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Full text of "Outlook / the University of Maryland, College Park (1989)"

Volume 3, Number 15 




Opinion: 

Can Anyone Spare a 

Chair for My Classroom? 

Teaching seems to remain the last 
activity to be supported in American 
universities. On our College Park 
campus, which has come into money 
the last few years, secretaries and ad- 
ministrators now have their offices 
carpeted and windows draped. They 
are on their third and fourth com- 
puters. Faculty continue to meet with 
students in spartan, ding}' offices, 
empty of typewriters or other aids. 

Most dramatically, perhaps, not one 
of my classrooms has its own desk 
chair, some have no desks, and 
seminar rooms have furniture that 
looks like fireplace kindling. 

Teaching has long been a fringe 
academic activity. On another campus 
I taught in a room that pigeons used 
between classes. Once an electrician 
drilled through the floor of a room 
where I was lecturing while he was 
working on the ceiling below. 

At College Park managers observe 
schedules for lawn mowing with no 
regard to nearby classrooms. The 
landscape in front of Taliaferro Hall 
seems to be used by engineering 
laboratories: steam shovels regularly 
dig it up, crews regularly rebuild it. 
The decibel level challenges faculty 
with even the most stentorian vocal 
chords. 

Professors learn to cope. One col- 
league carries his own lectern about. 
Most routinely carry their own chalk, 
board erasers, and tape players. I 
bought my own copying machine 
and a cane that opens into a small 
seat. I run a small library in my office 
of books students have trouble 
getting. 

You would think that teaching is 
central to a campus. Research and 
publication theoretically enhance and 
climax in teaching. Even basketball 
and football teams are thought of as 
being part of college education. Cer- 
tainly building crews, office staffs, 
support personnel, librarians, coaches, 
the police force, and the most Olym- 
pian administrators arc there in the 
first place only because there are 
students and teachers. 

But many campuses now model 
themselves on business and govern- 
ment bureaucracies. Administrators 
seems to look on faculty as natural 
enemies, if not inferiors. Heads, 

continued on page 8 



Admissions Director Reports Good News 
About Next Fall's Entering Class 



Last fall's entering freshman class at 
UMCP was by far the most talented 
ever. In fall '88 the average SAT score 
of new freshmen had jumped to an 
unprecedented high of 1057, almost 
100 points above the 962 registered 
by the freshman class of a decade 
ago. 

But now Director of Undergraduate 
Admissions Linda Clement reports 
even better news about next fall's 
prospective freshman class. 

In January, 1989, at the midway 
point in the admissions process for 
the fall 1989 freshman class, requests 
for applications — a relative indication 
of the interest in College Park — have 
taken a dramatic leap. And, even 
more encouraging, over half of the 
fall 1989 freshman class was offered 
admission before January 1st, reports 
Clement. According to the 
undergraduate admissions director, 
these students admitted before 
January comprise some of the best 
students in the state of Maryland and 
some very highly qualified out-of state 
students. 



"Application requests have in- 
creased over 35 percent since 1987," 
says Clement. In 1987 there were 
47,193 requests for applications. In 
1 988 the number of students re- 
questing applications has jumped to 
63,823." 

With over half of the fall 1989 
freshman class already offered admis- 
sion, the average SAT score of next 
fall's class stands to take another huge 
leap over last fall's high water mark 
for an entering class. The 3,100 
students already admitted have a 
combined SAT average of 1145 and 
an average high school GPA of 3-26, 
reports Clement. This compares to 
2900 admissions with an SAT average 
of 1 1 00 at the same time last year. 

With this good news comes 
another auspicious trend — admission 
of black students has also increased, 
according to the admissions director. 
At this time last year 216 black 
students had been admitted, but by 
January, 1987, the number of blacks 
admitted for next fall already had 
jumped to 320 — representing an over 




50 percent increase. "This increase 
means that College Park is well posi- 
tioned to achieve its goal of 14 per- 
cent black students in the 1989 
freshman class, predicts Clement. ■ 

— Roz Hiebert 



UMCP Releases New Female Faculty Salary Study 



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Project Zeno 



The University of Maryland at Col- 
lege Park has released its FY '88 
Faculty Salary Review that describes 
the results of the 1988 salary review 
process. As in prior years, college 
review committees appointed by the 
deans reviewed the salary of selected 
female faculty members in relation to 
the salaries of comparably situated 
men. 

A statistical study conducted by the 
Office of Institutional Studies showed 
that the total actual salaries of the 190 
women studied were $27,001 less 
than predicted in 1987 and that the 
gap between actual and predicted 
salaries had widened for female facul- 
ty studied. As a result of the reviews 
conducted by the college review 
committees, special merit adjustments 
totaling $34,604 were awarded to 24 
women. Six men received special 
merit adjustments totaling $9,670. 

"The university has a total commit- 
ment to achieving faculty salary equi- 
ty and to a policy that salaries be 
determined solely on the contribu- 
tions and accomplishments of in- 
dividual faculty members," said Acting 
President William E. Kirwan. "Each 
year we monitor the salary process 



with great care. Our goal is to ensure 
that fairness and equity prevail." 

The statistical analyses compared 
the actual salaries of women faculty 
with salaries predicted on the basis of 
male faculty members' salaries. The 
statistical study included 994 male and 
190 female full-time instnictional and 
research faculty who hold doctoral 
degrees and the rank of professor, 
associate or assistant professor. 

The study showed that for the 190 
women studied in 1987, total actual 
salaries were $27,001 less than the 
salaries predicted. In 1986, women's 
total actual salaries had been $3,826 
less than their total predicted salaries. 
For the 161 women in the constant 
group — those who were in the study- 
population in 1986 and 1987 and did 
not change their status — total actual 
salaries were $3 1,1 61 more than 
predicted in 1987. In 1986 actual 
salaries had been $32,620 more than 
predicted. 

For women who held the rank of 
full professor, total actual salaries were 
smaller than their predicted salaries in 
1987. In 1986, the 36 female pro- 
fessors' total salaries were $13,390 
more than predicted, but in 1987 the 



39 professors' total salaries were 
$7,050 less than predicted. The 33 
professors in the constant group had 
total salaries $20,562 more than 
predicted in 1987. Actual salaries for 
female full professors in 1987 were an 
average 0.3 percent less than their 
predicted salaries. 

For women with the rank of 
associate professor, total actual salaries 
were larger than their predicted 
salaries for both the total and con- 
stant groups in 1987. The total 
group's actual salaries were $1,549 
more than predicted in 1987, while 
the constant group's actual salaries 
were $19,279 more than predicted in 
the same year. 

Actual salaries for female associate 
professors in 1987 were an average 
0.3 percent more than predicted in 
1987. 

For women with the rank of assis- 
tant professor, the total actual salaries 
were smaller than predicted salaries 
for both the total and constant groups 
in 1987. The total group's actual 
salaries were $21,500 less than 
predicted in 1987, and the constant 

continued on page 3 



UMCP plans space experiment. 



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Rediscovering a 
Landscape Painter 

David Johnson exhibit opens. 



5 



Samuel Beckett Expert 
on Campus 

Guest directs Endgame 



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Outlook 

January 23, 1989 



Scholarships Available for Graduate Study in 
Other English-Speaking Countries 

The English-Speaking Union's Washington, D.C., branch cur- 
rently is accepting applications from qualified candidates for 
graduate study scholarships at universities in English-speaking 
countries other than the United States. Candidates must hold a 
bachelor of arts degree and live in the Washington 
metropolitan area. Selection is based on merit as well as on a 
well-defined proposal for study in a recognized academic field. 



Financial need is considered by the awards committee only if 
two competing candidates are judged equally qualified. 
Deadline for applications is March 1, 1989, and winners are 
announced in May. For applications and information write to 
Scholarship chairman, English-Speaking Union, 2131 S St., NW, 
Washington, D.C. 20008 or call 234-4602. 



RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS 



UMCP Team Prepares Critical Point Experiment for Space Shuttle 




Robert Gammon 

■ \f f ith the successful return 
\\/ of the space shuttle 
\/^u Discovery this past year, 
r V the NASA space pro- 

gram has a new lease on life. 
Discovery brought back more than 
hope — several space science ex- 
periments, including 60 different ex- 
periments to grow protein crystals, 
were conducted during the mission. 

Robert W. Gammon, an associate 
professor at UMCP, is racing against 
time to complete work on one such 
experiment. A tall and energetic man 
in his forties, Gammon has been con- 
ducting research at the Institute for 
Physical Science and Technology 
since 1972. 

Gammon heads a team of research- 
ers who will send a physics experi- 
ment called Zeno aboard the space- 
shuttle in 1992. 



Outlook 

Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper 
serving the College Park campus community. 

A.H. Edwards, Vice President for Institutional 

Advancement 
Roz Hlebert, Director of Public Information S Editor 
Linda Freeman. Production Editor 
Jan BarWey. Brian Busek, Lisa Gregory. Tom 

Otwell & Fariss Samarral, Staff Writers 
John Fritz, Calendar Editor 

Stephen A. Oarrou, Design & Coordination 
John T. Consoll, Photography Coordinator 
Heather Kelly, Trang Tran, 

Design & Production 
Al Danegger. Larry Crouse & Cindy Grim, 

Contributing Photography 

Letters to the editor, story suggestions, campus Infor- 
mation & calendar items are welcome. Please submit 
all materia) at least three weeks before the Monday of 
publication. Send it to Roz Hiebert, Editor Outlook, 
2101 Turner Building, through campus mail or to 
University of Maryland, College Park. MD 20742. Our 
telephone number Is (301)454-5335. 




The experiment is designed to use 
the low-gravity environment of the 
space shuttle to study the inert fluid, 
xenon, near its critical point region. 
Data obtained from this experiment, 
through a technique called light- 
scattering, will be unique and vital for 
the study of fluids. 

For UMCP, the project will bring a 
first-of-its-kind 59 million prime con- 
tract from NASA to build hardware 
for a space flight. 

The Zeno experiment studies 
xenon near its critical point. The 
critical point phenomenon can be ex- 
plained using water as an example. At 
its boiling point, water becomes 
vapor, and when cooled, it condenses 
to liquid and then freezes to ice at its 
freezing point. Critical point 
represents a point of transition bet- 
ween any two such phase changes. 

Near critical point, the compounds 
often exhibit abnormal ther- 
modynamic properties, making the 
study of critical region necessary for 
complete understanding of the pro- 
perties and behavior of fluids. 

Critical points can be predicted 
theoretically, but it is impossible to 
reach them — one can only approach 
closer. The closer one can get. the 
better it is for the experiment, says 
Gammon. 



Zeno will study xenon 100 times 
closer to its critical point than is 
possible on earth. This presents a 
significant advantage in terms of ex- 
perimental conditions and is possible 
only in the microgravity environment 
of the space shuttle. On earth, gravity 
causes large density variations in the 
sample, distorting the desired 
measurements. 

Results obtained from Zeno will 
serve as a model to predict behavior 
of other liquid-vapor systems like 
xenon, and the measured properties 
will provide a severe test of the cur- 
rent theories of fluids. 

"The Zeno project has come a long 
way from being a dream. We can do 
it now," Gammon says. Others work- 
ing with him share his optimism. 

It all started in 1974 when NASA 
asked researchers at the National 
Bureau of Standards to suggest 
suitable critical fluid experiments for 
the low gravity in orbital flight. Gam- 
mon found himself involved in this 
effort because of his experience in 
the light-scattering area. 

Over the years, he and others 
working with him selected this par- 
ticular experiment and carefully de- 
fined and solved many problems in 
order for zeno to become a feasible 
space science experiment. 



In 1983. the Zeno team presented a 
formal proposal to NASA for design- 
ing and fabricating essential elements 
of this experiment. The proposal was 
based largely on the measurements 
presented in the Ph.D. thesis of R.K. 
Koppelman at UMCP in 1983. 

That year a Physics and Chemistry 
Experiments review panel, formed to 
recommend desirable space science 
experiments to NASA, gave high 
recommendation to the proposed 
Zeno experiment among many other 
science experiments. 

"NASA accepted the project for its 
scientific merit and competence," 
Gammon says. By funding the 
research on this project, NASA 
demonstrated its support for basic 
research — science for the sake of 
understanding rather than for specific 
application. 

Since then, with constant financial 
support from NASA, the Zeno project 
team has designed a laboratory pro- 
totype of the experiment. The focus 
now is on Implementing changes 
which are needed for this experiment 
to work in the considerably different 
conditions found in the space shuttle 
environment. 

Gammon is expecting a $9 million 
prime contract from NASA to com- 
plete this project in time for the May- 
June 1992 space shuttle flight. A 
group headed by Manuel Garin of 
Ball Aerospace System Division of 
Boulder, Colo., is collaborating with 
the Zeno team as subcontractor and 
will take care of most mechanical and 
electrical engineering aspects of the 
(light hardware development. 

Other UMCP members of the Zeno 
research team are project scientist Jef- 
frey N. Shaumeyer, project manager 
David R. Torrealba, project coor- 
dinator Sue Landon and graduate 
students Matt Briggs and Hacene 
Boukari. 

Zeno will show that the university- 
can successfully manage an aerospace 
prime contract to build hardware. 
The project provides experience and 
sets a precedent for this type of 
research by the university where an 
experiment that a faculty member has 
proposed is being managed by a 
university team. ■ 

— Vinod Kumar Jain 



EE Professor Among Area's Top Ten High Tech Talents 



Andre Tits, associate professor of 
electrical engineering, was named one 
of Washington Technology's Top Ten 
Technology Talents of 1988. 

Each year the newspaper prints a 
list of area scientists whose 
achievements deserve recognition. To 
find the best and brightest in the 
local technology community, the 
paper contacted more than 50 
organizations, including local federal 



laboratories, companies, national and 
regional associations and universities. 

The list was published in the 
December 1 5— January 1 1 issue of the 
paper. 

The Top Ten is not a ranking but 
a short list of the growing number of 
outstanding MidAtlanTech researchers, 
the paper says. 

Tits won the university's Outstand- 
ing Systems Engineering Faculty- 



Award in 1988. He is active in 
research on numerical methods in op- 
timization and their application to 
engineering system design. 

He received an undergraduate 
degree from the University of Liege. 
Belgium, and master's and doctoral 
degrees from the University of 
California, Berkeley. In 1985 Tits won 
a Presidential Young Investigator 
Award for his work at UMCP. ■ 



Outlook 



January 23. 1989 



UMCP and JHU History Depts. 
Create Joint Research Fellowship 

L'MCP's Department of History and the history department 
at Johns Hopkins University have joined forces in a research 
support program with two state historical groups. The two 
universities along with the Maryland Historical Society and the 
Hall of Records at Annapolis have created a fellowship for 
dissertation research. The fellowship will be awarded in alter- 
nate years to UMCP and JHU graduate students who are 



engaged in dissertation research in any field of American 
history and who will make use of the record collections of 
two historical groups. 'This initiative not only forges institu- 
tional ties with sister private institutions but also emphasizes 
our great interest in building strong links with public institu- 
tions in the state," says history chair Richard Price. 



Ceremony Marks Conclusion of Project FULCRUM 



A luncheon ceremony last month 
marked the conclusion of Project 
FULCRUM— Facilities for Understand- 
ing Learning and Creative Research at 
the University of Maryland — a four- 
year partnership between the universi- 
ty and IBM. 

The project was initiated in May 
1984 with a $6 million gift from 
IBM's Academic Information Systems. 
FULCRUM was one of 19 projects of 
the Advanced Education Program 
launched by IBM at colleges and 
universities around the country. It 
was a vehicle to promote 
microcomputer-based computer-aided 
instruction at the university. 

The rBM gift provided UMCP with 
hardware and software for faculty and 
staff to initiate academic applications 
of microcomputers in teaching and 
research. Over the course of the pro- 
ject more than 700 microcomputers 
were donated to the campus and 
some 125 projects involving more 
than 250 faculty were undertaken. 

"Most projects focused on the 
development of academic software 



that address teaching issues or work 
to make research environments more 
accessible to students," notes Chad 
McDaniel, director of Instructional 
Computing Programs in the UMCP 
Computer Science Center. FULCRUM 
courseware has been employed in a 
wide range of courses and projects 
undertaken by virtually every college 
and school as well as by faculty at 
UMAB, UMES and UMBC, he adds. 

During the appreciation and awards 
luncheon, held December 13 in the 
Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student 
Union, some 350 FULCRUM par- 
ticipants — faculty, staff and student- 
workers who have been affiliated 
with the project — were presented 
plaques of recognition provided by 
IBM. In addition, a special award was 
presented by Computer Science 
Center Director Glenn Ricart to Lewis 
E. Bledsoe, the IBM project manager 
of FULCRUM, for his outstanding sup- 
port of the project. ■ 




UMCP Receives Grant for AIDS Education in Prince George's County 



In 1988, more than 45,000 
Maryland residents were thought to 
be infected with the AIDS virus, and 
there were almost 1,700 cases of 
AIDS itself. Of special concern is that 
the majority of Maryland AIDS cases 
have occurred among Blacks. In 
Prince George's County, for example. 
Blacks represent about 63 percent of 
reported AIDS cases. 

To help reduce the rates of infec- 
tion in the Black community through 
an education project, UMCP recently 
was awarded a $235,781 grant from 
the Robert Wood Johnson 
Foundation. 

"The primary aim of the project is 
to overcome barriers to AIDS educa- 
tion with an innovative strategy called 



SAMM: Stopping AIDS is My Mission," 
says Stephen B. Thomas, principal in- 
vestigator for the grant. "It is de- 
signed to better educate low income 
Black women and children about 
AIDS who live in certain highly sub- 
sidized apartment complexes in Prince 
George's County." Thomas is assistant 
professor of community health in the 
Department of Health Education and 
co-director of the Minority Health 
Research Laboratory. 

Thomas says that his research and 
that of others has shown that Blacks 
will better heed health education 
messages if they perceive that the 
messages come from the community, 
not outside experts. The SAMM pro- 
ject uses this community-based ap- 



proach and involves a coalition of 
community organizations such as the 
Black Women's Health Council, Inc., 
the Glenarden Tenants Association, 
and the Prince George's County 
Department of Health as well as 
churches and local officials to pro- 
mote the AIDS education messages. 
Thomas hopes that this project also 
will have a positive effect on minority 
dmg abuse and disease prevention. 

Additionally, the grant will be used 
to expand existing AIDS education 
and prevention efforts led by the 
Black Women's Health Council, the 
first community-based organization to 
provide AIDS education in Prince 
George's County. 

"Our program success has in large 



measure been due to the technical 
assistance provided by the Minority- 
Health Research Laboratory," says 
Marian O. Hunt, BWHC president. 
"We are pleased to see the university 
demonstrate its commitment to ser- 
vice in its own back yard." 

The Robert Wood Johnson Founda- 
tion is among the six largest private 
philanthropies in the United States 
and is the nation's largest health care 
philanthropy. Since 1986, the Founda- 
tion has committed nearly $46 million 
to AIDS-related projects, making it the 
leading private hinder in U.S. AIDS 
research. ■ 



Update on Female Faculty Salary 



continued from page I 

group's actual salaries were $8,680 
less than predicted that year. Actual 
salaries for female assistant professors 
were an average 1.0 percent less than 
their male colleagues in 1987. 

"The critical variables that describe 
faculty quality and productivity are 
not easily quantified and are not ac- 
counted for in the statistical analysis," 
said Institutional Studies Director 
Marilyn Brown. "The college review 
process, however, does consider these 
variables. Because these, and other 
imponant variables are not included 
in the statistical study, the salary dif- 
ferences found in the study must be 



interpreted carefully." 

Several kinds of data were supplied 
to the review committees, explained 
Brown. Her office provided such 
types of data as scattergrams, rosters 
of faculty, including salaries and years 
since highest degree, and tables of 
salaries of newly hired and newly 
promoted faculty to assist the com- 
mittees in their work. 

As a result of the committees' 
deliberations, adjustments were 
recommended for a total of 30 
women and 7 men. Special merit 
adjustments were actually awarded 
to 24 women and 6 men. ■ 

—Roz Hiebert 



Premed Students Seek to Establish 
National Honor Society Chapter Here 



A 15-member committee of 
premedical students at UMCP, chaired 
by Shauna Payior, president of the 
Pre-Medical Society, is seeking to 
establish a campus chapter of Alpha 
Epsilon Delta, the national premedical 
honor society. 

The committee began the formal 
process of petitioning AED for a 
chapter during the summer. Payior 
says the first 50 student members will 
be inducted into the campus AED 
chapter March 10 when national of- 
ficers of AED come to UMCP to in- 
stall the Maryland chapter. 

The only other AED chapter in the 



state is at the Johns Hopkins 
University. 

AED was established at the Univer- 
sity of Alabama in 1 926 and has ac- 
tive chapters at 135 colleges and 
universities in 38 states. About 3,000 
students are inducted each year. 

Payior says applications for initia- 
tion are now being accepted. Applica- 
tion forms are available from the 
Health Professions Advising Office, 
Rm 3103 Turner. 

Nancy Love, the pre-professional 
advisor and PreMedical Society ad- 
visor will also be the campus AED 
chapter sponsor. ■ 



Quttjook 



January 23, 1989 



Calendar 



"All Work and No Play . . ." 

If you're looking for a way to release the tension of work 
or study, plan on joining an intramural sports team during 
spring semester. Organized sports include full-court basketball, 
free-throw shooting, racquetball, indoor soccer, horseshoes, 
wrestling, softball and tennis. There are men's, women's and 
some co-ed teams for all sports, with leagues of AA (above 
average) and A (average) skill level. There is no charge to join 
a team. For schedules and registration information, call Cam- 
pus Recreation Services at x3124. 



January 23 - February 1 





Register for Spring Lifeline 
Fitness Club, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 
Campus Recreation Services, 
Reckord Armory Lobby. Call x3124 
for info. 

Agriculture Lecture: "Impressions 
of Soviet Agricultural Research 
Facilities and Programs," Charles 
Mulchi, noon, 0115 Symons Hall. 
Call x6407 for info. 

Microbiology Seminar: "Gene 
Regulation and Androgen Action in 
the Rat Liver During Maturation 
and Aging," Arun K. Roy, U. of 
Texas Health Science Center, 2:30 
p.m., 1208 Zoo/Psych. Bldg. Call 
x2848 for info. 

Space Science Seminar: "Solar 
Wind Dynamic Pressure and 
Magneto-Spheric Response," David 
Sibeck, Johns Hopkins U., 4:30 
p.m., 1113 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg. Call x3136 for info. 



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English Riding Lessons, spon- 
sored by the UM Equestrian 
Association, 7 p.m., 1144 Animal 
Sciences Bldg. Call x8690 or 
474-2495 for info. 




Lunch 'N Leam Conference: 

"Choosing to Heal: Issues for Vic- 
tims of Violent Crime," Elizabeth 
Blocker, 1 p.m., 3100E Health 
Center. Call x4925 for info. 



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MON 



Entries for Singles Racquetball, 

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Campus Recrea- 
tion Services, Reckord Armory Lob- 
by, registration closes Feb. 7. Call 
X3124 for info. 



Agriculture Lecture: "Recent 
Developments in the Organization 
for Tropical Studies," Douglas Gill, 
noon, 0115 Symons Hall. Call 
x6407 for info. 



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Meteorology Seminar: "Seasonal 
Forecast With a Coupled Ocean- 
Atmosphere GCM," Kikuro 
Miyakoda, Princeton U„ 3:30 p.m., 
2114 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. Call x2708 for info. 



WED 



Register for Fitness Walking, 

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Campus Recrea- 
tion Services, Reckord Armory Lob- 
by. Call x3124 for info. 



• Admission charged for this 
event. All others are free. 



Entries for Full-Court Basketball, 

8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Campus Recrea- 
tion Services; Meet Jan. 26 to join 
or form a basketball team, 4 p.m., 
0131 Armory, registration closes 
Jan. 31. Call x3124 for info. 



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Microbiology Seminar: "Chromatin 
Structure and Replication in a 
Fascinating Cell," Donald E. Olins, 
Oak Ridge Graduate School of 
Biomedical Science," 2:30 p.m., 
1208 Zoo/Psych. Bldg. Call x2848 
for info. 

Meteorology Seminar: 

"Economically Optimal Combining 
of Weather Forecasts," Lev Gan- 
din, 3:30 p.m., 2114 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. Call x2708 
for info. 



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Geography Brown-Bag Seminar: 
"Defining the Southeast Asian 
Regional Personality," Victor 
Savage, National University of 
Singapore, noon, 1179 LeFrak Hall. 
Call x2241 for info. 




Cynthia Reynolds dances in Afterthoughts by Meriam Rosen 




COMING ATTRACTION 



Mim Rosen, Front and Center 



Dance professor Meriam "Mim" Rosen will have three of her 
works presented on the Washington Front and Center series at 
the Kennedy Center on February 8, 1989. In addition to 
Afterthoughts, pictured above, Rosen's Impresiones Intimas 
and Ancestoral Memories will be performed in the Terrace 



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Theater at 7:30 p.m. Joe Drayton, a UMCP alumnus, will also 

performing his own solo work at this concert. Admission is 
$12. For more information.call the Kennedy Center Box Office 
857-0900. 



OtflLOCK 



January 23, 1989 



Old Man of the Mountains (right) is among the landscapes by 19th century artist David Johnson 
that will be on display in the Art Gallery Feb. 1-March 5. Gallery hours for the exhibit are 
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday evenings until 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. 



ARTS AT MAR 



Curator Unveils Artist 



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endy Owens, director of 
the UMCP Art Gallery, 
searched and searched 
for David Johnson. 

She knocked on doors in a small 
town in upstate New York and at- 
tended art auctions in Maine looking 
for him. Long hours were spent chas- 
ing false leads that hrought her to the 
wrong Johnsons and even a David 
Johnston. 

She uncovered one letter written in 
Johnson's hand. While the letter rein- 
forced the image of him she had 
formed in her mind, it was too little 
evidence to say with confidence what 
the man's life had been like. 

In the end, Owens concluded that 
the best way to meet Johnson is 
through his paintings. Consequently, 
she is introducing the obscure 19th 
century American landscape painter, 
to museum audiences through a 
49-piece exhibition, Nature Tran- 
scribed: The Landscape and Still Life 
of David Johnson (1827-1908). 

The exhibition, on display in the 
Art Gallery Feb. 1-March 5, is being 
circulated by the Herbert F. Johnson 
Museum of Art at Cornell University 
where the exhibition was organized 
with Owens acting as a guest curator. 



The show is the first exhibition 
devoted exclusively to the New York 
artist who, during his lifetime, painted 
and sold hundreds of New York and 
New England landscapes. 

Owens, an an historian who 
specializes in landscape and 19th 
century American painting, took an 
interest in Johnson's work while 
curating another exhibition in 1982. 

"Two of his paintings were in the 
exhibition, and I had an immediate 
response to them — 'Who did these?' 
I wondered," Owens says. "There 
wasn't much written on him, so I set 
out to learn something about him and 
find as many of his paintings as I 

could I've now written more on 

David Johnson than anyone." 

Her research produced sketchy 
biographical details but a wealth of 
paintings. Owens tracked down about 
400 Johason paintings in museums 
and private collections around the 
United States. From these she selected 
representative pieces for her exhibit. 

While many of his paintings turned 
up in major museums, to find others, 
she journeyed far from the world of 
galleries and art dealers. 

Learning that Johnson had spent his 
later years in a small town in upstate 




New York, Owens visited the town, 
knocked on doors there and asked 
folks if they had heard anything 
about a painter named Johnson. 

Some of the residents were reticent 
on the subject, Owens says. One 
gentleman treated the art historian to 
a long description of the shotgun he 
uses to ward off unwelcome visitors. 

But others were helpful. Owens 
learned that after Johnson's death in 
1908 his wife was poor and often 
had traded his paintings for groceries. 

Owens later found descendents of 
the owners of the grocery store 
where Mrs. Johnson traded. Family 
members have lent some of their 
drawings to Owens for the exhibition. 

In his paintings, Johnson portrayed 
a literal view of landscapes, Owens 
says. Unlike contemporaries who 



often cast landscapes in a dramatic 
light of their own invention, Johnson 
worked to show nature as it is. 

"In Johnson I see a compulsion for 
naming all the trees," she says. 

"He's really a naturalist. With some 
of his paintings you can stand in the 
same place today and get the same 
view." 

Owens believes that some Johnson 
paintings are literal enough to use as 
sources in charting the histories of the 
forests he painted. 

Johnson also took a kind view of 
the natural environment. 

"He presents the landscape as a 
nice place to be," Owens says. "And 
he was able to do this without mak- 
ing it seem dull. (His paintings) are 
extraordinarily beautiful." ■ 

— Brian Busek 



Guest Director's Suitcase Filled With Experiences 



/n its search for guest direc- 
tors who will bring 
unusual backgrounds and 
ideas to College Park, the 
UMCP Department of Communication 
Arts and Theatre found quite an ex- 
perienced man in Rick Cluchey. 

Cluchey. who last fall acted in the 
L'MCP Visual Press videos "Beckett 
Directs Beckett," is directing the 
University Theatre production of 
Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" which 
opens Feb. 28. 

And as far as bringing unique 
perspectives to campus students goes 
— Rick Cluchey has been around. 

For more than 20 years, the 
55-year-old actor-director has 
presented thousands of performances 
on hundreds of stages. His passport 
for the last five years alone is a mass 
of stamped pages showing entrances 
to and departures from Spain, Por- 
tugal, Puerto Rico, France, Denmark, 
Australia and Singapore — to name a 
few. 

While it's not unusual for a stage 
actor to perform often and travel a 
great deal, Cluchey practices his craft 
with almost unheard of exclusivity. 
Nearly all his work is done in plays 
written by Nobel Prize winner Samuel 
Beckett. 

The actor limits himself to Beckett's 
work as a matter of personal devo- 
tion. Beckett's play "Waiting for 
Godot" was the single force that 
drew Cluchey to the theater. And 
while many in the profession would 



say theater has changed their lives, 
few have been transformed as 
dramatically as Cluchey. 

Theater sprung Cluchey from 
prison. He first saw "Waiting for 
Godot" in 1957 at San Qucntin 
Prison where he was serving a life 
sentence without parole for his role 
in a armed robbery that involved the 
kidnapping of a bank messenger. 

"(Godot) seemed to be about my 
life," Cluchey says, recalling the pro- 
duction." The next day I went to the 
prison library, and many of us talked 
about the imprint the play had made. 
The same recognition I felt was all 
around me." 

The occasion inspired Cluchey to 
create a prison theatrical group. In a 
place where there had not been a 
play performed in almost 50 years 
before "Waiting for Godot," 35 pro- 
ductions were presented in 10 years. 

The San Quentin Drama Workshop, 
with assistance from the San Fran- 
cisco Actors Workshop, earned 
favorable recognition from theater 
critics outside prison walls, especially 
for its productions of Beckett. 
Cluchey 's work in theater, which in- 
cluded writing his own play, "The 
Cage," led to a pardon and parole in 
1966 after 12 years at San Quentin. 

Continuing to work with an ensem- 
ble of actors under the name San 
Quentin Drama Workshop (although 
the group came to include performers 
without a prison background), 
Cluchey and his group became well- 



known preformers of Beckett works. 
Among other honors, he was the first 
foreigner to win the Italian Drama 
Critics Award. And in the 1970s, the 
group began to work under the direc- 
tion of Beckett himself. 

Over the years Cluchey often wrote 
to Beckett. UsuaEy the letters asked 
the playwright's permission to per- 
form his works, a courtesy to a man 
who keeps watch on how his works 
are presented. 

Several favorable replies came from 
Beckett. In one instance the 
playwright waived his royalties to the 
group's productions. 

One day in 1977 while working in 
West Germany, Cluchey's phone 
rang. "It was Sam Beckett asking if I 
could meet him for a coffee." 

After several meetings, Cluchey 
asked a great favor of his idol. He 
wondered if Beckett would consider 
directing the group in "Krapp's Last 
Tape." 

"The next time I saw him he said, 
'I've given it a lot of thought and I've 
decided to do it.' That was the hap- 
piest day of my life." 

Eventually Beckett directed Cluchey 
and his group in productions of 'End- 
game' and 'Waiting for Godot.' Dur- 
ing each production Cluchey took 
painstaking notes of Beckett's 
direction. 

The UMCP students cast in "End- 
game" will find Cluchey toeing a 
strict line to Beckett's vision of his 
play. 



"I'm using everything Beckett laid 
on his," Cluchey says. "I want to 
follow Sam Beckett's ideas about 
these plays as closely as possible. 
What's to be gained by my fooling 
around when I know the inside struc- 
ture of these plays... 1 would love to 
carry the label 'interpreter of Beckett' 
but I'm really not that, I'm a conduit 
for him." 

Cluchey is enjoying his stay at 
UMCP for what might seem un- 
characteristic reasons — a chance to 
unpack his suitcases and settle down 
a bit. The actor, his wife and two 
children (ages 14 and 10) rented a 
house in Silver Spring in October and 
enjoy suburban life. 

"After you've already bought seven 
toasters and then find yourself in 
France with the American toasters, 
you get tired of living out of suit- 
cases," he says. 

In addition to his work at UMCP, 
Cluchey will present readings from 
Beckett works during a three-day 
Smithsonian Institution symposium on 
Beckett in early March. The actor is 
also working on an autobiography 
under contract with Paragon. His life 
has already been the subject of the 
film "Weeds" starring Nick Nolte, 
although Cluchey says the fictional- 
ized portrayal contained serious 
inaccuracies. 

Performances of "Endgame" are 
Feb. 28-March 4 and March 7-11 at 8 
p.m. and March 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. 
in the Rudolph E. Pugliese Theatre. ■ 



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Outlook: 



January 23, 1989 




LACKIQQ 
GRADUATE I °2 
STUDENT I on 



First Black Graduate Student 
Directory Available 

The Office of Graduate Minority Affairs has compiled the first 
Black Graduate Student Directory for the College Park campus 
It contains listings by student name, current department/pro- 
gram, undergraduate school, home town, local address and 
phone number. Also included is a brief overview of major 
support programs, services and associations of interest to 
minority graduate students. Call x4408 for a free copy. 



CLOSE UP 

"Transforming" the Curriculum: 
Should We? 



by Eugene Hammond 

rhe University of Maryland 
begins officially this year a 
process that in fact began 
here at least as early as 
when the first women were admitted 
to the university in 1916, arid ac- 
celerated when the first black students 
were admitted in 195-1. i.e. "trans- 
forming" the curriculum by asking 
whether information about and 
perspectives of women, ethnic 
minorities, and less than affluent 
members of society have been In- 
advertently or deliberately ignored in 
our curriculum. 

Most of us, when we hear that 
someone thinks our course should be 
"transformed," become if not angry, 
at least defensive. It seems as if our 
ethics are being questioned, and also 
our judgment. What "transformation" 
advocates really ask us to do, though, 
is simply to broaden the range of our 
experiences beyond those that we 
have inadvertently limited ourselves 
to It is the habits of society, not the 
judgments of individuals, that transfor- 
mation projects are designed to 
address. 

For the Freshman Writing course 
that I teach and have administered, 
including perspectives of the tradi- 
tionally excluded has always seemed 
an easy and a welcome possibility: 
the places, books, people, documents, 
and historical issues that students 
write about need never be bounded 
by sex. class, or ethnic group. And 
issues of relative power between 
author and reader are natural ques- 
tions to ask and discuss. When I was 
first asked by a student in 19 77 to in- 
clude women writers in my 18th cen- 
tury British literature course, though. I 
wanted to say that there isn't any 
English literature written by a woman 
before Jane Austen. And judging from 
the books then in print, I was pretty 
nearly right. Nonetheless, the stu- 
dents question did spur me, very 
slowly, to read and perhaps to teach 
each year a work or two by an 18th 
century woman writer. 

My first small attempt was to teach 
two women playwrights (out of 24) 
in an 18th century drama course. 
Aphra Behn's The Rover turned out 
to be at least as witty, as well-plotted, 
and as careful in characterization as 
were the more famous Man of Mode 
by George Etheridge or The Country 
Wife by William Wycherley. Susannah 
Centlivre's The Busy Body, on the 
other hand, was in my judgment far 
below the level of other 1 8th century 
drama. I have never taught it again. 

My second change had more 
dramatic effects. It was the introduc- 
tion of Lady Mary Wortley Mon- 
tague's Travels in the Levant. These 
travels, told through selected letters, 
are observant, fresh, detailed, ironic, 




and allusive to a broad range of 
Western culture. Teaching them has 
broadened my students' sense of 
what kinds of writing can be con- 
sidered literature, and also broadened 
their information about 18th century 
Europe. And since .Montague writes 
several letters to Alexander Pope and 
receives several from him, students 
are able to see quite clearly the inac- 
curacy of several of the female 
stereotypes that he has projected onto 
Lady Man - , and thus they read Pope's 
poetry about women with more 
healthy skepticism after reading her 
letters. Before 1 introduced Mon- 
tague's letters into my course, my 
students had no way to question the 
images of women that Pope and 
other writers offered other than to 
dismiss the whole century as "sexist." 

In subsequent years I've intro- 
duced, into various classes, Charlotte 
Lennox's criticism of Shakespeare (the 
most lucid and forward looking cri- 




tique of Shakespeare, I now think, 
written in the 18di century); Anne 
Finch's moving and highly crafted 
poetry describing the unequal 
rewards — for women and for men — 
of love and marriage, which helps 
students cast a skeptical eye on con- 
ventional love poetry of the period, 
Mary Collier's poem "The Woman's 
Labor," whose description of farm 
labor life makes a thought-provoking 
contrast with Pope's description of 
court life in "The Rape of the Lock": 
and most interesting of all, Aphra 
Behn's Oroonoko. a short novel 
about a noble slave written 40 years 
before Robinson Crusoe and 
Gulliver's Travels, both the more 
famous works become more probing 
studies of European cultural and 
military hegemony than students (or I) 
had found them to be before. 

I've mentioned here only the 
works by 18th century women that 
I've added to my syllabus, but my 
course has also been enhanced by 
20th century literary critics — Terry 
Castle and Linda Kauffman, for 
example — who see 18th century 
works, by men and women, in a dif- 
ferent light than I had considered 
before. I have not, of course, adopted 
these new views wholesale, nor have 
I been quick to jettison works in my 
syllabus that I still see as central to an 
understanding of the culture we live- 
in. Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe 
and Moll Flanders. Jonathan Swift's 
Tale of a Tub and Gulliver's Travels. 
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary and 
Rambler essays, and Edward Gibbon's 
Decline and hall of the Roman Em- 
pire are still the books that I most 



want my students to read and to try 
to understand. But the works by 
women that I've added to the course- 
have added new pleasures of 
understanding to students and also 
helped students to better understand 
these works that I've always taught. 
And the fact that we now look at 
women's perspectives as well as 
men's makes the students more will- 
ing to look beyond the misogyny or 
near misogyny of several 18th cen- 
tury authors to the parts of their vi- 
sion that are truly valuable. My 
syllabus in 1988 is not very different 
from that of 1977, but my course is 
genuinely transformed. 

I'd suggest, therefore, that we think 
at least twice about the opportunity 
that will be offered us by the Cur- 
riculum Transformation Program this 
year and next to devote not an even- 
ing here and a day there but a full 
summer's reading to research by and 
about women — women of all races 
and classes. There's no guarantee that 
any of what we read will become 
pan of our fall and subsequent classes 
(though I predict that it will). But 
even if nothing that we read makes a 
direct appearance in our classes, our 
classes will still be "transformed," in 
that we will now be selecting our 
class materials, issues, and questions 
more deliberately and from a more 
inclusive repository of information 
and theoretical perspectives. That's a 
healthy transformation for us as well 
as for our courses and our students. ■ 

Eugene Hammond is associate chair 
of the English department. 



Summer Program to Focus on New Scholarship on Women 




Application materials are now 
available in departmental offices for a 
summer faculty development program 
on incorporating the new scholarship 
on women into undergraduate 
courses. This program, which emerged 
as one recommendation of the Greer 
Report, will support up to fifteen 
faculty members at their full-time 
salary rate for two months to explore 
through reading and discussion ways 
of incorporating the new scholarship 
into their courses. 

Informational meetings for faculty 
who have questions about the ap- 
plication process will be held: Jan. 
27 — 12 noon-1 p.m., 3304 Benjamin 
and Jan. 31—3:30-5 p.m., 2118 Lee. 

Applications are due in the program 
director's office, 2122 Lee by 5 p.m. 
on Feb. 20. Call Betty Schmitz, 
x0125, for further information. ■ 



Betty Schmitz 



Geography Dept's Linotron for Sale 

The Department of Geography is looking for a campus 
buyer for its two-year-old Linotron 100 Cora and ML314 pro- 
cessor. The Linotron is a text laser typesetter that can be run 
from an IBM PC. When new, it cost 830,000 but Vivre 
Koomanoff, manager of the department's computer lab, says 
she's willing to accept "best offer." Contact Koomanoff at 
x6659 for details. 



Outlook 



January 23, 1989 



COLLEGE PARK PEOPLE 



The Long and Short of It: Commuters Respond 




Tina Jordan 

Outlook readers have responded to 
our question about commuting to 
campus. It would appear there are 
some world-class travelers at UMCP. 

Tina R. Maestrey Jordan spends 
almost as much time behind the 
wheel of her car as she does at the 
Institute of Criminal Justice and 
Criminology. She lives in 
Charlestown, W. Va., and each day 
faces a five and an half hour, 186 
mile round trip! 

Jordan, who has been with UMCP 
for six years, makes the trip in a 1978 
Ford Grenada that already has logged 
more than 107,000 miles. She adds 
nearly another thousand each week. 

"I travel down Interstate 270 in the 
morning and evening rush hour. I 
leave my house at 5:30 a.m. to find 
myself getting to work by the earliest 
at 8:15 a.m. providing that there are 
no accidents. In the evenings I leave 
the University at 4:30 p.m. and arrive 



at my house about 7:30 p.m. again 
providing there are no accidents and 
it is not a vacation weekend." 

Barbara Shaw, secretary in the 
Stamp Student Union, lives in Deale, 
Md., 20 miles south of Annapolis. Her 
round trip commute is about 70 
miles. "Travel time on a good day — 
three to three-and-a-half hours; on a 
bad day (snow, rain, accidents) — 
four to sLx hours," she reports. "I 
have worked on campus for a little 
over eight years and enjoy the cam- 
pus environment and the students," 
Shaw says. 

"When it comes to commuting," 
says Rita Riddle, of the Institute for 
Governmental Service, "I used to 
have the 'short of it,' now I have 'the 
long of it.' From July 1965 I travelled 
from Berwyn Heights to UMCP (three 
miles or ail of ten minutes door-to- 
door). Then in April this year my 
husband and I moved to Hun- 




Joseph J. Baitoee 



tingtown, Md., in Calvert County. 
Now my one way trip is 50 miles! 

"Most mornings the trip takes one 
hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 
a half — Waysons Corner and route 
202 are usually very backed up. 
Route 4 and the Beltway are fine. 
Route 4 has especially been very pret- 
ty, from the green and flowering of 
spring and summer to the beautiful 
colors of fall. The Beltway going 
home is another matter. Yes, there 
are problems from time to time, but 
generally it's smooth sailing," she says. 

But is the trip worth it? 

"Of course. After work I leave the 
hustle and bustle of the metropolitan 
area and return to our wooded lot 
with squirrels and birds in the woods, 
moles in my flower garden, bugs in 
the basement, spiders on the screens, 
crickets that jump at you instead of 
away from you, snakes in the grass, 
and mice. With many cans of Raid 
and all kidding aside, my husband 
and I really enjoy the peace and quiet 
of Calvert County." Riddle says. 

Joan S. McKee, executive ad- 
ministrative aide in the Office of the 
Vice President for Academic Affairs, 
says she hopes additional car-pool 
prospects for 1989 will appear. 

McKee commutes some 125 miles 
round trip from her home in Union 
Bridge, Md., which is about ten miles 
west of Westminster in Carroll 
County. 

"In addition to working full time in 
the Academic Affairs office," she says, 
"I am taking nine credits to complete 
the requirements for a degree in 
BMGT (three nights a week in 
Rockville and College Park). I am sure 
that other commuters make com- 
parable sacrifices to live in the calmer 
environment that exists outside the 
Baltimore/Washington corridor." 

Ronald Jiles, of the Physical Plant 
paint shop, and his wife Janice, 
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, drive 
50 miles each way from their home 
on Kent Island. Ron has been driving 
from there for the last seven years; 
Janice for three and a half. 

"The university has good benefits 
and I am about to receive a 
bachelor's degree, thanks to the 



university's tuition assistance," Mrs. 
Jiles says. 

"I do not know if my commute is 
the longest but I am sure it is not the 
shortest," says Joseph J. Barbee, Jr. 
deputy director, environmental health 
in the University Health Center. 

"I reside on the family farm located 
in Henderson on the Eastern Shore. 
My daily mileage is 174 miles round 
trip. My reasons for continuing this 
commute from the Delaware and 
Man-land Peninsula daily is that I 
have a wonderful group of colleagues 
and 1 thoroughly enjoy working with 
this age group. It is often said that 
this environment keeps one young. 

"The travel time for this commute 
is approximately three hours. Incle- 
ment weather and the Bay Bridge 
traffic all tend to make things in- 
teresting," Barbee says. ■ 

— Tom Olwell 




Rita Riddle 



Buchanan Named Runner-up 
for National Baseball Award 



Pat Buchanan, a part-time office 
secretary in the Agricultural Experi- 
ment Station Research Facilities 
Management Office, was named a 
runner-up for the Maryland 1988 
Golden Diamond Amateur Baseball 
Woman of the year award. 

The award is presented by the 
United States Baseball Federation and 
spoasored by Oscar Mayer as part of 
the company's SI million commit- 



ment to youth baseball. 

Buchanan was honored for outstan- 
ding involvement with organized 
amateur youth baseball. The Silver 
Spring resident was one of four 
runners-up and one winner from each 
state selected in three categories: 
Amateur Junior Baseball Player of the 
Year, Amateur Baseball Woman of the 
Year and Volunteer Amateur Baseball 
Coach of the Year. ■ 



Outlook 



January 2 3. 1989 



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Musical Spoof to Enliven Mozart 
Birthday Concert 

The Annual Happy Birthday Mozart concert of the Artist 
Scholarship Benefit Series will be presented on Saturday, 
February 4 at 8 p.m. in Tawes Recital Hall. The University of 
Maryland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Hudson 
will perform Mozart's Overature to Cost Fan Tutte and his 
Sinfonia Concertante, K 364. Violinist Gerald Fischbach and 
violist Miles Hoffman, both members of the music faculty, will 
be featured soloists. In addition, P.D.Q. Bach's comic Mozart 
opera parody, A Little Nightmare Music, will be on the pro- 
gram. Tickets are $10 (S7 senior/student). Call x6669 for info. 



i-^ii'M 




Opinion: Freedman Urges Revival of Respect for Teaching 



continued from page I 

deans, directors, chancellors, 
presidents learn quickly not to think 
of themselves as academic managers 
who help colleagues function as 
teachers or researchers. They no 
longer regard professors as peers, 
essential to most collegia! decisions. 
One administrator 1 knew appointed 
faculty and at least one chairman 
without consulting relevant professors. 

Many administrators simply carry 
themselves like corporation or 
government executives; they attend to 
professors and students only when 
they complain, like consumers or 
constituents, to be humored. 



mollified, cajoled, or ordered about. 
At one College Park commencement, 
they simply failed to provide seating 
for professors. 

Recently I got a brusque directive 
from the campus parking authority. It 
read like barked commands of a dic- 
tator's lackey to a round-up of 
dissidents. I got the sense that it 
wished faculty would stay out of the 
parking lots altogether. There's the 
famous uncomfortably meaningful ex- 
change between two deans strolling 
under shaded tree during a holiday. 
"If only." says one, "we never had 
students or professors on campus." 

What we all need — administrators, 
professors, students, their parents, the 



public — is a revival of the traditional 
respect paid to teaching. We need a 
return to a mutually productive col- 
legiality between professors and 
officials. 

Professors are most effective when 
they function with dignified and 
responsible independence, routinely 
aided by administrators. It Ls far more 
effective and productive to spoil pro- 
fessors a bit rather than to demean 
their role to the point of virtual 
harassment. This does not mean 
throwing money at them or tolerating 
incompetence. It does not mean shin- 
ing up surfaces. It does mean helping 
rather than defying professors to per- 
form efficiently. 



I've grown tired of wheedling for 
chairs, chalk, copying machines and 
air-conditioning that works, of asking 
carpenters and sheet-metal men to 
wait till class was clone, of being ig- 
nored in important curriculum and 
personnel decisions, of making sug- 
gestions that drop into bottomless 
boxes. 

The situation approaches farce of 
course, as perhaps it must before 
anyone takes it seriously. ■ 

Morris Freedman is a professor in 
the English department. 



Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor: 

Dr. Howarth is certainly entitled to 
express his disagreement with me 
regarding the General Honors Pro- 
gram. He does, however, do me 
disservice in representing me as some- 
one who "...has told students in his 
department that it is not in their best 
interest to participate in General 
Honors." On the contrary, it is the 
students themselves who have told 
me that the program was of little 
interest to them. 



Dr. Howarth should have consulted 
his files as well as his memory before 
making his misstatement. I quote 
from my letter of 20 May 1 985 to 
Dr. F. Gabelnick ( a former associate 
director of General Honors), a copy 
of which was sent to Dr. Howarth: 
"In a discussion with Dr. Howarth, 
Dr. Redish and I made it clear that 
feedback from our majors regarding 
the General Honors program is main- 
ly negative. It does not appeal to 
them nor seem worthwhile with 
respect to developing their intellectual 
interests. They have voiced their feel- 



A Day of Graduation 




The honorable Steny H. Hoyer delivered an address to graduating students at the commence- 
ment convocation ceremony Dec. 23 at Cole Field House. Hoyer received an honorary degree of 
Doctor of Public Service during the ceremony at which 2,340 UMCP students received their 
degrees. 



ings to their friends and to faculty. As 
a result our students remain 
disinterested in the program." 

Although Dr. Howarth's misrepre- 
sentation of me was surely uninten- 
tional he should, just as surely, have 
been aware that the action attributed 
to me would have been quite out of 
character. 

Sincerely, 

Angelo Bardasis 

Physics, Associate Chair for Academic 

Affairs 



Dear Editor, 

I keep forgetting to applaud 
Outlook. But the holiday issue was so 
good 1 just had to get a note of con- 
gratulations to you and your staff. 
You are doing a great job. 

Cordially, 

Robert G. Smith 

Vice Chancellor, 

Office of University Relations 



Architecture Students 
Illuminate Conference 

A lighting design proposal prepared 
by School of Architecture graduate 
students took an honorable mention 
in an international competition spon- 
sored by the Illuminating Engineering 
Society (IES) of North America. The 
entry was displayed Aug. 7-1 1 at the 
IES Annual Conference in Min- 
neapolis. The UMCP students par- 
ticipating in the project were Kenneth 
Jones, Charles Piper, Anne Short, 
Caroline Sonner, and Emily Town- 
send. Sombat Thiratrakoolchai. assis- 
tant professor, was the faculty 
advisor. 

Business School Honored 
for Black Recruitment 

The College of Business and 
Management was recently presented 
the 1988 Outstanding Educational In- 
stitution Award from the National 
Black MBA Association. The honor 
was conferred in recognition of the 
college's commitment to recruiting 
and retaining black students to its 
graduate programs. Nearly ten percent 
of the business school's MBA program 
is comprised of black students this 
semester. According to a recent study 
published by the American Assembly 
of Collegiate Schools of Business, 
enrollment of black students in U.S. 
business schools' graduate programs is 
only 36 percent. 



Beckmann Named Fellow of 
Accreditation Board 

Robert B. Beckmann, professor and 
dean emeritus of the Chemical 
Engineering Department was among 
44 individuals chosen by the Ac- 
creditation Board for Engineering and 
Technology to comprise its first 
group of ABET fellows. The fellows 
program was initiated this year to 
recognize those who have given sus- 
tained quality service to the engineer- 
ing profession in general, and to 
engineering education in particular, 
through the activities of ABET. 

ABET is a federation of 26 profes- 
sional technical societies whose main 
objective and responsibility is the 
maintenance and improvement of the 
quality of engineering education. 

Cleghorn Appoints Press 
Association Manager 

The new manager of the Maryland- 
Delaware-D.C. Press Association Ls 
Nancy Robinson, assistant editor of 
Monday Morning, a weekly publica- 
tion for business employees in Col- 
umbia. Robinsons appointment was 
announced by Reese Cleghorn, dean 
of the College of Journalism, which 
provides management services and of- 
fices for the association. Robinson 
succeeds Winston H. Taylor who 
retired after five years as the 
newspaper trade association's 
executive. 



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