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Outlook 

The UNrvERsrrv of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14 'Number 6 • October 5, 1999 



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16th Annual Faculty & Staff 
Convocation, page 3 




Maryland's Virtual 
Time Capsule 

A wave of 
the future at the 
University of 
Maryland will 
provide a new 
way to look at the 
past. The Office of 
Internet 

Commu nications 
recently unveiled its 
"Virtual Time 
Capsule" website for 
past and present stu- 
dents, staff and faculty to store their campus experiences. 

The site, which can be accessed via the university home- 
page at www.umd.edu/dmecapsule, will accept submissions 
until midnight of Dec. 31, 1999. 

The idea was inspired by the University's Barracks Time 
Capsule (recovered in 1912) and the Old Annapolis Hall 
Time Capsule (dating back to 1923). Artifacts found in the 
old capsules included a list of the artisans who built the 
Barracks Building, Masonic medallions and medals, and a 
business card that belonged to the chief engineer of 
Annapolis Hall. The capsules provided a glimpse into cam- 
pus' early history that campus officials hope to duplicate for 
this century. 

Organizers of the new Virtual Time Capsule will not have 

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Arts and Humanities Featured 
inside Outlook 

Inside this week's edition of 
Outlook you will find a four-page 
tribute to the College of Arts and 
Humanities. This pull-out section, 
found on pages 5-8, is the second 
in a series of publications focus- 
ing on each college in the univer- 
sity, which will run twice each 
semester, featuring the colleges 
in alphabetical order. 

Conceived by Provost Greg 
Geoffroy, the series of inserts is 
a means of building university -wide 
pride in academic activities. Many in the academic 
community are not aware of the quality of students, faculty and 
programs outside their own units. These publications serve to 
raise that awareness throughout the university. 

Like its fellow colleges on campus, the College of Arts and 
Humanities boasts a wealth of exciting programs, departments, 
faculty and students. Trying to capture that in four pages is under- 
standably difficult. Instead, we have attempted to spotlight a few 
of the activities that reflect and represent the outstanding people 
and programs in the college, rather than to cover them all com- 
prehensively 

We hope you find this arts and humanities issue informative 
and entertaining, but we also hope it will create a greater sense 
of community in the entire university. Your comments and sugges- 
dons for future issues are welcome. 

We also wish to extend our thanks to Dean James Harris of the 
College of Arts and Humanities for his interest and attention in 
the development of this issue. 



State of the Campus Address 

President Mote Proposes Bold Five-Year Plan for Campus 



When President Dan Mote stood before the 
College Park Senate last week to deliver his state 
of the campus address, he not only praised the 
successes the campus witnessed during the past 
year, but also looked ahead to the year 2004, the 
target date for this university to implement and 
achieve some major goals. Mote offered a bold 
vision of what can be accomplished in the com- 
ing five years. 

Mote expressed his appreciation for this cam- 
pus and its "enormous potential to impact the 
state and even the world." Having served on the 
Larsen Task Force, which looked at issues of gov- 
ernance and funding in the University System of 
Maryland, Mote said the experience clarified for 
him the commitment of both the state and the 
system to see the university fulfill its mandate to 
become a pre-eminent public research university. 

He also noted highlights such as the 10 per- 
cent increase to the university's funding base for 
FY2000 and the development and implementa- 
tion of funding guidelines by the 
Maryland Higher Education 
Commission ensuring the 
university will be mea- 



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sured against funding 
and performance lev- 
els of peers Institu- 
tions such as 
Berkeley, UCLA, 
North Carolina, 
Michigan and 
Illinois. 

The establishment 
of the University of 
Maryland, College Park 
Foundation also ranked 
high on Mote's list of sue 
cesses over the past year. 
"For the first time, we will have 
a foundation board that will be per- 
sonally committed to the success of this cam- 
pus," said Mote. 

One initiative Mote proudly pointed to was 
the creation of the Student Fee Advisory 
Committee. Made up of undergraduate and grad- 
uate students, faculty and College Park Senate 
representatives, this committee will participate 
in the review of mandatory student fees for 
campus-wide and unit programs. 

As for his priorities, Mote addressed the five- 
year agenda he has been discussing with col- 
leagues across campus. 

Focusing efforts outward without devaluing 
achievements internally, said Mote, is crucial for 
the university at this time. On the path to 
national eminence, he said, "We have to put 
aside reticence in favor of presence. We need to 
be in the thoughts of our colleagues across the 
country — we must be involved with them on 
the highest levels." 

Mote referred to the three themes he set out 
for his presidency: strengthen the culture of 
excellence; enhance the educational experience; 
and build the Maryland family. 

Strengthening the culture of excellence, said 



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Mote, means creating a culture where "faculty, 
staff and students feel lifted by their relationship 
with the university, feel pride in association with 
their peers, and feel constantly compelled to 
raise the standards by which we measure our- 
selves ."While this culture comes from such 
things as the quality of the university's students 
and the effectiveness of its programs, Mote said 
faculty are the key to the reputation, impact and 
visibility of this university. 

In order to raise the university's competitive 
level across campus, said Mote, the university 
must compete assertively with peers in the 
recruitment of faculty and graduate students. 
"This means charging search processes to bring 
only the top candidates to us. It also means set- 
ting high expectations of performance for the 
faculty and students in every department," said 
Mote. 

Mote stressed the need for taking an active 
role in placing doctoral graduates on the facul- 
ties of top institutions. He also noted 
the importance of increasing the 
number of faculty who hold 
membership In national 
academies. Currently 22 
faculty hold memberships 
in these academies. That 
number, said Mote, 
should reach 50 by 
2004. 

Over the next five 
years, said Mote, the 
university must increase 
the number of graduate 
student applications 50 
percent, as well as raise the 
average GRE scores of admits 
by at least 100 points. To help 
recruit against its peers, said Mote, 
the university will raise $30 million in 
private funds for graduate fellowships. The uni- 
versity also will increase its annual sponsored 
research funding by 50 percent to $300 million 
by 2004, he said. 

By 2004, said Mote, the university will have at 
least 100 faculty chairs and professorships. Only 
46 are currently funded. 

Mote also predicted the university will 
achieve a ranking among the nation's top 15 
public research universities, with at least 25 
major programs ranked in the top 10 nationally. 
"We are moving up faster than any other large 
public university in the country, "Said Mote. 
"Momentum is on our side." 

With the rising quality of the university's stu- 
dents over the last eight years, Mote said the 
university will be continually challenged to 
improve programs, course content and the cam- 
pus environment. He noted six targets to 
achieve an enhanced educational experience for 
all students: expanding the resident campus 
atmosphere for undergraduates by providing 
more beds over the next five years (at least 

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Open Enrollment Season Arrives 
Bringing Big Changes 



"It seems time for schools on every level to recognize the 
prevalence and importance of the vast body of informal 
learning all of us regularly engage in. In a society that prides 
itself on social as well as political democracy, the standard 
curriculum should embrace, without invidious distinction. 
the rarer delights of high culture and good living as well as 
the denser ones of daily routine and survival." — Morris 
Freedman, professor emeritus of English, in an essay in 
the July 14 edition of Education Week calling on educa- 
tional institutions to help develop sophistication as well 
as skills. 

"It's like predicting a major earthquake — there are so many 
variables. But perhaps removing some of those situational 
variables - like easy access to weapons — could make the dif- 
ference."— Jolin H. Laub, professor of criminology, in the 
July edition o/'Clinical Psychiatry News in a story about 
the challenges of identifying children who might develop 
violent tendencies as they grow olden 

"It used to be that when a child used bad language, every- 
one assumed that their parents spoke that way at home. But 
today, even children whose parents don't swear have easy 
access to profanity — on prime time or even at the ballpark." 
— Sheri Parks, associate dean of undergraduate studies, 
in an Aug, 10 Washington Times story about proliferating 
profanity in American lile, 

"This tells us that many species, including us, are wired to 
be social — but there's a lot of variation in that wiring. " — C. 
Sue Carter, biology professor, in an Aug. 19 Chicago 
Tribune story about new gene research that suggests affec- 
tion may be a genetic trait. 

"No matter how you count it - number of deaths, number of 
new outbreaks of violence, or severity of the violence — the 
evidence shows a steady downward trend in conflicts since 
the early 1990s. Peacemaking is prevailing over war making." 
— Ernest J. Wilson Dl and Ted Robert Gurr, of the Center 
for International Development and Conflict Management, 
in an Aug. 22 L. A. Times essay claiming that incidents of 
interethnic and religious wars have decreased since 1990. 

"Last semester, many of my students drifted in late, slumped 
into chairs, made excuses to leave early and surrounded my 
desk when papers were due, clearly distraught over the 
looming deadline. 'I can't think of any problems,' one told 
me. 'Nothing interests me.'" — Pamela Gerhardt, lecturer in 
English, in an Aug. 22 Washington Post opinion piece 
about her observations that today's college students are 
more and more indifferent to the world around them. 

"We'll aim it at the brightest part. It's a small bull's eye. The 
most fun part is that we don't know what's going to hap- 
pen.The potential for completely unexpected results is 
high," 

— Astronomy Professor Michael AHearn, describing his 
Deep Impact project, which will examine a comet's interi- 
or by firing a copper "bullet "into It, for the September 
issue o/TechGazette. 

"It's the same phenomenon that used to result in sewers 
and bridges. Academic science has now replaced the sewers 
as the place where the money goes." — Robert Park, profes- 
sor of physics, in an Aug. 20 New York Times story about 
direct appropriations for university research. 



The 1999 Open Enrollment 
period, during which employ- 
ees can add insurance coverage, 
change insurance companies or 
add dependents to their plans 
for the year 2000 has begun, 
and faculty and staff are seeing 
some big changes being imple- 
mented by the state. A new 
enrollment method, discontin- 
ued health plans and new den- 
tal and vision coverage are just 
some of the many changes. 

To help employees make 
sense of these changes, the 
Personnel Services Benefits 
Office is hosting a Benefits Health 
Fair.The fair takes place Tuesday, 
Oct. 5, in the Colony Ballroom of 
Stamp Student Union, from 9 a.m. 
to 4 p.m. Representatives from 
the Personnel Services Benefits 
Office, as well as all health insur- 
ance vendors, will be in atten- 
dance to answer questions. 

If you prefer to get your 
information off the web, the 
state department of personnel 
has a helpful website 
(dop.state.md. us/em pbenefits/b 
enefits.htm) that answers fre- 
quently asked questions, fea- 
tures tables noting biweekly 
premiums for different types of 
coverage, and relays other 
important information. 

One of the most significant 
changes to this year's Open 
Enrollment period is in the enroll- 
ment method itself. Gone are the 
days of the bubble forms requir- 
ing fill-ins with a No. 2 pencil. 
Instead, enrollment this year will 
be conducted over the phone, 



using a new Interactive 
Telephone Voice Response 
System. Unless you are a new 
employee enrolling in a plan for 
the first time, you are required to 
use the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day s- 
a-week telephone voice response 
system. 

There also have been signifi- 
cant changes to the medical 
plans. Most notably, as of Jan. 1 , 
2000, the United Healthcare and 
NYL Care HMOs will not be 
offered. Employees currently 
enrolled in one of these plans 
will need to select a new com- 
pany. 

Additionally, the state has dis- 
continued the practice of 
enrolling employees in the PPO 
plans based upon the region in 
which they live. Beginning with 
this open enrollment, all 
employees who want to sign up 
for a PPO can select either the 
MAMSI Eagle plan or the Blue 
Cross/Blue Shield PPO regard- 
less of where they live. 

Dental coverage no longer 
will be available through 
employees HMO or POS med- 
ical plans. In order to obtain or 
continue dental coverage, 
employees will have to enroll in 
one of the separate dental pro- 
grams being offered through 
either Dental Benefit Providers 
or United Concordia. The state 
will subsidize the premium 
costs for these programs by 50 
percent, according to the bene- 
fits office. 

Vision benefits have been 
improved with this open enroll- 



ment. The state has discontinued 
its separate vision care plan. 
Instead, vision care coverage will 
be provided as part of all med- 
ical plans. Employees can expect 
higher reimbursements. 

Employees who take advan- 
tage of the pre-tax flexible 
spending accounts for child care 
or health care will benefit from 
new administration of those 
accounts by Erisa. Claims now 
may be processed weekly — and 
can even be faxed to Erisa — and 
direct deposit of reimbursement 
checks is now available. 

For employees who have 
medical coverage under the 
Freestate HMO, Blue Plus POS 
and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield 
PPO. these all will now be 
known as Care First, as a result 
of the merger between the Blue 
Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland 
and Blue Cross /Blue Shield of 
the District of Columbia. The 
NYL Care POS is now a part of 
AETNA. 

Under the UNUM Life 
Insurance company of America, 
the state of Maryland is offering 
Long Term Care. Employees 
must contact UNUM to enroll in 
this program. 

The Personnel Services 
Office is encouraging employ- 
ees to carefully read the materi- 
al supplied to them regarding 
the Open Enrollment period, 
which continues through Oct. 
26. Any questions should be 
directed to the Benefits Office 
at 405-5654. 



Campus Police Hosts Citizens Academy 



The first in a series of seven "Citizen Academy" 
classes offered by Campus Police allowing stu- 
dents, staff and faculty to learn about police work 
up close begins tonight at 7 p.m. 

The classes, which are free and take place 
every Tuesday night from 7-9:30 p.m.. will cover a 
wide range of subjects including criminal law; the 
complaint process; search and seizure; drug iden 
tification and investigation; Maryland traffic law; 
DW1/DUI; firearms use and safety; and a host of 
other topics. Those who complete six of the 
seven sessions, which continues through Nov. 16, 
will receive a certificate of achievement. 

Campus Police officials say the program will 
give citizens "a combination of dynamic, exciting 
and fun learning experiences ranging from class- 
room discussions with veteran police officers and 
administrators, to engaging a criminal in an option- 
al shoot-don* t shoot firearms simulation." The FATS 
firearms simulation at Calvert Cliffs Training Range 
allows participants to learn the rules of force by 
testing their skills against computer-generated 
assailants in a virtual neighborhood. The simula- 
tion will take place Thursday, Oct. 28. 

Campus Police stresses that the program will 




be interactive, rather than just 
lectures. Citizens will be able to 
voice any concerns they have 
about the department and ask any 
questions they have about police work. 

Participants will not only discuss various issues 
with police, but also participate in hands-on train- 
ing. "We explain what a controlled burn is, things 
of that sort," says Chief Kenneth Krouse. During a 
controlled burn, officials burn illegal substances 
such as marijuana so resident assistants (RAs) can 
identify the odor. 

In addition, police ride alongs will be offered 
as part of the program. Participants can go out in 
a police patrol car and observe a day in the life of 
police officers. "We're also coming up with a pro- 
gram to teach people what we look for In solving 
a crime," says Krouse. 

"It's an idea to share information. We want peo- 
ple to understand why the police do things. We 
also want our officers to hear first-hand how their 
actions impact the community.," Krouse says. 

To enroll in the Citizen Academy, contact MPO 
Carolyn Consoli at 405-0537. 

— DAVID ABRAMS 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodie Remington, Vice President for University Relations; 
Teresa Flannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cat heart, Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes, Editor; 
Londa Scott Forte, Assistant Editor; David Abrams, Graduate Assistant; Erin Madison, Editorial Intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus Infor- 
mation are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, 
MD 20 7 42 .Telephone <301) 405-4629; e-mail outlook@accmail.umd.edu; fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www.lnform.umd.edu/outlook/ 



October 5, 1999 Outlook 3 



16th Annual 



Faculty & Staff Convocation 



The 1 6th annual Faculty 
and Staff Convocation 
will honor several 
members of the campus com- 
munity who share in the rich 
tradition of service to the uni- 
versity. The ceremony takes 
place Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. in 
Memorial Chapel. All members 
of the university community 
are invited to attend and a 
reception in the chapel garden 
follows the convocation. 

At this year's celebration, 
the 1999-2000 Distinguished 
Scholar Teachers will be recog- 
nized, along with 
Distinguished University 
Professors Millard Alexander, 
Ira Berlin, James Gilbert, 
Harriet Presser and Lawrence 
Sherman, plus 49 newly named 
emeriti faculty. In addition, five 
university employees will 
receive recognition for their 
work when they're presented 
with the President's 
Distinguished Service Award, 

Two new awards, created as 
a gift to the university by for- 
mer president William E. 
Kirwan and his wife, Patricia 
Harper Kirwan in 1998, will be 
presented for the first time. 
The Kirwan Undergraduate 
Education Award will be given 
to Ira Berlin and the Kirwan 
Faculty Research and 
Scholarship Prize will be 
awarded to Millard Alexander. 
History professor Ira Berlin 
also receives the university's 
highest honor, the President's 
Medal. 

President's Medal and the 
Kirwan Undergraduate 
Research Award 

Ira Berlin 

Distinguished University 
Professor, Department of 
History 

Ira Berlin has always been 
fascinated and moved by the 
role of slavery in America's 
past. "The complexity of this 
subject," he says, "really gets 
the intellectual juices flowing." 

Berlin has been fortunate 
enough to parlay this passion 
into a rewarding — and much- 
rewarded — academic career. 
One of his most significant 
achievements has been the 
Freedmen and Southern 
Society Project, called "the 
most important editorial pro- 
ject of its generation" by James 
Harris, dean of the College of 
Arts and Humanities. Since 
1976, the project has compiled 
letters written by slaves into a 
voluminous print documentary 
of the emancipation era; Berlin 
served as its director from 
1976-1991. 



In 1998, the release of two 
new publications — Many 
Thousands Gone: The First 
Two Centuries of Slavery in 
Mainland North America, and 
the book and audio set 
Remembering Slavery: 
African-Americans Talk About 
Their Personal Experiences— 
brought him international 
recognition and honor. Many 
Thousands Gone alone 
received the Frederick 
Bancroft Prize for Best Book in 
American History, the 
American Publishers 
Association's prize for best 
book in history, and the first 
Frederick Douglass Book Prize. 

During his 1992-94 tenure 
as acting dean of 
Undergraduate Studies, Ira 
Berlin voiced a concern 
regarding first-year students. 
"Many of them did not seem 
to have a clear idea of what 
they wanted," he says. "They 
didn't know how the universi- 
ty's majors would match up 
with their personal interests." 
At the same time, Marylandv 
itself was in the throes of a 
transition, seeking to promote 
its substantial size as a benefit 
rather than a drawback. 

It was Berlin who envi- 
sioned and implemented initia- 
tives that would address both 
issues and, in his own words, 
"make the big store small." 
These programs — College Park 
Scholars, First Year Focus, 
Honors Humanities and the 
Terrapin Reading Society—^ 
allow undergraduates to ^r 
explore common interests 
within the context of a small 
college, while retaining the 
advantages of a large universi- 
ty: "They help to connect stu- 
dents more directly with the 
intellectual life of the campus," 
says Berlin. 

The Kirwan Faculty 
Research and Scholarship 
Prize 

Millard H. Alexander 

Distinguished University 
Professor, Department of 
Chemistry and Biochemistry 

For nearly 50 years, scien- 
tists have pondered the role of 
electron motion in the chemi- 
cal reaction F + H2 = HF + H 
(fluorine + hydrogen = hydro- 
gen fluoride). Specifically, they 
wondered, what kind of 
impact would the direction of 
fluorine's spinning electrons 
have on the element's reactivi- 
ty with hydrogen? Because this 
reaction is a prototype for 
many of the elementary reac- 
tions necessary for combus- 
tion and propulsion, a better 
understanding of F + H2 could 



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result in the development of 
more efficient engines and 
launch vehicles. 

Now, due to the continuing 
research of Alexander, a defini- 
tive answer to the question Is 
within reach. During the past 
three years, Alexander has col- 
laborated with two noted 
European theoreticians to 
develop a software program 
that uses sophisticated com- 
puter modeling to mimic the 
reaction of the atoms."With 
this program," says Alexander, 
"we can understand not only 
the reaction itself, but what 
would happen to the reaction 
if fluorine's electrons pointed 
in various directions." 

Alexander, who holds a 
bachelor's degree from 
Harvard University and a Ph.D. 
from the University de Paris- 
Sud in Orsay, France, adds this 
year's award to a long list of 
achievements; these include a 
1996-97 Distinguished Faculty 
Research Award from 
Maryland, a 1997 John Simon 
Guggenheim Memorial 
Fellowship and a 1997-98 Dr. 
Lee Visiting Fellowship at 
Christ Church, Oxford, 
England, ' I 

President's Distinguished 
Service Award Recipients 

Sacared Bodison 
Clinical Director, University 
Health Center 

In her 1 1 years as clinical 
director of the University 
Health Center, Bodison has 
served the campus community 
in many multifaceted, invalu- 
able roles: providing medical 
services Co more than 42,000 
students and employees, coor- 
dinating the Sports Medicine 
Services and assuming leader- 
ship roles on various commit- 
tees. But her unwavering con- 
cern for the well-being of the 
Maryland community is espe- 
cially evident in her initiation 
of the "Healthy Workers 
Program" in 1997. The program 
provides limited medical ser- 
vices to employees who are 
not covered by a university 
medical plan; these services 
include free diagnostic tests, 
immunizations and referrals to 
community medical centers 
when necessary. Bodison is 
also sensitive to the needs of 
her Spanish-speaking patients, 
and has participated in a 
Spanish immersion program in 
Costa Rica to enhance her 
mastery of the language. 

Kevin Brown 

Assistant Director of 
Landscape Services, 
Department of Building and 



Landscape Services 

The more than 20.000 visi- 
tors at Maryland Day had a 
chance to see the beautiful set- 
ting that we are fortunate to 
enjoy every day. "Brown is very 
much responsible for the 
maintenance and tender care 
that delivers such beauty, sea- 
son upon season, year after 
year," says William "Bud" 
Thomas, Jr. , vice president for ■ 
Student Affairs and Maryland 
Day chair. 

For the past 23 years, 
Brown has provided excep- 
tional leadership to the devel- 
opment and maintenance of 
the campus grounds. His 
efforts range from ensuring 
that future generations have a 
grand stand of trees on 
McKeldin Mall, to clearing the 
campus of dangerous ice and 
snow. The care given in replac- 
ing the floral M to mark the 
changing seasons is but one 
example of the areas that ben- 
efit from the planting of more 
than 50,000 annuals each year, 

Regina Crawmer 
Coordinator of Organization 
Services, Union and Campus 
Programs 

Asked to describe Crawmer. 
James Osteen, director of the 
Stamp Student Union and 
Campus Programs, responds:"A 
big smile, an infectious laugh, 
and a quick joke along with 
great advice, help with univer- 
sity red tape, personal support, 
and comforting reassurance: All 
of these things are what stu- 
dents over the past 20 years 
have come to expect from the 
Student Government 
Association Accounts Office." 

As advisor to this office and 
as coordinator of Organization 
Services, Crawmer is responsi- 
ble for student organization 
registration, faculty and staff 
advisor training, and coordinat- 
ing training publications and 
workshops to assist student 
leaders in organizational devel- 
opment. During the process of 
allocating Student Activities 
fees to the 120 student groups 
on campus, it is Crawmer who 
works overtime to ensure that 
all group leaders have equal 
opportunities to present — and 
meet— their budgets. 

Patricia S. Higgins 
Director, Dining Services 

The person responsible for 
feeding the equivalent of a 
small city each day must be a 
saint. "I would say she is like a 
Mother Teresa," says Jean 
Bennett, who considers her 
boss a friend and mentor, as 
well. Her sentiments for 
Higgins are echoed by others 



who have come to know her, 
professionally and personally, 
over the course of Higgins' 38 
years in the Department of 
Dining Services, the past four 
as director. But Higgins' con- 
nection to Maryland goes back 
further — it is also where the 
registered dietician earned her 
undergraduate degree. 

As director of one of the 
largest auxiliary units on cam- 
pus, Higgins has made it one 
of the premier college food 
service operations in the coun- 
try. "One would be hard 
pressed to find a more innova- 
tive operation, which year 
after year receives high marks 
from students, parents, staff 
and faculty," says Patricia 
Mielke. director of Resident 
Life. 

Known for her commitment 
to diversity and outreach 
efforts, Higgins was the first 
university administrator to 
develop job placement oppor- 
tunities for developmentalty 
disabled workers and has 
worked to pilot a parolee work 
program, notes Susan Bayly, uni- 
versity general counsel. 

Sylvia S. Stewart 

Associate Vice President for 
Administrative Affairs 

Shuttle diplomacy is a 
phrase that springs to mind in 
describing Stewart. As director 
of Commuter Affairs from 
1976-83, she developed the 
Shutde UM transit system, 
"which quickly proved to be 
one of the most effective and 
efficient campus transit sys- 
tems anywhere," says William . 
"Bud"Thomas,Jr.Today.as asso- 
ciate vice president for 
Administrative Affairs, her 
diplomacy and management 
skills place her among the top 
echelon of administrators. 

In that position since 1992, 
Stewart shares the leadership 
and direction for units that are 
involved in the day-to-day 
underpinnings of this universi- 
ty: from police to procure- 
ment, administrative comput- 
ing to construction, environ- 
mental safety to resource plan- 
ning, to name but a few. 
Previously, she spent nearly 10 
years in the division as assis- 
tant vice president. Her broad 
knowledge of the university 
and its Interworkings have 
made her a staple on numer- 
ous high-level task forces and 
committees. In 1986, Stewart 
was named Woman of the Year 
by the President's Commission 
on Women's Affairs. 



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U.CL LullriKs 




maryland 



Your Guide to University Events 
October 5-14 



October 5 



9;30 a.m. ■ 5:30 p.m. Open 
Enrollment Health Fair, sponsored 
by Personnel Department. Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mademoiselle 
Health Fair, sponsored by SEE 
Productions, Hornbake Mall 

Noon. Research fe Development 

Presentation: "Constructing the 
Academic VillagerThe Consortium 
on Race. Gender and Ethnicity." 
Bonnie Thornton Dill, Women's 
Studies Dept.0114 Counseling 
Center. Shoemaker Bldg. 

2-3 p.m. OMSE Pre-Lecture 
Reception. Prince George's Room. 
Stamp Student Union. 

2-6 p.m. OMSE Lecture: Sylvia 
Hurtado. Grand Ballroom Lounge, 
Stamp Student Union. 

3-5 p.m. Erasable Inc Meeting. 21 17 
Jimenez Hall. 

4-6:30 p.m. Iranian Student 
Foundation Meeting. 0122 Jimenez 
Hall 

4-6 p.m. Organization of Arab 
Student Weekly Meeting. 1122 
Jimenez Hall. 

5-8 p.m. Resume Writing & 
Interview Skills, sponsored by the 
Alumni Association. Prince 
George's Room. Stamp Student 

Union. 

5 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 mate- 
rials 4133 McKeldin library 

5-9070. 

5-7 p.m. Society of Women 
Engineers General Meeting. 1202 
Engineering Bldg. 

5-7 p.m. Campaign to End the 
Death Weekly Meeting. 0202 
Jimenez Hall. 

5:30-7:30 p.m. lntervarsity 
Christian Fellowship. 1 120 Jimenez 
Hall. 

5:30-7 p.m. Bahai Club Weekly 
Meeting. 1117 Jimenez Hall. 

6 8:30 p.m. ANGELS Weekly 
Meeting. 3205 Jimenez Hall. 

6-9 p.m. Potomac Valley Rescue 
Group Weekly Meeting. 01 19 
Armory. 

6-10 p.m. Dance Practice, spon- 
sored by Ballroom at Maryland. 
0112 Armory Bldg. 

6-7:30 p.m. Finance Community 
Meeting, sponsored by Student 



Government Association. Atrium, 
Stamp Student Union. 

6:30-9:30 CPA Review. 0130Tydings. 

6:30-8:30 p.m. Chi Alpha Christian 
Fellowship Weekly Meeting. 1 103 
Jimenez Hall. 

7-11 p.m. Maryland Medieval Merc. 
Militia Meeting.OHOArmory. 

7-9 p.m. Dance Afrlka Dance Practice. 
Preinkert Gym 

7:30-9 p.m. Yoga Classes, sponsored 
by Art & Learning Center. 21 1 1 Stamp 
Student Union. 

7:30 p.m. Campus Crusade for Christ 
Weekly Meeting, Maryland Room. 

840 p.m. Keepers of the Word 
Weekly Bible Study. 0122 Jimenez 
Hall. 



October 6 



8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. "It Only Happens 
Once a Year," University Libraries' 
three-day Used Book Sale Campus 
Community Day with Identification. 
Gymnasium, Preinkert Field House. 
Cynthia Sorrell, 5-91 25 or 
csl71@umall.umd.edu. 

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Career Fair. Cole Field 
House Main Floor 

11 a.m. • 8 p.m. Voter Extravaganza, 
sponsored by Hermandad De Sigma 
Iota Alpha. Prince George's Room, 
Stamp Student Union. 

Noon. MOCB Fall 1999 Seminar 
Series: "Molecular and Genetic 
Analysis of Tobamovirus-Host 
Interactions," Chris Dardick MOCB 
Ph.D. candidate. 1208 Biology 
Psychology Bldg. 5-8422 or 
LP101@umaU.umd.edu 

3-5 p.m. Marching Band Rehearsal, 
sponsored by University of MD 
Bands. Chapel Field. 

3 p.m.VICTORWeb Workshop." an 
introduction to using VlCTORWeb, 
the Libraries' Web-based catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4133 
McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 

4:30 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 materials 4133 
McKeldin Library 5-9070. 

5-8 p.m. Praise Band Practice, spon- 
sored by Korean Campus Ministry. 
01 03 Armory. 

5:30 p.m.TSWE Testing. 0200 Skinner 
Bldg. Diane Adelstetn, 4-7688. 

5:45-10 p.m. Swing Classes, spon- 
sored by Art 6 Learning Center. 2111 
Stamp Student Union. 



Love Conquers All 
in Spiced Up 
Caribbean Musical 



University Theatre at t he University 
of Maryland will open Its 1999-2000 
season with the musical "Once on 
This Island" Oct. 14-23. 
Performances will be held in Tawes 
Theatre Oct. 14-16 and 21-23 at 8 
p.m. as well as Oct, 17 at 2 p.m. 
Based on the novel "My Love, My 
Love," by Rosa Guy, "Once on 
This Island" features music by 
Stephen Flaherty, with book 
and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. 

"Once on This Island" is a 
romantic tale of a rich boy 
from the city and a peasant 
girl who saves the boy 
from certain death. The 
Tony-nominated musical, 
a Caribbean retelling of 
the Hans Christian 
Andersen fable "The 
Little Mermaid," 
enjoyed a successful 
run on Broadway in 
the early '90s before 
becoming a region- 
al favorite. 

"Ail the energy, 
the excitement, the vitality, 
the sensuality of people of this litde 
Caribbean island just come bursting from the 
stage," says Scot Reese, director of "Once on 
This Island." "This show Is just like spring 
break, like taking a vacation, in the month of 
October." 

"But 'Once on This bland' also reminds us 
that, despite hardship, despite adversity, true 
love conquers all," adds Reese. "It's kind of 
like 'Romeo and Juliet' spiced up with the 
music and dancing of the Caribbean." 

Sign interpretation is available Oct. 23 at 8 
p.m. Audio description is available Oct, 1 7 at 
2p.m., and an infrared listening system Is avail 
able at all performances. Tawes Theatre is 
accessible to people with disabilities. 




Tickets are $14 
standard admission and $10 
for students and senior citizens. Special group 
discount rates are also available for groups of 
ten or more. Tickets are available through 
mail order now or by phone charge beginning 
Oct. 7. 

For reservations or additional Information, 
call the University Theatre Box Office at (301) 
405-2201 (V/TTY) weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 
p.m. or visit the University Theatre web site at 
www. inf orM .umd . edu/THET/plays . 



6-9 p.m. "Intermediate Microsoft 
Excel," Registration required. 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 
www. inform . umd .edu/PT.* 

6:30 p.m. Terrapin Ski and 
Snowboard Weekly Meeting 0131 
Armory. 

6:30*30 p.m. A Talk on Gun 
Control by National Rifle 
Association Spokesperson Glen 
Caroline. Grand Ballroom Lounge. 
Stamp Student Union. 

7-8:30 p.m. Habitat for Humanity 
Weekly Meeting. 2 1 23 Jimenez. 

7:30p,m. University Community Band. 
This ensemble offers both students 
and community members the oppor- 
tunity to continue to play or learn 
new instruments. Performances on 
campus and in surrounding venues 
occur throughout the year. Emphasis 
is placed not only on topnotch per- 
formance, but also on camaraderie 
and fellowship. It is open to all players 
who are seriously interested in mak- 
ing music. 1 102 Tawes Bldg. 5-5542, 



mb287@umalt.umd.edu or 

www.umd.edu/bands/ 



October 7 



8 a.m. ■ 6:30 p.m. "It Only Happens 
Once a Year," University Libraries' 
three-day Used Book Sale Campus 
Community Day with identification. 
Gymnasium, Preinkert Field House. 
Cynthia Sorrell, 5-9125 or 
csl71@umall.umd,edu. 

9-4 p.m. National Depression 
Screening Day, sponsored by 
Counseling C enter. Tortuga A and 
Tortuga B, Stamp Student Union. 

1 a.m. - 3 p.m. Career Fair, spon- 
sored by the Career Center. Main 
Floor, Cole Field House. 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fire Protection 
Engineering Career Day. Prince 
George's Room, Grand Ballroom 
Lounge, Stamp Student Union. 

3-5 p.m. Erasable Inc Meeting. 21 17 
Jimenez Hall. 



3-6 p.m. Muslim Women of Maryland 
Weekly Meeting. 31 18 Jimenez Hall. 

3:30 p.m. "Online Courses as 
Effective Learning Environments: 
The Importance of Collaborative 
Methods." Roxanne Hiltz and Murray 
Turoff, New Jersey Institute of 
Technology; Maryam Alavi, Smith 
School of Business and Margaret 
Chambers, University College. 2460 
A.V.Williams Bldg, 

4 p.m. Distinguished Lecture Series: 
"Obstacle Illusion," Patricia Williams, 
Columbia University School of Law. 
2203 Art-Sociology Bldg. 

4-7 p.m."AGNR Fall Bash," a cookout 
hosted by Agriculture faculty mem- 
bers to welcome freshmen and 
transfer students to the College of 
Agriculture and Natural Resources. 
Gaines, food, door prizes, music by 
DJ and fun prizes for everyone who 
attends. Animal Science and 
Agricultural Engineering Complex 
Courtyard. 5-7761. 

4-7 p.m. "Intermediate HTML," 



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MITH Mixes Arts with Technology 



There's something happening on the 
second floor of McKeldin Library that will 
revolutionize the way the humanities are 
taught and studied on campus and in 
Maryland high schools. 

In two large rooms overlooking gradu- 
ate reserves, the Maryland Institute for 
Technology in the Humanities is being set 
up. A joint venture of the College of Arts 
and Humanities, the libraries and the 
Office of Information Technology, MITH is 
a community of scholars, interdisciplinary 
institute, and electronic space devoted 
to explore ways to use new technolo- 
gies in university research and teaching. 

"MITH will make technology less 
mysterious," says director Martha Nell 
Smith, adding that to make people aware 
of this resource, "we will go to every 
department in the college and talk about 
MITH." 

As part of MITH's goals, faculty in the 
College of Arts and Humanities will be 
encouraged to incorporate more digital 
resoures In their classrooms. This will 
expose students to a large number of doc 
uments and data, facilitating better study 
and research opportunities. "We hope to 
bring research and training together," says 
Smith, an English professor. 

In 2000, MITH will sponsor, coordinate, 



and collaborate on a number of digital 
projects from faculty members and gradu- 
ate students in the College of Arts and 
Humanities. 

MITH will thus be an intellectual hub 
for both students and faculty. Smith says. 

MITH has been partially funded by a 
$410,000 challenge grant from the 




National Endowment for the Humanities, 
which requires the university to raise 
another $1.6 million for the institute in 
the near future. 

In August, the only evidence of this 
vast resource was a stack of computers in 
boxes lined up against one wall of its 



future home. But MTTH should be up and 
working by mid-October, Smith says. 

MITH's first class is being offered this 
fall on 19th century English literature. 
Smith hopes more classes will be intro- 
duced in the next few semesters. 

Initially, the staff of MITH will com- 
prise Smith, two graduate assistants and 
two resident fellows who will join in 
spring 2000. While one of the fellows, Jo 
Paoletti, is from the department of 
American studies, the other, Katie King, is 
from the department of women's studies. 

The facility in McKeldin will include 
office space, study facilities for the fel- 
lows, training areas, a conference 
room/computer studio, and advanced 
computer technology. 

Emphasis will be on community out- 
reach and service. Smith says. "We will 
facilitate outreach to high schools and 
create intellectual collaborations for high 
schools and universities." 

One of MITH's goals Is to bring sec- 
ondary and post-secondary education 
together in more imaginative ways, she 
says. 

While this is a new project, faculty in 
the College of Arts and Humanities have 



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Free at Last: 

Documenting the History of Slavery and the Emancipation 



For nearly two centuries, slavery has 
been our country's dirty little secret, a 
closeted embarrassment that everyone 
knew about, but no one wanted to dis- 
cuss. 

In recent years that has all changed, in 
part due to academicians and historians 
researching and peeling back the layers of 
abandon. Of late, many in society are 
crowding around to make a more in- 
depth assessment. With distress and dis- 
may, the secrets are unfolding. 

In an era when affirmative action is 
under attack, and projections from the 
Bureau of Census at the Department of 
Commerce is forecasting drastic shifts 
among the nation's ethnic populations in 
the new millennium, many are turning to 
an examination of the roots of the 
African-American experience. 

Much of the discovery is coming from 
researchers participating in the University 
of Maryland's Freedman and Southern 
Society Project, which was established to 



capture the essence of the 1861 to 
1867 social revolution in the United 
States by depicting the drama of eman- 
cipation in the words of the partici- 
pants - liberated slaves and defeated 
slaveholders, soldiers and civilians, 
common folk and the elite. 
Northerners and Southerners in the era 
of the American Civil War. 

Since 1976, researchers involved 
with the project, drawing upon the 
rich resources of the National Archives 
of the United States, have pored over 
millions of documents, selecting some 
50,000 for further evaluation as they 
continue the process of transcribing, 
organizing and annotating the manu- 
scripts to explain how black people tra- 
versed the bloody ground from slavery to 
freedom between the beginning of the 
American Civil War in 1861 and the 
beginning of Radical Reconstruction in 
1867. According to Leslie Rowland, direc- 
tor of the Freedman and Southern Society 




Project in the department of history, the 
documents vividly speak for themselves. 
Placed in the context of the Civil War 
and Reconstruction with aid of original 
essays, the documents uncovered by the 

— continued on page 4 




UN I VE RS ITY OF 

MARYLAND 



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^tamrfm. ,b, Dean Understanding the Hews and Whys 

of Language Acquistion 



The College of Arts and Humanities stands at the very center 
of what constitutes a great university. As one of the colleges 
which comprises the arts and sciences, the college is dedicated 
to cutting edge research by excellent faculty who take pride in 
producing graduates capable of thinking, analyzing and articulat- 
ing their thoughts clearly and persuasively. 

Arts and Humanities is genuinely diverse— both in terms of 
our student body as well as in the broad range of fields of study, 
ranging from linguistics and philosophy to humanities and litera- 
ture", in languages and culture as well as in performing and plas- 
tic arts. From brain imaging labs to fntercultural communication, 
creative writing to enthnomusicology, and to many more, the 
323 tenure track faculty In Arts and Humanities strive to make 
this university a genuinely great institution of higher education. 

As dean I take pride in the engagement of our faculty; 
engagement not merely in the discourse of their disciplines and 
In their research, but engagement in involving their students at 
all levels meaningfully in their work. Examples of this engage- 
ment abound and many are either highlighted in this issue or 
featured in earlier issues of Outlook. 

This engagement is one of the reasons Arts and Humanities 
has enjoyed such success in winning awards for teaching and in 
receiving so many awards to support improvement of teaching. 
It is reflected in this college's stance at the forefront of those 
using technology in both teaching and research. We recently 
received a major challenge grant from the National Endowment 
for the Humanities to establish an Institute for Technology in the 
Humanities. We also became part of a pilot project (TekJCam, 
featured in the Sept. 14 issue of Outfooty, because it will help 
our students get jobs in the exploding field of computer-related 
activities by showing they are remarkably well qualified. 

This year more students than ever have chosen to major in 
Arts and Humanities (the number of entering students is up 18 
percent) .They have earned higher SATs (1150-1330) and GPAs 
(3.64), and they are preparing themselves for a complex world 
by obtaining an excellent broad-based education in arts, culture 
and humanities that includes preparation in other areas from 
business to computer science through the Citation program pio- 
neered by this college. 

The College of Arts and Humanities is growing in the best 
possible way — in the high quality of faculty and students alike. I 
am pleased with the achievements of the past few years and 
genuinely excited at the prospects of the coming years. 

James Harris 

Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities 



Yiddish Book Collection 
Preserves Jewish Culture 



The University of Maryland's Yiddish library 
not only educates and provides a resource for 
students, but also serves as a time capsule for 
Jewish culture, according to Bernard 
Cooperman, associate professor in the depart- 
ment of Jewish studies. Yiddish was the language 
of the Jewish culture from Central and Eastern 
Europe for nearly 1 ,000 years. Due to moderniza- 
tion as well as the Holocaust, the language has all 
but disappeared, except for traditionally religious 
Jewish communities in parts of New York and 
Israel. Over the years, many important Yiddish lit- 
erary works have been lost, but the discovery 
and restoration of these texts by Cooperman and 
others, is among the things that make the univer- 
sity's Yiddish collection so unique. 

The university's interest in preserving a 
Yiddish collection began in the early '90s with a 
grant from the Joseph and Rebecca Meyefhoff 
Foundation, which allowed the university to pur- 
chase literature from the National Jewish Book 
Center in Amherst, Mass. Since then, other addi- 
tions include donations from University of 
Pennsylvania, and the personal library of S.L. 
Shnelderman, famous journalist and author. Rare 



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At the Center for Young Children, linguistics graduate students 
Gualmini. right, engage three-and-a-half year old Aurora Cratn In a 
gauge language acquisition processes. 



"No, I amn't," says the tod- 
dler who's told he's misbehav- 
es -$ - 

ing. 

"Me want to go," says the 
two-year-old eager to join in a 
trip to the store. 

Anyone who's ever had a 
conversation with a pre- 
schooler is familiar with these 
classic grammatical mistakes. 
But what's cute and common 
among youngsters also makes 




treasures, such 
as a book auto- 
graphed by 
artist Marc 

Chagal and a collection of yizkor books, memori- 
als of Jewish communities, are also located in the 
library. 

Students and faculty have access to all these 
resources, including works on film, through the 
Jewish studies department. In the future, the 
department plans to add more than 5,000 books 
on microfiche to the collection. Cooperman and 
others hope the library will continue to grow as 
a cultural resource for generations to come. 



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for interesting research in the 
department of linguistics. 

What's more, a brand new 
"brain imaging" lab slated to 
open in the next few weeks 
will only enhance the research 
already taking place. 

"Between the age of 12 
months and three years," says 
Stephen Crain, department 
chair, "children master an 
extremely complex set of 
words."The hows and whys of 
that language acquisition is 
what linguistics researchers 
want to understand. 

"We believe, ultimately, lan- 
guage is a biologically- 
based, specialized faculty," 
says Crain. The linguistics 
department, he says, brings 
researchers from different 
skills — biology, psychology, 
computational analysis — to 
study this faculty. 

In Marie Mount Hall, rooms 
filled with colorful puppets 
and computers are the labs in 
which faculty and graduate 



Lulsa Meroni and Andrew 
storytelling activity designed to 



students work. With the assis- 
tance of a hand-held fuzzy frog 
prince or friendly wizard, the 
researchers engage children in 
storytelling activities. A familiar 
tale is told with some interest- 
ing twists (mistakes) meant to 
elicit correct responses from 
the children. Such games help 
the researchers understand 
how the children, or, more 
importantly, their brains 
process word meanings, for 
example, and their place in the 
tale. 

But the new brain imaging 
lab will take the research fur- 
ther. Currently, brain imaging 
research is conducted primari- 
ly on adults, but Crain says 
they hope to expand the 
research to include children. 

With one method of brain 
imaging, a device resembling a 
baseball cap covered with 
electrodes will be worn by the 
children to monitor the activi- 
ty in the brain as the children 
process information, 



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Studying Culture Through 
Virtual Greenbelt 



Greenbett may be a few 
minutes from College Park, but 
it's also a couple of mouse 
clicks away, too, thanks to 
American studies' Virtual 
Greenbelt project. 

An ongoing endeavor, Virtual 
Greenbelt is an online collabo- 
rative resource by faculty, stu- 
dents and the Greenbelt com- 
munity. It's directed by associ- 
ate professors Jo Paoletti and 
Mary Sies and features research 
contributions by students in 
American studies courses. 
Additional contributors to 
the project are Virginia 
Jenkins, Jason Schlauch, 
David Silver, Psyche 
Williams, Joan Zenzen and 
SandorVegh. 

The Virtual Greenbelt 
Web site www.otal.umd. 
edu/~vg/ contains a 
wealth of images, inter- 
views and materials relat- 
ed to Greenbelt-one of 
three "green towns" buitt 
during President Franklin 
D. Roosevelt's administration. 

A planned community 
designed to harbor Depression- 
era displaced workers and their 
families, Greenbelt began as a 
community of more than 500 
town homes, five detached 
homes and 306 apartments, 
along with a school, town cen- 
ter, parks, playgrounds and a 
23-acre lake. Greenbelt's coop- 
erative spirit and its neighbors 



pulling together for self-gover- 
nance and self-maintenance 
make the city unique among 
others. 

A museum of material cul- 
ture, Virtual Greenbelt provides 
a glimpse of domestic life dur- 
ing that time. "The site offers a 
rich body of primary resources 
for classes studying 20th centu- 
ry domestic life and progres- 
sive urban planning ideas, and 
provides publicity and educa- 
tion outreach for the real 



The Virtual Greenbelt Web 
site www.otal.umd. edu/-vgs/ 
contains a wealth of images, 
Interviews and materials 
related to Greenbelt-one of 
three "green towns" built 
during President Franklin D. 
Roosevelt's administration. 



Greenbelt community," says 
Sies. Virtual Greenbelt also 
offers the chance for students 
to have hands-on experience in 
research, and presenting those 
ideas to the public. 

This year, the city of 
Greenbelt celebrates its 50th 
anniversary and Virtual 
Greenbelt Initiative created a 
slide show that's viewable on 
the site. 



Consortium on Race, 
Gender and Ethnicity 



The Consortium on Race, 
Gender and Ethnicity was the 
product of nearly two years of 
brainstorming that came to 
fruition July 1,1998, when it 
was recognized by the univer- 
sity. The College of Behavioral 
and Social Sciences, the 
Graduate School and the 
College of Arts and Humanities 
were all contributors in the 
formation of the consortium, 
however, it is officially a part of 
the College of Arts and 
Humanities. 

The consortium primarily 
exists to promote and finance 
multidisciplinary research on 
all issues concerning race, gen- 
der and ethnicity. The consor- 
tium communicates these find- 
ings on a campus level, as well 
as a national and international 
levels. Through its various pro- 
jects, the consortium hopes to 
promote an atmosphere at the 
university that advocates schol- 
arship, fosters communication 



and academic growth as well 
as collaborative research. 

To achieve its goals, the con- 
sortium works with groups 
such as the African- American 
Studies Program, the American 
Studies department, the Asian 
American Studies Project, the 
Center on Population , Gender 
and Social Inequality, the 
Diversity Initiative Faculty 
Relations Committee, the 
Women's Studies Department 
and the President's 
Commission on Ethnic 
Minority Issues. 

Recently, the consortium 
received a grant from the Ford 
Foundation in collaboration 
with the Afro-American Studies 
Program and the Curriculum 
Transformation Project and the 
Women's Studies department. 
This unique opportunity will 
allow each program to direct 
separate but related projects 
on topics concerning race, gen- 
der and ethnicity. 



Un the ^Arts 



It Is the creative and performing arts that constitute a major portion of the College of Arts 
and Humanities offerings and outreach activities. Faculty and students In the School of 
Music and the departments of dance and theatre collectively produce more than 
300 performances a year. And The Art Gallery attracts over 5,000 
visitors annually to notable exhibitions and faculty shows. 

The college boasts voice and opera faculty who perform on the 
stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, theatre faculty who 
direct Washington, D.C. and national productions, 
dance faculty who attract major dancers and 
dance troupes to campus, and art faculty whose work is 
world renowned. That great tradition continues as 
exemplified, In part, by such noted artists as the 
Guarneri String Quartet, the university's resi- 
dent string quartet whose members currently 

are mentoring and guiding a new ensemble, The Coolidge Quartet, for a 
new generation. 

One of the greatest jewels in the college's crown Is the Clarice Smith Center for the 
Performing Arts (photo below), which, when open In 2001 will house the departments of dance 
and theatre and the School of Music. The 318,000-square foot facility, currently under con- 
struction on the north side of campus, will be a stunning home for the arts. 





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MITH Mixes Arts with Technology 



continued from page 1 

been putting up Web sites devoted to specialized 
subjects since the mid-' 90s, some of which will 
now move under MITH. Smith herself has created 
the Dickinson Digital Archives, a hypermedia edi- 
tion of poet Emily Dickinson's works. Other Web 
sites set up by faculty include Romantic Circles, a 
Web site on romantic literature and culture (see 
sidebar), and the Freedman and Southern Society 
Project where recorded oral histories from slaves 
can be found. (See story, page 1 .) 

MITH, however, will go beyond informing. It 
will also provide training, fellowships, colloquia, 
polyseminars, conferences, curriculum develop- 
ment and student mentoring. 

In collaboration with the faculty fellows, 
MITH will sponsor an annual poly seminar that 
will evolve into discussions on critical issues like 
electronic discourse, social construction of 
knowledge, credibility of evidence and organiza- 
tion of information on the Internet. 

MITH's activities, including research, develop- 
ment projects, and instruction enhanced by digi- 
tal technology, will be showcased at an annual 
international conference that will include ple- 
nary sessions, demonstrations, workshops, ses- 
sions on pedagogy and hands-on training ses- 
sion. 

In 2000, 12 humanities teachers from Prince 
George's County high schools will be chosen for 
one-year fellowships at MITH. 

Already, MTTH is making its presence felt even 
outside the university and the country Last 
month, MITH sent a team of experts to the 
University of London for a conference on digital 
resources in the humanities. 

"We [were] given a whole session for our pre- 
sentation, which is unprecedented," says Smith 
excitedly. 

And the title of the session? "Making MITH a 
Reality." 

For more information on MTTH, visit the Web 
site www.mith.umd.edu. 






The 19th Century in the 21st : Romantic Literature goes Hi-tech 



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Running a Web site on romantic 
literature can be unpredictably 
rewarding as Neil Fraistat found 
this out a few months ago when he 
got an e-mail from a schoolteacher 
in a town neighboring Kosovo dur- 
ing the fighting there. 

She had been forced to teach 
additional subjects, including litera- 
ture, because the school system 
had broken down, 

■ says Fraistat. 
But then she came 
across the Romantic 

f Circles Web site, 
hosted and pub- 
lished by the 
University of 
Maryland. "She wrote 
to us to say how 
important it had 

been in helping her get together a 
class." says Fraistat, English profes- 
sor and lead editor of the Web site. 

He never saved that e-mail, main- 
ly because his mailbox overflows 
with queries and observations both 
from people within the university 
and across the world. The Web site 
gets between 40,000 and 50,000 
hits a month, Fraistat says, produc- 
ing a long list of the countries that 
access the site most frequently 
There's japan. Hong Kong, Brazil, 
the. Philippines and India, among 
others. 

Romantic Circles was first set up 
in J 996 as an experimental Web 
site for the study of Lord Byron, 



Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, John 
Keats and their contemporaries. It 
has been growing rapidly since. 
Today students and scholars of 
romantic literature can find here 
electronic editions of scholarly 
work, discussion groups on roman- 
tic literature, manuscripts like Mary 
Shelley's "The Last Man," and pieces 
of history like a letter written by 
John Keats. 

Fraistat calls it a 
"meta-resource" — a site 
composed of many differ- 
ent sites. While it was on 
several servers when it 
was started, the site has 
since moved to a single . 
server. 

Last January, the 
university became the 
"publisher" of the Web site, after 
Fraistat expressed concerns over 
who might be held liable in case of 
lawsuits of copyright infringement, 
defamation, etc. The university is 
usually not responsible for any of 
the Web sites it hosts on its servers. 

"This is a refereed space," 
Friastat says, emphasizing that 
Romantic Circles is not to be con- 
fused with other Web sites on liter 
ature where anyone can put up 
anything. "AH the material that goes 
into it is carefully selected by schol- 
ars on the subjects.The Web site 
has an advisory board of the best 
international romanticists, he adds. 
The Web site was selected by 



the National Endowment for the 
Humanities (NEHJ.the MCI 
Foundation, and the Council for 
Great City Schools as one of the 2 1 
best sites on the Internet for educa- 
tion in the humanities. It serves as a 
model for other universities, says 
Fraistat, 

The NEH gave the Web site a 
grant to develop a project to bene- 
fit schools. Called Romantic Circles 
High School, it will feature a virtual 
school where students and teach- 
ers will be able to enter and walk 
through cyber classrooms filled 
with information on 19th century 
British romantic literature. 

Three other projects are under 
way. One is a partnership with 
Brown University's Women Writers' 
Project for the production of com- 
plexly marked up electronic edi- 
tions of the texts of women writ- 
ers. Another is an ongoing partner- 
ship with Cambridge University 
Press for expanding the Web site. 
The third is a gallery project with 
the University of Virginia where 
famous paintings and information 
about them will be posted on the 
Web site. 

The Web site now also has a 
more powerful search engine, 
Fraistat says. In the future, any 
resource added to the Web site will 
show up right away, he adds. 

You can visit the Romantic 
Circles Web site at 
www.rc.umd.edu. 



.„ 




Documenting the History of 
Slavery and the Emancipation 



Women's Studies Earns Ph.D. Granting Status 



continued from page 1 
project's editors are presented 
in Freedom: A Documentary 
History of Emancipation, 1861 
- 1867. A total of nine volumes 
of Freedom are planned for the 
project; four are currently in 
print and the fifth is forthconv 
ing. 

"Freedom has shaped a new 
popular understanding of eman- 
cipation in the United States," 
says Rowland. "Its manuscripts 
and interpretations have helped 
historians rewrite the history of 
the Civil War era and the 
African- American experience." 

Museum exhibits, textbooks 
and television documentaries 
have employed the documents 
and interpretations found in 
Freedom. Ken Burns, creator 
of the acclaimed PBS series, 
"The Civil War," has said that 
"reinterpreting the meaning of 



the Civil War for general audi- 
ences would not be possible 
without the pioneering schol- 
arship of the Freedom and 
Southern Society Project." 

Editors and associates of the 
project are also involved in an 
effort to revise pre^ollegiate 
curricula. Freedom has been 
used by the DeWitt 
Wallace/Woodrow Wilson 
National Fellowship 
Foundation, the College Board, 
the National Endowment for 
the Humanities and local 
school districts to improve sec- 
ondary-school teaching. 

The Freedom and Southern 
Society project is supported by 
the University of Maryland and 
by grants from the National 
Historical Publications and 
Records Commission and the 
National Endowment for the 
Humanities 



Ever since the early 1 970s 
the University of Maryland had 
been a leader in the area of 
women's studies. At its concep- 
tion, the women's studies 
department offered only three 
courses. Today, the department 
offers an undergraduate 
degree, undergraduate cer- 
tificate, a graduate certificate 
and 50 courses that span 
several departments and pro- 
grams on campus. 
Continuing with this reputa- 
tion of leadership and schol- 
arship, the University of 
Maryland's women's studies 
department will now be 
offering a Ph.D. program. 

The addition of a Ph.D. 
program marks the advance- 
ment of the field of women's 
studies, and offering such a 
program would take the uni- 
versity's program to the next 
level, says Claire Moses, profes- 
sor and department chair. Only 



six other universities in the 
United States offer a women's 
studies Ph.D. program. The 
University of Maryland will be 
the first public research institu- 
tion on the East Coast to offer 
the program and the only 



Today* the department 
offers an undergraduate 
degree, undergraduate cer- 
tificate, a graduate 
certificate and 50 courses 
that span several depart- 
ments and programs on 
campus. 



opportunity in Maryland for 
women's studies scholars 
obtain a Ph.D. 

The program will strive to 



advance research and scholar- 
ship as well as continuing lead- 
ership in the area of diversity. 
Although based in the College 
of Arts and Humanities, the pro- 
gram seeks to promote the 
importance of its inter-discipli 
nary strengths. Women's stud- 
ies is a cross-campus program 
with affiliated faculty housed 
In 25 departments from Afro- 
American Studies to Zoology. 
Graduates of the program can 
pursue further careers in 
higher learning, research, 
women's rights or media. 
The women's studies depart- 
ment at the University of 
Maryland is second-to-none, 
Moses said. In further com- 
ments, she added that the 
department has always been 
a leader in the field, and will 
continue to do so with the 
Ph.D. program. 



Callt$ ejufrts 6 s Zfumamiits 



October 5. 1999 Outlook 9 



Registration required. Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. 
www.inform . umd . edu/PT. * 

5 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 

5-7 p.m. Maryland Model United 
Nations Weekly Meeting. 0103 
Jimenez Hall. 

5-6:30 p.m. Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual 
Alliance Weekly Meeting. 1 120 
Jimenez Hall. 

5-10:30 p.m. Agape Campus Ministry 
Weekly Meeting. 01 10 Armory. 

5:30 9:30 p.m. Korean Campus 
Ministry Worship Service. 0135 
Armory, 

6-10 p.m. American Style Dance 
Classes, sponsored by Art & 
Learning Center. 2111 Stamp 
Student Union, 

6:30 p.m. CPA Review/Teaching, 
sponsored by Executive Programs. 
0I3OTydings Hall, 

7-10 p.m. "Salsa of the Roots." 
Amphitheater, Nyumburu Center. 



October 8 



8 a.m. - 3 p.m. "It Only Happens 
Once a Year," University Libraries' 
three-day Used Book Sale Campus 
Community Day with identification. 
Gymnasium, Preinkert Field House. 
Cynthia Sorrel!, 5-9125 or 
cs 1 7 1 (■ ' i m i a i I .umd . edu. 

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bone Marrow Donor 
Reg. Drive, sponsored by Lambda 
Upsilon Lambda. Tortuga Room, 
Stamp Student Union. 

Noon. Muslim Prayer Meeting. 21 1 1 
Stamp Student Union. 

Noon - 2 p.m. Weekends at Maryland 
Concert Series. Amphitheater, 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. 

7:30-9:30 p.m. School of Music: 
"Postcard from Morocco," Ulrlch 
Recital Hall. 5 5570." 

7:30*30 p.m.Shabbat Dinner fea 
turing Chinese Cuisine. Chabad 
Jewish Student Center, 7403 
Hopkins Ave. 

8 p.m.Mehregan Celebration, spon- 
sored by the Iranian Student 
Foundation. Colony Ballroom, Stamp 

Student Union, 



Calendar Guide 



Calendar phone numbers listed as 
4-wooe 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-mail Outlook® 1 
accmall. umd.edu. 



October 9 



8 a.m.- 1 p.m. VCAT Testing. 0102. 
0103, 0106, 01 17 Francis Scott Key 
Bldg. Diane Adelstein, psychometrist. 
4-7688 

8 a.m. Maryland Parliamentary Debate 
Tournament. Multiple Rooms, Jimenez 
Hall. 

8:30 a.m. Leadership Conference. 
Atrium. Art-Sociology Bldg. 

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sexual Harassment 
Training, sponsored by Human 
Relations. Maryland Room, Marie 
Mount Hall. 

1 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 materials 4133 McKeldin 
Library 5-9070. 

5 9 p.m. Materials & Nuclear 
Engineering presents the C. Raymond 
Knight Award Banquet. Atrium, Stamp 
Student Union. 

8 p.m. Social Ballroom Dance, spon- 
sored by Ballroom at Maryland. 
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student 
Union. 

8p.m. Resident Life Event: Ice Cream 
Social, Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp 
Student Union. 

8 p.m. SEE Productions presents 
comedian Jon Stewart. Ritchie 
Coliseum.'* 

8:30 p.m., "Adult Health and 
Development." 2111 Stamp Student 
Union 



October 10 



3-6 p.m. School of Music: "Postcard 
from Morocco," Uirich Recital Hall. 



October 11 



9 a.m. - 3 p.m. "Visit Maryland Day." 
Open house for prospective students 
who are high school seniors or trans- 
fer students, and their families. 
Imitation only. Stamp Student Union. 
4-8385, um-ad mlt@uga.umd . edu . 

6-8 p.m. "Navigating the WebCT 
Environment." is for students who are 
enrolled in courses at the University 
of Maryland, which have integrated 
WebCT into the class environment. In 
it students will learn to navigate 
course content, participate In bulletin 
boards and chat rooms and develop 
presentation materials in group pro- 
ject space. 4404 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www.inform.umd.edu/PT.* 



October 12 



3:30 p.m.VICTORWeb Workshop," an 
introduction to using VlCTORWeb. the 
Libraries' Web- based catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4133 
McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 

5 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 materials 4133 McKeldin 
Library 5-9070. 

6-9 p.m. "Introduction to Microsoft 
Excel ."Introduces spreadsheet basics 



of how to: enter values and text, cre- 
ate formulas, understand cell 

addressing In absolute and reladve 
modes, use pre-bullt functions, link 
between data, autosave work, cus- 
tomize printing and more. 4404 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 
5-2938, cwpost^umdS. umd.edu or 
www. inform.umd.ed u/PT. * 



October 13 



Noon. Research and Development 
Seminar Series: "Race, Culture and 
Counseling," Janet Helms, psycholo- 
gy professor. 0114 Shoemaker Bldg. 

3:30 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 periodi- 
cal articles and other materials 4133 
McKeldin Library 5-9070. 

5 p.m.VICTORWeb Workshop." an 
introduction to using VlCTORWeb. 
the Libraries' Webbased catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4133 
McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 

6:30 p.m. "Introduction to HTML," 
introduces the Hypertext Markup 
Language used to create web pages 
on the World Wide Web. Concepts 
covered include how to: Format text, 
create lists, links and anchors, 
upload pages, and add inline images. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938. 

cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www. inform . u md . ed u/PT* 

7 p.m. Writers Here & Now Series: 
MFA faculty reading by Merle Collins 
and Joyce Kornblatt. Special Events 
Room. McKeldin Library. 

7:30- 10:30 p.m. School of Music: 
"Postcard from Morocco," Uirich 
Recital Hall. M570.* 

7:30p.m. University Community 
Band. This ensemble offers both stu- 
dents and community members the 
opportunity to continue to play or 
learn new instruments. 
Performances on campus and in sur- 
rounding venues occur throughout 
the year. Emphasis is placed not only 
on top-notch performance, but also 
on camaraderie and fellowship. It is 
open to all players who are seriously 
Interested in making music. 1 102 
Tawes Bldg. 5-5542, 
mb287@umail.umd.edu or 
www, umd , ed u/bands/ 



October 14 



3:30 p.m. Lecture Series: "The 
Internet and Civil Society," Peter 
Levine and Robert Wachbroit from 
the School of Public Affairs. 1 107 Van 
Munching Hall. 

3:30 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 periodi- 
cal articles and other materials 41 33 
McKeldin Library 5-9070. 

4:30 p.m. VlCTORWeb Workshop," an 
introduction to using VlCTORWeb, 
the Libraries' Web-based catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4 133 
McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 

8 p.m. University Theatre: "Once on 
This Island," a new musical book by 
Lynn Ahrens music by Stephen 
Flaherty based upon the novel "My 
Love, My Love" by Rosa Guy. Tawes 
Bldg. 5 2201 or 
www. inforM ,umd . edu/THET/ptays. 



Daily Show Host Here 




Comedian Jon Stewart, cur- 
rent anchor for Comedy 
Central's "The Daily Show," 
comes to Ritchie Coliseum Oct. 
10. Doors open at 7:30 and 
Stewart begins his performance 
at 8 p.m, 

Stewart began hosting "The 
Daily Show" last January and the 
show's ratings are at an all-time 
high. He also has been busy 
with the movie industry, appear- 
ing most recendy in last sum- 
mer's "Big Daddy" featuring 
Adam Sandler. Later this year, 
Stewart can be seen in "Almost 

Romantic" with Janeane Garofalo and "The Adventures of Tom 
Thumb and Thumbelina" in which Stewart's voice is used. 

Tickets for Stewart's performance are $10 for students at the 
campus ticket office. Others may purchase tickets for $15 at any 
Ticket Master location. Stewart's appearance is courtesy of 
Student Entertainment Events and the Jewish Student Union. 



Jon Stewart 



School of Music Shows its Pluck 

The School of Music show- 
cases its new concert grand 
harp on Thursday, Oct 7 at 8 
p.m. for the first time Rebecca 
Smith (harp), Gerald Fischbach 
(violin) , David Salness (violin), 
Evelyn Elsing (cello), April Stace, 
Ching-Ju Cheng, Elizabeth 
Schubert, Ashley Browning and 
Anastasia Pike, among others, 
will perform in the Uirich 
Recital Hall of the Tawes Fine 
Arts Building. 

The group will play a move- 
ment of the Beethoven "Harp 
Quartet, Op. 74," Hindemith's 
"Harp Sonata," Handel's "Harp 
Concerto" and works by 
Salzedo and Dudley. 

Admission is free and the 
public is invited to attend. 
For additional information, 
call 405-5556 or e-mail to 
concerts@deans. umd.edu. 



Wonderful Woodwinds 




The University of Maryland 
Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 
under the direction of John E. 
Wakefield, presents a concert 
Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. in the 
Colony Ballroom of Stamp 
Student Union. The perfor- 
mance will highlight some of 
the special music written for 
woodwind instruments in this 
century. 

Featured artists include 
soprano Millicent Scarlett, win- 
ner of the Washington Region 
Metropolitan Opera 
Competition, and trumpeter 
Chris Gekker, member of the 



American Brass Quintet. 

The group will perform the 
"Konigsmarsch" of Richard 
Straus, "Um Mitternacht'* of 
Gustav Mahler, "Suite Francaise 
"of Francis Poulenc, Emplems 
of Aaron Copland. "George 
Washington Bridge" of William 
Schuman, "Sonata for Trumpet" 
of Kent Kennan, and 
Hammersmith of Gustav Hoist. 

Admission is free and the 
public is invited to attend. For 
additional information, call 
405-5556 or e-mail to con- 
certs@deans.umd.edu. 




10 Outlook October 5, 1999 



Diversity: It's Your Future 

October Focus on Diversity 



All Month 

September 15-Oetober 15 
National Hispanic Heritage Month Book 
Sale. The University Book Center (UBC) 
will be offering a 20 percent discount on 
all Hispanic related titles in stock (exclud- 
ing textbooks). Contact UBC. 4-7770. 

"October 5 

3-5 p.m. "Diversity and Learning -The 
Importance of Interaction with Diverse 
Peers in College." Presented by Sylvia 
Hurtado, a nationally recognized scholar 
whose work centers on understanding 
what issues impact the success of diverse 
college students. Hurtado 's presentation 
will be given during the University of 
Maryland's second Campus Week of 
Dialogue. Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp 
Student Union. Contact Jean Fleckenstein 
Reuter, 5-4622 or jreuter@accmail. 
umd.edu 

October 7 

7-10p.m."The Roots of Salsa."The origins 
of Salsa music/dance will be displayed by 
showcasing its influ- 
ences from African per- 
cussion to European 
instruments. The com- 
ing together of these 
distinct cultural worlds 
has created one of the 
most popular and fun 
dances in the world. A 
highlight will be a fea- 
tured performance by 
the Ed Ortiz Band. 
Nyumburu 
Amipitheatre (Rain 
location: Multipurpose 
Room). Call 30 1-982- 
6438 for more informa- 
tion. 




October 8 



3:30 p.m. Local 
Americanists lecture 
series. Gayle Wald, 
George Washington 
University, will speak 
about "Her 'Proper' 

Place: Race, Visibility and Domesticity in 
Pinky." *Note:The film "Pinky" will be 
available for viewing on Oct. 7, 4 p.m., 
1117 Susquehanna Hall in preparation for 
the discussion. 1119 Susquehanna Hall. 
Call Africa and the Americas, 5-7856 or the 
Department of American Studies, 5-1354. 

October 11 

National Coming Out Day. Watch the 
Diamondback for the "Out List" and 
"Allies List." Also, check out the informa- 
tion tables in front of Stamp Student 
Union. 



AT l/MCP 

MOVING 
T0WARP 

COMMUNITY 



7 p.m. "True Colors: A 
Rainbow of Minorities." 
The focus of "True Colors" 
is to gather members of 
the campus community to 
share views about being a 
member of a minority 
group through artistic 
expression. All forms of art 
with a minority theme are 
encouraged and will be 
celebrated at this event. 
Artwork will be displayed in the The Art 
Gallery from through Nov. 4. Sponsored by 
the Latino Student Union and co-spon- 
sored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and 
Transgender Alliance and Graduate 
Lambda Coalition, The Art Gallery and 
Prince George's Room, Stamp Student 
Union. Contact John Adornato, 5-1 183 or 
adornato@wam.umd.edu 

October 11 

7 p.m. "Afro-Latino Presence in U.S. Popular 
Culture. "Afro-Latino rhythms and musi- 
cians have influenced jazz, pop and world 
music. Enjoy this concert 
performance by an Afro- 
Latino band and stay for a 
panel discussion. 
Sponsored by the National 
Portrait Gallery, Hispanic 
Heritage Month Planning 
Committee, and the 
Smithsonian Office of 
Education. National Portrait 
Gallery, Great Hall. For free 
reservations, call 202-357- 
2920, est 2. 




Did you know that the 1963 march on 

Washington was organized by Bayard 

Rustln — a black, gay man? 



October 12 

4:30p.m,"Same Sex 
Couples and Public Policy." 
A round table discussion 
with Lee Badgett, Paula 
Ettelbrick, Liz Seaton and 
Hector Vargas. 106 Francis 
Scott Key Hall. Contact 
Luke Jensen, 5-8721 or 
Ije nse n@ deans, umd.edu. 
Check out www.umd.edu/ 
Igbt 



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 

October 14-16,17, 
and October 21-23 

"Once on This Island." Is true love tri- 
umphant? Witness the enduring strength 
of the human heart in this rousing 




Caribbean carnival of song and dance . . . 
and just a sprinkle of magic! Cost is $14 
standard admission; $10 senior citizens, 
students and standard groups; $7 senior 
citizen and student groups. Tawes Theatre. 
Contact Box Office, 5-2201. 

October 20 

6:30p.m. (Reception) , Prince George's 
Room, Stamp Student Union & 
Oct. 21 -22, 9:30a.m.-6: 15p.m. (Panels), 
Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural 
Center Interdisciplinary Symposium: 
"Reexamining Race and Ethnicity for the 
21st Century," The symposium consists of 
1 1 multi disciplinary panel presentations 
by campus faculty and graduate students 
engaged in scholarly research on topics 
related to Africa, the African Diaspora and 
Africans in the Americas. Free and open to 
the public. Contact the Committee on 
Africa and the Americas, 5-6835. 

October 28 

5:30-7:30p.m. "Building a Moral Society." 
Professor Elie Wiesel will discuss this topic 
as part of the College of Education, ED PA, 
Center for Education Policy and 
Leadership Continuing Colloquium Series. 
Arrangements for Wiesel made through 
the B'nai B'rith Lecture Bureau. Free 
admission by ticket only, which will be 
available prior to the event. Information 
about ticket distribution to be announced. 
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 
Contact Dr. Steven Selden, 5-3566 or 
ss22@umail.umd.edu 

*To see the full version of the October 
"Focus on Diversity" Calendar go to our 
"Student Link to the Diversity Initiative" at 
www.inform.umd.edu/Diversity/Initiative 

To place your event in November's "Focus 
on Diversity" calendar, e-mail information 
to Jamie Feehery-Simmons at jfl 56@ 
umail.umd.edu or fax 4-9992 no later than 
Oct. 18. If you have any questions, please 
call 5-2562. 

Calendar brought to you by the Diversity 
Initiative. 



Virtual Time 
Capsule 

continued from page 1 

to worry about losing the con- 
tents to weather, age or fire, as 
it will be stored as digital infor- 
mation. The data will be 
"buried" in the university com- 
puter system, to be viewed 
every five years. The site will 
change after Dec. 31 from the 
current page, with historical 
images and a submission form, 
to a countdown meter that will 
let visitors know when they 
can get a peek at the archived 
information. 

The site has received numer- 
ous responses from current and 
former students documenting 
winter sledding on dining hall 
trays, frolicking in the water 
fountain on hot afternoons, and 
kicking back at the on-campus 
bars that used to pack in stu- 
dents after class. Other 
responses have ranged from the 
provocative to the obscene. 

Dining Services Manager 
Larry Donnelly recounted a par- 
ticularly spooky story about the 
Rossborough Inn for the cap- 
sule. Several years ago, while 
renovating the Inn with other 
staff members and his wife, 
Donnelly thought he saw a 
ghost. "I'd better stop drinking 
beer at night," he remembered 
thinking. 

"A few weeks later, we heard 
a big crash come from the front 
room by the fireplace," says 
Donnelly. "The waiter came 
running out of the room, visibly 
shaken. He had seen the same 
woman I had seen earlier, down 
to the color of her outfit exact 
ly as I had seen her. I had not 
discussed seeing her before. 

"I was there in 1981 and I 
haven't been there since," says 
Donnelly. 

Linda Martin, director of 
internet communications, 
hopes more faculty and staff 
will submit their stories for a 
more complete picture of cam- 
pus. 

—DAVID ABRAMS 



October 5. 1999 




State of the 

Campus 

Address 

continued from page 1 

2,000 on or near campus); 
introducing 1 "value-add ed " 
programs like CIVICUS, the liv- 
ing-learning program created 
by the College of Behavioral 
and Social Sciences; reaching a 
full-time student graduation 
rate of more than 80 percent; 
raising $25 million for need- 
based scholarships; creating an 
incentive scholarship program, 
raising private funds for schol- 
arships directed to students in 
the state's most troubled high 
schools; and strengthening the 
university's commitment to a 
safe and welcoming campus. 

Mote called his third theme 
of building the Maryland family 
"the key to our future in many 
ways.This family, he said, con- 
sists of alumni and donors, leg- 
islators, business leaders, opin- 
ion setters, state policy makers, 
educators, employers and tax- 
payers as well as the faculty, 
students and staff. Mote said he 
wants all of these family mem- 
bers to feel pride in the 
University of Maryland, and to 
feel ownership of the Bold 
Vision* Bright Future 
Campaign, 

Mote's five-year goals for the 
Maryland family include 
increasing the number of alum- 
ni who are actively involved 
with the university by 40 per- 
cent to over 35,000; drawing 
50,000 people to the Maryland 
Day open house, the first of 
which was held last spring and 
attracted 20,000; and to double 
the number of annual donors 
to this campus, with annual 
gifts from all sources exceed- 
ing $125 million. 

"Our goals are vigorous and 
will require the qualities from 
all of us that we have used to 
characterize ourselves: hard 
working, forward-looking, 
ambitious, creative, principled, 
confident," said Mote. "We 
could not find a better team 
than ourselves to move us for- 
ward." 

To read the full text of 
President Mote's state of the 
campus address, visit the web- 
site: 

www.umd . edu /Pres/speec h- 
es/state99.html. 



New Exhibit Highlights Role of Women at Maryland 




May Day Queen is shown above with her court in the early 1920s. The May Day tradition was begun by Adele Stamp who 
served as dean of women from 1922-1960. 



The important and interesting role women have played in 
the history of the University of Maryland is the focus of a new 
exhibit currently on display in the Maryland Room on the third 
floor of McKeldin Library, 

Tided "From Domestic Arts to Astronauts," the exhibit high- 
lights the activities and achievements of a number of promi- 
nent women with ties to the university, from the matriculation 
of the first full-time coeds in 1916 to 
the present time. Women featured 
include: 

• Connie Chung, a 1968 alumna and 
freshman queen on campus who 
has made her mark in television 
news broadcasting, 

• Adele Stamp, Dean of Women at 
University of Maryland from 1922- 
60, 

• Irene Knox, a member of the 
1 932 American Olympic team who 
competed in the field of rifle shoot- 
ing; she is a member of the UM 
Athletic Hall of Fame, 

• Mary Shorb, long-time faculty 
member and discoverer of Vitamin 
B12, Elizabeth Hook, first female 
four-year University of Maryland 
graduate, in 1920, 

• Charlotte Vaux, first two-year UM 
graduate, in 1918, 

• Vicky Bullett, a 1 990 alumna and a 
member of the Charlotte Sting in 
the Women's National Basketball 
Association, 

• Mary Stallings Coleman, first 
female justice on the Michigan 
Supreme Court, an alumna and a 
member of the Alumni Hall of Fame, 

• Judith Resnick, astronaut who per- 
ished in the Challenger explosion, 
recipient of a Ph.D in Electrical 
Engineering from University of 
Maryland, 

• Elaine Johnson, first black female student to attend the univer- 
sity, in the '50s, 

• Eugenie Clark, professor emerita known as the Shark Lady for 




Irene Knox, one of the sharpshooters from the uni- 
versity's women's rifle team, went on to compete in 
the 1932 Olympics. 



her encyclopedic knowledge of sharks and 

• Henrietta Spiegel, at age 85 one of the oldest students to 

receive a bachelors degree from University of Maryland. 

The exhibit also focuses on events and issues important to 
the lives of University of Maryland women. Several images in 
the display depict the elaborate May Day ceremonies held annu- 
ally on campus from 1923 to 1961. May Day was an opportuni- 
ty for the junior class women to 
honor the seniors and featured the 
tapping of new members of the 
Mortarboard honorary society. 
Proms and other formal 
dances are represented in the exhib- 
it by a gold bracelet, cigarette case, 
cosmetic compact, beaded hand 
bags, and a variety of dance cards 
dating back to the late 1920s and 
early 30s. Issues addressed in the 
display include restrictions on 
behavior and dress style that women 
were forced to follow, increasing the 
participation of women in engi- 
neering programs, and the establish- 
ment of the present-day President's 
Commission on Women's Issues. 

The final case in the exhibit is 
devoted to the evolution of 
women's athletics on campus, from 
a gym suit of the 1920s to images of 
the five-time NCAA champion 
women's lacrosse team. Also covered 
here is the impact of Title IX, pro- 
hibiting discrimination on the basis 
of sex in education programs receiv- 
ing federal funding, on the universi 

"From Domestic Arts to 
Astronauts" will be on display 
though February 2000; it is open to 
the public Monday through Friday in 
the Maryland Room, third floor, 
McKeldin Library, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The display was pre- 
pared by graduate students Jennifer Evans and Adina Wachman 
with guidance from University Archivist Anne Turkos 405-9060. 






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Michigan, will give a presentation on 
"Diversity and Learning — The 
Importance of Interaction with Diverse 
Peers in College." A reception (all Facul- 
ty, staff, students are invited) precedes 
the town hail, from 2 to 3 p.m. in 
Prince George's Room, Stamp Student 
Union. 

These events are sponsored by the 
Office of Multi-Ethnic Student 
Education, For more information, con- 
tact Mary Cothran at 405-5617. 



Help Earthquake Victims 

In the wake of the recent earth- 
quakes that have devastated Taiwan, 
the Community Service Programs 
office is offering the following list of 
organizations accepting donations to 
help the victims: 

CCBA-Taiwan Relief Fund, Chinese 
Consolidated Benevolent Association, 
803 H St. NW Washington, DC 20001 

CCACC/Earthquake Fund, Chinese 
Culture and Community Service 
Center, PO. Box 346190, Bethesda, MD 
20827 

Taiwan Benevolent Association of 
Washington, D.C., P.O. Box 4822, 
Washington, DC 2Q008 

Tzu Chi Taiwan Earthquake Fund, 
Buddhist Compassion Relief, Tzu Chi 
Foundation, 9423 Lost Trail Way, 
Potomac, MD 20854 

For more information or suggestions 
of other organizations, contact 
Community Service Programs at 31 4- 
CARE, 1195 Stamp Student Union, 
www.umd.edu/CSP 

Struggles with Identity 

Charles TiUy, Buttenwieser Professor 
of Social Science at Columbia 
University, will present a lecture titled 
"Collective Struggles with, about and 
for Identities" Friday, Oct. 8 in Room 
2203 Art -Sociology Bldg.The lecture 
begins at 2 p.m. and is followed by a 
reception. Faculty, staff and students 
are invited. 

The lecture is the first Morris 
Rosenberg Forum, organized to honor 
the former faculty member whom 
some call one of sociology's most 
heaviry cited and authoritative schol- 
ars. For more information call the soci- 
ology department at 405-6392. 

AAUW Award Nominations 

AAUW is now accepting nomina- 
tions for two awards: Emerging Scholar 
Award for an untenured woman schol- 
ar working on women's issues (the 
honorarium is $5,000) and 
Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.for 
outstanding research, college/universi- 
ty teaching, publications and a positive 
impact on women in her profession 
and community (the honorarium is 
$1,000). 

The deadline for these awards Is 
Feb. 10, 2000. For further information, 
call Nicky Sudik at 202-728-7631 or 
sudikn@aauw.org. 

Mini-Center Studies 

The Mini-Center for Teaching 
Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and 
Society in the department of American 
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Postcard from Morocco 

The Maryland Opera Studio will open its tenth anniversary season with 
Postcard from Morocco, by Dominick Argento. The performance, directed by 
Leon Major, takes place Friday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. in Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes 
Fine Arts Building. It will feature members of the University of Maryland 
Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert McCoy. 

Premiering in October 1971 at the Cedar Village Theatre in Minneapolis, 
Postcard was Argento's first opera mounted in Europe. It remains his most 
often performed opera today. 

The set, designed by Helen Hayes nominee Dan Conway, and costumes by 
Helen Huang, will mark the first ever collaborative venture between the 
Studio and the University's department of theatre. 

Tickets are $16 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for 
students. For tickets and information, call 405-7847. Additional performances 
will be Oct. 10 at 3 p.m., and Oct. 13 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. 



series of workshops, lectures and pre- 
sentations. Its coordinator is available 
to faculty and graduate teaching assis- 
tants for consultations on the online 
aspects of their teaching. 

If you are interested in sharing your 
pedagogical experience or have an 
idea for workshops or presentations, 
please contact the mini-center. For 
schedule of events and related online 
teaching resources visit: 
otal . umd . edu/amst/mini-center/ 

Town Hall Talk 

Diversity Dialogue '99 on Tuesday, 
Oct. 5, is a town hall that will be the 
cornerstone event of University of 
Maryland's second annual Campus 
Week of Dialogue. During the town 
hall, taking place horn 3 to 5 p.m. in 
the Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp 
Student Union, students and faculty 
will be invited to share opinions and 
insights on their experiences with 
diversity on campus. 

Sylvia Hurtado, a noted college 
diversity scholar from the University of 



Hitchhiker's Harmony 

The first Distinguished Scholar- 
Teacher Lecture of the year will be 
presented by John Benedetto from the 
department of mathematics, Benedetto 
discusses "A Hitchhiker's Guide to 
Harmonic Analysis" Friday, Oct, 8, from 
4-5 p.m. in Room 1400 Marie Mount 
Hall. 

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher 
Program, sponsored by the Office of 
Academic Affairs, honors faculty mem- 
bers who have demonstrated notable 
success in both scholarship and teach- 
ing. This year's honorees are Jordan 
Goodman, Steve Graham, Linda Mabbs, 
Arthur Popper and Frederick Suppe. 

Governor's Training Conference 

The Governor's Annual Awards and 
Employee Recognition Training 
Conference will be held at the 
Baltimore Convention Center Nov. 23, 
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of this 
year's conference is "The Challenge of 
Change in the New Millennium." 



At this conference, Gov. Glendening 
will recognize State agencies and indi- 
viduals who have provided exceptional 
service. In addition, conference partici- 
pants will be given the opportunity to 
participate in various workshops and 
seminars throughout the day. 

Interested employees should register 
by Oct. 15. Additional conference infor- 
mation and registration forms are avail- 
able in the personnel department and 
may be obtained by calling 405-5651. 
The registration fee is $30 per person. 

Online Discussion 

Roxanne Hiltz and Murray Turoff, 
New Jersey Institute of Technology dis- 
cuss "Online Courses as Effective 
Learning Environments:The 
Importance of Collaborative Methods," 
Thursday, Oct. 7 in Room 2460 A.V 
Williams Building. Fellow discussants 
Include Maryam Alavi, Robert H. Smith 
School of Business, and Margaret 
Chambers, University College. 

The 3:30 p.m. lecture is part of a 
series designed to create an interdisci- 
plinary community at the University of 
Maryland focused on the Internet and 
its impact on society. Refreshments 
will be available. 

For more information about the 
Series contact Janet Sumida 
(sumida@cs.umd.edu) or Kathy 
Bumpass (kbumpass@cs.umd.edu) or 
see the 

webpage: www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/f99- 
lectures.html. 

McNair Achievement Program 

Faculty interested in nominating a 
student for the Ronald E. McNair Post 
Baccalaureate Achievement Program 
are invited to encourage their nomi- 
nees to attend one of two information 
sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 6 to be 
held in Room 31 05 J.M, Patterson 
Building. Following are the times of 
the sessions: 

Session 1 6-7 p.m. 

Session 2 7:15-8:15 p.m. 

For further information or applica- 
tion materials, call 405-4749.To con- 
firm attendance, email Wallace 
Southerland at wsouther@wam. 
umd.edu. 

Web Development Training 

The Office of Information 
Technology Web Designer and 
Developer Program (for faculty, staff 
and students) takes place Oct. 26, 27 
and 28, and Nov. 2 and 3 (five days), 
from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. each day, in Room 
4404 Computer and Space Sciences 
Building. Fee schedule, program agenda 
and registration information can be 
found at: www.aits.umd.edu/ 
WebDeveloper. 

This program is a mix of skills train- 
ing (HTML and Adobe Photoshop) , 
interactive lecture (web site planning, 
copyright and ADA issues, design tech- 
niques, usability testing) , and mentored 
workshops. It targets those in a posi- 
tion to support the web presence of 
campus departments or programs, and 
those who simply wish to enhance 
their web development skills. 

Questions about course content can 
be directed to oit- 
training@umail.umd.edu.