ijpUS u^(^-^^l 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: I 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.) J f 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 r 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 email@example.com. I Oudook Outlook is ttiG weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brotll« Remington, Vice President for University Relations; Teresa Rannery. Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; Qeorge Cotticart, Executive Editor; Jennlfar Hawes, Editor; LMKla Scott FortA, Assistant Editor; Davfd Abrams. Graduate Assistant. Letters to tiie editor, story suggestions and campus Information are welcome. Please sub- mit all rrtateriai two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Tumer Halt, College Park, MD 20742. Telephone (301) 40&4629; e-mati ouDook^ccma it. umd.edu; fax (301) 314-9344, Outlook can be found online at www, inform .umd.edu/ouUook/ 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 datelin e aatem maryland 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com,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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 ^**«**'*«X *^ llOlftff* DiveKityliutianitt: HoM mgTttMB Hl CHnimiiti UniwsRlll of HMylml 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. i 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. i 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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.