Uplift U3J*o>\ Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 15 • Number 25 • April 17, 2001 Outstanding Student Employees and Employers Honored, page 3 Bargaining May Be Coming to the University of Maryland T he General Assembly last week passed a measure that would allow some employees of die state's public colleges and universi- ties to engage in collective bargaining over work-related issues, including wages and benefits. (n a note to univt ; ity employees last week. Presi- dent Dan Mote explained key provisions of the bill ! rat said understanding of die acts and implementation of the bill requires coordina- tion among universin system and state officials. Collective bargaining will not apply to faculty, student employees (including gradu- ate student employees), con- tract and contingent employ- ees, or employees serving in confidential, supervisory, or managerial positions. All other employees will be grouped in one of three bar- gaining units: exempt non- exempt and police. Exempt and non-exempt will be gen- erally defined by die existing classifications that determine whether an employee is eligi- ble for overtime or compensa- tory time. If 30 percent of all employ- ees in a bargaining unit sign a petition saying they want to collectively bargain, an elec- tion will be held within that unit. The majority of all peo- ple voting will determine whether that unit will engage in collective bargaining. Elections can be held every two years. Elections will be supervised by the newly cre- ated state Higher Education Labor Relations Board. If a bargaining unit choos- es to engage in collective bar- gaining, it will be represented by an exclusive representa- tive, usually a union, which will be empowered to bargain with a representative of the university. The Board of Regents must approve all agreements. AH agreements involving money must be approved by the General Assembly. Each bargaining unit with- in each campus of the University' System of Maryland will be autonomous. That is, employees at this university bargain only for themselves, not for other bargaining units here or at other universities. If a bargaining unit elects to engage in collective bar- gaining, employees within the unit arc not required to join a union or pay dues, but they will be subject to agreements reached between the repre- sentatives of the union and the university. Over the next several months, university officials will develop the regulations that will govern implementa- tion of the collective bargain- ing legislation. Mote promised to keep the campus informed as offi- cials move toward implemen- tation of the collective bar- gaining act. Task Force Keeps Focus on Student Success In order to meet the uni- versity's newly adopted poli- cy on timely graduation, the Task Force on Student Success has made several rec- ommendations on financial aid and academic planning. President C. D. Mote, Jr., established the Task Force in late October. Last month, Mote adopted as official university practice the policy that full- time stu- dents are expected to complete their undergraduate degrees in four years. The Task Force is identify- ing obstacles to that policy and solutions to facilitate it by looking to peer institu- tions — University of California, Berkeley; UCLA; University of Michigan; University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign; and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill — and comparing their prac- tices to Maryland's. "We have a serious dis- crepancy between the quali- ty of our incoming students 4%%Slfy 56 ^Yt> and the rate at which they graduate," said Task Force member Ann Wylie, professor of geology and assistant provost. While Maryland's four-year graduation rate is trending upward, the most recent fig- ures on graduation and retention show that 40 — -. percent of V . UM fresh- men graduate in four years. "Our £} peers are yV at 90 per- \ centrwylie said. "We lose 10 percent of our first-year class, they lose five percent. We're not doing something right. Most of our students come here with the intention to graduate. So there's some disconnect that takes place here we need to work on." The first Task Force rec- ommendations focused on financial aid, which the group determined as a major factor In determining student success. Data showed that UM undergraduates face more serious financial chal- lenges than do students at the peer universities; 75 per- cent of Maryland's juniors and seniors have jobs, and most of them work off cam- pus. This clearly slows their rate of progress toward a degree. Seventy-five percent of Maryland's students apply for financial aid, compared to 56 percent of the peer institu- tions' students. Maryland cur- rently offers an average finan- cial aid package of $3,267 per student compared to an average of $5,665 for the five peers — even though Mary- land's in-state tuition is $658 higher than the average of those peers. Further, Maryland is able to meet on average only 68 percent of the financial-aid need, compared to 88 per- cent of the peer students' needs; and only 30 percent of Maryland's students have their financial aid needs fully met, compared with 61 per- cent of the peers' students. The university would need an additional $37 mil- lion in need-based financial aid funds each year to fully meet the financial aid needs of all the students who apply continued on page 3 Lecture Series Honors Student's Ability to Maintain ^Precious Balance' Somewhere between hon- ors classes, working at Denton Hall's desk, and family responsibilities, Camille Rajpat created time to rcmem- acuwi cause of death was bleomycin lung toxicity from one of the chemotherapy drugs. To honor the political science and government A new lecture series has been created to honor the accomplish- ments of Camille Rajpat, pictured above in 1997. ber friends' birthdays and vol- unteer tor campus groups, tint of her father's fondest memo- ries is of his daughter's ability to do it all with passion and grace. Camille Rajpat, a 2 1 -year-old senior at Maryland, died Oct. 8, 1998, five months after being diagnosed with dysgerminoma, a type of ovarian cancer. The major, her friends in the hon- ors program and resident life created the Rajpat Lecture Series that follows the theme "precious balance." "The idea is a series of lec- tures by women focusing on that precious balance that many women keep between continued on page 3 Riley Named VP and CIO Donald Riley, who became the universi- ty's first chief informa- tion officer nearly three years ago, lias been named vice president and chief informa- tion officer by President Dan Mote. Mote said that while Riley's responsibilities will not change as a result of the new title, "it is an indication of the important role of information technology on campus and statewide, as well as an indica- tion of the high esteem in which Don Riley is held." Mote said that because of the key role information tech- nology plays in the university's academic mission, Riley will report to the senior vice presi- dent for academic affairs and provost and will be a member of the president's cabinet. "Information technology is increasingly important in almost every aspect of our daily lives, and increasingly essential for economic devel- opment," Riley said. "As the flagship university for the state of Maryland, we have a unique responsibility to the state and the nation to be a leader in innovative and effec- tive use of information tech- nologies in teaching, research, outreach and even how we run the university and serve our constituencies. I am excit- ed by the opportunities this university has to be a real leader in this important arena, and very pleased to be part of the senior leadership team under President Mote," Riley came to Maryland as CIO in May 1998 after 22 years at the University of Minnesota, where he was on the mechanical engineering faculty until becoming associ- ate vice president for comput- ing and information services in 1992 and CIO in 1995. At Maryland he holds a dual appointment as a professor in continued on page 3 April 17, 2001 marylan T^u e s da Your Guide to University Events April 17-23 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Diversity Seminar "Hate Crime Summit 2001." Including sessions on Hate and Bias in Housing, Public & Private; Hate and Violence in Schools (K-12 & Higher Education); Race Based Hate Crimes; Sexual Orientation and Hate Crimes; Victimization and Law Enforcement; Best Practices & Resources. 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: "Univer- sity of Maryland Symphonic Wind Ensem- ble." The premier april 19 Stamp Student Union. For more informa- tion, contact Steven Hess at (410) 209-9293 or kml55@ - umail.umd.edu. 12:30-2:00 p.m., "Integrating IT into the Humanities: Toward an Action Plan." Part of the Digital Dialogues Spring 2O01 series of brown bag round- table discussions in collabora- tion with MtTH and ACS. MTTH Conference Area, 2nd Floor, Taliaferro Hall. 4 p.m., Physics Colloquium: "Magnedc Fields In The Early Universe." With Hector Rubin- ostein. Professor of Theoretical Physics, Stockholm and Up- psala University. Preceded by refreshments at 3:30 p.m. 1410 Physics. Call 5-3401. 6-9 p.m., OfT Workshop: "Microsoft Excel II: More Power to your Spreadsheets." Prerequisites: Excel I and a WAM account. 4404 Computer 6 Space Science. Contact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.oit.umd.edu/pt.* 7 p.m., Forum: "Washington Politics: Cooperation or Combat?" (Details in For Your Interest, p. 4.) 7 p.m., Lecture: "Heterosexism and the Black Community. 7 ' With Jaimie Washington, Assist- ant VP for Student Affairs, UMBC. 1 139 Stamp Student Union, Contact 4-834 1 or cor4 1 3@yahoo. com . 7:30 p.m.. Concert: M. Doughty, lead singer and guitarist for Soul Coughing. Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. Students free; $5 general public. Call the Union box office, 4-0209. 8 p.m.. Performance: "Guarneri String Quartet Open Rehear- sal." Artists-in-residence at the 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. A reception will be held at 3: 1 5 p.m. in the concourse. Please note: Thursday, April 19 is the correct date for this event. ensemble of the Mary- land Band program performs Symphony in B-flat by Paul Hindemith, 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 e dn e s da v 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 rBM and MAC computers. Call 5-5651 or visit www. per- sonnel, umd ,ed u . 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, monitor status and retrieve information from the Web site. Call 5-5651 or visit www. personnel. umd.edu. 11 a.m. -3 p.m., Event: "Off- Campus Living Fair." Prince George's Room and Grand Ballroom l/>unge, Stamp Student Union. Contact Leslie Perkins at 4-7250 or Ipe rk i ns @acc mail . u m d . edu. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Event: "Stress- Free Zone." Tortuga Room, Stamp Student Union. Contact Leslie Perkins at 4-7250 or email@example.com. 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. 01 14 Counseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. Contact Stacey Holmes, firstname.lastname@example.org. 4-5 p.m., Colloquium: (tenta- tive) "Star Forming Pockets Outside of Galaxies." With Jane Charlton, Penn State Univer- sity. 2400 Computer & Space Science. Preceded by coffee and followed by a reception (both in 0254 CSS). Contact Derek Richardson, 5-8786 or email@example.com. 6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Adobe Photoshop B: Designing But- tons and More Photo Editing for the Web." Prerequisites: Photoshop I and HTML 1. 4404 Computer & Space Science. Con- tact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org. edu, or see www.oit.umd.edu/pt.* 7:30 p.m., Performance: "University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble & 'Monster' Jazz Lab Band." Faculty percussionist Steve Fidyk leads a program of works by Count Baste, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Bob Mint- zer and Victor Mendoza. Guest appearance by faculty wood- wind artist Chris Vadala. Con- cert Hall. Clarice Smith Perfor- ming Arts Center. Call 5-7847. T^dur s day ril if ipn 12:30-2 p.m., Brownbag Dis- cussion: "Memory Traces, Mysti- cal States and Deep Pluralism." With William Connolly, Chair of PoliUcal Science, Johns Hopkins University. Contact Peter Levine at 5-4767 or P L60@ umad. umd . edu . 4:30-7:30 p.m., OIT Workshop: "HTML II: Using Tables and For- matting for Web Page Layout," Prerequisites: Introduction to HTML & a WAM account. 4404 Computer & Space Science. Con- tact Carol Warrington, 5-2938 or email@example.com, or calendar guide: Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xm or 5-mx 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 ('), see www.oit.umd.edu/pt.* 8 p.m.,Performance:"Maryland Dance Ensemble." New works featuring student choreogra- phers and guest artists. Dance Theatre, Clarice Smith Perform- ing Arts Center, Call 5-7847. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Workshop: "Healthy Relarionships."0121 Campus Recreation Center. Contact Jennifer Treger at 4- 1493 or treger® health, umd. edu. 8 p.m., Performance: "The Scarlet Letter." (Details in For Your Interest p 4 )* f r i da y april 2< 12 p.m., Seminar: "The Use of Magnetoencephalography in the Study of Neurological Disease and Plasticity." With Rodolfo Uinas, Department of Physio- logy and Neuroscience, New York University School of Medicine. Part of die Neuro- science and Cognitive Science 2001 Spring Seminar Series. 1 208 Biology-Psychology, Visit www.life.umd.edu/ NACS or call 5-8910. 7 p.m., Presentation: "Recent Work."With Mark Mclnturff, FAIA. 21st Annual J, Guy Lomb- ardo Memorial Lecture. Audito- rium, School of Architecture. See www. inform . umd . ed u/ARC H/ Current_Events/s2 00 1 lee . h tml . 8 p.m., Performance :" Maryland Dance Ensemble." New works featuring student choreogra- phers and guest artists. Dance Theatre, Clarice Smith Perform- ing Arts Center. Call 5-7847. 8 p.m.,Performance: u The Scarlet Letter." (Details in For Your Interest, p.4.)* 8 p.m., Performance: "Argen- tine Art Music." Showcasing important 20th-century Argentine composers from Alberto Ginestera to Astor Piazzola and Marta Lambertini. Featuring artists Evelyn Elsing, Linda Mabbs, Katherine Murdock, Carlos Rodriguez, Santiago Rodriguez and David SaJness. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Call 5-7847.* S atur da y a 9 a.m,-4 p.m,,Event:"21st Annual Terp Trot 5K Race." Stamp Student Union. For more information, call 4-8489. 6 p.m., Event: "Second Annual Alumni Awards Gala," Inn and Conference Center. Black de event. Cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. Dinner and awards ceremony begin at 7 p.m. RSVP to Lori Hill at (301) 403-2728 ext. 12. 8 p.m., Performance: "Maryland Dance Ensemble." New works featuring student choreogra- phers and guest artists. Dance Theatre, Clarice Smith Perform- ing Arts Center. Call 5-7847. 8 p.m., Performance: "The Scarlet Letter." (Details in For Your Interest, p.4.)* Sunda\ 2 p.m., Performance: "The Scarlet Letter." (Details in For Your Interest, p.4.)* 8 p.m., Performance: "Saxo- phone Showcase." Faculty artists and guest soloist Timo- thy Roberts of the Navy Band join student performers in works by Glazounov, Mussorg- sky and Kindesmith. Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Call 5-7847. 'Mon day april 23 4 p.m., Entomology Collo- quium: "The Genetics and - Neuroethology of Honeybee Foraging Behavior." With Robert Page, Department of Entomology, University of California at Davis. 1 140 Plant Sciences. Call 5-3795. Fajman Farewell Friends are cordially invited to a farewell reception for Jennifer Fajman, Executive Director, Academic and Distributed Services, Office of Information Technology, in celebration of her exemplary advocacy for academic com- puting and user-focused serv- ices at the university for the past 17.5 years. The recep- tion will be held at the UM Golf Club House Banquet Room on Thursday, April 26 from 3-5 p.m. Contact Dee Brooks at (301) 405-3036 or email@example.com. Outlook Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brml if Remington -Vice President for University Relations Teresa Flannery • Executive Director' of University Communications and Director of Marketing George Cathcait • Executive Editor Monet fe Austin Bailey ■ Editor Cynthia Mitchel ■ Assistant Editor Patty Henetz • Graduate Assistant Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus information are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park. MD 20742 Telephone ■ (301) 405-7615 Fax '(301)314-9344 E-mail * outIook@accnuQ.umd.edu ww w.collegepublisher. com/outlook Outlook Task Force continued from page 1 for aid, and $24 million to be at the level of the peer institutions. To address these issues, the Task Force recommends; • Need-based financial aid should be a major fund-raising priority for the university. • The university should provide more opportunities for students to work on campus. • The university should consider providing campus employment as part of a financial-aid package that includes grants, loans and employ- ment, as is common elsewhere. The four-year graduation policy will be published as a Statement of Expectations for students in the uni- versity catalogue — a first, Wylie said. "We never had an expectation for students. It wasn't in the catalogue or anything. But we think students should plan on finishing their educa- tion in four years, if possible." The reasons are practical: "It costs less. It keeps students focused on their goals. It keeps students engaged in their lives at the university. We can educate more students. It's a much better use of our resources." And there's a political advantage: "It's expected by the Maryland legis- lature. They are interested in this." The Task Force believes that a clear pathway to graduation should be readily available to students and advisors, and has recommended that the university maintain a centrally managed Web site that displays infor- mation on each undergraduate major. A corollary recommendation is that students have a graduation plan on file with their college or department advising office at all times. As envisioned, the Web site would include a description of each pro- gram that in turn would include a statement of the educational objec- tives and expected outcomes of the curriculum. A semester-by-semester four-year graduation plan would show courses required to complete the major. Keeping an tipdated graduation plan would help the student stay focused on the graduation goal. Tracking a student's progress will help the student take actions that will lead to timely completion of the degree. The Task Force also has taken a look at a vexing problem: students who drop out in their senior year. Over the past 10 years, the num- ber of UM students who work has increased; as they approach their sen- ior year, the students tend to work more hours. The Task Force has found that it is not uncommon for students to be within a small number of credits for graduation and find that job or family situations require them to move from the area. Between fall 1999 and fall 2000, 148 students who entered the uni- versity as freshmen and were classi- fied by credit count as seniors did not return to the university. All but a few were in good academic standing. Enhanced flexibility in meeting grad- uation requirements might have helped these students graduate. The Task Force has proposed that a student who has completed 75 ■* President's Task Force on Student Success Gregory L, Geoffrey, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Chair Javaune Adams-Gaston, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies Charles Christian, Associate Professor, Department of Geography Jeremiah Ganeto, undergraduate student Irwin L. Goldstein, Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Robert L. Hampton, Associate Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Studies James E Harris, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities William J. Higgins, Associate Professor, Biology and Associate Dean, College of life Sciences Mark Lewis, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Maria Mcintosh, Professor, Natural Resources and landscape Architecture William Nickels, Associate Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business William Spann, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Plannning Drury Bagwell, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Scott A. Wolpert, Professor, Mathematics and Associate Dean, Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ann G. Wylie, Professor, Geology and Associate Provost —— credits in residency at the University' of Maryland should be permitted to take up to 16 credit hours— no more than four courses— at another institu- tion during the last 30 credits. The provision would require permission of the dean and department chair. Wylie emphasized that the Task Force's work is ongoing. The group intends to examine the differences in graduation rates by ethnic group and gender. It also will consider drawing more sharply the distinction between hill- and part-time students and examine why 10 percent of first- year students drop out. "We're going to move forward," Wylie said. "We're just beginning." www.marylandday.umd.edu Riley Named VP and CIO continued from page 1 the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. As CIO, Riley is responsible for overseeing information technology planning and coordination for the university's information technology infrastructure: all major central com- puting, telecommunications and net- working infrastructure and services, including academic, student and administrative computer services and instructional technology, with an annual operating budget of more than $30 million. i Precious Balance continued from page I their public and private responsibili- ties," says Maynard "Sandy" Mack, Jr., director of the undergraduate honors program. The inaugural lecture. April 23 at 4 p.m. in the Kay Theatre of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, will feature Maryland Lieutenant Govern- or Kathleen Ken- nedy To wnsend . The goal is to invite a distinguished per- son each year. Others being con- sidered are former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and "Today" show host Katie Couric. Her parents, Almlall and Norma Raj pat , who live in Sheltonham, appre- ciate the tribute, though her father isn't sure where his daughter's sense of order came from. "It certainly didn't come from me," he says with a smile. "She probably picked up some of it from her mom. She was an executive secretary and is very organized." Mack says the series' main focus is to give students an opportunity to hear from women who, like them- selves, are trying to do a lot of things well. Honors smdents, he notes, often overextend themselves and "crash" when trying to live up to expecta- tions. He regularly counsels students and their parents on decision-making and work loads. "Ninety-five percent make the best Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy- Townsend will be the inaugural speaker in the Rajpat Lecture Series. guess on their own, they just need someone to listen to them." says Mack. "It's tough, but that's what becoming one's own person is about. Camille really did think about it." Her father agrees."! wasn't quite pleased when she switched from chemical engineering, but it's what she really liked. later on, I was able to understand." When asked if she would be able to achieve her new objective in the same time frame as the old, even though she switched majors halfway through her studies, she gave a very Camille answer, her dad says. " Dad, I'll do It," she said. She plans in great detail when she decides to do something, that's what I love about her. You didn't have to monitor and check on her. She would tell you how she's doing." Her open nature and ease with peo- ple won Rajpat many friends, her father says. Yet even though she spoke as easily with her friends as with her parents, he was surprised to find a journal she kept under her bed. "In it she would write every day, "What are the things I am grateful for today?'And you know those calendars with sayings? She saved some of them. What she saved said a lot about her," her father says. "It helped us under- stand some of the things that she was going through ," One of Ids favorites: "My hope still is to leave this world a little better than I came into It." Awards Recognize Outstanding Student Employees and Employers Several University of Maryland students and a key library staffer were honored for their outstand- ing work during the seventh annual NaUonal Student Employment Week, April 1-7. Ann Turkos, archivist for the univer- sity libraries, was named Employer of the Year. Kevin Baxter, of College Park Scholars student services, is this year's outstanding undergraduate employee, and Taryn Roeder of the Career Center is the outstanding graduate employee. Honorable mentions went to undergraduates Deirdre C, Elvis, Brian Kile, Yang Wang andTaqwa Jam eel Muhammed. and to graduate students Jayendu De, Cesar Figueroa, Gina Pak and Megan Riley. The honors were conferred at a ceremony on April 5 in Stamp Student Union, During National Student Employment Week, colleges and uni- versities around the country recog- nized students who work while attending school as well as emplm to who contribute to their education. Student employment enriches stu- dent life, provides opportunity for Individual growth, enables students to finance their education and helps stu- dents prepare for their careers. in photo above, left to right: Pran- ces Hacker, Assistant Director, Career Center, National Student Employment Week Clxrtr; Taryn Roeder, Carver Center, (Outstanding Graduate Student Employee of the Year; Anne Turkos. University Libraries, Outstanding f-tnployer of the Year: Kevin Baxter, College Park Scholars, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year. Dr. Linda K. Gast, Director, Career Center. April 17, 2001 Car-ma Cleansing Does your wagon need washing? Bug need beauti- fying? Campus commuters can have their clunkers cleaned free of charge on Wednesday, April 18 thanks to the Commuter Appreciation Day Car Wash. Maneuver your motor to the Regents Drive Garage entrance between 3 and 4:30 p.m. The car wash is sponsored by the University Commuters Association and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. For more information, contact Leslie Perkins at 001) 314-7250 or lperkins@acc- mail.umd.edu. Cooperation or Combat? On Tuesday, April 17, the School of Public Affairs will host a discussion between Pulit- zer Prize-winning reporters David S. Broder of the Washington Post and Haynes B. John- son of the Philip Merrill College of Journal- ism as part of the Norman and Florence Brody Public Policy Forum. The forum, tided "Washington Politics: Cooperation or Conflict? ," will be held at 7 p.m. in the Kay Theater of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. As national political correspondent for « the Post. David Broder is considered one |j of America's most Influential political jour- s nalists. Haynes Johnson was a Post cones- J, pondent from 1969:1994 and since 1998 £ has taught at the College of Journalism. In f 1996, Johnson and Broder co-authored the "■ critically acclaimed bestseller "The System: The American Way of Politics at die Breaking Point." The event is free, but tickets are required. Call the School of Public Affairs at (301) 405-6330 for tickets. Coverage Uncovered In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) is sponsoring a presentation by Time Magazine News Director Howard Chua-Eoan entitled "Media Coverage in the Asian American Community: Stereotypes and Misconceptions." Chua-Eoan was bom in the Philippines and gradu- ated from Columbia University. As news director for Time, be is in charge of all of the magazine's corre- spondents in the United States and around the world. He also serves as assistant managing editor overseeing national politics, crime and breaking news. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in Room 1 139. Stamp Student Union. A recep- tion will follow. For more information, contact Elaine Ting at (301) 405-5358 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FemjuiiifcFoci JS "Women Focus: Challenges and Advancement in Higher Education" is the title of the annual spring conference of the Maryland Network being held at the Thumel Business Center at the University of Baltimore on May 2 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Topics such as managing your career search, multi- dimensional leadership and distance education will be addressed. The university's Sharon Fries-Brit ts and Ellen Yu Borkowski will speak. The conference fee is $75 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is April 25. For more information, call Gena Glickman at (410) 837-5248 or visit www.umuc.edu/acemdnetwork. Summer Cybercamps Cybercamps is proud to offer six weeks of its award-winning, Hi-Tech, Hi-Fun programs at the University of Maryland this summer. Campers can choose from 3-D Animation, Web Design, Program- ming, Digital Arts, Game Design and Cyber-Explorer, for a summer filled with cutting-edge technology and outdoor fun. Also, all University of Maryland Employees are offered a discount of $50 for any of their children or relatives who wish to attend. This offer applies at any of 40 locations. For more information, visit www.cybercamps.com or call 1-888-904-CAMR James Bond, Flying Fish and Chopin? Do you know what your undergraduates are up to? Come find out at Undergraduate Research Day on Wednesday, April 25 in the Stamp Student Union. More than 200 students will be presenting their work in the form of individual and group presentations, Block Plan (www.aidindia.org/aipsn), a major initia- tive which aims to bring healthcare to 3,000 villages around India, and toward AID'S other efforts in India. The concert will be held in the auditorium of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenhelt. Tickets are available at the ATD Office. For more information, contact Nagini Prasad at C301) 405-2940 or naginip® yahoo.com, or visit www.aidindia.org/concert. Scarlet Fever The Scarlet Letter," a play based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne — a drama of romance, suffering, and redemption set during the times of Puritan law and reli- gion — will be presented by National Players, die University of Maryland's resident classical touring company, at Tawes Theatre. Performances are Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $ 1 standard admission; .$7 for seniors, students, and standard groups; $5 for senior citizens and student groups. For tickets, call (301) 405-7847. CHPS Colloquium posters and artistic exhibits. View research on every- thing from "The Simpsons," hip-hop and James Bond to Japanese fighting fish, smart shock absorbers and Chopin. Show your support for students and their research efforts in all disciplines, and help make this third annual event the best ever. The day begins at 8:30 with a continental breakfast and welcome, and continues until 3 p.m. This year the Mentor of the Year and Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) Students of the Year will be honored. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies. For schedule infor- mation, visit www.inform.umd.edu/ugst/urd. Contact Penny Asay at (301) 405-9342 or at email@example.com. Commuter Affairs Teleconference . Commuter Affairs and Community Service is pleased to invite the campus to a national teleconfer- ence on " Engaging Commuter Students: Redesigning Campuses for the Majority of America's College Students," to be shown in the Stamp Student Union, on Thursday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. Sponsored by the National Resource Center for the First- Year Experience & Students in Transition, the teleconference will address issues of how the college experience can be organized to address the learning needs and circumstances of today's students, the vast majority of whom live off campus. The teleconference is free and open to the public. A pre-conference from 11 a.m.-l p.m. will include a keynote speaker, lunch, and networking opportuni- ties. The pre-conference is $25 for faculty and staff, $15 for students. For more information, contact Julie Owen at (301) 405-0986 or jowen@accmail. umd.edu, or visit www.sc.edu/fye/conferences/teleconf/cs.htm. Instruments of India Association for India's Development (AID) presents sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan in concert on Sunday, April 22 from 7-9 p.m. AID is a registered non-profit, volunteer organization — at UM, UMBC and campuses around the United States, India, Australia and Germany — which supports grassroots development efforts throughout India in health, literacy, education, human rights, women's empowerment, sustainable develop- ment and environmental awareness. All proceeds from the event benefit the Hundred The DeWitt Stettenjr., Museum of Medical Research and the National Human Genome Research Institute are pleased to announce the second lec- ture in their History of Human Genetics series. "Patenting Life: Politics, Ethics, and the Law" will be presented by Daniel J, Kevles on Tuesday, April 17 at 3 p.m. in the Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. The lecture is open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, visit http://tango01 . cit.nih.gov/sig/home.taf?_function=rnaln&SIGInfo_ SIGID=98. Directions to the NIH campus can be found at wwwnih.gOv/about/#visitor. Or contact David Cantor at (301) 496-66 lO or cantord@od, nih.gov. Roundtable on Civic Globalis As part of a two-day conference co-sponsored by the university's Democracy Collaborative, world fig- ures — including Nobel Peace Prize-winner John Hume of Northern Ireland; Adam Michnik, founder of Solida- rity; and Edward Mortimer, a top United Nations offi- cial — will debate the Impact of the global economy on democracies. The roundtable, entided "The Theory and Practice of Civic Globalism," will be held on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Also on Friday, April 20, an inno- vative performance/discussion at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will examine the key role played by artistic and cultural programs in democra- cy-building. For a complete agenda and to register, call Sondra Myers at (202) 721-6359. Under Mengele's Microscope The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, in coordination with The Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Hillel Center for Jewish Life at the University of Maryland and the Embassy of the State of Israel in Washington, D.C, present a special docu- mentary film showing of "Liebe Perla," directed by Shachar Rozen (Israel , 1999,63 min., video. Hebrew and German with English subtitles). The film documents the history of a family of little people kept alive by Joseph Mengele through the Holo- caust in order to study their behavior. The story, whose strange and often difficult subject matter is handled with remarkable dignity, unfolds as a friend of the family in modern day Germany sets out to search for lost film footage taken by Mengele at Auschwitz. The screenings will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in 1250 Biology-Psycholo- gy, and are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Center at (301) 405-4975.