The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper
Volume 14 'Number 8 * October 19, 1999
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
• 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
"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
Committee and the
Council of Deans, who
will be asked in turn to
consult with their
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
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
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
"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
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
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-
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
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,"
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.
Plenty of treats (not tricks)
are in store for the campus
community during the
Homecoming celebration on
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
• 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
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
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
— DAVID ABRAMS
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
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
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, tsr.umd.edu
/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.
umd.edu or www.umd.edu/bands/.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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 www.Inform.umd.edu/
4 p.m. School of Music, "I Hear
America Singing," University of
Maryland Chorale, Phillip Collister,
conductor. Ulrich Recital Hall.
4 p.m. Physics Colloquium: "Strings
and Geometry,' 1 Cumrun Vafa,
Harvard LIni versify. 1410 Physics
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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-
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.
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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: www.bsos.umd.edu/
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
many of which are
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-
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 solved all the stu-
dent information prob-
lems right then," Retake
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 . - :
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
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-
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
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
email@example.com or access the
complete program at www.inform.
umd.edu/HlST/HistbryCenter. Click on
the "news and announcements" button
and then click on the "20th Century
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 www.hb.umd.edu/UMCP/
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-
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
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®
deans.umd.edu or visit the web page
at www.inform. umd.edu/TT.
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
Questions about course content
can be directed to oit-training@umail.
umd.edu. 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 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
to the Patapsco Building will be pro-
vided upon registration or at the web-
site: wwwacctrain. umd.edu/ework.
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*