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The ABPAFS General Meeting is Thursday, October 7th in
the West Conference room, 4th floor, Rackham from 12-1pm
The Meeting will discuss the

Hear HR representatives describe the New System...

What will be YOUR New Classification???

Will you get more money???


Also find out who the MYSTERY MEMBER IS
and get your fabulous prize!!!!

Table of Contents
---Members Profiles

     *Super Bowl XL Internship
     *Bill Gates Scholars
     *IMLS Grant and Wayne State University
---Draft Commentary
---Web Sites
*Teenie Harris Photo Collection
    *Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival  





A college credit internship position is being offered with the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee.
The student must be a college junior or senior for the Fall 2004 semester.
Detroit Super Bowl Site

If you know a student who might be interested please have him or her contact
Stacie Clayton via e-mail.

The intern will assist the Vice President of External Affairs
with the community and government relations efforts of the Detroit Super Bowl XLHost Committee. This includes but
is not limited to assisting in the development and execution
of the NFL's local Emerging Business Program and ensuring
the appropriate government permits, ordinances and legislation are in place regarding Super Bowl XL.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Familiarity with City of Detroit government
Ability to multi-task and organize a busy and
often changing schedule
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated experience in strategic planning
Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint,
Internet Explorer)
Ability to handle stressful situations in a calm and
organized manner
Ability to be comfortable with ambiguity and change

Position: Intern Government/Community Relations, Fall 2004 Semester
Immediate Supervisor: Stacie Clayton
Vice President - External Affairs
Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee
Ford Field
2000 Brush Street, Suite 240
D: 313.262.2638
F: 313.262.2007

Primary Duties

Assist in the development of the Emerging Business Program
and education of local minority and woman-owned businesses of
opportunities available for SBXL
Assist in determining the qualifying/certifying of local
Researching existing ordinances, permits and legislation
related to special events
Create and maintain an organized filing system and database
Handle sensitive information in a confidential and discrete manner
Attend to all concerns and needs in an efficient, professional and
courteous manner, maintaining high standards for satisfaction at all
Perform related work as required

Unpaid position available for college credit
Paid parking
Two tickets to one football game in SBXL suite at Ford Field


The Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) Millennium
Scholars program will select 1000 students per year. The scholarship
supports the costs of attendance (books, tuition, fees, and living expenses), and can be renewed each year during the Scholars undergraduate program.
The award is renewable for graduate study for those scholars who choose one of the five graduate programs: math, science, engineering, education or library science. Students are eligible if they are African-American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander or Hispanic, citizen of the US, 3.3 GPA,
will enter an accredited college or university as full time in the fall of 2005, leadership abilities, etc.
The deadline is January 14, 2005. If you have questions, contact
1-877-690-4677 or e-mailat


Wayne State University (Libraries and Library and Information Science Program) was one of 26 institutions selected out of 65 applicants to receive a 2004 "Recruiting and Educating Librarians for the 21st Century" grant. WSU will receive $743,286 over a three-year period to recruit and train librarians in the field of "digital librarianship." Candidates will be chosen from traditionally underrepresented groups (African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Arab-Americans, etc).

WSU will partner with three institutions composed of area museums, libraries, and archives to develop a unique approach to recruit and educate new digital projects librarians. Twenty individuals from underrepresented groups will be given stipends and/or tuition waivers to attend the LIS program at WSU. During the course of their program they will be placed in a mentoring relationship with senior librarians in the fields of systems, digital project development, metadata, digital archives, and museum management.

The first year of the grant is aimed at recruiting individuals to the LIS program. During years two and three these students will attend classes and will work part-time at the WSU libraries, the Michigan State University libraries, Detroit Historical Museums, Detroit Public Library and the Reuther Archives. Students will rotate so that at the end of their program they will have experience working on digital projects at an academic institution, a public library, an archives, and a museum.

IMLS is funding $743,286 for stipends and salaries and WSU and our partners are providing a match of $199,341 in staffing and tuition waivers. The Multicultural Roundtable will support this initiative to ensure its success. For more information please contact, Duryea Callaway ( or Joseph J. Mika (


Recently an e-mail has been cirulating about a return of the DRAFT,
below is a synopsis of the proposed legislation and a commentary on the bill,
the reasons Congressman Rangel proposed it and the prospects of its passage

Representative Charles B. Rangel of Congressional
District number 15 of New York



Sponsor and Cosponsors as of 01/22/2003
CONYERS, JOHN JR (D-MI)- Cosponsor
LEWIS, JOHN (D-GA)- Cosponsor

SYNOPSIS: A bill to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States,
including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national
defense and homeland security, and for other purposes


(a) Obligation for Young Persons. It is the obligation of every citizen
of the United States, and every other person residing in the United States, who is between the ages of 18 and 26 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in this Act unless exempted under the provisions of this Act.
(b) Form of National Service. National service under this Act shall be
performed either--
(1) as a member of an active or reverse component of the
uniformed services; or
(2) in a civilian capacity that, as determined by the
President, promotes the national defense, including national or
community service and homeland security.


If you look carefully at Congressman Rangel's bill, you will notice that this is actually just a "Message" bill. That is, that there is no hope that this bill will ever become law, but it sends an important message.

Rangel's message is that the cost of national service falls
disproportionately on minorities. We both know that people of
privilege are normally not the ones sacrificing. When the call to
national service is sounded, most policymakers are not personally invested because it's not their kid or the neighbors' that is going to have to put on a uniform and make the sacrifice. So there is little personal investment. This bill served its purpose by giving policymakers something to think about regarding the realities of sociological/economic stratification that you and I see everyday.

That said, this bill is effectively retired. For one thing, this is
an old bill. It was introduced in January and there are only 14
co-sponsors (out of 435). One co-sponsor even withdrew her support. Again, mainly as a symbolic gesture since this happens to be a non-voting Representative.

Also, please keep in mind that the author of the bill is Charles Rangel. This guy is the Ranking Member of the very powerful

Committee on Ways and Means (use to be Rostenkowski's committee). This guy has been Congressman for over 30 years. He is African-American. He is a Democrat. Rangel knows what he is doing. Also, please note that of the 14 cosponsors, about half are women or people of color or Democrats


Retirement Celebration for Eleanor Linn
Debbie Taylor Book Signing
The Programs for Educational Opportunity (PEO) will host a retirement celebration for Eleanor Linn in honor of her years of service and contributions to PEO and the University of Michigan.
The reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 1st, from NOON - 2:00 p.m., at the School of Education in Whitney Auditorium (Room 1309). All colleagues and friends are invited to stop by and wish Eleanor well. Refreshments will be served.
Look for University of Michigan employee and local children's author, Debbie Taylor at the Nicola's Books table during the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival on Saturday, October 2, 2004. Taylor will be signing copies of "Sweet Music in Harlem." Proceeds from the signing will benefit the Family Book Club and the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival!

Enjoy live Blues and Jazz music, presented by the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival on two outdoor stages on Washington between Ashley and Fourth Streets.

Event Time: Noon - 8:30 pm
Cost: Free to the public. All are welcome!



The Teenie Harris online collection contains 440 images taken by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris that document life in the black communities of Pittsburgh from the 1920s to the 1970s. The images show weddings, funerals, family portraits, church events, street scenes, businessmen, and mill workers. The majority of the prints in the collection were chosen to represent online.



Join us “Festival Week”, Tuesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 3rd, as we
celebrate the sounds of jazz and blues in all hues and bring the festival to downtown Ann
Arbor. Given that this year’s festival is dedicated to the memories of Ray Charles and
Elvin Jones it is through acknowledging their spirits and musical contributions to the
world that the Board is honored to bring to Ann Arbor a “homegrown but world class”
Jazz and Blues Festival.

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