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October 2003

Linda Bardeleben

Key Administrator, Anthropology Department

Author: Joyce Meyer,
LSA Dean's Office

Photographer: Esther Eppele, Psychology Department

Linda Bardeleben has been the Key Administrator for the LSA Anthropology Department for the past four years. Anthropology has 45 faculty, roughly 200 graduate students, 200 concentrators, and 7 staff members, including herself. In addition to a top-notch dedicated staff, Linda feels Anthropology may have the most fascinating faculty and students at the University. “With topics ranging from ‘The Anthropology of Humor’ to the ‘Anthropology of Death’ and ‘Bambi, Birkenstocks and Buckshot...’ to ‘Are My Parents Neanderthals?’” quips Linda, “how could you not be fascinated?”

Smooth and efficient, calm and supportive, Linda moved her entire department to new quarters across campus in seven segments, moving faculty and Biological Anthropology labs from NUBS as well as from the LSA Building. Her department’s praise for her phenomenal job of coordinating everything and everyone has put her in the LSA Spotlight.

During the move, according to department personnel, no matter how busy she was, Linda always made herself available to the unit’s staff and faculty to carry on “work as usual.” Her commitment was immense; she was concerned with many details of the rooms in the new building, especially the main office, teaching rooms, and other public spaces. Her involvement was from the design stage through implementation, and follow-up problem solving. She helped design the most effective teaching laboratories, and was key in working through how the blueprints would translate into effective space. In follow-ups, she identified sound problems in one of the teaching rooms, and identified the solution through the use of sound amplification. Personally, Linda has great appreciation for LSA Facilities’ valuable assistance in the move.

“Simply put, the complex move of the Anthropology Department would have been impossible without the extra effort Linda put into it. Linda was even seen transporting a chair one day in the back of her convertible,” reports one impressed department colleague.

Linda started her career at the University as a secretary in the Program in Technical Communication at the College of Engineering. While at the University for 17 years, Linda says she became aware of some of the marvelous opportunities for staff involvement at the University, and was a member of the Commission for Women until she moved to the Dental School. She spent the next 10 years as the Program Coordinator for Continuing Dental Education, during which she was a co-founder of University Event Planners (UEP), a professional society at the U-M.

On a personal note, Linda and her husband, Ed, are building a house on Norvell Lake near the Irish Hills. When not in the moving mode, Linda enjoys camping, traveling, digital photography and golf. She is a voracious reader. Riding motorcycles and cheering on the Michigan Football team are also on her list of enjoyable activities.

Congratulations Linda!

Nancy Bates

LSA Outreach Staffing Services

Author: Lili Kivisto,
Political Science

Photographer: Esther Eppele, Psychology Department

Celebrating 50 years

When Nancy Bates accepted a position as a temporary research secretary at the biology station in 1953 while her husband was in graduate school, she didn’t expect to still be working in the College fifty years later. But she found that a career at the university coincided well with her husband’s work as an educator and environmentalist. Now working part time as a floating administrator in LSA Outreach Staffing Services, she has no plans to retire because she enjoys working with people and getting things done.

From 1953-1969, Nancy worked as the administrator for the Fresh Air Camp at Patterson Lake, a summer camp for emotionally disturbed boys run by the Institute for Human Adjustment. Her responsibilities included registering university students, managing the office, and overseeing the budget, but two of her more unusual duties including picking locks and storing the knives confiscated from the campers. Nancy learned lock picking in order to remove the padlocks on the camper’s trunks when they had lost their keys. She kept the knives in a large safe in her office and allowed the campers to visit their knives whenever she was in the office.

From 1969-1979 Nancy took liberal arts classes in the college and worked as the administrator for the clinical training program in psychology. From 1979-2001 she served as Psychology’s key administrator. Members of her staff describe her as a “supervisor, mentor, and friend.” Staff members recall that she liked to bring inexperienced people into the department to serve in the central office, and then promote them to other positions. Nancy is especially proud that many of her former staff now hold administrative positions around the university.

Her psychology co-workers recall the unruffled calm which enabled her to deal with a variety of situations including the three-year move that consolidated all psychology offices in East Hall. Her co-workers remember the roses and dahlias she shared with her coworkers each spring. Nancy credits her garden and her dogs with helping her survive the stress of her job. Nancy currently shares a house with her daughter Allision and five black Labradors and a Corgi.

On June 30, 2001, Nancy retired as key administrator in Psychology, but started working the next day for LSA’s outreach services. For the past two and a half years she has covered administrative vacancies in ten different units and coordinated a move for the Dean’s Office. She even managed two departments at one time.

Her current supervisor Jane Johnson describes her as “vibrant and still very much a learner.” For example, when Nancy was assigned to Economics in August of last year, she was able to process research grant proposals on Fast Lane without having gone through the training and with very pressing deadlines.

In reflecting back, Nancy recalls the years went very quickly. But she continues to look forward to working in the college, meeting new people and learning new things.

Material comes in part from the profile entitled “Nancy’s News” by Sandra Vallie

Philip Hallman

Information Resource Coordinator for the Donald Hall Collection in the Program in Film & Video

Author: April Caldwell,
Romance Languages and Literatures

Photographer: Esther Eppele, Psychology Department

When you the have the likes of Alexander Payne, writer of movie hits including “Election” and “About Schmidt”, bowing down to you, paying homage to your library collection, you know you’ve done an excellent job. That is exactly what happened to Philip Hallman, Information Resource Coordinator for the Donald Hall Collection in the Program in Film & Video.

When Hallman began his job in 1999, the film and video library only consisted of some laserdiscs and a limited number of videotapes and books donated by professors. “There was not any real sense of order or purpose to them, “ Hallman said.

While many would have been intimidated by the limitations of the collection, Hallman began to make improvements. He relished the idea of building an extensive, useful collection of scripts, videotapes, DVDs, and laserdiscs from the ground up. With a limited amount of student help, the main challenge was keeping up with ordering and cataloging and yet he has surpassed everyone’s expectations.

“If I were a student at Michigan, I would never leave this room, “said John Sayles, writer of movie hits “The Howling” and more recently, “Sunshine State”, starring Angela Bassett.

Having studied Film/Video and the History of Art here at the university and having acquired a master’s degree from New York University, Hallman fosters a true passion for film. He has spearheaded several projects in the department, including the Projectorhead Film Series, which only shows 16mm and 35mm films, in order to help graduate and undergraduate students better understand the entirety of film history. In addition, he has started offering some library instruction classes and has helped create workshops on television and film research methods.

Many of his co-workers attribute part of Hallman’s success to his yearly attendance of film festivals, including the Chicago, Cleveland, and Toronto Film Festivals. For Hallman, seeing films at these venues allows him to avoid the biases of critics and find films that may be used as valuable teaching tools for students. Many of the faculty focuses on the cinema of one nation and by attending the festivals, he is able to point out films that would interest them.

“None of my courses would be as up-to-date or as rich in their offerings of visual materials had I not had Phil Hallman as a resource,” one co-worker said.

For a man with no single favorite film, Hallman can easily name a half dozen worth watching and is always on the hunt for something new to add to the collection.

“He has created a library which functions in some ways as the soul of the department,” said a co-worker.

Nicola Kiver

Author: Rick Jones,
Student Academic Affairs

Photographer: Esther Eppele, Psychology Department

Nicola came to the University last November as an Academic Services Secretary in the Institute for the Humanities, in the midst of organizational change. A new Director had just started, the staff had been reorganized, a new key administrator search was in progress, and the Institute returned to the Rackham building after a two year hiatus. According to one person in the Institute, she "fit right in with great enthusiasm and natural openness." Another person commented, "She is a wonderful role model of professional attitude."

She has in the last month been reclassified to a Program Coordinator, due to her excellent work for the Institute. While a secretary, she incorporated more and more tasks into her job. She "jumped in whenever anything needed to be done" and is "always willing to help out." Her supervisor states, "She is a real friendly, warm individual and makes visitors feel welcome" and this is important to a program that relies on endowed funds. She has a lot of contact with donors, and now coordinates the Institute's two main donor events. The Institute has just completed its Fall donor event, which Nicola was responsible for organizing and setting up, and is now beginning to prepare for the Spring donor event.

Nicola's job allows her to meet a lot of people from across the university, and they inspire her to keep thinking about interdisciplinary issues in the humanities. Some of the programs at the Institute relate to music, which is one of her interests, and she enjoys combining this with program administration. She also enjoys the interesting and knowledgeable fellows, both visitors and those in residence, who are sponsored by the Institute, as well as the varied public events the Institute runs. The newly remodeled offices in the Rackham building are a pleasure to work in. She finds her colleagues at the Institute to be fascinating people and a joy to work with.

Nicola was born in New Zealand, and attended university there. She is a classically trained singer in opera and oratorio, and received a Master's Degree in Voice Performance from the University of London in the United Kingdom. After getting married, she moved to Australia with her husband, Chris, and lived some time there before coming to the United States. Nicola has two daughters, Grace and Emily. Although she no longer performs solo, she still sings in choirs and currently sings in the Sanctuary Choir at First Baptist Church where Chris is Director of Music.

Congratulations Nicola!

Vladislav Miskevich

LSA-IT

Author: Gaylene Opal-Deitering,
LSA Student Academic Affairs

Photographer: Esther Eppele, Psychology Department

Vladislav Miskevich started working at the U-M last December, and has made quite an impression on the people he works with. The LSA Museum Key Administrators unanimously nominated him for his outstanding service. Vlad is assigned through LSA-IT to provide computer consulting and support for some 200 computers in six museums. Vlad travels to and from several museum buildings amazing the administrators with his knowledge and efficiency. “Vlad is friendly, polite and more than patient with those of us not as computer-literate as he is. Vlad shows up cheerfully and goes out of his way to see that [the users] know what to do”, says one administrator.

He says that the best things about his job is meeting all the different people, and the variety of the work. He enjoys working in the ever-changing museum environment, and being around people who are excited to show him their newest acquisitions.

Vlad came to the United States in 1998 from Belarus, where he studied microelectronics and computer science. Vlad is married and has twin two-year-old daughters that keep Vlad and his wife very busy. For fun Vlad enjoys digital photography. He has created a web site where he posts some of his family pictures that can be viewed by friends and relatives here and overseas.

He likes Ann Arbor because there are so many friendly people. He feels welcome and not separated by cultural differences. People understand that the culture here is diverse. When asked if he felt that Ann Arbor was his home, or if he would some day like to return to Belarus to live, Vlad said “We have a saying that you can’t step in the same water twice”. Things change, people change, and the United States is now his home.

Linda Anderson and Kathy Hatfield

Secretarial support for the Clinical and Developmental Areas of the Department of Psychology

Author: Teresa Smith, Psychology

Photographer: Esther Eppele, Psychology Department

It’s not just Linda and Kathy’s smile or positive attitude that won them the Team Spotlight. Together Linda Anderson and Kathy Hatfield have provided secretarial support for the Clinical and Developmental Areas of the Department of Psychology for nearly 3 years. They support approximately 45-50 faculty and another 50-60 graduate students.

For Linda and Kathy, being a team player in the office means supporting each other in every way, but most importantly, communicating with one another. They keep their lines of communication open whether it is by phone, giving each other notes, writing on each other’s calendar, emailing or just talking with each other on a daily basis.

Each of them acknowledge how well they complement each other,“Where one is weak, the other is strong” they say. For example, Linda came to the Department of Psychology with knowledge of U-M policies while Kathy joined the department from outside of the University and therefore U-M policy was new to her. Linda was a big help. Linda loves to maintain and keep the directory updated, while Kathy admitted that has not always been her favorite. Kathy prefers to create new things on the computer and help to make their job easier if possible. One faculty pointed out when Linda “… learns new technology, she immediately incorporates it into the services she provides.” In this way, they are both the same. They share the same work ethic. They are both very customer service oriented, have excellent organizational skills, are punctual and always professional.

They each cited numerous situations in which they have been able to motivate, encourage, inspire and move one another in different ways whenever necessary, but none could compare to the challenge they faced a year ago, when Kathy’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. Throughout the continued ordeal Kathy faced with her daughter’s illness, she faithfully came to work on a regular basis and focused on her job, while still providing the same excellent customer service and smile. Linda meanwhile, continued their commitment to support the floor faculty and graduate students in Kathy’s absence. They stood strong despite the difficulty of the challenge.

Linda and Kathy never wavered from their commitment to excellence and managed their jobs with exemplary style and strong determination to always strive to do their best to support the Clinical and the Developmental Areas of Psychology. Together they truly defined to the Department of Psychology what a committed team means.They went above and beyond their goals as secretaries.

Recently, Kathy moved from Clinical & Developmental Administrative Area office to the Graduate Office of Psychology. Needless to say, she is already missed by the entire second floor.