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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 




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1996 1997 



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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 
nsl6@umail.umd.edu. 




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 
outlook@accmall.umd,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>.