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Debating the Use of Military Force, page 3 
Power and Identity in the Workplace, page 5 
Campus Compliance Officer's Report, page 7 



Outlook 

The University of Maryland at College Park Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper • Volume 11 Number 15 • January 28, 1997 



Campus Police Earn 
Coveted Accreditation 

The University of Maryland 
Police joins an elite group of inter- 
national police forces with its 
recent accreditation from the 
Commission on Accreditation for 
Law Enforcement Agencies 
(CALEA). The University police 
force received a unanimous vote, 
making it one of 450 (out of 
17,000) in the country to receive 
this accreditation distinction. Only 
16 other accredited forces are 
departments at colleges and univer- 
sities. 

The voluntary accreditation 
process involves an in-depth exami- 
nation of the police force's adminis- 
trations and operations. After a rig- 
orous and comprehensive self- 
assessment of the 436 standards 
developed by CALEA, a team of 
CALEA assessors verified compli- 
ance with standards by checking its 
proofs and interviewing operations 
and management personnel. The 
assessors also conducted a public 
hearing to elicit citizens comments. 

Chief Kenneth Krouse is quite 
proud of his agency's achievement 
and explains that this accreditation 
is a coveted award that symbolizes 
professionalism, excellence and 
competence. "This accreditation 
emphasizes that we have profes- 
sional men and women dedicated to 
providing the best in police services 
to this community," Krouse says. "It 
opens our door and the way we do 
business to public scrutiny as well 
as to the in-depth evaluation by the 
Commission." 

The standards address six major 
law enforcement areas: 1) role, 
responsibilities and relationships 
with other agencies: 2) organiza- 
tion, management and administra- 
tion; 3) personnel administration; 4) 
law enforcement operations, opera- 
tional support and traffic law 
enforcement; 5) prisoner and court- 
related services; and 6) auxiliary 
and technical services. 

The department applied for 
accreditation in April 1994 and 
received a grant waiving the 
process's administration fee of 
$7,600. Only 12 grants were 
awarded. 

"In the scheme of things, $7,600 
isn't a great deal of money," says 

— continued on page 2 



Gregory Geoffroy, Penn State 
Science Dean, Named Provost 



Gregory Geoffroy, of The Pennsylva- 
nia State University, has been named 
vice president for academic affairs and 
provost at the University of Maryland. 

In announcing the appointment, 
President William E. Kirwan said, "The 
university will be greatly enriched by 
the addition of Gregory Geoffroy as its 
top academic officer. He is a highly dis- 
tinguished scholar-teacher and an inno- 
vative administrator whose commit- 
ment to quality in higher education is 
certain to strengthen Maryland's posi- 
tion as a preeminent research university." 

Geoffroy, currently dean of Eberly 
College of Science at Penn State, will 
assume his new position June 1, taking 
on responsibility for two-thirds of the 
university's $725 million operating bud- 
get and oversight of all academic-related 
functions. He succeeds Daniel Fallon 



who stepped down last July, after three 
years as provost, to return to teaching 
and research in the School of Public 
Affairs. Nelson Markley, formerly acting 
associate vice president for academic 
affairs, has served as acting provost 
since July. 

"While I am sorry to be leaving Penn 
State," Geoffroy said, "I very much look 
forward to the exciting opportunities 
the new position at the University of 
Maryland at College Park represents." 

Geoffroy has spent the past 22 years 
at Penn State, having joined the faculty 
in 1974 as an assistant professor in the 
chemistry department. After serving as 
department chair in 1988, he was cho- 
sen to become dean of the college in 
1 989, assuming responsibility for bud- 
get, personnel and academic quality for 
eight departments with more than 200 




Gregory Geoffroy 

tenure-track faculty. His tenure as dean 
has been marked by significant 
strengthening of each department with- 
in the college, the establishment of sev- 
eral cross-departments and cross-col- 
lege research centers of excellence and 
an initiative aimed at raising the quality 

— continued on page 2 



Kirwan Takes Action on Ethnic Task Force Report 



Like the state it serves, the University 
of Maryland boasts a diverse mix of eth- 
nic minorities among its faculty, staff 
and students. In the eyes and minds of 
some of those minorities, however, the 
university needs to do more to boost 
their numbers and improve the campus 
climate. 

These were among the findings of a 
1 995 report issued by the Asian, 
Hispanic and Native American Task 
Force, appointed by President William 
E. Kirwan and Janet Helms, chair of the 
President's Commission on Ethnic 
Minority Issues, three years ago. 

Last November, Kirwan responded 
to those concerns with a 1 3-point 
action plan that identified specific ini- 
tiatives, individuals responsible for 
those initiatives and a definitive time- 
line for implementing them. 

Since the 1970s, the university has 
been committed to increasing the pres- 
ence of ethnic minorities in both its stu- 
dent body and workforce, says Kirwan. 
Offices, programs and committees have 
been established to recruit, retain and 
graduate ethnic minority students, and 
similarly to recruit, employ and train 
ethnic minorities for the university's 
workforce. 

"We want this campus to be one that 
truly reflects the diversity of our state, 
region and nation," says Kirwan. 

Many of the university's efforts, par- 

— continued on page 6 



President's Action Plan in Response to the Asian, Hispanic 
and Native American Task Force Report 

1. Establish hiring goals that double the 1996-2000 Affirmative Action Goals 
for Asian American & Hispanic American associate staff by the year 2000. 

2. Establish hiring goals that double the 1996-2000 Affirmative Action Goals 
for Asian American & Hispanic American classified employees. 

3. Increase the percentage of Asian, Hispanic and Native American academic 
administrators to at least 10 percent by the year 2000. 

4. Establish a protocol to ensure a diverse representation on key academic 
committees. 

5. Initiative a review of Asian American, Hispanic American and Native 
American faculty salaries. 

6. Review salary, promotion and tenure policies and practices to determine 
whether or not they have an adverse impact on ethnic minorities. 

7. Provide two additional full-time permanent positions to the Office of Multi- 
Ethnic Student Education to support Asian American and Hsparic American student. 

8. Conduct a study of current financial aid policies and practices to determine 
whether or not ethnic minorities are treated fairly. 

9. Establish parallel groups to develop courses on the Hispanic American and 
Native American experiences as has been done for Asian Americans. 

10. Develop a plan to assess ethnic minorities credentials, review current 
employment procedures and create programs for preparing ethnic minorities for 
supervisory roles. 

11. Develop unit initiatives to improve the climate for ethnic minority emrJoyees. 

12. Develop a diversity statement for the College Park campus. 

13. Appoint an expanded committee to monitor the Action Plan in concert with 
the Excellence through Diversity Action Plan and to provide an annual status 
report to the campus community. 



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Arts and Humanities Dean to Leave 



Geoff roy Accepts Provost's Post 



continued from page 1 
of undergraduate education programs 
in the college. 

"Greg Geoffroy has done a absolute- 
ly superb job at Penn State," says Perm 
State President Graham Spanier. "He 
has implemented numerous initiatives 
over the past seven years that have 
helped to bring the Eberly College into 
the top tier of science colleges in 
America. We will greatly miss his 
vision and leadership, but are very 
pleased that he has the opportunity to 
assume a post of even greater responsi- 
bility." 

"Before moving to primarily admin- 
istrative posts at Penn State, Geoffroy 
was a prolific researcher making many 
important contributions to new knowl- 
edge in organometallic chemistry. He 
significantly advanced the develop- 
ment of his field through his co-author- 
ship (with Mark Wrighton of the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 



of the book Organometallic 
Photochem-istry which has become 
the reference "bible" for those enter- 
ing the field. 

Geoffroy has received numerous 
honors and awards including faculty 
fellowships from the American 
Association for the Advancement of 
Science, the John Simon Guggenheim 
Memorial Foundation and the Alfred P. 
Sloan Foundation. He has also served 
as a visiting professor at the Louis 
Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. 

A graduate of the University of 
Louisville, Geoffroy earned his doctor- 
ate from the California Institute of 
Technology. He serves on the board of 
directors of the Association of 
Universities for Research in Astronomy 
and is past chairman of the American 
Chemical Society, Division of 
Inorganic Chemistry. 



Keith Morrison, who joined the 
University of Maryland at College Park 
as dean of the College of Arts and 
Humanities last summer, has chosen to 
return to San Francisco State University 
and resume the position of dean of the 
College of Creative Arts. His resignation 
is effective Jan. 30. 

Morrison's departure centers on a 
difference of opinion between the dean 
and the university administration 
regarding responsibility for overseeing 
the public performance aspects of the 
university's Maryland Center for the 
Performing Arts now under construc- 
tion and scheduled to open in 1999- 

The Center, a joint venture of the 
state, the university and Prince 
George's County, has a broad-based 
mission serving first and foremost the 
performing arts programs at the univer- 
sity but also serving as an important 
regional performance center of the 
Greater Washington area and the 
Baltimore Washington corridor. 

"The job I was given when I arrived 
on campus was in large part not the job 



for which I was interviewed," Morrison 
said. "Further, the change would hurt 
the College of Arts and Humanities and 
probably the campus, and ultimately I 
would have been blamed for it." 

In accepting Morrison's resignation, 
President William E. Kirwan said, "I 
deeply regret Keith's decision. His 
departure is both a personal and an 
institutional setback because he is so 
well suited to lead our College of Arts 
and Humanities." Kirwan went on to 
say, "the sad irony of this situation is 
that it occurs just as I thought we were 
reaching a mutually satisfactory agree- 
ment on die management structure of 
the performance halls in the Center." 

Acting Provost Nelson Markley is 
actively consulting with the leadership 
and faculty of the College of Arts and 
Humanities on the course of action fol- 
lowing Morrison's departure. Options 
being considered include appointment 
of an interim dean for a multi-year peri- 
od and a full scale national search for a 
permanent replacement. 



Four Agriculture Departments Merge 



Merger for greater efficiency and 
economies of scale is the watchword 
as four departments were merged 
into two in the College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resource (AGNR). The 
two new entities are the department 
of natural resource sciences and land- 
scape architecture and the depart- 
ment of animal and avian sciences. 

Their status was made official Jan. 
1 upon approval by UMS Chancellor 
Donald Langenberg. 

The merger proposal previously 
had been approved by President 
William E. Kirwan, the College Park 
Senate and Thomas Fretz , dean of 
the College of Agriculture and 
Natural Resources. 

Fretz expects the merger will 
result in greater collaboration by 
AGNR faculty members on problems 
and issues facing the Maryland agri- 
cultural community. It also should 
result in greater administrative effi- 
ciency to permit working within bud- 
getary constraints. 

Fretz notes that the identity of the 
four former departments will be 
largely maintained, and most course 
prefixes in the university catalogues 
will be unchanged. 

Former entities in the department 
of natural resource sciences and land- 
scape architecture were the depart- 
ment of agronomy and the depart- 
ment of horticulture and landscape 
architecture. Richard Weismiller is 



Campus Police Earn Coveted International Accreditation 



continued from page I 
Accreditation Manager Lt. Bruce 
Robins, "but it's very prestigious to 
know we got it, and we're the only 
higher education department in the 
nation to have received it. It puts us 
under the microscope for the 2,000 or 
so agencies currently in the process of 
working toward accreditation." 

As with other types of accreditation, 
Robins explains, police force accredita- 
tion is an ongoing, continuous process, 
with reassessment after three years. 
"Over the next three years we must 



document that we're doing the things 
we say we're doing," notes Robins. 

Locally, police forces in Prince 
George's, Montgomery, Anne Arundel 
and Baltimore counties are accredited. 
So, too, are the police forces in the 
cities of Rockville. Gaithersburg, 
Takoma Park, Salisbury, Hagerstown 
and l.ainvl. 

GALEA, a 21-member commission, is 
the only law-enforcement accreditation 
organization in the country and is made 
up of members from four law-enforce- 
ment organizations; the International 



Association of Chiefs of Police, the 
National Organization of Black Law 
Enforcement Executives, the National 
Sheriffs Association and the Police 
Executive Research Forum. 

Approximately 70 men and women 
make up the University of Maryland 
Police force, along with 1 25 student 
police aides who perform a wide vari- 
ety of security and related tasks such as 
patrolling the campus on foot and bicy- 
cle, providing walking escorts, working 
contract security and providing traffic 
direction and control at special events. 



the acting chairperson. 

Weismiller formerly served the 
department of agronomy in a similar 
capacity. He also was acting chairper- 
son for horticulture and landscape 
architecture. Last December, he and 
most faculty and staff members of the 
new department moved into state-of- 
the-art administrative and research facil- 
ities in the new Plant Sciences Building. 

The former departments of poultry 
science and animal sciences comprise 
the new department of animal and 
avian sciences. Dennis Westhoff is the 
acting chairperson. 

Westhoff formerly served as chair- 
person of the department of animal sci- 
ences and acting chairperson for poul- 
try science. He also chaired the former 
department of dairy science, which was 
merged with animal science in 1992. 

His entire faculty and staff is housed in 
the Animal Science/Agricultural 
Engineering building, completed in 1994. 



UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AT COLLEGE PARK 

Outlook 



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

Vice President for Institutional Advancement 
Reid Crawford 

Director of University Relations 
Roland King 

Editor 
Jennifer Hawes 

Assistant Editor 
Londa Scott 

Layout. Design & Production 
Ginger Swiston 

Letters to the editor, story suggestions and 
campus information are welcome. Please 
submit all material at least two weeks before 
the Tuesday of publication. Send material to 
Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Building, 
through campus mail or to University of 
Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Our tele- 
phone number is (301) 405-4629. Electronic 
mall address is outlook@umdacc.umd.edu. 
Fax number is (301) 314-9344. 



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January 28, 1997 Outlook 3 



Fight against Eating Disorders Highlighted Feb. 3-9 



A glamorous face stares out from the 
cover of a fashion magazine. The latest 
film features a stunning actress possess- 
ing a practically perfect figure, com- 
plete with a size 36-DD chest. Yet these 
images often belie a lengthy list of cos- 
metic surgeries, deft photographic air 
brushing or film-friendly computer 
enhancements. 

That bit of know-how does little to 
deter young women from starving or 
bingeing and purging their way toward 
achieving a similar look. In the process, 
they damage their bodies and their self- 
esteem. And the look many 
achieve is more often 
anorexic — 




sought 
for themselves. 

While experts around the country 
daily battle to lessen the number of eat- 
ing disorder victims, this year Feb. 3-9 
has been designated Eating Disorders 
Awareness Week to highlight the prob- 
lem. At the University of Maryland, a 
special event takes place on Tuesday, 
Feb. 4. 

"Food Fright: A New Look at Body 
Image and Disordered Eating," features 
the showing of the much acclaimed 
musical cabaret that takes a hard look at 
a serious issue without sacrificing any 
of its theatrical power. According to 
Brenda Sigall, staff development coordi- 



nator at the Counseling Center and 
Maryland coordinator for eating disor- 
ders and prevention, the film captures 
the "funny, moving" performance of 
four former off-Broadway actresses 
"who all had eating disorders. 

"Five or six years ago, they stopped 
performing their cabaret show," says 
Sigall. But they turned their effort into a 
film. "It's a powerful, fast-moving 
piece," she says, "featuring a series of 
skits and songs." More importantiy, the 
women deliver a message that Sigall 
hopes students, faculty and staff can 
relate to. 

The free showing of the film takes 
place at 7 p.m. at the Hoff Theatre 
and the event is open to the public. 
Following the movie, a panel discus- 
sion featuring two professionals and 
two students recovering from eating 
disorders takes place. Panel experts 
include David Roth, director of eating 
disorders and obesity services at 
Sheppard-Pratt Hospital and Claire 
Moses, director of the women's studies 
department, who Sigall hopes "will 
offer the feminist perspective on socio- 
cultural issues." 

According to the latest statistics, 
as many as 20 percent of college 
age women will develop an eating 
disorder.Men are also at risk, though 
many fewer men are affected. Sigall also 
notes that girls as young as 10 years old 
are being treated for eating disorders. 
On college campuses, eating disor- 
ders can be an overwhelming problem 
with athletes. "Many coaches and train- 
ers believe that lower body fat leads to 
better performance," says Sigall. "but 
there are no studies to support that the- 
ory." Wrestling, swimming and gymnas- 
tics are just three sports where these 
problems are most commonly seen. 
Most eating disorders stem from 
women dealing with self-esteem issues, 
needing to have control of their lives, 



says Sigall. "Ultimately, they end up 
reducing their self-esteem." 

In the early 1960s, when designer 
Mary Quant discovered Twiggy, the 
stick thin look took off, says Sigall. 
"Over the next 20 years, we saw mod- 
els and beauty contestants getting thin- 
ner and thinner, yet the average 
American woman was getting larger," 
she adds. 

That increase in size was actually 
related to improved healthcare for 
women, she says. But as women com- 
pared themselves to the Kate Moss's of 
their day, it led to increased body 
hatred for many women. 

"As women, we're trained to think 
thin is beautiful," says Sigall, "but it's 
very anti-feminine for women who arc 
then socialized into doing battle with 
their bodies." 

Anyone seeking more information 
about, or help for an eating disorder 
can obtain it from one of two locations 
on campus, the University Health 
Center and the Counseling Center. 
Patricia Preston, coordina- 
tor of the Eating 




Program, is located at the health cen- 
ter at 314-8184. Appointments can be 
made with Sigall through the 
Counseling Center at 314-7651 



Goff Scholarships Reflect Namesake's Mission 



More than 2,000 runners and walk- 
ers turned out last May to raise money 
at the Goff Memorial Scholarship Run in 
Bethesda. Last month, four high-achiev- 
ing students were the beneficiaries of 
all that hard work as they accepted four 
Goff Memorial Scholarships in honor of 
David Goff and daughters Andrea, Sheri 
and Alyse, who were slain in their 
home July 1995. 

Each scholarship reflects its name- 
sake's mission in life. Amy Kaeufer of 
East Patchogue, N.Y., received the Sheri 
Goff Scholarship award for a student 



majoring in nutrition. Kaeufer has a 
grade-point average of 3-67. Millers- 
ville's Amy Musk received the Alyse 
Goff Scholarship award designated for a 
student on the track or swim team. 
Swim team member Musk is a biological 
science major with a grade-point aver- 
age of 385. Elementary education 
major Juanita Sholes of Waldorf, has a 
39 grad-pint average. She received the 
Andrea Goff Scholarship award for a 
student who wishes to teach or work 
with inner-city children. Siamak 
Moayedi received the David Goff 



Scholarship award for a junior or senior 
pursuing a career in the allied health 
sciences. Moayedi is a biological sci- 
ences major with a 4.0 grade-point aver- 
age from Chevy Chase. 

The scholarships will enable current 
and future students to carry out the 
legacies of the Goffs through their stud- 
ies at the university, says Leonard Raley, 
assistant vice president for university 
advancement. 

Plans are underway for another ben- 
efit run to be held this year. 



On-Call Contracts Offer Economical, Efficient Service 



The department of architecture, 
engineering and construction recently 
announced two new procurement ini- 
tiatives in a continuing effort to provide 
better customer service to its users. 

"On-Call Carpet Contracts" caters to 
clients who are looking to upgrade the 
look of an office suite, reception area or 
other space through new floor cover- 
ings. Procurement has selected three 
companies with several grades of car- 
pet in the most popular brands request- 
ed by the university. The contracts are 
set up with pre-established square yard 
prices which include installation. 

Through this service, clients are able 



to select the color or grade of their 
choice direct from the company with- 
out having to go through the depart- 
ment of architecture, engineering and 
construction. 

For more information on die on-call 
carpet contract service, contact Kelly 
Ryan at 405-5833- 

"On-Call Construction Contracting" 
is a recently-initiated system in which 
the department has identified and pre- 
approved five general contractors who 
will bid against each other on campus 
construction projects. The contractor 
who provides the lowest fixed price for 
a specific project is awarded the job. 



The on-call contractor is responsible 
for providing all trade skills necessary 
to complete the job. 

The department of architecture, 
engineering and construction expects 
to use the on-call construction contract- 
ing system on most non-capital pro- 
jects. The department also anticipates 
that the new construction delivery sys- 
tem will provide clients with the most 
economical construction price for an 
established scope, without significantly 
impacting required design time or start 
time of construction. 



Computer Science 
#1 in Publishing 

The Association of Computing 
Machinery's December issue of 
Communications of the ACM mea- 
sured, tabulated and assessed facul- 
ty productivity in computing 
research programs in the country 
and placed the University of 
Maryland first. 

Following Maryland, in order, 
were MIT, University of Illinois, 
University of Michigan, University 
of Texas, Carnegie Mellon 
University and Stanford University. 

John Gannon, chair of Maryland's 
computer science department, 
believes this prestigious ranking 
reflects the excellence of the 
department. 

"I'm proud our department has 
been able to balance its commit- 
ment to high standards of teaching 
as well as the equally important aca- 
demic research that helps define 
our university," Gannon says. 

This quantitative evaluation of 
research programs is based on con- 
tributions to 17 representative 
research journals between January 
1990 and May 1995. The list 
includes all of the research journals 
of the two major computing soci- 
eties, the ACM and the Institute for 
Electric and Electrical Engineers 
Computer Society. To compute the 
rating on which the institutions 
were ranked, each research article 
in each journal issue was given a 
total weight of 1 .0, which was then 
apportioned equally among all coau- 
thors. 

In academics, Gannon says, one 
measure of success is through the 
number of leading journals in 
which a faculty member's work is 
published. 



Labor Historian 
Stuart Kaufman 
Dies at 56 

Stuart Kaufman, a labor historian who 
served on the faculty since 1969, passed 
away Jan. 19. Kaufman, 56, died of a 
heart attack in his Garrett Park home. 

At the university, Kaufman special- 
ized in history of the American labor 
movement. He was named a history 
professor in 1992. 

In addition to his teaching career, he 
served as head of the George Meany 
Memorial Archives and Historical 
Center at the George Meany Center in 
Silver Spring. He was also editor of the 
"Samuel Gompers Papers" and "Samuel 
Gompers and the Origins of the Ameri- 
can Federation of Labor, 1848 to 1806." 

Kaufman was the founder and editor 
of a quarterly magazine, "Labor's Heri- 
tage." He served as acting historian of 
the Labor Department in 1974 and was 
a member of the National Park System 
Advisory Board from 1991 to 1994. 

A New York native, Kaufman 
received his bachelor's and master's 
degree in history from the University of 
Florida and a doctorate in history from 
Emory University. He taught at Morris 
Brown College and Texas A&M 
University before coming to Maryland. 

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, of 
Garrett Park and a son, David, of Ithaca. 



4 Outlook January 28. 1997 



Calendar of Events 

January 28-February 6 



Wednesday, Jan. 29 






Entomology Colloquium: 

"A Shifting Balance in Herbivore Population 
Regulation: Varying Influences of Food and 
Predators on Grasshoppers, in Time and 
Space," Gary Bclovsky, Utah State University, 
4 p.m., 1 140 Plant Sciences Bldg. 5-3959. 



CPR Class: One-night class covering adult 
CPR skills. Must register in advance in Room 
21 18 of the University Health Center. 6-10 
p.m., 3100 E University Health Center. 4S132.* 



Thursday, Feb. 6 



Thursday, Jan. 30 



Meteorology Seminar: "Climate Response 
to Various Rates of Increase in Greenhouse 
Gasers," Ron Stouffer. NOAA/Geophysical 
Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, 3:30 p.m., 2400 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 5-5392, 



CPR Class: Two-night class covering adult 
and pediatric CPR skills. Must register in 
advance in room 2118 of the University Health 
Center. 6-10 p.m., 3100 E University Health 
Center. 4-8132." 



Monday, Feb. 3 



Women's Basketball: Faculty & Staff 
Appreciation Night when Maryland Women's 
Basketball hosts rival Virginia. 7 p.m.. Cole 
Field House. 4-7071.* 



Tuesday, Feb. 4 



CPR Class: Two-night class covering adult 
and pediatric CPR skills. Must register in 
advance in room 21 18 of the University Health 
Center. 6-10 p.m., 3100 E University Health 
Center. 4-8132.' 



Wednesday, Feb. 5 



Language Lecture: "Linguistic Difference. 
Culture Studies and Institutional Structure," 
Russell Berman, Stanford University, 4 p.m.. 
Multipurpose Room, St. Mary's. 5-4107. 



Calendar Guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx 
or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314- or 405- 
respectively. Events are free and open to 
the public unless noted by an asterisk (*) 

In the absence of a calendar editor, all 
calendar information for Outlook is down- 
loaded directly from inforM's master cal- 
endar, located on the Internet. The editors 
regret that we are unable to accept calen- 
dar items at the Outlook office. However, 
submissions to inforM can be made by e- 
mail to: calendar@umail.umd.edu or by 
mailing the information to the inforM 
office at 2107 Stamp Student Union. To 
reach the inforM calendar editors by 
phone, call 4050825. 

Please note that the inforM calendar 
editors do not work for Outlook. They do, 
however, graciously welcome items for 
submission and input the information, 
ensuring a comprehensive calendar for 
both inforM and Outlook. 
Listings highlighted in color have been 
designated as Diversity Year events by 
the Diversity Initiative Committee. 



Explore the Roots of African-American 
Culture with the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble 



One of the world's premier interpreters of the American Negro spiritual, 
the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, comes to the University College Inn & 
Conference Center in celebration of Black History Month Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. as 
part of the Concert Society of Maryland's World Song series. 

The event includes a pre-concert seminar at 6:30 p.m. with Francois 
Clemmons, ensemble director; Otis Williams, director of the Nyumburu 
Cultural Center and Carol 
Robertson, ethnomusicolo- 
gist with the School of 
Music. The concert features 
Linda Twine's cantata, 
"Sisters of Freedom," with 
text taken from the writings 
of Sojourner Truth and 
Harriet Tubman. 

Tickets for the Harlem 
Spiritual Ensemble are $23, 
$9.50 for full-time students 
and children over seven; 10 
percent discount for univer- 
sity faculty, staff and alumni 
association members; $2.50 
discount for senior citizens. 
Pre-concert seminar tickets 
are $5 each or $ 10 per family (up to four people). 

For further information, call the Concert Society at 403-4240 or e-mail to 
consocmd@wam.umd.edu. 




Body Art: Six Women Artists in Dialogue with the Female Form 






Six female American artists explore the relationship 
between women, their bodies and society in a new 
exhibition titled Terra Firma at the Art Gallery through 
March 2. Curated by Art Gallery Director Terry Gips, 
Terra Firma features work in a broad range of media 
and stance: sculpture, painting, photography and 
installation encompassing issues of identity, aspects of 
the abject and strategies of humor, elegance, fantasy 
and fact. 

The artists include Susan Brenner, Nancy Fried, 
Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Faith Wilding and Barbara 
Zucker. A central and unifying proposition of the exhi- 
bition is that the body is not only familiar subject, 
but firm territory, the solid ground to 
which these women (and other artists) 
repeatedly return. 

Brenner is represented by two installa- 
tions. "A Holdfast Floating" consists of five 
large painted panels depicting female figures 
floating in water combined with text. 
"Exquisite Corpse" incorporates three six-foot 
columns of photographs in steel boxes and 
four vertical scrolls of text on tarpaper, each 
eight feet long. 

A series of terra cotta torsos of a woman 
who has undergone a radical mastectomy are 
the featured works of Fried. Based on the artist's 
personal experience, these sculptures depict the 
blunt realities of cancer at the same time that they 
express the universal terror of loss. Through pow- 
erful gestures of hands, the inclusion of masks and 
the mythical revelation of life force within the 
wounded torso, Fried asserts the enduring strength 
of the material body. 

Simpson's huge black and white images are com- 
posed of photographs, photogravures, felt panels and 
text. She uses the black female as a central pillar 
against which she positions text and images. Through 
provocative snippets of fact and fiction, Simpson 
embeds her work with issues of race and gender and 
summons the viewer to revisit history and stereo- 



types. 

Smith is represented by prints, drawings and small 
sculptures which depict the body, its parts and its 
functions. Using various modes of expression from 
"Breast Jar" (glass and water) to "Hair Do" (cast 
bronze) to "Worm" (cut paper, collage, intaglio) Smith 
avows the frightening fragility and vulnerability of the 
human body, and the parallel power of embracing 
such qualities in one's quest for self-definition. 

A new work titled "Embryo World," 
is offered by Wilding. 




Her installation of drawings and objects addresses the 
technologies, physiologies, mythologies and the repre- 
sentations of human reproduction. Also on display are 
three works from her life-sized dress series: "Raped 
Dress," "Infected Dress" and "Forced Pregnancy 
Dress." 

Zucker takes a radically different approach in her 
series of sculptures "for beauty's sake." She depicts 
the woman's body as it has been simplistically 
reduced by societal expectations and by the human 
struggles of vanity and mortality. Her elegantly mini- 
mal — even quiet and restrained — sculptures in steel, 
bronze, rubber and other materials burst out of their 
formal readings when matched with their titles such 
as "Leg Shaving" and "Nose Job." 

A series of lectures and discussions concern- 
ing the exhibit will be held throughout February. 
Brenner, Wilding, Fried and Zucker will discuss 
their respective works along with the more broad 
topics of critical theory and artists' survival tac- 
tics. 

The lectures, as well as the exhibition are free 
and open to the public. An illustrated catalogue 
featuring a critical essay on each artist will be 
available. 
New exhibition hours are Monday to Friday, 
noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. and 
Saturday, noon to 5. 

In lieu of an opening reception. The 
Art Gallery will host a "Finissage" Closing 
Reception on Thursday, Feb. 27. 



Nancy Fried's "Exposed Anger," from 
the Terra Firma exhibit at The Art 
Gallery, features a terra cotta torso 
representing a women who has 
undergone a radical mastectomy. 



January 28, 1997 Outlook 5 



Research Forum Focuses on Difference, Power, Identity in the Workplace 



Polish up those research presenta- 
tions, proposals, performances and dis- 
plays. The Third Annual Diversity 
Research Forum is fast approaching and 
the call for papers has been issued. 

The faculty relations committee of 
the Diversity Initiative encourages facul- 
ty, staff and students to submit works 
for the forum, to be held on April 10. 

This year's forum focuses on 
"Renegotiating Workplace Culture: 
Arenas of Struggle, Processes of 
Change." The theme for the forum 
draws on major events that have hap- 
pened in the past year, says Gabriele 
Strauch, co-chair of the Diversity 
Initiative faculty relations committee. 

This year, racism in the corporate 
culture at Texaco, sexual harassment 
cases at Mitsubishi and in the coal min- 
ing industry and the undercutting of 
affirmative action by proposition 209 in 
California have dominated the news 
agenda. The University of Maryland has 
witnessed struggles over domestic part- 
ner benefits and Banneker scholarships. 

"It's really important — this whole 



notion of what diversity means. There 
are still a lot of people who think it's all 
about race and gender. 
It encompasses a large 
range of things," 
Strauch says. 

The forum provides 
an opportunity to 
explore the broad range 
of diversity issues 
underlying these recent 
events, such as the 
ongoing struggle over 
difference, power and 
identity in the work- 
place. In turn, says 
Strauch, the forum 
allows participants to 
tie these recent events 
to academic research. 

The committee is 
looking for a variety of 
presentations in an 
effort to include staff 
and students in the 
forum, Strauch says. 
Informal research, skits, 




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COMMUNITY 



videos or discussions of diversity 
events, such as the results from last 

year's Electronic Town 
Meeting organized by 
the classified relations 
committee of the 
Diversity Initiative are 
welcome. Any papers 
that examine diversity 
issues at the university 
level are of particular 
interest to the commit- 
tee. 
Strauch says anyone 
interested in presenting 
at the diversity research 
forum should submit a 
one-page abstract of the 
proposed 20-minute pre- 
sentation by March 10. 
Any supporting audio or 
visual material, or a 
description of such, 
should be included. 
Send submissions to: 

Paul Brown, Maryland 
Fire and Rescue 



Institute, Campus; Robert Steele, 2141 
Tydings; or Gabriele Strauch. 1 102 
Francis Scott Key. 

The College of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences created the first diversity 
research forum, called the Research 
Forum on Race, Gender and Identity, 
three years ago. The Diversity Initiative 
co-sponsored the event. Since then, the 
faculty relations committee of the 
Diversity Initiative has organized the 
forum into an annual event and spon- 
• sors it with other colleges. 

Strauch says the committee is look- 
ing for next year's co-sponsor and 
hopes that each year another college 
will take on the event. This year, the A. 
James Clarke School of Engineering and 
the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute 
are co-sponsoring the event. 

The forum held last year was co- 
sponsored by the College of Arts and 
Humanities and centered around the 
theme of diversity in the post-OJ. 
Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson 
era. 

— KIRBY DICKEN 



Collaboration is Critical Key to Crisis Prevention 



Given the subject and some of the 
players involved, the event could have 
been called a summit. But the discus- 
sion of risk assessment and crisis early 
warning systems took place during the 
Center for International Development 
and Conflict Management's (CIDCM) 
three-day workshop held on campus 
last November. 

Sponsored by the Joint Warfare 
Analysis Center of the U.S. Department 
of Defense, the workshop brought 
together leading public and private sec- 
tor projects from several countries 
developing, testing and applying mod- 
els, indicators, data systems and related 
methodologies for use in crisis early 
warning. Over three days, 25 different 
presenters discussed ethnic conflicts, 
refugee flows, internal war, famine, 
genocide, state collapse and other 
crises. 

"Representatives from both the pub- 
lic and private sectors were able to talk 
in plain language," says John Davies, co- 
convener of the workshop with Ted 
Robert Gurr, and research coordinator 
at CIDCM. For many of the workshop 
participants, says Davies, "it was the 
first time they'd ever had a chance to 
talk together with people in their field 
from both sectors." 

In addition to taking stock of rapid 
developments in early warning systems, 
the workshop was designed to promote 
a dialogue that would ensure that ongo- 
ing research and development is closely 
linked to the needs of those responsible 
for anticipating crises and planning and 
initiating early responses to avert or 
alleviate them. 

Those involved in the dialogue 
included not only academics but also 
representatives from the United 
Nations, the U.S. State Department, the 
United States Agency for International 
Development, the Organization for 
Security and Cooperation in Europe and 
the Swiss Peace Foundation, among 
others. ("Even countries like 
Switzerland get in the business of pre- 
ventive diplomacy, and of being pre- 
pared to provide relief services in 



crises," says Davies.) 

"There is no one country or body 
that can handle all these crises," says 
Davies. "Information exchange and col- 
laboration is critical." 

Even the ever-useful Internet is play- 
ing a role in this area. A "relief web" is 
currently being developed by the U.N. 
Department of Humanitarian Affairs, 
says Davies. Restricted access, he says, 
means the early warning information 
would only be for peacemaking organi- 
zations and relief agencies. 

During the workshop, the presenters 
discussed macro-level structural indica- 
tors, micro-level dynamic indicators, 
environmental and economic factors, 



"There is no one 
country or body that 
can handle all these 
crises," says John 
Davies. "Information 
exchange and collabora- 
tion is critical." 
-John Davies, CIDCM 



current and evolving early warning sys- 
tems and future development, collabo- 
ration and applications. 

Early warnings are crucial to contain- 
ing a conflict and keeping it from spiral- 
ing out of control. "The key is to start 
before shots are being fired," says 
Davies. 

"We need to get away from being 
reactive fire brigades to being preven- 
tive; or at least having someone there as 
soon as it breaks out, to contain it." 
Relief services, he says, can shift and 



pre-organize their resources when pro- 
vided with early warning. 

Academics, says Davies, play a criti- 
cal role in early warning systems as they 
can develop formal models that can be 
tested systematically. Because there are 
different types of crises and different 
ways of managing them are required, a 
range of early warning systems is devel- 
oped, says Davies. 

Davies notes that structural indica- 
tors and dynamic indicators are both 
crucial to early warnings. Structural 
indicators include: a history of reliance 
on coercive methods to control dissatis- 
fied groups, restricted access to infor- 
mation, lack of checks and balances on 
executive powers and chronic denial of 
access to the political process. Dynamic 
indicators, such as violent demonstra- 
tions, new repressive policies or arms 
transfers, enable experts to look at the 
day-to-day developments in unstable 
countries for signs of accelerating esca- 
lation or de-escalation. 

With enough warning, says Davies, 
"you're able to shift your relief sources 
and efforts toward diplomacy to see if 
timely intervention can avert the crisis 
or minimize its impact." 

Davies admits there is no such thing 
as 100 percent accuracy. "Even if you 
have 50 percent accuracy, preventive 
intervention is much less expensive 
than reacting only after violent conflict 
escalates," he says. 

Since the end of the Cold War, says 
Davies, there's been a drop in the num- 
ber of international wars, yet there are 
still plenty of deadly internal wars and 
crises. "Managing these crises should be 
the thrust of anyone looking to 
strengthen world peace." 

Workshop participants, says Davies, 
were keen that such a conference 
should take place more often. "Several 
said it was the best they've attended," 
he notes. Davies says CIDCM hopes to 
follow up on this workshop with anoth- 
er in two years. 

Papers from the conference will be 
published as an edited volume. 

—JENNIFER HAWES 



Criminologists to 
Investigate Prevention 

Crime prevention. It has been on 
nearly every candidates platform 
over the past few years. But just how 
well do crime prevention measures 
work? University of Maryland crimi- 
nologists plan to find out. 

The United States Department of 
Justice has selected the University of 
Maryland to review the effectiveness 
of crime prevention programs man- 
dated by the U.S. Congress in the 
1996 Crime Bill. The report recently 
presented to Attorney General Janet 
Reno will help guide all national poli- 
cies on crime prevention, particularly 
those programs funded by the U.S. 
Office of Justice Programs. 

"This study will provide legislators 
witli solid evidence as to which 
crime prevention programs work, 
which are promising and which 
should be scrapped," says Lawrence 
Sherman, chair of the department of 
criminology and criminal justice and 
lead member of the review team. 

The scientific review will examine 
crime prevention in eight institution- 
al settings: families, communities, 
schools, labor markets, residential 
and commercial facilities, police 
agencies and courts and correctional 
agencies. The report will attempt to 
classify and evaluate all policies that 
have possible crime prevention 
effects, including the Head Start pro- 
gram for children and the Three 
Strikes program for repeat offenders. 

Because not all studies are created 
equal, the review team will evaluate 
each program on the strength of the 
scientific evidence for the conclu- 
sions it reached, and the strength of 
the crime prevention effects it may 
have found. 

The criteria for program success 
will include measures of crime itself, 
as well as risk and protective factors 
shown to affect crime. 

The report is due to be released to 
the public in February or March. 



6 Outlook January 28. 1997 



Kirwan Responds to Task Force Report with 13- Point Action Plan 



continued from page 1 
ticularly with regard to African 
Americans, can be deemed success- 
ful, says Kirwan. But "periodic, com- 
prehensive studies of the experi- 
ences of ethnic minorities at College 
Park are needed to help measure our 
progress toward achieving our diver- 
sity goals." 

Co-chaired by professors Robert 
Yuan and Pedro Barbosa, the task 
force was asked to determine the 
extent to which opportunities exist 
for access, participation and success 
of Asian, Hispanic and Native 
American faculty, students and staff 
at College Park. 

The 1995 report issued by the task 
force offered a critical assessment of 
the state of the campus. Some of the 
chief issues of concern were the lim- 
ited presence of Asians, Hispanics 
and Native Americans in the universi- 
ty workforce, a perceived chilly cam- 
pus climate, low enrollment of Native 
American students, frustration with 
the limited amount of staff support and 
the limited number of courses that 
focus on the Asian American, Hispanic 
American and Native American experi- 
ence. 

"The task force did an excellent job 
of assessing this campus and determin- 
ing how we can improve the environ- 
ment with regard to Asian, Hispanic 
and Native American faculty, staff and 
students," says Kirwan. "They had the 
daunting task of trying to place the 
goals of diversity in some perspective 
and I want to express my appreciation 
to all the members who contributed 
their time and insights to develop this 
report." 

According to a study conducted at 
the University of California at Berkeley, 
institutions experience diversity in three 
different phases. In Phase I. institutions 
experience diversity as an option, in 
Phase II as separate enclaves, and in 
Phase HI as mutual enhancement. 
According to Kirwan, "The report of the 
Asian, Hispanic and Native American 
Task force was designed to help College 
Park move toward Phase in." 

The task force identified as one of its 
most critical issues, the limited number 
of Asians, Hispanics and Native 
Americans in the university workforce. 



"We want this campus to be 

one that truly reflects the 

diversity of our state, 

region and nation." 

William E. Kirwan 



both as faculty and staff. Though the 
number of Asian American and Hispanic 
American undergraduate students at 
College Park increased significantly 
between 1975 and 1995, the propor- 
tion of these minorities in the work- 
force has not kept pace. In addressing 
this concern, the Task Force Report 
calls for substantial increases in the 
employment of faculty and staff with 
special emphasis on increasing their 
presence in leadership and supervisory 
roles. 



Comparison of Asian, Hispanic and Native American Task Force Goals 
with the 1996-2000 Affirmative Action Goals 



Task Force Recommendations/Goals 


1996-2000 Affirmative Action Goals 




Asian 
American 


Hispanic 
American 


Native 
American 


Asian 
American 


Hispanic- 
American 


Native 
American 


Task Force Employee Recommendations 

1 . Double the number of Hispanic American 
and Native American faculty members. 




40' 


5 




44 


1 


10. Double the number of Asian American asso- 
ciate staff and triple the number of Hispanic 
American and Native American associate staff. 


80 '' 


50 


2 


9 


11 





1 1 . Double the number of Asian American and 
triple the number of Hispanic American and 
Native American classified employees. 


107 


196 


24 


20 


20 






Tenure and Non-Tenure Track 
2 Includes employees at Executive/Administrative/Managerial and Professional Levels 



According to Kirwan, the university's 
current campus employment goals, the 
1996-2000 Affirmative Action Goals (see 
chart above), are based on federal 
guidelines that use availability data. 
"The difference between the task force 
employment goals and the 1996-2000 
Affirmative Action Goals are rather dra- 
matic," says Kirwan, "except in the case 
of goals for Hispanic American faculty 
where the Affirmative Action goals 
exceed the Task Force recommenda- 
tion." 

Because of their small numbers, the 
case for Native Americans differs greatly 
from that of Asian and Hispanic- 
Americans. "The Native American popu- 
lation is so small in this state that it's 
very difficult to set numerical targets," 
says Kirwan. "But the report makes 
clear our appreciation of the need for 
attention to the Native American popu- 
lation and our commitment to do what 
we can to reach out to this community. 
We certainly want the university to be a 
place Native Americans see as a wel- 
come environment where they can suc- 
ceed." 

The university, says Kirwan, will con- 
tinue to make special efforts to meet its 
employment goals for Native Americans 
as established in the 1996-2000 
Affirmative Action Plan. 

The Hispanic American and Asian 
American populations are rapidly 
increasing in the nation, state and 
region. "Just as we have facilitated pro- 
viding a 'critical mass' of faculty and 
staff to support our African American 
students, we must now attempt to do 
the same for Asian Americans and 
Hispanic Americans," says Kirwan. "The 
challenge we face is to develop mean- 
ingful goals that combine our aspira- 
tions for greater representation of eth- 
nic minorities in our workforce with 
the reality of the available pool of appli- 
cants." 

Ethnic minority staff members have 
expressed concern about the campus 
climate. Some believe that performance 
evaluations and current career advance- 
ment opportunities are more related to 
ethnicity than to job performance. 
Kirwan has asked the vice president 
and deans to develop initiatives to 
improve the climate for ethnic minority 
employees in their units and to provide 



annual status reports. 

The task force report also suggests 
that ethnic minorities are experiencing 
difficulty in obtaining supervisory level 
positions. Vice President for Adminis- 
trative Affairs Charles Sturtz has been 
asked to develop a plan that would help 
increase the likelihood of a successful 
experience and better prepare ethnic 
minorities for supervisory roles. 

The prevalence of ethnic minorities 
on this campus is a relatively recent 



"...periodic, comprehensive 
studies of the experiences 

of ethnic minorities at 

College Park are needed to 

help measure our progress 

toward achieving our 

diversity goals." 

William E. Kirwan 



development, says Kirwan. Although 
African Americans were prohibited by 
law from attending the university until 
1954, other ethnic minorities were vir- 
tually non-existent. 

In the university's Minority 
Achievement Plan submitted to the 
Maryland Higher Education Commission 
in 1991, the university established a 
1998 enrollment goal of 6 percent for 
Hispanic American students. The task 
force recommends an increase in 
Hispanic American enrollment of 2 per- 
cent a year over the next five years. At 
that pace, by the year 2000, Hispanic 
Americans would comprise 14.2 per- 
cent of the undergraduate student pop- 
ulation. 

"In light of the limited number of 
Hispanic American students available 
for admission," says Kirwan, "this is an 
unrealistic goal." According to a recent 
American Council on Education report, 
the high school drop-out rate for 
Latinos is 35 percent, compared with 9 
percent for whites and 14 percent for 
African Americans. Also, the College 



Board 1996 Profile of College Bound 
Seniors states that Hispanic American 
students represented only 2.7 percent 
of the SAT test takers in Maryland in 
1996. 

Based on these facts, the university 
will not establish any new goals for the 
enrollment of Hispanic American stu- 
dents, but will work aggressively with 
the high schools and community agen- 
cies to help ensure that these students 
will participate in higher education in 
ever-increasing numbers, says Kirwan. 

"As the university of the state of 
Man-land, our demographics should 
reflect those of the state," says Kirwan. 
"If we met the goals of the task force 
report, however, we would have a 
greatly underrepresented white popula- 
tion on our campus." 

The task force's numbers were such, 
says Kirwan, that only 50 percent of the 
university's students would be white. 
"But 75 percent of the Maryland popu- 
lation is white. You can't really expect 
to get up to numbers that are much 
greater than the representative popula- 
tion in the state." 

While still in the final approval stage, 
there is a diversity statement being 
developed for the university at Kirwan's 
request. The statement is intended to 
describe as well as explain the universi- 
ty's commitment to diversity. 

One of the president's most signifi- 
cant concerns is that there be a means 
of monitoring the action plan to ensure 
hill implementation. Kirwan has asked 
the Acting Provost Nelson Markley to 
expand the committee initially estab- 
lished to advise the provost on the 
implementation of the Excellence 
through Diversity Action Plan. 

—JENNIFER HAWES 



January 28, 1997 Outlook 



1996 Annual Report of the Campus Compliance Officer 



"Because excellence knows no dis- 
tinction of race, culture or gender, the 
University of Maryland at College Park 
has made the diversity of its human 
resources and educational opportuni- 
ties a distinguishing characteristic of its 
institutional identity." These words 
from the university's Mission Statement 
set the rhetorical stage for successful 
implementation of the university's 
Human Relations Code. 

The code, which has governed the 
campus community since October 
1976, was established to prevent and 
eradicate discrimination on the basis of 
race, color, creed, sex, sexual orienta- 
tion, marital status, personal appear- 
ance, age, national origin, political affili- 
ation, physical or mental disability and 
on the basis of the exercise of rights 
secured by the First Amendment of the 
United States Constitution. The Code 
reflects the institutional recognition 
that the campus must strive actively and 
creatively to build a community in 
which opportunity is equalized. 

The Office of Human Relations 
Programs plans, develops, gives direc- 
tion to and coordinates the overall cam- 
pus effort to prevent and eliminate dis- 
crimination based on the factors listed 
above. The office is directly responsible 
to the President, and assists and coordi- 
nates the human relations activities of 
25 equity administrators representing 
the various units of the campus. In addi- 
tion, the office regularly receives advice 
from the Senate Committee on Human 
Relations, a campus-wide body which is 
charged with fostering better human 
relations among all individuals and 
groups on campus; advising in the 
development of positive and creative 
human relations programs; advising in 
the prevention and eradication of all 
forms of discrimination prohibited by 
the Code; and making regular assess- 
ments of the state of human relations 
within the purview of the campus. 

As Campus Compliance officer in the 
office of Human Relations Programs, I 
investigate and work to resolve com- 
plaints of discrimination under the 
Human Relations Code. (The complete 
text of the Code may be found at pages 
245-49 of the 1996-97 Undergraduate 
Catalogue and at pages 672-83 of the 
Fall 1996 Graduate School Catalogue.) 

Complaints under the Code may be 
presented either to the office or to the 
unit equity administrator. 1 also provide 
assistance in connection with informal 
inquiries and consultations involving 
challenging interpersonal matters that 
may or may not fall within the Code's 
subject-matter jurisdiction. 

In addition, each year my office 
receives a number of referrals from the 
university Police Department of matters 
that are classified as Racial, Religious, 
Ethnic or Sexual Orientation (RRES) 
Incidents. From late November 1995, 
when I started work as Campus 
Compliance officer, to late November 
1996, 1 gave attention to 156 such com- 
plaints, consultations and referrals. This 
total number represents an average rate 
of three new matters per week over the 
past year. 

The 1 56 complaints, consultations 
and referrals presented to the office 
from late November 1 995 to late 
November 1996 included expressions 
of concern in the following substantive 



areas: workplace issues such as job 
duties and supervisors' behavior; grad- 
ing (under Article II. D. 4. of the Code, 
however, the Code does not apply to 
grade disputes; rather, such matters are 
to be addressed using the university's 
procedures for review of alleged arbi- 
trary and capricious grading, found at 
page 265 of the 1996-97 Undergraduate 




Laura Keohane 



Catalogue, and at pages 685-87 of the 
Fall 1996 Graduate School Catalogue); 
graffiti or vandalism in Residence Halls 
and in other campus buildings; for staff 
members and academic administrators, 
issues arising in the context of the 
Performance Review and Development 
(PRD) process; faculty compensation 
issues; and questions arising in connec- 
tion with requests for reasonable 
accommodation by students, staff and 
faculty members who identify them- 
selves as disabled (all such requests for 
reasonable accommodation are to be 
coordinated by the campus's Disability 
Support Service, located in Shoemaker 
Hall). These selected examples provide 
a concise overview of the nature of mat- 
ters likely to be presented as Human 
Relations concerns. 

My work as Campus Compliance offi- 
cer, and the work of the office of 
Human Relations Programs in general, 
reflects the university's commitment to 
diversity as a guiding principle for every 
facet of campus life — living, learning, 
employment, recreation, public service 
and personal growth. My office, like 
other units and departments of the uni- 
versity, works hard to continue to build 
an equitable campus community, 
where a diverse group of students, staff 
and faculty members of every race, 
color, religion, sexual orientation, mari- 
tal status, appearance, national origin, 
political affiliation, ability and of both 
sexes and various ages, have an impor- 
tant place in the fabric of the institu- 
tion. 

For more information about the uni- 
versity's Human Relations Code, the 
Code's enforcement procedures, the 
office of Human Relations Programs and 
its programs for preventing and elimi- 
nating discrimination, please stop by 
the office, located in 1 107 Hornbake 
Library; call me at 405-2839; or e-mail 
me at lkeohane@umdacc.umd.edu. 

—LAURA KEOHANE 
CAMPUS COMPLIANCE OFFICER 



Campus Compliance Statistics 

From November 1995-November 1996, the individuals who 
brought 156 situations to the Office's attention were distrib- 
uted among the following groups: 



Undergraduate student 
Classified Staff 
Faculty member 
Graduate student 
Other/status unknown 
Associate Staff 
Academic administrator 
Contract employee 
Guest/visitor 
Job applicant 
Applicant for admission 



During the same period, the differing contexts in which the 
situations arose were distributed as follows: 





Percent 


66 


42 


31 


20 


16 


10 


14 


9 


11 


7 


9 


6 


2 


1 


2 


1 


2 


1 


2 


1 


1 


<1 







Percent 


Employment 


64 


41 


Education 


37 


23 


Living 


26 


19 


Other/context unclear 


26 


17 



The 156 inquiries, consultations and complaints were dis- 
tributed among the campus's five major units in the follow- 
ing proportions: 







Percent 


Academic Affairs 


87 


56 


Student Affairs 


44 


28 


Administrative Affairs 


11 


7 . 


University Advancement 


2 


1 


Office of the President 


2 


1 



Seventeen of 156 matters, or 1 1 percent, were presented 
to the Office as formal complaints under the University's 
Human Relations Code. These formal complaints were 
resolved in the following manner: 

Dismissed - no probable cause 4 

(Article III. I. and J. of Code) 

Investigated and resolved to parties' 
mutual satisfaction (usually without 
explicit findings) 3 

(Article III.K. of Code) 

Referred to President's Legal Office 3 

Still in progress (as of December 1996) 2 

Referred to Major Unit Equity 1 

Administrator 

(Article III.E. of Code) 

Dismissed - no personal jurisdiction 1 

(Article II. E. of Code) 

Dismissed - no subject-matter jurisdiction 1 
(Article III. I. of Code) 

Referred to Staff Ombuds Officer 1 

Withdrawn by complainant 1 



8 Ouilook January 28. 1997 



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Your Interest 



Call for International Volunteers 

The Maryland English Institute 
seeks volunteers for its Speaking 
Partners program, which matches 
international students studying 
English with American volunteers. 

The program gives international 
students the opportunity to practice 
their English with an American in a 
non-classroom, informal setting. 
Students and volunteers meet once a 
week for an hour of conversation. 

Volunteers are also needed for the 
Welcome Home to Maryland pro- 
gram, which matches international 
students with volunteers from the 
university community. Volunteer fam- 
ilies/individuals in this program meet 
with students on a regular basis and 
partake in activities that allow the stu- 
dents to become familiar with 
American culture. 

For more information on either 
program, contact Denise Burns or 
Marcie McMahon at 405-0336 or stop 
by 2140 Taliaferro Hall. 

The Changing Perspective of 
German Studies 

Next month the department of 
Germanic studies hosts its second 
event in the ongoing German Lecture 
Series. 

Russell Berman of Stanford 
University will speak Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. 
on the topic "Linguistic Difference, 
Cultural Studies and Institutional 
Structure." Berman is the chair of the 
German studies department at 
Stanford and has published extensive- 
ly in the areas of literature and soci- 
ety, empire and colonialism and criti- 
cal theory. His lecture will address 
changing perspectives within the 
field. 

For more information, call Elke 
Frederikscn at 405-4 107. 

Korean Food and Security 

"Food and Security on the Korean 
Peninsula," is the topic of an upcom- 
ing symposium taking place Feb. 18 in 
the University College Inn & 
Conference Center. 

Co-sponsored by the American 
Enterprise Institute, the Korea 
Economic Institute, the Korea 
Council and the Korea America 
Friendship Society, the symposium 
features several panel discussions 
about Korean agriculture and security 
issues. 

The seminar is open to the public, 
but a reservation fee of $1 5 is 
required. 

For more information, call Patrick 
Parsons at 405-0351. 

African-American Architecture 

In recognition of African-American 
History Month, the School of 
Architecture is sponsoring a lecture 
by architect Jack Travis of New York. 
The lecture takes place Feb. 1 2 at 
7 p.m. in the School of Architecture 
Auditorium. 

Travis is the head of the architec- 
ture and interior design firm JTA and 
has worked for film maker Spike Lee 



and actor Robert DeNiro. He is also 
the author of African American 
Architects: In Current Practice. 

In his lecture, Travis plans to dis- 
cuss "Foundations and Accusations in 
Our Work." 

For more information, contact 
Matthew Bell at 405-6301. 

Professional Concepts Exchange 

The 16th Annual Professional 
Concepts Exchange conference, 
sponsored by the President's 
Commission on Women's Issues and 
the Professional Concepts Exchange 
Committee, is scheduled for May 28 
in the Stamp Student Union. 

The purpose of the all day confer- 
ence is to promote the goals of pro- 
fessionalism and excellence through 
the examination of issues involved in 
making the work environment more 
effective, challenging and rewarding. 

The conference is open to classi- 
fied employees only. 

Fore more information, contact 
Erinn Joyner at 405-4520 or e-mail at 
etl4@umail.umd.edu. 

Lift Every Voice 

If you have a passion for singing 
gospels, spirituals and all kinds of 
sacred and secular music, now is your 
chance to audition for the university's 
acclaimed Maryland Gospel Choir. 

Director DeWayne Gregory will 
hold open auditions Jan. 30 and Feb. 
6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in room 2102 
of Tawes Fine Arts Building. 

Those who are interested in audi- 
tioning should call 931-8801 and 
leave their name, phone number and 
voice style. Applicants should come 
prepared to sing two songs of their 
choice, one must be a hymn. 

Spring into Art and Learning 

Spring 1997 art and leisure classes 
begin the week of Feb. 17 at the Art 
& Learning Center. The classes are 
non-credit courses designed for chil- 
dren, teens, adults and senior citi- 
zens. Areas of instruction include 
painting, drawing, photography, pot- 
tery, ballroom dancing, T'ai Chi 
Chu'an, yoga, massage therapy and 
aerobics. A discount is offered for 
early registrations before Feb. 10. 

For more information, or to 
receive a brochure call 314-2787. 

Diversity's Spring Focus 

Plans are currently under way for 
the Diversity Initiative's Spring Focus 
Weeks, April 6-19. The initiative 
would like tp focus on specific diver- 
sity issues, such as age, class and sex- 
ual orientation on various days. If 
your organization is planning a diver- 
sity-related event anytime between 
April 6-19, contact Beth Workman at 
405-4622 or Kimberly Gladfelter at 
405-2763. 

Interested in Europe? 

Faculty, staff and students interest- 
ed in Europe can subscribe to the 
newly-established listserve -europe-. 

To subscribe, contact Martin 



Heisler at 405-4167 or e-mail to 
mheisler@bss2.umd.edu. 

Share your Terrapin Pride 

Join students, parents, alumni, staff 
and faculty to advocate for the inter- 
ests of the University of Maryland by 
attending the first annual "Terrapin 
Pride Day: Advocates in Annapolis." 
The event is planned for Feb. 5 in 
Annapolis, starting at 3 p.m. with a 
kick-off gathering, followed by infor- 
mal legislative visits to senators and 
congressional leaders. 

The highlight of the day is the 
Parents' Association's Fourth Annual 
legislative Reception which is being 
held at 5 p.m. in the Governor's 
Reception Room of the State House. 
"Terrapin Pride Day" will be capped 
off by a Louis Goldstein-guided tour 
of the State House. 

Reservations for "Terrapin Pride 
Day" are required. 

For reservations or more informa- 
tion, call Helen Rauscherat 405-7173 
or Brooke Lecky at 314-8429. 

Call for Proposals 

"Black Scholars and Leaders: 
Preparing Our Communities for the 
21st Century" is the theme of an 
upcoming conference taking place at 
the university April 19. 

The goal of the conference is to 
facilitate the intellectual and cultural 
development of African-American 
high school and college leaders by 
allowing them to analyze some of the 
critical issues facing the community. 

Conference organizers are current- 
ly seeking conference proposals 
which respond to topics such as com- 
munity service and leadership, inter- 
national partnership across the 
African diaspora, affirming cultural 
identity and political activism. The 
deadline for submission is Jan. 31. 

For more information, call Patricia 
Thomas at 314-8366. 

Recognizing Disabled Staff 

In order to recognize the meritori- 
ous efforts of members of the campus 
community, the President's 
Commission on Disability Issues is 
asking for nominations of those per- 
sons or groups who have worked to 
improve the quality of life for dis- 
abled persons at College Park. 

The awards may be given to a 
group or individual who has made 
significant contributions to this area. 
Historically there are three awards 
given: Faculty Disability Achievement 
Award. John W. King Staff Disability 
Achievement Award and Student 
Disability Achievement Award. 
Deadline for nomination submissions 
is March 7. 

For more information, or to submit 
a nomination, contact Lida Larsen at 
405-2936 or e-mail to lidajarsen® 
umail.umd.edu. 

International Travel Fund 

The next deadline for applications 
for travel grants from the 
International Travel Fund is Feb. 15. 



Funds are available for university 
faculty who are planning to conduct 
research abroad. Awards cover air 
fare only and applicants must have an 
invitation from a host scholar or insti- 
tution. Please note that travel to con- 
ferences, conventions or other inter- 
national meetings will not be sup- 
ported. 

For more information or to receive 
an application, contact Valerie 
Williams in the Office of International 
Affairs at 405-4772. 

Entrepreneurs Reception 

The Dingman Center for 
Entrepreneurship invites local entre- 
preneurs to a business reception on 
Feb. .4 from 5:45-8 p.m. 

The reception is an opportunity 
for entrepreneurs to meet local 
providers of capital. The panel will 
feature Chip Stellges of Allied Capital, 
Jim Pastoriza of AT&T Venture Fund, 
Frank Adams of Grotech Capital 
Group and Stephen Rochereau of 
Space Vest. 

The event takes place at the 
Tysons Corner Marriott in Vienna, Va. 
General admission is $50 and $40 for 
Dingman affiliates. 

To register, or for more informa- 
tion, call 405-1112. 

Staff B-Ball Appreciation Night 

University Athletics invites all fac- 
ulty and staff to the Feb. 3 Faculty 
and Staff Appreciation Night when 
Maryland Women's Basketball hosts 
rival Virginia. The game has a 7 p.m. 
tip off and will be broadcast on Home 
Team Sports. 

Any faculty and staff member pre- 
senting identification on game night 
will receive $ 1 off each youth ticket 
purchased. 

Any department that has at least 
five staff or faculty members present 
receives scoreboard recognition for 
their department. 

In addition, four raffles will be 
held throughout the game where 
only faculty and staff may register and 
win university merchandise. 

For more information, call Rob 
Butcher at 314-7071. 

Unlocking Science with KEYS 

On Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 
the university's Society of Women 
Engineers chapter in collaboration 
with SWE chapters at Howard 
University and Catholic University 
will sponsor "Keys to Empowering 
Youth," an engineering program for 
1 1- to 13-year-old girls. The KEYS pro- 
gram focuses on empowering activity 
for girls such as breaking stereotypes, 
problem solving and self-esteem 
building, in addition to exposure to 
the field of engineering through 
hands-on lab experiments. 

Enrollment for the program is lim- 
ited to 25 girls. Registration fee is 
$10. 

For a brochure and application, 
contact Jennifer Vest at 
jvest@deans.umd.edu or call 405- 
0315.