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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14 'Number 8 * October 19, 1999 


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Campus- Wide Input Sought 
as Current Strategic Plan 
Undergoes Review, Update 

At President Dan Mote's 
request, Senior Vice President 
and Provost Gregory Geoffrey 
and College Park Senate Chair 
William Walters have appoint- 
ed a 15-member committee of 
staff, faculty and students to 
review and update the univer- 
sity's strategic plan, "Charting a 
Path to Excellence," by the end 
of the current academic year. 

Geoffroy is chairing the 
committee, which will first 
review the existing five strate- 
gic initiatives established in 
1996 to determine if they are 
still appropriate or should be 
modified or replaced. The com- 
mittee will then be asked to 
define action steps for each 

"We are seeking input 
from everyone on 
campus to help us take 
advantage of new 


Gregory Geoffroy, Provost 

The initiatives in the 1996 
plan are: 

• Offer high-quality education 
to outstanding undergraduates. 

• Build cornerstone programs 
of excellence in graduate edu- 
cation and research. 

• Increase the university's con- 
tribution to society. 

• Encourage entrepreneurship. 

• Rationalize resource alloca- 
tion and administrative opera- 

Geoffroy stresses the com- 
mittee will not be able to do 
the job alone. 

"The success of this process 
will depend on the degree of 
involvement of the entire uni- 
versity," Geoffroy says. "We are 
seeking input from everyone on 
campus to help as take advan- 
tage of new opportunities." 

Since the last strategic plan 
was enacted, notes Geoffroy, 
the university has a new presi- 
dent, new provost and six new 
deans. "We have come a long 

way in the three and a half 
years since 'Charting a Path to 
Excellence' was published," 
Geoffroy says. "Thanks to the 
vision and dedication of those 
who developed that plan, our 
reputation is soaring, and we 
can approach the future with 
great confidence. 

"We also have a vastly differ- 
ent environment as we emerge 
from a period of very restrict- 
ed resources into a time when 
the support of state leadership 
is both wide and deep," says 
Geoffroy. "To maintain this 
momentum, we must ensure 
that we are following a strate- 
gic direction to success." 
The strategic planning 
process will include meetings 
of the committee with 
Mote, as well as the 
Senate Executive 
Committee and the 
Council of Deans, who 
will be asked in turn to 
consult with their 
department chairs. 
It will also be helpful 
to receive as much 
input as possible from 
the university commu- 
nity at this early stage, 
says Geoffroy The 
provost's office has 
established a Web site for that 
purpose, at 

www. inform .umd .edu/EdRes/ 
where visitors can review the 
outline of the existing strategic 
plan, follow links to the full 
strategic plan and other rele- 
vant documents and provide 
instant e-mail opinions via the 

By the end of the fall semes- 
ter, the committee will begin 
writing a draft plan to be pub- 
lished for public comment 
early in the spring semester. 
Geoffroy says the goal of the 
committee is to produce, by 
the end of the spring semester, 
a new document reflecting the 
vision of the university's new 
leadership as well as that of 
the university community. 

The campus community can 
also provide comments and 
suggestions about the strategic 
planning process directly to 

Continued on page 2 

Convocation 1999 

Former Pres. William E. Klrwan (2nd from left) joined Pros. Dan Mote at the convocation ceremony 
Oct. 12 to honor Ira Berlin and Millard Alexander, the first recipients of the Klrwan Undergraduate 
Education Award and the Klrwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize, respectively. The awards 
were created by Klrwan and his wife Patricia Harper Klrwan In 1998 as a gift to the university. 



University Not Bugged by Y2K 

Staff and faculty can celebrate the arrival 
of the year 2000 without worrying about 
how the dreaded Y2K problem will affect 
them, at least in the work place. 

All of the university's business systems, 
including payroll, accounts payable, the 
human resources system, the financial 
accounting system and all the student 
information and financial systems 
will work normally when the clock 
hits midnight and the new year 
begins, university officials say, 

"We're very confident there will be 
nothing of a magnitude that will have 
an impact on service delivery," says 
Butch Reinke of the Office of 
Information Technology, who has overseen 
the certification of the university's business 

President Dan Mote reported to state audi- 
tors on Sept. 30 all university systems are 
compliant with Y2K standards, having passed 
rigorous and extensive tests. 

Reinke says that doesn't mean everything 
is perfect. 

"There will be minor glitches, but nothing 
that will affect the delivery of services to the 
university community," he says."I doubt we 
have caught every possible problem, but cer- 
tainly all major problems have been corrected." 

But the vast majority of the campus com- 
munity won't even be aware of any problems 
that do arise. "We might have something go 
wrong that will take a few hours to get back 
on line," Reinke says. That will be long before 

most people return from their holiday breaks 
in January. 

Reinke predicts the university's infrastruc- 
ture, including communications, security sys- 
tems, elevators, heating and other systems 
also will operate without a hitch. 

In addition, the major entities that supply 
the university with such needs as electrical, 
telephone and financial services have certi- 
fied they also are Y2K compliant and will not 
shut down at the witching hour, Reinke says. 

The only group on campus for which con- 
fidence is less than 100 percent is a small 

Continued on page 6 

2 Outlook October 19, 1999 


"This approach in quantum computing has a great deal of poten- 
tial. It points us in the right direction. The question is whether 
superconducting devices have the properties needed to build a 
quantum computer. I think they do, and we'll be able to take this 
and build a quantum computer." — Chris Lobb, associate director 
of the university's superconductivity research center, in an Aug. 
12 UPI story about neu> designs for futuristic computers that 
will be millions of times faster tban modern computers and 
much, much smaller to boot. 

"If you have five computers for five kids, you'll find them all five 
dumped around one computer. They want shoulder-to-shoulder 
collaboration, not an individual experience." — Allison Drttin, of 
the Human Computer Interaction laboratory, in an Aug. 24 
story on "Fox On-Line" about the potential dangers of diminish- 
ing human contact as computers become more and more 
important in daily life. 
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"By extending affluence to children, by giving them computers and 
spending money,*by making them consumers and therefore mem- 
bers of the marketplace, we have given them access to an adult 
world arid an adult culture. We will have to learn to live with the 
consequences of that." — James Gilbert, professor of history, in a 
New^R£rJiurJlk , article cited is the Aug. 8 Miami Herald. 

"My! -ultimate concern is the effect on proliferation. People here 
have gone nuts. They trumpet a perception of U.S. vulnerability to 
chemical and biological weapons, whether or not that is the case, 
and they are likely to stimulate the interest of other states and 
terrorists in such weapons." — Milton Lettenberg, visiting profes- 
sor in the Center for International and Security Studies, in an 
Aug. 27 Financial Times (London) article about American over- 
reaction to the potential of bioterrorism. 

"One of the big changes that has happened in the past decade is 
that parents at every socioeconomic level feel that a quality edu- 
cation will improve a child's life chances. That's a big change in 
the culture, and the change is now shaping the debate." 
—William Galston, professor of public affairs, in an Aug. 30 
article in U.S. News and World Report about the rise in concern 
about education as an issue in America. 

"The census data has been the one consistent piece of data we 
could all use over time. Especially with trends, we had the same 
thing to compare to. When I think about them leaving [data collec- 
tion] up to the states, individuals or universities, you are going to 
have so much variation you're not going to be able to make the 
same kind of comparisons. It really is of concern to us." — Bonnie 
Braun, assistant professor in family studies, in an Aug. 31 
Washington Times article about the impact on researchers of a 
U.S. Census Bureau decision to reduce the number of households 
asked about marital status in the 2000 census. 

"There [are] questions about lying, about things as mundane as 
littering... Women are consistently more likely to say that these 
sorts of behaviors are never acceptable." — Stephen Knack, facul- 
ty research assistant in economics, during an Aug. 3 1 interview 
on ABC's "World News Tonight," in a story about whether men 
or women are tnore trustworthy. 

In fact, in Bangladesh, the garments industry, which had expand- 
ed greatly with exports due to global integration, played a signifi- 
cant role in reducing the country's poverty. And ironically, it was 
the threat of 1 " anti-globalization" sanctions from the U.S., rather 
than globalization, that harmed the children." 
— Atvind Htnagariya, professor of economics and co-director 
of the Renter for International Economics, in a letter to the 
Se/>f.^^inaricial Times of London arguing poverty rather than 
globalization is the primary cause of exploitative child labor 

MIT's Evelyn Fox Keller Leads 
Distinguished Lecturer Discussion 

Professor Evelyn Fox Keller is the next speaker 
in the Graduate School's Distinguished Lecturer 
Series. She will discuss "Theory and Practice in 
Contemporary Biology "Thursday, Oct. 28 at 
4 p.m., in Room 1407 Chemistry Building. 

Currendy professor of the history and philoso- 
phy of science at MIT, Fox 
Keller has a Ph.D. in theoreti- 
cal physics from Harvard. But 
she came to prominence with 
her biography of the belated 
Nobel Prize winner Barbara 
McCUntock, "A Feeling for the 
Organism;The life and Work of 
Barbara McClintock"(1983, 
WH. Freeman), which has now 
been translated into several 
languages. Since then, she has 
published prolifically on the 
nature of scientific thought, 
taking psychological, philo- 
sophical, historical and femi- 
nist perspectives. 

Fox Keller has worked at 
the interface of physics and biology and her cur- 
rent research is on the history and philosophy of 
developmental biology. She is working on a book 
tentatively tided "Making Sense of Lifer Models 

Evelyn Fox Keller 

and Explanation in Developmental Biology." 

The recipient of several honorary degrees and 
visiting professorships, Fox Keller also won a 
Mac Arthur Fellowship, and appears frequently on 
radio, TV and in other public domains. 

Convention requires us to cast the historical 
specificity of scientific disci- 
plines in terms of their technical 
practices or their "tool boxes," 
says Fox Keller. She will argue in 
her lecture that we need also a 
notion of an epistemological cul- 
ture in order to properly grasp 
what is distinctive about particu- 
lar sub-cultures of scientific life. 
We need to understand the par- 
ticular meaning that groups of 
scientists give to words like 
knowledge, explanation, under- 
standing and theory, says Fox 

In addition to her cam- 
pus lecture, Fox Keller will par- 
ticipate in the conference on "An 
American 20th Century", to be held Oct. 29-30, 
sponsored by the history department and the 
National Archives. 

Campus Input Sought on Strategic Plan 

continued from page I 

members of the committee. In addition to 
Geoffroy, the committee includes: 

Javaune Adams-Gaston, assistant dean, Office of 
Undergraduate Studies; Katherinc Beardsley, assis- 
tant dean, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences; 
Nariman Farvardin, professor and chair, electrical 
& computer engineering; Howard Frank, dean, 
Robert H. Smith School of Business; James Gates, 
John Toll Professor of Physics; James Harris, dean, 
College of Arts and Humanities; Maria Mcintosh, 

associate dean and professor, natural resource sci- 
ences and landscape architecture; Nan Ratner, 
associate professor and chair, hearing and speech 
sciences; Joe Siegle, graduate student, public 
affairs; Sylvia Stewart, associate vice president, 
Administrative Affairs; Richard Stimpson, assistant 
vice president, Student Affairs; Judith Torney- 
Purta, professor of human development; Mark 
Tosso, undergraduate student, Arts and 
Humanities; William Walters, professor of chem- 
istry and College Park Senate chair. 

Marking Another Milestone for Health Education 

Managed care, health promotion and disease 
prevention are concerns making more news head- 
lines today than ever before, affecting how we 
live and how the world operates. The university 
continues to make strides to meet the demands of 
the health community by offering a Master of 
Public Health degree in community health educa- 

The Master of Public Health (MPH) "program is 
a reflection of the expanding health care industry 
that demands more graduates in this field, and it 
is an important credential for public health practi- 
tioners. The university is the only public institu- 
tion to offer a MPH in community health educa- 
tion in the metropolitan area. 

"Our goal is to produce the strongest possible 
graduates who can make the best level of com- 
mitment to move the field forward," says Laura 
Wilson, professor and chair of health education. 

The program has attracted students from 
around the world and has enrolled 22 students 

for its first semester this fall. The Master of Public 
Health in community health education is 42 
semester hours of graduate work, including a 6- 
unit capstone experience, which consists of an 
internship and a MPH project. The final project 
not only enables students to apply graduate 
course work to a specific health issue, but also 
pushes them a step ahead in gaining experience 
in advanced study. 

"We want to provide quality instruction and 
field experience in the practical application of 
health education to the practice of public health. 
The public has a need and wants knowledge 
about issues that affect health and well-being," 
says Wilson. 

Community health education MPH graduates 
work to meet these needs and find career oppor- 
tunities at hospitals, health departments, public 
health agencies, health maintenance organiza- 
tions, and a host of other professions In the mar- 
ketplace of public health. 
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October 19, 1999 Outlwpk 3 

Peer-Led Senior University Offers 
Engaging Education without the Exams 

This year's Homecoming theme ts "Maryland Masquerade: Come 
Have a Ball." The celebration takes place Saturday, Oct. 30 and 
starts with a free Homecoming Festival, sponsored by the 
University of Maryland Alumni Association. 

Homecoming 1999: 

zMary/and <Masquerade 

Plenty of treats (not tricks) 
are in store for the campus 
community during the 
Homecoming celebration on 
Oct. 30. 

This year's theme is 
"Maryland Masquerade: Come 
Have a Ball," One of the activi- 
ties which continues the "spir- 
ited" theme is the University of 
Maryland Alumni Association's 
free Homecoming Festival for 
students, alumni, faculty, staff 
and friends. From 10 a.m.- 1 
p.m., the grassy picnic area 
between Lot 2 and the Tyser 
Tower entrance to Byrd 
' Stadium will be transformed 
into a fun-filled, interactive 
area for adults and children. 
The Homecoming Festival will 

* Maryland Monster Mash, a 
costume contest with prizes 
awarded to the Most Terrifying 
Terrapin, Most Creative and 
Best Display of Terrapin Spirit; 

• live music from a local 

• karaoke; 

• face painters, clowns and 
a fortune teller; 

• free food and beverages; 

• visits byTestudo, the 
Maryland Cheerleaders and the 
Maryland Marching Band; and 

• a tailgate competition in 
Lot 1 and 2 with prizes award- 
ed for Best Display of Terrapin 
Spirit, Most Terrifying Tailgate 
and Best Original Theme. 

Festival-goers are encour- 
aged to don their most outra- 
geous costumes and decorate 
their vehicles. Grand prize win- 
ners of the tailgate and cos- 
tume contests take home four 
floor-seat tickets to the 
Maryland vs. Kentucky men's 
basketball game. 

Then at 1 p.m., get ready for 
some great football action 
when the Terps take on the 
Duke Blue Devils in Byrd 
Stadium. To purchase football 
tickets, call 800-462-TERP or 

There is another thriving academic communi- 
ty just around the corner from campus. Univer- 
sity of Maryland Senior University, now in its 
second year, is providing continuing education 
for adults who are aged 50 and older. 

Under the auspices of the University of 
Maryland Center on Aging and the Office of 
Continuing and Extended Education, Senior 
University is peer led. Members engage in learn- 
ing and teaching in seminars covering a wide 
range of topics and interests. 

Senior University is affiliated with Elder- 
hostel, Inc., a non-profit association of approx- 
imately 300 similar institutes of learning locat- 
ed at colleges and universities throughout the 
United States that sends approximately 
175,000 seniors around the world on educa- 
tional adventures every year. Senior University 
participants praise the fellowship, activity, 
learning and fun of the program. 

Senior University does not require formal 
degrees and does not administer exams or 
term papers. It is a friendly environment in 
which senior citizens can meet new people, 
stay apprised of current events and utilize 
campus resources. "You come, you meet a lot 
of new people," says Charlotte Hart man. a 
Senior University member. "You ta|k about 
whatever you want." 

"1 have my master's from Maryland, and I 
wanted to be involved again, but Ij didn't want 
to deal with the expense or demands of 
enrolling," says member Joyce Meucci. 

The seminars at Senior University touch on 
every area of education. Members *can partici- 
pate in "study groups" on writing, politics, 
health, foreign languages, genealogy, literature, 
computers and gardening, to name a few. 

Ed Bersbach, self-confessed "political junkie," 
particularly enjoyed a recent discussion about 
the upcoming presidential electlop. In a study 
group on "what's hot," he listened intently as 
Eileen Kyle, a former high school teacher, and 
Joseph Sullivan, former specialist ip Asian affairs 
with the U.S. Information Agency and senior edi- 
tor of the Voice of America, led the discussion. 

Like other Senior University members, 
Bersbach appreciates that everyone is knowl- 
edgeable and has the same coninujtment to life- 
long learning. "Part of it is structured, and part is 
unstructured," says Bersbach. This Combination 
of elements leads to a balanced learning envi- 

Guest instructors come from campus as well, 
and Senior University encourages faculty and 
staff to participate. One study group, "Riches 
Revealed," is conducted by University Libraries 
curators, and another study group was devel- 
oped by service learning students from the 
department of health education. 

Outside of such serious topics as politics and 
genealogy, Senior University members also do 

Senior University does 

not require formal degrees and 

does not administer exams or 

term papers. It is a friendly 

environment in which senior 

citizens can meet new people, 

stay apprised of current 

events and utilize 

campus resources, 

things for sheer pleasure. At lurichtimc, dubbed 
"Brown Bag Cafe," they have more' time for 
socializing about less scholarly things. 
Occasionally, they have scheduled walks around 
campus. And there are tours of gardens and 
museums, arts events, restaurant outings, classic 
movies and social gatherings. 

Upcoming eventsmciudta 'toiir bf''tne ' 
National Archives and the Corcoran Art Gallery. 
In December, members can enjoy the second 
part of the Jessica Tandy movie festival and cele- 
brate the holiday season at the annual holiday 

There are about 1 50 members of University 
of Maryland Senior University, according to coor- 
dinator Sharon Simson, and 25 study groups. A 
$200 fee covers fall, winter, spring and summer 
enrollment. Membership privileges include 
access to university libraries and shuttle buses. 
Senior University members also receive dis- 
counts on campus athletic events, the Campus 
Recreation Center and university performing 
arts events. 


Senior University members Charlotte Hartman, Joyce Meucci and Charlie Campbell take a break 
from their seminars to socialize at the university's "Brown Bag Cafe." 

* Outlook October 19, 1999 




Your Guide to University Events 
October 19-28 

October 19 

4 p.m. Physics Colloquium: "Far-out 
Surface Science: Role of Surface 
Phenomena in the Formation of 
Tenuous Planetary Atmospheres,'' 
Theodore Madcy, Rutgers University. 
1410 Physics BIdg. 

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, 

5:30 p.m. Faculty, Graduate Student 
and Staff Basketball, Preinkert Gym, 

8 p.m. School of Music presents the 
Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Chris 
Gekker, trumpet and John Wakefield, 
conductor. Colony Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union. 

October 20 

MOCB Fall 1999 Seminar Series: The 
Control and Execution of Apoptosis 
During Drosophila Development," 
Krisfifr White. Massachusetts 
General Hospital. 1208 Biology - 
Psychology BIdg, 5^422 or 

2 p.m. "Stabilization by the Method 
on Controlled Lagrangians," Anthony 
Blochl University of Michigan. 2460 
A. V. Williams BIdg, www, 
/Labs/ISL/e vents, html . 

2:30 p.m. VICTORWeb Workshop," 
an introduction to using 
VICTORWeb, the Libraries' Web- 
based catalog and online periodical 
databases. 4133 McKeldin Library. 

4 p.m. Astronomy Colloquia: 
'" Mapping the Accretion Structure in 
'Seyfert Galaxies.' Kim Weaver, 
Goddard Space Flight Center. 2400 
Computer and Space Sciences BIdg. 

7:30p.m. University Community 
Bahd.This ensemble offcrs both stu- 
dents and community members the 
opportunity to cumin tie to play or 
learn new. instruments. Perfor- 
mances 6tt campus and in surround^ 
ihg venues occur throughout the 
year. Emphasis is placed not only on 
lop-notch performance, but also on 
camaraderie and fellowship. It is 
open to all players who are serious- 
ly interested In making music. 1 102 
TawesBldg. 5-5542, mb287@umail. or 

October 21 

7:30-9:30 a.m. Dingman Center for 
Entrepreneurship:" Profiling from 
Intellectual Property: How to 
Protect and license your 
Entrepreneurial Ideas and 
Inventions," Andrew Sherman of 
Katten Muchin St Zavis. Renaissance 
Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, 403- 

3:30p.m. "Evaluating a Consumer 
Health Website's Interface: Heuristic 
Evaluation and Usability Testing," 
Keigh Cogdill, College of Library and 
Information Services and James 
Reggia, computer science depart- 
ment. 2460 A.V Williams BIdg. 

4 p.m. Committee of the History 
and Philosophy of Science 
Colloquium Series: "Revisiting the 
Great Experiment: Western 
Intellectuals and the Soviet Union 
for Cultural Ties Abroad," Michael 
David Fox, history department. 1 1 I" 7 
Francis Scott Key BIdg. 

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 
BIdg. 5-2201 or www.inforM.umd. 

October 22 

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. "Visit Maryland Day" an 
open house for prospective students 
who are high school seniors or trans- 
fer students, and their families. 
Invitation only. Stamp Student Union. 
4-8385 or 

11 a.m. VICTORWeb Workshop," an 
introduction to using VICTORWeb, 
the Libraries' Web-based catalog and 
online periodical databases. 4133 
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 
BIdg. 5-2201. or 
www. inibrM . umd .edu/THET/plays. 

Hidden Truths: Bloody Sunday 1972 

October 23 

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 
BIdg. 5-220J or www.inforM.umd. 

The University of Maryland Art 
Gallery presents "Hidden Truths: Bloody 
Sunday 1972" in the Art/Sociology 
Building from Oct. 28 through Dec. 18. 
The exhibition will showcase pho- 
tographs, painted portrait-banners, per- 
sonal possessions and audio and video 
documentation from Bloody Sunday, 
when 14 civil rights marchers were 
killed by British Troops in Deny, 
Ireland, on Jan. 30, 1972. 

Curated byTrisha Ziff of Mexico City, the exhi- 
bition will open Oct. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 
p.m. with a panel discussion titled "Bloody 
Sunday Revealed: Unmasking Misinfbrrnation 
Towards a Truth." Speakers will include 
Elaine Rrotherton, Don Mullan, Phillip 
Brookman, Peter Pringle and Harry Mattison. 

Boots worn by Patrick Doherty who was murdered on 
Bloody Sunday. Photographed by Jarlath Kearney, 1997 

<£//i*' ,aw °'> v 

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Art Gallery is 
wheelchair accessible, and translation for the hearing impaired can be provided with 
advance notice. For more information call 405-2763 or visit the Art Gallery Website at 

October 24 

1-4 p.m. "Introduction to Microsoft 
Fjtcel," introduces spreadsheet 
basics of how to: enter values and 
text, create formulas, understand 
cell addressing in absolute and rela- 
tive modes, use pre-bullt functions, 
link between data, ilLttosave work, 
customize printing and more, 4440 
Computer & Space Sciences BIdg. 
5-2938 or 

4 p.m. School of Music, "I Hear 
America Singing," University of 
Maryland Chorale, Phillip Collister, 
conductor. Ulrich Recital Hall. 

October 26 

4 p.m. Physics Colloquium: "Strings 
and Geometry,' 1 Cumrun Vafa, 
Harvard LIni versify. 1410 Physics 

October 27 

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. College of Library and 
Information Services Professional 
Development Workshop: "Leadership 
and Management of Archives, 
Records and Information 
Management Programs."The seminar 
analyzes the issues and problems 
faced by archives, records manage- 
ment and related programs, plus dis- 
cuss the roles leaders and managers 
of these programs can play to 
address these needs. Registration 
required. 5-2057 or * 

Noon. Research & Development 
Meeting: "Student Trends on Campus," 
Mara Gotfried, editor, The 
FMamondback.Ql 14 Counseling 
Center, Shoemaker BIdg. 

October 28 

3:30 p.m. Meteorology Seminar: 
"Seasonal Predictions with 
NASA/GEOS-2 General Circulation 
Model," Siegfried Schubert, data 
assimilation office, NASA Goddard 
Space Flight Center. 2400 Computer 
and Space Sciences BIdg. 

4 p.m. Distinguished Lecturer Series: 
"Theory and Practice in 
Contemporary Biology," Evelyn Fox 
Keller, MIT, 1407 Chemistry Lecture 

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prefix 314- or 405. Events are 
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October 19, 1999 Outleok 5 


Play's the Thing 

Women's Golf Added to 
Varsity Sports Roster 

The PlayStation GameMobile rolled onto campus Oct. 13, stopping to spend the day In front of 
Cole Field House. This traveling arcade gave Maryland students a chance to try new PlayStation 
games for free on any of the 15 Interactive stations Inside. Students also had the chance of win- 
ning different prizes, including hats, keychalns, demo discs and t-shtrts. 

Alumni Awards Nominations 

The University of Maryland Alumni 
Association is currently seeking nominations for 
its major awards. These awards offer a signifi- 
cant way to recognize the accomplishments of 
alumni, and thank them for their contributions 
to the Alumni Association, the university, as well 
as national and international communities. 
Award recipients are selected using the criteria 
below, by the Awards and Recognition 
Committee of the Alumni Association Board of 

l.The President's Distinguished Alumnus 
Award is presented annually to an alumna/us of 
the university who has achieved national recog- 
nition for excellence in his/ her profession or 
field of endeavor. 

2. The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is 
presented annually to a recent alumna/us of the 
university — up to ten years out — who has dis- 
tinguished himself/herself both personally and 

3. The Interna tional Alumnus Award is pre- 
sented annually to an alumna/us of the universi- 
ty who has achieved international recognition 
for excellence in his/her profession or field of 

4.The Abram Z. Gottwals Award is presented 

annually to an alumna/us who has provided ser- 
vice and promoted the welfare of the university 
and the Alumni Association over a period of 

5. The Ralph J.Tyser Medallion is presented 
annually to an alumna/us who has provided 
unique and significant service to the university. 

6. Honorary Membership is presented annual- 
ly to a non-graduate who has provided outstand- 
ing service to the university and the Alumni 
Association over a period of years. 

Nominations must include the nominee's and 
nominator's name, address, home and work 
phone, e-mail and class year, along with the 
nominator's statement or resume for the nomi- 
nee. Nominations should be submitted by Nov. 1 
to Deirdrc Baglcy at e-mail: dbagley@wam.umd. 
edu; fax: 314-9952; or mail: Director of Training 
and Development, University of Maryland 
Alumni Association, 3127 Lee Building, College 
Park MD 20742. Nominations can be made by 
visiting the Web site at: www.inform.umd. 
edu/alumhi/ Alu mni Programs/nomina t i on . html. 

The Terps are one team 
stronger in the quest for great 
sports programs at the 
University of Maryland. The 
first-ever women's golf team is 
hard at work in its first season 
on campus and has already 
competed in several tourna- 
ments. The addition of the 
women's golf program makes 
25 total varsity teams for 
Maryland, 13 of those for 
women athletes. 

Established in 1998,the 
team consists of eight women, 
two juniors and six freshmen. 

Women's golf is a year- 
round sport beginning on the 
first day of classes in the fall 
semester and ending in late 
October. Similarly, in the 
spring, the season begins the 
first day of classes and ends in 
April. Practice for the team 
takes place at 2 p.m. every day 
on the University of Maryland 
Golf Course and also includes 
workouts twice a week. 

The team has held up well 

in competition this fall coasid- 
ering the age, strength arid 
experience of its members, 
compared to more mature 
teams. "Our women's programs 
are second to none," says head 
coach Jason Rodenhaver, mak- 
ing reference to Maryland's 
women's lacrosse and field 
hockey teams. "We want to 

Rodenhaver was chosen in 
November 1998 to lead the 
women's golf team. He is the 
former assistant coach of the 
men's golf team and an assis- 
tant golf professional at the 
University of Maryland Golf 

The team hopes to continue 
making improvements. With 
the full backing of the athletic 
department and an enthusias- 
tic team, Rodenhaver predicts 
the team will soon be national- 
ly ranked. 


The women's golf team takes practice every day at the 
University of Maryland Golf Course. Pictured above Is team mem- 
ber Erin Ctasper perfecting her golf swing on the driving range. 

- .C-*-< * < • 

6 Outlook October 19, 1999 

State Legislative Candidates Favor Campaign Finance Reform 

As the debate over campaign reform heats up in 
Congress, a new survey of recent state legislative can- 
didates finds strong support for changing the way the 
current political system works with most favoring full 
disclosure of ail campaign finances, as well as free 
media time and free postage for candidates. 

The views of these state candidates have powerful 
implications for the federal debate as the states have 
long been viewed as laboratories for reform. 
Additionally, many future members of Congress will 
likely be drawn from the ranks of the legislative candi- 
dates polled in this study. 

The survey report released earlier this month, "State 
Legislative Candidates Support Campaign Reform," 
shows nearly 70 percent of 364 recent candidates sup- 
port full and instant disclosure of all campaign 
finances. Strong support for this reform held up 
among incumbents, challengers, open-seat candidates, 
winners and losers, Democrats and Republicans, and 
candidates who hold differing views on the impact of 
money on election results. 

The survey, conducted by the university and 
Campaigns and Elections magazine, also found two- 
thirds favor giving candidates free media time or free 
postage. Consensus beyond these points was harder to 
find, but the candidates showed significant support for 
limiting interest group activity and providing public 
funding for campaigns. They were sharply divided over 
lowering, raising or eliminating campaign contribution 
limits. Paul Hermson, professor of government and 

politics and one of the study's directors, notes while 
Congress continues to struggle with the reform issue, 
this survey indicates the prospects for change seem 
much brighter at the state level. 

"The time is ripe for changing the way campaigns 
are waged," says Hermson. "Sixty percent of all state 
legislative candidates are dissatisfied with the current 
system and believe change is necessary." 

Democrats, challengers, open-seat candidates and 
those who lost their election all strongly support 
enacting some sort of campaign finance reform. 
Approximately half of all Republicans, incumbents and 
election winners also favor changing the system. 

The changes they favor do not all center on money. 
More than 80 percent of those surveyed favor holding 
more candidate debates, a change that does not 
require legislative action. "These findings should 
empower civic groups such as the League of Women 
Voters and Chambers of Commerce to sponsor more 
of these events," says Hermson. 

Ron Faucheux, editor-in-chief of Campaigns and 
Elections magazine, concurs, stating: "Regardless of the 
ultimate fate of legislative reform and changes, there 
seems to be a consensus among recent legislative can- 
didates that higher standards of campaign conduct are 
necessary. This survey provides a benchmark as to 
how candidates themselves view the propriety and 
acceptability of campaign conduct, which is the first 
step toward elevating it." 

The candidates also support some voting law 

reforms. Large majorities of all groups of candidates 
favor making it easier for voters to use absentee bal- 
lots. A majority favor enacting multi-day or early ballot- 
ing provisions. Support for voting by mail or election 
day registration is significantly lower. 

The survey also probed variations in the level of 
support for reform among different categories of can- 
didates. Incumbency, election outcome, perceptions of 
the importance of money in campaigns and party affil- 
iation all have a statistically significant impact on can- 
didate satisfaction with the campaign finance system 
and their preferences for reform. 

The survey found losers somewhat more likely to 
favor full and instant disclosure of campaign finances 
than winners, though almost two-thirds of winners are 
supportive of this change. The most partisan results 
were registered on the issue of public funding for 
campaigns. Sixty-one percent of Democrats believe 
this would be an effective means of improving cam- 
paigns compared to 26 percent of Republicans. 

The nationwide telephone survey of candidates for 
state legislative candidates was conducted in June 
1999 and was funded with a grant from the Pew 
Charitable Trusts. The survey was based on a represen- 
tative sample of candidates who ran for the state legis- 
lature between 1996 and 1998. More information 
about the study is available at: 
gvpt/hermson/outreach . html 

Faculty and Friends Celebrate 
4-H Centers 10th Anniversary 

Nearly 200 friends of 4-H recently celebrated the 10th 
anniversary of the university's Maryland State 4-H Center and 
more than 90 years of 4rH programming in the state. They gath- 
ere'd outside the center, ; bn the corner of Metzerott Road and 
Greenmead Drive, Oct. 9 to view 4-H exhibits and displays 
from around the state, enjoy a dessert buffet, and listen to 
speakers reminisce about the organization's past and enthuse 
about its future. 

Maryland 4-H is part of Maryland Cooperative Extension, 
Which* is", In turn, part of tht College df Agriculture and Natural 
Resources (AGNR).Youth programs are developed, facilitated 
and conducted by AGNR 4-H faculty both at the center and at 
extension offices in every county and the city of Baltimore 
with the help of nearly 4,000 trained adult and teen volun- 
teers. Thanks to their efforts, 4-H reaches nearly 45,000 
Maryland young people between the ages of 5 and 18. 
Several faculty, volunteers and 4-H members were on hand for 
the celebration. They were joined by numerous other 4-H sup- 
porters and enthusiasts, including USM Chancellor Donald 
Langenberg; James Moxley Jr., president, Security Development 
Corporation; Edward Downey, CEO, Downey Communications; 
and Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Henry Virts. 

"We have a lot to celebrate — all that 4-H has been, all that 
4-H is, and all that 4-H is yet to be," Virts told the crowd. 
Success is a result not of lighting a fire under someone, but of 
kindling a fire within," Virts added. "Maryland 4-H kindles fires 
within young people." 

Langenberg expressed his appreciation of 4-H and described 
it as an example of the unique and important role volunteers 
play in American society. AGNR Dean Thomas Fretz emphasized 
that 4-H is a key element of the university's mandate of land- 
grant service to the state. 

Even in the midst of the celebration, there was a reminder 
that the job of 4-H is far from done. Reflecting on tbe national 
4-H motto— "to make the best better" — Maryland state 4-H 
Leader Richard Byrne said he would tike to see Maryland 4-H 
make the rest better" by reaching all Maryland youth through- 
out the state. 

who would like to renew your tie: 

If you are a former 4-H'er who would like to renew your ties or 

are Just interested in how you can support the Maryland 

4-H program, call the Maryland 441 Center at 403-4248 or 

check out the Maryland 4-H Website at: 

University Not Bugged by Y2K 

continued from page I 

number of researchers who have not yet certified 
their own computers as Y2K compliant, accord- 
ing to Ann Prentice, dean of the College of 
Library and Information Science. Prentice is the 
university's chief Y2K compliance officer. 

"Ninety-five percent of our principal investiga- 
tors have told me their systems will work on Jan. 
1 ," Prentice says. The other five percent are stand- 
alone work stations that could lose data or suffer 
other kinds of failures 
on New Year's Day if 
they are not compli- 

The Y2K problem 
has worried many 
people for the last 
several years, and bil- 
lions of dollars have 
been spent worldwide 
in efforts to prevent 
foul-ups from occur- 
ring on Jan. l.The 
problem arises from 
the way dates were 
entered in most older 
computer systems, 
many of which are 
still functioning. 

Rather than use 
four digits to record a 
date like 1995, for 
example, many com- 
puter programs simply 
recorded the last two 
digits, and the com- 
puters automatically put the "19" in front. But 
that could mean when some older systems roll 
over to the year 2000, those older systems will 
record the date as 1 900. 

Predictions of the potential effects of that 
error range from power outages and transporta- 

The only group on campus 
for which confidence is less 
than 100 percent is a small 
number of researchers who 
have not yet certified their 
own computers as Y2K com- 

Ann Prentice, 
chief Y2K officer for the university 

tion system failure to the collapse of financial sys- 

The university has addressed the Y2K problem 
in two ways. Some systems were made compliant 
by simply programming them to accept four-digit 
years. Others were fixed by "windowing," so 
when two-digit dates from 00 to 50 are entered, 
the system will put "20" in front of them. 

Retake says most experts in the United States 
believe the year 2000 will not have a major 
impact on systems within the U.S., but he says 
the university has been 
well ahead of the situa- 
tion for several years. 
When the university 
changed platforms from 
HP to IBM in the late 
1980s, the people who 
managed the university's 
data-bases ensured the 
Y2K problem was 
brought under control at 
that time. 
"That solved all the stu- 
dent information prob- 
lems right then," Retake 
says."Student informa- 
tion systems are among 
the most complex in the 
In spite of the high 
degree of confidence in 
the university's readi- 
ness, a team of officials 
will stay on campus 
New Year's Eve to moni- 
tor the various computer 
systems for which they are responsible and to 
monitor off-campus systems whose failure could 
affect university operations. Outlook will report 
on those efforts later in the fall semester. 

October 19, 1999 

'...-n . - : 

Orientation Office 

If you have ever wondered how 
incoming students become full-fledged 
Terps, look no further than the hard- 
working staff at the Orientation Office. 
Temporarily housed in Holzapfel Hall, 
this office does much more than 
answer questions and give tours to 

With a staff composed of administra- 
tors and graduate and undergraduate 
students, the mission of the Orientation 
Office is to ease the transition of all 
new students into the University of 
Maryland campus community, says 
Gerry Strumpf, director of orientation. 

During the summer, when most of 
the campus is taking a break, the 
Orientation Office is hard at work with 
two-day freshman orientation pro- 
grams, one-day transfer student pro- 
grams and weekly programs for parents 
and family members. During these pro- 
grams, the students get their first taste 
of life at Maryland. They are introduced 
to many campus groups, including 
Campus Parking, Resident Life and 
Dining Services. They also meet faculty 
in their specific college and register for 

"Summer programs are where the 

basic needs of all new students 
are met," says Strumpf. Approxi- 
mately 2500 parents and family 
members also attend the orien- 
tation programs, and the office 
strives to ensure all families will 
feel comfortable when their stu- 
dent comes to Maryland in the 

When the summer ends, the 
real transition to college begins for new 
students, and the Orientation Office 
continues helping them adjust. One 
example is the locator service, made 
available to all students during the first 
two days of classes. This service con- 
sists of several staffed booths, located 
across campus, where new students are 
given directions or help finding their 
classes. Many campus personnel, includ- 
ing President Dan Mote, worked this 
year to help students find their way. 

Another way the Orientation Office 
lives up to its mission is through EDCP 
108-O,The Student in the University, a 
class offered to incoming freshmen 
every fall. The class was first offered in 
1986 as a way for students to discuss 
the issues related to college transitions 
with their peers and help them 

Orientation advisers, like the one pictured above leading a tour, often tell Incoming fresh- 
men about the history of Testudo during their tour of campus. 

become acclimated to campus. 

Strumpf and Bill Higgins, then the 
retention coordinator, devised the plan 
for the EDCP 108-O and offered five 
one-credit sections the first year.Tbday, 
more than 90 sections of the class are 
offered to first-year students every year. 
A recent addition to this concept is 
UNTV 101 , a two-credit class based on 
the philosophy of EDCP, which teaches 
students vital computer and technology 

One of the strongest assets of the 
Orientation Office is its student 
employees. Whether acting as summer 
orientation advisers, office personnel or 
teaching assistants in EDCP and UNTV, 
the student staff is at the center of the 
office's success, says Strumpf. The stu- 
dent staff members often make a 

unique connection with the incoming 
students by providing a realistic per- 
spective stemming from their own per- 
sonal experiences. "They represent the 
kind of people the incoming students 
want to be," Strumpf says. 

The Orientation Office works with 
nearly every other office on campus, 
serving as a link between the new stu- 
dents and the faculty, the administra- 
tion, Resident life and many others. 
With new programs and opportunities 
each year, the office strives to make 
adjusting to Maryland even easier. 

"I have the best job on campus," says 
Strumpf enthu5iasticajh^rj^stamig r the ** 
mission of the office."! get to connect 
students to the campus community." 


Taishoff Collection Added to Broadcasting Library's Holdings 

The papers of the late Sol 
Taishoff, one of broadcasting's . . 
most influential voices, are now in 
the Pioneers Library of American ' 
Broadcasting (LAB) in Hornbake 
Library thanks to the generosity of 
family members. Second only to 
the Arthur Godfrey Collection at 
LAB, this newest collection promis- 
es to be a boon to media scholars. 

From his unique position as co- 
founder and editor of 
Broadcasting magazine, Taishoff 
was involved in every facet of the 
industry. His personal relationships 
with both lawmakers and execu- 
tives are documented in the collec- 
tion through extensive correspon- 
dence. .Although as vociferous a 
supporter of commercial broad- 
casting as he was an opponent of 
federal regulation, Taishoff never- 
theless befriended Federal 
Communications Commission 
heads as well as politicians from 
both political parties.. ... 

To mark the official opening of 
the Taishoff Collection, a special 
ceremony was held at the LAB 

presided over by Dean of Libraries 
Charles Lowry and including 
Lawrence (Larry) Taishoff, a former 
publisher of Broadcasting and son 
of the magazine's founder; Ward 
Quaal.a family friend and a board 
member of the Broadcast Pioneers 
Educational Fund (BPEF); and 
Ramsey Woodworm, BPEF Board 
President. Eowry presented Larry 
Taishoff with a bound copy of the 
guide to his father's papers. 

As editor-in-chief of 
Broadcasting for 5 1 years, Sol 
Taishoff guided the magazine from 
its 1931 beginnings, when radio 
was barely out of its infancy, 
through decades which saw its 
spectacular growth. In the mid- 
1940s he reported on the early 
development of television, in the 
1960s on the development of 
cable television, and a decade later 
on satellite distribution. So uncan- 
nily prophetic was Broadcasting, 
.thaiat the time c-f. Sol Taishoff 's 
death in 1982, the magazine was 
already referring to the "new infor- 
mation age." 

Sol Taishoff, editor-in-chief of Broadcasting magazine, befriended many of Washington's 
power elite, including President Jimmy Carter, pictured with Taishoff above. 

8 Outlook October 19, 1999 

An American Twentieth Century 

A two-day conference, "An American 
Twentieth Century" takes place 9 a.m. 
to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 at the 
University College Inn and Conference 
Center, with an evening round table 
from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The conference 
continues Saturday, Oct. 30 at the 
National Archives n, from 8:45 a.m. to 
5 p.m. 

This conference features lectures 
and discussions by 17 historians and 
other scholars in an assessment of the 
role of the United States in the 20th 

For more information, please con- 
tact James Gilbert at 405-4308 or or access the 
complete program at www.inform. Click on 
the "news and announcements" button 
and then click on the "20th Century 
Conference" line. 

MAC to Millennium 

Want to know more about the his- 
tory of Testudo? Can you name five 
famous alumni of the University of 
Maryland? And who was Adele Stamp, 
for whom the Union was named? 

The answers to these and many 
other questions about campus reside 
in "University of Maryland A to Z: MAC 
to Millennium," a new online publica- 
tion mounted by the University 
Archives staff. This document, a compi- 
lation of interesting, fun and useful 
facts about the campus, illustrated 
with more than 50 images, can be 
found at 

For more information about this 
publication or the University Archives 
contact University Archivist Anne 
Turkos at 405-9060 or 

Native Tongue Talk 

The Maryland English Institute pro- 
vides full- and part-time English lan- 
guage instruction to international stu- 
dents on campus. One of the classes 
offered, English Pronunciation, is 
required of some international teach- 
ing assistants before they can teach 
classes, labs or recitation sections. 

This semester, the English 
Pronunciation instructor has assigned 
an interview project. The goal of this 
assignment is to provide students posi- 
tive experiences interacting with facul- 
ty or staff members who are native 
speakers of English. 

Volunteers are still needed to par- 
ticipate in the project. Volunteers will 
be interviewed one time by one stu- 
dent, sometime between Oct. 18 and 

Nov. 22, at your convenience. 
Interviews last 15-20 minutes. 

If you would tike to volunteer for 
the interview project, contact the 
instructor, Nina Liakos, by e-mail, 
NL5@umail or by phone, 405-0461 . 

Those Good Citations 

The Libraries welcome faculty and 
graduate students to a free demonstra- 
tion and hands-on workshop of the 
multidisciplinary database "Social 
Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)" on the 
Web. The session takes place 
Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 
noon, in Room 4135 McKeldin Library. 

SSCI allows searching for articles by 
subject, author and journal, and 
includes the cited reference list of an 
article and articles that cite an author 
or work. Participants will learn the 
skills needed to perform easy and full 
searches in SSCI. A discussion of cau- 
tionary considerations for using cited 
reference information is included. 

Advance registration is required by 
completing the registration form at: 
www. lib . umd . edu/UMCPA' ES/semi- 
nar-f.html. Other Fall 399 Electronic 
Resource Seminars are listed at: 

Management for the 21st 

The Instructional Television System 
is sponsoring a short course, "Manage- 
ment for the 21st Century: From Task 
Efficiency to Supply Chain Effective- 
ness," with Roy Schuyler of the 
Dupont Corporation. His talk takes 
place Friday, Oct. 29, from 1 1 a.m. to 
5 p.m. in the ITV Building (Building 
045 on Campus Map). 

In this course, Schuyler discusses 
changes taking place in today's busi- 
ness environment, including leader- 
ship values, the difference between 
efficiency and effectiveness, use of 
data systems to support supply chain 
functions and continuous improve- 
ment models. 

The cost of this program is $95 for 
USM faculty, staff and students. Conti- 
nental breakfast and lunch will be pro- 
vided for participants. 

For more information and to regis- 
ter, contact rrV's Professional Develop- 
ment Office at 405-491 1 or 

Gene-Exercise Research 

Sedentary male and post- 
menopausal female volunteers in good 
general health between the ages of 50 
and 70 years are needed to participate 
in a supervised exercise training study 

examining the effects of genetics on 
exercise training-induced improve- 
ments in blood cholesterol levels. 
Recruitment of volunteers continues 
through December 1999, Monday 
through Friday, 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m., in 
Room 2237 Health and Human 
Performance Building. Short telephone 
screening can determine eligibility. 

For more information, contact Dana 
Phares, study coordinator, at 405-2571, 

Updated Campus Maps are Here 

The popular and colorful ll"x 17* 
campus maps have been updated and 
are available at Visitor Services at a 
cost of $11 for a pad of 100 maps. You 
may order them in one of two ways: 

• Mail an Internal Services Request 
form to Visitor Services, 1 101 
Memorial Chapel, for $ 1 1 times the 
number of pads you want. The pads 
will be mailed to you. Allow five days 
for the process. 

* Take an Internal Services Request 
form to 1 101 Memorial Chapel, com- 
pleted in the same manner and receive 
the pad(s) on the spot. However, call 
first (314-9866) to make sure there are 
enough pads in stock to satisfy your 

Questions? Call Nick Kovalakides, 
Campus Visitor Advocate, at 314-9866. 

Teaching Theaters Proposals 

Proposals for use of the Teaching 
Theaters, both full-semester and par- 
tial-semester, for the Fall 2000 semes- 
ter are currently being accepted. 
Proposals are due by midnight, Nov. 5. 

For more information, contact Chris 
Higgins at 405-5190 or chiggins® or visit the web page 
at www.inform. 

Computer Skills Training 

The Office of Information Technol- 
ogy is offering faculty and staff com- 
puter training in "Introduction to 
Microsoft Word,"Wednesday, Oct. 27, 
from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Participants with 
basic knowledge of the Windows oper- 
ating system will learn to create, edit, 
format and save documents. 

There is a fee of $75 for training 
and course materials. Seating is limited 
and web-based preregistration at is 

Questions about course content 
can be directed to oit-training@umail. Questions about registration 
can be directed to the OIT Library at 

Registrations will be processed in 
the order in which they are received 
and confirmation notices will be sent 
within 72 hours of receipt of the elec- 
tronic registration form. 

Electronic Workplace Readiness 

The Division of Administrative 
Affairs is offering classes designed to 
prepare campus staff for the electron- 
ic workplace. These three-and-one-half- 
hour classes are led by industry profes- 
sionals and focus on developing the 
basic Windows and Netscape brows- 
ing skills essential for the Electronic 
Workplace. The cost is $50, payable to 

the Department of Personnel Services 
via an ISR, which can be brought to 
the class. 

The classes are being offered in the 
new Patapsco Training Facility on: 

Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. 
to noon, or from 1 to 4:30 p.m. 

To enroll caU 405-1 101 or e-mail Directions 
to the Patapsco Building will be pro- 
vided upon registration or at the web- 
site: wwwacctrain. 

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher 

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher 
program honors tenured faculty mem- 
bers who have demonstrated major 
scholarly achievements along with 
equally outstanding accomplishments 
as educators. DSTs receive a $5,000 
award to support instructional and 
scholarly activities and present a lec- 
ture on a topic within their scholarly 

Nominations may be made by any 
full-time permanent faculty member 
and should state the nominee's qualifi- 
cations for the award. In particular, the 
nomination letter should convey spe- 
cial qualities as an educator and 
researcher, indications of influential 
achievements, notable awards and 
other forms of recognition. 

The deadline for nominations is 
Nov. 1 5, and they should be submitted 
to Rhonda Malone, Assistant to the 
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, 
1 1 19 Main Admin. BIdg. For additional 
information, contact her at 405-2509 

Chinese Policy Priorities 

The Institute for Global Chinese 
Affairs invites you to attend a talk. 
"Chinese Policy Priorities: Implications 
for the United States" featuring Robert 
Sutter, National Intelligence Officer for 
East Asia, National Security Council. 
The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 
21, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Francis Scott 
Key Hall, Room 0106. 

Please respond with your reserva- 
tion by Tuesday, Oct. 19, to Rebecca 
McGinnis, tel: 405-0213; fax: 405-0219; 

Mozart and Brahms 

The University of Maryland Chorus 
presents its Mozart/Brahms Concert 
Sunday, Oct. 3 1 at 3 p.m. in Memorial 
Chapel. Directed by Jesse Parker, die 
chorus performs Mozart's "Requiem" 
and Brahms' "Naenle" with the 
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and 
soloists Deborah Stephens, Leneida 
Crawford, Bryce Westervelt and David 

For tickets call 405-5570. Discounts 
available to Senior Citizens (65+) and 
University of Maryland students, facul- 
ty and staff. 

Learn to Swim 

Sign up for "Learn to Swim" classes 
this week at the Campus Recreation 
Center. Classes are offered for ages 
6 months to adult, and begin Oct. 25. 

For more information, call 405*