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Volume 1, Number 20 



The University of Maryland College Park, 



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February 16, 1987 



News 
Briefs 



UMCP to Host 

State Legislators 

The campus will play host to 
Maryland lawmakers during 
Legislators Basketball Day, Sun., Feb. 
22, The annual event begins at noon 
with a basketball game in Cole Field 
House between members of the 
Maryland Senate and House of 
Delegates and UMCP administrators. 

New State's Attorney to 
give Black History Talk 

Alexander Williams, former professor 
of law at Howard University and 
newly elected State's Attorney for 
Prince George's County, will be the 
guest speaker at a lecture Feb. 19, 
2-4 p.m. in the Nyumburu Cultural 
Center located in the South Campus 
Dining Hall. Williams, the first black 
person to be elected to the state's at- 
torney office in P.G. County, will 
speak on black political advance- 
ments in Maryland and the oppor- 
tunities available for black people in 
the county. The lecture is free. 

Coach Wade to Speak 

"Black Athletes: The Image vs. the 
Reality," is the topic of a free pro- 
gram to be held Fri., Feb. 20, in the 
Tortuga Room of the Stamp Student 
Union from II to 1 p.m. basketball 
coach Bob Wade, UMCP Academic 
Counselor John Bowman, football 
player Azizuddin Abdor-Ra'oof and 
lawyer Michael A. Powell will speak. 

Professorship Endowed 

William E. Mayer, who earned both 
his bachelors and MBA degrees from 
UMCP in 1966 and 1967, has 
established a permanent endowment 
fund to support a professorship in 
his name in the College of Business 
and Management. The endowment 
will provide annual income in 
perpetuity to support the work of a 
nationally- recognized senior scholar 
in the field of finance. Mayer has 
agreed to provide an annual con- 
tribution of at least 150,000 in order 
to build the total support for the 
professorship to $500,000. 



Inside 

Computer Games 2 

Education Frieze 3 

Calendar 4 

Photography Exhibit. 4 

Love's Labor's Lost. 5 

Power Engineering 6 

Kirk & Young 7 

International Survey. 8 



UMCP Reaccredited by 

the Middle States Association 




The University of Maryland College 
Park has received good news. After a 
wide-ranging examination which in- 
cluded a major self-assessment and an 
intensive on-site visit by an evalua- 
tion team, the Campus has been 
reaccredited — without any condi- 
tions. 

The reaccreditation of the Campus 
was conducted by the Commission 
on Higher Education of the Middle 
States Association of Colleges and 
Schools. It was part of a complex 
process which takes place every ten 
years. In its notification that the 
Campus has been reaccredited, the 



Middle States Commision also re- 
quested that a report be completed 
by October 15, 1988 to detail further 
steps that the Campus is taking to 
strengthen academic control of inter- 
collegiate athletics. The Commission 
also noted that the Periodic Review 
Report due October 1, 199!, will be 
expected to reflect the results of 
priority setting in the institutional 
planning and budgeting process. 

As a major part of the reaccredita- 
tion process, last fail UMCP com- 
pleted a major 1 55-page report: "The 
Middle States Self-Study: The Univer- 
sity of Maryland College Park," 



which the team used as the basis for 
its extensive examination of the 
Campus. 

In its letter to Chancellor John B. 
Slaughter reaffirming College Park's 
accreditation, the Commission com- 
mended the Campus for the quality 
of this self-study document, produc- 
ed after a year of weekly meetings 
by almost one hundred UMCP facul- 
ty, staff and students. 

The recommendations in the 
34 -page report produced by the 
Commission's evaluation team concur 
for the most part with those contain- 
ed in UMCP's self-evaluation. 

Referring to this document, Dr. C. 
Peter Magrath, president of the 
University of Missouri and chair of 
the evaluation team, stated in his 
report to the commission: "We leave 
our study and visit of this university 
impressed by the self-study effort it 
g has developed and convinced that, if 
I imaginatively used, it can serve as a 
o vehicle for continuing improvement. 
* The great strength of the study is 
both its candor and the sweep of 
issues it examines. Indeed, we urge 
the administration to disseminate the 
study widely to all faculty in order 
to promote structured discussion of 
the questions it raises. Even more, 
we believe that the self-study and ac- 
creditation visit can, and should, lead 
to the implementation of a more 
complete and structured planning 
and educational priority setting effort 
than currently is in place. We sense, 
moreover, that the leaders of the 
campus, and its senior faculty, are 
eager to move ahead in this direc- 
tion." 

continued on page 3 



Contel Corp. Becomes Partner 
With Systems Research Center 






The Contel Corporation became an 
industrial sustaining partner of the 
University's Systems Research Center 
(SRC) last Monday when the first in- 
stallment of an annual 8200,000 Con- 
tel grant was presented to UM Presi- 
dent John Toll. 

The presentation was made by 
William Kamachaitis, Contel's Ex- 
ecutive Vice President and President 
of the company's Fairfax, Virginia- 
based Federal Systems Sector. 

"This is an important milestone for 
Contel in its partnership with educa- 
tion," he said. " By supporting the 
Systems Research Center and the ef- 
fort to identify challenging and rele- 
vant technical problems, we are help- 
ing to attract the finest minds in the 
technology arena. It is this 
technology partnership between in- 
dustry and university that will forge 



strong ties to keep America in the 
forefront of the competitive world 
market." 

The Systems Research Center is a 
joint government-industry-academic 
endeavor aimed at maintaining U.S. 
leadership in vital areas of engineer- 
ing technology. Its primary research 
theme is the promotion of basic 
study in the applications and implica- 
tions of advanced computer 
technology in the engineering design 
of high performance, complex 
automatic control and communica- 
tions systems. 

The Federal Systems Sector serves 
U.S. and foreign governments at the 
national level having needs for com- 
plex telecommunications and data 
processing systems and services. 

As an industrial sustaining partner, 
Contel will be involved with the SRC 



in three specific research programs — 
Wideband Detection Techniques, Sur- 
vivable Network Routing and In- 
tegrated Services, and Artificial In- 
telligence and Software Engineering: 
Using Knowledge to Guide Re- use. 

The company also will have a seat 
on both the SRC's Research and Ad- 
ministrative Councils and will be able 
to name at least one Resident 
Research Fellow to the Center. 

In accepting the Contel grant on 
behalf of the University, President 
Toll called the Contel-SRC affiliation 
a national model for other partner- 
ships between industry, government 
and universities. "Increasing the 
number of such affiliations with in- 
dustry positions The University of 
Maryland on the cutting edge of 
research in this country," he said, ■ 



February 16, 1987 



RESEARCH UPDATES 

Soybeans, International Trade on Floppy Disks 



Imagine. You're sitting at a computer 
terminal in New Orleans, You arc at 
the hub of frenzied activity in the 
high-powered world of international 
trade. And you are bombarded with 
decisions that you, and only you, 
can make. 

Should you buy, sell, stand firm? 
Do you need insurance to cover 
those cargo vessels, ready to dock 
somewhere in Japan where terrorists 
have threatened to blow up the har- 
bor? What do you do now that the 
truckers are on strike and the news 
from Chicago says get that shipment 
through or lose your shirt? 

This isn't a scene from one of Ivan 
Boesky's latest flights of fancy. Rather 
it is the latest brainchild of 
agricultural economists Earl Brown 
and Richard Levins. Brown is 
recognized nationally for his educa- 
tional efforts in international trade. 
Levins for his work in computer ap- 
plications in agriculture. 

If necessity is the mother of inven- 
tion, then innovation certainly must 
be the father. 

At least that's how Brown 
describes how he came up with the 
idea for SOYBEAN TRADER, a com- 
puter game that is more than a 
game — it's a deadfy serious educa- 
tional tool. 

"As an educator, my task was to 
find a way to make a complex sub- 
ject easier to understand and, at the 
same time, interesting to a broad au- 
dience," says Brown. 

He didn't want to go the tradi- 
tional route. " You know, just write 
another manuscript and hope some- 
one reads it and learns something 
about international trade." 

In fact, the S 200, 000 grant Brown 
received from the U.S. Department 
of Agriculture and other groups was 
contingent upon finding innovative 
ways to educate students and farmers 
about international trade — not exactly 
the kind of subject that causes 
swarming behavior among those two 
groups. 



Outlook 

Outlook is published weekly during the academic 
year by the Office of Institutional Advancement for 
the facutty and staff of The University of Maryland 
College Park Campus. 

A.H. Edwards. Vice Chancellor 

for Institutional Advancement 
Rot Hiebert. Director of Public Information & Editor 
Mercy Coogan, Production Editor 
Tom Orwell, Tim McDonough, 
Brian Busek, Staff Writers 
Stuart Hales, Student Intern 

John T, Con soli Designer & Coordinator 
Stephen A. Darrou, Design & Production 
Margaret A. Hall. Design & Production 
Eric Moore, Student Intern 
A I Danegger, Contributing Photography 

Letters to Hie editor, story suggestions, campus informa- 
tion and calendar items are welcome. Send to Roz 
Hiebert. Editor OUTLOOK, 2101 Turner Building, through 
campus mail or to The University of Maryland. Coflege 
Park. MO 20742. Our telephone number is (301) 4S4-S33S 

QOflOQ 




Dr. Earl Brown 

But SOYBEAN TRADER has. in- 
deed, caused a mild sensation among 
students, farmers and interested par- 
ties in other states besides Maryland, 

"The idea behind SOYBEAN' 
TRADER is to teach basic principles 
of international trade. I wanted to 
strike a balance between a fun, but 
useless computer game and sterile 
education," says Brown. 

The result is the equivalent of two 
to three weeks of a college course, 
crammed onto a floppy disk, that 
still manages to be fun. 



Adds Brown: " And realistic. The 
kinds of situations you as a player 
will face arc right out of real-life 
situations an international trader in 
soybeans faces." 

The program, which will run on 
any IBM -PC or compatible with 256K 
of memory and a color graphics 
adapter, has three large databases, ac- 
cording to Brown. So the chances of 
running into identical situations every 
time you sit down to play the game 
are pretty slim, he says. 

"SOYBEAN TRADER is a reinforc- 



Graduate Student Giveaway 
in the College of Education 



Each year LIMCP's Center for Educa- 
tional Research and Development 
(CERD) gives away graduate students 
to those in need. 

The giveaway is known as the 
"CERD Associates" competition, and 
the needy are professors in the Col- 
lege of Education, 

The Center is the unit of the Col- 
lege of Education that distributes 
research money received from the 
state of Maryland. In the case of the 
CERD Associates, funds are earmark- 
ed for a limited number of graduate 
assistantships to aid faculty in their 
research. According to John Guthrie, 
CERD director and professor in tin- 
Department of Curriculum and In- 
struction, the state provided 830,000 
for these assistantships this year, 

Estahlished in 1981, the competi- 
tion is open to all faculty members 
in the College. Professors submit 
research proposals to CERD in the 
fall; the assistantships are then award- 
ed for the rest of the academic year. 
According to Guthrie, individual 
grants this year ranged from $7,000 
to 89,000, depending on the level of 



graduate student required — M.A. or 
Ph.D. 

Guthrie says that because of the 
competition involved, the winning 
proposals "represent some of the 
best research in education in the Col- 
lege —in the field as well." 

People and projects winning sup- 
port this year are: 

• Steve Graham, assistant professor 
in the Department of Special Educa- 
tion, is studying the writing habits of 
learning disabled students. These 
students, he says, are often unable to 
plan independently and write the 
essays and stories they are assigned 
in school. 

Graham hopes his research will 
result in a workable method that can 
be used to teach these students how 
to think through and organize their 
essays before they sit down to write, 
evaluate their progress as they write, 
and to work without constant 
supervision. 

• Paul Markham, assistant professor 
in the Department of Curriculum and 
Instruction, is looking at the best ap- 
proach for teaching vocabulary to 



ing mechanism to learning," Brown 
stresses. "If you just sit down and 
play the game 10 or 15 times, you 
will pick up some of the subtle 
nuances of international trade." 

"The game works best when you 
use it in conjunction with classroom 
instruction or workshops," he says. 

Brown — who says his educational 
philosophy is "the most opportune 
time to learn something is when you 
need to know it" — has shipped com- 
plimentary copies of the game to 
every state's Cooperative Extension 
Service, 

Here, in Maryland, the game is 
catching on with this state's farmers 
— a group whose future is increasing- 
ly dependent on understanding the 
complexities of international trade, 
and one of Brown's real target au- 
diences for education. 

"When we tested an earlier version 
of the game at the Maryland State 
Fair, the kids were initially attracted 
to the color graphics. Kids today 
seem to be uninhibited about 
computers." 

Soon, however, adds Brown, 
"farmers and other adults started 
moving in on the kids, losing their 
inhibitions about computers, especial- 
ly when they learned how easy it 
was to play." 

What's in store for the future? 
"We're working now on a new com- 
puter game for commodities trading," 
says Brown. "And a national satellite 
feed for a teleconference on interna- 
tional trade in February." 

Maybe it's a good thing Ivan 
Boesky didn't have his fingers in this 
one. ■ 

—Skip Myers 



students for whom English is a se- 
cond language, Is it better for these 
students to learn new words in 
English by reviewing definitions and 
synonyms, or learning them in the 
context of selected readings? How is 
retention affected in the short term 
and the long term? 

• Stephen Porges, professor in the 
Department of Human Development, 
is working on validating a teacher 
rating scale to detect behavioral pro- 
blems associated with students' atten- 
tional disorders in elementary school 
classrooms. The rating scale was 
designed by Porges in the early 
1980s for high school students and 
adults in Illinois schools. 

• teri Benson, associate professor in 
the Department of Measurement, 
Statistics, and Evaluation, is doing a 
statistical study using the LISREL 
computer program. Benson is 
evaluating the strength of LISREL 
when using imperfect data. The 
study will have implications for 
testing theoretical models in the 
fields of psychology, sociology, 
economics, marketing and education. 




PRELUDE Wins Gold Award 

The University of Maryland's admis- 
sions recruitment publication 
PRELUDE won a gold award (first 
place) in the catagory of student 
viewbooks for schools over 10,000 
students in the 2nd Annus] Admis- 
sions Advertising Awards competi- 
tion. This year's competition by the 
Admissions Marketing Report drew 



more than 500 entries from over 200 
colleges, universities and technical 
schools around the country. Second 
place was awarded to West Virginia 
University. 

PRELUDE is designed and produc- 
ed at the College Park Campus by 
the Office of Institutional Advance- 
ment, Creative Services, for the Of- 
fice of Undergraduate Admissions. 



Outlook 

February 16, 1987 

Graduate Students Honored 

UMCP's topflight graduate students 
this week will receive recognition for 
their contributions to the University. 
The UMCP Graduate School is 
hosting a program and reception for 
graduate students holding major 
fellowships on Tues., Feb. 17, in the 
Art/Sociology Building. The program 
begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2003 
Art/Sociology Building with the 
reception following in the Atrium of 
the Art/Sociology Building. 



College of Education to Unveil 
Work of Art Depicting Its History 



Faculty and students of the College 
of Education are anxiously awaiting 
the unveiling of a frieze depicting the 
history of education that will hang in 
the north lobby of the Benjamin 
Building. 

The 4 by 1 6-foot frieze is a gift to 
the College by Randall J. Craig, 
associate professor of art education in 
the Department of Curriculum and 
Instruction. Craig is well known, 
especially in his home city of 
Baltimore, as an influential black ar- 
tist and sculptor. 

The unveiling ceremony, schedul- 
ed as part of the College's celebra- 
tion of Black History Month, will 
take place in the Benjamin Building 
on Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. Chancellor 
John Slaughter and joe! Carrington, 
member of the Board of Regents and 
a 1970 alumnus of the College, will 
speak at the ceremony. Dean Dale 
Scannell will accept Craig's work on 
behalf of the College. A reception 
and display of the artist's other 
works will follow. The frieze traces 
the history of education from the 
time of Aristotle to the most recent 
efforts by the College in the state of 
Maryland. 

Scannell says the work will be a 
lasting gift to the College. "It sym- 
bolizes education in our culture over 
a long period of time and recognizes 
the important leaders that have made 
significant contributions to the 
development of education." 

Associate Dean C. Raymond Ander- 
son is also pleased. "We think it is a 
very nice rendering of the history of 




I J. Craig standing In front of a portion of Ms frieze, entitled "History of the College of Educa- 
tion," which will be dedicated on February 24th In the north lobby of the Benjamin Bldg. 



education in one 16-foot frieze," he 
says. "1 personally believe its 
presence lends a bit of class to an 
otherwise quiet building." 

Craig, who came up with the idea 
of creating the piece for the lobby, 
says his purpose was twofold: "One, 



to help with the buildings beautifica- 
tion; the other was to give a visual 
statement on the important stages of 
teaching." 

Craig says the work, entitled "The 
History of the College of Education," 
represents different stages in the 



development of education — 
influential philosophies, leaders, and 
events. A likeness of the late Harold 
R.W. Benjamin, renowned education 
scholar and dean of the College from 
1941-1949, is featured prominently in 
the work. The frieze has the iook of 
bronze, but is actually made of resin 
and fiberglass. 

"It's a multi-cultural piece," Cratg 
says. "There are Black persons, Asian 
persons, handicapped persons, Anglo- 
Saxon persons — it depicts the range 
of groups in a multi-cultural display." 
Craig credits Robert Risinger, pro- 
fessor emeritus of education, with 
providing much of the historical 
background necessary for the frieze. 
Clark Mestor, a doctoral student in 
art education, assisted in its creation. 

Though he is well versed in the 
use of resin and fiberglass, Craig says 
the frieze was a challenge. "It's dif- 
ferent from other things that I've 
done — it's a large piece— the 
challenge was to fill up that wall." 

Ac ha Dcbcla, lecturer of African 
and Afro-American art at UMES, has 
said of Craig's work: "The lifelike 
representations and the unique con- 
gruity of elements used in his art are 
profoundly expressive. His preference 
of the human subject is obvious ... 
his familiarity with the material, com- 
bined with his artistic skill, shows a 
convincing perfection allowing a 
strong statement ..." 

Anderson says the draped artwork 
in the north lobby has caused a stir. 
"There's a lot of curiosity on the 
part of the faculty and students about 
what exactly is behind that curtain 
down there. It's creating some 
mystery and excitement— but no 
pecks!" ■ 

— Tim McDonough 



UMCP Passes Reaccreditation Process 



continued from page 1 

Magrath also complimented the 
University for the cooperation the 
team had received from top ad- 
ministrators, the Regents, faculty, staff 
and students. He said, "If any one 
characteristic impressed us, it was 
their openness and candor in discuss- 
ing issues with us — and with 
themselves, These of course are sigrts 
of a healthy institution, and we 
believe that the University of 
Maryland College Park, despite the 
challenges before it, is a healthy and 
significant American university." 

Reviewing the evaluation team's 
report at the Feb. 6 Board of Regents 
meeting, Vice Chancellor for 
Academic Affairs and Provost William 
E. Kirwan noted that the report sup- 
ported most of UMCP's self- study 
recommendations. He also pointed 
out that in one respect the report's 
recommendation differed from that 
of the self-study, 

"The team did not support the 
recommendation for the creation of 
an Honors College. The Campus was 
asked to reassess the feasibility and 
desirability of such a college," said 



Kirwan. 

The Commission's report, much 
like the self-study, provides observa- 
tions and recommendations on the 
following: traditional duties and new 
challenges; auricular reforms; quality 
of campus life; governing, financing, 
and managing the campus; the need 
for an integrated master plan; 
academic computing issues; library 
resources and facilities. 

It supports the Chancellor's aim to 
make quality undergraduate educa- 
tion one of the top goals of the cam- 
pus by emphasizing the importance 
of the undergraduate experience ear- 
ly in its narrative. Recommending in- 
creased interaction among students, 
faculty, and administrators, it also 
suggests the possibility that freshmen 
remain as "pre-majors" for their first 
year on campus and highlights the 
need for the campus to strengthen its 
advising and retention programs. 

The report also applauds UMCP's 
interest in reforming the 
undergraduate curriculum, encourages 
continued investigation of feasible ap- 
proaches for including foreign 



language studies in the education ex- 
perience of students, and discusses 
actions which might be effective in 
improving the quality of campus life. 

It supports the need for enhanced 
funding, better coordination and 
management of campus information 
technology, increasing computing 
support staff, greater integration of 
library and computing services, and 
encouraging the State to grant the 
Campus greater autonomy and in- 
dependence in the management of its 
its own financial affairs. 

The report focuses particular atten- 
tion on improving administrative effi- 
ciency in its discussion of the need 
for the Campus to have an integrated 
master plan. But it makes the obser- 
vation that "College Park's first tier 
graduate and research aspirations are 
inconsistent with its organiza- 
tional/capital/support infrastructure, 
The infrastructure necessary to sup- 
port a distinguished research universi- 
ty includes computing facilities, a 
data communications system, a par- 
ticular kind of library, certain 
academic support services, a highly 



professional administrative staff, and 
a modern physical plant (not 
necessarily new, but modern). 
Without a master plan for rebuilding 
this infrastructure at UMCP, the 
possibility of slipping into the broad 
"second tier" of state universities is 
far from remote, in research and 
graduate studies as well as in 
undergraduate education." 

The strengths— and weaknesses— of 
College Park are amply discussed in 
the report, and College Park's pro- 
gress since its last accreditation is 
summarized well by Magrath, who 
says, "...the team is heartened by the 
progress being made by the Universi- 
ty of Maryland College Park in recent 
years, even as we believe — and its 
candid self-study confirms this— that 
changes and improvements must be 
made if it is to fulfill its aspirations." 

Copies of the Middle State's evalua- 
tion report may be found in the 
libraries and in departmental and 
dean's offices. ■ 



-Roz Hiebert 

3 



Outlook 

February 16, 1987 



Free Dance Class Available 

The UMCP Dance Department will 
present a day of free classes on Sa£., 
Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Modern dance technique, improvisa- 
tion, and repertory classes will be of- 
fered as well as an informal perfor- 
mance of student and faculty works. 
Participants should bring a bag lunch 
and meet in Temporary Bldg. EE. 
For more information, call Alvin 
Mayes at 454-4056. 




February 16 — February 23 



MONDA Y 



February 16 

Richard L Hopkins (UMCP) will speak 
about "Long-Term Planning for Colleges 
of Agriculture: The Case of Burkina Faso 
(West Africa)" at an International 
Development Colloquium from noon-1 
p.m. in 21 1B South Administration Bldg. 
Call x6407 for info.* 

Math Colloquium: John Benedetto 
(UMCP) will discuss "The Definition of 
the Fourier Transform" at 3 p.m. in 3206 
Mathematics Bldg. Call x2841 for info.* 

Robert O'Neil (Purdue) will deliver an En- 
tomology Colloquium on "Predator 
Search Strategy and Life History 
Characteristics at Low Prey Densities" at 
4 p.m. in 0200 Symons Hall. Call x3843 
for info.* 

Women's Basketball vs. Georgia Tech. 
Cole Field House, 5:30 p.m. 

Men's Basketball vs. Central Florida, 
Cole Field House, 8 p.m. 



TVESDA Y 



February 1 7 

Mac-Arthur Speaker Series: Nancy Lubin 
(Office of Technology Assessment) will 
discuss "Soviet Central Asia" from 
noon-1 :30 p.m. in the Morrill Hall student 
lounge. Call x4344 for info.* 

Public Affairs Seminar: Mary J. 
Cochran, director of finance and ad- 
ministration at the Washington Suburban 
Sanitary Commission, will speak about 
"What Does it Mean to be a Chartered 



Financial Analyst in the Public Sector?" 
from 3-5 p.m. in the student lounge of 
Morrill Hall. Call x3250 for info. ' 

Max Dresden (SUNY-Stony Brook) will 
deliver a Physics Colloquium on 

"Statistical Mechanics and Cellular 
Automata" at 4 p.m. in Z-1410 Physics 
Bldg. Call x3511 for info.' 

Movie, "She's Gotta' Have It," Hoff 
Theater, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call x2594 
for info. 

University Theatre Production, "Ubu 
Roi," Pugliese Theatre, 8 p.m. Call 
x2201 for info. 



WE ONES DA Y 



February 18 

Stephen B. Thomas (UMCP) will talk 
about "Alcohol and Drug Abuse Preven- 
tion for American Blacks: Targeting the 
Message" at a Counseling Center R&D 
Meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Testing 
Room of Shoemaker Hall. Call x2932 for 
into.* 

Agricultural and Extension Education 
Seminar: Peter Jarvis (U. of Surrey, 
England) will deliver "A Sociological 
Perspective on Adutt Learning Theory" 
from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in 0115 Symons 
Hall. Call X4933 for info. * 

The Auryn String Quartet of West Ger- 
many will present a free concert in the 
Music Library of Hombake at 12:30 p.m. 
Call X6669 for info.* 

Astronomy Colloquium: Don Ellison 
(UMCP) will discuss "The Efficiency of 
Fermi Shock Acceleration: Theory and 
Observations" at 4 p.m. in 1113 Com- 
puter and Space Sciences Bldg. Call 
x3511 for info.' 




Photography exhibit Is being held In the Parents Association Art Gallery from January 28— April 17. 



University Theatre Production, "Ubu 
Roi," Pugliese Theatre, 8 p.m. Call 
x2201 for info. 

Men's Basketball vs. UMBC, Cole Field 
House, 8 p.m. 

Movie, "She's Gotta' Have It," Hoff 
Theater, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call x2594 
for info. 



THVRSDA Y 



February 19 

Meteorology Seminar: Gerald R. North 
(Texas A&M) will discuss "A Strategy for 
Measuring Tropical Rain from Space" at 
3:30 p.m. in the Meteorology Annex. Call 
X2708 for info.* 

The Graduate Student Association will 
meet at 4 p.m. in 0102 Francis Scott Key 
Hall to discuss graduate housing and 
legal aid for students. Call x4205 for 
info.* 

Rebecca Herb (UMCP) will deliver a 
Math Seminar on "The Results of 
Cassel man-Mi I icic on Asymptotics" at 4 
p.m. in 1313 Mathematics Bldg. Call 
x2841 for info.* 

Physics Seminar: Sankar Das-Sarma 
(UMCP) will talk about "Numerical 
Simulation of Non-Equilibrium Processes: 
Crystal Growth, Epitaxy and Surface Dif- 
fusion" at 4:15 p.m. in 1410 Physics 
Bldg. Call X3511 for info.* 

University Theatre Production, "Ubu 
Roi," Pugliese Theatre, 8 p.m. Call 
x2201 for info. 

Movie, "About Last Night," Hoff Theater, 
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call X2594 for info. 



FRIDAY 



February 20 

The UMCP chapter of Sigma Xi, the na- 
tional honorary of the biological sciences, 
will host a colloquium by Hugh Sisler on 
the "Mode of Action of Antifungal Com- 
pounds" from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in 
1208 Zoology/Psychology Bldg. Call 
X5063 for info.* 

Domingos Lobo (D.C, Dept. of Human 
Services) wilt discuss "The Paraphernalia 
of Cocaine Use" at a Lunch 'N Learn 
Conference sponsored by the UMCP 
Mental Health Service. The conference is 
in 3100E of the Health Center from 1-2 
p.m. Call x4925 for info.* 

"U.S. Policy in Central America: Its Im- 
pact on the Labor Movement Here and 
There" will be the topic of a General 
Honors Colloquium at 2 p.m. in 0110 
Hornbake Library. Call x2532 for info.* 

Institute for Advanced Computer 
Studies: Donald Norman will lecture on 
"The Psychology of Everyday Things" at 
3 p.m. in 2324 Computer and Space 
Sciences Bldg. Call X1808 for info.* 

University Theatre Production, "Ubu 
Roi," Pugliese Theatre, 8 p.m. Call 
x2201 for info. 

Movie, "About Last Night," Hoff Theater, 
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call x2594 for info. 

Midnight Movie, "The Gods Must Be 
Crazy," Hoff Theater. Call x2594 for info. 



SATURDAY 



February 21 

Wrestling vs. Ctemson, Cole Field 
House, 1 p.m.* 

Gymnastics vs. UNC-Radford and 
Florida, Cole Field House, 7 p.m.* 

University Theatre Production, "Ubu 
Roi," Pugliese Theatre, 8 p.m. Call 
X2201 for info. 

Movie, "About Last Night," Hoff Theater, 
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call x2594 for info. 

Midnight Movie, "The Gods Must Be 
Crazy," Hoff Theater. Call x2594 for info. 



SUNDAY 



February 22 

University Theatre Production, "Ubu 
Roi," Pugliese Theatre, 8 p.m. Call 
X2201 for info. 

The Ensemble for Early Music will pre- 
sent a University Community Concert 

titled "Medieval Madness" at 3 p.m. in 
the Auditorium of the Center for Adult 
Education. A seminar will precede the 
concert at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 and 
$11.50. Call x6534 for info.* 

Men's Basketball vs. Wake Forest, Cote 
Field House, 4 p.m. 

Movie, "About Last Night," Hoff Theater, 
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call x2594 for info. 



MONDAY 



February 23 

The Economics Dept. will host an Inter- 
national Trade and Development 
Workshop on "Safeguards Policy and a 
Conservative Social Welfare Function" 
featuring Alan Deardorff (U. of Michigan) 
at 3:30 p.m. in Q2106 Tydings. Call 
x3447 for info.* 

James W, Jones (U, of Florida) will speak 
about "Applying Models to Improve Crop 
and Pest Management" at an En- 
tomology Colloquium at 4 p.m. in 0200 
Symons Hall. Call x5875 for info,* 

Computer Science Lecture: Nancy Mar- 
tin of SoftPerl Systems (Nashua, N.H.) 
will discuss "The Software Engineering of 
Expert Systems" at 4 p.m. in 2324 Com- 
puter Science Center. Call x4255 for 
info* 

History and Philosophy of Science Col- 
loquium: William Wallace (Catholic U.) 
will talk about "Galileo and the 
Aristotelians" at 4:15 p.m. in 1117 Fran- 
cis Scott Key Hall. Call x2850 for info.* 

Channon Price (UMCP) will deliver a 
Space Science Seminar on "Lion Roars 
and Mirror Waves" at 4:30 p.m. in 1113 
Computer and Space Sciences Bldg. Call 
x7313 for info.* 



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include in the calendar, please submit it 
in uniting at least 10 working days 
prior to the week the event occurs. 



Original Music 

by UMCP Composer 

An original composition by Larry 
Moss (Music) will be performed this 
week by the Auryn Quartet, a string 
quartet of West German students stu- 
dying this year at UMCP. They will 
play Moss' String Quartet #3 in a 
concert at 12:30 p.m. Wed., Feb, 18, 
in the music library on the third 
floor of Hombake Library. Moss 
wrote the piece, which was commis- 
sioned by the Kindler Foundation, in 
1981. The concert is free. 



Tickets on Sale for Tolomeo 

Tickets are on sale for the spring 
production of Handel's Tolomeo by 
The University of Maryland Opera 
Theatre. The opera will be perform- 
ed at 8 p.m. April 11, 13 and 15 and 
at 2 p.m., April 14, in Tawes Recital 
Hall. Nicholas McGegan, musical 
director of the Philharmonia Baroque 



Orchestra in San Francisco, is the 
guest director and conductor for the 
production. The Smithsonian Concer- 
to Grosso will perform as guest ar- 
tists. Tolomeo will be presented 
under the auspices of the Center for 
Baroque and Renaissance Studies and 
the Maryland Handel Festival. For 
ticket information call 454-7271. 



OUTLOOK 

February 16, 1987 



Elam Switches from 

Topical to Traditional for Play 




Nothing revolutionary will happen, in 
the University Theatre's production 
of Love's Labor's Lost, but it's a 
radical departure for director Harry 
Elam Jr. 

Elam, assistant professor of Com- 
municatiortlArts and Theatre, 
specializes in social, political and 
revolutionary theater. Love's Labor's 
Lost, which opens at 8 p.m, Thurs- 
day, Feb. 26, in Tawes Theatre, is 
Flam's first Shakespearean produc- 
tion. 

The play is a comedy set in a 
kingdom in which the court has 
decided to change its lifestyle. The 
king and his nobles have vowed to 
give up easy living and devote 
themselves to a more earnest way of 
life. 

They pledge to cut themselves off 
from such pleasures as drink and 



women for three years to concen- 
trate on higher pursuits. Just as they 
make their commitment to a 
monastic lifestyle, a beautiful princess 
and her court arrive from France. 

The men are captivated by the 
women and begin a comic struggle 
between their vows and their desires. 

In preparing his first Shakespearean 
play for the stage, Elam has con- 
fronted such challenges as unfamiliar 
language and obscure references. 

Elam has had to tutor his actors in 
the proper articulation of 
Shakespearean verse. 

"The most important part of it is 
that they get the meaning across. 
They need to be clear on how 
Shakespeare set up his words to ac- 
complish his goals. 

"If you speak to get across the 
meaning, the poetry of the play will 



come through," he says. 

In looking at the script, Elam 
found the play filled with references 
topical to Shakespeare's time but in- 
comprehensible to today's audience. 
Elam dealt with that problem by 
trimming the script. 

An occasional solution to the latter 
problem is modernizing the play by 
working in contemporary references 
and dressing the cast in modern 
costumes. However, Elam considered 
it important to keep his production 
historically accurate. 

One reason Love's Labor's Lost 
was chosen for the Theatre's season 
was to give student costume 
designers a chance to work on an 
historical production. Master's can- 
didate Julia Weiss is designing the 
show's costumes as her senior thesis. 

For the costumes, she subtly used 
a playing card motif— symbolic of 



the games the characters play with 
other. The French women have the 
familiar hearts, clubs, spades and 
diamonds of French playing cards 
worked into their costumes. Hints of 
the coins, piques, bundles and 
chalice that are featured on Spanish 
playing cards are blended into the 
men's costumes. 

Elam has enjoyed his work with 
Shakespearean comedy. 

"The message is a simple one — 
that one has to live life and not cut 
himself off from any part of it. The 
message isn't profoundly political, 
but I think the audience will find it 
fun." 

Time and dates for the play are: 8 
p.m. Feb. 26-28 and March 5-7 and 2 
p.m. March 1 in Tawes Theatre. 

For ticket information call 
454-2201. ■ 

—Brian Busek 



Journal Writing Turns 
Artist into Author 



For more than 25 years Anne Truitt 
had devoted herself to sculptures and 
paintings when a major retrospective 
in 1973-74 made her step back from 
her work. 

A retrospective is a shock for an 
artist, Truitt says, recalling her feel- 
ings about the retrospective exhibited 
at the Whitney Museum of American 
Art in New York and the Corcoran 
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 

"All your works of art are dragged 
back into the light of day. You are 
forced to go back over ground you 
thought you'd never cross again." 

After the retrospective, she felt a 
need to consider what might have 
been unexamined when she distilled 
certain experiences into her work. 

In response, she turned to a blank 
notebook. 

The UMCP art professor began 
writing' in her notebook about art, 
memories, children, places, the 
changing seasons — wherever her life 
led her thoughts. The exercise 
achieved her immediate goal. 

"I learned from myself. The 
ground under my feet became more 
solid," Truitt says. 

But there was much more to it. 
Her contemplation of her life went 
beyond herself, touching on ideas 
that attracted the attention of an 
editor at Pantheon Books, 

Pantheon published her writing in 
Daybook: The Journal of an Artist, in 
1982. This fall, Viking Penguin 
published a second work by Truitt, 
Turn: The Journal of an Artist. 

Turn includes Truitt's writings 
from a period beginning in the sum- 
mer of 1982 and ending in the 
autumn of 1984. The theme is the 



turns that her life took during that 
time. She explores changes in her 
family, work, and perspective. 

In a recent review of Turn in the 
Washington Post Nancy Mairs wrote: 
"Truitt's is just the sort of compan- 
ionship I seek out: even-tempered, 
self-affirming, deliberate, alive to the 
nuances of nature and the human 
spirit. At her best, she uses her ar- 
tist's eye to hold two worlds {the 
world of artifice and the natural 
world) in a single interpenetrating 
vision." 

Truitt finds interesting grounds for 
comparison between her two diverse 
disciplines. 

Much more time passes between 
the completion and release of a 
manuscript than the completion and 
showing of an artwork, Truitt says. 
This time lag gives a writer more of 
a chance to distance herself from a 
manuscript than an artist has to 
distance herself from a work of art. 

In addition, Truitt finds her writing 
is often more accessible to people 
than her art. 

"The response is entirely different. 
People find my sculpture difficult 
to look at and understand. 1 received 
hundreds of letters from people 
across the country about Daybook. If 
you write a book in plain English, 
it's understandable (to its audience) 
and that's gratifying." 

Truitt is able to write without 
neglecting her other work in the pro- 
cess. 

"I can do both until I get to the 
point where I go back and work 
with the manuscript. When I start 
working on that, I find I can't do 
anything but that." ■ 



Qutijook 

February 16, 1987 



Where Students Call Home 

Where do UMCP students come 
from? According to a study released 
last month by the Office of Institu- 
tional Studies, the answer is all coun- 
ties in Maryland, 49 states in the 
Union, and more than 100 foreign 
countries. The leading Maryland 
counties are Montgomery, Prince 
George's, Anne Arundei, and 



Baltimore County respectively. The 
four leading states outside Maryland 
are New York, New Jersey, Penn- 
sylvania, and Virginia. Foreign coun- 
tries with the largest number of 
students at UMCP are China 
(Taiwan), India, Republic of Korea, 
People's Republic of China, Iran, and 
Vietnam. 



CLOSE UP 



Generating Interest in Power Engineering 





PEPCO'a Potomac River Generating Station In Alexandria, Va. 



"Most Americans tend to take electric 
power for granted," says electrical 
engineering professor Fawzi Emad. 
"We plug an appliance into an outlet 
and turn it on without giving much 
thought to how the energy that 
makes it operate is generated and 
distributed." 

During a recent storm, Emad says, 
a falling tree knocked down PEPCO 
lines in his neighborhood. "Although 
we lost electricity in the house, my 
son immediately said: 'Dad, let's turn 
on the television and see what 
happened.'" 

Emad and colleague Isaak 
Mayergoyz have developed a power 
engineering program within the Dept. 
of Electrical Engineering which at- 
tracts some 50 students each 
semester. 

"Electrical engineering is a very 
diverse area of engineering, and it is 
very difficult to find room for power 
engineering courses in the required 
curriculum," notes Mayergoyz. it 
was for that reason that we made the 
decision to establish the power pro- 
gram courses open to both 
undergraduate and graduate students. 
This approach provides the oppor- 
tunity to take advantage of the solid 
background the students have in 
mathematics, circuit theory, and elec- 
tromagnetic theory and to concen- 
trate the material in the power 
courses," he says. "Such an approach 
also allows us to attract students who 
are interested in power, and this, in 
turn, promotes the quality of power 
education," 

The power industry itself has seen 
the need to insure that an adequate 
supply of trained engineers are 
available. "It is the number one 
priority," says Emad. "The industry 
feels the need to encourage the 
development of programs to supply 



trained manpower for future needs." 

Support for the L'MCP program 
has come from both the University 
and the electric power industry 
through grants from Bechtcl Power 
Corp,. Baltimore Gas and Electric 
Co., Virginia Electric Power Co., the 
General Electric Foundation, and 
Potomac Electric Power Co. 

"We are not just training our 
students to find and hold jobs, but 
training them with applied 
knowledge that will equip them to 
change with the changing dynamics 
of the industrv." Emad savs. 



Power companies have public rela- 
tions problems. All too often the 
public perception is of a huge 
organization bent on collecting 
money, raising rates and boiling fish 
in rivers, notes Mayergoyz. 

"One of the purposes of the 
power engineering program is to 
change this perception and to em- 
phasize that electric power is the 
marvel of our century, that people 
arc so used to electric power 
availability and reliability that they 
tend to take it for granted. Whenever 
there is a break in the power supply, 
our normal mode of life is severely 
disrupted," he says. 

"Conventional fossil fuel-burning 
power plants are monumental in 
size," says Emad. "They can burn as 
much as 50,000 gallons of fuel-per- 
hour. When we take our students to 
visit these facilities, they are exposed 
to real life. Students can see that 
economizing on fuel consumption, 
even by one percent, could represent 
the equivalent of a full-time 
engineer's annual salary, or more." 

Students have visited a BG&E 
power plant and the Possum Point 
Power Station of the Virginia Power 
Company. These visits, Emad notes, 
helped the students understand the 
practical implications of the theory 
they studied in class. 

Power engineering is. an integral 
part of the education of electrical 
engineers, Mayergoyz says. The pro- 
gram currently offers four courses: 
"Electrical Power System Com- 
ponents" for students interested in 
learning about transformers, syn- 
chronous generators and induction 
motors used in industrv; "Power 




Systems," the representation, analysis 
and stability of power systems; 
"Stability of Power Systems," stabili- 
ty analysis; and "Electronic Circuits 
for Nuclear Reactor Instrumentation," 
the basic understanding of nuclear 
radiation and radiation detection. An 
electrical machines laboratory, which 
focuses on experiments with 
machines under transient and steady 
state conditions, is also offered. 

Research is a part of the program 
as well. Researchers have developed 
a ncv,- analytical technique for the 
calculation of eddy currents in fer- 
romagnetic conductors. The techni- 
que has been developed and applied 
to the calculation of eddy current 
losses in steel laminations subjected 
to rotating magnetic fields which oc- 
cur in many types of electrical 
machinery and other devices. The 
evaluation of losses caused by these 
fields is of importance in the power 
area. Other research has focused on 
stability of power systems. 

I-'aculty members in the program 
include Eyad Abed, who joined the 
Electrical Engineering Dept. as assis- 
tant professor in 1983. He received 
his undergraduate education at MIT 
and his Ph.D. from the University of 
California, Berkeley. His area of ex- 
pertise is the control and stability of 
power systems. 

Development of these courses was 
coordinated with representatives of 
the power companies who also serve 
on a power engineering steering 
committee which meets annually to 
discuss the current status of the 
power program and ways of increas- 
ing its responsiveness to the needs of 
the industry. 

Additional cooperation includes the 
decision by BG&E to award annually 
two scholarships to freshmen who 
intend to take courses in the power 
area, the awards continuing for four 
years for each student. 

During the past three years, Emad 
says, the program has had a signifi- 
cant impact on the Electrical 
Engineering Department and the 
power engineering community as a 
whole. It has promoted education 
and research in the area, has resulted 
in mutually beneficial cooperation 
between the power companies in the 
community and the University, and 
has produced electrical engineering 
graduates with sound backgrounds in 
power engineering. ■ 

— Tom Otwell 



PEPCO'a Chalk Point Generating Station on the Patuxent Rlvsr in Prince George's County, Md. 



Outlook 

February 16, 1987 






Maryland at a Glance: 
1987 UM Profile Available 

The new, 1987 pocket-sized profile 
of The University of Maryland 
system's five campuses, Center for 
Evnironmental and Estuarine Studies, 
Agricultural Experiment Station and 
Cooperative Extension Service is 
available from the Office of Universi- 
ty Relations, Central Administration. 



The profile, which unfolds to a two- 
sided 12"xl8" sheet, provides an in- 
formative and informal look at the 
University, essential facts about each 
campus, vital statistics, and a brief 
history. The profile is a useful means 
of introducting UM to those un- 
familiar with the system and its many 
resources. For information and 
copies, call 853-3739. 



COLLEGE PARK PEOP1 

A Tale of Two Women 





IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Anne Kirk 



IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Judy Young 



Judi Young and Anne Kirk don't 
know one another. They both work 
on campus, albeit on opposite sides 
of "the route," Young is a Sec. II for 
the Office of Minority Student Educa- 
tion; Kirk is the supervisor of inven- 
tory accounts in general stores, 
which is part of the procurement 
and supply department. 

In many ways the two women 
present stark contrasts: Young is 
black, under thirty, a UMCP 
employee for two years. Kirk, on the 
other hand, is white, older than thir- 
ty and has worked here for the past 
decade. 

"This is such an exciting office," 
Young says of OMSE. "Our purpose 
is to offer support, especially 
academic support, to minority 
students. We provide great tutoring 
opportunities as well as a warm and 
friendly place for young people to 
meet, talk and relax. I really enjoy 
the one-on-one contact with 
students." 

"We run a busy operation here," 
Kirk says, "and do over a million 
dollars in transactions each year. 
Nearly all supplies — pencils, tissue, 
light bulbs, typewriter ribbons, teas- 
poons, napkins, work gloves, hand 
soap, and on-and-on — required by 
our campus, UMES ana UMBC are 
ordered from this office. Most of my 
work is done with a computer and 
the telephone. We have the system 
down pat." 

Yet, despite their obvious dif- 
ferences. Kirk and Young have a 
common bond— one they share with 
many other women not only on this 
campus but all over the country: 
single parenthood. 

"Deanna is five years old," says 
Young of her daughter, "I was 20 
when she was born. I guess we're 
both sort of growing up together. All 
I know is that she is my inspiration. 



I want so much for her." 

Kirk says, "I've been single since 
1976. My oldest son Jason is fifteen. 
Paul is twelve. They are wonderful 
kids and we're very close. In the 
beginning, though, it was so difficult 
for the three of us. Sometimes I 
wonder how we made it through." 

How Young and Kirk have and 
continue to "make it through" is 
another common thread they share. 
For one thing, the two possess cer- 
tain important inner resources, in- 
cluding a rich sense of humor and 
sure-fire survival instincts. Kirk, for 
example, recalls the early years after 
her divorce when her bi-weekly 
paycheck was a pittance and her 



family's diet consisted primarily of 
beans. 

"Now it's funny," she laughs, "but 
back then 1 use to worry that the 
boys weren't getting a decent diet. 
And would you believe it? They 
both still love beans — any and all 
kinds of beans." 

Young says, "I have big plans for 
Deanna and me. After I graduate 
from Maryland — I've been taking 
courses since I've started working 
here and now I'm a junior— I hope 
to get a job that involves economic 
forecasting or saies. Mainly 1 want to 
make enough money to support my 
daughter and myself. 1 want to be 
able to afford good schools and a 



BFSA Looking For New Members 



Keep your eyes and ears open, the 
Black Faculty and Staff Association is 
alive and well, says BFSA president 
Jerry L. Lewis. 

Founded 17 years ago, the BFSA 
today continues to speak and act on 
behalf of the more than 850 black 
classified and associate staff and facul- 
ty employees on campus. But unlike 
the past when much of the organiza- 
tion's emphasis was on faculty con- 
cerns, today's BFSA is also strongly 
interested in drawing black classified 
and associate staff, as well as 
students, into the group. 

"We share a very similar ex- 
perience on the campus regardless of 
our rank," Lewis says. "Bringing our 
expertise together as scholars, 
maintenance personnel, technicians, 
lawyers, office workers, and other 
jobs makes for a voice capable of 
commanding attention. Working 
together as a team, we can make a 
difference. BFSA is trying to develop 



strategies to address the concerns of 
the black community on campus. We 
cannot resolve all of the concerns, 
but we can certainly make a 
difference." 

One effort instituted this year by 
BFSA to increase the organization's 
effectiveness is the mentorship pro- 
gram. Black first year students are 
assigned a classified or associate staff 
or faculty member who offers help 
and advice in adjusting to life on a 
large college campus that is 
predominantly white. 

BFSA is planning a June conference 
which will provide a forum for 
blacks and others to address the con- 
cerns of black students, faculty and 
staff who work, live and learn in in- 
stitutions similar to UMCP. 

To join BFSA or to learn more 
about the organization, call Judy 
Johnson (x5811) or Sharon Fries 
(x2925). ■ 



quality life for the two of us. Some 
people may say this sounds awfully 
idealistic. I say that I'm a person 
who is willing to work very hard to 
achieve my goals." 

Young and Kirk speak freely about 
the down side of being a single 
parent — especially those moments 
when the kids let on that they resent 
or regret their father's absence from 
the family. This is particularly true in 
Kirk's case since her sons are well in- 
to that wilderness called the teenage 
years. It's tempting, she says, to 
overcompensate for the sense of loss 
her boys fee! by relaxing basic 
discipline. 

"I know I've been guilty of letting 
up on rules as a way of showing the 
kids that I understand what they're 
going through," Kirk adds, "and 
other women 1 know have done the 
same thing. I think you can't do that, 
however. Kids need discipline, love 
and a lot of stability." 

Young says, "Being a working 
single parent means that you have to 
teach children early to learn to give 
and take. They have to understand 
sooner than other kids, I guess, that 
they are not the center of the 
universe. In the long run this can be 
a plus, however. At five my daughter 
is already very independent." 

Of course, most of the time Kirk 
and Young aren't thinking about be- 
ing single parents with full-time jobs. 
Both are upbeat by nature individuals 
whose busy lives are enriched by 
good friends and supportive family 
members. As Young neatly puts it: "I 
prefer to look at the many goods 
things in my life. My child, my 
health, my job, my future plans and 
others. I've already proved that I can 
deal with the difficulties." ■ 

—Mercy Hardie Coogan 



Outlook 

February 16, 1987 



Don't Leave UMCP Without It! 

Qualifying UMCP faculty, associate 
and classified staff have an oppor- 
tunity to join the American Express 
Corporate Card program. The card 
will be issued at no cost to the 
holder, and no fees or interest 
charges of any kind will be imposed 
by American Express as long as the 
account is properly maintained. 

The card is being offered chiefly 
to assist UMCP personnel to separate 
University-related travel expenses 
from personal expenses. However, 



use of the card is not limited to 
University business. 

The card has demonstrated its ef- 
fectiveness at a number of major 
universities as a means for simplifying 
travel record keeping and for 
meeting costs. For the UMCP cam- 
pus, its use can help contain ad- 
ministrative costs by minimizing the 
need for cash advances. 



Payments of amounts due on the 
card are solely and entirely the card- 
holder's personal obligation. 
American Express reviews the credit- 
worthiness of all card applicants. 
To apply for a card, pick up an ap- 
plication at the Travel Services Of- 
fice, South Administration Bldg., 
Room 3125. 




Computer Science 
Department at 20 

In the spring of 1967 computer 
science became a degree-granting 
program at UMCP for the first time. 
To mark the 20th anniversary of this 
campus milestone, the Department of 
Computer Science will host a three- 
day Open House, Mon. through 
Wed., March 9-il. Each day will 
have a different focus. 

Computer science education will 
be the theme for March 9. High 
school students from Maryland and 
Washington, DC. have been invited 
to tour the facilities of the Computer 
Science Center and other campus 
computer laboratories. They will 
have a chance to learn more about 
the UMCP computer science educa- 
tion program and to meet and talk 
with faculty members and students. 

On Tues., March 10, community 
college and area college and universi- 



ty as well as UMCP administrators 
will tour the facilities and attend 
forums and informal sessions devoted 
to discussions of trends in computer 
science. The goal is to develop a 
dialogue between academic units and 
academic institutions about future 
directions in the field of computer 
science. 

Representatives from industry and 
government will join faculty 
members and friends on Wed., 
March 11 in a ceremony recognizing 
contributions by various agencies and 
corporations to the development of 
the department's research programs. 
An evening banquet will conclude 
the three-day 20th anniversary 
celebration. 

For additional information about 
the event, contact Nancy Lindley, the 
Open House Committee, at 
454-2002. 

Honor Society 
Members Sought 

Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kap- 
pa, the national leadership honor 
society, is now accepting applications 
for membership. Established at UMCP 
in 1927, the society recognizes men 
and women who have attained a 
high standard of efficiency in col- 
legiate activities. ODK recognizes 
achievement in areas of scholarship, 
athletics, social, service, religions ac- 
tivities and campus government, jour- 
nalism, speech and the mass media, 
and creative and performing arts. 

For information, contact the Office 
of the Vice Chancellor for Student 
Affairs, 454-5783. 



New Asst. Comptroller Named 

Edward C. Waskiewicz has been ap- 
pointed the new Assistant Com- 
ptroller for Contract and Grant Ac- 
counting. He is responsible for cost 
accounting, contract and grant ac- 
counting, accounting for loan funds, 
endowment funds, plant funds and 
for inventory control. He was 
formerly director of contract and 
grant administration at Vandcrbilt 
University and has served as com- 
ptroller of the Wilmington (Del.) 
Housing Authority and associate 
director of contract and grant ad- 
ministration at the University of 
Delaware. His campus office is Rm. 
3107, South Administration Bldg., 
and his phone number is 454-6812. 

Student Awards 
for Good Works 

The Experiential Learning Programs 
Office is taking applications for the 
Robinson Student Humanitarian 
Achievement Award. The award is 
designed to recognize students who 
have made outstanding contributions 
to public service through humani- 
tarian efforts in the past year and to 
support them in carrying out a pro- 
ject to address social needs within a 
community. Four students from 
UMCP will receive awards of SI, 500 
each to carry out a humanitarian pro- 
ject. The application deadline is Feb. 
20. Award winners will be announc- 
ed in April. For more information 
call 454-4767. 



Criteria Changed for 
Kehoe and Kesler Awards 

Campus Recreation Services, formerly 
Intramural Sports and Recreation, has 
announced new criteria for the James 
H. Kehoe and Ethel Kesler awards. 

Since 1982, the awards have em- 
phasized achievement, sportsmanship 
and program involvement. Starting 
this year the award will recognize 
"the highest degree of voluntary ser- 
vice to the recreational needs" of 
■students and staff at UMCP, 

Nick Kovalakides, CRS director, 
says the change was made to 
highlight the efforts of staff 
volunteers. The awards will be 
presented at Campus Activities' An- 
nual Awards Banquet in early April. 
Nomination forms are available in 
1 1 04 Armory. The deadline is Feb. 
24. 

Preschool Applications Open 

The Center for Young Children, 
located in the College of Education, 
is now accepting applications for the 
1987-88 school year. The Center of- 
fers preschool and kindergarten 
classes for three to five-year-old 
children of faculty, staff and UMCP 
students as well as families in the 
community. Classes meet for 2 l A 
hours daily, five days a week. The 
Center's schedule coincides with that 
of the University. Selection for 
classes begins in March. For more in- 
formation contact the Center at 
454-2341. 



Looking at Maryland 

Through International Eyes 



What is it that brings students from 
all over the world to The University 
of Maryland College Park? 

According to a survey of interna- 
tional students released last month, 
48% decided to attend UMCP 
because of the variety of academic 
programs offered. At least half of 
those surveyed said they will use 
these programs to obtain graduate 
degrees. 

These statistics are pan of the fin- 
dings of the survey, "Attitudes and 
Perceptions of Incoming International 
Students" conducted for UMCP's 
Counseling Center by staff members 
Susan Boyer and William Sedlacek. 
Boyer, a doctoral student majoring in 
Counseling Psychology, and 
Sedlacek, the center's assistant direc- 
tor and an associate professor in the 
Depanment of Counseling and Per- 
sonnel Services, interviewed 164 in- 
ternational students entering the Col- 
lege Park Campus during the Fall of 
1985 and January 1986. The survey 
was conducted with the help of the 
Office of International Education 
Services. 

The authors say the study provides 
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when setting student policy. 

"As a group they represent hard- 
working students who take their 
education seriously," Boyer says of 
those surveyed. "There are a lot of 
difficulties coming to another coun- 
try and pursuing a degree. The 
University should take into considera- 
tion these difficulties, and whenever 
possible, try to ease their 
adjustment." 

Though academic variety was the 
biggest incentive for international 
students to leave their homes for the 
College Park Campus, other reasons 



were mentioned as well. Some 9% 
said UMCP was closer to home than 
other schools. Another 7% mention- 
ed the school's proximity to 
Washington. Though the student 
sample was evenly divided between 
graduate and undergraduate students, 
a full 87% said their final academic 
goal was advanced graduate 
degrees — these included M.A., Ph.D., 
medicine, and law. Only 11% ex- 
pected their highest academic degree 
to be a bachelor's. When asked what 
■ the hardest part of adjusting to col- 
lege would be, 24% responded, 



"meeting financial expenses." Other 
challenges listed were earning 
satisfactory grades (14%) and study- 
ing efficiently (10%). 

The study provides a glimpse at 
the type of international student who 
attends Maryland. Men made up the 
majority of those surveyed. Some 
60% of the students came from 
South or East Asia, 17% from 
Europe, 1 1 % from the Middle East, 
5% from Latin America, and 2% 
from Africa. Three-quarters of these 
students had lived in the United 
States less than a year. 

Sedlacek says the findings will help 
break down not only racial and 
cultural stereotypes associated with 
international students, but also the 
notion that all students are the same 
no matter where they come from. 
"The important thing is that interna- 
tional students have some similarities 
to and some differences from other 
students. It's important that we look 
at those so that we can design our 
programs in some optimal way." ■ 

— Tim McDonough 



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