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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 • Number 24 • April 10, 2001 

The men's basketball team returned from the Final Four to a triumphant welcome at Cole 
Field House on April 4, as moms, dads, kids, grandparents, students, faculty and staff 
gathered to show appreciation for the team. At left, Testudo keeps the geared-up crowd of 
about a thousand avid Terrapin fans entertained in advance of appearances by the athletes 
and head coach Gary Williams (above), among others. (More about the rally on page 4.) 

UM Named One off 16 Sites Nationwide 

for 'Teachers 

as Scholars" 


The University of 

start its much-anticipated 

university's most distin- 

Maryland has won a $10,000 

program this spring, said 

guished scholars will con- 

grant to become one of only 

Associate Dean Gabriele 

duct intensive one- to three- 

16 sites nationwide to host 


day seminars fori 00 K-12 

an Innovative program that 

"The grant provides us 

teachers from Prince 

provides extra training to 

with an opportunity to con- 

George's and Montgomery 

public school teachers.The 

tinue our community out- 

County public school sys- 

grant is provided by the 

reach, which is one of the 


Wbodrow Wilson National 

missions of the university," 

Participating teachers will 

Fellowship Foundation 

Strauch said. "And it gives 

receive release time during 

Other Teachers as Scholars 

local teachers the opportuni- 

the school day to attend the 

sites include Harvard, 

ty to get intensive training in 

daylong seminars.They will 

Carnegie Mellon and 

the arts and humanities.'' 

have access to all the 

Princeton universities. The 

The pilot program will be 

resources at one of the 

College of Arts and 

phased in over three years. In 

Humanities at Maryland will 

the first year, several of the 

continued on page 7 

MIND Lab Launched 


New Dean Not a New Face on Campus 

Jerry Wrenn Changes Title, but not Focus 

His corner office pro- 
vides grand views of 
the space that is to be 
the Comcast Center. Trees 
sway, birds chirp and early 
spring sunshine spills in on 
his immaculate desk. Jerry 
Wrenn, dean for the College 
of Health and Human 
Performance, is in a good 

To hear him tell it, it's been 
good for at least 35 years, no 
matter what his position. 

"We're dealing with topics 
that are important to socie- 
ty — human movement, health, 
families," says Wrenn."We're 

learning more and 
more about what 
health and activ- 
ity can do for 
disease pre- 
came to the 
as a physi- 
cal educa- 
tion doctor- 
al student in 
1966, when it 
was still the 
College of Phy- 
sical Education, 
Recreation and Health 

A year later, he was 
asked to be an 
instructor in the 
physical educa- 
tion depart- 

Although he 
came in with 
no intention 
of staying 
past gradua- 
tion, he 
accepted an 
assistant profes- 
sor position 
upon completion 

continued on page 7 

he university has 
launched its new 
Maryland Infor- 
mation and Net- 
works Dynamics 
( MIND) laboratory, a major 
research and testbed facility 
for information technologies. 

The lab will provide institu- 
tional and industrial partners a 
focal point for defining, devel- 
oping, evaluating and deploy- 
ing new information technolo- 
gies under the direction of a 
world-class group of university 
researchers with track records 
of innovation. 

The work in the MIND lah 
will complement and support 
research to be conducted in 
the new Fujitsu research insti- 
tute for advanced computer 
technology, which was dedicat- 
ed March 26. The MIND lab is 
assisted by support from 
Fujitsu laboratories Ltd, 

"The new MIND lab offers 
our world-class faculty and stu- 
dents new opportunities for 
challenging and relevant 
research through which they 
can translate university-devel- 
oped information technologies 
and skills into the communica- 
tion tools needed by our 
region and nation," said Presi- 
dent C. D. Mote. Jr. "industry 
will benefit not only through 
the development of key prod- 
ucts, but also because under- 
graduate and graduate student 
involvement in the MIND lab 

will produce future IT workers 
experienced in the real-world 
concerns of companies." 

Michio Fujisaki, president of 
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., said 
his company was excited to 
work in collaboration with the 
MIND lab, "I believe our joint 
research efforts, as well as the 
work we will be doing in the 
Fujitsu research institute, will 
help us create new technolo- 
gies that will truly enrich peo- 
ple's lives in the 21st century." 

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and 
its U.S. Subsidiary, Fujitsu labo- 
ratories of America, announced 
last month the establishment 
of a new research institute in 
College Park to develop tech- 
nologies that more closefy link 
computers to people's every- 
day lives. Pervasive computing, 
bio-informatics and quantum 
computing will be the first 
research initiatives pursued at 
Fujitsu's new lab. 

Initial projects to be under- 
taken by the MIND lab include 
development of an advanced 
system for locating users of 
cell phones based on a patent- 
ed university technology and a 
Washington Tourist informa- 
tion system to allow visitors to 
the region to use a single net- 
worked device for everything 
from taking a guided museum 
tour to navigating around 
town to purchasing tickets for 

continued on page 6 


April 10,2001 



Gilde nhorn Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. For tickets and infor- 
mation, call 5-7847. 

'fu esday 
april 10 

9-1 1:30 a.m.. Workshop: 
"Writing PRD Expectations: 
The Key to Performance and 
Productivity." PRD training for 
all employees. Call 5-5651 or 

1 1:30 a.m.-I2:30 p.m.,Woric- 
shop: "Managing and Conduct- 
ing the PRD Process: PRD 
Training for All Supervisors." 
Call 5-565 1 or visit www.per- 

4 p.m., Physics Colloquium: 
"Understanding Hadron Struc- 
ture, Bit by Bit ."John Negele, 
William Coolidge Professor of 
Physics, Massachusetts Instit- 
ute of Technology. Preceded 
by refreshments at 3:30 p.m. 
1410 Physics. Call 5-3401. 

5:30 p.m., Lecture:" 10 Key 
Issues for a Start-up Foun- 
der.'With law partners 
Andy Varney and Lanae 
Holbrook and senior asso- 
ciate Mark Fajfar of Fried, 
Frank, Harris, Shriver and 
Jacobson, a leading Wall 
Street law firm. Part of the 
Hinman CEOs Program's 
Successful Entrepreneur 
Series. TAP CTechnology Ad- 
vancement Program) Building, 
Technology Drive. Call 5-3677 
or e-mail, 
or visit www.hinmanceos. 

W e cCn esday 

Your Guide to University Events 
April 10-18 


tfhursda y 

offs Symphony No. 2. Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Call 5-7847. 

11 a.m., Pre sen tation : u Commu- 
nity Architecture: User Partici- 
pation in Design "With Henry 
Sanoff,AlA, Distinguished 
Professor of Architecture at the 
School of Design, North Caro- 
lina State University. Auditori- 
um, School of Architecture. 
Call 5-6790. 

april 1 

12-2 p,m,,Workshop:"Intro- 
duction to GIS (UM Libraries). 
Two-hour hands-on workshop 
teaching the basic opera- 
tions of the 
Arc View 

gis ^^ Outlook 

Online is Back 

12-1 p.m., Colloquium: 
"Shifting Frames and Conflict 
Intractability: The Case of the 
Edwards Aquifer," with Dr. 
Linda Putnam, Texas A&M Uni- 
versity. This presentation 
focuses on a study of a multi- 
part)' environmental conflict 
typical of a classic common 
resource pool. The study 
centers on the 


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12-1 p.m., Research & Develop- 
ment Meeting: "Prevention with 
Our Youngest Terrapins: School- 
based Mental Health at UMCP's 
Center for Young Children." 
With Beth Warner, assistant di- 
rector, Counseling Center. 0114 
Counseling Center, Shoemaker 
BIdg. Contact Stacey Holmes, 

2-3 p.m., Workshop: "Reading 
Your Quarterly Financial State- 
ment and Managing Risks "A 
TIAA/CREF representative 
explains their new quarterly 
statements, and discusses 
recent financial events and risk 
management. Call 5-565 1 or 

7 p.m., Writers Here & Now 
series. (Details in For Your 
Interest, p.s.) 

7:30 p.m., Lecture: "The Debt: 
What America Owes Blacks," 
with Randall Robinson. Multi- 
purpose Room, Nyumburu Cul- 
tural Center. A reception will 
follow the talk. For more infor- 
mation, call 5-6835. 

Information Syst- 
ems) software, 2109 McKeldin. 
The workshop is free; registra- 
tion Is required at www, lib. 
Or contact User Education Ser- 
vices, 5-9070 or 

3:30 p.m., Lecture: "Commerce 
with an E: The Transformation- 
al Dimensions of Information 
Technology in Global Provi- 
sioning." With John L. King, 
Professor & Dean, School of 
Information, University of 
Michigan. Part of the "Levera- 
ging Corporate Knowledge" 
series. Rouse Room, Van Mun- 
ching Hall. For information, see 
www. rhsmith . umd . edu/ces, 

8 p.m., Performance: "Univer- 
sity of Maryland Symphony 
Orchestra." Guest conductor 
Leon Fleisher leads a program 
featuring Beethoven's Overture 
to Egmont, Copland's Orches- 
tral Variations and Rachmanin- 

and the shifts in 
frames that occur over time in 
stakeholder perceptions and 
media coverage of the dis- 
pute—particularly as they 
relate to casting the conflict as 
intractable or entrenched. 
Sponsored by the Department 
of Communication and the 
College of Arts and Humani- 
ties. 0200 Skinner. For informa- 
tion, call 5-8077 or mcco- 

12 p.m., Seminar: "Two Types 
of Language Structure in the 
Brain." With Colin Phillips, 
Department of Linguistics. Part 
of the Neuroscience and 
Cognitive Science Program's 
2001 Spring Seminar Series. 
1208 Biology-Psychology. Visit or 
call 5-8910. 

8 p.m., Performance: "Franklin 
Cox, Cello." Guest specialist in 
new music performs contem- 
porary works for solo cello. 

calendar guide: 

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master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. 

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

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

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

!Mon da 

4 p.m., Entomology 
Colloquium: * Quantitative 
Resistance to Rice Stem Borers 
and Plant Hoppers: Gene 
Mapping and Genomics." With 
Michael Cohen, Entomology & 
Plant Pathology Division, Inter- 
national Rice Research 
Institute, Manila, Philippines. 
1140 Plant Sciences Building. 
CaB 5-3795. 

8 p.m., Performance: 
"Karlheinz Stockhausen 
Concert." Featuring Stock- 
hausen 's classic work for per- 
cussion, piano and tape, 
Kontakte. Gildenhom Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. For tickets and 
information, call 5-7847. 

T^ue s day 
april 17 

12:30-2:00 p.m., "Integrating IT 
into the Humanities: Toward 
an Action Plan." Part of the 
Digital Dialogues Spring 2001 
series of brown bag round- 
table discussions in collabo- 
ration with MITH and ACS. 
MTTH Conference Area, 
2nd Floor, Taliaferro HaU. 

4 p.m., Physics 
Colloquium : " Magnetic 
Fields In The Early 
Universe." With Hector Rubin- 
ostein, Professor of Theoretical 
Physics, Stockholm and 
Uppsala University. Preceded 
by refreshments at 3:30 p.m. 
1410 Physics. Call 5-3401. 

7 p.m.,Lecture:"Heterosexism 
and the Black Community." 
With Jaimie Washington, Assist- 
ant VP for Student Affairs, 
UMBC. 1139 Stamp Student 
Union. Call 4-8341 or e-mail 

8 p.m., Performance: "Guarneri 
String Quartet Open Rehear- 
sal." Artists-in-residence at the 
School of Music hold their 
final on-campus rehearsal of 
the semester. Gildenhorn Reci- 
tal Hall, Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center. Call 5-7847. 

8 p.m., Performance: 
"University of Maryland 
Symphonic Wind Ensemble." 
The premier ensemble of the 
Maryland Band program per- 
forms Symphony in B-flat by 
Paul Hindemlth, Suite from 
Candide by Leonard Bernstein, 
and a premier by Johann de 
Meij. Conducted by John E. 
Wakefield. Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Call 5-7847. 

W ednes day 

9-10 a.m., Workshop: "Requisi- 
tion for Purchase Templates." 
Learn to use templates devel- 
oped by the Department of 

Procurement and Supply to 
create the purchase requisition 
on IBM and MAC computers. 
Call 5-565 1 or visit www. per 

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: 
"Procurement Information 
Display on the World Wide 
Web." Learn to track requisi- 
tions through the purchasing 
process and monitor status at 
any point, and to retrieve infor- 
mation from the Web site. Call 
5-5651 or visit www. person- 

12-1 p.m., Research & Devel- 
opment Meeting: "Predictors of 
Doctoral Student Enrollment 
to Ph.D. Programs." With Ian 
Williamson, assistant professor. 
Smith School of Business. 0114 
Counseling Center, Shoemaker 
BIdg. Contact Stacey Holmes, 
seholmes® warn, umd . edu . 

4 p.m., Mary Shorb Lecture: 
"New Insights into Diabetes 
Through Investigations on 
Glucose and Its Metabolites," 
with Jeffrey Kudlow, M.D., 
University of Alabama School 
of Medicine. Sponsored by the 
Graduate Program in Nutrition 
and The Mary Shorb Lecture 
Series. 0408 Animal Science 
Building. Reception at 3: 15 
p.m. in the concourse. 

7:30 p.m., Performance: 
"University of Maryland Jazz 
Ensemble & 'Monster' Jazz Lab 
Band." Faculty percussionist 
Steve Fidyk leads both groups 
in a program featuring works 
by Count Basie, Stan Kenton, 
Buddy Rich, Bob Mintzer and 
Victor Mendoza. Guest appear- 
ance by faculty woodwind 
artist Chris Vadala. Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Call 5-7847. 


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Clarice Smith 


CENTERAT Maryland 

Timing is Everything: Jim Petosa 
and "The Glass Menagerie" 

y*"T""^ irecting "The Glass Mena- 

I / S erie * is a dream come 
-' S true f or Jin, petosa, guest 
director for University Theatre's pro- 
duction in the Studio Theatre of the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center, Petos:i has always wanted 
10 direct the evocative memory 
play, ranked as one of the top 10 
plays in the past 100 years. He 
planned to direct it at Olney Theatre 
Center, where he serves as artistic 
director. But when his lead actress 
became unavailable due to family ill- 
ness, he had to defer Ills dream 

Petosa has been involved with 
the university for more than 10 
years, and tills marks his fifth rime 
directing a University Theatre pro- 
duction. Working with students in a 
university environment comple- 
ments his work in a professional 
theatre environment, providing an 
opportunity for Petosa to articulate 
ideas and experiment with different 
artistic possibilities. 

"Often, work that I have done in 
a school setting directly translates 
into professional productions," says 
Petosa. Sometimes it is die produc- 
tion itself, as was the case with the 
Helen Hayes award-winning 
"Jacques Brel," which began as a 
University Theatre production. The 
award is the local version of the 
Tony Award, 

However, Petosa continues, some- 
times "it's the artistic ideas that have 
been explored that reappear in a 
different context. The experience of 
experimenting collaboratively with 
student companies and designers is 
exciting and challenging." 

Petosa cast professional actress 
Helen Jean Arthur, last seen in "The 
Road to Mecca" at Olney Theatre 

Center, in the role of Southern belle 
Amanda, the domineering matriarch 
of the Wingfield family. Having a 
seasoned professional actress in a 
student production brings a certain 
synergy to the rehearsal process. 
Petosa says it "raises the stakes for 
the students. They see her generous 
nature as an artist, her fearlessness 
and her discipline. By watching her 
at work, they automatically raise 
their own standards." 

Seeing young talent develop 
shape is part of what motivates 
Petosa to work with students. 
Collaborating with scenic design 
student Melagros Ponce De Icon 
was a two-way creative journey. 
■"We exchanged ideas lor the set 
over a four-month period, reviewing 
photographic images from St. Louis 
industries, exploring colors and 
textures. The final product resem- 
bles an exploding fire escape; a 
metaphor," says Petosa, "representing 
the psychological fire that is red by 
Amanda's son Tom leaving home," 

Just as Petosa sees the enor- 
mous possibilities in his student 
actors and designers, he antici- 
pates the endless creative opportu- 
nities that the new performing arts 
center presents. "You can't help 
but be smacked in the face by its 
potential." With that statement, 
Petosa heads off to rehearse the 
production he's been waiting a life- 
time to put on stage. 

Performances of "The Glass 
Menagerie" are April 25-29 and May 
l-May 5 at 8 pm;April 29 and May 6 
at 2 pm. Tickets are S 10 tor stan- 
dard admission; $7 senior citizens, 
students and standard groups; $5 
senior citizen and student groups. 
Call (301) 405-7847. 

For the Joy of It: 

The Maryland 


ance Ensemble 

The Maryland Dance Ensemble will 
present its first showcase performance 
on May 4 and 5 in the Kay Theatre. 
Graduate and undergraduate students 
will perform highlights of works by fac- 
ulty, guest artists Mark Haim, Gesel 
Mason and Pearson/Widrig. 

Faculty dance pieces span a wide 
range of emotional terrain, touching 
emotions and creating vivid imagery 
about what it means to be human. Ed 
Tyler will perform his solo choreogra- 
phy, "Tain ted," a powerful improvisation- 
based work about life, death and loss, 
created in memory of his mother. Nejla 
Yatkin presents her solo work "For 
People With Wings," a tour-deforce tech- 
nical piece about the human desire to 
fly. Miriam Rosen will present a duet, 
the aptly named "Two, Sometimes 
Together," an award-winning piece with 
two dancers that explores the theme of 
connections and being connected. 
Department Chair Alcine Wiltz will perform 
his work "Sanctuary," with guest artists 
Joseph Mills and Leonard Wood. "Sanctuary" 
speaks to the different levels of human 
sanctuary and spiritual e a sings. Wiltz will 
also perform "Intersecting Parallels," a piece 
originally written for three women and 
recently revised for three men, which took 
on a whole new meaning for Wiltz in its re- 

During Friday night's performance, 
Washington Performing Arts Society will 

present its Pola Nirenska Lifetime 
Achievement Award to Professor Emeritus 
Larry Warren and his wife, Professor Anne 
Warren. The $5,000 cash award is given for 
outstanding contributions to dance in mem- 
ory of modern dancer, choreographer and 
teacher Pola; Nirenska, a native of Warsaw, 
Poland, who ^helped establish the modern 
dance community In Washington, D.C, 

Tickets are $20 regular admission and $5 
for full-time students with ID, Call the 
Ticket Office at (301) 405-7847. 


Ken Burns calls |ozz "America's music," On April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in 
the Concert Hall, enjoy the university's two terrific jazz groups, the 
Jazz Ensemble and the "Monster" Jazz Lab Band, in a free concert 
that showcases the best of the Big Band sounds. Featuring music 
by Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and others. Special guest 
appearance by faculty woodwind artist Chris Vadala. 



Take 5 — w^L 


You don't riled to be a 

singer m join Ysaye 

Barn^l^ vochtet and 

instrumentalist ^Ki the 

interna tionaly » J aimed 

Sweet Hongfl Hie 

)ck, for a community 

sing. A free event, 

Tuesday, April 17 from 

5: 30-7:30 pm. in the 

iboratory Theatre. 

International Trio Brings Romance to Concert Hall 

Spring is in the air as the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center presents "Program 
for a May Romance," 
Saturday, May 5 at 8 
p.m. in the Concert 

The conceit is 
presented in honor of 
the World Federation of 
International Music 
(WFIMC) confer- 
ence, which will be 
held in Washington, 
D.C, on May 4 and 5. 

"Program for a May Romance" will 
feature University of Maryland's past 
international competition winners: 
Israeli cellist Gavriel Lipkind, Russian 
bass vocalist Tigran Martiorosyan 
and Belarus pianist Audrey 
Ponochevny.The talented trio, who 
have never performed together, will 
present a varied program with music 
by Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, 
Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Bizet, Chopin, 
Glinka, Gounod, Moskkovsky and 

The University of Maryland and 
the University of South Africa are the 
only major universities in the world 

to sponsor competitions at this level. 
"This performance is in recognition 
of the federation and the University 
of Maryland's participation in the 
most prestigious organization of 
international music competitions in 
the world," says George Moquin, 
Competitions Director. "Thanks to 
the work of the federation, classical 
music heritage is preserved and per- 
petuated throughout the world," 
Ticket prices are $20 and $15, 
and $5 for full-time students with 
ID. For more information, contact 
the Center Ticket Office at (301) 

April 10,2001 


Virginia Trimble, an instructor 
with the department of astro- 
nomy, is one of six elected a 
Foreign Associate of the Royal 
Astronomical Society in lx»ndon. 
Trimble was also named the 
2001 Klopsteg Memorial 
lecturer by the American 
Association of Physics Teachers, 
She will deliver her lecture in 
Rochester, NY, in July. 

Matthew Bob rows ky, adjunct 
professor at University College 
and astrophysicist with the 
Challenger Center for Space 
Science Education, received a 
Regents Excellence in Teaching 
award. He has taught at UMUC 
since 1983- He is regarded by his 
students as an inspiring teacher 
and has devoted his time to train- 
ing colleagues in Web-based 
teaching methods. 

Recently, he was part of a 
team that developed a basic 
astronomy course for online 
delivery that has enrolled more 
than 200 students from the 
United States and five other 

The University of Maryland 
Office of Continuing and 
Extended Education (OCEE) has 
added new people to its .stall 

Paul Roche is senior project 
manager of distributed learning. 
He will provide day-to-day man- 
agement and oversight of e-learn- 
ing (web-based degree pro- 
grams), including program devel- 
opment, design, implementation, 
financial management, promotion 
and program assessment. Roche's 
experience includes 1 1 years of 
business planning and analysis, 
operations and logistics and busi- 
ness systems implementation. 
Previously Roche served as asso- 
ciate director of operations in the 
office of undergraduate admis- 
sions at Georgetown University. 

Meredith Phillips has joined 
OCEE as the coordinator of SPOC 
f single Point of Contact). Phil I i (is 
has extensive experience in cus- 
tomer service that will aid in 
directing SPOC, which is a one- 
stop administrative process 
where students get information 
and register for credit classes. She 
was previously associated with 
the Office of the Registrar as a 
production coordinator assisting 
with SPOC and was the One-Card 

Chuck Wilson is assistant 
director of summer and special 
programs. As assistant director, 
Wilson will initiate new pro- 
grams and courses and serve 
existing summer programs. 
Wilson was assistant dean and 
director of credit programs for 
the adult and special programs 
division at the University of 
Scranton. Wilson was also a sen- 
ior program/conference planner 
for continuing education at Penn 
State supervising a team of pro- 
fessional and support staff to 
develop mote than 100 outreach 
initiatives a year. 

Creating Technical Synergy 

Summer Technology Program Educates 
Teachers, Students 

High school students with a 
gift for things technologi- 
cal will have an opportu- 
nity to explore their talents 
through a new summer residential 

The Governor's Institute for 
Technology allows 30 high school 
Juniors and five teachers from 
throughout the state to learn cut- 
ting-edge technology from some 
of the university's top instructors. 
There are similar programs on the 
campus, such as one sponsored by 
Women in Engineering and the 
BRIDGE program. However, this 
institute offers a component for 
teachers as well as their students. 

"We're hoping that they'll go 
back and influence larger num- 
bers of people," said Nariman 
Farvardin, dean of the School of 
Engineering. "There hasn't been 
enough synergy between what 
happens in the high schools and 
the university." 

His school is working with the 
College of Computer, Mathemati- 
cal and Physical Sciences to pro- 
duce a curriculum for the pro- 
gram. Participants will be able to 
focus on either electrical and 
computer engineering or comput- 
er science. Farvardin sees the insti- 
tute as a way to introduce high 

school students to the "exciting" 
wo rid of information technology. 

"I feel a strong obligation to 
help fuel the economic engine of 
this area," said Farvardin. "Informa- 
tion technology is one of the most 
important areas [of growth]. It 
would benefit from an increase of 
trained workers." 

Juniors in high school are mak- 
ing decisions about college majors 
and careers, says Lisa Kiely, direc- 
tor of undergraduate academic 
and administrative matters, depart- 
ment of electrical and computer 
engineering. Exposing them to 
opportunities now is a great way 
to fulfill both Farvardin s obliga- 
tion and recruitment goals for the 

Budgeted at $250,000, the pro- 
gram will feature faculty instruc- 
tors with graduate student assis- 
tance, guest speakers, field trips 
and team projects. 

Farvardin would like to see the 
program expand to include other 
disciplines, such as electrical, aero- 
space and chemical engineering. 
He shares in Kiely's vision to give 
even more students and teachers a 
chance to learn. 

"1 would like to grow this pro- 
gram to offer it to hundreds of stu- 
dents and teachers," he said. 

Faculty and Staff 
Recognized for Innovative 
Teaching With Technology 

Ten faculty and staff members were selected as 
2001 Teaching With Technology award winners for 
their innovative uses of technology in the teaching- 
learning process at the university 

The awardees are Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Judith 
Torney-Purta, Brigid Starkey, Elizabeth Blake and 
Elizabeth Kielman, of die Department of 
Government and Politics and College of Education. 
Their award was for the International Communica- 
tion and Negotiation Simulations (ICONS) Project, 

Also recognized for their innovative work were 
John D, lea-Cox, David S. Ross, K. Marc Teffeau, 
Ellen N.Variey and Duane S. Mason, of the College 
of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Their project 
was an interactive, Web-based course entitled 
'Water and Nutrient Management Planning for the 
Nursery and Greenhouse Industry." 

The awards were conferred at a ceremony dur- 
ing the Teaching with Technology Conference on 
March 30. Donald Riley, vice president and chief 
information officer, and Jim Greenberg, director for 
the Center for Teaching Excellence hosted the 
event with the support of Provost Greg Geoffroy 
and co-sponsored by the Office of Inform at ion 
Technology and the Office of Undergraduate 

Over the two decades of its existence, the 
ICONS project lias sought to use the opportunities 
presented by new technologies to reshape the cur- 
riculum and offer experiential and collaborative 
learning opportunities for students. Its governing 
principle has always been to examine the ways 
that new technologies can accelerate learning and 

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microphone, the 
crowd needed little 
help getting to their 
feat for a standing 

If the players 
looked a bit tired, It 
could be understood. 
According to Presi- 
dent C. D. Mote, Jr., 
this is a "legendary 
team. This has been 
a legendary year." 
Fighting their way to 
the Hnal Four for the 
first time in univer- 
sity history is no 
small feat. 


OIT Names 

Chrismer, a 
longtime mem- 
ber of the 
University of 
Maryland com- 
munity, has been named the 
executive director of the 
Networking and Telecommuni- 
cations Services (NTS) unit of 
die Office of Information 
Technology (OIT). 

Chrismer, who brings a 
wealth of experience and skill 
to the position, sees a robust 
communications network as 
fundamental to the university's 
continued success. 

"We [at NTS] provide the 
backbone infrastructure for all 
information technology," she 
explained, "in support of the 
instructional, research, and 
administrative requirements of 
the university. We start with 
consttuction projects, with 
almost every major building at 
the university, and we make 
sure each one will have the 
infrastructure to support voice, 
data, and video. Just as every 
building needs electricity and 
water, it's now a necessity that 
every building be equipped 
with a powerful communica- 
tions infrastructure. University 
students, faculty and staff can't 
function without it." 

The network may be more 
important, and more pervasive, 
than a lot of people realize. 
"The communications network 
ranges from the basic services 
at your desk to the very high- 
end services that are used for 
research," said Chrismer. "NTS 
services are everywhere, from 
the desk telephone to the park- 
ing lot emergency telephone; 
from teaching theaters to cash 
registers and security systems. 
The supporting infrastructure is 
often hidden, so you may not be 
aware of what is used to pro- 
vide the services. But we have 
engineers who provide design 
expertise, technicians who 
ensure precise installation, and 
operational staff to run the sys- 
tems for uninterruptible servic- 
es around the clock." 

Chrismer has been the acting 
executive director of NTS since 
its inception in May 1999, as 
well as director of operations. 
Prior to that, she worked for 15 
years in various directorial and 
managerial capacities in the 
Department of Communication 
and in Business Services at the 
university, supervising the 
installation, operation, and main- 
tenance of a $32 million 
telecommunications system dur- 
ing that time. Her roots at the 
University of Maryland go back 
even further, to her years as a 
student here during the 1970s, 
when she earned her bachelor 
of science degree. 

"I'm very pleased to make 
the announcement of this 
appointment," said vice presi- 
dent and chief information offi- 
cer Don Riley. "Dorothy has 
been doing two jobs for nearly 

Executive Director for 
and Telecommunications 

two years — and doing both 
well. She has demonstrated her 
leadership skills and ability to 
serve the university in this very 
important role." 

As the executive director of 
NTS, Chrismer hopes to contin- 
ue to expand and strengthen 
the existing network, and to 
work to support those elements 
of the university's Strategic Plan 
that focus on information tech- 
nology and communications. 
FOr instance, one of the 
Strategic Plan initiatives calls for 
improved access to the data 
network from off-site remote 
locations and from dispersed 
wired or wireless public access 
points around the university. In 
support of this effort, Chrismer 
chairs the ITAC subcommittee 
charged with developing rec- 
ommendations for remote 
access options. 

In addition, NTS has been 
working to provide more on- 
campus access points. "If you 
have a meeting somewhere, you 
should be able to take your lap- 
top and use the network there " 
Chrismer said. "Or, if you're a 
commuter, or even a student in 
a residence hall, you should be 
able to plug your portable 
device into the public access 

The first and perhaps the 
best known of these access 
points is McKeldin library. 
"That was our first pilot site," 
Chrismer said. "Now it has both 
wired and wireless access for 
any member of the university 
community to use the data net- 
work. We're also working on 
[providing] wireless access in 
select areas in the Architecture 
and Stamp Student Union build- 
ings. We're interested in identi- 
fying more locations where 
improved access will be the 
most beneficial." 

The ultimate goal? "Ubiqui- 
tous access. No matter where 
you are, anytime, anyplace, you 
should be able to get to the net- 
work. That's really what we're 
trying to ensure." 

Another important goal for 
NTS, according to Chrismer, is 
to bring together university fac- 
ulty, new technologies and out- 
side corporate partners. "We 
want to do outreach with facul- 
ty and to partner with them on 
some of these activities so that 
they will be able to develop 
more grant requests. We want 
to continue to work with cor- 
porate partners, to introduce 
new technologies to the univer- 
sity and to develop some of it 
ourselves in collaboration with 
our corporate partners and/or 
with our university academic 

She cited as examples past 
partnerships with AT&T Bell 
Labs, which became Lucent Bell 
Labs during the AT&T breakup, 
and more recently with Avaya 
Communication, a Lucent spin- 
off. "We have trialed many of 
their developing technologies — 
we give [each technology] a 

real-world trial here and feed 
the results to the developers so 
that they can fine-tune the 
products before they go to mar- 
ket. Every day something new 
comes out, and we want to be 
on the leading edge and to roll 
out some of these new tools to 
the university community." 

The university must have 
access to advanced high-speed 
networks to support research. 
There needs to be not only a 
fast and robust on-site infra- 
structure, but also integration 
with external national research 
networks. The university cur- 
rently participates in the 
Internet 2 initiative and in the 
Abilene network that supports 
lnternet2, and the university has 
been selected to host the east 
coast interconnection point for 
the federal agency research net- 
works: the Next Generation 
Internet Exchange (NGIX). 

External network initiatives 
will provide for more collabora- 
tion and sharing of information 
among educational institutions 
and will promote collaboration 
with federal agencies and indus- 
try as well. 

In the short term are a few 
upcoming changes and 
upgrades in the works. A major 
initiative related to the universi- 
ty's Strategic Plan is an upgrade 
of standard desktop network 
services from switched 10 
megabits to switched 100 
megabits. This will involve 
rewiring all buildings for 
improved data transmission 

In addition, the current voice 
communications system is 
undergoing a phased upgrade 
to a new platform which will 
improve the capacity and relia- 
bility of voice communications 
and will enable more leading- 
edge voice technologies — such 
as wireless, Voice over the Inter- 
net Protocol (VoIP), messaging, 
and others — to be implemented 
in the future. 

The transition to the new 
system is expected to be trans- 
parent for most users. NTS also 
recently upgraded its connec- 
tion to the Internet, which will 
enable Internet traffic to and 
from the university to travel at 
faster speeds and will provide 
additional bandwidth to "grow 
into" as usage increases over 

"People should see improved 
performance and reliability in 
all communications services," 
according to Chrismer. 
"Improvements will be rolled 
out in planned phases. Because 
of numerous infrastructure 
upgrades, you will begin to see 
more and more access options, 
faster service from your 
Internet connection and more 
leading-edge applications. 
Basically we will lay the ground- 
work and prepare the commu- 
nications infrastructure that will 
assist the university with meet- 
ing its strategic goals." 

— David Danoff 

Mediators, Counselors Work 
Toward Better Campus 

A consortium of advi- 
sors, counselors, 
mediators and 
i n vestiga t o rs wan ts 
Maryland faculty, staff and 
students to know they are 
ready to work toward 
campus comity. 

"With 34,000 people 
on campus, there are 
bound to be con- 
flicts," said 



coordinator for the 
Faculty Staff Assistance 

Ruggiero's program is 
one of six that make up 
the Conflict Resolution 
Network (CRN). The oth- 
ers are the Faculty 
Ombuds Office, Staff 
Ombuds Office, Graduate 
Student Ombuds Office, 
Compliance Officer and 
Employee Relations. 

"We do different 
things," says L.John 
Martin, faculty ombuds 
officer, "What wc have in 
common is, we deal in 
problems and conflicts 
that arise on tliis campus." 

Adds Kevin McDonald. 
campus compliance offi- 
cer: "This is a cooperative 

ft would have to be, 
given the array of issues 
the offices deal with, such 
as working relations and 
conditions, legal problems, 
pay and benefits, personal 
issues, disciplinary action, 
financial emergencies, eth- 
ical issues anil disciplinary 
aclion.The offices also 
assist with academic 
advisement, tenure, pro- 
motion, retirement and 
contract terminations 

The three ombuds 
uliices have similar duties. 
The Facukj Ombuds 
Officer negotiates or medi- 
ates in cases where a fac- 
ulty member has a prob- 
lem that could interfere 
with work performance: 
The Staff Ombuds Oi 
seeks to minimize be- 
havioral conflict in the 
workplace through media- 
tion and referral $ervi< 
'Hie Graduate Sit idem Om- 
buds Office oilers assK 
tanee with advising, 
employment and housing. 
as well as issues of fair- 
he compliance officer 

the Office of Human 

latioiw Programs i 

responsible for the inves I- 
gatlon, mediation and res- 
olution of complaints 
derived from issues of dis- 
crimination on campus 

The Employee 
Relations section advises 
employees, administrators, 
managers and supervisors 
on a variety of employee 
relations issues; applies 
state and federal laws, an -I 
university policies and 
procedures in matters 
affecting non- 
laculty per- 
sonnel al the 
ments with 
workplace conflict 
and policy issues; provides 
employee and supervisor 
counseling; assists the uni- 
versity in preparing testi- 
mony and evidence for 
grievance and unemploy- 
ment insurance hearings; 
monitors the probation 
process for new non- 
exempt employees; and 
provides assistance and 
advice to administrators 
and employees regarding 

Since 1988. the Faculty 
Staff Assistance Program 
has seen more than 2,000 
employees (including a 
number of their family 
members) for a variety i ii 
problem areas, including 
job difficulties; alcohol 
and drug problems; mari- 
tal and family problems; 
emotional distress (anxi- 
ety, depression, strcss-relal- 
ed disorders. etc.): legal. 
financial and a variety of 
other concerns. 

All of the offices guar- 
antee their clients' confi- 

R representatives 
in eel regularly to discuss 
cases, and sometimes even 
to resolve various "tori" 
issues \ common prolv 
lem is one of climate, thai 
is. people no! getting 

We arc looking for fair 
solutions," Graduate 
Student o i n bads Joanne 

Not included in the 
CNR's long list of respon- 
sibilities is grievance reso- 
lution We re not decision 

makers. We don't overrule 
the declsfonmakti 

Martin said ' 'What we do 
is negotiate, point out 
options. We give the cam- 
pus community a place to 

For further iidoi'mation 
on the Conflict Resolution 
Network, including scrvie- 

fcred and contacts 
Visit www.mform.umd. 



April 10, 2001 


"They wanted to use it as a tourist attraction." — Roald Sagdeev, dir- 
ector of the East-West Space Science Center, describes the uses envi- 
sioned by those who wanted to keep the space station Mir aloft: 
Using it to host tourists and as a location for television and film 
production. In the end. Mir, a miracle of a craft which spent 15 
years in. orbit and returned ail of its crew members, was deep- 
sixed by the Russians in the Pacific Ocean, ("Associated Press, March 

"A trigger can be made to work only if politicians have the will to 
pull it." —Allen Schick, professor in the School of Public Affairs, 
describes the reality of success for triggers onfedeml budgets, that 
would trip if funding was nut there to support President Bush's 
proposed tax cut. (Business Week, March 26) 

"It means we will be doing for this region what Stanford and 
Berkeley do for the West Coast.,., Companies have grown up here 
(Maryland, D.C.. Virginia) and they will continue to grow up here 
more and more We have built a major research university here. 
What we haven't done is put it all together. That's what we're doing 
now... So we're actively looking for ways to make it possible for 
industry, high-tech Industry in particular, to interact easily with the 
campus. MIND Lab is a typical example of the sort of thing we're 
doing." — Steve Halperiti, dean of the College of Computer, 
Mathematical and Ptystcal Sciences, draws the big picture of 
where the campus is going with partnerships like the MIND 
(Maryland Information and Dynamic Networks) Lab partnership 
with Japan's Fujitsu announced last week. (New Technology Week 
March 26) 

"We have a minority achievement gap that is striking down the score 
of the entire nation. If we don't tackle the digital divide, we will lose 
this thing." — The "thing" is science and mathematics education, pre- 
paring teachers and u-orkersfor a technical 2 1st century. Accord- 
ing to Edna Syymanski, dean of the College of Education, problems 
are especially severe among some schools with minority popula- 
tions, where lack of opportunity to learn computer skills is widen- 
ing the digital divide. (Washington Business Week March 23-29) 

"The pace at which Coming was moving was too slow for me, and 
they weren't that aggressive with their (stock) options." — The recent 
economic slowdown and NASDAQ slide is not slowing the tech tal- 
ent wars. Chandrasekhar Pusarla, who graduated with a Ph.D. in 
optoelectronics (computer and electrical engineering) in 1999, 
barely stayed a year at red-hot optics giant Corning before being 
stolen away by a growing Calient Networks in San Jose. (Raleigh 
News & Observer, March 25) 

"The difference is that unlike many newspaper companies, Knight 
Ridder has always prided itself on its editorial excellence. You have 
dozens and dozens of top editors and publishers in that company 
who know very well what happens to editorial product when budg- 
et cuts go too far." — Thomas Kunkel, dean of the College of 
Journalism, remarks on the journalistic brouhaha created when 
the publisher of the San Jose Mercury News quit when parent com- 
pany Knight Ridder made deep budget cuts. (San Jose Mercury 
News, March 20) 

"George Ritzer, a University of Maryland professor currently lecturing 
at Toronto's York University, said in an interview that a double-digit 
increase in Visa use for the eighth straight year Is nothing to crow 
about. Rather, it's proof that Canadians and Americans are spending 
ever vaster sums on 'toys' we don't really need from saving accounts 
we don't really have... Our economies are increasingly dependent on 
people spending income they haven't earned, and we have to use 
credit cards, and now c-commerce, to keep it humming along at a 
level we're used to.' " —Ritzer, professor of sociology, is not a big 
fan of debt-spending, and especially decries the wooing of students 
to buy credit cards. (Ottawa Citizen, March 27) 

"Ten students each from the University of Maryland's Hillel Center 
for Jewish Life and the Nyumburu Cultural Center for black students 
will leave this week on a trip to Memphis, Tenn., for a Habitat (for 
Humanity) project with a difference. As they work together on the 
home, they will also try to learn about each other's cultures. This is 
an opportunity to build a relationship with a whole other communi- 
ty. Otherwise, we would've just walked past each other on campus,' 
said Ariel Vegosen, a junior majoring in journalism who will partici- 
pate in the trip. She said that while the campus at Maryland was 
diverse.'people tend not to interact as much as they should.' " 
— Instead of going to the beach for spring break, many students 
sought to help others with their vacation time. Another campus 
group of 14 went to Jacksonville to build homes for Habitat for 
Humanity. (Washington Times, March 18) 

Ask Not What Your University Can for You.,. 

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to volunteer for a two-hour 
period during Maryland Day 2001: Explore Our World on April 28th. 

Shifts wilt be between 930 a.m. and 4 p.m., staffing one of the 1 1 
locator booths around the campus. Volunteers will be responsible for 

greeting the public, responding to questions and giving directions. 

In appreciation for their service, volunteers will receive a Maryland Day 

T-shirt and lunch. Please contact Grant Kollet at (301) 314-8212 or 

Matt Cheely. a neurological and cognitive sciences graduate student, explains how his 
robot helps him study echolocation, the means by which bats interpret their surroundings. 
Cheely "s audience was a group of middle school students from Calvert County Middle 
School, accompanied by their librarian, Judy Poe. 

Approximately 60 students from Southern Maryland visited the campus last week as 
part of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP). 
Participants visited campus labs, participated In hands-on science experiements and met 
with university students. The School/University Cooperative Programs Office coordinated 
the day's activities. 

The program is a joint effort between the university, the College of Southern Maryland, 
St. Mary's College, Calvert County, Charles County and St. Mary's County Public Schools. 

Teching with Technology 

continued from page 4 

to promote excellence and innovation in 
teaching and learning in the social sciences. 

ICONS uses technology to support active 
and interactive learning in international rela- 
tions. It gives students the opportunity to 
understand and actively experience the 
ways that foreign policy is created and 
implemented by the nations williin the 
international system. 

Students in the social sciences needed a 
laboratory to test theories about how 
nations create foreign policy and resolve 
conflicts in the international arena. In addi- 
tion, they needed the chance to practice 
international negotiation skills in a context 
that could provide a counterpoint to theo- 
retical study and reinforce that learning. 

The team from the College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resources responded to the 
Maryland Legislature's enactment of the 
Water Quality Improvement Act of 1998, 
which required all agricultural operations to 

develop nitrogen- and phosphorus-based nu- 
trient management plans by December 2001. 

The legislation mandates the training of 
busy professionals across the state who will 
write these plans. Cooperative Extension 
faculty in Maryland are charged with devel- 
oping effective educational plans in a timely 
manner that will help educate growers on 
better management practices that will 
reduce the flow of nutrients into the 
Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. 

Tills requires that nursery and green- 
house professionals and consultants who 
work with this industry learn to write water 
and nutrient management plans. 

To achieve this objective, an interdiscipli- 
nary team of faculty and staff took advan- 
tage of a unique opportunity to utilize Web- 
based technology and the WebCT course- 
authoring tool to deliver educational infor- 
mation in a rich learning environment. This 
is the first attempt by Extension and other 
faculty to collaborate on a course that was 
designed for credit, non-credit students and 
off-campus Extension audiences. 

MIND Lab Launched 

continued from page 1 

a movie or show. 

The MIND lab is part of the University of 
Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer 
Studies (UMIACS) within the College of 
Computer, Mathematical and Physical 
Sciences. UMIACS is a research unit whose 

mission is to foster interdisciplinary 
research and education in computing. The 
institute's research programs are led by dis- 
tinguished faculty, most of whom hold joint 
appointments in the departments of com- 
puter science, electrical and computer engi- 
neering, geography, linguistics, philosophy 
and in the colleges of Education, Business 
and Information Studies. 


The Lambda Pride Alumni Club hosted a private cocktail reception before the Sandra Bernhard show 
"Because I Said So... Straight Talk from Ms. Sandra" at Tawes Theatre on April 4. Bernhard made a 
brief appearance at the reception and met members of the club who presented her with an official 
Maryland T-shirt as well as a stuffed Terrapin mascot for her 3-year-old daughter. Later, alumni and stu- 
dents enjoyed her show, which covered politics and other topics and included a question-and-answer 
session that led to some lively, controversial conversation. One of Bernhard's central themes of the 
evening was "Don't hide from who you are. Embrace it. Love It. Don't expect anyone to fight for you." 

In the photo above, from left to right, are Tom Lowderbaugh '67, '76, Lambda Pride club leader and 
lecturer in the English department's professional writing program; Luke Jensen, director of LGBT equity; 
Sandra Bernhard; and Lorl Hill '89, director of alumni special events and staff liaison to Lambda Pride. 

Four reporters attending a media fellowship on global climate change, listen and respond to meteor- 
ology professor Russ Dickerson during a presentation on greenhouse gases, aerosols, air pollution and 
ozone. The fellowship program drew on faculty from across campus to provide the reporters in depth 
reviews of what scientists know about global climate change and how It may affect us. The three-day 
program, which was planned and organized by the Office of University Communications under the aus- 
pices of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), also examined the political 
and policy Issues related to global warming and other changes In the earth's climate. 

Teachers as Scholars 

continued from page 1 

nation's leading research univer- 

"The goal of Maryland 
'Teachers as Scholars' is to 
expose public school educators 
to the exciting new research 
being generated by our interna- 
tionally renowned scholars in a 
broad range of disciplines," 

Strauch said. "Seminars provide 
intellectual renewal with no 
strings attached." 

Seminar topics range from 
"Slavery in History and 
Memory" taught by renowned 
historian Ira Berlin, to "Solar 
System Exploration" taught by 
Lucy McFadden, a professor of 
astronomy who has received 
awards for her work on NASA 

The program will grow to 
include more counties in the 
state, Strauch said. Admini- 
strators from school districts in 
St. Mary's and Frederick coun- 
ties have already approached 
Maryland about participating in 
the program. Organizers have 
already planned to include use 
of libraries, museums and other 
public research facilities in the 
second and third year, she said. 

New Health & Human Performance Dean 

continued from page 1 

of his Ph.D. work in 1970. The job, a combined appoint- 
ment with die College of Education, also entailed being 
director of student teaching. 

Because the college was — and is — so small. Wrenn 
often wore two hats within the department and the col- 
lege. So in 1973, Wrenn was named assistant department 
chair and director of undergraduate programs. The trend 
continued when, in 1983. he was promoted to associate 

By the time he was named assistant dean of the college 
in charge of student affairs in 1986 and then associate 
dean in charge of academic affairs three years later, Wrenn 
had amassed significant experience in miming a college. 

When he was named interim dean of the college in 
1999, It seemed he had held every management position 
possible. Until this March, when Provost Greg Geoffroy 
named him dean until June 30, 2002. 

A distinction between being interim and active dean, as 
explained by Wrenn, is important. Much like students' 
view of a substitute teacher as one who just holds things 
down until the regular teacher returns, the public and oth- 
ers on the campus may get the impression that the college 
is just maintaining the status quo. Wrenn vigorously denies 
that this is the case. He's been active in the college's 
progress, pushing for more external funding and visibility. 
Being named dean just means another tide. 

"It's not going to impact the wayl operate," Wrenn says. 
"We're moving forward" 

When asked why he doesn't just stay at the helm of the 
college he's so successfully served during a challenging 
three decades, Wrenn sits back in his chair, crosses khaki- 
clad legs and sighs. 

"I've been here for 35 years" he says. "It •will soon be 
time to do something else." 

Geoffroy is impressed with Wrenn 's work. "He's had to 
make some tough decisions and he's made them well," he 
says. "He works very well with people." 

He won't provide specifics, but the provost could be 
alluding to the many changes the College of Health and 
Human Performance has undergone in its last 10-15 years. 
Reorganization in the late '80s resulted in a name change 
and some downsizing. The College of Physical Education, 
Recreation and Health became the College of Health and 
Human Performance. Recreation was dropped, as was the 
department of human ecology. However, Family Studies 
came aboard and Wrenn was able to create a new master's 
program in sports management. 

"It's still in place," he says. "We have more interest than 
we have resources." 

And speaking of resources, Wrenn says his college has 
increased its external funding by 300-400 percent, allow- 
ing diem to, for example, add a much-needed research 
coordinator to the staff. Though the college may be small, 
at 1,021 undergraduate and graduate students, Wrenn says 
it's quality that counts. 

"We have about as many students as we can handle ," he 
says. "It allows us to give them more personal attention. 
We're a small college in a big university. We can draw 
from that." 

It is Maryland's increasingly favorable position that 
makes Wrenn 's job even more challenging. In order to do 
the job right, he says, you've got to do a number of things 
simultaneously. He offers his replacement several pieces 
of advice. 

"Work very hard at being a good listener. A dean should 
be a good facilitator and to do thai you have to listen. It's 
important to do the dungs the university requires you to 
do, but it means you may be out of the office. Faculty and 
department chairs need to know that you will [make time] 
to listen to them. 

"It's most important when you're on campus to be visi- 
ble. Get out and visit faculty in their offices. Know what's 
going on, what their problems are. It's the faculty and the 
programs they run that are giving you your reputation." 

Having good people on staff and a place to share ideas, 
such as the Deans' Council, are critical to success as well, 
he says. 

"It's challenging, but an enjoyable challenge." 

What Wrenn looks forward to enjoying after he steps 
down is time to golf, travel and spend time with his family. 
His wife, Betty, beat him to retirement after 35 years of 
public school teaching. Though his college's goal is to con- 
tribute to the elevation of the human race and existence, 
Wrenn would like to enhance his own quality of life as 
well. "I'm not interested In adding years to my life," he say, 
"but adding life to my years." 

Wrenn admits that if needed, he may hang around until 
the new dean settles in. The college will be fine, though. 

"The college Is in a very positive position," he says. 

April 10, 2001 


Muslim Month at Maryland 

The Muslim Students' Association and the Muslim 
Women of Maryland cordially invite the campus to 
participate in a series of lectures, discussions and pro- 
grams taking place throughout the month of April as 
part of Islam Awareness Month. All students, faculty 
and staff are welcome. The theme of the month is 
"Living Life to the Fullest: How Far Have we Come?" 

The presentation "Feminism and 
the liberation of Women: the Islamic 
Perspective." with Amal Staplcy, holder 
of a B.S. in Islamic Studies and Head of 
the English program at Amerian Open 
University, will take place on April 1 2 
at 7 p.m. 

"Everything I Did Not Learn in 
Kindergarten,™ with Sheikh Anwar 
Alawlaky, will be held on April 18 at 
7 p.m. 

"Why Cant We Talk About God?" 
with Youssef Estes, a federal prison 
chaplain and former Christian preach- 
er, will take place on April 25 at 7 

All events will take place in the 
Atrium of Stamp Student Union. 
Refreshments will be served. For 
more information, contact Pernilla 
Olaby-Vogt at (301) 314^327. 

pfritfll nrrnminr 

The Office of Information Techno- 
logy will be offering an Introduction to Dreamweaver 
class. This "Shortcourse Training" in the Web design 
software program will be held on April 26 from 9 
a.m.-4 p.m. in 4404 Computer & Space Science. 

Participants will learn to create a basic Web page, 
design and upload a site, work with text, add links, 
work with images, use tables and frames, create 
forms, use colors and backgrounds and create dynam- 
ic HTML effects using Dreamweaver 4.0. The fee for 
the class is $125. 

For more information, contact the OIT Training 
Services Coordinator at (301) 405-0443 or at oit-train- 
ing®; or register online at 

The Beat Goe 

& On 

Due to popular demand, Cheek to Cheek will con- 
tinue to heat up the Golf Course Clubhouse with 
cool jazz every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. until the 
end of the semester. Complimentary hors doeuvres 
and beverage specials are available from 4-8 p.m. 

For more information, contact Gordon Douglas at 
(301) 40M182 or at 

Foods and Fun from Foreign Lands 

Last fall's International Food Fair was a great suc- 
cess, and the International Student Council (ISO is 
sponsoring another this semester. The fair is an 
opportunity for all international students, faculty and 
staff to come together and celebrate diversity with 
the whole campus community. 

This semester's International Food Fair will take 
place on Horn bake Mall on Wednesday, May 2 from 
12-2 p.m. There wilt be performances by various 
international student groups and, of course, culinary 
delights from all over the world. The fair is organized 
and sponsored by the ISC, but also receives funding 
from various campus departments and offices. 

Those interested should plan to arrive 6b time, as 
last fall, the event was quite popular. Don't miss out 
on the fabulous food! 

For more information, please contact Pernilla 
Qlabi-Vogt, president. International Student Council, at 
(301) 314-8327 or 

at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15- Seats are filling up fast. 

For reservations or more information, contact 
Christopher K. Cantore at (301) 314-8012 or ccan-, or visit and check the calendar of 

The Golf Course Club House is also hosting an 
Easter Buffet, featuring a long list of menu items from 
fresh fruit and fish to roast beef and red potatoes. The 

series sponsored by the university's graduate Creative 
Writing Program. A book signing will follow. For more 
information call (301) 405-3820. 

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buffet will be served on Sunday, April 15 from 11:30 
a.m. -3 p.m. 

Reservations are required, and can be made by call- 
ing (301) 403-4240. 

We Commute and We're Proud! 

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The Rossborough Inn will be hosting its annual 
Easter Day Buffet Brunch at 1 1 a.m. and Easter Dinner 

Mark your calendar and plan to join Commuter 
Affairs and Community Service for Commuter 
Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 18, 2001. Want 
to be a part of the festivities? You can help celebrate 
and honor our commuter students by participating as 
a button distribution site for "Proud to be a 
Commuter" buttons. 

Commuter Appreciation Day is an all-day event that 
features a variety of activities specially designed for 
commuters, including free parking in Stadium Drive 
Garage, "Good Morning, Commuters!" in satellite cam- 
pus locations, Stress Free Zone, Off-Campus Living 
Fair, and more. 

For more information, contact Leslie Perkins at 
(301) 3147250 or 

Of Words, Space and Justic 

Gretel Eriich, author of more than 20 volumes of 
fiction and non-fiction, will read from her works on 
Wednesday, April 1 1 , at 7 p.m. In the McKeldin Library 
Special Events Room. 

Also reading that night is poet Ira Sadoff, author of 
six collections of poetry. 

Eriich began writing full-time in 1979 after work- 
ing in Wyoming as a documentary filmmaker. Her 
book "The Solace of Open Spaces," chronicles her 
experiences herding sheep and working with 
Wyoming ranchers. Other works include "A Match to 
the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by 
Lightning," "Cowboy island: Farewell to a Ranching 
legacy," "Heart Mountain," and "Questions of Heaven: 
The Chinese Journeys of an American Buddhist." 

Poems from Sadoff s most recent collection, 
"Grazing," were awarded the Jerome Shestack Award 
for the best poems to appear in The American Poetry 
Review in 1997, and the George Bogin Memorial 
Award from the Poetry Society of America for origi- 
nality of imagination and concern for social justice. 
Currently the Dana Professor at Colby College, he has 
been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a 
Creative Arts Fellowship from the National 
Endowment of the Arts. 

The reading is part of the Writers Here & Now 

In celebration of 10 years of community service 
the Association for India's Development (AID) pres- 
ents "Soul of the Sarod," an evening of Indian classical 
music featuring internationally 
renowned sarod maestro Amjad Ali 
Khan. The event will take place at 
7 p.m. on April 22 at Eleanor 
Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt. 
The sarod is a short-necked, 
unfretted lute with eight strings. Its 
lack of frets make it ideal for 
Indian classical music with its char- 
acteristic meends (embellish- 

AID is a campus-based 
group of volunteers dedicated to 
promoting grassroots efforts in 
India that organize communities 
for health care, education, small 
enterprise, environmental action 
and people's rights. All proceeds 
will support AID'S new initiative, 
the Hundred Block Plan, and other 
ongoing developmental projects in 
India. Tickets are $50, $30 and $20. 
Student tickets are $15 if pur- 
chased in advance. For more info 
about AID, visit 

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Take Back the Night is a diversity forum special 
event aimed at ending violence toward women. This 
year's keynote speaker is Patricia Ireland, President of 
the National Organization for Women (NOW). Events 
are as follows: 

• 5 p.m. — Music 

• 6 p.m. — Rally with keynote speaker 

• 7 p.m. — March 

• 8 p.m.— Vigil 

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 1 1 
from 6-9 p.m. in the Nyumburu Cultural Center. For 
more information, contact Pamela R. Morse at (301) 

Conference on Commuter. 

A national teleconference to address how the col- 
lege experience can be organized to meet the learn- 
ing needs and circumstances of today's students, the 
vast majority of whom live off-campus, will be held 
April 26 in the Prince George's Room of the Stamp 
Student Union. 

The conference, which begins at 1 p.m., is spon- 
sored by The National Clearinghouse for Commuter 
Programs (NCCP), the Maryland College Personnel 
Association (MCPA), the University of Maryland 
Baltimore County (UMBQ.and the University of 
Maryland Commuter Affairs and Community Service 

The program will begin with a pre-conference 
event at 1 1 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp 
Student Union, featuring a welcome, keynote speaker, 
luncheon, roundtable discussions on commuter issues 
and information displays. The pre-conference event Is 
$25 for professionals, $15 for students. 

The teleconference features panelists John N. 
Gardner, Senior Fellow and Distinguished Professor 
Emeritus, National Resource Center for the First-Year 
Experience and Students in Transition, University of 
South Carolina; Barbara Jacoby, Director, National 
Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs and 
Commuter Affairs and Community Service, University 
of Maryland, College Park; George Kuh, Professor and 
Director, National Survey of Student Engagement . 
Indiana University; Byron McClenney, President, 
Kingsborough Community College; and Maria Vallejo, 
Provost, Palm Beach Community College. 

For more information, call (301) 405-0986.