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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER FOR FACULTY AND STAFF AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AT COLLEGE PARK
OCTOBER 18, 1993
VOLUMES, NUMBER 7
Nobel Prize Winner to Speak at College Park
Wole Soyinka, the first African
writer to receive the Nobel Prize for
Literature, will give a lecture at the
university on Thursday, Oct. 21, at
7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of
the Stamp Student Union.
Soyinka received his Nobel Prize
in 1986 after publishing numerous
books, plays, poems and essays,
many of which conjure the vivid
sights, sounds, smells and emotions
of the Nigeria he experienced in his
youth. His work, usually written in
English, often critiques the political
and cultural failures of Africa, includ-
The Nobel laureate currently is
playing an active role in the Nigerian
political crisis with his vocal criti-
cisms of the government's decision to
withhold election results. He has
become the unofficial spokesman in
the West for pro-democracy move-
ments in Nigeria, due in part to his
writings in British and American
newspapers that have brought inter-
national attention to the complex
political developments brewing in
Nigeria under the leadership of the
junta. He is one of the founding
members of the African Democratic
League, a human rights organization
that campaigns for democracy in the
During the Biafran war in 1967,
Soyinka was jailed for two years, dur-
ing which he wrote several poems on
toilet paper that were later published
as a collection called A Shuttle in the
Crypt. Since 1967, he has been forced
into exile on two different occasions
and has received death threats for
Diversity at UMCP
I'ri'skleni Nets Tone for Year- long
Senate Chair Looks at the
Our Latin American Link
Sosnowski Profiles College Park's
defending fellow writer Salman
Rushdie's right to publish The Satanic
Soyinka's most recent book, pub-
lished in 1991, is Isara — A Voyage
Around Essay, a fictionalization of his
father's memoirs. Death and the King's
Horseman is one of Soyinka's more
popular plays. Published in 1987, it
deals with the ritual suicide of a
Yoruba dignitary who dances himself
to death in the marketplace.
The Africa and Africa in the Amer-
icas Project at College Park is spon-
soring Soyinka's lecture, titled
"Africa and the Revisionists of Histo-
ry." Africa and Africa in the Americ-
as is a committee of approximately 70
faculty and staff devoted to promot-
ing understanding and knowledge of
Africa and the African diaspora. The
committee functions as a research
institute to promote scholarship from
a multi-disciplinary perspective.
"Mr. Soyinka takes his politics into
his art, and is as well known for his
political efforts as he is for his literary
achievements," says Lynn Bolles,
director of the Africa and Africa in
the Americas Project. "He is a cultur-
al hero who we are extremely excited
about welcoming to our campus."
The lecture is free and open to the
public. See the calendar on page eight
for more information.
Engineering Student Speaks at Rose Garden
Silver Spring resident and College
Park senior Jordan Wilkerson
received an unexpected phone call
from his professor, David Holloway,
on Sept. 28.
The White House wanted a stu-
dent knowledgeable in automotive
engineering to speak on the implica-
tions of a major new agreement
between the White House and the big
three U.S. automakers to develop an
80-mile-per-galIon car by the year
Wilkerson, a senior in mechanical
engineering, jumped at the chance to
talk about one of the topics he loves
most — high mileage, low emission
cars of the future. Wilkerson is the co-
project leader of College Park's
Hybrid -Electric Car Project and is
intensely interested in designing
vehicles that get high mileage while
being environmentally friendly.
At the press conference on Sept. 29
announcing the agreement, Wilker-
son shared the spotlight with Presi-
dent Clinton, Vice President Gore,
and the chief executive officers of
General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.
"I was a little nervous, but I
thought it was very important to
thank the president for his obvious
commitment to this important pro-
ject," says Wilkerson. "Finding new
ways to meet the transportation and
environmental needs of our nation
has to become a national priority."
Wilkerson did such a good job
during his presentation, the White
House is planning to use his speech
as part of a nationally distributed
video explaining the agreement.
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Students contribute to the Diversity Mural during the First Look Fair on Sept. 22. The mural
will serve as a backdrop and symbol of community for many of the events and programs
planned for "Diversity at UMCP: Growing Toward Community," a year-long celebration being
coordinated by the Office of Human Relations. For more Information about diversity coverage
in OUTLOOK see page four,
Department of Campus Parking Offers Help for Seminar Parking
The Parking Information and Transportation (PIT) Section of the Department
of Campus Parking will greet your guests, distribute informational handouts,
issue permits, reserve parking spaces and meters for meetings, seminars and
other events on campus. They charge $10 per hour, and $15 per hour if given
less than one week's notice. Those interested should call Laura Miller at 314-
Prestegaard Studies Midwest Flooding
Graduate student Kevin Houghton stands near a bridge washed out by flood waters on a tributary
of the South Raccoon River in Iowa.
With a grant from the National
Science Foundation, a campus profes-
sor and four of her graduate students
are studying the effects of this sum-
mer's flood in the Midwest.
Karen Prestegaard, associate pro-
fessor of geology, and research assis-
tants Brendan Shane, Kevin
Katyl, and Mike O'Con-
nell travelled to west-
ern Iowa in late August
to study the record
high water levels there.
Prestegaard and her
students was Anne
Matherne, a former stu-
dent of Prestegaard's
who brought some of
her students from the
University of Nebraska
where she now teaches.
study, "Spatial Varia-
tions in Flood Dis-
charges in the Raccoon
River Basin," will use
the collected data to
improve future flood-
Prestegaard chose the Raccoon
River, which runs diagonally across
the state of Iowa and empties into the
Des Moines River, because its waters
eventually reach the Mississippi,
another river ravaged bv floods this
"It was more interesting to get to
the headwaters and get a picture of
what was happening in the water-
shed," she said.
The Midwest flood was one of the
largest in recorded history. The rising
waters swamped the Des Moines
water plant, Prestegaard said. The
previous record, set in 1986, was half
the magnitude of this year's flood.
Local farmers were vital sources of
information on rainfall amounts and
the timing of floods.
"Farmers often came and told us
how much it had rained and when,"
she said. "They also told us how | the
Roods] had changed the course of the
river in the past."
Prestegaard is no stranger to visit-
ing far-off locales. She has studied
floods in Wisconsin, California,
Wyoming, Montana, Washington,
Canada and the Himalayan country
The first part of her study is to be
presented to the American Geophysi-
cal Union in December at a special
session on the Midwest floods, she
— Stephen Sobck
Professor Coaches Student to Cattle Judging Championship
Pictured, left to right,
are Lee Majeskie and
Jenell Rinehart, a junior animal sci-
ences major, has been judging dairy
cattle since she was six years old.
That's when she started attending
4-H cattle judging clinics taught by
Lee Majeskie, an associate professor
of animal sciences, who now coaches
her in collegiate competition.
On Sept. 28, Rinehart received first
place out of 114 students competing
in the National Collegiate Dairy Cat-
tle Judging Contest at the World
Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.
Cattle judging, which Majeskie
stressed is a competitive activity, uses
national standards of how dairy cat-
tle should appear and ranks them
from most to least correct.
Professional cattle judges use
these standards to choose cattle that
have good survival traits to serve as
breeders, Majeskie said.
Judges in the contest must evalu-
ate and place cattle, and then be able
to give oral reasons for their deci-
"We're not training students to be
cow judges," Majeskie said . "We're
teaching them communication and
decision making skills that we hope
they can take with them after gradua-
Only two other Maryland students
have ever won "high individual," or
first place, in the contest since it start-
ed in 1916: Barbara Riggs in 1952 and
Jeff Myers in 1 973.
Students who compete try out for
a team, which consists of four people
per university or college, but they
also compete individually. This year,
the university's team ranked seventh
out of 30.
Majeskie coached Rinehart, then
age 16, on a 4-H team that won a
national contest in 1989, winning the
chance to represent the United States
the following year at The Royal High-
land Show in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Rinehart, who grew up on a dairy
cattle farm in Carroll County, has
coached Carroll County 8-to-10-year-
okis to state championships for the
past four years with 4-H.
Rinehart recently coached a
promising new judge, her 11-year-old
"She's just phenomenal," Rinehart
said. "She has a keen eye for cattle
and is a great public speaker."
Majeskie said that Maryland 4-H
teams have won the national champi-
onship more times than any other
"I'd like to get more of these
youths coming to Maryland,"
Majeskie said. "Jenell has got practi-
cal experience that adds credibility to
our animal sciences program."
Rinehart, who wants to be a public
relations specialist in agriculture,
hoped that her experiences at the
expo will help her with her job
"One thing about the agriculture
industry is that we're all pretty tight-
knit," she said.
"It's good to get Maryland's name
out there, so that they know we're
producing good, well-trained people
here," said Majeskie.
Rine hart's father, John, competed
on the Maryland team when he was
in college and also won the 4-H
"it really is a family thing," she
— Stephen Sohek
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1993 Quality Conference Set for Oct. 26
The 1993 Quality Conference, co-sponsored by the Maryland Center for Quality &
Productivity (MCQP) and the American Society for Quality Control, Baltimore Sec-
tion (ASQC), will he held on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Univer-
sity College Conference Center. Highlights include presentations of the 1993 U.S.
Senate Productivity Awards for Maryland and the first annual Maryland Award for
Excellence. In addition to morning and afternoon workshop sessions on various
stages of the continuous improvement process, there will also be a "resource mart"
featuring exhibits from several organizations that create quality related information
and services. Call 405-7099 for more information on fees and registration.
Westinghouse Provides Tips on Continuous Improvement
More than 100 faculty and admin-
out the Quality Challenge. The col-
acknowledged President Kirwan,
istrators from the colleges of busi-
leges met separately to identify some
"but if you believe, as I do, that today
ness, engineering, education, and
areas that could benefit from the use
academia is encountering new and
computer, mathematical and physical
of continuous improvement method-
very difficult challenges, and that we
sciences spent three days in late
ologies and to experiment with a few
must change the way we do business
August learning about continuous
CI tools and techniques in group
if we hope to overcome these chal-
improvement (also called Total Qual-
problem solving. For example, the
lenges, then we must be willing to
ity) from the Westinghouse
College of Business and Management
explore and utilize more aspects of
was divided into several groups, each
continuous improvement that can be
The university was participating
of which was given an assignment:
in the Quality Challenge, a national
develop a system of measurement
"1 am convinced that using the
information sharing and training pro-
and feedback for continuous
principles of CI we can reduce the
gram that is conducted by several
improvement in instruction and in
bureaucracy, empower people at the
U.S. corporations to help colleges and
the administration of academic pro-
university level to make more deci-
universities adapt the principles of
grams; devise ways for conveying
sions, and become more responsive
continuous improvement to their ad-
faculty expertise to the corporate
as an institution to our external and
ministrative and academic operations.
community; and create a life-cycle
interna] constituents. I'm committed
Westinghouse's Electronic Sys-
approach to customer satisfaction, the
to making CI work for the campus,
tems Group, located near BWI Air-
customer in this case being MBA
and I ask everyone to keep an open
port, was selected as host because it
mind as we explore ways to use CI
has spent the past ten years applying
Issues discussed within other col-
for the betterment of the university
Total Quality to its engineering and
leges included Cl's bearing on cur-
community and the people we
manufacturing processes. The com-
riculum development, access to
pany chose TQ when it realized that
information, student retention, facul-
For more information about the
to compete successfully in the world
ty development, redesign of recita-
university's Continuous Improve-
market it had to develop better meth-
tion sections and student teaming.
ment effort, call George Dieter or
ods for producing its products and
"1 realize that it will take some
Geno Schnell at 405-3866.
satisfying its customers.
time for CI to be accepted and imple-
— Mercy Coognn
Similarlv, College Park, along with
mented throughout the university,"
most public universities, has come
face-to-face with two realities: ever-
shrinking resources and stiffening
competition for the best faculty, staff
CESAR Shows Rapid Growth
and students. Both of these realities
must be treated as permanent fixtures
Last year, the Center for Substance
mation, statistics, conferences, treat-
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to the university's landscape for the
Abuse Research (C ESAR) was award-
ment sites and job openings. Opera t- ,
foreseeable future, said President Kir-
ed a SI. 2 million contract from the
eel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, J
wan in his address to the Quality
federal Center for Substance Abuse
CESAR Board is free to Maryland 1
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Treatment (CSAT) to conduct several
"Nevertheless, our goal remains
studies that will measure the need for
• CESAR Speaker Series — open to
the same: to be one of the nation's
substance abuse treahnent in Maryland.
the general public, leading scientists
finest public universities," Kirwan
Just last month, the District of
present current research about such ^^^k
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said. "To achieve this, we have to
Columbia's Alcohol and Drug Abuse
topics as needle exchange programs
recruit and retain the best students
Services Administration asked
and drug prohibition. The presenta-
and faculty possible by creating an
CESAR to submit a proposal for a
tions are videotaped and broadcast
environment that draws the most tal-
$750,000 contract to conduct similar
on the university's Flagship Channel; ^^^^
ented people to College Park. I see
studies for the district, largely
• Maryland Statewide Epidemiol- Eric Wist
continuous improvement as a means
because of the success of the ongoing
ogy Work Group (MD/SEWG)— a
of achieving this goal."
Maryland study, according to Acting
voluntary public network of local and
The Quality Challenge provided
Director Eric Wish.
state drug abuse leadership to help
insights into both the philosophical
Though CESAR was established
communities develop clear indicators
and practical aspects of continuous
three years ago by Governor Schae-
of drug use and baseline measures
improvement. The former was sup-
fer's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Com-
for action. This project is currently
plied in part by Westinghouse's Jack
mission to study substance abuse in
being piloted in 14 states by the
West, manager of management sys-
Maryland, CESAR is rapidly growing
National Institute on Drug Abuse; and
tems assessments, and Aris Melis-
in reputation and scope as a national
• CESAR Reports — a quarterly
sa ratos, vice president of
clearinghouse of substance abuse
newsletter about current research and
productivity and quality.
research and information.
Continuous improvement, they
Since 1990, CESAR's annual con-
Wish, who employs several gradu-
emphasized, is not an end in itself.
tract and grant revenue has more
ate and undergraduate students on a
Rather, it is a methodology that helps
than tripled loovorSl million, and
part-time basis, says CESAR is also a
organizations improve the processes
the one-person staff, consisting of
good laboratory for criminal justice
that are used to achieve specific
Wish, has swelled to 20. The center
or public policy majors because "thev
objectives, such as the development
has also greatly expanded its ser-
can work on policy relevant research
of a high caliber product or the deliv-
vices, which include:
and see the effect of what we're
ery of a superior service.
• CESAR FAX — a one-page week-
The practical features of continu-
ly memo about current substance
While demand for CESAR's ser-
ous improvement were highlighted
abuse research and topics. More than
vices implies a general failure of soci-
during one-on-one meetings between
900 subscribers worldwide (including
ety to curb substance abuse, Wish is
conference participants and Westing-
300 state agency personnel) currently
quick to point out that CESAR's suc-
house managers who discussed how
receive CESAR FAX every Monday
cess "is due largely to the extraordi-
they have incorporated CI in their
nary support provided by the
• CESAR Board — -an electronic
university and the Governor's Drug
Spirited discussion of Cl's place in
bulletin board featuring Maryland
and Alcohol Abuse Commission."
higher education occurred through-
and national substance abuse infor-
— joim Fritz
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Diversity Matching Grants Available
The Office of Human Relations is offering matching grants of up to $300 for
diversity-related programs that meet the following criteria: 1) show promise of
being interdisciplinary, 2) involve collaboration between two or more units,
departments, and /or student organizations, 3) involve a mix of faculty, staff
and students, and 4) explore multiple areas of diversity or look at one area of
diversity in depth. Proposals are due Nov. 10. Call 405-2838 or 405-2950 for
guidelines or more information.
Diversity and Unity
President William Kirwan
As we launch activities related to
our Diversity Year initiative, it is
appropriate to pause and reflect on
where we are as a university and as a
nation in our effort to develop pro-
ductive, harmonious institutions and
communities populated by people of
different cultural heritages and racial
backgrounds. In other words, how
well are we living up to the ideal
expressed bv our national motto — "E
Pluribus Unum" — "From Many, One"?
No one in attendance at the con-
ference sponsored bv the School of
Public Affairs this past spring, enti-
tled "Race Relations in America," is
likely to feel sanguine about the cur-
rent state of affairs or about prospects
for the future, The analyses present-
ed by the distinguished speakers on
that occasion were not encouraging:
not only do we remain sharply divid-
ed as a nation along racial and cultur-
al lines, but the barriers of fear and
animositv that divide us appear to be
hardening. Given the dire social and
economic consequences of these di\i-
siuns, there are few topics, it any,
more important for a university to
address than the causes and cures of
prejudice and discrimination in
Several years ago, in my inaugural
address to the campus, ! noted that
over the decade of the 1990s, 85 per-
cent of the net new entrants into our
nation's work force would be either
minorities or women. And, at some
point in the next century, the tradi-
Ifour nation is to maintain a position of strength,
our colleges and universities must prepare a
diverse population of students for a technologically
complex and internationally interdependent age,
tional "majority" will become a
minority. Consequently, if our nation
is to maintain a position of strength,
our colleges and universities must
prepare a diverse population of stu-
dents for a technologically complex
and internationally interdependent
age. In my view, this cannot be done
unless universities develop and nur-
ture within their communities a bet-
ter understanding of the value of
diversity and a greater respect for
In the inaugural address, I also
expressed the hope that we at the
University of Maryland would take
advantage of the rich diversity of our
campus community to develop a new
paradigm for the comprehensive
research universities of our nation, a
paradigm that fosters a learning envi-
ronment capable of preparing voung
people — young people representing
all segments of our society — for pro-
ductive, meaningful lives in the 21st
century. Some five years later, I
Diversity Year in OUTLOOK
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Throughout this year, the Office of
Hainan Relations is coordinating a
year-long celebration, "Diversity at
UMCP: Moving Toward Communi-
ty." As part of this program, OUT-
LOOK will begin a weekly update on
diversity at College Park.
Identified by the new logo at left,
this update will include profiles of
faculty. Diversity-related events will
also be identified in the Calendar.
You can help by providing story
ideas and information about diversity
at College Park. Todd Kliman, a
graduate student and free-lance writ-
er working with Human Relations,
will be coordinating OUTLOOK'S
coverage of diversity, so if you have
an idea or suggestion, call him at 405-
2838. You can also call the OUTLOOK
office at 405-462M.
believe this vision for the university
is, if anything, even more compelling.
In a real sense, however, the ideal we
seek is not new. More than 200 years
ago, John Stuart Mill said, "In all
things of any difficulty and impor-
tance those who can do them are far
fewer than the need ... and any limi-
tation on the available field deprives
society of some chance of being well
served by the competent."
While Mill's admonition applies to
many institutions, there are special
reasons for this university to be con-
cerned bv questions relating to racial
and cultural diversity. Our task,
unique among all the higher educa-
tion institutions in Maryland, is to
maintain the highest standards of
educational and scholarly activity
and to offer the broadest array of
undergraduate and graduate pro-
grams for all segments of our society.
Honoring this mandate requires that
we develop ways to convince those in
groups that we are indeed eager for
them to join this university as stu-
dents, faculty, and staff and for them
to participate fully in the life of the
institution. The array of programs
developed for Diversity Year is one
way we can encourage a better
understanding and appreciation of
the different cultures, races and tradi-
tions that make up our world, nation
As we celebrate Diversity Year,
however, let us not forget our ulti-
mate objective with this initiative: to
promote understanding and unity,
not division; to build "one" commu-
nity based on equity and ability and
to build it from the multi-talented,
multi-faceted "many" of our popula-
tion. Let us also not forget that our
commonalities, our shared destiny,
our mutual hopes and aspirations for
a better world bind us together inex-
tricably and are just as important as
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Newcombe Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation is accepting applications for scholar-
ships for the spring 1994 semester. Awards range from $200 to $600. To quali-
fy, women must be 25 years or older, admitted as undergraduates for the
spring semester, and have completed at least half the credits necessary for their
degrees. Special consideration is given to women with financial need or dis-
abilities. The deadline for applications is Nov. 12. For more information, call
314-7693 or stop by 2101 Shoemaker Building.
Sharing Governance: the Campus, the System, the State
"Shared governance at the University
of Maryland at College Park means gov-
ernance shared among Administration,
Faculty, Staff, and Students."
This central tenet of the 1991 joint
task forces chaired by Professors
Andrew Wolvin and Ralph Bennett
has moved closer to reality with the
adoption last spring of the revised
Plan of Organization. Despite this suc-
cessful effort to weave the principle
of shared governance into the very
fabric of our university, the campus
community still seeks an answer to
the basic question; "What exactly
does shared governance mean and
how will it work at College Park?"
Any response must acknowledge
at least three distinct but interlocking
environments in which shared gover-
nance must function: our own institu-
tion, the University of Maryland
System and the state of Maryland.
Shared governance must work at all
levels if it is to work at all.
The word university derives from
universitas, medieval Latin for com-
munity or corporation. The earliest
universities in Europe nearly 1,000
years ago were guilds of scholars and
teachers who governed themselves —
collecting fees from students, design-
ing the curriculum and establishing
academic policy. Small, homogenous
groups could practice collective self-
governance, and still do at some
small liberal arts colleges. But as the
modern university has grown expo-
nentially in size, diversity and com-
plexity, a professional corps of
managers has assumed administra-
tive responsibility and control. The
larger the institution, the larger and
more powerful the bureaucratic
superstructure. We at College Park
find ourselves triply embedded in
bureaucracies of increasing size and
distance as well as progressive! v
attenuated accountability — on cam-
pus, in the system and in the state.
On campus, we have made real
progress toward legitimate shared
governance. The new Plan of Organi-
zation requires advisory committees
at every administrative level and calls
for the creation of university councils
that will be more than just advisory,
but will have genuine oversight and
Most important, our representa-
tive body — the College Park Senate —
consists of members elected by all
three constituencies on campus,
unlike most institutions that boast
only a faculty senate. In the past few
years, the senate has reaffirmed its
commitment to sharing governance
with all parties and has labored espe-
cially to empower staff and students.
Although faculty, staff and students
may come at issues with distinct —
even conflicting — perspectives, the
senate has grown into a forum for
serious, open and mutually respectful
Yet questions remain about the
operation and limits of shared gover-
nance: What, if anything, should be
off-limits to shared decision-making?
How will the university community
assume its share of responsibility for
decisions as it exercises its share of
decision-making? No one on campus
questions the good will of our pre-
sent administration, yet these ques-
tions are not easily answered. How
might the principle of shared gover-
nance fare under a less sympathetic
and less forthcoming administration?
And as we play a greater role in
university governance, a paradox
emerges, if we retake significant poli-
cy-setting authority from the profes-
sional administrators (who will be
held accountable for implementing
poiicy and managing for quality), we
must admit that in some respects we
ourselves are amateurs when it
comes to governing a huge, complex
modern university. We may be expert
in academic matters, but very little
qualifies a particle physicist or a
scholar of Dickens or a french horn
player to manage the budgets, per-
sonnel and facilities of a department,
college or campus. In essence, shared
governance means management by
amateurs. Our amateur status
accounts for many of our mistakes
but even more of our successes. Yet if
we insist on cooperative decision-
making, especially in the face of
increasingly difficult problems, we
must also insist that we train our-
selves to be better informed, smarter
and more responsible participants in
the process. With shared governance
comes shared accountability.
However, College Park does not
exist or operate in a vacuum. Despite
our progress on campus, shared gov-
ernance means little if decisions made
cooperatively at College Park are
ignored or overturned at the system
level. Admittedly, the board of
regents, chancellor and system
administration manage an unwieldy
state-wide confederation of institu-
tions, each with a distinct mission
and personality. The proclivity to
standardize and homogenize the sys-
tem institutions, rather than attend-
ing to the varied voices particular to
each campus community, is evident
and unfortunate. Debacles, such as
last year's system-wide accelerated
program review, are the result. There
has been almost no consultation or
communication with the senates of
each individual institution. Policies
carefully crafted through shared gov-
ernance procedures on individual
campuses have been disregarded or,
worse, rewritten by executive fiat.
Examples include College Park's own
APT and termination of appointment
Although advisory councils of fac-
ulty, staff and students exist on the
system level, their ability to represent
the interests of the different institu-
tions, as well as their ability to influ-
ence policy, remains limited. As
councils charged with system-wide
representation, they are unable to
tackle issues that are potentially divi-
sive among the system institutions;
such issues will become more fre-
quent and more heated as resources
diminish. The questions then become:
How do we get the board and the
chancellor to consult with the elected
representative bodies on campus?
How do we get system administra-
tion to govern with us and on our
behalf? How do we hold the system
a d m i n is tra t i o n a n d board o f regen ts
The chancellor himself has said
that the process of governing a sys-
tem of institutions has not yet been
adequately theorized. But we needn't
wait for a coherent theory before we
can take some practical and forward-
looking steps. First, the board and
system administration must acknowl-
edge the distinct missions among sys-
tem institutions, and consult with the
distinct constituencies on each cam-
pus, as they set policy. For College
Park, that means a system commit-
ment to make the idea of a flagship
research university a reality. Second,
the board and svstem administration
can support the idea of faculty repre-
sentation on the board of regents, A
faculty voice cannot threaten the
independence and integrity of the lay
board, but surely can help them
understand the ways in which a uni-
Lastly, College Park faces a special
challenge as a public university. The
university and system are subject to
political and economic forces within
the state that seem very far beyond
our control. Yet we must work,
through shared governance and
cooperative problem -solving, to take
a proactive stance on higher educa-
tion issues such as workload,
employee salaries, diversity and
"political correctness." A hostile and
misinformed press is shaping public
opinion, and public opinion in turn
shapes the political agenda. If we
don't develop our own solutions to
our own problems, then our state
politicians will impose much less
palatable solutions upon us. Togeth-
er, we must make our case to the
public and legislature clearly and
persuasively. Together, we must
defend what is defensible and reform
what is not
— Hank Dohin
College Park Senate
Chair Hank Dobin
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Check Out Diversity
"Diversity at UMCP," an exhibit currently on view in the Hornbake Library
lobby, presents books and other materials available in the UMCP libraries on
different aspects of cultural and social diversity. Among the items featured are
works by Ronald Takaki, a foremost author on multicultural issues, and an
example of a magazine article written in braille. Later this year Nonprint
Media Services (Hornbake Library, 4th floor) will be showing a series of pro-
grams on various aspects of diversity.
Our Latin American links Are Legion
Because we live right here, some-
times we take for granted the broad
scope of knowledge generated at Col-
lege Park vis-a-vis Latin America. Par-
ticularly in times of crisis, we tend to
focus on losses and on gaps yet to be
filled. While this is certainly neces-
sary, coming from Argentina, a coun-
try (some might expand it to the
region) where the term 'crisis' is sys-
temic, I share with manv of vou the
understanding that crises are also
opportunities to reflect on existing
programs, to reformulate priorities
and to advance rapidly to achieve
clearly focused goals. I capitalize,
therefore, on what we have already
As we look across the nation, we
are relative latecomers to Latin Amer-
ican studies. But since all the clocks
that track the pace of knowledge are
Sosnowski Receives Distinguished International Service Award
Latin American Studies Center Director Saul Sosnowski received the Distinguished
International Service Award on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The annual award Is given to a member
of the College Park faculty who has contributed significantly to the development of interna-
tional institutional programs, backed by a distinguished professional career. Left to right:
Donna Hamilton, chair, International Affairs Committee, Provost Daniel Fallon, honoree Saul
Sosnoski and President William E. Kirwan.
not synchronized, our recent entry in
the field also affords us unique
opportunities. When we take stock of
the new knowledge that over the
years has been produced and dissem-
inated by our university, we also
become critically aware that we have
been quietly positioning ourselves to
become major players in several areas
of the globe.
In the Latin American case, we
find at College Park that ground-
breaking work has been carried out
for years in agriculture and life sci-
ences; that in areas as closely inter-
linked as education and the media,
providing expertise in public policy
and in negotiating the intricacies of
international finance, in human rights
and in the study of Latin America's
multifaceted cultures, Maryland has
positioned itself as a major center in
the United States.
Since last year, for instance, the
departments of government and poli-
tics, sociology, economics and geog-
raphy have brought together the
scholarly vitality necessary to pro-
vide core training in Latin American
studies to both undergraduate and
graduate students within the College
of Behavioral and Social Sciences. In
addition to the widely acknowledged
leadership of the facultv in Latin
American literatures and cultures,
Spanish and Portuguese language
teaching, and the new track that will
be opened in indigenous cultures, the
program in International Business
and Foreign Languages (IBFL) is
growing at a pace that NAFTA
negotiators would certainly envy.
The training of mid-career profes-
sionals in U.S. policv, along with an
increased involvement in environ-
mental studies, in establishing pub-
lic policy programs in Latin
America, and in hosting Latin
American-related activities, place
the School of Public Affairs at still
another tier of excellence and com-
mitment. The existing Study
Abroad Program and resource cen-
ter in Mexico City, in collaboration
with other universities in the sys-
tem, are a tribute to the efforts of
administrators and faculty, and
particularly to the skills that we
find in International Education Ser-
vices and in the Office of Interna-
I am talking about vision, about
the wisdom and the necessary con-
viction that the leadership of the
university from across academic
and administrative units has had in
making choices that will affect all of
us for decades to come. Our linkage
to Latin America, to its peoples and
cultures is not a matter of choice; it
is a matter of shared geography
and of shared history. As we
increase relations with Latin Amer-
ica through active exchanges of fac-
ulty and students and joint research
projects, as together we seek new
paths of knowledge, of mutual recog-
nition and respect, we must also look
to our closer backyard.
In the past, Latin America has
been referred to frequently as the
backyard of the United States, with
its concomitant implications of
dependency and caring intervention.
As one of the byproducts of the quin-
centennial of Columbus' cartographic
error has taught us, turning the map
upside down serves in itself as a
valuable lesson in cultural percep-
tions. Those who fit that elusive cate-
gory of being the "others" are not
At present, and almost
within walking distance
of our campus, the
growth of Hispanic com-
munities indicates that
our interest in interna-
tional affairs will not
always require a passport
nor accrue free mileage.
only down there, they are in our
midst, they are us.
For those of us who come from
Latin America, who work on Latin
America and on the Caribbean, Col-
lege Park has become part of Latin
America. At a time when many Latin
Americans viewed with suspicion
invitations to participate in meetings
and conferences in this country, they
learned that our institution was pro-
pitious for the free exchange of opin-
ion, for serious and constructive
debates. Maryland is known across
Latin America as a university where
matters Latin American are not only
the subject of inquiry, but as a source
of new initiatives to be developed
jointly with colleagues in the region.
At present, and almost within
walking distance of our campus, the
growth of Hispanic communities
indicates that our interest in interna-
tional affairs will not always require a
passport nor accrue free mileage. It
points out that we have a unique
opportunity to serve the state and
Latin America — our shared citizen-
ry — in still one more significant way.
Through a recently initiated outreach
program, we are seeking to attract the
children of immigrants who for the
first time in their family's history will
graduate from high school, and who
we hope will be the first to earn a col-
lege degree from the University of
Maryland. If we succeed in attracting
even a fraction of these students, we
will have taken another step in the
true internationalization of our stu-
dents' education and of daily life on
— Saul Sosnowski
Editor's Note: This article was adapted
from the author's ran arks made upon
receipt of the Disti}t$uished International
From time to time, OUTLOOK runs
this section calling attention to the
accomplishments, awards and
achievements of College Park facul-
ty, staff and students. Kudos to...
is compiled from memos, letters,
phone calls and departmental
newsletters. We'd like to hear from
you. Send information, and a black
& white photo, if possible, to OUT-
LOOK, attn: Kudos, 2nd floor. Turn-
Kathryn Bartol, business and man-
a gem en t , wh o rece i ved t h e Sa ge
Scholarship Award from the women
in management division of the
Academy of Management at its
national meeting in August. The
award recognizes outstanding contri-
butions to research on gender issues
Juan Bonta, architecture, who is an
invited speaker at the Buenos Aires
1993 International Architecture Bien-
nial, where he will present his soft-
ware on the analysis of architectural
discourse. He will also lecture at the
University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires;
the National University of Buenos
Aires; and the University of the
Republic of Uruguay.
Jeffery Cohen, engineering and
architectural services, who was
appointed by the New York Stock
Exchange to its panel of arbitrators.
Roger Davidson, government and
politics, who was summoned to Capi-
tol Hill several times in recent
months to present testimony on pro-
posed reorganization plans.
Amy Gardner, architecture, who
received a Merit Award in the
Renaissance Awards Program, a
national competition sponsored by
the National Association of Home-
builders and Remodeling Magazine.
James Gates, physics, who was
named the 1993 Physicist of the Year
by the National Technical Associa-
tion, and was a co-recipient of its
1993 National Technical Achiever
Award. Gates received his awards in
Houston on Sept. 11.
Richard Herman, computer, math
and physical sciences dean, who was
appointed to a the National Science
Foundation Mathematics and Physi-
cal Sciences Directorate Advisory
Committee on Oct. 1.
David Inouye, zoology, whose book,
Techniques for Pollination Biologists,
was published in June. It was co-
authored by Carol Kearns, of the Uni-
versity of Colorado, who received her
Ph.D. from the zoology department
Arie Kruglanski, psychology, who
was invited to deliver the fourth ]os
Jaspers Memorial Lecture at Maas-
tricht, the Netherlands, on Dec. 17,
1993. Jos Jaspers was an eminent
Dutch social-cognitive psychologist
who headed the social psychology
program at Oxford for many years.
Stephen Leatherman, geography,
whose production, "Vanishing
Lands," won first place, the Golden
Azor award, at the closing ceremony
of the Mostra Atlantica de Televisao.
Lawrence Moss, music, who has
been chosen as an American Society
of Composers, Authors and Publish-
ers Award recipient. The awards are
based on the prestige of each writer's
catalog of original compositions and
the recent performance of those
Mancur Olson, economics, whose
article, "Dictatorship, Democracy,
and Development," published in the
September 1993 issue of the American
Political Science Revieio, was reviewed
positively in Financial Times by
prominent economics writer Samuel
Andrew D. Wolvin, speech commu-
nication, and Carol Coakley, faculty
research assistant, who have pub-
lished Perspectives on Listening, an
edited volume of essays on listening.
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Exhibit: "Inspirations: Watercolors and
Drawings by Greg Mart." through Dec. 5,
UMUC Arts Program Gallery, Call (301]
985-7154 for into.
Concert Band: Tue,. Oct. 19. 8 p.m..
Grand Ballroom. Stamp Student Unkjn.
Call 5-5545 for into.
Recital: FrL, Oct. 22, Giuseppe Scotese.
piano, 8 p.m.. Tawes Recital Hall. Call 5
5545 for info.
Concert Society at Maryland: Fn.. Oct.
22. "Women & Music in the Islamic
World.' Mural Urgulu, 8:30 p.m.. UMUC
Auditorium. $16. students S8. Call 103-
4240 for info.*
Creative Dance Lab: Sat.. Oct. 23. 10
a.m.-2p.m„ Dance Building. Call 5-7038
Concert Society at Maryland: Sat.. Oct.
23, Takacs Quartet. 8 p.m.. UMUC
Auditonum. $18, students 18. Call 403-
4240 for into.*
Reading: Wed., Oct. 27, A.M. Homes,
7:30 p.m., Maryland Room, Mane Mount
Hall. Call 5-3820 for info.
Public Affairs Brawn Bag Discussion:
Mon., Oct. IS. "Planning for People and
Parks." Katrina Eadie Brandon. World
Wildlife Fund Senior Fellow, noon. 2277
Zoology /Psychology, Call 5-6351 for
Employee Development Training
Program: Mo n.. Oct. 18. "Procurement
information Display." 3-4:30 p.m.,
110 111 Administrative Services. Can 5
5651 for into or to register.*
Entomology Colloquium: Mon., Oct. 18.
"The Roie of Mudgut Proteins in Bacillus
Thuringiensis Town Specificity." Michael
J. Adartg. University of Georgia, 4 p.m.,
02OO Symons, Call 5-3911 tor info.
Computer Science Lecture: Mon,. Oct
18. "Machine Learning in the Content of
Real-Time Control," Donald Michie.
University of Edinburgh. 4 p.m.. 0111
Engineering Call 5-6634 tor info.
Space Science Seminar: Mon., Oct 18,
"Samples: Mission Overview and
Science Results." Glenn Mason. 4:30
p.m.. 1113 Computer and Space
Science, Call 5^232 for info.
Employee Development Training
Program: Tue.. Oct. 19. "Stress
Management," 9 a.m. -4 p.m., 1101U
Administrative Services. Call 5-5651 for
info or to register.'
Engineering Seminar: Tue.. Oct. 19.
'Direct Adaptive Control of Parabolic
Systems." Joseph Bernsman, University
of Illinois. 11 a.m.. 2168 A.V, Williams.
Call 5-6634 for into.
Zoology Lecture: Tue.. Oct. 19. "Fish
Sex: Their Cries of Ecstacy on Our Deaf
Ears." Philip Lobel, noon, 1208
Zoology/Psychology, Call 5-6891 for
Diversity Accountability and
Implementation Planning Workshop:
Tue,. Oct. 19. 'Creating a Successful
Diversity Plan." Reginald Wilson.
American Council on Education, 12:30-5
p.m.. Stamp Student Union Atrium. Call
5-2838 for info.
Latin American Studies Brown Bag
Presentation: Tue.. Oct. 19, "Virtual
Public Spaces," Beniamm Arditi,
University of Essex. 1 p.m.. 2215
Jimenez. Call 56411 far info.
Stress Management Workshop: Mon..
Oct. 19, 'Stress and a Healthy
Lifestyle," 5-6:15 p.m., 2107 Health
Center. Call 4-8131 tor info.
Counseling Center Seminar: Wed., Oct.
20. "The Honors Program and the
Maryland Scholar's Program," Ira Berlin,
noon-l p.m.. 0106 Shoemaker. Call 4-
7690 for info.
Employee Development Training
Program: Wed.. Oct. 20, "Interviewing
and Selecting Employees," 9 a.m. -4
p.m.. 1101 Administrative Services. Call
55651 for into or to register."
Urban Studies Lecture: Wed. Oct, 20,
"Planning Preservation in Cairo: A
Conflict of Needs,' Abdalla Ahmed El-
Enan, Cairo University, noon-l:15 p.m.,
1179 LeFrak Call 56798 for info.
Center for Renaissance and Baroque
Studies Lecture: Wed.. Oct. 20. "Or.
Faustus and Runagate Courage:
Theorizing Gender in Early Modern
German Literature," Barbara Becker-
Cantarino. 3 p.m., Maryland Room.
Marie Mount. Call 5-6830 for info.
Employee Development Training
Program: Thu„ Oct. 21. 'Effective
Business Writing," 9 a.m.4 p.m.. 1101
Administrative Services, Call 5-5651 for
info or to register.*
Meteorology Seminar: Thu, Oct. 21,
"Estuanne Plumes: The Chesapeake.
Columbia and Mississippi,* William
Boicourt. 3:30 p.m.. 2114 Computer
and Space Sciences, Call 5-5392 for
Science Colloquium: Thu.. Oct. 21.
'Exemplars, Abstractions and Model
Anomalies: Representation and
Reasoning in Mendeiian and Molecular
Genetics," Lmdtey Darden, 4 p.m., 1117
Francis Scott Key, Call 5-5691 tor into.
Nuclear Engineering Seminar: Thu.. Oct.
21. "Porous Silicon: Mechanisms of
Light Emission." S. Prokes, Naval
Research Laboratory, 4 p.m.. 2110
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Call
55208 for into.
Contemporary Voices of Our Latino
Community Seminar: Thu.. Oct. 21.
"Meeting the Challenges of Educating
the Hispanic Community," Emilia Garcia
Pneto. 4:30 p.m., St. Mary's Multi-
purpose Room. Lecture conducted in
Spanish, Call 5-6441 tor into.
Africa and Africa in the Americas
Lecture: "Africa and the Revisionists of
History," Wole Soymka, Nigerian Nobel
Laureate. 7:30 p.m., Stamp Student
Union Grand Ballroom, reception to fol-
low. Call 52118 for more information.
Comparative literature Conference: Fn,.
Oct. 22 to Sun.. Oct. 24. 'Carribean
Conference: Expanding the Definition of
Creolite," St. Mary's Multi-Purpose
Room. Call 5-4024 for into.
Mental Health Service Lunch N Learn
Seminar: Fn., Oct. 22, "Cognitive
Distortion in Offenders." Linda Blick. The
Chesapeake Institute, ncon-2 p.m..
3100E University Health Center. Call 4-
8106 for into.
THE CARING COALITION
AN INNOVATIVE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG PREVENTION PROGRAM
SPONSORED BY FIPSE, U;S. DEPTOF EDUCATION
Geology Seminar: Fit, Oct. 22,
"Graduate Student Day 1." Tom Williams
and Paul Tomascak. 11 a.m., 0103
Hornbake. Call 54089 for info.
Speech Communication Colloquium:
Fri.. Oct. 22. "Thought and Talk:
implications of Theories of Message
Design." Barbara O'Keeto, University of
Illinois, noon. 0104 Stunner, Call 56526
Botany Seminar: Fn.. Oct. 22. Michael
Dobres. Drexel University, noon, 2242
H.J Patterson. Call 5-1597 for info.
American Association of University
Women Luncheon: Fn.. Oct. 22. Fatimah
Jackson, noon- 1:00 p.m.. Carriage
House, Rossborough Inn. $10. Call 4-
8013 tor info
Finance Seminar: Fn,, Oct, 22. "The
Sale of Financial Market Information,"
Michael Fishman. Northwestern
University, 1-2:30 p.m., 1203 Van
Munching. Call 5-2246 for into.
National Reading Research Center
Seminar: Fn., Oct. 22. "How Reading
Assessment is Communicated and
Understood in an Elementary School,"
Peter Afflerbach. 4-5 p.m.. 2202 J.M,
Patterson. Call 5-7437 for info.
ED PA Graduate Student Research
Conference: Sat.. Oct. 23. 8:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m., 0206 Benjamin, $10 pre-
paid, $12 at the door. Call 53714 for
Caring Coalition Conference: Sat.. Oct.
23, "Challenging the Campus Climate:
Moving Beyond Alcohol, ' 9:30 a.m.4
p.m., Tyser Auditorium. Van Munching
Hall. Call 4-8123 tor info and to register
Employee Development Training
Program: Mon.. Oct. 25. "Nuts and
Bolts of Procurement and Supply." 9
a.m.-noon, 1101 Administrative Services.
Call 5-5651 for info or to register.*
Returning Student Workshop: Mon..
Oct. 25. "Notetaking Workshop," 2-3
p.m., 2201 Shoemaker. Can 4-7693 for
Entomology Colloquium: Mon., Oct. 25,
'Nitrogen content of pomsettia.
Euphorbia Pulcherrima, as a Host to the
Sweetpotato Whitefly," Jo-Ann Bent;. 4
p.m.. 0200 Symons. Call 53911 for
Space Science Seminar: Mon . Oct. 25.
"Recent Observations of Pickup Ions."
George Gioeckler. 4:30 p.m.. 1113
Computer and Space Sciences. Call 5-
6232 for info.
Employee Development Training
Program: Tue.. Oct 26. "Understanding
the Travel Office," 9 a.m.-noon. 1101
Administrative Services. Call 5-5651 for
info or to register,'
Zoology Lecture: Tue.. Oct. 26. "Prey
Selectivity and Vision of Sunfish:
Another Grimm Tale," Bill Walton, noon,
1208 Zoology/Psychology, Call 5-6896
Employee Development Training
Program: Tue.. Oct. 26, "Financial
Success in a Recovering Eccnomy-The
Hidden Agenda in Your Automobile
Insurance." 1-3 p.m.. 1101
Administrative Services. Call 55651 for
info or to register."
Counseling Center Seminar: Wed.. Oct.
27. 'Biological Research on Infants,"
Nathan Fox. noon-l p.m.. 0106
Shoemaker. Call 4-7690 tor info.
Core Faculty Workshop: Wed,, Oct. 27.
'Diversity in the Disciplines," 3-4:30
p.m.. Maryland Room. Mane Mount. Call
5-9368 for info.
Computer Science Lecture: Wed., Oct.
27, "Educating a New Engineer," Peter J.
Denning. George Mason University. 4
p.m„ 0111 A.V. Williams. Call 5-2661
China Regional Seminar: Wed., Oct. 27.
"Industry. Culture, Politics: The Taiwan
Transformation." Chun-chieh Huang,
National Taiwan University. 4 p.m.,
Mc Henry Room, Center for Adult
Education. Call 5-4312 for info.
Toastmasters: Tue., Oct. 19. General
Meeting, 7 p.m., 1314 Van Munching.
Call 13011 474-3410 for Into,
Overeaters Anonymous: Wed., Oct. 20 &
Wed.. Oct. 27. 4:306:30 p.m.. 2107
Health Center. Call (3011 776-1076 tor
Toastmasters Area Conference: Thu..
Oct, 21. 7 p.m.. 3441 Van Munching.
Call (3011 474-3410 for into.
Timex Fitness Week: Mon., Oct. 18-
Mon., Oct. 25. Call 4-7218 for into.
Field Hockey: Tue.. Oct. 19. vs.
Bucknell, 7:30 p.m.. Astroturf Field. Call
4-7006 for info.
Men's Soccer: Wed,, Oct. 20, vs GWU.
3 p.m.. Denton Field. Call 4-7005 for
World's Largest Aerobics Class: Thu..
Oct. 21, 5 p.m.. Armory Gym. Call 4
7218 for info.
Volleyball: Fri., Oct. 22, vs. Virginia. 7
p.m., Cole Field House. Call 4-7009 tor
Volleyball: Sun.. Oct. 24, vs. Rhode
Island. 1 p.m., Cote Field House. Call 4-
7009 for info.
Women's Soccer: Sun., Oct. 24. vs.
Monmouth, 2 p.m., Denton Field. Call 4
7034 for info.
Women's Soccer: Tue., Oct. 26. vs
Princeton. 3 p.m.. Denton Field. Call 4-
7034 for info.
Men's Soccer: Wed.. Oct. 27, vs. James
Madison 3 p.m.. Denton Field. Call 4-
7005 tor info,
Peer Computer Tratnlng: Mon .Oct. 18.
"Intro to NeXT," 6-9 p.m., 4352
Computer Science Center. $5, Call 5-
2941 for info.*
Peer Computer Training: Tue., Oct. 19.
WordPerfect, 6-9 p.m.. 3330 Computer
Science Center. $5. Call 5-2941 for
Study Abroad Fair: Wed., Oct. 20. 11
a.m.-2 p.m., Tortuga Room, Stamp
Student Union. Cafl 4-4776 far into.
Peer Computer Training: Wed., Oct. 20,
"WordPerfect for Thesis Writing. Part 2."
69 p.m.. 3330 Computer and Space
Sciences. $5. Call 5-2941 lor info. *
Peer Computer Training: Thu,. Oct, 21,
"Networked Resources. Part 1," 69
p.m., 4352 Computer and Space
Sciences. $5. Call 5-2941 for info. '
Calendar phone numbers listed as 4 -xm or 5-JjetX stand far the prefix 314- or 405-
respectively. Events are Iree and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk ! ' L
For more information, call 4054628.
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