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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Side of Homeiessness, 

Volume 14 'Number 2 • September 7, 1999 P^ 5 




Writers Here & Now 

Literary Reading Series Celebrates 30 Years of 
Interesting Poets and Authors 



In the late '60s, a small group of creative writing students 
would gather in an ordinary classroom each week to hear 
published poets and other authors read aloud from their 
works, Thirty years later, these informal sessions have blos- 
somed into the highly successful Writers Here & Now series 
drawing more than 100 literary enthusiasts from the entire 
university community each month. 

Calling the series one of the best of its kind in the area, 
Don Berger says, "Our list of speakers is as formidable as the 
Library of Congress or Folger Library." Berger, assistant direc- 
tor of the Creative Writing Program, has been running the 
series for the past five years. 

Past readers have included notable authors such as Julie 
Agoos, Russell Banks, Rita Dove and Gerald Stern. These 
authors' visits and readings "bring literature alive for stu 
dents," says Michael Collier, a professor in the creative writing 
program and former director of the series. "It's valuable to 

hear that human voice read what they 
produce," he says. "It can really stimu- 
late a student or even a new writer. 
Sometimes a writer vrill change a 
word mid-reading," says Collier. 
"That shows the students how mal- 
leable a work can be. Even in print, 
it's a work still in progress." 

Credit for establishing the 
reading series goes to Rod 
Jellema, a now-retired professor 
in the English department, who 
founded it in 1 969. "The read- 
ings were more fluid, less formal 
than now," says Collier, 
noting the series was originally more ad 
hoc, with invited readers often being 
poets in the area, or authors who hap- 
pened to be in town. 

Collier, who read for the series in 
1983, along with poet Malcolm 
Glass, says, "Even then, there were 
60 people there ."Today, the series 
is held in McKeldin Library and 
draws higher profile writers and 
a broader audience, "The series 
has established a literary cul- 
ture on campus," says Berger, 
Students still remain a vital 
part of the series.The English department 
has added the MFA in creative writing {established in 
1 989) since Writers Here & Now was founded. Those students 
offer their input to faculty regarding which writers to invite 
each year. They also are involved in publicizing the series. 

The final readings of the series feature the student winners 
of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize and the Academy of 
American Poets Prize. The prizes are awarded to University of 
Maryland students who submit poems or stories in a spring 
competidon judged by the visldng writers. "Having the stu- 
dent winners read at the last event is a nice way to end the 
season," says Collier. 

The introducdon of the graduate program, says Collier, saw 
an expanded Writers Here & Now series. What had been a 
month-to-month operadon became a fully developed series, 
complete with posters and adverdsements, nodng an entire 

Continued on page 3 





Students Live and Learn How to 
Build a Civil Society 



In a world where rudeness 
is becoming the norm and 
politeness the exception, 121 
students at the university are 
working to build their own 
civil society within the univer- 
sity's newest living-learning 
program, CIVICUS. Sponsored 
by the College of Behavioral 
and Social Sciences, Resident 
Life and Undergraduate Studies, 
CIVICUS opened last week to 
engage students in exploring 
the dimensions of establishing 
a model civil partnership 
among students in a communal 
environment. 

CIVICUS students, known as 
associates, will focus on apply- 
ing the maxims of citizenship, 
leadership, scholarship, commu- 
nity service and community 
building to organize a mutually 
civil habitat. They'll also be 
doing their living and learning 
in a stunning new residence, 
Somerset Hall, which under- 
went a $4.4 million, 18-month 
renovation. 

The program is the newest 
addition to the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences' 
civil society initiative. The initia- 
tive also includes an undergrad- 
uate level honors course and a 
lecture series, 

"This is a truly unique program that allows a 
small, diverse and committed group of first-year 
and upper-class students to examine and create 
their own unique civil society within a residen- 
tial community at the University of Maryland," 
says Sue Briggs, director of CIVICUS. 

"The program seeks to promote an atmos- 
phere of free and responsible individuals by nur- 
turing a network of opinion molders who 
understand the foundations of civil society and 
who are committed to its preservadon and 
advance," she says. 

"The possibilides of trust, cooperadon and 
persona] striving for integrity are dependent 
upon a deep institutional structure that is rarely 
understood and-for precisely that reason-very 
much 'at risk'," says Briggs, who likens the expe- 
rience to the Three Musketeers* "all for one, one 
for all" approach. 

Cicero argued in De Republica if the law is 
the bond of a civil society and jusdce is equality 
under the law, by what right can a partnership 
of citizens be justly maintained unless there is 
equality of status among the citizens? Among 
the many lessons students will argue and learn 
are the principles of governance and leadership 
development in distinctively constructed cours- 
es and discourse dealing with the interdiscipli- 
nary issues of a civil society. 




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Jasmine Thomas, 
with one another 



Kdstlna Byrd and a fellow CIVICUS student talk 
on the steps of Somerset Hall. 

Extracurricular and experiential learning 
activities, including field trips, guest speakers 
and projects will be integrated into the program 
to offer practical opportunities for associates to 
explore and promote the institutional founda- 
tions of a civU society. 

Community service will also be an important 
aspect of their activities. Already, the associates 
have participated in two successful community 
service projects, both of which took place 
before the start of the fall semester. Late last 
month, 40 first-year students made 500 peanut 
butter and jelly sandwiches in 30 minutes for 
the Washington, D.C. -based nonprofit organiza- 
tion Martha's Table. Three days later, all the CIVI- 
CUS students traveled to Golden Harvest in 
Glyndon, to assist in the watering, mulching and 
harvesting of produce that will be donated to 
local food banks and soup kitchens. 

jasmine Thomas, a senior CIVICUS associate 
who also serves as a resident assistant in 
Somerset Hall, says the associates "really got 
into" the community service projects. "They 
were making up songs about mulching, and 
about sandwich making as they did the projects. 
It was realty great to see," she says. 

According to Briggs, the CIVICUS Associates' 

Continued on pBge 7 



2 OirHook September 7. 1999 




Life Sciences Search Committee Formed 



"When the technology changes, there is always the danger of 
being overwhelmed, because we have not yet developed the 
social mechanisms of technology to enable as to deal with 
information flow." — Ben Shneiderman, professor of com- 
puter science, in a June 21 Wall Street Journal article about 
ilie social and psychological effects of information over- 
load. 

"In my opinion, day trading, for most people, is very much 
like gambling in Vegas, It's easy to be successful at day trad- 
ing in a market that's going up. It's something people will 
see the risks of as we begin to see a market that's not quite 
as strong as we've seen for the last few years." — Mary 
Vandewegbe, executive-in-residence in the Robert H. Smitli 
Scboo! of Business, in a June 20 Baltimore Sun feature 
about the impact of online stock trading on the market- 
place. 

"A year-long study for the National Research Council on the 
prevalence of pathological gambling — a chronic and progres- 
sive failure to resist impulses to gamble — revealed how little 
we know about the impact of widespread gambling. In fact, 
the industry supplies most of the information we have, 
which means it is not an ideal basis for setting public policy." 
— Charles V^llfofd, professor of criminal justice and crimi 
noiogy, in an opinion piece in the June 24 St. Louis Post 
Dispatch on the need to require gambling enterprises to 
share information so researchers can investigate the effects 
of legal gambling. 

"[Plasdc pocket protectors] promise imperviousness to ruin 
and to soil, but in a way so avowedly artificial that there's 
another part of us that tends to recoil a bit." — Robert Friedel 
pm^ssor of fiistory, in a June 24 NewYoikTmnes article 
about the history of pocket protectors as a symbol ofnerdi- 
ness. 

"Israeli-Syrian negotiations need not take long.The contours 
of a settlement are well-known to both sides, and although 
important details must still be negotiated, the primary ingre- 
dient for success is political will on both sides," — Sbibley 
Telbawi, Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, 
in an opinion piece in the June 28 Los Angeles Times 
about new hopes for a peace settlement between Israel 
and Syria. 

"You can't be a diplomatic actor all the time if you are going 
to be a spokesman. You can't do it all. But you take the king's 
shillings and if they have a job for you, it's appropriate you 
answer the call." — William Eaton, curator of the Humphrey 
Fellowship Program in the College of Journalism, in a June 
28 Associated Press story about the new diplomatic role in 
Kosovo for State Department spokesman James P Rubin. 

"If you're buying a franchise, one thing you're buying is sup- 
port and training that is guaranteed. If the franchisor is dead, 
it's not going to be supplying anything." — Scott Shane, asso- 
ciate professor of entrepreneurship, in a July 7 story in the 
Toronto Star about the cliallenges of going into business as 
a franchisee. 

"When women work nights and have been married more 
than five years, the odds of divorce or separation are three 
times as high [as for male night workers]." — Harriet Presser, 
sociology professor, in a July 6 Boston Globe story about 
the various impacts of night work in service industries. 



Mathematics professor John Osborn will head 
the search for a new dean for the College of Life 
Sciences to replace Paul Mazzochi, who last 
spring announced his intention to return to 
teaching in 2000, 

Senior Vice President and Provost Greg 
Geoffroy announced the appointment 
of the search committee in late 



August and asked Life Sciences 
faculty and staff as well as facul- 
ty and staff from throughout 
the university to help find "a 
highly qualified individual 
with the experience, energy 
and commitment to build on 
this momentum, channel the 
new resource that we expect to 
flow into the College via the 
BioSciences Initiative for maximum 
effecdveness, and lead the college to 
even greater distinction." 

In addition to Osborn, the search committee 
comprises: 



• Earlene Armstrong, associate professor, entomol- 
ogy 

• Annie Bush, undergraduate student, biological 
sciences 



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• Catherine Carr, associate professor, biology 

• Roberta Donley, staff. College of Life Sciences 

• Catherine Feneslau, chair, chemistry and bio- 
chemistry 

• Michael Fisher, professor, Institute for Physical 

Science and Technology 

• Beth Gantt, professor, cell biology 
and molecular genetics 




' Sandra Gordon-Salant, professor, 
hearing and speech sciences 
• Robert Hampton, associate 
provost and dean. 
Undergraduate Studies 
• Bhakti Petigara, graduate stu- 
dent, chemistry and biochem- 
istry 

• Michael Raupp, chair, entomol- 
ogy 
• Heven Sze, professor, cell biology 
and molecular genetics 

• Dev Thirumulai, professor, chemistry and bio- 
chemistry/ Institute for Physical Science and 
Technology 

• Gerald Wilkinson, professor, biology 

Nomiiiadons and applications may be forward- 
ed to any member of the search committee. 



YLN 



Investors Group to Feature PSINet's CFO 



Edward Postal 



Edward Postal, senior vice president and chief 
financial officer of PSINet, a global facilities-based 
Internet Protocol data communica- 
tions carrier for the business market 
place, is the featured speaker at the 
Wednesday, Sept, 15, meeting of the 
Investors Group, The meeting takes 
place at noon in the Special Events 
Room of McKeldin Library, 

Co sponsored by the Friends of 
the Libraries and the Office of 
Continuing and Extended Education, 
the highly popular Investors Group 
has a membership of more than 300 
from the ranks of faculty. Staff, stu- 
dents and the general community. 
The meetings are free and open to 
everyone and designed to provide a quality pro- 
gram of practical financial educadon. 

A graduate of the university with a B.S. in 
accounting, Postal is responsible for PSINet's 
finance, accounting and investor relations func- 
tions, At the Investors Group meedng, he will dis- 
cuss the future of the Internet, PSINet's planned 
acquisidon of Transaction Network Services, Inc., 
in which he was intimately involved, the evolu- 
tion of corporate mergers, PSINet's stadium name 
deal with the Baltimore Ravens professional foot- 
ball team, digital libraries and other timely topics. 

Since its founding in 1 989, PSINet, whose 
stock is listed on the NASDAQ exchange, has 
been a leader in Internet inn ovation. The 
Herndon, Virginia-based corporation was the first 
company to provide commercial Internet access, 
the first to offer guaranteed commercial quality 
of service, the first managed private Internet 




Provider network service, the first managed 
Internet security service, and the first Internet 

service provider to offer 1 00 percent 
guaranteed uptime Web hosting ser- 
vices. 

On Aug, 23 PSINet announced it had 
entered into a definite agreement to 
acquire Transaction Network Services, 
Inc. , the leading worldwide provider 
of eCommerce data communications, 
processing more than 20 million 
transactions per day from two million 
businesses. Transaction Network, 
headquartered in Reston,Virginia,and 
listed on the New York Stock 
Exchange, handles more than 70 per 
cent of the electronic Point of Sale 
transactions in the United States, Combining 
PSINet and Transaction Network would create 
the leading global provider of eCommerce and 
Internet solutions to businesses worldwide. 

Prior to joining PSINet, Postal was senior vice 
president and chief financial officer for The 
Hunter Group, a consulting firm that assists 
clients in the implementation of various software 
packages. He also has held positions with The 
Wyatt Company, Satellite Business Systems and 
Deloitte and Touche. 

A native of Washington, D.C., Postal is a certi- 
fied public accountant and an active member in 
the Financial Executives Institute where he is 
serving on its national board of directors. 



Oudook 



Outlook is the weekly facutty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryiand campus community, Williain D«stler, Interim Vice President for University Advancement; 
Teresa Flannery. Ejiecutive Director of University Communications and Director of Marl<eting; George Cathcart. Executive Ecfitor: Jennifer Hawes, Editor: 
Uxiiia Scott Fort6, Assistant Editor; Valstisl) Nona war, Graduate Assistant. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus Information are vrelcome. Please submit all 
material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park. MD 20742 .Telephone (301) 40&J1629; e-mail out- 
look@accmail.umd.edu; fax (301) 314-9344. DuWoohcan t>e found online atwww.inform.umd.edu/outlook/ 



September 7, 1999 Outtook 3 



Renovated Career Center Boasts Professional Look, New Features 



After a year of major renovations, the Career 
Center offices now look as snazzy as a Brooks 
Brothers suit. 

Warm cherrywood paneling and jade green carpet 
distinguishes the new Career Center which recently 
moved back Into its newly renovated space on the 
third floor of Hornbake Library. 

"The new Career Center seeks to reflect the high 
standards and quality of the University of Maryland. 
Goals for the renovation included correcting past defi- 
ciencies and designing for the future, particularly in 
the area of technology utilization," says Linda Cast, 
Career Center director. 

In addition to a new look, the renovated center 
includes many new and updated features. The center 
now features: 

• an welcoming, professional presence for all visitors; 

• a suite of 20 interview rooms to accommodate 
the growing demand from local, national and interna- 
tional organizations to hire Maryland students; 

• a Multi-Purpose Room for conducting seminars 
and workshops, 

career-related classes and employer presentations 
using the latest technologies; 

• an expanded Career and Employ- ment Resource 
Room, including a new computer laboratory, to assist 
students in exploring careers and researching employ- 
ers and graduate schools. 

Career Center administrators see the newly reno- 
vated space as more customer service-friendly than 
the old facility 

"There's an immediate welcoming and professional 
presence you feel when you step off of the elevator 
on to the third floor of Hornbake Library-South Wing," 
says Cast. "The cherr3fwood and the architectural 
details that create a feeling of space and height help 
to create this environment." 

The renovations helped the Career Center meet its 
goal of improving the space to accommodate the large 
number of employers and students who utilize the 
center's services. In 1997-1998 the Career Center for- 
warded 43,222 student resumes to interested employ- 
ers through the resume referral program, served more 
than 1 0,840 students in the Career and Employment 
Resource Room and coordinated 7,666 on-campus 
interviews for more than 523 organizations. 

On Sept, 30, from 4-7 p.m., the Career Center will 




The newly renovated Career Center Is back In Its original home, the third floor of Hornbake Library, South 
Wing, an sporting a professional, welcoming look. 



host a grand opening event to celebrate its new look 
and reintroduce the campus to the "new" center. 
Tours will be given of the facility, plus refreshments 
and prizes will be provided. Oct. 6 is the grand open- 
ing for employers interested in working with the 
Career Center to interview and hire students. 

From those who've traveled to the newly renovat- 
ed Career Center, Cast says the reactions have been 
extremely positive. "Consistently we have heard the 
exclamation, 'Wow!' when people step off the eleva- 
tor into our new center," she says. "Many also have 
expressed their pleasure with the university adminis- 
tration for acknowledging the importance of the 
Career Center to the insdtution by providing a world- 
class, state-of-the-art facility." 



To go along with its fresh look, the Career Center 
has a number of new projects for the upcoming year, 
including an expanded career series, improvements to 
the Terp Online website and the Implementation of 
Terp Network, an online alumni, parent and student 
mentoring database. 

"The new facility provides renewed opportunities 
to collaborate with faculty and staff to ensure stu- 
dents have both the educational foundation and the 
life skills to become full and contributing members of 
society," says Gast. 

The Center is located on the third floor of 
Hornbake Library. For more information, call the 
Career Center at 314-7225 or visit 
<wwrw.CareerCenter. umd.edu>. 



Writers Here & Now 



continued from page I 

academic year's speakers 

Among the invited 
authors reading this year 
are 1998 National Book 
Award winner Gerald Stern, 
and Michael Cunningham, 
who won both the 
PEN/Faulkner Award and 
the Pulitzer Prize for his 
third novel. The Hours. 

Joyce Kornblatt, profes- 
sor in the creative writing 
program, also is a featured 
reader in this year's series. 
Her recently published 
novel The Reason for Wings 
has received critical acclaim 
from Publisher s l^f^kJy 
and NPR's "All Things 
Considered". 

Over the last several 
years, says Collier, the series 
has been a cosponsor of 
other literary related events 



by other departments, such 
as the Women's Studies pro- 
gram and Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. "One thing 
I've really enjoyed is that 
the series is now a universi- 
ty wide program. It's not 
just serving English majors," 
says Collier. 

Funding, which originally 
came solely from the 
English department, now 
comes from a host of 
sources, including the 
College of Arts and 
Humanities, the English 
department. Friends of the 
Library, the University Book 
Center, the Committee on 
Africa and the Americas, the 
Women's Studies Program 
and Asian American Studies 
program. 

For more information 
about the Writers Here and 
Now series, call 405-3820. 



Fall 1999 

Writers Here and Now 

Pro-am 

Wednesday, Sept, 15, 
7 p.m. 

Gerald Stern 

Stern's eleventh book of 
poems. This Time, earned him 
the National Book Award in 
1998. The recipient of numer- 
ous other awards including a 
Guggenheim Fellowship, three 
National Endowment of the 
Arts Fellowships and the 
Lamont Poetry Prize, he has 
taught at many universities, 
including Temple, New York 
University and for 14 years at 
the Iowa Writers' Workshop. 

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. 

MFA Faculty Reading 
Merle Collins and Joyce 
Kornblatt 

Collins' published work 
includes two volumes of poet- 
ry, a volume of short stories, 
and two novels, the most 
recent of which is The Colour 
of Forgetting (Virago), She 



teaches in the departments of 
English and comparative litera- 
ture. 

Kornblatt 's much-acclaimed 
novel. The Reason for Wings, 
was recendy published by 
Syracuse University Press. She 
is the author of two other nov- 
els and a collection of short 
stories. She teaches in the 
Creative Writing Program. 

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. 

Share Our Strength: "Writers' 

Harvest" 

E.A. Markham and Jaimy Gordon 

"Writers' Harvest," a reading 
on behalf of Share Our 
Strength, is one of more than 
200 literary events taking place 
in bookstores and on campuses 
across the country in order to 
help raise money for the hun- . 
gry. Share Our Strength coordi- 
nates food bank services, grant 
distribution, public education 
and community outreach on 
the issue of hunger worldwide. 
All proceeds from this reading 
will be donated to Share Our 
Strength, 



Born in Montserrat.West 
Indies, Markham completed his 
education in Britain and has 
lived there for the past 43 
years. He has published six vol- 
umes of poetry, two of short 
stories, four edited anthologies, 
most recendy a novel. Marking 
Time (Peepai Tree) , and a travel 
book, A Fapua New Guinea 
Sojourn: More Pleasures of 
Exile (Carcanet), Markham is 
the editor of The Penguin 
Book ofCaribljean Short 
Stories and is now professor of 
creative writing at Sheffield 
Had dam University, 

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. 

Michael Cunningham 

In Spring 1999 Cunningham 
won both the PEN/Faulkner 
Award and the Pulitzer Prize 
for his third novel. The Hours, 
which was also nominated for 
the National Book Critics Circle 
Award. He is the author of two 
other novels, /"/esA and Blood, 
which earned him a Whiting 
Writer's Award in 1 995 and A 
Home at the End of the World. 



4 Outlook September 7. 1999 




maryland 



Your Guide to University Events 
September 7-16 



September 7 



6-9 p.m. "Introduction to Matlab." 
introduces a popular tool for 
exploring and experimenting with 
numertcal algorithms. You will learn 
to perform array operations, create 
scalar, matrix and vector functions, 
create two-dimensional graphics, 
perform symbolic computations 
and create simple programs. 4352 
Reckord Armory. 5-2938 or register 
at <www.infonn.umd.edu/PT>.' 

ft-9 p.nL'lntroductlon to 
Machemadca," introduces Che basic 
principles of a world-class mathe- 
matical tool that can perform com- 
plex mathematical operations such 
as integration, differentiation, etc. in 
symbolic mathematical notation. 
Also included is rendering in either 
2- or 3-D plots. 4404 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938 or regis 
ter at <www,tnfbnn,umd.edu /PT>.* 



September 8 



3-5:30 p.m. OMSE Retention, 
Orientation and Personal 
Enrichment Seminar. Prospective 
OMSE members can come and 
meet condnuing stuiients, faculty 
and staff. Nyumbuni Center 5-56 16. 

5:15 p.m.Taekwondo sport club 
registration and fall commence- 
ment. Orientation and fall registra- 
tion for prospective and continuing 
Taekwondo students. Introduction 
to basic Taekwondo movements. 
Wear comfortable clothes, 01 07 
HHP Bldg., <www, taekwondo. net/ 
uind'>. 

6-7:30p.m. "Getting to Know Your 
WAM Account," introduces WAM 
account holders to the concepts 
involved in using their accounts. 
The class covers receiving and 
sending email, deleting mail, and 
participating in electronic discus- 
sion groups. Perfect for those who 
have just begun using their WAM 
accounts. 3330 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg. 5-2938 or register at 
< www. inform . umd . ed u/Fr> 

6-8 p.m. "Navigating the WebCT 
Environment" is for students who 
are enrolled in courses at the uni- 
versity which have integrated 
WebCT into the class environment. 
Students will learn to navigate 
course content, participate in bul- 
letin boards and chat rooms, and 
develop presentation materials in 
group project space. 4404 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 
5 2938 or register at <www.iriform. 
umd,edu/PT>. 

6:30-7:45 p.m. Taekwondo sport 
club registration and fall commence- 
ment. Orientation and fall registra- 
tion for prospective and continuing 
Taekwondo students. Introduction 
to basic Taekwondo movements. 
Wear comfortable clothes. 0107 
HHP Bldg., <www.taekwondo.net/ 
umd/>. 



8 11 p.m."University Theatre Open 
House," Free entertainment and tours 

of the th eater. Tawes Bldg. 5-2201. 



September 9 



3:30 p.m. Meteorologv Siuiiinar Series: 
"Determination of Meteorological 
Fronts From Total Ozone Data," Robert 
Hudson. 2400 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg, 5-5392. 

4:30-7:30 p.m. "Introduction to 
Matlab.' introduces a popular tool for 
exploring and experimenting with 
numerical algorithms. You will learn 
to perform array operations, create 
scalar, matrix and vector functions. 
create two-dimensional grapliics, per- 
form symbolic computations and cre- 
ate simple programs. 4352 Record 
Armory, 5-2938 or register at 

< www. info rm . umd . edu/PT>.* 

4:30 7:30p.m."Introduction to 
Mathematica," introduces the basic 
principles of a world-class mathemati- 
cal tool that can perform complex 
mathematical operadons such as inte- 
gration, differentiation, etc. in symbolic 
mathematical notation. Also included 
is rendering in either 2- or 3-D plots. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938 or register at 

< www. inform.umd. edu/PT > .* 



September 10 



8 p.m. School of Music presents the 
Coolidge Quartet. Lllrich Recital Hall. 
5-7847. 



September 11 



6 p.m. Maryland Football vs. Western 
CaroUna. Byrd Stadium, 4-7070.* 



September 12 



1-4 p.m."Introducdon to 
Mathematica," introduces the basic 
principles of a world-class mathemati- 
cal tool that can perform complex 
mathematical operations such as inte- 
pation, differentiation, etc. in symlxillc 
mathematical notation. Also included 
is rendering in either 2 or 3D plots. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938 or register at 
< wwTV. inform, umd .ed u/PT> .' 

3p.m. School of Music presents 
"Celebrating Goethe: Songs and 
Poetry." Robert McCoy and Peter 
Beicken. Uirich Recital Hall. 5-7847. 



September 13 



6-9 p-m. "Getting to Know Your WAM 
Account." is designed to introduce 
WAM account holders to the con- 
cepts involved in using their 
accounts, The class covers receiving 
and sending email, deleting mail, and 
participating in electronic discussion 
groups. Perfect for those who have 
Just begun using their WAM accounts. 
3330 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938 or register at 
< WW w. i nform . umd . ed u/PT> . 



Dance Department Delivers its 


New Season 


TTie department of dance 


Associadon sponsors 


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presents a full range of pro- 


"New Dances," an infor- 


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5 p.m. in the Dorothy 


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November 

Maryland Dance Ensemble 
presents a program of new 
and recent choreographic 
works Nov. 15-19. 
Choreography by faculty will 
be featured and performed by 
the ensemble. Performances 
take place at 

8 p.m. in the Dorothy Madden 
Theater, Tickets are $8 and $5 
for students and seniors. 

December 

The Student Dance 

6-9 p.m. "Intermediate 
Mathematica," continues covering 
critically important skills in solving 
matrix and vector operations, multi- 
ple integrals, differential equations, 2 
and 3D plots in parametric, polar, 
spherical, cylindrical, implicit, con 
tour. mesh, views and much more. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938 or register at 
< www.inform. umd . ed u/PT>.* 

8p.m. School of Music presents the 
Walsum Awards Concert with mem- 
bers of the 20th Century Consort. 
Christopher Kendall, conductor. 
Uirich Recital HaU. 5-7847. 



September 14 



6-7:30 p.m. "Getting to Know Your 
WAM Account," is designed to intro- 
duce WAM account holders to the 
concepts involved in using their 
accounts. The class covers receiving 
and sending email, deleting malt, 
and participating in electronic dis- 
cussion groups. Perfect for those 
who have just begun using their 
WAM accounts. 3330 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938 or regis 
ter at <www.inform.umd.edu/PT>. 



March 

Two performances of the 
Joe Good Performance 
Group's "Deeply There (stories 
of a neighborhood" takes 
place March 6 and 7, 8 p.m. In 
the Dorothy Madden Theater. 
Tickets are $12 general admis- 
sion, $10 for iaculty /staff and 
$5 for students. 

April 

Maryland Dance Ensemble 
performs a program of student 
choreography April 13-15 and 

6-9 p.m. "Introduction to Windows 
9 5. "introduces the Windows operat- 
ing system. Concepts covered include 
how to move around in a window, 
use menus, lind files, use help, copy 
files, format floppy disks, create fold- 
ers, create and manage files for use 
with Windows applications, 4 404 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 5- 
2938 or register at <www.tnform. 
umd.edu/PT>,* 



September 15 



11:35 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Black Campus 
Ministries Program: "Sweet Hour of 
Prayer," a Campus Wide Prayer 
Service. Memorial Chapel. 4-7759 or 
5-9005. 

7 p.m. "Writers Here and Now 
Reading Series." 1998 Pulitzer Prize- 
winning poet Gerald Stern reads his 
work at the first reading of (he 
Writers Here and Now Series, which 
is celebrating its 30th year on cam- 
pus. Special Events Room, McKeldin 
Library. 5-3820 or dbl88@umall. 
umd.edu. 



seniors. 

May 

yisy 10 at 5 p.m. the 
Student Dance Association pre- 
sents "New Dances," an infor- 
mal showing of new works. 
The performance is free and 
take place in the Dorothy 
Madden Theater. 

For information on tickets, 
contact the dance depart- 
ment's box office at 405-7847. 



September 16 



4:30-6:30 p.m. "Navigating the 
WebCT Environment." is for students 
who are enrolled in courses at the 
university which have integrated 
WebCT into the class environment. 
In it students will learn to navigate 
course content, participate in bul- 
letin boards and chal rooms, and 
develop presentation materials in 
group project space. 4404 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 
5-2938 or register at <www.inform. 
umd.edu/PT> 

Calendar Guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 
4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the 
prefix 314- or 405. Events are free 
and open to the public unless 
rioted t)y an asterisk {*). Calendar 
information for Outlook is com- 
piled from a combination of 
inforM's master taiendar and sub- 
missions to the OulSook office. 
To reach Ibe calendar editor, call 
405-7615 or e-maU Outlook@ 
accmail, omd.edu. 



September 7, 1999 Outlook 5 




Photo Outreach Program Provides Insight on Homelessness 



Children lazing on the grass, a woman reading 
a newspaper, a child learning to write... the 
images evoke a sense of well-being and nor- 
malcy. But they are never associated with 
homelessness, a harsh 
reality faced by thou- 
sands of people in 
Maryland. 

Now, the Photo 
Outreach Program at 
the University of 
Maryland is putting 
together these uncon- 
ventional and beauti- 
ful images of home- 
less people from 
Baltimore County in a 
date book that will 
be distributed to poli 
cy makers in the 
state. The aim is to 
create awareness 
about the problem of 
homelessness and the 
fact that people living 
on the streets are not 
necessarily alcohol 
and drug abusers, but 
women and children as well. 

"We wanted to put faces on the homeless so that 
support programs can l^e created to help these peo- 
ple get back on their feet," says Jill Greenberg who 
works with the Coalition for Homelessness and 
served as homeless education program coordinator on 
this project. It was Greenberg who conceived the idea 
of a book about the homeless a year ago. 

The date book has been funded with grants from 
the Prince George's Arts Council, the Maryland State 
Arts Council, and the Maryland State Department of 
Education's Homelessness Division, 

It is tentatively scheduled for release in November 
this year. Apart from photographs, the date book will 
carry samples of children's artwork on homelessness 
and inspirational quotes from various sources. About 
1000 copies of thi_ book will be printed, of which 




some will be distributed to the homeless so they can 
keep their medical and dental records, says Barbara 
Tyrol er, arts outreach coordinator at College Park. 
Ten students from the Photo Outreach Program assist- 
ed Tyroler in shooting hundreds of pho- 
tographs for the project. Of these, about 
30 will find their way into the date 
book, says Tyroler. 

The pictures were taken mostly in 
shelters in Baltimore County. Tyroler 
recalls that while some of the homeless 
they were working with were a little 
skeptical at first about the photo^a- 
phers, the truth is "people love to get 
their pictures taken," 

She and her students took only com- 
plimentary pictures of their subjects - 
"ones that made them look happy and 
proud" — and later distributed copies to 
them. 

The idea behind making the home- 
less look happy 
in the pictures, 
Greenberg 
says, was to 
show that 
homelessness 
could affect 
anyone, "in our families, in 
our neighborhoods." 

Student Stacie Marshall, 
who spent about a year visit- 
ing three shelters to shoot 
the pictures, found the expe- 
rience of working with the 
homeless interesting and 
moving. 

Her subjects were often 
children and she made the 
discovery that "kids always 
want to be happy, no matter 
what their circumstances." 
Marshall says she was sur- 
prised by how well main- 
tained some of the shelters 



were and recalls some interesting programs offered 
there, like a computer training program where 
women could acquire modern computer skills. 

She also met people who changed her understand- 
ing of the problem of homelessness, such as a woman 
who had worked for a county program that helped 
the homeless find shelters, but was herself driven to 
the streets because of financial problems. 

Greenberg points out that people don't often real- 
ize the homeless include working people "like any of 
us," forced out of their homes by domestic violence, a 
fire or some other disaster. Many of them are people 
with jobs that don't pay enough, she says. 

Half of the homeless, she adds, are families with 
children. 

— VAISHALI HONAWAR 



Photos such as these are highlighted In the date 
book designed by the Photo Outreach Program. 




6 Outioofc September 7, 1999 




Historian 

Donates 1,600 

Volumes to 

Leadership 

Library 



Pulitzer prize-winning 
historian James MacGregor 
Burns recently donated 
1,600 volumes from his 
personal collection to the 
Lucille Maurer Leadership 
Library housed in Taliaferro 
Hall, The books, half of 
them biographies, were the 
first major acquisition for 
the new library, which is 
part of the James 
MacGregor Bums Academy 
of Leadership. More of 
Burns' books on leadership 
will follow shortly, with 
the total donation expect- 
ed to reach as many as 
2,500 volumes. 

"We're thrilled to have 
the collec- 
tion 




here " says Nance Lucas, 
director of the Academy of 
Leadership. "It's a tremen- 
dous resource for serious 
scholars of leadership, his- 
tory and poUdcal science." 

Lauren Brown, curator 
of archives and manu- 
scripts at the university, 
agrees. "It's hard to think of 
history or political science 
without thinking of the 
contributions James 
MacGregor Burns has 
made to the literature," he 
says. 

For more information 
about the Lucille Maurer 
Leadership Library, visit the 
Web at < www. academy. 
umd.edu/library>. 

For more information 
about James MacGregor 
Bums' upcoming book, 
Dead Center: Clinton-Gore 
Leadership and the Perils 
of Moderation — written 
with Georgia Sorenson — 
contact Stefanie Weiss, 
communications director 
at the Academy, at 405- 
7938 or 
swe iss@acade my. umd.edu 



Diversity: ifs Your Future 

September Focus on Diversity 



All Month 

September 15 -October 15 

Hispanic Heritage Month, For information 

about this month's events, contact the 

Hispanic Heritage Coalition at 

HHC UM@hotmaU.com 



September 8 

3 p.m. (Reception) and 3;45-5p.m. 
(Program) . OMSK Retention, Orientation 
and Personal Enrichment Strategies 
(ROPES) .This program will assemble 
incoming African American, Asian/Pacific 
American, Hispanic/Latino American, and 
Native American first-year students giving 
them the opportunity to interact with con- 
tinuing students, faculty and staff. Student 
organizations %vill perform skits that relate 
to college life. A faculty/staff representative 
will highlight the academic expectations 
for first-year students. Nyumburu Cultural 
Center. Contact OMSE. 5-5616. 







1 



Did you know that the Office of 
y Human Relations Programs is opening 
> SILC — the Student intercultural 
' Center? For more Information, con- 
; tact Paul GorskI at 5-8192 or 

pg92@umail.umd.edu or stop by SILC 

at 0106E Shriver Laboratory, East 

Wing. 




September 9 

4:30 p.m. LGBSFA; Ruth Fassinger and Jon 
Mohr,''Same Sex Couples: What Do We 

Know," Location TBA. Contact Luke Jensen, 
ljensen@deans.umd.edu or check out 
< www. umd .edu/lgbt/> 



September 9 
(and monthly) 

6:30-9:30 p.m. Action Langley Park 
Meeting. Action Langley Park is a neighbor- 
hood-based community planning associa- 
tion - a coalition of residents, labor, busi- 
ness, church, and other allies - linked with 
the campus' Langley Park Project provid- 
ing campus-community links for immi- 
grant-focused community service. Langley 
Park Community Center Contact William 
Hanna, 5-4005 or bhanna@ursp.umd.edu 

September 10 

4-7 p.m. (RAIN DATE: September 17). 
OMSE Unity Picnic. Engineering Field 
House. Contact OMSE, 5-5616. 



September IS 

10:30 a.m. -noon. Diversity Initiative 
Steering Committee Meeting. New mem- 
bers are always welcome! Family Studies 
Conference Room. Contact the Office of 
Human Relations Programs. 5-2838 or 
diversity@umail.umd.edu 
Also, mark your calendar for the rest of the 
semester's Diversity Initiative Committee 
meetings. All meetings will be at the same 
time and place: 

* October 12 

* November 17 

* December 14 

noon T p.m. Deaf Culture. Martha Pugh, 
staff interpreter. Disability Support 
Services, Counseling Center discusses the 
topic of deaf culture. 0114 Counseling 
Center, Shoemaker Hall, Contact 4-765 1 , 



September 30 

7:30 p.m. Poetry Reading ■ "Performing 
Blackness: Voices of the Diaspora."A poetry 
reading featuring Sonla Sanchez, Cornelius 



The Counseling Center, 
Shoemaker Btiilding, offers the fol- 
lowing support groups: 

• Circle of Sisters - a support group 
for Black/African American women 
students. The group meets on 
Wednesdays, 6-7 :30p.m. Starts on 
October 6 - call to register. 

• Women of Color - Day & Time TBA 

- call to register. 

• Walk-in Hour for Students of Color 

- counseling services provided by 
counselors of color for students of 
color without an appointment daily, 
3-4 p.m. 

For more information or to 
register, call 314-7651. 



Eady, Merle Collins, ToniAsante Lightfoot, 
DJ Renegade and emerging local poets. 
The event is free and open to the public. 
Sponsored by the Committee on Africa 
and the Americas. Multipurpose Room, 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. Contact 
5-6835. 

• To see the full version of the 
September "Focus on Diversity" Calendar 
go to our "Student Link to the Diversity 
Initiative" at <www.inform.umd.edu/ 
Diversity/Initiadve>, 

To place your event in October's "Focus 
on Diversity" calendar, e-mail information 
to Jamie Feehery-Simmons at 
Jfl56@umail.umd.edu or fax 314-9992 no 
later than September 20. If you have any 
questions, please call 405-2562. 

Calendar brought to you by the Diversity 
Initiative. 



Higli Tecli Advances Public Heaitli Research 



Digital videos, interactive games and 
CD-ROM are not typical tools used in a 
medical office, but at the University of 
Maryland they play an integral role in 
helping public health researchers find 
ways to create healthy lives for world pop- 
ulations. 

The Laboratory for Public Health 
Informatics and Communications Research 
is the brainchild of director Robert Gold, 
professor of health education. The lab con- 
sists of interacdve educational and muld- 
media communication technologies 
designed to improve on public health 
intervendon. 

Gold's vision for technology and service 
in public health recently earned him fel- 
low status at the American Academy of 
Health Behavior, one of the highest honors 
in public health. As a fellow, he provides 
support to association members, reviews 
materials for the organization, and partici- 



pates in planning association meetings and 
activities. Gold has many honors including 

The lab consists of 
interactive educational and 
multimedia communication 
technologies designed to 
improve on public health 
intervention. 

Scholar of the Year for the American 
Alliance for Health Education. Although he 
has been granted many honors, he is most 
proud of the Public Health Informatics 
Lab. 

Gold leads a team that works on dynam- 



ic projects, such as designing computer 
games for kids on how to manage asthma 
and creating interactive games for middle 
school aged-children on ways to under- 
stand the body, The lab also provides com- 
munications technology support to the 
Task Force for Child Survival and 
Development. The team studies the influ- 
ences on child growth and development 
through an online Web portal that is 
designed for conferencing capability which 
allows for communicadon and data collec- 
tion. 

Beyond gadgets and data, Gold believes 
technology influences human behavior 
and should be utilized to reach out to pop- 
uladons to influence quality of life and 
health. He is nationally recognized as one 
of the foremost experts in the application 
of advanced communication technologies 
to health education, ranging from comput- 
er software to expert systems technology. 



September 7. 1999 Oirttook 7 



SILC: A Progressive Approach to intercultural Learning 



As you walk around campus this year and notice 
something new in Sh river Laboratory's East Wing, you 
may ask yourself, "What does SILC mean?" SILC is the 
Student Intercultural Learning Center, created by the 
Office of Human Relations Programs (OHRP) as a new 
student-focused arm of the Diversity Initiative. 

The goals of SILC include: 

' Continuing to ask for and respond to self-identi- 
fied student intercultural needs; 

* Enhancing institution-wide intercultural program- 
ming and learning initiatives; 

* Creating opportunities for students to interact 
and engage divergent perspectives through intercul- 
tural and intergroup dialogues; and, 

* Developing opportunities for students at all levels 
of awareness and understanding to develop intercul- 
tural skills. 

SILC will be the central hub connecting all of the 
current student-related activities coordinated by 
OHRP and the Diversity Initiative, as well as all of the 
new programs, initiatives and activities which are 
developed in order to continue addressing student 
identified intercultural needs. 

In an attempt to provide a vride range of activities 
for people with different levels of awareness and 
areas of interest, programs will include: opportunities 
for students to develop facilitation and mediation 
skills through the Sexual Harassment Prevention Peer 
Program, the Peer Mediation Program, and the 
Diversity Training Circle; academic courses including 
"Facilitating Dialogue on Race, Gender and Ethnicity" 
and "Multiculturalism in Self and Society"; interperson- 
al and intergroup dialogues on a variety of topics; and 
various other dialogues, workshops and other pro- 
grams hosted throughout the academic year. 

"While SILC is a student focused initiadve, it can 
also be a valuable resource for faculty and staff. It is a 
place to which you can steer students who have an 



expressed interest in diversity and intercultural learn- 
ing, but SILC is also a place to refer students who are 
at an earlier stage of intercultural awareness, comfort 
and understanding," says Paul Gorski, coordinator for 
SILC. 

Many of SILC's initiatives will be in conjunction 
with other academic and non-academic units on cam- 
pus, including College Park Scholars, the Academy of 
Leadership, the departments of comparative literature, 
American studies and family studies, the Division of 
Student Affairs, and the Office of Campus Programs. 
SILC also will continue building coalitions with and 
across existing student groups. 

SILC was created in response to these student-iden- 
tified needs. Last year, with this in mind, OHRP reded- 
icated itself to strong student-focused outreach 
efforts. OHRP facilitated a series of focus groups 
across campus through which students became 
"teachers" about their diversity-related needs, accord- 
ing to Gorski. Thirteen focus groups were conducted 
among student populations ranging from athletic club 
captains to the Asian American Student Union. Several 
open-ended questions were posed regarding their per- 
ceptions of diversity, the Diversity Initiadve and their 
campus experiences. 

OHRP's modvation for this progressive approach 
was based on those student identified — needs, which 
Gorski says is the "best approach because the people 
with the most expertise regarding student experience 
and student needs are . . , students. While this seems 
an obvious point, there is too often a tendency in 
institutions of higher education for 'experts' in various 
fields to make decisions on what students want and 
need without spending sufficient time pulling ideas 
from the very populadon they attempt to serve. This 
can be especially troubling, if not dangerous, when 
the role of the 'experts' is to create intercultural or 
diversity-related learning opportunities - a responsibili- 



ty which is already politically charged and emotional 
for everybody involved." 

Three major points emerged and ree merged across 
the focus group transcripts: 

1 . Students value diversity and enjoy being at a uni- 
versity where there are many different people and 
cultures, but most pointed to the need for more 
opportunities for interacdon among the diverse faces, 
perspectives and backgrounds. 

2. Students want intercultural learning opportuni- 
ties that meet them where they are in terms of com- 
fort level, awareness and development. 

3. Students recognize the need to develop intercul- 
tural skills, but prefer to do so in forums consistent 
with their learning styles. Some prefer academic 
classes, some prefer intergroup dialogues, some prefer 
listening to guest speakers or panels and most are 
completely uncomfortable with at least one of these 
opdons, 

"We [OHRP] re-learned the obvious: if you really 
want to know about student intercultural needs, ask 
the students ."Gorski adds. 

OHRP is currendy assembling a student advisory 
board that will meet monthly to provide guidance, 
ideas and support for SILC and its continuing develop- 
ment. The office is also creating a SILC lounge in 
Shriver Laboratory, East Wing, where students will find 
a small resource library of books, magazines, journals, 
and videos dealing with various intercultural issues. 

To learn more about SILC and its programs, contact 
Paul Gorski. Coordinator for SILC, at 405-8192 or 
pg92@umail.umd.edu or visit 0106E Shriver 
Laboratory, East Wing. 

—JAMIE FEEHERYSIMMONS 



Students Live and Learn How to Build a Civil Society 



continued from page 1 

membership totals 121 in this inaugural class of this 
living and learning program. Approximately half are 
first year students. The remainder are upperclass stu- 
dents representing more than 30 majors. 

Due to the newness of the program, admission was 
by invitation only. First-year students were accepted 
based on a review of application materials submitted 
for undergraduate admission. Scholastic achievement, 
extracurricular and civic involvement during high 
school were also considered. Preference was given to 
Behavioral and Social Sciences majors followed by 
Letters and Sciences students. 

While building this civil society, CIVICUS students 
are enjoying sharing some very impressive digs. "This 
is nicer than my room at home," says one of the asso- 
ciates, who is sharing a triple. 




ffiflsiBitts kA 




Irving Goldstein, dean of 
the College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences, says parents, 
too, were impressed with the 
attractive dorm. "Several par- 
ents said, 'Why don't we send 
out kids home and we'll live 
here,'" says Goldstein. 

Bright hallways, cozy stu- 
dent lounges and study 
spaces, muted green and 
mauve accents and Palladian 
windows distinguish Somerset 
Hall inside. A brick courtyard 
and rock garden, with wood- 
en benches and lamp lighting 
distinguish the hall outside. 
"We've created a living and 
learning atmos- 
phere that will 
give students a 
passion for broad- 
er participation 
and empower- 
ment through 
local decisionmak- 
ing," says Pat Mielke, director of the 
Department of Resident Life. "This self-gov- 
ernance will result in a greater awareness 
for common concerns and aspiradons for 
each resident to invesdgate while building 
a civil culture to benefit everyone." 

Mielke has been instnunental in 
developing clusters of residence halls 
devoted to living and learning programs. In 
addition to the CIVICUS program at 
Somerset Hail, both Queen Anne's and 
Anne Arundel halls host honors students; 







President Dan Mote, above right, visits with students during a recent tour of 
Somerset Hall, the new CIVICUS residence hall. Below left, a student relaxes 
In her room. The dorm has doybtes, triples and a few sln^e rooms. 



Dorchester Hall is the internaUonal house; St. Mary's 
Hall is known as the language house; and the 
Cambridge Community, a cluster of five halls, includ- 
ing Bel Air, Cambridge, Centerville, Chestertown, and 
Cumberland, provides living accommodations for the 
College Park Scholars. 

For Rachel Philofsky, a sophomore associate, CIVI- 
CUS is a great opportunity. "Community service was a 
huge part of my life in high school and I wanted to 
continue that here at the university," she says. "I'm 
excited about this program. It's really fiin so far." 



S OuHook September 7. 1999 




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CHORUS 



Chorus and Chorale Auditions 

The University of Maryland 
Chorus and University Chorale are 
holding student, 
faculty and staff 
auditions through 
today, Sept. 7 at 
the Tawes Fine 
Arts building. 

Acting Director 
Jesse Parker will 
lead the chorus 
through a season 
including Mozart's 
"Requiem," 
Brahms ' "Naenie ," 
the annual 

Christmas concerts and Handel's 
oratorios "Susanna" and "Solomon." 

The Chorale, led by acting direc- 
tor Phillip Collister, has a season of 
music featuring the fall concert,"! 
Hear America Singing," the 
Christmas concert and the annual 
Pops concert. 

To audition for either group, call 
405-5571. 

PeHonning Blackness 

The Committee on Africa and 
the Americas presents a poetry 
reading, "Performing Blackness: 
Voices of the Diaspora," Thursday, 
Sept, 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the 
Nyumburu Cultural Center's 
Multipurpose Room. Featured read- 
ers include Sonia Sanchez, 
Cornelius Eady, Merle Coliins.Toni 
Asante Lightfoot, DJ Renegade and 
emerging local poets. The event is 
free and open to the general pub- 
lic. 

For information, call 405-6835. 

Online Learning 

The fifth intemadonal Conference 
on Asynchronous Learning Networks 
takes place Oct.8-10,at 
the University College 
Inn and Conference 
Center. This 
is the pre- 



miere conference devoted exclusive- 
ly to online learning. 

For more information and to 

register online, visit the 

web site <virww.aln. 
org/alnconf99>. 




Massage Classes 

Geoff Gilbert, 
Certified Massage 
Therapist with the 
University Health Center 
is offering massage class- 
es beginning Monday. 
Sept. 13. There is an $80 
fee for 12 weeks (one 
class a week) . 
Classes are offered Mondays, 
from 4:15-5:45 p.m., or from 6-7:30 
p.m., in Room 0140 Campus 
Recreation Center. You may register 
at class or at the University Health 
Center, Room 2107. 

Two free introductory classes 
will be offered at 4 p.m. and 5: 1 5 
p,m.,Wednesday, Sept, 8 in Room 
0140 of the Campus Recreation 
Center. Registration is not required 
For more information call 314- 
8128. 

Many Modules 

The Institute for bistructional 
Technology (HT) FaD 1999 Series 
will offer the WebCT series of five 
half-day modules in addition to two 
advanced WebCT modules, A 
"refresher" Netscape Page Composer 
module will also be offered as prepa- 
ration for the WebCT modules. 

Module information and registra- 
tion is available at www.inform. 
umd.edu/IIT/c urrent.html. For 
more information, contact Ellen 
Borkowski at ey9@umail.umd.edu 
or Deb Mateik at 
dml6@umail.umd,edu. 

ATM Short Course 

The Instructional Television 
System (ITV) presents a short 
course seminar, "ATM Technology: 



Architecture, Standards and 
Applications," with Nasser 
Nasrabadi, Wednesday, Sept. 29 and 
Thursday, Sept. 30, from 1 1 a.m. to 
5 p.m. in the ITV Building (Building 
045 on the campus map). 

This course provides an intro- 
duction to the basic concepts and 
techniques used in Asynchronous 
Transfer Mode (ATM)-based com- 
munications networks. ATM is a 
high-speed packet switching proto- 
col used to transfer voice, video 
and data at high rates over local 
area or wide area fiber optic net- 
works. 

Cost for the two-day seminar is 
$345 for University of Maryland 
System employees (a more than 50 
percent discount). Continental 
breakfast and lunch will be 
served. 

For more information and to reg- 
ister, contact ITV's Professional 
Development Office at 405-4913 or 
dbelisle@eng. umd.edu. 

Creative Dancing 

The defjartment of dance will 
offer Creative Dance Lab, a commu- 
nity dance education program for 
children, teens and adults begin- 
ning Sept. 18. Saturday classes 
include: 

Modern dance 
and yoga for teens 
and adults, 9 10 
a.m., a fun class 
incorporating 
simple dance 

steps, stretching, strengthening and 
great music. 

Dance history (fall only) for ages 
7 and up, 10-10:30 a.m., a new 
class combining discussion, tech- 
nique, improvisation and choreog- 
raphy focused on the theme of four 
pioneers in modern dance. 

Basics in modern dance for 7-11 
year olds, 10:30-1 1 :30 a.m., an intro- 
duction to modern dance technique, 
with improvisation and group chore- 




ography. 

Creative dance for 4-6 year olds, 
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., allows 
young children to express them- 
selves freely in movement, develop 
coordination and explore a wide 
range of spatial, rhythmic and 
dynamic qualities. 

All classes are held in the Dance 
Building, Studio 36, located in park- 
ing lot V-1. For more information, 
check the department's webpage 
at <www.citi.net/ski/cdl> or 
email director Liz Rolland at dance- 
labl@aol.com or call 405 7039. 

In Concert 

The School of Music presents its 
opening concert of the 1999-2000 
Artist Scholarship Benefit 
Series Saturday, Sept. 18 at 
|Sk 8 p.m. in the Ulrich Recital 
Py Hall. Chris Gekker, trumpet 
ipl and Robert McCoy, piano will 
perform a concert of 
American music written for 
Gekker in the style the late 
composer Jacob Drucknian called 
"New Romanticism, "The program 
features works by Eric Ewazen, 
David Snow and James Wintle. For 
tickets call 405-7847. 

Art Showcase 

More than a dozen 
professional artists 
will be on display 
when Senior University 
presents an art 
show and open 
house on Sept. 
1 5 from 1 -3 p.m. Presented by 
Passageways Art Studios, Inc., Linda 
Uphoff will give a talk and answer 
questions and refreshments will be 
served. 

The Senior University is located 
at 4321 Hartwick Road. Suite 220.