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The University of 

Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14Nuniber 15 December 14^1999 

Contributing to a 
Bright Future, 

page 4 




Norman "Boomer" Esiason 

Boomer's Back: Former Terp 
Returns to Inspire Grads 

Former University of Maryland quarterback Norman 
"Boomer" Esiason makes his return to campus Dec. 23. The 
NFL broadcaster will address graduates during Winter 
Commencement at Cole Field House. 

Esiason, who led theTerps under Bobby Ross to an ACC 
title in 1983 and 
set 17 school 
records, current- 
ly sits in the 
"Monday Night 
Football" broad- 
cast booth along- 
side Al Michaels. 
He spent 14 
years in the NFL 
with the 
Bengals, Arizona 
Cardinals and 
New York Jets. 
Now one of 
Maryland's most 
sports stars is 
returning to 
where it all 
began. Til put 

myself back into those same seats again," says Esiason. "I 
was also a winter graduate." He graduated in 1984 with a 
degree in general studies. 

Speaking at Cole Field House will not be his first visit to 
campus since leaving Byrd Stadium for the NFL draft. 
Esiason has kept close ties with the university ever since. 
He visited campus most recently when the resurgent Terps 
football team played Clemson this fell. He also regularly 

attends basket- 
ball games, and 
has been known 
to plug the uni- 
versity whenever 
the opportunity 
presents itself in 
his weekly foot- 
ball broadcasts. 
The football star 
is a household 
name when it 
comes to sports, 
but he is also a 
and author. He 
co-authored two 
books: "Toss," a detective story about a young quarterback 
phenom, and "A Boy Named Boomer," a children's book. 

Although "Toss" was praised as a mystery for adults, he 
says he is most proud of die kid's book. In it he relates a 
story about his father, who recently passed away, playing 
football with him in the backyard. His father, who was his 
biggest mentor, told him to "love the ball." "That football 
was one of those plastic yellow things with the holes in 

Continued on page 3 

"No one in my English 

classes probably 

would've thought I 

would make it this far." 

— Boomer Esiason 

Lucent Technologies and University Expand 
Collaboration in New Technology Development 

Lucent Technologies and the University of 
Maryland recently announced a memorandum 
of understanding that expands their strategic 
relationship, which includes research collabora- 
tion, e-business development and the applica- 
tion of Lucent information 
technology in the living 
and learning environment 
on campus. The agreement 
proposes three new initia- 

First, Lucent will design 
and equip a "digital resi- 
dence hall" at the universi- 
ty to serve students select- 
ed for the Hinman 
Campus Entrepreneurship 
Opportunities Program, 
This facility will become a 
showcase for advanced 
Lucent communications 
solutions including multi- 
media messaging, video- 
conferencing and high- 
speed w ireless voice and 
data networking. Students 

will use these applications as they build and run 
their own businesses. Lucent will develop an 
area within the campus' Office of Information 
Technology to showcase these advanced capa- 
bilities for the entire university community as 
well as Lucent's customer base. 

Second, Lucent will become an anchor tenant 

"We are very excited 

about this opportunity to 

deepen our relationship 

with an innovation leader 

like the University of 


— Bill O'Shea, 

Lucent Enterprise Network 

in the university-proposed new Technology 
Park, to be developed in proximity to campus, 
Lucent will house about 100 associates and staff 
in the facility when it is completed in two years. 
Third, Lucent and the university will collabo- 
rate on c-business initia- 
tives that will serve the 
University of Maryland as 
well as the State of 
Maryland's eMaryland pro- 
gram, which is a project to 
create the most advanced 
e-business environment in 
the United States. In addi- 
tion to development and 
testing, these initiatives 
will expose select univer- 
sity students to leading- 
edge e-business tools. 
"The University of 
Maryland is a leader in the 
development and applica- 
tion of information tech- 
nologies," says President 
Dan Mote. "Its influence is 
particularly felt in the 
exploding digital economy of the nation's capi- 
tal region, which is rapidly becoming the center 
of the global Web-based economy. Lucent 
Technologies and its research engine, Bell 
Laboratories, are at the forefront of the develop- 

Conttnued on page 6 

Exempt Pay Program Implementation Draws Near 

The implementation of the University 
System of Maryland (LISM) Exempt Pay 
Program cleared its final hurdle on Dec. 3 
when the Board of Regents approved the ten 
exempt Pay Program policies. The policies are 
effective Jan. 2, 2000, with the exception of 
the Policy on Pay Administration, which has 
an effective date of Feb. 27, 2000. 

The USM exempt Pay Program, with its 
flexible policies that enable each campus to 
be competitive in its own labor market and 
with comparable peer institutions, will create 
an important framework for the flagship insti- 
tution as it strives to recruit and retain an 
exempt workforce that reflects its culture of 
excellence and rewards contributions in pur- 
suit of strategic goals. The program combines 
the university's approximately 1 ,400 regular 
associate staff, academic administrators and 
classified-exempt employees into one unified 
category of employment called exempt. 

Prior to implementation, all exempt posi- 
tions will be placed into one of five broad 
"bands" (see chart, page 6), that will reflect 
each job's relative value to a market bench- 
mark or within the university's organizational 
structure. Though there will be no salary 
adjustments as a result of exempt Pay 

Program implementation, pay administration 
procedures will promote internal equity 
through provisions that will permit depart- 
ments to pay employees relative to the mar- 
ket value of their jobs, and their contributions 
to the university. The market data being uti- 
lized for initial slotting is comprised of a vari- 
ety of independent compensation surveys. 
The survey data will be refreshed annually for 
salary administration purposes. Market salary 
adjustments that departments identify as nec- 
essary should be executed through (he annu- 
al salary setting process. 

Detailed procedures on all aspects of 
salary administration are currently being 
developed and will be distributed to the cam- 
pus prior to the Feb. 27, 2000 implementa- 
tion. These procedures will establish the 
guidelines for salary adjustments pertaining to 
changes in duties, promotions, acting capaci- 
ty, lateral transfers and demotions, and the 
identification of market salary ranges for set- 
ting starting salaries for new hires. 

Between now and early February 2000, the 
compensation professionals from the 
Personnel Services Department will be meet- 

Continued an page 6 

2 Outlook December 14, 1999 

Estate Planning and Elder Law 

Louis Ulman, a practicing attorney specializing in estate 
planning and elder and corporate law, is the featured speaker 
at the Investor's Group meeting at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 
in Room 4137 McKeldin Library. Ulman, a graduate of 
Dickinson College and American University's Washington 
College of Law, will discuss estate planning and answer 

Ulman hosts a radio 
program on WRC AM 570 
on progressive planning 
and also writes a column 
for The Columbia 
Business Monthly. He is 
a frequent lecturer on 
business, estate, financial 
and asset protection plan- 
ning and serves on the 
board of directors of 
the International 
Association for 
Financial Planning, ^ 
Maryland chapter. 

Ulman is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association 
and the Howard County Bar Association as well as the 
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. 

The Investor's Group, co-sponsored by Friends of the 
Libraries and the Office of Continuing and Extended 
Education, is open to all. The group, numbering more than 
300 faculty, staff, students and community friends, is interest- 
ed in broadening its knowledge on financial issues. 

The next meeting of the Investor's Group is scheduled for 
Jan. 19. 

Do Your Part to Prepare for Y2K Glitches 

In addition to all the computer software and 
hardware issues you liave been dealing with to 
prepare for the Year 2000, Facilities Management 
is asking for your assistance in preparing universi- 
ty buildings and your spaces for other problems 
that may occur. Facilities Management has taken 
all appropriate steps to ensure that mission criti- 
cal building systems are compliant and ready. 

Tlie most likely problem that may occur, how- 
ever, will be short duration (1-3 hours) electrical 
outages. Since our heating systems rely on elec- 
tricity, we ask that you take steps to help us con- 
serve heat in buildings. 

Frior to leaving for the holiday break, please: 

• Securely close and lock all windows and doors. 

• Check all infrequently entered spaces (storage 
rooms, etc.) to be sure that they are closed. 

• Check all windows within the stairwells. Verify 
that they are closed and locked. 

• Shut off and disconnect all non-critical equip- 
ment. This includes electrical appliances, comput- 
ers, water, gas and steam connections. 

• Set thermostats between 60 degrees and 65 
degrees Fahrenheit. Report any cold areas (less 
than 40 degrees Fah re illicit) to Work Control 

• Consider covering computers and other materi- 
als that could be damaged by water with plastic 
drop cloths or trash bags. 

• Post emergency notification information on 
your laboratory doors or on hazard warning plac- 
ards (See Environmental Safety Web site for 

If you must leave equipment in operation: 

• Monitor weather conditions. 

* If there are power outages in the area, there is a 
high probability that the university is experienc- 
ing power outages also. 

* Back up all files on the computer. 

* Turn off all the computer equipment. 

* Pull all plugs where possible. 

• If an ongoing experiment or other situation 
makes it impossible to turn off IT equipment 
please inform your supervisor. 

• Facilities Management will begin to winterize 
buildings by shutting off and draining water-filled 
pipes when inside building temperatures 
approach 32 degrees Fahrenheit if we believe 
there is potential for freeze ruptures and flooding 
damage. Most buildings cannot be heated without 
electric pumps to circulate steam and hot water. 
Tliis includes water, steam, fire protection and 
heating pipes. 

• You ;irc responsible to secure any experiments 
that require water and make alternate arrange- 
ments to provide hydration for your animals. 
Facilities Management will be concentrating on 
protecting all buildings from freeze damage and 
will not be able to respond to specific research or 
animal needs. 

Facilities Management will have a limited staff 
on duty on Dec. 3 1 and New Year's Day to moni- 
tor for problems and respond as necessary. Direct 
calls for information to Work Control (405-2222) 
or to UMPD (405-3555). 

letter to the editor 


Dear Editor, 

The Hermanos of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda 
Fraternity, Inc., are having a Christmas toy drive from Dec. 6-23. 
We are asking for any assistance and help in order to collect toys 
for needy and less fortunate children this Christmas. 

Christmas is a wonderful holiday to celebrate, but. unfortu- 
nately, many children do not have the opportunity to enjoy 
Christmas as they should. That is why it is imperative that we 
collect as many toys as we can in order to make their Christmas 
an enjoyable one. 

We are asking you to inform other colleagues and students in 
your class about this toy drive. We are also asking for any sugges- 
tions you may have as to where in Montgomery County or 
Prince George's County there exist foster homes or shelters 
where we could distribute these gifts on Christmas Eve and 
Christmas Day morning. We have managed to come up with 
many in Washington, D.C. However, due to transportation prob- 
lems it may prove difficult to head out to Washington on these 
two days. 

Your help is greatly needed and appreciated. Any donation 
can be dropped off in a box in front of the information desk in 
the Stamp Student Union. We welcome you and your colleagues 
joining us in distributing these toys as Christmas draws near. 

If you should have any questions or concerns please contact 
us at or you may contact me at frnar- or at home at 434-0591 ■ 

Yours truly and respectfully, 

Havio Martinez 

Secretary, La Unidad Latina, 

Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc. 

Phi Chapter, College Park 


To children with nothing, 

The gift of one toy, 

Creates golden moments, 

Of shared hope and joy, 

Inspired anew, 

As they recall the reason... 

Why, it's Hope's own Birthday, 

Observed at this Season! 

The gifts not the toy; 

To impart Hope we strive; 

Won't you share in our efforts, 

To keep Hope alive? 

— Tanya Martinez 1 999 

■ ■ <i«iH 

Although this is the last 

issue of the year, Outlook 

will present itself once 

again next semester, 

starting Feb. 1. 

Continue to send 

notices, announcements 

and calendar items to 

2101 Turner Building or 

e-mail to oudook@ 

accmail. timd. edu. 

Happy Holidays 



Outlook is the weekly facutty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodie Remington, Vice President for University Relations; 
Teresa Flannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cathcart. Executive Editor: Jennifer Hawes. Editor; 
Londa Scott Forte, Assistant Editor; David Abrams, Graduate Assistant; Erin Madison, Editorial Intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus infor- 
mation are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall. College Park, MD 
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December 14, 1999 Outlook 3 



Commencement Schedule 
of Events 

The university's winter graduation programs take place 
Dec. 22 and 23. Students graduating at this time will par- 
ticipate in a variety of activities to honor their achieve- 

Wednesday, Dec. 22 die following colleges 
will hold graduation ceremonies: 

* College of Behavioral and Social Sciences - Cole Student 
Activities Budding, 7 p.m. 

* Journalism- Tawes Theater, 5 p.m. 

* College of Life Sciences- Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m. 

* Undergraduate Individual Studies- Nyumbuni Cultural 
Center, Multipurpose Room, 7 p.m. 

Thursday, Dec. 23, activities begin at 9 a.m. with a con- 
vocation in the Cole Student Activities Budding. A recep- 
tion takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp 
Student Union from 1 1 

G. Scott Shaw Communicates with Students 



a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The following colleges 
will hold graduation cere- 
monies Thursday, Dec. 23: 

• College of Arts and 

• American Studies, 
Comparative Literature, 
Dance, English,Theatre 
and Women Studies- 
Tawes Theatre, Noon 

• Art History- Art- 
Sociology Building, Rm. 
2309, Noon 

• Art Studio- Art-Sociology Building, Rm. 2203, Noon 

• Classics, Foreign Languages, Linguistics -St. Mary's Hall, 

• History, Jewish Studies, Russian Area Studies-Skinner 
Building, Rm. 0200, Noon 

• Philosophy-Skinner Building. Rm, 1119, Noon 

• Communications- Ritchie Coliseum, Noon 

• Robert H. Smith School of Business- Cole Student 
Activities Building, Noon 

• College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical 
Sciences-Memorial Chapel, Noon 

• College of Education- Reckord Armory, Noon 

• A. James Clark School of Engineering-Reckord Armory, 
2:30 p.m. 

• College of Health and Human Performance-Health and 

„ Human Performance 
M0 Building, Rm 2240, Noon 
WW 'College of Library and 
^W Information Services- 
jS^f Biology/Psychology 

» Budding, Rm 1240, 

1 p.m. 

Speakers for 
commencement include 
^t • ^4 ^m Boomer Esiason, retired 

quarterback and com- 
mentator for "Monday 
Night Football," and 
Maryland alumnus. 
Student speaker will be 
a G. Scott Shaw, colum- 

nist at the Diamondback 
and journalism major. 


"I came to college to be a better 
communicator," says G. Scott Shaw, 
"and everything I've since pursued has 
fallen under those premises." 

In the realm of university communi- 
cations, the journalism major became 
familiar to the Maryland community as 
first a news reporter, then a design 
instructor, and finally a bi-weekly 
columnist for the Diamondback. He 
also served as president of the univer- 
sity's chapter of the Public Relations 
Student Society of America. Beyond 
the campus, Shaw found opportunities 
to expand his communication and 
design skills as an intern for the High 
Technology Council of Maryland. "This 
internship was a perfect fit," he says, 
"because it offered me in sigh is into 
the composition of the state's technol- 
ogy industry." 

It was also a communications pro- 
ject that first introduced Shaw to the 
world of hospice care: He designed a 
brochure for teenagers coping with 
terminally ill family members that was 
later used by the Hospice of Prince 
George's County. He would go on to 
volunteer at Hospice events, including 
the 18th Annual Hospice Cup Charity 
Regatta, the largest charity regatta in 
the United States, and the Beacon of 
Hope fundraiser for Hospice of the Chesapeake 
in Millersville. His belief In hospice care has a 
rock-solid foundation: "The fact that such a ser- 
vice exists in our current medical system is a 
breath of fresh air" 

Such a phrase may be used by several profes- 
sors to describe Shaw himself. "He is an ener- 
getic, personable and winsome young man," says 
Reese Cleghorn, dean of the College of 
Journalism. And Ralph Bauer, assistant professor 
of English, proclaims,"He is a committed, serious 
writer widi extraordinary gifts and, no doubt, a 
bright future." 

G. Scott Shaw, winter commencement's student speaker. 

Post-graduation, Shaw plans to fulfill his 
dream of driving cross-country ("Everyone does 
Europe after graduation. No one does America.") 
to explore firsthand the American history and 
literature that have been his academic passions. 
By next fall, he will have settled near Boston, 
Mass., for a career in high-tech public relations 
that combines writing, technology and politics. 
He aspires to be an effective writer and one day 
publish his own magazine. 

"I'm looking forward," he says, "to being suc- 
cessful on my own terms," 

Former Terp Returns to Inspire Grads 

continued /mm page 1 

it," he remembers. But that experience has 
stayed with him in the big leagues. 

Esiason owns several businesses, including a 
limousine service and a line of sauces. Proceeds 
from the sales of his salsa and barbecue sauces 
benefit cystic fibrosis (CF), a cause Boomer has 
supported since meeting a young girl with the 
disease years ago. After his son Gunnar was born 
with the disease, he formed the Boomer Esiason 
Foundation to fund CF research. 

If someone were to ask a classmate about 
him, they might not have seen such a successful 
future for Esiason. "Who would Ve thought I 
would make it all the way to the top — Monday 
Night Football? No one in my English classes 

probably would 've thought I would make it this 

In his formal return to his alma mater, Esiason 
hopes to be an inspiration to graduates just as 
his father and his mentors at Maryland were to 

"Thank goodness I had a lot of good people 
around me. You know what they say,'always 
remember where you came from.' I've been for- 
tunate in my life to be surrounded by so many 
successful people who taught me to be a win- 
ner. I'm so happy I've kept those friendships in 


4 Outlook December 14, IW9 

Campaign Donors Say It's All about Giving Back 


Charles Wellford, chair of the Faculty and 
Staff Campaign, says most peqple who 
work here have something, besides the job, 
that binds them to the university. "There's 
something that excites them about the 
campus," he says, and they give to help the 
university continue its great work. 

Some people love the students and give 
to scholarships, he says. Others designate 
gifts to their departments. Whether direct- 
ing dollars toward specific areas, or desig- 
nating money to be applied where need- 
ed, faculty and staff play an important role 
in the success of the Bold Vision * Bright 
Future Campaign. 

"It's not so much the size of the dona- 
tion — people can give as little or as much 
as they wish— but the fact that they give 
that's important," says Wellford, acting 
chair of the department of criminology 
and criminal justice. With options like pay 1 '' 
roll deduction or charging to a credit card, 
and the ability to designate where on carti- 
pus you'd like your dollars to go, making a 
contribution is quite easy. 

To help spread the word about the 
Faculty and Staff Campaign volunteer fac- 
ulty and staff from across campus have 
been recruited. These donor volunteers 
are, in most cases, employees who have 
given to the university in the past. But 
many are first-time donors who believe in 
the university and want to play a role in 
the campaign's success. 

"We want this to be truly voluntary, 
peer-to-peer solicitation," says WelUbrd, "It's 
not meant to be a hard sell." 

Loretta Carstens, executive administra- 
tive assistant to the dean of libraries is a 
firm believer in giving back to the institu- 
tion. Carstens, who has been with the uni- 
versity—and the libraries— since 1989. 
says both she and her two children have 
benefitted from the university. 

Her now 16-year-old son attended the 
Center for Young Children, including its 
full-day kindergarten. "It was a wonderful 
program "she says, "and I think he almost 
feels like he's an alumnus of die universi- 
ty." Over the years, her son also participat- 
ed in several art programs and in Gary 
Williams' summer basketball camp. 

Carstens daughter graduated from the 
university with a degree in fashion mer- 
chandising. "She had the benefit of full 
tuition, for which I am most grateful," says 

And next May, Carstens is graduating 
from University College with a degree in 
business management. As she sees her goal 
about to be realized, she says she could 
not have achieved it without the universi- 
ty benefit of tuition remission. 
~\ I f I -appreciate my employment with the 
university and am very happy to be a part 
!of tftis place," says Carstens, who began 
contributing a few years ago, when the 
Friends of the Libraries foundation was 

"1 think there's satisfaction when you're 
on the receiving end, and there's always 
satisfaction when giving back for what 
you've received," she says. 

For alumnus Brent Flynn, assistant to 
the director of Campus Recreation 
Services, giving to the university is some- 
thing he's done since his 1984 graduation. 
The Pittsburgh native attended the univer- 
sity on a baseball scholarship and then 
continued his education, earning a mas- 
ter's degree in recreational administration 
in 1992. 

"I contribute as a means of giving back 
to the university for all the good things 
the university has done for me," he says. In 
liis role as a campaign volunteer, Flynn 
says he sees himself as an ambassador for 
the university. 

"Admittedly if someone is not a graduate 
of the university, they don't feel the same 
passion I do," he says. "But it's tough to 
find a better place to work with all the 
great benefits and the beautiful campus 
and facilities. To keep some of these bene- 
fits, you liave to invest in the university." 

Flynn says studies show it's not what 
you give, but that you give that makes the 
difference. "If donors outside this universi- 
ty see faculty and staff investing in the 
University of Maryland, that's a positive for 
someone with, say matching funds." 

Although not a graduate of the 
University of Maryland, William Fourney 
has been giving to the university for 1 5 
years. The chair of aerospace engineering 
is the youngest of 13 children raised in 
West Virginia during the Depression. 

"I owe a lot for my education " he says. 
"Otherwise, I would be dead from work- 
ing in the coal mine, either from a mine 
caving in or from black lung." 

A graduate of West Virginia University, 
Foumey earned his Ph.D. from tiie 
University of Illinois. At both institutions, 
he says, his education was paid for 
through scholarships or jobs, Fourney says 
he believes these universities, along with 
the University of Maryland, all played a 
major role in where he is today"! con- 
tribute to give back for all I've gotten from 
these institutions," he says. 

"Maryland is a great university," says 
Fourney who has been here since 1966. 
"Higher education is so important in a 
young person's life,"says Fourney. "I want 
to see as many of them have an opportuni- 
ty as possible." 


Multicultural Modules Introduced in Family Studies Courses 

Approximately 80 students 
participated in multicultural 
modules introduced in their 
family studies courses this 
semester. The two-week session 
modules were the result of a 
collaborative effort between 
the family studies department 
and the Office of Human 
Relations Programs (OHRP). 

"A primary goal of this col- 
laborative effort was to pro- 
vide students from diverse 
backgrounds with opportuni- 
ties to discuss diversity issues, 
challenge stereotypes and 
learn about others who were 
very different from them- 
selves," says Sally Koblinsky, 
chair of the family studies 

"These modules were 
designed to give students 
ongoing education and experi- 
ence surrounding diversity 
instead of the traditional 'one- 
time' training," says Mark 
Brimhall- Vargas, acting assis- 
tant director of OHRE 

The first module developed 
for FMST 105: Individuals 
and Families focused on cul- 

tural identity and interpersonal 
relationships. It encouraged 
students to think about how 
important their ethnicity is to 
them, how they feel about it 
and how it affects their behav- 
ior, says Koblinsky. 

Experiential learning activi- 
ties were used extensively and 
included exercises such as 
show and tell with a cultural 
symbol and "Bafa Bafa," which 
emphasized the challenges of 
learning to communicate with 
individuals from a different 
culture. The various activities 
were complemented by small 
group and class discussions. At 
the end of the two-week mod- 
ule, students developed an 
action plan describing ways 
they would continue to 
explore diversity in the future. 

"The module was very valu- 
able," says Maria VandergriJff- 
Avery, FMST 105 professor. 
"The activities allowed us to 
experience issues of multicul- 
turalism in a personally mean- 
ingful way.The various exercis- 
es and discussions also 
brought the class together in 

terms of creating a warm and 
interactive environment." 

Students appeared to share 
the same enthusiasm about the 
module. "This class and the 
activities we engaged in 
encouraged participation and 
opened a lot of minds," says 
Rita Lewis, a senior communi- 
cation major. "This activity 
should be included in more 
classes," she adds. 

Diversity in the workplace 
was the focus of the second 
module in FMST 383: Delivery 
of Human Services to 
Famllies.Thc students in this 
class are primarily family stud- 
ies majors and will participate 
in a field assignment (e.g., in 
day care centers, hospitals) 
before they graduate. 

For one of the major assign- 
ments, students were asked to 
research and role play hypo- 
thetical workplace problems, 
including gender discrimina- 
tion, racial bias and domestic 
partnership benefits. Students 
prepared cases and worked 
with other "employees" to 
develop solutions to the identi- 

fied problem. "Students were 
challenged to consider the 
importance of cultural compe- 
tence when working with fam- 
ilies and fellow workers from 
diverse cultural, ethnic, or class 
backgrounds," says Koblinsky. 

The family studies depart- 
ment plans to conduct a for- 
mal evaluation of the modules 
at the end of this semester. 
Factors such as ethnic identity, 
attitudes toward diversity, and 
interaction with students from 
diverse backgrounds will be 

Not only is the family stud- 
ies department planning to 
present the modules in the 
same two courses in the 
future, but also is developing 
new modules to address addi- 
tional aspects of diversity in 
other family studies courses. 

"We would be happy to 
share the modules and our 
experiences with other inter- 
ested departments," says 
Koblinksy. For more informa- 
tion, contact the family studies 
department at 405-5672. 


imply Suzuki 

After hearing a group of 
young Suzuki violinists play, 
world renowned cellist Pablo 
Casals said/Music can save the 
world."The University of 
Maryland is doing its part 
through its recently begun 
pedagogy program where 
young children learn how to 
play the violin and teachers 
are trained to teach the Suzuki 

Now in its third year, the 
Suzuki Violin Program at the 
University of Maryland is 
designed to train Suzuki teach- 
ers and to serve families. On 
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, the 
Suzuki Violin Program will host 
a recital at 6:30 p.m. in the 
Ulrich Recital HaU of the Tawes 
Fine Arts Building. 

This unique approach to 
teaching children ages three 
through 18 to play music was 
designed by Shiniclii Suzuki of 
Japan, Through his method, 
children often develop 
advanced skills at an early age. 

According to Ronda Cole, 
lecturer in the School of Music 
and director of the school's 
Suzuki pedagogy, Suzuki 
applied the principles used in 
learning a language to teach 
music: listening, imitating and 
repetition, starting from birth, 
and positive parental involve- 
ment. The Suzuki training 
method is designed to have 
students use left and right 
brain processes, learn aurally 
kinesthctically and visually. 

"Learning our native tongue 
is the most complex and also 
the easiest thing human beings 
master in their lifetime," says 
Cole. Certainly children who 
have mastered their language 
by the age of three sire very 
talented, thought Suzuki. Every 
child can learn. 

"Suzuki's purpose in devel- 
oping this approach is to raise 
children with beautiful hearts, 
high character, confidence, 
self-esteem, respect, sensitivity 
and discipline, 1 ' says Cole. 

The graduate students who 
populate the program have 
already met the rigorous 
entrance standar 's for a mas- 
ter of music in violin perfor- 
mance and have applied to 
this program to become highly 
trained teachers. Only two 
graduate students are accepted 
into this degree specialization 
each year. 

The university topes to 
make the prognu.i known to 
the public, says Cole. Families 
interested in enrolling their 
child/children can call adminis- 
trator Wendy Harton at 301- 
390-6224 or e-mail for more 

December 11. 1999 Outlook 5 

CP Scholars Discover Maryland's Living History Nyumburu Exhibits Celebrate Bloc, 


This winterterm, College Park Scholars will 
be offering a new class, CPS 269, titled Living 
Histories of the University of Maryland. In this 
class students will study oral history and apply 
it to the University of Maryland College Park. 

Oral history entails die recording of inter- 
views with individuals, or narrators, who have a 
specific knowledge that might otherwise be 
lost, says Cheryl Hiller, who will team-teach the 
course with John Cordes, coordinator of under- 
graduate research for College Park Scholars and 
Kathy McAdams, executive director of College 
Park Scholars. 

The idea for the course evolved from the 
interest of Hiller and Maurine Beasley, of the 
College of Journalism, to retain the history of 
women on campus." Oral histories are often 
done with underrepresented populations such 
as women, African Americans, native Americans, 

and lower economic groups," says Hiller. 

Students in the class will learn about oral his- 
tory techniques and women's history at the uni- 
versity. They will then develop research propos- 
als, compose interview questions and record 
interviews from a list of volunteers. These inter- 
views will be kept as a part of a 50-year history 
of Maryland. 

The class welcomes interested students with 
sophomore status or higher. Additionally, the 
class will feature guest speakers from the Oral 
History Association. 

Hiller notes that the class will be intense, but 
will, "bring history to life," for the students. 



Powerful, color-filled paintings currently adorn the lobby of 
the Nyumburu Cultural Center. Chlnedu Felix Osuchukwu Jr., 
this month's featured artist in the center's "A Celebration of 
Black ArtiThe African American Experience." Osuchukwu, a stu- 
dent at the Corcoran School of Art, majoring In fine art with a 
painting focus, 

A graduate of the Duke Ellington School of Art, Osuchukwu 
began creating art at a very young age. He uses art to express 
his beliefs and aspirations and conveys "thoughts of peace by 
using colors subtly and painting portraits of great African- 
American leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Paul 
Robeson,*" he says. Osuchukwu s paintings focus on reality while 
depicting themes that alert the- conscience. 

Osuchukwu also teaches art to children throughout the 
Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.Through teaching, he is 
able to help other aspiring artists develop their skills and use 
their art as a positive oudct. 

"Working and creating art with everybody makes mc feel 
good because 1 am able to serve God's wishes and give back 
what I have learned," he says. "I have dedicated my talent to 
reach out to other people as a problem-solving force in the 
world. Art is an instrument that I use to accomplish my endeav- 
ors and to give back to other young artists through my teaching. 
Art will deliver me to my goals. I will never lose tiiis determina- 
tion to fulfill my dreams." 

"A Celebration of Black Art:The African American 
Experience," is a monthly exhibit presented by the Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. This is the second month that the center has 
hosted the exhibit and they plan to continue featuring artists 
indefinitely, says Christopher Page, coordinator at the center. 

"We try to feature unknown student artists," Page says. 

Last months exhibit displayed the art of two campus stu- 
dents, Diomie Thomas and Jason Culpepper, As a result of his art 
being presented at the center, Culpepper will be featured in his 
second exhibit, "Renaissance of the New Millennium," in Fort 
Washington this week. 

Osuchukwu's art is currently on display 


Story Time takes on New Meaning with Interactive Technology 

Kindergarten puppet shows have come a long way 
since I was a kid. Instead of socks widi googcly eyes 
acting out scenes from a nursery rhyme, the Institute 
for Advanced Computer Studies hopes to bring inter- 
active Storykits to elementary school classrooms, 

Storykits are used to build story rooms— interactive 
rooms that allow kids to be characters in a story that 
diey create themselves, using computer technologies 
to make the story come to life. 

"We've been asking ourselves how we go beyond 
the desktop and into the room," says Allison Druin, an 
education professor who works for die Institute for 
Advanced Computer Studies "These kits will enable 
kids to build their own stories." 

First, the kids invent a story. Then they build props 
and scenery to go along with their story. Finally, the 
adults put "magic" on the props by placing computer- 
ized sensors on them that produce special effects 
when activated. The final product is a room created 
by the kids, containing a scries of stations tiiat when 
interacted with in the correct order, allow the partici- 
pants to experience the adventure of the story for 

"Imagine you walk into a room and you feel your- 
self jumping into the pages of a hook," says Jaime 
Montemayor, a computer science graduate student 
who is part of the Story kit development team. 

The Storykit team works in the autonomous mobile 
robotics lab (AMRL) and is made up of six adults and 
six to seven children ages 7- 1 1 .The kids are mosdy 
children of faculty and staff at the university who are 
excited about technology, can work well in groups 
and have a strong desire to turn their ideas into reali- 

Tliis technology design team began in 1998 as an 
effort to learn from kids what kids really want when it 

comes to new technologies for learning. The adult half 
is led by Druin, Professor of Computer Science and 
Electrical Engineering James Hendler, and Computer 
Science Professor Ben Bederson. Graduate students 
from the computer science department and the art 
department are assisting the project as well. 

The kids are treated as equals and teach the adults 
how to see the world through their eyes. Over an 
intense eight-week summer session, the team came up 
with the ideas for the Storykits and story rooms. Now 
they are developing those ideas further. For three 
hours a week, the team gets togedier to work out die 
intricacies of creating an interactive story room envi- 
ronment. The team must work hard and fast to be the 
first to come out with this technology. Their main 
competitor is the Massachusetts Institute for 

"We just have to work hard and get this out before 
anyone else does. The kids know that this is really 
cool stuff," says Montemayor. 

The Idea for the story rooms is a spin-off of PETS 
(Personal Electronic Teller of Stories), developed two 
summers ago. Reminiscent of the old Teddy Ruxpin 
dolls, the idea behind PETS is to have a robot built by 
kids that can tell and act out a story written by kids. 
With software created in the lab, called "My PETS," the 
design team kids wrote stories and selected different 
emotions for the robot to act out as it's told in the 
story. In addition to writing the story, the kids 
designed the robot and figured out what different 
emotions — such as happy or sad — would look like 
when acted out by the robot. 

The first prototype, PETS I, built in 1998, is about 
two feet tall and looks somewhat like a cross between 
a shaggy dog, an owl and a spotted cow. PETS I is 
plugged into a computer and can move its arms and 

body, but cannot make facial expressions. 

Its successor, PETS n, built in May 1999, is much 
more sophisticated. It looks like a pig from outer 
space. Complete with a flying saucer., it is bigger than 
the original PETS, can make facial expressions and is 
completely wireless, PETS n was presented recently at 
a Computer-Human Interaction Conference In 

Both the kids and the adults are learning about 
technology and having fun doing so. 

"I can't imagine doing anything else," Montemayor 
says. "This is the fun part of school." 

The future of story rooms and PETS is wide open. 
Story rooms will be introduced first in Sweden and 
England, where researchers are also working on col- 
laborative storytelling with kids. 

Druin plans to bring PETS into hospitals so chil- 
dren there can create their own stories and characters 
using the robots and My PETS software. She hopes the 
robots will act as therapy aids for physically and emo- 
tionally challenged children. Druin wants PETS to help 
these children express their feelings. 

"The robot enables kids to have the robot tell emo- 
tions... The robot will help kids be more explicit with 
their emotions," Druin says. 

AMRL will continue working on PETS and story 
rooms, developing technologies that incorporate the 
ideas and creativity of children. 

"This is ongoing work... Our focus is developing 
new technologies for kids and develop new methods 
we can use to integrate kids and design teams," Druin 
says. "Most people don't include kids in the design 


6 Outlook Deceml>er 14. 1999 

Maryland Announces Creation of the Major F. Riddick, Jr. 
Student Technology Entrepreneur Award 

Exempt Pay Program 
Implementation Draws Near 

The University of Maryland will sponsor a 
new competition each year to select the 
state's best student-created" technology busi- 
ness. Beginning in 2000, students in Maryland 
colleges and universities who have started 
their own technology business can compete 
for the annual Major E Riddick, Jr. Student 
Technology Entrepreneur Award and its 
$2500 prize. 

The new competition, which will be man- 
aged by the Dingman Center for 
Entrepreneurship in the Robert H. Smith 
School of Business, is named in honor of 
Major ¥. Riddick Jr., chief of staff for Maryland 
Governor Parris N. Glendening and chair of 
the Maryland Information Technology Board 
and the Maryland Technology Showcase. It 
will be open to all students attending a 
Maryland college or university who have cre- 
ated their own technology business. Winners 
wUl be announced each year during the 
Maryland Technology Showcase, die mid- 
Atlantic region's largest showcase for cutting 
edge products and services. 

"As a state and national leader in entrepre- 
neurship education and technology innova- 
tion, the University of Maryland is pleased to 
sponsor this new award for our state's top 
student entrepreneurs." says University 
President Dan Mote, speaking at opening cer- 
emonies for the 1999 Maryland Technology 
Showcase. "And we are particularly pleased to 
name it for Major F. Riddick, Jr. He has been 
instrumental in promoting the growth of high 
tech business in our state and implementing 
Governor Glendening's exemplary program 
for a state IT network that will connect all 
Maryland citizens and make state services 

more readily available to everyone. 

"Our sponsorship of this competition is 
the latest of the University of Maryland's con- 
tinuing efforts to foster entrepreneurship and 
the creation of new business in the state and 
region," Mote says. "Our commitment to the 
teaching and practice of entrepreneurship 
also can be seen in two new campus pro- 
grams, the Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship 
Opportunities Program and the 
Entrepreneurship Citation Program," 

The Hinman CEO Program — the nation's 
first living-learning entrepreneurship pro- 
gram — will bring together undergraduate stu- 
dents from different disciplines to study 
entrepreneursliip as they live and work 
together in a specially equipped dorm and 
perhaps even create their own start-up busi- 
nesses. A joint program of the university's 
highly ranked schools of business and engi- 
neering, the Hinman CEO Program was initiat- 
ed with a $ 1 .7 million gift from Brian 
Hinman, engineering school alumnus and suc- 
cessful creator of three high-tech companies. 
The first group of upperclassmen students 
will enter the program in the fall of 2000. 

The business school's Entrepreneurship 
Citation Program is a curriculum of four 
undergraduate courses that teaches the essen- 
tial aspects involved in starting, managing, 
financing and developing growth strategies 
for new ventures. Students' work in the pro- 
gram culminates in the creation of business 
plans for their proposed new ventures. 

Lucent Technologies and University Expand 
Collaboration in New Technology Development 

continued from page 1 

ment and realization of the next generation of 
networks which will power this new economy." 

"We are very excited about this opportunity 
to deepen our relationship with an innovation 
leader like the University of Maryland," says Bill 
O'Shea, president and CEO of Lucent Enterprise 
Networks. "We look forward to working with the 
university to develop the future— and our future 
business leaders." 

In addition to these newly announced initia- 
tives, Lucent will continue to support the follow- 
ing joint programs now underway with the 
University of Maryland: 

• Trailblazer - This student-inspired initiative 
aims to create technology-sawy business lead- 
ers. Lucent and the University of Maryland pro- 
vide oversight and guidance to the program, 
which is designed to give students the experi- 
ence and skills they need to be successful in the 
rapidly changing technology marketplace. 

• Mentoring - Eleven Lucent executives are 
engaged in active mentoring wiut University of 
Maryland students under the auspices of the 
VALUE (Visionaries And Leaders Unleashing 
Excellence) program. Over the course of a 
semester, the executives share life lessons with 
the students, giving them a jump-start on their 

careers and competitive advantage for the 

* Technology Trials - The University of Maryland 
has and will continue to participate in beta tests 
of new Lucent products such as DEFINITY(r) IP 
Solutions with Voice-over IP telephones, which 
put voice conversations on data networks. 

• Optical Networking Project - Lucent 
Technologies, in collaboration with the 
University of Maryland and other institutions, 
will begin joint research into ultra-high band- 
width applications over optical facilities. 

Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray 
Hill, N.J,, designs, builds and delivers a wide 
range of public and private networks, communi- 
cations systems and software, data networking 
systems, business telephone systems and micro- 
electronic components. Bell Laboratories is the 
research and development arm for the company. 

For more information on Lucent 
Technologies, visit its web site at 

continued from page I 

ing with campus administra- 
tors to review and discuss the 
proposed pay band assign- 
ments for placement of 
exempt positions within their 
respective areas of responsibili- 
ty. By mid-February, all affected 
employees will receive a notifi- 
cation letter detailing the pay 
band assignment for their par- 
ticular position, which will go 
into effect on Feb. 27, 2000. 

Titles for current associate 
staff and academic administra- 
tors will not change, but classi- 
fied-exempt titles will change 
to comparable titles, effective 
Jan. 2, 2000.AU classified- 
exempt employees will be 
notified in writing before the 
holiday break of their new 

The Exempt Pay Program 
policies represent an improve- 
ment over many existing poli- 
cies. For example, associate 
staff and academic administra- 
tors currently earn 22 days of 
annual leave per year regard- 

definition of "exempt" employ- 
ees under the Fair Labor 
Standards Act, which stipulates 
that exempt employees be 
paid a standard salary for per- 
forming the requirements of a 
job. regardless of actual hours 
worked. With this new policy, a 
typical (full-time) bi-weekly 
pay period requires a mini- 
mum of 80 hours on a sched- 
ule that satisfies the require- 
ments of the job. This policy 
will provide administrators 
more discretion and flexibility 
in accommodating temporary 
schedule changes and alternate 
work schedule arrangements, 
as appropriate. 

The recording of annual 
leave, sick leave and personal 
leave will not change under 
this new policy, though accrual 
of compensatory time will no 
longer be permitted without 
prior written approval of the 
Director of Personnel. In early 
February, exempt employees 
will receive a re-designed 
timesheet with detailed 
instructions on the recording 

Exempt Pay Program 

Broadband Structure, College Park Campus 

(Effective 2/27/00) 

Salary Band 


Band Speed 





$5 5, 000-$ 140, 000 


less of their length of service 
to the university. Under the 
new policy, all exempt employ- 
ees will receive 22 days of 
annual leave through their 
20th year of service, but begin- 
ning with the 21st year of ser- 
vice, annual leave will be 
accrued at the rate of 25 days 
per year. 

Another policy change per- 
tains to the timekeeping 
method for exempt employees. 
Currently, employees are 
required to record "time-in, 
time-out" on their timesheets. 
Under the new Policy on Work 
Schedules, exempt employees 
will no longer record actual 
hours worked. Instead, exempt 
employees will record "duty 
days" worked on their 
timesheets. This important 
change is consistent with the 

of duty days worked and leave 

Please watch Outlook for 
further information as the 
Exempt Pay Program imple- 
mentation proceeds. The 
Personnel Services Department 
staff is available to assist with 
questions employees may have. 
exempt Pay Program inquiries 
may be directed to person-, or to 
Compensation & Classification 
at 405.5660, Employee 
Relations at 405.5651, or the 
Office of the Director at 




December 14, I9W Outlook 7 

Exempt Pay Program for Policies, Effective January 2, 2000* 


Highlights of Major Provisions 

Changes from Existing Policy 

VIM. 22- Policy on 
Separation for Regular 
Exempt Employees 

Establishes separation procedure for "at-will" appointments with an 
ascending period of notice based on length of service for employees 
hired after V2JO0. 

• Excepts employees who serve as officers, and those with titles of 
Asst. /Assoc. VP, Asst./Assoc. Provost, Asst./Assoc. Academic Deans, 
and Asst JAssoc. Vice Chancellor, and other key executive positions 
the President may designate. 

• Requires a one-year probation for an employee who voluntarily applies 
for and accepts an Exempt position elsewhere on the campus. 
Rejection on probation requires prior written notice of 30 days. 

• Academic Administrators serve "at the pleasure of the institution. 

• Classified-Exempt employees may be separated for "cause only" after passing a 
six -month probation. 

• Associate Staff may be terminated with a period of notice requirement up through 
seven years of service: after seven full years, may be terminated for cause only. 
Associate Staff serve a one- year probation with each new appoinlment. 

VIM .31 -Policy on 
Layoff and Recall of 
Regular Exempt 

Establishes period of notice and recall status for Exempt employees 
who are laid off due to abolished positions, termination of funds, 
organizational change, or lack of work 
* Requ ires 90 cale nda r d ays advance written n otice 

* Associate Staff must be provided 30 days prior written notice pending layoff 

• Classified-Exempts must be provided 90 days prior written notice pending layoff. 

VII-6.10 -• Policy on 
Work Schedules for 
Regular Exempt 

* Eliminates "lime- in, time-out" recording of hours worked. Establishes 
the recording of "duly days" for days worked. 

• Eliminates accrual of compensatory time, except with grjor written 
approval of the Director of Personnel. 

• Associate Staff must account for eight hours per day. 

• Academic Administrators must account for 40 hours per wort week. 

• Classified- Exempt employees must account for 40 hours per workweek. 

VII-7.01 - Policy on 
Annual Leave for Regular 
Exempt Employees 

• Establishes the annual leave earning rate of 22 days per year through 
20 full years of service; beginning with the 21 st year of service, annual 
leave shall be earned at the rate of 25 days per year. 

Associate Staff and Academic Administrators accrue annual leave at the rate of 22 
days per year, regardless of length of service 
Classified-Exempt employees adhere to the State of Maryland leave accrual 
schedule in (our stages, beginning with 10 days accrued in each of Ihe first five full 
years of service, up to a maximum of 25 days accrued annually beginning with the 
21 st year of service. 

VII-7.10- Policy on 
Personal Leave for 
Regular Exempt 

Establishes the earnings rate for personal leave at three days per 
calendar year. 
* The use of personal leave requires prior notification to the supervisor. 

* The use of personal leave requires prior approval. 

• No change to the rate of earnings. 

• ' 

V1I-7.30- Policy on 
Holiday Leave for Regular 
Exempt Employees 

* Establishes the amount of holiday leave earned by regular employees, 
and the protocol for observance dates. 

No change to existing institutional practice. 

VH-9.Q1 ~ Policy on 
Implementation of the 
Exempt Pay Program 

Provides that no employee shall experience a reduction in base salary 
as a result of the implementation of the Exempt Pay Program. 

• Vests current rights with employees converted into Ihe new program, 
so long as they remain al their current institutions. 

Permits formerly Classified-Exempt employees !o elect to enroll in the 
Optional Retirement Program or remain in the Maryland State 
Retirement and Pension System. 

• Requires that existing compensatory leave balances be used within 
one year of implementation. 

• Stipulates that there is no effect on employee grievance rights as a 
result of the Exempt Pay Program 

• Classified-Exempt employees must enroll in the Maryland State Retirement and 
Pension System and do not currently have the option of enrolling in Ihe Optional 
Retirement Program. 

VII-9.11- Policy on 
Pay Administration for 
Exempt Positions* 

Establishes USM Exempt Pay Program salary administration guiding 
• Extends the authority to each institution to design a pay administration 
program consistent with the guiding principles. 

• Salary administration policies were specific to each category of employment. 

VII-9.51 - Policy on 
Reassignment for Regular 
Exempt Employees 

Authorizes reassignmenl or modification of duties, responsibilities, 
and/or reporting relationships at any time to a similar or comparable 
* For reassign men Is involving a change of schedule or location, 
employees must receive two weeks prior written notice. 

• No change to existing policy except that there is no current requirement for prior 
written notice. 

VH-9.61 - Policy on 
Reinstatement for Regular 
Exempt Employees 

• Establishes the conditions that shall apply to former regular employees 
who are re-appointed to regular Exempt positions within three years 
from the date of separation from regular USM and/or Slate service. 

• Applies to service credit and reinstatement of sick leave balance. 

* Previous reinstatement period was two years from date of separation. 

•The Policy on Pay Administration (VU-9.11) will go into effect on February 27, 2000. 

The approved policies reflect significant improvements over the initial draft versions circulated amongst the USM institutions last summer for dissemi- 
nation to employees. After widely distributing the policies to affected employees, the College Park campus received feedback from individual employ- 
ees, as well as from the Personnel Advisory Council, the Senate Staff Affairs Committee and the President's Commission on Women's Issues. All 
feedback was carefully reviewed and combined into College Park's institutional response back to the Exempt Task Force. Based on feedback of our 
campus, as well as from other institutions in the system, the policies were significantly modified prior to being approved by the Board of Regents on 
Dec. 3. 

8 Outlook December 14, 1999 

for your 

vents • lectures • seminars 

wards* etc 

Library Intercession Hours 

The University libraries' schedule 
of hours for the intersession and 
Winterterm are now available at most 
library locations. Faculty, staff and stu- 
dents should be aware that materials 
in circulation may be recalled during 
this period. 

If you are going to be away for 
more than 1 4 days, library staff recom- 
mend that you either return the 
books you have borrowed, or have 
your mail picked up by someone with 
access to the library materials charged 
out to you. This way, others will not 
be denied the use of materials needed 
for their research, and you won't have 
a mailbox full of overdue notices 
when you get back. 

For more information, inquire at 
any UM Library service desk, or con- 
tact David Wilt, EPSL circulation, at 
405-9140 or Terry Sayler, access ser- 
vices, at 405-9177. 

Computer Virus Alert 

Potentially the first of manyY2K 
viruses, the W32.Mypics. Worm / 
TROLMYPICS program affects 
Windows 95, 98 and NT machines. 
This worm is spread as an e-mail 
attachment file called pics4you.exe. 

When activated, it sends itself in an 
e-mail message to 50 people in your 
Outlook mailbox. When the computer 
date changes to the year 2000, it will 
make a change that will simulate a 
Y2K problem and prevent you from 
accessing your hard drive without 
going into the BIOS setup. It will also 
overwrite your existing autoexec.bat 
startup file with a version that will 
delete all files on your C and D drives. 

For more information, visit the 
Office of Information Technology 
Website at 
helpdesk/virus. For further informa- 
tion, contact the OFT Help Desk at 
405-1500 or visit the helpdesk website 

Cellular Vendor Days 

The Office of Informadon 
Technology has arranged for cellular 
telephone vendors to be available to 
demonstrate, answer quesdons and 
sign up faculty, staff and students with 
special rates available to the University 
of Maryland community Beginning in 
January and continuing through May, 
the vendors will be available from 1 1 
a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of 
each month in Room 0106 Patuxent 

For more information contact Tom 
Heacock on 405-4409, or e-mail: thea- 

cock ©mere ur y. umd . edu. 

Art and Cultural Politics 

With the recent hand-over of Hong 
Kong to China, and the pending return 
of Macao to China this month, and 
other developments in Asia over the 

Advanced Microsoft Access 

Faculty and staff computer training 
in Advanced Microsoft Access will be 
offered Monday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. 
to 4 p.m., in Room 4404 Computer 
and Space Sciences Building. There is a 
fee of $75 for training and course 

Those with intermediate-level com- 
petency will learn to use action 
queries to update data values, create 
outer joins and use crosstab queries, 
create macros and use Access to cre- 
ate links to Internet sites and more. 

Seating is limited and web-based 
prercgistration is required at 
www. info rm . um d . edu/Sho rtCourses. 
Questions about course content can 
be directed to oit-training@umail.; questions about registration 
can be directed to the OIT training 
services coordinator at 405-0443. 

Zhaoxing to Visit Campus 

China's Ambassador to the U.S., Li Zhaoxing, will visit campus Dec. 16. He 
will give a speech tided "China and the U.S. are Destined to be Partners" at 
11 a.m. in Room 01 1 1 of the Classroom Building. 

The purpose of the ambassador's speech is to strengthen the relationship 
between the University of Maryland and the People's Republic of China. 
Current links between China and the university include programs in agricul- 
ture, information sciences and archives as well as training sessions in several 
disciplines. Exchange programs are already in place for students and schol- 
ars, and various departments on campus host frequent visits by Chinese dig- 

The ambassador's speech will reflect upon the rich, varied and long-stand- 
ing collaboration between campus and the world power and focus on 
strengthening our ties of scholarship and friendship. 

The event is open to the public. Please contact Rebecca McGinnis of the 
Institute for Global Chinese Affairs by Dec. 14 at 405-0213 or e-mail to reserve your seat. 

The Classroom Building is on Stadium Drive across from the A. V Williams 
Building. Parking will be available in Parking Garage 2, located on Regent's 

past several decades, the relation 
between art and cultural politics in 
Asia has taken an interesting turn. A 
one-day conference on "Art and 
Cultural Politics: China, Hong Kong 
and Taiwan." sponsored by the 
Institute for Global Cliinese Affairs and 
the art history and archaeology depart- 
ment on campus, will be held to 
examine the major issues surrounding 
this theme. 

The event will take place on 
Saturday, Dec. 18, in Room 0105 St. 
Mary's HaU, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Papers will include "White Cat, Black 
Cat: Cultural Politics Under Deng 
Xiaoping," "In Search of Historical 
Truth: The '2-28 Incident' Museum," 
"Hong Kong Artists' Representation of 
China ""The Margin alization of Female 
Artists in the Chinese Art System .""The 
Uses of Written Characters in 

Chinese Art," "Chinese Ink Painting: A 
Postmodern Condition Past and 
Present," and others. 

For more information, and to regis- 
ter your name by Dec. 15, contact 
Rebecca McGinnis, Institute for Global 
Chinese Affairs, at 405-02 1 3. or e-mail: 
rml 65 @u mail, 

Textbook Info Requests 

Faculty members and other acade- 
mic department staff members are 
being contacted by a number of Web- 
based textbook companies requesting 
textbook adoption information, and 
one company is also requesting faculty 
members to recommend students who 
could serve as their sales representa- 
tives on campus. 

You do not have to respond to any 
of these requests. If you need help or 
have questions concerning such 
requests for information, contact Paul 
Maloni at 314-7837 or e-mail him at 
pmaloni @ union . um d . edu 

Books in Storage 

To allow new books and serials to 
be shelved in the McKeidin Library, 
staff have determined it is necessary 
to transfer to on-campus storage most 
books that have not circulated since 
1980. Books identified for transfer to 
storage are being flagged with purple 
forms. These forms will remain in the 
books for at least a month before the 
books are moved to storage. 

Faculty or students can fill out the 
purple form to indicate that a book 
should remain in the open stacks. If a 

book is checked out, die purple form 
is removed. Books moved to storage 
are available to all users within one 
business day and can be requested via 

This project is expected to contin- 
ue throughout the remainder of the 
academic year. For further information 
contact Karla Hahn at 405-9117 or or visit 
circ_a!l. htmI#STOR. 

Web-based Course Management 

Registration is underway for the 
Winter/Spring 2000 series of Institute 
for Instructional Technology We bCT 
training modules, offered the second 
week of January, 2000. Faculty wishing 
to learn how to use the campus Web- 
based course management tool can 
attend these free, three-hour modules. 
Faculty already experienced in the use 
of WebCT may be interested in 
"Catching Up With WebCT version 
2.0", or other topics on advanced uses 
of the environment. 

Module descriptions, attendance 
criteria, and web-based registration are 
available at: www.inform.umd. edu/ 

The IIT is cosponsored by the 
Office of Information Technology and 
the Center for Teaching Excellence. 
Questions about course content can 
be directed to oit-training@umail.; questions about registration 
can be directed to the instructional 
technology training manager at 405- 

Statistics Seminar 

Amy Goodwin Froelich discusses 
"Statistical Issues Related to Item 
Response Theory,"Thursday, Dec. 16 at 
3:30 p.m. in Room 3206 Mathematics 
Building. Her seminar is sponsored by 
the statistics program in the mathe- 
matics department. 

For more information, contact 
Professor Grace Yang at 405-5480 or For a complete 
abstract go to 

Black History Month Calendar 

Each year the Office of Campus 
Programs publishes a university calen- 
dar of events to commemorate Black 
History Month. This celebration 
reflects on the experiences and 
acknowledges the contributions of 
persons of African descent. 

Now is an excellent time to begin 
thinking about programming for tills 
February's Black History Month, with 
the theme "Heritage and Horizons: The 
African American Legacy and the 
Challenges of the 21st Century." You 
are invited to join in this university 
celebration by sponsoring lectures, 
programs or activities. Be creative in 
identifying topics for programs that 
relate to your particular unit, organiza- 
tion or mission. 

Submit information or questions 
about programs to: Brandon Dula, 
Office of Campus Programs, 1 135 
Stamp Student Union, 314-7167, or e- 
Information for the calendar is due 
Jan. 7, 2000.