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Black Saga 


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Volume 15 Number 21 March 13, 2001 

Rlversdale, the historic house where the University of Maryland may have been conceived by Charles Calvert, 
is undergoing a slow transformation to restore its historic sense of place. 

New Policy Affirms 
Commitment to Four- 
Year Baccalaureates 

Full-time University of Maryland students 
are expected to complete their undergrad- 
uate degrees in four years, according to a 
policy that President Dan Mote has adopt- 
ed as official university practice. 

The policy, outlined in die "University of 
Maryland Statement of Expectation of Progress 
Toward a Degree," states that in order to graduate 
in four years, "students must plan carefully in con- 
sultation with an academic advisor, declare a major 
early, and complete 30 credits each year, which is 
usually accomplished by completing a normal 
course load of 14 to 16 credits each semester and 
by completing general education and major 
requirements in a timely manner." 

The statement acknowledges that "students who 
change majors, who declare a major late in die 
sophomore year, who enroll in a limited number of 
select programs, or who take advantage of certain 
special opportunities that enrich the undergradu- 
ate experience may require up to five years to 
complete a degree." 

The statement goes on to say that "all students 
should develop and regularly review a multi-year 
course plan for completing their intended pro- 

contimted on page 6 

Birthplace of 
University Reborn 

Beside the north doorway of the grand hall of 
the historic Riversd;ile Mansion someone has 
gouged a quarter-inch wide, six-inch long 
scratch and penciled tiny words beside it. 

tit is not the work of a vandal in this early 19th 
entury relic a few miles south of the University of 
Maryland campus. Rather fittingly, it is the work of 
a historic paint consultant who has painstakingly 
peeled through nearly 200 years of paint jobs. The 
pencil marks record the dates of each layer. 

Since it is entirely possible that the idea for the 
University of Maryland first sprang into Charles 
Calvert's mind in an adjoining room, the Riversdaie 
sion is of as much interest to some .people at 
le university as It Is to Edward, pay 'and the staff of 
le RiversdaJe Mansion. 
One reason to preserve historic places is to \ 
experience the sense of place that influenced 
;isive moments in history. The ghosts of event 
st seem to linger on ancient battlegrounds and in 
ic rooms where great documents were written 
id debated 

Day, wbo Is djptctor of die Riversdaie Mansion 
id a graduate of the University of Mary I 

tersceing a patient and thorough cfiorf to restore 
i iginai sense of place to a building that wa 
onc» enter of a iarge and thriving plantation, 

where notables of the early federal government 
sojourned, and where the tragedy of American slav- 
ery flourished as an economic reality. 

As carefully selected teams of archeotoglsts, his- 
torians and artists carry ont A le restoration work, 
the museum staff is also trying to raise public 
awareness of (he building and its history, in part to 
help raise money for the work. 

"This work takes years," says Day. "You need the 
right artists, technicians and interest ." 
At least at the university, die interest has been 
growing, from President Dan Mote and his wife 

A Test of Knowledge, A Chance to Shine 

Area elementary school children bring black history competition to campus 

It's 8:15 a.m. and fourth grade 
teacher Pia McClean is backstage 
with nine nervous children. In just 
a few minutes, they'll get up in 
front of the whole school to show 
what they've learned about the 
African-American experience. 

Some of the children quiz their 
teammates, leafing through dog- 
eared study guides— 80 pages 
jammed with 74 1 questions. For 
weeks they've been studying at 
lunch, after school, and at home. 

McClean is nervous too. She got 
the students involved in this and 

wants tilings to go smoothly. 
"We've got a program to put on," 
she says, as she puts a green cloth 
around each student in the manner 
of headdresses worn by African eld- 
ers and chiefs. 

This is the first year tfiat chil- 
dren at the Barnaby Manor 
Elementary School in Oxon Hill, 
Maryland are taking part in a grow- 
ing, statewide program: the Black 
Saga Competition. The brainchild 
of university geographer Charles 
Christian, the African- American his- 
tory competition has grown over 

the past decade from a single 
school to nearly 40 across the 
state. Hundreds of fourth- through 
eighth-graders take part. The win- 
ners from each school advance to a 
statewide championship at the uni- 

The nine children — diree per 
team — take their seats on stage, as 
uniformed students file into the 
auditorium class by class. 

continued on page 4 





New Center to Study Impact of Global Climate 

continued on 


The U.S. Department of Energy's 
Pacific Northwest National 
Laboratory (PNNL) and the 
University of Maryland, two institu- 
tions with expertise in the scientif- 
ic and policy issues of global cli- 
mate change, are joining forces to 
advance the understanding of 
these vital and complex issues. 

Maryland and PNNL are creating 
a Joint Global Change Research 
Institute in College Park that will 
investigate the scientific, social and 
economic implications of climate 
change, both nationally and global- 

"By combining the capabilities 
of our two institutions, we expect 
to have a powerful impact on the 
study of global climate change," 

said Lura Powell, director of PNNL, 
a premier DOE research and devel- 
opment laboratory that is based in 
Washington state and operated by 

"We are looking forward to part- 
nering with the university's first- 
class faculty and graduate students 
in economics, public policy, earth 
and environmental sciences, engi- 
neering and the social sciences. 
Maryland has strong research inter- 
ests close to our own, and an 
understanding of exactly the col- 
laboration we had in mind," said 

The new institute will bring 
together some 25 PNNL climate 
change researchers now based in 
Washington, DC, including well- 

known scientists Bill Chandler and 
James "Jae" Edmonds, with many 
top Maryland faculty and research 
scientists, Maryland's participants, 
such as global change research pio- 
neer Konstantin Vinnikov, bring 
leadership in a host of climate- 
change-related research areas rang- 
ing from atmospheric chemistry to 
remote sensing to resource eco- 

"The two institutions are 
already bonding faculty, students 
and lab researchers through 
research projects and student 
research advisory committees and 
we expect our collaboration to 
grow quickly," said William Destier, 
vice president for research and 

continued on page 7 

March 13,2001 

da tell 


march 13 

9-1 1:30 a.m., Workshop: 
"Writing PRD Expectations: 
The Key to Performance and 
Productivity," a PRD training 
class for all employees. 1 101U 
Chesapeake Building. Register 
online at www.personnel. For more informa- 
tion, call 5-5651. 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 
Workshop: "Managing and 
Conducting the PRD Process: 
PRD Training for All Super- 
visors." 1 101U Chesapeake 
Building. Register online at 
www.personnel. For 
more information, call 5-5651. 

12:30-2 p-m-Forum^Digital 
Dialogues: Feminist Space in 
the Wired Classroom ." Discus- 
sants: Katie King (Women's 
Studies), Carol Burbank 
(Theatre) and Barbara Shaw 
Perry (American Studies). 
Digital Dialogues is a series of 
brown bag events designed for 
faculty, graduate students, and 
staff interested in exploring 
issues surrounding the inter- 
sections between humanities 
research, teaching and new 
technologies. For more infor- 
mation, contact Sandor Vegh, 5- 
1354 or 
or visit 
amst/mini-center/dd/. 2M 100E 
McKeldin Library. 

4 p.m., Physics Colloquium: 
"The Spin of the Moon and 
What it Teaches Us About the 
Standard Model ."With David 
Hertzog, University of Illinois 
Lecture Hall, 1410 Physics. 
Preceded by a reception at 
3:30. For more information, 
call 5-3401. 

4:30 p.m., Lecture: "Text/Photo 
Couplings in Sophie Calle's 
True Stories." With Johnnie 
Gratton, head of the French 
Department at University 
College, Dublin. Sophie Calle is 
a contemporary French pho- 
tography-based artist. Dr. 
Gratton has written extensive- 
ly in the field of French litera- 
ture and, in particular, on the 
work of Roland Barthes. 2309 
Art-Sociology Building. 

5-8 p.m., Dinner "Steak and 
Salmon Tuesday." Includes 
salad, a choice of grilled steak 
or salmon, and dessert. Golf 
Course Clubhouse. For more 
information, contact Nancy 
Loomis at (301) 403-4240 or at* 

6-8 p.m., Dance Performance: 

■<-s Black" with Gesel 
Mason. Artistic Director, Mason 

Rhynes Productions. 0130 
Nyumburu Center. (See article 
on page 3-) For more informa- 
tion, contact Meriam Rosen, 
Department of Dance, at 5- 
3189 or 

6-10 p.m. Class: "Contemporary 
Ballroom." 2111 Stamp Student 
Union. For more information, 
contact Kathy Broady, 4-8489 ; 
kbroady @ union, 

6-10 p.m., Workshop: "Rape 
Agressive Defense for Women." 
01 10 Armory. For information, 
contact Larry Volz at 5-4504. 

W e d n I \t 

march 14 

9-11 a.m., Workshop: "Corpor- 
ate Time Basic Client Training." 
0121 Main Admin Building. For 
more information, contact the 
Training Coordinator at (301) 
405-2945 or oit-training®, or visit 
www. oit . umd . edu/sc/. WWW/ 

10:30 a. m.-l p.m., Linguistics 
Colloquium: "Richard Kayne on 
Questions About Constituents 
and Structure." Co-sponsored 
by the Linguistics Departments 
of Georgetown University and 
the University of Maryland. 
Marie Mount Hall. For more 
information, contact Graciela 
Tesan at 5-6947 or 

12-1 p.m., Research and 
Developmen t Meeting :" Ho w 
School Integrated Transition 
Programs Affect Post-school 
Outcomes for Students with 
Disabilities."With Ellen Fabian, 
Associate Professor, Counsel- 
ing and Personnel Services. 
0114 Counseling Center 
(Shoemaker Building). All inter- 
ested faculty, staff, and gradu- 
ate students are invited to 
attend. For more information, 
contact Stacey Holmes at 

12-1:30 p.m., Discussion: 
"Students Learning from 
Students in Large Lecture 
Classes." Lounge, Anne Arundel 
Hall. (Details in For Your 
Interest, page 8.) 

1-1:45 p.m., Workshop: "Corp- 
orate Time Designate Training." 
0121 Main Admin Building. 
Registration is required at For more 
information, contact the 
Training Coordinator at 5-2945 
or visit 
.WWW/corpreg. html. 

6-8 p.m., Dance Performance: 
"No Less Black" with Gesel 
Mason,Artistic Director, Mason 
Rhynes Productions. 0130 
Nyumburu Center. (See article 
on page 3-) For additional 
information, contact Meriam 
Rosen, Department of Dance, 
at 5-3189 or mr32@umail. 

6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop; "HTML 
n: Using Tables and Formatting 
for Web Page Layout." More fea- 
tures of HTML, Including en- 
hanced tag attributes, tables, 
internal document links, cus- 
tom backgrounds and text col- 
ors. Prerequisites: Introduction 
to HTML & aWAM account. 
4404 Computer & Space 
Science. For more information, 
call 5-2938 or e-mail, or 

7 p.m., Lecture: "Classism and 
the Black Community."With 
Linda Williams. Department of 
Government and Politics. 
Multipurpose Room, Nyum- 
buru Cultural Center. For more 
information, contact Renique 
Quick at 4-8341 or 

7-8:30 p.m., Yoga Class. Parents 
Gallery, Stamp Student Union. 
Contact Alicia Simon at 4-8492. 

8 p.m.,Performance:"Andre 
Watts in Concert." Artist-in-resi- 
dence at the School of Music 
and one of the world's most 
beloved concert pianists, Watts 
performs works by Beethoven, 
Chopin and others. Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Call 5-7847.* 

march 15 

I 1/ 

3:30 p.m., Lecture: "Accelera- 
ting Discovery: The Promise 
and Realities of Cienomics." 
With Eugene W. Myers, Vice 
President of Informatics 
Research, Celera Genomics. 
Part of the "leveraging Corpor- 
ate Knowledge" series. Rouse 
Room, Van Munching Hall. For 
more information, visit 

calendar guide: 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. 

Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of ifrforM's 

master calendar and submissions to the Outlook of ce. 

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

To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail (o 

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

Corrections to Outlook's 
March 6 issue: 

In "Task Force: Limited Internet Voting Appears 
Feasible," the Internet Policy Institute's location 
was incorrectly reported. It is based in 
Washington, D.C. 

In "Michael Coller Named State Poet Laureate," 
the age of one of Collier's sons was incorrect. 
He is 13 years old. 

www, rhsmith , umd . e d u/ces . 

3:30-5 p.m., Lecture: "Clause- 
Integration in Discourse — A 
Comparison of English and 
Chinese with Application to 
Second Language Acquisition." 
With Wendan Li, University of 
North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 
Multi-Purpose Room, St. Mary's 
Hall. Lecture is free and open 
to the public. Sponsored by 
the Department of French and 
Italian. For more information, 

8 p.m., Performance: "African 
Drumming Concert." Dynamic 
world music comes to campus 
courtesy of Diali Djimo Kou- 
yate and the University of 
Maryland African Drum Ensem- 
ble. Concert Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. For 
more information, call 5-7847. 

8 p,m., Performance: "Left Bank 
Quartet — in Memory of Robert 
McCoy" Faculty string quartet 
and guest cellist pay tribute to 
their late colleague in a pro- 
gram featuring Schubert's 
beloved masterpiece, the Cello 
Quintet in C Major. Gildenhorn 
Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. Call 5-7847. 

a v 
march 16 

12 noon, Lecture: the Neuro- 
science and Cognitive Science 
Program 2001 Spring Seminar 
Series presents Stephen 
Grosberg, Department of 
Cognitive and Neural Systems, 
Boston University. Each semi- 
nar is one hour long, followed 
by a short discussion period 
and light luncheon. 1208 
Biology-Psychology Building. 
Visit the NACS Web site at NACS or 
call Sandy Davis at 5-8910 for 
more information. 

3 p.m., Mathematics Collo- 
quium: "Group Actions on One- 
Manifolds "With John Franks, 
Department of Mathematics, 
Northwestern University. 

8 p.m.. Performance: "Larissa 
Dedova, Piano." Faculty mem- 
ber Dedova performs an all- 
Chopin program of solo works 
for piano. Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Call 5-7847. 

march 17 

9 a.m. -5 p.m., Conference: 
"Semi- Annual Workshop on 
Dynamical Systems and Rela- 
ted Topics." First day of a 4-day 
conference sponsored by the 

Department of Mathematics 
and IPST, as well as by the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania and the 
NSF. Coffee, fruit, and bagels 
will be served in the Math De- 
partment Lounge, Room 3201, 
starting at 8:15 a.m. For more 
information, including speak- 
ers and abstracts, visit www. 
math, umd . ed u/~ bhunt/0 1 ws/. 

8 p.m.-3 a.m. Event: "Iranian 
New Year Celebration." Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 
A huge celebration by the ISF 
{ Iranian Students' Foundation). 
Included: Food catered by 
Moby Dick House of Kabob, 
dance and live performance by 
Farhad and his band. Students 
(and under 18) $15; non-stu- 
dents, $30; free for children 
under 6. Contact Poriya 
Moazzami at (301) 484-8969 or 

march 21 

11 a.m.,Art Exhibit: "Women of 
the World: A Global Collection 
of Art." First day of exhibit. 
Roundtable discussion and 
Opening reception on Wednes- 
day, March 28 from from 2-5 
p.m. and 5-7 p.m. respectively. 
Art GalleryArt-Sociology Build- 
ing. For more information, call 
the Art Gallery at 5-2763. 



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Choreographer Creates Work 
to Explore Blackness 

Gesel Mason, an African-American 
dancer and choreographer, react- 
ed strongly when told by another 
African American that given her 
history, middle-class upbringing and light 
skin color, she would never really 
know what it means to be black 

Out of her reac- 
tion came her 
piece, "No Less 
Black." Her 
Production group 
will perform the work 
Tuesday, March 1 3 and 
Wednesday, March 14 at 6 
p.m. in the Dance Theater of 
the Clarice Smith Center for the 
Performing Arts. 

Mason describes "No Less 
Black" as "a conversation 
about, not an assertion 
of, blackness." In it, she 
addresses the complex 
issue of identity, which she 
views as having both a per- 
sonal and a communal compo- 

"No Less Black" asks the ques- 
tion: What part of ourselves is 
uniquely ours and what part 
is the influence of our peers, 
our family, our community? More 
specifically, it both explores 'what it 

means to feel black and 
dissects stereotypes 
and social images of 
black America. According to 
Mason, such conversations 
then allow us "to peek into 
the complexities of race, color 
and social responsibility with- 
in the African-American com- 
munity, while finding parallels 
with our own" 

Audience members are invit- 
ed to continue this conversation 
about blackness after die per- 
formance by participating in a 
dialogue, sponsored by the 
Student Intercultunil Learning 
Center and the Office of 
Human Relations 
Programs, which will 
start at 7 p.m. With the 
assistance of profession- 
ally trained facilitators, 
participants will break 
into smaller groups and 
share their thoughts and 
emotions about issues of 
This event is free and open 
to the public. For more informa- 
tion, contact the Committee on 
Africa and the Americas, (301) 
405-6835, or Paul Gorski at the 
office of Human Relations Programs, 
(301) 405-8192. 

Maryland Room Opens Doors in New Space 

Room reopened on Monday 
mo ruing. February 12th, in 
its new location on the 
ground floor of Hornbake 

>rary, History Professor 

lltman H. Ridgway 
lad the distinction of 
:*ing die first person 
to enter and use the 
spacious new quar- 

A long-time patron 
of the Maryland 
Room when it occu- 
pied a portion of the 
third floor in 
McKeldin Library, 
Ridgway was ecstatic 
about the new facili- 
ty, especially its 
brightness, openness, 
exhibition space, 
glass front and con- 
venient parking. 

Ridgway is one of 
20 people, including 
Doug McElrath, 
Curator of Mary- 
landia & Rare Books, 
involved in a Maryland 
Humanities Council project 
entitled ''History Matters," 
designed to promote her- 
itage tourism for the stare 

on a specially-designed Web 
site. Ridgway is preparing 
material on the political his- 
tory of Maryland, while 
McElrath is concentrating 
on the literary history. Both 

all its associated units were 
relocated to the new facility. 
The Katherine Ann Porter 
Room will also reopen on 
Hornbake 's first floor, and 
plans call for a dramatic 

Student assistant Ozgul Tamur helps the new Maryland Room's first 
patron, history professor Whitman H. Ridgway. 

researchers are relying heav- 
ily on the Libraries' Mary- 
landia Collection. Floors 1 
and 2 of Hornbake Library' 
have undergone renovation, 
and the Maryland Room and 

exhibition gallery immedi- 
ately adjacent to the 
entrance to the new 
Maryland Room as well. 
These facilities will be ready 
later this year. 


Spencer Benson, associate professor in the 
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, was 
named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Academy 
for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 

Scholars spend one year investigating and docu- 
menting work on issues in teaching and learning. 
They spend two 10-day sessions at the foundation, as 
well additional time during the academic year. They 
will also work with scholars from the previous three 

Satyandra K. Gupta, an assistant professor with 
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory, is 
one of nine International recipients of the 2001 
Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Robert W. Galvin 
Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. 

Gupta also received a Young Investigator award 
from the Office of Naval Research. He will investi- 
gate ways to make casting and molding ceramic 
parts a more affordable process by combining 
machining and layered manufacturing to create 
large, complex parts with small features. 

Lastly, Gupta won a National Science Foundation 
Faculty Early Career Development award for a 
research project titled, "Automated Design of Multi- 
Piece Molds: A Step Toward Manufacturing of 
Geometrically Complex Heterogeneous Objects." 
The five-year, $375,000 award period begins July 1, 

An Institute for Systems Research team received a 
three-year, $500,000 NSF grant for combined 
research and curriculum development in Systems 
Engineering.The team includes John S. Baras, 
Mark Austin, Michael O. Ball Jeffrey W. 
Herrmann and Linda C. Schmidt. 

NSF also awarded Dana A* Nau, Gupta and 
Herrmann $38,445 for a specialized computing envi- 
ronment for distributed and virtual design, and man- 
ufacturing. Another NSF grant, for $400,000, went to 
the team of Schmidt, David Bigio, Janet Schmidt 
and Robert W. Lent to create a developmental cur- 
riculum in team training for engineering project 

Larissa A. Grunig, associate professor of communi- 
cation, has been appointed chair of the President's 
Commission on Women's Issues. The two-year posi- 
tion begins this semester. She also serves as Special 
Assistant to the President for Women's Issues, an 
appointment she received last fall. To fulfill these 
duties, she is released from one course per year. 


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is nov» i until June 

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March 13,2001 

Black Saga 2001 

continued from page I 

Motivational signs line the 

"You can when you believe 
yon can." 

"T.E.A.M: Toge titer Everyone 
Achieves More" 

When the children are seat- 
ed, sixth grade teacher Jamal 
Miller takes the microphone: 

This is a historic occasion, 
the very first Black Saga 
Competition at Bamaby 
Manor These students hat<e 
trarkedfur more than a 
month learning more than 
700 Black history facts. 

Christian winces at the word 
'facts." He wants to teach 
trends and concepts, not trivia. 

As we do every day, let's 
sing the "Black National 
Anthem ":"Llft Every Voice and 

When the music ends, 
Christian takes the micro- 
phone, his voice energized: 

We're going to determine 
ahicb team knows the most 
about the African-American 

He's careful not to talk about 
winners and losers. "We don't 
put students in a position 
where they will fail. They're all 
winners," he says later. Encour- 
aging academic excellence and 
teamwork are two of his main 

These young people know 
more than #5 percent of the 
American public about the 
African-A merican experience. 
Timt's an indictment of a sys- 
tem that has not traditionally 
supported teaching an inclu- 
sive American history. These 
students have learned more 
aboiU themselves because they 
are included in American his- 

Teaching history this way is 

another main goal. Spend time 
with Christian and you will 
hear him say, "If you don't 
know African-American history, 
you don't know American histo- 

Then he jacks up the energy 

Soon, with a litde prompt- 
ing, everyone's shouting it. The 
competition begins with multi- 
ple-choice questions, and the 
teams do pretty well. 

This popular string musical 
instrument was bi-ougbt to 

Every student who participates in the 
Black Saga Competition receives recogni- 
tion. Clockwise from left: Professor 
Charles Christian and Woodridge 
Elementary School students Kareemat Ay 
Odeji and Asia Coy. After the Woodbridge 
competitions, some students asked coordi- 
nator Brandi Gourdlne if they could partici- 
pate next year. 

level in the room: 

What time is it? 

Instead of looking at the 
large clock on the wall, some- 
one shouts: 

It's Black Saga Time. 

America by enslat>ed Africans 
in the 1 7th century. Was it the 
banjo or the violin? 

Banjo is right. A round of 

Everyone gets applause, 

whedter right or wrong. It's a 
matter of encouragement. "For 
many of these students it's the 
first lime they've done anything 
publicly," Christian explains 

In 1781, a group of men 
and women. 
including 26 
of African 
founded this 
Today it is the 
largest city in 
this state. 
What is the 
city? Los Ange- 
les, California 
or Boston, 
Los Angeles is 
As the ques- 
tions get hard- 
er, the children 
betray their 
After answering 
correcdy, one 
little boy per- 
forms an aca- 
demic spike, 
dancing with 
his shoulders 
like he's made 
it into the end 
zone. A little 
girl holds her 
head in anguish 
when the 
answer is 
In 1624, this 
was the first 
colony to rec- 
ognize slavery 
as a legal insti- 
tution. Name the colony. 

It isn't enough to answer 
Massachusetts. To get credit the 
students have to point out the 
state on an unmarked map. 
In 1940, this African Ame- 

rican became the first black 
general in the U.S. Army. His 
son became the first African- 
American general in the U.S. 
Air Force. Name them both. 
When one team correctly 
answers Benjamin O. Davis Sr. 
and Jr., there's wild clapping. 
lint by round number seven, 
the applause gets a litde quieter 
and die children in the audi- 
ence restless. On stage, the 
strain shows too. 

James Weldon Johnson and J 
Rosa mand Johnson wrote the 
lyrics and music for one of the 
most popular songs among 
Blacks today. It is often called 
the "Negro National Anthem." 
What is the name of this song? 

The teams huddle for what 
seems a long time. The children 
just sang this song a few min- 
utes earlier, but don't make the 
connection. No one gets the 
correct answer: "Lift Every 
Voice and Sing," 

In the end, Team #1 becomes 
the champion by a single point. 
At least one team got the right 
answer to roughly 70 percent 
of the questions. Christian later 
calls it a good beginning for a 
first time school. "They don't 
really understand how demand- 
ing this is until they've gone 
through it once," he says. 

Still, the audience greets the 
results with cheering and wild 
applause. Principal Laura 
Barbee reminds everyone, "It 
takes a lot of courage to be up 
here and show what you can 

As the audience heads back 
to class, fourth grader 
Cheyenne Washington sits smil- 
ing at his certificate of partici- 
pation. "My mom says I know 
more than her," he says proudly. 

But teacher Pia McClean is 
already looking ahead to the 

continued on page 5 

These are some of the questions Black Saga teams 
studied before their competitions. Test your 
knowledge. Answers on on page 5 

l .There is evidence that suggests that 
Africans came to the Americas as early as 
the 8th century. Sculptures reflecting 
African influence are found in several 
towns in Mexico. Name the civilization 
or culture in Mexico that reflects African 

2. Name the ship on which the first 
cargo of enslaved Africans arrived in 
New England. 

3. A typical slave ship traveling from 
Gambia, the Gold Coast, Guinea or 
Senegal would take how long to reach 
New England, Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf 
of Mexico or the West Indies? 

4. In what year did Maryland pass a law 
recognized slavery as legal? 

5. In 1800, what percent of the national 
population was made up of black peo- 

6. Jan. 1, 1808 is an important date in the 
African American experience. What legal 
action took place? 

7. Who, in 1835, was the second known 
enslaved black person in the U.S. To 
receive a patent? He was granted patents 

for two inventions, the mechanical corn 
planter (1835) and the cotton planter 

8. This African American visited President 
Lincoln several times urging him to 
allow African Americans to fight with 
the Union forces in the Civil War. This 
forceful woman was also a lecturer for 
women's suffrage, helped nurse wound- 
ed soldiers during Civil War, and devoted 
many of her later years helping to reset- 
tle freed slaves. Her nickname was 
Sojourner Truth. What was her real 

9. In 1943, this African American invent- 
ed the air conditioner for vehicles. He 
held as many as 24 patents, most related 
to two-cycle gasoline engines and appa- 
ratus for heating, cooling and refrigera- 
tion. In 1991, the Nadonal Medal of 
Technology was posthumously awarded 
to him, 30 years after his death. He is? 

10. This African American diplomat was 
Assistant Secretary General of the United 
Nations. He worked to bring peace to 
the Middle East in die 1940s. He was 
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his 


Chester Elucidates the Mysteries of the Chad 

The butterfly ballot used In the 
Palm Beach County, Fla. 2000 
presidential election was designed 
to facilitate reader usability. 
Instead, It caused confusion and 
created a legal imbroglio that took 
more than a month to solve. 

Charles F. Chester, lead counsel 
representing the county's Demo- 
cratic voters, spoke about his 
experience with a group of univer- 
sity students and professors last 
week. Chester, who is also an 
alumnus, argued before the Florida 
Supreme Court to hold a recount 
to remedy what he termed "a 
system failure." At right, Chester 
(I) addresses his campus audience 
with Paul Herrnson (r), Director for 
the Center of American Politics 
and Citizenship, at his side. 

Black Saga 2001 

continued from page 4 

state championship. "We'll 
bring in the parents to help 

Teacher Brandi Gourdine 
learned about Black Saga 
last fall, so the children got 
a late start. "We've been at 
it for about six weeks," she 

dren of all races. At a prac- 
tice session at Beltsville 
Academic Center, Caroline 
Wagner, a blonde fourth 
grader, explained that she 

gotten increasing support 
from the university. Now 
he wants to see Black Saga 
expand even further— per- 
haps nationally. "Were 

out with the studying," she 

It's a reaction Christian 
has seen before: "Some- 
times you're surprised by 
the difference between the 
local competition and the 
state championship." He 
also likes the idea of parent 
participation. That, too, is 
one of his goals. 

The next morning, 
Christian goes to another 
school. Almost every day In 
February he's hosting one 
of these competitions. 
Some days he hosts as 
many as three. And he 
spends a good part of 
January at the schools run- 
ning practice sessions. 

This day Woodridge 
Elementary in Hyattsville is 
holding its competition. 

said. "I'm always looking 
for ways of learning that 
have more impact." 

Fourth grader Brandon 
Coley is the only boy at 
Woodridge participating. 
"When he asked if he 
could, I was skeptical," says 
his mom, Annie Coley. "But 
I said go ahead, try it." At 
night after dinner she 
quizzed him to see how he 
was doing. 

In a close competition, 
Brandon's team takes the 
championship. "I'm really 
proud," his mother says. 
"He has ADD (attention 
deficit disorder). I wanted 
to prove to him that he 
could be just like everyone 

The Black Saga 
Competition reaches chil- 

had discovered a hero and 
role model as she prepared 
for the competition: Harriet 
Tubman, the famous 
Underground Railroad con- 
ductor who repeatedly 
risked her life. As Caroline 
put it, "She kept on going. 
Nothing would stop her 
and I wish I could be just 
like that." 

On Saturday, March 17, 
each of the 38 schools in 
the competition will send 
their three best teams to 
the statewide champi- 
onship at the university. In 
the morning the elemen- 
tary Students will square off 
and the 10 best teams will 
advance to the finals. In 
the afternoon, the 10 best 
middle school teams will 
hold their championship. 

Christian began the com- 
petition as a labor of love. 
But as it has grown, he has 

anchoring these children to 
a past," he says. "It gives 
them hope You can't have 
a future unless you under- 
stand your past," 

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Making Sure 
Legal Bases are 

A generation ago. the first step in voic- 
ing a complaint may have been to sit 
down and write a stem k-rter. Later, 
maybe you staged a protest or rally. 
Today, if you have a grievance the first 
thing many people think of is, "Who can I 
sue?" The university s faculty and staff arc 
involved in so many different programs. 
both on and off campus, thai it is neces- 
sary for everyone to be informed about 
possible legal issues and remedies. 

"The most important question is, is it a 
university-related program? If it is not, 
then we cannot provide legal advice or 
other assistance," said Susan Bayly, general 
council for President CD. Mote Jr. The 
President's Legal Office only works on 
matters concerning die university. They 
do not handle personal matters of faculty 
and staff, such as divorce settlements or 
real estate issues. 

"We work with the Maryland Office of 
the Attorney General because they repre- 
sent all state employees," said Bayly. 

There are three different types of 
claims that the President's Legal Office 
usually handles. The first is a tort action. 
This is when a person and/or their prop- 
erty is wronged. The second type is a 
civii action. These claims include discrim- 
ination complaints or odier violations of 
state or federal civil rights. The third type 
of action is a criminal one. Some specific 
examples of these actions include: 

• injuries due to campus construc- 
tion, or while performing job func- 

• injuries to participants in a univer- 
sity-sponsored program students at a 
for-credit internship who encounter 
harassment on the job faculty or 
staffers who work widi children and 
want to report suspected cliild 

Bayly provided two helpful tips to 
avoid legal problems. The first tip is if 
you are working with minors you must 
create a parental release form to be 
signed and returned before any program 
begins. The form must explain all of the 
activities that die children will be partici- 
pating in. Tliis way the parents give their 
informed consent, not just their consent. 

The second tip is dial volunteers and 
workers must fully understand the scope 
of their responsibilities. If anything hap- 
pens outside of those stated responsibili- 
ties the university cannot be held liable. 

Bayly provided an example. Let's say 
you are working with children at a local 
elementary school. You are a volunteer 
tutor in a reading program run by the 
university. One of your students has been 
working extra hard this week and you 
want to take him or her out to get an ice 
cream cone as a reward. On the way 
there, you get in a car accident. Going out 
for ice cream was not part of your 
responsibilities as a tutor and the parents 
"did not give their consent for you to 
transport their student anywhere. 
Therefore, the university attorneys cannot 
represent you if the parents sue. That 
action was independent of your duties 
with the university program. 

If your department would like to learn 
more about the legal issues that can arise 
and how to deal with them, the 
President's l.egal Office is willing to give 
talks and or training upon request. Call 
(301) 405-4945. The office is located in, 
room 2101 of the Main Administration 

— Megan Holmes 

March 13,2001 


"E-voting requires a much greater level of secu- 
rity than e-commerce-it's not like buying a 
book over the Internet... Remote Internet vot- 
ing technology will not be able to meet this 
standard for years to come." — President CD. 
Mote Jr. was a lead spokesman regarding a 
study funded by the National Science Foun- 
dation, and conducted by tbe Internet Policy 
Institute and the Unh>ersity of Maryland. The 
study said voting through the Internet from 
home or tbe workplace should not be allowed 
in tbe near future. (Associated Press, Mar. 7) 

"We are figuratively exploding in terms of need 
for space. We have the oldest (business and 
research) incubator in the state, but when com- 
panies graduate, there is no office space con- 
venient to campus." —Brian Darmody, assis- 
tant vice president for research and economic 
development, bemoans the lack of companion 
office space In the College Park area, which 
limits tbe benefit of having an incubator like 
the Technology Advancement Program. Tbe 
General Assembly is considering having the 
state pension system fund research parks 
near universities and federal laboratories for 
high technology companies. (Daily Record, 
Mar 2) 

"In a way, allowing people to identify them- 
selves as mixed race signals that less signifi- 
cance is given to race. If there were just two 
races and everyone was of one of two cate- 
gories, that would be an important distinction." 
—fudltb lichtenberg, associate professor of 
philosophy and research scholar at tbe 
Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, 
describes one possible effect of changing race 
designations on Census forms from six to a 
possible 126 in 2000. Debate otter racial sta- 
tistics gathered in 2000 is likely to be compli- 
cated. (Washington Times, Mar. 5) 

"Morici, a former chief economist for the U.S. 
International Trade Commission, warns of an 
anti-globalization' backlash against companies 
that profit from intellectual property, particular- 
ly in the therapeutic drug markets, such as AIDS 
treatments. Maryland's $30 billion bioscience 
industry is vulnerable to such a theat, at least in 
part." — Peter Morici, international business 
expert in tbe Smith College of Business, warns 
that a bioscience patent does not guarantee 
popularity or compliance in an international 
market that bos poor countries battling dis- 
ease. (Daily Record, Mar. 3) 

"These awards are important to recognize 
those who are doing that work, so the young 
women today can see that it's a viable option." 
— Elizabeth McGovem, director of Global 
Initiatives at the Burns Academy of 
Leadership, lauds the creation of the Millen- 
nium Peace Prize for Women. The United 
Nations-sponsored award completes a picture 
of women as activists. Long recognized for 
rebuilding nations after war, women will 
now be recognized for their role in peace 
keeping. (Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 8) 

"My perspective has been actually there's more 
monitoring (of children) going on than people 
have tended to think or claim. Parents are find- 
ing ways to do at least what they consider 
important. They haven't abandoned their chil- 
dren to stay home by themselves all the time." 
— Suzanne Btancbi, professor of sociology 
and faculty associate with tbe Center on 
Population, Gender, and Social Inequality, 
spreads the news that parents are generally 
doing a solid job of being involved with their 
children. Tbe article was published in tbe 
aftermath of tbe tragic California school 
shooting. (Newark Star Ledger, Mar 4) 

Riversdale Mansion 

continued from page 1 

Patsy to professors of English and 
architecture. The staff wants the uni- 
versity to use the historic space for 
lectures, seminars and small social 

Discussions with faculty in the 
School of Architecture about a pos- 
sible lecture series led to develop- 
ment of an honors course. The 
English Department's Leigh Ryan 
will be teaching a Spring 200 1 hon- 
ors course on life at Riversdale 
based on published letters written 
by Rosalie Stier Calvert, Charles's 
mother, during the early years, as 
well as the journals of the slave 
Adam Francis Plummer. 

Ryan compares Riversdale's sig- 
nificance to the University of 
Maryland with Monticello's impor- 
tance to the University of Virginia. 
Unlike historical homes like 
Monticello and Mount Vernon, how- 
ever, Riversdale has served non-resi- 
dential and non-historical functions 
in its time. Indeed, it only earned its 
status as a National Historic 
Landmark in 1997. It is nearly 
miraculous that enough remains to 
try to re-create the historical sense 
of space. 

The Calvert family sold the plan- 
tation in the late 1880s, and most of 
the land was subdivided, eventually 
becoming Riverdale, Hyattsville, 
University Park and College Park. 
The house itself passed through a 
number of hands and was last used 
as a residence in 1949, when a for- 
mer Oregon congressman sold it to 

Charles Calvert may have been sitting at a desk much like this one, 
inspired by the scene on the French wallpaper surrounding him when 
he decided to set aside a portion of his estate for what is today the 
University of Maryland. 

Prince George's County, which used 
it as office space for the Maryland- 
National Capital Park and 
Planning Commission 
until the mid-1980s. 

Over the years, 
new paint jobs, structural 
additions and substitu- 

tions, and non-residential uses have 
changed the character of the man- 
sion. Now, Day is determined to 
bring it all back. 

Through last summer and fall, 
much of the restoration effort 

continued on page 7 

A historian carefully cut through and identified 
decades of paint jobs on the door jamb in the 
great hallway at Riversdale. 

The crown molding in this room was badly damaged but 
restored by an artist under Day's supervision. 

Four- Year Degrees 

continued from page 1 

grams. If a student has special cir- 
cumstances that make it impossible 
to complete a normal course load, 
the student should meet with an 
advisor to discuss the circum- 
stances, the student's plans for con- 
tinued progress toward a degree, 
and the implications for full-time 

Mote said that the policy under- 
scores the university's commitment 
to provide the appropriate academ- 
ic and advising support necessary 
to ensure graduation in four years. 

"We arc confident that our 
undergraduates can complete the 
requirements to a college degree at 
the same rate as the best students 

at any university in the country, and 
we intend to challenge them to 
perform to their full potential," he 
said. "Furthermore, this statement of 
expectation matches the expecta- 
tion of most entering students, 81 
percent of whom reported in the 
recent survey of entering freshmen 
that they expect to complete their 
degree in four years." 

Mote added that in support of 
this policy, efforts are under way to 
Increase the amount of financial 
support for students who have had 
to delay their academic careers for 
financial reasons. 

The most recent figures on grad- 
uation and retention rates show 
that 40 percent of the university's 
students graduate in four years; 
58.5 percent in five years; and 63. 2 
percent after six years. 

The four-year graduation rate is 
showing an upward trend; 3 1 8 per- 
cent of 1992's freshman class grad- 
uated in four years, compared to 40 
percent of those who entered the 
university in Fall 1996. 

Long stays in college are thought 
to increase the financial burden on 
students and their families, as well 
as delay the student's entry into the 
workforce and professional 

The Campus Assessment 
Working Group (CAWG) will hold a 
forum on "The Road to Graduation: 
Some Attitudes and Behaviors that 
Fuel the Journey," at 12 noon on 
March 30 in the Maryland Room of 
Marie Mount Hall. 

For more information, e-mail, or call 
(301) 405-5590. 


Riversdale Mansion 

continued from page 6 

focused on an outbuilding that 
may have once been the 
kitchen but became a storage 
space for Parks and Planning. 
Archeologists have been dig- 
ging up artifacts under the old 
dirt floors and found the origi- 
nal dirt floor several feet down. 
The ghost of an old staircase 
can be seen along the inside 
north wall.The original loca- 
tions of doorways and other 
passages reveal themselves. 

"This is probably the high- 
est-tech restoration of a low- 
tech building ever," Day says, 

The architect originally hired 
to evaluate the building recom- 
mended it be destroyed. Day 
was aghast and fought to have 
it preserved and stabilized. 

"We're going to try to save 
everything we can," Day says. 
Eventually, the outbuilding 
could be a site for living history 
demonstrations as the old fire- 
box is re-created and 
put to use for cooking 
antebellum-style . 
Inside the main man- 
sion, the work is simi- 
lar but on a larger and 
sometimes more deli- 
cate scale. 

In one room, the 
cornice molding was 
badly damaged, and 
Day supervised the 
craftsmen who 
restored it to its origi- 
nal state, using as a 
mode! a small piece 
that was intact. In the 
cozy downstairs study, 
a fragment of "story" 
wallpaper was left. 
Matching wallpaper 
was found in the attic 
of the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art in New 
York. The found paper 
has been added to the 
fragment to complete 
the pictorial story of a 
bucolic day on some 
grand French estate. 

That room may be 
the one of greatest 
interest to the univer- 
sity, for it was here 
that Calvert wrote his 
letters, managed his 

accounts and administered his 
grand estate. The room has 
been furnished with authentic 
period pieces and looks as it 
might have on the day Calvert 
decided to dedicate 420 acres 
on the north end of his proper- 
ty to establish "the finest institu- 
tion in the world," which subse- 
quently became the Maryland 
Agricultural College and is 
today the university. 

Calvert's four sons were 
among the first 34 students to 
enroll when the school opened 
in 1859. 

Mary Naden, education and 
outreach coordinator for the 
mansion, thinks often about the 
lives of the children in the 
Riversdale Mansion. She notes 
that the study is directly below 
one of the bedchambers, and 
that due to an architectural 
quirk, the children could have 
amused themselves immensely 
by dropping littie items 
through a passageway between 
the floors. 

Come to think of it, perhaps 

The architect originally hired to evaluate the outbuilding above — the "dependency" — 
recommended it be destroyed. Ed Day, director of Riversdale, was aghast and fought to have it 
preserved and stabilized. Restoration is ongoing. 

Ed Day and Mary Naden on the grand staircase of 

Calvert conceived of the uni- 
versity as a place to send his 
children to so he could have 

some peace and 

Naden and the 
rest of the staff 
immerse them- 
selves in the let- 
ters of Rosalie 
Stier Calvert and 
the rich treasury 
of other pub- 
lished sources to 
deepen their 
understanding of 
the place and 
time of the 
use their ever- 
increasing famil- 
iarity not just 
with the house, 
but witli the 
Federal City and 
the nation of 
diat era to fuel 
their own ideas 
of the sights, 
sounds and feel- 
ings that perme- 
ated the house 
during steamy 
summers and 
cold winters in 
the early 1800s. 
"We are com- 
mitted to not 
just creating a 

decorative showpiece, but also 
to bring about an understand- 
ing of the real lives of those 
who lived and worked here," 
Naden says. "We're fortunate to 
have documentation of those 

As well, all the staffers have 
connections to the university. 
Naden was on the theater 
department faculty. Historian 
Ann Wass has her doctorate 
from Maryland and co-teaches a 
theater class.Author Margaret 
Calcott is the wife of university 
historian George Calcott. 

All of them have become 
intimately familiar with the 
lives and the culture of antebel- 
lum rural Maryland, a time 
when slaves worked the fields 

and tended to the Calverts' 
household needs, when 
kitchens were outside and toi- 
lets were sometimes hidden in 
furniture.The feet that life and 
the landscape of the old 
Riversdale estate have changed 
so much is the very reason 
those working so hard to 
restore it feel the university 
should take a deep interest in 
this historic house. 

—George Cathcart 

Riversdale is open to the pub- 
lic from noon to 4 p.m. on 
Fridays and Sundays. 
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 
for seniors and groups, $ I for 
students under 18, and free 
for children under 5- 

Global Climate 

continued from page 1 

dean of the graduate school. 
"We're looking forward to 
adjunct faculty appointments, 
initiating new research and 
enriching the institute's staff 
with scholars from around the 
country and the world as visit- 
ing faculty," Destler said. 

"This promises to be a major 
science collaboration to explore 
climate change and its impact 
on energy, the environment and 
society," said Gerald M. Stokes, 
who will be director of the new 
institute. Stokes is the former 
associate laboratory director for 
PNNL's fundamental science 

"We are entering a whole 

new era in the way society 
deals with the climate, energy 
and the environment," Stokes 
said. "This unique partnership 
between PNNL and Maryland 
recognizes and brings together 
the combined forces of 
research and scholarship that 
are required to find solutions 
for this new era." 

PNNL staffers coming to the 
new Institute from the lab's 
Washington, D.C. office are 
renowned for their expertise in 
energy conservation and their 
understanding of the interac- 
tions between climate, energy 
production and use, economic 
activity and the environment. 

Maryland researchers associ- 
ated with the institute will 
come from schools and colleges 

across the campus, including 
the College of Computer 
Mathematical and Physical 
Sciences, the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences, 
the A. James Clark School of 
Engineering, the College of Life 
Sciences, and the School of 
Public Affairs. 

The new institute also will 
build on expertise of existing 
centers and institutes at the uni- 
versity, such as the Earth System 
Science Interdisciplinary 
Center, a collaboration between 
the university and NASA's 
Goddard Space Flight Center. 

The new Joint Global 
Change Research Institute will 
be located in a university-man- 
aged research building adjacent 
to campus. 


s part of the effort to increase awareness of 
Riversdale House's historical significance to 
. the university, a series of lectures exploring 
various aspects of the home will be held. 

"Riversdale: Legacies and Links to the I iniversity 
of Maryland" lectures will be held at the house, 481 t 
Riverdale Road, Riverdalc Park, Md. All lectures run 
from 7-8:30 p.m. and are as follows 

March 27: Author Margaret law Callcott will discuss 
her book, "Mistress of Riversdale," which is the edited 
letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert, Charles Calvert's 

April 3: George H. Callcott, professor emeritus of 
history at the university, will give a lecture titled, 
"C.B. Calvert & the Founding of the Maryland 
Agricultural College." 

April 10: John Michael Vlach, a professor of 
American Studies at George Washington University, 
will discuss "Slave Housing in Maryland: Life Beyond 
the Mansion." 

April 17: The Rev. L.Jerome Fowler, a descendant of 
the Piummer family of slaves at Riversdale, will talk 
about "The House of Plummets " 

April 24: Susan Pearl, with Prince George's County's 
Historic Preservation Commission, will give a lecture 
titled, "Old World Master Paintings at Riversdale." 

May 1: Barbara Carson, who teaches early American 
Decorative Art tor the Smitlisonian and the College 
of William & Mary, will give a lecture titled, "Social 
Life in the Early Federal City" 

Cost: $5/lecttw or $25 for Hie series. 
For more information, call (301) 864-0420 

March 13,2001 

For Your Interest 

CASTing Call 

Join the Center Alliance for School Teachers 
<G\ST) for Talk About Teaching, as they considerThe 
Wife of Bath and her Sisters on March 29 from 3:30- 
5 p.m. at the Center for Renaissance and Baroque 
Snidies, Room 0135 Taliaferro Hall. 

In March, CAST celebrates Women's History 
Month with ideas for teaching women in litera- 
ture, from Penelope in "The Odyssey'' to Scout 
in "To Kill a Mocking Bird." Colleagues from all 
academic levels are invited to Join in sharing 
refreshments, lesson plans and teaching ideas. 

For more information, contact Nancy 
Traubitz, CAST Program Director, at (301) 

Business Plan Competition 


Women's History 


The President's Commission on Women's Issues 

celebrates Women's History Month with campus 

events and programs throughout the month of March 

All events and programs listed are free to the campus 

community; some may require invitation. You can 

contact the sponsoring department or organization for 

more information on their events. 

The first business plan competition comes to 
the university. Sponsored by the Hinman CEOs 
and open to all current students— graduate and 
undergraduate — as well as recent alumni (up to 5 
years after graduation), this competition is the first 
sponsored by an academic institution in the region. 
S 50, 000 in prizes will be awarded. The deadline for 
submission of Executive Summaries is April 2. 

Finalists will present to a panel of venture capital- 
ists and "angel investors" on May 1 beginning in the 
afternoon (time TBD). A reception and awards cere- 
mony will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Inn and 
Conference Center. 

Both events are open to the public. For details, see 
www. hinmanceos. umd .edu/um-bplan.htm. 

For more information, contact Karen Thornton at 
(301) 405-3677 or, or visit 
www. hinmanceos. u md . edu/um-bp Ian . h tm . 

First Book Project 

The Campus Advisory Board for the 
First Book Project, is accepting grant 
applications from your student organi- 
zation or department through a simple 
grant application process. First Book's 
mission, is to give at-risk children from 
low-income families the opportunity to 
read and own their first new books by 
providing books to children who are 
participating in existing community- 
based tutoring, mentoring, and family 
literacy programs, and who have little 
or no access to books. Applications are 
due no later than Friday, April 6 in 
Room 2130 Mitchell Building. 

For more information, contact Nina 
Harris or Diane Gaboury in the Office 
of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies 
at (301) 405-9363, nharris@deans. or 

Eating for Life, Health 

Celebrate cultural diversity through artistic expres- 
sion, food and a roundtablc discussion on holistic 
medicine.The President's Commission on Women's 
Issues, the Women of Color Committee and the Office 
of Multi-Ethnic Student Education invite the campus 
community to "Holistic Medicine from a Diverse 
Perspective ."Tuesday, March 27 from 2-4 p.m. in the 
Maryland Room of Marie Mount Hail. 

For more information and to RSVP (by March 21), 
call Dottie Bass, 001) 405-5618. 

For a full schedule of events, visit www. inform. 
Womenslssues/ CALENDAR.HTML/. 

For more information, contact Dianne 

Sullivan at (301) 405-5806 or at 


The Department of Education Policy and 
Leadership and the Maryland State Department of 
Education are pleased to introduce an interactive 
symposium: "Community and Diversity in 
International Perspective: Japanese Dimensions." 

Come learn about Japan's diverse populations 
through various media, including film, autobiographi- 
cal fiction, and oral histories. Meet experts in the field 
of diversity education who will compare and contrast 
multicultural education in Japan and the U.S. Listen 
and discuss the politics of difference and their negoti- 
ation in Japan's institutions. 

The event will take place on March 30 from 4:30-9 
p.m. in Room 0130Tydings Hall. It is sponsored in 
part by the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. 

A light supper will be served. Please RSVP. For 
more information, contact Danitza Radichevich at 
(301) 405-7350 or at 

Students Learning from Students 

The University Honors Center for Learning invites 
faculty, staff and students to join in a lunch time dis- 
cussion. "Students Learning from Students in Large 
Lecture Classes'* will be the topic as an interdiscipli- 
nary panel of students and faculty members share 
their experience with using student-generated course 
materials to enhance the learning of all students. 

Panelists will include Shelly Davis, School of Music; 
Jeanne Ru ten burg, Department of History; Bob Yuan 
and Anne Smith, Department of Cellular and Molecu- 
lar Biology and Genetics. 

The discussion will take place on March 14 
from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Anne Arundel Hall 
lounge. A light lunch will be served. For more 
information or to make a reservation (which is 
required in order to participate in lunch), con- 
tact Kathy Staudt at (301) 405-1 102 or at 

Roche Reflects on 
Residential Real Estate 

Thierry Roche, host of the popular "Inside 
Real Estate" show, which airs on Business 
Radio WWRC AM (570) every Wednesday at 6 
p.m., will be the speaker at the next meeting 
of the Investors Group on Wednesday, March 
14, noon in Room 4137, McKeldin Library. 
Roche's topic will be "Opportunities in Today's 
Residential and Rental Real Estate Markets." 

Ranked as one of the top five realtors for 
Re/Max's Central Adantic Region, Roche has 
been in real estate sales for 13 years. He has 
taught real estate strategies for saving money 

on home buying, home selling and residential invest- 
ing for seven years on the radio and in seminars. He 
is frequently quoted as a real estate authority and 
writes as a guest columnist 
for several local area weekly newspapers. 

Tine Investors Group is a no-fee monthly forum 
open to everyone on campus and is cosponsored by 
the Friends of the Libraries and the Department of 
Personnel Services. For further information, contact 
Jennifer Royall at (301) 314-5674. 

Women's Health Symposium 

Today, women are involved in a delicate bal- 
ancing act of meeting their professional and per- 
sonal needs. "It's About Women," a women's health 
symposium, will feature more than 23 sessions on 
health, wellness and other vital issues. 

The symposium will be held March 31 from 
8 a.m. -3:30 p.m. at the Inn and Conference Center. 
For registration information, call (301) 754-8800. 

New Faculty/GA Library Card 

UM Libraries now offer to faculty members a joint 
card that can be used by a graduate assistant to bor- 
row materials from UM Libraries for the faculty mem- 
ber, in lieu of using the faculty member's card. The 
details on how to obtain this card can be viewed at 
www. lib. html. 

For more information, contact Terry Ann Sayler at 
(301) 405-9177 or 

Writers Here & Now Series 

Three Maryland writing alumni— Patricia Elam, 
Shara McCallum and Josh Russell — will read from 
their works at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in die 
McKeldin Library Special Events Room. 

Elam's work has appeared in die Washington Post, 
Newsday and Essence magazine, as well as in antholo- 
gies including "New Stories from the South" and the 
"1997 O. Henry Prize Stories." She graduated from the 
MFA program in 1996; her first novel, "Breathing 
Room,'' has just been published. She teaches writing 
at the Writers Center in Be dies da and online for 
UCLA Extension. She also has provided commentary 
for National Public Radio, CNN and the BBC. 

McCallum, a 1996 MFA graduate, received the 1998 
Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for her first book of 
poems, "The Water Between Us." Her poems have 
been published in several anthologies and literary 
journals. She is on the MFA faculty at the University 
of Memphis. 

Russell's novel "Yellow Jack" was a finalist for the 
1999 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers 
Award. His short fiction lias appeared in several liter- 
ary journals. He received his BA in English from UM, 
and now teaches at the University of Florida. 

The reading, sponsored by the Creative Writing 
program's Writers Here & Now series, will be fol- 
lowed by a book signing. 

Mark your calendar! 

for May 18, the day of the 19th Annual 

Professional Concepts Exchange 


* Jbr non-exempt staff * 

The Professional Concepts Exchange Conference 

is sponsored by the President's Commission on 

Women's Issues. The purpose of the conference 

is to promote the goals of professionalism and 

excellence among the support staff of the 

University of Maryland. 

For more information, contact Gaynor Sale 

at (301) 3l4-9685or, 

or Mary Gibson at (301) 314-7343 or