Uhit U3(o. ^^ Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Neu^spaper Volume 15 • Number 12 • November 14, 2000 2000-2001 IJLLY-CTE Fellows Named, page 3 New "One Stop" Shop^ for Safety and Security The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) welcomed Robert Waters, Ph.D., the university's new chief of staff, at a reception on Nov. 7 at the Nyumburu Cultural Center. Waters addressed the standing-room only crowd after being introduced by President C. D. Mote. Standing to the left is Jerry Lewis, J.D., president of BFSA and director of academic achievement programs. A rcorgiuiization of cam- pus and security services, begun in February 1998, has resulted in tlie creation of a new Department of Public Saffety. The new department, a melding of the campus police and building and secu- rity services departments, will coordinate all safety and security functions on cam- pus. All 105 employees of the two departments have been retained. Univef^ity police depart- ment Chief Kenneth Kfouse has been appointed to head the new department. His offi- cial title will be Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police. The campus community should expect to sec a uni- fied command in responses to property and personal crimes, said Chailes V. Sturtz, vice president of administra- tive af^urs. "We sho\ild see more resptjnsiveness, more direct- edncss,' Sturtz said. "The coordination and focus should result in improved safety and security. "You obviously can't promise you're going to stop ^ violence," he added. "But you can improve response. We should appear to tlie campusj community to be more ] continued on page 6 IRIS Marks 10 Years of ''Smart Growth" for Developing Economies Professor's Nontradtiiona Measures Boost Diversity Ten years ago, before the dust of the crumbled Berlin Wall could settle, a hazy opti- mism filled the air. "Perhaps it was naivete, but many believed that mar- ket economies would spring fully developed from the great, brown earth," says Charles "Chas" Cad well, direc- tor of IRIS, the University of Maryland's Center for Insdtutional Reform and the Informal Sector. The late economist Mancur Olson— Odwell's mentor and the creator of IRIS^saw things differently. He based the center on the principle that you need to nurture the soil and provide the right mix of institudonal supports to grow a market economy. At recent ceremonies mark- ing IRIS'S 10th anniversary, an array of speakers acknowl- edged Olson's vision. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, [>Md., who studied at Oxford with Olson, recalled his classmate's "fresh perspective"— that a mailcet- based economy could not sim- ply be superimposed onto for- mer communist states and expected to take. First, Olson said, basic eco- nomic, democratic and legal institutions needed to be put in place. Without commercial codes to protect property rights, for example, how could you hope to generate enough investment? You had to build the infrastructure from the inside out to achieve market success. Sarbanes bought into tlie idea. So did USAID, the State Department's Agency for International Development, and it provided the critical funding needed to open the center. The new director of USAIDs Office of Emerging Markets, Economic Growth and Agricultural Development, Stephen Hadlcy, said that 10 years ago he too saw that eco- nomic development would require reforming the tradi- tions of dosed societies. "It was obvious to me working in Sri Lanka and the former Soviet Union. . . that changing the opaque to the apparent would build confidence." Today USAID is still a major fimder and 25 of its programs continued on page 6 In the seeming intractable argiuient over affirmative action in college admissions, William Sedlacek believes he has foimd a middle way: Expand traditional meas- ures of intelligence to include the non-traditional, and apply them to every- one equally, "It's a w^y out of this box, this dilemma of how to bring in more types of people without looking at race," says Sedlacek, univer- sity testing director, assis- tant director of the coun- seling center and professor of education. "It satisfies conservadves' demand to be fair to everyone, and liberals' demand for diver- sity." Grade-point averages, test scores and the quality of a student's high-school curriculum will always be important admissions tools. But Sedlacek would add subjective measures of stu- dent's creativity, adaptability, moti\^don and ability to work witliin specific systems. Sedlacek believes that the current education system and its reliance on standardized measurements tilts toward white males. 'But if you're not a white male, you have to fig- William Sedlacek ure out how to navigate the sj^tem," he says. "That's what tells how smart you are, not test scores." Sedlacek has been at the tmiversity since 1967, a time when colleges and imiversities were imdcr pressure to change or even abandon .standardized admissions testing. With his academic background in psychology and statistics, Sedlacek .set about devel- oping new ways to meas- ure student proficiencies. He was especially drawn to the work of Robert ). Sternberg, a psy- chologist at Yale, who argued that people show intelligence in three basic "ways. The first, which Sternberg called compo- nential or analytical intelli- gence, is the kind that standardized tests and grade-point averages meas- ure. I But students from less < tradidonal educational or socioeconomic back- i grounds are more likely to ■ demonstrate their actual abiUties in other ways. Instead, they show proficien- cies in what Sternberg called experiential and contextual intelligence, which influence a person's ability to be creative, adaptive or practical. continue4 on page 7 \ r November 14, 2000 dMeU ameime— maryland Your Guide to University Events November 14-20 november 1 3:30-5p.m., Pand: "National Service Opportunities," spon- sored by the Career Center. Panelists from Appalachia Service Project, CORO Center for Gvic Leadership, Corpora- tion for National Service, Kid Pledge, and Teach for America will participate, 3134 Hombake. For more information, contact Emily. Morrison at 4-7225 or emorrison@d59 .umd.edu. 5:30-9 p.m. Concert: "Un- sentimental Journeys." Homer UUich Recital Hall. Tickets available atTawes Theatre Box Office. For more information, contact the Chorus Box Office, 5- 5570.* 6^ p.m.. Orr Workshop: "Intermediate Adobe Photoshop. 4404 Computer & Space Sci- ence. Graphic manipula- tion using paths and layers; u^Dg filters with text, and prepackaged macros. For more information, call 5- 2938 or register online at www.umd,edu/FT.* november 15^ 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. Conference, "Student Self Empowerment: Opportunities and Challenges." The Office of Multi-Ethnic Stu- dent Education (OMSE) hosts the 9th Annual RetenUon 2000 Sherry Insley's photographs will be on display from Nov. 17-30 In the Stamp Student Union gallery. (See Nov. 20.) 7:30 p.m., Performance: "The Capitol Steps" present musical satire on this year's election. Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. Free wristbands needed for admittance will l)c distributed that day at the Union's Information Desk. For more information, contact David Elstein, 40209 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 8 p.m.. Concert; "Chamber Jazz Combo Recital." Student jazz combos perform original com- positions as well as works by Charlie Parker, wynton Marsalis.Woody Shaw, Heibie Hancock and Thelonius Monk. Ulrich Recital Hall,Tkwes Bldg. For more information, call 5- 7847. 8-9 p.m., Lecture; "Science, Poli- cy and Politics: A View From Capitol Hill." Eileen McLellan, w^ho spent a year as a Congres- sional Fellow, will talk about the projects she worked on, the role of science in public policy, and why scientists should understand politics. 1 140 Plant Sciences. For more information, contact Bill Minarik at 5-4365 or email@example.com. Conference. Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 12-1 p.m., R&D Lecture;"Hu- mor as Unifying and Divisive." With Dr. Lawrence Mintz, asso- ciate professor and direaor, American Studio. Contact Stacey Holmes at 4-7690 or firstname.lastname@example.org. edu . 2;00 p.m.. Lecture; "Media and Politics in France," with Etieime Leenhardt, correspon- dent for French TV station France 2 in Washington. Part of the series "Modem France: Aspects of the Future," spon- sored by the Department of French and Italian. Multi-pur- pose Room, St. Mary's HaU. For information, call 5-4024. 6-9 p.m., orr Workshop: "Intro- duction to Adobe PageMaker." 3332 Computer & Space Sci- ence. For more information, call 5-2938 or renter online at www. umd . edu/PT. * 7 p.m., Reading: "Writers Here and Now" presents Jamaican author and poet Olive Senior, Special Events Room, McKeldin Library. (Details in For VOUT Interest, page 8.) november 16 ^ . 10 a.m. -2 p.m.,Event:"Holiday Job Fair 2000," sponsored by the Career Center For more information, con- tact Denise Shipley at 4- 7928 or dshipley® ds9.imid.edu. 10:30 a.m.-l 2 noon, Presentation: "To Render a Life: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Race & Diversity and Diversity & The Arts PBS/ALS video presentation series. 4137 McKeldin. CDetails in For Your Interest, page 8.) 3:30 p.m., Lectiire: "Electronic Bartering." Michael O. Ball, professor of decision and informa- tion technologies at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, will discuss how the Web and ad- vanced decision models are resurrecting the old- est method of commerce for trading. Part of the Leveraging Corporate Know- ledge seminar series. Reception to follow. Marriott Room, Van Munching Hall. For information and registration, 5-4888 or gth- acker @rhsmith.umd. edu. 3:30 p.m.. Distinguished Scholar- Teacher Lecture; "It's a Bug-Eai-Bug World; Biodiversity to Biocontrol," by Robert Denno. 14 12 Physics. Reception follows the lecture. For more uiformation, call 5- 2509 or e-mail rmalone® deans.umd.edu. 6-9 p.m., orr Woikshop,"Peer Training Woritshop." 4404 Com- puter & Space Science. Ad- vance registration is required. For information call 5-2938 or register online at www.umd.edu/ PT,* november 17 10 a.m.-12 noon,Fonun: "XanEdu: A New Approach to Course Packets." 4404 Computer & Space Science. (Details in For Your Interest, page 8.) 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Lecture; "Development of Auditory System," Integrative Neurosci- ences Seminar by Karina Cramer, University of Washington. 1 128 Biology/ Psycholcjgy. Contact email@example.com. 12-1:30 p.m., Seminar; "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Do You Want to Try It?" Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall. (Details in For Your Interest, page 8.) 2 p.m., Lecture:" Mo venient Dependencies in a Root-First Derivation," by Norvin Richards, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Spon- sored by the Department of Linguistics. 1304 Marie Mount Hall. For more information, contact Gracieia Tesan at graciela @wam . umd . edu . PugUese Theatre, For tickets and information, call 5-7847.' n^ ember 18 calendar guide: Calendar phone numbers lisled as 4-kx)h< or S-XMOt stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar Information foe Outksok is compiled from a combinalion of infof Ms master calendar and submissiofls to the Outlook office. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to oulioo((@accmail.umd.edu. 'Evants are free and open to Ihe public unless noled by an asterisk ('). 7 p.m.. Event: "2301 Annual Miss Black Unity Scholarship Pageant. "Tawes Theatre. For information, call 4-7758 or 4- 7759. 8 p,m.. Concert: "An Evening of Cello and Piano Masterpieces." Distinguished School of Music laculty Evelyn Elsing, cello, and Rita Sloan, piano, perform worfes by ESach, Kodaly, Janacek, Szymanowski and Mendelssohn. Ulrich Recital Hall.Tiiwes Fine Arts Bldg. Ticket proceeds provide schol- arship support for music stu- dents. For tickets and informa- tion, call 5-7847.* 8 p.m.. Concert: "Eliane Elias Trio," blending Brazilian, classi- cal and jazz influences with piano, bass and drums. The Inn & Conference Center. For tick- ets and information, call 5- 7847.* 8 p.m., Ftrformance;°SubUibia,'' Eric Bogosian's taut exposure of the American dream. Pugliese Theatre. For tickets and information, call 5-7847.' november 19 1-5 p.m., Conference; "Modern- ity, Jewish Women, and the Pre- sentation of the Self; the Case of Pauline Wengeroff." 2302 Art- Sociology. For more informa- tion,* contact the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at 5- 4975 or |firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 p.m.,Perfonnance:"SubUrbia," Eric Bogosian's taut exposure of the American dream. november 2 <^ 4 p.m., Lecture; "It Ain't Necessarily So; Accuracy and Accountability in Television News." A lecture by John Grassie, executive producer of the Discovery Health Channel and former producer for NBC's "Dateline." Prince George's Room, Stamp Student Union. For more information, contact Brad Morse at 5-41 56 or email@example.com. 4 p.m., Lecture; "Gene Flow and Dispersal in the Stonefly, Peltoperia tarteri." Entomology Colloquium presents Alicia Schultheis, Department of Bio- logy, Virginia Polytechnic Insti- tute and State University. 1 140 Plant Sciences. Contact 5-3938 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 4-6 p.m.. Reception: "Sherry Insley: Photograplis." Color photographs. Gallery, Stamp Student Union. The gallery is also open 10 a.m.-6 p,m.,Mon.- Sat. For more information, call 4*i93. 8 p.m.. Concert; "Faculty Brass." Milton Stevens, trombone, and Chris Gekker, trumpet. Program featuring distin- guished School of Music fecul- ty. Ulrich Recital Hall.Tkwcs Fine Arts Building. For more information, call 5-7847. Outlook Outlook is tfif weekly faculty-staff tiewspipcr serving the University of Maryland campus community, Brodie Remington 'Vice President for University Relations TeTesa Flanneiy • Executive Director of University Communications anti Director of Marketing George Cathcart • Executive Editor Mooette AuiCin Bailey ■ EtJitor Cynthia Mitchel • A^tant Editor Patty H«iietz • Graduate Assistant Letters to the editor, story su^esdonj and campus information are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, OitrfcDit, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 Telephone -pOl) 405-7615 Fax -(SO!) 314-9344 E-mail ■ outlook@accTnail.umd,cdu Outlook 2000-2001 Lilly-CTE Fellows Named This year's Lllly-CTE Fellows — from left to right, front to back: Sue Gdovln, Ellsa Klein, Jack Sullivan, Nell Davidson; Evelyn Torton Beck, Jim Greenberg; Karen O'Brien, Roxanne L^fltoff-Hagius, Jonathan Auerbach; Samuel Kersteln. Fellows pictured at right (top to bottom) are Katerina Thompson, Sandy KIta and Scot Reese. The Lilly-CTE Teaching Fellows Program is 10 years old, and it has become a hl^ily valued resource for bringing together talented and committed teaching feculty from across the University to consider central questions about teaching and learning in h^er education. This year's class of Lilly-CTE Fellows was named through a selective process which sought to choose a diverse group of teacher-schol- ars from a variety of disciplines, levels of experience, and interests. The Fellows receive an award of $3,000 and meet in a year long seminar in which they define issues and topics of mutual concern and explore ways to increase the quality and value of teaching and learning on campus. This year's Lilly-CTE Fellows' program is being coordinated by new CTE Associate Director Sue Gdovin and CTE Senior Scholar Neil Davidson. The Fellows have already engaged in exten- sive discussion of teaching issues, and are in the process of in-depth examina- tion of perspectives on diversity, evalua- tion of teaching, and what all university students should learn by the time they graduate. Tlieir individual backgrounds and research and teaching interests rep- resent the kind of array that has made this program such a rich catalyst for fac- ulty interchange and program develop- ment. Jonathan Auerbach has been active in curriculum development in the English Department and at other institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including Egypt, Portugal and Vietnam, As director of undergraduate studies in English, he helped establish a mentoring program linking graduate students with feculty. He is interested in exploring methods of teacher evaluation, including peer review, as a way to overcome isolation and to encourage collaboration in the classroom. Evelyn Torton Beck's teaching has always been student-centered, but in the past decade she has become aware of die excitement generated in classes by several kinds of interrelated learning and evaluation proj- ects: experiential learning, collaborative learning and leamli^ portfolios produced by students. In all of these activides, Beck continues to be inter- ested in developing strategies for not only teaching about diver- sity, but also enabling the students to under- stand how those dif- ferences affect us in the classroom as a learning community. Assistant professor of philosophy Sam Kersteln, a teacher of large lecture classes for the past four years, is examining how to improve the training and supervi- sion of graduate teaching assistants. Assistants In large classes have respon- sibility for as many as 90 students each semester. The educational value of the class depends si^iificantly on the quali- ty of the instruction they give, since it is they, not the professor, who have the majority of direct contact with students, Kersteln hopes to develop a new pro- gram to promote good teaching by assis- tants. He is also interested in the ques- tion of how best to assess quality in teaching, Kerstein's main research inter- ests are in the area of moral philosophy, and he has just completed a book on the foimdations of Kantian ethics. EUsa Klein is an associate pro- fessor in the Department of Human Development/Institute for Child Study. Her research and teaching interests center on early childhood education and child care and its influence on children's social perceptions of their early school experiences, ^ as well as beginning teachers' beliefs about development and early educadon and how they translate those beliefs into practice. She also studies the inter- section between cliild social policy and research in child development. Klein views the connection between her scholarship and teaching as important to the preparation of competent, reflec- tive and carir^ teachers of yoimg diil- dren. She is interested in how students come to choose this path for their pro- fessional development, and the way in which beliefs about development and learning influence the integration of their college coursework and classroom- based practicimi experiences. Klein's interest in social policy for yoimg chil- dren and their tiimilies provides the larger context: the assurance of quality child care and early educational oppor- tunities for aU yoimg children In the United States, the preparation of teach- ers being an essential component of any comprehensive policy initiadve. Roxanne Lefkoff-Haglus is a Teaching Professor at the R.H. Smith School of Business. She is also associate director of the College Park Scholars Business, Society, and theEconomy Program. She has received numer- ous teaching awards. The most recent one is the Krowe Award forTcactiing Innovation for her work in developing the "Strategy Board 1 Competition,- in which \f^M. teams of College Park — -^-^ Scholars students con- duct an in depth analysis of a company. Based on these analyses, they develop strategic recommendations and creatively display their ideas on poster boards in a competitive event. Corporate executives from the compa- contintted on page 5 TV Executive: TKe Problem Lies Not in Our News Stars •w -w ^ *r* hen John mer producer for NBC newspapers, magazines, see, we should challenge ^L »f i Grassie News' Dateline, he lias . and journals are held the news." ^^^/ watches watclied the descent of accountable by ombuds- Grassie, a University T ▼ IT news, the industry's journalistic men and peer review, tel- of Maryland alum, will he sees a lor^ string of Standards. evision news organiza- have more to say in his disappointment.s. The The slide from the tions seemingly do not lecture "It Ain't nctworics' use of exit work of Edward R, embrace that same prac- Necessarily So; Accuracy polling and their cover- Murrow 40 years ago to tice." and Accountability in age of the Horida the coverage of the Q J. Grassie concludes that Television News." He'll recount are just the lat- Simpson trial or the the answer lies to a large speak on Monday, Nov. 20 est. As the executive pro- death of JonBenet extent witli the audi- ai 4 p.m. in the Prince ducer of the Discovery Ramsey is very steep, he ence; "Simply put, if we Geot^e's Room of the Healdi Charmel and a for- argues. "While many doubt what we hear and Stamp Student Union. November 14, 2000 NOTABLE ProfiESSor Bruce I_ Gardner is the new chairperson of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the uni- versity's College of Agricutture and Natural Resources. Gardner has been a Acuity member at Maryland since 1981 and director of the Maryland Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy since 1996. He will continue in the lat- ter role for the present, along with his new duties as depart- ment chair. An Illinois native, Gardner received his bachelor's in i^ricul- tural economics £rom the University of Illinois in 1964. He earned his doctorate in economics at the University of Chic^o. Gardner was an agricultural economics faculty member at North Carolina State University, 1968-75, andTcxas A & M, 1977- 81, before coming to Maryland 19 years ago. He spent two yeats, 1975-77, in Washington, D.C., as senior staff agricultural economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors and another two years, 1 989-9 1 , in Washington as assistant sec- retary for economics in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gardner is currently president of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA> and served several years as an associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He was honored as a fellow of the AAEA in 1989 and received the Award of Excellence for Research in 1988 from the University of Maryland's Colle^ge of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Sylvia Rosenfield, professor and former chair of the Counseling and Persoimel Services department of the College of Education, was recently honored by the American Psychol(^y AssocHtion. She was presented with their Dtetinguished Career Contribution award. Rosenfield specializes in the development of an instructional-consultation model in which school psychologists, teachers, and school teams collabo- rate to address classroom problems. John Splaine recently received recognition from two sources for making a difference in the lives of students. The university's OfiBce of the Dean for Under^aduatc Studies and University Cooperative Pro-ams gave him the Celebrating Teachers' award. Splaine, with Education Policy and Leadership, also received Kapfia Delta Pi's Outstanding Educator Award for 1999-2000 and die Award of Excellence. The Counseling Center's Loiming Assistance Service has a new assistant director, Professor Marcy FaOoa. An Ohio native, she received her bachelor's in elementary education from Goucher College in Baltimore and went on to teach in Talcoma Paric. She then spent 1 1 years at St. Anselm's Abbey School, during which time she earned her master's in school counseling from the uni- versity's CAPS department. She stayed on to earn her doctorate in counselor educatioa. AJDJteon I>ni]n, assistant professor with the College of Education and member of the Human-Computer Interaction lab, has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, one of the most prestigious awards for outstanding Acuity earty in their professional careers. The CAREER pro- gram recognizes and supports those fectilty members who are most likely to be the leaders of the 21st century. CAREER awardees are selected on the basis of creative research that builds a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to research and educadon. Druin wtU receive a five-year $400,000 grant to research fimire classroom technology for use in early childhood education. She wiU work with children at both the University of Maryland's Center for Yoimg Children and Yorktown Elemenatry School in Bowie to further develop her work on digital libraries, robotic storytellers and other new technologies. Druin says her research will explore such ques- tions as: What (if any) are appropriate new technolo^es for yoimg children? What will prc-school dassnxims look like with new technolo^es? Will children learn differently because of these technologies? Will eatif childhood teachers approach teaching in the same way? Virtual Course Teaches Real Skills w at if you, as a traditional college stu- dent or a husy "green" industry pro- fessional, could take a course without having to take leave from woric, fight trafBc on campus — or leave your dorm room, house, or office at all? Thanks to the develop- ment of an award-witming Web-based course called Water and Nutrient Management Platining for the Nursery and Green- house Industry (HORT 400), upper level students in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Land- scape Architecture and nursery and green- house industry pro- fessionals are doing just that. undergraduate student, an industry professional and an Extension educator. They discussed problems and exchanged ideas and information through an otiline forum led by course instructors. Over the course of the semester, each team devel- oped a nutrient manage- ment plan for the nursery represented by their indus- try teammate. This plan was based on the nursery's risk profile and featured management strategies cotildusetheWebCT online learning environ- ment, which is used to deliver the course. Most important, five half-day plan-writing sessions at vai^ ious nurseries around the state were added, so that everyone could see how varied many of these pro- duction focilities are in terms of site characteris- tics, infrastructure and management. The idea for the course originated with the Water Quality Act of 1998, which required testing nutrient management plans for the nursery and greenhouse industries. The faculty course development team conducted a survey to assess computer skills, hitemet access and techno- logical familiarity within the nursery and green- house industry, since it was obvious that they needed to facilitate training of pro- fessionals at a distance. "The course relies not only on traditional teaching techniques involving lec- ture notes and illustrations, but also provides an enhanced, interactive learn- ing experience through the use of discussions and assignments posted online and a variety of group proj- ects," said Ellen Varley, proj- ect team member and coordinator, distance edu- cation outreach. Office of Communications and Infor- mation Technolt^y. last fall, learners who had never met face-to-face collaborated in cyberspace on small teams including at least one graduate or I designed to reduce high- risk practices that lead to excessive nitrogen and phosphorus runoff. "By developing a set of tools that can be used to assess and manage the risk of nutrient nmoff, we hope to train nutrient manage- ment planners to be able to walk uito any nursery or greenhouse operation and write a nutrient manage- ment plan that will actually work," said John Lea-Cox, assistant professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture. The team also has decid- ed to include several fiice- to-fece meetings to the vir- tual course.A one-day ori- entation was added to introduce the class team members to each other and ensure that everyone HORT 400 has been peer-reviewed by content experts and distance learn- ing specialists at other land-grant institutions. Information from these reviews and feed- back from stu- dents in the 1999 class have been used to update and refine the con- tent of the course. The course is one 15 web-based courses created by University System of Maryland faculty under the auspices of the Web Initiative in Teaching (WIT) program. It was developed by an interdisci- , plinary team of faculty in j the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Team members included Valley, Lea-Cox; David Ross, associate professor and Paul Schreuders, assistant professor, both of the Department of Biological Resources Engineering; and K. Marc Teffeau, regional horticulture specialist with Maryland Cooperative Extension. The development team received a Gold Medal Award and the Outstanding Professional Skill Award for Distance Education and Instructional Design fix>m the national professional oi^anization Agricultural Communicators in Education in July 2000. The . course, uitroduced Fall * 1999 with a limited enroll- ment of eighteen individu- 4 als and offered again this semester to over 30 learn- ers, will be offered again I FaU2001. 1 — Pamela Townsend i Outlook 5 2000-2001 Lilly-Center for Teaching Excellence Fellows Named continued from page J nies then judge the boards and provide oral and writ- ten feedback to the stu- dents. Lefkoff-Hagins also teaches the honors mtroduction to marketing course and the Capstone marketing strategy course. This past summer, she attended the American Association of Higher Education Summer Academy to work on a campus proj- ect to enhance undergradu- ate learning at the University of Maryland. Lefkoff-Hagius' philoso- phy of teaching is that students can learn through active involve- ment in real-world tasks. With the Lilly Professors, she continues her work to develop engaging, comprehensive exercises that stimulate deep learn- ing. Students recognize Lefkoff-Hagius for her enthusiasm and energy and how she brings the joy of learning into the classroom. Karen O'Brien, associ- ate professor in the Department of Psycho- logy, recently developed a service learning course entided "Community Inter- ventions: Domestic Vio- lence "The course educates undergraduate students about theory and research relevant to a community problem and provides them with an opportunity to serve their community and gain marketable skills by volunteering in shelters for battered and homeless women and children in Wasliington, D.C. O'Brien is interested in tlie role of service learning courses in facilitating an understanding of social ^ues and culture and in assisting students to develop a commitment to contributing to their com- mimities. Her research inter- ests include the career development of women, career counselii^ and voca- tional intervention with at- risk populations, coun- selor/advocate training and domestic violence. She is coauthor (with psychology professor Oara Hill) of Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action. O'Brien received the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students 1997 Raymond D. Fowler Award in reception of dedicadon to the profes- sional development of psy- chology graduate students. She was also a recipient of the 1997 BSOS ExceUcnce in Teaching Award, and was named a 1998-99 BSOS Teachmg Fellow. Scot Reese received his M.EA. in directing from Northwestern Utiiverslty In 1994. As a director he is interested in tcUing good stories, and sees his role as a The Fellows are in the process of in- depth examination of perspectives on diversity, evaluation of teaching, and what ail university students should learn by the time they graduate. Katerina Thompson's phi- losophy of teaching is tliat a teacher's most important role is not as a repository of knowledge to be transferred to students, but as a facilita- tor m a dynamic leamitig process. In her teaching, Tliompson incorporates hew technologies that give students access to course materials outside of tradi- tional class time. These tools encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and provide a means for independent explo- ration. She is interested in working with her colleagues to develop ways of ensuring that emerging technologies enliance the teacher- student relationship, rather than replace it. collaborator, interpreter and communicator of those sto- ries. The life people share as artists is bodi exhilarating and devastating; Reese believes woik in theater and teaching must contain the same. As a teacher, he tries to be the humanist w^ho puts everything together with a process and experi- ence that enhances the entire academic community. As a professor in theatre, he feels fortunate to work with students from a variety of disciplines, which has led to his view that promoting an interdisciplinary culture between colleges is a way to foster learning communi- ties. Reese is strongly con- cerned with developing programs in undergraduate education that recognize and respect the historical and contemporary contribu- tions that people of color have made to America's multicultural society. His mterests in learning are con- nected to the diversity ini- tiative on campus; it is his objective to help the univer- sity gain a reputation for being a school where young students of all backgrounds can feel that their voices are represented and heard. Jack Sullivan's career has taken what some might perceive as two distinct paths. One tra- jectory has sent him explormg die potential of computer technolo- gy for improved instruction and learn- ing. In the other direc- tion, he has taken his stu- dents on missions of profes- sional service and intro- duced them to the joys of designing and constructing landscapes in partnership with the community. In the last five years Sullivan has moved from curious techno- logical neophyte to studious digital acolyte and promis- ing pioneer, achieveing international recognition for the development and use of electromc instructional pro- grams. As a consulting land- scape arcliitcct and design instructor, he offers stu- dents the opportunity to balance their focused aca- demic and technical work with service to the commu- tiity. He has guided them through projects that include gardens for home- less shelters, memorial parks and campus land- scapes. The challenge of communication w^th diverse clientele and project circiimstances has brought deeper meaning and per- sonal satisfaction to the stu- dents' learning. Sullivan's two paths may be more complementary than diver- gent and he is intrigued by the possibility of bringitig the two together. ^ ^ ^ it -k ^ atim "Somethjxjg certain: The cymes are wrong about the future. If the students in the class I teach at the University of Maryland are any indication, there is no need to worry. With passion and dedication, the students spoke with people their age across the coimtry. They learned their generation is skeptical about politicians and their too- often-unfuliilled promises. But no, one could label the 20-somethings apathetic to the problems facing the nation " — Adjunct journalism professor Richard Pretorius tmites in the Baltimore Sun of the cross<ountry journey he took to find out what Americans were thinking about Election 2000. Accompanying him for part of the journey were bis students. (Nov. 1) "Men think this is a waste of time. They can't imderstand how we could have issues in the year 2000. No one ever gave them work- shops. It's a wimpy thing to do." — Chemistry professor Sandra Green speaking after a Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemistry held a roundtabte in Chicago. CChronide of Higher Education, Nov. 10) "The candidates we are given to choose from are only those who can afford to spend millions on advertising. That ri^t there elimi- nates all the decent choices. By votii^ you're buying mto that sys- tem." —Sophomore Rob Raymer participated in the IMP Seattle demonstration and be spends time in Washington, D.C, giving vegan meals to the homeless. He didn't vote, and he was Joined b}' many local student activists in the boycott. fWashington Post, Nov. 4) "We have millennia of history in learning how to manage an impres- sion in person. We know how to soften what might seem like an abrupt remark with a smile or a wink, but we are clumsy with the new tools online, and people are making blimders all over the place." —Patricia Wallace, executive director of the Center for Knowledge and Information Management in the Smith School of Business, explaining why e-mail socializing is filled with gaffes and pratfalls. (Intcmational Herald Tribtme, Nov. 1) "If we'd known about the Kuiper Belt when Pluto was discovered (in 1930), it would have been a giant Kuiper Belt Object." — Michael A'Heam, professor of astronomy, continues his crusade to have Pluto eliminated from astronomy's official list of planets. Making the matter more confusing is that the International Astronomical Union has no definition of what a planet is. Not dismayed, A'Heam and the lAU are again considering the notion of chang- ing Pluto's planetary citizenship status. (5PACE.coin, Nov. 2) "Whoever is going to control the House is going to have a majority of two or three seats. And that is a recipe for absolute stalemate." — Eric Uslaner, professor of government and politics, predicting polit- ical gridlock on the floor of the House of Representatitvs because of the election results of Nov 7. (Knight RidderyTribune News Service, Nov. 8) " 'It's just a mishmash of things,' said Beth Alvarez, the umversity's curator of literary manuscripts. 'h hasn't been weeded at all.' Alvarez is apologizing, but the unkempt spirit of the archive accounts for much of its charm. Reach into the box and tliere's no telling what you'll find." —A Washington Post reporter tells of the delights of Jinding the unexpected in McKeldin Library's Maryland Folklore Archive. (Nov. 8) "I'm an Emily Dickinson scholar, so it's not a surprise that I love Bruce Springsteen because they're both so spare in their poetry. They're deceptively simple. Tbo often we see things set out in black or white, good or bad. But he's not someone who gives easy answers." — Martha Nell Smith, professor of English, comments on lyrics penned by The Boss, whose star has risen in academe. ^National Pos^ Ibronto, Oct 31) "It appears they were dredged, but we can't say that for sure. We hawe no idea how many times it was hit, whether it w^as one or 100 times. All we can say is that the oysters are gone," —Ken Paynter, associate research scientist in biology, remarks on the destruction of years' worth of research as poachers steal 61,000 bushels of oys- ters from the Chesapeake Bay. Ironically Paynter's research is to determine bow to return the oyster to its farmer abundance in the Bay. (Baltimore Sim, November 1) November 14, 2000 UIVI Celebrates International Education Week ^^^^^^^ he University of Programs, "We want to create and brown bag limch by the THURSDAY, NOV. 16 8 p.m. H Maryland has a global citizen. And the better Institute for Global Chinese 8 a.m.-5 p.m. West AMcan Dnunming 1 taken the lead in educated we are about our- Affiairs. Speakers inchide Scott "GlobaUzation and Eco- and Dance, Diali Djtmo 1 promoting global selves and our place in the McGiimlss fNational Foreign logical Security: The Next Kouyate and the University ^^^ understanding world, the better prepared we Language Center, University of 20 Years." Conference at the of Maryland African Drum with a slew of events for are to make decisions about Maryland), Linda Sahin Inn and Conference Center. Ensemble. Ulrich Recital Hall. America's first-ever everything," he said. (Maryland English Institute, Pre-registration is required. International Education Week The following is a schedule University of Maryland), and FRIDAY, NOV. 17 held Nov. IM7. of the remaining events: Robert Yuan (Department of 2-4 p.m. Secretary of State Cell Biology and Molecular "Open your Eyes," a film "Globalf/ation and Madeleine K. Albright said TUESDAY, NOV. 14 Genetics, University of Mary- introduced and discussed by Ecological Sectirity: The activities will promote the land). OlIOT^aferroHall. Dr. He man Sanchez de Next 20 Years," conference benefits of international educa- 12:30-1:45 p.m. Pinillos, presented by the continued at the Woodrow tion that are part of President Lecture by retired Ambassador WEDNESDAY, NOV 15 Spanish Cinema Club. St. Wilson Center of the Bill Clinton's initiative to pre- Ahmad Tariq Karim. "The Mary's Hall, Multipurpose Smithsonian Institution, pare America for a global envi- Imbroglio o^er Kashmir: 2 p.m. Room. Washington, D.C. ronment. Onn the U.S. and the "Media and Politics In International Education hitematlonal Community France," lecture by Etlenne 3-6 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV 18 Week will generate awareness DUsuade South Asia from Leenhardt (Wasliington corre- Open House at the East- in the university community Stalking Armageddon in spondent for "France 2" televi- West Space Science Center. 8 p.m. about the importance of the Region?" Brown bag sion). St. Mary's Hall multipur- "A New Look at Galactic The EUane Elias Trio blends knowing other languages and lunch. MorriU Hall. pose room. Dynamics," by Dr.Alexci Brazilian, jazz, and classical culttues, and about the role Friedman (Russian Academy of influences. Tickets: $20 for the university plays in the 12-1:30 p.m. 3:30-5 p.m. Sciences^ and "life Beyond the adults: $18 for senior citizens; global system, said Saul "Issues in International International Coffee Hmir Biosphere," by Dr. Arnold and $5 for students. The Iim Sosnowski, director of the imi- Education: The Chinese in the basement of Dorchester Nicogossian (NASA). 2309 and Conference Center. versity's Office of International Factor," roundtable discussion Hall. Computer and Space Science. IRIS Maries 10 Years of "Smart Gro%vth" for Developing Economies continued from page 1 U.S. San. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., and nearly 100 others, mark the 10th anniversary of the IRIS Center. Sarbanes worked with IRIS creator Mancur Olson. ers free enterprise and fuels official corruption. Later this month, discour- aged Romanians may well go to the polls and turn power over to a for- mer Communist leader To remember what it took to launch IRIS, the university has placed a bench outside the ceti- ter's headquarters in Morrill Hall with an mscrip tion : " In memory of Mancur Olson who hardly ever sat down." With so many projects imdenvay in so many parts of the world, Cadwell says, "this should remind us that sitting still is not an option." New "One Stop" Safety and Security Shop continued pom page 1 aioimd the world make use of IRIS researchers and advisors. So Ear, IRIS has worked in 64 countries. Chas Cadwell, who has led the center since Olson died in 1998, recalLs the time an IRIS researcher landed in a muddy, isolated field m Mongolia as workers busily constructed a stock exchange. The problem: the country had no markets yet. The trading activity that woiJd bring the building to life simply did not exist. Cunendy, an IRIS team is working in Romania trying to help officials saw through the legendary red tape of its com- munist past. Cadwell describes economic reform there as one of the biggest disap- pointments in Eastern Europe. An IRIS report issued this past summer conclud- ed that the bureaucratic maze in Romania smoth- ^^^m^'o bari-i ^J^^^^ ^H^«-^l>"' '^1 The memorial bench Inscription. organized, more focused, more on point." Krouse noted that com- munication has been compli- cated by lack of ability to coordinate efforts across campus. In the police depart- ment alone, he said, one unit monitors alarms, another monitors video surveillance and yet another dispatches police officers. With the new organiza- tion, that will change. "This oi>cration center wlil be a one-unit operation," said Krouse, "It will be like one- stop shopping." Commimications will get a boost from a new 800 MHz radio s>^em.The system, which cost about $1.5 mil- lion, will be operational across campus by next Ml, Krouse said. The reorganization was a project of the Office for Continuous Quality Improvement's campus safe- ty and security team. The team was comprised of mem- bers of various campus disci- plines and departments who first examined existing oi^- nizational structures and then decided what could be changed. They came up with five recommendations: ' Create a Department of Public Safety. • Facilitate integration of safety and security compo- nents in all campus plaiuiing exercises. t' . : • Provide enhancement and expansion of the univer- sity's public safety depart- ment resources, including facilities, uniformed patrol officers, civilian staff ibr the emergency telephone serv- ice, video surveillance, build- ing access and campus patrols. • Implement a crossK:am- pus training and education model. • Initiate improvements to the delivery of safety and security information. Tlie integration of safety and security services under the umbrella of the Department of Public Safety most notably will remove organizational barriers to responsive management, Sturtz said. An operations conmiittee will be comprised of heads of departments that Include safety and security programs. For example, said Sturtz, safe- ty and security are compo- nents of the campus paridng department; its director, J. David Allen, will be a mem- ber of tiie new committee, as will Jon Dooley, residential facilities director, Sturtz said tltere also will be a broad-based policy com- mittee that will address effec- tiveness of community polic- ing and make recommenda- tions to I^esidcnt CD. Mote on safety and security pro- grams. Outlook 1 I In Memoriam Rhonda M. Williams, acting direc- tor of Afro-American Studies, died of cancer on Nov. 7 at her home in Hyattsville, She was 43- Williams graduated cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1978 and went on to cam her Ph.D. in economics from MTT in 1983. She came to the university in 1986 as an assistant professor of AfroAmerican studies and econom- ics. A political economist and associ- ate professor, she has been widely published. In 1996, her empirical study, "A Ixjgit Decomposition Analysis of Occupational Segregation: Results for the 1970s and 1980s," appeared in The Review of Economics and Statistics and a second study,"The Way We Were?: Discrimination, Competition, and Inter-hidustry Wage Differentials in 1 970," was the lead essay in the June 1996 issue of Review of Radical Political Economics. In 1997, Williams co^ditcd Race, Markets and Social Outcomes. Also in that year, "Living at the Crossroad; Explorations in Race, Nationality, Sexuality and Gender," appeared in Wahneema Labiano's publication, The House that Race Built: Black Americans, U.S. Terrain. Williams was active as a consult- ant and instructor in curriculum transformation. She spent nine years working with professor Sharon Harley in the Afro-American Studies program's Multicultural Teacher Education Training Institute for Prince George's County public school teachers. Most recenUy, she hosted a con- ference on race, ethnicity and wealth that brought scholars from all across the nation to College Park to investigate racial-ethnic wealth form and inequalities in the United States' post-industrial economy. Williams is survived by many family members and friends. WKat Are They Thinking? Your Campus Colleagues Talk About the 2000 Electoral Mess Though the outcome of the United States presidential election left many wondering just who would lead the country for the next four years, the Florida ballot confusion left very clear impressions on many citizens. Oudook offers a sam- pling of staff and facul- ty opinions: Mary Perkins, cashier, T\imcr Dairy: "I can't see why they would make a miscount with all the electronic stuff." Betty Suitt, coordina- tor of business affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences: "We're so technologically advanced... [but] in Howard Coimty wc draw lines to vote, with a special pen. I mean, come on. "There should be a recount. If peo- ple are very sure that they screwed up, they should be allowed to revote. However, we have to bear some of the responsibility as voters. It's not every- body else's feult. People should have realized what they're doing." Jack Andrews, landscape tech- nician supervisor. Facilities Management, Department of Building & Landscape Services: "I watched it from 8:30 until 4 in the morning. It was great, it was like a good football game. "I think it ■will all work out. . . I'd rather be optimistic about it." Trish Stemhilbcr, Ph.D, program coordi- nator, Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture: "You'd think in 2000 we could have good elections. Why can't it be sim- pie?- M^gie Jenkins, administrative assistant for Life Sciences: "I'm frustrat- ed that it's taken so long. I understand because it's so close, but... this just means our votes don't really count." Dear Diary: Ifs Spring in Antarctica As UM scientist Chris Shimian explores Antarctica's frozen secrets for clues to the earth's changing climate, he shares his findings — and survival tips — with visitors to his Web site. Check the site regularly for more news about Shuman's project: www. inform . umd . edii/CampusI nfo/Departments/Ins tAdv/nowand then/an tarctica/. Below are two excerpts fi^m his most recent diary entries; "After reaching McMiutlo Station on a huge all-terrain bus, we were welcomed at the National Science Foundation fl*4SF) Chalet. This is coordination center for all the people, equipment, and material required for life and research in this environ- ment. McMurdo is the largest science facility in Antarctica and is the headquarters for air operations to and from South Pole Station as well as other international science focilities like Russia's Vostok Station in East Antarctica." —Diary excerpt from Nov. 8 Note: McMurdo Station is located on the southern end of Ross Island, the historic starting point ft>r Antarctic expeditions. On Sat., Nov. 11, Shuman and the rest of the US ITASE expedition were scheduled to leave McMurdo and fly inland to Byrd Station (SOdegS 1 20degW). Byrd Station is the expedition's Antarctic base camp in the interior of the West Antarctic ice sheet. "We have almost finished with our cai^o [packing for the expedition] but despite a simny afternoon, [there were] a whole series of canceled flights earlier today. This is not surprishig as early No'vember (Antarctic spring) weather is stUl iffy. We are starting to get antsy though, as more groups are stacking up, the more competition there is for the limited number of fl^ts the Hercs can make on the days the weather finally is good!" — Nov. 9 Sedlacek Takes Alternative Approach to Intelligence continued from page 1 In his 30 years of research and writing, Sedlacek has devel- oped a number of ways to measure all three types of intel- ligence. One of his signature methods, the nonco^tive questiomiaire, measures such characteristics as confidence, realistic self-appraisal, ability to negotiate the academic system, attention to long-range goals, leadership, community service, mentorship and culturally relat- ed ways of obtaining informa- tion and demonstrating knowl- edge. "At a time when people are looking for alternatives, here's one I can offer," he says. "It's a good option and it doesn't real- ly cost anything." linda Clement, assistant vice president of academic affairs and director of undergraduate admissions, says she is a "sreat admirer" of Sedlacek's approach. "We are looking at all sorts of things that ate embedded in his work," she says. "We sub- scribe to the noncognitive vari- ables. We just don't use the questionnaine.' Sedlacek's methods have put him in the middle of some high-profile action. He is assist- ing the state of Maryland in its defense against a discrimination lawsuit filed gainst the univer- sity's medical school. He i.s an expert witness and consultant in a discrimination lawsuit filed over admissions policies at the University of California, Beilteley. He also is helping the Bill and Mellnda Gates Foundation to develop proce- dures for parceling out $ 1 bil- lion in scholarship lunds to minority college students. "I'm hot right now," he says cheerfully. In the Berkeley case, several groups, includir^ the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fimd, and the Asian-Pacific Legal Center argue that since the 1996 passage of an anti- afflrmathfe action voter initia- tive, minorities are now severe- ly underreprcsented at die University of California. Sedlacek says die plaintiffs appear willing to setde their case if the university were to adopt his evaluation model. In Maryland, the state attor- ney general has asked Sedlacek to appear as an expert witness to defend against a suit brought by a white man who claims he was unfairly denied admission to the University of Maryland's medical school, which employs Sedlacek's methods and which accepted minority applicants with lower MCAT scores than the plaintiff. Both cases could go to trial in the next few months. The Gates Foundation has asked Sedlacek to design its application for the next group of prospective scholarship recipients.The program, set up to parcel out $1 billion to African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American students, is desired for those who would not get scholarship help elsewhere. The students who receive Gates Mlllermium Scholarships will he tracked through their college careers and beyond, Sedlacek last year trained some 300 persons of color around the country to evaluate Gates scholarship applicants. "It was a great paradox," he says. "I was the white guy telling peo- ple how to evaluate their own groups. I said, 'Look. You know how to evaluate. I'm just offer- ing a way to organize your knowledge." Sedlacek is paid for his con- sulting work and speaking appearances, but his research and mctiiods are available to anyone free of charge via his Web site www.inform.imid. edu/EdRes/Topic/l>iversity/ Gencral/Tlcading/Scdlacek/). "My measure isn't for sale. It's free," he says. "And I never charge for a phone call." _ — Patty Henet i November 14,2000 R^ce & Diversity on In support of the campus' and the libraries' com- mitment to an ongoing discussion of diversity issues. The libraries' Nonprint Media Services, Diversity Committee and Staff Training & Development invite you to attend a Fall 2000 video scries on Race & Diversity and Diversity & The Arts. The series will run through December S, 2000 and will include 34 programs, varying in lengtli from 50 minutes to two and a half hours. It is part of the PBS Adult Learning Service Videos via Satellite for Educator Series and is open to the campus communi- ty. The next program in the series, "To Render a Life: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," will be shown on Nov. 16 from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon in 4137 McKcldin. For more information about this video series, please call Usa Wheeler at 301 314-0336, Linda Sarigol at 301-405-9236 or Bette Ann Hubbard at 301-314- 0181. Detailed program descriptions are available online at www.pbs.ofg/als/ce or call Carleton Jackson at 301405-9236. the Nov. 15 fonim, and updates will be provided at future community forums. Interested members of the commimity are encouraged to attend, gather informa- tion and ask questions. LoariT- to Speak America^ JajEZ Sliowcase Tonight Tonight's Chamber Jazz Combo Recital is sure to replace the autumn chill with a good dose of cool. Under the direction of Chris Vadala, Man Rippetoc, Steve Fidyk and Gerry Kunkel, university student jazz combos are featured in this crowd-pleasing semesterly showcase. The repertoire includes jazz standards by Charlie Parker, Wynton Mar salis. Woody Shaw, Herbie Hancock and Thelonius Monk as well as original com- positions. The free concert takes place tonight,'I\jesday, Nov 14 at 8 p.m. in Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Fine Arts Buildit^. For more information, call 301-405-7847. Arabic Adds Character to Curriculum Thanks to strong student demand, Arabic joins the ranks of languages taught in instructor-based format at Maryland, Instructor Shukri Abed of the Department of Asian and East European Languages has been a research fellow at the Center for International Devel- opment and ConfUct Management (CIDCM} since 1993, and has taught coui^es in history including Islamic Civilization and Nation Building in the Middle East. He is also director of the Language Etepartment of the Middle East in Washington, D.C. , where about 300 students a year learn Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and TXirkish. For further information, contact Professor Abed at email@example.com. November Forum on Oucii Factor As noted in the September "Ouch Alert" pubU- cadon included m Outlook and the Diamondback, monthly community forimis have been scheduled to provide the campus with updated information regarding major construc- tion projects and disruptions to traffic, pedestri- an access, paridng and utilities. The next forum will be held on Nov. 15, from 3:30-5 p.m. in 14 12 Physics. This forum, along with the one scheduled for Dec. 13 and those to be held next semester, will be particularly relevant to those who conduct their daily activities in, park in or drive through the northeast segment of campus. Begiiming in November, construction of a utility building in a por- tion of Lot T the demoUUon and new construction arotmd Chemistry, an addition to A.'V^ WilUams, and sig- niScant utility line Improvements will begin in this area of campus. Each project's site and scope will be presented at ENGUSH-American Style, a new and unusual Web site, announced last month that its comprehensive Online English Workbook is now available. The site is designed to provide prospective and experienced teachers of English as a Second Language with exten- sive free resources for materials, curriculum ideas and strategies. The site is an online study program for stu- dents of English as a foreign language at three levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. The focus of the programs is on American English and American histo- ry and culture. ENGUSH-American Style is imusual in that it charges lower fees than most comprehensive online learning programs. A student, or group of students, can pay a fee of $5.00 for ten visits and use the site for up to twelve hotu-s per day. The site provides hundreds of tutorials, lessons and reading and writing exercises, as well as three com- plete proficiency tests. Students and teachers who would like to check out the site can explore some sample programs. For those who wish a more detailed look, ENGUSH-American Style offers a free courtesy tour. For more information, visit the site at www. eslamerican.com. Examining XanEdu .^- The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Information Technology will sponsor a presentation by XanEdu, affording faculty, staff and students an opportunity to examine a new approach to course packets. A representative from XanEdu will introduce, in an interactive session, a new product in higher edu- cation: online CoursePacks. XanEdu is a copyright- cleared, online content provider. Bring your CoursePack Title and 6-7 topics you want to include and search for during the workshop. Those interested should visit www.xanedu.com and take the flash tour, and then RSVP to this work- shop. Outlook: It's All About You (Hitfook would like to kiiow what is yoing on in your college, Uepartmcni. unit or field. Send us newsletters, press releases, or just story ideas. Al.so, by placing Outlook on your e-mail and iradilional mailing li.sts, you ensure that we receive )'oiir notices in a timely litshion. We offer tlirec convenient ways to keep us in the know: Campus mail to: Outlook 2101TurnerIkiiiding Or use e-mail: t>utlook®accmail. umd.edu Or fax: .■V01-3U-9344 Please RSVP to Mike MiUigan at mmilligan@xane- du.com and e-mail Mike with questions and requests for pre-access to the CP system. The forum will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in 4404 Computer & Space Science. For more information, contact hiayet Sahin at 5-9980 or firstname.lastname@example.org. li^iieSwimi^ The Campus Recreation Center Natatorium will be hosting the 2000 FINA Worid Cup Swiitmiing Championships on November 1 5 and 16. Preliminary sessions wiU be held at 10 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m. each day. Students, faculty and staff will be able to attend the preliminary sessior^ free of charge by pre- senting a valid student or facidty/staff photo ID. lb purchase tickets for the finals, please call 410433* 8300. S^^larsbip of Teaching & The Center for Teaching ExceUence will sponsor a workshop entitled "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Do You Want to Try It? "on Nov. 17 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Maryland Room, Marie Moimt Hall. The university has had a significant involvement with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in part- nership with the American Association for Higlier Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Tliis seminar is desired to link people— faculty and graduate teaching assistants — who are interested in cxplorii^ the study of teach- ing and learning with colleagues who have some expertise and experience in this exciting work. To RSVP by phone or email, or with questions, cofr tact Inayet Sahin at (301) 405-9980 or at email@example.com, or ooUne at www, imid.edu/CTE/ Workshopsfall2000.html. Nominations Sougltt for Student "Who's Who*' Award ^^^....^^ The Office of Campus Programs is seeking nomina- tions for Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, one of the most highly regarded and long standing honor programs in the nation. Each fall, upper-class and graduate students are selected by the University for this award. Criteria for the award include outstanding scholarship, leadership, campus involvement and commimity service. Nominations are due on Nov. 17, 2000 and should be returned to the Office of Campus Programs, 1 135 Stamp Student Union or via email to bdula®union. umd.edu. For more information, contact Brandon Dula at 301-314-7174. Prolific Poet Comes to Campus ,^^ Olive Senior, a writer of poetry, short stories and non-fiction, will read from her works at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Special Events Room on the fourth floor of McKeldin library. Tlie reading is part of the Writers Here & Now series, sponsored by the English depart- ment's creative writing program. Senior, who was born in rural Jamaica, has written eight books, including three collections of short stories, most recendy "Discerner of Hearts." She draws on Jamaica's landscape and language to conmaent on her country's liistory and poUtics and the effects of colonization. Her first book of stories, "Summer Lightning," won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1987. New and forthcoming works include a poetry collection, a fourth book of stories and the non-fiction "Dictionary of Jamaican Heritage." She div- ides her time between Toronto and Kingston, Jamaica, For more information on the reading and the series, call 301-405-3820.