\J\[ U"*^ -f-<^\^^i Outlook The University of Maryland Facuity and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 14 'Number 12 • November 16, 1999 "Vow's Contract Extended to 2004 page 2 Discounted Football Tix, pa^eS 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 streamlined 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. resources, "The most visible benefit to the campus is a unified informa- tion technology organization 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- mers. "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 medley. 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: www.usa-swimming.org. ' 2 Outlook November 16, 1999 atim 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 extension." 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 ^RS/ 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- ment; Senate PCC Committee report on the propos- Kyv 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. Oudook 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 email@example.com; 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 More." 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 $40,000. 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 hardships." 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" en\ironment. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. :ips ■ B^LONDA SCOTT FORTfi 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 year. 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 life. "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, www.y2k.umd.edu. 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- nesses. 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 countries. 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 mary mem 'land 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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, edu/THET/plays,* 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, esoptron.umd.edu /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 p.tn. 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. edu/THF17p!ays,' 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. edu/THET/plays.* 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 Vocalists 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 Bldg. 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 Music. 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. umd.edu. November 16, 1999 Outlook 5 Discounted Football Tickets investor's Group Hosts Vanguard's John Bogle iTiTiniTr"iif& ,c« \ *. A ^ r^ 4fcw ^^Sfc. -i^^ft 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- ment. 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 Corporation. 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 7000 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 appreciated. 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 teaching. 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- tings. "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. —ERIN MADISON 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 world. 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 Feiner. 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- leges. 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, —ERIN MADISON Ncmetnbcr 16, 1999 Ouflook 7 Ttaduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) 2000 t Grai ■ ■ 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 Interdisciplinary 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 university. 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)email@example.com. 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 community. r iMtt "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, Undergraduate 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. —ERIN MADISON 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 processes. 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 year. The pervasive use of informa- tion technology on a cam- pus as large as the University of Maryland will continue to require a robust technical infra- structure and an appropriate blend between centralized and local support services," says Petersen. "The new OIT promises to bring improved organiza- tional efficiencies, enhanced com- munications and a strategic alignment with the imi- versity'smis-" 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 changes. 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 phrase. 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." —JENNIFER HAWES S Outlook November 16, 1999 for your events 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 Davison. 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 www.inforM .umd.edu/THET/plays. 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: email@example.com. 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- versity. 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 Davison. 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 ■ CHORUS 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 Hall. For more information call Jim Flack at 405-4313 or e-mail jf 1 4®umail. umd.edu. 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 competence. For more information, contact Jed Collard, RVSC coordinator, at 226- 4750 or by e-mail to jcollard@acc- maU.umdedu, 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 n. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 514-1280. 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- 7225. 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 cpl02®umail,umd,edu. 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,umd.edu/hciVf99- lectu res, html. Refreshments will be available.