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Outlook 




September 
11: The 
Conversation 
Continues 

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYtAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Voiume I 6 ■ Number 5 - September 35, 2 00i 



A Chance to Honor Lost Lives 



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flower burial ceremony was held on McKeldin Mall on FrIdaVr 
Sept. 14 to honor those lost to the davastating events of Sept. 
. 11. In attendance at the silent ceremony were 2,500 mourners, 
who prepared for burial the thousands of flowers distributed and 
placed around the ODK fountain at the Service of Mourning the previ- 
ous Wednesday. Each flower commemorated one victim of the tragedy. 



Making Honor and Integrity 
a Part of Learning 



Gary Pavela is interest- 
ed in more than keep- 
ing students from 
cheating in the class- 
room. As the director of judicial 
programs and student ethical 
development, he wants them to 
learn something at the university 
and hopefiilly leave with a sense 
of what it's like to be a part of a 
community and have inte^ty in 
everyday life. 

It began with in 1989 when 
Pavela drafted a proposal to 
establish a modified honor code 
at the university. It was some- 
thing new — attempting to get a 
handle on academic dishonesty 
at a large public university. Most 
schools known for higli academ- 
ic integrity have long standing 
traditions and strict honor codes 
that call for automatic expulsion 
and students are obligated to 
turn each other in, 

Pavela wanted the tradition, 
but not die ultra strict honor 
code that mandates expulsion for 
any honor offense. 

"It seems to suggest that either 
you have ethics or you don't. It 
ignores the potential for student 
etiiical development.," Pavela said 
about the codes. If the penalty is 
too severe, it also loses commutii- 



ty support, he added. 

In 1990, the university adopt- 
ed Pavela's modified honor code 
and its success has made it into a 
model for other schools across 
the cotmtry to follow. Pavela, 
who has a background in intel- 
lectual history and law, is consid- 
ered one of the nation's top 
thinkers on student behavior and 
ethics. He serves on the board of 
the Kenean Ethics Institute at 
Duke University, teaches a class 
in the Honors program and edits 
national law and policy in higher 
education newsletters. He said 
he is fascinated by student devel- 
opment and ethics. 

"Every once in a while I'm sit- 
ting across from a student think- 
ing, 'This person got caught 
doing sometliing 1 didn't get 
caught doing," Pavela said." It 
makes us all introspective. It 
makes you wonder if there are 
systems you can devise that will 
help people reach those insights 
earlier rather than later." 

It's been a success, to say the 
least, at Maryland. In the pro- 
gram's first year the number of 
reported cases went from 60 to 
120 and now averages about 

See PAVELA, page 3 




The DiflFerent Faces of Extension: 

One Man's Quest for Cleaner Water 

Editors' Note: This is the first in a four-part series, 'The Different Faces 0/ Extension,' that Oiittook will 
present throughout the school year We unitvrsity-rtin Cooperatife Extension Semice now reaches far 
beyond its agric'ulturai roots. Each feature will look at how educators help individuals help tbetnseltvs 
in a variety of ways. 

Tom Miller's path to his 
position as one of the 
state's regional water 
quality experts started in his 
urban Baltimore county , , 
hometown. Tliis city boy 
wanted to be a farmer 

"But my dad said,'What do 
you want to do that for? We 
don't even have a form,'" says 
Miller. "So, the next best thing 
to be is a county extension 
agent." 

He works for the Coopera- 
tive Extension Service at the 
Wye Research & Education 
Center in Queens town, Md. 
Run out of the College of 
Agriculture and Natural 
Resources, the service 
employs approximately 400 
faculty and staff statewide. 

After coming to Maryland in 
1976 to get a master's in ^ron- 
omy. Miller was hired by the 
department. He didn't know 
about the extension service. 
He then dated a girl whose 
mother was in extension. After 
talking with her. Miller decided 
on his path. He was hired by 
the service in 1986 to teach 
nutrient management to farm- 
ers in Carroll County. 

Now, he spends his days 
helping homeowners take 
better care of their wells and 
septic systems. He talks with 
case, himior and conviction 







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THl* MITCHEI. 



Tom Miller would like waterways, such as this one {ust outtide his 
office, to stay clean. 



about how everyone is 
responsible for and capable 
of protecting water. 

"We don't make new 
water. The water we drink 
and play with is the same 
water the dinosaurs drank 
and played in," he says, "except 
now there's more of us." 

Miller says over the years 
farms, the farming industry 
and sewage treatment plants 
worked to change their 
habits, though many initially 



resisted initiatives such as the 
1998 Water Quality hnprove- 
mentAct to legislate their ef- 
forts. Then it was time to work 
on Joe and Jane Consumer. 

"We all think we've done 
our part by recycling, and we 
even got that from our kids," 
says Miller. 

Abnaged land — golf cours- 
es and private yards, heavily 
landscaped or not — make up 

See EXTENSION, page J 



A Special Place in His Heart for Special Needs 

New Assistant Director Wants All Students to Succeed 



As Alan Marcus talks about 
his goals as the new assistant 
director of the Counseling 
Center, it is clear the passion 
he brings to his job comes 
from a very personal place. 

Marcus is responsible for 
the center's Disability Sup- 
port Service department. The 
child of deaf parents, Marcus 
sees quite dearly the chal- 
lenges and abilities of the dis- 
abled community. 

"It allows me to have a 
greater sense of empathy, but 
also I know what people are 
capable of," he says. "I'm not 
affaid to challenge people to 
be the best they can be." 

Bringing out the best of 
those with special needs is 
one of Marcus' prime direc- 
tives. He believes the prtx:ess 
starts when the students first 
arrive at the university. Each 
student that self-identifies as 
having special needs, and ' 
shows reliable documentation, 

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PHOTO ev MONETTE iUSTIN BAILEV 

Alan Marcus, who earned a 
master's from Maryland in 1985, 
comes back to the university as 
assistant director of the 
Counseling Center. 

comes through disability sup- 
port for indi\'idual attention. 

"It should be a seamless 
transition from when they 
walk in the door until when 
they leave," he says. "Once 
that is fine timed, I want to 
look at more campus-wide 



issues, such as accessibilty." 
He wants to create tiastons 
with other campus depart- 
ments so that students' needs 
are met on every level. 

"I'm very much aw^ire that 
getting the campus barrier 
free is not going to happen 
overnight. It's a process." He is 
excited, though, that he "inher- 
ited" a program that is ranked 
sixth nationwide in the 
Princeton Review of disabiU- 
ty support service programs. 

To Marcus' credit, he comes 
to Maryland with substantial 
experience and background. 
After earning his master's 
through the university's 
Counseling and Personnel 
Services program, he went on 
to Temple University in Phila- 
delphia to earn a doctorate in 
coimseling psychology. He 
then spent 1 2 years at Gal- 
laudet University, the last five 

See MARCUS, page 3 



dateline 
marvland 



YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1 



September 25 

6-9 p.m. Adobe Photos Kop 
I: Designing Graphics and 
Editing Photos for the Web 

4404 Computer & Space Sci- 
ence. Introduces the industry 
benchmark graphic manipula- 
tion package for i^reating pio-- 
fessional quality graphics. Con- 
cepts covered include palettes, 
layers, image filters and screen/ 
image resolution. Digital image 
concepts with emphasb on 
Web-based graphics are also 
discussed. Prerequisite: Basic 
Computing Technologies at 
Maryland. The cost is $10 for 
students/GAs; $20 for 
laculty/staff; $25 for alumni. 
For more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or 
cwpost@umd5.mnd.edu, or 
visit www.oit.umd.edu/pt.* 



net Technologies Drive 
Strategic Business Growth 

1 202 Van Munching. The Cen- 
ter for E-Service, part of the 
Robert H. Smith School of Busi- 
ness, is having its quarterly 
Leveraging Corporate Knowl- 
edge Speaker Series. Pizza and 
beverages will be served after 
the seminar. The speakers will 
be Herbert Klein, IB and John 
O'Leary. The seminar is also 
sponsored by the Information 
Management Consultants, Inc. 
For more information, contact 
Christopher E.^lliamson, 
administrative manager, Smith 
School of Business, at 5-8502. 

12-1 p.m.. Research and 
Development Presentation: 
Helping Ac^demicallv Dis- 
missed Students Succeed 

01 14 Counseling Center, Shoe- 
maker Building. With Marcia 
Fallon, director, Learning Assis- 



Overwhelming Response Sells Out Event 

Thanks to the wonderful response from the faculty and staff of 
the university, the performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony 
and Linda Tlllery and the Cultural Heritage Choir at the Ciarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center on Sept. 28 are sold out. Faculty and 
staff are encouraged to attend the 6:30 p.m reception and tour dur- 
ing that evening and other events during the week. Shylock, a poet- 
ry reading by Michael Collier and Louise Clifton, and Sunday at the 
Center are just a few of the free events offered during Dedication 
Week, The center hopes all faculty and staff will find an opportunity 
to share in the celebration. 



7:30 p.m.. Poetry Reading 
with Lucille Clifton & 
Michael Collier Joseph and 

Alma Gildenhom Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. National Book Award- 
winning poet Lucille Clifton 
will read from "Blessing the 
Boats" and Maryland Poet Lau- 
reate Michael Collier will read 
from his work. The event is 
part of the Terrapin Reading 
Society, which provides oppor- 
tunities for undergraduates, 
feculty and staff to participate 
in a shared intellectual experi- 
ence and to get to know one 
another outside the classroom. 
The event is free and open to 
the public. Reception immedi- 
ately following the reading. For 
further information on the Ter- 
rapin Reading Society, contact 
Phyllis Peres at 5-9363. 



ItDNtSOAV 



September 26 

12 noon. Increasing Corpo- 
rate Agilitv: How Cutting- 
edge Enterprise and Inter- 



tance Services, All interested 
faculty, staff and graduate stu- 
dents are invited. For more 
information, contact Vivian 
Boyd, Counseling Center direc- 
tor, at 4-7675. 

12-1 p.m., SCHEDULE 
CHANGE. Living and Learn- 
ing Programs at the Univer- 
sity of Maryland 0114 Coun- 
seling Center, Shoemaker BIdg. 
With Jeanne Stcffes, director, 
Beyond the Classroom Living 
and Learning Program. Meet- 
ings are scheduled for one 
hour over bag lunch. Present- 
ing speakers ate asked to allow 
time for discussion by complet- 
ing their presentations by 1 2:30. 
For more information, contact 
Susaima Gallor at 4-7690. 

S-9 p.m, Microsoft Excel II: 
More Power to your 
Spreadsheets 4404 Comput- 
er & Space Science. Spread- 
sheet concepts covered 
include creating a visual 
impact with 2-D and 3-D 
charts, grouping sheets and 
manipulating data within 



them, customizing sheet labels, 
naming blocks, customizing 
options and more. Prerequisite: 
Microsoft Excel I. The cost is 
$10 for students/GAs; $20 for 
feculty/staff; $25 for alumni. 
For more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or 
cwpost@umd5.imid.cdu, or 
visit www.oit.umd.edu/pt.* 



THURsnav 



September 27 

10 a.m.-12 p.m. ForUM on 
Access to Information 
Resources (FAIR): Organiza- 
tional Meeting 6137 McK- 
eldin Library. Details in For 
Your Interest, p. 4. 

4:30-7:30 p.m. Microsoft 
Access I: Easy Start for a 
Database 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. Tables are the 
central point for any database. 
This class will show you how 
to create and edit tables, to cre- 
ate a mask, to design a form 
that allows for easy data entry, 
andto pull the data from the 
tables via a query to apply the 
retrieved information into a 
report. The class is free for 
everyone. Prerequisites: 
Microsoft Excel I & IT. For 
more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu, or 
visit www. oit. umd . edu/pt . 



September 28 

12-1:15 p.m. Department 
of Cofnmunication Centen- 
nial Colloquium Series: 
The Rational Attacker: 
Negative Campaigning in 
Russia (and the U.S.) 0200 
Skinner. With Lee Sigelman, 
Geoi^e Washington University. 
Presented by Lee Sigelman, the 
second lecture in this fall's 
Department of Conmiunica- 
tion Centcimial Colloquium 
Series, Sigelman is the recipi- 
ent of the Trachtenberg Prize, 
presented annually to a single 
George Washington faculty 
member for distinguished 
research contributions. For 
more information on the 
scries, contact Trevor Parry- 
Giles at tp54@umail.umd.edu, 
or visit www.comm.umd.edu. 



October 1 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OU Short- 
course: Introduction to MS 



Forums, Conversations Offer 
Opportunities to Learn 





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PHDT9 &V CYWTHIA HITCHEL 



Recent forums have given the campus communitv places to 
hear informed opinions, ask questions and air views con- 
cerning the tragedy two weeks ago. Ethics and leadership 
are among the topics that have been covered. 

Above, Judith Lichtenberg, philosophy professor and 
director of the Committee on Politics, Philosophy and Public 
Policy, responds to a question from the audience at the forum on 
the ethics of retaliation that she led wHh Christopher Morris til, a 
professor of philosophy at Maryland. At rigtrt is Assistant 
Professor and forum moderator Sam Kerstein, also of the Philoso. 
phy Department. The drscussion centered on the justifications for 
and moral constraints on retaliation. "To some people, retribution 
seems uncivilised and bartjaric," Lichtenberg said in her opening 
remarks. "To others, it is part of the necessary moral order." 

At a forum on Wednesday on the rhetoric of leadership 
sponsored by the Department of Communication, visiting 
Professor Kathy Kendall suggested that rhetorical leadership 
comes not just from the country's top elected officials, but from 
other sources: the media, clergy, people such as New York Mayor 
Rudy Giuliani and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, even university 
presidents and facuity. All of those people are in a position to pro* 
vide information that shapes people's perceptions and offers direc- 
tion. Also on the panel were Associate Professor Marl 8oor Tonn;.. 
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies James ,,^ , 
Klumpp and Assistant Professors Shawn Parry-Giles and Trevor 
Parry-Giles. 



Word 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. Covers such 
concepts as basic file manipu- 
lation, formatting text, head- 
ings, page numbers, using spell 
check, footnotes, editing and 
saving documents. Prerequi- 
site: participants must have a 
basic icnowledge of the Win- 
dows operating system. The 
fee is $90. For more informa- 
tion or to register, contact the 
OIT Training Services Coordi- 
nator at 5-0443 or oit-train- 
ing@umail.umd.edu, or visit 
www^. oit . imid . ed u/sc . * 

6-9 p.m. HTML II: Using 
Tables and Formatting for 
Web Page Layout 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science. Intro- 
duces more features of HTML. 
Concepts covered include: 
enhanced tag attributes, tables, 
internal docimient links, cus- 
tom backgrounds and using 
text colors. Some current tags 
in the new HTML standards 
will also be discussed. Prereq- 
uisite: HTML 1. The cost is $10 
for students; $20 for 
faculty/staff; $25 for alumni. 
For more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu, or 
visit www.oit.umd.edu/pt.* 



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newspaper serving the University of 
Mir^'lmd cainpiis communitj', 

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OUTLOOK 



Pavela: A Lasting Integrity 

Continued from page 1 



200, Pavela 
said. 

"It's Dot 
because of 
more cheating," 
he said. "It's 
because more 
people are 
reporting more 
cases." 

With the 
modified honor 
code an honor 
committee of 
students 
(three) and fac- 
ulty (two) pre- 
side over hear- 
ings. A student 
chairs the hear- 
ing and the group decides 
whether or not a student was 
dishonest. If the student is 
found responsible, he or she 
receives an 'XF' as a grade on 
their transcript with a notation 
saying that the grade was 
earned by way of academic dis- 
honesty. Seventy-five percent of 
the cases brought before the 
board are found responsible. 

"The penalty is strict, but for 
the first-time offender they have 
a way to remove it "Pavela said. 

Fir St- time offenders can enroll 
in the academic integrity semi- 
nar and have the 'XF' removed 
from their transcript. The semi- 
nar is an educational tool where 
the student can explore the 
relationship df ibadehtit ihtegrf- 
ty to real life. 

"It tries to engage students in 
moving through ethical issues a 
little more deeply," Pavela said. 

Pavela said he wants ethics 
to have more of a presence in 
the classroom. Student mem- 
bers of the honor committee 
are already teaching classes on 
academic integrity and he said 




Gary Pavels, drrecotor of judicial 
programs and student ethical 
development, wants students to 
leave the university with a strong 
sense of honest community. 



he wants to see 
more of that in 
the future as 
part of an ethi- 
cal develop- 
ment program. 

Before the 
modified honor 
code the deans 
in the individ- 
ual colleges 
dealt with aca- 
demic integrity. 
Pavela said that 
feedback from 
students 
showed it was- 
n't working. 
Students 
received penal- 
ties such as receiving an 'F' for 
an assignment or suspension for 
a semester, but many students 
continued to cheat. Now, stu- 
dent feedback shows a growing 
appreciation and acceptance for 
the code. In a survey conducted 
last year by the Campus Assess- 
ment Working Group, 57 per- 
cent of the students who partic- 
ipated strongly agreed or agreed 
that the university's system of 
academic integrity was effective 
for maintaining intellectually 
and academic honesty. That 
number is up 10 percent from 
when a similar question was 
asked In a 1998 survey. 

The modified honor code is a 
work in progress. Just this past 
hphiig, the' faculty Seriate '' '' 
approved an honor pledge, a 
statement to be signed by stu- 
dents before taking an exam 
saying that they werc unassisted 
during the exam. 

"We're trying to educate peo- 
ple to think more carefully 
before lliey engage in it to think 
about obligations to the com- 
munity," Pavela said. 



Marcus: Bringing Out the 
Best in Students 

Continued from page 1 



years or so as the director of 
coomiunity programs for the 
mental health center. Marcus 
secured $250,000 to set up pro- 
grams on topics such as 
HIV/AIDS prevention and par- 
enting. He was also appointed 
by the governors' office to serve 
on the board of the Maryland 
School for the Deaf. 

"I became more and more 
interested in the needs of the 
disabled community across the 
spectrum, not just the deaf com- 
munity," he said. "I've always 
been a Terp. When I heard about 
the position here, it sotmded 
like a challenging and wonder- 
ful opportunity." 

He is looking forward to help- 
ing create fulfilling opportimi- 
ties for students, as well. Disabil- 
ity Support Services should be a 
"home base" from which special 
needs students work toward 
their success, he feels. For some, 
that process begins with accept- 
ing that they may need some 



help. Marcus tells the story of a 
student who said he no longer 
needed court reporting, or 
someone to take notes on a ste- 
nography machine, during class. 
When Marcus asked why, it was 
because the student was embar- 
rassed by having the reporter. 

"One of the challenges is to 
help students feel comfortable 
with receiving support services 
and not being ashamed of it " 
says Marcus,"It's OK to be 
proud of who you are. Often, 
students with disabilities are 
coming from high school and all 
these years they've had parents 
and teachers creating programs 
for them. Coming here where 
you're more on your own can 
be an overwhelming task. 

"We become the transitional 
home. If a student leaves here 
and can advocate for what they 
need, then we've done a good 
job. One of the most rewarding 
things is when we can close a 
file because someone graduated." 



Academic Stars Shine Bright in Baltimore 




PHorO Bl JOHN T CONSOlll 



It was a gatfiering of stars at the first annual Baltimore Incentive Awards Dinner field Sept, 20 at 
the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Keynote speaker Danny Glover (center backl, of movie and 
televison fame, is shown here surrounded by the first 'stars' of the incentive program. The pro- 
gram provides opportunities and scholarship support for Baltimore City high school students to 
enroll and grow at Maryland. The four-year initiative is designed to recognize and promote achieve- 
ment and leadersfiip among students who have faced adverse life circumstances and prevailed. 

Nearly 300 guests from the university and Baltimore communitiBs were on hand to cele- 
brate this inaugural class of students who enrolled as freshmen this fall, and to pledge support for 
others to follow them. For more information about the Baltimore Incentive Awards Program, visit 
Mnww. umd.edu/biap. 



Extension: Making Clean Water a Priority 

Continued frrom page i 



nearly 1 ,7 million of Mary- 
land's acres. This matches tlie 
1 .7 million already designated 
as agricultural acres. Like farm- 
ers, homeowners apply fertiliz- 
ers, pesticides and herbicides 
to yards. 

"But a farmer has to be 
licensed to buy many of diose 
fertilizers and he has to keep 
meticulous records," explains 
Miller, Records to track wind 
direction and speed, tempera- 
ture and amounts used. "Home- 
owners can buy the same 
materials without any of this." 

Most individuals are not 
aware, for example, that there 
is a lot of math involved in 
applying fertilizer. Fertilizer 
bags feature three numbers. 
Each tells the percentage of 
nitrogen, phosphorus and 
potassium in each bag. For the 
health of a yard, those ingredi- 
ents should be appUed based 
on the amount of yard being 
covered. Miller starts to give a 
complicated example of how 
to ^ure out just what that for- 
mula should be. He stops, real- 
izing that even he finds this 
daunting. 

"No one is going to go 
through all of that. They just 
put some fertilizer in their fer- 
tilizer spreader and go up and 
down the yard, without even 
knowing if they're putting out 
a safe amoimt. And most do it 
at the worst time of year, 
spring. Fertilizer should be 
spread in the &11. In the 
spring, the grass is already 
growing rapidly. Addli^ fertil- 
izer then promotes fungal 
infection." 

Miller's second lines of 
attack are wells and septic sys- 
tems. Experts estimate that 



there are at least 420,000 
sewage systems in tlie state. 
Many of them were not 
designed to treat waste, but 
simply contain it, 

"Now we have technology 
that can treat oiu' effluent," he 
says, adding that this technolo- 
gy only works if people know 
how to manage their systems. 
Miller is chair of the state 
water quality advisory com- 
mittee, representing the 
Chesapeake Bay Tributary 
Strategy Teams. 

Also, many counties bury 
septic systems 6 feet in the 
groimd, which puts them right 
into the path of ground water. 
Dtainfields should not be 
lower than 3 feet under, says 
Miller. 

He doesn't want to sound 
like an alarmist, or scare peo- 
ple into thinking they have to 
have a agronomy degree to 
have good looking yards and 
fool-proof sewage systems. So 
Miller created "The Maryland 



To reach Tom Miller 
about his Homework 
Program, call (410} 
827-8056, Or find informa- 
tion at www.agnf.umd.edu/ 
waterresources 



Homework Prc»gram: Beyond 
Recycling." h Is a two-hour 
course supplemented by a 
sizeable three-ring binder 
filled with information such as 
making environmentally 
friendly cleaners, how to 
measure your yard for proper 
fertilizer appUcation, manag- 
ing storm water, septic sys- 



tems, wells and hazardous 
products. 

"And there's "Homework 
Lite," because I'm a beer 
drinker," he says, referring to a 
smaller, staple-bound book 
that contains much of the 
same information. 

"I always ask people when 
they come to the seminars 
and workshops, 'Wliy are you 
here?' One-third of them are 
there because they've already 
had a problem. Another third 
are worried and less than a 
third are new coimtry 
dwellers, new to scptics and 
weils.Anothcr 10 percent 
come to aigue with me." 

Dissidents aside, MiUer's 
course is so popular that he 
no longer needs to run ads in 
newspapers trying to reach 
homeowners. He goes from 
site to site by word of mouth. 
"I'm glad people want my 
information," he says. 

And they do. The Assa- 
teague Coastal Trust printed 
and distrbuted 60,000 tabloids 
based on Miller's material. The 
Baltimore Sim also put full- 
color booklets filled with 
information from Miller's 
office into 1.2 million homes 
for Earth Day two years ago. 
This all makes Miller very 
happy. It means more people 
are learning how to take care 
of not just the Chesapeake Bay 
region, but all water and land. 

"People are interested. They 
arc learning," he says, which is 
a more positive reception than 
he used to receive."It used to 
be the farmers would say, 'Oh 
here comes MillerWhat are 
you going to make me do 
now? You want me to put dia- 
pers on my cows? '" 



SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 





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NSF Graduate 
Feilowship Workshop 

Faculty members and student 
advisors in the life sciences, 
physical sciences, social sci- 
ences, mathematics, computer 
science and engineering are 
asked to encourage their best 
seniors atid beginning gradu- 
ate students to attend the NSF 
Graduate Fellowship Work- 
shop, to be given by Gerald 
Miller. Miller administered the 
application and evaluation 
phases of the NSF progtam for 
two years. The application 
deadline this year is Nov. 7. 

The workshop will be held 
on Sept. 25 (today) from 7-9 
p.m. in 0200 Skinner. For more 
information, contact Camille 
Stillwell at (301) 314-1289 or 
cstillwe®deans.imid,edu. 



Post-lkvuma Assistance 

The Faculty Staff Assistance 
Program (FSAP) has been 
meeting with campus employ- 
ees in regard to the NY/DC cri- 
sis and continues to be avail- 
able for individual and group 
discussions. In addition, there 
are two new documents on 
their Web site (www.umd.edu/ 
fsap) titled "Taking Care of 
Yourself and Others" and "Talk- 
ing with Children about the 
NY/DC Disaster" that may be 
helphil.They also provide a 
document for managers called 
'Handling Traimiatic Events." 
Call (301) 314-8099 or (301) 
314-8170 for assistance. 

For more information, con- 
tact Tom Ruggieri, coordinator, 
Faculty Staff Assistance Pro- 
gram, at (301) 314-8170 or 
(301) 3 14-7845, or 
ruggieri® he alth.umd.edu. Or 
visit www.umd.edu/feap. 



ForllM on Access to 
lii f onwation Resources 
fnUR}: Organisational 
Meeting 

The University Libraries and 
Office of Information Technol- 
ogy are collaborating to create 
opportunities for the universi- 
ty community to better under- 
stand the impact of digital 
technologies and changes in 
copyright law upon access to 
information. The ForUM on 
Access to Information 
Resources (FAIR) is being 
introduced as an opportunity 
for members of the University 
of Maryland community to 
come together to seek under- 
standing and common solu- 
tions for ensuring appropriate 
access to electronic informa- 
tion resources. More informa- 
tion, including links to back- 
ground materials for the meet- 
ing agenda, is available at 
www.umd.edu/FAIR. 

The meeting w^lll take place 
on Thursday. Sept. 27 from 10 
a.m -12 p.m. in 6137 McKeldin 
Library, For more information, 
contact Rodney Petersen at 
(301) 405-7349 or 
ip72@umail.imid.edu, or visit 
www.umd.edu/FAIR. 



Maryland Room in 
Hombake Library Now 
Open Saturdays 

The Maryland Room, located in 
Hombake Library, is now open 
on Saturdays. Hours will be 1 2- 
5 p.m. The Maryland Room is 
the reading room for the 
departments of Archives & 
Manuscripts, Marylandia & 
Rare Books and the National 
Trust Library. For more infor- 
mation, contact Douglas Mc- 



For former UnCover Reveal 
customers: if you have active 
profiles, they have migrated to 
ingeuta and citations arc being 
e-mailed to you. Your profile 
must be updated. Please con- 
tact Terry Aim Sayler at ts6® 
tmiail.umd.edu or (301) 405- 
9177 for your new profile 
number and instructions. Fur- 
ther information is available at 
www.lib. umd.edu/ETC/ 
ingentafaq . htmlreveal . 

For fee 111 ty who do not have 
a current Reveal account, new 



For more information, coI^ 
tact Rhonda Malone at (301) 
405-2509 or rmalone@deans. 
umd.edu. 



Free Faxes for Facufty 



For several years the UM 
Libraries have subsidized free 
fiaxes of articles in the UnCov- 
er database for UM faculty. In 
late spring 2001 UnCover 
mei^ed with ingenta.The tran- 




mams w ctht>iia mitchei 



The Language House kicked off its trrternational Cafe for the fall semester on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in 0106 St. 
Mary's Hall. The menu featured American specialties auch m* barbecued phiciken, three-been salami hM^h PMPPics 
and apple crisp. Classical music played in the caf^-lounge, where lunchers and loungers alike can peruse publica- 
tions in several languages. In an adjoining room, diners discussed the recent tragedies amidst an array of 
posters in various languages expressing solidarity with victims. For information about upcoming Wednesday 
caf6 luncheons — which will showcase cuisines of France. Israel and Japan, among others — call t301) 405-6996. 



Elrath at (301) 405-9210 or 
dml85@umail.umd.edu, or 
visit www.lib.umd.edu/ARCV/ 
indrm/mdroom.html. 



location Code in 
UM libraries Catalog 

The UM Libraries have added a 
new location code to the on- 
line catalog, VlCTORWeb. It is 
MOSS which stands for Mary- 
land Off-Site Shelving. MOSS 
materials are requested by 
clicking the Place HoldCs) but- 
ton if it is a monograph. Jour- 
nal articles must be requested 
using the form at the web 
address below (Look for the 
section on Storage). Retrieval 
of MOSS materials will take 
longer than from any of the 
other storage locations during 
laU2001. 

For more infonuation, con- 
tact Terry Ann .Sayler at (301) 
405-9177 or ts6@umail.umd. 
edu,or visit wTvw.lib.umd.edu/ 
PUBSERV/circ„aU html. 



UnCover/Reweai News 

The UM Libraries has subsi- 
dized a current awareness e- 
mail service for the University 
of Maryland community for sev- 
eral years through the UnCov- 
er database. Now that UnCover 
has tnerged with ingcnta, this 
service is changing. 



accounts wiU be established as 
soon as the new gateway is in 
place. 

For more information, contact 
Terry Ann Sayler at (301) 405- 
9177 orts6@umail.umd.edu. 



Call for Distinguished 

Scholar-lbacher 

Nominations 

The Distinguished Scholar- 
Teacher program honors facul- 
ty members who have demon- 
strated major scholarly 
achievements along with 
equaUy outstanding accom- 
plishments as educators. 

Nominations may be made 
by any full-time permanent 
faculty member and should 
state the nominee's qualifica- 
tions for the award. In particu- 
lar, the nomination letter 
should convey special qualities 
as an educator and re.searcher, 
indications of influential 
achievements, notable awards 
and other forms of recogni- 
tion. 

The deadline for submitting 
names of nominees is Oct. 5. 
The detailed statement of the 
candidate's qualifications Is 
due by Nov. 5. A brief letter 
requcsdng the reactivation of 
recent nominations will also 
be accepted. Nominations 
should be forwarded to Rhon- 
da Malone, 1 1 19 Main Adminis- 
tration Building. 



sition is not yet complete for 
feculty to continue receiving 
free faxed articles. While we 
wait for it, the Ingcnta Qles can 
be searched and articles not 
held in journals in the UM 
Libraries may be requested 
from Interlibrary Loan. Access 
to the new database and a FAQ 
to guide Acuity through the 
process can be found at the 
UM Libraries homepage: 
wwwr.lib.umd.edu/. Choose 
"Databases" and then dick on 
Ingcnta or UnCover. The serv- 
ice is evolving this semester. 
As enhancements are made, 
aimoimcements will appear in 
FYI and on the FAQ page. 

For more information, contact 
Terry Ann Sayler at (301) 405- 
9177 or ts6@umail.umd.edu. 



Fail Career Fair 

University of Maryland students 
and alumni arc welcome at the 
Fall Career Fair, a two-day 
event with 300 employers (dif- 
ferent ones each day). It's an 
opportunity to review a wide 
variety of full-time and intern- 
ship positions. Come prepared: 
bring resumes and student l.D. 

The feir will take place on 
Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.- 
3 p.m. in Stamp Student Union. 
For more information, contact 
Betsy Reed at (301) 314-7225 
or brced@ds9.umd.edu, or visit 
www. careercente r. umd . edu.