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Vol um e 17 * Number 13 

May 7, 

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Resident Life 
Director Tapped 
for Vice Presidency 

After a lengthy search 
process and significant 
input and deliberation, 
Patricia Mielke has accepted the 
position of assistant vice presi- 
dent for student affairs. In this 
capacity, she will serve as a key 
member of the leadership team 
and will supervise the depart- 
ments of Commuter Affairs and 
Community Service, the Career 
Center and the Stamp Student 
Union and Campus Programs. 

"One of the things that stands 
out about Pat is her ability to 
build consensus," said Linda 
Clement, vice president for stu- 
dent affairs and Mielke's new 

Currently, Mielke serves as 
the director of resident life, 
where she has been a pioneer 
in developing the living-learn- 
ing programs and public-private 
partnerships to create more stu- 
dent housing. She came to the 
University of Maryland 25 years 
ago and earned her doctorate in 
the college student personnel 
program. Mielke will be joining 
the staff in the Office of the 
Vice President In June. 

The position became avail- 
able when Drury Bagwell 
retired last summer; however, 
the opening was not announced 
until December. A search com- 
mittee comprised of more than 
20 students and department 
heads weighed in on the deci- 
sion. More than 126 applicants 
applied, according to Mielke. 
She had been a finalist for the 
vice president of student affairs 
position two years ago, but the 
position was eventually filled by 

Mielke is best known for 
heading the resident life office 
during the worst housing 
crunch in recent memory. When 
state funding restrictions pre- 
vented the construction of new 
housing on campus, her office 
teamed with private corpora- 
tions to build the South Campus 
Commons and the University 

It is her experience with the 
university that helped her win 
her new position, said Clement. 
Before becoming the resident 
life director, she was the assistant 
director for residential programs 
and services, a community 
director and a resident director. 

As one of her first tasks, 
Mielke will manage a commit- 
tee to review the university's 
alcohol policy. She said she will 
also work to improve the trans- 
portation system by possibly 
expanding the Shuttie-UM pro- 

— Reprinted in part from The 

Diamondback (April 30, 2002) 

Another Beautiful Day in Our Neighborhood 


Gymnastics group Gymkana wows the Maryland Day crowd with gravity -defying moves. 

More than 60,000 visitors came to the campus last weekend to enjoy 
Maryland Day activities. Divided into six learning zones, the univer- 
sity offered an event or display for every interest. Activities included 
men's basketball players signing autographs on T-shirts (some still being worn), 
an appearance by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, trained beef steers on dis- 
play, a costume shop showcase and a session on "voodoo science." 

Faculty and staff from almost every department participated to make the 
day a success, with hard work and creativity before, during and after Maryland 
Day. For more Maryland Day photos, see page 4. 

Beyond the 
Body Beautiful, 
Toward Inner 

As indiscriminate as the 
aging process can be, there 
are those whose genes 
allow them to minimize 
the effects of aging and maximize the 
effects of exercise through strength 
training. A new study being conduct- 
ed by Ben Hurley, a professor in die 
Department of Kinesiology, will help 
determine how this advantage plays a 
part in the process for people over 
50, with particular emphasis on those 
65 and older. 

Hurley has been studying the 
effects of aging and strength training 
on risk factors for age related dis- 
eases for the past 20 years. However, 
in charting the results of study partic- 
ipants, he noticed that while some 
developed greater muscle mass, bet- 
ter blood sugar, better cholesterol 
profiles, lower blood pressure or bet- 
ter flexibility, others didn't. He will 
use a recendy awarded $2 million 
NIH grant to try and identify what 
genetic profiles cause this difference. 

The study involves going into 
assisted living and retirement com- 
munities and asking senior citizens to 

See HURLEY, page 7 

Recruitment, Support 
Focus of Engineer's Efforts 

Growing up in Silver 
Spring, Paige Smith 
was often told that 
she should study engineering 

"I can't remember 
not being interested in 
it," she says. Always 
good at science and 
math, Smith said "it was 
kind of unusual for 
girls" to be encouraged 
in that direction. 

Now Smith spends 
much of her time 
encouraging and sup- 
porting young girls and 
women to study engi- 
neering as the director 
of the Women in Engi- 
neering (WIE) program 
in the Clark School of 
Engineering. The mis- 
sion of the program is 
to recruit women into 
the engineering pro- 
gram and support 
those who are current- 
ly in it. WIE has pro- 
grams for current stu- 
dents and does outreach as 
well for elementary, middle 
school and high school stu- 

Smith, who started in the 
position last September, said 
that one of Dean Nariman 

Farvardin's goals is to increase 
enrollment of women to 25 
percent. The current enroll- 
ment is about 20 percent, 


Paige Smith, the director of Women in 
Engineering, is committed to sharing her 
enthusiasm for the field with young girls 
and women. 

which is the national average. 
It is hoped that such results 
will be reached with the help 
of WIE programs such as the 
Research Internships in Sci- 

See ENGINEERING, page 5 

Building Bridges for Success 

We may have 
overcome in 
some areas, say 
many African- 
American college administra- 
tors and faculty members, but 
it is not time for resting on 
laurels. Though there is much 
to celebrate, it is also impera- 
tive to make plans for future 

With this directive in mind, 
the Black Faculty & Staff 
Association (BFSA) hosts its 
1 5th annual Conference for 
African Americans in Higher 
Education, "Building Bridges: 
Developing Collaborative 
Relations and Strategies for 
Success in Higher Education " 
Being held May 29 and 30 at 
the Green belt Marriott, the 
two-day event will provide 
opportunities to share views 
on how to build bridges to 
government agencies, the pri- 
vate sector and peer institu- 
tions to create a network of 
information and resources 
necessary for success. 

Nationally known speakers 
and authors George Fraser 
and Patricia Russell-McCloud 
will give keynote speeches. 
Each comes with extensive 
motivational and leadership 

Fraser, who wrote "Success 

Runs in Our Race: The Com- 
plete Guide to Effective Net- 
working in the African Ameri- 
can Community," is a frequent 
Contibutor to scholarly jour- 
nals and is creator of the 
award- winning "SuccessGuide, 
The Networking Guide to 
Black Resources." He spent 17 
years as a manager with Proc- 
ter & Gamble, United Way and 
Ford. Russell-McCloud, a win- 
ner of the prestigious Elks 
Oratorical award, is president 
of Russell-McCloud & Associ- 
ates in Atlanta. She practiced 
law for the Federal Communi- 
cations Commission before 
deciding to change paths and 
"impact people's lives on a 
broader scale." 

The two-day conference 
will also feature workshops 
focusing on conflict manage- 
ment, how to make change 
work, what to know about 
retirement and a father-son 
professor team from George 
Mason University discussing 
best practices in relation to 
employment services. Infor- 
mation on how to better man- 
age budgets, techniques on 
how to attract and retain stu- 
dents from diverse back- 
grounds, and advice on the 

See BRIDGES, page 6 


MAY 7, 2002 



may 7 

12 p.m., 1GCA Noon Forum 

See box at right. 


may 8 

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.. 
Annual Drum Major of 
Excellence Luncheon Multi- 
purpose Room, Nyumburu 
Center. Join in honoring those 
who have made a major differ- 
ence in the lives of students 
and in our community both 
spiritually and emotionally. 
Tickets cost $15. For more 
information, contact Yvette 
Nickerson at 5-9042 or ynick- 
ers@accmail. uttid . edu . 

12 p.m.. Depression: Do 
You Know the Signs? 0121 
CRC. Do you think someone 
you know is suffering from 
depression? Learn what signs 
and symptoms to look for and 
how you can help from the 
Center of Health and wellbe- 
ing. For more information, con- 
tact Jennifer Treger at 4-1493 

12-1 p.m.. Research and 
Development Presentation 

01 14 Counseling Center, Shoe- 
maker Building. With Javaune 
Adams-Gaston, associate dean, 
Letters and Sciences under- 
graduate advising office, speak- 
ing on "Moving Towards the 
Importance of Student Advis- 
ing and Retention Success in 
Students " For more informa- 
tion, call 5-2860. 

5:30-6:30 p.m.. Strategies 
for Stressful Times 0121 
CRC. Learn the techniques to 
stay healthy during tough 
times. Discover how a healthy 
diet, exercise and relaxation 
can help reduce tension. For 
more information contact Jen- 
nifer Treger at 4-1493 or 
treger@heal th . umd .edu. 

7:30 p.m.. The Coronation 
of Pop pea Kay Theatre, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. The Maryland Opera 
Studio presents one of the 
defining pieces of dramatic 
opera. Tickets cost $20 for 
adults, $ 1 8 for seniors and $5 
for students. For more informa- 
tion, call (301) 405-ARTS or 
visit www. claricesmithcenter. 

8 p.m.. University of Mary- 

China and Taiwan 
in the WTO 

The institute far Global 
Chinese Affairs 
(IGCA) invites the 
campus to this semester's 
final Noon Forum: "China 
and Taiwan in the WTO: 
Opportunities and Challen- 
ges," to be held Tuesday, 
May 7 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in 
0105 St. Mary's Hall. 

The speakers are: Richard 
Bush, director, American 
Institute in Taiwan; Shen 
Lyushun, deputy representa- 
tive, TECRO (Taipei Econom- 
ic and Cultural Representa- 
tive Office); and Margaret 
Pearson, Dept. of Govern- 
ment and Politics. The mod- 
erator is Julia Chang Bloch, 
ambassador- i n - re si de nee, 

Membership of Taiwan 
and the People's Republic of 
China in the WTO willpresent 
both opportunities and chal- 
lenges and certainly raise 
questionsabout what lies 
ahead. The panel will 
address these issues and 
other questions. 

Complimentary lunch will 
be provided to those who 
reserve in advance. Contact 
Rebecca McGinnis at 5-0208 

land Percussion & Marimba 
Ensemble Concert Hall, Clar- 
ice Smith Performing Arts Cen- 
ter. Spring showcase for xylo- 
phone, marimba, timpani, bells, 
vibraphone, drums and more. 
For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 
claricesm i thcen ter. umd .edu . 

may 9 

5-7 p.m.. Master of Fine 
Arts Thesis Exhibition 
Opening Reception The Art 

Gallery, Art-Sociology Building. 
Featuring works by six stu- 
dents. The exhibition will run 
until May 24. For more infor- 
mation, call 5-2763. 

5:30-6:30 p.m.. Eating 
Healthy When Eating Out 

0121 CRC. Could you use some 
tips on what food choices are 
better than others? Learn 
strategies that can help you 
make good choices at restau- 
rants and other food establish- 
ments. For more information. 

contact Jennifer Treger at 4- 
1493 or treger@health.umd. 


6 p.m., Graduating Seniors' 
and Parents' Reception 

Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student 
Union. The Division of Acade- 
mic Affairs and the Office of 
Multiethnic Student Education 
will host a program for gradu- 
ating seniors. The buffet opens 
at 6 p.m. and the program 
begins at 6:45 p.m. For more 
information, call OMSE at 5- 

8 p.m.. University of Mary- 
land Symphony Orchestra 
Season Finale Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Featuring the world 
premiere of Through the Ear of 
a Raindrop by faculty compos- 
er Robert Gibson. For more 
information, call (301) 405- 
ARTS or visit www. 
claricesmithcente r.umd . edu . 

may 10 

9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.. Spring 
Sale Harrison Lab. The Depart- 
ment of Natural Resource Sci- 
ences and Landscape Architec- 
ture is selling several types of 
flowers and plants at the 
greenhouse on Route 1 . For 
more information, call Cather- 
ine at 5^376. 

5 p.m.. New Dances Dance 
Theatre, Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center An informal 
program by the Maryland 
Dance Ensemble of non-adju- 
dicated dance works. For 
more information, call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit www. 
claricesmithcenter. umd edu. 

8 p.m.. Scandals! Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. All the music on 
diis program initiated tumult 
when it was first performed, 
with the Baltimore Symphony 
Orchestra. Tickets cost $20-40. 
For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www, 


may 11 

8 p.m.. Annual "Pops" 
Concert Concert Hall, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 
A star-spangled salute to the 
U.S.A. from the Symphonic 
Wind Ensemble and Concert 
Band with a guest appearance 

by die University Chorale. 
Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 
for seniors and $5 for students. 
For more Information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 

may 12 

3 p.m.. Chorale Classics 

Concert Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. The 
University of Maryland Chorus 
presents works for symphonic 
choir by Haydn, Brahms, Han- 
del, Verdi and Bruckner. For 
more information, call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit www. 
claricesmithcenter. umd . edu . 

may 13 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course: Introduction to 
Dreamweaver 4404 Compu- 
ter & Space Science. Partici- 
pants will learn to create a 
basic Web page and: upload a 
site, work with text, add links, 
work with images, use tables, 
frames, create forms, use colors 
and backgrounds, and create 
dynamic HTML effects using 
Dreamweaver 4.0. The fee for 
the class is S80. To register, 
visit wwwoit.umd/sc. For 
more information, contact the 
OIT Training Services Coordi- 
nator at 5-0443 or oit-training®, or visit 
www. oit . umd . edu/sc . * 

12:30-1:30 p.m.. Promotion 
and Tenure Workshop Mary- 
land Room, Marie Mount. This 
brown bag lunch, aimed at 

assistant and associate profes- 
sors, will describe the promo- 
don and tenure process. The 
Associate Provost for Faculty 
Affairs will be there to answer 
questions and to hand out the 
2002-2003 procedures manual. 
Please notify Ellin Scholnick if 
you would like to attend. For 
more information contact Ellin 
K. Scholnick at 5-4252 or 
es8@ urn ail . umd edu. 

7:30 p.m., Big Band Finale 

Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. The Jazz 
Ensemble and "Monster" Jazz 
Lab Band team up. For more 
information, call (301) 405- 
ARTS or visit www. 
claricesmith center, umd .edu. 

may 14 

12:30 p.m., Undergraduate 
Opera Workshop Gildenhorn 
Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. Students 
perform Dido and Aeneas. For 
more information, call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit www. 

4:15-6 p.m., Minority 
Achievement and Urban 
Education Colloquium 1121 

Benjamin. "The Role of the 
Faith Community in Minority 
Achievement," with panelists 
Rev. Velma Brock, university 
chaplain, and representatives 
from the area faidi community. 
For more information, contact 
Martin L. Johnson at mjl3@, or visit www. 
education . umd . ed u/MIMAUE. 

8 p.m., Philhamnonia 
Ensemble Finale Concert 

Concert Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. The 
student-led chamber orchestra 
celebrates the close of its sec- 
ond season. For more informa- 
don, call (301) 405-ARTS or 
visit www. claricesmithcenter. 

4 p.m.. Distinguished AMO 
Theory Lecture 1410 Physics. 
Keith Burnett, from the Uni- 
versity of Oxford, will give a 
talk titled "Entanglement in 
Evolving Bose-Einstein Con- 
densates." For more informa- 
tion, call 5-3401 or visit www. 
physics . umd . edu/c al/speve nts/ 
amotheo ry/bur nett . b tml . 

6:30 p.m.. Reflections of 
the Mosaic: The Gateway 
Arts District in A New 
Light 0104 Plant Sciences 
Building. Join die senior Land- 
scape Arcliitecture students for 
a display of their new commu- 
nity design for the Gateway 
Arts District in Prince George's 
County. For more information, 
call Maryjo Dosh at 54359. 

or additional event list- 
ings, visit 

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newspaper serving the University of 

Maryland earn pus community. 

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Ptesident for University Relations 

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Director. University 
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A Week of Finales Ends the Year for Music 

A Lmost every major unit in 
t-\ the School of Music wiH be 
-X- Jt. represented during the week 
of May 7, as the school prepares to 
conclude its 2001-02 season. The 
exciting week will be highlighted by 
the participation of many faculty 
members and guest artists, and the 
finales of many special groups. 
Thf> srhpHiilp i<; A<t fhllnw*' 

Wednesday, May 8, 
7:30 p.m. 


Also, Manuel de Fallas 


Maryland Opera Studio — 
The Coronation of Poppea 

Kay Theatre 

IV /I onteverdi'sspectac- 

1 V 1 ular work tells the 

ballet "The Three-Cor- 
nered Hat" featuring 
renowned faculty artist -^ 
Delo res Ziegler. 

Monday, May 13, 

7:30 p.m. 

Big Band Finale Concert 

University of Maryland 
Jail Ensemble & 

true story of Roman 
emperor Nero and his love 

Saturday, May 1 1, 8 p.m. 
Annual "Pops" Concert 

"Monster" Jaz2 Lab Band 
Chris Vadala, conductor 

of the courtesan Poppea. 
Performed in English. 
Directed by Leon Major, 
Conducted by Kenneth 

University of Maryland 
Symphonic Wind Ensem- 

University of Maryland 
Concert Band 
John E, Wakefield and 

Kay Theatre 

F* eaturing a lively pro- 
gram of big band stan- 
dards. Led by one of the 
country's most sought- 
after woodwind artists. 

Thursday, May 9, 8 p.m. 
University of Maryland 
Symphony Orchestra 

James Ross, music director 
Del ores Ziegler, 

L. Richmond Sparks, 
Concert Hall 

A star-spangled salute 
/-\to the United States 

Chris Vadala, director of 
Jazz Studies. 

Tuesday, May 14, 8 p.m. 
Philharmonia Ensemble — 


with a guest vocal appear- 

Grand Finale Concert 

Doug O'Connor, 
Concert Halt 

ance by the University 
Chorale. Now in its 26th 

Guest artist Rita Sloan, 


Concert Hall 

r eaturing the world pre- 
miere of "Through the 
Ear of a Raindrop" by fac- 
ulty composer Robert Gib- 
son, written for the inau- 
gural season of the Clarice 

^^he popular student- 

1 led chamber orchestra 
celebrates the close of its 
second season (and the 
end of the school year) 
with distinguished faculty 

Sunday, May 12, 3 p.m. 
University of Maryland 
Chorus — Choral Classics 

Edward Maclary, conductor 
Concert Hall 

Smith Performing Arts 
Center, and Jacques Ibert's 
"Concertino da Camera 

\ A t 0T ^ f° r symphonic 
V V choir by Bruckner, 
Haydn, Brahms, Handel 

artist Rita Sloan joining on 
"Marti nu's Toccata e due 

for Alto Saxophone and 
Orchestra" featuring Doug 
O'Connor, winner of the 
2002 UMSO Concerto 

and Verdi performed by 
the 100-voice Maryland 
Chorus — students, faculty, 
staff and community 

Also, Mendelssohn's 
Symphony no. 3 "Scot- 
tish" and Tchaikovsky's 
"Serenade for Strings." 



Tango quintet QuinTango takes a look at what happens 

when culture travels from west to east along the Silk Road, 

at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for the semes- 
ter's final "Take Five" on Tuesday event on 
May 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Laboratory Theatre. 
Composed of two violins, a cello, double bass 
and piano, Quin Tango ■ will be joined by 
Turkish tango dancer Murat Erdemsel for a 
musical comparison of vintage Turkish and 

Argentine tango music and dance. Experts will then discuss 

both Argentine and 

Turkish views of 

tango and answer 

questions. Concluding 

the evening will be 

an introductory tango 

lesson and a chance 

to dance to 

QuinTango's music. 
This local tango 

group is devoted to 

the musical perform- 
ance of tango and is inspired by the "orquesta tipica," the 

classic tango orchestra of violins, bandoneons, bass and piano. 

Take a journey along the Silk Road: from 
Buenos Aires to Istanbul with QuinTango. 

TAKE FIVE events are every other Tuesday. 
Performances are informal and free! 

Concert Hall Named After Local Benefactor 

An exciting change is in store for the Concert Hall of the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Elsie Dekelboum of 
Chevy Chase, Md., recently gave a $5 million gift to sup- 
port the center's endowment. 

Elsie and her late husband, Marvin, have been friends of 
Clarice and Robert Smith for many years. She wanted to honor 
that friendship in a significant way. The gift not only names the 
Concert Hall, but allows the Dekelboums an opportunity to be 
associated with their friends, the Smiths, in perpetuity. The name 
change will become effective at the end of May and Mrs. 
Dekelboum will be honored during a private ceremony in June. 

Talented Young Students Bring Music to Campus 

Students from around 
the country will join 
together to create an 
orchestra again this 
summer when 1 04 talented 
young musicians, selected 
from a national pool of nearly 
500, participate in the School 

For ticket information or to 
request a season brochure, 
contact the Ticket Office at 
301.405. ARTS or visit www. 

Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts 

Centwt Maryi^nd 

of Music's National Orchestral 
Institute (NOI),from May 31 
to June 23- 

Currendy in its 1 5th year, 
NOI was established to help 
young students make the tran- 
sition from academia to pro- 
fessional orchestras while 
developing their performance 
skills. The institute offers an 
intensive three-week training 
experience for musicians on 
the threshold of their profes- . 
sional careers. Participants 
will perform in three public 
concerts conducted by world- 
renowned resident conduc- 
tors—Michael Stern, Gerard 
Schwarz, Stanislaw Skrowac- 
zewski — and will also polish 
their professional skills 
through mock auditions, mas- 

ter classes and seminars. 

The public performances 
begin at 8 p.m. and will be 
held in the Concert Hall. The 
schedule is as follows: 

Saturday, June 8 

Michael Stern, conductor 
(Founder of "IRIS," a new 
orchestra in residence at the 
Germantown Performing 
Arts Centre in Tennessee) 
Mendelssohn's "Italian 
Symphony," Debussy's "La 
Mer" and Bartok's "Concerto 
for Orchestra" 

Saturday, June 15 

Gerard Scbwarz, conductor 

(Music director of the Seattle 


Paine 's "Prelude to Oedipus 



no. 10" 

Saturday, June 22 
Stanislaw Skrawaczewski, 
conductor (former conductor 
of the Minnesota Orchestra) 
Skrowaczewski's "Concerto 
for Orchestra" and Bruckner's 
"Symphony no. 9' 

104 students will 
participate in this 
year's National 

early "SO faculty members 
will be here throughout 


the three-week institute, pre 

and cliamber 
music groups. These 
will include university faculty 
as well as principal players 
from major symphony orches- 

Tickets for NOI are $15, 
$12 for seniors, and $5 for stu- 
dents. For ticket information, 
please contact the Ticket 
Office at (301) 405-ARTS. 


MAY 7, 2002 

Maryland Day: Creative Efforts, Hard Work Yield a Good Time for All 

Coutitmcd jrom page i 

Clockwise from top 
left: A blue sky over 
McKeldin Mall 
provided the ideal 
backdrop for Maryland Day; 
Hope Chinese School at 

College Park students perform a dance for an attentive crowd. A musician in the making 
tries her hand with the string bass at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's instrument 
petting zoo. President Dan Mote gets an autographed copy of geology professor Charles 
Christian's book "Black Saga." Charles Manekin (in hat), director of undergraduate studies 
in philosophy, offers advice at a fair price. The football team entertains sports fans at the end 
of the day. Students offer free "kisses" (of the chocolate variety). Physics professor Michael 
Fuhrer demonstrates conservation of angular momentum to science-minded youngsters. 
Byron Mouton of the men's basketball team autographs a young fan at Cole Field House. 


Seeking Continuous Improvement 

Payroll and Human Resources (PHR) System 

From July through 
November 2001, the 
University of Maryland 
implemented a new Person- 
nel/Payroll/Time & Atten- 
dance system (PHR).The sys- 
tem totally integrates person- 
nel, payroll and time and 
attendance functions and 
data with reaJ-time transac- 
tion processing in the web 

It also has built-in mecha- 
nisms to facilitate and ensure 
compliance with university, 
state and federal regulations. 
PHR provides comprehensive 
user access to the data in 
those three systems via the 
data warehouse and Web 
reporting tools. Four other 
institutions have made the 
decision to implement PHR at 
their campuses. University 
System of Maryland office 
(USM) and University of 
Maryland Biotechnology Insti- 
tute (UMBI) implemented the 
system during February 2002. 
University of Maryland Cen- 
ter for Environmental Science 
(UMCES) implemented the 
system during March 2002, 
and University of Maryland 
Eastern Shore (UMES) will 
implement PHR during Fall 

Since the implementation 
of the system, many sugges- 
tions for system improve- 

ments have been submitted. In 
response to those suggestions, 
numerous enhancements have 
been made to the original sys- 
tem. Refinement requests are 
collected, reviewed, evaluated 
and prioritized for inclusion. 
Many early refinements were 
related to improving the pro- 
cessing speed and perform- 
ance of both the application 
and Warehouse on the Web 
(WOW) reporting. Additional- 
ly, system standards, interface 
design issues and screen con- 
sistency continue to be evalu- 
ated and enhanced. 

Additional refinements 
made to the system include: 

• Time Entry Module — 
This PHR module handles 
time entry and leave manage- 
ment for the following 
employment types: regular 
exempt, regular nonexenipt, 
contingent II, contingent I, 
hourly students, hourly facul- 
ty and officers. Refinements 
include changing the default 
of the timesheet to the cur- 
rent pay period, adding links 
to and from policy docu- 
ments and ARES Employee 
Data Verification screen, and 
adding detail in e-mail confir- 
mation messages. 

• Employee & Appoint- 
ment Module — The Employ- 

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Engineering: Reaching Out on All Levels 

Continued from page 1 

ence and Engineering (RISE), 
which allows college sopho- 
mores and juniors to partici- 
pate in an eight- week collabora- 
tive project under the mentor- 
ship of a female faculty advisor. 
Created by Janet Schmidt, Linda 
Schmidt and Ann Spencer, RISE 
also has a component that 
introduces first-year students to 
the university and college in 
the summer In its first year, diis 
project is one of the many 
things Smith oversees. In 
charge of screening guidelines, 
Web page design, applications 
and fielding phone calls, she 
was able to get about 60 quali- 
fied applicants from around the 
country for only 20 spots. 

"Her blend of experience 
and enthusiasm and energy has 
made this a wonderful launch 
to our program "said Linda 
Schmidt, a professor in mechan- 
ical engineering, "Winning the 
grant was great. Seeing it 
administered so well is just a 

"Having someone like Paige 
there to not only generate 
ideas, but also turn them into 
reality is fabulous." 

Smith brought in a few new 
programs toWIE including 
Mentoring Teams which group 
first-year female engineering 
students with an upper-level 

mentor. The group meets week- 
ly to discuss academic and 
social issues. She also intro- 
duced a program called High 
School Visits in which current 
university engineering students 
go back to their high schools to 
encourage juniors and seniors 
to consider engineering. 

She works closely with the 
students involved in the Society 
of Women Engineers, a profes- 
sional organization, where 
many students volunteer to par- 
ticipate in the outreach pro- 
grams. She said much of her 
work and the programs would 
not happen without student 
involvement. Smith also says 
she has received a lot of sup- 
port from the Center for 
Minorities in Science and Engi- 
neering and they've helped her 
adjust to her position, where 
she has become a valued mem- 
ber of the college. 

"In the past, people like me, 
women faculty members, want- 
ed to do a lot, but we have lim- 
ited resources," Schmidt says. 
Smith gives them the support 
they need to help pull their 
ideas together. While the idea, 
concept and academic struc- 
ture of the program is devel- 
oped, there are other issues — 
such as housing, supervision, 
transportation — that Smith has 

to resolve. 

In addition to her full-time 
position in W1E, Smith is also in 
the process of collecting data 
for her dissertation work in 
pursuit of her doctoral degree 
in engineering from Virginia 
Tech. While at Virginia Tech as a 
student, she worked in a similar 
office called the Office of 
Minority Engineering Programs. 
There, she gained much of the 
experience and knowledge tiiat 
she is putting to work for WIE. 

Smith is hoping to start a 
summer program for middle 
school girls. "The need is so 
high "she says. "Research shows 
that by eighth grade, girls lose 
their confidence in math and 

She said that the pool of 
engineers needs to grow, and 
promoting the entrance and 
involvement of more people, 
such as women and minorities, 
will push the field to die next 
level. "Diversity is something to 
be taken advantage of," Smith 

Schmidt predicts that under 
Smith, WIE will only increase in 

"I don't see it as something 
to do as I finish my degree," 
Smith says, "This is what I want 
to do. It's fun— it's always dif- 


The College of Computer, 
Mathematical and Computer 
Sciences faculty celebrated a 
few honors recently: Sankar 
Das Sarma, physics, will be 
honored by Brown University 
May 28 with a Distinguished 
Graduate School Aluinn us 
Award for his scholarship and 
professional contributions. 
Jan Sengers,IPST,was elect- 
ed Fellow of the World Inno- 
vation Foundation, an organi- 
zation founded as the Institute 
of National Economic Enrich- 
ment and Development 
(INEED) in 1992 by Nobel 
Laureate Glenn Theodore 
Seaborg. James Yorke, pro- 
fessor in mathematics, physics 
and IPST, received the 2002 
CMPS Distinguished Alumnus 
Award at the Alumni Awards 
Gala on April 6 in recognition 
of his extraordinary academic, 
administrative and personal 
achievements as well as his 
commitment to undergradu- 
ates in need. 

College Park magazine 

received a silver medal for 
excellence in general interest 
university magazines in the 
2001 national CASE competi- 
tion. It was one of five medal- 
ists out of 50 entries in the 
competition, and one of two 
to receive a silver. Two gold 
medals also were awarded, as 
was one bronze. The issues 
entered in the competition 
were Summer '01 ("Writing 
Life)" and Fall 01 ("Water"). 

The College of Agriculture and 
Natural Resources is also cele- 
brating quite a few honors. 
Dean Tom Fretz recently 
won the American Distance 
Education Consortium's 
(ADEC) IrvingAward for out- 
standing leadership as chair of 
the ADEC Board of Directors 
from 1999-2001. This is 
ADEC's highest honor. 

During the 35th Annual Col- 
lege Alumni Chapter Reunion 
and Awards Celebration, Wes 
Musser, professor in agricul- 
ture economics, received the 
Excellence in Extension 
Award. Ramon Lopez, also a 
professor in agricultural and 
resource economics (AREC), 
received the Excellence in 
Research Award. 

The College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resources Awards 
ceremony onApril 22 saw the 
following honored: The Direc- 
tor's Award for Excellence In 
Extension was presented to 
Dian Rowe, Baltimore Coun- 
ty family and consumer sci- 
ences educator. Inma Estevez, 
assistant professor and exten- 
sion specialist with animal sci- 
ence, received the Junior Fac- 
ulty Award. Donna Moore, 
administrative assistant in the 

Maryland Cooperative Exten- 
sion's Worcester County 
Office, received the off-cam- 
pus Staff Award. Tiffany Abe, 
administrative assistant with 
biological resources engineer- 
ing, received the on-campus 
Staff Award. Ramon Lopez, 
professor in AREC, received 
the Dean Gordon M. Cairns 
Award, which recognizes dis- 
tinguished and creative teach- 
ing in agriculture. 

The Office of Human Rela- 
tions Programs is pleased to 
announce that Maria Mcin- 
tosh is this year's recipient of 
the Diversity Initiative's Facul- 
ty Support Award. The award 
supports faculty to engage in 
diversity-related research by 
providing funds for extra and/ 
or specialized research time 
and/or a course "buy-out." The 
award is collaboratively spon- 
sored by the Diversity Initia- 
tive, the Office of Associate 
Provost for Equity and Diversi- 
ty and the Office of Research 
and Graduate Studies. 

Mcintosh, a professor in nat 
ural research sciences and 
land architecnire, will use her 
award to study the participa- 
tion and roles of women in 
the academic sector of agri- 
cultural sciences. 

The Association of Research 
Libraries' (ARL) ranking of 1 1 3 
academic research libraries in 
North America for 2001 (2000 
data) showed that the Uni- 
versity Libraries had 
jumped from 43rd to 39th 
place in one year. Since the 
ranking first appeared in 
1986, Maryland's libraries 
have been below 40 only one 
other time (1999, no. 39). The 
ranking has been as low as 50 
(1991 and 1992) but usually 
in the low- to mid-4 0s. 

Because of increased pres- 
sure for institutional accounta- 
bility, research libraries are 
challenged to provide meas- 
ures that document their con- 
tributions to teaching, 
research, scholarship and 
community service. ARL 
serves a leadership role in the 
testing and application of aca- 
demic research library statis- 
tics for North American insti- 
tutions of higher education 
through its Statistics and Mea- 
surement Program. The ARL 
rankings are based on five 
data elements: number of vol- 
umes held, number of vol- 
umes added, number of cur- 
rent serials received, total 
operating expenditures, and 
number of professional and 
support staff. These quantifi- 
able elements are considered 
the elements research 
libraries most resemble each 

MAY 7, 2002 

gxtrac it r y i cut at 

Comfortable in Many Hats 

Mayor, Mom, Maryland Delegate 

Tawanna Gaines had an 
important decision to 
nuke last weekend. 
Gaines, administrative 
assistant in the Office of the 
Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, 
was contemplating running for 
the seat in the Maryland 
House of Delegates, to 
which she was appoint- 
ed last December. 

Her predecessor had 
resigned to accept an 
appointment as a dis- 
trict court judge. The 
governor, having the 
power to fill vacancies 
arising between elec- 
tions, tapped Gaines to 
finish the term, ending 
Jan. 3, 2003. With that 
date slowly approach- 
ing, she had to decide 
whether she wanted to 
run. Her colleagues in 
the assembly were 

They must have 
thought I'd done a good 
job," Gaines says. She has 
been active in local poli- 
tics for many years as a 
town council member 
and mayor of Berwyn 
Heights, so Gaines is no 
political neophyte. She does 
admit, however, to having been 
nervous about continuing to 
serve at the statewide level. 

"Berwyn Heights is such a 
small town. I felt confident 
enough about the county issues. 
I wanted to make sure I was 
familiar enough with the state 

Gaines had to familiarize her- 
self with the state issues quickly 
when she began serving in the 
assembly's most recent 90-day 
session, which convened January 
9- Most of her fellow first-time 
delegates were elected in 1 999 
and had undergone an extensive 
orientation. There was no time 
for that when she began, Gaines 
credits the staif she had to quick- 
ly assemble with helping her 

Her unusual journey to the 
House of Delegates echoes hers 
to the University of Maryland. 
Ten years ago Gaines and her 
friend were stay-at-home moth- 
ers whose children had begun 
attending school full time. 

"We realized we couldn't real- 
ly stay at home all day anymore," 
Gaines laughs. "We had six whole 
hours a day with nothing to do." 
Showing some of the political 
sawy that's marked her rise in 
Maryland politics, she and her 
friend brokered a job-sharing 
arrangement with the Office of 
Dean for Undergraduate Studies. 

The arrangement called for 

them to split the hours for a sin- 
gle job between them. Because 
her children went to school earli- 
er, Gaines would work mornings 
from 8:30 a.m. to noon and her 
friend would finish the day. This 
not only allowed them to be 


Tawanna Gaines juggles her many duties as 
mother, university staff member and delegate. 

available for their kids after 
school, but also to pursue their 
other interests; Gaines was the 
president of the Berwyn Heights 
Boy's and Girl's Club. 

From her record, it seems as if 
Gaines is most comfortable doing 
many things at once. Her curricu- 
lum vitae on the House of Dele- 
gates home page lists the many 
overlapping positions she's held, 
including board member of the 
Prince George's County Muni- 
cipal Association, treasurer of 
Women in Government Service 
and vice president of the Mary- 
land Black Mayors Association. 

When she was appointed to 
the House, she had to resign all 
of her positions because dele- 
gates aren't allowed to hold 
anodier elected position. She still 
works full time as an administra- 
tive assistant to the coordinator 
for the university's National Stu- 
dent Exchange Program and took 
a leave of absence to attend the 
2002 legislative session in 

But will she be taking that 
leave of absence to attend next 
year's session? She decided last 
weekend that she will be and 
looks forward to the upcoming 

"It will be a lot of work with 
the mayors of my district and it 
will be a lot of door knocking," 
Gaines predicts, laughing and 
rapping her knuckles on the 

Caring for All Resources 

Urban Forestry Major Built Around Nature and People 

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Jim Mallow, a retired state forester with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forestry Services, 
helped create the new urban forestry major at the university. He stands next a display in his office docu- 
menting the history of the different patches of the DNR. 



| here is a need for 
nature in cities," said 
a voice from a video 
about urban forestry. It is one 
of Jim Mallow's tools for 
recruiting and informing the 
campus community about a 
new program in the College 
of Agriculture and Natural 
Resources (AGNR). 

Mallow, former state 
forester with the Maryland 
Department of Natural 
Resources (DNR) Forest Ser- 
vices and current adjunct pro- 
fessor, has helped bring urban 
forestry to the university. 
Beginning this fall, students 
can take courses leading to a 
bachelor of science degree 
with a concentration in urban 
forestry. After working to cre- 
ate the program, all Mallow 
needs now are students. So 
far, he has three. In five years, 
he hopes to have 25. 

Mallow first came to the 
university about six years ago 
when his friend, Pat Kangas.a 
natural resources professor, 
talked him into teaching a 
parks management class. Kan- 
gas then urged Mallow to 
develop an urban forestry 
program. Both thought that 
the large urban landscape of 
the Baltimore/Washington 
area would be an ideal setting 
for such a program. 

Urban forestry is more than 
arbitrarily planting trees in a 
city. "It's about caring for the 
forest resources in a holistic 

way within an urban environ- 
ment," said Mallow, who spent 
35 years working in natural 

Urban foresters have a 
hand in housing develop- 
ments, urban planning and 
state and city laws and regula- 
tions, among other things. 
The problems in urban areas 
such as storm water, rising 
heat and pollution can be 
reduced with the proper 
planning and landscaping. 

Mallow and Kangas devel- 
oped an advisory committee 
made of members from the 
municipal, state and private 
sectors of urban forestry. 

"We're keeping it real in 
terms of connections with 
the real world," Mallow said. 
The group thought about 
what skills would be needed 
to do their jobs and they 
made a list with everything 
from public speaking to iden- 
tifying trees. When the com- 
mittee took its proposal to 
the college, the college built 
an academic structure around 
the list of skills with courses. 
Mallow said that they only 
had to create about five new 
courses to complete the pro- 

Mallow gives a lot of credit 
to Thomas Fretz, dean of the 
College of Agriculture and 
Natural Resources, and Maria 
Mcintosh, forest ecology pro- 
fessor, and Dick Wei smiller, 
chair of the natural resource 

sciences and landscape archi- 
tecture department, for sup- 
porting the program in its 
initial stages. It took about 
1 8 months to get the pro- 
gram established in the col- 
lege. He also gets support 
from the advisory committee 
whose members are avail- 
able to give hands-on demon- 
strations to classes. The com- 
mittee helps in monetary 
ways as well. The Care of 
Trees Company in Rockville 
has promised to hire the first 
graduating class and the 
BartlettTree Foundation has 
a $ 1 ,000 scholarship for 
urban forestry majors. 

When Mallow was in col- 
lege, there was no such thing 
as urban forestry. Now he 
sees a definite need to offer 
this type of education and 
training. As cities develop and 
grow, they develop more 
problems as they get older. 
Mallow said there will be a 
need for urban foresters who 
have the skills to deal with 
those issues and die people 
around them. 

"I see that as the greatest 
feeling, the greatest challenge 
and the most unique opportu- 
nity — to be able to spend 
your working life making a 
difference to the two most 
important resources that exist 
on the face of the earth: natu- 
ral resources and human 
resources," said Mallow. "It's 
kind of a mission." 

Bridges: Networking Conference s Focus 

Continued from page 1 

use of technology are a few of the topics that 
will be discussed in other workshops. 

"We'll have a student panel titled 'What We 
Needed to Know' where Maryland students 
will tell us what kind of support they need," 
says Roberta Coates, assistant the president, 
staff ombudsman and one of the conference 
coordinators. She adds that the founder of 
BFSA, Julia Davidson, will present a history of 

African Americans in higher education, with 
an emphasis on the success strategies they 
employed. "And she will share what she envi- 
sions for the future." 

For more information about the conference 
and to register, go to 
bfsaconfercncc. Or contact Jacqueline Wheeler 
at (301) 405-9024 or Dana Parker at (301) 314- 


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area. Summaries will be 
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— By Barbara Hope 

Hurley: Strength Training Plan for the Ages 

Continued from page 1 

lift weights — but instead 
of pumping iron, they will 
be pumping air by using 
exercise machines that 
work by compressed air 
instead of weight stacks. 
He will be working witii 
nearby Riderwood Village 
(which has its own train- 
ing facility). In addition, 
volunteers will be recruit- 
ed from other retirement 
communities, as well as 
from the campus and Col- 
lege Park communities. 

An extensive chart of 
his research group, and 
that of colleagues, bears 
out Hurley's findings. 
With sarcopenia, or the 
loss of muscle mass with 
age, men over 60 and 
women over 50 suffer a 
1 2 percent average loss in 
muscular strength and a 6 per- 
cent loss in muscle mass per 
decade. After two months of 
training, their strength increas- 
es by an average of 40 percent 
and their muscle mass increas- 
es by 1 2 percent, thus recover- 
ing three decades of the aver- 
age loss in strength and two 
decades of muscle mass within 
the first couple of months of 
strengdi training. However, 
Hurley's data suggests that 
there is substantial variation in 
response to aging and in 
response to training that can 
be explained by each person's 
gene profile, but nobody 
knows what specific genes 
explain this large variation in 
response to aging and exer- 
cise. Hurley's research group is 
particularly interested in mus- 
cle power, because it can 
determine how well older 
people can function while 
doing normal activities of daily 
living. For example, muscle 
power may determine how 
quickly someone catches him- 
self or herself before a fall, 

"When you're young, you 
have plenty of strength and 


Ben Hurley, an exercise physiologist with the 
College of Health and Human Performance, 
will study how strength training — and 
genes — affect the aging processs. 

muscle mass on reserve to 
deal with any activity required 
for daily living, but when an 
80-year-old is carrying gro- 
ceries up the stairs, her or his 
strengdi and muscle mass may 
be below the threshold 
required to safely perform this 


urley is still looking 
for participants, 
between the ages of 
50 and 90, for his study. 
However, he is particularly 
interested in those between 
65 and 75, and African 
Americans. For more infor- 
mation, or to volunteer, call 

activity," he says. 

In studying the resting meta- 
bolic rate, scientists have 
observed a 3-4 percent 
decrease per decade, but Hur- 
ley's research group have 
found a 7 percent increase 
after strength training.They 
also saw satisfying results 

when measuring die 
effects on osteoporsis. 
Women and men lose 
bone density, though 
women to a greater 
degree. Hurley's study par- 
ticipants received an aver- 
age increase of 3 percent 
through strength training. 

One of the most 
impressive results of his 
early research is the effect 
strength training has on 
gastrointestinal (GI) tran- 
sit time, or how long it 
takes an individual to pass 
food through the entire 
body. Slow GI transit time 
is associated with an 
increased risk for colon 
cancer, diverticulosis, hem- 
orrhoids, constipation and 
gallstones. In only 13 
weeks of strengdi train- 
ing, subjects accelerated their 
GI transit time by 56 percent. 
It's ironic, says Hurley, that 
many people over 50 tliink 
that aerobic exercise training 
is the only type of exercise 
that will benefit them and 
many people under 25 think 
that strength training is the 
only training modality for 
diem. Aldiough both training 
programs have benefits for all 
ages, the truth is that strength 
training becomes more impor- 
tant for health and function as 
people get older. For many 
young adults, he thinks, it's all 
about creating the body beau- 
tiful, rather than about 
improving their health. One 
downside of strength training, 
said Hurley, is that it can 
decrease flexibility if not sup- 
plemented with stretching 
exercises. He therefore recom- 
mends that everyone stretch 

"You have to do specific 
stretching exercises and it 
doesn't take long," says Hurley. 
"Flexibility is the easiest and 
fastest component of fitness to 


"This effort has taken com- 
plex coordination across a 
complex region," said Dan 
Mote Jr., president of the 
University of Maryland. "This 
is a project that can be a 
model for how we can work 
together on any number of 
things, like business, educa- 
tion, transportation." (Presi- 
dent Mote speaks at a 
Potomac Conference meet- 
ing on the region's bid for 
the 2012 Olympic Games. 
Washington Post, April 26) 

Unlike animal cloning, wliich 
is in its infancy — and hotly 
disputed where human tis- 
sue is involved — plant 
cloning is thousands of years 
old. But it doesn't always 
work. Maryland scientists 
tried unsuccessfully for more 
than 30 years to clone the 
Wye Oak in an effort to pre- 
serve the tree's genetic infor- 
mation before the tree itself 
dies. In 2000, Frank Gouin. a 
retired former chairman of 
the horticulture department 
at the University of Maryland 
who has successfully cloned 
many other species, finally 
hit upon just the right com- 
bin at ion of technique and 
timing. Buds clipped from 
the top of the Wye Oak were 
grafted to roots of the tree's 
seedlings — grown from 
acorns. They were set out to 
grow at the Maryland state 
nursery in Preston, in Caro- 
line County. "In the first year 
we had 50 percent success; 
in the second year we had 90 
percent," Gouin said. Now 
there are more than 30 Wye 
cIones.They're being planted 
in protected spots on both 
coasts. "So far, they seem to 
be doing quite well." (Profes- 
sor of horticulture emeritus 
Gouin remarks on cloning 
the 460-year-old Maryland 
Wye Oak as two plandngs 
are put in die ground at 
Mount Vemon. Baltimore 
Sun, April 27) 

But in turn-of-the-century 
America ... — with immi- 
grants pouring into the coun- 
try, with asylums and prisons 
overflowing and devouring 
public funds, with disease, 
child mortality, crime, illitera- 
cy and poverty profound, 
and with social welfare insti- 
tutions strained, the eugenics 
movement turned on its 
head. It became a movement 
aimed not at breeding die 
best, but at reducing soci- 
ety's plagues by keeping the 
"worst" out of the country. 
And more, by preventing the 
"inferior" from breeding at 
all. Knowing today, of course, 

that many human and socie- 
tal ills are the complex prod- 
uct of nature and nurture 
can easily make the eugenl- 
cists' ideas sound outrageous. 
"They believed they were 
bettering humankind 
through science," said Steve 
Selden, professor of educa- 
tion at the University of 
Maryland and author of 
Inheriting Shame: The Story 
of Eugenics and Racism in 
America. (Selden is an expert 
on die eugenics program of 
die early 20th century in Vir- 
ginia, which is now being 
addressed by a state govern- 
ment apology, Kansas City 
Star, April 27) 

Widi a Republican in the 
White House and the Repub- 
lican controlled Senate, 
power lias shifted from the 
left to die right. "The irony is 
that all these (black) candi- 
dates for governor are com- 
ing along when die tide has 
created more Republican 
governors than ever before," 
Walters says. "The winds are 
simply not in their direction, 
so they have to have die kind 
of agenda that really com- 
ports with a far more conser- 
vative constituency. But if 
they do, then they're out of 
sync with the black commu- 
nity," (Ronald Walters, profes- 
sor of government and poli- 
tics, speaks to Black Enter- 
prise magazine, May 2002) 

"We know that violence will 
never solve die Arab-Israeli 
conflict," (Jehan) Sadat said. 
"Only negotiation will suc- 
ceed," She was die latest 
speaker in the "Unique Lives 
and Experiences"... series 
(which) also included Julie 
Andrews, former Texas Gov. 
Ann Richards, CBS journalist 
Lesley Stahl. and will feature 
actress Lily Tomlin on May 
14. So much is riding on the 
success of U.S. diplomatic 
efforts, Sadat said. She added 
that it's important to put the 
current situation into lustori- 
cal perspective, pointing to 
her late husband's achieve- 
ment of becoming the first 
Arab leader to recognize 
Israel during the 1978 Camp 
David accord. "An American 
role is essential to break the 
deadlock, inspire a new 
vision and lead the way." 
(Jehan Sadat, widow of 
Egyptian peacemaker Anwar 
Sadat and senior fellow at the 
Center for International 
Development and Conflict 
Management, speaks to stu 
dents in Purchase, NY, West 
Chester-Rockland Journal 
News, May 1) 

MAY 7, 2002 

Mother's Day Brunch 

Join the University of Maryland 
Golf Course Sunday, May 1 2, for 
its annual Mothers Day 
Brunch. Three searings are 
available ( 1 1 :30 a.m., 1 p.m. 
and 3 p.m.). Space is limited; 
please call today to make reser- 

The menu features steamed 
shrimp, prime rib of beef, 
smoked turkey breast and 
smoked salmon. Traditional 
accompaniments include 
assorted salads, seasonal vegeta- 
bles, homemade breads and 
rolls, and French and Italian 

The cost is $22.95 for the 
general public, $ 1 8. 95 for uni- 
versity faculty, staff, club mem- 
bers and their guests, $14.95 
for senior guests. $5. 9 5 for chil- 
dren 1 2 and under, and free for 
children under 4, Tax and gra- 
tuity not included. 

For more information, con- 
tact Nancy Loomis at (301) 
314-6631 or nloomis@dirung., or visit www. dining, 
umd .edu/locations/golf_course . 

Professional Concepts 
Exchange Conference 

The President's Commission on 
Women's Issues (PCWT) will be 
sponsoring its 20th Annual Pro- 
fessional Concepts Exchange 
Conference on June 3 in the 
Stamp Student Union. 

For more information, con- 
tact Marie Jenkins at (301) 405- 
5617 or mjenkins@union. 

College Park Scholars 
Summer Faculty 


"The Spirit of Teaching: More 
Than Words" is a two-day facul- 
ty Institute on the spirit and 
pragmatics of teaching today's 
college students. Designed as a 
shared learning process with 
ample time for reflection and 
self-assessment, the Institute 
will be held Monday, June 17 
and Tuesday, June 18 here on 
campus at the Cambridge Com- 
munity Center. The keynote 
facilitator will be Dr. Mel 
George, President Emeritus of 
the University of Missouri. 

Registration information can 
be found at www. scholars. The reg- 
istration fee is $150. For more 
information, contact John 
Cordes at (301) 405-0532 or 
jc ordes@deans 

Professional Concepts 
Exchange Commission 

Register now for the 20th 
Annual Professional Concepts 
Exchange Conference to be 
held on Monday, June 3- The 
purpose of this conference is 
to promote the goals of profes- 
sionalism and excellence 
among the support staff of the 
University of Maryland. This 
year's theme is "United We 
Stand: Strength of the Support 

Safety Officers Honor Leaders 


Charles Sturtz, retiring vice president of administrative affairs, accepts a framed 
photo of the interior of a packed Cole Field House from Director of 
Environmental Safety (DES) Leon Igras.The presentation was made during the 
monthly DES Compliance Officers' breakfast, USM Chancellor Donald Langenberg 
was also honored for his years of service to the university and support of safety in all 
aspects of university operations. 

Campus Hosts Cooke Scholarship Awards Ceremony 


Last week, six Univeristy of Maryland students were among 50 area students to 
receive graduate scholarships from the estate of Washington Redskins owner Jack 
Kent Cooke, The scholarships are worth up to $50,000 a year and are awarded to 
students in a broad variety of disciplines. This year's recipients will go on to study social 
work, creative writing, medicine and engineering, among other subjects. Above, 
Maryland's six scholars — (1 to r) Julie Iversen, Anoma Nellore, Fasika Woreta,Tinsay 
Woreta, Dale Barltrop and Gaurav Shah — pose with University President Dan Mote 
(center) after the ceremony held on McKeldin Mall. 

Staff." The Professional Con- 
cepts Exchange Conference is 
sponsored by the President's 
Commission on Women's 

For more information and a 
registration form, visit www. 
umdedu/pewi/pcee, or contact 
Barbara Scafone at (301) 405- 
5866 or bscafone@psyc.umd. 

Terrapin Adventure 
Complex Seeks 
Faculty/Staff Facilitators 

Campus Recreation Services' 
ropes course is looking to hire 
three to four UM faculty or staff 
to join their staff of team build- 
ing and adventure facilitators in 
the fall. Applicants must be 
willing to facilitate a minimum 

of three workshops per semes- 
ter and attend monthly meet- 
ings of the Terrapin Adventure 
Challenge program. 

Experience leading groups 
and/or teambuildjng is neces- 
sary, whether it be as a summer 
camp staff person or tour 
guide. Impact the campus com- 
munity by using fun and adven- 
ture to guide staff, students and 
faculty to greater effectiveness. 
The deadline is May 10. 

For more information, con- 
tact Jacob Sciammas at (301) 
226-4456 or js587@umail. 

On* Scanning Service on 
the Move 

As of June 1 , the Optical Scan- 
ning and Test Services will 

move to the Department of 
Business Services, from the 
Office of Information Technolo- 
gy's Academic Support unit. 
The university community will 
continue to receive the same 
services through their Media 
Express facility located in room 
3302, Computer and Space Sci- 
ences Building. 

For the remainder of the 
Spring semester faculty, staff 
and students will be able to 
have their spring final exams 
scored and evaluations tallied, 
and data analyzed, scanned and 
stored electronically as usual by 

For more information on 
Optical Scanning and Test Scor- 
ing Services and this transition, 
opscan.html. Or call Deborah 
Mateik at (301) 405-2945.