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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 23, 1996 - 9A

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to network
Alumni Association
sponsors daylong
session on careers
By Ann Stewart
Daily Staff Reporter
Seniors enjoyed a special day of in-
for ation, honors, and best of all, free
m chies and mouse pads yesterday,
at an event designed to get students to
join the Alumni Association.
Alumni Day for Seniors gave stu-
dents a chance to talk to alums from
clubs in Boston, Chicago and Wash-
ington, D.C. Association staff helped
some students sign up for U-M OnLine.
Students were also showered with in-
formation on housing, jobs and other
re ources
"It's a good way to get people to be
part of the alumni associations ev-
erywhere. I think it's pretty valu-
able," said Cathy Ruf, an Engineer-
ing senior
A pre-graduation celebration spon-
sored by MBNA America allowed stu-
dents to look at programs, benefits and
services of the association. The
"gradfest" included free food and mu-
sic. Students said it was fun to get away
their studies for a while.
l'm having fun. It's nice to have a
little break. I've got 25 pages to write
tonight," said Engineering senior Kyle
To teach students more about net-
working and to encourage them to wear
out their new mouse pads, the associa-
tion held a "Network Your Way to
Fame Game" in which seniors could
cpete for prizes.
way from the games and festivi-
ties, an open house for students gave
them an opportunity to pick up an offi-
cial Alumni Association class ring.
The association also honored stu-
dent leaders in a reception for seniors
who made their marks by joining Al-
ternative Spring Break, serving as resi-
dent advisers for their residence halls,
or by other achievements.
President James Duderstadt spoke to
t )group of well-dressed students be-
ing honored at the reception before
they were handed their certificates.
"It's important I express to you our
gratitude and congratulate your
achievements," Duderstadt said.
Students who received certificates
said they felt honored.
"It gives recognition to people who
do a lot of little things, but normally
dn't get recognized. It shows us we're
a number," said Carin Rockind, an
LSA senior.
Association staff said they were im-
pressed with the number of students
showing up for events this year.
Jerry Sigler, assistant executive di-
rector of the Alumni Association,
said, "We've had a better turnout in
spite of the weather. We got a great
response to the mouse pads and the

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'U' scholars receive prestigious
Guggenheim fellowships

By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
The Guggenheim Memorial Founda-
tion has awarded six fellowships to five
University faculty members and one
former assistant professor in its 77th
annual competition that honors artists,
scholars and scientists.
Foundation officials selected 158 re-
cipients out of 2,791 applicants for the.
fellowships, which amount to $4.5 mil-
lion, according to a statement.
The winners include mathematics as-
sistant Prof. Anthony Blochphysics Prof.
Philip Bucksbaum, Music Prof. Michael
Daugherty, psychology Prof. Susan
Gelman, philosophy Prof. David
Velleman and former English assistant
Prof. Athena Vrettos.
"If the Nobel Prize is the top and getting
into grad school is the bottom, this is some-
where in between," said Bucksbaum, who
said he will use the fellowship to continue
his research in ultrafast optical science.
Besides the Guggenheim fellowship,
Bucksbaum has something else in com-
mon with fellow honoree Daugherty -

they both went to the same high school
in Cedar Rapids, Ohio.
During his fellowship, Daugherty will
travel to London and Houston to prepare
his 90-minute opera, "Jackie 0," which
is about the relationship between former
first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
and Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
"It's my comment on the 1960s pop
culture," Bucksbaum said. "I feel very
fortunate to have received the
Guggenheim Fellowship in music com-
position, because the music I write is
very radical (since) it includes a lot of
influence in pop culture."
One Guggenheim recipient was not as
fortunate with the University as she was
with the foundation. Vrettos taught in the
English department from 1988 to 1995
but said she was denied tenure in 1994.
"The English department was ex-
tremely supportive and wonderful about
my case," Vrettos said. "The problem
was entirely at the college."
Vrettos is conducting research on
"how the mind is described in Victorian
fiction and psychology." She now has a

grant from the National Endowment of
Humanities and will teach at Case West-
.ern Reserve University in the fall.
Some recipients said the fellowship
was necessary for them to concentrate
on their work fully.
"It gives me the freedom andflexibilty
to think hard about some issues I wanted
toworkon foralong time,"said Gelman,
who plans to write a book on herstudies
about concept and language develop-
ment in younger children.
"It's an opportunity to pursue my
research and develop ideas I've had for
a while," said Bloch, who will be study-
ing the application of mathematics to
classical physics during his fellowship.
Bloch also said the awrd is usually
judged on experience.
"It's based on your past achieve-
ments," Bloch said. "It's given topeople
who are advanced in their careers."
Velleman said he spent more time do-
ing research than in writing the proposal.
"A lot of work does not go into six
pages of a proposal, but the research that
leads to the proposal," Velleman said.



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