UPU& U^Doj Outlook 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" Program 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 Strauch. 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 tems. 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 T 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 place. 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- vention." Wrenn came to the university 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- ment. 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 m April 10,2001 dateline marylan 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 visit www.personnel.umd.edu. 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- sonnel.umd.edu. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.hinmanceos. umd.edu. W e cCn esday Your Guide to University Events April 10-18 april tfhursda y 12 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 commu- nica- Every Tuesday morning, Outlook readers can go to www.collegepublisher.com/ouUook to see the latest version of the faculty and staff weekly newspaper. 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Call 5-565 1 or visit www.pefsonneI.umd.edu, 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. (Geo- graphic Information Syst- ems) software, 2109 McKeldin. The workshop is free; registra- tion Is required at www, lib. umd.edu/UMCPAJES/gis.html. Or contact User Education Ser- vices, 5-9070 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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- tive framing 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- email@example.com. 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 www.life.umd.edu/NACS 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: Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. '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 email@example.com 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 sonnel.umd.edu. 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- nel. umd.edu. 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. Outlook Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. 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Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 Telephone • (301) 405-7615 Fax -(301) 314-9344 E-mail ■ firstname.lastname@example.org i. collegepublisher. com/outlook Yl> N Outlook 3 Clarice Smith PerformngAfts 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 T)< 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- invention. 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. V 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. > N N Take 5 — w^L SingAl/Bff 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 Hall, The conceit is presented in honor of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (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 Cassado. 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) 405-7847. April 10,2001 NOTABLE 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 countries. 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 Coordinator. 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 program. 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 university. 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 Studies. 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 continued on page 6 continued from page 1 Maryland Welcomes Terrapins Home After Final Four Testudo worked the crowd while cheerleaders and members of the dance team whooped and hollered. By the time Johnny Holtiday, voice of ■B*fo'- 1 ■ a v* . GN /— \ " ' f ;**S6kl t / \l '■*., > m »m 1 1 i a S%A S i*4T^ T \x "7et&) 4'l^TM 1 ^ , KdmA iL ili "f^i ^ v. •■■* *• . **^<t ■■-■*?* 9 -*l '•4, " * * : Z \ ' J 1 > i.lS — ■ ^ fcrtt the Terps, got to the microphone, the crowd needed little help getting to their feat for a standing ovation. 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. Outlook OIT Names Networking orothy 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 points." 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 partners." 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 capacity. 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 time. "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 ne Tom Ruggiero, coordinator for the Faculty Staff Assistance Program, 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 group." 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 university; assists depart- 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 layoffs. 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- dentiality. 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 along. We arc looking for fair solutions," Graduate Student o i n bads Joanne DcSiato. 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 start" For further iidoi'mation on the Conflict Resolution Network, including scrvie- fcred and contacts Visit www.mform.umd. edu/4 Dep l- ' April 10, 2001 atim "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 23) "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 email@example.com. 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. Outlook 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- sities. "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 projects. 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 professor. 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 p.m. 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® umail.umd.edu; or register online at www.oit.umd.edu/sc. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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- firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.inform.umd.edu/muc and check the calendar of events. 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. Sgpg of the SaotfLmmmmmmm—mammi 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! fcffilfir rffiffili 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 email@example.com. 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- ments). 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 www.aidindia.org. w ntnnTi Wirtit Out 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) 441-2441 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Office. 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.