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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 • Number 15 * December 12, 2000 


bids you adieu and 
happy holidays! this 
is the last issue of 
the semester. we 
look forward to 
our return feb. 6 

Journalism School Selected for 
National High School Project 

Kermit, and His Creator, 
Find a Home at Maryland 

Noted Maryland Artist to Sculpt Famous Alum and Friend 

Jay Hal! Carpenter, who has 
been creating publicly com 
missioned sen I [mi res in the 
Washington area for more 
ilntn i wo decades, will sculpt 
j statue of University of 
Mary bind alumnus Jim Benson 
and his beloved creation 
Kermit tor installation at the 
campus's A dele Stamp Student 

The statue is the gift ol the 

a ol 19^8 to the universi- 

,and representatives of that 

graduating class as well as of 
i Ik. university and member? 
the Henson family chose 
Carpenter from among several 
noted sculptor artists who 
submitted propi >s.iis. 

The Kfe-Sized hron/ju sculp 
lure will portray Benson and 
Kermit the Frog sitting on a 
p. irk bench in conversation 
when it is Installed In from of 

"idem Union in 2002. 
landscaping for die sculpture 

Site is I lie Hilt ill the Class of 



Kermit is the most famous 
of the Moppets created by 
Henson. The Muppets influ- 
enced millions of young peo- 
ple all over the world throng 
public tek % Islorj s educations 
Sesame Street show as well 
IV specials and films for mor 
than three decades heft 
Hcnsoafc death In 1990 at 54. 

This sculpture will eaptut 
the personality Jim 

tttmimed oh page 3 

The University of 
Maryland is one of six' 
journalism schools 
nationwide selected to create 
and host an intensive two- 
week high school program 
designed to increase diversity 
within the nation's news- 

Maryland's College of Jour- 
nalism will receive a $180,000 
grant from the American Soci- 
ety of Newspaper Editors for 
the ASNE High School Jour- 
nalism Institute to train 35-40 
high school teachers from 
around the country. The 
teachers will come to the uni- 
versity next summer. 

Diversifying the nation's 
newsrooms has been a long- 
time goal of ASNE, and high 
school newspapers arc where 
many professional journalists 
first become interested in the 

But studies show that the 
number of high school news- 
papers nationwide is declin- 
ing. And a Maryland study in 
1 998 showed that schools 
with large minority popula- 
tions were less likely to have 
newspapers than schools with 
mosUy white populations. 

"Diversifying our nation's 
newsnx>ms is critical in order 
to give readers news products 
that truly reflect our society," 
said Thomas Kunkel, dean of 
the College of Journalism. 
"This program is an historic 
step to help create that 

diverse pool of future jour- 

The high school teachers 
will work with Maryland pro- 
fessors and guest speakers 
from The Washington Post. The 
(Baltimore) Sun and other 
news organizations to learn 
the basics of news writing, 
reporting, editing, layout and 
design, legal rights and 
responsibilities, and ethics. 

"Our ultimate goal is to 
have these teachers inspire a 
new generation of journalists 
who reflect America's grow- 
ing diversity," ASNE Executive 
Director Scott Bosley and 
Senior Project Director Diana 
Mitsu Klos said in a joint state- 

The College of Journalism 
has a long history of working 
with the high school press. 
The college, through the 
Maryland-D.C. Scholastic Press 
Association, has organized 
annual conventions, work- 
shops and contests for the 
region's high school newspa- 
pers and publication advisers 
for decades. 

ASNE received $500,000 
earlier this year from the John 
S. and James L. Knight 
Foundation to administer the 
high school program. The 
other schools selected by 
ASNE are the University of 
Texas, University of South 
Florida, Hampton University, 
Kent State University and Ball 
State University. 

Spirit of Graduation is in the Air 


n Thursday, Dec. 21 
the University of 
V./ Maryland will give 
3,782 students the best gift this 
holiday season; their degrees. 

The university's 226th com- 
mencement will be held at 9 
a.m. in Cole Student Activities 
Building. The ceremony wiU 
begin with die traditional pro- 
cession of faculty and students. 
After the commencement, uni- 
versity officials will host a 
reception from 1 1 a.m. to 3 
p.m. for all students and their 
families in the Stamp Student 

John S. Hendricks, founder, 
chairman and CEO of 
Discovery Communications, 

Inc., will be diis year's com- 
mencement speaker. Hendricks 
has led the prominent global 
re:ii-worid media and entertain- 
ment company to unparalleled 
growth in the past 15 years. 
This includes expansion of its 
core property, die Discovery 
("flannel, to global operations 
in 150 countries with 180 mil- 
lion subscribers. 

In 1999, Hendricks formed 
the Women's United Soccer 
Association CWUSA).Play 
begins April 2001 in eight 
cities across the United States, 
with all 20 members of the 
1999 U.S. Women's World Cup 

continued on page 2 

Rankings — One Measure of Success 

However die university 
might feel about its place In 
the annual U.S. News & World 
Report college rankings, 
there's no escaping them. 

"Whether we like the rat- 
ings or not, they're there, and 
they get a lot of coverage," 
said William Spann, assistant 
vice president for the Office 
of Institutional Research and 
Planning. "It's clear that U.S. 
News will condnue to be the 
elephant in the ratings game." 

Spann made his remarks 
during a Campus Assessment 
Working Group forum on 
Dec. I. The forum featured 
research and planning office 

analyses of how the U.S. News 
rankings of undergraduate 
educational institutions arc 
used by the public, how they 
arc calculated and what 
impact they have on die uni- 

This year, Maryland ranked 
24th among public institu 
dons. Last year, the university 
ranked 22nd, Ups and downs 
in the ratings are a common 
experience for universities for 
a number of reasons. 

For example, when U.S. 
News gave dlsproportional 
weight to the amount of 
money spent per student, the 
California Institute of 

Technology and Johns 
Hopkins University topped 
the chart. When critics com 
plained this criterion favored 
institutions heavy on graduate 
research programs or those 
with medical schools, U.S. 
News altered die measure— 
and Caltech and Johns 
Hopkins slipped back. 

Such rejiggering has led to 
charges that die magazine 
does it to heighten the drama 
surrounding the annual issue. 

In 1996, Stanford University 
president Gerhard Casper 
wrote to US. News editor 
James Fallows to complain 

continued on page 4 

December 12, 2000 


m aryland 

New Incentive Awards Program to 
Reward Academic and Personal Grit 

Your Guide to University Events 
December 12-15 

10 a.m.. Workshop: "Piano 
Masterclass," with artist in resi- 
dence Andre Watts. One of 
today's most celebrated and 
beloved pianists, in his first 
semester of a three-year ap- 
pointment at the School of 
Music, will provide coaching 
and critique to select piano 
students of 
the school. 
Ulrich Recital 
Fine Arts 

-Web Clinic." 
OIT's staff of 
Web and 
are available 
for some one- 
on-one problem solving during 
this "triage" session in 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
Web clinics are free and regis- 
tration is not required. For 
more information, contact Deb 
Mateik at 5-2945 or 
dm 1, or see 
www. oit . umd . edu/WebClinics . 

7:30-9:30 p.m.. Performance: 
"Dance Afrika." 221 2 Tawes 
Fine Arts Building. For more 
information, contact Kaisha 
Arnold at 4-1254. 

1 2 noon, Meeting: "Investors 
Group Meeting." (Details in 
For Your Interest, page 4.) 

1-3:30 p.m., Event:"UCTTA Tele- 
conference: A Guide To Under- 
standing and Action." (Details 
in For Your Interest, p. 4.) 

4:30-6 p.m., Discussion: 
"Research and Development: 
ment Relationships In and 
Among U.S. and Chinese 
Institutions." (Details in For 
Your Interest, page 4.) 

7 p.m., Reading: "Whitman- 

Walker Clinic-Poems & Prose." 
Special Events Room, McKel- 
din Library (4th floor). (Details 
in For Your Interest, p. 4.) 

1-3 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Corp- 
orate Time" (intermediate level). 
For those already familiar with 
the CT client, learn to serve as 

a proxy for other Corporate 
Time account holders through 
designate training. 0121 Main 
Admin. Registration is required 
Participants must also have a 
working Corporate Time 
account prior to the class 
(www.oit . umd. edu/projects/ 
calendar/request, html). For 
more information, contact the 
Training Coordinator at 5-2945 

9 a.m. -4 p.m., Workshop: 
"Right on Target: Using Inter- 
net Search Engines Effectively." 
This intermediate to advanced 
workshop will focus on what 
professionals need to know 
about search engines in order 
to use them most effectively. 
Search features will be covered 
and the major engines will be 
profiled and compared. The 
workshop includes hands-on 
practice. Sponsored by the 
College of Information Studies. 
Computer & Space Science. 
Pre-regist ration is required. 
For more information, contact 
Robin Albert at 5-2057 or, or visit 

calendar guide: 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for trie prefix 314 

or 405. Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination 

of inforM's master calendar anrj submissions to the Outlook office. 

Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. 

To reach the calendar editor, call 405-76t5 or e-mail to 

'Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*). 

Of the more than 20,000 
students who applied for a 
space in this year's freshman 
class at the University of 
Maryland, the vast majority 
were in-state residents, but 
fewer than 250 were from 
Baltimore City high schools. 

This is a situation that 
Maryland President CD. Mote, 
Jr. is committed to changing, 
beginning with a new initia- 
tive aimed at making the 
state's flagship university a 
conceivable aspiration for 
more city students. 

The Baltimore Incentive 
Awards Program, now being 
introduced in nine city high 
schools, will provide the finan- 
cial means, academic support 
and personal mentoring to 
assure a successful college 
experience for one student 
from each school, beginning 
in fall 2001. The program 
specifically targets students 
who have shown academic 
promise and persistence in 
spite of adverse life circum- 

"This is not simply a schol- 
arship program, it is much, 
much more," Mote said. "We 
are offering an opportunity 
for students, who in many 
cases have not dared to dream 
beyond their neighborhoods, 
to use the resources of the 
state's premier research uni- 

versity to create a future for 
themselves in the global mar- 
ketplace. We commit to doing 
everything within our power 
to help them succeed." 

At the heart of the program 
is the creation of an intimate 
community of students, advi- 
sors and faculty mentors 
through which the develop- 
ment of individual character, 
critical thinking skills and 
leadership can be nurtured. 

The selected students will 
receive hill financial assistance 
for four years to attend the 
University of Maryland and 
will be expected to live on 
campus and participate in a ■ 
variety of unique learning and 
leadership development activi- 
ties. They also will be active 
in their high schools and com- 
munities as role models for 
future university students. 

"We expect that the schol- 
ars and alumni of the program 
will, in the coming years, be a 
powerful force in shaping the 
expectations of many students 
from these schools, not just in 
competition for the Incentive 
Award, but in raising their 
sights to the possibilities of a 
college education and the 
opportunities it provides," 
Mote said. 

"I'm concerned about 
these kids, and i want more of 
them to turn to us to help 


continued fmm page l 

championship team 
participating lie also is 
vice chair of the Raltimore- 
Wasningtod 2012 Coalition 
which hopes to bring the Olymi 
to the region. 

The December graduating class holds sevt nil distinc- 
tions, it includes iwo Ph.D. candidates in tin of 
Education: Lynn Dietrich Darling and 'Jama Dubeau, both 
will be hooded by their parents. Dubeau's father, Dotiat 
(i a Maryland (acuity member in the Depart- 
ment of Astronomy. Darling's mother. Amy R Dietrich, ts a 
professor in the department of instruction and curriculum 
leadership at the University of Memphis. 

Also.Tasha Inniss, Kimberly Wccms and Sherry Scott will 
he the first African- American women to earn doctoral 
degrees in mathematics at Maryland. 

The December class joins its peers who graduated in 
May in donation of the senior class gilt— a freestanding 
clock structure, which will be placed in front of the newly 
renovated Stamp Student Union. The tradition of the cinss 
gift dates back 9 1 years. 

Individual graduation ceremonies for each school and 
college at Maryland will be held on Wednesday, Dec, 20 
and Thursday. Dec. 21 at various locations. Guests arc 
encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes early to observe 
I he student and faculty procession. 

Pree parking wilt be available in the campus lots and 
garages. The university shuttle bus service will provide 
guests free transportation across the campus throughout 
the day. Media who wish to park in the Union Lane (■arage, 
next to the Cole Student Aclivi tics Building must present 
valid and current media credentials. 

For more information, Visit 

them create their futures." 

At the participating 
Baltimore schools, counselors 
have been encouraged to con- 
duct open, internal competi- 
tions to select three to five 
nominees who meet the crite- 
ria for the award. Applications 
for this first cohort of nomi- 
nees must be submitted by 
Feb. 15,2001. 

Candidates must be gradu- 
ating seniors who meet at 
least the minimum require- 
ments for admission to the 
University of Maryland and 
also demonstrate significant 
financial need. The award 
decision will be based heavily 
on the students' demonstra- 
tion of outstanding character, 
resilience, academic commit- 
ment, leadership, community 
involvement, and persever- 
ance in the face of adversity. 

The nine high schools 
selected by die school district 
to pilot the Baltimore 
Incentive Awards Program are: 
Baltimore City College, Balti- 
more Polytechnic Institute, 
Ed m ondson/Westside , 
Northern, Northwestern, Paul 
L. Dunbar, Southern, South- 
western and Western. 

Jacqueline Wheeler, direc- 
tor of the program, said it is 
being piloted with nine 
schools to allow the university 

continued on page J 


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College of Education 
is an Economic Engine 

Educated workers are the human 
capital fueling the global economy. 
The College ot Education is an 
economic engine. By improving K- 
12 student achievement through 
research and teacher education, the 
college con tributes to a better work- 
force and a stronger economy. 

College of Education researchers 
tackle issues of leaching and learn- 
ing. Some shed light on develop- 
mental processes and how children 
learn, while others advance and test 
theories that improve teaching, 
school leadership, and educational 
policy. The research ol College of 
Education faculty as been directly 
connected to improvement in K-12 
student achievement. 

Maryland graduates teach the 
children who will become the future 
workers of the global economy, 1 be 
college of Education 

[irepares the second 
argest number of 
teachers in the state. 
With the help of the 
other colleges on cam- 
pus, future teachers 
are prepared with the 
latest tools in teaching 
as well as strong 
knowledge in the arts 
and sciences. 

A critical research 
area for the College of 
Education is the 
minority achievement 
gap. As the demo- 
graphic composition 
of the state and nation 
changes, the health of 
the economy will 
increasingly depend of minority 
workers. According to Professor 
Kenneth Strike, chair of the col- 
lege's Department of Education 
Policy and Leadership, eminent 

College Research Projects Span 
Disciplines and the State 

"The minority 

achievement gap 

is unjust. It limits 

the productivity 

of our economy, 

damages our 

children, and 

corrupts our civic 


education philosopher, and member achievement," 

Dean Edna Mora Szymanski 

of the National Academy of 
Education: "The minority achieve- 
ment gap is unjust. It limits the 
productivity of our 
economy, damages our 
children, and corrupts 
our civic culture." 
The College of 
Education has initiat- 
ed an Urban and 
Minority Education 
Initiative to raise 
funds, focus research, 
and attract lop schol- 
ars to address the 
challenges of minority 
achievement and 
urban schools. Dean 
i si [lie College ! ;dn.:i 
Mora Szymanski 
describes the role of 
the college in address- 
ing this vital need: 
"The College, working 
in partnership with the Maryland 
State Department of education 
and the county school districts, is 
well poised to lend the nation in 
research to improve minority 

As part of the state s flag- 
ship institution, the 
College of Education at 
the University of 
Maryland has a three-part 
mission that includes 
research, preparation of 
professionals and scholars 
in education and related 
disciplines, and service to 
the state. 

"The college clearly 
excels in its activities," 
says Dean Edna Mora 
Szymanski. All depart- 
ments have at least one 
program ranked in the top 
20 in the nation by U.S. 
News & World Report, or 
other national rankings. 

"Through promoting 
synergy among the compo- 
nents ol our mission, we 
will continue to increase 
our research prominence 
while helping the state and 
nation improve education, 
with special attention 
devoted to minority 
achievement ana urban 
schools," Szymanski says. 

This fiscal year has 
been especially rewarding 
lor the College of 
Education as external 
funding through research 
grants has to date 
increased to more than 
$1 7.3 million — already 
surpassing last year s total 
of $1 1.2 million. 



Improving Teaching 
and Learning 

This year's largest 
grant, $9 million horn the 
National Science 
Foundation (NSF), will 
fund the Mid -Allan tic 
Center for Mathematics 
Teaching and I-earning, a 
cooperative venture among 
Maryland, the University 
of Delaware and Penn 
Stale, as well as the Prince 
George's County Public 

Under the direction or 
James L Fey, who holds a 
joint appointment in 
departments of curriculum 
ana instruction and math- 
ematics, the center will 
develop innovative doctor- 
al programs lor lutnre 
leaders of mathematics 
education research, cur- 
riculum development and 
teacher education. The 
center also will develop 
model mathematics pro* 
grams for prospective 
teachers and provide pro- 
fessional development for 
practicing teachers. 

Linda Valli, associate 
professor of curriculum 
and instruction, also is 
studying teacher prepara- 
tion programs to deter- 
mine what types of teacher 
training and which teacher 
practices, knowledge and 
beliefs are most 
el fee live. 

Other efforts to 
improve instruction 
include MARS, 
Application and 
Reasoning Skills, a 
National Science 

Foundation-hmded pro- 
gram addressing teacher 
knowledge of math con- 
tent and teaching meth- 
ods. Led by Patricia 
Campbell, associate pro- 
lessor of curriculum and 
instruction, the program 
already has trained 1 ,600 
teachers in the Baltimore 
City Public School 
System, resulting in an 
increase in students' 
mathematics achievement. 

Leaders in Literacy 

The College also excels 
in its researcn on literacy, 
particularly reading. John 
Guthrie and Allan Wig- 
Held, professors of human 
development, recently 
received a $3.4 million 
NSF grant to determine 
whether Guthrie's 
Concept-Oriented Reading 
Instruction {CORI) pro- 
gram will work on a large 
scale to enhance reading 
achievement in science. 

"We know that reading 
comprehension is influ- 
enced by both cognitive 
and motivational factors," 
says Guthrie, former head 
of the National Reading 
Research Center. While 
many reading programs 
focus on one factor, such 
as reading strategies, 
CORI is multilaceted, 
using hands-on experi- 
ence, high-inleresl trade 
books, student autonomy 
and collaboration as well 
as strategy instruction to 
spark curiosity. 

Sieve Graham and 

continued on page 3 

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Enhancing Excellence: 

New Department Chair and Faculty Join the College 


A member of the National 
Academy of Education 
joined the College of 
Education this year as 
chair or the Department 
of Educational Policy and Leadership. 
In addition, new faculty include schol- 
ars in heritage languages, higher edu- 
cation public policy, international edu- 
cation, and educational assessment. 

Kenneth A. Strike joined the col- 
lege tram Cornell University where he 
was professor or philosophy in educa- 
tion and has taught since 1971- He 
has been a Distinguished Visiting 
Professor at the University of Alberta, 
is a past president of the Philosophy 
of Education Society, and was elected 
to the National Academy of 
Education in 1993. His masters and 
doctoral degrees are from 
Northwestern University. 

He is the author of several books, 
and more than 100 scholarly articles 

focusing on bis primary research 
interests: professional ethics and polit- 
ical philosophy in matters of educa- 
tional leadership, policy, and practice. 
He joins the faculty as a professor. 

Two new faculty have joined the 
Department of Curriculum and 
Instruction, both specializing in 
research on teaching English to 
speakers of other languages. Rebecca 
Oxford, from Columbia University, 
holds a Ph. D. from the University of 
North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 
Professor Oxford is program chair tor 
the Second Language Education pro- 
gram within the department. Dehra 
Suarez, an assistant professor, earned 
her Ph.D. at the State University of 
New York at Albany. 

The Department of Educational 
Policy and Leadership welcomed Laura 
Perna and Jing Lin this year. Perna, 
an assistant professor, holds a Ph.D. 
from the University of Michigan. Her 

primary research interests are public 
policy in higher education, college 
access and choice, and college and 
university faculty. Lin, an associate 
professor, earned an Ed.D. horn the 
University of Michigan. Education in 
East Asia, educational philosophy and 
gender issues in education are among 
her research interests. She serves on 
the board of directors for the 
Comparative ana International 
Educational Society. 

In January 2001, Robert Mislevy 
will join the Department of 
Measurement, Statistics and 
Evaluation. One of the nation's fore- 
most experts on psychometric assess- 
ment, he is a Distinguished Research 
Scholar at Educational Testing 
Service in Princeton, N.J., where he 
has worked since 1982. Professor 
Mislevy earned his Ph.D. from the 
University of Chicago. 

College of Education 
Establishes Inaugural 
Board of Visitors 

I auerahip oJ Dean Mora 

n.iuski, IK oUej! 

this group of 22 state 
and national education leaders and 
distinguished bus&uesa professionals will 
■ ■ he dean on strategic direcHorj 
college outreach initiatives. 

>ekhced Marfcti J fairs director 

Buz? Bartlett said he was pleased to serve 
as chairman and thanked I he leaders for 
their support of the college and the univer- 
sity. Educators, business leaders and other 
committed citizens am .1 to 

play a tole in strengthening and enhancing 
the college, ranked 23rd in the nation. I he 
-fl meeting was in June; they will 
convene again in January 2001. 

Members; of the Board ol Visitors, chareed 
by Bartlett include: Christopher Cross, 
Council for Ba~k" Education; 
P.-ih'k'ia Pocrster, Maryland Stale Tea. 

Association; Thomas Fioreslano, Sr.; 

Joanne Goldsmith; David [rrug, American 

Association of Colleges ol Colleges lor 

Teacher Education; Nancy Grisinict, 

State Superrnteadent ol Schools; the 

I lonorahle William Coodling, U.S. [louse 

of Representatives; Carmen Russo, chief 

executive at Baltimore City 3chi> 
George Funflro; Richard I ho mas Ingram, 
Association Ol Governing Board of 
I diversities and Colleges; Gene w. 
Kijowski, Century Pool Management! 
l.awler, Giant Food, Int.; Roseau n 
McGechin; George Marx; Iris T. Mi 
lYin. t ' George's County schools superin- 
tendent; Wayne Mill.-. New Millennium 
Ventures; Jan Mo ol 

Baltimore; Carol PiiLtm, Anne Arundel 

County school:? t-uperinlendenl; 
Bernard iradiisky, Queen A aunty 

Schools superintendent; Mauriqe Siinpkins. 
Group; Susan Traiman 

The fh 


and Evelyn Pasteur Valentine. 

The College of Education is ranked 
23rd by U.S. News & WatU Report* 
All fix departments have at least one 
program ranked in the bop 20 by U.S. 
News or another national ranking. 

• The Department of Counseling 
and Personnel Services ranks 1st 
in the nation. 

" The Special Hduca 1 «H- 

. t rank? 10th. 


" Rehabilitation (5) 

• j ; 

" Policy and Social 

• Elementary Houcat 

" ( ai and Insinuation 

• Aduii adcrship 


New Assessment Center Leads Evaluation 
of Statewide MSPAP Testing Programs 

At the center of the state's 
efforts to assess and evaluate 
student progress and achieve- 
ment is the new Maryland 
Assessment Research Center for 
Education Success (MARCES) in 
the Department of Measurement, 
Statistics and Evaluation. 

The Center's largest contract is 
with the Maryland Slate Department 
of Education, The three-year, $1.15 
million funding is for a number of 
important assessment projects. The 
largest one is to evaluate the 
MbPAP tests, which have been used 
in Maryland school districts for 10 

"MARCES has been given an 
opportunity to help the state organ- 
ize several recently completed evalua- 

tions as well as to add to them with 
an ambitious new study," says Robert 
Lissitz, chair of the Department of 
Measurement, Statistics and 
Evaluation, and acting director of 
the center. "This effort will let us 
examine MSPAP in a way that will 
not only illuminate what is being 
done now, but will lead to the identi- 
fication of improvements, if they are 
needed," he says. 

The center has contracted with 
the Stanford Research Institute 
(SKI) of California to review and 
evaluate MSPAP. "By subcontract- 
ing with SKI, there will be no ques- 
tion about the objectivity ol ibis 
elfort and the commitment of the 
state of Maryland to getting a lair 
and honest review of MSPAP," says 

Lissitz. "The State Department of 
Education can be assured that the 
center will not he involved in any- 
thing but the most valid evaluation 
work possible." 

The report by SRI will discuss 
lest design, content development, 
administration and scoring proce- 
dures, and make recommendations 
for enhancing MSPAP 

" 1 he center will help us ensure 
that sLate testing programs will hene- 
lil from the most current research 
available, says State Superintendent 
ol Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. 
"Maryland s testing programs are 
among the nation's best and we need 
to maintain that quality and integri- 
ty through partnerships such as 

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College Research Projects Span Disciplines and the State 

continued prom page 1 

Karen Harris, professors in the special 
education department, have been explor- 
ing how to prevent writing prohlems 
among primary graders with and without 
disabilities. "Our work in the Prince 
George's County schools is showing that 
supplemental instruction in handwrit- 
ing, spelling and planning is improving 
children's reading as well as their writ- 
ing," Graham says. 

Other literacy research in the College 
focuses on early readers. Mariam jean 
Dreher, professor of curriculum and 
instruction, has heen investigating ways 
to help upper elementary school stu- 
dents develop strategies for finding and 
using information in report writing. She 
recently received a Spencer Foundation 
grant to extend this work to younger 
children. Beginning in the second grate, 
low- income, minority children's experi- 
ence u'illi expository texl will lie 
increased, with the goal of improving their 
reading achievement and engagement. 

Research Examines Diversity 

College faculty also address the needs of 
diverse, minority learners in the United 
States and the world. With respect to litera- 
cy, Rehecca Oxford, professor of curriculum 
and instruction, investigates second language avoidant, the other socially engaging— that 
learning, particularly how students of varying are present even among young infants. "We 
cultural backgrounds and learning styles dif- now want to identify the biological bases of 
ter in terms of the instructional. strategies, temperament and the types of relationships 

hetween parents and children that modify 
or support these styles," Fox explains. 
"This has important implications for 
social development into the school years. 
Melanie Kiflen s work, which is also 
funded by NSF, examines how stereo- 
types affect the moral decision-making of 
young children and adolescents. "We are 
looking at the social-cognitive process of 
how children coordinate their strong 
sense of fairness and morality with stereo- 
types they develop about groups. An 
important part of social lite is to deal 
with the tension between these two," says 
Kill en. 

Within the educational psychology 
program, Patricia Alexander, one of this 
year's University Scholar-Teachers, is 
looking at the development of compe- 
tence and expertise. "We can no longer 
send our children off on their journeys of 
formal learning without a far richer 
understanding of what they should attain as 
a result. Our research shows that academic 

John Guthrie, Director, Maryland Literacy 
Research Center 

now seek graduates with cross-cultural com- 

Basic research in child development is 
being conducted in the human development 
department. Nathan Fox, whose work is 
funded under a $2.5 million grant from the 
National Institutes of Health, has identified 
two distinct temperaments in chudren- — one 

James T. Fey, Director of the Center for Math 
Teaching and Learning 

materials, classroom interaction and self- 
direction. She has also demonstrated how 
specific learning strategies affect the achieve* competence is not generic, hut develops sepa- 

ment of second language learners. 

Juveniles in the criminal justice system 
are the focus of Peter Leone s research, 
Leone, professor in the special education 
department, has found that a large propor- 
tion of these youngsters has significant 
learning prohlems. "With better research, 
we can demonstrate that providing these stu- 
dents with the basic educational 
services to which they are entitled 
can be done better and more inex- 
pensively in their communities," he 

Jefl Milem, counseling and per- 
sonnel services, takes a more global 
look at diversity and found thai il 
benefits all students and even educa- 
tional institutions. "Students who 
learn in more heterogeneous learn- 
ing environments show measurable 
gains in cognitive development," 
Milem says. "And many employers 

rately in each academic Held," she says. 

For more information on the College of 
Education — its research projects, faculty 
achievements and collaborations with state 
and national associations and schools, visit 
www. education, umd . ed u . 

College of Education — 
Growth in External 
Funding 1996-2001 

Historical Information 
the University of Maryland, 
College of Education 

The academic year L 994-95 marked the (Sth anniverSa] 
establishment or a separate school of education art the I University of 
Maryland. The school became the College of Education in ' 
The Benjamin Building, huill in 1965, is home to the Colli 
Education. The building is named fur [ larold Benjamin, dean 
of t R e college from 1938 to 19+3 and from 1447 to 1952. 


larold Cotterman, Dean 

J 923-38 

W'illard Small, Dean 


Harold Benjamin, Dean 


■Vrnold loyal, Dean 


enry B recti hill, Dean 


hi mid Benjamin, Dean 


Wilbur Devilhtss, Dean 


I enry Brechbill, Dean 


Vernon Anderson, Dean ' 


Robert Carhone, Dean 


Donald Mafcy, Acting Dean 


Robert Emails, Dean 


Gerthon Morgan, Acting Dean 


Dean Corrigan, Dean 


George Marx, Acting Dean & 

Assistant Provost 


Dale Scatuiell, Dean 


jean 1 Icbeler, Acting Dean 


Will its I Liwley, Dean 


Thomas Weibl. Dean 


Bona Mora Szymanski, Dean 

afc R 

College of Education — Vital Statistics 
(November 2000) 

The College of Education at the 
University of Maryland, College 
Park is ranked 23rd among colleges 
or education by U.S. News & 
World Report for 2000-2001. Programs in 
the college prepare educators, counselors, 
psychologists, administrators, researchers, 
and educational specialists. Graduates work 
with individuals from infancy through adult- 
hood in colleges and universities, schools, 
and community agencies. Educational pro- 
grams are accredited and approved by the 
National Councu for Accreditation of 
1 Teacher Education, Maryland State 
Department of Education, American 
Psychological Association, Councu on 
Accreditation of Counseling and Related 
Educational Prolessions, and the L ouncil on 
Rehabilitation Education. The Dean of the 
College of Education is Dr. Edna Mora 

Total Current Enrollment (2000- 
2001): 2,172 

• Undergraduate 1,251 

• Graduate 921 

Full-time Tenured/Tenure-track 

ALUMNI: 34,000 

College of Education Leadership 

Edna Mora Szymanski, Dean 
Thomas D. ^feible, Senior Associate Dean 
James G. Cibulka, Associate Dean 
Richard K. jantz, Associate Dean 
I'liilip J. Burke, Department of 

Special Education 

Martin L. Johnson, Chair, and Anna O, 
Graeber, Acting Chair, Department of 
Curriculum and Instruction 
Paul W. Power, Chair, Department of 
Counseling and Personnel Services 
Kenneth Strike, Chair, Department ol 
Educational Policy and Leadership 

Stephen W. Porges, 
Chair, Department 
of Human 
Robert W. Lissitz, 
Chair, Department 
of Measurement, 
Statistics and 


The College of Education 
offers undergraduate, master's 
and doctoral programs in research- 
and practice-oriented specializations within 
its six departments: Counseling and 
Personnel Services — EDCP; Curriculum 
and Instruction — EDO; Education Policy 
and Leadership — EDPL; Human 
Development — EDHD; Measurement, 
Statistics and Evaluation — EDMS; and 
Special Education— EDS P. 


For a complete listing of College or 
Education faculty awards and honors, see 
http ://educa lion . html 


Office of the Dean — College of Education 

3119 Benjamin Building 

LJniversity of Maryland 

College ark, MD 20742 

College of Education, Alumni Chapter 
Board of Directors 2000-2001 

Jane Fines — President, Erin Rooney- 
Echel — Treasurer; Sharon Braver, Stanley 
Galicki, Jenny K. Johnson, Lisa Kiely, 
Charles Marcus, Barbara Marcus, Nancy 
Pinson Millhurn, Aaron Navarro, Rachel 
Petty, Ruth J. Pratt; and William G. 
Htilliday — f •acuity Liaison, Richard \mil? 
Dean's Office Liaison. 

Maryland Principals' 
Institute Supports States 
Reform Efforts 

In recognizing the importance of principals in 
school improvement and student success, the 
Department ol Education Policy and Leadership 
sponsored the Maryland Principals' Institute In 


The institute is designed to support the state J s 
school reform agenda. It is in partnership with the 
Maryland State Department of Education, educa- 
tional organizations for teachers and administra- 
tors, school districts and the Maryland Business 

Each institute brings together practicing princi- 
pals from around the state for an intensive focus 
on one topic during an initial three-day summer 
session, reinforced with three additional follow-up 
days during the school year to support implemen- 
tation of the selected topic. 

The theme of the 2000-2001 Maryland 
Principals Institute, 'Each Child Achieving: 
Focus on Reading K-12," was chosen to highlight 
and build on the new approaches to improving 
reading achievement that have been developed 
in Maryland, More than 130 principals, 
representing 23 school districts, are 

involved in this year s institute, 
which opened with summer work- 
shops on best practices in improv- 
ing reading achievement from 
kindergarten to grade 12. 

Three winter and spring 200 1 
follow-up sessions will provide 
principals with opportunities to 
deepen their understanding ol 
each oi the following elements of 
improving reading achievement lor 
each child: good instructional 
practices, assessment practices and 
staff development. 

Personnel Program Celebrates 
40 Years of Contributions 

ne of the nation's leading programs in preparing student affairs 
professionals commemorated its 40th year anniversary 
this past spring. 

Tub College of Education's College Student Personnel Program 

bserved its anniversary from 1999-2000 with a special collocrui- 

um series, a gala celebration in Washington, D.C. during the 

national American College Personnel Association Conference, and 

the Maryland Student Affairs Conference 2000 

at Stamp Student Union. 

Founded in 1959, the program has prepared an estimated 1,000 
students who have gone on to work in various positions with col- 
leges and universities. "We have been a major contributor to the 
development of student affairs professionals,' said Susan Komives, 
Department of Counseling and Rirsonnel Services faculty memher 
and program director. 

To capture how Maryland's College Student Personnel alumni and 
faculty have helped shape the student affairs profession, a diverse 
collection of thoughts and ideas was gathered from alumni and 
compiled into "The Maryland Papers." Significant topic areas 
addressed in the collection include organization and leadership ol 
student affairs, the changing nature of college students, learning 
and development of students, student empowerment and diversity 
of student communities. This collection can be viewed on-line at 
www, u S P4( ) . 



Produced Ky tlit* Office of I 'nivcrsity Communication- for tlitf CaUegd of licmcattim. Design liy Cvnlliia Mitcli<*L Pnoto^rapli* ny Cynthia Mitdiul .mil Jolm T Consoli, 




Returning Professor Brings Perspective 
on African Americans and Public Policy 

1994 article in 
New York Times 
caught Christopher 
Foreman's eye. The 
. president was about 
to sign an executive order called 
"Federal Actions to Address 
Environmental Jusice in Minority 

rd Low Income Populations" 
"I'd never heard of environmen- 
tal justice," Foreman says. He 
thought it a terrific topic for 
a book: lay out the move- 
ment's claims that dispropor- 
tionate environmental risks 
fall on low-income and 
minority communities, then 
taik about alternatives. But by 
the time he finished his 
research, he realized he'd 
have to write a different 
book altogether 

"The Promise and Peril of 
Environmental Justice," pub- 
lished in 1 988, examined the 
movement's claims and ques- 
tioned whether its advocates 
were using race opportunisti- 
cally to leverage dieir politi- 
cal agendas. "People were in 
fact misperceiving the as 

n atti re o f envi ro nine nta 1 
threat," Foreman says. "And a g 

* g 

certain amount of the mis- = 
perception was deliberate." * 

Foreman, who Joins the 2 
School of Public Affairs £ 
faculty this semester as the 
head of the school's social 
policy program, has become 
a prominent critic of the environ- 
mental justice movement, arguing 
that its incendiary rhetoric of 
"environmental racism" is a cover 
for activists more interested in 
grassroots empowerment than 
working to end core public health 
problems thai pose immediate 
threats to people of color. 

Foreman acknowlcges tiiat envi- 
ronmental risks are more likely to 
be round in proximity to poor 
people than the wealthy. But the 
link with race, he says, is uncon- 
vincing. "There is an enormous 
amount of passion riding atop Very 
little evidence," he says. 

Foreman wrote his book while 
a senior fellow at the Brookings 
Institution, where he will continue 

as a nonresident senior fellow. He 
believes his affiliation with the 
think tank, plus the fact that be is 
African American, positioned him 
well to perform what he calls a 
public service in his critique of 
the environmental justice move- 

His credentials also have provid- 
ed a measure of immunity from 

New Social Policy Director Foreman 

criticism. As he points out, in the 
past 40 years three sacred causes 
have emerged: civil rights, environ- 
mentalism and the role of women 
in society. Environmental justice 
blends two of those causes. "Even 
people who know better are reluc- 
tant to say what they think, for 
fear of the political fallout " says 

Which is not to say he's unsym- 
pathetic to die stated cause of the 
environmental justice movement. 
Its advocates have made com- 
pelling arguments, and Foreman 
fully expects die current adminis- 
tration will have to address the 
issue, Ix'cause the movement has 
been quite effective in stopping 
the construction or operations of 

facilities of which they disapprove. 

Rather, he says, people need to 
keep risks in perspective. While 
there are serious health problems 
that disproportionately affect low- 
income people and minorities, 
they arc more closely related to 
economic fragility than industrial 

That position links to his cur 
rent agenda: a book on tobac- 
co politics atvd the evolution 
of civil society's opposition to 
smoking. Foreman also is 
writing on environmental 
reform and strategic work- 

f force development in health 
and safety bureaucracies. 'l"hls 
spring he will teach a gradu- 
ate course on African 
Americans and public policy 
and is developing a course on 
the management of land-use 

When he's not working, 
he spends lime with his fami- 
ly runs, and at age 48, is learn- 
ing to play the piano."! just 
learned to play the 
Flintstones theme song,' he 
says. "I can also play a pretty 
mean 'Blue Moon" 

It's a triumphant return to 
Maryland for Foreman, who 
in 1987 left his former UM 
position as assistant professor 
of government and politics 
after eight unfocused years. 
"I didn't go up for tenure 
because 1 hadn't published," 
he says." I entered academies with- 
out a sense of what 1 wanted lo do 
or how I wanted to fit in." 

For 17 months, he was a house 
husband putting the final touches 
on his first book, "Signals From the 
Hill: Congressional Oversight and 
the Challenge of Social Reform." 
Published by Yale University Press 
in 1988, it won the 1989 D.B. 
Hardeman Prize for that year's best 
first book on Congress. A faculty 
appointment to American 
University soon followed, Shordy 
after that, Brookings called. And 
now, he is returning to the univer- 
sity as a full professor 

"l liad a long dry spell," says 
Foreman. "It feels good to he com- 
ing back to College Park." 

In Order to Form a More Perfect Image 

Look no further dun the cam- 
pus to find a multimedia 
communications and market- 
ing firm known for its award-win- 
ning excellence. On the occasion of 
director of university publications 
Judith Bair's retirement, a new orga- 
nizational structure will allow fur- 
ther integration and collaboration 
between university communica- 
tions, marketing and publications. 
For three heads of these vari- 
ous departments, it means a 
chance to better coordinate their 
efforts and more support for their 

shared mission: 

Margaret Hall, director of design, 
will oversee all of the creative ele- 
ments of official university publica- 
tions, as well as work done for vari- 
ous departments and colleges. 

Linda Martin, director of Internet 
communication, will continue her role 
as overseer of the university's elec- 
tronic link with the outside world. 

Dianne Burch steps into a new 
position, university editor. She will 
oversee all university magazines 
and their staffs, as well as publica- 
tions work done elsewhere on cam- 

pus. Reporting to Burch will be a 
new magazine editor, who will be 
responsible for College Park and 
Maryland Research magazines. 

"We'll be meeting and talking 
regularly," said Terry Flannery, exec- 
utive director of university commu- 
nications and marketing. "This will 
allow us to put more content into 
other areas." 

It also gives the university a bet- 
ter chance to showcase its sophisti- 
cation with new technology, includ- 
ing continued improvements to its 
Web site and mare targeted e-mail. 

New Incentive Awards Program 

continued from page 2 

to fully develop the infrastructure that will be need- 
ed to ensure its long term success. Based on a simi- 
lar program that Mote worked with at the University 
of California-Berkeley, the Baltimore Incentive Awards 
Program is expected to expand to more schools witii- 
in the city and to other districts across the state. 

A selection committee composed of corporate 
and community leaders and university alumni will 
interview each nominee and select one finalist from 
each school. Applicants will be compared only with 
others from the same school. The final decision on 
admission will be made by the university's Office of 
Undergraduate Admissions. 

"I know from my earlier experience that this pro- 
gram has the potential to have a tremendous impact 
on these students, on their communities, and on the 
university's relationship with them "Mote said. "We 
hope to build a culture within the community and 
within the university that advocates for the success 
of these students who have demonstrated the per- 
sonal commitment to lift themselves up." 

The program will initially be funded through sup 
port from foundations and private donors. The uni- 
versity has already launched an aggressive fund rais- 
ing program aimed at establishing an endowment 
for each participating school. 

Kerrnit and Hen son at Home at UM 

continued from page t 

Heawn and hi . I partner: Carpenter 

explained.' Their whimsy and humor will he • 

veyed through the depii 


Jane Henson. widow of the tinned pUppctecr, 
said,*! was very Impressed widijay Hall Carpenter's 
skill as a sculptor - work and spirit 

makv him the ideal artist toots [fan 

loved attending the university and ii was clearly .m 
important beginn l 

am grateful rh, its of the i 

. •■ 

for recognizing Jim as an ouisi 

tdd the warmth 
id i I 
Student Union,' said James 

newest student lo the oldest alumnus, commtn 
met ' 

shed st> much and 

in t\ . 

with his own pup 

rog made his first 

since designed m. • 500 of thi .cm 

lorning the buikli 

figures such a- 
John Walker. 

Carpenter also has sculpted for the Smithsonian 
Institution, the t 'nil v and 

the Department nt State. He has portraye 

notables as Helen H irmll.Farl 

I Upper f inventor i rfTuppcrwarc) and! n 
Douglass. The sutt imis- 

sioned him lo create an 8-foot b? i ifthe 

late Untis Goldstein, long time sta 

II the Henson pro] arpentcrsaid,"! gp 
adraJ ■ ' this project offers ntc an 

opportunity to contribute to the lively cultural 
growth of the Washington i o inspire 

students by Jim Hcnsun's % 

tut most important l( is a chafi >>noran 

aid performer <■■■ . both 

than he found i think oi 

December 12,2000 


Journalism Dean Thomas Kunkel's most 
recent book, "Letters From the Editor: The 
New Yorker's Harold Ross," has been named 
a Notable Book for 2000 by the New York 
Titties Book Review. The book was 
described as "selections from Ross's abun- 
dant correspondence... calculated to dispel 
the notion that The New Yorker's founding 
editor was a lucky bumpkin." Kunkel's earli- 
er biography of Ross, "Genius in Disguise," 
was a 1995 New York Times Notable Book, 
The Modern Library is bringing out a paper- 
back edition of "Letters From the Editor* in 
January 2001. In addition to being dean, 
Kunkel Ls president of American 
Journalism Review, the national monthly 
magazine published by the college. 


continued 'from page I 

about the magazine's misleading "specious 
formulas and spurious precision." Gerhard 
questioned whether die quality of any uni- 
versity can be measured statistically, and 
urged tallows lo"waJk away from these mis- 
leading ranking 

Obviously, that hasn't happened. The 
online magazine Mate has repotted lhat the 
annual milking issue sells twice as mam 
newsstand copies as any other issue of I 

• nut outsells the swiniMJit edition of 
Sports Illustrated. Add in the sales of die 
paperback version of tin- rankings, and the 
market forces driving an annual shakcup an- 

I - says M* rankings should be but 

one of many criteria students use when 
choosing a college. Surveys, including a small- 
sample poll taken at Maryland, show thai stu- 
dents tend to do just lhat. 

But like celebrities who arc famous for 
being famous, the rankings carry weight 
be* ause everyone knows about them. Spann 
said ( itiv. Parris Glendening already has raised 
question:* about the university's showing, and 
president Dan Mote has been told to prepare 
himself for similar questioning from the state- 
house when legisLiiurs convene. 

Spann said his office focuses on UM's 
standings among the top 50 public universi- 
ties, ntici has exchanged data with other peer 
universities in mutual attempts to figure out 
ascensions and descents. He said it's appar- 
ent that changes in an institution's rank may 
not reflect real change in its quality, in large 
part because the rankings are relative — flat 
is, Maryland may achieve a higher rank 
because another university lias slipped. 

And because LIS. News compares institu- 
tions 1 7 different ways, with the largest 
weight given to a subjective assessment of 
academic reputation, it's hard if not impossi- 
ble to figure out what went wrong or right. 
"Clearly, we cant run the place based on the 
rankings in U.S. News' Spann said. 

However, he added, there is room for 
improvement. While the university must con- 
tinue to operate with the values stated in its 
mission, administrators should keep an eye 
on upwardly mobile institutions, 

Tlie university also needs to develop bet- 
ter ways to tell its story, because for now, the 
public and policymakers are reading U.S. 
News, "We're under-reporting our successes," 
Spann said. 

Understanding UCITA 

UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information 
Transactions Act, is a proposed state law that seeks to 
create a unified approach to the licensing of software 
and information. Maryland and Virginia have passed 
UCITA, and it will be under consideration in many odier 
states in the near future. UCITA's broad scope and focus 
on software and information requires tliat the research, 
education, and library communities understand what the 
adoption of UCITA will 
mean for the 

Difference Through 

K- hoEdaj season is a Ivcas well an re 

Community Service Programs maintains a list of local serv 
opportunities, currently including holklaj service lip 
lilies, on its Web site. From Animal 

,,, r everyone Por tb 

i"UoHda ;>pommiii' 

University of Maryland Graduate School; Xiaoming Jin, 
Minister-Counselor for Science & Technology, PRC 
Embassy; Charles Larson, President, Industrial Research 
Institute; and Alvin Strccter, Office of Sci &Tech 
Cooperation, U.S. Dcpt. of State. 

Please RSVP to Rebecca McGinnis, China Programs 
Coordinator, 1GCA, at 3014050213, via fax at 301-405- 
0219, or by e-mail, rm 

2001 Dance Fellowships Available 

The Department of Dance is pleased to announce 
two new fellowship opportunities for professional 
dancers and choreographers pursuing an MFA in dance. 
Applications are due by Feb. 1,2001 for entry in 
Fall 2001. Those interested should contact Karen 
Bradley at 301-401-0.387 or kbrad ley® warn. umd. 
edu. More information is available at 
GraduateProgram , 

Minority-Controlled Businesses 
Focus of Investors Group Meeting 


and core values of 

tilt- higher education and library communities 

On Wednesday, Dec. 13. the Office of Information 
Technology and LIniversity Libraries will sponsor a live 
broadcast of the UCITA Teleconference. Their goal is to 
help those interested learn more about UCITA and the 
implications of the law passed by the Maryland General 
Assembly, which went into effect October 1 . No RSVP is 
necessary for this event, which will take place from 1- 
3:30 p.m. in 4210T Hornbake. 

A tape will be available for check-out from Nonprint 
Media Services in Hornbake Library following the event. 
For more information, contact Rodney Petersen at 301- 
405-7349 or, or see 
www. Eve n t/uci ta . h tml . 

Skiing, Skin and Sun 

Typically, people think about using sunscreen and 
protecting themselves from sun exposure during the 
spring or summer months, but not when they are skiing 
or spending a lot of time outdoors over the winter. 
Sunscreen with a SPF of 1 5 or greater should be used 
daily because sun damage is cumulative. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
warns that the incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of 
skin cancer associated with sun exposure, is rising at the 
rate of 4 percent a year. Melanoma is one of the easiest 
of all cancers to spot in the earliest stages by simple self- 
examination. Look for ABCDs: 

• Asymmetrical moles 

• Borders around the moles that are irregular 

• Color that is blotchy or more than one tone or color 

• Diameter of moles that are more than 6 mm. 
Any changing mole should be examined by a 

For more information, including referral information 
for a medical appointment, contact Pat Johnston at the 
University Health Center, 301-314-8129 or Another resource is 

New IGCA Discussion Series 

The Institute for Global Chinese Affairs (IGCA) 
announces a new discussion series, "Our Common 
Global Agenda," and invites you to attend the first event. 
"Research and Development: Business-University- 
Government Relationships In and Among U.S. and 
Chinese Institutions" will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13 
from 4:30-6 p.m. in 0106 Francis Scott Key Hall. 

Speakers include William Destler,VP for Research, 

Sabrina Warren Bush, senior vice president of equity 
sales for The Chapman Co. since 1992, will discuss die 
investment strategy of "domestic emerging markets" at 
the monthly meeting of the Investors Group on Wednes- 
day, Dec. 13 at 12 noon in 4137 McKeldin library. 

Nathan A. Chapman Jr., president and founder of The 
Chapman Company, is chairman of the University System 
of Maryland Board of Regents. 

The Chapman Company, based in Baltimore, special- 
izes in a unique investment strategy titled domestic 
emerging markets (DEM). DEM represents a universe of 
companies whose common characteristics are their 
investment potential and that they are controlled by an 
African-American, an Asian-American, a Hispanic- 
American, or a woman. 

From 1982 to 1992, Bush was employed with 
Maryland National Bank in various capacities including 
vice president of employee relations for all die sub- 
sidiaries of MNC Financial Inc., and vice president of 
strategic planning for the retail banking division. Bush 
attended the University of Florida and received her mas- 
ter's in business with a concentration in finance from 
Johns Hopkins University in 1998. 

The entire campus community is invited to attend 
Investors Group meetings. For more information, call 
Frank Bodies at 301-405-9126. 

Health, Life and Poetry 

Clients from the Austin Center for Health and living, 
part of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, will read original 
poems at the University of Maryland on Dec. 13 at 7:00 
p.m. in the Special Events Room of McKeldin Library 
(4th floor). The Austin Center provides day treatment 
services for people living with HIV/ AIDS in the 
Washington, D.C-area. The reading is free and open to 
the public. A reception will follow. 

"Writing poetry allows the clients a meditative oppor- 
tunity to focus on their thoughts, an opportunity that is 
not always possible in the busy workday," said Catherine 
Crum, program manager at the Austin Center. 

The workshops are a revival of similar efforts that 
English professor and creative writing instructor Joyce 
Kornblatt organized five years ago. 

Clients participating in the reading have studied writ- 
ing since last year with Emily Dunn.Taryn Roeder and 
Clare Banks, graduate students in UM's creative writing 
program. "It gives them a voice," said Dunn. "They learn 
how to work out their thoughts on paper. We talk about 
what they've written, but it's not a critical workshop." 

The poems have been published in Smartish Pace, a 
Baltimore-based independent poetry journal. "Whitman- 
Walker Clinic-Poems & Prose" will be available at the 
reading for $5, all proceeds to benefit the Whitman- 
Walker clinic. For more information, call Laura Lauth at