L/PU6 1')a.'M Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 13 'Number 30 • May 18, 1999 The Marvelous Marian Anderson, page 5 Spring Commencement 1999 Political Commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin to Address Graduates James Carville and Mary Matalin, who are usually at the opposite ends of the political stage, will come together to address University of Maryland's Spring 1999 graduates on Mary Matalin and James Carville Monday, May 24, at 9 a.m. in the Cole Student Activities Building. James Carville, a political consultant, served as chief strategist for Bill Clinton's election in 1992, which placed a Democrat in the White House for the first time in 12 years. In 1993, Carville was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership during the Clinton campaign. He then went on to focus on foreign political strategy, working as a consultant to the liberal Party of Canada and to senior members of British prime minister Tony Blair's staff. Currently, Carville is consulting on the Argentinian presidential race as well as the Israeli prime ministerial race. In 1997, Carville co-found- ed the international consulting firm of Gould Greenberg Carville N.OJR along with Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, and Phillip Gould, a con- sultant to Tony Blair. The firm offers polling, strat- egy and communication advice on how to mod- ernize campaigns, institutions and companies seeking to succeed in a new era of change. Continued on page 3 Destler Named V.P. for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies William Destler, dean of the A.James Clark School of Engineering, has been named vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School. Desder will assume his new role when a permanent appointment is made for vice president for University Advancement, which Destler has held on an interim basis since January. "We conducted a rigorous and thorough national search for this crucial position, and we were fortunate to find the best person already among us at the university," said Maryland President Dan Mote in making the announcement. "Bill will pro- vide the leadership and experience necessary to keep Maryland on course to its destiny as a premier research university. I am delighted that he has accepted this challenge." Mote created the vice president for research position last fall, combining it with the existing vacant position of dean of gradu- ate studies. As vice president, Destler will report to Mote and work closely with Greg Geoffrey, senior vice president and provost.As dean, he will report to Geoffroy. "I am extremely pleased and honored to have the chance to Continued on page 7 William Destler All Major System are Go at the University for the Y2K Countdown The clock continues to tick toward the new millennium, and so do more than 13,000 computers throughout the University of Maryland. With rumors and a recent flood of reports from news agencies regarding the Jan. 1 , 2000, dilemma, the university is forging ahead to meet all mandates to ensure total compliance. Countless hours and dollars are being spent assessing, prioritizing and fixing code to prepare for the "day." A maintenance timetable created to review and evaluate mission critical sys- tems suggests the campus computing networks are nearly 100 percent com- pliant. Those workstations not in compliance are mostly due to out- of-date hardware, which has already been replaced or will be replaced in the new fiscal budget year begin- ning July I. According to Ann Prentice, dean of the College of library and Information Services, who is responsible for overseeing Year 2000 (Y2K) compliance, the univer- sity is on schedule to meet total compliance with regard to all hard- ware and software upgrades and changes needed to keep computing systems operational. "It's a large project, and some- times an overwhelming responsibility, but I know we are on target to meet regulatory projections and pending deadlines," says Prentice whose office is filled with notebooks and documenta- tion from the process. "I anticipate the campus will be more than 90 percent compliant within the next two months." She is currently determining the extent to which the systems supporting state and federally sponsored research and deliverables are in compliance. "We must prove to the state and federal gov- ernmental agencies that the university has made a good faith effort to become fully compliant," Prentice says. For more than a decade, university administrators have been preparing the campus community in anticipation of potential computer bugs and glitches that would be affected by the changing millennium. This has involved upgrad- ing hardware and legacy systems, acquiring the necessary software, changing program codes to patch and keep systems running efficiently. The Y2K problem stems from com- puters using two digit fields to repre- sent years (e.g. 99 = 1999) in computer software. In the rudimentary years of computer technology, programmers 1941 1932 1940 1942 1951 1952 1960 1961 1969 1970 1978 1979 1987 1988 1996 1997 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1943 1945 1946 1947 1948 1953 19S4 1955 1956 1957 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1971 rttrim 1974 1975 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1989 199( 1998 199^ saved storage space when developing hardware and software by using two digits for years, rather than four. But today such software may inter- pret the year 2000 as 1900, since the final, all important digits are the same. The results could vary from computer glitches to virtual system shutdowns. There are two common approaches to repairing a computer system. The first is to expand all 2-digit year fields to 4-digit year fields so that the system stores not only the year but the century as well. For example, "99" becomes "1999" The other method is to insert logic into the system that interprets 2-digit year fields to determine what century the year falls into. The approach imple- ments a rule that if the year is less than a given value, then the century is "20;" otherwise the century is "19" For example, if the year is between "00" and "49," the century is "20," otherwise the century is " 19" Replacing a comput- er's hardware and software usually involves either pur- chasing a new system from a vendor, building a new system in-house, or hiring Continued on page 4 2 Outlook May 18,1999 ■ MPCA Search Committee Appointed At the end of last week, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost was making appointments to the search committee for the vacant position of executive director for the Maryland Center for the Performing Arts. James Harris, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, will chair die committee, which will include the chairs of music, dance and theater, as well as senior staff from units that interact with and support the Maryland Center, and communi- ty representatives. History Professor Richard Price has been acting director of the center since the resignation of Jeffrey Babeock last fall. As always, the provost's office encourages all members of the uni- versity community to forward nominations of qualified indi- viduals to the search committee. d Campaign Continues to Surpass Goals atim "It's hard to think of a faceless stranger out there you may kill. So think about the people you are hurting now - like the family who will miss you forever if you die." — Maryland senior Heather Metzger in an April Reader's Digest article about ber personal and national campaign against drunk driving, which began after ber alcoholic father was killed in a motorcycle accident. "There is no free lunch in this business. If you increase the num- ber of people arrested and sent to prison, you may actually be creating another problem. There is a multiplier effect" — Lawrence Sherman, chair of criminology and criminal jus- tice in an April 7 New York Times story about the children of inmates, wbo stand a good chance of imitating their parents, "That was a huge controversy over that. It had been thought that picking up a baby spoiled it and led to more crying. Instead it teaches the baby that the world is a responsive place and leads to less crying long term." —Jude Cassidy, associate professor of psy- chology, quoted in an April 7 New York Times obituary of psy- chologist Mary Ainswortb, wbo developed theories about how babies form attachments. "The research tends to be on the side that politeness works.And what works best is treating people with respect and giving them a sense of justice." — Michael Buckley, executive director of the Crime Prevention Effectiveness Program, in a recent story on ABCNEWS.com about encouraging police officers to be polite even when handing out tickets. Maryland's iMwrence Sherman was quoted in the same story. "Fearful children whose parents enroll them in group day care in the first years arc more likely to change. Sheltering, overintrusive parenting seems to enhance or maintain shyness in a child, whereas exposing him to the real world may change his tempera- ment." — Nathan Fox. professor of human development, in an April article in Family life magazine challenging the notions of the 'parents-don 't-matter" school of thought. "Play is spontaneous, non-stressful, self-initiated activity. If it's not fun, if it's stressful for the child, or if it's handed down to her or him by adults, then it's not play." — Kenneth Rubin, professor of human development, in a story in the April issue of Family Life about the importance of play in tbe early childhood development Famines are sort of the shadow of a drought. They don't usually come immediately, and are usually about a year behind." — Geography professor Steven Prince in a Feb. 22 story in Space News about how satellite images sboui that the Sahara Deserts boundaries reflect rainfall patterns rather than human misuse of the land. Prince derided claims that deserts in tbe Sahet are expanding rapidly as "just nonsense." A strong April rocketed current fund-raising totals past the goal for the year a hill two months early, according to a report from Bill Desder, inter- im vice president for University Advancement. Highlighting April's activities were a $15 mil- lion gift from Clarice Smith and a $6 million gift from Leo Van Munching, both of which were announced on the eve of President Dan Mote's inauguration. The university received three odier gifts of more than a million dollars in April, bring- ing the month's total to an all-time record $29 million, Desder says. "A few years ago we would have been pleased with an annual total of this month's magnitude," Desder commented. The record month brought the year's total to more than $64 million, com- pared with the year's goal of $57 million. The fis- cal year ends June 30. The various April gifts are earmarked for a wide variety of university programs, including the Maryland Center for the Performing Arts which will be named for Smith, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Colleges of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Journalism, Bella vioral and Social Sciences, and Agriculture and Natural Resources. The university has raised more than $232 mil- lion during the current seven-year $350-million fund-raising campaign, Bold Vision • Bright Future, with more than three years to go in the campaign. TCS Selected for Energy Modernization Project The University of Maryland's aging utility infrastructure will begin a $71 million program of renewal and modernization this summer as a result of a new private-public partnership with Trigen-Cinergy Solutions (TCS). The efficient new technology being installed on the campus by TCS will enable the university to reduce its energy consumption by 32 percent, reducing fuel and utility costs by $ 1 20 million over 20 years, and significantly reducing regional air emissions. The $ 1 20 million savings will be used to fund the $71 million in improvements and debt service. The energy saved by this new equipment on an annual basis is enough to power 7,590 homes or a town about the size of Laurel. Faced with estimates of $50 million to repair the university's steam plant, steam distribution system, and high voltage distribution system, die university sought state capital funding in 1995 to address this problem and was told instead to seek creative financing through a private-public partnership. The university worked with the Governor's Council on Management and Productivity and the Board of Regents to develop a proposal to achieve this objective, while ensuring reliable heating, cooling and electric power services without indenting the university. TCS was selected from among three bidders to take on the project. TCS is a joint venture of Trigen Energy Corporation of BaJUmore and Cinergy Corporation of Cincinnati, two of the largest energy companies of their type in North America. Trigen is noted for efficiently converting fuel to thermal energy and electricity, and com- bining the production of heat and power to reduce the amount of fossil fuel used and the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. TCS estimates the project will reduce emissions of nitrous oxide by 9,800 tons and carbon dioxide by 3.5 million tons over the 20-year program term. All current university employees in the areas affected by the new contract will keep their jobs, said Frank Brewer, assistant vice president for facilities management. Many will be able to choose between working for the university or working for TCS, "This project is good for the university and good for the environment," Brewer says. "It estab- lishes the university as a national leader in the modernization of energy infrastructure." Marie Smith Davidson Honored Through Scholarship The President's Commission on Women's Issues recently announced an endowed schol- arship in honor of Marie Smith Davidson. For more than 30 years Davidson, chief of staff in the Office of the President, has worked tirelessly on behalf of women, the Women's Commission, and the entire campus community. "We wanted to capture one of Marie's most visible quali- ties—her tradition of giving. That's what a scholarship is all about— giving," says Nancy Struna, past president of the Women's Commission. The commission believes that the Marie Smith Davidson Scholarship will perpetuate her long-standing legacy of giving and create opportunities. The campus community, friends, and alumni are invited to join in building tills endowment. Davidson will establish a com- mittee to define the eligibility criteria for the scholarship. If you wish to contribute either by check or by payroll deduction .contact Patricia Wang, director of the scholar- ship campaign, 3112 Lee Building, or call 405-7764. For additional information about this scholarship, contact Struna at 405-7476 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. As the semester winds down and faculty and staff prepare to take time off, start- ing this week, Outlook is going on vacation. During the summer we will publish on June 15 and July 20. Deadline for calendar items or announcements for the June 15 issue is June 4. Deadline for the July 20 issue is July 9. Weekly publication will resume Tuesday, Aug. 31. Outlook Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. WHUam Destler. interim Vice President for University Advancement; Teresa Ftatmery. Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cathcart, Executive Editor; Londa Scott Forte, Acting Editor; Vaishall Honawar, Graduate Assistant: Phillip Wlrtz, Editorial Intem. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus information are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Halt, College Park, MD 20742. Telephone (301) 405-4629; e-mail email@example.com,edu; fax (301} 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www.inform.umd.edu/outlook/ May 18,1999 Outlook 3 Spring Commencement 1999 Schedule of Events Sunday, May 23 Philosophy COLLEGE OF LIFE noon SCIENCES 1400 Marie Mount Hall 7 p.m. Reckord Armory Communication noon ROBERT H. SMITH SCHOOL Hoff Theater OF BUSINESS 7 p.m. COLLEGE OF BEHAVIORAL Cole Student Activities Bldg. AND SOCIAL SCIENCES noon Monday, May 24, 1999 Cole Student Activities Bldg. 9 a.m. CONVOCATION COLLEGE OF COMPUTER, Cole Student Act. Bldg. MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. noon RECEPTION Memorial Chapel McKeldin Mall COLLEGE OF EDUCATION COLLEGE OF AGRICUL- noon TURE AND NATURAL Reckord Armory RESOURCES 2:30 p.m. A.JAMES CLARK SCHOOL Memorial Chapel OF ENGINEERING 2:30 p.m. SCHOOL OF ARCHrrEC- Reckord Armory TURE noon COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND Architecture Great Hall HUMAN PERFORMANCE noon COLLEGE OF ARTS AND 2240 HLHP HUMANITIES Dance.Theatre, RTVF COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM noon 4:30 p.m. Tawes Theatre Tawes Theatre English and Comparative COLLEGE OF LIBRARY AND Literature INFORMATION SERVICES 2 p.m. 1 p.m. Tawes Theatre 1240 Zoology/Psychology Bldg.,Room. 1240 American Studies and Women's Studies SCHOOL OF PUBLIC noon AFFAIRS 0200 Skinner Hall noon Tyser Auditorium, Van Art History Muncliing Hall noon 2309 Art-Sociology Bldg. UNDERGRADUATE INDI- VIDUAL STUDIES Art Studio 2:30 p.m. noon Nyumburu Cultural Center, 2203 Art-Sociology Bldg., Multi-Purpose Room Room. 2203 Foreign Language, Linguistics noon £/fft JSL, 0130TydingsHall SlaC ^ Classics 18 "jf mL 1 56 noon Marie Mount , ^ km/ Maryland Room. History Jewish Studies, Russian Area Studies ^ i ,»*- noon 1410 Physics Bldg. \ Music noon Tawes Recital Hall Combination of Politics and Music Makes Student Speaker the 'Ideal Undergraduate' If scientists sought to create the ideal undergraduate — intelligent, generous, well-rounded and versatile — they might draw inspiration from Benjamin Lynerd. He is, in the words of Charles Butterworth, professor of government and politics, "the closest tiling I have seen to a brilliant student in 30 years of teach- ing. What's more, he is gracious, witty, urbane, and above all, a good citizen." Lynerd is a double major in govern- ment and politics and music. He is a member of both the University Honors Program and the Government/Politics Departmental Honors Program, and is graduating with a G.EA. of 3-92. He has served terms as both president and vice- president of Maryland's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. In 1997, Lynerd won the Homer Ulrich Award for Piano Performanee.The same year he was a delegate at a student con- ference on United States affairs hosted by the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y He says he truly enjoys dissecting the prelude to Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde and grasping political theorists' understanding of the dichotomy between economy and the household. He's headed to the University of Chicago to earn a master's degree in political theory and hopes to someday get a Ph.D and teach at the college level. And he's only 22 years old. "Ben is the genuine article," says Stephen f:lk in. professor of government and politics. "He gives every indication of doing something important in the world." Lynerd has already managed to do some important things during his four years at Maryland. In 1998, he did a summer internship at the office of Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, where he had the chance to evaluate welfare reform initiatives throughout the state. He and fellow interns visited departments of social ser- vice from rural Garrett County to the heart of Baltimore City and presented their findings to Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. "When preparing recommendations for improvement, we realized that individual counties offered Benjamin Lynerd, Spring Commencement's student speaker will address his fellow graduates on May 24. more innovative initiatives for their own clients than the state or federal government," says Lynerd, adding that Townsend was "very warm and receptive to our ideas." While indulging the political side of his per- sonality, Lynerd has also combined community service and music in a unique fashion: piano recitals at retirement facilities, most notably the Riddle Village Community in Media, Pa. After each concert Lynerd, decked out in a tuxedo, would spend time chatting with the members of the audience. "It's a personal thing for me," he says of the recitals, "because the residents are always so moved by the music. I think I'm at my best playing for them." He definitely plans to continue tliis form of outreach in Chicago. Butterworth, again, sums him up best: "Ben is an extremely intelligent, energetic, dedicated young man who has served die campus and local communities with aplomb and has con- tributed greatly to enriching our lives." — BRENNA MCBR1DE Political Commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin to Address Graduates continued from page 1 Mary Matalin is a political conservative whose voice has been heard on The Mary Matalin Show on the CBS Radio Network. She was featured in Talkers Magazine as one of "The 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America" in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Matalin was founding co-host of CNBC's Wasliington-based political weeknight debate show, Equal Time. The Reagan revolution brought Matalin to Washington, D.C., where she served the Republican National Committee in the political education, red istric ting, and deputy chairman offices. She held the position of voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush campaign. In 1985, Matalin was chief of staff to the chairman of the Republican National Committee. She joined the George Bush for President campaign in 1986 where she held the positions of deputy political director and midwest regional political director in the primary, and national victory director in the general campaign in 1988. In 1992, Bush named her deputy campaign manager for politi- cal operations where she was responsible for the overview and organization of all 50 states' operations. T< >ilay, Matalin remains a frequent network political commentator, offering a con- servative perspective. Personally and professionally, Carville and Matalin make a dynamic team.Together, they wrote "All's Fair: Love, War and Running For President." Carville 's second book, "We're Right, They're Wrong" made it to number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. He released his third book, "And the Horse He Rode In On — The People V Kenneth Starr," in October 1998. 4 Outlook May 18, 1999 All Major System are Go for the Y2K Countdown continued from page 1 an outside agency to provide a particular business function. Once any corrections or replacements have been made, it is important to test the new system thoroughly to ensure that it will be ready for the Y2K rollover. Testing verifies that the corrected system han- dles dates properly with no adverse impacts on any busi- ness function. Testing should also assure that no other sys- tem that interfaces with the corrected system is adversely affected. A management team repre- senting information technology services units has been vigor- ously working on the Y2K con- version. The active force, with representatives from each col- lege and unit, is continuing to organize and schedule compli- ance activities to build support and awareness of the Y2K efforts to diminish possible interruptions in mission-critical systems. Among the steps already taken at Maryland to ensure compliance are the testing and upgrades to mission critical computer applications and sys- tems in many areas, including admissions, registration, stu- dent accounts, financial aid, development and alumni rela- tions, payroll programming and the physical plant. "We began addressing issues relating to administration and student sup- port systems more than a decade ago with the new mil- lennium in mind," Prentice says. "With two minor excep- tions scheduled to be compli- ant by July 1, all of these net- works are ready and opera- tional. The student systems were designed with Year 2000 in mind and do not have prob- lems. Since mid-1998, inspection of individual computers and workstations in offices across the campus has been in progress. Once a terminal or workstation has been evaluat- ed, a green sticker is placed on the unit to indicate the system is ready. "Bringing the campus safely into the new century is costly," Prentice says."Each college or unit has allocated funds from its budget to repair or upgrade equipment that is not compli- ant "AU Macintoshes are manu- factured Y2K-compliant, and the vast majority of PCs made after 1995 are supposed to be, but we are testing to corrobo- rate." Despite some of the dire warnings in the media regard- ing Y2K computer failures, Prentice believes the risk of disruptions at the university will be quite low, if they occur at all. "I don't foresee any diffi- culties or prolonged problems," Prentice says."! would actually be surprised if anything out of the ordinary happens." However, she admits the scope of the statement is broad, and small glitches may be expected. Prentice is quick to add that while the inventory and review is not detecting problems and tests indicate system compli- ance, a risk manager is on standby with a contingency plan. For more information on university conversions and compliance, visit the website <www. inform .umd . e du/Comp Res/Year2000>. — E. LYLE HENDERSON For Your Health The annual Faculty/Staff Health Fair takes place at the University Health Center on Thursday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free services include health risk appraisal, seated massage and fitness testing. Information on nutrition, smoking cessa- tion, early detection of breast cancer, acupuncture and skin cancer will be provid- ed.The following screenings will also be offered: blood pressure, vision, hearing, glau- coma and body composition testing.The fair also includes several mini-seminars on health topics. Those wishing to have their cholesterol tested can make an appointment by calling 314-8128. For more information, call 314-8128, HSKUN6Q Translating the Techno-speak 101 Programmers grams. People who design and write software pro- Code - Symbols that are read by a system as instructions (such as written Instructions that make up a software pro- gram). In the early days of computers, when programmers coded, they often only used two digits for the year, leading to potential Y2K problems. Bug (Y2K Bug) - A bug Is an error In the code. While pro- gramming the year as two digits was not originally an error (It was on purpose), it Is treated as such because systems could make mistakes by treating 00 as 1900 instead of 2000. Patch (also known as a "fix") - A small piece of pro- gramming that fixes a piece of a program (for example, a patch for a Y2K problem In an old spreadsheet program so that it can calculate the year 2000). Often a very quick solution to fixing the Y2K bug. Legacy systems - Systems that are not considered cur- rent technology. Legacy systems often contain Y2K bugs as they were designed well before people thought of potential Y2K problems. System simulation - A simulation of a system In operation to Illustrate how a system may act when confronted with Y2K problems. Embedded (chips/ system) - "Embedded" means they are an Integral part of the system. Often used to control, monitor, or assist the operation of equipment. Tracking down Y2K bugs In embedded systems is often a difficult process (especially in legacy systems). Y2K compliant - Y2K compliance programs help meet requirements to rid organization of Y2K bugs. But be warned, a compliance program is only as good as its designers, so It may not test all systems (such as exter- nal or dormant systems) and scenarios. Source: Tactics/February 1999, the monthly newsletter for members of the Public Relations Society of America Learn to Swim Enjoy summer and learn to swim with Campus Recreation Services. "Learn-to-Swim" classes are offered for children and adults. All students, CRS members, faculty/staff and members of the local community are eligible to par- ticipate. Summer course registration begins June 1 and is ongoing. The course fee is $45 for registered summer students, their spouses and depen- dents; $47.50 for CRS mem- bers, their spouse and dependents and a, $50 for all CRS non-members. Register in person at the Member Services Desk In the Campus Recreation Center. Fees are due in full at the time of registration. For more information, call 405-PLAY Courses fill quickly, so register early. Parents who wish to meet with swimming instructors and need assis- tance in placing their child or children in the most appropriate swim course should register on June 5, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. dateline tnaryland Your Guide to University Events May 18 - 24 May 18 ** 11:30 a.m. Campus Black Ministries: "Drum Majors of Excellence" luncheon. Atrium. Stamp Student Union. 4-7759.* May 23 tS * 10 a. m.-noon. Engineering Reunion Brunch. All engineer- ing alumni are invited to attend as part of the Engineering Reunion Weekend celebration. By invite only. University College Inn & Conference Center. 54675. ®* Noon-5 p.m. Engineering Golf Outing. Engineering alum- ni are Invited to sign up for tee times as part of the Engineering Reunion Weekend activities. By invite only. University Golf Course, 54675.* *■ 5-6 p.m. Order of the Engineer Ceremony. Engineering students and alum- ni are invited in he inducted in this fellowship dedicated to the practice, teaching, or adminis- tration of the engineering pro- fession; inductees receive Order of the Engineering. University College Inn & Conference Center. 5-3857.* ** 6-9 p.m. Engineering Alumni Annual Awards Dinner. Reception and dinner for all engineering alumni, featuring presentation of the 1999 Distinguished Engineering Alumna Award to Mary (Donley) laccy 78 and presen- tation of the Student Outstanding Service Awards. Ballroom University College Inn & Conference Center. 54675.* May 24 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Spring Commencement. For more information please visit < www. umd . edu/comme ncc- ment> or see page three of Outlook. 54637. Calendar Guide Calendar phone numbers listed as 1-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314- or 405. Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk O- Calendar information for Outlook !s compiled from a combination of inforM's calen- dars and submissions to the Outlook office. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail oudook@acemail. umd.edu. May 18, 1999 Outlook S Singing the Praises of Marian Anderson s Lei Festival Celebrates the Life and Work of a Musical Legend In the spring of 191 1, when a young Marian Anderson applied to a promi- nent Philadelphia school of music, she was turned away with an abrupt "We don't take colored." This first encounter with Jim Crow, Anderson remembered, "bit deep into the soul," but it would not be her last encounter with racism. Marian Anderson rose to become one of the century's most celebrated vocalists, but in the process she yoked her extraordi- nary talent to high principles and a broad humanitarianism so that restric- tive racial practices that so affronted the young Anderson would not weigh upon others. The eldest of three daughters born to John and Annie Anderson, Marian Anderson began singing in Philadelphia's Union Baptist Church choir. Her father, an ice and coal dealer, ied when Marian was 10, and her other made ends meet by taking in undry. Though she underplayed the hips that marked her childhood, Anderson's road was an uphill b that depended upon her family's ices and her community's urcefulness. Leaders of black delphia early appreciated her spe- and promoted her as they In 1921, she became the first ent of an award from the Association of Negro ians. Later, two Julius Rosenwald ships allowed her to study d, gaining her entry into a world was forbidden to black people m United States. Marian Anderson's career was fiUed tth superlatives due to a talent Arturo anini called "a voice such as one ars once in a hundred years." By the ie she performed her farewell con- ;, she had garnered every award (able to a world-class artist. Kings jqueens decorated her; emperors iored her; presidents recognized :r. In the United States, Dwiglit enhower appointed her a U.S. egate to the United Nations, and Ion Johnson conferred upon her Presidential Medai of Freedom. e granted her the Grand Prix du t» for die best-recorded voice on :. Continent. She received some 40 fcary doctorates in music, law, and i Humanities nderson did not merely leave her ■It in the world of music. She made If a "symbol for my people." trough her voice, Anderson com- Eared the African diaspora and the Snare of slavery In the process, used the principles of equality the music of her people. "There are things in the heart that must enrich the songs I sing. If this docs not hap- pen-and it does not always happen-the performance is not fulfilled." Throughout her career Anderson confronted injustice wherever she found it. A long list of personal accom- plishments challenged and broke America's color barrier. She was the first African American to win the Philharmonic Society compedtion, the first African American to sing in the White House, and, in 1955, she was the first black woman to perform at die Metropolitan Opera in New York. Quiedy, she made it her "mission to leave behind me the kind of impres- sion that will make it easier for those who follow." Reading the problem of race as one of unfortunate misunder- standings and fear. "[T] he only hope for all of us is diat we will attempt in good faith to rid ourselves of unknown fears in matters where it is possible to dis- cover that fears are often groundless and unreasonable," she wrote in her autobiography. "Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes a man inhuman."With that.Anderson commit- ted herself to being an instrument of racial reconciliation. But there was nothing soft in Anderson's egalitarianism. Declaring enough was enough, she "made it a rule . . . not to sing where there was segregation."That commitment set the stage for Anderson's most famous con- frontation with American racism. In 1939, Sol Hurok, her concert manager, arranged for America's most renowned contralto to perform in Washington's Constitution Hall. The Daughters of the American Revolution, owners of the hall, objected, decreeing that it "not be used by one of her race." When Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR and Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes arranged for Anderson to give an Easter Sunday concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Anderson's triumph was complete. Some 75,000 people stood before the statue of the Great Emancipator and renewed the promise of Lincoln's proclamation. The University of Maryland takes great pleasure in sponsoring the thud edition of the University of Maryland International Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Competition and Festival to be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, July 15-24, 1999- Marian Anderson's pur- suit of excellence in song and her com- mitment to the principles of justice and equality stand as beacons for those who follow in her path. —IRA BERLIN, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY ie third edition of the Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Competition and Festival takes place at the University of Maryland from July 15 -24. The event is organized by the Maryland Center for the Performing Arts. Forty con- stants from around the world will compete for over $50,000 in cash awards. The pdze Will be $20,000 In cash and engagements, Including a university-sponsored recital In Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York. .The final round of the competition will be In the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on July 24. All events are open to the public, Including competition rounds. For mere Information, call 405-8174. 6 Outlook May 18, 1999 President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues Honors Faculty, Staff The President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues recently announced the recipients of the Minority Achievement Awards for 1998- 1999: Faculty Award Ronald Waiters is a professor in the department of Afro- American studies and the department of government and politics. He also serves as a senior scholar in the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. In addition to his teaching and research contributions to the campus, Walters has served as the faculty adviser of organizations such as the Black Male Student Alliance and the campus chapter of the NAACP Last semester, as the director of the African American Leadership Program, he initiated a leadership development training program for black student lead- ers on campus. Beyond the campus, he is active with numerous national leader- ship organizations and is called upon often by the national media to provide analyses of public policy issues. Associate Staff Awards Gladys Brown is the director of the Office of Human Relations Programs. In this role, she establishes human relations goals for the campus and advises and assists the president and other adminis- trators on issues of access, equity, diversi- ty, teaching effectiveness, institutional change, and program development. In partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Brown helped raise $2.5 million for a family of Internet-based projects includ- ing the "Diversity Web" and the "Diversity BIueprint:A Planning Manual for Colleges and Universities." Brown's talent and effectiveness have not gone unnoticed outside of the campus. She has been cited and awarded by regional and national entities, including President Clinton's White House Initiative on Race. In June, Brown will be leaving our cam- pus to assume a position with the American Council of Education. Olive Reid is the director of undergradu- ate programs in the College of Journalism. She manages the undergraduate advising office of the college, supervising clerical staff, graduate assis- tants, and undergradu- ate students. The undergraduate student employees arc partici- pants in the peer advis- ing program which she conceived and initiat- ed. She hires, trains, and supervises the advising staff and assumes a significant part of the college advising load herself. A colleague in the College of Journalism calls her "the personifi- cation of the college." She is often the first person students meet during recruitment programs and one of the first coUege staffers with whom they interact during freshman orientation programs. Reid teaches the EDCP 108O course for journalism fresh- men and conducts various college pro- grams, including job fairs and sessions on minorities and women in the field. Graduate Student Award Bridget Turner is a graduate student in the department of educational poli- cy, planning and administration. A third- year doctoral student who earned her masters degree here, she is studying the social foundations of education. Her dissertation topic is "Racial Identity, Attitude Formation and Cultural Association Behavior Formation of College Students Participating in a Year- long Racial Dialogue Project" She pre- sented her master's degree seminar paper at a national American Sociological Association conference in Complete with congratulations from President Dan Mote, the Minority Achievement Awards winners were honored In a ceremony last week. Pictured In the top row: Jay Gilchrist, Dan Mote, Ron Walters; bottom row: Otive Reid, Gladys Brown and Bridget Turner. Toronto, and was subsequently invited to present her research on minority graduate students in a session on racial issues in higher education at the ASA conference. Last year, Turner created a year-long course, "The Racial Dialogue and Action Project," and currently teach- es it. The course is fast becoming a national model in racial dialogue inter- ventions on college camp uses. As the chair of special events of her depart- ment s Graduate Student Association, she created important informal oppor- tunities for students and faculty to con- nect so they can foster a supportive community to aid student retention. Academic Support Unit Award The Campus Recreation Service pro- fesses that a welcome recreational cli- mate for all begins with a diverse work- force. And it practices what it preach- es.Thc unit has made an aggressive, sys- tematic effort to diversify its staff at all levels. As a consequence, it has a diverse, ethnically representative work- force of professional and student employees. Since 1991, the percentage of ethnic minorities employed as full-time admin- istrative staff and graduate assistants has increased from 9 to 25 percent, and minority student employee representa- tion has grown from 14 to 36 percent, CRS acknowledges that diversifying the department's workforce has con- tributed to the broader use of its ser- vices and facilities. The pool of students currendy using their services better reflects the demographics of the cam- pus than ever before. The department also receives helpful suggestions for program improvement from students and staff that offer a minority perspective. CRS has made this progress under the leadership of its present director, Jay Gilchrist. Several Technology Enrichment Programs Offered this Summer Registration is under way for a full slate of summer technology enrichment programs provided by the Institute for Instructional Technology. ITT programs mix skills training with development discussions and pedagogical mentoring by faculty peers. In addition, each mod- ule includes mentored workshop peri- ods during which participants can work on their own products with tech- nology experts on-hand for personal consultation. This summer's program will include the following training modules: • "Netscape Page Composer" (an excel- lent 1/2 day course for those with little or no web development experi- ence and who plan to enroll in either the WebCT series or the Web Teaching/Learning Tools module) • "Everything You Wanted to Know About the World Wide Web as a Teaching and Learning Tool" (a compre- hensive look at web technologies, including HTML,and their application to classroom support) • "Creating Effective Presentations for the Classroom" Qeain to use PowerPoint to add visual interest and variety to classroom or conferencing presentations) • "WebCT" (learn to create a complete classroom environment with this comprehensive course management tool, including calendars, bulletin boards, quizzing, grade tracking, and more) Two series will be offered. • "Digital Imagery and Visualization Techniques" (for those with competent, but basic scanning and Photoshop skills; survey compression schemes for optimizing web graphics, and explore means of visualizing data) • "Advanced Web Page Development" (for hard-core "webslingers"; learn advanced HTML and Photoshop skills) • "Digital Video Capture & Editing" (for faculty wishing to integrate video or audio clips into their PowerPoint presentations or web pages; special tools and software will be introduced, and techniques for capturing, editing, and optimizing the products will be discussed) • "Multi-media Presentations on the Desktop and Web" (beyond basic PowerPoint; learn to integrate spread- sheets, photographs and movies into your presentation and transport your presentations to the Web) Program offerings are made available free of charge to campus faculty. In the event of seating availabilities, teaching assistants and departmental faculty sup- port personnel may also be seated. The 11T is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Academic IT Services and is in its sixth year of service to campus faculty. More detailed course descriptions and registration information can be found at the I IT website: <www.inform.umd.edu/IIT>. May 18, 1999 Outlook 7 University Researchers Take Genetics to the Gym Struna Reflects on Administrative Fellow Position Researchers are looking for volunteers who are willing to give their DNA a workout as part of a gene exercise study conducted by die University of Maryland. The study focuses on changes in cholesterol levels through exercise and is sup- ported by a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Controlled clinical trials have shown that some people reduce cholesterol levels through exercise, while others don't see any results from exer- cise. The reason for the differ- ence may depend on a per- son's genetic makeup. In collaboration widi researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland Kinesiology Professor James Hagberg leads a research team that studies individuals with variations of a specific gene - apolipoprotein E. The version of the gene in an individual may help determine if an individual ^^ responds better f/ w to treatment through medication, diet or exercise. While exercise and medication have the ability to alter lipid levels in the body, this study will show how a physician can screen someone's DNA to determine if exer- cise or medication is the best answer for an elevated risk of high cholesterol or even heart dis- ease Hagberg's team is currently recruiting healthy, sedentary individuals between the ages of 50 and 70 to participate in this study. Qualified volunteers receive a physical exam, cho- lesterol and diabetes blood tests, cardiovascular assessment and aerobic capacity tests, supervised exercise training, body composition and bone density measurements. Selected volunteers will exercise for six months and data will be col- lected to determine the extent to which they've changed as a function of the variation of that gene. At study completion, vol- unteers gain a firm body, a healthy way of living and $200. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may call 405-2571 for more information. Destler Named V.P. for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies continued fmtn page } help direct Maryland's continu- ing ascent as a major research university," Destler says. "Most of my professional life has been spent here, and 1 am commit- ted to our success." He has served as dean of engineering for five years and has been at Maryland for 25 years as professor and chair of electrical engineering. Destler fed the Clark School of Engineering on a fast-track march to prominence over the past few years, most notably raising research funding to top 10 status among American engi- neering schools. The school also rose in the U.S. News and World Report rankings from 37th to 17th among graduate engineering schools in just four years. As vice president for research, Destler will provide leadership in developing the university's research policy, manage the university's rela- tionships with funding agen- cies, business and industry, and provide the leadership needed to sustain the university's strong growth in research pro- grams. As dean, he will be responsi- ble for policy development and administration of the decentral- ized Graduate School, which offers more than 70 advanced degree programs and enrolls more than 8,000 students. Nancy Struna, who vacates the position of administrative fellow to the Office of the Provost in August, describes her experience on the job as "wonderful." "It is a marvelous opportu- nity to learn much more about the university from the cam- pus level," Struna says. "You learn about various issues fac- ing research universities and get to watch academic leaders in action. You get to see how the provost's office develops, administers and leads the uni- versity's agenda." The administrative fellow works closely with the provost, participates in a wide range of decision-making processes and program man- agement in the provost's office, and obtains extensive education in higher education administration. The program is also intend- ed to increase the administra- tive fellow's awareness of the complexity of Issues facing higher education and increase the pool of talented faculty with experience and interest in pursuing careers in universi- ty administration. In addition, it offers the fellow a chance to apply his/her own unique tal- ents to the field of administra- tion. Her position, says Struna, is "well-divided between expec- tations and tasks the provost designed for me. He has given me assignments that drew on my skills." One of the best experiences she had on the job, says Struna, was the chance to work with Nancy Struna the Maryland legislature. "I attended strategy meetings, and all hearings and budgets that had to do with the univer- sity,'' she says. "It is an eye- opening job." The provost's office is cur- rently considering applications it has received for the position for the next academic year. NOTABLE The Department of Resident Life recentiy recognized "excellence in service" at their 1999 Annual Awards Ceremony on April 27. Jeanne Steffes and Matt Soldner were named employees of the year. Donna Mete, Steve Petkas and Bryan Swam received awards for Outstanding Service, while the award for Superlative Customer Service went to David Cooper. Service awards were given to several employ- ees for their years of service: Jiema Forte for rive years, Joe Mitchell, Jim Rychner, and Scott Young for 10 years, Sharon Robinson for 20 years, Jan Davidson, Carolyn Lewis and Rani Rizivi for 25 years, and Mary Gibson for 30 years of service. Additionally, some resident advisors were recognized for their outstanding performance, including Kevin Baxter of Cambridge Community, Hannah Bennett of Denton Community, Tracy Isaac of EUicott Community, Elizabeth Hagovsky of Leonardtown Community, Jasmine Thomas of North Hill Community and Masha Sapper of South Hill Community. Rosie Morales and Beth Blake, both of die ICONS (International Communication and Negotiation Simulations) Project within the department of government and politics, received the "Best Paper" award at tills year's Regional User Services Conference. Their paper, entitled "Maintaining Pedagogy while Implementing New Technology: The ICONS Project", addressed the challenges of keeping up with advances in technology for technology-based educational programs while taking extra care that any new implementa- tions support established pedagogical goals. The award-winning paper (and resulting conference presentation) traced the process of selecting and implementing new hardware and software solutions, as well as the challenges of customizing business-oriented applications like Oracle Application Server and Oracle Database for educational purposes. Daniel Mac Lean Wagner, an associate profes- sor in lighting design, received the Helen Hayes award for lighting design for a recent production of "Nijinksy's Last Dance," by Norman Allen. The Hayes awards are given each year to recognize outstanding accom- plishments in dramatic productions in die Washington, D.C., area. This is die sixth Helen Hayes award that Wagner has received for outstanding fighting design. He has so far received 20 nominations. Most recently, Wagner was the lighting designer for the University Theatre production of "Lcs Liaisons Dangereuses." He has designed more than 250 productions at various Washington theaters. Wagner serves as resident lighting designer for Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and the National Players, He is also an artistic associate at Signature Theatre. Walk In & Learn The Electronic Workplace Readiness Lab In the Patapsco Building recendy began walk-in hours for all university employees. The lab is available Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The facility is staffed to provide one-on one assistance to anyone needing to learn specific applications or software. Self-paced fram- ing software is available for you to take classes at your pace, and at your convenience. For more Information, contact Bridget Battaglini, electronic workplace readiness coordinator, at 405-1101 or visit <www.personnel.umd. edu/E-workplace/index.html>. _ 8 Outlook May 18, 1999 Campus Designer Leads a Creative 'Double Life' Mike Godfrey leads a double life Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say he leads two interrelated lives. Godfrey is a graphic designer and coordinator in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Office of Creative Media and Communications Services. He is also an award-winning artist whose paintings hang in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. As he says,"l have two full-time careers." The seeds of this dual professional life were sown in Godfrey's childhood. He began painting seriously with the encourage- ment of a seventh- grade teacher. He soon sold his first painting to another teacher's husband who happened to own a gallery in Fayetteville, N.C. Godfrey continued to sell his paintings there untjj he graduat- ed from high school. After graduating from East Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in communications , Godfrey began exploring career options. "From reading biographies of well-known artists since junior high, I had decided that the logical first step was a job in commercial art," he says. Godfrey worked in a Washington, D.C., design studio and a Maryland publishing company before accepting a position in November 1984 to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources office, then known as Information & Publications. "I was drawn by the public-service orientation of the university," he explains. "It's gratifying to work on projects and publications that people need and use." Over the years, these publications and projects have included educational fact-sheets, bulletins, and newsletters on subjects ranging from home horticul- ture and family finance to water quality and integrated pest management, as well as exhibits, student recruit- ing pieces, and several college annual reports. Godfrey also appreciates the opportunities his work has given him to get out in the field and interact with people who work — and love — the land. Such sentiments won't surprise anyone who has seen his Mike Godfrey "Autumn Creek" work. i am first and foremost a landscape painter," Godfrey says. "I find myself con- stantly inspired by the beauty of nature" Working mostly in oils, he translates this inspiration into paintings that range in size from 5 by 7 inches to 40 by 72 inches. Rarely a portrayal of actual locations, these canvases are instead a compilation of elements that create a sense of time and place. "My goal is not to simu- late a camera but to capture the emotion a scene inspired," he says. Godfrey fre- quently works on 10 to 12 thematically similar paintings at a time — often late at night — focus- ing on such variables as sunlight, moisture, and seasonal changes. He confesses to being fascinated by the ethereal qualities of mist, fog, and shadows at daybreak, as well as with the fading tays of the twi- light sun. It is this fascination, coupled with his innate talent and choice of subject matter, that has earned him a repeated spot in the annual "Arts for the Parks" competition sponsored by the National Park Service. Two of his works — "Winter Light" (Rocky Mountain National Park) and "Hidden Jewel" (Yellowstone National Park) — have won bronze medals in the competition. Another has been featured on the cover of the September 1998 issue of American Artist maga- zine. Godfrey approaches graphic design much like he approaches painting — looking at values, relation- ships, color, tone. "The two facets of my work are dis- tinct, but definitely related," he explains, "The media are different, but the approach is the same " Occasionally, Godfrey's fine art and commercial design "lives" converge, as on two college projects: the cover of an annual report and a natural resources exhibit, for which he created original paintings. As if his life weren't busy enough, Godfrey took on the role of acting coordinator of the Office of Creative Media and Communications Services' Publications and Outreach unit almost two years ago. The management "Ralney" responsibilities have been both a challenge and an opportunity for him. "Serving in this position has given me a chance to experience another facet of the educational publishing business," he says. Still, faced with too much of a good thing, Godfrey is in the process of stepping down from his coordinator duties. His goal is to cut back on his university responsi- bilities so he can devote more time to painting. "I like both aspects of my professional life," he explains. "It's just a matter of achieving the best balance." Godfrey's paintings are sold in galleries across the United States. Interested faculty and staff can see his work locally at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis and the Somerville/Manning Gallery near Wilmington, Del. — PAMTOWNSEND ffyi for your interest Celebrating 50 Years of Hearing & Speech The department of hearing and speech sciences cele- brates the 50th anniversary of its Hearing and Speech Clinic on June 25-26. Tours of the clinic will be available on June 25 from 2-4:30 p.m. and on June 26 between noon-l:30 and 4-6 p.m. A special lecture by Harvard University's Catherine Snow on The literacy Wars: Can Science Provide a Cease-fire?" will be held on June 25 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Tyser Auditorium in Van Munching Hall. All are wel- come. For more information call 4054214. Professional Exchanges With the theme, "Taking Steps to Empower Ourselves," the Professional Concepts Exchange 18th annual confer- ence takes place Thursday, May 27, from 8 a.m. -4 p.m. in Stamp Student Union The conference is spon- sored by the President's Commission on Women's Issues and its purpose is to promote the goals of profes- sionalism and excellence among the support staff at the University of Maryland, This year's luncheon keynote speaker is Judith Broida, associate provost and dean of Continuing and Extended Education. Registration forms have been mailed. If you have not received a form, please e-mail Erinn Joyner at ejoyner@oz. umd.edu, or call 314-8429. Creating Crossroads of Change The Black Faculty and Staff Association will host a one-day conference, "African Americans at the Crossroads of Change: Where do We Go From Here? A Holistic Approach to Strengthening Ourselves and our Families in the new Millennium," on Mondayjune 7.The event takes place at the Holiday Inn in College Park, 10000 Baltimore Ave. The conference's keynote speakers are Cheryl Fields, executive editor of Black Issues in Higher Education magazine and Wayne Curry, county executive for Prince Georges County. Registration is $90. For more information, contact Apriel Hodari at 405-5983 or e-mail ahodari@physics. umd.edu. Keeping up with Copyright Laws Are your college or depart- mental Web pages in compli- ance with copyright law? Do you know the university pro- cedure to follow if someone should file a notice of copy- right infringement for online materials posted by your facul- ty, staff, or students? When does a copyrighted work fall Into the "public domain"? How will copyright law influence the development of distance and distributed education? Issues such as these will be addressed at a satellite telecon- ference on May 21, from 12:15 -2:30 p.m. The teleconference can be viewed in Room 4137, McKeldin Library; Room 4210T; Hornbake Library, and on campus cable channel 10. The teleconference, titled "Copyright in the new millen- nium:The impact of recent changes to U.S. copyright law," will be hosted by the Office of Information Technology's Project NEThics and the University of Maryland Libraries. More information is avail- able at <www.umd.edu/ NErhics/Event/dmca.html>.