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The University of Maryland Facuity and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14 'Number 12 • November 16, 1999 

"Vow's Contract 

Extended to 2004 

page 2 

Football Tix, 


CIO Don Riley Leads 

Reorganization of Information 

Technology Services 

Since his hiring as Chief Information Officer 18 
months ago, Don Riley has been hard at work putting 
the University of Maryland on the map, locally and 
internationally, as a leader in the innovative use of 
information technology within higher education. 
Externally, he has focused his efforts on building part- 
nerships among technology industry leaders, the uni- 
versity and the state, with an eye toward improving 
the university's reputation as well as its ability to 
finance the growing costs of information technology. 

But shortly after he arrived here, Riley also turned 
his attention to what was happening internally with 
regard to information technology. He commissioned 
12 teams, consisting of staff from the various comput- 
er technology and computer services areas — adminis- 
trative and academic — on campus, and used their rec- 
ommendations to construct a new organization and a 
new information technology plan. 

Last May, that new organization officially became 
known as the Office of Information Technology. This 
carefully considered restructuring has resulted in 
more streamlined operations as well as a more cen- 
tralized source for information technology needs. 

Ritey, in consultation with his senior management 
and other OIT staff, identified several critical areas 

within the exist- 

This carefully '"^ organizations 

I niS CarerUliy ^hat needed to be 

considered modified or 

restructuring has 

resulted in more 


changed. The 
teams addressed 
issues such as 
duplication of 
effort, elimina- 
tion of services 
and allocation of 

Operations as well 

as a more 
centralized source 

for information 
technology needs. 


"The most 
visible benefit to 
the campus is a 
unified informa- 
tion technology 
with improved 
coordination of 
campus ser- 
vices," says 
Rodney Petersen, 
director of policy and planning in OIT. "The hidden 
benefits include opHmization of resources and oppor- 
tunities for better collaboration behveen OIT units 
and personnel." 

Prior to the restructuring, says Riley, there were 
many duplicative, repetitive hinctions on campus. 
The new structure, says Jennifer Fajman, executive 
director, academic and distributed services, "helps 
provide the environment that brings units together 
toward common goals." 

Fajman notes that now having one OIT help desk, 
for example, enables users to get answers more easily. 

Continued on page 6 

World Cup Championship Swimming 

International Meets Taking Place at Recreation Center 

We have one of 
the fastest pools 
in the country." 

— Shawn Flynn, Campus 
Recreation Services 

The FINA World Cup swimming champi- 
onships are coming to the University of 
Maryland Nov 17-18 and the Campus Recreation 
Center Natatorium is the site of this major 
event. Some 350 swimmers from 38 nations will 
be competing here, including the top U.S. swim- 

"We have one of the fastest pools in the 
country," says Shawn Flynn, associate director of 
Campus Recreation Services, noting one of the 
reasons why the University of Maryland was 
chosen as the host site for the U.S. stop on this 
1 2-meet world tour. The Wasliingtoii-Baltimore 

Regional 2012 
Coalition, which 
is attempting to 
attract the 2012 
Olympic games 
to the area, was 
instrumental in 
landing the meets 
at t;ollege Park, 
says Flynn. 

Tlie meets, 
hosted by USA 
Swimming, are 
conducted in the 
25-meter (short 
course meters) 
format, with prize 
money for each 
event winner 
($500) and for 
world records ($4,000). Each of the two days 
will feature preliminary swim meets at 10 a.m. 
The finals for these events, featuring the day's 
fastest heats, will be held at 6:30 p.m. 

The natatorium has seating for 
1 ,000, says Flynn, but already tickets 
for the evening meets are sold out, 
Tickets are still available for the 
morning preliminary meets. 

The rundown of American swim- 
mers participating in the 1 999 
FINA World Cup reads like a who's 
who list. World record holders 
Lenny Krayzelburg and Jenny 
Thompson top the list. 1996 
Olympic champ Tom Dolan will 
swim for tlie first time since 
his knee sui^ery and three- 
time Olympian Dara Torres 
begins her quest to make 
the Olympic team for an 
unprecedented fourth time. 

Chen Yan of China is one of the top interna 
tional names, Yan won two individual titles at 
the 1998 World Championships in the 400 

The Campus Recreation Center Natatorium will 
be the site of the Ft NA Worid Cup meet, featuring 
350 swimmers, this week. 

meter free and 400 meter individual medley, as 
well as a silver in the 200 meter individual 

The international Oeld also includes Roxana 
Maracineanu (France), 1998 worid champion in 
the 200 meter backstroke ;Jani Sievienen 
(Finland), 1994 World champion in the 200 
meter individual medley; Martina Moravcova 
(Slovakia), a triple gold medalist at the 1999 
Short Course World Championsfiips; Lars 

Frolander (Sweden), 1999 SC World 
champion in the 100 
meter free and 2100 
meter fly; James Hickman 
/ (Great Britain), 1999 Short 
Course World champion in 
die 200 meter fly; and Stev 
Theloke (Germany), the 
1998 Goodwill Games cham- 
pion in the 100 meter back 
and the last man to defeat 
Lenny Krayzelburg. 
Tickets for the preliminaries 
can be purchased the day of the 
|: event at the recreation center For 
f more information about the FINA 
World Cup tour and the College 
Parit meets, visit the website: ' 

2 Outlook November 16, 1999 


Maryland Extends Contract of Athletics 
Director Debbie Yow 

"As much as we'd like to think of political science as an exact sci- 
ence, this is the closest we've ever come to good experimental 
conditions." — Karen Dawisha, professor, government and poli- 
tics, in an article in the Sept J Chronicle of Higher Education 
about the lessons being learned by political scientists observing 
Eastern Europe since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Professor 
Vladimir Tismaneanu was quoted in the same article. 

"It should be a wake-up call to Democrats. It shows the 
Republicans are &r ahead of them in closing ranks." —Jim 
GimpeL associate professor ofgotvmment and politics, in a 
Sept. 2 Washington Times story about Republican presidential 
aspirant George W Bush's success in sewing up the endorse- 
ments of his party's hierarchy. 

"I'm still skeptical, because space weathering (of asteroids) has- 
n't been proven. It's easy to invoke space weathering, but diffi- 
cult to prove " — Lucy McFadden, associate professor of astron- 
omy, hesitating to accept space u^eatbering as an explanation 
for the difference in appearance of most meteorites from their 
supposed source asteroids, in an Aug. 13 article in Science 

"There's a lot of evidence that if you can clear up an incident 
sooner, you save millions of doUars of delay and also reduce the 
chance of additional accidents." — Phillip Tamoff, director of the 
Center Jbr Advanced Transportation Technology, in an Aug. 2 
Story in the Alameda (Calif.) Times-Star about how high-tech 
transportation management centers can ease traffic headaches. 

"Polidcians were long ago discredited ... Meanwhile there's all this 
stuff going on — like derivatives and the global fmancial crisLs — 
that a lot of people just don't understand. There's a basic human 
desire to personalize things, which is why they focus on Alan 
Greenspan instead of the Federal Reserve ... he's a person. There's 
a crying need to feel that someone is in control, who knows 
what's going on." —David Sicilia, assistant professor of history, 
explaining what be considers to be Alan Greenspan's inordinate 
influence on stock markets, in the Sept 5 Baltimore Sun, 

"Carixjn monoxide is a tracer of other pollutants that arc man- 
tnade, and it indicates to us how things are changing. It indicates 
the air quality is, indeed, getting better and that technology is 
improving to make motor vehicles more efficient." — Bruce 
Doddridge, research scientist in meteorology, in a story about 
Improving air quality in the mid-Atlantic region, in the Sept. 
15 Baltimore Sim. 

"The blues is medicine for the soul. Blues is both happy and sad. 
It speaks to the good times and the hard times. It serves people 
who picked cotton in the fields and those who celebrated in the 
weekends at house parties." — English Professor Barry Pearson, 
in a Sept 15 Washington Post story promoting Maryland's 
Bluebird Blues Festival 

"What's most popular with the children and what they identify 
most with is ballet. That's why the program is bxsed aroimd bal- 
let techniques and also because there are so many wonderful 
ballet stories that we can act out and dress up for" —Jan Taylor, 
lecturer in dance, in a September Washington Times story 
about her Fairy Tales in Motion program Jbr children. 

"Govcrmnent can't wave a magic wand and raise the marriage 
rate, even assuming there's a social agreement that raising the 
marriage rate would be a good thing. But government can cer- 
tainly eliminate the obstacles and inequities and ought to think 
about doing so very seriously," — William Colston, director of 
me Institute pr Philosophy and Public Policy, in a Sept 21 
story on Reuters news service about declining American mar- 
riage rates and what, if anything can be done about them. 

Athletic Director Deborah Yow has earned 
another two years on her contract with the 
University of Maryland, extending her tenure to 
August 2004. 

"Debbie Yow is doing a terrific job managing 
one of the most complex and most successful ath 
letic programs in the nation," says Maryland 
President I>an Mote in announcing the contract 

She has excelled in fiscal management, compet 
itive results and in compliance," Mote says. "More 
importantly, she has excelled as a leader, ensuring 
that we can take great 
pride in all the coaches and 
athletes who represent the 
University of Maryland." 

Yow has eliminated $7 
minion debt she faced 
upon arrival at Maryland in 
1994 and has balanced the 
department's $25 million 
budget each year. For the 
last two years, Maryland has 
risen into the top 25 in the 
national all-sports Sears 
Cup rankings, and 1 2 of 
Maryland's 24 teams were 
ranked in the top 25 nadon- 
ally at some time in their 
seasons last year. 

Maryland teams have 
won five consecutive 
national championships in 
women's lacrosse and seven ACC tournament 
tides in various sports in the past five years. The 
men's basketball team is a perennial contender 
for conference and national titles, and the football 
team is rapidly becoming a force in the Adantic 
Coast Conference. Yow has also provided the 
direction to make Terrapin athletes successful off 
the field as well as on. Graduation rates for all stu- 
dent athletes have been higher than for the over- 
all student body for three of the past five years, 
and Yow has set and enforced high standards for 
behavior for all Maryland athletes. 

Debbie Yow 

Using the Internet, a beefed up marketing effort 
and an emphasis on customer service, Yow has 
also dramatically improved sales of tickets and 
Terps merchandise. In addition, private giving has 
increased by 85 percent, and corporate sponsor- 
ship revenue by 270 percent in the past five years. 

"I am proud diat Dr. Mote is pleased with the 
direction our program is headed. It Is a privilege 
to contmuc to serve the university as director of 
athletics," Yow says. "We have accomplished a lot, 
but there is much yet to be done. Our staff, coach- 
es and Terrapin Club members will continue to 
work together to meet ath- 
letic department goals and 
advance the program. 
Terrapin atliletics has a 
bright future." 

Yow is a member of the 
NCAA Management Coimcil 
and the NCAA Division 1 
Budget Committee. In addi- 
tion, she will become presi- 
dent of the National 
Association of Collegiate 
Directors of Athletics in 
July 2000, and was twice 
singled out in the past year 
by Street & Smith Sports 
Business Journal as one of 
tiie leading athletic adminis- 
trators in the U.S. 

A former basketball 
coach, she began her coach- 
ing career at the high school level In North 
Carolina before becoming head coach at 
Kentucky in 1976 and averaging 20 wins per year 
for eight years in Division I in,stitutions. She later 
moved into athletic administration at the 
University of Florida and the University of North 
Carolina-Greensboro, foUowed by a highly suc- 
cessful tenure as A.D. at Saint Louis University. She 
has authored numerous articles and books on ath- 
letics, management and human behavior, and is a 
respected leader in intercollegiate athletics In the 
United States. 

College Park Senate Meets Nov. 18 
Provost Provides Strategic Plan Update 


The next CoUege I^ik Senate Meeting is 
scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 8 at 3: 1 5 p.m. in 
Room 0200 Skinner Building.The following items 
are included on the agenda for the meeting: 

Presentation by Greg 
Geoffiroy, senior vice president 
for acadetnic af&lrs and 
provost, on the update of the 
university's March 1996 
Strategic Plan; 

Presentation by Donald 
Riley, professor of decision 
information technologies and 
associate vice president for aca- 
demic affairs and Chief 
Information Officer, on the 
update of the Microsoft agree- 

Senate PCC Committee report on the propos- 


al for the change of name for Education Policy, 
Planning and Administration; 

Senate PCC Committee report on the propos- 
al for a graduate certificate program In Interme- 
diate survey methodology; 

Senate PCC Committee report 
on the proposal for undergraduate 
curriculum modifications— depart- 
ment of natural resource sciences 
and landscape architecture; and 

Senate PCC Committee report 
on the proposal for a certificate 
program in urban design. 

Any questions regarding the 
senate meeting should be 
addressed to Teresa Moore at 405- 
5805 or via e-mail at 
temoore @deans. umd .edu. 


Outlook Is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodle Remington, Vice President for University Relations; 
Tsreta Rannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cathcart, Executive Editor; Jennifer Kawes. Editor; 
Londa Scott FoitA, Assistant Editor: David Abrams, Graduate Assistant; Erin Madlcon, Editorial Intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus infor- 
mation are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 
20742 .Teleptione (301) 405-4629; e-mail; fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook oan be found online at www. inform, umd .edu/ outlook/ 

November 16, 1999 Outlook 3 

Brody Forum Debates What is 
Reasonable Privacy in Modern Society 

Privacy in modem society is the subject of 
debate Monday, Dec. 1 3, when the School of 
Public AfMrs hosts the Norman and Florence 
Brody Family Foundation Public Policy Forum at 
7 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student 
Union. Ami tai Etzioni, professor, George 
Washington University squares off against Nat 
Hentoff, columnist with The Washington Post 
and The Village Voice as they debate "There 
Should be Less Privacy in American Society, Not 

Etzioni, the author of the recent book "The 
Limits of Privacy" (New York: Basic Book-S, 1999) 
and has long been considered a leader in his 
field of public poHcy.A 1982 study ranked 
Etzioni as the leading expert of 30 who made 
"major contributions to public policy in the pre- 
ceding decade," He was recently awarded the 
seventh James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary 
Contributions to the Appreciation and 
Advancement of Human Values by the 
Conference on Value Inquiry, He also recently 
received the Sociological Practice Association's 
Outstanding Contribution Award, 

Currently a professor at George Washington 
University, Etzioni teaches courses that draw 
material from numerous social science fields 
including communitarian policy, American soci- 
ety and sociology. 

Syndicated colimrmist Nat Hentoff is a prolific 
writer whose extensive work on civil liberties 
and civil rights is widely praised, Hentoff's most 
recent book, "Living the Bill of Rights: How to be 
an Authentic American," was published in 1998. 
He is also the author of "Free Speech for Me but 
Not for Thee: How the American Left and Ri^t 
Relentlessly Censor Each Other," 

The Ferris professor of Journalism at 
Princeton University in 1998, Hentoff currently 
teaches at New York University. Among his many 

awards is the National Press Foimdation Award 
for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism, 
the University of Arizona department of 
Journalism aivard for Distinguished Service in 
Support of Freedom of the Press and the 
American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for 
his coverage of the criminal justice system. 

His popular writing also includes novels for 
children and adults, biographies and commen- 
taries on jazz, politics and education. Another of 
his books is "Listen to the Stories: Nat Hentoff 
on Jazz and Country Music," 

The Norman and Florence Brody Family 
Foundation Public Policy Forum was established 
in 1 995 through a gift to the university by 
Norman and Florence Brody, Long time support- 
ers of the imiversity, the Brodys endowed two 
scholarships and participated in nimierous imi- 
versity activities. 

Before his untimely death in 1996, Norman 
Brody, along with his wife, envisioned a speaker 
series at the school of Public Afifairs to discuss 
and debate current policy topics, Today, the 
Brody Forum brings renowned leaders and pub- 
lic policy experts tot he university to increase 
discussion and awareness of topics of national 
and international importance. The four hosts up 
to four lectures or debates annually. 

In recent years, the School of Public Af&irs 
sponsored a major speech by Colin Powell and a 
roundtable discussion with Lea Rabin and Jehan 
Sedat. Other policy debates have included dis- 
cussion of international terrorism, campaign 
finance reform, the future of American Jewry, 
lacial preferences in affirmative action and pri- 
vatizing social security. 

The event is free, but tickets are required. Call 
the School of Public Affeirs at 405^330 for tick- 
ets by Dec. 3. 

^oan Foundation Progvi 

Provides Women in the 

Sciences Leave Flexibilit 

Pot "women faculty, balancing family issues with career 
advancement can be a difficult task. However, a new fellowship 
pit^^iam offered by tiie Sloan Foundation and the University of 
Maryland will provide female fiscult>' in the sciences an opportu- 
nity to take up to a year of leave witli a support siipcnd of 

The Sloan Foundation's Prc-Tenure Leave FeUowship 
Program is designed to a.ssist tenure-track women in the sci- 
ences (including mathematics, science, engineering and technol- 
ogy) in managing the conflicting demands of family and career, 
says Ellin Scholnick, associate provost for faculty affairs, 

"For many women, one of their most difficuh decisions 
involves planning how to have a &mily ■wliilc sustaining a scien- 
tific career," says Scholnick, "The university offers the possibility 
of unpaid leaves of absences, but these could create financial 

The fellowship provides a faculty member with a $40,000 
stipend, jointly funded by the Sloan Foundation and the imiver- 
sity, to support family leave for reasons related to chlldbearing 
and dependent care. According to the foundation, funds can be 
used for research costs or to cushion the economic Impact dur- 
ing a leave of absence. 

The program also provides the feculty member's de|:^rtment 
with $5,000 to address woik-femily issues for other faculty 
members and postdoctoral fellows. 

With a dearth of women faculty in the sciences, Scholnick 
says this program allows women a little mote &miiy flexibility, 
whUe still maintaining tenure track status. The fello^rshlp helps 
to retain the university's women science faculty, and as a 
recruitment tool, speaks to the university's "family friendly" 

The Sloan Foundation's Pre-Tenure Leave Fellowship 
Program is a nationally competitive fellowship with a rolling 
deadline. Other institutions currently ui the program include 
University of Michigan, North Carolina State University, Virgiofa 
Commonwealth University and University of Montana. 

For more information on the fellowship or to receive an 
appUcation, call Ellin Scholnick at 405-4252 or e-mail to 

:ips ■ 


Multi-Cultural Y2K internet Study Wonders www.What Will Happen, 
www.Who Thinks it and www.Why 

January 1 , 20O0.The mere mention of that date can 
cause a torrent of predictions about what will happen 
at the turn of the new year Some say there will be a 
huge fireball. Otliers arc convinced planes wiU fall 
from the sky, automated teller machines will faU and 
general lawlessness will reign. And then there are 
those who believe there wUI be relatively little disrup- 
tion with life going on as usual — just another new 

Now anyone who has ever thought about the 
impact of Y2K on the world can offer an opinion on 
the topic and read what others from many different 
walks of life think as part of an Internet-based study 
being launched today from die psychology depart- 
ment at University of Maryland. The study, called the 
"Maryland Millenniimi Project," seeks to assess how 
people around the world view the approaching calen- 
dar change - their hopes, fears and preparations for 
thcY2K bug, The researchers hypothesize that how 
people deal with specific Y2K issues is rooted in their 
individual beliefs, fears, hopes and general outlook on 

"The millennium bug represents a unique opportu- 
nity to study how people of different cultures think 
about an uncertain, universal and fast-approaching 
stressful occurrence," says lisa Aspinwall, an associate 
professor of psychology and projea director 
Aspinwall is a prolific author whose research interests 
include the study of optimism, proactive coping, and 
how people control and direct their own actions. 

The study is housed at an Internet home page, Visitors to that site will have an 
opportunity to answer confidential and anonymous 
questions about how ■worried and 
prepared they per- 
sonally arc for the 
millennium, as well 
as to offer opinions 
about the level of 
readiness of their gov- 
ernments, other world 
governments and busi- 

Invitation to the site is 
by word-of-mouth. "This 
is completely voluntary," 
explains Aspinwall. "We 
are emailing people and 
asking them to visit the 
site. We also are listing the 
homepage on search 
engines under the Y2K list- 
ing so that anyone browsing 
on that topic would find our 
site. This type of 'snowball sampling' really depends 
on people enjoyir^ the site and then forwarding the 
information to others who might be interested in 
what we are doing." 

The study is being translated into multiple lan- 
guages, including Spanish, Frencli,Aiabic, Korean, 

Mandarin and German. An offline version of the sur- 
vey also has been created fbr use in 
rural areas and other locations where 
internet use is less common. Volunteer 
participants will be recruited in shop- 
ping centers, bus stations and other 
public areas. 

No identifying information about 
individual participants -will be col- 
lected. However, descriptive data 
will be available on an ongoing 
basis so that anyone who visits the 
homepage can read about what 
people from specific countries and 
demographic groups are saying 
and feeling about the millennium 
bug. Browsers also can observe 
who else currently is on the site 
from diffcrent domains, includ- 
ing .edu sites, major Internet 
service providers, and other 
At the end of the survey, researchers have posted a 
request asking visitors to bookmark and the site and 
return after the new year to write personal anecdotes 
about what happened to them on Jan. 1, 2000. The 
website managers then will compile and post the best 
Y2K stories from around the world. Aspinwall plans to 
release additional findings in mid-2000. 

November 16, 1999 

datelin e 



Your Guide to University Events 

November 16-30 

November 16 

Noon, bislltute for Chinese Global 
Affilirs Brown Bag Lunch: "Cross- 
Sttait Relations," Joanne Chang, 
NationaJ Taiwan University. 0101 
Taliaferro Halt. 5-0213 pr 
r, l65@uniail.iund.edil 

4 p.m, niysics Colloquium: 
'Pertuibative QCD:The 
Phenomenology of Quarks and 
Gluons," George Sterman, SlINTi' ai 
Stoneybrook. 1410 Physics Bldg . 

5:50 p.m. "Undergraduate Admissions 
Info Session for Children of Faculty 
and Staff." Faculty, staff and their chil- 
dien who are interested in applying 
for undergraduate admission to 
Maryland arc encouraged to attend 
this special information session that 
will cover the admissions process 
and tuition remission policies. Visitor 
Center Auditorium. Turner Hall. 4- 
8581 OF 

8 p.m. "An Evening of Provincetown 
One-Acts.' including "Trifles," a play 
by Susan Glaspell.Tawcs RncArts 
Bldg, 5-2201 or www.inforM.umd, 

November 17 

Noon. Lecture; "Postmodernism vs. 
Science vs. Fundamentalism: Is 
Kansas corny in August?" 
Distinguished university professor 
Stcphan Brush of the history depart- 
ment and the Institute for Physical 
Science and Technology (IPST) will 
speak and lead discussion. The talk 
will begin at 12:10 and the formal 
session will end by 1 2:50, for the 
sake of people on tight schedules, 
Many people will be bringing in a 
lunch. The setting is Informal, 
Spon-sored by the Christian 
Faculty/Staff Fellowship. 41 14 
Hombake Library, 
/CFSFolder/cfsHomchlml or 5^791 

Noon. Center for Health and 
Wellbeing Brown Bag Limch:" Holiday 
Eating," U-am about low fat recipes 
and healthy holiday eating. 01 21 
Campus RecTeation Center 4- 1 280. 

NcHsn. Research & Development 
Meeting:*'The Influence of 
Pcrstmality on Interests and Self-eftt- 
caty in Social Cognitive Career 
Theory," Michael Sehaub. 0114 
Counseling Cxntcr, Shoemaker Bldg. 

5 p.m. Art Lecture by Athena Tacha, 
an artist who has done more public 
art commissions than any other 
artist in the nation. West Gallery, Art- 
Sociology Bldg. 

4 p.m. Astronomy Scminar"He n 
Gunn-Peterson (iffect," Sara Heap, 
Goddard Space Flight Center 24(K) 
Computer and Space Sciences Bldg. 

7 p.m. Writers Here and Now 
Speaker Series; 'Share Our Strength: 
Writers Harvest," is more than 200 
literary events taking place in book- 
stores and on campuses across the 

cotmtry In order to help raise money 
for the hungry. Readers for the event 
are E.A. Markham and jainiy Gordon. 
A book s%ning will follow each read- 
ing. Fourth Floor, McKcldin Library. 

7:. 10 p.m. University* Community 
Band. This ensemble offers both stu- 
dents and community members the 
opportimit)' to continue to play or 
Icam new instruments. Performances 
on campus and in surrounding 
venues occur throu^oul the year. 
Emphasis is placed nut only on top- 
notch performance, but also on cama- 
raderie and fellowship. It is open to 
ail players who are seri(»usly interest- 
ed in making music. 1 102 Tawes Bldg. 
5-5542, mb287@umail,umd,edu or 
www. umd . edu/bands/ 

8 p.m. "An Evening of Provincetown 
One-Acts." including ""Trifles." a play 
by Susan Glaspell.Tawcs Fine Arts 
Bldg. 5-2201 or 
www. inforM . umd.cdu/THET/plays . * 

November 18 

3:30 p.m. Lecture: World-Wide Web 
Surveys: A Tower of Babble?" John 
Robinson, sociology department. 
2460 A.V Williams Bldg. 

4 p.m. Meteorology Lcaure: 
"Mesoscale Modeling of Orographic 
Ptecipitation Over the Pacific 
Northwest," Brian Colic, Institute for 
Terrestrial and Planetary 
Atmosphere. 2400 Computer and 
Space Sciences Bldg. 

4 Committee on the History 
and Philosophy of Science Lecture 
Scries: "Reuben Hcrsh on the Social 
Construction of Mathematics," 
Joseph Auslander, department of 
mathematics. 1117 Francis Scott Key 
Bldg. 5-5691. 

8 p.m. "An Evening of Prtivincetown 
One-AcLs." including "Trifles," a play 
by Siksan Glaspell. Tawes Fine Arts 
Bldg. 5-2201 or www.inforM.umd. 

November 19 

8 p.m. "An Evening of Provincetown 
One-Acts," including "Trifles." a play 
by Su,san Glaspell.Tawcs Fine Ans 
Bldg. 5-2201 or www.inforM.umd. 

November 21 

3 p.m. University of Mar)iand 
Symphony Orchestra presents Heinzc 
Fricke, guest conductor Tawes Fine 
Arts Bldg. 5-5570 

November 22 

4 p.m. Physics CoUoquia: 
"Sonluminescence-a QFJ) Vacuum 
Effect?" Matt Visscr, research as.«)ci3te 
professor. Washington University. 
1140 Plant Science Bldg. 

Concert Society Presents 


The Concert Society of Maryland presents 
six-member British vocal ensemble. Clerks' 
Group, Saturday Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. in University 
College's Inn & Conference Center. The vocalists 
will present secular and sacred works by Dufey, 
Ockcghcm, Des Prcz, and otliers, sung from orig- 
inal notation. 

Having started their career as a specialist 
vocal consort at Oxford University, the Clerks' 
Group made its professional London debut in 
1992. Since then, the group has received wide- 
spread critical acclaim for their performances of 
often-neglected Renaissance pieces. The group 
specializes in Flemish sacred music and has i>cr- 
forraed on a series of recordings intended to 
cover the entire sacred output of Johannes 
Ockeghem, the most renowned composer of 

imaginative performances delivered with a con- 
fidence bordering on arrogance," Gramophone 
magazine wrote. 

In the last year, the ensemble has performed 
extensively in Europe as a commemoration of the 
quincentenary of Ockeghem s deadi. Plans for the 
next two years include a second "early music" 
tour of the U.K.; trips to Spain, Iceland, and 
France; the completion of the cycle of Ockeghem 
recordings; and a ground-breaking new reconling 
of Hth century French polyphony. 

The group's founder and director, Edward 
Wickham, combines his practical experience of 
conducting and singing with his scholarly inter- 
ests. He has completed a master's in medieval 
studies at King's College in London and has 
gone on to do research for a Ph,D. in 15th cen- 

Clerks' Group 

the late 1 5th centtiry. 

The Clerks' Group features Rebecca Outram, 
soprano.William Missin,alto,Thomas Raskin, 
tenor, Matthew Vine, tenor, Edward Wickham, 
baritone (diiector) and Robert Macdonald, bass. 
"You probably have to go back. ..500 [years] to 
find choirs as capable as the Clerks' Group or 
the Tallis Scholars in the music of Ocke^em," 
the New York Times wrote. 

The Clerks' Group has pioneered the tech- 
nique of singing from original manuscripts, 
recreating music as they believe it was per- 
formed in its time, "These arc crisp, clever, truly 

November 23 

3:30 p.m. l.ecture:"P.U(tms of 
Internet DtHfu.sion in Developing 
C'ounlries." Ernest "Wilson, director of 
the Center for International 
Development and Conflict 
Management. 1 1 12 A.V Williams 

tury music at the college. He also directs the 
Renaissance Singers of London. 

A free prc-concert discussion on Nov. 20th 
wiU be moderated by Robert Aubry Davis, host 
of META-FM's 'Millennium of Music," at 6:30 
p.m. Also participating will be members of the 
Clerks' Group and Richard Wexler, a musicolo- 
gist ftom the University of Maryland's School of 

Tickets are $18 regular, $15.50 for senior citi- 
zens and $5 for students with valid university 
ID. For more information call 405-7847. 

Calendar Guide 

4 p.m. Physics ColltKiiiia: 
" Worni holes. Warp-drive s ind other 
Weirdncss?" Man Visser, research 
associate profe-isor. WashingK >n 
University. 1410 Physics Bldg. 

November 30 

3 p.m. Lecture:"The Internet, 
RIcctronic Media, Trust and Civil 
Society," Rit Usl a ner, department of 
government and politics. 01 17 
Reckord Armory. 

4 p.m. Physics C;olloquia; "The 
Acceleration of the Solar Wind,' 
Leonard Fisk, University of 
Michigan. 1410 Physics Bldg. 

Calendar phone numbers listed a.s 4-xxxx or 

5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314- or 405. Events are 

free and open to the public unless noted by an 

asterisk (*). Calendar information for Outlook is 

compiled from a combination of inforM 's master 

calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. 

To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or 
e-mail Outlook@accmail. 

November 16, 1999 Outlook 5 

Discounted Football Tickets investor's Group Hosts Vanguard's John Bogle 


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All facility and staff (family and friends Included) of the 
University of Maryland are qualified to receive an unlimited num- 
ber of tickets to the Maryland vs. Virginia football game, 
Saturday, Nov. 20, at a special ticket price of $7 ( regularly priced 
at $23). Game time is noon. 

To purchase your $7 tickets, please bring your Faculty/Staff 
I.D. to the main ticket loltby in Cole Retd House or to purchase 
on the day of the game, go to Ticket Booth #4 at Byrd Stadium. 

Unlimited tickets available while supplies last. 

John Bogle, senior chair of the board and 
founder of The Vanguard Group, is the featured 
speaker at the Wednesday, Nov. 17 Investor's 
Group meeting in Room 4137 McKeldin 
Library at noon. A magna cum laude graduate 
of Princeton University, Bogie has spent his life 
helping people set aside a portion of today's 
earnings for tomorrow and investing those sav- 
ings in the most productive maimer. 

Bogle spent the first 23 years of his career 
in the mutual fund industry working at 
Wellington Fund.Then, in an effon to btiild a 
better fund company and eventually a better 
fund industry, he founded The Vanguard Group 
of Investment companies. Today, The Vanguard 
Group encompasses more than 100 mutual 
funds with as.sets totaling $500 billion. 

Bogle's premise in founding The Vanguard 
Group was that its investments would produce 
consistently superior performance, maximum 
cost effectiveness, the hi^est quality of ser- 
vice, an obvious amount of corporate and eco- 
nomic independence, and a structure consis- 
tent with new standards of business ethics. 
Vanguard adopted a new and unique mutual 
fund structure with shareholders served 
through a board of directors unaffiliated with 
any external investment manager. Employing 
its own staff, responsible for administration, 
distribution and mvestment management, The 
Vanguard Group has become one of the two 
largest mutual fund organizations in the world. 

Three important principles have guided The 
Vanguard Group's mission to educate 
investors: clarity, candor and fiall disclosure. 
This translates to presenting tlie company's 
commtmications in "plain English," making cer- 
tain investors understand the risks of investing 
as well as the re^^rds, and practicing full dis- 
closure (especially cost) so that an investor 
may make an intelligent decision about invest- 
ment choices. These principles have produced 
sustained growth for The Vanguard Group over 
a period of 25 years. 

An accomplished author,. Bogle has written 

several books, including Bogle on Mutual 
Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent 
Investor, a best-selling investment book since 
its publication in 1993. His most recent book. 
Common Sense on Mutual Fimds: New 
Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor, pub- 
lished in 1999 will be available for signing fol- 
lowing Bogle's talk to the Investor's Group, 

Bogle was named one of the investment 
industry's four "giants of the 20th century" by 
Fortune magazine and is the 1999 recipient of 
the Adam Smith Distinguished Leadership 
Award given by the Pennsylvania Partnership 
for Economic Development. 

TTie Investor's Group is co-sponsored by 
the Friends of the Libraries and the Office of 
Continuing and Extended Education, The 
group, numbering more than 300 faculty, staff, 
students and community friends, is interested 
in broadening its knowledge on financial 
issues. The November meedng, open to all, 
promises to be a particularly interesting dis- 
cussion by a pioneer m mutual fund invest- 

The next meeting of the Investor's Group is 
scheduled for Dec. 15. 

Corporate Scholars Honored 

Employers and interns par- 
ticipating in the Corporate 
Scholars program were hon- 
ored earlier this month at the 
third annual awards ceremony 
in the Stamp Student Union 
Atriiun. Pictured above, left to 
right, are Helen Rudd, 
Corporate Scholars program 
director; Steve Halperin, dean 

of the College of Mathematical 
and Physical Sciences and 
President Dan Mote (center 
back), with students Sam 
Goldgeicr, BctliWeinstein,Ana 
Rivera and Darren Binsol and 
their employers from On 
Campus Marketing, Inc., Pacific 
Sierra Research Corp., Orbital 
Sciences Corporadon and 

Performance Engineering 

Corporate Scholars is a pro- 
gram designed to match stu- 
dents widi high-tech compa- 
nies for practical experiences 
outside of the classroom. 

Maryland Charity Campaign 


The Maryland Charity 
Campaign contin- 
ues. MCC campus 
coordinator Ron 
Jones reports diat 
departmental coor- 
dinators have for- 
warded pledges and 
contributions from 
960 individuals, total- 
ing $132,548. This rep- 
resents an average con- 
tribution of $138, 

Sixty individuals are 
categorized as 
"Leadership Givers" with 
pledges of at least $500. 
With your help, the cam- 
pus can reach its goal of 

$ 1 81 ,000; pledges at all dollar levels are needed and greatly 

If you haven't already done so, please send your pledge 
card to Ron Jones, 4100 Chesapeake Building. Jones can be 
reached at 405-666 2. Thank you for your continued sup- 
port of this worthy program. 

e Outlook November 16, 1999 

Opportunities Abound 
for Teaching Assistants 

The university is taking 
great strides to improve the 
quality of experiences for dedi- 
cated graduate teaching assis- 
tants. The Center forTeactiing 
Excellence, along with the 
Graduate School, offers the 
Unrv*ersity Teaching and 
Learning Progiam to ^duate 
TA's interested in hirthering 
scholarship and collegiate 

This voluntary, self-paced 
program requires that each 
applicant have at least one 
semester of teachii^ experi- 
ence, says Stacy Horn, program 
coordinator. The TA's determine 
their requirements on an indi- 
vidual basis and can draw on 
prior experience. "The pro- 
gram is very flexible," Horn 

The purpose of the 
program is to continue 
the development of 
graduate TA's and give 
them evidence of their 
worii and dedication. 
Within the program, 
TA's participate in a 
variety of activities, 
including facilitating 
discussions on 
university teaching 
and scholarship. 

says," in order to accommodate 
all the different kinds of TA 
experiences on campus. People 
who teach labs, discussion ses- 
sions, etc," 

The purpose of the program 
is to continue the development 
of graduate TA's and give them 
evidence of their work and 
dedication. Within the pro- 
gram, TA's participate in a vari- 
ety of activities, including facili- 
tating discussions on university 
teaching and scholarship. 

Program participants will 
become mentors for other 
graduate TA's, meeting three 

times a semester and giving 
feedback on teaching styles. 
Individuals enrolled in the pro- 
gram also will produce a teach- 
ing portfolio, including a writ- 
ten statement of teaching phi- 
losophy, syllabi developed for a 
course and any feedback, 
assignments, projects or exams 
given to students by the indi- 
vidual TA. 

The University Teaching and 
Learning Program TA's also will 
complete a latter project of 
their choice, including compil- 
ing a teaching manual for a 
course within a specific col- 
lege or writing an article on 
their experiences for an educa- 
tional journal. Participants wiU 
then present a public state- 
ment on their experiences 
wridiin the program The 
TA's also will choose a 
mentor within their 
individual college to 
gain feedback and 
attend workshops con- 
cerning the ideals of 
teaching and learning. 
A unique aspect of the 
program involves 
advanced graduate TA's 
who serve as liaisons, 
says Horn. These 
liaisons are assigned to 
specific colleges and 
assist the TA's in that 
college by answering 
questions and finding 
mentors." Essentially, 
the liaisons are the first 
point of contact for the 
participants," Horn says. 
The program is in its 
first official year of 
operation and has 
approximately 20 par- 
ticipants. This is the 
also first year students 
will graduate and com- 
plete the program.Thc 
UTLP hopes to prepare 
TA's for any teaching 
experience they might 
have in future job set- 

"I think the pro-am is high- 
ly successful," says Horn. 
Organizers of the program 
hope this experience also will 
produce better TA's for imder- 
graduates and continue to fos- 
ter enthusiasm toward teaching 
all over campus. 


Maryland Students Take 
Over the World 

Last Friday, imiversity students took over 
the world during a World Game workshop 
in the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp 
Student Union. Approximately 90 students 
participated in a cultural awareness pro- 
gram that allowed them to simulate global 
activities on a 70-fbot by 35-f6ot map of the 

After an international buffet and informa- 
tion session, students were divided into 
teams each representing different parts of 
the world's population. They were then put 
in charge of solving the problems for their 
specific area and negotiated with each other 
in an attempt to improve their situation. The 
program strives to educate people in global 
sustainability; each region tries to feed its 
people, provide energy sources and present 
100 percent literacy, says World Game 
Institute Director of Education Stephen 

The World Game Institute is a non-profit 
education and research organization based 
in Philadelphia, Penn.The World Game 
workshop was created to help prepare peo- 

ple for participation in global society today. 
The mstitute performs similar woikshops all 
over the the world, including government 
organizations, laige corporations and col- 

The business, culture and languages pro- 
gram in the College of Arts and Hiunanities 
and die QUEST Program of the Smith School 
of Business sponsored the program. Co- 
sponsors included the Business, Society and 
the Economy Program from College Patk 
Scholars and the Language House. 

The program began aroimd 11:30 a.m. 
and finished aroimd 5 p.m,Aima Helm Kurz, 
Director of the Business, Culture and 
Lar^uagcs Program was pleased with the 
experience, "Students get to experience 
first-hand through real-life simulations how 
they can effectively collaborate to find solu- 
tions that benefit the globe," she says. 
Student and faculty participants foimd the 
program a success and hope that World 
Game will remm to Maryland in the future, 


Ncmetnbcr 16, 1999 Ouflook 7 

Ttaduate Research Interaction 
Day (GRID) 2000 

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■ Tbe Graduate Student Government and the Graduate 
School request fecuity participation as judges for Graduate 
Research Interaction Day (GRID). GRID will be held on 

■ IXiesday.AprU 25, 2000 as part of the inaugural Graduate 
Student j^preciation Week, which will take place April 24-29. 

The purpose of GRID Is to promote interaction within and 
ft between depart- 

' ments at the univer- 

sity by providing 
graduate students 
with an opportuni- 
ty to present their 
work and receive 
feedback from the 
graduate communi- 
ty.As part of an 
panel of judges, Ac- 
uity will have a 
unique opportunity 
to apply their per- 
spective and exper- 
tise in evaluating a 
wide variety of pre- 
senutions and, in 
the end, help to 
enrich the graduate 
work done at this 
We are asking that faculty judge either a morning or after- 
noon session, with each session lasting approximately three 
hours. Each presentation is 15 minutes in length with a five- 
minute question and feedback period following. Lunch and 
refreshments w^ill be provided for all judges. 

Please respond by indicating whether you would like to 
judge morning, afternoon or both sessions. Also include your 
name, phone number and campus address, to Eric Bergthold, 
GRID Coordinator, at 404-8630 or eh)ci^ 

Terrapin Reading Society Focuses on Vietnam 

file purpose of GRID is to 
promote interaction wntliln 
and between departments 
at tlie university by 
prodding gcraduate 
students with an opportu- 
nity to present their work 
and receive feedback 
from tiie graduate 



"They carried chess sets, basketballs, 
Vietnamese-English dictionaries, insignia of rank. 
Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts... they carried 
the land itself-Metnam, the place, the soil — a 
powdery orange-red dust that covered their 
boots and gitigues and faces." 
Each year, the Terrapin Reading Society 
selects a book to give to 
the incoming fresh- 
men. This year's book is 
Tim O'Briens "The 
Things They Carried," a 
powerful account of the 
Vietnam War. 

The Terrapin Readmg 
Society is a part of the 
Office of Undergraduate 
Studies' First Year Focus 
program, which concen- 
trates on first-year students 
and their experiences at 
Maryland. Formerly known as 
the First Year Book, the 
Terrapin Reading Society is a 
significant part of this idea. 
The chosen book is distributed 
to all incoming students and is 
integrated into first-year classes 
by faculty members. Through 
this process it helps to make the 
big imiversity small and friendly, 
and also to give the freshmen 
somethmg in common to discuss, says Kathleen 
Burke, assistant dean of Undergraduate Studies 
and moderator of the Terrapin Reading Society. 

A committee within Undergraduate Studies 
chooses the book each year " [The committee] 
chooses books that are cross-disciplinary and 
can be talked about m various courses," says 
Burke. "The type of book you could talk about 
in English classes and physics classes." 

The book also involves the entire campus 
commimity. With this year's theme of the 

Vietnam era, the program attempts to achieve 
this goal in a variety of ways. ATerrapin 
Reading Society web site and active listserv pro- 
vide a venue for campus-wide discussion. Jill 
Collela, a former instructor in the EngUsh 

department and Vietnam 
War era expert moderates 
the listserv, where those 
who have read the book 
can participate in ongoing 
dialogue about the book 
and its themes. 
The Terrapin Reading 
Society plans to keep 
the campus involved by 
providing events relat- 
ed to the theme 
throughout the year. 
Events in the future 
include a film festival 
tentatively planned 
for November and 
December, featuring 
four films on the 
Vietnam War. Also, 
Studies and sever- 
al other campus 
organizations are 
attempting to bring the 
author, Tim OBrien, to campus in the spring 
to lead a discussion. 

The Terrapin Readmg Society hopes campus 
interest and discussion concerning "The Things 
they Carried" will continue. "Most students did 
not live through the Vietnam era," Burke says, 
"and most faculty did," She encourages all stu- 
dents and foculty to read and participate in dis- 
cussions to form their own perspective. She 
hopes the program will help students gain an 
appreciation for American history. 


CIO Don Riley Leads Reorganization of Information Technology Services 

continued from page 1 

"Users no longer have to determine 
'what group do I call/" she says. 
Instead, they can call 405-1500 or send 
mail to 

With the restructuring, IT opera- 
tions were combined into one organi- 
zation operating out of one location, 
the A.V. Williams Building. This has 
reduced the duplication of two units 
providing 24-hottr, seven-days-per- 
week service, says Fajman. 

Also united were the network 
infrastructure group and telecommu- 
nication services. The resulting orga- 
nization, says Dorothy Qirismer, act- 
ing executive director of the new net- 
working and telecommunications ser- 
vices, parallels what is occurring in 
industry with the convergence of 
voice and data. "By uniting the 
two staff, we are already 
beginning to see creative 
synergy," says 
Chrismer, "In addi- 
tion, voice and data 
engineers are cre- 
ating a shared 
knowledge base 
and are assisting each other to 

provide more organizational 'depth.'" 

Whether you're posting grades or 
paying bills, says Riley, access and 
service are important. Having a 
streamlined operation aids those 

Looking to the future, Riley says he 
reahzes colleges and departments 
may need IT people to assist with 
increasing technology-in-the-class- 
room and other related needs, but 
OIT currently does not have the staff 
to acconimodate that. "We're looking 
at creating a person or service to help 
these departments, rather than having 
to hire consultants," says Riley. He 
also hope to see personnel's electroruc 
workplace operation on board in a 

The pervasive use of informa- 
tion technology on a cam- 
pus as large as the 
University of Maryland 
will continue 
to require a 
and an 

blend between centralized and local 
support services," says 
Petersen. "The new OIT 
promises to bring 
improved organiza- 
tional efficiencies, 
enhanced com- 
and a strategic 
with the imi- 
sions and priorities." 

Petersen also notes that the colleges 
and departments vrill continue to be a 
critical Unk for an overall successful 
strategy for IT use at the university. 
Mechanisms for facilitating communi- 
cations and obtaining advice, such as 
the Information Technology Advisory 
Committee and the Campus 
Computing Coordinating Committee 
will continue to play important roles 
in advancing technology initiatives 
across campus. 

Like information technology, the 
OIT structure, says Riley, is an ever 
evolving one. With changes in empha- 
sis and information technology, modi- 
fications will be made to meet those 

For now, however, the structure is 
helping the university develop what 
Riley calls "our digital footprint" — 
what the university's IT image and 
reputation will be, 
he says. 

"We need to 
think about our- 
selves as a 
world class 

organization, "says 
Riley. With that he 
points to a OIT coffee mug 
which proudly boasts that very 

But Riley also vrill continue his 
external efforts. "It's important for me 
to be out there, letting [people] know 
what we do here," says Riley. "This 
ultimately helps the university 
whether recruiting faculty or students 
or going for grants." 


S Outlook November 16, 1999 

for your 


lectures • seminars • awards • etc 

Christmas Concerts 

The University of Maryland 
Chorus presents its annual Christmas 
Concerts Saturday, Dec, 4 at 8 p.m. 
and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. (family 
concert) and 5 p.ra.AD three con- 
certs take place in Memorial Chapel. 

Conducted by Jesse Kuker, the 
concerts feature Vaughan Williams' 
"Fantasia on Christmas Carols" with 
Robert Tlidor, baritone, and music 
for chorus, brass and organ, includ- 
ing "In Dulci Jubilo" by Praetorius. 
In addition there will be seasonal 
carols with guest organist Gary 

Tickets are $ 1 2 and $ 1 5, with a 
discount to UM students, faculty, 
staff and seniors (65-h) — ID 
required. For children ages 1 2 and 
under the 2 p.m. Sunday concert is 
$3. For tickets caU 405-5570. 

One Acts 

University Theatre presents "The 
Provincetown One Acts," a bill of 
two plays from the famed 
Provincetown Players, through 
Nov 21 ."Trifles' and "Suppressed 
Desires" will be presented Nov. 16- 
20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m 
in Pugliesc Theatre in the Tawes Fine 
Arts Building. 

"Trifles" is by Susan Glaspell and 
"Suppressed Desires" by Susan 
Glaspell and George Cram Cook. 
Tickets arc $10 standard admission 
and $7 for students and senior 
citizens. Special group discount rates 
are also available for groups of 10 or 
more. Tickets are now available by 
phone charge. For reservations or 
additional information, call the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 
Ticket Office at 405-7847 weekdays 
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit the 
University Theatre website at 

China's Military and Security 
David Shambaugh, director and 
professor of political science and 
international affairs, the Elliott School 
of International Affairs, George 
Washington University, discusses 
"China's Military and China's 
Security," Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 
4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 2102 
Shoemaker Hall, The seminar is spon- 
sored by the Institute for Global 
Chinese affairs. For more information 
contact Rebecca McGinnis at 405- 
0213 ore-mail: 

Passion and Balzac 

Philipe Berthier, from the 
University of Paris, Sorbonne, discuss- 
es "La Passion Cannibale dans LePere 
Goriot," in Professor Brami's seminar 
on Balzac, Ttiesday Nov. 16 from 5 to 
7 p.m. In Room 3120 Jimenez Hali. 

volunteer their services to the uni- 

Currendy, the RVSC supplies 80 
volunteers to more than 30 sites 
around the campus, including the 
Writing Center, chemistry, The Art 
Gallery, School of Music, horticul- 
ture and McKeldin Library. These 
volunteers range in age from early 
60's to mid-90's and represent a 
broad range of professions, exper- 
tise and backgrounds. 
Some volunteers are retired teach- 
ers and professors, some are lawyers, 
others come from the government or 
private business. Tliey may work up 
lo 20 hours a week; some as tutors 
or advisers, others perform clerical 
and support duties. 

THE RVSC believes there may be 

B f i y c J I 1 T r 

Christmas Concerts by Chorus 

The world famous University of Maryland Chorus and conductor 
Jesse Parker present the 1999 Annual Christmas 

Concerts on Saturday Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and 

Sunday Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. 
The concerts will feature Vauglian Williams' 
Fantasia on Christmas Cards with Robert W 
TUdor, baritone, and music for chorus, brass and 
organ, including In Dulci Jubilo by Praetorius; 
plus seasonal cards with guest organist, Gary 

The concerts will take place in the Memorial 

Chapel. Tickets are S15 and $12 for general admission and $10 for stu- 
dents, faculty and staff with valid univcr.sity ID. The 2 p.m. performance 
will offer a special $3 price for children 1 2 and imder For more infor- 
mation, call 405-5570. 

1 4_* T IL 1 .T ■ 


AH are welcome to attend. 

For more information, contact Dr. 
Brami at 405-4037 or 
}b 11 4 @umail . umd . edu . 

Alternative History 

The Center for Historical Studies 
in the College of Library and 
Information Services presents 'Public 
History: More Than an Alternative," 
featuring Page Putnam Miller, direc- 
tor. National Coordinating Committee 
for the Promotion of History. Her lec- 
ture takes place Tuesday, Dec, 7 at 4 
p.m. In Room 1117 Francis Scott Key 

For more information call Jim 
Flack at 405-4313 or e-mail 
jf 1 4®umail. 

Tension Prevention 

"Tension Prevention: Correct 
Posture at Your Computer 
Workstation," is the topic of the 
Center for Health and Wellbeing's 
seminar Wednesday, Dec, 1 in Room 
0121 t^mpas Recreation Center. The 
5:30^:30 p m program is free. For 
more information call 314-1280. 

An Extra Set of Hands 

Is your department using the 
Retired Volunteer Service Corps? The 
RVSC has a number of exceptional 
men and women who would like to 

many more departments and offices 
that could benefit from volunteer ser- 
vices. The following Ls a list of the 
skills represented on the RVSC's cur- 
rent list of available volunteer candi- 
dates: flnancial and accounting, psy- 
chological test development, job 
analysis, human resources, legal clerk, 
ofiice clerical work, career counsel- 
ing, management ability, public rela- 
tions, math tutoring and computer 

For more information, contact Jed 
Collard, RVSC coordinator, at 226- 
4750 or by e-mail to jcollard@acc- 

Chinese Archives Conference 

Saturday, Dec. 4, the Anhui 
Provincial Archives, the Institute for 
Global Chinese Affairs, the U.S. -China 
Archival Exchange Program and the 
U.S. National Arcliives and Records 
Administration present "Huizhou 
Historical Archives and Culture," in 
Lecture Room A at National Archives 


The morning session, 
"Administering the Anhui Provincial 
Archives," features Van Guifu, direc- 
tor-general, Anhui Provincial Archives. 
The afternoon session, "Huizhou 
Archives and die Studies of Regional 
Culture," features Nancy Berliner, 
director of curatorial and program- 

ming affairs, Peabody Essex Museum, 
Salem, Mass.; and Angela Zito, profes- 
sor of Cliinese History, New York 
University. Discussion and comments 
foUow at the conference's end. 

Anyone interested in attending 
should respond by Dec. 1 to Rebecca 
McGinnis, China Programs coordina- 
tor, Institute for Global Chinese 
Afeirs, 1 122 Holzapfel Hall, For more 
information call McGiimls at 405- 
0213 ore-mail: 

Osteoporosis and Exercise 

Learn about osteoporosis and how 
exercise and diet can help, 
Wednesday, Dec. 1 . from noon to 1 
p.m. in Room 0121 C^ampus 
Recreation Center. This brown bag 
lunch program, by the Center for 
Health and Wellbeing, is free of 
charge. For more inibrmadon call 

1999 Holiday Job Fair 

Campus departments interested in 
hiring students for the Winter and 
Spring semesters are invited to par- 
ticipate in the upcoming 1999 
Holiday Job Fair Thursday, Nov. 1 8 
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Stamp 
Student Union Atrium. Space is still 
available. For more information 
contact Chris McCarthy at 314- 

Miss Black Unity 

Saturday, Nov. 20, Nyumburu 
Cultural Center hosts the 22nd 
annua] Miss Black Unity 
Scholarship Pageant at 6 p.m. in 
Tawes Theatre. The pageant, one of 
the best and most spectacular events 
of its kind in the metropolitan area, 
features intelligent and talented 
University of Maryland students. The 
goal of the Miss Black Unity 
Scholarship Pageant is to promote 
unity, self confidence and education. 
Admission is $ 1 2 in advance and 
$ 1 5 at the door. For more informa- 
tion call 3 1 4-7758 or email 

WWW.Babbling Tower 

Jonathan 1-azar of Towson 
University discusses "World Wide 
Web Surveys: A Tower of Babble?," 
Thursday, Nov, 18 at 3:30 p,m, in 
Room 2460 A, V.Williams Building, 
Several different survey organizations 
are attempting to track the evolution 
of the Internet in terms of access and 
usage. The different surveys will be 
identified and contrasted in terms of 
their answers to these questions. 

For more information contact 
Janet .Sumida (sumida@cs,imid,edu) 
or Kathy Bumpass (kbumpass® 
cs, umd, edu); or see the webpage: 
www. cs, 
lectu res, html. Refreshments will be