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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 • Number 22 • March 27, 2001 


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Joe Murray fully supports Scott Welsh's transition to head coach of Gymkana. 

Gymkana Director Knows When to Let Go 

Murray Makes Way for New Leadership 

Joe Murray is making a point about his 
Gymkana troupes academic achieve- 
ment. But its hard to focus on what he's 
saying, because just behind him, amaz- 
ingly fit young people are flying 10 or even 20 
feet into the air. 

The distraction, however, is an apt demon- 
stration of Murray's success as Gymkana troupe 
member, fund-raiser, mentor and coach of the 
last collegiate exhibirional gymnastic organiza- 
tion still touring the United States. 

The students are practicing one of the stunts 
they will perform during Gymkana's annual 
exhibition at Cole Field House on March 30. 

Murray is speaking about his long tenure as 
their coach — 38 years and counting— and how 
he's easing toward retirement while getting his 
successor, Scott Welsh, ready to assume the 
Gymkana helm. 

"My objective is to get Scott Welsh in over 
the next rwo years," says Murray. "It's been 
difficult for me, after 38 years, to pull away," 

Murray and Welsh, who's standing by, are 
pleased to accept a request for a demonstration. 
They climb on the balance beam, in their street 
shoes and ties, and catch students Shannon 

continued on page 4 

College of Health and Human Performance 
Seeks New Dean 

A search for a new dean for the College of Health and Human 

Performance will begin in the fall, jerry Wrenn, current interim dean, 

will hold the position until June 30, 2002 or until a new dean begins 

his or her appointment. Wrenn has served 

as interim dean of the college since Aug. 1,1999. 

UAA Professor Named Associate 
Director of Major Research Center 

Turner to Join West Coast Think Tank 

The College of Arts and 
Humanities' Mark Turner, a 
professor of English, wii! 
become associate director of the 
Center for Advanced Study in the 
Behavioral Sciences at Stanford 
University. The center is one of three 
major independent think tanks in the 

Turner, who is also on the faculty 
of the doctoral program in neuro- 
science and cognitive sciences at 
Maryland, will rake office in January 
2002, Meanwhile, he will serve as a 

fellow and direct a major research 
project on cognition, brain and art. 
This project will bring together 
experts who study the brain with 
those who study artistic subject mat- 
ters such as painting, sculpture, dann. 
and music. 

While both groups study what 
humans do, until now they have 
never had the opportunity to collabo- 
rate in an attempt to discover how 
human minds work. Turner said. 

continued on page 7 

Fire Engineer's Challenging Career 
Far From Over 

Sreven Spivak may have retired 
from the university on March 1, bur 
it's retirement in name only. 

The former chairman of the 
Department of Fire Protection 
Engineering (FPE) has just pub- 
lished a reference book that 
could well enhance appreciation 
for international standards cov- 
ering just about everything. He 
will step up his activities in the 
many professional organizations 
he participates in, and will contin- 
ue his work as director of the 
American National Standards 
Institute (ANSI). And he will expand 
his role as a consultant on consumer 
fire safety, 

"Organizations and universities 
need to coin a new term in die 
English language: 'early leaving,' 
which means to move on and contin- 
ue active and fulfilling professional 
careers," Spivak says. 

"The university says I've retired. 
But I'm not unusual at 58. There 
are lots of people moving into chal- 


Steven Spivak 

lenging new careers at 58." 

Only the second person to head 
FPE since its inception in 1956, 
Spivak says his seven -and-a-half-year 
tenure moved the department through 

continued on page $ 

Lend Your Two Cents to 
Facilities Master Plan 

The face of the universiry is going 
to change more and more rapidly over 
the next few years than ever before In 
irs history, and university officials 
want everyone who's here now to help 
determine what those changes will be. 

Provost Gregory Geoffroy, who 
heads the Facilities Master Planning 
(FMP) Committee along with 
Administrative Affairs Vice President 
Charles Sturrz, has scheduled a cam- 
pus-wide Town Meeting for this 
Thursday, March 29, from 4-6 p.m. 
in Lecture Room 1240 of the 
Zoology- Psycho logy Building to hear 
and react to presentations from three 
consultants who are helping the FMP 

The consultants are focusing on 
three critical areas that will impact the 


future development of the campus: 

* Stewardship of the physical environ- 
menr and sustainable growth; 

* Vehicular and pedestrian movement 
and parking; 

* Regional development and commu- 
nity building. 

The faciliries master plan is sched- 
uled for completion next aurumn, but 
cririca! decisions on those three issues 
must be made by mid-June, and die 
committee wanrs students, faculty and 
staff to have an active voice in guiding 
those decisions, Geoffroy said, stress- 
ing that the purpose of the consult- 
ants' presentations b to kick off a 
campus-wide dialog. 

March 27, 2001 



T'ues day 

9 a,m.-4 p.m., OIT Shorrcourse 
Training; "Introduction to MS 
Excel." Learn to create a basic 
worksheet, create formulas, move 
and copy data, and more. 4404 
Computer fit Space Science. 
Contact 5-0443 or oit-, or visit 
www. oi t . umd. edu/sc 

12:30-2:00 p.m., "Visual Literacy 
and Visual Culture." With 
Mitchell lifton (Comparative 
Literature), Brandon Morse (Art) 
and Mary Corbin Sies (American 
Srudies). Part of the Digital 
Dialogues Spring 2001 series of 
brown bag round table discussions 
in collaboration with MITH and 
ACS. MITH Conference Area 
(2nd Floor, Taliaferro Hall). 

3-5 p.m. , Meeting: "Speak Out." 
The Presidents Commission on 
Ethnic Minority Issues invites fac- 
ulty, staff and students to speak 
out regarding ethnic minority 
issues at the university. 
Nyumbuni Cultural Center. 

3:30 p.m., Seminar: "Demo- 
graphy of Inequality Seminar 
Series." With Robert Willis, 
Department of Economics and 
Population Studies Center, Uni- 
versity of Michigan. Sponsored by 
the Center on Population, 
Gender and Social Inequality. 
2115 Art-Sociology. Call 5-6403. 

4 p.m., Physics Colloquium: 
"Nanoscale Fluctuations at Solid 
Surfaces." With Ellen D. 
Williams, distinguished university 
professor, Physics/I PST & 
Director of Materials Research 
Science and Engineering Center. 
1410 Physics. Call 5-3401. 

5:30 p.m., Seminar: "Hinman 
CEOs Program Successful Entre- 
preneur Series," with Robert 
Fischell of MedlnTec. Resnick 
Auditorium, Glenn L. Martin 
Hall. (Details in For Your 
Interest, p. 8.) 

6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Adobe 
Photoshop II: Designing Buttons 
and More Photo Editing for the 
Web." Prerequisite: Photoshop I. 
4404 Computer & Space 
Sciences. Call 5-2938 or, or visit* 

W e dn e s da y 
march 28 

9 a.m.- 1 2 p.m., Seminar: 
"Introduction to the Integrated 
Wealth Management Process," 
with John Girouard, Certified 
Financial Planner. For more infor- 
mation, call 5-565 1 - To register 
on line, visit 

Your Guide to University Events 
March 27-April 3 


12-1 p.m.. Research & Develop- 
ment Meeting: "Living in a High 
Risk Family: A Breast Cancer 
Odyssey." With Zora Kramer 
Brown, founder. Breast Cancer 
Resource Committee. 0114 
Counseling Center, Shoemaker 
Bldg. Contact sehoImes@ 


2-5 p.m., Roundtable Discussion, 
and 5-7 p.m., Recep- 
tion: "Women of the 
World: A Global 
Collection of Art." 
Discussion will be 
based on the show, 
which features works 
by women artists 
from 177 countries. 
Art Gallery, Art- 
Sociology Bldg. Call 

Web." 4137 McKeldin (Details b 
For Your Interest, p. 8.) 

12:15 p.m., Lecture: "CISSM 
Forum," with author and histori- 
an Jay Winik. 1 1 07 Van Mun- 
ching Hall. Followed by reception 
and book signing for "April 1865" 
from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the 
Atrium, Van Munching Hall. 
RSVP to 5-6334 or 
5 p.m., Lecture: "Monrecristo: 


The Beat of Life 

Faculty, staff and students are invited to 

attend "Words, Beats and Life" Hip- Hop 

Week evenrs, which continue March 27- 

30, sponsored by the Black Student 

Union and Student Entertainment 


6-9 p.m. OIT Work- 
shop: "HTML I: 
Learn to Create a 
Basic Web Page with 
HTML Code." Pre- 
requisite: a WAM 
Account and Basic 
Computing Techno- 
logies at Maryland. 
4404 Computer & 
Space Science. Con- 
tact 5-2938 or 
cwpost@umd5., or visit www.oit.' 

T^ft urs day 
march 29 

9-9:45 a.m., Workshop: "Corpo- 
rare Time Designate Training." 
For experienced users of the CT 
online calendar. Registration is 
required at www.oit. 
Call 5-2945 or e-mail oit-train-, or visit 

9 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Shortcoursc 
Training: "Designing a Relarional 
Database." Participants identify 
data problems and solve them 
with data normalization tech- 
niques. Not specific to any one 
database application. 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
Contact 5-0443 or oit-training 
@umail., or visit 
www.oi r. umd .edu/sc* 

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Panel Dis- 
cussion: "The Information Re- 
volution in China: Joining the 

Events of note include a lecture on the 

state of hip-hop by rapper Chuck D on 

March 28 from 7- 1 p.m. in the Colony 

Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, and a 

poetry slam on March 29 from 5-7:30 

p.m. in the Atrium, Stamp Student 


For more information, visit the BSU Web 

site at 

Student/Cam pus_Activi ties/Student 

Org/bsu/events/hlphopAgenda.htm, or 

\ call (301) 3 14-8326 x» 

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Precolumbian Art and Archae- 
ology in the Cloud Forests of 
Chachapoyas, Peru." With 
Warren Church, Columbus State 
University. Part of the "Andean 
Visual & Material Cultures" series 
sponsored by the Department of 
Art History & Archaeology and 
Dumbarton Oaks. 2309 Art- 
Sociology Building. Contact Flora 
Vilches at 
fvilches@wam . umd. edu. 

7 r i da 
march 30 

9 a. m. -3: 1 5 p.m. Conference: 

"Eighth Annual Teaching With 
Technology Conference." The 
Center for Teaching Excellence 
and the Office of Information 
Technology sponsor the 8th 
annual conference to celebrate the 
accomplishments of faculty using 
technology to transform the edu- 
cational experience. Free to UM 
faculty, leaching assistants and 
instructional support personnel; 
registration is required. 2 1 30 
Stamp Union. For information or 
to register, contact Deborah 

calendar guide: 

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

Catendar information for Outiook is compiled from a combination of inforM's 

master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. 

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

To reach (he calendar editor, call 105-7615 or e-maif to 

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

Mateik, 5-2945 or, or visit 
www, oi t. twt, 

10 a.m. -12 noon. Workshop: 
"Corporate Time Basic Client 
Training." Registration is required 
at www.oit.umd. edu/sc. Conract 
5-2945 or oit-training@, or visit 
www. WWW/ 

12-1:30 p.m., CAWG Forum: 
"The Road to Graduation: Some 
Attitudes and Behaviors that Fuel 
the Journey." Maryland Room, 
Marie Mount Hall. (Details in For 
Your Interest, p. 8.) 

4:30-9 p.m., "Community and 
Diversity in International 
Perspective: Japanese Dimen- 
sions." Learn about Japan's diverse 
populations through film, autobi- 
ographical fiction, and oral histo- 
ries, and meet experts in the field 
of diversity education. 0130 
Tydings. Light supper included. 
Please RSVP to Danitza 
Radichevich, 5-7350 or 
drl 7 1 

5 p.m., Lecture: "Imperial Rhe- 
toric and the Architecture of 
Chimor." With Joanne Pilsbury, 
University of East Anglia. Part of 
the "Andean Visual & Material 
Cultures" series sponsored by the 
Department of Art History fit 
Archaeology and Dumbarton 
Oaks.1213 Art-Sociology. 
Contact Flora Vilches at fvilch- 
es@wam . umd .edu. 

7 p.m., Performance: "Gymkana." 
Cole Field House. For tickets & 
information, call 5-2566. (Also 
see article beginning on p. 1.)* 

7 p.m., Lecture: "Recent Work," 
with Edward Jones, RIBA, 
Golden Florence Endowed 
Lecturer, Part of the Spring 200 1 
School of Architecture Public 
Lecture Series, Auditorium, 
School of Architecture, For more 
information, visit 
www. i n fo rm . um d . cd u/ARCH / 
Current Events/52001 lec.html. 


S aturda 

8 a.m. -3:30 p.m., Symposium: 
"It's About Women." Features ses- 
sions on financial health, genetics, 
brain teasers, redefining beauty 
and other topics. Hosted by Holy 
Cross Hospital. Inn and 
Conference Center. Call (301) 

9 a.m. -5:30 p.m., Symposium: 
"John Joseph Earley: Expanding 
the Art and Science of Concrete." 
Fourth Biennial Symposium on 
the Historic Development of 
Metropolitan Washington, D.C., 
presented by the Latrobe Chapter 
of the Society of Architectural 
Historians and the UM School of 
Architecture. Contact Isabelle 
Gournay, Conference Chair, at 5- 
6304 or, 
or visit 
latrobe/upcomingevents.html .* 

7 p.m., Performance: "Gymkana." 
Cole Field House. For tickets Sc 
information, call 5-2566. (Also 
see article beginning on p. 1.)* 

4 p.m., Entomology Colloquium: 
"KM, FIBI and PHI: An 
Acronymic Assault to Assess 
Aquatic Assemblages." With 
Raymond Morgan, USM Center 
for Environmental Science, 
Appalachian Laboratory. 1140 
Plant Sciences. Refreshments to 
follow. Call 5-3795. 


T'ue 5 day 

9 a.m. -4 p.m., Workshop: "Web 
Designer and Developer Pro- 
gram," Learn to design accessible 
and attractive pages. Covers con- 
cepts of copyright and intellectual 
property, usability studies and 
design aesthetics. Program runs 
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 
April 3-24 in 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. See www.oit.umd. 
edu/Web Developer for registra- 
tion, fees and prerequisite details. 
Contact Deborah Mateik at 5- 
2945 or dml6@* 

4 p.m., Physics Colloquium: 
"High Temperature Supercon- 
ductivity 14 Years On: What 
Have We Learned and What are 
the Open Questions?" With 
Andrew J. Millis, Professor of 
Physics, Center for Materials 
Theory and Department of 
Physics, Rutgers University. 1410 
Physics. Call 5-3401. 


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staff newspaper serving the 
University of Maryland campus 

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President for University Relations 

Teresa Flannery • Executive 
Director of University 
Communications and Director of 

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Letters to the editor, story sug- 
gestions and campus information 
are welcome. Please submit all 
material two weeks before the 
Tuesday of publication. 

Send material to Editor, Outlook, 
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Clarice Smith 

Performing Arts 

Centhr^at Maryland 

Variations on a Theme: Mark Haim 

The story goes that dancer Mark 
Haim's idea to perform Bach's com- 
position "The Goldberg Variations" 
came during whar he perceived to be a life-or- 
death moment. While walking down the 
street in New York City, he Feared getting 
killed in a gang fighr and realized his one 
regrer would be that he never performed to 
"The Goldberg Variations." 

Lucky for his audiences, Haim lived to cre- 
ate his interpretation of Bach's seminal work, 
and brings his performance to the stage of the 

Dance Theatte on Wednesday, April 4 and 
Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m. Pianist/composer 
Andri Gribou will 
provide live accompaniment. 

The sense of drama that served as the 
motivation for Haim's intetpretation of Bach 
is something he keeps alive in his perform- 
ance — a keen sense of theatricality that blends 
with artistic virtuosiry. In keeping wirh Bach's 

piece, which has 30 diverse variations, Haim 
blends both light and serious moments into a 
unique collection of solos, ranging in length 
from one to 10 minutes. Haim doesn't simply 
dance along with the music. Anna Kisselgoff, 
in The New York Times, said, "He uses it as a 
springboard for inventing both movement 
and metaphor." Haim goes so far as to have 
volunteer audience members come on stage 
and move and pose him. 

Haim has been commissioned to create 
new works for many dance companies 

throughout the United 
States, Europe and Asia, 
as well as restaging wotks 
for, among others, the 
Joffrey Ballet and Juilliard 
Dance Ensemble. 

Haim and pianist 
Andre Gribou are well- 
matched performers. 
Haim began his training 
as a pianist, while Gribou, 
who has performed as a 
pianist throughout the 
United States and Latin 
America, serves as an 
associate professor and 
music director of Ohio University's School of 

Audience members should be aware that 
there is brief nudity during the performance. 
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $18 for sen- 
iors and $5 for full-time students with a stu- 
dent ID. 

Symphony Orchestra Features Fleisher 

The Univetsity of Mary- 
land Symphony Orchestra 
performs with guest conduc- 
tor Leon Fleisher on Thurs- 
day, April 12 at 8 pm in the 
Concert Hall. The program 
fearures the Overture to 
"Egmont" by Beerhoven, 
Orchestral Variations by 
Copland and Symphony #2 
bv Rachmaninoff. 

The University of Mary- 
land Symphony Orchestra 

performs a repertoire that 
ranges from classical to late- 
20th cenrury compositions. 
Often called the "musical 
jewel of the campus," It 
attracts renowned guest con- 
ductors who have a strong 
commitmenr to working with 

In an interview with La 
Scena Musicale, Fleisher put 
into words why working wirh 
talented young people is so 

important to him. "My great- 
est pleasure is to sec the light 
of understanding in a stu- 
dents eyes — what I call the 
'Aha!' moment. A teacher 
should be irresistible, should 
find THE way of getting 
information across... We have 
to serve music." 

For tickets and informa- 
tion, contact the Ticket 
Office at (301) 405-7847. 

The International Piano Archives at Maryland house thousands of 
piano recordings, books, scores and more. 

Arts Library Offers Wealth 
of Information, Comfort 

amagine a library where the 
music class called "The 
History of Rock and Roll" 
can be made available over 
the Interner. Or where a 
computerized player piano can record 
performances. Those arc some of the 
more unusual facts about the new per- 
forming arts library ar The Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center, one of 
the campus' best-kept secrets. 

A state-of-the-art library with a 
soaring two-story teading room, it is 
both a high-tech library of the furure 
and one that lends itself to leisurely 
and comfortable study. Bruce Wdson, 
head of the library, says that it "sets a 
tone for other libraries to aspire to." 

"The library was designed with 
great sensitivity to the end-user," says 
Wilson. Parrons can accommodate 
theit individual study styles by choo- 
sing to sit at tables, on soft chairs, in 
sequestered carrels or in reading areas 
in the main research space. 

The research library is among the 
largest of its kind in the United States. 
A sophisticated analog and digital 
audio distribution system allows library 
staff to send a recording to a carrel. 

The International Piano Archives 
at Maryland, a major center for the 
study, appreciation and preservation of 
piano performance, is also housed 

here. Ir contains 96 percent of all com- 
mercial piano recordings, more than 
60,000 books on music, rheater and 
dance, and 8,000 piano scores (borh 
printed and in manuscript). 

The collections also include archival 
material related to music education, 
band history, ethnomusicology, music 
librarianship, arrs education and 
American music scholarship, among 
other areas. 

One of the most beautiful architec- 
tural features of the petforming arts 
library is the piano room, where the 
library's collection of piano rolls is 
housed. The room includes a Boescn- 
dorfter Imperial 290 SE computerized 
piano, one of 37 in the world. The 
ultimate goal is to digitize the collec- 
tion of piano rolls. The piano room is 
also a charming venue for events, and 
has been used for everything from 
press conferences to receptions. 

The sraff is happy to give tours of 
rhe library. To arrange one, call (301) 
405-9217. Library hours are Monday- 
Thursday from 8:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.; 
Friday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; 
Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 
Sunday from 12 noon-10 p.m. 



Mozart Murder Mystery 


If you like to mix a little mystery with your Mozart, join us Tuesday, April 10 from 

5:30-7 p.m. in (he Laboratory Theatre for another free and Informal Take Five event. 

Join Bruce Adoiphe, a music man with many talents — such as composer, author, actor, 

pianist, music educator and scriptwriter — as he lends characters and subplots to 

Moan's Piano Quartet in G Minor and turns it into a murder mystery. 

Adoiphe approaches music like a gourmet five-course meal, digging in and relishing 

each savory musical moment. Combining theatricality, comedy and music scholarship, 

Adolphe's Mozart Murder Mystery gives new meaning to music appreciation. 

The Muir 

Among the nation's 

finest string quartets, the 
Muir will play works by 
Haydn and Shostakovich 
on Friday, April 6 at 8 pm 
he Inn and 
onference Center, They 
will be joined by Oovid 
Shifrln, world-famous 
Artistic Director of The 
Chamber Music Society 
of Lincoln Center, for a 
performance of Mozart's 
Clarinet Quintet. 

March 27, 2001 


Ellen Williams, director of the NSF Materia! 
Research Science and Engineering Center at 
the University of Maryland, received the 
David Adler Lectureship Award for her explo- 
rations of surface structure and for effective 
communication of these scientific results. 

The Center for Environmental Energy 
Engineering (CEEE) has received the 2000 
Educational Institution of the Year award 
from Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
{ORNL) for research in support of ORNL 
and its mission. The award was given for the 
center's work in the Chesapeake Building. 
The goal of this research effort is to develop 
technologies that offer buildings a wide range 
of utilities while reducing energy consump- 
tion by more than 30 percent and global 
warming gas emissions by more than 45 per- 

ORNL conducts basic and applied 
research and development to create scientific 
knowledge and technological solutions that 
strengthen the nations leadership in key areas 
of science; increase the availability of clean, 
abundant energy; restore and protect the 
environment; and contribute to national 

Several engineering instructors received NSF 
Faculty Early Career Developmenr awards. 
Their names and departments are as follows: 

Steve Buckley, mechanical engineering; 
Donald Young, electrical and computer engi- 
neering and University of Maryland Institute 
for Advanced Computer Studies; Babis 
Papadopoulos, electrical and computer engi- 
neering and Institute for Systems Research; 
Sheryi Ehrman, chemical engineering; Eric 
Seagrcn, civil and environmental engineer- 
ing; and Ichiro Takeuchi, material and 
nuclear engineering. Buckley also received an 
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator 

Linda S. Kauffman, professor of English and 
a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, has been 
awarded a Fulbright grant to teach in the 
Netherlands. She will be rhe Walt Whitman 
Distinguished Chair of American Culture at 
the Universiry of Groningen next fall. She is 
author of six books, including her most 
recent, "Bad Girls and Sick Boys: Fantasies in 
Contemporary An and Culture" (1998). It 
explores contemporary literature, film and 
an, as well as issues in contemporary culture 
and politics. 

Roberta Coates has been appointed Interim 
Assistant to the President for Affirmative 
Action and Equity effective April 1. In this 
important role, Roberta will take on several 
key assignments, including chairing the 
Equity Council, staffing several Presidential 
Commissions, cootdinaring the Equity 
Council's May 2001 Conference, and helping 
to organize the first University of Maryland 
"Diversity Day." 

While serving in this interim position, 
Coates will continue to perform some of her 
current duties as Ombudsperson. Kevin 
McDonald, Campus Compliance Officer in 
the Human Relations Office, has agreed to 
assume a ponion of her caw load in the 
Ombuds Office while she serves in this inter- 
im capacity. 


continued from page 1 

Teates and Rachel Pedri as they do a 
backbend walkover and a handstand. 

Then Murray and Welsh jump back to 
the floor to do an angel stand. The sym- 
metry is pleasing; master supports 
apprentice, who 
holds his arms out 
as if to take wing. 
Students stop 
their activities to 
observe, even 
worry a little 
about the possibil- 
ity of their coach 
needing a spotter. 

No problem. 
He's been ar this 
gymnastics stuff a 
long rime. 

Murray first 
arrived at Maty- 
land in 1962 on a 
full wrestling 
scholarship, earn- 
ing his bachelor's 
degree in physi- 
cal education, 
recreation and 
health in 1967 
and his MA in 
1969. For the 
next nine years, 
he taught gym- 
nastic teacher 
preparation cours- 
es and became 
involved with the 

Gymkana troupe as an assistant coach to 
George F. Kramer. 

Kramer had taken over as head 
Gymkana coach from David A. Field, 
who founded the program in 1 946. And 
Murray became part of this master- 
apprentice tradition when he assumed the 
Gymkana head coach position in 1985. 

Over the years, exhibitional gymnas- 

in the College of Health and Human 
Performance and, by extension, the uni- 

"That's when we envisioned the idea 
of representing the college by promoting 
drug-free lifestyles," Murray says. "That's 
when the emphasis went to the troupe 
pledging to be drug-free." 

cenr. We are trying to instill in our own 
people the idea of living a drug-free life. 
We hope they will believe it, not just 
pledge it." 

It makes sense; being high (or hung 
over) and being upside down 1 5 feet in 
the air just don't mix. And because 
Gymkana accepts all comets without 

Members of the Gymkana troupe warm up for the serious work by springing into airborne splits. 

Gymkana's future and present head coaches demonstrate 
the strength ond control necessary for gymnastic success. 

tics dwindled on college campuses as 
competitive gymnastics emerged. When 
Murray rook over as coach, he and his 
coeducational troupe decided to respond 
to these changes by creating a new team 
ethos. Something to make it special with- 

Gymkana members must pledge not 
to smoke, drink or use illegal drugs. They 
can choose between two alternatives: 100 
percent abstention for the duration of the 
season, that is, from the end of August to 
mid-April; or 100 percent abstention 
year-round for as long as they are mem- 
bers of the troupe. Murray says most 
freshmen take the nine-month pledge 
their first year, 
but from then on 
commit all the 

"We're not 
purists," Murray 
says. "We're not 
trying to say alco- 
hol is not a part 
of human society. 
We are offering 
an alternative." 
The absten- 
tion pledge has 
evolved over time. 
At first, Murray 
was willing to 
adhere to what he 
calls "the gray 
line," that is, try- 
ing not to make 
the pledge so 
black and white. 
Under that phi- 
losophy, there 
wete no objec- 
tions to an occa- 
sional glass of 
wine, a glass of 
beer with pizza 
when out with 
friends, a toast on 
New Year's Eve. 

"The problem 
is, one glass of 
beer leads to two 
glasses of beer 
leads to a pitcher of beer," Murray says. 
"We are telling the community we are 
drug- and alcohol free. If one of our 
members is seen with a glass of wine ot a 
drink at a party, we become hypocrites. 
So we've asked them to pledge 100 per- 

regatd to past gymnastic or even athletic 
experience, it's in the students' best inter- 
est to work at their peak, unimpaired ath- 
letic ability. 

Ideally, says Murray, that striving will 
spill over into all aspects of the students' 
lives. "I'm not just interested in teaching 
them how to do a flip," he says. "I'm 
interested in how they develop character, 
treat other people, find happiness in their 

He's also interested in the effects of 
Gymkana on academic performance. This 
yeat, the 45 members of the troupe have 
a collective 5.6 GPA, Seventeen of them 
have a 4.0 GPA. "It's the highest academ- 
ic average we've ever had," Murray says. 

Gymkana is funded through the 
University of Maryland Foundation, and 
its 600 alumni regularly contribute to the 
troupe. They also raise money through 
their summer camps and their annual 
exhibition, informally known as the 
Home Show. 

They give back with lots exhibitions. 
During the Korean War, Gymkana trav- 
eled ovetseas to entertain the troops. 
These days, they perform at area school 
assemblies, half-time shows and other 
special events, where they are buoyant 
examples of their philosophy of clean liv- 

It was at such a performance that 
Welsh heard the call. He first saw 
Gymkana during half-time at a Maryland 
basketball game in 1 99 1 . "That next 
Monday, I came in," he says. "And I have 
been here ever since." 

Welsh, a 1 996 studio art graduate, had 
no experience with gymnastics prior to 
joining Gymkana. "I was looking for a 
program on campus that had like-minded 
individuals. I wasn't interested in the 
alcohol scene," he says. 

That interest has grown into what 
Welsh hopes will be a long career, 
although he's open about the tenuousness 
of his anticipated new job as head coach. 

"There is very little security in this 
position," he says. "Because Gymkana is 
funded, continued on page 5 


Teens Will Vote, but Not Run for Office as 
Adults, Says Study Led by UM Professor 

hat do young 
around the 
world chink 
and know 
about democracy and government? 
Do they understand how demo- 
cratic institutions work? Do they 
expect to vote or take part in odier 
civic activities as adults? And what 
role does school play in preparing 
adolescents for civic and political 

These are among the questions 
addressed in a rigorous research 
study released by the International 
Association for the Evaluation of 
Educational Achievement (IEA), 
the organization responsible for the 
much-heraidedTIMSS, the Third 
International Mathematics and 
Science Study. 

In this seven-year study of citi- 
zenship and education, IEA 
researchers examined what repre- 
sentative samples of teenagers think 
and know about democracy and 
government. "Citizenship and 
Education in Twenty-eight 
Countries: Civic Knowledge and 
Engagement at Age Fourteen' 
Includes country-by-country com- 
parisons of knowledge, skills, atti- 
tudes and expected participation in 
democratic life gathered from 
almost 90,000 students during 

Judith Totney-Purta, a UM pro- 
fessor of human development, is 
chair of the study's steering com- 
mirrce and lead author of the 
report. The other authors are 
Rainer Lehmann.who directed the 
International Coordinating Center 
at the Humboldt University of 
Berlin; Hans Oswald and Wolfram 

The study reports the results of 
student performance on a test of 
civic knowledge and skills in inter- 
preting political information in 
both new and long-standing 
democracies; Australia, Belgium 


continued from page 4 

there are a lot of risk factors. 
It's a [Health and Human 
Performance] college-spon- 
sored program, but like any 
other program, it could be cut 
at any time. I made the deci- 
sion to forgo a secure position 
and go with what I really 

In fact, Murray pressed 
Welsh to consider his decision 
carefully. "But no mattet how 
many times he said, 'Are you 
sure? There's no security 
there,' I just couldn't turn 
away," Welsh says. 

"Dr. Murray is considered 
one of the foremost leaders in 
exhibition gymnastics. It was 
a dying breed. I'm just trying 
to learn as much as I can 
from him over the next cou- 
ple of years, to uphold the 
tradition and carry Gymkana 
into the future." 

(French), Bulgaria, Chile, 
Colombia, Cyprus, Czech 
Republic, Denmark, England, 
Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, 
Hong Kong (SAR), Hungary, Italy, 
Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, 
Portugal, Romania, Russian 
Federation, Slovak Republic, 
Slovenia, Sweden, Switzetland and 
the United States. 

Other topics in die reporr 
include the degree to which stu- 
dents are involved in political life; 
their trust in government and 
media, as well as theit preferences 
for sources of news; attitudes 
towards immigrants and political 
rights for women; and gender dif- 

Young people believe that good 
citizenship includes the obligation 
to vote and to obey the law, reports 
the study. However, four out of 
five students do not intend to par- 
ricipace in conventional political 
activities such as joining a political 
party, writing letters to newspapers, 
or being a candidate for a local 

Nevertheless, students are will- 
ing to become engaged in other 
Forms of civic life such as collecting 
money for a social cause or charity, 
and they believe it is important for 
adult citizens to participate in com- 
munity and environmental gtoups. 

The IEA study also found that 
schools that model democratic 
practices in classrooms, by creating 
an open climate for discussing 
issues, are most effective in pro- 
moting civic knowledge and 
engagement among students. 
However, across countries many 
students do not experience this 
positive cype of classroom environ- 

"The LEA Civic Educacion 
Study confirms that schools can 
play an important role in preparing 
our young people to be more 
knowledgeable about democratic 
processes and more engaged in 

civic life," said Torney-Purca. 

"By teaching civic content and 
skills, modeling democtatic prac- 
tices in classrooms, emphasizing 
the importance of elections, and 
providing opportunities for stu- 
dents to participate in civic-orient- 
ed extra-curricular activities, 
schools can contribute significantly 
to encouraging today's students to 
become tomorrow's participating 

Comparatively, the United 
States did well on the IEA assess- 
ment. Students scored significantly 
higher than the international mean 
in civic knowledge. They also 
scored above the international 
mean with respect to measures of 
civic engagement, such as expected 
participation in political activities 
(i.e., intent to voce). 

In addition, students in the 
United States scored significantly 
highet dian the international mean 
with regard to measures of civic 
attitudes such as trust in govern- 
ment institutions, positive attitudes 
toward immigrants and support for 
women's political righes. 

This report will be followed by 
individual national reports. These 
will provide further analysis of the 
knowledge and attitudes of stu- 
dents on a country by country 
basis. The report of results focus- 
ing on the United States is sched- 
uled for release on April 27, 200 1 , 
at the annual meeting of the 
Education Writers Association in 
Phoenix, Arizona. i 

Smith School Launches 
Netcentricity Laboratory 

Corporate Support Exceeds $6 Million 

Gymkanas Home Shorn will 
take place March 30 and 31 
at 7 p.m. in Cole Field House. 
Tickets at the door are $5 (or 
$4 in advance) for students, 
faculty and staff. For the gen- 
eral public the price is $6 for 
children under 12 and $7 for 
adults. For more information, 
call (301) 405-2566. 

The Robert H. Smith 
School of Business has 
launched its 
Neccentricity Laboratory to 
study and model netcentricity 
as a competitive force of the 
Internet economy, 

Netcentricity is the power 
of digital netwotks to distrib- 
ute information instantly 
through global connectivity,, 
real-time collaboration, and 
rapid and continuous 

The Netcentricity 
Laboratory at the Smith 
School is the first academic 
center to be a partner of Sun 
Microsystems' iForcesm 
Initiative, Through iForcesm, 
Sun is creating a wotldwide 
community of strategic part- 
ners to help customers imple- 
ment dot-com solutions. 

"Netcentricity is having and 
will continue to have a phe- 
nomena! impact on how we 
conduct business," says 
Howard Frank, dean of the 
Smith School. "Our new labo- 
ratory is providing the knowl- 
edge and expertise needed to 
succeed in the fast-paced digi- 
tal economy." 

An advanced teaching, 
research, and corporate facility, 

the Netcentricity Laboratory 
encompasses technology 
frameworks for supply chain 
management and electronic 
commerce, financial trading, 
and behavioral studies to test 
and simulate netcentricity's 
impact on business practices. 
It is a state-of-the-art testing 
ground for organizations that 
want to achieve increased pro- 
ductivity and efficiency 
through digital networks. 

For example, using models 
and simulations based on teal- 
time information, managers 
can test and modify business 
scenarios, exploit advanced 
technologies, and understand 
the behavior and performance 
aspects of virtual work groups. 

There will be a national 
conference showcasing the 
power of netcentricity March 
30 and 3 1 . "Netcentricity: 
Measuring Its Impact, 
Mapping Its Future" will be 
held at the Smith School of 
Business. Fot more informa- 
tion, visit 

Murray and Welsh know how to spot the 
talent — In this case, that of Shannon 
Teates (I) and Rachel Pedrl (r). 


continued foam page 1 

an important transition period. 

"1 followed Professor 
Emeritus John L. Bryan, who 
served for almost four decades," 
Spivak says. James A. Milke is 
serving as interim department 
chain Spivak notes that he 
expects the incoming depart- 
ment chair to be named within 
60 days. 

Now that the university is 
well on its way to becoming a 
premiere research institution, 
Spivak says, "the challenge is to 
continue to grow the research 
programs and build on gradu- 
ate research and education in 
concert with our collaborative 
engineering departments." 

Fire Protection Engineering 
is the only such program in 
North America that is accredit- 
ed by ABET, the Accreditation 
Board of Engineering and 
Technology. The discipline 
developed from the implemen- 
tation and interpretation of 
codes and standards directed at 
fire safety. The Maryland pro- 
gram is also unique in offering 
a bachelor's degree in FPE. The 
program currendy boasts some 
90 undergraduates, 40 gradu- 
ates and more than 800 alum- 

"We have this unbelievable 
network of alumni," says 
Spivak. "One of my challenges 
and accomplishments has been 
to maintain the close relation- 
ships between faculty, students 
and alumni, a strong tradition 

built by Professor Bryan." 

The Maryland FPE faculty 
get called when fire marshals or 
arson investigators are dealing 
with fires so complex they need 
engineers to figure them out. 
Pethaps the most visible such 
task was when James Quintiere 
gave expert testimony in the 
federal government's successful 
defense in a lawsuit brought by 
Branch Davidians who survived 
the burning of their headquar- 
ters in Waco, Texas. Quintiere 
is the first to receive the $2.5 
million endowed John L. Bryan 
professorship in FPE. 

"We get called for these 
high-level investigations 
because our faculty have inter- 
national reputations," Spivak 

Splvak's specialty fot the 
past 30 years at UM has been 
in textiles, furnishings, fire and 
flam inability. At the same time, 
he has emerged as an interna- 
tional expert on standards and 
standardization. His new book, 
"Standardization Essentials: 
Principals and Practice," was 
co-authored with F. Cecil Bren- 
ner, who died two years ago. 

The book has been endorsed 
by ASTM, the American 
Society for Testing and 
Materials. Written as a primer, 
it may be the only one of its 
kind available and current, 
Spivak says. It defines common 
terms, clarifies descriptions, 
describes how standards can 
both restrain and stimulate 

continued on page 7 

March 27, 2001 




ultivating Pride and Awareness 

"We are basically expanding our 
faculty by 25 of the biggest 
experts in the world. This is one 
of the (research) partnerships that 
really makes sense. It can make 
us one of the leaders in this 
field." — The field is global 
warming, and the speaker is 
President CD. Mote Jr., 
announcing the university's 
partnership with the Depart- 
ment of Energy 's Pacific 
Northwest National 
Laboratory. Despite the name, 
the Laboratory employs many 
of its scientists in Washington, 
and they and campus faculty 
will combine to form the Global 
Change Research Institute to he 
located north of campus on 
Route I. ^Baltimore Sun, March 


"He (Hugh Newell Jacobsen) said 
he hasn't completed the design 
but can say the alumni center 
will be made of red brick with 
white trim, like most buildings 
on the College Park campus. 
'Good architecture, like a well- 
mannered person, never shouts at 
the neighbors.' " — Without 
shouting, alumnus Hugh Newell 
Jacobsen has fashioned a career 
that allowed him to be selected 
one of the worlds top 100 
architects a year ago m 
Architectural Digest magazine. 
His design of the $21 million 
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center 
will greet visitors to the campus 
at the main gate. (Baltimore 
Sun, March 12) 

"Skewed perceptions also reveal 
themselves in the widespread 
conviction that Americans are 
time-stressed in a historically 
unprecedented way... As John 
Robinson of the University of 
Maryland and John Godbey of 
Penn State University have 
demonstrated, today typical 
Americans have more leisure time 
than at any point in the nation's 

— The New York Times refors to 
the research of sociology profes- 
sor John Robinson, director of 
the Americans' Use of Time 
Project. That research often 
contradicts popular notions 
that our lives are more 
crammed with things to do than 
ever. (March II) 

"I think something can happen 
here that is unlike anything that 
happens on any other university 
campus.... We truly hope to blur 
the lines between performance, 
learning and community." — 
Susan Farr, executive director 
of the Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center, vali- 
dates her feelings about the arts 
complex by pointing to the size 
of the performance halls in 
relation to the performing arts 
departments. The synergy of 
the Center allows visiting artists 
to be closely 

related to instruction, and the 
audience a place to watch 

careers grow and mature. 
(Baltimore Sun, March II) 

"It will be as least as violent as 
XFL football, with unfortunately 
the same rating." — Eric Uslaner, 
professor of government and 

predicts a political slugftst as 
campaign finance reform begins 
debate in the U.S. Senate. 
(Philadelphia Inquirer, March 

"If there is indeed an economic 
downturn in progress at the 
moment, there will be a lot of 
people in the middle who will 
need the protection of the bank- 
ruptcy law. The current legisla- 
tion could drastically curtail their 
access to a fresh start." — 
Lawrence Ausubet, projessor of 
economics, speaks of the over- 
haul of bankruptcy law the 
U.S. Congress is undertaking. 
(Christian Science Monitor, 
March 15) 

"Most consumers (now) have lit- 
tle incentive to switch from e- 
commerce to m-commerce." 
— If you just began understand- 
ing e-commerce, get ready for 
m-commerce. The Internet is 
coming to your hand held elec- 
tronic helper, and P.K. Kannan 
predicts mobile-commerce will 
be essential to companies whose 
products or services are time- 
constrained Kannan, associate 
director of the Center for E- 
Service, says these companies 
should have m-commerce initia- 
tives in place. (Network World, 
February 26) 

"I hope that people of faith will 
not try to apply the Bible to 
answer questions better put to 
science, and I hope that people of 
science will be open to the 
insights of religion in the applica- 
tion of science and technology in 
the world." —William Phillips 
is a Nobel Prize winner and 
was recently named to head and 
create a world-class atomic, 
molecular and optical physics 
group at Maryland Although 
religion and science have little 
in common in many scientific 
quarters, Phillips is both a laser 
physicist and Christian. (The 
World and I, March 2001) 

"For better or worse, young peo- 
ple looking for colleges make 
decisions on academic reputation 
but also on social variables. They 
look at the campus and diversity 
in photos and on the Web." — 
Sharon Hurley, acting director 
of the African American studies 
program, assesses bow students 
of color approach their selection 
of schools. The quote came in 
an article generated by the Uni- 
versity of Wisconsin changing a 
photograph of students to imply 
more diversity than the original 
photo. (Chronicle of Higher 
Education, March 16) 

As director of the 
Office of Lesbian, 
Gay, Bisexual and 
Transgender Equity, Luke 
Jensen's job is to make sure 
the campus is aware of and 
sensitive to this smaller com- 

He will help achieve this 
abjective in no small way 
with "Pride Days; 
Celebrating the Lives of Les- 
bian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans- 
gender People," three weeks 
of films, performances, a 
symposium and discussions 
from March 26-April 13- 

Jensen seems most proud 
of the fact that the activities 
involve members of several 
campus groups. "There is so 
much enthusiasm. We ended 
up doing a lot more this 
year," he said. "The film fes- 
tival was coordinated by the 
Graduate Lambda Coalition. 
Queer Central is hosting the 
discussion nights. The 
President's Commission on 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and 
Transgender Issues is spon- 
soring the symposium, "Sex 
and the University," and the 
Black Student Union is spon- 
soring a forum on homopho- 
bia in hip- hop. 

"My role is publicity. The 
real work is being done by 
the students." 

Jensens office, and his 
position, are only going into 
their third year. It is the 
result of a recommendation 
made In the report, "Embra- 
cing Diversity," done by the 
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual 
Staff and Faculty Association 
in conjunction with the 
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual 
Alliance. Though a resource 
center was envisioned, then- 
President William Kirwan 
refused it and accepted a rec- 
ommendation to create the 
LGBT commission. Jensen 
became chair. 

"The commission then 
recast the proposal, worked 
with the provost and the cab- 
inet approved it just before 
the beginning of the 1999 
fiscal year," says Jensen. 

It was envisioned as a 
broad-based resource center 
for several communities, in 
the theme of the Office of 
Multi-Ethnic Student 
Education or the 
International Education 

"When you say [just] the 
gay community, the default is 
male, mostly white male. You 
erase the experiences, the 
needs of women. The reali- 
ties are very different. The 
transgendereds' realities are 
even further removed." 


As an outspoken memfc 
of the campus gay commum 
ty, it seemed natural for 
Jensen to be plucked from 
his position as chair of the 
president's LGBT commis- 
sion to head the LBGT 
Equity office. 

Jensen came to the univc-r 
sity in 1988 to reach and 
study 19th century music. 
However, the harmony he 
creates now is between 
humans, and not instru- 
ments. Jensen doesn't seem to 
mind the switch. 

"Pride is an important 
pan of identity development, 
especially for anyone with an 
identity that is stigmatked in 
any way," he says. "Sexuality 
doesn't really come to the 
forefront until adolescence. 
This is an issue people begin 
to deal with in their college 
years. We don't have any 
LGBTs that come in as fresh- 
man, bur a whole lot gradu- 
ate," he says, laughing. 

He gets serious, though, 
when he talks about his mis- 
sion. "We want to help creat 
happy, healthy adults who 
move through the university 
in a successful way." 

Pride Days Schedule of Events, March 27-April 3 

Tuesday, March 27 

6 p.m., Support Group: 
"Woman 2 Woman." 3205 
Jimenez. A peer support group 
for lesbian, bisexual, and trans- 
gender women co-sponsored 
by the Pride Alliance and 
Woman's Circle, 

8 p.m., Film: "The Water- 
melon Woman." LeFrak 
Auditorium. Sponsored by the 
Graduate Lambda Coalition, 
the HoffTheatre and the Allies 
Project. A young black woman 
working in a video store is 
making a documentary about 
an obscure black actress from 
the 1930s. When she discovers 
that the actress, known as "the 
Watermelon Woman," had a 
white lesbian lover, she frills in 
love with a white woman her- 

Wednesday, March 28 

7 a.m., "Good Morning Com- 
muters." Stamp Student Union 
Atrium. Sponsored by the 
Office of LGBT Equity. 

Thursday, March 29 
2-4 p.m., Discussion: 
"Masculinity, Femininity, and 
Homophobia in Hip-Hop." 
2111 Stamp Student Union. 
Sponsored by the Black 
Student Union and the Pride 
Alliance. Panel discussion 
berween members of the hip- 
hop community and the Gay 
and Lesbian Alliance Against 
Defamation [GLAAD]. 
5 p.m.. Discussion: "God and 
Gays." Hillel Multipurpose 

Room. Sponsored by the Pride 
Alliance. Join a group of local 
clergy and persons of faith to 
discuss the relationship of reli- 
gion and the gay community. 

Friday, March 30 

Symposium: "Sex and the Uni- 
versity." Nyumburu Cultural 
Center. Sponsored by the 
President's Commission on 
LGBT Issues, A one-day sym- 
posium on human sexuaiities. 
For more information, contact 
Liora Moriel, Iml42@ 

Monday, April 2 

1 2 noon. Brown Bag Dis- 
cussion: "Compare and Con- 
trast: Scott Freid and Chris 
Bell," Room TBA, Stamp 
Student Union. Sponsored by 
the Panhellenic Association, 
Alpha Omicron Pi, Zeta Beta 
Tau, and the Office of Campus 
Programs. With Scott Freid, a 
motivational speaker who deals 
with issues of HIV; and Chris 
Bell, HrV activist and author. 

2 p.m., Lecture: "Viewing 
Against the Frame: A Con- 
versation with New York Film- 
maker David Sigal." 101 
Susquehanna Hall. Sponsored 
by the Comparative Literature 
Program. Sigal will share his 
expertise on making and mar- 
keting independent films and 

6 p.m., "Safe Space" with spe- 
cial guest Chris Bell. 1 139 
Stamp Srudent Union. Chris 
Bell will join the group to talk 

of his experiences with HrV 
and AIDS. 

Tuesday, April 3 

10:30 a.m., Training Session: 
"Working With Students and 
HIV." 1 137 Stamp Student 
Union. Sponsored by the 
Office of Campus Programs. 
Join Chris Bell for a faculty/ 
staff training session and work- 
shop on working with issues of 

6 p.m., Dinner and 
Discussion: "HIV In Our 
Communities: An Evening of 
Insight and Answers." Prince 
Geotge's Room, Stamp Student 
Union. Sponsored by the 
University Health Center. 
Dinner and panel discussion 
on the effects of HIV in the 
African American, Latino and 
LGBT communities. 

6 p.m., Support Group: 
"Woman 2 Woman," 3205 
Jimenez. (See Tuesday, March 
27 for details.) 

8 p.m.. Film: "The Wedding 
Banquet." LeFrak Auditorium, 
Sponsored by the Graduate 
Lambda Coalition, the Hoff* 
Theatre, and the Allies Project. 
The lighthearted story of a 
Taiwanese man in the U.S. 
struggling with culture, 
arranged marriage and coming 

For more information, contact Will Simpkins at or at (301) 314-7174. 


For 'Outstanding Woman/ it's All in a Day's Work 

Sapienza Baronc, administrative assis- 
tant to the president, refused to give 
her resume to William Deader when 
he asked a few weeks ago. The vice 
president for research and dean of the 
graduate school would n'r tell her why he need- 
ed ir. 

Now that she knows it was for her nomina- 
tion for, and eventual selection as, 
Outstanding Woman of rhe Year by the 
Presidents Commission on Women's Issues, 
she Feels a bir sheepish about being difficult. 

"I had no idea," she says. "Of course, I'm 
posirivley thrilled. When Dr. Mote raid me, I 
didn't believe him." 

Actually, being difficult is the antithesis of 
Ba rones character. Her letters of recom men da- 
rt on sound like a broken record; Barone raises 
service to the university to an an form. Peers 
use adjectives such as "indispensable," "smart," 
"engaging," "committed." They note her 
quickness to volunteer for any number of tasks, 
and her ability to cheerfully work long hours. 

"Though Sapienza's job ride reads Assistant 
to the President, a more appropriate title would 
be Assistant to the University," wrote Barbara 
C. Quinn, executive director of university rela- 

"Her most important duties fall into rhe 
category of 'other duties as assigned'," wrote 
Desrler. "When we need it done right, in a 
manner that protects and fosters the best in 
the institution, Sapienza is the one petson we 
turn to time after time." 

Barone, the first non-faculty woman ro 
receive the honor in four years, feels rhe 
honor is one she shares with other staff mem- 
bers on campus. 

"1 know how many hundreds of thousands 
of staff people dedicate themselves to the universi- 
ty," she says. "This shows an appreciation, that staff 
arc important. I've always felr appreciated. I hope it 
starts a trend." 

Barone worked part-time for the university while a 
student here. When she graduated in 1 977 with a 
degree in English, she became a full-rime staffer. She has 
worked for the presidents office since 1988. 

"Sapienza is a wonder — I have never encountered a 
more hard working and deeply committed servant of rhe 
university," said President CD. Mote Jr. "Her wit and 
charm are as completely disarming as her work Is excel- 
lent. She's a most deserving 2001 Woman of the Year." 

The award was esrablished in 1977, with its first 
awardee being Elske Smith, Ph.D., then assistant vice 
chancellor for academic affairs. Nominees should have 
been on campus for at least five years and demonsrrated 
excellence in: 

Sapienza Barone fosters what Is best in the university. 

• Service to the university community above and 
beyond the call of duty 

• National recognition for research or literary 

• National recognition for or leadership in 
professional societies or athletics 

• Outstanding campus administrative 

• Service to women and women's issues in higher 
education, including those involving diversity in 
women's experiences 

• Excellence in teaching, advising and/or 

• Service ro the broader community. 

An awards reception will take place Wednesday, 
March 28 from 3-5 p.m. in the Prince George's Room, 
Stamp Student Union. The campus community is 
invited to this free event. 

Turner Joins Think Tank 

continued from page 1 

Turner was a natural choice, said 
Charles Caramello, chair of the 
Department of English ar Maryland. 
"He has a distinguished record of 
rest den rial fellowships at major 
research centers, and his own 
research brilliandy bridges the rwo 
cultures of humanities and sciences. 
He brings exrraordinary experience 
and expertise to this position." 

Turner, who will remain on 
Maryland's faculty and will continue 
to be actively involved widi graduate 
students, said he is honored. "The 
center offers an illustrious tradition 
of research, a full array of intellectual 
and administrative challenges, an 
inspiring new director-designate, a 
sophisticated and powerful staff and 
an international family of eminent 

Each year, the center invites 
approximately 45 scholars to do 

research, Turner said. Fellows are 
experts in any of 13 fields, including 
policy, social science, economics and 
comparative literature. Turner spe- 
cializes in whar makes human beings 
so creative compared wirh other 

Turner said his goal as the centet's 
new associate director will be to cul- 
rivare special projects, particularly in 
the cognitive sciences and the 
humanities. "The director is a sociol- 
ogist, so I will supplement him in 
other areas. We really complement 
each other," he said. 

This is not Turner's first experi- 
ence with the center. He served as a 
fellow From 1994-1995. Also, he 
has been a fellow ar the Institute For 
Advanced Study at Princeron, the 
Guggenheim Memorial Foundarion, 
the National Humanities Center at 
Duke University and the National 
Endowment for the Humanities. 

He is the author oF four books 

and co-author of four others. Turner 
has published more rhan 30 articles 
and book chapters in the fields oF 
cognitive science, linguistics, rheto- 
ric, poetics and style. 

Center director-designate Douglas 
McAdam said, "The center is 
extraordinarily lucky to artract a 
scholar oF Turners stature, talents 
and experience to fill the position oF 
associate director. As someone whose 
work runs from the humanities to 
the hard sciences, Mark is uniquely 
qualified to speak ro the center's 
diverse academic constituents and to 
provide substantive intellectual lead- 
ership in shaping various center ini- 

Your Input is Needed 
Benefits Survey 

Later this week, the Personnel Services Department 
will be conducting an opinion survey among a randomly 
selected sample of university employees. The purpose of 
this study is to get employee input on a number of health 
benefit issues, including program content, communica- 
tions and customer service. This initiative is one of the 
suggested steps within the university's current strategic 
plan. The Senate Campus Affairs Committee will be 
making comments and recommendations on the results 
of the survey. 

Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a consulting firm specializ- 
ing in human resources and benefits management, will 
conduct the survey. Watson Wyatr consultants have met 
with dozens of university employees in focus groups con- 
ducted tn December soliciting information that aided in 
the design of the questionnaire. For confidentiality pur- 
poses, Watson Wyatt will manage the collection of 
employee responses and report summary survey results 
back to campus management. Individual responses will 
not be revealed. 

A randomly selected group of 2,000 faculty, staff and 
graduate srudent employees will be given an opportunity 
to participare in the written survey, which will be distrib- 
uted this week. The success of this project depends on a 
high level of participation from these employees. 

The results of the survey will be used to plan strategi- 
cally for future delivery of health benefits programs. 

Summer Arts Camp on Campus 

The Art and Learning Center is offering a Summer 
Arts Camp to bring our the artistic, dramatic and literary 
genius in your child. Under the care of carefully selected 
staff and high school counselors, students make masks, 
collage, pin-hole cameras, musical instruments, or even 
their own news publications. 

The An and Learning Center offers this arts camp to 
children ages 7-12. Activities are tailored to age and 
interest; campers can choose from a variety of themes, 
which include: 

Session I (June 25 - July 6) 

"Art History Alive" or "Drama Workshop" 

Session II (July 9 - 20) 

"Worth 1 000 Words" or "Alternative Photography" 

Session ID (July 23- Aug 3) 
"World Music" or "News Room" 

The cosr for a two- week session is $350 for the genera! 
public and $325 for university affiliates. Class begins at 9 
a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., with an option for extended care 
until 5 p.m. for an additional fee. 

Find out more about Summer Arts Camp at the 
Camp Open House on Saturday, March 31 from 12-3 
p.m. in Room 0232 Stamp Srudent Union. 

For more information, contact Nicole Li at The Arts 
& Learning Center, (301) 314-ARTS. 


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global rrade. It also focuses 
on consumer safety standards 
and reveals how national and 
international standards both 
compete and harmonize with 
each other. 

If you think about it, he 
says, standards exist every- 
where. But how is a con- 
sumer, for example, to know 
how to evaluate the rating 
systems, or environmental 
claims on products, for 

"You look at hotels or 
restaurants, or other con- 
sumer services, and they have 
varied quality ratings," Spivak 

says. "But there's no unifor- 
miry or srandardlzation 
across many rating systems. 
There are committed people 
worldwide, working to 
improve standards for con- 
sumer services and products, 
including quality, fire safety, 
and more. There's much 
good work yet to be done." 

March 27, 2001 

POD Packets Proliferate 

Fireside Chats 

The Center for Teaching Excellence is diligently 
working to improve and expand its resource materials 
for the campus community. Below are listed the four 
new resource packets it has acquired from the 
Professional Organization Development (POD) 
Network, an organization dedicated to improving 
teaching and learning on campuses across the U.S. 

Alternatives to Traditional Teaching Methods 

and Learning Strategies 

Defining and Characterizing Teaching 

Motivating Students 

The Student-Teacher Relationship 
If you would like to request any or all of the packets, 
please send a message to For fur- 
ther information, contact Inayet Sahin at (301) 405- 
9980 or 

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The Center for Historical Studies will sponsor a sem- 
inar with Herman Lebovics, of the State University of 
New York, Stonybrook, entided "The Empire at Home: 
How Modern France was Made in the Colonies." 

Lebovics is a distinguished scholar of modern 
German and French history and the author of four 
bouks. His presentation is drawn from his current proj- 
ect, a book on how modern France was created in the 
colonial empire. 

The seminar will be held on Monday, April 2 at 4 
p.m. in Room 1 102, the Deans Conference Room, 
Francis Scott Key Hall. Refreshments will be available 
starting at 3:30 p.m. Discussion will be based on a prc- 
circulated paper, available in the Department of History, 
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall. Please direct questions to 
Stephen Johnson at (301) 405-8739 or 
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Outdoor MP, 

Learn to be safe in the backcountry. Campus 
Recreation Services otters a Wilderness First Aid Course, a 
two-day national certification course conducted by SOLO 
wilderness medicine school. Participants will be introduced 
to wilderness medical protocols and long-term patient care. 

The course will be held on April 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. -5 
p.m. each day, in the Outdoor Recreation Center. Those 
interested may register at the Member Services Desk in the 
Campus Recreation Center by March 31. A late fee will be 
added to registration after this date. The course fee is 
$155- For more information, please call (301) 405-PLAY. 

Phlnn Online 

A year ago, 13 million Chinese had access to the 
Internet, almost six times the number in 1998. Future 
projections are even more dramatic. The College of 
Information Studies Seminar Class on International and 
Comparative Librarianship will sponsor a panel discus- 
sion, "The Information Revolution in China: Joining 
the Web,™ to address the implications of the rapid devel- 
opment of the Internet in China. What ate the demo- 
graphics of this Internet usage? What kinds of Chinese 
Web sites and content are available? What is the social 
environment of the Internet In China? 

The panelists: Larry Daks, a former member of die 
Senior Foreign Service, has lived and worked in the 
People's Republic of China, Laos and Taiwan; Peter B. 
LaMontagne is Corporate Vice President, ManTech 
Internarional, responsible for ManTech's operations and 
business strategy fot the People's Republic of China, 
Taiwan and other countries in Asia; John Thomson, 
visiting from China Online headquarters in Chicago, is 
Managing Editor of China On Line, Inc. Moderator 
Douglas W. Oard is an assistant professor in the College 
of Information Studies and the Institute of Advanced 
Computer Studies at the University of Maryland. Oard 
leads a 1 5-member research group that is developing 
search technology for Chinese and other languages in 
collaboration with researchers from Hong Kong and 

The discussion will be held Thursday, March 29 
from 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. in 4137 McKeldin Library. 
Please call Don Hausrath at (703) 764-0058 or e-mail if you plan to attend. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and leadership schol- 
ar James MacGregor Burns will speak about his newest 
book, "The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who 
Transformed America," at three local events in April. 

A senior scholar at the James MacGregor Burns 
Academy of Leadership on campus, Burns wilt speak at 
Archives II in College Park at noon on Monday, April 
9. He will speak again at noon on Tuesday, April 1 at 
the National Archives downtown and at Politics & 
Prose, a bookstore in Nordiwest Washington, at 7 p.m. 
the same day. All events are free and open to the public. 

"The Three Roosevelts" is the first biography to 
combine the intertwining lives, ideas, and deeds of 
Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; trace the 
development of their progressive political philosophy; 
and examine the legacy left by the Roosevelt century. 

For more information about these events, go to the 
Academy's Web page at or call 
Stefanie Weiss at (301) 405-7938. 

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Henry SanorT, ALA, Distinguished Professor of Archi- 
tecture at the School of Design at North Carolina State 
University, is one of the founders of the Environmental 
Design Research Association (EDRA), a multidiscipli- 
nary group of scholars chat bridge the gap berween the 
social sciences and design. His presentation, 
"Community Architecture: User Participation in 
Design," at 11 a.m. April 12 in the School of Architec- 
ture Auditorium, will focus on community participation 
methods in design and planning. 

SanofFs recent activities stress the development of 
participatory processes in the design of educational facil- 
ities. He is widely published and well known for his 
many books. His research -based design consulting 
includes community projects throughout Japan, Korea, 
Australia, Brazil and Slovenia. For further information, 
call (301) 405-6790. 

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Does a non-diet approach to managing your weight 
for a lifetime sound good? Learn how to address the cir- 
cumstances that cause you to overeat and under-exercise 
and create strategies to change those habits forever. 

The workshop will take place on five Wednesdays, 
beginning March 28, from 12-1:30 p.m. in Room 0121 
Campus Recreation Center. There is a $20 chatge for 
the program. You do not have to be a memeber of the 
CRC to attend. For more information, contact the 
Center for Health and Wellbeing at (301) 314-1493 or, 

A Women's Wellness and Weight Loss Course will 
also be offered for women at least 20 pounds over- 
weight. A physician, nutritionist and exercise physiolo- 
gist will lead lecture- discuss tons on current topics in 
wellness and weight loss, such as health, eating, aerobic 
and strength training, followed by moderate exercise in 
a fun, safe and supportive environment. 

This free course will be held on Tuesdays (from 5:30- 
7:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (from 5:30-6:30 p.m.) from 
March 27 to May 1 7 in the Wellness Research 
Laboratory, Room 0110 in the Health and Human 
Performance Building. Enrollment is limited to 20. For 
more information or to register, contact Gay Mays at 
(301) 405-2437 ot 

CAW.G Forum on Graduation 

Faculty and stafF concerned with student retention 
are invited to attend a Campus Assessment Working 
Group (CAWG) forum entitled "The Road to Gradua- 
tion: Some Attitudes and Behaviors that Fuel the Journey." 

The forum will take place on March 30 from 12- 
1:30 p.m. in the Maryland Room of Marie Mount Hall. 
The event is sponsored by the Retention subgroup. A 
light lunch will be provided; please RSVP by March 27 
to For more in- 
formation, co n tact Eowyn Rehwinkel at (301) 405-3867 
or, or see 

Spotlight on Startup Success 

The Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship 
Opportunities Program presents Robert Fischell as the 
invited speaker at its next Successful Entrepreneur Series 

Fischell, president and chairman of the board of 
directors for MedlnTec, is a leader in aerospace and bio- 
medical technology. He is a successful inventor, holding 
some 200 national and international patents, as well as a 
place in the Space Technology Hall of fame. The event 
will take place on Tuesday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. in 
the Resnick Auditorium of Glenn L. Martin Hall. 

On the following two Tuesdays, the Hinman CEOs 
Program will host seminars on the subject of resources 
for the entrepreneur. 

Donald Spero, director of the Dingman Center for 
Entrepreneurship, will talk about his experiences as a 
technology- based entrepreneur and offer suggestions 
about how to succeed as such. He will also present an 
overview of the resources available at the Dingman 
Center. He will speak on Tuesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. 
in the Rouse Room, Van Munching Hall. 

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson 
( is a leading Wall Street law firm with 
offices in the area. Partners Andy Varney and Lanae 
Holbrook and Senior Associate Mark Fajfar will talk 
about "10 Key Issues for a Start-up Founder." Their 
presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30 
p.m. in the TAP (Technology Advancement Program) 
Building on Technology Drive. 

For details concerning the two events and possible 
changes to the schedule, contact Karen S. Thornton, 
Associate Director of the Hinman CEOs Program, at 
(301) 405-3677 or, or visit 

*fll Sashi Peer Mrntnn 

All faculty, staff and students who work with promis- 
ing undergraduate students who could serve as peer 
mentors for the Black Student Unions Big/Little pro- 
gram are encouraged to nominate or encourage students 
to apply to be peer mentors. Applications are available 
in the BSU office. 

The peer mentoring program matches freshmen with 
upperclass students to serve as a peer suuport and to 
provide an introduction to campus life during the first 
year. Training and meetings will be required of all men- 

To make a nomination, please forward the students 
name, email address and phone number to Toby Jenkins 
at For more information, 
contact Toby Jenkins at (301) 314-8439 or Srelyne 
Harris at (301) 314-8326.