Ufufc ^fc.otA Outlook The University of Maryxand Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 1 4 ' Number 19 ' February 22, 2000 i Puppets, Masks and Macbeth page 4 University Strives to Create Commuter Friendly Campus ■ One of the biggest groups of students on campus is often the last to get noticed.The Office of Commuter AfMrs and Community Service is distributing fliers and posters across campus to remind everyone commuters are here and there are ways to make them feel more at home. Commuter Affairs, which operates the UM Shuttle and the commuter lounge In the student union, caters to these stu- dents through services, programs, advocacy and research. The information they are distributing voices the needs of 24,575 commuters, informing campus staff and faculty how they can help out. Colorful fliers and 22 "x 28" framed posters are now avail- able. They list helpful tips on how to be a commuter-friendly faculty member, front-line staff member, academic adviser and editor. "We know people are doing great things already, so some of these things might seem pretty basic " says Richard Stevens, coordinator of the National Clearinghouse for Community Programs, an organization that studies commut- ing students across the nation. But Stevens and Director of Commuter Affairs Barbara Jacoby decided it would be valu- able to share their national findings with the campus com- munity. "It's easy over time to for- get about commuter stu- dents because they're not as visible. They come and go, so it's easier to focus attention on the students we tend to see more," says Jacoby. The information in the fliers and posters serves as a visual reminder that service to com- muters can be enhanced. "Commuting is almost a second job," says Jacoby. "It takes a lot of time and energy, and most commuter students work. Nationally, more and more students are working long hours and more than one Job." The handouts list about 10 suggestions for each area. They advise faculty to consider hiring commuter students, keeping the students actively involved in the community, and to have office hours directly before or after class, making It easier for commuters to attend without extra travel time. Advice for front-line staff includes "consider early morning and/or evening hours one or more days a week" and "maintain a supply of campus maps" to make sure students can find the buildings they are being directed to. The fliers recommend that academic advisers find out about commuters' other responsibilities outside of school and work their schedules accordingly. Editors are urged to include commuters in articles and to consider multiple dis- tribution methods, such as direct mail and e-mail, to reach students who do not live on campus. Over 300 handouts have already been distributed, and requests are coming in for more materials from the School of Public Affairs, mechanical and chemical engineering, the, Honors Program, art history and archeology, and a number of other departments. — DAVID ABRAMS Show Your Spirit on Terrapin Pride Day In a blaze of red, black, white and gold.Terps are encouraged to show their university pride in Annapolis next month for Terrapin Pride Day. Faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are invited to participate in the event on Mar. 7 at 12:30 p.m. in Governor Calvert House. This year Terrapin Pride Day will acknowledge the support the university has received from the legislature through the years. More than 150 sup- porters joined together in Annapolis last year to show their pride in the university. Event organiz- ers hope even mote people will attend this year to celebrate the university's academic rankings, the rising quality of the student body and the continued growth of Maryland as a leading public research university. A lunch buffet takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with Gov. Partis Glendening, University President Dan Mote, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Casper Taylor giving remarks. After the ceremony, supporters are invited to par- ticipate in informal visits to legislators in their offices. Complimentary transportation will be provid- ed. Buses leave from the front of Cole Student Activities Center at 11:15 a.m and depart from Annapolis at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call Leila Dickcrson at 405-8359 or visit the Terrapin Pride Day Web site at www.inform.umd.edu/SupportUM. Nation's Chief Labor Law Enforcement Officer Joins the School of Public Affairs Fred Feinstein, former general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, has joined the faculty of the Maryland School of Public Affairs as a senior fellow and visiting professor In the Office of Executive Programs. He will be con- ducting research and writing on labor issues, and developing executive edu- cation programs on such sub- jects as the challenge of adapt- ing labor policy to new work environments. "During my time at the NLRB and previously when I worked on the Hill, I thought about the need for a place in the D.C. area devoted to the serious consideration of labor policy issues," says Feinstein. "The School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland seems like the perfect place to create such a space, which is just what I hope to do. I am excited about the challenge." During his nearly six-year tenure as general counsel, Feinstein was recog- nized for his efforts to improve the administra- tion of the National Labor Relations Act. He insti tuted a system for case prioritization and made significant progress in assuring consistency in the timely conduct of elections for union repre- Fred Feinstein sentation. He received three "Hammer Awards" for these and other innovations in the opera- tions of the Office of General Counsel. Before his appointment by President Clinton in 1994, Feinstein served for 17 years as chief labor counsel and staff director of the U. S. House of Representatives, Labor-Management Relations Subcommittee. Responsible for directing the consideration of labor legislation, Feinstein was lead staffer on the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act (which requires industry to provide advance notification of mass layoffs to employees and their families), and several efforts to amend the NLRA. Feinstein served as adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, conducting courses on legislation. He also was an elementary public school teacher in East Harlem, New York, in the early '70s. Feinstein received a J.D. from Rutgers Law School and a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College. ■.-.-- -.;■ ■ - - ■ Name Changes Reflect Responsibilities The Division of University Advancement has changed its name to Division of University Relations, resulting in several other name arid title changes in the division. UMversity-Retarjons Vice President Brodie Remington says the tK* w name more accurately reflects the responsibilities of the division, Which includes marketing, publications, media rela- tions and alumni relations in addition to development activities and advancement services. To avoid confusion over names, the Office of University Relations has changed to Office of University Communica- tions. University Communications, headed by George Cathcart, continues to be responsible for coordinating media relations activities for the university, as well as consulting on media strategies and strategic messages. The unit monitors mass media coverage of the university and provides advice on responding to media inquiries. Communications also coordinates internal communications and publishes the faculty/staff newspaper Outlook. University Communications is one of three components of University Marketing Communications, headed by Executive Director Terry Flannery.The other units are University Publications and University Marketing. University Publications, directed by Judith Bair, is responsible for writing, designing and producing publications including College Park, Maryland Alumni, undergraduate recruitment materials and commencement programs, as well as the universi- ty Web site. University Marketing provides leadership for campus-wide marketing research, strategy, visual identity and consistency in images and messages. David Allen's Unexpected Lot in Life Former Reporter Finds His Place in Campus Parking Mind, Body, Spirit Fair Promotes Eating Disorder Awareness Tomorrow the University of Maryland Panhellenic Task Force on Eating Disorders, the Counseling Center and the Health Center will highlight Eating Disorders Awareness Week with the second "Mind- Body-Spirit Fair, a Celebration of Every Body" Running from noon until 5 p jn. in the Stamp Union Atrium, the event will include several tables featuring activi- ties and handouts about topics associated with eating disor- ders. The fair features informa- tion and experiences concern- ing body dissatisfaction, media awareness, health and nutri- tion, men's body image, women's history and self- esteem. "This fair is really relevant to men and women of all ages," says Brenda Alpert Sigall of the Counseling Center. "We are try- ing to reach out to the men on campus to include them and make them aware of these issues as they relate to women's development of eat- ing disorders as well as their own issues." Last year, about 300 people attended, and Sigall expects an even better turn out this year. "It's for the campus and it's open to the public," she says. "We've had calls from other universities who are bringing students and middle schools and high schools as well." Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which technically rah Feb. 12-19, is a national cam- paign to raise awareness and promote healthy body image and self-esteem in communities and on college campuses. It is sponsored by Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention, Inc., a Seattle-based non-profit organi- zation that started the program in 1988. The Pan Hellenic Task Force was founded in 1992 and aims to educate sorority women about the prevention and treat- ment of eating disorders.The committee is co-led by Sigall and Julie Parsons of the Health Center. According to Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc., 91 percent of women on college campuses diet, and at least 22 percent diet often or always. More than 5 million girls and women across the country suffer from eating disorders. i i. ( 'all it a hazard of the job. After more than 15 years in the packing business, David Allen can look at any parking lot and tell you how many spaces it has, give or take a few. Hardly the kind of trivia that will serve him well on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ," it is, however, a good indica- tion of how well he knows his work. But don't mistake him for a parking geek.As the campus' director of parking Allen is responsi- ble for knowing all the ins and outs of getting fac- ulty, staff, students and visitors safety and effi- ciently parked at the university each day. His relaxed demeanor is proof he's got it under control. "I don't know why I enjoy it," says Allen of his role, "but I do ."And, despite the grief— "everyone's an expert on parking, except me "he says — he's able to sleep at night. And grief he gets. Irate students com- plain about parking tickets they deem unfair, annoyed faculty demand front-door parking, and faculty and staff both voice their opinions about the "high cost" of park- ing. "Parking is a very small part of this uni- versity" says Alien, and shouldn't consume people's lives. But, let's face it, he says, everyone wants per- fect parking. "If you go to Safeway and park three spaces away from the front door, that's great. If you have to park 15 spaces away, that's considered awful," says Allen. It's not much different at the University of Maryland, It's his job, he says, to keep his department running smoothly enough that people don't even think about parking. Trouble is, there's always someone who gets a ticket, and then they're really upset. "People think we have parking employees hiding behind bush- es waiting to give tickets," says Allen, who assures that is not the case. In tact, he says, the staff have cards that can be put into parking meters to see how long it's been expired. "The policy is, if it's been three minutes or less since it's expired, the person doesn't get a ticket" Allen has been with the parking office for i 4 years, the last eight of them as director of park- ing. It's a far cry from his days as a young reporter with WJZ-TV in Baltimore.A graduate of the radio and rv program atTowson University, Allen, who had interned at WJZ during college, landed a reporter position with the television sta- tion."! was the guy standing out in the snow storm reporting, 'Well, it's snowing out here,'" he says. But making it in television news often means moving to other cities, or markets. The man who originally hailed from California had made Maryland his home and wanted to stay. Fortunately, he had minored in management at Tow son . and soon found himself managing a tire store.Though successful, when the pressure was put on him to push unnecessary products and services, he realized, "I was not into selling things, especially tires." Spying an ad for a parking manager at Towson University, he took a "why not" approach and got the job that put him on the path to parking. "I David Allen has been the director of campus parking for eight years. had no idea what the job entailed, but I knew how to talk to people and work with them," he says. He got the job and three years later arrived at Maryland. Allen says he's happily ensconced in his cur- rent position. His escape from his job is his fami- ly. Married for 18 years, he is the father of two sons, ages 1 1 and 13, who have the unique dis- tinction, he says, of being the only two kids who want to work in parking when they grow up. When he's not coaching them in sports, Allen and his wife are taking them on trips in the family RV. "It's good family time," he says of die treks (they've visited 47 states so far) that have been both educational and relaxing. "Getting there is part of the vacation," says Allen, noting the ride presents a perfect opportunity to fit in some time talking with the kids. On the job, Allen also travels the country, mak- ing a point of visiting other campuses to get help- ful ideas for implementing here. Having visited several campuses, he can proudly say "our park- ing signs are the best in the country." And our parking must be good too. This month, Allen is sharing the secrets of his success with officials from the University of Virginia, who will be looking at Maryland's parking operation. —JENNIFER HAWES Outlook Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodie Remington, Vice President for University Relations; Teresa Flannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cathcart, Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes. Editor; Londa Scott Forte, Assistant Editor; David Abrams, Graduate Assistant. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus Information are welcome. Please sub- mit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 2 0742. Telephone (301) 405-4629; e-mail email@example.com; fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www.infofm.umd.edu/outlook/ I __ _ . £#£, ■-**-?■ •*•;%' mary Your Guide to University Events February 22 - March 2 February 22 4p.m. Physics Lecture: "Fluctuations Near Bifurcations in Systems Far from Equilibrium" Cue titer Ahlers, University of California, Santa Barbara. 1410 Physics Bldg. 4 p.m. Shih-t Pai Lecture in Fluid Dynamics and Plasma Dynamics: "Fluctuations Near Bifurcations in Systems Far from Equilibrium" Guenter Ahlers, University of California, Santa Barbara. 1 204 Physics Bldg. 5 p.m. American Heart Month pro- gram: "Stretching 101," come and learn everything you need to know about improving your flexibility. Room 0121 (Center for Health and Wellbeing) Campus Recreation Center, 4-1493, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 p.m. Workshop: "Navigating WebCTT is for students who are enrolled in courses at the University of Maryland which have integrated WebCT into the class environment. In it students will learn to navigate course content, participate in bul- letin boards and chat rooms, and develop presentations in group pro- ject space. 4404 Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, cwpost@umd 5 . umd .edu www. inform . umd ed u/PT 7-9 p.m. Him Presentation: "Looking B(l)ack: Blaxploitation in American Cinema," six blaxploitation films will be screened and Followed by discus- sion. Art-Sociology Bldg. 5-7856. February 23 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Art Exhibit: "Unforgettable Images," Nyumburu Cultural Center. 4-7559. Noon. Christian Faculty/Staff Fellowship Lecture: "AIDS is Still a Crisis and It's Everyone's Business," Jeff Collins, founder of Love and Action, a Christian ministry caring for men, women, and children living with HTV/AIDS, 01 1 5 Hombake Ubrary. 5-4791 or rg2@umail .umd . edu . Noon: Research & Development Presenta tion s: " Psychological Heal th of Returning Women Balancing mul- tiple Roles: Contributions of Attachment Style, Perceived Social Supports and Multiple Role Self- Efficacy." Julie Quim by, doctoral stu- dent, counseling psychology pro- gram. 0114 Counseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. 3 p.m. Department of French and Italian's William Falls Lecture; "Crises of Memory and the Second World War: Facts, Revisions, Inventions in Autobiographical Narrative," Susan Suleiman and C. Douglas Dillon. St. Mary's Hall. 54024. 4-5 p.m. Astronomy Colloquium: "Models for Type la Supernovae and Evolutionary Effects with Redshift," Peter Hoeflich, University of Texas. 2400 Computer and Space Sciences Bldg. 6-9 p.m. Workshop: "Internet Technologies," introduces network technologies such as the transfer of files between local and host machines located anywhere in the world using FTP; reading, subscribing and posting on newsgroups using Netscape; subscribing and sending document attachments using Pine. 4404 Computer Sc Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, cwpost@umd 5 . umd . edu or www.inform.umd.edu/PX* 7-9 p.m. Film Presentation: "Looking Btlwck: Blaxploitation in American Cinema," six blaxploitation films will be screened and followed by discus- sion. Art-Sociology Bldg. 5-7856 7:30 p.m. Lecture: "Towards a Conversation About Race," Manning Marable, Columbia University. 5-6835- 8 p.m. University Theatre: "The Fable of Macbeth "Tawes Fine Arts. University Theatre Box Office. 5-7847 or www.inforM.untd. edu/THET/ plays.* February 24 4:30-7:30 p.m. "Netscape Page Composer," introduces Netscape's web page editing and development tool. Students will learn to create sim- ple page elements such as hyperlinks, colors, font styles, bullets and tables —without typing a single letter of HTML code. 4404 Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, email@example.com. edu or www. inform .umd , edu/PT.* 7-10 p.m. Africa and the Americas Presentation: Screening of "Dolemite" with Rudy Ray Moore. 2203 Art- Sociology Bldg. Marsha Gordon, gmar- sha@ warn . umd .edu . 7 p.m. Baptist Student Ministry and First Baptist Church of Beltsville Lecture: "A debate on the question 'Does God Exist?'" Robert Gammon, 1PST at Maryland. Memorial Chapel. 5-4791 firstname.lastname@example.org. 8 p.m. University 'nieatre: "The Fable of Macbeth, "Tawes Fine Arts. University Theatre Box Office. 5-7847 or www. inforM .umd .edu/ THET/plays. * February 25 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Art Exhibit: "Unforgettable Images," Nyumburu Cultural Center. 4-7559- 2 p.m. Control and Dynamical Systems Invited Lecture Series; "Nonlinear Dynamics and Control of Fluid with Applications toTurbomachinery," Richard Murray, United Technologies Research Center. 2168 A. V Williams Bklg . Www.isr.umd . edu/Labs/ ISL/events.html. 7-9 p.m. Film Presentation: "Looking Bfl)ack: Blaxploitation in American Cinema," six blaxploitation funis will be jcrccned and fo»owcd by slon.Art-Sociologi Bldg. 5-7856. 8 p.m. School of Music: Cooudge Quartet. Ulrlch Recital Hall . 8 p.m. University Theatre: "The Fable of Macbeth "Tawes Fine Arts, UniversityTheatre Box Office. 5- 7847 or www.inforM.umd. edu/THET/plays.* February 26 7-9 p.m. Film Presentation: "Looking BOack: Blaxploitation in American Cinema," six blaxploitation films will be screened and followed by discus- sion. Art-Sociology Bldg. 5-7856. 8 p.m. UniversityTheatre: "The Fable of Macbeth "Tawes Fine Arts. UniversityTheatre Box Office. 5- 7847 or www.inforM.umd.edu/ THET/plays.* February 27 1-4 p.m. Workshop "Introduction to Microsoft Excel," introduces spread- sheet basics of how to: enter values and text, create formulas, under- stand cell addressing in absolute and relative modes, use pre-built functions, link between data, autosave work, customize printing, and more. 4404 Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, email@example.com or www. inform . umd .edu/PT. * 2-4 p.m. University Theatre: "The Fable of Macbeth "Tawes Fine Arts. UniversityTheatre Box Office. 5- 7847 or www. inforM .umd.edu/T HET/plays.* 7-9 p.m. Film Presentation: "Looking B(t>ack: Blaxploitation in American Cinema," six blaxploitation films will be screened and followed by discus- sion. Art-Sociology Bldg. 5-7856. February 28 Noon.Academy of Leadership: "Leadership and Change in American Philanthropy," Larraine Matusak, author of "Finding Your Voice: Learning to Lead... Anywhere You Want to Make a Difference." 1 102 Taliaferro Hall. 5-7920 or cast . aeademy.umd .edu 6-9 p.m. Workshop: "Introduction to HTML," introduces the Hypertext Markup Language used to create web pages on the World Wide Web. Concepts covered include how to: format text, create lists, links and anchors, upload pages, and add inline images. 4404 Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, firstname.lastname@example.org or www. inform , umd , edu/PT. * 7-9 p.m. Film Presentation: "Looking B(i)ack: Blaxploitation in American Cinema," six blaxploitation films will he screened and followed by discus- sion. Art-Sociology Bldg. 5-7856. February 29 4 p.m. Physics Lecture: "Mars Crustal Magnetism: A Window to the Early History of the Red Planet," Mario Acuma, NASA-Coddard Space Flight Center 1410 Physics Bldg. 4 p.m. Lecture: "Recruitment and Retention of African-American Students in the Sciences and Engineering: What's Happening Nationally and What That Means for Us." Panel discussion. 1 140 Plant Sciences Bldg. (Lecture Hall A) 5- 0007. Choreographer's Showcase Highlights Dance Department Professor The Maryland Dance Ensemble performs "What Remains," a work choreographed by Ed Tyler, the dance department's artlst-in-resi- dence. The performance takes place Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. as part of the 17th annual Choreographer's Showcase, sponsored by the Prince George's Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts. For tickets and more information, call 301-277-1710. 5 p.m. American Heart Month pro- gram: "Strength Training for Beginners" will teach you the proper techniques for strength training of the major muscle groups. Room 01 21 (Center for Health and Wellbeing) Campus Recreation Center, 4-1493 or email@example.com 6-7:30 p.m. Workshop: "Getting to Know Your WAM Account," is designed to introduce WAM account holders to the concepts involved in using their accounts. The class covers receiving and sending email, deleting mail, and participating in electronic discussion groups. Perfect for those who have just begun using their WAM accounts. 3330 Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938, firstname.lastname@example.org or www, inform. umd.edu/PT. 7-10 p.m. Film Screening: "Live and Let Die," the final film in Blaxploitation film festival sponsored by the Committee on Africa and the Americas. 2203 Art-Sociology Bldg. gmarsha@ warn . umd .edu 8 p.m. University Theatre: "The Fable of Macbeth "Tawes Fine Arts. UniversityTheatre Box Office. 5-7847 or www.inforM.umd.edu/ THET/plays.* 8-10 p.m. School of Music: Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. March 1 Noon: Research & Development Presentations: "Beyond the Bubbles: The New Alphabet Soup," Diane Adelstein, psychometrist, Counseling Center and Keith Elche, testing gradu- ate assistant, Counseling Center. 01 1 4 Counseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. Noon. Lecture: "Contemporary Possession and Exorcism: Comparative and Christian Perspectives," Bill Stuart (Anthropology) will speak and lead a discussion. Sponsored by the Christian Faculty/Staff. 0115 Hombake Library. 5-4791, email@example.com or www.ipst.umd.edu//Faculty/gam- mon.htm. 4-5 p.m.Astronomy Colloquium: "The Abundance of Galactic Satellites in Hierarchical Models: Problems and Possible Solutions "Audrey Kravtsov, Ohio State University. 2400 Computer and Space Sciences Bldg. 6-9 p.m. Workshop: "Introduction to Unix," covers the Unix operating sys- tem. Concepts covered include file and directory' manipulation com- mands, navigation skills, as well as the Pico editor. It does not teach programming skills, 4404 Computer & Space Sciences Bldg 5-2938, firstname.lastname@example.org or www. inform . umd .edu/PT * 8 p.m. University Theatre: "The Fable of Macbeth,"Tawes Fine Arts. UniversityTheatre Box Office. 5-7847 or www.inforM.umd.edu/ -',»_•. THET/plays.* March 2 4:30-7:30 p.m. Workshop: "Introduction to HTML," introduces the Hypertext Markup Language used to create web pages on the World Wide Web. Concepts covered include how to: format text, create lists, links and anchors, upload pages, and add inline images. 4404 Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 5- 2938, email@example.com or www.infonn.umd.edu/PT.* 8 p.m. University Theatre: "The Fable of Macbcth,"Tawes Fine Arts. UniversityTheatre Box Office. 5- 7847 or WTVw.inforM.umd.edu/ THET/plays.* Calendar Guide Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314- or 405. Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*). Calendar Information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. To reach the calendar edi- tor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to out1ook@accmai1. umd.edu. 22.2000 Intimate Shakespeare Forensic Engineering National Engineers Week is Feb. 20-26, and the Clark School of Engineering is host- ing a guest lecture Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of Stamp Student Union. William Nugent, president and CEO of Wissjanney, Elstner & Associates will present "The Role of Forensic Engineering: Achieving Success by Understanding Failures." Nugent has had extensive experience in the examina- tion, testing- and evaluation of .i variety, of structures. He has investigated and designed repairs for the U.S. Naval Station at Midway Island, examined damage and designed emergency and per- manent repairs for buildings in Los Angeles after the Northridge earthquake, and die Lama Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco area. Nugent also had extensive involvement in the recon- struction of TWA Flight 800 for the National Transporta- tion Safety Board. For more information, call 405-3857. Summer Immersion in life Sciences The College of Life Sciences is sponsoring a sum- mer science immersion pro- gram for high school students interested in a career in the life sciences. The Jump Stan program will offer one-week sessions beginning July 17, July 24 and July 31. Program descriptions and applications can be found at www.life. umd.edu/hhmi/applications. html. Children of campus fac- ulty and staff are encouraged to apply. The application dead- line is March 15. For more information, con- tact Kaci Thompson at 405- 3353 or HHMI@umail.umd. edu. Making a Difference for Persons with Disabilities The President's Commis- sion on Disability Issues annu- ally honors those persons or groups who have worked to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities at College Park. The awards may be given to a group or indi- vidual who has made signifi- cant contributions to this area. Historically, there are three awards: Faculty Disabili- ty Achievement Award, John W King Staff Disability Achievement Award and Student Disability Achieve- ment Award. Some examples of the land of contributions the commit- tee would like to recognize are: a person or group who takes extra steps to ensure physical or academic accessi- bility for all students; initiates a program intended to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities; or who actively promotes aware- ness of disability related issues. Nominations are being received now through March 2. For a nomination form con- tact Lida Larsen at 405.2936 or lida_larsen@umail. umd.edu. The form is also available at www.umd.edu/ PCDI/awards. Where's Tolstoy? Ronald Overmann, former director of HPS and science studies programs, National Science Foundation presents 'Where's Tolstoy When You Need Him? Personal Perspec- tives on HPS to STS,"the first colloquium of the Spring 2000 CHPS Colloquium Series, Thursday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. in Room 1250 Biology- Psychology Building. This col- loquium series is cosponsored by CHPS, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Graduate School and the Institute for Physical Science and Techno- logy. For more information, visit the CHPS web site at car- nap.umd.edu:90/chps Lnnchtime Learning "What is Going on in Undergraduate Research? Three Models Based on Current Practice," a panel dis- cussion led by Kathleen Staudt (English and honors), Cynthia Martin (Russian), Robert Yuan (microbiology) and Howard Smead (history and honors), takes place Wednesday, Feb. 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Anne Arundel Hall Lounge.The University Honors program invites all interested faculty, staff and graduate assistants to Jniversity Theatre presents "The Fable of Macbeth'* Feb. 23-March 5 The play will be presented In Tawes Theatre Feb. 23-26 and Feb. 29-Mareh 4 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 27 and March 5 at 2 p.m. Conceived by Mitchell Hebert, "The Fable of Macbeth" is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's timeless classic "Macbeth" which examines the human dilemma of serving honor or ambition. This up-close interpretation, for which the entire audience will be seated onstage, employs masks and puppets to help convey the play's messages. "The use of masks and puppets allows the audience to see much more than a realistic production would," says Hebert. "This is a concept that allows us to release the power and the magic of the play. The intimate theatre space will bring it right down to the audience and remove the distance." "It's a very alive way of doing this play. A very close, very energized, living, breathing production that will make people gasp," says co-director Adele Cabot. Hebert is an associate professor of acting and directing who recently appeared as Reece Welles in Round House Theatre's "Communicating Doors." Hebert has also worked at other regional and national the- atres including The Shakespeare Theatre, Studio Theatre,Theatre of the First Amend- ment, Alley Theatre, and A Contemporary Theatre. Co-director Cabot, assistant professor of acting and voice, recently directed "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" for University Theatre. She is also a member of Shakespeare & Company, where she direct- ed "The Tempest" in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Tickets are $10 standard admission and $7 for students and senior citizens. Special group discount rates are also available for groups of 10 or more. For reservations or additional informa- tion, call the University Theatre Box Office at 405-7847 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m or visit the University Theatre web site at www. inforM . umd . edu/THET/plays . join them for the first of two lunchtime discussions of what real connections can be dis- covered between the practice of academic research and the undergraduate classroom experience. A light lunch will be served. Call or e-mail Kathy Staudt, 405-1102 or kstaiK.it'? -warn, to register. The Future of Modern Italy The Italian ambassador to the United States, Ferdlnando Salleo, will discuss "Italy's Security and Regional Policy" as part of the department of French and Italian's "Modem Italy:Aspects of the Future" lecture series, Tuesday, Feb. 29- The lecture takes place at 1 1 a.m. in St. Mary's Hall. For more information, call 405- 4024. Outstanding Woman of the Year The President's Commis- sion on Women's Issues is seeking nominations for the 2000 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award. The Commis- sion would like to consider as many women as possible. For a nomination form, contact Janet Turnbull at 405- 4945. Nominations are due March 1 for presentation of the award on March 29. Internet and Society "The Internet and Society," a series of weekly lectures, begins on Feb. 24 to promote interest in and discussion about the Internet and its impact on society. The lec- tures are held every Thursday at 4 p.m. in Room 1 109 Van Munching Hall. They are cosponsored by the Maryland School of Public Affairs, the department of computer sci- ence and 10 other campus units. For information about all lectures, see www.puaf.umd. edu/events/Intemet_and_ Society_lectures.htm Quit Smoking! The University Health Center is available to help stu- dents, staff and faculty inter- ested in quitting smoking. Many of your colleagues have quit for good with the help of this class. The center offers two series of its popular four- session smoking cessation class. Series I meets on Fridays, Feb. 25 through March 17, from noon to 1 p.m., and Series II meets on Fridays, April 14 through May 5, from noon-1 pm. The class meets in Room 2101 of the Health Center. The registration fee is $20 with $20 returned to those who come to all four classes. Call 314-8123 to register or stop by the Health Center's Health Education Office (Room 2101). Minority Achievement Awards Nominations currently are being sought for the Minority Achievement Awards, recog- nizing employees, students and individual units that have made outstanding contribu- tions to equity efforts and improving the racial climate on campus. The recipients should be individuals or units that have made substantial contributions to the universi- ty's goals of creating an insti- tution of excellence through diversity. Individual awards are restricted to ethnic minor- ity group members. Please send nominations to Ray Gillian, assistant to the president, President's Office, 111 Main Administration Building, by Feb. 25.