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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER 



Volume 17 • Number 17 'August 20, 2002 



Maryland's Yow 
to Serve on Title 
IX Commission 

University of Maryland Athlet- 
ics Director Deborah Yow has 
been chosen to serve on the 
government commission that 
will review operation of Title LX 
anti-discrimination law in col- 
lege athletics. 

Yow is one of 1 5 commis- 
sioners appointed to the U.S. 
Department of Education's new 
Commission on Opportunity in 
Athletics. The group is charged 
to collect information, analyze 
issues, obtain broad public 
input and recommend revised 
standards, if needed. The 1972 




FILE PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOU 

Deborah Yow 

Tide LX law prohibits discrimi- 
nation on the basis of sex in 
educational programs or activi- 
ties run by colleges and univer- 
sities that receive federal fund- 
ing. Since Title LX was enacted, 
colleges across the country 
have added an estimated 3,800 
women's teams. 

U.S. Secretary of Education 
Rod Paige said Title LX "has 
opened the doors of opportuni- 
ty for generations of women 
and girls to compete, to achieve 
and to pursue their American 
dreams." In a department press 
release, Paige said recent com- 
plaints, however, have raised 
questions of fairness for men's 
teams. Additionally, a number of 
college administrators have 
complained that the depart- 
ment has failed to provide dear 
guidance on how to comply 
with Title LX, while other 
groups allege that ineffective 
enforcement of the legislation 
has caused men's teams to be 
eliminated. 

"Some would like to setde 
this in the courts, but we 
believe the better approach is 

See YOtypage 7 




PHOTO BY CYNTHIA M1TCHEL 



Mark Gatlin (foreground) and Alex Mahabir pick up speed as they adjust to Mail Services' new, more effi- 
cient and accurate mail metering system. 

Through Rain, Snow, Sleet or Heat: 

Campus Mail Services Delivers 



At barely 8 in the morning, people and 
machinery already create a musical 
rhythm inside the campus mail services build- 
ing. Metering machines go sh-chunk, sh-chunk; 
mail being slipped into slots goes swish-thunk, 
swish-thunk. It's a productive rhythm that sig- 
nals thousands of pieces of mail being pre- 
pared for delivery on and off campus. 

Housed in a small building at the corner of 
Campus Drive and Route 1 , mail services is 



responsible for making sure proposals get 
delivered on time, care packages from home 
arrive safely and other mail-related business is 
handled efficiendy. Its employees, though they 
joke with each other and often sport sneakers 
as work attire, take their jobs very seriously. 
"The goal is to have everything out for the 
first run by 9:30," says James Newman, supervi- 
see MAIL SERVICES, page 5 



The Making of a Terp: New Students 
Are More Than High Scorers 



Like a new proud parent, 
the university boasts 
about its incoming 
freshman class, all 3,900 of 
them. Half of these kids repre- 
sent the top 10 percent of 
their class, but just as impor- 
tant, many of them are com- 
mitted to meeting the needs 
of their communities as volun- 
teers and are not afraid to 
challenge themselves physi- 
cally and mentally. 

But what in their academic 
and personal profiles caught 
the attention of admissions 
officials, more so than the rest 
of the 23,121 applications 
that arrived in the admissions 



office this year? Jim Chris- 
tensen, senior associate direc- 
tor of admissions, offers some 
answers and admits that the 
process is daunting even for 
him, a 30-year veteran of the 
department. 

"The effort starts with mar- 
kedng and recruiting. They 
make sure people who need 
to know or want information 
about the university get it," he 
says. "There is a ton of stuff 
that goes out. We have an obli- 
gation as a public institution 
to give taxpayers information 
about their state university." 

As applications begin to 
arrive, Christensen says, those 



with exceptionally high scores 
and grades, or those with 
exceptionally low marks, are a 
bit easier to make decisions 
about. Yes, SAT and ACT scores 
are important. Yes, grade point 
averages and college-level 
courses matter. "But there are 
a whole bunch of other things 
we take into consideration," 
says Christensen, adding that 
the review process covers 60- 
70 percent of applicants. "We 
look at the kinds of courses a 
student took, the variety. This 
is critically important. We 
review essays, extracurricular 

See ADMISSIONS, page 4 



Government 
By and For 
the Campus 

University Senate 
Upholds Mission of 
Shared Governance 

Thanks to the University 
Senate, people are 
breathing less second- 
hand smoke on campus since 
last fall. Tht* senate's decision to 
prohibit smoking within 15 feet 
of the doorway of any building 
on campus came after the kind 
of careful, balanced considera- 
tion they give to every issue 
that comes before them. And 
few university issues don't: from 
budget to long-range planning 
to faculty, staff and student 
affairs, the senate is involved. 

The University Senate is a 
unicameral legislative entity 
that provides an opportunity for 
all members of the campus 
community to play a central 
role in campus governance. It 
operates through a structured 
committee system (see si debar, 
page 6) that involves its mem- 
bers in debate and discussion of 
a wide range of issues on which 
it then advises the university 
president. 

The concept of shared gover- 
nance is fundamental to the 
mission of the senate, whose 
goal is to include the broadest 
possible array of campus com- 
munity members in determin- 
ing policy. 

"Every major thing that hap- 
pens [on campus] has to go 
through the senate," says chair- 
elect Joel Cohen, a professor of 
mathematics who has taught at 
the university since 1975. Cohen 
has traced a civic-minded path 
through his years here, with an 
arm's-length list of service 
including substantial stints in 
responsible roles on the Coun- 
cil of University System Faculty 
(CUSF), on the Faculty Guild 
and as campus ombuds officer. 

Cohen is chair-elect for one 
year as he learns the ropes from 
the present chair, Kent 
Cartwright, a professor in the 
Department of English (who, in 
turn, served as chair-elect last 
year). Then Cohen will serve a 
year as chair and stay on for a 
third year in an advisory capaci- 
ty as immediate past chair. 

The list of recent chairs is 
indicative of the breadth of per- 
spectives and experience that 
has infused the senate over the 
years. They have come from 
areas as varied as aerospace 
engineering, criminology, histo- 
ry and biochemistry. The cur- 
rent immediate past chair, El lie 

See SENATE, page 6 



AUGUST 20, 2002 






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dateline 
maryland 



YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: AUGUST 20-31 



august 20 

9 a.m. -4 p.m., Adding a 
Dash of FLASH to Your Web 
Page 4404 Computer & Space 
Science. This free Institute for 
Instructional Technology work- 
shop introduces basic and 
intermediate features of Macro- 
media Flash MX, the profes- 
sional standard for producing 
high- impact, low band-width 
websites. Web designers use 
Flash to create attractive, resiz- 
able, and extremely compact 
navigation Interfaces, technical 
illustration, and animations. 
The class is open only to Uni- 
versity of Maryland College 
Park faculty and instructors; 
Flash MX training for staff and 
students will be introduced 
this fall. Online registration is 
required at www.oit.umd. 
edu/iit/register.html. For 
more information, contact 
the Office of Informa- 
tion Technology Pro- 
gram Coordinator 
at (301)405-2945 
or oit-tratning@umail. 
umd.edu, or visit www. 
oit.umd edu/iit/current-html. 



Testudo am 
Friends Exhibit 



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1 here's still time to 
come and visit Testu- 
do and over 175 of his 
closest friends in the Mary- 
lend Room Gallery of Horrt- 
bake Library. Gallery hours 
are Monday through Friday 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Satur- 
day from noon to 5 p.m. The 
show closes on Friday. Aug. 
23. Please come join in the 
turtle and terrapin fun I 

For more information, con- 
act Anne Turkos at 5-9060 or 
at17@umail.umd.edu. 




WEDNESDAV 



august 21 

7-8 p.m., Airmail Special 
Five-piece Swing Jazz 
Combo Riversdale House 
Museum, 48 1 1 Riverdale Rd. , 
Riverdale Park. Bring seating. In 
case of rain, concert will be 
moved inside. The Department 
of Parks and Recreation 
encourages and supports the 
participation of individuals 
with disabilities. Please contact 
the facility to request an 
accommodation (sign language 
interpreter, support staff, etc.). 
For more information, call 
(301) 864-0420. 



THURSDAY 



august 22 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Intermedi- 
ate MS Excel 4404 Computer 
& Space Science. This course 
deals with creating charts to 
analyze data; enhancing work- 
sheets and charts by using the 
drawing tools to add graphic 
objects and modify charts to 
be used in presentations. Pre- 
requisite: Introduction to MS 
Excel or similar experience . 



For further information and to 
register for the class, visit 
www.oit.umd.edu/sc. The fee 
for the class is $90. For more 
information, contact Jane S. 
Wieboldt at (301) 405.0443 or 
oit-training@umail.umd.edu, or 
visit /www.oit.umd. edu/sc. 



iEdhesdav 



august 28 

8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.. Fall 
New Graduate TA Orienta- 
tion Stamp Student Union. The 
Center forTeaching Excellence 
and the Graduate School will 
hold the Fall New Graduate TA 
Orientation in the Stamp Stu- 
dent Union. The orientation is 
designed to help TAs learn 
about the resources available 
to them as they begin their 
teaching experience at Mary- 
land. In addition, TAs will have 



Correction 



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In the feature "Alumni 
Gift Brightens Grounds" 
(July 23), La n don Reeve's 
last name was misspelled. 
Outlook regrets the error. 



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calendar guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xjcxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 
405. Calendar Information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of 
inforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions 
are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. To reach the calendar 

editor, call 405-7615 or send e-mail to outlook@accmail.umd.edu. 



the opportunity to discuss and 
explore issues central to teach- 
ing such as creating a positive 
learning environment, dealing 
with problem students, and 
evaluating students and self. 
For additional information or 
to RSVP, contact Doris Richard- 
son in the Graduate School at 
5-0376, or Katherine Zukowskl 
in the Center forTeaching 
Excellence at 4-1287 or 
zuko wskk@wam . umd . edu. 



SATURDAY 



august 31 

8 p.m., Maryland vs. Notre 
Dame Byrd Stadium. Join other 
members of the campus com- 
munity as they cheer on the 
Terps football team. The game, 
being played in New Jersey, 
will be shown on large screens 
in the stadium. Faculty and 
staff, with ID, may bring one 
guest. Concessions will be 
sold. The activity is part of the 
new resident welcome. For 
more information, call Union 
and Campus Programs, 4-3375. 



or additional event list- 
ings, visit www.college 
publisher.com/oiitlook. 



Scholars from Lesotho Take 
Conflict Management Courses 



Outlook 



(Jutieok is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University of 

Maryland campus community. 

Brodie Remington 'Vice 
President for University Relations 

Teresa Flannery * Executive 
Director, University 
Communications and Marketing 

George Cathcart • Executive 

Editor 

Monette Austin Bailey * Editor 

Cynthia Mitch el * Art Director 

Robert K, Gardner ■ Graduate 
Assistant 

Letters to the editor, story sugges- 
tions and campus information are 
welcome. Please submit all ntateria] 
two weeks before the Tuesday of 
publication. 

Send material to Editor, Oittloelt, 
2101 Turner Hall, College Park. 
MD 20742 

Telephone - (301) 405-4629 
Fax -(301) 314-9344 
E-mail • oudook@accmail.umd.edu 
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The university's Center 
for International Devel- 
opment and Conflict 
Management (CIDCM) has 
developed a partnership with 
Lesotho's National University 
to assist in building their 
capacity for teaching, research 
and applied work in conflict 
management and prevention. 

Scholars from National Uni- 
versity's Department of Politi- 
cal and Administrative Studies 
came to take CEDCM courses. 
The center is affiliated with 
the Department of Govern- 
ment and Politics in the Col- 
lege of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences. The connection 
between the two institutions 
began after Lesotho's 1998 
political crisis, when Lesotho's 
ambassador to the United 
States enrolled in a CTDCM 
course. 

In January 2002, Koroloso 
Lekhesa of Lesotho's National 
University attended a winter 
course at CIDCM as part of 
this partnership program. He 
spoke of the importance of 
CIDCM's desire to involve 
Lesotho institutions in the 
conflict resolution process; in 
Lesotho, as elsewhere, CIDCM 
seeks to link its work with that 
of other research centers, gov- 
ernmental organizations and 
people involved in conflict. 

National University hopes 
to establish an institution like 
CLDCM to promote conflict 
management in Lesotho and 
perhaps the larger southern 
African region. Such an insti- 
tution would offer training 
programs to empower citi- 
zens to conduct risk assess- 
ments and use early-warning 
and prevention strategies. 
National University also seeks 
to add courses on conflict 
resolution to its curriculum. 
Such courses would supple- 
ment regular "hands-on" work- 
shops that would help people 



Lesotho, which is bor- 
dered on all sides by 
South Africa, is a 
country of approximately 
2.2 million people. It 
became independent in 
1966. The country has had 
a troubled history with 
regard to government over 
the past several decades, 
with nullified elections, a 
military coup and cabinet 
dissolution. Most recently, 
unrest occurred after oppo- 
sition groups protested the 
results of the May 1998 leg- 
islative elections. In August 
1998, members of the army 
joined the protestors. 
South African troops inter- 
vened in September to pre- 
vent a coup but met with 
resistance from many citi- 
zens who saw their inter- 
vention as an invasion. 
Rioting and looting 
destroyed much of the 
business section of the cap- 
ita! city of Maseru, 



perceive the importance of 
creating an atmosphere of 
peace. 

These efforts focus on what 
CIDCM and others in the field 
term "Track 2" actors in con- 
flict resolution. Whereas Track 
1 is composed of policy mak- 
ers,Track 2 consists of non- 
governmental activists and 
organizations. Lekhesa spoke 
of National University's desire 
to work at the local level to 
empower individual citizens 
to deal with conflict; the uni- 
versity seeks to stimulate in- 
volvement at the grassroots 
level and to discourage depen- 
dency on action from above. 

A project on which Lekhesa 
has been working in Lesotho 
(and to which he expects to 
apply what he learned from 
CIDCM) concerns the rela- 
tionship between traditional 
leadership, i.e., chiefs and 
local government authorities. 
Many functions performed in 
the past by chiefs, such as the 
allocation of resources, are 
today the responsibility of 
elected committees. This has 
resulted in feelings of wari- 
ness toward the political sys- 
tem on the part of the chiefs, 
who feel that their power is 
being undermined. 

CIDCM's courses on Sec- 
ond Track Diplomacy and 
Conflict Transformation pro- 
vide experiential learning and 
multiple perspectives on 
ways to bring about conflict 
transformation and peace- 
building. Edward "Edy" Kauf- 
man and John Davies co- 
direct the Lesotho project as 
part of CIDCM's Partners in 
Conflict program 

Kaufman and Davies are co- 
teaching an August summer 
certificate course on Multi- 
Track Diplomacy and Conflict 
Transformation in Washing- 
ton, D.C, The course is aimed 
at diplomats and other profes- 
sionals in government and 
international agencies and 
NGOs working in situations 
of conflict or potential con- 
flict. It is also be open to grad- 
uate students in related disci- 
plines. The aim is to develop 
the knowledge and profes- 
sional skills necessary to facil- 
itate the resolution of pro- 
tracted ethnic, nationalist, or 
religious conflicts, as well as 
conflicts over distribution of 
resources, using particulariy 
the techniques of second- 
track or citizens' diplomacy. 

For more information on 
the summer program, contact 
Joanne Manrique at jman- 
rique@cidcm.umd.edu. The 
CIDCM Web site is at www. 
cidcm.umd.edu. Kaufman and 
Davies can bereached at 
e kauf man® cidem . umd .edu 
and jdavies@cidcm.umd.edu 
respectively 

— Christine Moritz, Office of 

International Programs 

(unedited version first ran in tke 

Spring 2002 "Maryland 

International " publication) 



OUTLOOK 



3 



The Students are Coming! The Students are Coming! 
Department of Resident Life Prepares for New Year 




PHDro BY MICHELLE HUMANICK 



A student unloads the family's mini van into a Resident Life cart. 



The mon tli of August always brings a 
buzz of excitement and anticipation to 
the Department of Resident Life and 
the campus community. This year is no 
exception, as the department 
is preparing for many changes. 
August begins with the Facul- 
ty/Staff Move-In Program, the 
kick-off of four new living- 
learning communities, the 
opening of a fourth public-pri- 
vate partnership building and 
the search for a new director. 

On Aug. 29 and 30, the uni- 
versity will welcome approxi- 
mately 4,000 students and 
their families to campus.They 
will settle into their residence 
halls during Fall Move-in Days, 
one of the largest events on 
campus. With the support of 
the Division of Student Affairs 
Development Committee, the 
Faculty/Staff Move-in Program 
is expanding. Faculty and staff 
members received a letter 
from the Department of Resi- 
dent life soliciting their assis- 
tance with the move-in 
process. 

Each faculty or staff mem- 
ber will be assigned to a spe- 
cific area or residence hall on 
campus for three hours to pro- 
vide maps and general infor- 
mation to parents and stu- 
dents. Faculty/Staff Move-in 
Program T-shirts and the maps in hand make par- 
ticipants easy to identify. This year the depart- 
ment anticipates 75 to 100 faculty and staff partic- 
ipants over the span of the two-day event. If you 
are interested in being a faculty or staff volun- 
teer, call or email Claire Williams at (301) 314- 
4255 or cwillia4@accmail,umd.edu. 

"The faculty and staff members from last year 
commented that they enjoyed being a part of a 
day that is so exciting. It was a wonderful oppor- 
tunity for them to get involved with students and 
parents at such a pivotal moment in their lives," 
said Claire Williams, coordinator for marketing 
programs, Department of Resident Life. 

"Support from across the division and the cam- 
pus makes such an impact and a positive impres- 
sion, showing our commitment to our newest 
campus citizens and their families. It eases the 
transition for students and allows parents to 
leave feeling that their students are in caring and 
supportive hands," said James Rychner, director of 
marketing, Department of Resident Life. 



If getting onto campus is a bit 
more difficult for a few days 
beginning Thursday, Aug, 29, 
and if the sounds of excitement 
and anxiety drown out most 
other noise, then it must be 
move-in time for students. 

Starting at 8 a.m., the Depart- 
ment of Resident Life wilt open 
dormitory doors to welcome 
new and returning residents. 
Students in Living and Learning 
communities (such as CIVICUS, 
College Park Scholars and Gem- 
stone) have until 2 p.m. to pick 
up their keys. 

The process continues on 
Aug. 30, with the bulk of stu- 
dents returning to campus on 
Aug. 31. Though Sept. 2 is a hol- 
iday, check-in and move- ins will 
continue. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, 
the first day of classes, students 
will have from 8 a.m. -noon to 
check in. 

For more information, call 
(301)314-2100. 



Again this year, the campus welcomes the best 
and brightest freshman class that the university 
has ever seen. Nearly 50 percent of those stu- 
dents housed on campus are involved in living- 
learning programs. This year 
Resident Life, in conjunction 
with the academic depart- 
ments on campus, launches 
four new living-learning pro- 
grams. The Academic Commu- 
nity Experience (ACE) and 
Freshman Interest Groups 
(FIGs) are geared toward Let- 
ters & Sciences students.They 
provide a cluster of students 
with a faculty mentor to inves- 
tigate an academic topic that 
range from film to biological 
sciences. ACE is a two-day 
workshop, and FIG is a semes- 
ter-long program, both are 
housed in Easton HalLWidi 
participation from primarily 
second and third year stu- 
dents, the Jimenez-Porter Writ- 
ers' House and the Global 
Communities Program will 
share Dorchester Hall. 
Jimenez-Porter will bring 
together students to experi- 
ence creative writing in its 
international, cross-cultural 
and multilingual dimensions. 
Global Communities partici- 
pants come from more than 
30 different countries and all 
over the United States to build 
bridges of cooperation and understanding 
between cultures. 

Because living-learning programs and campus 
housing opportunities have become so popular, 
the Department of Resident Life has had to seek 
creative solutions to alleviate the campus hous- 
ing crunch. Resident Life has entered into a pub- 
lic-private partnership that has added approxi- 
mately 2,000 beds since August of 2O00.The 
fourth South Campus Commons Building opens 
this August. Another South Campus Commons 
building is scheduled to open in August 2003. 
In January 2003, the department expects to 
have a new director on board. Jan Davidson, who 
has more than 25 years of experience in the 
department, has been tapped to lead the Depart- 
ment of Resident Life as the acting director, after 
the promotion of Patricia Mielke to assistant vice 
president for student affairs .The search for a new 
director began in June with the selection of 
James Osteen as the search committee chair. 

— Kate Snyder, Department of Resident Life 



Coach Finds Dream Job, 
Works To Build Young Team 



Some may call Brenda Frese 
an overachlever. 

In three years as the head of 
two different women's basket- 
ball programs, she's been 
named coach of the year for 
their respective conferences 
and just this past season she 
received coach of the year 
honors from the Associated 
Press. Furthermore, in her 
nine-year collegiate coaching 
career, she has- 
n't had a losing 
season and 
she's amassed a 
reputation for 
repairing ailing 
programs. 

"When I look 
at most coaches 
my age who are 
getting their 
first (Division D 
job I feel very 
lucky and very 
fortunate to 
move up the 
ladder as quick- 
ly as I've been 
able to do," said 
Frese, who was 
named to suc- 
ceed longtime 
Terrapin 
women's bas- 
ketball coach 
Chris Weller last 
spring."I just 
feel very fortu- 
nate to be in the position that 
I'm at." 

At 32, Frese said that "never 
in my wildest dreams" did she 
expect to be at the University 
of Maryland. The way she sees 
it, it doesn't get much better 
than Maryland. "Just to take 
another step in the coaching 
progression — this is the high- 
est they come," she said. 

Her only complaint would 
be the very modest office that 
donned a red welcome banner 
for her in Cole Field House. 
Hardly technologically up to 
date and with her coaching 
staff sharing a cramped space, 
she is looking forward to mov- 
ing into the new facilities at 
the Comcast Center. 

With successful athletic pro- 
grams in abundance at Mary- 
land, Frese says it is telling of 
the support the university 
gives its coaches and student 
athletes. "I just really believe 
there are a certain amount of 
programs out there that deliv- 
er a complete package and 
you have an opportunity to be 
a top 10 program. I believe 
Maryland has that support 
with the administration. You 
look around and you see all of 
the success and you know 
they've made great decisions." 

At her fifth school in 10 
years, Frese said that she's 
finally arrived at a place she 
can settle in and establish a 
tradition. "I hope it's my final 
stop. We have everything here. 
There's no reason to have to 
go out. This is the highest level 
you can coach at. It's the most 
excited I've been in my coach- 



ing profession because this is 
like cream of the crop." 

If Frese was looking for a 
high-level challenge, she will 
definitely get one in Maryland. 
She inherits a team that has 
lost five seniors and finished 
13-17 overall and just 4-12 in 
the Atlantic Coast Conference, 
consistently one of the best 
conferences in the country. 

"I have so much respect for 




COUHTESV OF MINNESOTA ATHLETIC ME0IA RELATIONS 

Brenda Frese 



what Chris Weller was able to 
do and the tradition they were 
able to build in her tenure, but 
at this point it is kind of like 
rebuilding the program and 
continuing to generate some 
enthusiasm," she said. 

"We're a really young team," 
Frese continued. "In those pro- 
grams in the past we inherited 
some distinct differences with 
a litde bit more experience 
and I think with this program 
it may take a little bit longer. 
To bring freshmen and sopho- 
mores into your program and 
so early into your line up will 
definitely take its toll on the 
younger players, but we're 
building for the future of this 
program." 

Frese and her Maryland 
staff are in a similar situa- 
tion as she was this time last 
year. New at the University of 
Minnesota, Frese and her staff 
had to organize recruitment 
efforts and team planning 
immediately. They had remark- 
able success. Minnesota fin- 
ished an unexpected 22-8, 
coming back from an 8-20 the 
previous season. 

Frese remembers it as a 
"special season " "(It) was just 
a team and a season I'll 
remember for the rest of my 
life," she said. The team broke 
attendance records. Attracting 
about 500 fans in the first 
game and building to a crowd 
14,000 later in the season. "It 
was great to see what hap- 
pened at Minnesota. It was so 

See FRESE, page 7 



AUGUST 20, 2002 



Staffing Changes Maximize 
University Relations ' Strengths 



Brodie Remington, vice 
president for University 
Relations, announced 
several changes in responsibili- 
ties for upper level staff mem- 
bers. The moves are designed to 
strengthen the university's 
fundraising program and posi- 
tion us to move to the to the 
next level. 

The university has just com- 
pleted a fundraising campaign, 
securing $475 million in gifts 
and pledges against a goal of 
$350 million. Early preparations 
for a new, larger campaign have 
begun. 

Beginning immediately, Val 
Broadie will assume, in addition 
to her current duties, responsi- 
bility for central major gifts, gift 
planning, corporate and founda- 
tion relations and University 
Libraries. Bringing most of cen- 
tral development under the 
same administrative structure as 
the school and college develop- 
ment programs will ensure 
proper coordination and a more 
intense focus on relationship- 
building with prospects gener- 
ally and the cultivation and 
solicitation of major gifts 
prospects specifically. Her new 
title will be assistant vice presi- 
dent for development. 

Suzanne R. Spooner joins the 
office as executive director of 
principal gifts. Principal gifts — 
commitments of $500,000 and 
greater — will represent the 
majority of the support secured 
for all top priori ties.The task is 
to increase the professionalism, 
sophistication and purposeful- 
ness of the department's rela- 
tionship building with top 
donors and prospects for both 
short- and long-term results. 



Spooner will have a portfolio of 
prospects assigned to her, will 
help orchestrate the activity of 
President Mote, Remington and 
other vice presidents, and will, 
through Val Broadie, offer assis- 
tance and counsel to the school 
and college development pro- 
grams. While her responsibili- 
ties are university wide, Spoon- 
er will devote a substantial por- 
tion of her time to working 
with Susie Fair, executive direc- 
tor of the Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center and devel- 
opment officer Kelly Brown, to 
develop principal gifts 
prospects for the center. 

The third part of the change 
involves moving responsibility 
forThe Maryland Fund for 
Excellence to the Alumni Asso- 
ciation, under the guidance of 
Danita Nias.The Alumni Associa- 
tion has developed consider- 
able expertise in sales and mar- 
keting, and the Maryland Fund 
(annual giving program) relies 
very heavily on mass mail and 
phoning to reach upwards of 
200,000 alumni each year. Rem- 
ington said it seemed natural to 
bring together these two 
groups to exploit the obvious 
synergies. 

"With Danita's sales and pro- 
motion savvy, gained in private 
industry as well as in higher 
education, and Becky Widman's 
(Director of the Maryland Fund) 
talent in annual giving pro- 
grams, we have a wonderful 
combination," wrote Remington 
in the announcement. "We are 
committed to achieving signifi- 
cant growth in annual gifts in 
support of academic programs - 
first and foremost for the 
schools and colleges." 




ZOOM 



When You're Hot, You're Hot... 

And, according to The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide 
to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges, the University of 
Maryland is one of the hottest and trendiest schools in the 
country. Thirty-one schools made the list based on a national 
survey of high school guidance counselors conducted to cap- 
ture the most up-to-date information about college admis- 
sions trends. Zoom, sizzle, zoom. 

Here are the Top 1 0: 



Harvard University 
University of North 
Carolina-Chapel Hill 
Duke University 

New York University 
University of California-Los 
Angeles 



Georgetown University 
University of 
Colorado-Boulder 
Brown University 
University of Maryland, 
College Park 
Princeton University 



President Mote Ranks! 






Washington Business Forward magazine named President 
Dan Mote as a "big player" in the Washington Metropolitan 
area business community. Its annual Forward Forty list 
places htm at number 20, in terms of clout, just under 
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the state's lieutenant governor, 
As the article states, "Maryland is well on its way to achiev- 
ing excellence in everything it does." Zoom. 



Military Recognizes Department Support 




PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS 



Jordan A. Goodman (left) , professor and chair of the Department of Physics, 
received an award for his support of the U.S. military from Cpt. Sheldon Smith of 
the Washington D.C. National Guard. Smith is the department's former coordinator 
of communication & public information. 




Admissions: Giving Students a Chance 

Continued from page 1 



ber and October and "the real 
hard work is from late October 
through the end of April, with 
the vast majority done by Feb- 
ruary. The freshman class is fin- 
ished and committed to us by 
May 1 ." 

Admissions counselors are 
on duty year-round to answer 
questions and collect informa- 
tion. A note screen in each stu- 
dent's online file allows for 
more personal information to 
be recorded, further creating a 
more humane approach to the 
process. Students can also 
request interviews with coun- 
selors. Christensen says, unlike 
some schools, they are not an 
automatic part of the process. 

In the spirit of providing a 
quality education to as many as 
possible, Christensen says ad- 
missions will try to tailor a lot 
of their decisions to individual 
needs. "We don't have proba- 
tionary admissions, but we do 
occassionalh/ cut deals with 
students, particularly those 
with interesting backgrounds, 
transfer students or those with 
extenuating circumstances," 
says Christensen. "Because for 
every student you turn away, 
you have an explanation to 
give-" 

One group Christensen 
admits to having a soft spot for 
is older or returning students. 
"We support the returning stu- 
dent program, not blindly, but 
there's the woman who didn't 
go to to college at all or who 
dropped out to have a family 
who's saying to herself 'I'm as 
smart as these characters boss- 
ing me around.' So she comes 
back to earn her degree." 

A smile of satisfaction 
spreads across his face. Hard 
work has its rewards. 



activities, their statement of 
intent, recommendations. Then 
we get into alumni relation- 
ships, race, geographic diversi- 
ty; those play a secondary role." 

Extracurriculars play a pri- 
mary role for a good reason. A 
lot can be learned about a stu- 
dent based on how he or she 
spends free time. This year's 
class does more than "focus on 
classroom achievement," says 
Christensen. "And many of 
their activities are inspired by 
friends or family members 
who are victims of illness or 
violence. These students are 
active in alleviating the prob- 
lem." 

High school guidance coun- 
selors play a large role in the 
process, as well. They offer 
both unsolicited and sought 
after feedback about students, 
helping admissions counselors 
refine their opinions of pros- 
pective Terps. All of this helps 
distinguish between "the very 
good and the very, very good." 
However, if a student is not 
exceptional in one or two 



FILE PHOTO BY JOHN T CONSQLI 



areas, but may have written a 
good essay, they may deserve a 
chance. Christensen believes in 
giving as many different kinds 
of students as possible a 
chance, with the hope of creat- 
ing a vibrant learning environ- 
ment. 

" [The university population] 
should be more than just able 
students that do well on tests. 
The right environment can test 
your way of thinking," he says. 
On the other hand, he will get 
calls from faculty members ask- 
ing how a poorly performing 
student even made it into a 
class. "Well, we give students a 
chance. Sometimes it doesn't 
work." 

What may be surprising is 
that every spring and summer 
the admissions staff reviews 
the application process with 
an eye to improving it. They 
take into account the attitudes 
of students that did and didn't 
choose to attend Maryland. 
Also during the summer, 
recruitment is stepped up. 
Goals are evaluated in Scptem- 



OUTLOOK 



Continued fiom page i 

sor and program manage- 
ment specialist, who has 
been with mail services for 
more than 16 years. "It 
takes one to one and a half 
hours to do the morning 
run and the afternoon is 
shorter, about an hour." 

A run is a mail delivery 
route, of which there are 
10, and there are two runs 
a day for most campus 
addresses .Trucks from the 
U. S. Postal Service pull up 
to the loading bay at the 
back of the building three 
times a day, with the last 
drop at approximately 9 
a.m. There is a bit of appre- 
hension one morning as 
the designated hour rolls 
by and the third truck has- 
n't arrived, but within five 
minutes the call, "Mail's 



Doing Their Best to Deliver 



here! " goes out. A campus 
employee rolls a cart out 
to the truck and rolls it 
back full for another sort- 
ing session. 

Eight carriers sort the 
mail and four meter opera- 
tors help.There is also one 
floater, says Newman, who 
does a bit of everything. 
He knows all of the mail 
routes, so he can step in if 
needed. On this summer 
morning, it's needed. Five 
of Newman's men are out, 
so he will also have to pick 
up a route. Dan Logan, at a 
sorting station nearby, may 
have to pick up some 
extra work as well. In Sep- 
tember, Logan will mark 1 9 
years at the university 
with all of them spent on 
the same route. It's a pain 



when people don't come 
in to work, he says, but 
"people will still get their 
mail, believe me." 

Much like the federal 
postal service, campus 
mail service delivers in all 
kinds of weather most 
days of the week. Regular 
mail, mail that needs signa- 
tures, small packages and 
bulk mailings arrive at 
more than 400 mail stops 
daily. Exact numbers aren't 
kept, but as an example, 
Newman estimates that 
each Monday during the 
school year, 50-70 trays of 
first class mail go out. Each 
two-foot-long tray can 
hold 500 pieces of mail. 
However, watching New- 
man hop in and out of his 
van, mail bags swinging, 



ology building, the Urban 
Studies and Planning Pro- 
gram in Caroline Hall, the 
architecture building and 
the last stop, Van Munch- 
ing Hall. "Doing the route 
can be fun sometimes, but 
I really enjoy training peo- 
ple to do their jobs better. 
I don't want to be boss; 
I'm here to help them," 
says Newman, who came 
to the university on an aca- 
demic scholarship to earn 
a business management 
degree "But the scholar- 
ship got cut. Mr Greene 
said, 'Come work with me 
and you can go to school 
for free.'" 

Mr. Greene is Matthew 
Greene, a 31 -year veteran 
of mail services who most- 
ly handles student mall. He 




PHOTO BV CYNTHIA MITCHEL 



James Newman (r) instructs Mail Services staff members Kevin Page (1) and Steve Gray on use of the touch-screen on the depart- 
ment's new Ascom Hasler MCM Intellrtouch System. Mark Gatlin (left foreground) navigates his own screen. 



James Newman offers 
a few tips for getting 
mail to and from your 
office a bit more easily: 

• Write clear, concise 
addresses on both internal 
and external mail. For exam- 
ple, just putting "Communi- 
cations" on an on-campus 
envelope could cause that 
piece of mail to go to the 
university's academic 
Department of Communica- 
liort or to tile Office of Uni- 
versity Communications. 

• For registered mail, the 
sender needs to put a value 
on it. The U. S. Postal serv- 
ice, says Newman, won't 
accept it otherwise. "We 
wind up trying to assign 
values, that's not a good 
idea." 



• Be understanding if you 
do get a misdelivered piece 
of mail. Carriers do their 
best to get mail to its proper 
destination, even when 
addresses are not clear. 

• Mail services does not 
forward faculty end staff 
mail. If an employee 
changes departments, or 
leaves campus, that 
employee is responsible for 
letting people know. Often, 
mail may just be marked 
"return to sender — person 
no longer here" and sent 
back. 

• New meter machines 
require that bulk mailing 
envelopes do not overlap, 
meaning that they should 
all be sealed before coming 
to mail services. 



one would think it's a 
much lighter task. 

The route he has for 
today begins with a swing 
up Rossborough Lane and 
a left onto Route 1, then a 
right onto Knox Road. His 
first stop is Susquehanna 
HalLWhen he re-emerges 
a few minutes later, he 
plunks mail into a set of 
bins in the back of the 
van - a presorting system 
that saves carriers time. 
He heads toward Upward 
Bound, stops on all floors 
in Ty dings and passes off 
some mail to a colleague 
as they both get toTawes. 

"We help each other 
out," says Newman. "If 
someone is going back to 
the building, they'll take 
your mail for you, keeps it 
moving." 

Then it's on to Anne 
Arundel Hall, the art-soci- 



says the environment and 
job security have kept him 
in the busy department for 
so long. He's watched 
dozens of students come 
through, but he says full- 
timers usually stay put.The 
benefits are good and the 
schedules are manageable, 
even if the pay isn't as 
competitive as similar 
positions off campus. 

"Federal carriers start at 
about $30,000 a year," says 
Newman. 

He is excited, though, 
about three new hires. He 
can get back to more train- 
ing and planning. People 
won't have to work as 
hard if a carrier doesn't 
come in. Newman hopes 
to continue to attract and 
retain quality people in 
niiiil services, and maybe 
even compete with "the 
federal boys" one day. 




Notable 

CIVICUS, the living-learning program in which 
students actively participate in and explore the 
themes of cidzenship, leadership, community 
service, scholarship and diversity. CIVICUS is 
one of only 21 programs chosen to participate 
in the Carnegie Foundation for the Advance- 
ment of Teaching's new Political Engagement 
Project. The three-year project will investigate 
which approaches work best to prepare stu- 
dents to be politically engaged citizens. 

Luisa Ferreira, the Facilities Management safety 
manager, has been designated a Certified Safety 
Professional by the Board of Certified Safety 
Professionals. The CSP designation is akin to the 
PE for safety professionals and represents the 
highest level of professional certification in the 
safety engineering profession. 

Roland T. Rust, David Bruce Smith Chair in Mar- 
keting and director of the Center for e-Service 
at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the 
university, has been named the 2002 winner of 
the American Marketing Association's Career 
Contributions to the Services Discipline Award, 
which recognizes those who have the "greatest 
long-term impact on the development of the 
services discipline." 

Mechanical engineering promoted three of its 
faculty from assistant to associate professors: 
Dan De Voe who holds a joint appointment with 
the Institute for Systems Research (ISR); Satyan- 
dra K. Gupta, who also holds a joint appoint- 
ment with ISR; and F. Patrick McCluakey. 

The University of Maryland's A.James Clark 
School of Engineering and the Office of Contin- 
uing and Extended Education (OCEE) have 
appointed William s. Busch acting director of 
Engineering Professional Education. In the 
shared position, Busch will serve as liaison 
between OCEE and engineering, including 
developing continuing education initiatives for 
professional audiences and identifying grant 
opportunities. Additionally, he will work with 
the staff of the Professional Master's in Engi- 
neering degree program and the Instructional 
Television System (fTV) to enhance their out- 
reach capabilities. 

Jane E. Clark, professor and chair of the kinesi- 
ology department, will serve as chairperson of 
the Biobehavioral Process Study Section (7) at 
the Center for Scientific Review, with her term 
ending June 30, 2004. Members of sections are 
selected based on demonstrated competence 
and achievement in their scientific discipline. 

The Alumni Association welcomes Jill Williams 
as the new director of alumni special events. 
She will be responsible for and not limited to 
staffing designated alumni clubs and the plan- 
ning and logistics of FaU Fest, Homecoming, 
Reunion,Awards Gala and Maryland Day. 

Leslie Coleman moved from the College of Com- 
puter, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences to 
join University Development's corporate and 
foundation relations division as associate direc- 
tor for corporate relations. 

There will be an interim management structure 
for the Division of Administrative Affairs. Frank 
Brewer has agreed to serve as associate vice 
president for Facilities Management, Julie 
Phelps has agreed to serve as interim assistant 
vice president and comptroller, John Farley has 
agreed to serve as interim assistant vice presi- 
dent, and Gloria Aparicio has agreed to serve as 
assistant to die vice president and equity officer. 



AUGUST 20, 2002 



Living 


-^^rm 


Answers to 
Common 
Questions About 
Counseling 





Ti 



| here are times in all of 
our lives when we need 
help with problems that 
are causing us emotional stress. 
The decision to seek mental 
health services can be difficult, 
but counseling can help you to 
objectively look at thoughts, 
feelings and behaviors that are 
creating or perpetuating prob- 
lems for you. Through counsel- 
ing, you can find new and more 
effective ways to deal with diffi- 
cult situations. 

If you are experiencing any 
kind of emotional stress, you 
may benefit from talking with a 
trained mental health coun- 
selor. Even if you think you can 
"handle it" on your own, a pro- 
fessional counselor can assist 
you in finding ways to identify 
and cope with the source of 
your stress. Counselors can, for 
example, assist you in dealing 
with problems in your relation- 
ships with family and loves 
ones, career issues, loss of a 
loved one, life transitions, job 
stress, parenting issues, sub- 
stance abuse or other addic- 
tions, anxiety or depression and 
stress related to physical or 
emotional abuse. 

Here are some answers to 
commonly asked questions 
about seeking professional 
help: 

How do I know when to 
seek help? 

• you feel there is nowhere 
to turn 

• you are unhappy most of 
the time 

• you have lost a love one or 
a job 

• you can no longer manage 
your stress 

• you have chronic medical 
illness 

• you stop doing things you 
once enjoyed 

• you can no longer concen- 
trate 

• the way you feel affects 
your work, sleep, eating or 
interpersonal 

relationships 

What is counseling? 

Counseling is a process in 
which individuals, families, 
groups or organizations leam 
how to change the way they 
respond to difficult or stressful 
situations. It is a collaborative 
effort between the counselor 
and the client. Counselors help 
clients identify problems, find 
potential solutions and set real- 
istic goals. You examine your 
behaviors, thoughts and feet- 



Joan Bellsey, assistant 
coordinator. Faculty Staff 
Assistance Program 



ings and, in so doing, learn 
effective ways to deal with your 
problems. 

Is counseling confidential? 

Yes. All mental health profes- 
sional subscribe to a Code of 
Ethics and Standards of Prac- 
tice, which require them to pro- 
tect the confidentiality of their 
communications with every 
client. Any disclosure can be 
made only with the client's 
written, informed consent.The 
only exception occurs when 
the counselor feels there is a 
clear and imminent danger to 
you or others, or a court orders 
that information be disclosed. 

How much does counseling 
cost? 

The cost of counseling varies 
greatly depending on your 
health insurance, where you 
live and where the counseling 
is being provided. Prior to the 
beginning of any counseling 
relationship, you should ask the 
counselor whether he or she 
accepts your insurance, what 
the fee is and to explain any 
other financial arrangements 
for their services. For employ- 
ees of the university and their 
families, the Faculty Staff Assis- 
tance Program offers 10 free 
counseling sessions. 

What should I look for in a 
counselor? 

Most counselors or therapists 
have received professional 
training and are qualified to 
provide professional counseling 
services. But the chemistry 
between you and your coun- 
selor is a major factor in 
whether your therapy will be 
successful. You will be spend- 
ing a lot of time and emotional 
energy with this person. 
Choose someone: 

• who is interested in listen- 
ing to your concerns 

• who encourages you 

• who takes you seriously 

• who helps you define your 
problems 

• who cares that you succeed 

• whom you feel you can 
trust 

• with whom you feel safe 

What are the qualifications 
to be a mental health 
provider? 

See COUNSELING, page 7 



Editor's note: Living seeks to offer the campus community infor- 
mation encouraging healthy living inside and out. Columnists 
are from the Health Center, the Center for Health and Wellbeing 
and the Wellness Research Lab. 



Senates Sharing Governance, Experience 

Continued from page 1 



Weingaertner, was the first 
non-faculty chair; she works in 
the Office of the Dean of die 
Graduate School. 

Weingaertner, a Maryland 
alumna, is one of only a few 
women to have held the posi- 
tion. She became a member of 
the senate in 1999, and soon 
was asked to chair one of the 
senate's many committees. 

"Then they asked me to run 
for chair-elect, which came as 
a real shock," says Weingaert- 
ner. Once elected, she says,"l 
felt this awesome responsibili- 
ty" to excel in her new role. 

Weingaertner says the first 
year is an intense time of learn- 
ing. "The person who has the 
most exciting job is the chair- 
elect," she says. "It's very educa- 
tional.. .. 1 came away with a 
better grasp of the issues, [hav- 
ing learned] about the budget, 
facilities. . . even the academics 
become critical to you as you 
move in this role." 

By the second year, says 
Weingaertner, you have to be 
able to lead the committees 
that are studying the issues 
and making the real decisions. 

"So many of us come from a 
departmental perspective," says 
Weingaertner, that it is impor- 
tant to broaden one's knowl- 
edge of the needs of the many 
different departments and 
groups on campus. She says it 
is crucial to "keep a global 
mindset" and be as inclusive as 
possible when making deci- 
sions in the senate. 

Weingaertner says her 
understanding of campus gov- 
ernance and of the campus as 
a whole have gained breadth 
and depth since she has held 
the senate chair, and she relish- 
es this new perspective. "It's 
wonderful [that] a staff person 




PHOTO By CYNTHIA MITCM6L 



Chair-eled Joel Cohen is looking to the campus community to deter- 
mine the senate's agenda during his tenure. 



[can] have that opportunity," 
' she says. "We talk about shared 
governance and [my election 
to the chair] certainly was 
proof positive that the campus 
is behind it." 

Weingaertner views her cur- 
rent role as that of historical 
record bearer. She plans to fol- 
' ■ low up on and act as a sound- 
' ing board for things that hap- 
l pened during her tenure. 



If chair-elect Cohen's expe- 
rience of the job is to be 
anything likeWeingaert- 
ner's, he will be absorbing a lot 
of information over the next 
year. He is taking an open- 
minded approach. Cohen's 
agenda for his tenure has yet 
to take shape, as he says it will 
depend on what issues are 

See SENATE, page 7 



Chairs of Senate Standing Committees 



University 
Senate Makeup 

The senate is made up 
of faculty, staff and 
students (both gradu- 
ate and undergraduate). 
Some members vote and oth- 
ers do not; for example, the 
university president and vice 
presidents, as well as aca- 
demic department chairs, are 
non-voting ex officio mem- 
bers, whereas deans do vote. 
There are six different cate- 
gories for the staff consituen- 
cy, which include exempt and 
non-exempt staff. Faculty and 
staff senators are elected to 
terms of three years, and the 
terms are staggered in such a 
way that there is always a 
balance between new and 
experienced senators. Stu- 
dents are elected for one-year 
terms but may stand for re- 
election for up to three years. 
(Visit www.inform.umd.edu/ 
Ca m pusl nf o/Se nate/doc u - 
mentsthatgovern/NewPlan. 
html for detailed information 
on senate membership.) 



Senate Academic 
Procedures and 
Standards Committee 

Ian Hardie, Agriculture and 
Resource Economics 

Senate Campus Affairs 
Committee 

B. Don Franks, Kinesiology 

Senate Committee on 

Committees 

{Senate Chair-Elect) Joel 
Cohen, Mathematics 

Senate CORE Committee 

(to be appointed) 

Senate Educational 
Affairs Committee 

John Pease, Sociology 

Senate Elections, 
Representation, and 
Governance Committee 

David Sumner, HVAC 
Operations 

Senate Executive 
Committee 

(Senate Chair) Kent Cartwright, 
English 

Senate Faculty Affairs 
Committee 

Adele Berlin, English 






Senate Governmental 
Affairs Committee 

(Immediate Past Senate Chair) 
El lie Weingaertner, Graduate 
School 

Senate Human Relations 
Committee 

Gay Gullickson, History 

Senate Implementation 

Committee 

Ellis Weingaertner 

Senate Nominations 
Committee 

Joe! Cohen 

Senate Programs, 
Curricula, and Courses 
Committee 

Arthur Popper, Biology 

Senate Staff Affairs 
Committee 

Willie Brown, Office of 
Information Technology 

Senate Student Affairs 
Committee 

Allyson Morman, Life Sciences 



Senate Student Conduct 
Committee 

Jeanne Butertberg, Department 
of History 






OUTLOOK 



New Physics Centers Bring Research Home 



T 



he University of Mary- 
land Department of 
Physics is expanding 
the breadth and depth 
of its research with the launch 
of two new research centers, 
the Condensed Matter Theory 
Center and the Center for Parti- 
cle and String Theory, 

The Condensed Matter 
research group is one of the top 
10 in the nation (according to 
the 2003 U.S. News and World 
Report rankings). This new cen- 
ter Cwww.physics.umd.edu/ 
cmtc) aims to strengthen this 
area by expanding its research 
in condensed matter theory. 
The Center for Particle and 
String Theory (www.physics. 
umd.edu/cpst) was developed 
to advance mathematical and 
theoretical physics through 
research in superstring/M-theo- 
ry, theoretical particle physics 
and theoretical and mathemati- 
cal physics. 

"I'm very proud of the work 
that our faculty are already 
doing in both of these areas," 
said Jordan Goodman, professor 
and chair of the physics depart- 
ment." I see these centers esca- 
lating the depth and the caliber 
of existing great work and, at 
the same time, putting the Uni- 
versity of Maryland mark on the 
world of science." 

The centers are focusing on 
rapidly growing areas of physics 
that most scientists believe will, 
one day, have great impact on 
people's daily lives. In addition 
to delving deeper into their 



respective areas of research, 
both centers will host distin- 
guished lectures by prominent 
researchers and small research 
workshops. 

Condensed matter refers to 
matter that is in the solid or liq- 
uid state, as opposed to the 
gaseous state where the matter 
is much more dispersed. 
Research includes the study of 
solids, liquids, superfluids, glass- 
es, polymers, macromolecules 
and nanotubes. This research 
has fundamental significance to 
numerous high-technology 
applications. For example, con- 
densed matter research spawned 
developments in microelectron- 
ics, which is responsible for 
computers, cellular telephones 
and many other daily-use elec- 
tronic products. It also led to 
the development of modern 
plastic and other exotic com- 
posite materials. 

As for the future of condensed 
matter, Sankar Das Sarma, distin- 
guished university professor 
and director of the Condensed 
Matter Theory Center says, 
"Numerous discovery possibili- 
ties exist for expanded research 
in this field of physics with so 
many interesting phenomena 
and exciting applications." 

Applications for the work of 
the Center for Particle and 
String Theory are probably fur- 
ther in the future, but the possi- 
bilities are endless. After all, the 
research findings that led to cel- 
lular technology were actually 
discovered in 1865 when James 



Clerk Maxwell predicted elec- 
tromagnetic radiation. Once 
Heinrich Hertz measured the 
electromagnetic waves that 
Maxwell's equations predicted, 
the foundation was laid for cel- 
lular technology. 

According to S. James Gates, 
the John S.Toll professor of 
physics and director of the Cen- 
ter for Particle and String Theo- 
ry, "Maxwell's Equations are the 
DNA of modern communication 
and information technology. We 
are working to extend the equa- 
tions of Maxwell and Einstein 
so these new results will 
become the DNA for the tech- 
nologies of Star Trek." 

Elementary particles are the 
basic elements that constitute 
matter. Atoms were once 
thought to be elementary, but it 
has since been learned that 
they have constituents, which 
are protons, neutrons and elec- 
trons. Even protons and neu- 
trons are now known to be 
made up of smaller objects 
called quarks. In string theory, 
truly elementary particles are 
made up of strings. The way a 
string vibrates determines what 
type of particle it creates. 

According to Gates,"The goal 
of particle physics research is to 
answer the question How is 
this universe built at its simplest 
Ievel?'The university, the depart- 
ment and this new center are all 
committed to answering that 
question with research that will 
advance knowledge and the 
quality of human life." 



What is it — Where is it? 




PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCH6L 



Identify the image in this photo and get a chance to win a prize! Send your guess 
to: Mystery Photo, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall or to oudoolc@accmail.umd.edu. 
All correct entries will be placed in a drawing to win a free tall beverage from The 
Coffee Bar in Stamp Student Union. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Monday, 
Aug. 26, and the winner will be announced in the Sept. 3 issue of Outlook. 






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New Leadership Ready to Roll 



Continued from page 6 



raised by campus community 
members. Rather than push an 
agenda of his own, he says he 
wants to "let the process hap- 
pen as it should." 

"My plan," explains Cohen, "is 
to make sure that the senate is a 
smoothly functioning body that 



accurately reflects the needs 
and desires of staff, students and 
faculty. . . . There are a lot of 
smart people on this campus," 
he adds, whose ideas he hopes 
to hear. 

For information about cur- 
rent issues, submitting a pro- 



posal or becoming involved in 
campus governance, contact 
the Senate Office at (301) 405- 
5805- For information about 
upcoming senate meetings, 
visit www.inform.umd.edu/ 
Catnpuslnfo/Senate/Meetings/ 
0203SenMeetSched.btmi 



Yow: Providing Expertise 

Continued from page 1 



to discuss all the questions 
openly, in a forum where all 
voices and all viewpoints can 
be heard," he said, 

Yow says issues surround- 
ing Tide LX are both challeng- 
ing and important. "We need 
to figure out how to continue 
to offer opportunities for 
women, while also providing 
for men," says Yow. 

Although acknowledging 
that after 26 years in athletics 
she has developed her own 
views about Title EX, Yow says 
the commission provides an 
opportunity for the public to 
express their opinions. "One 



of your goals is to listen to the 
public at this stage and to 
determine if any of their sug- 
gestions could be beneficial." 
People can have their say 
at a series of town meetings 
to be held in Atlanta, Colorado 
Springs, San Diego and Chica- 
go over the next several 
months. Yow says commis- 
sioners will then meet again 
in December and January to 
work on a report, which is 
due on Jan. 31 , 2003 to the 
secretary of education. 

— David Youngmeyer, 

University Communications 

graduate assistant 



Frese: Willing to Work 

Hard for Success 

Continued from page J 



exciting to see the appeal that 
people have for women's bas- 
ketball and our team," said 
Frese, adding that it's possible 
to do the same here at Mary- 
land. Her Minnesota team fin- 
ished 18th in the AP poll, j 

Frese isn't expecting suc- 
cess overnight, but in time she 
hopes to add a national cham- 
pionship to all of her honors. 
Right now her focus is on 
building and teaching. 

"I really believe that next 



season is about our team get- 
ting better," she said. "When I 
say that — just getting better 
when we step out on the 
floor for practice, better from 
one half to the next half, game 
to game, better in the class- 
room, better as people. It's all 
about us improving who we 
are for next season. And I 
think the rest takes care of 
itself when every day you 
have the mentality that you're 
going to work hard." 



Counseling: Offers Hope 

Continued from page 6 



There are many types of | 
mental health providers. Most 
have a masters or doctoral 
degree in social work, coun- 
seling, psychology or psychia- 
try and have received a 
license to practice. The most 
common types of mental 
health providers include the 
following: 

• Licensed clinical social 
workers must complete a 
two-year master of social 
work program, two years of 
supervised post-degree clini- 
cal training and pass a written 
state licensing examination. 
The abbreviation for a 
licensed clinical social work is 
LCSW in Md.,UCSW in DC. 
AndLCSWinVa. 

• Licensed psychologists 
must complete a four-year 
doctoral (Ph.D. , Psy. D. Or 
Ed.D) degree, a pre-doctoral 
internship, one year of super- 
vised post-degree experience 
and pass a state licensing 
examination. 

• Psychiatrists must com- 
plete four years of medical 
school, a year of medical 
internship and three years of 
psychiatric residency. They 
also must take a national 
examination to become 
board-certified in psychiatry. 

■ Licensed professional 
counselors complete a two- 
year masters degree program 



in counseling and two years 
of supervised post-degree 
clinical training. They must 
also pass a written state 
licensing examination. 

• Pastoral counselors are 
clergy with training in clinical 
pastoral education and they 
are certified by the American 
Association of Pastoral Coun- 
seling. 

What is my role In coun- 
seling? 

Your role is to attend sched- 
uled sessions on time and to 
talk honestly about what is on 
your mind. Be prepared for 
your sessions, set goals for 
yourself, tell your counselor if 
you don't feel you are making 
progress.Trust your instincts 
and be open to change.Termi- 
nate therapy when you are 
read and ask any questions 
you need. 

Change can happen. 
Life presents us with 
many challenging situ- 
ations. Struggling to overcome 
them is part of our normal 
development. Counseling can 
provide you with the skills to 
tackle these challenges and to 
achieve your full potential. 

For more information about 
the counseling process or to 
request services, call (301) 
324*099. 



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AUGUST 20, 2002 







What Did You Do 
Your Summer? 



With the school year officially 
underway, the Outlook staff is 
sure many members of the 
campus community miss sum- 
mer's lazier pace (though not 
its heat). Suntans are fading and 
work is interrupted by the 
swapping of vacation stories. 
We'd like to hear — and pub- 
lish — what folks did this sum- 
mer. Send in a 100-250 word 
essay to oudook@accmail.umd, 
edu. Entries may be edited for 
lengtii and clarity. Due to space 
limitations, all entries may not 
be published. Address ques- 
tions to Monette Bailey, editor, 
at (301) 405-4629. 



Center's Inauguration 
Features World Leaders 

The latest research results of 
six world-leading scholars will 
be presented during a series of 
lectures in the new Computer 
Science Instructional Center. 
Beginning Monday, Sept. 9 with 
University of California -Berke- 
ley's Umesh Vazirani, the free 
talks will be held at 4 p.m. on 
Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 1 1 and Dec. 2. 
Each will start with a reception 
at 3:30 p.m. 

For more information about 
the series, go to www.cs.umd. 
edu/fall20021ectures. 



Writing for Outlook 

OuUook welcomes article sub- 
missions from all members of 
the campus community. 
Because the mission of the 
publication is to highlight the 
work and accomplishments 
(and concerns) of staff and fac- 
ulty, articles must address and 
involve this audience. Please 
run all ideas by Monette Bailey, 
Outiook editor, before submis- 
sion. 

All articles should follow the 
following specifications: 

• Be between 500-650 words 

• Be objectively written. Out- 
look does not run editorials. 

• Contain byline (author) 
information 

• Be submitted at least two 
weeks before the desired publi- 
cation date 

For more information, call 
the editor at (301) 405^629 or 
send email to outlook@accmail. 
umd.edu. 



If s Time for a 
Celebration 

McKeldin Library renovations 
and service enhancements are 
complete, so staff members 
encourage the campus commu- 
nity to attend several free activ- 
ities planned to show off new 
facilities (including a new Gov- 
ernment Documents/Maps 
location and new study space) 
and services (including virtual 
chats with a librarian and a free 
fax service). There will be 
celebrity greeters at the Wel- 
come Desk, special tours, raf- 
fles, giveaways and an appear- 



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On a glorious day for a garden party, Sylvia Stewart, interim vice president for 
administrative affairs, presented Charles Sturtz with the garden and dedication 
plaque in his honor outside the Chesapeake Building, The new garden was 
created to honor Sturtz's years of service to the university as well as to beautify an area 
devastated by the Sept. 24, 2001 tornado. Sturtz, who recently retired from his position 
as vice president for administrative affairs, thanked those gathered and spoke of the gar- 
den as a symbol of our commitment to the growth and the future of the university. 



ance by university mascot Tes- 
tudo. Daily events will go on 
through Sept. 6. 

A complete listing of events 
can be found at www.lib.umd. 
edu. For more information, call 
Frank Bodies at (301) 405- 
9126. 



L&S Seeking Advisor- 
Volunteers 

Letters and Sciences (L&S) 
seeks University of Maryland 
faculty, research associates, pro- 
fessional-level staff members 
and full-time PhD students to 
advise up to five L&S freshman 
students this fall. L&S students 
want to explore their academic 
options before declaring a 
major. A preparation session 
(1.5 hours) will be offered sev- 
eral times in late August and 
early September. 

For more information, con- 
tact Thomas Steen at (301) 314- 
8426 or tsteen@deans.umd.edu, 
or visit http://www. inform, 
umd . edu/Le ttersSciences. 

UNA Splicing in Human 
Pathologies 

In recent years, alternative RNA 
splicing has gained recognition 
as a key process in gene expres- 
sion and a major event control- 
ling gene regulation and pro- 
tein functionality and diversity. 
The first annual symposium 
sponsored by the University of 
Maryland Biotechnology Insti- 
tute and Exonhit Therapeutics 
aims to provide a forum to dis- 
cuss advances and to investi- 
gate issues In this emerging 
field of genomics. The meeting 
will focus on state of the art 



concepts and mechanisms of 
alternative RNA splicing, with 
leading scientists providing 
insight on the impact of alter- 
native splicing in die onset and 
progression of diseases. 

The symposium will take 
place Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 8 
a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Auditorium 
at USM Shady Grove Campus. 
Adrian R. Krainer of Cold 
Spring Harbor Laboratory is the 
keynote speaker. Registration 
for the event is free. 

For more information, contact 
G. Coleman at (301) 99*4802 
or colemang@UQibi.umd.edu. 



New DVD Services 

The Office of Information Tech- 
nology's Visualization and Pre- 
sentation Laboratory (VPL) 
now offers several services 
based on new DVD production 
capabilities. The first, and possi- 
bly the simplest, of these servic- 
es is data archival onto DVD. 
Unlike a CD-ROM, which can 
hold about 700MB of computer 
files, each DVD-R archive holds 
up to 4.4GB of data, which is 
more than 6 full CDs. The VPL 
will accept files on CD, ZIP or 
via file transfer protocol from 
Macintosh, PC or Unix 
machines. 

Another DVD service now 
offered by the VPL is conver- 
sion of existing videotapes into 
DVD. A VHS, SVHS, Hi-8 or Beta- 
camSP tape is first video-cap- 
tured and then the resulting 
video is burned onto a DVD, 
which can be played by most 
modern DVD players. The qual- 
ity of the final video is only lim- 
ited by the quality of the origi- 
nal, and when stored on DVD 
medium, a video will be pre- 



served for many years (some 
claim 100 years). 

Additional digital video serv- 
ices are also available, such as 
burning to VCD and other for- 
mats. Contact the VPL at (301) 
405-7325 for more details and 
pricing. 



Doug Varone and 
Dancers 

Doug Varone and Dancers have 
produced some of modern 
dance's most compelling 
works. A company singled out 
for its extraordinary physical 
daring and vivid musicality, its 
performances regularly bring 
audiences to their feet begging 
for more. 

The dance performance will 
take place Thursday, Sept. 12 
and Friday, Sept, 13 from 8 to 
10 p.m. in the Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center's Ina & 
Jack KayTheatre. The single 
ticket price is $30; student tick- 
ets cost $5. 

For more information, contact 
Amy Harbison at (301) 405-8169 
or harbison@wam.umd,edu, or 
visit wwwclaricesmithcenter. 
umd.edu. 



Maryland Chorus 
Auditions 

The Maryland Chorus 
announces community mem- 
ber auditions Aug. 23-25. The 
2002-2003 season will feature 
annual holiday concerts Dec. 7- 
8, a performance with the uni- 
versity symphony orchestra of 
Brahms'-Requiem" in February 
and a summer European tour in 
June. Call (301) 405-5571 to 
schedule an audition.