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Outlook 

The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14 'Number 18 • Febrmry 15, 2000 



Animals Detect 
Global Warmiiig, 

page 3 




Faculty, Staff Who Encourage Student 
Involvement Make A Difference 



"We need to encourage stu- 
dents to be whole persons, not 
just academic automatons ° 
says Robert Infantine, associate 
ciiair of tlie biology depart- 
ment. This perspective exem- 
plifies the mindset of faculty 
who actively support student 
involvement in co-curricular 
activities. 

A recent campus study 
foimd that faculty members 
can be very influential and 
their advice posidvely affects 
the students they interact 
with. 

"Scholarly research dearly 
demonstrates a link between 
students' academic success and 
involvement in co-curricular 
actMUes," says In&ntino.And 
several researchers have docu- 
mented that out-of-classroom 
interactions with feculty, staff 
and peers have a positive cor- 
relation with college GPA, 
retention, satisfection, growth 
in leadership abilities, public 
speaking skills, interpersonal 
skills, analytical and problem- 
solving sSdlis, critical thinking 

Continued on page 7 




Tips for Faculty and Advisers 



Faculty and advisors can help first year students navi- 
gate their new environment and get more out of the col- 
lege experience by: 



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1. Inquiring about students' out-of-ciassroom interests 

2. Encouraging a balance between the academic and co- 
currfcular activities. 

3. Referring students to relevant campus Involvement 
opportunities. (In the Rrst Year study, 21 percent of stu- 
dents cited faculty and staff as an Information source on 
Invohrement opportunities.) Suggest students visit the 
Office of Campus Programs, remind them of the dates for 
the Rrst Look Fair In the fall or the spring Take Another 
Look Fair, and recommend students peruse campus publi- 
cations and the Inform Website to keep abrewt of opportu- 
nities and events. 

4. Partnering with students to recruit other students. 
(The First Year study found other students greatly Influence 
participation.) 

6. IVIakIng students aware of tlie academic and profes- 
sional benefits of studiant Involvement, Including the 
improvement of skills, the potential to make vital conneo- 
tiofls and the value of enhancing their resume. (This study 
revealed such factors serve as a greater incentive for 
Involvement than receiving pay for involvement efforts.) 



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Presser Studies Impact of Late Hours 
on Married Couples witii Children 



The emerging 24-hour glob- 
al economy can be hazardous 
to marriage. Particularly for 
couples with chUdren, the 
additional physical demands 
and psychological stress of bal- 
ancing late night and rotating 
woric schedules can pull at the 
threads of marriage subility. 

These findings are based on 
new research by Harriet 
Presser, Distinguished 
University Professor and direc- 
tor of the Center on 
Population, Gender and Social 
Inequality, published in the 
February edition of the 
Journal of Marriage and the 
Family. 

According to Presser, mil- 
lions of American couples 
include a spouse who works 
late or rotating hours. Such 
couples ate experiencing sig- 
nificantly higher separation 
and divorce rates than those 
with spouses working only 



fixed daytime jobs or shift 
workers without children. 

Presser's study, the first to 
examine longitudinal data for 
the consequences of wotking 
late night hours on marital sta- 
bility, reveals a risky trade-off 
between the economic bene- 
fits and family costs of such 
schedules. 

For couples with ctuldrcn, 
the risk of divorce increases 
up to six times when one of 
the spouses works between 
midnight and 8 a.m. as com- 
pared to daytime hours, 
according to Presser's find- 
Ings.The extent of the 
increased risk depends on the 
gender of the spouse and die 
length of the marriage. 

These results were evident 
when controlling for the num- 
ber of hours worked as well as 
variables such as education of 
^>ouscs, previous marital expe- 
rience, age difference, number 



of children and the ideologies 
of both spouses about gender 
roles. But working those same 
schedules does not indicate a 
h^er risk of divorce for cou- 
ples without children. 

"Qearly, something is going 
on when one or the other 
spouse works n^ts that adds 
extra stress to the marriage," 
Presser says. That non-standard 
work schedtiles do not affect 
marital instability when cou- 
ples imve no children suggests 
that, in the absence of respon- 
sibility for children, couples 
are fairly well able to cope 
with whatever stress their 
work schedules generate. 

The critical £tctor for cou- 
ples with cliildren seems to be 
the physical demands of late 
and changing work schedttles 
combined with the psychologi- 
cal suess they generate on 
^JuUles. Finding from 

Continued on page 7 



Comments Sought on 
Strategic Plan Update 



The Strategic Plan Update Committee lias posted on the 
umversity's Web site a 28-page draft of a proposed new blue- 
print to guide the University of Maryland "to the next level of 
distinction." Provost Gregory Geoffroy, who chaired the com- 
mittee, wants Acuity, staff and students to submit conmients 
on the draft by March 17. 

The draft plan, tlie 1996 plan and other related documents 
can be foimd on the Web at www.iund.edu/plancomments. 
Comments on the draft can be sent by e-mail to sp202@umail. 
umd.edu. Hard copy conmients may be sent to the Strate^c 
Plan Update Committee, c/o Assistant Provost Mctor 
Korenman, 1 119 Main Administradon Building, Campus. 

In his introduction to the updated plan, Geoffroy said the 
"intention is to encourage a campus-wide climate of creativi- 
ty, confidence, energy and productivity, the hallmark of first- 
rate programs and universities." 

President I>an Mote last Edl called for an update to the 
1 996 Strategic Plan to reflect leadership and opportunity 
changes that have occurred since then: a new president, new 
provost, new deans m nearly half of the colleges and profes- 
sional schools, as well as significant improvements in state 
financial suppori and commitment to the Flagship Institution. 

The plan builds on a continuing emphasis on retaining and 
recruiting faculty of the "highest caUbcr," development of 
increasing numbers of iimovative projects across a wide range 
of disciplines, a "phenomenal increase in external research 
huidlng," continuous improvement in the quality of students 
choosing to attend Maryland, and the growing "importance of 
the imiversity as a key contributor in the economic develop- 
ment of the State." 

Mote set the tone for the ambitious new plan in his State 
of the Campus address to the College Park Senate last 
September, \dien he outlined four goals for his administra- 
tion: 

• Build a culture of excellence across the university that rais- 
es us to the ranks of the most eminent public research univer- 
sities; 

• Offer an enriched educational experience to aU students 
that takes full advantage of the special strengths of a research 
university and prepares them to be productive raemlxrrs of 
society; 

• Build our Maryland family of alumni and friends to create a 
network of allegiance and support for the university; and 

• Engage in a range of partnersliips with private companies, 
government agencies and laboratories, and other research uni- 
versities in the region and the State to make the university a 
major driving force in the economic development and well- 
being of the citizens of Maryland. 

The proposed update to the Strategic Plan identifies six 
interrelated initiatives that will identify the university's priori- 
ties: 

• Build a strong, university-wide culture of excellence in grad- 
uate and professional education, research, scholarship and the 
creative and performing arts. 

• Continue to elevate the quaUty of the educational experi- 
ence of all of our undergraduate students, buildmg on the 
strengths of our premier undergraduate pro^^uns. 

• Ensure a university environment that promotes diversity 
and fosters a spirit of commimity among faculty, staff and stu- 
dents. 

• Engage the university more fully in outreach and collabora- 

Continued on page 6 



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2 Outlook February 15, 2000 



Ann Wylie Named Assistant 
Provost 



Arm Wyiie was recently appointed assistant provost, a posi- 
tion she assumed two weeks ago. A professor of geology, 
Wylie formerty served as acting associate dean for student 
affoirs in the CoUege of 
Computer, 
Mathematical and 
Physical Sciences. 
Wylie 's primary respon- 
sibility as assistant 
provost is to provide 
direct assistance to the 
provost in a variety of 
administrative tasks. 

A long-time member 
of the faculty and an 
outstanding campus 
dtlEcn.Wylie brings a 
■wealth of experience 
to the position, says 
Provost Gregory Gcof&oy. Her past administrative assign- 
ments include acting associate dean for research; acting chair 
of the geology department; associate chair and director of 
graduate studies; and director of undergraduate studies in the 
department of geology. In addition, she has served on a wide 
range of departmental, college and university committees, 
including numerous search committees, the CMPS Academic 
Planning Advisory Committee, the Appointment, Promotions 
and Tenure Committee, the Giaduate Coimcil and its commit- 
tees, the Athletic Council and the Provost Advisory 
Committee on Admissions and Advising. 

Wylie, a renowned expert in the mineralogy of asbestos, 
has published widely and is a fellow of the Geological Society 
of America. She also is kno^vn as a dedicated and caring 
teacher. She was named a Distii^uished Scholar-Teacher in 
1994-95. 

Geoffroy extends special thanks to the members of the 
search committee, which was chaired by Adele Berlin, profes- 
sor of English, for their hard work and good coimsel. 




Maryland's First McNair Conference 
Helps Students Help Themselves 



The university will host its first McNair 
Conference, "Achieving Scholarship, Leadership 
and Excellence in the 21st Century," Mar. 16-19 at 
the University College Inn and Conference 
Center. The conference is sponsored by the Office 
of Academic Achievement Programs. 

The purpose of the McNair Program, named 
after Challenger space shuttle astronaut and sci- 
entist Ronald E. McNair, is to increase the number 
of non-traditional and under-represented students 
who eiuoU in graduate school to pursue doctoral 
degrees. 

"The intent is to find talented students out of 
their sophomore year and start them on a 
research-preparation and graduate-school-prepara- 
tion track," says Director of Academic Achieve- 
ment Programs Jerry Lewis. The program then 
attempts to place students in graduate programs. 

Each year Academic Achievement selects 30 
students who demonstrate outstanding achieve- 
ment and intend to go to graduate school. McNair 
scholars are often flrst-generation college stu- 
dents from low-Income families. Students attend 
sunmier research sessions that offer ORE prepara- 
tion, training in advanced research and writing, 
computerized commvmication instruction and 
advising on methods to identify and obtain fund- 
ir^ for graduate school. 

McNair programs are funded 
by the U.S. Department of 
Education. There are approxi- 
mately 166 programs in the 
country with over 5,000 stu- 
dents. Student representatives 
fiom UMBC to UCLA will give 
presentaUons at the conference, 
covering a wide variety of 



research topics. In previous years students have 
presented on such advanced topics as "Family 
Structure as a Predictor of Behavior in Problem 
Children," "The Rate of Oxygen Consumption in 
Crayfish," and "The Evolution of Telecommunica- 
tion in Ghana since 1994." 

Other featured speakers will include President 
Dan Mote and Florida attorney Willie Gary. 
Additional speakers are being finalized. 

A pre-conference session Mar. 16 will be led by 
Robert Bell, director of Trio Programs at the 
Department of Education. Vincent Tinto, a reten- 
tion expert from Syracuse University, also will 
present. Campus faculty will participate in panel 
discussions as well, including Cordell Black, who 
will lead a discussion on how to enter an academ- 
ic field. 

Graduate Studies will host a reception for con- 
ference attendees the evening before the confer- 
ence begins. 

The general registration fee for the conference 
is $275. Pre<onft:fence registration is $50. For 
more information, contaa Conchita Battle at 405- 
4736 or visit the program Web site at www.umd. 
edu/McNair2000. 



Get the Scoop on Arbuckles Delight 



Lecturer Probes Human 
Brain's Possibilities, Limits 




Helen Neville, professor of psychology and 
neuroscdence at the University 
of Oregon, discusses "Rewiring 
the Himian Brain: Birth to 
Three and Beyond," part of the 
Graduate School Distinguished 
Lecturer Series. Her talk takes 
place on Monday, Feb. 21, at 4 
p.m., in room I4l2 of the 
Physics Building. 

Neville studies the role of 
environmental input versus 
biological constraints in 
development of the human 
brain. Using powedful new 
teclmiques such as magnet- 
ic resonance imaging (MRI) and electrophysiolo- 
gy, she probes the brain's fiighest function, the 
formation and imderstanding of langu^e. 

How much of the brain's development is 
genetically controlled and ho'w much is influ- 
enced by environmental factors? What goes on 
in deaf and blind people in the areas of the 
brain used to process auditory or visual informa- 
tion? Are these areas dormant or does an individ- 
ual's brain somehow rewire itself ro make the 



Helen Neville 



most of wrhatever mix of sensory inputs it 
receives? Can we affect the brain 
development of rn&nts? These are 
some of the central questions guiding 
her research. 

Several studies over the past 
three decades have documented the 
plasticity and vulnerability of the 
developing brain. Recent research 
shows considerable effects of experi- 
ence on the adult brain as well. In her 
lecture Neville will discuss studies 
revealing that while some ncurobe- 
havioral systems have the ability to 
change throughout life, others are 
dependent upon experiences during 
key developmental time windows. Ongoing 
research seeks the mechanisms behind these 
multiple and specific critical periods. 

Among many other honors, Neville has ivon 
the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator 
Award and the Claude Pepper Award. She was 
the Sprague Lecturer at the University of 
Petuisylvania in 1998. 

For more information about the lecture, call 
405-3082. 



~ Anyone Interested in the ice cream manufticturir^ busines can 
get the scoop on how to produce high-quality ftozen desserts 
through the university's ice cream course being offered March 18- 
21 at the dairy processing facilities. The course is aimed at opera- 
tors of batch ftcczcrs and those interested in operating them. 

The tradition of ice cream researc-h and education began in the 
1940s, when Wendell Arijuckle started ice cream "short courses." 
Aibuckle, &mous for perfecting quality commercial ice cream, 
taught the week-long course at the University of Maryland from 
1949-1972. Known as "Mr. Ice Cream,''he traveled the world teach- 
ing the course. 

Now Scott Rankin, dairy processing specialist in the College of 
Agriculture and 
Natural Resources, 
teaches the course. 
This is the second 
year in a row the 
class has been 
offered. 

Topics addressed 
in the course lec- 
tures include sanita- 
tion practices, health 
department inspec- 
tions and production 
costs, as well as quali- 
ty evaluation, flavor 
selection and pro- 
cessing procedures. 

There will be l^nds-on opportunities to learn batch freezer 
operation, and participants will produce and evaluate dozens of 
difierent products. Including sherbets, sorbets, soft-serve sundaes 
and ice-cream cakes. 

The registration deadline is Mar. t, and enrollment is limited to 
the first 24 applicants. The course fee Is $800, includhig tuition, 
lab fees, course materials, a dinner banquet and a certificate of 
participation. 

For information or to request a course brochure call Rankin at 
405-4568 or e-mail him at rankins@wam.umd.edu. 




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Oudook 



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Fchnury i5,20(Xi Outiook 3 



Global Warming Knocks Animals 
and Birds out of Usual Routine 



CASL Program Aims to 
Build Better Writers 



Yellow-belliad 
than a month 



Arc you feeUng confused about 

he weather, global warntdng or La 

Mifia? You're not alone. Climate 

:hanges have led anjmals to exit 

ilbemation and birds to flock 

lorth while there's several fcet of 

inow on the ground. A University 
Df Maryland study reported In the 
Feb. 1 5 issue of the Proceedings of 
the National Academy of Sciences 
indicates that such animal and bird 
confusion has become common 
place over the last 25 years as a 
result of global warming. 

The study is the first to surest 
and document that species that 
spend part of the year at low alti- 
tude and part at tiigh altitude may 
be encountering problems because 
of differences in the effects of glob- 
al climate change at different alti- 
tudes. It also provides the first 
reported evidence of the effects of 
climate change on hibernaUon and confirms 
earlier findings about bird migration. The find- 
ings show: 

• Marmots (close relatives of wood- 
chucks), which usually hibernate for eight 
months during the long winter at high altitudes, 
are emerging from hibernation earlier (38 days 
earlier over the past 23 years) and may risk star- 
vation as they wait longer for snow to melt 
before they can feed. 

• American robins that migrate from low- 
altitude wintering grounds to high-altitude sum- 
mer breeding grounds in Colorado arc arriving 
earlier in the spring (14 days eariier over the 
past 19 years), and must also wait loiter for 
snow to melt before they can feed and nest. 

The risk of starvation as a result of global 
warming is not limited to only marmots and 
American robins. Researchers suggest that other 
bibernatii^ mammals at high altitudes, such as 
ground squirrels, chipmunks and bears, may be 
affected in the same maruier. 




marmots are coming out of hibernation more 
earlier than usual as a result of global warming. 




This robin anived at the Rocky Mountain 
Biological Laboratory In May 1995 and found six 
feet of snow on the ground. 



"There is growing evidence to support that 
climate change is resulting in earlier and longer 
growing seasons at low altitudes, earlier migra- 
tions by some bird species, and earlier repro- 
duction in both plants and animals," says David 
Inouye, lead investigator and director of 
Maryland's graduate program in Sustainable 
Development and Conservation Biology. 

Inouye foimd a striking contrast at altitudes 
greater than 9,500 feet in the Colorado Rocky 
Moimtains where spring has not been arriving 
any earlier, and the growing season started later 
over the past 25 years. 

"In the past, marmots' ability to detect 
warmer temperatures was advantageous 
because it signaled an early spring, which result- 
ed in a longer growing season and a longer 
growing season enhances animal survival and 
production," says Kenneth Armitage, co-author 
and University of Kansas distinguished professor 
emeritus of systematics and ecology. 

Armitage continued, "Now, it appears the 
marmots response to temperature may have a 
negative effect, reducing chances for survival 
and reproduction." 

According to Inouye this kind of long-term 
study has high value, particularly when only one 
data point can be collected each year, because it 
shows the slow rate of significant changes that 
are occurring over recent decades. 

"A relatively simple observation, such as the 
first sighting of a robin each spring, can be 
made almost by anyone, and if continued for a 
loi^ enough time, can provide important 
insights into global change," says Inouye. 

Tlie research will continue vrith investiga- 
tions of the low to high altitude migration of 
hummingbirds that migrate from Mexico to 
Colorado; other hibernating tnatnmals, such as 
chipmunks and ground sqtiirrcls; and the effects 
of climate change on wildflowers. Funding has 
been provided by the National Science 
Foimdation and Earthwatch Institute. 



When building a home, a 
strong foundation is the key to 
creating a sturdy structure, 
Steve Graham and Karen 
Harris' Center for Accelerated 
Learning (CASL) applies those 
same construction principles 
to teaching elementary school 
students who are having hand- 
writing difficulties in the 
hopes of developing stronger 
readers and writers. 

A five-year project, funded 
by the U.S. Department of 
Education, CASL brings togeth- 
er three institutions — 
Maryland's College of 
Education, Van derbilt and 
Columbia Universities — to 
identify effective instructional 
practices when teaching writ- 
ing, reading and math. 

Maryland's focus in the 
CASL project is the teaching of 
writing, says Graham, professor 
of special education and co- 
coordinator of the center 
Since January 1999, Graham, 
Harris and several graduate stu- 
dents have been working indi- 
vidually with selected first- 
through-third-grade students 
from four Prince George's 
County elementary schools — 
Robert Frost, University Park, 
Carrollton and Scotchtown 
Hills. 

"Our first goal was to get 
the kids to write more quickly 
by helping to improve the 
handwriting and then take a 
look at the effects on their 
composition skills," says 
Graham. 

This year, Maryland's CASL 



team is working with the same 
children, plus additional chil- 
dren three days a week, with 
the objective of improving 
spelling. "Better, more fluent 
spellers can lead to becoming 
better writers," says Harris, pro- 
fessor of special education and 
co-coordinator of the center. 

Next year, CASL wiU focus 
their efforts on helping the stih 
dents in the plaiming and 
revising of their writbig.The 
last two years of the five-year 
project involves setting up an 
integrated program that teach- 
ers can implement in their 
classrooms. CASL will then ana- 
lyze their work to see if the 
program has been effective in 
preventing or alleviating vftit- 
ing difficulties for children 
with severe writing problems 
and cliildren witli special 
needs. 

Graham and Harris have 
wrorked together for more than 
20 years researching the topic 
of children's writing in grades 
4-8. This project provides an 
opportunity for the two to 
work with younger children 
and examine the obstacles that 
make writing challenging for 
children when they get older 

For many years reading has 
been the major focus of the Ut- 
cracy effort, but Graham and 
Harris believe that writing is 
an important key to the cre^ 
ative process, too. 

"We diink every kid has 
something to say," says Harris. 



Investor's Group to Discuss 

Retirement Income 



Gerald Cannizzaro, a retire- 
ment plaiming professional, is 
the featured speaker at the 
Feb. 16 meeting of the 
Investor's Group in Room 
4137 McKeldin Library at 
noon. Carmizzaro, a graduate of 
Villanova University with an 
MBA from Columbia Universi- 
ty, discusses maximizing and 
protecting retirement income. 

Cannizzaro's talk focuses on 
financial and lifestyle chal- 
lenges facing today's retirees, 
including inflation, medical 
expenses and assisted-Uving 
insurance. He also discusses 
asset allocation and provides 
models for retirees. 

Catmizzaro looks at diversi- 
fying investment portfolios and 
combining investment assets 
to expand investment return. 
In addidon, he talks about vari- 
ous mutual fund options that 
may maximize assets as well as 
tax consideiatjotis. 



Sponsored by the Friends of 
the Libraries and the Office of 
Continuing and Extended 
Education, the highly popular 
Investor's Group has a mem- 
bership of more tfian 300 fac- 
ility, staff, students and commu- 
nity friends. The meeting is 
free, open to everyone and 
designed to provide a quality 
program of practical financial 
education. 

Cannizzaro is the president 
and owner of Retirement 
Planning Services, a company 
specializing in retirement edu- 
cation and planning. He has 
been a guest lecturer at the 
George Washington University 
Graduate School and the USDA 
Graduate School. 

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



4 Outlook February 15,2000 



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Your Guide to University Events 
February 15 -24 



February 15 



1 2:30 p.m. School of Music: 
Opera Scenes Program, Ulrich 
Recital HaU,1kwes Bldg. 5- 
5570. 

6-9 p.m. Workshop: 
"Introduction to Mathemadca" 
introduces the basic principles 
of a worid class mathematical 
tool that can perform complex 
mathematical opefations such 
as integration, differentiation, 
etc. in symbolic mathematical 
noUtion.Also included is ren- 
dering data in either 2D or 3D 
plots. Used in colleges and uni- 
versities worldwide. 4404 
Computer & Space Science 
Bldg. 5-2938, 

cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www. inform . umd .cdu/PT. ' 

8-10 p,m. Dance Department 
Event: "Travelogue," Dorothy 
Madden Theater. 5-7847.* 

8-11 p.m.Event:''The Vagina 
Monologues," a performance 
conjunction with V-Day.V-Day 
is a campaign to end sexual 
violence against women and 
to proclaim Valentine's Day as 
the day to celebrate women 
and demand the end of abuse. 
The play written by Eve Ensler 
and is based on interviews 
with a diverse group of hun- 
dreds of women.The perfor- 
mance explores questions 
often pondered, but seldom 
asked: Do women like their 
vaginas? What do women call 
their vaginas? What can you 
tell about a ^roman by the w^ay 
she moans wlien she is 
aroused? All profits from this 
production go to My Sister's 
Place, a battered women's shel- 
ter in Washington, D.C. There 
will be a box for donations at 
the performance. Atrium, 
Stamp Student Union. Erica 
Hesch, ericalh#wam. 
imid.edu.* 



February 16 



Noon. Lecture:''Is your "man" 
too great, and your God too 
small? Or.... What is reformed 
theology anyway?" Martin 
Rabenhorst (Natural Resource 
Sciences) will give us a view of 
reformed theology in a talk 
titled: "Is your "man" too great, 
and your God too small? 
Or. ..What is reformed theology 
anyway?"'Iklk will begin at 
12:10 and the formal session 
will end by 12:50, for the sake 
of people on ti^t schedules. 
Many people will be bringing a 
lunch. The setting is informal. 
Sponsored by the Christian 
Faculty/Staff Fellowship at 
Maryland, 0115 Hombake 
libtary. 

wwvvf. esoptron. umd. edu/ 
CFSFolder/ cfeHome.html. 5- 
4791. 

4-5 p.m.Astronomty Colloquium: 
"Cosmic Fireworks— The 
Combustion Physics of Type la 
Supernova Explosions," Jens 
Niemcycr, University of 
Chicago. 2400 Computer and 
Space Sciences Bldg. 

5:30 p.m. School of Music: 
Opera Scenes Program. Ulrich 
Recital Hall.TJwes Bldg. 5-5570. 

6-9 p.m. Workshop: 
"Introduction to Microsoft 
Word," introduces concepts 
including file manipulation, for- 
matting text, headings, page 
numberings, spellir^, footnotes 
and more .4404 Computer & 
Space Science Bldg. 5-2938, 
cwpost®umd5.umd.edu or 
www.inform . umd. edu/PT. * 

7 p.m. Movie:*'Fight Club," 1240 
Biology - Psychology Bldg. * 

9:30 p.m. Movie: "Dogma," 1240 
Biology - Psychology Bldg. * 



February 17 



3:30 p.m. Meteorology Lecture: 
"Recent Innovations that 
Enhance Global and Regional 
Climate Modeling," Ferdinand 
Baer, department of meteorolo- 
gy. 2400 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg. 

Www.meto.umd.edu/scminar.ht 
ml. 



Explore African American Musical 
History with Linda Tillery & Choir 




Unda Tlliery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, 



The Concert Society presents Unda Tillery 
and the Cultural HeriUge Choir, a Irvii^ explo- 
ration of African-American musical history, with 
performances of field hollers, playsongs and folk 
spirituals. The performance takes place Friday, 
Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. at University College's Irm & 
Conference Center. 

Linda Tillery has long been known for her 
extensive research into traditional forms of 
African American culture. In 1 992 she foimded 
the Cultural Heritage Choir to perform the work 
songs, prison songs, moans, calls and hollers that 
are the roots of African-American music, and the 
ancestors of today's American popular songs. 

"I spent a long time letting this music \rash 
over me and circulate into my blood," says 
TTllery. "We're reaching into our ancestors' back 
yards and pulling out artifacts — songs mothers 
sang to their children, conversations between 
fathers and sons," 

Solidly rooted in the past and the ftitute, the 
Cultural Heritage Choir brings these traditional 
forms of culture to the stage through such stylis- 
tic forms as call-and-response, multi-layered har- 
monies, repetitive verse, folk tales, polyrythmic 
percussion and dance. 

Tlllery's current CD, Front Porch Music 
(EarthBeat), captures the essence of a time 
when friends and fiunilies gathered to listen, 
hum, sing and dance in harmony with the 
soimds of a summer's night. It includes such 
songs as "Take Me To The River,'"'Down the 
Line,""Job,Job," and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," 

Called a "woman of many voices,''Tillery has 
spent more than 25 years performing all styles 



of music, from classical and R & B to jazz, pop, 
funk and the blues. As a teenager in the late 
1 960s, she was lead singer for the Loading Zone, 
a seminal Berkeley band known for its classic 
Southern soul sound. 

In the 1970s and 1980s, slie became a key 
figure in women's music as staff musician and 
producer for Olivia Records, Her second solo 
recording, linda Tillery, won a Bay Area Music 
Award and she was twice named Outstanding 
Female Vocalist at the Bay Area Jazz Awards. She 
has appeared on more than 50 recordings — by 
Santana, Boz Scaggs, Keimy Loggins, Holly Near, 
Huey Lewis and the News, and others — and was 
a foimding member of Bobby McFerrin's 
groundbreaking Voicestra. 

Tillery sees her latest foray into Afiican 
American folk music as a fogical progression. "All 
the music I love and have ever loved is connect- 
ed," says Tillery, "They're all different streams 
feeding into one m^ty river." 

Tillery will participate in a free pre-concert 
discussion on Feb. 18, moderated by Carolina 
Robertson, university ethnomusicologist. Also 
scheduled to participated is Ira Berlin, university 
professor and historian. 

Tickets are $18 regular, $15.50 seniors, $5 
students with 1,D. There Is free admission to pre- 
concert program with purchase of a ticket. For 
tickets call 405-7847. 



4:30-7:30 p.m. Workshop: 
"Intermediate MATLAB." 3330 
Computer & Space Science 
Bldg. 5-2938, cwpost@umd5. 
umd.edu or www.inform. 
umd. edu/PT.' 

7:30 p.m. Movie:"Dogma," 1240 
Biology - Psychology Bldg. * 

8-1 1 p.m. Event: "The Vagina 
Monologues," a performance 
conjunction withV-I>ay.V-Day 



is a campaign to end sexual 
violence against women and to 
proclaim Valentine's Day as the 
day to celebrate women and 
demand the end of abuse. The 
play written by Eve Ensler and 
is based on interviews with a 
diverse group of hundreds of 
women.The performance 
explores questions often pon- 
dered, but seldom asked: Do 
women like their vaginas? What 
do women call their vaginas? 



What can you tell about a 
woman by the way she moans 
when she is aroused? All prof- 
its &om this production go to 
My Sister's Place, a battered 
women's shelter in 
Washington, D.CThcre will be 
a box for donations at the per- 
formance. Atriimi, Stamp 
Student Union. Erica Hesch, 
ericalh®wara. umd.edu.* 



February 15, 2000 Outlook 5 



February 18 



1 la.m. Black Feminist Thought 
Lecture,: 'Race, Gender and 
Medicine," Evelynn 
Hammonds, associate profes- 
sor of the history of sciences, 
MIT, The Language House 
Multipurpose Room, St. Mary's 
Hall. 5^77. 

Noon. Communication 
Colloquium: "Postmodern 
Warfare: From the Theatre of 
War to War as Theatre," RichanJ 
Harvey Broivn. 0200 Skinner 
BIdg. 5-6528 and la74@imiail. 
umd.edu. 

12:15- 2 p.m. Black Feminist 
Thought Lecture Series 
Workshop: "Race, Gender and 
the Sciences, Issues in 
Pedagogy and Research," 
Evelynn Hammonds, associate 
professor the history of sci- 
ences, MIT Multipurpose 
Room, St. Mary's Hall. 5-6877. 



February 21 



6-9 p.m.Workshop: 
'Introduction to Unix,' covers 
the Unix operating system. 
Concepts covered include file 
and directory manipulation 
commands, navigation skills, as 
well as the Pico editor. It does 
not teach programming skills. 
4404 Computer & Space 
Sciences BIdg. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd,edu 
www.inform . unid.edu/PT.* 



February 22 



6 p.m.Workshop:''Navigating 
WebCT," is for students who are 
enrolled in courses at the 
University of Maryland which 
have integrated WebCT into the 
class environment. In it stu- 
dents will learn to navigate 
course content, participate in 
bulletin boards and chat rooms, 
and develop presentations in 
group project space. 4404 
Computer & Space Sciences 
BIdg. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu 
www. inform. umd.edu/PT 



February 23 



Noon. Christian Faculty/Staff 
Fellowship Lecture: "AIDS is 
Still a Crisis and It's Everyone's 
Business," Jetf Collins .founder 
of Love and Action, a Christian 
ministry caring for men, 
women, and children living 



with HIV/AIDS. 0115 Hombake 
Library. 5-4791 or 
rg2@umail.umd.edu. 

4-5 p.m.Astronoray 
Colloquium: "Models forTjrpe la 
Supernovae and Evolutionary 
Effects with Redshift," Peter 
Hoeflich, University of Texas. 
2400 Computer and Space 
Sciences BIdg. 

6-9 p.m.Workshop:''Intemet 
Technologies," introduces net- 
work technologies such as the 
transiier of files between local 
and host machines located any- 
where in the world using FTP; 
reading, subscribing and post- 
ing on newsgroups using 
Netscape; subscribing and 
sending document attachments 
using Pine. 4404 Computer & 
Space Sciences BIdg. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www. inform . umd . e du/PT. * 

8 p.m. University Theatre: "The 
Fable of Macbeth "Tawes Fine 
Arts. University Theatre Etox 
Office. 5-2201 or www.inforM. 
umd.edu/THET/plays.* 



February 24 



4:30-7:30 p.m. "Netscape Page 
Composer," introduces 
Netscape's web page edidng 
and development tool. 
Students will learn to create 
simple page elements such as 
hyperlinks, colors, font styles, 
bullets and tables — without 
typing a single letter of HTML 
code.4404 Computer & Space 
Sciences BIdg. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd, edu or 
www,lnfonn, umd.edu/PT* 

7 p.m. Baptist Student Ministry 
and First Baptist Church of 
BeltsviUe Lecture: "A debate on 
the question 'Does God 
Exist?'" Robert Gammon, IPST 
at Maryland. Memorial Chapel. 
5-4791 orrg2@umail.umd.edu, 
www. ipst . lund . edu//Faculty/ga 
mmon.html 

8 p.m. University Theatre: "The 
Fable of Macbeth,"Tawes Fine 
Arts. University Theatre Box 
Office. 5-2201 or 
www.infbrM.umd,edu/THET/p 
lays.* 



A New Look for the New Millennium 

Diversity Initiative Celebrates Its Sixth Anniversary with New Logo 



Calendar Guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed 
as 4-xx)« or S-xxxx stand for the 
prefix 314 or 405. Events are 
[ree and open to the public 
unless noted by an asterisk (*), 
Calendar information for OuUook 
is compiled from a combination 
of inforM's master calendar and 
submissions to the Outlook 
office. To reach tiie calendar edi- 
tor, call 405-7615 or frmatl to 
DLftlook@accmail. umd.edu. 



The university's Diversity 
Initiative is marking its sixth 
anniversary this semester, and the 
Office of Human Rektions 
Programs, the initiative's coordinat- 
ing office, is celebrating with a mod- 
ified logo that illustrates the 
Diversity Initiative's important role 
in the 21st century. 

"As the Diversity Initiative enters 
the new millennium, we want to 
sharpen its purpose and deepen the 
understanding of what diversity 
encompasses," says Gloria Bonis, co- 
dircctor of the DI and associate 
director of the Office of Human 
Relations Programs. 'This new logo 
illustrates how^ the dlmct^ions of 
the Diversity Initiative come togeth- 
er." 

More specifically, the modified 
logo demonstrates the DI's evolution 
from a day-long to a week-long pro- 
gram, to the official year-long ongo- 
ing initiative (1993 to the present). 
It illustrates both the historical 
underpitulng of the DI, as well as 
the broad-based dimensions of diver- 
sity the initiative explores today. 

In the initial stages of the pro- 
gram, race, class and gender were 
considered the major dimensions of 
diversity. These focal points have since expand- 
ed, and now include sexuality, physical appear- 
ance, language and geographic origin, 

"Over time, this working definition of diversi- 
ty broadened to reflect the changing demograph- 
ics of the university community and to illustrate 
the multiplicity and complexity of the issues," 
sa>^ Bonis, 

The Diversity Initiative continues its ongoing 
mission: to build a more inclusive learning com- 
munity grounded in respect for differences 
based on age, gender, race, class, ability, geograph- 
ic origin, sexuality, language, physical appear- 
ance, ethnicity and religion. It also explores and 
enhances common values that emphasize inter- 
dependence, equality, justice, himian rlgjits and 
the sanctity of each individual's dignity. 

Through the initiative, processes, programs, 
structures and opportimities for collaboration 
are created that suppon diversity and excellence 
as inseparable partners in the educational 
process. And the initiative maintains the universi- 
ty's prominence as a nationally recognized 
model of diversity and excellence in higher edu- 
cation. 

In continuity pursuit of its goals and efforts 
to respond to the needs of the community, the 
Diversity Initiative created the Student 



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Intetcultural Learning Center (SILQ, which 
offers several courses (Facilitating Dialogue on 
Race, Gender and Ethnicity, Multiculturalism in 
Self and Society) and programs (Sexual 
Harassment Prevention, Peer Mediation) for stu- 
dents. ■ : , • 

Aloi^ with these new developments, the 
Office of Human Relations Progiams has a new 
executive director, Christine Clark, who will help 
the Diversity Initiative move into the 21st centu- 
ry. "1 plan to work hard to further develop and 
implement the Diversity Initiative's mission and 
programming... [and continue] building an affirm- 
ing campus commtmity for all," says Clark,"It is 
most important that we continuously remember 
and promote the sociopolitical reality that diver- 
sity and academic excellence are integrally con- 
nected to each other, inextricably Unked." 

For more information about the Diversity 
Initiative or SILC, call the Office of Himian 
Relations Pro-ams at 405-2838 or e-mail diversi- 
ty @ umall.umd.edu. You also can access informa- 
tion about the Diversity Initiative and SILC on 
the Web at: www.inform.umd. 
edu/Diversity_Initiativc , 

—JAMIE FEEHERVSIMMO>ffi 



Goodies Galore at the Bull & Oyster Roast 

Come to the University of Maryland golf course, Friday, Feb. 25, for the course's first bull and 
oyster roast. Served at the 6 p.m. feast will be fried oysters, oyster stew, steamed oysters, oysters 
in the half shell, seafood imperial, chef carved roast beef, grilled clilcken breast, mashed potatoes, 
cole slaw, pasta salad, deli meats, cheese platter, assorted breads and rolls and cakes and pastries. 

The cost of the roast is $19,99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. A full bar is available, with $! 
draft beer and house wines, limited seating is available and advanced registration is required. 

For more information, or to place your reservation, call 403-4400. 



6 Outlook Irttnury 15, 2000 



Black Feminist Thought 
Lecture Series Begins 



The Women's Studies 
Program announces the spring 
schedule of speakers for its 
Black Feminist Thought lecture 
scries. First on the lineup is 
Evetynn Hammonds, who w^ill 
addtess "Race, Gender and 
Medicine," Friday, Feb. 18. Her 
1 1 a.m. talk will be followed by 
a l^t luncheon, discussion 
and a workshop on "Race, 
Gender and the Sciences, 
Issues in Pedagogy and 
Research," from 12:15 to 2 p.m. 
Events take place in TTie 
Language House Multipurpose 
Room (St. Mary's Hall). 

Hammonds is associate pro- 
fessor of the history of sci- 
ences at MIT's Program in 
Science, Technology and 
Society. She has written widely 
on race, gender and science, 
including landmark essays on 
black women in the sciences, 
black women's sexuality, gen- 
der and AIDS, and on disease 



and social control. 

The Black Feminist Thought 
lecture series brings distin- 
guished scholars and artists to 
campus for lectures that are 
open to University of Maryland 
students, feculty and staff, as 
well as the public. Other speak- 
ers scheduled for Spring 2000 
are Cathy Cohen from Yale 
University and Elizabeth Clark- 
Lewis from Howard University. 

The scries is cosponsored 
by the Consortium on Race, 
Gender and Ethnicityi'Women's 
Studies;Afro-American Studies; 
American Studies; the 
Curriculum Transformadon 
Project; Africa and the 
Americas; the College of Arts 
and Himianides and the 
College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences. 

For more information, con- 
tact the women's studies 
department at 405-6877. 



Strategic Plan Update 



Continued from pag0 1 

tive partnerships with the 
greater community. 

• Become a national leader in 
the infusion of information sci- 
ence and technology into 
every aspect of the university's 
actrvities. 

• Ensure an administrative, 
opeiational, and pbj^ical Infra- 
structure that fully supports a 
first-class university. 

The plan identifies steps to 
take and both quantitative and 
qualitative goals in support of 
each initiative. 

Quantitative goals include 
achieving top-15 national rank- 
ings for engineering, business, 
education, library and informa- 
tion services, journalism and 
public afGiirs by 2004; feculty 
salaries in the 75th percentile of 
AAU public imiversitics and 
85th percentile of all Research I 
universities; annual research 
expenditures of $275 million by 
2004; annual fund-raising totals 
of $125 million by 20O4;adduig 
enough resident hall rooms to 
guarantee on-campus housing 
to all freshmen; increasing the 
size of the freshman class while 
holding total undergradtiate 
enrollment steady; and increase 
the freshman graduation rate to 
70 percent. 

Other goals include invest- 
ing new campus tesources in 
"big impact" initiatives to 
advance the university's excel- 
lence; strengthening the bio- 
sciences through selective 
investmeot; increase stipends 



and the number of feUowships 
to help recruit top-quality grad- 
uate students; continue to 
strengthen undergraduate pro- 
grams and recruit the best 
undergraduate students: 
increase the scholarship 
endowment to ensure that no 
student has to leave the univer- 
sity solely for financial reasons; 
and improve hiring and enroll- 
ment practices to improve 
diversity and build a greater 
sense of community across all 
constituencies. 

Goals cover every aspect of 
university life, including infor- 
mation technology, outreach, 
administrative and student ser- 
vices and physical plant and 
infirastructure improvements. 

The proposed plan "does 
not suggest a change in course 
but an acceleration of the drive 
to excellence and a conscious 
effort to expand this sense of 
potential and productivity 
across the entire campus," 
Geoffioy wrote in the conclu- 
sion. 

"We wiU continue to expect 
and promote the highest 
accomplishments, to seek out 
the most talented and diverse 
&culty, staff and students, and 
to contribute in new and 
important ways to the develop- 
ment and dissemination of 
knowledge in a broad range of 
disciplines," he added. "This 
strategic plan invites the entire 
community to join in this excit- 
ing journey to the top." 




NOTABLE 



President Dan Mote has been select- 
ed Man of the Year by the Metropolitan 
Washington Chapter of the ARCS 
(Achievement Rewards for College 
Scientists) Foundation.This prestigious and 
respected award is given armualiy to a per- 
son of outstanding accomplishment in sci- 
ence, the promotion of science or the 
steadfest advancement of science through 
education. ' [He] certainly qualifies in all the 
categories," say Virginia Wright, president of 
the metropolitan Washington chapter of 
ARCS. 

Presentation of the award takes place 
March 11, with the presentation of a crystal 
engraved eagle to Mote, and an acceptance 
speech by him. 

Distinguished University of Maryland 
Professor Guillcrmo Calvo (economics) 
and Associate Professor Carmen 
Reinhart (public affairs and economics) 
were invited participants at this year's 
Worid Economic Forum (WEF) held last 
month in Davos, Switzerland.The WEF is 
the foremost global partnership of busi- 
ness, political, intellectual and other lead- 
ers of society committed to improving the 
state of the world. It functions as an inde- 
pendent, not-for-profit Foundation which 
aas in the spirit of entrepreneurship in the 
global public interest to further economic 
growth and social progress. 

Calvo participated in three sessions the 
first tided "Emerging Markets: An Agenda 
for Returning to Sustainable Growth," the 
second "DoUars for Emerging Markets," and 
the third "Best Practices in Coming out of 
Economic Tbrmoil." Calvo, who came to the 
University of Maryland in 1994, is both pro- 
fessor and director of the Center for 
International Economics. Prior to joining 
the faculty, he was a senior adviser to the 
research department of the International 
Monetary Fund. He is credited with predict- 
ing the 1994 Mexican Peso crisis and has 
■written extensively on the subjects of capi- 
tal flow volatility and macroeconomic man- 
agement. 

Reinhart participated in two sessions 
tided "The Shape of Banking in the New 
Millennium" and 'Stock Markets; How Long 
Will the Boom Last?" Reinhart joined the 
Acuity as an associate professor in the 
School of Pubhc Af&irs in 1996 and now 
has a joint appointment with the depart- 
ment of economics. Formerly, she was with 
the International Monetary Fimd and Bear 
Steams on Wall Street. She publishes on the 
subject of capital flow and banking crises. 

Calvo and Reinhart were in the compa- 
ny of 20 heads of state;, the CEO's of the 
world's leading compatues, political figures ' 




from around the world, ministers of finance 
and renowned academics. Among the 
group were President William Clinton; 
Thabo Mbeki, president of South Africa; Bill 
Gates, chair and CEO of Microsoft Corp.; 
William Daley, U.S. Secretary of Conmierce; 
William Clay Ford Jr, chair, Ford Motor Co.; 
and James Wolfenson, president of the 
Worid Bank. 

Steve Halperin, dean of the College of 
Computer, Mathematical and Physical 
Sciences, was awarded the honor of 
Chevalier de FOrdrc des Palmes 
Academiques by the French government 
in recognition of his contribution to higher 
education. 

Lucy McFadden and Dennis WeUnitz, 
astronomy, are part of the team NASA 
assembled to analyze information collected 
in its Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous 
(NEAR) mission to the asteroid 433 Eros. 
This is NASA's first dedicated scientific 
mission to an asteroid. 

Jack M inker, computer science, is the 
foimding editor-in-chief of a new journal, 
Theory and Practice of Logic Programming 
published by The Association for Logic 
Programming, 

Associate Professor Gregory Staley 
recently received the prestigious American 
Philological Association Award for 
Excellence in Teaching at the 1999 
American Philological Association meeting 
in E>allas,Texas.A citation read at the award 
ceremony noted "All of the sterling nomi- 
nees for this award evoke enthusiasm in 
their students and foster interest in classics; 
Dr. Stale y's unique contribution is that he 
nurtures not only classics students but clas- 
sics teachers at both the secondary and 
higher education levels. 

"Undergraduates from diverse back- 
grounds praise his offerings in mythology 
and advanced mythology for making 'the 
myths interesting and relevant to the 20th 
century.' He integrates the classroom with 
its social environment and with American 
culture by encouraging his students to find 
representations of the Greek gods in the 
District of Colimibia. 

He was made a Lilly Center for Teaching 
Excellence Fellow in 1995-96. In 1997 he 
received a University of Maryland 
"Celebrating Teachers Award", a prize for 
which instructors are nominated by out- 
standii^ members of the graduating class. 



February 19, 2000 Outlook 7 



Faculty, Staff Who Encourage Student 
Involvement Make A Difference 



Continued from page 1 

skills and cidturaJ awareness. 

To gain insight into factors that facili- 
tate or hinder first-year involvement, the 
Office of Campus Programs engaged in a 
study of first-year students' interest and 
participation in these co-curricular activi- 
ties. One finding is that students tend to 
heed the advice of academic advisers who 
encourage campus involvement more 
often than the advice of their own par- 
ents. 

The study also demonstiated that stu- 
dents who encoutaged to become more 
involved in campus activities tended to be 
more engaged at the University of 
Maryland in a variety of ways. Faculty 
encouragement was linked with greater 
participation in student organizations, 
leadership retreats, workshops and credit- 
bearing leadership courses. 

The encouragement of academic advis- 
ers Tvas linked to an increase in the per- 
centage of students using lounges and 
meeting rooms to meet with other stu- 
dents for discussions. There was no 
instance in which encouiagement was 
negatively linked to any aspect of campiB 
involvement. 

Many faculty members are aware of 
their influence on students and make 
great efforts to encourage student involve- 
ment. Iniantino cautioiB the importance 
of balance by comparing university offer- 
ings to a plentiful Sunday brunch. He 
advises first semester students to pace 
themselves, adding in co-curricular activi- 
ties gradually, w^hile assessing how "ftill" 
they are with academic work and how 
many extra responsibilities they can han- 
dle. 

At the other extreme, Infantino sees 
many students "who have seemingly shut 
off all of the activities which they pursued 
before coming to college, deciding their 
course work is the only thing which they 
will pursue at the University of Maryland." 
He laments the award-winning artists and 
accomplished musicians who "leave their 
paints and their instruments at home." 

Infantino says it's important to help stu- 
dents tmdei^tand "we have faculty mem- 
bers who arc singers, who are artists, and 
who pursue sportfishing, tae kwan do, 
swimming, golf, gardening — all at the same 
time they are beir^ science faculty." 

Faculty also can serve students by mak- 
ing them aware of involvement opportuni- 
ties. "Faculty members can be helpful in 
communicating information about semi- 
nars, acdvities and groups which may, in 
some way, be allied with the material they 
are covering in the course, either through 
in-class announcements or postings to list- 
servs," says Infantino. "An occasional invita- 
tion of a student group representative into 
a course is not a huge intrusion." 

Partnering with student peers Is anoth- 
er stiategy used by Infendno. "Peers are 
hi^y effecdve at getting students to par- 
ticipate in activities outside of the class- 
room. We have students participating In a 
wide variety of 'ambassador' functions. 
This includes student panel involvement 
in recruitment and open house days, as 
weO as ongoing involvement in the leader- 
ship of acdve student clubs and organiza- 



tions and peer-led discussion sessions sup- 
porting academic course work." 

As for why tlie peer model may be suc- 
cessful, Infantino says, "I think it is helphil 
for the new smdents to see other students 
vfith heavy schedules pursuing co-curricu- 
lar activities. It helps them get a sense that 
'if they can do it, I can do it!'" 

First year student involvement is also 
enhanced by the outreach efforts of cam- 
pus student organizations, which can be 
greatly facilitated by the group's faculty or 
staff adviser, Martha Baer Wilmes, associate 
director of Commuter Aflairs and 
Community Service, has advised campus 
smdent groups for 13 years. According to 
Wilmes, strategies that make student 
groups more inviting for newcomers 
include increasing advertising and adver- 
tising more in advance of the event; post- 
ing meeting minutes on a Web page so 
those who missed the meeting can be 
kept informed; posting pictures of officers 
so newcomers can more easily approach 
them; and using the First Look Fair zs an 
outreach opportunity and planning a 




I 






meeting soon after to follow up with 
those who expressed an Interest. She also 
advocates cotisidering the needs of com- 
muter smdents, such as when scheduling 
meeting times, publicizing complete 
phone numbers rather than extensions, 
and addressing w^hether family members 
can accompany students to events (are 
they "open to the public?"). 

Whatever personal, creative strategies 
faculty, staff and advisers use to engage 
smdents in co-curricufar activities, they 
should know their efforts are very worth- 
while. There is every Indication students 
welcome encouragement and information 
on involvement — one of the study's most 
exciting findings is that 73 percent of the 
smdents revealed they would like to be 
more Involved than they currendy are. 

Copies of the study and more informa- 
tion on campus involvement opportuni- 
ties, can be obtained by contacting the 
Office of Campus Programs, 1 135 Stamp 
Smdent Union. 

— MARIA WAINER 



Obstacles & Incentives for Involvement 




t 



An organization eager to be more receptive to flrst-year students can also 
apply some of the findings of the First Year study, which explored Issues students 
may view as obstacles or increntives for Involvement: 

%. Make newcomers feel welcome. Students Indicated they would be more 
likely to get Involved If they could be assured members would Introduce thenv 
seives and talk to them. Addressing this Issue might entail Introductions and Ice- 
breakers at every meeting or a new role might be established for a member to 
act as a formal greeter for newcomeis. Two-thirds of survey respondents cKed 
social discomfort, Including a dislike of attending events alone, not knowing any 
members and shyness, as obstacles to heater involvement. 

2. Create programs that target and welcome new and first-year students. First- 
year students Indicated one incentive for Involvement in an organization is the 
knowledge that other flrst year and new studente are Involved. 

3. Advertise with a focus on Incentives for involvement. Beyond their mission, 
student organizations may have especially appealing features they can publicize. 
The m^or reasons indicated for becoming more Involved are "having fun" and 
"making new friends." Another incentive, frequently indicated by student respon- 
dents. Is the opportunity to Improve one's resume, make connections and gain 
skills. Survey findings also reveal student Interest, particularly among women, In 
receiving a sense of personal fulfillment and In "being Involved" on campus. Such 
desirable features and opportunities can be highlighted for recruitment efforts. 

4. Encourage members to bring a friend. "Friends" was indicated as the main 
source of Information on involvement and "making friends" Is a primary incentive 
for Involvement. Conversely, social discomfort is a major obstacle to Involvement. 
Friends' membership (or lack thereof) was very Influential — respondents indicated 
"my friends aren't joining" as an obstacle to involvement and "my friends are 
Involved In the ^oup" as a significant incentive for participation. Thus, program- 
ming efforts might feature "bring a friend" events In vrtiich members Invite 
acquaintances to explore the group as their guest — without any expectations 
placed on the newcomer. 

5. Assess and address the concerns of members and potential members. 
Groups should explore factors that might deter greater involvement. They might 
consider whether members prefer alternative meeting times. This study revealed 
m^lor obstacles to involvement were meetings held at an inconvenient time and 
students needing to reanange their schedule to accommodate meetings and 
events. Another c^bstacie, expressed primarily by women, Is a safety concern 
about going to and from meetings or events at night. Due to this concern, groups 
may change meetings times, organize members to commute collectively, or make 
students aware of the University Police Aide Auxiliary Unit (40&3S55) which 
serves pedestrian students 24 hours a day. 



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Late Work 
Hours Shake 
Marital Stability 

Continued from page 1 

Presser's pre\^ous research 
suggest complicated work 
schedules are most often 
determined by employer 
demand and job availability, 
not by personal choice. 

Among dual-earner couples 
where one spouse works days 
and the other evenings or 
n^ts, fathers are the primary 
caregivers of chUdren In virtu- 
ally all cases when their wives 
are employed, accordir^ to 
PresscrWhUe the greater 
involvement of fathers in child 
care is desirable and the 
reduced child care expense is 
economically beneficial to the 
family, these gains may be off- 
set by the longer-term costs to 
the marriage. 

"Working non-standard 
schedules profoundly affects 
the scheduling and function- 
ing of family life," says Presser, 
noting the number of waking 
hours spouses can spend 
together is determined by 
which hours they are 
employed outside the home as 
well as how many. "If indeed, 
social interaction among fami- 
ly members builds greater 
bonds, coEomunication and 
caring, we would expect the 
more time spouses have with 
one another, the more likely 
they are to develop strong 
commitments," she says. 
"Conversely, the lack of time 
for building such connections, 
combhied with the physical 
stress of working nights or 
changing schedules can be 
detrimental to the quality of 
marital and family Ufe." 

Presser's analyses of exist- 
ing data reveal the widespread 
prc^^ence of dual-earner par- 
ents wrorking different shifts. 
As one spouse comes home to 
face a "second shift," the other 
is gettit^ ready to leave for his 
or her regular work day (or 
night), which basically simu- 
fates a single-parent home, says 
Presser. 

The proliferation of non- 
standard work schedules is a 
significant social phenomenon 
'witii important implications 
for the health and well-being 
of individuals and families and 
for the shapit^ of social poli- 
cies, accordhig to Presser. Yet, 
the dUeouna is not part of the 
public discourse. 



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8 Outlook February 19, 2000 




Hate Free MUlenniuni 

"Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" 
will be shown onlbesday, Feb. 15, at 7 
p.m. in Room 2205 LeFrak Hall.This 
film is a documentary about the strug- 
gle against violence in America, focus- 
ing on the killing of Matthew Shepaitl, 
as well as James Byrd Jr., and the shoot- 
ii^s at Columbine High.There also will 
be words from Holocaust sxirvivors 
and entertainers like Etton John and 
Olivia Newton John. 

The filmmaker. Brent Scarpo will 
lead a discussion of the film and will 
be introduced by the new director of 
the Office of Himian Relations Pro- 
grams, Christine Clark. Refreshments 
will be served. 

For more informatioD, contact Mark 
Brimhall- Vargas in the Office of Human 
Relations Programs at inb333@umail. 
umd.cdu 

Sports, Computers and Kids 

The College of Health and Human 
Performance Coed Summer Sports and 
Computer Program is being offered 
Jime 19, through July 7 (the camp is 
open July 4), 9 a.ni. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday. The cost is $70 
per wreck, per child, per program or 
$140 for all day, per week. There is a 
$20 non-refundable registration fee. 

For additional information, contact 
Elizabeth Brown at eb43@un^il.umd. 
edu or phone 405-2503. 

Wilderness Hrst Aid Course 

Campus Recreation Services is offer- 
ing a Wilderness First Aid course Feb. 
26 & 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn to 
be safe in the backcountry. 

This two-day national certification 
course will be conducted by SOLO 
School of Wilderness Medicine and 
held in the Outdoor Recreation Center. 
Participants will be introduced to 
wilderness medical protocols and loi^- 
term patient care. 

Register by Feb. 25. The fee is $155. 
For more information call 405-PLAY. 

AIDS is Everyone's Business 

Jeff Collins, foimder of Love and 
Action, presents a talk titled "AIDS is 
Still a Crisis and It's Everyone's 
Business," Feb. 23. begirming at 12:10 
p.m. Collins, who also will be giving a 
3 p.m. lecture, is being sponsored by 
the Christian Faculty/Staff Fellowship 
at the university. 

The formal session of the talk ends 
by 12:50 p.m., for the sake of people 
on tight schedules. The setting is infor- 
mal, and you are encouraged to bring a 
limcb. 

Love and Action is a Christian min- 
istry caring for men, women and chil- 
dren living with HrV/ATOS. For more 



information about the Christian 
Faculty/Staff Fellowship, visit esoptron. 
imid .edu/CFSFolder/cfsHome . html . 

Bumside's Travelogue 

Chris Burnsidc presents his evening 
length "Travelogue" on Tuesday and 
Wednesday, Feb. 15 & 16 in the 
Dorothy Madden Theater in the Dance 
Building at 8 p.m. The work is a move- 
ment-monologue tiiat deals himaorous- 
ly with the sights along the way. 

"Chris Bumside Is an amazing tal- 
ent, a choreographer and dancer who 



Foreign Language Week, send the tide 
of the event, date, time, place, cost (if 
any), contact information and a one- 
sentence description to The Language 
Center, attention Charlotte Groff 
Aldridge, cg34@umail.umd.edu by Feb. 
21. 

A comprehensive schedule will be 
available Mar. 3 at www.inform.umd. 
edu/LanguageCenter. 

Teaching with Technology 

The seventh annual Teaching with 
Technology Conference is taking place 
April 14, and organizers are calling for 
proposals from faculty, teaching assis- 
tants and IT instructional support per- 
sonnel. The deadline for proposals is 
Feb. 28. 

Innovators, Implementers, apologists 
and critics of teclmology transforma- 
tion in education are all invited to 
share their experiences,research and 
the tools they have developed with 
their campus peers and other invited 
guests.All can participate in the con- 
ference w^ith a presentation, demon- 
stration, poster session or panel discus- 



Talk with Tim O'Brien 




Tim O'Brien, author of "The Things 
They Clarried," this year's Terrapin 
Reading Society book selection 
for incoming students, will give a 
talk on campus about his novel, 
other works and experiences 
'Riesday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Room 
4100D McKeldin Ubrary.This wiU 
be followed by a Q&A session. 

The "conversation" with O'Brien is 
firee and open to the entire campus 
community. For further information, 
contact Kathleen Buike in 
Undergraduate Studies at 405-9355 or 
at kburke@deans.umd.edu. 



takes enormous risks to achieve this 
artistic message." - Richmond Times 
EHspatch 

" [Bumsjde's work] used expressive 
gesture, sculptural poses, physical mim- 
icry and occasional passages of intense 
and, at the end, liberating dance to art- 
fully underscore and pimctuate his 
spoken narrative." - Los Angeles Times 

Tickets are $12 general; $10 alumni; 
$9-50 seniors and $5 students. For 
information, all the box office at 405- 
7847 

Celebrate National Foreign 
Language Week 

You are invited to celebrate 
National Foreign Language Week Mar. 
6-10. Alpha Mu Gamma, the National 
Collegiate Foreign language Honor 
Society, sponsors the event every year 
to focus attention across the country 
on the importance of studying other 
languages, cultures and literatures. 

Residents of Language House, mem- 
bers of the language clubs and Acuity 
of the departments of Asian and East 
European, French and Italian, 
Germanic Studies and Spanish and 
Portuguese are already planning pro- 
grams. If your unit woiild like to oiga- 
nize a program in support of National 



sion. 

For more details, sec the conference 
Web site at www,inform,imid.edu/ 
TWT. 

Questioning God's Existence 

A debate on the question "Does 
God Exist?" takes place Feb. 24, fixim 7 
to 9 p.m., in Memorial Chapel, with an 
ex-atheist and a current atheist answer- 
ing the question. Theodore Cabal, pro- 
fessor of philcraophy at the Southern 
Baptists Theological Seminary in 
Louisville, Ky., argues the afiarmative. 
Corey Washington, professor of philos- 
ophy at the University of Maryland 
argues the negative. 

The debate is sponsored by the 
University of Maryland Baptist Student 
Ministry and First Baptist Church of 
Beltsville.Thc moderator is Robert 
Gammon of the Institute for Physical 
Science and Technology. 

For more information, call 405-8443. 

American Philanthropy 

Larraine Matusak, senior scholar at 
the James MacGregor Bums Academy 
of Leadership, will discuss "Leadership 
and Change in American Philanthropy" 
Monday, Feb. 28, &t>m noon to 1 :30 
p.m., in Room 1107 Taliaferro Hall. 



Matusak, formerly a program director 
at the W.K. Kellogg Foimdation in 
Battie Creek, Mich., is the author, most 
recently, of "Finding Your Voice: Learn- 
ing to Lead... Anywhere You Want to 
Make A Difference" 0ossey-Bass, 1997). 

The event is sponsored by the 
Center for the Advanced Study of 
Leadership, a program of the Bums 
Academy. Pimch and cookies will be 
served; bring your own lunch. 

For more information, contact Scott 
Webster at 405-7920 or point your 
Web browser to casL academy, 
umd.edu. 



Change of Date 

Fall semester 2000 begins Aug. 30, 
2(KK). Conmiencement takes place 
Dec, 21 , 2000. Fall semester 2001 will 
begin on Aug. 29, 2001 and 
Commencement will be on Dec. 20, 
2001. 

. The next version of the schedule of 
classes will show the corrected dates. 
The official academic calendar Web 
page at 

www. infbnn.umd.edu/EdRes/provost/ 
calendar/shows the corrected dates. 

Community Service Comer 

Community Service Programs hosts 
its bi-yearly Conmiunity Service Comer 
at the Take Another Look Fair, 10 a.m. 
to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the 
Colony Ballroom Lounge of the Stamp 
Student Union. Fifteen to 18 communi- 
ty agencies will attend, providing 
Maryland students, Acuity and staff 
information about volunteer oppo^t^^ 
nities in tutoring, health care, recre- 
ation and fighting hunger and home- 
lessness.Thls is a good opportunity to 
learn about ways to get involved in 
community service. 

Ethics and the College 
Experience 

The Student Honor Council, the 
Office of Judicial Programs and 
Student Etiiical Development and the 
Division of Student Affiiirs invite you to 
a presentation by Elizabeth Kiss, direc- 
tor of the Kenan Ethics Program at 
Duke University. The presentation wiU 
be givenWednesday,Feb. 23,from 3 to 
4:30 p.m. In the Prince Geoi^e's Room 
of the Student Union. Li^t refresh- 
ments will be served. 

Kiss will discuss the teaching of 
ethics throughout the collegiate expe- 
rience. Questions will be Invited. 

The first director of the Kenan 
Ethics Program at Duke, Kiss is associ- 
ate professor of the practice of politi- 
cal science and philosophy. She 
received her bachelor's and doctoral 
degrees in philosophy finm Oxford 
University. A former Rhodes Scholar, 
she has held fellowships at the 
Harvard Program in Ethics and the 
Professions and at the National 
Htimanities Center. She also has 
received research awards form the 
American Council of Learned 
Societies, the National Endowment for 
the Humanities and the American 
Association of University Women.