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specialized subject assistance,"
MacAdam said.
The Graduate Library offers some
of the quietest study areas on cam-
pus. The library is notorious for it
cubicles and also has a beautiful
reading room on the second floor.
Regardless of whether you have
research to do or not, MacAdam
feels new students should utilize the
researching tools of the Graduate
"We encourage undergraduate stu-
dents, new and returning, to ask for
any help they need in using the
library or doing their research. One
of the most rewarding experiences
here is the opportunity to talk with a
new student and help them tackle an

assignment or just feel comfortable
in the library," MacAdam said.
New engineering and art and
architecture majors will find them-
selves spending their time in the
Media Union Library on North cam-
pus. Jim Ottaviani, Head of Informa-
tion Services at the Media Union
Library, feels that all students can
take advantage of the library's hours
and numerous computers. "The
Media Union Library has the largest
concentration of publicly available
computers on campus. We're also the
only library building open 24 hours a
day, seven days a week during the
school year, so regardless of whether
you want to do some research, use a
computer or take a break and read
something in our popular fiction col-
lection, we're here," Ottaviani said.
Pre-med and pre-law students

might want to get a taste of their spe-
cialty as an undergraduate and study
in the Law and Medical Libraries.
The Law Library is a haven of quiet-
ness for law students and other stu-
dents on campus. The library is
especially useful for research on
jurisdiction and other law-related
issues. The A. Alfred Taubman Med-
ical Library is one of the largest
medical libraries in America. It is
primarily designed for research for
students of the medical school, the
college of pharmacy and the school
of nursing.
If students want to get some study-
ing done, but do not want to walk
too far, every residence hall contains
a library. The residence hall libraries
contain general research tools for
any major as well as free usage of
CDs and videos.

Chemistry p rof. receives
annual teaching award

By Josie Gingrich
The immense popularity of chem-
istry Prof. Kathleen Nolta was evident
in the words of her students. Nolta,
this year's recipient of the Golden
Apple Award, gave a lecture titled "Of
Students & Teachers and Apples &
Arrows" to an enthusiastic group of
students and faculty members at
Rackham Auditorium in late January.
"The thing I notice is that she finds
time for everyone," said LSA senior
Lawrence Li, who has known Nolta
since her first class in Fall 1996. "She
has a great influence on your life."
"She doesn't let anyone give up
and she makes everyone feel impor-
tant," LSA senior Lauren Ernst said.
The lecture was presented by Stu-
dents Honoring Outstanding Univer-
sity Teaching, which was created in
1990 with the support of Hillel and
Apple Computers. The organizations
presented Nolta with a trophy, a
framed poster and a check for S1,000.
"This is our opportunity to honor
and celebrate professors at the Univer-
sity of Michigan who have challenged,
engaged, motivated and inspired stu-
dents," said SHOUT co-Chair Aman-
da Warner, an LSA junior.
LSA Dean Shirley Neuman intro-
duced Nolta at the ceremony. "To be

Chemistry Prof. Kathleen Nolta (right) receives the Golden Apple award from Students
Honoring Outstanding University Teaching co-Chairwoman Beth Bernstein.
known as a superb teacher is the high- teaching has meant to her in the four
est of accomplishments," Neuman said. years she has taught organic chemistry
"The Golden Apple Award is for those and biochemistry at the University. "In
professors who consistently teach each what other discipline can you hide
class as if it were their best and last." behind smoke and mirrors and be
Upon taking the podium, Nolta let absolutely justified in it?" Nolta asked.
the audience in on her secret for her "I'm trying to be a guide, a helper,"
"ideal lecture". "This is the first time Nolta said. "Someone who will lead
I've ever written a lecture," Nolta students to better things. Nolta also dis-
said. "For one who calls herself a lec- cussed what she believes to be the most
turer, the one word you don't want to important thing teachers can impart on
see before lecture is last," she said. their students. "It's understanding that
In her speech, Nolta discussed what everything is connected," she said.
Business school
dean to step down

By Caitlin Nish
Daily Sid Reporter
Students, faculty and administrators
alike were shocked and saddened by the
announcement that School of Business
Administration Dean B. Joseph White
would not stand for reappointment to.
his position. White will complete his
second five-year term in the middle of
2001, concluding I1 years as the head
of the school.
"I think a decade or so is a good long
run for a dean at the University of
Michigan. The business school is in
really good condition and I think we
will be able to attract a strong successor
to me," White said.
University Regent Olivia Maynard
(D-Goodrich) said she is disappointed
by White's decision but understands it.
"He has been a very positive part
of the business school and the Uni-
versity," she said. "Certainly it's a
loss, but on the other hand I always
honor someone's decision to go in
different directions."
In an e-mail message addressed to
the business school community,
White said he "had long planned to
serve as dean for a decade. (Provost
Nancy Cantor) and (President Lee
Bollinger), as well as a number of
faculty colleagues, urged me during
the last several months to consider
continuing for a third term. This sup-
port, which I appreciate, caused me to
re-consider my plans. But I have
come to the conclusion that I should
stay the course of pursuing new chal-
lenges when my term ends next year."
Bollinger said he urged White to
consider another term. "This is Joe's
choice. We both, Nancy and I, talked to
him at length and urged him to stay if
he really wanted to. But, I think 10
years is more than a fair commitment
by a person to a deanship. He has done
an outstanding job,' he said.
During his tenure as dean, White
highly influenced the business school.
Under his leadership, the school has
,seen the creation of the William David-

son Institute, the Joel D. Tauber Man-
ufacturing Institute, the Frederick A.
and Barbara M. Erb Institute and the
Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie
Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies,
plus the physical expansion of the
business campus.
Throughout the past 10 years, annual
expenditures on student scholarships
have been doubled, the annual operat-
ing budget has grown from nearly S50
million to more than S100 million and
the school's endowment has increased
from S40 million to SI50 million.
"The things (White) has accom*
plished don't go away when he goes
away, they continue. His great contribu-
tion is that he has made this one of the
best business schools in the country and
that doesn't change," said Keith Decie,
Business School assistant to the dean
and director of communications.
While White said he is confident
about the future of the business
school, he is unsure of what the futur
holds for himself.
"I think that it's possible I will finish
my career as a faculty member here at
Michigan or else some other sort of
leadership job might come along and it
might attract me," White said.
In response to complaints that he is
ending his career as dean too soon,
he added, "It's two things. One, I
really do desire a new challenge.
Two, it's easy for leaders to stay too
long and I would rather err on th
side of leaving a little too early rathe
than a little too late."
Cantor will appoint a search com-
mittee for White's replacement with-
in the next several months. The
committee will then select and rank
three candidates from a nationwide
search. The candidates will be rec-
ommended to Cantor and Bollinger
for a final selection.
"I think this simply closes a veri
important chapter in the history of the
school. There have been many very sig-
nificant and highly positive changes in
the time of (White's). deanship,"
Bollinger said.

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