuss the art of biography at noon Nov. 30 in Room 1524, Rackham Bldg. Stainton’s free, public lecture, sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities, will focus on her 14 years’ work researching and writing about the life of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. She also will address the literary challenges unique to biography.

    Choral Union presents ‘Messiah’

    The University Musical Society (UMS) will present performances of Handel’s Messiah at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5 in Hill Auditorium. The UMS Choral Union, under the direction of Thomas Sheets, will team up with soloists Tamara Matthews, Ewa Podles, Glenn Siebert and Andrew Wentzel, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. The University Choral Union, the organization that became UMS, gave its first Messiah performance in 1879.

    Tickets are $18, $16, $12 and $10. For tickets, call the UMS Box Office, 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sat. or visit the Web at

    Flint hosts book-signing

    The U-M-Flint Pavilion Bookstore will hold a book-signing reception noon–3 p.m. Dec. 1 for Samuel C. Wiscombe, an adjunct lecturer in English who recently published his first novel, Misericord: The Fall of Father Forest. Misericord is a mixture of Celtic folklore, Arthurian legend and horror that moves from the 1970s to the 19th century and into the ancient past.

    The book signing is part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days, which will be held through Dec. 3. For more information, call Ken Roberts, (810) 762-3109.

    Library offers access to Elsevier journals

    The University Library has recently obtained access to 1,200 Elsevier journals via Elsevier’s Science Direct on the Web at Campus network or dial-in service users can access Science Direct to browse the tables of contents, read articles or search for a specific subject or article. Most journal articles are available in both PDF and HTML formats. The University Library will suspend access to PEAK Nov. 30.

    Paul to discuss ‘Diversity in Literature’

    Richard Paul, educational speaker and author of The Magic Telescope, will discuss “Diversity in Literature” at 6 p.m. today (Nov. 22) in Lecture Hall B, School of Management Bldg., Dearborn campus.

    Paul’s latest book, Little Red Riding Hood Races the Big Bad Wolf, places Little Red Riding Hood in a wheelchair. The book was written after Paul, who has been missing three fingers on his right hand since birth, noticed that few images of people with physical challenges exist in literature aimed at youth. Paul’s humorous presentation will focus on how widely the term “diversity” can be used in the selection and discussion of literature. The lecture is sponsored by a Diversity Grant from the U-M-Dearborn Office of the Provost and the Departments of Humanities and of English.

    M-Fit announces Running Club

    M-Fit has started a Running Club to complement its Walking Club. The Running Club also is an individualized incentive program through which members, for a fee, receive prizes for running. For more information, call 998-6310 or send e-mail to Colleen Greene,

    Gartner database URL has changed

    The Web address for Gartner databases “Datapro Information Services” and “Research and Advisory Services for Higher Education and Healthcare” has changed to

    The Gartner service at the new URL uses a login mechanism that allows users to access many University Library resources, particularly from off-campus locations.

    Until early 2000, the passwords used by the Library’s new login mechanism will not be coordinated with the University’s Kerberos environment at Users will be asked to establish a password for their account using the ID number from their M-Card. This password can then be used each time the Gartner databases or other Library resources are accessed.

    The same password may be used for both the Kerberos login and that at the Gartner URL. When changes are made, however, users will need to manually synchronize the two passwords.

    Celebrate IT Zone grand opening

    The grand opening event of the Ann Arbor Information Technology (IT) Zone will be held 3:30–5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at 330 E. Liberty, near Division St.. President Lee C. Bollinger, Chief Information Officer Jose-Marie Griffiths, Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon and Doug Rothwell, president of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., will be present at the celebration.

    The IT Zone is an organization promoting the growth of IT industry by bringing together entrepreneurs, emerging and established companies, business service providers, and university and community resources. For more information, send e-mail to or call 623-8286.

    Basement Arts presents ‘Flesh and Blood’

    Basement Arts, the student-run theatre company in the Department of Theatre and Drama, will present free performances of the dark comedy Flesh and Blood at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg.

    The play focuses on a woman and her two daughters who, after a cancelled wedding, admit to each other their worst mistakes and biggest secrets, which include murder and adultery. Flesh and Blood, directed by Sera Bonfiglio, uses selective realism to explore the betrayal, consequences, motivations and intuitions of the main characters.

    For more information, call 764-6800.

    Iranian writer to speak Dec. 5

    Javad Mujabi, an Iranian writer and literary historian, will discuss “Co-Opting the Popular: The Interplay Between Classical and Popular Literature in Iran” at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in Auditorium D, Angell Hall.

    Mujabi, whose short stories, plays and satires contain strong themes of resistance, is in the United States under the sponsorship of the writers’ group PEN. Mujabi worked for the Ministry of Justice during the reign of the last shah and then became a journalist and essayist. He is completing two books on literary history in Iran.

    Mujabi’s free talk is sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Department of English Creative Writing Program, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Program on Comparative Literature, Institute for the Humanities and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. For more information, call 764-0350.

    Patricia Rodney to speak Dec. 2

    Patricia Rodney, assistant professor of international health, Morehouse School of Medicine, will present a paper on “Globalization and Its Impact on the Health of African Women and Women in the Diaspora” at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Faculty Lounge, School of Public Health.

    Rodney, who advises the Congressional Black Caucus on public health issues and serves on the U-M Population Fellows Program Advisory Board, is noted for her work on international women’s education, empowerment and health in the Caribbean, Africa and Canada. Much of Rodney’s work reflects her interest in presenting the human side of the socio-economics of international public health.

    For more information, call 763-9456.

    E-mail service will be interrupted Nov. 27

    The servers that house campuswide e-mail service will be moved over a five-hour period to the Arbor Lakes Data Facility beginning at midnight Nov. 27. Those who use Pine, Mulberry and Eudora (or other POP or IMAP client) e-mail programs will be unable to access their e-mail accounts during the move.

    If e-mail use is attempted, a “connection refused” error message will be sent. During the outage, all mail sent from other mail systems to holders of the affected mailboxes will be queued. When the servers are restarted, all queued mail will be delivered.

    After the initial outage, users may experience short delays in mail delivery while the backlog of mail is delivered. No other interruption of service is expected.

    Hynes to discuss Irish theater

    Garry Hynes, the Tony-award winning director of The Beauty Queen of Leenane and co-founder of the Druid Theatre Company in Galway, will discuss the state of contemporary Irish theater at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Museum of Art Apse.

    The Druid, the first professional Irish theater company established outside of Dublin, has premiered and toured the work of many acclaimed new writers, including Marina Carr, Jimmy Murphy, Niall Williams and Bernard Farrell, since 1975. Hynes, who has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court Theater in London, received two honorary degrees for her service to the Irish theater.

    The free, public lecture coincides with the Museum of Art’s exhibition of Irish paintings, “When Time Began to Rant and Rage.” For more information, call 764-0395.

    KnitWits gathering is Dec. 13

    U-M KnitWits will hold a gathering and distribution session noon–7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Perry Bldg. This is an opportunity for KnitWits across the campus to bring their donations of finished goods, yarn leftovers, knitting and crochet tools and patterns, as well as sewing machines in working order. Materials for future projects will be available for pick-up. Fleece mitten kits for sewing and fleece for cutting out mitten patterns also will be available.

    For more information, send an e-mail message to

    Exhibit Museum is a busy place

    The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will offer a new slide show, “Season of Light,” beginning Nov. 26. The family program will explore a number of ancient and more recent celebrations at the time of the winter solstice, including Christmas and Hanukkah.

    Tickets, $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and children ages 12 and under, may be purchased in the Museum Store beginning one hour before each show. Planetarium show times and dates are:

  • “Adventures in Autumn: Mythical Skies & Mesmerizing Science,” 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4 & 11; 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5 & 12.

  • “Seasons of Light,” 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26 & 27, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 and Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19, 27–30 and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30.

  • Winter Star Talk, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18; 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 27–30.

    Dinosaur Discovery Day will be held at the Museum 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 4. The free program, open to children ages 3–10 with adult companions, will feature a Dino Demo; “What Do YOU Know About Dinosaurs?”; Meet Anchiceratops!; Our Feathered Friends: Dinosaurs?!?; Sculpting an Allosaur Head and E-Dinos: Websites and Games. The Museum Store will be open with a variety of dinosaur-themed gift ideas.

    The program is sponsored by the State Street Area Association and is part of the Holiday Family Festival.

    The Museum will be closed Dec. 24–26, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. For more information, call 764-0478 or 763-6085 (recorded message) or visit the Web at

    Community Service Learning Journal is available

    The fall 1999 Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) is available.

    Published annually by the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, the journal focuses on research, theory and pedagogy. It also includes several book reviews.

    An essay on “Campus and Community Partnerships: Assessing Impacts & Strengthening Connections” examines how service learning research is conducted at the University of Montana and encourages assessing service learning from the community agency perspective as well as from its student impact. It also provides suggestions for improving these partnerships to benefit both sectors.

    Featured in “Pedagogy” is an undergraduate class offered at American University titled “Teaching Grassroots Democracy through Service-Learning: Lessons from the Collaborative Teaching/Lawyering Method of Clinical Legal Education.”

    The American University project is an example of how this style of teaching fosters progressive conceptions of citizenship and facilitates critical examination of the political system.

    MJCSL Vol. 6 is available for $15 by sending a check or money order to OCSL Press, 1024 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, or on the Web at

    Libraries announce Thanksgiving hours

    Graduate LibraryShapiro LibraryWest Hall Connector
    Nov. 248 a.m.–7 p.m.8 a.m.–midnight8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Nov. 25ClosedClosedClosed
    Nov. 261–5 p.m.10 a.m.–midnightClosed
    Nov. 2710 a.m.–6 p.m.10 a.m.–midnightClosed
    Nov. 281 p.m.–2 a.m.8 a.m.–5 a.m.Closed

    Copy paper changes at M-Stores

    Effective Dec. 1, Yorktown brand copier papers are being discontinued by the manufacturer. Replacement copier papers, which are equivalent or better grade, will be available through M-Stores. There will be no interruption in deliveries of copier paper due to this change. The stock numbers and descriptions for the replacement papers are:

    290300Paper, 8.5” x 11” white 20 lb., Hammermill Tidal DP, #HM16200-8 25.96/case, (replaces M-Stores #290026)
    290305Paper, 8.5” x 11” white 3-hole punch, Hammermill Tidal 28.13/case, DP #HM16203-2 (replaces M-Stores #290014)
    290310Paper, 8.5” x 11” white 20lb. Express Pack 2500 shts/pk13.98/pk, Hammermill Tidal DP #HM16312-0 (replaces M-Stores #286965)
    290315Paper, 8.5” x 14” white, 20 lb. Hammermill Tidal DP #HM16201-63.47/ream, (replaces M-Stores #285081)
    290320Paper, 11” x 17” white, 20 lb. Hammermill Tidal DP #HM16202-45.46/ream, (replaces M-Stores #285079)

    For more information, visit the Web at or contact Debby Burch, 998-7070, ext. 219, or