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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 'Number 7 • August 29, 2000 

Bold Vision • Bright 
Future^ page 2 






University Ranks High for 
Baccalaureate Degrees 
Awarded to Minorities 

The university ranks number 
seven among traditionally white 
institutions for baccalaureate 
degrees in all disciplines award- 
ed to African American stu- 
dents, according to an analysis 
of U.S. Department of 
Education data. 

The university also ranks 
high — number 22 — when 
traditionally white universities 
are compared with historically 
black colleges and universities. 

The rankings, reported in the 
June 22 issue of Black Issues in 
Higher Education, were com- 
piled from preliminary 1997-98 
data supplied by colleges and 
universities. The findings 
underscore minority gains in 
postsecondary education and 
shine a light on 
Maryland's contri- 

buttons to the <l^^ *■ 1^ \ 
trend. ^S>. — 

you have to 
give the 
they are the 
ones earning 
the degrees," 
says Robert 
Hampton, dean for 
undergraduate studies and 
associate provost of academic 
affairs. "We are a leader in an 
area where we want to show 
leadership, that is, graduating 
people of color. All the diversity 
programs in the world won't 
matter if people aren't graduat- 

The analysis of the education 
department statistics, published 
in Black Issues in Education, 
show that when all academic 
issues are combined, Maryland 
ranked number 20 in total 
number of baccalaureate degrees 
conferred to minorities. When 
all disciplines are combined, the 
university ranked seventh 
among traditionally white uni- 
versities conferring baccalaure- 
ate degrees to African American 
students. The university ranked 
number 17 for the number of 
baccalaureate degrees awarded 
to Asian Americans in all disci- 
plines combined. 

In a look at individual aca- 
demic disciplines, the university 

" shared top ranking for 
African American earning social 
sciences and history degrees; 

• ranked fifth for African 
Americans earning degrees in 
biological and life sciences; 

• was the top ttaditionally 
white university in conferring 
degrees to African Americans in 
English language, lirerature and 

The university also tanked 
high in the numbers of bac- 
calaureate degrees conferred to 
Asian American students, tank- 
ing number 17 for all disci- 
plines combined; fifth in com- 
puter and information science; 
number 1 1 for business man- 
agement and administrative 
services; number 15 in social 
sciences and history; 16 in edu- 
cation; and 21 in English lan- 
guage, literature and letters 
and mathematics. 

In other rank- 

ings, the uni- 
versity was in 
the top 50 
for biologi- 
cal and life 
earned by 
business and 
physical sci- 
ences degrees 
earned by African 
Americans, communica- 
tions degrees earned by Asian 
Americans, psychology degrees 
earned by Asian Americans and 
African Americans and engi- 
neering degrees earned by all 
minorities combined. 

The Black Issues in Education 
report says that over a 10-year 
period, the number of baccalau- 
reate degrees awarded annually 
has increased by 80 percent for 
all minorities, 70 percent for 
African Americans and only 12 
percent for nonminorities. Since 
1988-89, African American stu- 
dents have earned nearly 1.5 
million postsecondary degrees. 
Nearly 3.5 million students of 
color have received their college 

Maryland's rankings are "a 
compliment to all of us," 
Hampton says. "We should con- 
gratulate ourselves for our 
accomplishments, and at the 
same time, remind ourselves we 
can still do more." 

Indeed, as the report points 
out, minority students make up 

— continued on pap 7 

Vice President Al Gore brought his campaign message to the University of Maryland 
Thursday, August 24th, where thousands of enthusiastic supporters cheered him on. 

Gore shared specifics of his plans to Improve access to higher education through tax 
deductions for tuition and a tax-free "40U" plan that would allow Individuals to save for Job 
training and life long learning in the same way they save for retirement. 

Gore was welcomed by a host of Maryland elected officials, Including Gov. Parr is 
Glendening, Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Rep. Albert Wynn and Benjamin Cardin, State Senate 
President Mike Miller, and Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry. 

Robert Waters is Mote's New Chief of Staff 

President Dan Mote has named Robert Waters, 
Jr. to be his chief of staff, effective in September. 
Waters, currently assistant to the president for 
planning and diversity ar the University of San 
Francisco (USF) in California, replaces Marie 
Smith Davidson, who retired a year ago after 
more than 30 years at the university. 

Waters will represent the president in a wide 
variety of activities and will serve in the presi- 
dent's cabinet. 

"I feel very fortunate to have recruited Bob 
Waters to this very important and demanding 
position," Mote says. "He is the right person for 
this job. His entire career and education have 
been preparing him for this position. We'll work 
very closely together. He will add 24 hours to my 

Waters has been at USF since 1988, when he 
was appointed assistant vice president for student 
affairs. In 1991, he assumed his current position 
at USE, and in 1994 he also became the university 

Waters served as executive assistant to the pres- 
ident of Spelman College from 1985 to 1987, and 
he was special assistant to the mayor of 
Philadelphia, where he grew up, from 1987 until 
he went to San Francisco in 1988. 

"I am very excited to come to Maryland and 
have the chance to work closely with Dr. Mote," 
Waters says. "He has a great vision for the univer- 
sity. Maryland is a great institution already, and 
he wants to make it even greater. I want to be a 
part of that." 

Robert Waters 

Waters earned his bachelor's degree in econom- 
ics and American studies from Eckcrd College in 
St. Petersburg, Fla. He earned his master's in pub- 
lic policy from Harvard and his doctorate in 
administrative and policy analysis, with a higher 
education emphasis, from Stanford University. 


University Withdraws 
Application to Build Greenhouse 

University officials announced last Thursday that they are 
withdrawing applications for permits to build greenhouses in 
a sbc-acre area the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently 
determined includes wetlands. The university will re-examine 
some of the alternate sites that had been considered for the 
greenhouse, the officials say. 

"Throughout the process of seeking permits for this proj- 
ect, we have listened closely to the regulatory agencies and 
other expert opinions," says President Dan Mote. "We have 
heard a compelling case that convinces us we must come 
down on the side of protecting the environment." 

The university had been seeking permits from the Corps of 
Engineers, the Maryland Department of the Environment 
(MDE) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 
(DNR) to use a six-acre site at the north end of campus for 
the new greenhouse facility. MDE and the Corps had sched- 
uled a public hearing on the applications for Sept. 7. That 
hearing has been canceled. 

The site was recently determined by the Corps to include 
wetlands. In its permit application, the university had stated 
its intention to construct new wetlands to replace those that 
would be lost. 

Seniot Vice President and Provost Gregory Geoffroy says 
the university still needs a new research greenhouse to replace 
the deteriorating facilities currently in use at Harrison 
Laboratory on Route 1 and will look again at alternate sites. 

"The greenhouse project has very demanding site require- 
ments with regard to size and orientation," Geoffroy says. 
"That considerably narrowed the number of choices. In addi- 
tion, the university sought to control costs and ensure easy 
access to the site for students. The combination of factors led 
us to the conclusion that the chosen site at the north end of 
campus was the only feasible one. 

"Our conversations with regulatory agencies have con- 
vinced us that the prorection of this small area of wetlands 
outweighs some of our siting considerations," Geoffroy says. 
"We will therefore look again at the alternative sites and try ro 
detetmine how to manage the increased costs that will be 
associated with some of them. 

"We aim to complete this analysis by mid- September so 
that this vital project can continue," Geoffroy says. "The 
greenhouse is essential to our mission as the state's land grant 
institution and leading public research university." 

University Exceeds Fundraising Goals 

New Student Welcome 

On Tuesday, August 29 join the campus community in a cele- 
bration to welcome new students, followed by the annual Lunch 
Time Picnic 

The New Student Welcome takes place from 11 a.m. - 1 1:45 
a.m. and the picnic starts at 1 1:45 a.m.. Both events take place on 
McKcldin Mall and faculty/staff seating will be available. The rain 
location is Cole Field House. 

The event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. For 
more information, call Andy Mrusko 314-8618. 

For the thitd sttaight year, 
the University of Maryland 
surged past its annual fundrais- 
ing goal, garnering $70.9 mil- 
lion in private support against a 
$65 million goal for fiscal year 
2000. It was a record breaking 
year all around: 

• The university received 
28,498 gifts, up 3.4 percent 
from the previous year. 

• The number of alumni 
contributors rose 3.7 percent to 

• The University of 
Maryland Alumni Association 
membership grew 10 percent to 

The cumulative total for the 
Bold Vision • Bright Future cam- 
paign is $321.1 million, with 
two years remaining in the 
seven-year effort. The $350 mil- 
lion campaign goal should be 
reached sometime around the 

turn of the calendar year. 

The fundraising goal for this 








academic year is to raise $75 
million in private gift support, 
as well as increase the numbers 
of total donors, alumni contrib- 
utors and alumni association 

The university owes its suc- 
cess to the generosity of alumni, 
parents, students, friends, cor- 
porations and organizations, as 
well as the talent and dedicated 
effort of many people. President 
Dan Mote, Bold Vision • Bright 
Future Campaign Co-Chairs 
Paul Mullan and Brenda Rever, 
and Ray LaPlaca, chairman of 
the Board of Visitors and of the 
new University of Maryland 
College Park Foundation, led a 
team of volunteers, senior 
administrators, faculty, staff and 

Memorial Service Planned for George Snow 

A memorial service for George Snow, profes- 
sor emerirus of physics, will be held today, Aug. 
29, at 10 a.m. in Memorial Chapel. A reception 
follows the service at noon in the Stamp Student 
Union Atrium, 

Free parking will be available for memorial 

service attendees at the bagged meters around 
Memorial Chapel. 

Should you have any questions, e-mail 
Hanna.h Wong at or 
call 405-5945. 


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August 29, 2000 

Cracking the Housing Crunch at Maryland 

This semester Akenji Ndumu will have to use 
his engineering ingenuity to manage new space in 
Hagerstown Hall, "Last year we tried bunking our 
beds, but I think this semester we're going to use 
cinder blocks so we'll have more space under- 
neath," says Ndumu, a sophomore computer engi- 
neering honors student. 

Space is a hot commodity across campus. Even 
with the fall opening of "University Courtyard," a 
700-bed apartment complex on University 
Boulevard, and the construction of a 1,000-bed 
apartment complex to be completed by Fall 2002, 
housing remains a challenge. 

"University Courtyard apartments will give us 
some relief, but it will not alleviate the housing 
crunch," says Pat Mielke, director of Resident Life. 

Mielke cites a strong economy and the increas- 
ing size of the freshman class as the main reasons 
for housing challenges, noting the freshmen class 
size could possibly grow up to 4,500 students over 
the next few years. Nearly 3,500 new freshmen are 
expected this fall. 

A housing crunch is not peculiar only to 
Maryland. As a member of the Association of 
College and University Housing, Mielke notes 
many universities face similar challenges. 

The department of Resident Life reports nearly 
8,350 students ate living on-campus and the 
demand for on-campus housing keeps growing 
with a waiting list of 1 ,200 students. 

"With the academic demands of this institu- 
tion, students and parenrs understand on-campus 
housing is an important part of the living and 
learning experience and many want to be a patt of 
the campus setting," says Jim Rychnet, assistant 
director of Resident Life, 

To help meet the demand, the university 
formed a public-private partnership with Ambling 
Management Company who will manage the 
"University Couttyard" apartment complex. 
Returning students of this new apartment commu- 
nity can look forward to a fully equipped fitness 

center, game room and swimming pool. 

Each fully furnished apartment is air condi- 
tioned with a microwave, dishwasher, full size 
washer, dryer and cable — a hook up that has never 
existed on campus before. 

"When I was looking at universities in high 
school, my friends and I would joke about 
Maryland being the only one without cable, but 
now it's the perfect school, "says Ndumu. 

According to the department of Resident Life, 
the reputation as a "perfect school" has attracted 
brighter students who are more likely to choose 
on-campus housing to achieve a more traditional 
university experience. Nine of every 10 Maryland 
freshmen choose to live on campus, compared to 
seven of 10 just a few years ago. 

"Living on campus is so convenient. It gives me 
more incenrive to go to the libtary, makes it easier 
to meet with professors and my peers for study 
groups and projects, "says Erin Madison, senior 
journalism major who lives in the Leonard town 
aparrment complex. 

Resident Life has leased Terrapin Tower, the 
name given to a building at Quality Inn and 
Suites, to house 126 returning students fot the 
next three years. Housing was guaranteed for all 
new first-time freshmen who submitted their 
enrollment confirmations and requests for housing 
by the May 1 deadline. 

A new apartment complex tentatively known as 
"South Campus Commons" has been under con- 
srruction since this summer under a pubiic-privare 
partnetship with Capstone Construction company. 
Unlike Univetsiry Courtyard apartments, Resident 
Life will manage the complex, located on south 
campus near Knox Road. 

The 1,000-bed apartment complex will occupy 
two-and four-person apartments. The first 400 
beds will be completed by fall 2001, and the 
remaining 600 to be completed by fall 2002. 

ComputerSelect Web Navigating IT News and Reviews 

You've probably had to decide between buying 
different sorts of hardware or software for a task. 
Or maybe you've wondered what a certain com- 
puter-related term really means. 

It's not always easy to find teliable informa- 
tion on these topics, unless you subsctibe to 
some of the many information technology trade 
and business journals. 

Now, there's a Web-based way for the univer- 
sity community to access full-text articles and 
absttacts from nearly 200 top technology and 
computer-related publications. ComputerSelect 
Web, an online service produced by the Gale 
Group, is available free through the Office of 
Information Technology (OIT) library web site. 

"This is a great service," says Kathy Campoli, 
OIT library manager. "ComputerSelect Web has a 
specific focus and offers materials not readily 
available elsewhere on campus." ComputerSelect 
Web provides access ro thousands of product spec- 
ifications, reviews and company profiles, as well as 
industry research and news. 

OIT pays a subscription fee to the service 
provider, and anyone on the campus network or 
with university dial-up access can use the service. 
"We can only have six simultaneous users," says 
Campoli, "but we are interested to see how much 
more demand there might be." 

One surprisingly popular feature is the glossary. 
"We get a lot of people calling to say, '1 have this 
word here, what does it mean?'" Campoli says it's 
great to be able to type in a wotd and get the 
meaning right away. 

Because the ComputerSelect Web service is 
updared daily, simple information such as defini- 
tions and complex information such as expert 
analysis and market research are always current. 

Another popular feature is the company pro- 
files. "We had one inquiry from someone interest- 


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ed in investing in an Internet company and he 
wanted to find out all he could before deciding," 
says Campoli. 

"Everything is right there in the database," says 
Campoli. "Once you get an article, everything is 
all linked up, such as a link to the company's 
homepage. It's like one-stop shopping and the 
articles go back five years." 

The Information Technology Library at OIT 
has a variery of print and 

electronic resources, including books, journals and 
reference materials, audiotapes and videotapes. 
The library, located in room 1400 of the 
Computer and Space Sciences Building, also circu- 
lates tutorial CD-ROMs and administers a hard- 
ware rental program. 

To access ComputerSelect Web go to the OIT 
library home page ar, 
select "ComputerSelect Web" from rhe drop down 
menu under "Frequently Asked Questions," and 
click on "Go." 

For more information, call the OIT library at 


Presidential Candidates 
Hot on the Money Trail 

When it comes to politics, the higher rhe office, the more 
time candidates spend raising the cash necessary to get— and 
s ray— -elected. 

While campaign finance reform has persisted as one of the 
hottest topics in both national and stare politics, a new study 
reveals for the first time which types of candidates spend the 
most time pursuing contributions and how much of their 
personal campaign schedules candidates devote to such activi- 

Titled "Candidates Devote Substantial Time and Effort to 
Fundraising, the study of some 2,200 candidates of all polit- 
ical parties shows those seeking federal or statewide office 
were the most likely to put considerable time and effort into 
fundraising activities. 

Fifty-five percent of those who ran in statewide contests, 
including the U.S. Senate and governorships, devored more 
than one-fourth of their personal campaign schedule to rais- 
ing money. Twenty- three percenr of these candidates spent 
more than half their time fundraising. Similarly, among can- 
didates fot the U.S. House, more than 40 percent spent at 
least a quarter of their time soliciting contributions. 

"For many candidates, fundraising has become one of the 
most significant activities on the campaign trail," says Paul 
Hetrnson, one of the study's principal investigators and 
director of the university's Center for American Politics and 

According to the study, which is part of the ongoing 
Campaign Assessment and Candidate Outreach Project, a 
partnership between the university and Campaigns & 
Election; magazine, roughly 29 percent of all candidates 
across all political offices devoted more than 25 percent of 
their time to fundraising. 

While candidares for the state legislature, judicial posrs 
and local offices typically spend less time soliciting funds, 
state legislative races in several large states have become very 
expensive. Many legislative candidates report they must 
spend more time raising money in order to wage competitive 
campaigns. Almost one-third of all state legislative candidates 
say they devote at least a quarter of their time to fundraising 

The study also documents the increasing professionalism 
of campaign fundraising. A majority of statewide and roughly 
one-third of U.S. House candidates hire professional consult- 
ants or pay political aides to raise money. Only II percent of 
the judicial candidates, 9 petcent of the state legislative can- 
didates, and 3 percent of rhe candidates for county, local or 
municipal offices have professional fundraising operations. 

"The pursuit of money has become a campaign in and of 
itself," says Hcrrnson. "The campaign for cash requires can- 
didates to hire professional fundraising experts and to devote 
a tremendous amount of their personal time soliciting contti- 
butions. Challengers could have better spent this time meet- 
ing with voters, and incumbents could have better used their 
time to perform their official duties." 

Ron Fauchcux, editor-in-chief of Campaigns & Elections 
magazine, concurs. "This survey confirms the anecdotal tales 
I hear from the campaign trail," he says. "Candidates are 
spending more time begging for money — and enjoying it less. 
Clearly, legal contribution caps without commensutate limits 
on spending have caused candidates to spend more time on 
the phone soliciting donations just to keep up with rising 
costs and competitive pressures." 

Democrats and Republicans, incumbents, challengers and 
open-seat candidates, winners and losers and men and 
women spent roughly the same amount of effort raising 
money. Only independent and minor-party candidates devot- 
ed fewer resources to fundraising. 

The nationwide mail survey of political candidates was 
conducted in spring 1999 and was funded with a grant from 
the Pew Charitable Trusrs. The survey was based on a repre- 
sentative sample of candidates who ran for a wide array of 
public offices, including the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of 
Representatives, governor, secretary of state, state legislator, 
judgeships, city council and other state and local offices 
between 1996 and .1998, The results presented in this report 
include only general election candidates. The full report is 
available on rhe Web at: 
www.bsos. umd. edu/gvpt/herrnson/outreach . hrml. 

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Your Guide to University Events 
August 29- September 10 

PRISM to Perform Free Concert 

The School of Music opens its 2000-2001 season with 
the campus debut of the award-winning PRISM brass 
quintet in Ulrich Recital 
Hall, Tawes Fine Arts 
Building on Sept. 1 
8 p.m. 

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f the 1999 University \ 

f Georgia Brass 
Quintet Competition of 
the Americas, PRISM is a 
newly appointed resident of 
the School of Music. The 
quintet's members include 
Matthew Bickcl, Sam Buccigossi, Steve 
Hasse, Erik Kofoed and Aaron Moats. Graduates of the 
Eastman School of Music, the innovative PRISM brass has 
performed throughout the New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh 
and Washington, D.C., areas. 

For its debut performance at the university, PRISM 
will perform classical and contemporary works from Lully, 
Ewald, Mendez, Jan Bach, Ewazen, Debussy, Bernstein, 
Sarasate and Freund. The recital also features a question 
and answer session with PRISM members. 
Admission and parking are free. 

Starting Sept. 5 The Art Gallery presents "Theme & Variation: American Identity In New Deal Era 
Art," an exhibition featuring painted mural studies that are on loan from the National Museum of 
American Art and works on paper from The Art Gallery's Martin W. Brown Collection. 

The Art Gallery is located in the Art-Sociology Building and Is open Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 
4 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 - 5 p.m. 

For more information, call 405-2763 or visit the Web Site at 

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 submis- 
sions to the Outlook office. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to 


Summer Programs Bring Potential Terps to Campus 

The student population on campus during the 
summer is not only smaller, it's younger. 

That's because the School/ University 
Cooperative Programs enrolls thousands of high- 
school and middle-school students in arts, recre- 
ation and academic classes designed to whet their 
appetites for higher education. 

The SUCP program has been around since 
1987, part of the university's land-grant college 
mission of providing service to the state by estab- 
lishing links between the university and the 

This year, says SUCP coordinator Joan Rosen- 
berg, "we are looking at a whole new population 
of college students, who in prior 
years would not have even considered college." 

Some may not have given college much 
thought because they are barely in their teens. 
"We have been able to establish an early inter- 
vention program with middle school kids," 
Rosenberg says. "We have a chance to put this 
idea in their heads while rhey are still young, so 
they are in the appropriate college prep courses 
that will prepare them for college admission." 

It's a practical consideration, "Our workforce 
has changed," says Rosenberg. "We no longer 
have factories requiring enormous numbers of 
workers. Our workforce now requires more tech- 
nological skill and higher levels of education." 

Not all of the summer SUCP classes are just 
for kids. A flute master class focusing on 19th- 
and 20th-century flute sonatas is open to adults, 
for example, and a 4-H camping program 
designed for families. There also are courses for 
public-school faculty and administrators. But 
most of the SUCP offerings are designed for col- 

lege-bound young people. 

Of particular interest ate students who have 
been historically undcrserved, such as classes 
designed for high-school girls considering engi- 

"We have a chance to put this 

idea in their heads while they 

are still young, so they are in 

the appropriate college prep 

courses that will prepare them 

for college admission." 

— Joan Rosenberg? SUCP coordinator 

neering and programs aimed at 9th- to 1 Ith- 
graders who will be the first in their families to 
attend college. 

Other courses provide immersion in math, 
physics and life sciences. A course sponsored by 
the College of Journalism and the Washington 
Post allows high-schoolers to learn to be 
reporters, photographers and editors. The sum- 
mer physical and mental health offerings include 
marriage and family therapy, therapeutic day 
camp and hearing and speech development for 

And sports camps allow the young students to 
hone their skills in lacrosse, track and field, bas- 
ketball, volleyball, golf, soccer, field hockey, 
swimming and football. "The fields are empty 
and the coaches are available," says Rosenberg, 
"so summer is the ideal time." 

New York Arts Director Named to 
Performing Arts Center Programming Post 

Frederick Noonan, director of classical music programming 
for the 92nd Street Y in New York City, is the new program- 
ming director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 
Maryland. He assumed his new post Aug. 14. 

Noonan brings to the center significant experience in pro- 
gram and audience building. Since 1997 he has reinvigorated 
the music program at the 92nd Street Y by working with 
renowned artists, restoring debut and commissioning pro- 
grams, and introducing innovative world and contemporary 
music series. From 
1976-1996 Noonan 
served as associate 
programming director 
for the Lincoln 
Center for the 
Performing Arts. 
There he pioneered 
such well-known pro- 
grams as the Great 
Performer Series and 
the Mostly Mozart 
Festival, which he 
later helped expand to 
the Kennedy Centet. 

Noonan is respon- 
sible for setting the 

program direction of the Clarice Smith Center, which is sched- 
uled to open in 2001. "I look forward to creating stimulating 
programs with strong emotional connections, and making tra- 
ditional repertoires accessible and interesting to a wide variety 
of audiences," says Noonan. "The new center represents a 
chance to create a dynamic environment larger than the sum of 
its parts." 

"I look forward to 

creating stimulating 

programs with strong 

emotional connections, 

and making traditional 

repertoires accessible 

and interesting to a wide 

variety of audiences/' 

— Frederick Noonan 


Family Study Shows African American Fathers Protect Their Young 

When they were in Head Start, 
James Shird's two young children 
saw something no parent ever wants 
his kids to witness. A neighborhood 
acquaintance was shot in front of 
their Southeast Washington home 
as they watched, perched on the 
sofa by the front window. 

The children attended the man's funeral with their 
father, and the family of three used the tragedy as a 
chance to talk about the violence going on right out- 
side their door. Several years later, Kevin, now 9, and 
Cherylynn, 10, still talk to their dad about many issues 
that concern them. Constant communication is one 
strategy Shird uses to teach his children how to survive 
the violent streets. 

A two-year University of Maryland study conducted 
by family studies researcher Bethany Letiecq docu- 
ments this strategy and other parenting techniques 
used by single African American fathers ro keep their 
children safe in violent neighborhoods. 

James Shird helped Letiecq find fathers and con- 
vince them to participate in the study. Six years ago, he 
became active in his local Head Start program. 
Surprised that mosr of Head Start's training was 
designed for mothers and not the unique parenting 
styles of fathers, he founded the Significant Male Task 
Force, a group of men who help raise young children 
living in dangerous low-income neighborhoods. 
Knowing research into this subject was important, 
Shird also assisted Letiecq in developing the questions 
and methods of the study. 

Using trained male African American inrerviewers, 
Letiecq documented the parenting techniques of 18 
fathers living in high-crime neighborhoods of 
Washington, D.C., and Prince George's County, and 
then questioned a latger sample of 61 fathers and 
father figures based upon those results. She found sev- 
eral common strategies, and analyzed individual, famil- 
ial and community level predictors of those strategies. 
Fot example, fathers who indicated a certain level of 
emotional depression were more likely to teach their . 
kids home and neighborhood safety, while permissive 
fathers were less likely to do so. 

Many of those techniques tesembled what past 
research has attributed to mothers, such as teaching 
personal safety and maintaining close supervision. 

Some appeared unique to fathers, such as teaching chil- 
dren about real-life violence and its consequences, 
teaching how to fight back, teaching alternatives to 
violence, teducing exposure to media violence, con- 
fronting troublemakers in the community, arming the 
family for protection and moving away from bad resi- 
dential areas. 

No evaluations were made about the effectiveness of 
such tactics, but the study does discuss possible ramifi- 
cations, such as a child improperly gaining access to a 
gun his father purchased to protect the family. 

"I think the first thing to consider is that if you live 
in a safe neighborhood, your parenting practices could 
be very differenr than if you lived in a violent neigh- 
borhood," Letiecq says, "So what we may consider 'bad 
parenting' in one context 
could be necessary in 
another context." 

Shird agrees. "People 
don't know about the black 
father and role he really 
plays in his children's or 
family's lives," he says. 
"Most people in the media 
and people who make 
reports just report on what 
they think it should be 

According to U.S. 
Census figures, 62 percent 
of African American fami- 
lies are single-parent and 92 
percent of these families are 

"When you focus on 
[those] statistics, you possi- 

bly miss that even if these 

families are headed by mothers, there is still typically a 
male figure involved in that family system," Letiecq 
says. "My study was about those men, whether they ate 
a biological father, a stepfather, a grandfather or an 
uncle, to talk about how they are involved in a young 
child's life and how they protect that child." 

Shird uses strategies similar to the fathers surveyed. 
His children are both orange belts in taekwondo 
karate. For him the training is more about discipline 
and self-control than fighting. Many of the fathers in 
the study say teaching kids to fight back is the only 
way they will gain the respect of people on the streets. 

Raised in the country by his aunt and uncle, Shird 
says he didn't have the same worties his children face 
today. He remembers working on farms in the summer- 
time, and fights that were limited to rwo men's bare 

"Violence was differenr," he says. "You would have a 
good fistfight. You'd wrestle or throw each other down 

or whatever- — a lot of times without a scratch. And 
whoever wins, wins, and it's over. Never did you see a 
kid that age even walking around with a knife. As far 
as guns, daddy kept a gun hanging over the door, and 
we never thought, when we got mad, about going and 
getting that gun." 

But gun violence is the norm today, and Shird 
knows that whatevet physical training his children have 
will not save them from a bullet. For that, he says he 
has to rely on their understanding of conflict manage- 
ment and their abilities to avoid taking matters into 
their own hands. 

Shird says he never witnessed the level of violence 
his kids have seen wben he was young. Besides witness- 
ing a shooting outside their home, Kevin and 

Cherylynn lost their brother to 
gun violence. Fot them, it has 
become a way of life. 

It's gotten so bad, Shird says, 
he sometimes calls certain 
neighborhoods "little Vietnam." 
He says people should be aware 
of this world and think about 
how they would survive in such 
an environment. "It's different 
when you live in 'little Vietnam' 
than it is living in an area where 
something happens every five or 
ten years," he says, "where peo- 
ple can sleep with the door 
open and walk up and down the 
street at any time day or night." 
Letiecq's study is part of a 

— James Shird larBer studjF conducted bv 

researchers Sally Koblinsky and 
Suzanne Randolph, "The Role 
of Family and School in 
Promoting Positive Developmental Outcomes for 
African American Preschool Children in Violent 
Neighborhoods," sponsored by the U.S. Department of 

The study is not intended as a manual on proper 
child rearing, but a comprehensive portrait that is part 
of a growing body of research into what parenting 
techniques African American fathers are using. Letiecq 
says obtaining the data was difficult, but necessary in 
understanding these men. 

"To reach out to the community, you have to be 
more creative and spend a little more time getting to 
know these guys and how you can best support them," 
she says. "But if we took the time to do that, I think 
we would see more fathers getting involved and learn- 
ing positive parenting skills to protect their kids." 

"People don't know about 
the black father and role he 
really plays in his children's 
or family's lives. Most people 
in the media and people 
who make reports just 
report on what they think 
it should be like." 


Law Firm to Offer Mentoring Services to Companies in Business Incubator 

The international law firm of Fried, 
Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has 
entered into a partnership with the uni- 
versity's Engineering Research Center to 
provide lectures and mentoring services 
to the technology-based start up business- 
es housed in the center's business incuba- 

Fried, Frank, with about 500 attorneys 
in offices in New York, Washington, 
D.C., Los Angeles, London and Paris, 
will provide lectures on a variety of topics 
to leaders of the information, biotechnol- 
ogy, electronics and other start-up com- 
panies currently being nurtured in the 
university's Technology Advancement 
Program (TAP), one of the oldest and 
most successful incubators in the 
Washington-Baltimore region. Attorneys 
from Fried, Frank's D.C. office also will 
mentor individual TAP companies, pro- 
viding to each company up to 10 free 
hours of consultation and advice valued 

at $10,000. 

"Our firm is excited and enthusiastic 
about joining the University of Maryland 
in its efforrs to foster entrepreneurship 
and the creation of successful new busi- 
nesses," says Richard Steinwurtzel, a 
Fried, Frank corporate partner whose 
practice is concentrated in the areas of 
corporate finance and metgers and acqui- 

David Barbe, interim director of the 
Engineering Research Center and associ- 
ate dean for research, says the new part- 
nership will be a major new asset for 
companies in the incubator. "TAP com- 
panies have always benefitted from the 
on-campus setting and the research, tech- 
nical and business resources of the uni- 
versity, including the engineering and 
business schools and the computer sci- 
ence department all of which are ranked 
in the top 25 nationally," Barbe says. 
"Recently we have been adding to the 

expertise and services available to TAP 
companies, by developing working rela- 
tionships wirh strong service providers 
such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, AXA 
and American Express. 

"We are enormously pleased that start 
ups in the incubator will now also be able 
to benefit from the tremendous expertise 
of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver Be 

The TAP incubator for technology- 
based, statt-up companies was established 
in 1984, admitting its first company in 
1985. Since then, 35 companies have 
"graduated." They now populate the 
region, generating new high-tech jobs. 
Currently there are 10 companies in resi- 
dence in the modern on-campus facility 
that TAP opened in October 1998. This 
facility features high-speed fiber-optic 
Internet connections throughout the 
building, specialized wet-lab space for 
biotech companies, computer labs, gener- 

al-purpose labs and offices. Total invest- 
ment attracted to date by companies in 
TAP is over $271 million. 

Digene is a good example of the suc- 
cess TAP graduates are beginning to 
achieve. The world leader in human 
papillomavirus (HPV) testing, Digene 
offers the only FDA-approved test of its 
kind. HPV DNA-rype information is use- 
ful for determining a woman's risk of 
developing cervical cancer, the most com- 
mon cancer and the leading cause of 
death from cancer among women in 
developing countries. On April 27, 1 999, 
Digene announced that Empire Blue 
Cross/Blue Shield of New York was pro- 
viding coverage for Digene's HPV test. 
Digene has 140 employees in its 
Montgomery County, Md., R&D labora- 
tories and corporate office. 

August 29, 2000 


Bonnie Braun, assistant professor 
of family studies, has been named the 
2000 Chalkley-Fenn Public Policy 
Visiting Scholar by the American 

Association of Family and Consumer 
Sciences. She will complete her 10-week 
tenure during winter 2001. 

During her tenure as the public poli- 
cy scholar, Braun hopes ro provide Testi- 
mony or posirion papers on Capitol Hill 
and to influence both collegiate faculty 
members and students to become more 
active in the public policy arena. 

Last June Distinguished University 
Professor Gulllermo Calvo (econom- 
ics department and Center for 
International Economics) gave testimo- 
ny on the issue of dollarizatton before 
the U.S. House of Representatives 
Subcommittee on Domestic and 
Monetary Policy, Committee on 
Banking and Financial Services. The bill 
in question (S. 2101) was proposed last 
Feb. 24 by Sen. Connie Mack. The bill's 
title, "International Monetary Stability 
Act of 2000," is designed to promote 
international monetary stability and to 
share seigniorage with officially dollar- 
ized countries. 

David Harrington, associate direc- 
tor at the Academy of Leadership and 
mayor of Bladenshurg, recently was 
elected first vice president of the 
Maryland Municipal League. 
Harrington is the first African American 
to serve in a senior leadership role in 
the league. Harrington and other offi- 
cers and board members were sworn in 
by Gov. Parris Glendening June 13. 

Harrington, 45, is an experienced 
executive in the fields of organizational 
management, motivational leadership, 

community and public leadership and 
leadership training. Before coming to 
the Academy in 1997, Harrington was 
director of educational services at the 
Close Up Foundation. In addition, he 
was chair of the African American 
Educators Special Interest Group of the 
National Council for the Social Studies 
and a faculty member at Harvard's sum- 
mer institute for Writing, Reading and 
Civic Education. 

Harrington has a bachelor's degree in 
political science from Howard 
University and has completed master's 
work in the same field at Miami 
University of Ohio. 

Sociology student Wan He received 
the American Sociological Association's 
Dissertation Award honoring the best 
Ph.D. Dissertation for the calendar year 
from among those submitted by advisers 
and menrors in the discipline. It is 
awarded for the besr dissertation 
defended duting calendar year 1999. 

James Hendler, computer science 
professor in the Institute fot Advanced 
Computer Sysrems, has been selected as 
the recipient of the 2000 AAAI 
(American Association for Arrificial 
Intelligence) Effective Expository 
Writing Award for his March 1 1, 1999 
Nature article "Is There an Intelligent 
Agent in Your Future?" The award, 
which includes a $2,500 prize, was 
established this year ro honor the 
author(s) of a high quality, effective 
piece of writing, accessible to the gener- 
al public or to a broad AI audience, 
written within the last two years. 

The American Council of Learned 
Societies recently presented S- Robert 

Clutter to Lead Distributed Learning Programs 

The Office of Continuing and Extended Education (OCEE) recently 
announced the promotion of Bill Clutter as associate dean and director of sum- 
mer sessions, special programs and distributed learning. 

Clutter will provide leadership in the university's expanded commitment to 
develop and deliver distributed learning programs. He will work with faculty to 
expand participation in and the use of Web-based learning programs. He also is 
responsible for developing and maintaining partner- 
ships with offices and units on campus that provide 
Web-related academic and administrative student sup- 
port services. And, he will establish partnerships 
between the university and area industry, government 
agencies and various nonprofits that can benefit from 
distance learning programs. 

"Our enhanced commitment to offer premier 
academic programs and professional development via 
distance education helps to teadily serve the 
educational and economic needs of the entire state and 
beyond," says Judith Broida, dean of the Office of 
Continuing and Extended Education. "I fully expect 
Bill Clutter to lead this outreach initiative with the same resulting success chat 
he has achieved in other areas." 

Clutter most recently was assistant dean and director of summer sessions and 
special programs at the university, and will continue to oversee the popular pro- 
gram that offers more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate courses. He 
spearheaded the universirywide effort to develop SPOC, the Single Point of 
Contact, onc-stop-shop that allows visiting and summer students to be admit- 
ted, register for classes, pay their bills and get personal responses to their 
inquiries by the simple click of a mouse. 

Bill Clutter 

Record 181 Terps Named to ACC Honor Roll 

A record 181 
University of Maryland 
student-athletes have 
been named to the 
1999-2000 Atlantic 
Coast Conference 
Honor Roll, 
announced last month 
by ACC Commissioner 
John Swofford. It is 
the second straight 
year the Terps have 
established a new stan- 
dard for number of 
student-athletes who 
have earned inclusion 
in the select list, which 
recognizes outstanding 
performance in the 

In order to be included on the ACC Honor Roll, now in its 44th yeat, stu- 
dent-athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average for the entire academic 
year. Last year, 162 Terrapin student-athletes were recognized, surpassing the 
previous record of 153 set during the 1995-96 academic year. In the last six 
years, Maryland has seen a 51 percent increase in its number of ACC hon- 

Included on the list are seven student-athletes who earned either Academic 
All-America or Academic All-District honors from the College Sports 
Information Directors of America during the past nine months: Jen Adams 
(women's lacrosse), Brian Kopka (football), Marcus LaChapelle (men's 
lacrosse), Christian Lewis (men's soccer), Carla Tagliente (field hockey), Keith 
Unikel (men's golf) and Jason Ward (men's swimming). 

Ramsey, professor of East Asian lin- 
guistics, one of 65 ACLS Fellowships 
for postdoctoral tesearch in the humani- 
ties and humanities-related social sci- 
ences. His research concerns an English- 
language history of the Korean lan- 

The Department of Resident life 

recently was honored with the 
Association of College and University 
Housing Officers-International 
(ACUHO-I) Presidential Service Award 
for consisrent, outstanding service to 
ACUHO-I over the past decades. In 
presenting the award, the president of 
ACUHO-I praised the countless staff 
members who hosted the ACUHO-I 
Conference in 1988, and applauded the 
devotion of the staff of Resident Life, 
the three previous program committee 
chairs, the members of the executive 
and foundation boards, the chairs and 
contributors of numerous association 
commitrecs, and the department as a 
whole for hosting the upcoming 
National Housing Training Institute 

The award will be displayed in the 
Annapolis Hall Conference room. 

George Ritzer professor of sociolo- 
gy, recently received the American 
Sociological Association's Distinguished 
Contributions to Teaching Awatd, given 
annually to honor outstanding contribu- 
tions to the undergraduate or graduate 
teaching and learning of sociology 
which improve the quality of teaching. 

Roland Rust now holds the David 
Bruce Smith Chair in marketing at the 

Smith School of Business. He is the 
2000 winner of the American Marketing 
Association's Gil Churchill Award for 
career contributions to marketing 
research, and has also received career 
achievement awards from the American 
Statistical Association, the American 
Academy of Advertising, and the 
University of North Carolina at Chapel 

He formerly served on the faculty of 
Vanderbiit University and the University 
of Texas at Austin. He received his mas- 
ter's and doctoral degrees from the 
University of North Carolina at Chapel 

John Splaine, associate professor of 
education policy, planning and adminis- 
tration, was the recipient of Kappa 
Delta Pi's Outstanding Education 
Award for the 1999-2000 academic year. 
The award was established to tecognize 
an outstanding faculty member who has 
made a tremendous difference in the 
lives and the quality of experience for 
students in the College of Education. 

As part of the awatd, Splaine was 
presented with a plaque and a Kappa 
Delta Pi commemorative pin. In addi- 
tion, the hundreds of books collected 
during Kappa Delta Pi's Spring book 
drive were donated to a local area school 
in his name. 

Edna Szymanskl, dean of the 
College of Education, has been awarded 
the 1999 James F. Garrett Award for a 
distinguished career in rehabilitation 


Indoor Fungus — Harmful or Harmless? 

Chemistry s Bruce Jarvis Presents Data at the National American Chemical Society Meeting 

Those greenish black patches growing 
on your bathroom walls may look inno- 
cent, but they could be guilty of poten- 
tial health risks according to chemistry 
professor Bruce Jarvis, who presented 
data on the toxicology of molds last 
week during the 220th national meeting 
of the American Chemical Society. 

According to Jarvis, certain kinds of 
fungi give off toxic (mycotoxins) spotes 
that can be inhaled and cause flu-like 
symptoms. Mycotoxins ate readily 
absorbed by the intestinal lining, air- 
ways and skin. His research focuses on 
the Stachybotrys chartarum fungus, an 
uncommon mold considered to be one 
of the more serious threats to people liv- 
ing and working in water-damaged 
buildings. He presented data on the 
variety of potent toxins and immuno- 
suppressant agents produced by 
Stachybotrys chartarum, as well as other 
classes of toxigenic fungi. 

Stachybotrys chartarum has been 
linked to cases of infant pulmonary 
hemosiderosis (bleeding in the lungs), 

including a series of cases since 1994, 
where 12 infants have died. All 12 wete 
living in substandard, water damaged 
inner city housing in Cleveland, Ohio. 
Cellulose materials such as paper, 
sheetrock, cardboard, ceiling tiles and 
wood products are suitable soutces for 
growth if 
moist or 
water dam 
aged due 
to water 
or flood- 

"There's no question that living in a 
damp environment in the presence of 
molds may cause general health prob- 
lems. Although Stachybotrys is not a 
common fungus found in damp build- 
ings, any visible signs of mold growth 

'There's no question that living 
in a damp environment in the 
presences of molds may cause 
general health problems." 

— Bruce Jarvis, chemistry professor 

should warrant attention because it 

indicates a water intrusion problem," 

says Jarvis. 

Even when the molds are removed, 

unless the source of water is taken care 

of, the molds will reappear, he says. 
According to Jarvis, Stachybotrys is 
not as common 
in flooded 
homes as other 
fungi such as 
Aspergillus and 
However, all of 
these fungi take 
weeks or 
months to grow, 
which means 
the presence of 
indoor molds 

reflect long standing water problems. 

Fungal growth problems can also occur 

in new buildings and homes that were 

poorly constructed. 

He says there are several treatment 

options for indoor fungal growth, but 

measuring how much mold a person is 
breathing in remains a challenge. Unlike 
using certain proteins or markers to 
measure the exposure to allergens, Jarvis 
says it's more difficult to measure an 
individual's exposure to the toxicgenic 

He adds there tends to be an overre- 
action to the presence of molds. While 
thete have been cases chat require exten- 
sive professional treatment in removing 
parts of the wall and floorboards, small 
amounts of fungal growth can be treated 
by simply wiping the area with diluted 
bleach water. 

"We're inhaling all kinds of particu- 
late matter everyday, but we have pow- 
erful mechanisms in our lungs to pro- 
tect us," says Jarvis. 

Although Stachybotrys is not a wide- 
spread indoor environment problem in 
the United Stares, Jarvis is working with 
scientists in Denmark where there is a 
national effort ro investigate the risks 
Stachybotrys and other fungi pose to 
infant health. 

University Ranks High for Baccalaureate 
Degrees Awarded to Minorities 

continued from page I 

less than 18 percent of the 

degree-recipient popula- 
tion but 28 percent of the 
nation's general popula- 
tion. That gap is in part a 
hangover from the days 
when minority students 
were barred from enrolling 
at major universities, 
including the University of 

"This was a segregated 
school, and in many 
instances that legacy has 
been slow to die," 
Hampton says. "There are 
people in Prince George's 
County and Montgomery 
County, the city of 
Baltimore, who still won't 
send their children here." 

The Black Issues in 
Education report, he says, 
should strengthen 
Maryland's reputation as a 
school that encourages 
diversity not just for its 
own sake, but for the sake 
of success. 

While African Americans seeking advanced degrees 
are Increasingly turning to historically black col- 
leges and universities, the University of Maryland 
Is among a number of traditionally white universi- 
ties minority graduate students find appealing. 

Black Issues in Higher Education, In its annual 
report on graduate schools published July 6, shows 
Maryland achieved the following rankings: 

Doctoral Degrees 

■ Total minority degrees, 22nd 

• African American degrees, 21st 

• Asian American degrees, 1 6th 

• African American education degrees, 14th 

• African American psychology degrees, 12th 

• African American degrees from traditionally white 
institutions, 17th 

Master's Degrees 

* Total minority degrees, 69th 

* Asian American degrees, 48th 

* Asian American biological sciences/life sciences 
degrees, 21st 

* African American communication degrees, 1 1th 

* Asian American education degrees, 49 th 

* African American mathematics degrees, 1 Oth 

* Asian American social sciences and history, 21st 

Biology Research Finds Way to Reverse 
Evolution of Cave Fish Blindness 

An eyeless fish that receives lens transplants from a sighted 
cousin can develop new eyes in a matter of days, according to 
research conducted by a pair of university biologists. 

The findings, published by biology department chair 
William Jeffery and postdoctoral researcher Yoshiyuki 
Yamamoto in the July 28 issue of Science, suggest the lens 
plays an important role in eye development. 

"Our current research focuses on identifying basic develop- 
ment mechanisms in embryos that can be studied in the labo- 
ratory. Though we are not working with human patients, 
these findings could someday prove useful to our colleagues 
in clinical practice," says Jeffery. 

Jeffery and his students collected thousands of Mexican 
cavefish from seven different caves in northeastern Mexico. 
These ghostly, pale fish live only in dark caves, depend on an 
acute sense of smell to find food and are not a target for 
predators, which are rarely present in caves. 

The fish begin to form eyes as embryos. But the young 
lenses deteriorate and the corneas, irises, pupils and othet 
optic tissues remain undeveloped. By the time the fish reaches 
adulthood, the degenerate eye sinks into the orbit and is cov- 
ered by a flap of skin. 

The scientists implanted lenses from sighted surface- 
dwelling fish of the same species, and within eight days began 
to see eye development beneath the skin flap. After two 
months, the cavefish had restored eyes with distinct pupils, 
corneas and irises. The retinas of the restored eyes showed rod 
photoreceptor cells, rare in the degenerate cavefish eyes. 

When the researchers reversed the experiment— giving 
cavefish lenses to the surface-dwelling fish — the cavefish lens- 
es degenerated. 

"This offers clues about what sort of molecules are 
involved in eye growth of any vertebrate and it shows the 
growth of an eye is controlled in a large part by the lens," 
says Jeffery. 

Although Jeffery and Yamamoto can't say whether cave fish 
regain sight after having a restored eye, this research suggests 
a simple method in testing factors that control eye growth. 

The possibility of other factors contributing to eye loss is 
currently under investigation in their laboratory. The 
researchers are hopeful if they can stop cave fish lens from 
triggering eye regression, they can learn exactly how the 
mechanism works. 

August 29, 2000 

Clerical Award Nominations On .the Front Lines 

Each year, the President's Commission 
on Women's Affairs recognizes the out- 
standing achievements of clerical and 
secretarial staff at the university. Any 
member of the campus community may 
nominate a staff member. 

To obtain a nomination form, contact 
Carol Prier at 405-3869 or e-mail 
cprier@deans. Send completed 
nominations to Carol Prier, Clark School 
of Engineering, 1 137 Glenn L. Martin 
Hall, no later rhan Friday, Sept. 1. 

The award will be presented at the 
Professional Concepts Exchange 
Conference Luncheon on Sept. 1 9. 

Consortium Web Site 

The Consortium on Race, Gender anc 
Ethnicity is pleased to announce its new 
Web site: 
The Consortium on Race, Gender and 
Ethnicity is a university-wide initiative 
promoting research, scholarship and fac- 
ulty development that examines intersec- 
tions of race, gender, ethnicity and other 
dimensions of difference as they shape 
the construction and representation of 
identities, behavior and complex social 

Playing it Environmentally Safe 

The Department of Environmental 
Safety is offering monthly laboratory 
safety training for all new laboratory per- 
sonnel. The orientation is be required for 
all new employees who work in laborato- 
ry settings and with hazardous materials. 
Space is limited. 

New research training provides an 
introduction and overview to a wide 
variety of safety issues. This training 
includes chemical hygiene training, haz- 
ardous waste generator training and 
bloodborne pathogen training. 

Training is offered in room 3104 
Chesapeake Building, from 9:30 to 1 1 
a.m., on the following dates: Sept. 20, 
Oct. 19, Nov. 15 and Dec. 14 

Contact J eanette Cartron at 405-3960 
or to register. 

Spanish Speaking Lunch Date 

Join fellow speakers of Spanish 
(regardless of fluency level) for lunch 
from 12-1 p.m., on the fourth (or last) 
Wednesday of the month, in the 
Maryland Food Co-Op dining area 
(Stamp Student Union), Bring or buy 
lunch and converse in Spanish. Native 
speakers as well as speakers of Span ish as 
a second language are all welcome and 
encouraged to attend. 

For more information call 405-2840 
or 405-2841. 

The Office of Technology Liaison has 
been renamed the Office of Technology 
Commercialization (OTC). Note the new 
address, phone and fax numbers, and 
Web site and e-mail address below. 

Office of Technology Commercializa- 

6200 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 300 
College Park, Maryland 20742-9520 
Phone: (301)403-2711 

Fax: (301) 403-2717 

First Friday 4 Front-Linets is a free 
and fun-filled customer service refresher 
session designed for those who meet and 
greet students, visitors and customers 
face-to-face and on the phone. The next 
session actually takes place on the second 
Friday, Sept. 8, ftom 10:30 a.m. to noon 
in toom 1 102 Memorial Chapel. 
Supervisors are encouraged to attend 
with their front-liners. 

To reserve your spot, call Campus 
Visitor Advocate Nick Kovaiakides (314- 
9893) by Sept. 5. The next session will 
be Feb. 2. 

Web Design and Development 

The Web Designer and Developer 
Program provides skills training and 
mentored workshops in rhe design, 
development and maintenance of Web 
sites to campus faculty, staff and students 
who support a university Web 
ptesence. Sponsored by the Office of 
Information Technology, the program is 
being offered Wednesdays and 
Thursdays, Oct. 4 & 5, 1 1 & 12, 18 & 
19. There is a fee of $225 for 36 hours 
of training. Seating is limited and web- 
based preregistration is required at 

Questions about course content and 
registration can be directed to 
oit-trainin g@umail 

New Employee Orientation 

The new employee orientation, an 
overview of university history, structure, 
mission, students, policies and services, 
is held the second Monday of each 
month, from 9 a.m .to 4 p.m., and 
includes lunch. Campus departments and 
programs you'll learn more about include 
Campus Recreation Services, the Athletic 
Department, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center, Faculty and Staff Assistance 
Programs, training and development pro- 
grams. Libraries, Office of Information 
Technology, Office of Human Relations, 
Environmental Safety and the Police 

Orientation dates for the 2000-2001 
academic year are as follows: Sept. 1 1 , 
Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 1 1, Jan. 8, Feb. 
12, Match 12, April 9, May 14 and June 
1 1. To register for the orientation pro- 
grams, visit the Office of Personnel's web 
site at 

For more information contact the 
organizational development and training 
office at 405-5651. 

First H°QrJL||fiU|i|j&|lttUHHM 

Students, faculty, staff and associates 

needing University of Maryland photo 
ID cards can obtain them on the first 
floor of the Mitchell Building at the 
Office of the Registrar Customer Service 
Counter. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. 
to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
Call 314-8240 for questions. 

PtatLfrhead far tfffi Mmn 

Beat the rush. Plan your holiday par- 
ties now. Call the Inn and Conference 
Center at University College. 

Celebrate your holiday season with 
special holiday menus. Packages and con- 
cessions are available for all holiday 
groups, if you reserve your event by Sept. 31. 

Contact Mark Leisses, catering sales 
manager at 301-985-7311 ot e-mail for more informa- 

niT F a ll <U,rvi~, Hnu~ 

Service hours have returned to 8 a.m. 
to 6 p.m. for the OIT Help Desk (walk- 
in, dial-in and consult-by-mail services), 
Information Technology Library and 

Laser Print Cost Recovery service, all 
located in room 1400 Computer and 
Space Sciences Building. 

Questions should be directed to the 
OIT Help Desk (CSS West Wing, room 
1400) at 405-1500 or by electronic mail 

Digital Library Program 

Since the Maryland Digital Library program (MDL) became a reality this 
summer, faculty, staff and students at some 56 participating Maryland public 
and independent two- and four-year colleges and universities have access to 
400 electronic books and 2,945 electronic journals. It's all being done 
through a Web-based gateway called MdUSA (Maryland University and 
College Statewide Access to Electronic Databases). 

The state- funded MDL initially received $900,000 to provide Web- 
based access to 10 core electronic resources selected by a committee of 
librarians from each segment of higher education. 

The MDL electronic resources encompass not only the 400 e-books and 
2,945 journals, but reference works such as the new Oxford English 
Dictionary, the new online version of the McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of 
Science, and History Universe: Access to Aft lean American Studies. The elec- 
tronic journal content available via MDL includes the Project Muse titles 
consisting of all the journals issued by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 
electronic form. 

College and university librarians arc currently seeking ongoing state sup- 
port to continue and expand the program beyond the initial start-up year, 
both in terms of rhe number of databases and types of services. State support 
for MDL comes from a combination of funds from the Information 
Technology Board and funds proposed by Gov. Glendening in his budget for 

The state's support for the first year of the MDL Ptogram acknowledges 
funding of this type of initiative in states across the nation has become a 
reality in the new Internet economy. The program also complements the 
state's support fot SAILOR, a project of Maryland Public 
Libraries featuring Maryland information and l-^&^£ 

a statewide network providing 
access to the 
Internet for 
libraries, govern- 
ment agencies, 
schools and the citi- 
zens of Maryland. 

Through MDL the 
state also is putting in 
place essentia] informa- t y£3^ 
tion and library services 
which support e-educa- 
tion any time, anywhtrre 
by anyone. This is an 
extremely important con- 
cept for colleges and uni- 
versities engaged in dis- 
tance education, for 
employers whose employees 

iseck additional education, 
and for employees seeking to 
pursue academic programs via 
distance learning at work or at home. 

Future developments in the MDL include better user access to material 

ffrom any of the library collections of MDL participants via a Maryland 
Premier Academic Catalog (MdPAC), a Wcb-based union catalog spanning 
the collections of academic libraries in the state, and access to high-quality 
Wcb-bascd content and information resources. 

For further information, contact Betty Day at 405-9072 or go to the 
Web site: