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New first lady welcome
was "a little bit ner- Vivian Shapiro hopes to
hubbub following the an-

She said she
vous," but'the]

nouncement of her husband's new post
as president of the University didn't
seem to shake Vivian Shapiro's
inherent composure.
She is a quiet woman who speaks sof-
tly and gazes directly at the person she
is addressing. A clinical social worker,
wife, and mother of four children,
Shapiro will be assuming another role
next January as first lady of the
IT IS A role Shapiro feels is very'
significant to the University com-

carry on 'U' tradition

"I do believe that tradition and the
ceremonies are important," she said in
an interview at the family's home
yesterday. "I know both Mrs. Fleming
and Mrs. Smith worked very hard at it,
contributed a great deal, and made a
great difference."
From her own experience, Shapiro
said she knows the importance of
creating a warm University environ-

ment for incoming faculty. "I am very,
very grateful for the welcome I
received," she said. "It's a nice
tradition at Michigan - families
welcoming families," and it is a
tradition, she added, she would like to
INTRODUCED at yesterday's
University Board of Regents meeting
as a "professional in her own right,"

's role
Shapiro works in the University's
Department of Psychiatry as a mem-
ber of a team of specialists in a clinical
research program to develop concepts
of infant mental health. Her job in-
cludes research work, seeing patients,
and training social work students. Also,
she has written a number of articles for
professional publications.
Shapiro said her schooling was "a
typical story." She graduated from
college in 1957, had four children, then
went back to school and earned a
masters degree in 1969.
When her youngest daughter was in
first grade, Shapiro started working for
the University. She now works about 25
hours a week, which gives her plenty of
time to keep "some stability at home,"
she said.
INFANT MENTAL health is a new
field, Shapiro explained, and new
methods of study must be developed.
She is part of an interdisciplinary group
of psychiatrists, psychologists and
social workers who are responsive to
parents with developmental questions
about their children. As a social
worker, she works with babies under
the age of three.
Her new job as "first lady" after her
husband assumes the post of University
president in January 1980, will take
some time away from her work, she
claimed. She said she hopes to "balance
things in the future."
Allene Smith, wife of Interim Univer-
sity President Allan Smith yesterday
gave Shapiro a tour of the "white
house" - the president's home on
South University Ave. "It's a gracious
home, with a lot of tradition," she said.
On the outside, the house is "part of the
University, but inside, it's a home,"
Shapiro added.
SHAPIRO PULLED out a pamphlet
describing the family's new house and
then smiled, saying it is strange to think
of living in a home that has a brochure
written about it.
The family probably will be renting
rather than selling the tree-shaded
house on Hill St. where they have lived
for 15 years, she said.
Shapiro spends her free time quietly.
She enjoys reading, cooking and enter-
taining friends. She especially likes to
meet people and anticipates getting to
know faculty, alumni and students
when her husband becomes president.
Shapiro seemed to handle the
publicity and excitement of the oc-
casion yesterday with the calm,
professional appearance of a seasoned

uoily noto by LiSA KLAUSNER

VIVIAN SHAPIRO, clinical social worker, mother, and wife of President-elect Harold Shapiro, said yesterday she is.
looking forward to assuming a new role when her husband takes office in January.

Although Harold Shapiro gathered
his family together a few days ago to
tell them he might be offered the'
University presidency, his four
daughters said when it happened they
were shocked.
"It happened so fast; I didn't believe
it until this morning," exclaimed
Karen, 14. Throughout the entire
meeting yesterday morning, Karen
wore a grin, while her sisters' ex-
pressions ranged from Janet's look of
shock to Anne and Marilyn's pensive
"WE'RE VERY proud of him,"
beamed Marilyn, 20, the second oldest
of the four. She added that despite her
father's advance warning, the family
had not yet discussed the event and its
"I don't think anything's going to
change," Marilyn said in reference to
her family's relationship. Are they
close? "Can't you tell?" Marilyn asked.
After the Regents voted perfunctorily

d us e ress pride ubing somehwat of a small-town
to approve Harold Shapiro as the my father; he's always been open to celebrity in the public eye will be a dif-
University's 10th president, his wife listening to me," Anne noted. She said ferent experience for her. "It's new to
and daughters were introduced. part of her father's willingness to listen me, she laughed, referring to the
Ann, 21, is the oldest and is in her fifth is because she is a student here, adding whole process of being interviewed and
year working toward a double major in that they enjoy mutual respect for one photographed. "You can tell."
Economics and Psychology at the another's views.
University. Marilyn will be a junior at "If I was really motivated toward an
Oberlin College this fall. Janet, 17, is issue, I wouldn't be afraid to tell my RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE
entering her senior year at Huron High father," Anne said. She added she SUMMER PLAYERS PRESENT
School. Karenalso attends Huron High, wouldn't have been one of the
where she will be a sophomore this protesters who disrupted the March BERTOLT BRECHT'S
year. Regents meeting. Although ,she con-
MARILYN IS studying biology at the sidered attending the public portion of Puntila
small liberal arts college in Ohio. This that month's Regents meeting, she said A s
summer she is working at the Univer- she would never consider participating
sity's biological station in Pellston. in a protest which was not organized
She said yesterday that despite the and orderly. A comedy
impressive reputation and facilities of "It's important to voice (student con- for the summer
the University, she chose Oberlin for its cerns) in an orderly way."
smaller classes, which allow her to get ANNE SAID her father is "not the
to know the professors. However, she type of person to say don't go because T J* 19-tJAl/21
said the diversity of classes and studen- it's going to make me look bad," but "
ts at the University appeals to her. that if he felt strongly she wouldn't -St
Both Marilyn and Anne said their want to go.
father is always willing to listen to their "The difference (between me and E- [+Q
viewpoints, other students) is I'd have more access Admission $3.00
"I'VE ALWAYS been able to talk to SeeSHAPIRO'S, Page 8

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