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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14 'Number 29 • May 9, 2000 

Robert H. Smith 

School of Business 

Featured Inside, 

page 5 

Mote Approves New Strategic Plan, 
Vision for University's Future 

President Dan Mote approved the updated 
Strategic Plan May 3, following unanimous pas- 
sage in the College Park Senate last month.The 
plan sets forth an ambitious agenda of Initiatives 
and specific steps to build on the university's 
strengths and continue momentum toward acad- 
emic distinction in the next five years. 

"Building on Excellence: The 
Next Steps," sets forth an agenda 
that befits a university on the 
move. According to Provost 
Gregory Geoffroy, the plan 
reflects the heightened 
expectations, the sense of 
momentum and the aware- 
ness of new opportunities 
that drive an expanded vision 
of excellence. 

"This new strategic plan does 
not prescribe exhaustive activities 
for any unit, department or program," 
says Geoffroy. "Its intention is to encourage a 
campus-wide climate of creativity, confidence, 
energy and productivity — the hallmark of first 
rate programs and universities — and to widen 
the circle of its loyal supporters In the larger 

Four years ago, the campus formally adopted 
a plan "Charting a Path to Excellence: The 
Strategic Plan for the University of Maryland at 
College Park" It, to, was ambitious, laving out a 
five-year course of action. During a time of limit- 
ed resources, the 1996 document boldly reaf- 
firmed the university's commitment to a 
vision of academic excellence, set- 
<A ~Q 1>- ^ / jfr y ting forth strategic initiatives and 

■ ■— ■* guidelines to achieve that 


While that document 
has served the university 
well. President Dan Mote felt 
it was time for an update to 
reflect the significant 
changes that have occurred in 
the university's environment. 
"The leadership, accomplish- 
ments, opportunities and resources 
that define the University of Maryland 
all have changed during the last few years," says 
Mote. In the area of leadership alone, Mote 
points to the appointment of a new provost in 

Continued on page 4 

Industry Giants Review Tech Research 

High-tech compa- 
nies and government 
agencies will get the 
chance to see the lat- 
est research projects at 
the University of 
Maryland this Friday at 
Electrical Engineering, 
Computing and 
Systems Research 
Review Day. Students 
and faculty will pre- 
sent their view of the 

The event at the 
University College Inn 
& Conference Center, 
showcases the work of 
four university units, 
including electrical 
and computer engi- 
neering, computer sci- 
ence, the Institute for 

Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute 
for Systems Research. 

"This initiative started five years ago to pro- 
vide a means for showcasing the strength and 
breadth of the research programs of the depart- 
ment of electrical and computer engineering 
and to promote interaction between the unlver 
slty and industry and government laboratories," 
says professor and department chair Nariman 
Farvardin,"In its fifth year, this activity has 
grown to include three other sister units in the 

Electrical and computer engineering student Melissa Moy explains her 
research to a visitor during last year's Research Review Day. 


More than 100 companies are registered to 
attend, including Bell Atlantic, General Dyna- 
mics, Northrop Grumman, Phillips Research and 
United Technologies. The re will be a substantial 
number of government representatives, such as 
the Army Research Lab, the Interna] Revenue 
Service, the National Security Agency and the 
Office of Naval Research. 

Continued on page 4 

OIT Blocks Love Letter Virus 

The "love letter" virusthat disabled computers and 
shut down communications at several companies around 
the world did not affect the university system as negative- 
ly Thursday morning. After a quick response by the Office 
of Information Technology, damage to university comput- 
ers was minimal and email service was uninterrupted. 

At 8 a.m. Brian Swartzfager, IT sup- 
port coordinator, was preparing to 
do his dairy check of the system 
for bugs. "I check it every morn- 
ing," he said. "I was about to 
check it anyway." But before he 
got the chance, one of his col- 
leagues got the mysterious mes- 
sage from a friend. It said, 
"ILOVEYOU" m the subject, asking 
the recipient to "kindly check the 

attached LOVELETTER coming from me." Swartzfager was 
immediately suspicious and began checking the internet 
for alerts. 

While he was checking Norton and McAfee Web sites, 
which offer the latest software designed to monitor and 
remove viruses, computers across campus were receiving 
the message. On the Symantec Web site, maker of Norton 
Antivirus software, Swartzfager found a warning against a 
"category 5," the highest designation possible for a com- 
puter virus. 

Meanwhile, like many unsuspecting users around the 
world, Lt. Don Smith of Campus Police had executed the 
".bet" file that initiated the virus. As soon as he double- 
clicked on the file, the program took over his mail sys- 
tem, sending itself to everyone in his address hook. Smith, 
the department's spokesman, had numerous contacts in 
his mail system, including top school administration offi- 

"I got it from an acquaintance," Smith said. "I'm usually 
pretty careful about opening these things ."The strangest 
part was the message was addressed to Lt. Smith and his 
wife, which caught him off guard. He said now he'll 
always call to verify what an attachment is before open- 
ing it. 

Swartzfager immediately began creating a Web page to 
Inform users about the virus, and to warn them not to 
open It. His colleague, Kevin Hildebrand, was setting up 
filters on the e-mail servers. These filters captured any 
message with the love letter moniker, and put them In a 
holding pattern, blocking them from reaching their 
desired destination. 

"Word got out quickly," Swartzfager said. An alert went 
out on the "glue" and "accmail" systems warning users 
that "the message may supposedly be from a friend or 
someone you know, hut It was in fact the virus sending 
you a message using the Microsoft Outlook address book 
of an infected computer." Because they caught the prob- 
lem early, OIT did not need to suspend e-mail service. 

Swartzfager learned as much as possible about the 
virus from Web sites, and he studied some of its character- 
istics first hand. "I had a test machine that I put the virus 
on," he said. But many of the effects were hard to detect 
by simple observation. Besides duplicating itself through 
address books, the virus was also latching on to ".jpg" and 
"mp3" files and wiping them out. Such files are very com- 
monly used for sound and picture files. 


2 Outlook May 9. 2000 


William Spann to Direct Office of 
Institutional Research and Planning 

"If the Y2K problem was caused by the short-sightedness of 
computer programmers, there will be no such excuse when 
the calendar approaches the year 5000. That's because David 
Book, a physicist at the University of Maryland is giving us 
ample warning about a potential mathematical discrepancy in 
the Gregorian Calendar.. .If nothing is done to correct this dis- 
crepancy, our calendar will be a day ahead of schedule in 
2915 years" —A journal writing on a Y5K problem, 
revealed by Book, a research associate in the department of 
astronomy. (T)r. Dobb's Journal, May 2000) 

"I feel I will live to see peace in the Middle East...The Arab 
people want peace. The Israeli people want peace" —jehan 
Sedat, associate in the Center for International 
Development and Conflict Management, speaking to the 
National Arts Centre's Unique Lives & Experiences lecture 
series in Canada. (Ottawa Citizen, April 11) 

"We're not... taking a kid and pulling (him) away from the ball 
field to put them in front of a monitor. We're moving in the 
other direction, where kids take the technology out in the 
world with them." —Jim Hendler, professor of computer sci- 
ence, addressing the2000 Workshop on Interactive Robotics 
and Entertainment at Carnegie Mellon University. 
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 2) 

"People are throwing things at us left and right." — Senior 
information technology major Jessica Palatka turned down 
Arthur Andersen as her first work place in favor of a small 
Maryland company. The rush is on for IT majors, with 
incentives that include high pay, bonuses, options and ven- 
ture equity. (Business Week, May 8) 

"I enjoy bringing poetry to life, especially to people who only 
have one idea of what poetry is like. help them figure out 
how to live lives as writers in a culture that doesn't prize 
writing." — Poet and English professor Michael Collier on 
teaching creative writing. His comment came In a story on 
the release of his fourth book of poems, "The ledge.' 
(College Park Gazette, April 20) 

"The Christian was better prepared, but the atheist was so 
likeable that there was no clear winner." 
A comment from a minister attending a "Does God Exist" 
debate-in a Beltsville church. -^Theodore Cabal, associate 
professor of Christian philosophy at the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary debated Corey Washington, assistant 
professor of philosophy at Maryland. (Baptist Life, April 6) 

"Women are. shooting to the top of high-tech companies, startups and Internet favorites, with a speed that 
promises to permanently change the way we think about 
women, work and power." — Robin Gerber, senior fellow in 
the James MacGregor Bums Academy of Leadership, writ- 
ing a column entitled, "Tech Rage Pierces Glass Ceiling.' 
(USfcToday, April 24) 

"I don't know him, much as I appreciate his affection, so I 
became Immediately suspicious." — Dick Atlee, Academic 
Information Technology Services Consultant, upon receiv- 
ing an e-mail from a male campus police officer telling him 
"1 love you." Atlee was experiencing early symptoms of the 
computer virus that shut down a good portion of the 
world's e-maff on May 4. (Baltimore Sun, May 5) 

William Spann has been appointed assistant 
vice president for institutional research and plan- 
ning. His appointment was effective May I . 

In his new role Spann will direct the Office of 
Institutional Studies and the Campus Assessment 
Working Group support unit, and will work close- 
ly with Provost Greg Geoffroy and other universi- 
ty administrators on a variety of planning issues. 

Spann, who came to the University of 
Maryland in 1966 as an evaluator in the 
Undergraduate Admissions Office, brings a wealth 
of knowledge and experience to the position, says 
Geoffroy. "During his long career here, he has 
earned a reputation as an exceptionally capable 
administrator with a history of success in promot- 
ing efficiency and customer service," Geoffroy 

His primary post has been as director of 
records and registrations, a position to which he 
was named In 1977. He has been highly praised 
for his ability to respond rapidly to accommodate 

innovative new programs such as College Park 
Scholars and First Year Focus. He is also known as 
a manager who stresses customer service and the 
swift solution of problems. 

An active participant in the planning process 
at the university, since 1990 he has success hilly 
chaired the Advisory Committee on Course 
Enrollment Statistics and Strategies (ACCESS), 
which has addressed the problem of student 
access to undergraduate courses. Since 1993 he 
has led the Enrollment Management Working 
Group, and in 1995 he led a Continuous Quality 
Improvement Student Retention Project that 
developed a comprehensive institutional plan for 
improvement of retention and graduation rates. 

In 1997 Spann assumed management of the 
Office of Institutional Studies, where he has been 
especially effective in developing a new data 
infrastructure and new approaches to the delivery 
of information and maintaining a high perfor- 
mance service unit, says Geoffroy. 

Newly Upgraded Adaptive Technology 
Lab Opens in McKeldin Library 

Although university computer WAM and 0W1 
labs provide basic adaptive technology for per- 
sons with disabilities, some very specialized 
equipment is required to meet additional individ- 
ual needs. Adaptive technology can aid people 
with mobility impairments, low-vision or blind- 
ness, hearing or speech impairments, or certain 
learning disabilities. 

Recently, through the collaborative efforts of 
the Office of Informati on Technology, the 
President's Commission on Disability Issues, the 
University Libraries and Disability Support 
Services a centralized lab reserved for people 
with disabilities has been significantly upgraded 
and reopened in McKeldin Library. 

A full time coordinator, Dan Newsome, is on 
board to manage the lab, which features an 
impressive and growing array of equipment and 
software applications, and its special resources 

On a recent tour of the lab Newsome demon- 
strated some of the new and exciting software 
programs. Using the Dragon Naturally Speaking 
program, the user speaks into a microphone and 
the computer translates the spoken words into 
text. Dragon creates a personal voice file for each 
individual user. 

JAWS, a screen reader program, converts on- 
screen information such as text and colors into 
either Braille or speech. A Kurzweil 3000 Reading 

Machine fs a PC-based optical character recogni- 
tion and reading system that helps people with 
visual, learning and reading difficulties access 
written materials and improve reading speed and 

In addition, there is a Macintosh with Write: 
Outloud, a talking word processor with an audi- 
tory spell checker; Co:Writer word-prediction 
software; and Inspiration, which helps users clari- 
fy and organize thoughts and information. The lab 
also has a new Paragon Braille Embosser for trans- 
lating scanned documents or text on the screen 
Into braille; a close circuit television for magnify- 
ing text; the Webster's New World Dictionary in 
Braille; a Concise Heritage Dictionary on tape and 
adjustable tables and chairs for maximum accessi- 
bility for persons with motor and mobility impair- 
ments including those using wheelchairs. 

"We are trying to anticipate and accommodate 
the unique needs of each user," says Newsome. 
"Our goal is to be the best adaptive technology 
lab in Maryland, a model for the rest of the 

The lab is located In McKeldin room 11 03, just 
to the left of the Information desk. Access to the 
lab is currently by appointment only. 

For a tour of the Adaptive Technology Lab con- 
tact Dan Newsome at 314.7989 or send him an e- 
mail at 

Al Gore Edges out Obi-Wan Kenobi for President 

Hundreds of Maryland Day visitors — ages 2 to 
89 — stopped at the Academy of Leadership booth 
to cast their vote in a mock presidential election, 
and the results look good for Vice President Al 

Overall, Gore received 50 percent of the vote, 
followed by Gov. George W Bush with 32 percent, 
Alan Keyes with 4 percent and Pat Buchanan with 
2 percent. Write-in candidates received a total of 
12 percent of the vote. But supporters of the 
Republican Party need not despair. For voters 

under age 10, Bush was a clear winner. 

Several youngsters nominated other favorites 
including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Obi-Wan 
Kenobi, their moms or dads, and themselves. 
When asked what they would do if elected presi- 
dent, kids promised to address the problems of 
pollution, education and health care, while also 
eliminating homework and making "more week- 


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; Erin Madison, Editorial Intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus Infor- 
mation are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor. Outlook, 2101 Turner Haiti College Park. MD 
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4 Outlook May 9, 2000 

Denny Gulick Awarded Phi Beta Kappa Key 

President Dan Mote, right, and Provost Gregory Geoffroy surprised mathematics professor Denny 
Gulick last Friday when they presented him with a special certificate and key from Phi Beta Kappa. 
The award honors chapter officers who have given the Phi Beta Kappa Society a decade or more of 
leadership, Gulick, an officer of Gamma chapter, has now completed 10 years of service. 

College Park Senate Seeking 

The College Park Senate is currently seeking a senior facul 
ty or staff member with suitable experience who is interested 
in serving as parliamentarian. The parliamentarian advises the 
chair and other officers, committees and members on matters 
of parliamentary procedure. The parliamentarian, whose role 
during a meeting is purely an advisory, consultative and orga- 
nizational one, receives a small stipend annually in recogni- 
tion of this effort. 

The Senate meets monthly during the academic year. In 
addition, the parliamentarian serves on the Senate Executive 
Committee, which meets an average of twice a mo nth. The 
parliamentarian also serves on other committees as appropri- 

To apply or to nominate a colleague for this position, sub 
mit a brief letter of interest to Teresa Moore, College Park 
Senate Office, 1100 Marie Mount Hall, Campus ZIP 7541, or 
by e-mail to For best consideration, 
submit the letters no later than Tuesday, May 30. You need not 
be a member of the Senate to apply. 

Questions should be addressed to the Senate Office at 405- 

New Strategic Plan to Guide University Forward 

continued from page 1 

1997, a new president in 1998 and a 
change in leadership in almost half of 
the 13 colleges and professional schools, 
as well as in several critical support 

Additionally, the university is no 
longer hampered by a right economy. 
The state has substantially increased its 
financial support of the university, and in 
1999 the General Assembry reaffirmed its 
commitment to the university as Mary- 
land's flagship institution. 

Following a strategy of recruiting u id 
retaining faculty members of the highest 
caliber and attracting an increasing num- 
ber of talented students, the university 
has moved considerably closer to achiev- 
ing its goal of academic excellence, says 
Geoffroy. The university's nationally 
known researchers and scholars have 
made significant contributions to the 
advancement of knowledge, spearheaded 
innovative projects, generated a phenom- 
enal increase In external research fund- 
ing, inspired a growing number of acade- 
mically talented students to choose 
Maryland for their college education, and 
significantly Increased the importance of 
the university as a key contributor to the 
economic development of the state. 

"Given our extraordinary progress in 
accomplishing many of the goals set 
forth in the 1996 Plan, the university is 
now ready to build on its achievements 
and move to the next level of distinction 
in the ranks of preeminent public 
research universities in the United 
Spates," says Mote. 

At the heart of this updated strategic 
pirn is its identification of five initiatives 
* % vill drive much of the university's 

idr.s, and the actions to support those 

The updated plan grew out of the 
deliberations of a wide range of faculty 
and staff, under the leadership of the 
Strategic Plan Update Committee, which 
helped craft the document. Input was 
sought from all members of the campus 
community in the process. 

Now that the plan has Mote's stamp 
of approval, it is being be circulated on 
the weh at: 


Five Initiatives of the Updated Strategic Plan 
"Building on Excellence: The Next Steps": 

Continue to elevate the quality of undergraduate education In order to provide 
all students an enriched and challenging educational experience. 

Build a strong, universtty-wide culture of excellence in graduate and profes- 
sional education, research, scholarship and the creative and performing arts. 

Ensure a university environment that Is Inclusive as well as diverse and that 
fosters a spirit of community among faculty, staff and students. 

Engage the university more fully In outreach and collaborative partnerships 
with the greater community. 

Ensure an administrative, operational and physical infrastructure that fully sup- 
ports a first-class university. 


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Industry Giants Review Technology Research 

continued from page 1 

Farvardin, who will become dean of 
engineering in August, says the event 
benefits the university as well as visi- 
tors. "It has led to many new collabora- 
tive programs and helped to communi- 
cate to the local community the univer- 
sity's strength In high tech research," he 

Research Review Day has showcased 
several innovations In past years such 
as the technology that enabled modems 

to jump in speed from 14.4 to 28.8 
kilobytes per second, now the standard 
in the computer Industry. This year's 
Inventions, which will be showcased at 
the Conference Center in the after- 
noon, include new Internet security 
software; satellite multi -casting, which 
involves space-based Internet connec- 
tions; face recognition software; wire- 
less IP networking and robots that can 
orient themselves through sound. 

The morning portion, after Introduc- 
tions by Farvardin and vice president 
for research William Destier. features 

speakers who represent current 
research studies within the four repre- 
sented units. Professor Venkatramana 
Subrahmanlan will present his research 
Into building better database search 
mechanisms, using artificial Intelligence 
to refine search requests for users. 
David Barbe, Interim director of the 
Engineering Research Center, will t talk. 
about how the university can benefit 
start-ups companies who can receive 
state matching funds to test their ideas 
in the department's Incubator. A fledg- 
ling company could receive $50,000 In 

state funds, for example, with a $5,000 
Investment in the program to experi- 
ment with new ideas. Also presenting 
are professors Gary Rubloff and Victor 


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Robert H. Smith 



Robert H.Smith 



Smith School Poised for Key Role 
in Netcentric Revolution 


^_ " ' etcentricity is the power of 

i W^^, digital networks to distribute 

^J*7%^\ information instantly and 

^^ ^J9L without boundaries, ll 

^k ^^J enables immediate and reli- 
* ' ^ able connectivity to a global 

wealth of people, information assets and ser- 
vices. In so doing, it 
tears down traditional 
barriers, such as those 
between seller and 
buyer, supply chain part 
ners, corporate head- 
quarters and branch 
offices and divisions 
within a company. In 
fact, many agree the net- 
centric revolution is the 
most rapidly diffused technological transforma- 
tion ever. 

Today, more and more organizations are 
investing in network systems to support and 
facilitate their internal operations, business part- 
nerships and customer relationships. In the not- 
too-distant future, says Howard Frank, dean of 
the Robert H. Smith School of Business, "there 
will be an integrated business-to-business-to-con- 
sumer supply chain for nearly everything we do." 

To develop, test and share best business prac- 
tices of this new networked world, the Smith 
School of Business has launched the Netcentric 
Economy initiative.* We're creating a unique 
RfcD test bed to study the emerging netcentric 
world from a variety of perspectives," says 
Patricia Wallace, the Smith School's acting CIO 
and executive director 
of the Center for 
N the not-too-distant Knowledge and 

future, "there wtll be Information Manage- 


to-business-to-consumer ! Central to the 

supply chain for nearly /. Netcentric Economy ini- 

everything we do," W&j^l ' ttadve is the Netcentric 

— Dean Howard Frank W&LJM Business Laboratory 

being created in Van 
Munching Hall, home of 
the Smith School of Business. It will be a sophis- 
ticated facility for researchers and the corporate 
community that also will serve as a hands-on 
learning environment for students.This seamless 
networked environment will encompass supply 
chain management, financial trading, electronic 
commerce and applications and research of the 
behavioral aspects of netcentricity. Full operation 

— continued on page 4 

Expanding for the Present and the Future 

fter the Robert 

H. Smith School 

of Business 

moved Into Van 

Munching Hall did 
n't take very long for the 
school to outgrow its brand 
new home. To accommodate a 
growing number of students, 
faculty and classes, the school 
will add 103,300 square feet of 
space to the building. 

The $25 million-plus project 
will double the business 
school's physical space, creat- 
ing a state-of-the-art technology 
infrastructure — including wire- 
less network access — and a 
learning environment that will 
be among the nation's most advanced, It will 
provide convenient access to a netcentric labo- 
ratory and research centers, including the 
Center for Knowledge and Information 
Management and the Center for Global 
Business. Adjoining the existing building, the 
new structure will house classrooms as well as 
expanded space for the Van Munching 
Undergraduate Business Career Center and the 
Graduate Career Management Center. It also will 
house the Office of Undergraduate Studies and 
the Office of Corporate Programs and Services. 
Currently several offices and classrooms are 
spread across campus or even off campus. Dean 
Howard Frank says students are spread out in as 
many as 17 buildings at a time. "We need a place 
our students can call home," he says. "They want 

Pictured a hove right 
square-loot addition 

is the proposed addition to Van Munching Hall. The 1 
is expected to be completed in 2002. 

to know 'this is where I belong,' as opposed to 
having to run to classes and never really seeing 
the building ."When the addition is completed, 
the business school's Dingman Center for 
Entrepreneurship will move from its off-campus 
location back to Van Munching Hall. 

The new addition will even improve the qual- 
ity of courses offered by the school. Teaching 
classes in older buildings around campus result- 
ed in inconsistent levels of technical capability. 
Thanks to the expansion, students will have 
access to the latest in business technott 
The existing Van Munching f fchas "■ fth- 
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AY 2000 

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Get Dynamic 
Experience at Smith School 

has become an area 
of strategic focus at 
the Robert H. Smith 
School of Business. In 
addition to offering 
classes, the school 
recently established a 
separate faculty 
devoted to teaching 
entrepreneurial skills, 
chaired by Professor 
Rudy Lamone, Based 
in the Dlngman 
Center for Entrepre- 
neurship and located 
in the heart of a bur- 
geoning Internet busi- 
ness community, the 
program continues to 
expand and improve. 

The entrepreneur- 
ship program has 
already been widely 
recognized. Success 
magazine ranked it 
among the nation's top 25 pro- 
grams, and ranked the MBA 
entrepreneurship curriculum 
third in the nation. Recently, 
the Dingman Center received 
the NASDAQ award for entre- 
preneurial excellence. 

This semester the school 
launched its undergraduate 
Entrepreneurship Citation 
Program, which draws students 
from business, engineering, 
computer science and other 

The Smith School recently 
established a separate 
faculty devoted to teaching 
entrepreneurial skills, chaired by 
Professor Rudy Lamone. 

disciplines. Students in the cita- 
tion program have the oppor- 
tunity to explore the creation 
of their own business ventures 
while they continue studies in 
their major field. They learn the 
necessary business skills while 
also becoming highly knowl- 
edgeable in their major field, 
whether It is computer pro- 
gramming or chemical engi- 
neering. "Students with such a 
rich and diverse set of discipli- 
nary backgrounds create a 
dynamic learning environment 
for these wannabe entrepre- 
neurs," says Robert Baum, 
senior associate director of the 
Dingman Center, 

Thanks to a $2 million grant 
from Brian Hinman, a Clark 
School of Engineering alum- 
nus, students soon will experi- 
ence a living-learning environ- 
ment. The university will con- 
vert Garrett Hall Into a wired 
dorm, providing a campus resi- 
dential setting for a select 

Smith MB As collaborate as part of their participation in the Mid- Atlantic Southeast regio rials for the 
Venture Capital Investment Competition. The Dingman Center hosted the event in February. 

group of upper-class students 
who plan to start their own 
businesses. The dorm will be 
equipped with offices, confer- 
ence facilities, computers, fast 
communication lines, telecon- 
ferencing capabilities and 
more. The Hinman Campus 
Entrepreneurship Opportuni- 
ties Program is a joint venture 
with the Clark School of 
Engineering, headed by Dean 
N a rim an Farvardin. 

In addition to 
supporting programs 
in entrepreneurship 
for students, the 
Dingman Center, 
headed by Don 
Spero, assists emerg- 
ing growth compa- 
nies in the Mid- 
Atlantic region with 
mentoring, seminars, 
business plan reviews and 
structured networking 
between entrepreneurs and 
capital providers. 

"Entrepreneurship is on a 
phenomenal growth trajectory 
in today's economy and In our 
educational institutions," Spero 
says. Spero Is an entrepreneur 
himself, most recently selling 
his company, Fusion Systems 
Corporation, for $300 million. 
Robert Baum just sold his sixth 
business, an architectural 
woodwork manufacturing com- 
pany he founded that generat- 
ed annual sales topping $9 mil- 

"Many of the people who 
are associated with the Robert 
H. Smith School of Business 's 
entrepreneurship program 
have owned their own busi- 
nesses," Baum says. "These are 
real entrepreneurs teaching 

This academic year the busi- 
ness school hired former MIT 

faculty member and researcher 
Scott Shane and Wes Sine, who 
has just completed his doctoral 
studies at Cornell. Entrepre- 
neurship faculty chair Lamone 
plans to hire at least one 
researcher per year for some 
time. "Scott and Wes are nation- 
ally recognized researchers in 
entrepreneurship," Baum says. 
Among the courses Shane will 
teach are "Technology, 
Innovation and 
Entrepreneurship," about how 
new technologies get commer- 
cialized in the form of startups; 
"New Venture Creation," an 
MBA class about how to start a 
company and a doctoral class 
called "Entrepreneurship and 
Organization Theory," 

Shane says the Smith School 
was uniquely appealing to him. 
"This year, the Smith School set 
up entrepreneurship as a sepa- 
rate department. The re are only 
a handful of schools right now 
with that kind of structure," he 
says. "When I came, that was a 
major factor. That structure will 
allow us to build the best and 
probably the biggest entrepre- 
neurship department in any 
business school." 

He also valued the location 
of the school. "Geographically, 
this Is an extremely good place 
for entrepreneurship," he says, 
"particularly for people Inter- 
ested in technology entrepre- 
neurship. It Is the highest vol- 
ume area for Internet activity 
right now." Shane says the area 
is second only to the Silicon 
Valley and the Route 128 area 
in Boston. The National 
Institutes of Health and med- 
ical centers in the region are 
strong magnets for biotechnol- 
ogy start-ups. 

Study Under Way 

Michael Ball 

Sandy Boyson 

The National Science Foundation has awarded the 
Robert H. Smith School of Business a 
three-year, $945,239 grant to study supply 
chain Infrastructures (SCIs).SCIs include 
software systems used to support enter- 
prise requirements planning (ERP) and 
supply chain management (SCM). 

Titled "Scalable Supply Chain 
Infrastructures: Models and Analysis." the 
research is aimed at "Improving efficient 
SCI Implementation in large organiza- 
tions," says Michael Ball, the Smith School's 
director of research and a professor of 
decision and information technologies 
(D&IT)."We have pulled together a 
diverse research group to apply a cross- 
disciplinary approach to this project, 
reflecting the cross-functional orientation 
of Industry in the supply chain area." 

Working with Ball on this project are 
D&IT associate professors V. Sambamurthy 
and Louiqa Raschid, and Sandy Boyson, a 
director of the Smith School's Supply 
Chain Management Center. 

Systems and models that support activi- 
ties across organizational components and 
across sup pry chain partner organizations 
can yield substantial benefits. For exam- 
ple, ERP systems can enable the one-time 
entry of a purchase transaction to trigger 
automatic updates to accounting, manufac- 
turing, inventory and distribution databas- 
es. SCM systems can provide a manager 
with a demand forecast along with Infor- 
mation on current inventory levels and 
manufacturing plant status to support a 
decision on next month's production plan. 

Implementing such systems, however, is very expensive, 
creating financial barriers to use across large global organi- 
zations. The Smith School researchers will determine how 
organizations can use these systems more effectively and 

"The end result will be fresh, new ideas that will enable 
organizations to benefit more from the use of supply chain 
Infrastructures," says Ball. 

For more information, contact Ball at mball@rhsmith. or 301-405-2227. 

Louiqa Raschid 

V. Sambamurthy 

Perfect Placement for Ph.D.s 

Though the Robert H. Smith School of Business can't guaran- 
tee each of its doctoral students will land a job at graduation, 
the chances are excellent. On average. 99 percent of the 
school's doctoral graduates are placed prior to graduation 
each year. For those students who graduated in spring and 
summer of 1 999, the placement rate was 1 00 percent. The 
graduates are members of university faculties and working in 
the private sector. Here's where they are: 

Beatley College 

Cornell University 

Lehigh University 

McKinsey & Co. 

NASD, Inc. 

Rutgers University 

Texas A&M University 

University of Central Florida 

University of Maryland 

University of Texas at Austin 

West Virginia University 



Freshmen Get Down to Business 

Fresh out of high 
scTtoqlW select 
group;Of students 
Is (.living into the 
bigness 1 , world and 
getting its feet wet 
in a big way, The 80 undergrad- 
uates are living and learning 
business as participants in the 
College Park Scholars Program 
in Business, Society and the 
Economy sponsored by the 
Smith School of Business. 

Working with major compa- 
nies like AT&T,America Online, 
Hewlett-Packard and Hershey 
Foods, first-semester students 
are teaming up to assess the 
companies' strengths and weak- 
nesses, make strategic recom- 
mendations and develop a 
company slogan. At the end of 
the semester representatives 
from the companies review the 
strategies and display board 
presentations, giving the stu- 
dents direct feedback. 

"The students are very pro- 
fessional about their presenta- 
tions," says Roxanne Lefkoff- 
Hagius, associate director of 
the Business, Society and the 
Economy program, "I almost 
don't recognize them because 
they are all dressed up." She 
applauds the companies that 
participate. "The students get 
to talk with real business peo- 
ple and they get great feed- 
back," she says. 

Martin Gannon, who directs 
Business, Society and the 
Economy, says it's a rigorous 
program designed for students 
Interested In business, but who 
aren't necessarily business 

in special 
such as the 
guest speak- 
er series, 
where busi- 
ness leaders 
students to 
the various 
areas of busi- 
ness. In the 
business eti- 
quette semi- 
nar, students learn appropriate 
manners and dress for different 
business situations. "Everything 
from handshaking to business 
cards is discussed," says 

At the program's outset, stu- 
dents participate in Challenge 
Discovery in the Virginia 
wilderness. The one-day, 
Outward Bound-like event fea- 
tures activities focused on 
group dynamics, team building 
and Individual and group deci- 

Before the school year 
begins, the students visit and 
work at sites such as a local 
food bank or a home for recov- 
ering addicts to learn about the 
relationships between a busi- 
ness and society. Managers 

The winning team proudly displays the sweet slogan and presenta- 
tion it developed for Hershey Foods. 

from the organizations talk 
with the students when they 
are performing their assigned 

In the final semester, each 
student has the choice of a 
business internship, a discovery 
project focused on research 
and analyzing one issue in 
depth, or a service-learning 
project, says Gannon. 

Center Adds Global Dimension to Business Education 

To enhance the Smith School's curricular emphasis on knowledge management and information 
chnology, its Center for Global Business attempts to integrate a global dimension into all of the 
school's activities and programs. At both the undergraduate and graduate level, students are partici- 
pating In embassy supper seminars, cross cultural roundtables, the Fulbright-Smith seminar series, as 
well as study abroad and exchange programs. 

And those are just a few of the activities that help distinguish the Smith School from its MBA 
competitors (Wharton, Duke, Columbia), says Martin Gannon, director of the Center for Global 
Business, Beyond such standards as study trips and student exchange programs, says Gannon, "we 
want to present many distinctive programs not easily offered by our competitors" 

Among those unique programs is a new partnership between the Smith School and the Asian 
Technology Information Program. Many of the key players in this partnership are scientists who 
have become business people, says Gannon. They will present reports on cutting edge technological 
developments in Asia. 

Earlier this year, students traveled to Israel and Argentina to study high technology entrepreneur- 
ship and emerging markets, respectively. In May, students will travel to Tuebingen, Germany. Using a 
cross-cultural approach, the group will compare social, political and economic conditions in 
Germany and the European Union to the United States. 

Stateside, the center sponsors a series of seminars for MBA students. Limited to 1 5 students, the 
seminars provide an intensive but informal discussion of 
international and business issues with top-level execu- 
tives, such as Northrop Grumman "s vice president of 
international operations James Coleman. 

The center's Cross Cultural Roundtable, led by assis- 
tant director Victor Betancourt, addresses the culture of 
doing business. One of the first seminars focused on the 
book "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands," which gives guidance 
on how to do business overseas. "The students learned 
about gifts you should not give, or conversations you 
should not have," says Betancourt, who hopes to offer 
another of these Informal seminars on business ethics. 

But always there are opportunities to learn from their 
peers. "At least 30 percent of our MBA students are inter- 
national students," says Betancourt, "Our American stu- 
dents learn from them as they're working alongside each Smith MBAs, pictured above in Jerusalem, traveled 
ither. (0 Israel in January far n hands-on international 

experience in high -technology entrepreneursMp. 

Ptt ' ^ 

Helping Maryland Thrive in the 
Digital Economy 

The Smith School's Supply 
Chain Management Center 
(SCMC) and the university's 
Office of Information 
Technology (OIT) are helping 
to advance the state's e-com- 
merce infrastructure. The pro- 
ject, "E-Maryland," seeks to 
establish Maryland as the pre- 
mier state in the country for 
conducting business in the dig- 
ital economy. Strategic compo- 
nents of the E-Maryland plan 
are a networked electronic 
Infrastructure, advanced 
Internet-based business ser- 
vices and legislative policies 
aimed at creating "the fastest, 
most efficient e-buslness envi- 
ronment today." 

Selected to participate 
based on their expertise in 
supply chain and related e- 
commerce activities, SCMC and 
OIT will test and develop new 
e-buslness services and associ- 
ated business practices and 

"Since the supply chain cen- 
ter was established in 1998, 
one of our goals has been to 
work with the state to help it 

move in the direction of high 
velocity electronic supply 
chains," says Sandy Boyson, a 
director of the center. "We 
want to expand the region's 
reputation as a logistics hub 
and enhance its ability to 
attract and retain businesses 
that depend on highly efficient 
supply chain procedures." 

The pilot program of the E- 
Maryland initiative will be a 
procurement application for 
government agencies, public 
education facilities and high- 
tech incubator companies. 
"Providing this application on 
the Web will give them access 
to a wider range of suppliers 
and expedite what is now a 
labor-intensive, cumbersome 
process," says Thomas Corsi, 
also an SCMC director. "The 
result will be lower prices and 
better services." 

The state Office of 
Procurement and Contracting 
has estimated that processing 
costs could be cut 30 percent 
or more using Internet-based 
procurement applications. 

Smith MBA Program Goes to Washington 

The Robert H. Smith School 
of Business is increasing 
access to its nationally ranked 
evening MBA program. Begin- 
ning fall 2000, the school will 
offer the program in down- 
town Washington, D.C., at the 
Ronald Reagan Building and 
International Trade Center. 

The Smith School Evening 
MBA Program is designed to 
meet the needs of working 
professionals who want access 
to a top-ranked, part-time MBA 
program In the Washington, 
D.C., area. In its 2000 survey, 
the news magazine U.S. News 
& World Report ranked the 
Smith School's evening MBA 
program 22nd nationwide. The 
school has offered Its evening 
program at Shady Grove in 
Montgomery County since 
1990 and in Baltimore since 

Like Its nationally ranked 
full-time MBA program, the 
Smith School's evening MBA 
program Integrates an educa- 
tion in core business disci- 
plines^ — such as finance, man- 
agement consulting, informa- 
tion systems and marketing — 
with cross functional concen- 
trations that reflect today's net- 
worked economy. Among the 
concentrations are financial 
engineering, electronic com- 
merce and supply chain man- 
agement. The full-time and affil- 
iated faculty members who 
teach in the full-time program 
at College Park also teach In 
the evening program. 

The Reagan Building is the new site of the 
Smith School Evening MBA Program. 

The Washington program 
will offer classes Monday 
through Thursday evenings to 
accommodate the schedule of 
working professionals. Students 
can complete the 54-credlt- 
hour program in 28 months, 
typically attending classes two 
evenings per week during the 
fall, January, spring and sum- 
mer terms. On-site student ser- 
vices will include academic 
advising, advanced technology 
support and career manage- 

In addition to taking classes 
in Washington, students will 
have the option of taking some 
elective courses at the College 
Park, Shady Grove or down- 
town Baltimore locations. 

For more information, call 
301-405 2559 or e-mail 
Information also is available on 
the Web at: www.rhsmith. 

■~-m^r 2000 

Expanding for the Present and the Future 

continued from page 1 

and sophisticated audio and visual equipment. 
Frank says the expansion will make these capa- 
bilities available for all courses. "We'll be able to 
upgrade the quality of the courses themselves, 
because now we'll be able to embed technology 
Into every course," he says. "That's the mark of a 
competitive business school." 

To recoup the cost of building the addition, 
the Smith School has initialed a fund drive to 
repay $17 million in acquired loans. The remain- 
ing cost is covered by $6 million each from the 
state and the university, in addition to another 
very generous donation of $6 million from alum- 
nus Leo Van Munching Jr. to support the technol- 
ogy infrastructure. 

"Leo Van Munching is spectacular," says Frank. 
"He initially endowed Van Munching Hall with a 
$5 million contribution, which made the current 
facility possible, and now he's contributing even 
more." Van Munching graduated in 1950 with a 
degree In marketing and business administration. 
He is the retired president of Van Munching & 
Co., the sole U.S. Importer of Helneken Beer. In 

1997, he gave $2.5 million to support the busi- 
ness school's Undergraduate Business Career 
Center. His combined gifts of $13.5 million make 
him the third largest donor to the university. 

"My continuing support reflects the convic- 
tion I hold that the business school is on the 
right track, maximizing the benefits for the stu- 
dents and therefore the university," says Van 

Construction is scheduled to begin this sum- 
mer, and the Smith School plans completion for 
January 2002. Gov. Parris Glendening says the 
construction is an important step in expanding 
the flagship institution and benefiting the State 
of Maryland. "This state-of-the-art addition to the 
Smith School will help our flagship university 
meet the growing needs of its business students 
and prepare them to enter the knowledge-based 
economy of the 21st century," he says. "It will 
also strengthen the Smith School's role as the 
engine for much of our statewide and regional 
economic development, and will enhance the 
school's well-deserved reputation as a national 
leader in management education." 

Conferences Open Doors for MBA Students 

For MBA students, networking is serious busi- 
ness. Many Smith School students supplement 
their learning experience by attending regional 
and national business-related seminars and con- 

"These seminars give students a framework 
they can use to put academic knowledge into a 
real world context," says Erika Dickstein, an MBA 
student concentrating in e-commerce and mar- 
keting, who has attended several conferences 
throughout the country, "They provide a tremen- 
dous networking opportunity and the chance to 
meet others and learn about their MBA experi- 

Dickstein says conferences, like Cyberposium 
2000 which took place at the Harvard Business 
School earlier this year, also give students insight 
into what's going on in the iadustry.Cyber- 
posiurn is the top graduate-level academic con- 
ference dealing with information technology. and 
the new economy. $ V . 

For most of the dozen or so seminars and 

conferences Dickstein has attended, she says the 
Smith School has covered all or part of the cost 
of attendance. "The school has been generous 
and wisely understands the importance of these 
functions," she says. 

In March, Dickstein and several other female 
MBA students attended the Graduate Women In 
Business Conference in Los Angeles, a confer- 
ence targeted to women in business. In a novel 
approach, the group received corporate sponsor- 
ship from, which sells fine home 
furnishings, to finance their dip. In exchange, 
the students are helping the company with its 
market research, plus they carried tote bags and 
hung a banner advertising the company's Web 
site during the conference. 

Dickstein says the conference was both inspi- 
rational and informative for the entire group 
who attended. 

"These conferences have increased my knowl- 
edge and opened doors that weren't necessarily 
open before," she says. 

did you know... 

The current national and international rankings 
of the Robert H. Smith School of Business include 


• #2 MBA Program with IT Strength (Financial 
Times, 2000) 

• #3 Techno-MBA Program (Computerworld, 1999) 

• #3 MBA Entrepreneurship Curriculum (Success, 
I 1998) 

i, #9 MBA Information Systems Management 
gram (L7.S. News & World Report, 2000) 

• #21 Undergraduate Business Program (U.S. News 
& WORLD Report, 1999) 

>ime MBA Program (Business Week, 1998) 
Part- J Imk MBA Program (U.S. News & World 

ioo) m 

'< . •.•• i r. Shi i> Program (U.S. News 

Smith School Poised for Key Role in Netcentric Revolution 

continued from page 1 : 

of the laboratory is slated for fill 2000." 
The Smith School is partnered with 
several major companies to develops- 
and support the new laboratory. Sun 
Microsystems has donated servers, ter- 
minals and software to create a mini- 
version of the company's Menlo Park, 
Calif., supply chain management labora 
tory. Through its alliance with Sun, the 
Smith School's Supply Chain 
Management Center is modeling the 
extended enterprise relationships 
among suppliers, carriers, distributors 
and customers. In addition, Oracle 
Corp.,Tibco Software Inc., and 
Manugistics have contributed software. 

and SAIC has contributed research 

Projects already underway in the 
new laboratrjry Include a multi-year 
, t study 1br me Defense Advanced 
Research Pr^ectejVgency (DARPA) to 
identify the, impact of netcentricity on 
business and military organizational 
strategies, structures, syi^ems and 

Other components of'the netcentric- 
ity initiative include collaborative multi- 
disciplinary research within the Smith 
School and with other areas across the 
university, including, computer sci- 
ences, engineering, public affairs, eco- 
nomics, psychology and library and 
information sciences. Among potential 

areas of exploration are: 

• digitized network relationships across 

• new forms of pricing, auctioning and 

■ information and network security 

• the management of virtual teams 

• e-commerce marketing, branding and 

• e-supply chain management 

• intellectual property protections and 
global trading issues related to open 
access to online consumers. 

The Smith School also will develop a 
range of activities to share best netcen- 
tric business practices, including an 
annual Maryland Netcentric Forum at 
which researchers will discuss their 

work with representatives from other 
universities, industry and government. 

"We're trying to do something that's 
never been done before in a university 
setting," says Frank. "Our vision is to cre- 
ate an integrated research and teaching 
environment that links research in the 
technologies of the netcentric environ- 
ment with business research and train- 
ing in behavior, policy, strategy and 

For more information on the netcen- 
tricity initiative, contact Patricia Wallace 
at: or 301- 




May 9. 2000 Outlook 9 


Your Guide to University Events 

May 9-18 

May 9 

3 p.m. Institute For Global Chinese 
Affairs Slide Presentation: "Visiting a 
Chinese Garden," William Tai, 
Institute for Global Chinese Affairs. 
1 Old's St. Mary's Hall. 5-0213 or 

> 4 p.m. Physics Lecture: 
"Investigating the Difference 
Between Matter and Antimatter 
with Neutral Kaons," Edward 
Blucher, Enrico Fermi Institute. 
1410 Physics BIdg. 

6 p.m. OMSE Event: Multi-Ethnic 
Graduating Seniors Reception: 
Celebration of May, August and 
December Graduates" Colony 

Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 

8 p.m. Lecture: "Building a Vocal 
Community." 1102Tawes Bldg. 

8 p.m. Faculty Recital. Ulrich Recital 
Hall.Tawes Bldg, 


May 10 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. College of library .-, 
and information Services Seminar: 
"Harvesting Experience: Reaping 

-Benefits of Knowledge," ah- 
interactive workshop providing an 
introduction to Knowledge 
Management. Pre-registratlon 
required. 2111 Stamp Student Union 
5-2057. or* 


4 p.m. Astronomy Lecture: Lars 
Hemquist, Harvard-Smithsonian 
Center for Astrophysics, 2400 
Computer and Space Sciences Bldg. 

5-7 p.m. Dance:"New Dances," an 
informal showing of new works. 
Dorothy Madden Theater. 

7 p.m. Writers Here and Now 
Reading Series: Student Prize 
Reading, the winners of the 
Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize 
and the Academy of American Poets 
Prize will read from their work. 
Fourth Floor, McKeldln Library. 

8 p.m. Maryland Symphony 
Orchestra free concert featuring the 
music of Debussy, Mozart and FJgar. 
Tawes Bldg. 5-7847. 

May 11 

9:30 a.m. "Numerical Approximation 
of Rate-Independent Hysteresis in 
Two-Phase Systems." 3206 Math 

5-5117 or 

3:30 p.m. Meteorology Seminar: 
"Aerosol Effects on Climate ."John 
Seinfeld, California Institute of 
Technology. 2400 Computer & 
Spaces Sciences Bldg. 

7:30 p.m. Workshop: "Physics is 
Phun,"The Physics IQTest:The 

assembled throngs vote on the 
results of counterintuitive physics 
experiments. Doors open at 7 p.m.for 
hands-on experiments. 1412 Physics 
Bldg. 5-5994 or www. 
physics.umd . edu/deptinfo/facilities/ 
lecde m/phph, htm. 

May 12 

9:30 a.m. Workshop :"WebSpinner 
Tutorial." 4404 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg: or 
www. inform . umd . edu/WST/classes. 

10 a.m. Meteorology Seminar: 
"Location and Intensity or the ITCZ: 
Effects of Westward-Propagating 
Synoptic-Scale Disturbances," C. 
Zhang, University of Miami. 3425 
Computer & Spaces Sciences Bldg. 

Noon. Communication Department 
Lecture: "Civility and the Public 
Sphere," Ray McKerrow, president of 
NCA and professor at Ohio 
University. 0200 Skinner Bldg. 5-6528 
or . 

4- 11- p.m. "Congress dfjugglers," sev- 
eral hundred jugglers from the tri- 
•stace area gather for this annual con- 
vention. Juggling vendors will be sell- 
ing gear, and people will be hanging 
around* juggling on Friday. Saturday 
will feature workshops and a public 
show, and Sunday will have an auc- 
tion, raffles and juggling competi- 
tions in addition to free juggling. 
Health and Human Performance 
Bldg. Basketball Gym. or 
wam.umd .edu/-carolyn/juggling/con 

7:30 p.m. Workshop: "Physics is 
Phun," The Physics IQTestrThe 
assembled throngs vote on the 
results of counterintuitive physics 
experiments. Doors open at 7 p.m. 
1412 Physics Bldg. 5-5994 or www. 
physics , 
lecdem/phph . htm. 

May 13 

7:30 p.m. Workshop: "Physics is 
Phun "The Physics IQ Test: The assem- 
bled throngs vote on the results of 
counterintuitive physics experi- 
ments. Doors open at 7 p.m. 1412 
Physics Bldg. 5-5994 or www. 
physics . umd . edu/deptinfo/facilities/le 

7-9 p.m. "Congress of Jugglers," per- 
formances by several amateur and 
professional jugglers from the tri- 
state area. Come see some amazing 
feats of object manipulation. Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. Icur- or 
www. warn, umd . edu/-caroryn/jug- 
gling/ congress. htm 

May 14 

10 a.m. ■ 4 p.m. "Congress of 
Jugglers," Day three of the juggling 
convention. More free juggling, jug- 
gling vendors to satisfy your equip 
ment needs, raffles for juggling 
equipment, an auction to get rid of 
old junk and get some new junk, and 
juggling competitions. Competitions 
include speed passing, club collect- 
ing, combat 5 and 7 ball endurance. 
5 club endurance, and much more. or 
warn . umd . ed u/~ carolyn/juggli ng/ 

May 16 

8-10 p.m. Concert: "May nard 
Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau 
Band," hear this world famous jazz 
legend live at the University of 
Maryland. It's the last day of classes, 
so take a study break and enjoy the 
best jazz concert of your life. Tawes 
Bldg. 4-0791, 
kkpsi/maynard. html . * 

May 17 

5:30-8 p.m. Institute for Global 
Chinese Affairs Lecture: 
"Developments in China's 
Economy," Stephen Schiaikjer, 
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific 
Affairs, U.S. Department of state. 
1 140 Plant Sciences Bldg. 410-799 

May 18 

9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Workshop: "Effective 
Strategies for Managing Electronic 
Records," for archivists and records 
managers sponsored by the College 
of Library and Information Services. 
Topics include; terms & vocabulary, 
strategies for the analysis of records, 
ensuring authenticity, and techno- 
logical solutions. 2111 Stamp 
Student Union. 5-2057 or I eel. 

Ysaye Barnwell Brings the Music of 
A Vocal Community to Tawes 

The School of Music presents a workshop with Ysaye 
Barnwell, "Building a Vocal Community," in 11 02 Tawes 
Building Tuesday May 9 at 8 p.m. Barnwell is a member of th< 
Grammy Award-winning African-American female a cappella 

semble, Sweet Honey In The Rock, a group with 
ieep roots in the sacred music of 
le Black church, spiritu- 
als, hymns and gospels as 
well as jazz and blues. 

The workshop is 
designed to facilitate the 
development of a commu- 
ity through the vehicle of 
iusic from the African 

lerican tradition. Musical 
forms include calls, chants, 
spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, 
gospels, songs of resistance 

uii the Civil Rights and other 
sedom movements and con* 
;niporary songs. 

The historical, social and 

ilitiral context will be provided 

an introduction to songs In each of these music forms. 

rough participation in the songs and discussions of tt 
context, the group will explore from an African American 
world view, the values Imbedded in the music, the rote of cut 
tural and spiritual traditions and rituals, ways in which leader 
ship emerges and can be shared by and among community 
members, the nature of cultural responses to and influences 
on political and social struggle, and the significance of a 

rred communal experience in ones' personal life. 
'Building a Vocal Community " is featured as part of a grariu 
ate seminar on ethnomusicology and performance studies, 

rught by Carolina Robertson of the School of Music. 
For further information on the lecture or any other perfor 
mances connected to the graduate seminar call Ken 
Schweitzer at 4054850. 

Chorales Present Free Mother's Day Concert 

The University Chorale and Chamber _^^^^^_ Admission is free. For 

Chorale under the direction of ^*^. ^ more information, call 

Phillip Collister presents a 6 or e-mail 

Mother's Day concert, "Now is the Month M ■ > \ concerts@deans, 

of Maying," Sunday, May 14 at 4 p.m. in ^^ \'" 

the Ulrich Recital Hall. Works will 
include Pinkham's 
"Wedding Cantata/" 
and the "Flower Songs" of 
Benjamin Britten. 

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 editor, call 405-7615 or email to outlook@acc- 

10 Outlook May 9, 2000 

Middle School Students Experience College Life A Little Early 

Approximately 40 middle school students from 
New York City recently explored college life at the 
University of Mary land. The seventh and eighth 
graders, students at three partner schools: CS 6 in the 
Bronx; PS 146 in Central Harlem and DCS 35 in 
Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, are participants in the 
Middle School Initiatives (MSI) programs of the 
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) , a men- 
toring organization based in New York City. MSI is a 
college-bound program that targets sixth to eighth 
grade students. 

The students' trip to Maryland, officially called the 
"Pre-College Experience at the University of 
Maryland," included a variety of activities. The first day 
focused on exposing students to college classes. Each 
student attended classes based 
on their personal interests, 
which ranged from theater to 
physics. The second day Includ- 
ed a panel discussion, lunch In 
the South Campus Dining Hall 
and an activity called "Campus 
Quest" — a scavenger hunt 
around the university intended 
to familiarize students with 
campus services, 

i "The University of Maryland 
is-a realty good place for young 
people to see what college is 
all about . I was really proud of 
my alma mater and of how 
much effort was put into host- 
ing our children. Diversity was 
emphasized at Maryland when I 
was an undergraduate student 
and it was good to see the 
same emphasis on equity and 
access was present in 
Maryland's dealings with an 
outside organization," says alum " 
nus Jennifer Walper, program 
coordinator of mentoring and volunteerism at SEO 
who helped organize the trip. 

The Office of Human Relations Programs (OHRP) , 
Office of Multiethnic Student Education (OMSE), 
Admissions Office and Office of Campus Programs 
worked collaboratively with SEO to make the trip pos 

sible. ^^»fcc-' 

"The program was a huge success, in part because 

of our collaboration with various campus 00106$," says 
iqueline Simmons of SEO. "The students were able 

Academy Awards Public 

Kesha Robertson, a junior majoring in govern- 
ment and politics, recently received the Meghan 
Price Scholarship for Public Leadership at an 
vard ceremony at the James MacGregor Burns 

ademy of Leadership. Two finalists, Adam 
ig and Melissa Murray, were also recog- 
! at the event. 
■ The Academy of Leadership awards the 
1 1,000 scholarship-created to honor the memo- 
ry of student government leader and activist 
Meghan Price-to a student capable of carrying 
out Price's legacy of leadership, dedication and 
involvement. Price was killed In a car accident in 

Like Price, Robertson has demonstrated a com- 
mitment to public service-volunteering at a soup 
kitchen, raising money for the Caring Project 
and Upward Bound, even cleaning up highways. 
She has also served in leadership positions at 

to access so many different aspects of campus life 
such as the dining halls, the student union and numer- 
ous other campus buildings, all of which was facilitat- 
ed by members of these 001065," 

In their evaluation forms, the students deemed the 
program a success. According to Walper, the students 
enjoyed the Campus Quest, the student panelists and 
going to class. Every activity was listed at least once as 
a student favorite in the student evaluation forms. And 
the majority of the students recommended that other 
students should go on this trip next year. 

"The trip had a tremendous impact on the stu- 
dents," says Walper. "For many of them, the possibility 
of going to college was very abstract and seemingly 
impossible. Being hosted so graciously sent the mes- 
sage to the kids that universities 
want them as students." 

Student comments included: 

* "It [the trip] has influenced 
me because I have become 
more interested in going away 
to college, where I can interact 
with people with different cul- 

Suliana Callardo, eighth grade 
student from CS 6 in the Bronx. 

* "The trip has influenced 
me to do well in school, to go 
to college and not put stuff off 
till the next day." 
Sharine Gardner, seventh grade 
student from Frederick 
Douglass Academy in Harlem. 

* "This trip has made me 
realize that there is a whole 
other world out there in col- 
lege ."Tiffany Britton, 
eighth grade student 
from CS 6 in the 

Faculty partici- 
pants also found the program valuable. 
Classics professor Gregory Staley, who had 
the middle school students attend his 
Honors Seminar: Classical Myth in America, 
says "I believe strongly in equal opportuni- 
ty and in persuading students with ability 
but not always opportunity that college 
can and should be in their future." 

OHRP is exploring ways to formalize 
the relationship between OHRP and SEO. 

For example, the office may incorporate SEO's pro- 
gram into an OHRP program structure labeled "com- 
munity outreach" in conjunction with other university 
units such as Admissions and OMSE. "This is in line 
with what our University Strategic Plan encourages 
units and departments to do: outreach to the broader 
community," says Gloria Bouis, associate director of 

According to Simmons and Walper, SEO plans to 
make the trip again next year, "We look forward to 
continued collaboration with the same university 
offices as well as student groups so we can further 
develop the program," says Simmons. Next year SEO 
would like to incorporate participation in more cam- 
pus-wide student events, such as lectures or sporting 
events so their students "get an even more complete 
picture of college life," adds Simmons. 

Students were recognized for their participation in 
the program during a closing ceremony in which 
Christine Clark, executive director of OHRP, spoke 
about the importance of higher education and the 
value of diversity in higher education. "The message 
we gave the students about going on to higher educa- 
tion is really important," says Clark. "We welcome 
them with open arms at Maryland, but most impor- 
tant is that the trip to our campus intrinsically moti- 
vates them to enter into a process of engagement 
with higher education somewhere." 

For more information about SEO, contact 
Jacqueline Simmons or 
Jennifer Walper ( at (212) 532- 
2454, or visit SEO's Web site at: On 
campus contact the Office of Human Relations 
Programs at 405-2838 or 


Nominees for CUSS Delegate 
Seats Sought 


Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the Nymburu Cultural 
Center and the Black Leadership Council. 

Listed in Who's Who Among College Students 
in America, Robertson has been inducted into 
the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership fraternity 
^nd the Zeta Phi Beta sorority for outstanding 
academic achievement. 

Having confronted significant obstacles 
throughout her life, Robertson says she learned 
that leadership begins with ambition and a 
desire to understand one's own personal experi- 
ences. "Leadership requires an understanding of 
the self, a knowledge of one's own potential and 
power. I believe that once I recognized my 
power, my true worth, I realized I was capable of 
changing lives forever." 

Robertson says she hopes one day to work 
with juvenile offenders. 

The Council of University System Staff (CUSS) , which con- 
sists of staff representatives from each of the University 
System of Maryland Institutions, advises the chancellor and 
the Board of Regents on issues such as staff compensation 
plans, performance evaluations, benefit programs and almost 
all other non-faculty issues affecting staff. 

College Park has four elected delegates to CUSS, and two 
seats are available for nomination and election each year. This 
year's seats are for the secretarial/clerical and exempt staff 

CUSS members serve a two-year term, which begins in 
August. lime commitment consists of attending a system-wide 
meeting one day a month. These meetings rotate among sys- 
tem campuses. Each member is assigned to a CUSS committee 
whose work is determined by the issues arising during the 

While CUSS committees may meet occasionally, electronic 
mail and FAX are often used In CUSS committee work. CUSS 
members are responsible for communication with the cam- 
pus staff on important issues. 

To nominate yourself or another staff member, send nomi- 
nations with a brief personal statement of no more than 150 
words, by May 26, to Personnel Services Director's Office, 
3 1 00 Chesapeake Building, Campus 3121. Personal statements 
can be typed, handwritten or sent on a disk. 

For more information about CUSS and the elections, con- 
tact one of the following University of Maryland, College Park 
CUSS members: 

Andrianna Stuart (tech./service/maint.) at 405-3320 or 

Carol Prier (secretarial/clerical) at 405-3869 or 

Craig Newman (at-large) at 405-3320 or 
c n8@umail . umd . edu 

Larry Lauer (exempt staff) at 405-9353 or 

May 9. 2000 Outlook 11 

May's the Time to Weed Out Garden Malcontents 

The Cooperative Extension's Home 
and Garden Information Center offers 
the following helpful gardening tips: 

Managing Weeds in Your Landscape 

Sooner or later unwanted plants will 
invade your shrub and flowerbeds mak- 
ing them unsightly and competing with 
desirable plants for nutrients and water. 
It really does not take long for weeds to 
sprout and grow; knowing what to do 
for prevention is far easier than trying 
to dig them out once they get a 

There are two basic groups of plants 
that become "weeds": the annual types 
and perennial types. Annual weeds ger- 
minate new plants each year from 

seeds, so preventing these plants from 
flowering and throwing seed will great- 
ly reduce their number the following 
year. Soil is literally full of millions of 
seeds and every time the soil is tilled, 
new seeds are brought to the surface 
and germinate. Therefore, a two-to- 
three- inch layer of mulch is used to 
prevent seeds from germinating. 
Examples of annual weeds are: chick- 
weed, dead nettle, henbit and crabgrass. 

The perennial weeds return each 
year by a root system that survives the 
winter. These weeds are more difficult 
to manage because of their deep roots. 
They are strong enough to emerge 
through a thick layer of mulch. 
Persistent digging out and maintaining 

a mulch cover prevents new seeds from 
getting started. Examples of perennial 
weeds are dandelion, plantain, dock, 
wild garlic and Bermuda grass (wire- 

There also are herbicides available to 
help you get a very difficult situation 
under control. Weeds that have already 
emerged can be sprayed with 
glyphosate (Round Up and Kleen Up) . 
Be very careful not to touch desirable 
plants with this product as they may be 
damaged or killed. Another very effec- 
tive and safe herbicide to use is a pre- 
emergent. It is applied to a weeded 
landscape bed and prevents seeds from 
germinating. This should be applied 
only after flower seeds have germinat- 
ed. Apply a mulch over treated soil and 
you will have a weed-free garden. Pre- 
emergents, however, do not control 
perennial weeds that grow from an 
established root system. 

Lawn Mowing Tip 

The importance of regular mowing 
at the proper height has already been 
stressed in previous articles. But, what 
about the clippings? Is it really neces- 
sary to rake or bag them after each 
mowing? No. It is not necessary to col- 

lect the clippings. It is best to leave the 
clippings on the lawn where they 
decay and return nutrients to the lawn. 
The clippings do not add to the devel- 
opment of thatch. Occasionally, after an 
extended period of growth, clippings 
will be very long. Mow over them sev- 
eral times or rake them off the lawn. 

Poison Ivy Control 

Be alert for poison ivy when you 
work in your garden. It is a very com- 
mon woody vine that creeps into many 
suburban landscapes causing much dis- 
comfort to the unsuspecting gardener. 
Learn to recognize it and get rid of it 
using a labeled herbicide. For more 
information on poison ivy contact the 
Home and Garden Information Center 
for fact sheet #HG 34. 

For printed Information or answers 
to your questions on any gardening 
topic, contact the Home and Garden 
Information Center at 1-800-342-2507. 
The Web site is: 


C-PEN: The Beginning of a Paradigm Shift 

McKeldin Library Takes Interest In Revolutionary New Product 

For a limited time, McKeldin Library is making 
three C-Pen 200 digital highlighters available for 
checkout. This new technology will serve as the ulti 
mate pedagogical tool in aiding 
faculty, staff and students. By 
using the C-Pen, users can elec- 
tronically capture text they 
would otherwise have high- 
lighted, outlined or photo- 

The C-Pen is a pen-shaped 
and pocketsize handheld scan- 
ner that is slightly larger and 
barely heavier than the average 
yellow highlighter pen. It func- 
tions as a digital highlighter 
that can read and convert 
printed text into electronic 

Specifically, the C Pen 200 
can store up to 100 pages of 
text across a number of files. 
By simply moving the C-Pen over printed text, as If 
highlighting, relevant information is scanned through 
an integrated digital camera, The scanned images are 
instantaneously transformed into computer-readable 
text through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) . 
Converted text is displayed on the pen's LCD and can 
be stored in text files on the device. Furthermore, 
stored files on the C-Pen can be cordlessly beamed to 
a Windows 95/98/2000, or NT-based PC.The device is 
easy to use and saves a great deal of time. 

The C-Pen is the ultimate pedagogical tool because 
it saves time and promotes efficiency. By using the C- 
Pen, the university faculty and staff will cut hours of 
time spent on doing both research and course prepa- 
ration. The C-Pen speeds up research by capturing 
only the relevant text needed. This avoids the hassle 
of photocopying an entire page to only transfer a few 
lines of text to a computer by hand. The process of 

The C-Pen is a pen-shaped and 

pocketsize handheld scanner 

that is slightly larger and barely 

heavier than the average yellow 

highlighter pen. It functions as 

a digital highlighter that can 

read and convert printed text 

into electronic text. 

preparing text outlines is greatly expedited by using 
the C-Pen to highlight relevant points. These points 
can then be transferred to a computer and shaped 
into a detailed outline or 
abstract in no time. 

The expanded C-Pen 600 
model also offers many addi- 
tional uses. It contains 
200,000+ word dictio- 
naries that can provide 
translations or defini- 
tions. The translation 
dictionaries signifi- 
cantly speed up 
the reading of 
foreign text, as 
words can be 
translated in 
less than a 

Alternatively, it can aid those 
wanting instantaneous English 
or subject-specific definitions. 
Law and medical dictionaries 
are planned for release in the 
coming month. 

The C-Pen 600 also communi- 
cates directiy with the Palm Pilot. 

To promote what could be considered a paradigm 
shift, the library is making three C-Pen 200s available 
for checkout to faculty, students and staff. This service 
is part of a market research study that will continue 
until July 1. These C-Pens can be checked out at the 
McKeldin Library 2nd floor Reserves Desk for up to 
two hours and will be available 24 hours per day, 
Sunday through Thursday. This provides a convenient 
location to test out the general capabilities of the C- 
Pen, including its built-in address book for storing 

names, num- 
bers and 
email address- 

These C- 
Pens can be 
checked out for 
actual use, as the 
library is also spon- 
soring three C-Pen 
Stations equipped with 
infrared adapters (IrDA). 
These should be used for 
transferring files from the 
C-Pen to floppy disk. 
C-Pen Stations are clearly 
marked computers located on 
the first floor of McKeldin Library 
and are accessible during regular 
and extended hours. In addition, 
these C-Pen Stations do not limit the 
ownership of the device to individuals 
who own computers, as the library can be 
used for transferring collected information to 

Individuals interested in finding out more 
about this revolutionary new product, or who would 
like their students to, should visit from extensive 
product descriptions and uses, this website also has 
information about effective C-Pen tips arid study tech- 

Those who want training and require additional 
information, can sign up for on-campus workshops on 
the website. The website offers an academic discount 
{free infrared adapter with purchase) to faculty, stu- 
dents and staff interested In buying their own C-Pen. 

12 Outlook May 9, 2000 

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seminar* • awards * etc 

Oldies but Goodies Dancing 

The Black Faculty and Staff will 
be sponsoring their third Spring 
Dance fundraiser June 3, in the 
Colony Ballroom. Tickets are $15. 
The evening includes heavy hors 
d'oeuvres, cash bar and oldies but 
goodies music. 

In preparation for the dance two 
hand dance classes will be given on 
Thursday May 24 and 31 from 5 to 7 
p.m. in the Nyumburu Cultural 
Center. The cost for each class is $5. 
Reservations are necessary. Call 
Mary Wesley at 405-9356 no later 
than May 17. 

For more information about the 
dance contact Roberta Coates at 
314*181 or 
rcoa tes@a c email 

Take Mom to Brunch at the 
Golf Course 

The Golf Course invites you to a 
bountiful Mother's Day Buffet 
Brunch Sunday May 14 from 9 a.m. 
to 3 p.m. The extensive menu 
includes custom created omelets, 
chefcarved roast beef, smoked 
salmon, sausage, waffles, asparagus 
quiche, Caesar Salad and a host of 
accompaniments. The brunch is 
capped with a selection of French 
and Italian pastries, champagne and 

Cost for the brunch is $17.95 for 
adults, $5.95 for children under 12 
and free for children under 4 (tax 
and gratuity extra). Advance reserva- 
tions are required at 403-4182. 

Torch Run for Special 

The University of Maryland Police 
Department is supporting the 2000 
Maryland Special Olympics by par- 
ticipating in the "Law Enforcement 
Torch Run ."The Maryland Torch Run 
Relay involves more than 1,200 law 
enforcement officers from across the 
state who take part in a 600-mile, 
one-week relay to pass the Special 
Olympics "Flame of Hope * across 
our state. 

University officers will run in the 
final torch leg ending on campus on 
Friday, June 2 for the lighting of the 
cauldron during the 2000 Special 
Olympics of Maryland Summer 
Games Opening Ceremonies. In 
addition, the police department will 
support the games with safety and 
security services, 

You can support this very special 

cology, a workshop on Web site 
activism discussing the construction 
of Sweet Honey's own Web site at work- 
shop takes place Wednesday, May 1 0, 
from 12:30 to 

2 p.m. in room 4137 McKeldln 

For more information, contact 
Gisele-Audrey Mills at 
or Katie King at 

Electronic Workplace Readiness 

The Division of Administrative 
Affairs is offering classes designed to 
prepare campus staff for the elec- 
tronic workplace. These three-and- 
one-half-hour classes are led by 
industry professionals and will focus 
on developing the basic Windows 
and Netscape browsing skills that 
are essential for the electronic work- 

The cost is $50, payable to the 
Office of Information Technology via 

Spruce up Your 

Garden at the 

Spring Sale 

Spring has sprung, the flowers are 
in bloom, and the department of natural 
resource sciences and landscape architecture is sponsoring a 
spring sale, 
Friday, May 12 and Friday, May 19, 
from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., stop by 
the greenhouses in the Harrison Lab on 
Route 1. There you'll find 36 chrysanthe- 
mums varieties for Mother's Day, and 
bedding plants including ageratum, 
alyssum, Australian outback plants, 
begonia, Impatiens, gazania, geraniums, 
gerbera, marigold, petunia, portulaca, 
snapdragon, strawflowers, suns cape 
daisy, vinca and verbena for purchase. 

For more information call Catherine at 

event and Maryland Special 
Olympics by purchasing a Torch Run 
2000 t shirt or hat. For additional 
information, contact Capt. George 
Glnovsky at 405-5739 or ggi- 
novsky@umpd . umd . edu. 

Free Orchestra Concert 

The University of Maryland 
Symphony Orchestra will perform 
its final concert of the season 
Wednesday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in 

Tawes Theatre.Takao Kanayama, 
assistant conductor of the National 
Symphony Orchestra, will serve as 
guest conductor for the program, 
featuring "Afternoon of a Faun" by 
Debussy, "Enigma Variations" by 
Elgar, and the Mozart Symphony no. 
38 "Prague". Admission is free and 
open to all. 

For more information call 405- 

Website Activism Workshop 

Yseye Barnwell, of the Grammy 
Award-winning African American 
female a cappella ensemble Sweet 
Honey In the Rock is conducting 
with Gisele-Audrey Mills, ethnomusi- 

an ISR, which can be brought to the 
class. The classes will be in the new 
Patapsco Training Facility and are 
being offered on Wednesday, May 10 
from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1- 
4:30 p.m. 

To enroll contact Laura Davison, 
at 405-4603 or via e-mail at ldavi For more 
information, see the project Web site 

Juke Joint Fun 

The Nyumburu Cultural Center 
presents "The Final Juke Joint with 
KRS One" Friday, May 12 from 6 to 
10 p,m. In the Nyumburu 
Amphitheater. Included will be free 

food (ice cream, hot dogs, burgers 
and refreshments) , card games, chess 
and dominoes and music by deejay 

It's a free event that will give you 
a priceless experience. 

For more information contact 
Whitcliff Mcknight, Alicia Reges, 
Toby Jenkins or Clayton Walton at 

Archive Maryland Day 

Still have that stack of brochures 
or other give-aways you were distrib- 
uting on Maryland Day lying around 
the office? Please take a moment to 
send a sample of your materials to 
the University Archives in McKeldin 
Library to add to the items being 
collected to document the success 
of Maryland Day 2000. Questions 
about this documentation effort may 
be directed to University Archivist 
AnneTurkos at 405-9060 or 

Webpage Editor Review 

Faculty and staff are invited to 
compare and evaluate three leading 
Webpage editors Tuesday. May 9 at 
2 p.m. in room 4404 Computer and 
Space Sciences Building. Office of 
Information Technology web devel- 
opers will demonstrate and com- 
pare MacroMedia's Dreamweaver, 
Microsoft's Front Page, and Allaire's 
HomeSite software for creating or 
editing Web pages. 
(www. umd . edu/WebCllnlcs) 

This faculty/staff Web clinic is 
free; no registration is required. 
However, seating is on a first come, 
first served basis. For more informa- 
tion, visit OIT's Web clinic page at 
www.umd . edu/Web Clinics. 

An All-Dance Weekend 

The American College Dance 
Festival Association presents its 
ninth National College Dance 
Festival, May 19,20 and 21 in Tawes 
Theatre. The festival showcases 
some of the finest work being cre- 
ated and performed on colleges 
and universities around the coun- 

Thirty-four schools will perform 
over three evening concerts. Styles 
ranging from modern to jazz, from 
classical and contemporary ballet 

to tap, from contemporary tango to 

traditional Chinese and in between 

will be featured. 

Tickets are $5 for all University of 

Maryland students, staff and faculty. 

Call the box office at 405-7847 to 

order your tickets.