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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14* Number 16 • February 1, 2000 

New Brew, 

February Diversity 



Communications Leader Names 
Maryland Arena for $20 Million 

Comcast Center Host Basketball Games, Student Activities 


Beginning in the 2002-2003 season, Terrapins baskettiall teams will play In the newly named 
Comcast Center, shown above, to be located south of the Chesapeake Building. 

The University of Maryland Terrapins basket 
ball teams will play in the Comcast Center 
beginning in the 2002-2003 season, thanks to a 
$20 million naming rights gift to the university 
announced at a news conference Jan. 5. The gift 
Is part of a business partnership that also 
Includes the provision of cable television ser- 
vices to university residence halls. The Maryland 
Board of Regents 
and the Board of 
Public Works must 
approve the agree- 
ments before they 
take effect. 

Relations Vice 
President Brodie 
Remington said 
the gift is the 
largest single dona 
tion ever to the 
state's flagship 
campus, and it 
matches the 
largest known 
corporate naming 

gift in the United States for a college athletic 
facility. The $20 million represents a significant 
portion of the university's share of the cost of 
construction on the planned $101 million arena, 
which will be built on the north side of the 
campus under the auspices of the Maryland 
Stadium Authority, 

"We are thrilled to welcome Comcast to the 
University of Maryland," said President Dan 
Mote. "It is particularly fitting that this university, 
with its great academic strengths in Information 
technology and business, should team up with 
Comcast, a leader in cable television services 

and content as well as high-speed Internet 
access, This is a win-vrin-win for all the parties 

"It's certainly a win for our athletic program 
and the campus," Mote said. "It's a win for 
Comcast because they have association with a 
great university. It's a win for the students 
because they will also benefit from the cable 

When the $20 million gift was 
Debbie Yow, Comcast's Steve 

announced, on hand were Gary Williams, 
Burch, President Mote and Brodie Remington. 

television facilities in the residence halls that 
they have so long fought for." 

"We're honored to be part of the university, 
and we're thrilled to be able to provide financial 
support to what I think is going to be the pre- 
miere arena in the United States," said Steve 
Burch, regional senior vice president, Comcast's 
Mid-Atlantic Region and a Maryland alumnus. 
Burch arid Mote signed the agreement just min- 
utes before the news conference. 

"I'm just as excited as a graduate of this uni- 

Continued on pa^ 6 

Professors Chair Panel H 
Studying Diversity Issues j 

Two long-time University 
of Maryland faculty mem- 
bers, both veterans of various 
stni^es to enhance diversi- 
ty, will chair a panel charged 
with Hnding ways to trans- 
form Maryland "from a 
diverse campus to a diverse 
community." President Dan 
Mote promised to create the 
panel as part of his response 
to a series of threatening let- 
ters sent to African and 
AMcan American student 
leaders last fall. The letters 
are still under investigation 
by state and federal authori- 

Mote named Claire Moses, 
professor and chair of the 
Women's Studies 
Department, and Raymond 
Johnson, professor and for 
mer chair of mathematics, to 
head the panel, The 20-inem- 
ber panel of faculty, staiT and 
students, chosen in collabo- 
ration with the College Park 

Senate, held its first organiza- 
tional meeting last Friday, 

"We have good reason to 
be proud of the substantial 
and increasing diversity of 
our campus," Mote says. "But 
incidents tike the hate letters 
suggest strongly that we 
have not taken full advantage 
of opportunities to bring our 
campus family together into 
a diverse community. Some 
say we have become a feder- 
ation of interest groups 
rather than a union of 
diverse people." 

Mote says the panel 
shouJd "consider any or all< 
opportunities for enhance- 
ment of our experiences as a 
diverse commimity" and 
should not be "constralnedi 
by current practices and 
campus organization' as it 
attempts to ^H 

* Reduce impediments to ^^ 
building understanding and 

Continued on pa^ 7 

Campus Simplifies Business 
Processes with BPRIT 

After several years of plan- 
ning and study, the Business 
Process Redesign Project 
(BPRIT), part of an effort spon- 
sored by the division of 
Administrative Affairs to move 
campus toward an electronic 
workplace, is now entering the 
implementation phase. 

The $8 million project tar- 
gets four core processes, 
including hiring, delegated and 
small dollar purchasing, travel 
approval and expense reim- 
bursement, as well as software 
development and implementa- 
tion.The goal of the BPRIT is 
to eliminate unnecessary 
process steps, computerize 
paper-driven processes and 
transform administrative 
offices into more service-ori- 
ented providers. 

"We have been operating 
under the same manual busi- 
ness processes for the past 50 
years," says Sylvia Stewart, asso- 
ciate vice president of adminis- 
trative afTalrs,"It was time to 
look at our processes and to 

introduce significant Informa- 
tion tools into how we do busi 

Starting in 1995, in response 
to numerous complaints about 
various business and hiring 
processes. Administrative 
Affairs began studying each 
process and asking staff across 
campus how to improve it. The 
study by teams of about 1 00 
users revealed a cumbersome, 
outdated system, with too 
many steps and not enough 
integration of activities. 

"It's a massive paper-chase," 
says Comptroller Julie Phelps. 
"Requisitions are filled out in 
paper. They're shipped over to 
purchasing. Purchasing literally 
types the purchase orders out, 
so another document is pro- 
duced out of purchasing. That 
information has to get over to 
accounts payable. Then an 
accounts payable clerk would 
have to input the information 
into his own database." 

Continued on page 6 

2 Outlaok February 1,2000 

Melvin Levin 

In Metnoriam 

Melvin R. Levin 

i Llrban studies 
pcpert and profes- 
sor Melvin R. Levin 
died of cancer 
pec. 20 at his 
home in College 
Park. He was 75. 

Levims^s chair- 
inan of the Urban Studies and 
Planning program firom 1978 to 
1980. He retired from campus 

Well known for his work in 
^uiban studies, Levin wrote and 
edited 1 2 books, including 
"Outside Looking 
In: Immigration 
a»d Development,' 

Unemployment : 
Space Alternatives 
for Public l\>licy," 
land "Educational 
Investment in an 
Urban Society." 

Levin studied Rodolfo RIvas 
and documented the affect of 
crime and other factors of 
attracting residents to 
Baltimore neighborhoods like 
Union Square, Butcher's Hill 
iand Mount Vemon. He also 
wrote on such topics as unem- 
ployment, urban sprawl and 
other patterns of urban devet 
ippment, community and 
l^^onal piaiming and trans- 

Levin was bom and raised in 
Brooklyn, N. Y, and served in the 
Army tiuiing Worid War n. He 
earned his bachelor's degree 
from Brooklyn College. In 1949 
he received a master's degree in 
sociology from University of 
Chicago, where he also earned a 
doctoral degree in urban plan- 
ning in 1959. 

He worked as an analyst for 
Illinois state government and 
was an economist and urban 
planning consultant in private 
practice before starting bis aca- 
demic career 

Before coming to campus, 
Levin was director of urban 
studies at Boston University 
from 1964 to 1972. and chair- 
man of Rutgers University's 
department of urban planning 
and iwlicy from 1972 to 1978. 

He moved to Maryland in 
1978, when he began woridng 
at the University of Maryland. 
He was president of the 
American Institute of Certified 
Planners from 1986 to 1988. 

Family members said Levin 
was a true academic. He trav- 
eled extensively and loved 

Levin is survived by his 
three sonsjames Levin of 

HoIUston, Mass., Dan levin 6f 
Cupertino, Calif. , and Thomas 
Levin of Richardson, 
Texas; a daughter, 
Cathy Levin of 
BcMton; a sister, 
Georgia Bank of 
Monroe Township, 
N.J.; and Ms three 

Rodoifo Rivas 
Rodolfo James Rivas, 40, 
assistant professor in the 
department of biology Cformer- 
ly zoology) sMce 1994, died of 
pancreatic cancer Jan. 1 1 at 
Montgomery Hospice Casey 
House. He would have come 
up for tenure this 

Rivas' area of 
scientific interest was 
in development neu- 
robiology, particularly 
the cellular develop- 
ment of the cerebel- 
lum/central nervous 
system. His interest in 
cellular imaging/ con- 
focal microscopy led Rivas to 
become the primary architect 
of a Nadonal Science 
Foundation grant to purchase a 
confocal microscope in the 
department in 1996. 

A popular and well-regarded 
teacher of developmental btol- 
c^ and neural development 
courses here, Rivas was award- 
ed the Junior Faculty 
Excellence Award, College of 
Life Sciences, in 1998. He was a 
member of the graduate facul- 
ties in the Neurosciences and 
Cognitive Sciences Program 
(NACS) and Molectilar and 
Cellular Biology program 

Like President EJan Mote, 
Rivas was a Berkeley man. He 
hailed from San Francisco, and 
earned his bachelor's, master's 
and doctoral degrees in zoolo- 
gy at Berkeley. From 1988 to 
1994, he did postdoctoral work 
at Colimibia and Rockefeller 

His publications included 
articles in the Journal of 
Comparative Neurology as 
well as Cell Motility and the 
Cytosheleton. He was a member 
of the Society for Neurosdencc 
and American Society for Cell 
Biology. His hobbies included 
hiking and rutming. 

Survivors include his wife of 
12 years, Sharon Kay Powell of 
Silver Spring; two daughters, 
Lauren PoweL Rivas and 
Catherine Elizabeth Rivas, both 
of Silver Spring; his mother, 
Maria Aida Rivas of San 
Francisco; and three sisters. 

Experts List Now Accepting Data 

University Relations is now gathering informa- 
tion to buUd the Experts List and Speakers 
Bureau database to help the media find the peo- 
ple here who can help them and their readers 
understand the issues. 

One of the ways in which the University of 
Maryland benefits society is by making the vast 
intellectual resources that exist in its faculty and 
staff available to the world through the media. 
Reporters from throughout the world regularly 
seek out the university's esperts on topics from 
aeronautical engineering to zoology. Some of the 
imiversity's experts are already well known to the 
media and appear in national and international 
publications and news broadcasts frequently. But 
there are many more, less well knovt^n to the 
media and the world. 

The University of Maryland Experts Database 
will change that. 

LIniversity Relations asks all interested faculty 
and staff who are willing to serve as expert 
sources for reporters to fill out a simple Web 
form (pictured left).TIie information will be com- 
piled in a database maintained by the Office of 
University Relations. Tlie database will be pub- 
lished and updated constantly on the Web, search- 
able by topic areas, to help reporters find 

In addition, once a year University Relations 
will print the information, sorted by topics, and 
make the print version available to reporters. This 
database will also serve as the university's 
Speakers Bureau list for organizations that call to 
find speakers. To provide your information to tlic 
experts list, just follow these easy steps; 

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1 . Surf into and 
follow the link to "submit your informa- 
tion to the experts database ."That will 
take you to a page explaining how die list 
works and why it's needed. 

2. You '11 be asked to log in. Use anything 
you want for the uscmamc and use 
"goterps99'' (without the quotes) for the 

3. Fill in the on-line form.This should take 
no more than three minutes. That's it. 
You're done, and you're in the database. 

For more information contact Herb 
Hartnett at 405-4628 or George Cathcart 
at 405-4618. 



Spring 2000 s| 
Outlook Publication Schedule ^| 

* February 8 

^ April 11 JH 


* February 15 

* April 18 


* February 22 

* April 25 

* February 29 


# March 7 


*May 9 

* March 14 

* May 16 

* March 21 - Spring Break 
(Outlook not published this week.) 

Summer 2000 


# March 28 

* June 13 

* April 4 


*July 18 


Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodie Remington, Vice President for University Relations; Teresa 
Rannery. Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; Qeorge Catiicart, Executive Editor; Jennifer Kawes, Editor; 
Londa Scott Fortft. Assistant Editor; David Abrams. Graduate Assistant. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus information are welcome. Please sub- 
mit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hali. Coiiege Park, MD 20 742. Telephone (301) 405-4629; 
e-mail; fax (301) 314-9344, Out(oohcan be found online at www. outlook/ 

February 1,2000 OuUooh 3 

Terp Women's Lacrosse Team Honored 
by President Clinton, First Lady 

The 1999 NCAA Champion women's lacrosse team game Fiist Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton her own 
Terp jersey during a recent White House visit. 

The five-time defending national champion 
Maryland women's lacrosse team visited 
Washington, DC, last month and met President 
Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham 
Clinton.Tlie Terrapins were invited to the 
nation's capital to be congratulated for wiiming 
the 1999 NCAA Championship, their fifth 
straight national title and sixth national title in 
the '90s. 

The Clintons greeted head coach Cindy 
Timchal and the team Thursday afternoon to 
recognize them for their achievements. 

'It was really an exciting thing for Maryland 
women's lacrosse to meet both the President 
and the First Lady," says Timchal, who has a .931 
TVinning percentage at Maryland over nine 
years. "It was a thrill for our students." 

Maryland fmished the 1999 season imdefcat- 
ed at 21-0, outscoring Virginia 16-6 in the cham- 
pionship game. The 1999ACC Coach of the Year, 
Timchal and the Terps won their fifth straight 
NCAA Championship, and their sixth champi- 
onship overall under Timchal, last season.The 
team's title streak is the longest active Division I 
women's streak in the country, and backed by a 
349-80-3 program record (a .808 winning per- 
centage) and eight dtles Maryland is the win- 
ningest program in women's lacrosse history. 

"It's an amazing experience to come to the 

White House and to be a part of something that 
doesn't happen every day," comments Christie 
Jenkins, the 1999 ACC Player of the Year and 
first-team Brine/IWLCA All-American, on being 
recognized at the White House. "It was a great 
experience to meet the First Lady and to have a 
surprise appearance from the President himself. 
It feels good for us as athletes to know that 
what we have accomplished has been recog- 
nized in this way." 

'I think it's quite an honor," says starting 
goalie and first-team All-American Alex Kahoe 
(ViUanova, Pa.) of her experience at the White 
House. "It's a once-in-a-Iifetime oppoitimity to 
get to meet the President and the First Lady. It's 
difficult sometimes for lacrosse, because it's not 
such a nationally recognized sport, to get the 
exposure. To get the recognition of the 
President and First Lady is great— it's amazinig— 
and will only help the sport to grow more."' 

The team begins action this year the week- 
end of March 3-5 at Duke and North Carolina, 
and then travels to Towson on March 7 before 
returning home on March 9 to take on Pemt 
State at 3 p.m. The squad looks to continue its 
28-game win-streak and challenge for its sixth 
straight national title when the 2000 season 

New Brew: Seattle s Best 
Coffees Come to Campus 

"Visitors to the Dairy have more of a choice for their 
morning coffee these days. Dining services lias replaced 
its standard S&D brand brew widi Seattle's Best Coffees. 

Based upon the success of Starbucks coffee in the 
Stamp Union, Director of Dining Services Patricia Higgins 
says a demand arose for premium coffee elsewhere on 
campus. "I am a coffee snob," she says. "I grind beans and I 
like good coffee myself, and I just thought we would 
upgrade it in some of our cash operations for the rest of 
the campus, who seem to like the Starbucls." 

Seattle's Best coffee flavors include Hazelnut Cream, 
Vanilla Nut and Henry's Blend. Decaf and hot chocolate 
are also available, plus 
espresso and cappucci- 

Coffiee used to be 
95 cents for 12 
oimces and $1,30 for 
20 ounces. Seattle's 
Best is $1.10 and 
$1.30, respectively. 
Other brews range 
from $1.30 for a 
short espresso to 
$3.15 for a 
grande cafe 

"I think it's 
worth it," says 
Uatetra Bro'wn, 
director of 
outreach for 
the Alumni 
"1 don't 
know if it's 
just the packag- 
ing. It looks a little nicer, too, 
but it docs taste better to me," 

Seattle's Best is also available in the bakery located in 
the mathematics and engineering building. South Campus 
Dining Hall will continue to offer S&D coffee. 

The coffee stand is the busiest section of the t>airy in 
the morning, with staff and faculty trying to find an 
8 a.m. respite from the cold. "I usually get coffee, but not 
today," says Rolando Mendez, a painter in facilities mainte- 
nance. Today is a hot chocolate day. "Usually I drink cof- 
fee when 1 get donuts or something sweet. But I think 
the coffee's pretty good." 


Literary History and Racial Memory Addressed by Distinguished 
Lecturer, Harvard Professor of Literature Stephen Greenblatt 

Stephen Greenblatt, Harry Levin Professor of 
Literature at Harvard, is the next speaker in the 
Graduate School Distinguished Lecttirer Series. On 
Thursday, Feb. 10, Greenblatt will address "Literary 
History and Racial Memory" at 4 p.m. in 2205 LeFrak 

Greenblatt teaches Shakespeare and courses on 
other aspects of the fertile Renaissance period tliat 
produced Cliristopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, Sir 
Walter Raleigh and other legendary figures. He has 
been called "easily the most prominent [Renaissance 
scholar] of his generation." 

Founder of the "new historicism," a school of liter- 
ary criticism that seeks to understand the historical, 
social and anthropological context in which art was 

produced, Greenblatt is the author of "Marvelous 
Possessions: The Wonder of the New Worid" (1991), 
"Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modem Culture" 
(1990), "Renaissance Sclf-Fashionii^: From More to 
Shakespeare" (1980), and "Shakespearian Negotiations: 
The Circulation of Social Enei^ in Renaissance 
England" (1988), which won the James Russell Lowell 
Prize of the Modem Language Association. 

He is the founding editor of Representations, an 
ijifluential Iiterary<ultural journal, and the general 
editor of "The Norton Anthology of English 
Literature". He was adviser to the Academy Award- 
winning "Shakespeare in Love" and has won many 
awards, named lectureships and fellowships, and is 
much sought after as an entertaining and engagir^ 


"Works of art that we encoimter aren't raw— 
they're cooked," he says. "I'm interested in the cook- 
ing and where they came ftrim," His coimterpoint is 
Harold Bloom and others who argue that great wotks 
of an are entirely transcendent, both of their own 
time and of ours. 

Greenblatt, on the other hand, is interested in 
learning how all w^orks of art relate to the historical 
and ciilmial and social world which they come fi^m. 
In his lecture Greenblatt will discuss the attempt to 
give a progressive spin to the discredited legacy of 
nationalist cultural history and he will propose, as an 
alternative, what he caUs mobility studies. 

4 Outlook February 1. 2000 

da telin e 


Your Guide to University Events 
February 1-10 

February 1 

7:30-10 p.m. University of Maryland 
Chorus Auditions for students, facul- 
ty and staff. Spring 2000 perfor- 
mances Include Handel oratorios 
"Susanna" and "Solomon. "To sched- 
ule an audition, call 5-3571. 

February 2 

8 a.m. Dtngman Center for 
Entrepreneurship Breakfest:"The 
Killer Business Plan: How to Write a' 
Plan that Attracts Capital." Speakers 
are Charles HeUer of the Dingman 
Center and C. Edward Spiva of 
Anthem Capital. Bethesda Marriott, 
5151 PooksHUlRd. 

6-9 p.m. Workshop: 'Navigating 
WebCT," is for students enrolled in 
courses at the university which have 
integrated WebCT into the class 
environment. In it students will 
learn to navigate course content, 
paiticipiate In bulletin boards and 
chat rooms, and develop presenta- 
tions in group project space. 4404 
Computer & Space Sciences BIdg. 
5-2938, cwpost@umd5, or 

7:30-10 p.m. University of Maryland 
Chorus Auditions for students, Acui- 
ty and staff Spring 2000 perfor- 
mances include Handel oratorios 
"Susanna'" and "Solomon.'To sched- 
ule an audition, call 5-5571, 

February 3 

4:3a 7:30 p.m. Workshop: "Intro- 
duction to Mathematica," introduces 
the basic principles of a world class 
mathematical toot that can perform 
complex mathematical operations 
such as integration, diHierentiatlon, 
etc. In symbolic mathematical nota- 
tion. Also included is rendering data 
in either 2D or 3D plots. Used in col- 
lege and universities worldwide. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938, cwpost@umd5. or www.lnform.unid. 

February 5 

1 p.m. Concert: Happy Birthday, 
Mozart. The 17th annual Happy 
Birthday, Mozart concert, dedicated 
to music that pays tribute to the 
master. Ulrich Recital Hall. 5-5570.* 

February 6 

3 p.m. Concert: Happy Birthday, 
Mozart. The 17th annual Happy 
Birthday, Mozart concert, dedicated 
to music that pays tribute to the 
master. Ulrich Recital Hall. 55570.' 

February 7 

&-9 p.m. Worlishop: "Navigating 
WebCT," is for students enrolled in 
courses at the university which have 
integrated WebCT into the class 
environment. In it students vifill 

learn to navigate course content, par- 
ticipate in bulletin boards and chat 
rooms, and develop presentations in 
group project space. 4404 Computer 
& Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, or 
www.infomi.umd . edu/PT. 

February 8 

4:30-7:30 p.m. Workshop: "Intro^ 
ductlon to Mathematica," introduces 
the basic principles of a world class 
mathematical tool that can perform 
complex mathematical ojjerations 
such as integration, differentiation, 
etc. in symbolic mathematical nota- 
tion, Also included is rendering data 
in either 2D or 3D plots. Used in col- 
leges and universities woridvtride. 
4404 Computer & Space Science 
Bldg. 5-Z938, 
or wrww.inform.umd. edu/PT* 

February 9 

6-7:30 p.m. Computer Workshop: 
"Cectii^ to Know Yoiur WAM 
Accoimt," is designed to introduce 
WAM account holders to the con- 
cepts involved in using their 
accounts. The class cov«s receiving 
and sending email, deleting mall and 
participating In electronic discussion 
groups. Perfect for those who have 
just be;gun using their WAM accounts. 
3330 Computer & Space Science 

5-2938, or 
www.inform . umd . edu/PT. 

6-9 p.m. Workshop: "Navigating 
WebCT." is for students enrolled in 
courses at the university which have 
integrated WebCT into the class envi- 
ronment. In it students will learn to 
navigate course content, participate 
in bulletin boards and chat rooms, 
and develop presentations in group 
project space. 4404 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, or 
www.inform.umd .edu/PT. 

7 9 p.m."WMUC Spring Open 
House." Semi-annual open house for 
those interested In joining or learning 

about the campus radio station. 3130 
South Campus Dining Hall. Daniel 
Plotrowskl. 4-7867, shortarm@ 

February 10 

7-9 p.m."WMUC Spring Open 
House.' Semi -armual open house for 
those interested in Joining or learning 
about the campus radio station. 3130 
South Campus Dining Hall. Daniel 
Piotrow^ki, 4.7867, rfiortarm@wmuc. 


Concert Society Kicks Offspring Season \ 
Celebrating 300th Anniversary of the Piano ! 

One of the most signiBcant anniversaries In 
the worW will be marlted this year as the 
Concert Society at Maryianti Idclcs off its 
Spring 2000 season. Pascal Roge, Litya 
Zilbei^tein, Ruth Laredo and Andre Watts will 
mark the 300th anniversary of the piano with 
performances. Donald Manildi, curator of the 
International Piano Archives, will give a pre- 
concert lecture and demonstration on great 
pianisUc traditions preceding two of the 

Feeling like an international trip btit can't 
aflbrd one? Drop by this spring for WorldSong, 
a muld-culttura] totir of global traditions with 
an emphasis this year on folk music, The 
Spring season features performances by six- 
time Irish fiddle champion Martin Hayes and 
guitarist Dennis Cahlll.Also on tap-Linda Tillery 
& The Cultural Heritage Choir, exploring 
African- American musical tradiUons. 

For exquisite music in a splendid atmos- 
phere, the Washington National Cathedral will 
be the setting as the Gabrieli Consort recre- 
ates Morales' Requiem Mass for the pow^erftil 
Renaissance ruler of the Spanish Empire, 

phiUp n. 

The Concert Society also fea 
tures chamber and 
early music, 
world music, 
and dance per- 
formers of inter- 
national reputa- 
tion. The Concert 
Society is a resi- 
dent program of 
the Clarice Smith 
Perfbrmii^ Arts ' ' 

To order tickets 
or receive a season 
brochure, call 405- 
7847. Unless other- 
wise noted, all concerts take place at the Inn 
& Conference Center, University College. A 
complete season schedule fbilow/s: 

Pascal Roge, piano 

Mon,, Feb. 7, 8 p,m. (pre-concert lecture and 

demonstration, 6:30 p.m.) 

French works by Faur^, Satie, Ravel and 

Poulenc.and Debu^y's Preludes (first txiok}. 

Tickets-. $18 


Fri.,Feb. 11,8 p.m. (pre-concert discussion, 

6:30 p.m.) 

'Roaring Twenties Revisited" feattires the wind 

quintet in works by Stravinsky, Weill, Gershwin 

and others. 

Tickets: $18 

Chris Burnside:Travelogue 

Tues.,Feb. 15,8 p.m. 

Wed., Feb. 16, 8 p.m. 

Dorothy Madden Dance Theater 

A humorous movement-monologue based on 

Burnsjde's seven-week, random drive around 

the country with his partner Karl. 

Tickets: $12 

America's great vocal legacies. 
Tickets: $18 

Joe Goode Performance Group: Deeply There 

(stories of a neighborhood) 

Mon.. Mar. 6,8 p.m, 

Tues., Mar. 7, 8 p.m. 

Dorothy Madden Dance Theater 

Dance work incorporates spoken test and 

himior to examine community responses to 

the AIDS epidemic, 

Tickets: $12 

Carmina Quartet 

Fri,, March 10,8 p.m. (pre-concert ifiscussion, 

6:30 p.m.) 

String quartets by Schumann, Swiss composer 

Patil Giger and Deubssy, , 

Tickets: $18 


Litya Zilberstein, piano 
Sat., March 18. 8 p.m. (pre-concert lecture- 
demonstration, 6:30 p.m.) ' 
All Russian program featuring works by \ 

Medtner and ' 

Tickets: $18 

Yasaye Quartet2 
Fri., March 24,8 
p.m. (pre-concert 
discussion, 6:30 

String works bjf ^ 
Haydn, • 

DutlUetix and 
Tickets; $18 

Ruth Laredo, piano 
Fri., April 7,8 p.m. Concert with conunentary 
profiles artists Felix Mendelssohn, Robert and 
Claia Schumann and Johaimes Brahms, 
Tickets: $18 

Martin Hayes, fiddle and Dennis Cahill, guitar 
Sat, April 8, 8 p.m. {pre<oncert discussion, \ 

6:30 p.m.) ; 

Traditionai and contemporary Irish music by » 
Ireland's six-time fiddle champion and the 
inventive Chicago-bom guitarist. } 

Tickets: $18 


ida Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir 
Fri., Feb. 18,8 p.m. (pre-concert discussion, 
6:30 p.m.) 

Playsongs, folk spirituals and more recent 
Afrit:an American traditions from one of 

^dre Watts, piano 

Mon., April 24, 8 p,m. (pre-concert interview 

vidth Watts, 7 p.m.) 

Tawes Theatre 

A program focused on works by Chopin offers 

compelling technique, spontaneity and insight. 

Tickets: $15-25 

Gabrieli Consort, director Paul McCreesh 

Morales Reqtiiem for Philip H 

Tues,. May 2, 8 p.m. (pre-concert discussion, 6 

p.m. -limited seating) 

Co-sponsored by the Wasiiington National 


Recreation of a fiill Requiem Mass by Cristobal 


Tickets: $15 25 

February 1 , 2000 OuHook 5 

Diversity: Ifs Your Future 

February Focus on Diversity 

All Month 

African- American Heritage Bookfair, In 
honor of African-American History month, 
the Univcrsitjr Book Center is offering a 
20% discount on all African American relat- 
ed titles (textbooks excluded). Contact 
UBC, 4-7770. 

"Looking B(I>ack: Blaxpoitation and 
American Cinema" — A Blaxploitation Film 
Festival. Six Blaxpoitation films will be 
screened. Each will be preceded by intro- 
ductions and followed by discussions. All 
screenings begin at 7p.m. in Room 2203, 
Art & Sociology Building. 

Contact co-organizers Marsha Gordon,, Devin Orgeron,, or Geoffrey 
Sponsored by the Committee on Africa 
and the Americas. Co-sponsors include 
African American Studies Program, the 
department of art history, and the Hoff 
Theater Film Committee 

• Feb. 3-"Shaft"(Dir. Gordon Parks, 1971). 
Introduced by Professor Mary Helen 
Washington, University of Maryland. 

* Feb, lO-'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss 
Song" a>ir- Mario Van Peebles, 1971). 

♦ Feb. 15-"Cofiy"(Dir.Jack HUl, 1973). 
Introduced by Professor Cynthia Fuchs, 
Geoi^e Mason University. 

•Feb. 1 7- "Qcopatra Jones" (Dir. Jack 

Starrett, 1973). Introduced by Professor 

Jennifer Brody, George Washington 


' Feb. 24-''I>olemite'' (Dfr. D'Urville Martin, 


* Feb. 29-"Live and Let Die" (fi'a. Guy 
Hamilton, 1973). Introduced by Geoffrey 
Schramm, University of Maryland. 

Feb. 10 

5 : 30 p.m. "Celebrate, Educate and 
Advocate."The Free State Jusdcc, a grass- 
roots organization for the equality of 
Maryland's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, 
Transgender (LGBT) community, will dis- 
cuss the bills currently in the state con- 
^^ss, including anti-discrimination laws 
and the Hate Crimes bill. Also, information 
about lobbying and Uie rally in Aimapolis 
on Feb. 2 1 will be distributed. 
Refreshments will be served. Room 0220, 
Jimenez Hall. Contact John Adomato, ador- 
nato®wam. imid ,edu. 

Feb. 15 

2-4 p.m. "Reconsidering the Racial Divide: 
The Black and White Paradl^n." Join lead- 
ing scholars Stephen Carter (Yale Law 
School), Christopher Edley (Harvard Law 
School), and Kimerle Crenshaw (Columbia 
University's School of Law) as they make 
presentations and discuss this topic. Part 
of the Building a Civil Society Lecture 
Series presented by the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences. Ft. 
McHenry Room, Inn & Conference Center. 

Contact Beth Worionan, 5-5722. 

7 p.m. "Journey to a Hate-Free 
Millenniimi."A documentary film about the 
struggle against violence in America, focus- 
ing on the killing of Matthew Shepard as 
well as James Byrd Jr and the shootings at 
Columbine High. Words from Holocaust 
survivors and entertainers like Elton John 
and OLvia Newton John are also included. 
President Mote has been invited to intro- 
duce the new director of the Office of 
Human Relations Cliristine Qark-The film- 
maker will lead a discussion of the film 
and its issues foUowing the 
presentation. Refreshments 
will be served. Sponsored by 
the Graduate Lambda 
Coalition, LGBTA, the Office 
of LGBT Equity, the Associate 
Provost for Diversity and 
Equity and the President's 
Office. Room 2205, LeFrak 
Hall. Contact John Adomato, 

Feb. 16 

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 23rd 
Annual Multi-Ethnic Student 
Career & Job Fafr.This fair, co- 
sponsored by the Career 
Center and the Office of 
Multi-Ethnic Student 
Education, targets the univer- 
sity's diverse and talented stu- 
dents seeking full-time, part- 
time and internship positions. 
*Note: Students are required to register ' 
and attend one of four preparation semi- 
nars bchig offered. Stamp Student Union. 
Contact Career Center, 5-5616 or 
www. careercenter.umd , edu . 

2 p.m. "Baseball & CivU Rights: America's 
Past time Brashes back Jim Crow." Bruce 
Adelson, the author of the book "Brushing 
Back Jim Crow: The Integration of Minor- 
League Baseball in the American South," 
will speak about this important but little 
known aspect of the Civil Rights 
Movement. Sponsored by the University 
Honors Program. Basement Loiu^e,Anne 
Arundel Hall. Contact Jim Airozo, 5-6658 or 
j airozo@dean5 . umd. edu. 

Feb. 18 

8 p.m. Linda Tillery iStThe Cultural 
Heritage Choir. Playsongs, folk spirituals 
and more recent African American tradi- 
tions from one of America's great vocal 
legacies. Admission $5 (students), $18 
(adults), and $15. 50 (seniors). *Note: pre- 
performance discussion at 6:30 p.m. hm & 
Conference Center. Contact 5-7847. 

11 a.m. Evelynn Hammonds, M.I.T., will 
give a talk about race, gender and medi- 
cine. It will be followed by a light lim- 
cheon at 12:15 p.m., and a discussion and 
workshop on "Race, Gender and the 

Sciences: Issues In Pedagogy and 
Research" from 12:30-2 p.m. Multipurpose 
Room, Language House (St. Mary's Hall). 
Contact Debby Rosenfelt, 5-6883. 

Feb. 21 

5 p.m. Rally. Meet at Stamp Student Union 
to go to the AimapoUs State House to visit 
our elected officials and rally with the 
Free State Justice of Maryland, for the anti- 
discrimination and the Hate Crimes bills 
now feeing Congress. The Gay Men's 
Chorus has been invited to sing and 

Governor Glendenning has 
been asked to speak. 
Contact Joim Adornato, 
adornato® wam . umd . edu . 

Feb. 23 

3-5 p.m. Cultural 
Exhibition. In celebiution 
of Black History Month a 
panel of students and oth- 
ers from diverse cultural 
backgrounds wUl share 
personal anecdotes, arti- 
facts, food and music that 
are traditional fvithin dieir 
cultures. Office of Multi- 
Ethnic Student Education 
(Room 1101,Hombake). 
Contact Patricia Thomas, 5- 




7:30 p.m. "Towards a 
Conversation about Race." 
Manning Marable, depart- 
ment of history and Insfitute for Research 
in African American Studies, Colimibla 
University, will discuss this topic. Room 
2203, Art/Sociology Building. Contact 
Committee on Africa and the Americas, 5- 

Feb. 29 

4 p.m. "Recruitment and Retention of 
African-American Students in the Sciences: 
What's Happening Nationally and What 
That Means For Us." As our society is dri- 
ven more and more by science and tech- 
nology, what can we do to increase the 
involvement of African Americans in the 
sciences? Tliis panel will attempt to 
address comphcated questions like this 
one. Room 1140 Plant Sciences Building 
(Lecture Hall A). Contact Mary Kearney, 

*To see the full version of the Calendar go 
Diversity/Initiative - Current Events. 

To place your event in the March 
"Focus on Diversity" calendar, e-mail infor- 
mation to Jamie Feehery-Sitnmons at or fex 314-9992 no 
later than Feb. 1 8. If you have any ques- 
tions, caU 405-2562, 

Calendar brought to you by the 
Diversity Initiative. 

Happy Birthday 

The School of Music pre- 
sents die 17th annual "Happy 
Bhthday, Mozart" concert Feb. 
5 and 6 in Ulrich Recital Hall 
of Tawes Fine Arts Building, 
The concert begins at 8 p.m. 
Saturday and 3 pm. Sunday 

Christopher Kendall, direc- 
tor of the School of Music, 
will conduct the University of 
Maryland Chamber Orchestra 
in a program featurii^ Alfred 
Schninke's Mozart a la Haydn; 
Mozart's Horn Concerto no, 2 
in E flat Major, with soloist 
Peter Landgten; Mozart's 
L'amero saro costantc from 11 
re pastore and Bella mla 
fiamma; Resta, o cara, with 
soloist Linda Mabbs; and 
Symphony no. 5 in B fUt 
Major by Franz Schubert. 

Soprano Linda Mabbs, 
acclaimed for her excellence 
in oratorio, opera and recital, 
has upcoming engagements 
with the Dallas, Vancouver, 
and Billings Symphonies as 
well as a recital tour in the 
People's Republic of China. 
The Chicago Tribune has 
hailed her "stuiming agility 
and control, purity and rich- 
ness of tone." The 
Washington Post called her 
1997 worid premiere record- 
ing of Argento's Miss 
Havisham's Wedding Ni^t on 
Koch International "the most 
brilliant opera recording of 
the year." 

Homist Peter Landgren has 
appeared in recitals through- 
out the United States, Canada 
and Europe, and has per- 
formed with Summit Brass, 
the Melos Ensemble and the 
Chamber Music Society of 
Lincoln Center. He is associ- 
ate principal horn of the 
Baltimore Symphony 
Orchestra and a faculty mem- 
ber of both the Peabody 
Conservatory of Music and 
the University of Maryland 
School of Music. 

Conductor Christopher 
Kendall is founder and 
lutenist of the Folger Consort. 
Prior to his appointment as 
director of the School of 
Music, Kendall directed-l-ted 
the music programs at Boston 
University and the Tangle- 
wood Institute, Guest con- 
ducting engagements have 
included tlie Chamber Music 
Society of Lincoln Center, the 
New York Chamber 
Symphony, the Dayton 
Philharmonic and the 
Annapolis Symphony. 

Tickets are $16, $12 for 
senior citizens and $10 for 
students. For more informa- 
tion, call 405-7847. 



6 Outlook February 1, 2000 

Communications Leader Names Maryland Arena for $20 Million 

continued Jrom page I 

versity to be able to do something," 
Bunch said. "We re thrilled to be able to 
give this great gift and are looking for- 
ward to this building and Maryland 
going on to win the national champi- 
onship in basketball." 

Maryland Athletic Director Deborah 
Yow praised the efforts of a wide range 
of people to bring about the Comcast 
deal, including Mote, Remington, 
Research Vice President William Destlcr 
and Athletic Department .staff members 
Joe Hull and Rob Mullens. Yow present- 
ed customized team letter jackets to 
Mote and Burch. 

"The beneficiaries of the Comcast 
Center will be our student-athletes, our 
Athletic Department staff, thousands of 
Terrapin fans and the university com- 
munity," Yow said. "The building will be 
used fbr graduation, many additional 
university events and athletic competi- 
tions by our basketball, wrestling, vol- 
leyball and gymnastics teams ."The cen- 
ter will also provide office space for 
125 staff members and coaches, as well 
as a state-of-the-art 7,000-squarc foot 
Academic Support and Career 
Development Center lor student-ath- 
letes, Yow said. 

Men's and Women's Basketball Head 
Coaches Gary Williams and Chris Weller 
also attended the news conference and 
expressed their latitude and excite- 
ment about the announcement. 

The university plans to raise another 
$25 million for Its share of construction 
costs through additional major gifts, 
and through a campaign that will make 
available 1 ,600 of the Comcast Center's 
17,100 seats to major gift donors, said 
Joe Hull, associate director of athletics 
for development, SEX Sports Group, 

which helped to 
structure the part- 
nership between the 
university and 
Comcast, has been 
retained by the uni- 
versity to help iden- 
tify additional corpo- 
rate partneKi.The 
Maryland Stadium 
Autliority ■will seek 
state funding for the 
remainder of the 

Construction on 
the Comcast Center 
is expected to begin 
this summer. Tlie 
Maryland Stadium 
Authority has been 
working with 
EUerbe Beckett as 
project architect 
and Gilbane/Smoot 
as construction 


An Inside view of the new Comcast Center. 


"The university has been plaiming to 
accommodate student vrishes for cable 
television service in the residence 
halts," said William Destler, vice presi- 
dent for research, who led the negotia- 
tions for the imiversity.'Cable television 
is a benefit provided in many college 
residence halls around the country, and 
we're pleased that this partnership will 
allow us to meet this need at competi- 
tive rates," 

Comcast, which provides cable ser- 
vice in Prince George's County, will 
provide basic cable, with dozens of 
channels, to all rooms beginning in Ml 
2000, according to the agreement, 
Comcast will have its name on one of 
the most visible coUegiate basketball 
iOacilities in the nation and will Iiave 

major marketing opportunities within 
the arena, including the most promi- 
nent advertising locations. The perenni- 
ally successful Maryland Terrapins 
teams will assure Comcast regular 
regional and national television expo- 

Philadelphia-based Comcast reported 
more than $5 billion in revenues in 
]998.The company iias more than 5.5 
million residential cable customers and 
will soon have more than 82 percent of 
the cable market in Maryland. About 
4,000 of the company's 10,000 cable 
division employees work in the state of 

In addition to Comcast cable televi- 
sion, the company owns the QVC home 
shopping network and E!, which reach 

70 million and 55 million American 
homes, respectively. The company also 
provides liigh-specd Internet access in 
1 4 metropolitan markets, including sev- 
eral in Maryland. The company's 
Spcctacor division also owns the 
Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers and 
Phantoms and two indoor sports are- 
nas. Comcast Cable serves nearly 1 .5 
million customers in Maryland, 
Delaware and Virginia. 

Headquartered in Philadelphia, 
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: 
CMCSA, CMCSK) is among the world's 
leading communication companies, pro- 
viding basic cable, digital cable and 
high speed Internet services. 

Campus Simplifies Business Processes with BPRIT 

continued from page 1 

After hearing from the Vice 
President's Executive Steering 
Committee tVPEST) through the 
Council on Continuous Quality 
Improvement, the President's Cabinet 
approved the BPR action plans pro- 
posed by the several teams designed to 
allow more time for central offices to 
assist customers, rather than process 

The most fundamental cimnges 
involve computerization. Using a soft- 
ware system called the Financial 
Records System (FRS), campus will inte- 
grate budgeting, accounting, reporting, 
purchasing, accounts payable and fixed 
assets. The current system, which is 
paper-driven, hinders inter-office com- 
munication and slows down business 
processes Hke procurement and paying 

With the new Integrated accounting 
system, every step of the procurement 
process is captured in one database, 
enabling staff to monitor what equip- 

ment is on hand at a given time, how 
much was paid for it and who the con- 
tractor was. The Intended result is 
faster, more informed decision-making. 

To cut red tape in small-dollar pur- 
chasing, 1,500 Visa cards have been 
issued to departments allowing pur- 
chases up to $2,500 without filling out 
paperwork through Central Purchasing. 

Master contracts will be negotiated 
with vendors to minimize the expense 
of procurement. "We will be going out 
and saying 'the university, over the 
course of three years, buys 3,000 work- 
stations a year. How cheaply would you 
sell them to us?' And we'll compete 
that," Stewart says. "Then we'll have a 
web contract with Gateway or IBM 
(whomever wins the contract), and all 
you'll liave to do. If you need a new 
workstation, is go to that web site and 
place your order." 

like purchasing and accounting, 
human resources and payroll will also 
roll out an integrated computer system 
to allow fester processing and better 
communication between offices. 
Faculty and staff can now access and 

update their personal information 
online, but computerization of human 
resources and payroll will give them 
access to more information, such as 
current sick and annual leave time. 
Time sheets wiU become computer- 
ized, and employees who now use time 
clocks will swipe their ID cards instead 
of pimching a card. 

At the hiring level, employee records 
wiU be entered into one system rather 
than going to human resources and 
payroll separately in paper form.Also, 
the hiring process has been modified to 
give hiring units more say in job candi- 
date lists. The practice of "open applica- 
tions" will be eliminated to remove can- 
didates from the lists who may not be 
interested in a position any longer or 
no longer work for the imiversity. 

To improve travel reimbursement, 
administration has made "Diner's Club" 
cards available. The cards enable travel- 
ers to cover business expenses without 
having to use their own cash and fill 
out paperwoik to be compensated. 

The BPRTT implementation process 
has just begun, with most of the new 

software still in pilot programs. Payroll 
and human resources systems will not 
go live until February of 2001, and the 
ftiH FRS system will not be active cam- 
pus-wide until July of 2001. Basic IT 
training has already begun, and fixed 
assets training is scheduled to begin 
this week. 

Charles Sturtz, vice president of 
administrative affairs, emphasizes the 
ongoing nature of the business process 
redesign efforts. 

"We think that we are on the verge 
of achieving what we set out five years 
ago to acliieve," says Sturtz. "But 
throughout the course of this year, as 
these systems and processes roll out in 
their revised form, the campus will 
have the opportimity to pass judgment 
as to whether this is indeed what they 
said they wanted us to do to reform 
these business processes." 

"By 2003, we will reduce the steps 
in these four core processes by 35 per- 
cent," says Stewart. "When we do that, 
we'll declare victory." 


Fcbrmry 1, 2000 Outlook 7 

Smith School is #5 in Forbes Survey 
of MBA Programs 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business ranks fifth in Forbes 
magazine's first survey of the return on investment MBA stu- 
dents can expect from attending business schools. Tlic Smith 
School is the only school in the Baltimore Washington region to 
earn a position in the Forbes ranlcings. 

Forbes published the survey results in its Feb. 7 issue, divid- 
li^ the business schools into two categories: the top 25 national 
schools and the top 25 regional schools. The Smith School 
earned the number-five spot on the list of regional schools, 
which Forties describes as having MBA programs that cost less 
than $90,000 and that tend to attract a significant number of stu- 
dents fiom within a few hundred miles of the school. 

"Given the quality of our faculty and the innovativeness of our 
MBA curriculimi, as well as our tuition level, we've always known 
that the MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business 
is a terrific value," says Howard Frank, dean. 

To calculate the return on investment of an MBA, Forbes com- 
pared the salary gains generated by earning the degree to the 
cost of getting the dcgree.The magazine surveyed each school's 
MBA graduating class of 1994, asking students to anonymously 
disclose their compeiisation just before matriculating, right after 
graduating, and four-and-a-half years later Forbes then compared 
those numbers to what the same students w^ould have earned 
without MBAs, assuming their salary growth would have been 
only half as &tst. 

For the Smith School MBA class that graduated in 1994, the 
median salary gain was $38,000. The median salary gain for all of 
the siuveyed students was $29,O0O.The typical Smith MBA was 
able to recoup all of his or her investment, defined as tuition 
plus forgone salary, in just 3-5 years. On average, graduates from 
the surveyed schools were able to recoup all their investment in 
4. 1 years. 

Also for the Smith MBA class of 1994, the median pre-MBA 
salary was $28,000. ESy 1998, the median salary for those gradu- 
ates tiad grown to $76,000. 

In addition to publication in the Feb. 7 issue of Forbes (now 
on sale), the survey results are avaUable on the Web at: 

Campus Professors Chair Panel 
Studying Diversity issues 

Findings in Nature Explain the Forces 
Unleashed when Bubbles Collapse 

What happens when a bub- 
ble bursts? 

Most of us probably think 
not much, unless the "bubble" 
is financial. But physicists and 
engineers have long known 
that the coUapse of bubbles, 
waves and other curved sur- 
faces in fluids generate forces 
powerful enough to damage 
metal, rock and other solid sur- 
faces. The impacts of such 
forces can be seen in the ero- 
sion of cliffs by powerful 
ocean sprays, and the gradual 
wealing out of ship and boat 

The primary cause of such 
damage is believed to be high 
speed jets of liquid created by 
the collapse of curved sm'- 
feces, but how this happens 
has not been well imderstood. 
Now, researchers at the univer- 
sity have experimentally and 
mathematically described the 
forces that create these violent 
jets of liquid. 

In an article published in 
the Jan. 27 issue of Nature, 
Daniel Lathrop, assistant pro- 
fessor of physics, and his col- 
leagues describe their experi- 
ment in which a tank of a vis- 
cous liquid is shaken up and 
down to produce extremely 
thin and violent jets that spout 

into the air with velocities over 
50 meters per second. The 
authors say that during this 
process the free surface of the 
liquid develops a region of 
extremely high curvature that 
contains a great deal of energy. 

"We believe our findings are 
of significant interest to scien- 
tists seeking to imderstand the 
dynamics of physical systems," 
says Lathrop. "And our findings 
ultimately may have piactical 
significance, as well, because 
the powetful jets created dur- 
ing the collapse of bubbles 
have impacts in the real wortd. 

"One example of this, is that 
jets of water created in this 
way probably are the principal 
cause of damage that occurs 
over time to boat propellers 
and the internal parts of water 
pumps, Lathrop says. "The 
sprays associated with break- 
ing waves are another example 
of these forces at work.These 
sprays are important because 
they increase the power of 
waves to erode beaches and 
cliffis and they lead to the 
entrapment of air bubbles in 
Tvater, which increases the 
oceans ability to absorb green- 
house and other gases from 
the atmosphere." 

continued from page I 

enlightenment across the 
diverse campus community; 

• Reduce institutionalized 
balkanization of the campus; 

* Propose steps to enhance 
the opportunity for increased 
interchange and understanding 
across our diverse conununity. 

Moses says she hopes the 
panel will "turn this tragedy 
into an opportunity for nadon- 
ai leadership on an issue that 
plagues U.S. campuses today. 
The University of Maryland has 
established itself as an excel- 
lent diverse university, and 
many of our students and fac- 
ulty say that diversity is one of 
the major attractions of the 
institution. We intend to ensure 
that this reputation is 

"If we can find ways to 
make diversity work by creat- 
ing a safe and hospitable learn- 
ing and scholarly environment 
for students, staff and faculty, 
we will have an exceptional 
legacy to offer the nation," she 

Moses has been a member 
of the Women's Studies faculty 
since 1977 and became chair 
in 1 993. Internationally known 
as a leading feminist historian 
and scholar, she has served as 
president of the Conference 
Group on Women's History 
and in leadership positions 
with the Intemafional 
Federation for Research in 
Women's History, the national 
Women's Studies Association, 
the American Historical 
AssociaUon and other organiza- 
tions. Her scholarship and her 
writing on women's history 
have earned her wide acclaim 
from historians, politicians and 

Johnson says he has always 
told students "that we arc a 
microcosm of American soci- 
ety, with fiill exposure to all 
the positives and negatives. 
There have been many 
instances of the negatives 
toward African Americans in 
American society in recent 
months, and now this has sur- 
faced at the University of 

"Maryland has attracted a 
diverse student body interest- 
ed in exposure to a wide 
range of opinions, cultures, 
religions and races," he adds. 
"We have created insdtutions 
to serve them. Now we need 
to work with these groups and 
institutions to foster more pos- 
itive interactions on campus 
than takes place in the general 

Johnson was the first 
African American to graduate 
from Rice University when his 
Ph.D. was awarded in 1969. At 
the University of Maryland, he 
was the first African-American 
faculty member of the depart- 
ment of mathematics when he 
was appointed in 1968, and 
the first African-American fac- 
ulty member to go all the way 
through die ranks fixim assis- 
tant to full professor at the uni- 
versity. He served as chair of 
mathematics from 1991 to 
1996. He has dozens of schol- 
arly papers and presentations 
to his credit in the mathemati- 
cal fields of harmonic analysis, 
and has served in leadership 
roles in national and interna- 
tional mathematics organiza- 


hi 1995 and 1998,Johnson 
organized conferences for 
Afiican-American math 
researchers. He has served on 
numerous panels and commit- 
tees related to academic and 
minority issues. He is widely 
rccognized for identifying and 
attracting Aftican American 
graduate students in mathemat- 
ics to the University of 

Mote says the panel should 
deliver a final report by June 
30, 2000, but asked for interim 
reports and recommendations 
that would facilitate funding of 
new initiatives during the 
spring budget-setting process. 

tn addition to Raymond Johnson and Ctaire Moses, 
the Diversity Panel Includes; 

• Susan Bayly, general counsel, Office of the President 

• Melissa Benjamin, food administrator, Dining Services 

• Carlos Bennett, president, SGA 
• Christopher Davis, associate dean for Gemstone and pro- 
fessor of electrical and computer en^neerlng 

• Daryl Francis, president. Black Student Union 

• Jamilla Hali, undergraduate student 

• Jessica Marie Hughes, undergraduate student 

• Chuan S. Uu, professor of physics 

• Robin Marie flAarcus, graduate student 
• Andre Marlus, housekeeping services 

• Cecily Morgan, administrative assistant. Resident LHe 

• Ljee Patrick O'Donovan, undergraduate student 

• Katheryn K. Russeli, associate professor of criminal Jus- 

tice and criminology 

• Martha Nell Smith, professor and director, Maryland 

Institute for Technology In the Humanities 

• Monise Stephenson, undergraduate student 

• Ernest J. Thompson, maintenance chief, 

Facilities Management 

• Rhonda Williams, associate professor and chair of Afro- 

American Studies 

• Michael Yu, undergraduate student 

8 Oirtlook February 1, 2000 


• «*Mls * ■•«t«r*s • «*«ii«avs * award* * vet. 

Forum on Racial Relations 

"Reconsidering the Racial Divide: 
The Black and White Paradigm," is the 
topic of the upcoming lecture Feb. 15 
from 2-4 p.m. Van of the Building a 
Civil Society Lecture Series, the event 
takes place in the Ft, McHenry Room 
of the Inn and Conference Center. 

Speakers for the lecture are 
Stephen Carter, professor, Yale Law 
School Christopher Edley, professor, 
Harvard Law School and Kimberle 
WilUams Crewnshaw, professor, 
Columbia University Law School. 

For more information call 405- 

Sign up fbr Senior University 

The University of Maryland Senior 
University is currently holding regis- 
tration for its Spring 2000 term. The 
Senior University provides an opportu- 
nity for lifelong learning to persons 50 
and over. Enjoy stimulating education- 
al programs, camaraderie, personal 
growth and the joy of learning in a 
noncompetitive, friendly peer envi- 
ronment. Enroll in its "Welcome the 
University Professors" program, 
University Research Symposium, class- 
es, cultural and social events, noon- 
time activities and university privi- 
leges. Free parking. Two six-week ses- 
sions for Spring term. There is a nomi- 
nal membership fee. 

For a catalog and registration infor- 
mation, call 403-4467. 

Remember the Golden Rule 

Nominations are being accepted 
now for The J.C. Penney Gold Rule 
Aw^ird, which recognizes and rewards 
outstanding volunteer service by indi- 
viduals. Winners receive an award plus 
a contribution to the non-profit oi^- 
nlzation they work with. Nomination 
forms arc due Feb. 18. 

Nomination forms are available 
from Megan Cooperman in 
Conmiunity Service Programs, 314- 
0741, or 

Senate Elections Participation 

The primary fiinction of the 
College Park Senate is to advise the 
President on "any matter or concern..." 
(subject to the limitations imposed by 
laws or mandates from the University 
of Maryland System Board of Regents 
or the Chancellor). This broad charge 
brings virtually all campus policy mat- 
ters within the purview of the Senate, 
Elected .senators have a voice and a 
vote on Important issues that concern 
faculty, staff and students. 

Please participate either by stand- 
ing for election or by nominating a 

colleague, biformation on Acuity and 
undergraduate senator elections can 
be obtained from your dean's or 
department chair's office. Staff and 
graduate student election information 
can be found on the Senate's web site: 
www.inform . umd. edu/CampusInfo/ 
Senatc/CampusC rie r. 

Information also can be obtained 
from the College Park Senate Office at 

want to explore their academic 
options before declaring a major. A 
two-hour preparation session will be 
offered several times this month. 
For information, e-mail Thomas 
Steen at 

CorporateTune Calendar System 
Rolf Out 

The Office of Information 
Technology (OIT) has begun the ini- 
tial roll-out of the CorporateTime 
scheduling system to the campus com- 
munity. During the initial stages of this 
roll-out, OIT will be working with 
departments and other units to acti- 
vate the people in these groups. OIT 
will address requests from individuals 
after it has activated the majority of 
the groups requiring access. 

In order for your unit to be acti- 
vated in CorporateTime, have your 
unit representative review the infor- 
mation and complete the form at the 
following URL: 

Car Watch 

Approximately 40 vehicles were reported stolen on campus during 
1999. The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) is now an 
active participant in Maryland's "Watch Your Car" (WYCAR) program, a 
free and voluntary national vehicle registration and theft deterrent pro- 

Vehicle owners can register their vehicles at UMPD by signing an 
agreement that their vehicle is not normally used between 1 a.m. and 5 
a.m. If police officers observe the participating vehicle being driven 
anywhere in the U.S. during these hours, they may stop the vehicle and 
verify ownership. Participating vehicles are identified by decals affixed 
to the vehicle during the registration process. 

For additional program details or WYCAR registration information, 
contact UMPD at 405-3555 or visit "new items" within the "public infor- 
mation" section of the UMPD web site: 

Nominations Still Open 

The Senate Staff Af&irs Committee 
is continuing to accept nominations 
for the Regents' University System 
Staff Awards through Monday, Feb.7. 
These awards represent the highest 
honor bestowed by the Board of 
Regents (BOR) for achievements of 
the exempt and nonexempt employ- 
ees from institutions within the 
University System of Maryland. 

Further information and nomina- 
tion application forms arc on the web 
Scnate/CampusCrier/BORAnn.htm or 
by contacting the following people: 

David Sumner, Dining Services 


Carolyn Trimble, Persormel 


EUie Wein^ertner, Graduate School 


Nancy Yeroshcfsky, Facilities 
Management 405-3284 

Seeking Adviser-Volunteers 

Letters and Sciences (L&S) seeks 
University of Maryland feculty, 
research associates, professional-level 
staff members and full time Ph.D. stu- 
dents to advise up to five L&S fresh- 
man students this spring. L&S students calen- 
dar/request. html 

McNair Moderators 

Faculty conference moderators are 
needed for the McNair 2000 confer- 
ence, "Achieving Scholarship, 
Leadership and Excellence in the 21st 
Century," a national research confer- 
ence for imdergraduates.Tlie confer- 
ence, slated to run March 16-19, pro- 
vides learning opportimlties for under- 
graduate researchers from all over the 
United States to share their research 
experiences and results with their 
peers and to initiate face-to-face dia- 
logue with prospective graduate 
school faculty. 

University of Maryland's Academic 
Acliievement Programs is the confer- 
ence sponsor For additional informa- 
tion or to participate as a moderator, 
contact Vickie Claflin at 405-6564 or 

View Su Kwak through Feb. 5 

"Beyond Light and Song of Ligiit: 
Recent Works by Su Kwak" is an exhi- 
bition on display in the Parents 
Association Cillery; Stamp Student 
Union through Feb. 5. "While Kwak is 
inspired by the mysteries of the Judeo- 
Christian tradition, she also is express- 

ing a philosophy that derives as well 
from her Asian backgroimd. These 
worics all resolve aroimd the interplay 
of form and void. Negative and posi- 
tive shapes echo the interplay 
between yin and yang, which in Asian 
philosophy creates the necessary bal- 
ance of 
life." -Eleanor Heartney. 

For more information contact the 
Art and Learning Center, Stamp 
Student Union at 314*492. 

Migrating to Microsoft 

Faculty/Staff Computer Training, 
"Migrating to Microsoft Office 2000," 
is being offered Feb. 7, from 9 a.m,- 
noon or 1^ p.m. (three-hour class). 
There is a fee of $40 for training and 
course materials. Seating is limited and 
web-based pre registration is reqiured 

This course serves as a quick refer- 
ence to features added or improved 
since Office 97 (for MS Word, MS 
Excel and MS PowerPoint). 

Questions about course content 
can be directed to oit-training®; questions about regis- 
tration can be directed to the OFT 
Training Services Coordinator at 405- 

Conversations and Connections 

The 26th Annual Maryland Student 
Affairs Conference takes place Friday, 
Feb. 1 1 in the Stamp Student Union. 
This year's theme, "Cultivating 
Conversations & Coimcctlons" will 
challenge participants to consider 
how educators engage students and 
ourselves in meaningful conversation. 

The conference, which annually 
attracts more than 500 participajits, 
will offer a series of programs reflect- 
ing iimovative ideas and approaches 
to education and student services. 
Cheryl Keen, co-dean of faculty and 
director of the Writing Center and 
Academic Support Center at Antloch 
College, and co-author of "Common 
Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in 
a Complex Worid," wiU offer the morn- 
ing keynote address. Larry Roper, vice 
president for student afbirs and pro- 
fessor of ethnic studies at Oregon 
State University and graduate of the 
University of Maryland's College 
Student Personnel Program, will offer 
the luncheon address. 

The planning committee would Uke 
to extend an invitation to all col- 
leagues to join us for this annual 
regional conference. Re^tration 
forms are available from Pat Schaecher 
in the Office of the Vice President for 
Student Affairs (2108 MitcheC Building 
or 314.8431) or may be obtained 
througli tlic conference 
www, umd .edu/msac). 

For further conference information 
please contact John Zacker, confer- 
ence chair, at 314-8204.