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Outlook 

The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14 • Number 4 • September 21, 1999 






Cortese In Concert, 

page 3 




$1 Million Whiting-Turner Gift 
Establishes Charles Irish 
Chair in Engineering 

wTuting-Turner Contracting Co., the largest construction 
firm in Baltimore, recently announced a $ 1 million gift to the 
University of Maryland to establish an endowed chair in civil 
engineering in honor of Charles A. Irish Sr., Maryland alum- 
nus and executive vice president of the firm. 

Willard Hackerman, president and CEO of Whiting-Turner, 
presented the gift to President Dan Mote during a surprise 
ceremony for Irish at the company's Baltimore offices 
Sept.lO.The gift establishes the Charles A. Irish Sr, Eminent 
Professorship in Civil Engineering in the A. James Clark 
School of Engineering. 

"Chuck Irish has played an instrumental role in the life of 
the university and of Whiting-Turner, and it is especially fit- 
ting for his company to honor him by contributing to the 
university he loves so sincerely," Mote says. "Beyond the estab- 
lishment of this very important chair, this gift symbolizes the 
deep and essential relationship that exists between industry 

and the university. We 
depend on each other. 
I'm certain this great 
gift thrills Chuck Irish 
and Willard Hacker- 
man, and their col- 
leagues at Whiting- 
Turner, just as much 
as it does all of us 
here at Maryland." 

Irish has long been 
direcuy involved with 
the university, as a 
member of the School 
of Engineering's Board 
of Visitors, as a major 
donor, and as an advo- 
cate for the universi- 
ty's programs, Students 
and graduates.A 1952 
graduate of the univer- 
sity, Irish received the 
1992 Distinguished 
Engineering Alumnus 
Award. His son Charles Irish Jr., earned a B.S. in civil engineer- 
ing from Maryland in 1974, 

Irish also has been instrumental in securing more than 
$300,000 in gifts from Whiting-Turner to the university over 
the past decade in support of programs in public affairs, engi- 
neering, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 
Maryland. 

"I am also particularly indebted to Will Hackerman, who 
conceived the idea to honor Chuck Irish in this way, for his 
generosity, his commitment to excellence in engineering and 
in education, and for his outstanding expression of apprecia- 
tion for the service and talents of Chuck Irish," Mote says. 
Hackerman joined Whiting-Turner after graduating from 
Johns Hopkins in 1 938 and has served as president since 
1955. 

The 14th largest construction company in the nation, 
Whiting-Turner has built such landmarks as the Baltimore 
Convention Center, National Aquarium, Meyerhoff Symphony 
Hall, Harbor Place and the IBM Tower. The company also has 
been involved with renovations and additions at the University 
of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, residence halls at the U.S. 
Naval Academy, the Johns Hopkins Cancer Center and many 

Continued on page 2 



"Chuck Irish has played an 
instrumental role in the 
life of the university and 
of Whiting- Turner, and it is 
especially fitting for his 
company to honor him by 
contributing to the univer- 
sity he loves so sincerely," 

— University President 
Dan Mote 



Arts Advocate Susan Farr Named to 
Head Performing Arts Center 



Susan Farr, a nationally recognized 
leader in the performing arts field, has 
been named executive director of the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 
Maryland. Senior Vice President for 
Academic Affairs and Provost Gregory 
Geoffroy says Farr will assume responsi- 
bilities for the multidisciplinary collabora- 
tive village on Nov. 1. 

For the last 13 years, Farr has served as 
executive director of the Association of 
Performing Arts Presenters, a national ser- 
vice organization whose membership 
includes college and university perform- 
ing arts series; regional and municipal 
performing arts centers; festivals; artists 
and artists' managers; and other organiza- 
tions engaged in presentation of the live 
performing arts. In her new post, she will 
oversee the development, operation and 
programming of the performing arts cen- 
ter, which is slated to open in 2001 as a 
premier facility for arts education and 
professional performance. 

"We're delighted to have Susan Farr 

















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University Police Department Seeks Reaccreditation 

The University of Maryland Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part 
of a program to maintain its highly prized accredited status through the Commission on 
Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (GALEA). The assessment is being conducted 
Sept. 25-28. 

Two assessors representing CALEA will examine aU aspects of the University Police 
Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. 
Verification by the team that the police department continues to meet the commission's 439 
state-of-the-art standards is an integral part of maintaining accreditation tlirough CALEA. 

The assessors wiU review written materials, interview individuals, as well as visit offices and 
other places where compliance can be verified. The assessors are Chief Paul Verrecchia, Brown 
University Police, and Chief Gary Margolis, University of Vermont Police. Once die assessors 
complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full accreditation commission, 
which will then decide if the department is to re tarn its accredited status. 

The University of Maryland Police Department was initially accredited Nov. 23, 1996, follow- 
ing an on-site assessment in September of that year. 

As part of the on-site assessment, university employees and members of 
the community are invited to offer comments by calling the 
assessors dlrecdy at 405-5735 on Monday, Sept. 27, between 
1 and 5 p.m. This telephone will be immonitored, dedicat- 
ed and will ring direcdy in the assessors' work area. 
Telephone comments must address the department's ability 
to comply with GALEA'S standards. A copy of the standards 
is available in the Office of the Chief at the University of 
Maryland Police Department .The local contact person is 
Sgt. N. Bruce Robins, who may be called on 405-5740 or 
reached via e-mail at: nrobins@umpd.iimd.edu. 

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the 
University of Maryland Police Department's ability to meet 
the standards for accreditation arc requested to write: 
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. 
(CALEA), 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, VA 2 2030-2 201. Additional 
information about CALEA and the accreditation process may be found on 
GALEA'S web site at: www.calea.org/index.htm. 




2 Outlook September 21, 1999 



Fair Named Director of 
Performing Arts Center 



continued from page I 

join us. She has exceptional 
experience in performing arts 
management in a large public 
university setting and high visi- 
bility on the national perform- 
ing arts scene " says Geoffroy. 
"Our goal is to have the Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center 
at Maryland stand for excel- 
lence in performance and in 
the education of future artists 
while becoming a national 
model for university and com- 
munity involvement. Fair will 
play a key role in helping us 
achieve that goal." 

"The performing arts center 
will provide exciting, high-qual- 
ity programming for audiences 
of all kinds," says Farr. "And, 
more importantly, I envision 
the center as the benchmark 
for the country's most innova- 
tive arts educational experi- 
ences, nurturing dynamic rela- 
tionships between distin- 
guished professionals and 
young artists." 

Farr brings to Maryland sig- 
nificant experience in all areas 
of performing arts manage- 
ment, both in the national non- 
profit arena and in the universi- 
ty environment. While director 
of Arts Presenters, she was 
instrumental in the national 
task force on presenting and 
touring the performing arts. 
This IB-month project brought 
together arts professionals from 
around the country and result- 
ed in the publication of "An 
American Dialogue," which is 
widely used today as a touch- 



stone for performing arts pro- 
fessionals. 

Before her tenure at Arts 
Presenters, she was for six 
years director of Cal Perform- 
ances at the University of 
California, Berkeley, a major 
presenting organization with a 
reputation for presenting the 
best contemporary and classi- 
cal performances. Cal Perform- 
ances has been a national 
leader in building an artistic 
community with established 
artists while providing a show- 
case for artists just beginning 
to build their careers. Farr also 
held arts management posi- 
tions at Stanford University. 

"The university is most for- 
tunate to be able to call on a 
person of Susan Fair's ability 
and experience for such an 
important post of leadership in 
this critical time," says Geoffroy. 
"She has shown dynamic lead- 
ership with distinction and is 
warmly regarded throughout 
the arts community for her 
integrity and enthusiasm." 

Farr also brings to the posi- 
tion at Maryland extensive 
experiences in planning and 
administration of organizational 
systems and budgets, as well as 
developing new initiatives in 
support of audience develop- 
ment, diversity and arts advoca- 
cy. She has served as a juror on 
numerous state and regional 
program panels for the 
National Endowment for the 
Arts and the California Arts 
Council, 



$1 Million Donation 
Establishes Irish Chair 



continued from page 1 

other facilities in Maryland. 

William Destler, former inter- 
im vice president for University 
Advancement, says the establish- 
ment of endowed professor- 
ships is very important to the 
future of the university. 

"Endowed chairs allow us to 
attract and retain the most out- 
standing faculty to our pro- 
grams," Destler says. "This chair 



will be occupied either by one 
of our most distinguished faculty 
or by the best civil engineering 
faculty member we can find." 
Graduate programs of the 
School of Engineering are 
ranked 17th in the nation by 
U.S. News and World Report, 
which recently also ranked the 
school's undergraduate pro- 
grams 24th in the nation. 




An Asteroid By Any 

Astronomy's Wellnitz Has Asteroid Named after Him 



Astronomer Dennis Wellnitz recently was 
honored by the International Astronomical 
Union (IAU) by having an asteroid named for 
him in recognition of his work in die field of 
space science, particularly his recent work on 
the NEAR mission to study asteroid 433 Eros. 
The LAU's citation distinguishes Wellnitz as an 
"instrumental builder, observer, data analyst 
and all-around physicist." 

The announcement was made at the 
International Asteroids, Comets and Meteors 
conference at Cornell University, During the 
meeting a total of 60 asteroids were named for 
researchers or institutions from around the 
world. 

The IAU citation reads as 
follows: 

"Asteroid Wellnitz (catalog 
#4958) = 1991 NT1 

Discovered July 13, 1991 by 
H.E. Holt at Palomar 

Named in honor of Dennis 
Wellnitz, University of 
Maryland instrument builder, 
observer, data analyst and all- 
around physicist. Wellnitz has 
designed and developed a 
wide variety of astronomical 
instrumentation, and he has 
participated in many major 
observational programs, including occupations 
by minor planets and comets and the 1994 
cometary collision with Jupiter. His work with 
the NEAR mission has resulted in improved sig- 
nal-to-noise spectra from the near-infrared 
spectrometer, contributing to the mineralogical 
analysis of the surface of (433) Eros. Wellnitz 's 
thorough, detailed studies and his great 
patience are particularly appreciated by his 
colleagues." 

Asteroids are small celestial bodies without 
atmospheres that orbit the sun but are too 
small to be considered planets. Asteroids have 
long fascinated both the public and 
astronomers. Recendy much public attention 
has been focused on the possibility of an aster- 
oid colliding with Earth. 

Often called "minor planets," tens of thou- 
sands of asteroids are known to congregate in 



Having an asteroid named 

after you is an honor in 

the planetary science 

community, but the honor 

is not necessarily 

reserved for scientists. 



the mam asteroid belt: a vast, doughnut-shaped 
ring located between the orbits of Mars and 
Jupiter from approximately 186 to 370 million 
miles from the sun. 

Asteroids are thought to be made of primor- 
dial material from which Earth and the other 
planets formed. It is believed when the solar 
system was born some 4.6 billion years ago 
asteroids were prevented by Jupiter's strong 
gravity from accreting into a plahet-sized body. 
It's estimated the total mass of all asteroids 
would make a body about 930 miles in diame- 
ter — less than half the size of the moon. 

The International Astronomical Union, which 
announced the latest list of asteroid names, is 
the sole internationally recog- 
nized authority for assigning 
designations to celestial bodies 
and surface features on such 
bodies. 

There are now about 1 1 ,000 
numbered asteroids. These are 
asteroids with orbits sufficient- 
ly well determined that 
astronomers can find them 
again without having to con- 
tinuously track them. Names 
are assigned only after the 
asteroid has been numbered. 
Usually the discoverer propos- 
es the name but in some cases the discoverers 
have more asteroids than they can name, so 
they accept names proposed by others. That is 
the case for the Wellnitz asteroid. 

Having an asteroid named after you is an 
honor in the planetary science community, but 
the honor is not necessarily reserved for scien- 
tists. Asteroids also can be named after mytho- 
logical figures, rock stars (asteroid 3834 
Zappafrank), sports figures and Hollywood 
stars. However, individuals know for political 
or military activities are considered unsuitable 
until 100 years after their death. Naming aster- 
oids after pets or animals is discouraged by the 
IAU. 

In addition to Wellnitz, at least two other 
members of the astronomy department, 
Michael A'Hearn and Lucy McFadden have 
asteroids named after them. 



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VCL Mission Briefing Rescheduled 



Due to hurricane Floyd, the university 
and NASA have rescheduled the briefing on 
theVegitation Canopy Iidar mission.The 
briefing takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 
10 a.m. in Room 1124 LeFrak Hail. 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. William Destler, Interim Vice President for University Advancement; 
Teresa Flannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cathcart Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes, Editor; 
Londa Scott Forte. Assistant Editor; Erin Madison, Editorial Intern. 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 Hall, College Park, MD 20742 .Telephone (301) 4054629; e-mail 
outlook@accmail.umd.edu; fax (301) 314-9344. OuWookcan be found online at www.inform.umd.edu/outlook/ 






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UMSO Offers Free Community Concert 



Your Guide to University Events 
September 21-30 



September 21 



3 p.m. "The Basics ant! Beyond: 
Steps in Library Research," covers 
(earning how to define a research 
topic and emphasizes selecting 
and searching databases to find 
periodical articles and other mate- 
rials 4133 McKeldin Library 
5-9070. 

4:30-5:30 p.m. "VICTORWeb 
Workshop* an introduction to 
using VICTORWeb, the Libraries 1 
Web-based catalog and online peri- 
odical databases. 4133 McKeldin 
Library. 5-9070. 

6-9 p.m. "Introduction to Microsoft 
Word." 4404 Computer and Space 
Sciences Bldg. Register at 
<www. inform. umd.edu/PT>. * 



September 22 



10 a.m. "First Look Fair" university 
clubs and student organizations give 
information about themselves at this 
outdoor event, McKeldin Mali. 

Noon. Counseling Center R&D 
Seminar: "Financing a University of 
Maryland Education: Issues and 
Trends," William Leith, director of 
student aid. 0014 Shoemaker Bldg- 

Noon."Wdl Evangelicalism Survive?" 
Kevin Ofmer, a graduate student in 
theology at Catholic University of 
America and a staff person with 
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. 
Sponsored by the Christian 
Faculty/Staff Fellowship. 41 15 " 
Hornbake Bldg. Robert Gammon, 
54791 orwww.esoptron.umd.edu/ 
CFSFblder/cfsHome.html 

p- ■ ■ t 

2:154:15 p.m.OMSE 
Mentor/Mentee Training Work- 
shop. Maryland Room, Marie 
Mount Hall. 

4 p.m. Astronomy Colloquia: 
"Magnetars: Neutron Stars in the 
Extreme," Alice Harding, Goddard 
Space Flight Center. 2400 Computer 
and Spaces Sciences Bldg. 

4-5 p.m. "VICTORWeb Workshop," 
an introduction to using 
VICTORWeb, the Libraries' Web- 
based catalog and online periodi- 
cal databases. 4133 McKeldin 
Library. 5-9070; 



Calendar Gui 



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 
noted by an asterisk (*), Calendar 
information for Outlook is com- 
piled" from a combination of 
inforM's master calendar and sub- 
missions to the Outlook office. 
To reach the calendar editor, call 
405-7615 or e-n.Jl Oudook@ 
accmaiL umd.edu. 



September 23 



3:30 p.m. University of Maryland Fall 
Lecture Series: "Universal Usability: A 
Research Agenda for Every Citizen 
Interfaces," Ben Shneiderman. 2460 
A.V.Williams Bldg. www.cs.umd.edu/ 
hcil/f99-lectures .html . 

3: 30-4: 30. "Numerical Analysis 
Seminar." Lars B.Wahlbin will discuss 
the maximum norm stability in para- 
bolic finite element problems. 3206 
Math Bldg. 5-5108 or rhn@math. 
umd.edu. 

4:30-5:30 p.m."The Basics and 
Beyond: Steps in Library Research," 
covers learning how to define a 
research topic, and emphasizes 
selecting and searching databases to 
find periodica) articles and other 
materials 4133 McKeldin Library 
5-9070. 



September 24 



1-2 p.m.TERP Online Workshop, 3100 
Hornbake Library. 4-7247 or 

http ://www.CareerCente r. umd.edu . 

, . , . : t.,v 

1-3 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. Students will 
learn to navigate course content, par- 
ticipate in bulletin boards and chat 
rooms, and develop presentation 
materials in group project space, 
4404 Computer St Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938 or register at www. 
inform . umd.edu/PT 

7 p.m.- 3 a.m."All Nighter," Student 
Union Open House featuring a night 
of fun filled activities for aU, showcas- 
ing the Student Union. Stamp Student 
Union. 4-3375. 

8 p.m. University of Maryland 
Symphony Orchestra featuring 
Federico Cortese, guest conductor. 
Eleanor Roosevelt High School. 

11:30 p.m. VICTORWeb Workshop," 
an introduction to using VICTORWeb, 
the Libraries' Web-based catalog and 
online periodica] databases, 4133 
McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 



September 25 



Noon. "Jive Marathon '99," a Benefit 
for Children's Hospital in DC. 25 
hours of non-stop dancing. Work- 
shops, vendors, zoot and vintage con- 
test, dollar dances, silent auctions, an 
attempt to break the Guinness book 
records of 24 hrs 5 min. Open danc- 
ing as well for all 25 hours. Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 419- 
8181 or members. xoom.com/jive- 
marathon.' 

1 p.m.VICTORWebWorkshop;an 
introduction to using VICTORWeb, 
the Libraries' Web-based catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4133 




Federico Cortese, assistant conductor of 
the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will serve as 
guest conductor for the University of 
Maryland Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) 1999- 
2000 season opener Friday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. at 
Eleanor Roosevelt High School Auditorium in 
Greenbelt. Cortese will conduct Mozart's 
Symphony #35 "Haffner," and Tchaikovsky's 
Symphony #4. 

Trie Italian-born Cortese is currently music 
coordinator and associate con- 
ductor of the Spoleto Festival 
in Italy. He has led symphony 
concerts and opera throughout 
Europe and in the United 
States, including appearances 
with the Orchestra of the 
Maggio Musicale in Florence, 
Brooklyn Philharmonic and 
Spoleto USA. He began his 
tenure with the Boston 
Symphony during the 1998-99 
season, making his debut on 
short notice in late September 
when he was called upon to 




conduct the first two movements of 
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in place of the 
ailing Seiji Ozawa. Although it was the young 
conductor's first Beethoven's Ninth, his per- 
formance was called "remarkable" by the 
Boston Globe. Cortese also stepped in with 
short notice on two other occasions, includ- 
ing conducting Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony 
on a single rehearsal for the Concert for the 
Cure benefit for breast cancer. 

The UMSO will offer two 
additional concerts this fall in 
Tawes Theatre on Friday, Oct. 
29, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 
21, at 3 p.m. featuring guest 
conductors Lan Shul, music 
director of the Singapore 
Symphony and Heinz Fricke, 
music director of the 
Washington Opera. 

Admission is free and no tick- 
ets are required. Call 405-7847 
for more information. 

Federico Cortes© 



McKeldin library. 5-9070. 

4 p.m."Mathemagics:The Art of 
Mental Calculating," features Arthur 
Benjamin, professor of mathematics 
at Harvey Mudd College and the 
world's foremost performer of men- 
tal arithmetic. 0200 Skinner Bldg. 
5-6771. 



September 26 



Noon. "Jive Marathon '99," a Benefit 
for Children's Hospital in DC. 25 
hours of non-stop dancing. 
Workshops, vendors, zoot and vin- 
tage contest, dollar dances, silent 
auctions, an attempt to break the 
Guinness book records of 24 hrs 5 
min. Open dancing as well for all 25 
hours. Colony Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union. 4 1 9-8 181 ormem- 
bers.xoom. com/jivemarathon.* 



September 27 



Noon. Faculty Holiday Lunch and 
Learn. The front of Stamp Student 
Union, inside of the Sukkah. 301- 
277-2994. 

2-3 p.m.TERP Online Workshop. 
3100 Hornbake Library. 4-7247 or 
www.Caree rCen ter. umd edu . 

3 p.m."The Basics and Beyond: 
Steps in Library Research," covers 
learning how to define a research 
topic, and emphasizes selecting and 

searching databases to find periodi- 



cal articles and other materials 4133 
McKeldin Library 5-9070. 



September 28 



II a.m. TERR Online Workshop. 3100 
Hornbake Library. 4-7247 or 
www.CareerCenter. umd .edu . 

5 p.m. VICTORWeb Workshop.'an 

introduction to using VICTORWeb, 
the libraries' Web43ased catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4133 
McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 



September 29 



10 a.m.TERP Online Workshop. 3 100 
Hornbake Library. 4-7247 or 
www. CareerCenter. umd. edu. 

Noon, "Sukkah on Hornbake Mall." 
The rain date is Sept. 30. Hornbake. 

Noon. "Psychoheresy: Decisive or 
Divisive?" Kent Norman of the psy- 
chology department will present a 
talk and lead discussion on the title 
topic.4115 Hornbake Bldg. 5-4791. 
rg2@umail.umd.edu. 

4 p.m. VICTORWeb Workshop," an 
introduction to using VICTORWeb, 
the Libraries' Web-based catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4 133 
McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 

4-7 p.m. Career Center Grand 
Opening Celebration. Free food, grand 
prize drawing, fortune tellers, hand- 
writing analysts, photo booth, tons of 



taffies, and much, much more. 

4-7247 or www.CareerCenter. 
umd.edu 

5:30 p.m, "The Basics and Beyond: 
Steps in Library Research," covers 
learning how to define a research 
topic, and emphasizes selecting 
and searching databases to find 
periodical articles and other materi- 
als 4133 McKeldin Library 5-9070. 

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 receiv- 
ing and sending email, deleting 
mail, and participating in electronic 
discussion groups. Perfect for those 
who have just begun using their 
WAM accounts. 3330 Computer 
and Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938 
www. inform, umd .edu/PT 



September 30 



2 p. m. VICTORWeb Wotfcshop," an 
introduction to using VICTORWeb, 
the libraries' Web-based catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4133 
McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 

5 p.m. Guameri String Quartet, 
open rehearsal. Ulrich Recital Hall. 

9:30 p.m. "Numerical Analysis 
Seminar," Zhiming Chen discusses 
finite element methods with match- 
ing and non-matching meshes for 
Maxwell equations with discontinu- 
ous coefficients. 3206 Math Bldg. 
5-5108 or rhn@math.umd.edu. 



4 Outlook September 21. 1999 




Careers in Service 

Oct. 1 1 from 4-5 p.m. in Room 
2146 Stamp Student Union, 
Community Service Programs and the 
Career Center arc sponsoring a career 
panel on careers in service. This is an 
opportunity for students, faculty and 
staff to learn about a variety of post- 
graduate service opportunities includ- 
ing the Peace Corps, Teach for 
America and AmeriCorps. 
Representatives will speak about 
their experiences in these programs, 
provide information on how to get 
involved and answer questions. 

Cold Fusion Fast Track 

"Fast Track to Cold Fusion," com- 
puter training for faculty and staff is 
being offered by the Office of 
Information Technology Oct. 13-15, 
from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in 
Room 4404 of the Computer and 
Space Sciences Building. This work- 
shop provides experienced Web 
developers with the knowledge and 
hands-on practice they need to start 
building and maintaining dynamic 
and interactive Web applications 
using ColdFusion. The course will be 
taught by Cold Fusion experts spon- 
sored by Allaire Corporation, the 
licensing agent for ColdFusion Studio. 

There is a fee of $675 for training 
and course materials. Seating is limit- 
ed and preregistration required. Send 
e-mail registration requests to oit- 
trainign@umail. umd.edu. 

For more information visit: 
www.inform . umd . edu/CompRes/Train 
ing/S p e ci alTra ining/cold f 1 1 s i u n . html. 

Goldwater Applications 

Applications now are available for 
the 1999-2000 Barry M. Goldwater 
Scholarship and Excellence in 
Education Program. In order to be 
considered for an award, students 
must be nominated by the University 
of Maryland. 

Those eligible include full-time 
sophomores or juniors planning a 
career in mathematics, the natural sci- 
ences or engineering, who possess a 
GPA of 3-5 or greater, and who are 
U.S. citizens, resident aliens or U.S. 
nationals. Applications are due to the 
nomination committee by Friday, 
Nov. 5. Faculty and staff are asked to 
encourage students meeting this cri- 
teria to apply 

For more information or for copies 
of application materials, contact 
Kathleen Burke, faculty representative 
for Goldwater at 405-9357 or 
kburke@deans.umd.edu. 



Z Place to Park 

Campus Parking wishes to inform 
faculty and staff it has expanded over- 
flow Lot Z. Spaces have been added 
to Z at the access road adjacent to 
TyserTower of Byrd Stadium. Tyser 
Tower is located at the south 
entrance to the stadium. 

If you have any questions concern- 



Community Service Corner 

Community Service Programs hosts 
its annual Community Service Corner 
at the First Look Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 
p.m, Wednesday, Sept. 22, and 10 a.m. 
to 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 on 
McKeldin Mall. More than 35 commu- 
nity agencies attend the fair providing 
students, faculty and staff with Infor- 
mation about volunteer opportunities 
in tutoring, health care, the arts, recre- 
ation and fighting hunger and home- 
lessness. 

This is an excellent opportunity to 
learn about community service 
opportunities for classes, groups and 
individuals. For more information, 
contact Megan Cooperman at 405- 
0741 or msussman@accmail.umd.edu. 



GIS Workshops 

The Libraries are sponsoring two 



Its Everywhere You Want to Be 

Good news for the campus. The University of Maryland has imple- 
mented the Visa purchasing card as the preferred payment method for 
authorized purchases up to $2, 500. Authorized purchases include most 
goods and services required for daily departmental operation. 

Use of the purchasing card saves time and paperwork, resulting in 
major cost avoidance to the state. Vendors benefit as they are paid within 
three days. To attest to its overwhelming success, more than 1 ,000 pur- 
chasing cards have been distributed to campus and more than $7 million 
has been spent using the purchasing card since the pilot program began 
in July 1997. Campus units including Media Express, Photo Services and 
University Book Center now accept the purchasing card. 

For more information about the purchasing 
card contact Marty Newman at 
405-5834 or visit 
Procurement & Supply's 
website at 

www.inform.umd.edu/pur- 
chase and click on "purchas- 
ing cards" from the menu. 



Visa, 



ing this change, contact Ellen 
Cygnarowicz at Campus Parking, 
314-7198 or e-mail ecygnaro@acc- 
mail.umd.edu. 

Computational Biology 

The UMIACS Colloquia Series on 
Computational Biology features three 
scheduled talks for October. Friday, 
Oct. 1 , Steven Salzberg discusses 
"Genomics and Bioinformatics: 
Challenges and Opportunities," at 2 
p.m. in Room 2460 of A. V Williams. 
Friday, Oct. 8, Martin Farach-Colton of 
Rutgers University, is the featured 
speaker. His yet-to-be-announced talk 
also takes place at 2 p.m. in Room 
2460 of A. V Williams. 

Wednesday, Oct. 20 Ming Li, of the 
University of Waterloo, discusses 
"Efficiently Constructing Evolutionary 
Trees," at 4 p.m. in Room 2168 of A.V 
Williams. 

For more information about the 
colloquia visit the website: www.umi- 
acs . umd .edu/user/liberato/ccb/. 



Geographic Information Systems 
(GIS) workshops this fall. 
"Introduction to GIS Using ArcView," 
is a two-hour workshop that teaches 
the basic operations of the popular 
ArcView GIS software. This course is 
offered three times: Oct. 4 from 6-8 
p.m.; Oct. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: and 
Nov. 3 from 68 p.m. 

"Analysis with ArcView," is an 
advanced workshop exploring the 
more complex query and analytical 
functions of ArcView. Prerequisite: 
experience or familiarity using 
ArcView or ESRI's virtual campus. 
This course is offered twice: Oct. 20 
from 6-8:30 p.m., and Nov. 8 from 6- 
8:30 p.m. 

All presentations take place in 
Room 4133 McKeldin Library. The 
courses are free, however, advance 
registration is required by completing 
the form at www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP/ 
UES/gis-f.html. 



Tenure Talk 

Ellin Scholnick, associate provost 
for faculty affairs, will present two 
sessions to answer questions about 
the preparation of dossiers for 
appointment, promotion and tenure 
review. Each session will be in the 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall. 

Session I is geared at APT adminis- 
trators: Thursday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. 
Session II is aimed at candidates for 
promotion: Monday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. 

Please notify Sheron Thomas at 
405-6803 if you plan to attend. 

Info. Fair for Women Grad 
Students 

The Special Assistant to the 
President and die Graduate School 
invite all women graduate students to 
a welcoming reception and informa- 
tion fair on Tuesday, Sept. 21,3-5 p.m. 
in the Nyumburu Cultural Center 
multi-purpose room. Representatives 
of various campus services and 
offices will provide information and 
answer questions. Refreshments will 
be provided. 

For additional information, call 
405-7476 or 405-1357, or emailnsl6@ 
umail.umd.edu. 

Copper's Effects 

The graduate program in nutrition 
distinguished speakers seminar, 
"Immunomodulatory Effects of 
Copper: Cellular and Nutritional 
Considerations," features Mark Failla, 
professor, department of food, nutri- 
tion & food service systems, 
University of Carolina, Greensboro. 
FaiUa's talk takes place Thursday, Sept. 
23 at 4 p.m. in Room 0108 Marie 
Mount Hall. 

For more information contact 
Phytis Moser-Veillon at 405-4502 or 
pv6@umail.umd.edu 

Christian Fellowship Forums 

The Christian Faculty/Staff 
Fellowship presents Kevin Offner in a 
discussion of "Will Evangelicalism 
Survive? "Wednesday, Sept. 22, in 
Room 4115 Hornbake Bulding. Offner 
is a graduate student in theology at 
Catholic University and a staff person 
with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 
working with Christian graduate stu- 
dents in the Washington area. 

Kent Norman, of the psychology 
department, discusses "Psychoheresy: 
Decisive or Divisive? "and leads a dis- 
cussion on the topic Wednesday, Sept. 
29 in Room 41 15 of Hornbake 
Building. 

Both talks begin at 12:10 p.m., 
with the formal sessions ending by 
12:50 p.m., for the sake of people on 
tight schedules. The setting is infor- 
mal, and those interested in attending 
are welcome to bring a lunch. 

For more information contact 
Robert Gammon at 405-4791 or 
rg2@umail.umd.edu, or see the fel- 
lowship's webpage at: 
//esoptron. umd.edu/CFSFolder/ 
cfsHome.html