Skip to main content

Full text of "Outlook / the University of Maryland, College Park (2002)"

See other formats



Don't Hide 
Your Light 

Maryland's Solar 
Decathlon Entry 
Moves to the City 

Page 7 


Name UMTV 
Newscast Best 
in Nation 

"Maryland Newsline, " the 
University of Maryland's new 
nightly newscast, has been 
named the best student-pro- 
duced TV news show in the 
nation by the Society of Profes- 
sional Journalists. 

The program, produced by 
advanced broadcast news stu- 
dents at the Philip Merrill Col- 
lege of Journalism and aired on 
the college-operated cable sta- 
tion UMTV, won the prestigious 
Mark of Excellence Award in its 
first year. 

The Maryland show was 
selected over two other finalists 
- wTJFT-TV of the University of 
Florida and KBYU Newsnet of 
Brigham Young University, last 
year's winner. 

The announcement came 
Sept. 14 at SPJ's national con- 
vention in Fort Worth. 

Maryland's journalism pro- 
gram, which has earned a 
national reputation for its print 
journalism curriculum, has 
focused in recent years on 
building its broadcast news divi- 

"Our print journalism pro- 
gram has a long tradition of 
excellence, but the Mark of 
Excellence Award for'Maryland 
Newsline' is proof that Mary- 
Sec UMTKpage 7 

Libraries Complete "Banner" Fiscal Year 


Barbara Hair is the Libraries' assistant dean and director of external relations. She has big plans for the 
Libraries, big plans. 

Anyone doubting the excitement and 
transformative power of libraries need 
only speak with Barbara Harr for 30 
minutes. Not only will she win you over, she 
may even have you writing a check. 

Harr, assistant dean and director of external 
affairs for the Libraries, is part of the reason 
the university Libraries had a banner fiscal year 
for 2002, with gifts more than doubling those 
received in FY 2001. Her passion for the writ- 
ten word and her contagious belief that 
libraries are much more dynamic than given 
credit for could explain the increase. Since 
arriving at Maryland just over a year ago, Harr 

made it her mission to raise the Libraries' visi- 
bility. This heightened awareness, gained 
through gala events and widely publicized spe- 
cial collections, resulted in more than $4 mil- 
lion dollars being poured into the Libraries 
through gifts and pledges averaging more than 
$60,000 each. This includes the largest gift in 
the Libraries' history: a $3 million endowed 
fund to provide perpetual support for the Per- 
forming Arts Library, now named The Michelle 
Smith Performing Arts Library. Last fiscal year 
total gift commitment totaled just over $1.5 

See LIBRARIES, page 5 

New Office 

Reduce the number of 
one-person occupancy 
vehicles on campus. It is 
a simple statement that campus 
administrators hope will guide 
the complex effort needed to 
make it so. 

The Department of Campus 
Parking and Shuttle-UM com- 
bined their resources to create 
the new Department of Trans- 
portation Services. The organiza- 
tion is designed to aid both 
units in thinking about how to 
get people to campus using 
fewer vehicles and with mini- 
mal hassle. It is hoped that a 
more integrated approach, both 
in word and in deed, may be a 
good first step toward solving 
campus parking woes. 

"We were operating on the 
build it and they will come' the- 
ory," when constructing garages, 
says David Allen, director of 
Transportation Services. "But we 
can't keep doing that, we only 
have so much land to build on. 
Instead of thinking only about 
increasing spaces, now we're 
working to reduce the number 
of cars." 

"For years we've been in an 
enviable position because we 
have been able to provide park- 
See COMMUTING, page 4 

New Liaison Excited 
About Possibilities 

Her office space 
may be temporary, 
but Julie Choe is a 
permanent addi- 
tion to the Office 
of Campus Pro- 
gram's roster of 

In response to 
requests from the 
17 or so student 
groups that make 
up the Asian-Pacif- 
ic-American (APA) 
community for a 
full-time person to 
serve as a liaison 
between APA stu- 
dents and adminis- 
trators, the Office 
of Campus Pro- 
grams (OCP) creat- 
ed the coordinator 
for APA student 
services and advocacy post 


Julie Choe, the new coordinator for student 
services and advocate for the Asian -Pacific - 
American community, wants to make connec- 
tions across the campus. 

See CHOE, page 7 

Let's Talk 
About It 

Words of Engagement, 
an Intergroup Dia- 
logue Program spon- 
sored by the Student Intercul- 
tural Learning Center (SILQ 
and the Office of Human Rela- 
tions Programs (OHRP), brings 
together groups of students 
from social identity groups with 
a history of tension or conflict. 
Facilitated by trained and expe- 
rienced intergroup dialogue 
facilitators, participants con- 
front those tensions and I mild 
new bridges across groups. 

Groups meet in two-hour ses- 
sions once a week for seven 
weeks. This semester's dialogues, 
beginning the week of Oct. 7, 
include: People of Color/White 
People, Wo men/Men, Intra- 
LGBT, Story Circle for Students 
with Psychological Disabilities, 
Non-Native English Speakers/ 

See DIALOGUE, page 7 

Unique Hearing Research 
Program Nets Major NIH Grant 

Fish have ears. So do bats, 
birds and bugs. And while they 
might look different from the 
human ear, a group of universi- 
ty researchers thinks under- 
standing how different animals 
sense and process sound may 
uncover clues to restoring 
human hearing loss. 

Research by an interdiscipli- 
nary team in the Center for 
Comparative and Evolutionary 
Biology of Hearing (C-CEBH) 
has so impressed the National 
Institutes of Health (NIH), that 
NIH has awarded a $2.6 mil- 
lion P-30 Core Center grant to 
the university to support the 
CCEBH and expand research 
in auditory neuroscience. 

"We are one of only a few 
groups in the world studying 
hearing from the evolution 
and comparative perspec- 
tives," said Robert Dooling, 
professor of psychology, co- 

director of the C-CEBH, and 
principal investigator of the P- 
30 grant. 

"It's unusual to receive a P- 
30 Core Center on a campus 
without a medical school," said 
Arthur N. Popper, professor of 
biology and co-director of C- 
CEBH."Grants for them are 
almost always given only to 
medical schools." 

The P-30 Core Center grant 
provides additional support 
for interdisciplinary research 
for 13 investigators in hearing 
science. In addition to Dooling 
and Popper are Cynthia Moss 
and David Yager, psychology; 
Catherine Carr and Dennis 
Higgs, biology; David Poeppel, 
linguistics and biology; Shihab 
Shamma, electrical and com- 
puter engineering; Jonathan 
Simon, electrical and comput- 

See HEARING, page 4 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 


Tornado Memorial Service 

Sept, 24 marks the first anniversary of the tornado that struck 
College Park and killed students Colleen and Erin Marlatt. A tree 
will be planted in their memory on LaPlata Beach, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. 
Later, Steven Zu brick of the National Weather Service will pres- 
ent "In Nature's Way — the College Park and LaPlata Tornadoes 
Revisited," 7:30-8:30 p.m., Architecture Auditorium, 0204. For more 
information, contact Craig Carignan at craigc@ssi,, 5-1996. 


September 24 

8 a.m. -6 p.m., RNA Splicing 
in Human Pathologies Audi- 
torium, USM Shady Grove Cam- 
pus. The first annual sympo- 
sium sponsored by the Univer- 
sity of Maryland Biotechnology 
Institute and Exonhit Thera- 
peutics aims to provide a 
forum to discuss advances and 
investigate issues in the emerg- 
ing field of genomics. The 
meeting will focus on state-of- 
the-art concepts and mecha- 
nisms of alternative RNA splic- 
ing, with leading scientists pro- 
viding insight on the impact of 
alternative splicing in the 
onset and progression of dis- 
eases. Adrian R. Krainer of 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 
is the keynote speaker. Regis- 
tration is free. For more infor- 
mation, contact G. Coleman at 
(301) 990-4802 or colemang® 

12:30-2 p.m.. The Love- 
Dream of Thomas Chatter- 
ton's Unrecorded Face 0135 

Taliaferro, CRBS's Works-in-Pro- 
gress Colloquium. Refreshments 
served. For more information, 
call Karen Nelson at 5-6830. 

4:30-7:30 p.m.,Unix: Your 
WAM Account is More 
Than Just Email 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science. Intro- 
duces the UNIX operating sys- 
tem. Concepts covered include 
file and directory manipulation 
commands, navigational skills 
and the Pico editor. It does not 
teach programming skills. Pre- 
requisite: a WAM account. For 
more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or, or 

5:30-7:30 p.m.. Take Five: 
Chulrua Clarice Smith Perfor- 
ming Arts Center. See page 3. 


September 25 

10 a.m-4 p.m.. First Look 
Fair Registration McKeldin 
Mall. An opportunity to meet 
and share with students. The 
fair will be held again Sept. 26 
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registra- 
tion required; forms were sent 
to deans, divisions and depart- 
ment heads. For additional 
forms or more information, 
contact Katy Casseriy at 5-0838 

6-9 p.m., Dreamweaver: 
Making Web Pages the 
Easy Way 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. Uses the indus- 
try standard in Web authoring 
to create a more complex Web 
site without using HTML code. 
Prerequisite: a WAM account. 
For more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or 
c wp os t@umd 5 . umd. ed u , or 

September 26 

10 a.m. -4 p.m., First Look 
Fair Registration McKeldin 
Mall. See Wednesday, Sept. 25. 

12:30- 4:30 p.m.. Satellite 
Teleconference on Food 
Safety Grants to Local and 
State Agencies 4205 Horn- 
bake. The broadcast will fea- 
ture results of the Innovative 
Food Safety Grants from FY 
1999 and 2000 and will pro- 
vide information about educa- 
tional tools to promote and 
enhance safe food practices. 
For more information, contact 
Alesia McManus at 5-9285 or 
visit, or 

1-3:30 p.m.. Spatial Analy- 
sts with ArcView 3.2 6101 
McKeldin Library. Free, but 
advance registration required 
html. A hands-on workshop 
exploring the more complex 
query and spatial analysis of 
ArcView 3-2 GIS (Geographic 
Information Systems) software. 
Prerequisite: familiarity with 
ArcView. The workshop will 
also be offered on Oct. 1 6 and 
Nov. 5. For more information, 
contact User Education Ser- 
vices at 5-9070 or ue6@umall., or visit www. lib. 

3:30-5:00 p.m., Onomato- 
poetics: A Linear Reading 
of Martial 7.67-70 2407 

Marie Mount Hall. A Lecture 
sponsored by the Department 

of Classics and given by Niklas 
Holzberg of Ludwig-Maximil- 
ians-Universitaet, Munich. For 
more information, contact 
Judith P. Hallett at 5-2024 or 
jhlO@umail. . 

September 27 

2-3 p.m., Algebra/Number 
Theory Seminar 13 11 Math 
Building. Matthew Baker will 
present, "Modularity for curves 
of genus >=2." For more infor- 
mation, visit the Math Depart- 
ment Web site, www. math. 

8-10 p.m., Maryland Dance 
Ensemble Showcase Clarice 

Smith Performing Arts Center. 
See page 3- 

september 28 

12-3 p.m., NWS Severe 
Storm Spotter Training: 
Basics I Judith Resnik Lecture 
Hall (1202 Martin Hall). The 
National Weather Service 
(NWS) will teach its Basics I 
course on severe weather. The 
class will cover bask storm 
spotting techniques and how 
the NWS operates. Preregistra- 
tion is required; please indicate 
which classes you have taken 
and the class you are register- 
ing for. Register at wwwmeto. or 
http://205. 1 56.54.206/er/lwx/ 
skywarn/classes.html, or con- 
tact,, or For 
more information, contact 
Brian Guyer at 5-5391 or, 

3:30-6:30 p.m., NWS Severe 
Storm Spotter Training: 
Winter Storms Judith Resnik 
Lecture Hall (1202 Martin 
Hall). The class will focus on 
mid-Atlantic snowstorms and 
nor'easters. It will examine the 
frequency and history of the 
storms, how they form, the dif- 

ficulties in forecasting them, 
how to be prepared, how to 
measure snow and ice, and 
how Skywarn operates during 
a winter event. Prerequisite: 
Basics I. Pre registration is 
required; please indicate which 
classes you have taken and 
which you are registering for. 
Register at www.meto.umd. 
edu/~gcm/ skywarn or http:// 
warn/classes.html, or contact 
guye r@a tmos . umd . edu ,, broberts® or bryanb@atmos. For more information, 
contact Brian Guyer at 5-5391 

8-10 p.m., Maryland Dance 
Ensemble Showcase Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 

See Friday, Sept. 27. 

September 29 

3:30-5:30 p.m.. Colloquium 
on Classics and Die Weisse 
Rose 4433 South ParkAvenue, 
Chevy Chase. Location has 
been moved from Francis Scott 
Key Hall. Featuring a presenta- 
tion by Niklas Holzberb of 
Ludwig-Maximilians Univer- 
sitat, Munich, en titled, "Lycur- 
gus in Leaflets and Lectures: 
Die Weisse Rose and Classics at 
Munich University 1941-1945?" 
with responses by Maryland 
professor Peter Beicken and 
Ernestine Schlant of Montclair 
State University. For more 
information, contact Judith R 
Hallett at 5-2024 or 

September 30 

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Introduc- 
tion to FileMaker Pro 4404 

Computer & Space Science. 
The course is taught on Macin- 
tosh G3s, but concepts cov- 
ered will convey seamlessly to 
the Windows environment. The 
class fee is $1 10. To register, 
visit For 
more information, contact Jane 
S. Wieboldt at 5-0443 or oit-, or 

10 a.m. -noon, Grand 
Reopening, Government 
Documents & Maps Library 

See For Your Interest, page 8. 

6:30-8:00 p.m.. Peace 
Forum Meeting 2106Tydings 
Hall. Peace Forum will meet to 

discuss ways of stopping mili- 
tary action. For more informa- 
tion, contact Kobi at 5-5091 or 

October 1 

8:30-10:30 a.m.. Beginning 
and Intermediate Spanish 

Language Classes See For 

Your Interest, page 8. 

6-9 p.m., HTML I: Learn to 
Create a Basic Web Page 
with HTML Code 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science. Intro- 
duces the Hypertext Markup 
Language used to create Web 
pages on the World Wide Web. 
Concepts covered: how to for- 
mat text, make lists, links and 
anchors, upload pages, and add 
inline images. Prerequisite: 
Basic Computing Technologies 
class and a WAM account. For 
more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or, or 


October 2 

10-12:30 p.m., Textual to 
Spatial Data with ArcView 

3.2 6101 McKeldin Library. A 
hands-on workshop that cov- 
ers the conversion of text to 
geographic information. Geo- 
coding and conversion of lati- 
tude and longitude will be dis- 
cussed. Free, but advance regis- 
tration is required at www.lib. Prereq- 
uisite: Familiarity with ArcView 
software. The workshop will 
also be offered on Oct. 24 and 
Nov. 12. For more information, 
contact User Education Servi- 
ces at 5-9070 or ue6@umail., or visit www.lib. 
umd . edu/U ES/gis . html . 

or additional event list- 
ings, visit lA'^ 

calendar guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar Information for Outlook Is compiled from a combination of inforM's 
master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. To reach the calendar editor, call 
405-7615 or send e-maii to outlook@accm 


Cw/oofe is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University of 
Maryland campus community, 

Bradie Remington 'Vice 
President for University Relations 

Teresa Flannery ■ Executive 
Director, University 
Communications and Marketing 

George Cathcart * Executive 

Monette Austin Bailey * Editor 

Cynthia Mitchel * Art Director 

Robert K. Gardner • Graduate 

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

Send material to Editor. Outlook, 
2101 Turner Hall, College Park, 
MD 207+2 

Telephone -(301) 405-4629 
Fax «(301) 314-9344 
E-mail • 
www.collegep u dook 




Maryland Dance Ensemble Kicks Off Fall Season 

The Maryland Dance 
Ensemble Showcase 
will open the 
Department of 
Dance's fall season with the 
repertory ensemble featuring 
works by visiting artists and 
faculty on Friday and Satur- 
day, Sept. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. 
in the Ina and Jack Kay The- 
atre of the Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. 

Metro award for outstanding 
solo performance, inter- 
viewed people from Brazil, 
France, Germany, Hungary, 
Russia, Ukraine.Yugoslavia 
and the United States. She 
asked them what their last 
words would be to someone 
they might never see again. 
The work explores loss and 
the journey towards a lasting 
peace. The work includes 

The Maryland Dance Ensemble begins its fall semester with a show- 
case of works by visiting artists and faculty on Sept. 27 and 28. 

A new work, "Out on the 
Inside," by Nejia Yatkin, 
Department of Dance faculty 
member, is a multimedia 
work. Commissioned by the 
Kennedy Center, the dance 
responds to the loss experi- 
enced on Sept. ll.Yatkin, 
who recendy won a DC 

video work by Lenita 
Williamson, academic tech- 
nology coordinator at Mary- 

A solo work by die late 
Jane Dudley, "Harmonica 
Breakdown (1938)," will be 
performed by master's of fine 
arts candidate Connie Fink. 

Dudley was a significant cho- 
reographer of the '40s and the 
dance is a response to the dif- 
ficulties facing workers of the 
time. This dance is an oppor- 
tunity to experience the style 
of an earlier period. The 
music is by Sonny Terry. Pearl 
Lang of the Martha Graham 
Company reconstructed the 
work. Special permission to 
perform the work was grant- 
ed by Dudley's brother, film- 
maker Tom Herwitz. 

"American Travelogue," a 
premiere by dance faculty 
member Alvin Mayes is a 
Ugh the ar ted exploration of 
the ups and downs of three 
people traveling together. 
Supported in part by a grant 
from the Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center, the work 
is set to popular music of the 
'50s.The dancers are Fink, 
guest artist Tommie Parion 
and guest artist and Maryland 
alumnus Leonard wood. 

A anatyam solo by 
graduate student Daniel 
Phoenix Singh will be per- 
formed to live Indian music. 
"ThiUana in Raga Hindolam 
andTala Kanda chappu"was 
choreographed by Shanta 
and VR Dhananjayan. It is a 
dance of exuberant joy and 
intricate rhythmic variations. 

The visiting artist works, 
"Aperture" and "Bench Quar- 
tet" by Doug Varone were 
acquired for Maryland Dance 
Ensemble through a grant 
from the National College 
Choreography Initiative and 
will remain in the repertory 
through the spring semester. 
The lively, humorous "Ten- 
der Traps" by visiting artist 
David Parker is based on 
rehearsal "raw sessions," in- 
cluding mistakes and banter. 
The program was selected 
and directed by Professor 
Alcine "Wiltz, chair of the 
Department of Dance. Paul D. 
Jackson is the lighting design- 
er and technical director of 
the program. Tickets to Mary- 
land Dance Ensemble Show- 
case are $ 12, $5 for students. 
Contact the ticket office at 
001) 405-ARTS for more 


The Take Five on Tuesdays series continues this 
season with diverse and unique programming. The sec- 
ond free performance of the semester will feature the 
Irish sounds of Chulrua. Chulrua com- 
bines three of the finest traditional Irish 
musicians .touring today: Paddy O'Brien, 
senior all-Ireland button accordion cham- 
pion; Tim Briiton, master of the uilleann 


pipes as well as wooden flute and tin whistle; and Pat 
Egan, master guitar accompanist and singer from 
Tipperary. Tlieir collective mastery of Irish music and 
song is unparalleled, providing a concert experience of 
the highest caliber. 

Pronounced "cool-ROO-ah," Chulrua translates 
from Irish as "red back," and was the name and distin- 
guishing feature of the favorite wolflwund belonging to 
the ancient Irish hero Fionn MacCumhaill. 

By striving to present musk and songs that keep 
with the old Irish tradition, the trio plays the old 
instrumental dance music of Ireland: jigs, reels, horn- 
pipes, polkas, slides, walking marches, songs, slow airs, 
set dances and harp music. 

The heart of Irish music is the session, where tunes 
are played and traded, and conversation about music is 
the central theme. Sessions can be held anywhere, but 
are usually the best, and most relaxed, in a small, inti- 
mate place like the kitchen of a house or a small pub. 
The music presented by Chulrua comes from that inti- 
mate Irish tradition. 

With almost 70 years of combined experience per- 
forming at community fairs and festivals, colleges and 
universities, folk clubs and a variety of other venues, 
Chulrua mil perform at the Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center in the Robert and Arlette Kogod Theatre 
on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. 

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

For ticket information or to 
request a season brochure, 
contact the Ticket Office at 
301.405.ARXS or visit www. 
clarices mithcenter, utnd . edu . 

Clarice Smith 


An Exciting Season Ahead for the Department of Theatre 

The award-winning faculty 
members of the Department 
of Theatre promise the 
2002-03 season will bring chal- 
lenging topics, innovative roles 
and some light humor to the 
stage. Kicking off their fall season 
on Oct. 18 is "You Can't Take it 

with You," an American comedy 
sure to set high standards for the 

Directed by John Vreeke, "You 
Can't Take it with You" is a classic 
comedy set in a house filled with 
children, grandchildren and their 
spouses who came for a visit and 

never left. Their grandpa reigns 
aver the madhouse and lets fire- 
works erupt as the characters all 
begin to "find themselves." 

To find out more about the 
Department of Theatre season, 
visit wwwxlaricesmithcenter. 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 

Bringing Research Together to Aid Teachers 

For the first time, Maryland 
will host a conference 
designed to showcase 
recent and exciting research 
around literacy and learning 
for first and second languages. 
Sponsored by the College of 
Education, the Graduate School 
and the Office of International 
Programs,"Improving Learning 
Strategies for Literacy Confer- 
ence:An International 
Research Conference on First 
and Second Language (LI and 
L2) Literacy Strategies" will be 
held Nov. 1-3 in the Stamp Stu- 
dent Union. 

"There's been a traditional 
but puzzling separation of 
research of these two fields, 
TESOL and reading," said Peter 
Afflerbach, organizer and pro- 

fessor of curriculum and 
instruction with the College of 
Education. "We're really after 
the same thing." 

One of the goals is to pres- 
ent first and second language 
educators with research and 
tools that they can use in 
improving literacy. Workshops 
for teachers held Friday after- 
noon include Steve Graham 
and Karen Harris presenting 
"Self-regulating Strategy Devel- 
opment; Making the Writing 
Process Work" and Roberta 
Lavine and Teresa Cabal-Krastel 
presenting "Dealing with 
Learning Disabilities in the L2 
ClassroonTThe keynote speak- 
er for Saturday's hill day is 
Michael Pressley of Michigan 
State University presenting 

"Defining Effective Literacy 

Other campus speakers are 
Afflerbach, Patricia Alexander 
and Rebecca Oxford. Neil 
Anderson, Brigham Young Uni- 
versity; Andrew Cohen, Univer- 
sity of Minnesota; and Anna Uhl 
Chamot, George Washington 
University, will speak as well. 

Afflerbach feels there is 
something in the conference 
for several audiences. "I am 
encouraging anyone interested 
in language and learning and 
helping students to become 
fully literate to come " 

Early registration deadline is 
Oct. 4. For rates and other con- 
ference details, go to 
www, educat ion , umd .edu/EDC 


The student-run Shuttle-UM service offers commuters 11 routes to get on and off 

Commuting: Looking for Viable Options 

Continued from page 1 

ing for anyone who 
needed it," says 
Richard Stimpson, 
assistant vice presi- 
dent for student 
affairs. "As we build on 
existing parking lots, 
we've moved into a 
period where we 
won't be able to meet 
everybody's expecta- 
tions for a convenient 
parking space. As a 
result, we want to find 
viable options for all 
of us to use as we 
travel to and from 

The department is 
attempting to change 
the way people think 
about commuting. Pat 
Mielke, assistant vice 
president for student 
affairs services, voices 
what many people think about 
alternative methods of getting 
to campus. "For me to give up 
the privilege of driving my car 
every day, it's got to be so easy 
and designed so that I don't 
even have to think about it." 
She is working, though, to win 
over folks who think like she 
does, using herself as a test. 

"We have to begin an effort 
to change the way we think 
about options to get us out of 
our cars, or think that savings 
aren't worth the inconve- 
niece ," says Stimpson. A Green- 
belt resident, Stimpson rode 
Shuttle-UM for two years, but 
admits that time became an 
issue when it couldn't get him 
to and from work when he 
liked and as quickly as he 
liked. Because people will 
require various personal needs 
be met if they are to try alter- 
native forms of commuting, 
Transportation Services will 
"look at where we can change 
what we're doing to help peo- 
ple reach that threshold," says 

As a move in that direction, 
beginning this fall, a shutde 
bus leaves the College Park 
metro station every eight min- 


Continued from page 1 

Birds as Teachers 

utes. Also, the Washington Met- 
ropolitan Area Transit Authori- 
ty's Metrochek program that 
allows commuters to make 
pre-tax payroll deductions 
toward the purchase of bus or 
rail fares should begin soon. It 
will offer faculty, staff and grad- 
uate assistants some subsidy 
when using any public trans- 
portation services. Following 
the success of vanpools, a car- 
pool program is being encour- 
aged. Allen says they arc also 
looking at the possibility of 
attaching bike racks to buses, 
using Metrobuses as a model. 

"We're trying to take away 
barriers," says Maria Lonsbury, 
general manager of Shutde-UM 
and assistant director of the 
Office of Commuter Affairs and 
Community Service "For some 
people, it's not going to work, 
but if we keep hearing why it's 
not working, then let's talk 
about that. How can we make 
it work?" 

"There may be some adjust- 
ments in existing shuttle 
routes to better meet the 
changing needs of the institu- 
tion," says Mielke. "This may 
mean we'll have to decrease 
service where t ridership is 

limited in order to provide it 
where demand is liigh. Infor- 
mation on op dons being con- 
sidered will be shared with the 
campus community well 
before adjustments occur." 

Allen says studying where 
people are clustered helps 
determine where the greatest 
transportation needs are locat- 
ed. University Courtyard Apart- 
ments, on the other side of 
University Boulevard, has the 
greatest density of students off 
campus. Two years ago, ore 
than 700 students were driving 
more than 500 cars across the 
street and parking on campus. 
"We put together a 15 minute 
shutde system for them. Half of 
those staying over there now 
ride," he says. 

"Stay tuned. We look forward 
to sharing information on 
options," adds Mielke. The Divi- 
sion of Student Affairs is 
designing a comprehensive 
color brochure outlining the 
many ways commuters can get 
to campus. It will provide 
information on agencies, both 
on and off campus, that sup- 
port alternative transportaion. 
The publication will be avail- 
able by the week of Sept. 23. 

er engineering and biology; and 
Sandra Gordon-Salant and 
Michelle Hicks, hearing and 
speech. Also on the team are 
investigators from the Walter 
Reed Army Medical Center and 
James Madison University. 

The P-30 grant enables high- 
ly-funded investigators to go a 
step further by working closely 
with each other, some on sever- 
al projects, to combine their 
specialty areas. "Our group rep- 
resents an unusually broad and 
comparative approach to hear- 
ing science. Collaboration is the 
key to success," said Dooling. 
"Working through a center will 
gready facilitate cross-dis- 
ciplinary research by 
enhancing the 
ability to share 
information and 

"The C- 
CEBH, as well 
as the new cen- 
ter grant, arc 
wonderful exam- 
ples of the poten- 
tial that interdiscipli- 
nary research holds," said 
Dooling. "This all began years 
ago as a joint effort in the neu- 
rosciences, primarily between 
the Colleges of BSOS and Life 
Sciences. The support and wis- 
dom from Irv Goldstein and 
Norma Allewell, and Paul Maz- 
zocchi before her, at critical 
junctures ,was absolutely cru- 
cial in building the center and 
ultimately in winning die grant." 

Alike and Different 

Different animals process 
sound in different ways. 
For instance, while humans and 
many other vertebrates monitor 
their own vocal output, bats 
have raised this to a new level. 
They have evolved a sonar sys- 
tem to probe the details of their 
environment, almost like an 
acoustic "flashlight." The bat 
sends out an acoustic signal, 
which bounces off an object 
and returns to the bat to tell it 
what the object is and where it 
is located. 

Animals also vary in their 
abilities to recover from hear- 
ing loss. When human sensory 
hair cells, which arc located in 
the inner ear and are critical to 
hearing, arc destroyed, they 
don't grow back, and hearing is 
lost. But in many birds and fish, 
these sensory hair cells regener- 
ate, restoring most of the ani- 
mal's hearing. 

C-CEBH investigators hope 
that by looking at anatomical, 
physiological and behavior 
mechanisms of hearing in differ- 
ent animals they will be able to 
explain some of these differ- 
ences and similarities in com- 
plex auditory behavior. Some 
findings may eventually lead to 
discoveries of methods for 
restoring hearing loss and 
understanding other complex 
auditory processing problems 
in humans. 

"All aspects of hearing were 

invented by other animals," said 
Popper. "By looking at animals, 
we can understand where hear- 
ing came from and we can ask 
questions we can't answer any 
other way. Our research has 
already shown that there are 
remarkably common elements 
in sound source localization in 
all vertebrates." 

Questions, Answers 

C-CEBH investigators study a 
range of questions, includ- 

• Owls, bats and praying man- 

tises all use three- 
sound cues to 
locate objects, 
but they do 
it differently. 
What are 
the differ- 
ences and 

• Birds and fish, 
like humans, have 
inner ears with sensory 
hair cells that are critical to 
hearing. When trauma to the 
inner ear destroys human hair 
cells, they never regenerate. In 
birds and fish, however, hair 
cells do regenerate. Some 
species regain full function, oth- 
ers don't. What is the cellular 
basis of the lack of recovery? 
Arc there clues here to human 
hair cell regeneration? 

• Elderly people may lose their 
ability to recognize rapid or 
reverberating speech, a tempo- 
ral auditory ability. Is this some- 
thing that takes place just in the 
auditory system or somewhere 
else in the body? Are there clues 
from some bird species that 
have exceptionally acute tem- 
poral auditory ability? 

• Many species of birds must 
learn their songs, much as 
humans learn language. What 
are the parallels between song 
learning in birds and language 
learning in humans? What is the 
effect of hearing loss on main- 
taining a learned vocal reper- 
toire? Why do some birds learn 
vocalizations throughout life 
while others learn only during a 
critical period? 

The Future 

The center plans to host 
seminars focused on collab- 
orative research endeavors and 
to hold an annual interdiscipli- 
nary workshop that will bring 
in scientists from other institu- 

"We will maintain an active 
communication network to 
insure that all the C-CEBH inves- 
tigators are in continuous con- 
tact with each other" said Dool- 
ing."Our vision for the C-CEBH 
is that it will be an intellectual 
hub, not only for us, but for the 
entire auditory neuroscience 



Money Availab 

The National Scholarships 
Office would like to draw fac- 
ulty members attention to 
two scholarship activities students 
should be encouraged to attend. 

Sophomores and juniors in the 
environmental sciences and related 
fields should attend the Udall Schol- 
arship workshop given by Prof. 
Wendy Whittemore on Sept. 25 from 
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 1124 Biolo- 
gy-Psychology, The scholarship is 
also available to Native Americans 
and Alaska natives in fields related 
to health care or tribal policy. Schol- 
ars receive $5,000 for one year. The 
foundation deadline is Feb. 15, 2003. 

The following evening, a Scholar- 
ship Awareness event in the Mary- 
land Room of Marie Mount Hall will 
highlight opportunities for students 
to apply for national scholarships. 
Speakers are Joshua Wyner, chief 
program officer at the Jack Kent 
Cooke Foundation; Eric Sheppard, 
program director for the National 
Science Foundation Graduate 
Research Fellowship program; Car- 
men Gordon, program officer for the 
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program 
at the U.S. Department of Education; 
and Sean Fahey, Maryland/DC 
Rhodes Scholar 1994, Maryland Tru- 
man Scholar 1993 and Gates Cam- 
bridge Trust interviewer. 

A faculty workshop will be held 
from 4-5 p.m. and a student work- 
shop will follow from 5-6 p.m. This 
event is open to faculty, staff and 
students at all University System of 
Maryland teaching institutions. Lim- 
ited seating, registration required. 
RSVP at (301)405-9363. 

For more information on either 
event, contact Camille Stillwell at 
(301) 314-1289 or, 
or go to 

Affairs Celebrates an Anniversary 



Board Chairman Maxine Isaacs speaks with Gov. Parris Glendening during dinner. Former 
Maryland President John Toll sits to her right. 

World-renowned New York Times journalist and three-time 
Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman delivered the lunch- 
eon keynote address at the Maryland School of Public Affairs' 
20th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, Sept. 13. Friedman 
also signed his new book, "Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World 
After September 1 1 ," which is comprised of columns he published about Sept. 
11 as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections during his 
reporting on the post-September world as he traveled from Afghanistan to 
Israel to Europe to Indonesia to Saudi Arabia. 

The event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union 
and brought togedier the school's founding fathers, including former 
University of Maryland President John Toll; former faculty and staff; alumni; 
former board members, including Phil Merrill and Sen. Joseph Tydings; and 
the many individuals who contributed to the school's success. Gov. Parris 
Glendening served as a panelist at one of the "Leading With Excellence" poli- 
cy forums and the dean's reception featured the Capitol Steps, a political satire 
group composed of former Congressional staffers. 

Libraries! Bringing Maryland's Treasures to the Forefront 

Continued Jhm page i 


"We've come to recognize 
that to go beyond basics, we 
have to ask. It's a mindshift," 
she says. 

Michelle Wellens, director of 
Friends of the Libraries, adds 
that it is getting back to 
Libraries' roots. Many of the 
country's first libraries were 
created through acts of philan- 
thropy. "It's not a new concept. 
Maybe as times have changed, 
we're coming back to the need 
for philanthropy," she says. 

"We're asking in a very 
strategic, focused way," contin- 
ues Harr."In order for the 
schools to prepare students to 
be our future leaders, you have 
to support the Libraries," she 
says. Through cooperation 
with the Alumni Association 
and academic departments, she 
hopes to tap the hundreds of 
thousands of alumni who have 
used Maryland's library- 
resources. It is a natural pool of 
supporters, she believes. 

"Everyone who comes to the 
university and graduates has 
used one of our libraries, virtu- 

ally or physically, yet we have 
no graduates, no constituency. 
So I came here with the 
thought that to the fullest 
extent possible, I'm going to 
reach out to everyone. That's 
what this banner year is all 

Harr says a good portion of 
praise goes toWelIens,"She's an 
event queen, a genius at plan- 
ning special events." Well-attend- 
ed soirees, such as the Friends 
Gala 2002: "Celebrating Acade- 
mic & Athletic Excellence," 
bear out Hair's premise that 
libraries offer treasures waiting 
to be celebrated and support- 
ed.' We bring value," says Harr. 

"The events are often the 
most visible part of the 
Friends' activities, but we also 
do a host of other key initia- 
tives such as our quarterly 
newsletter Library Issues, 
online gift shop, Special Bor- 
rowers program and acknowl- 
edgement and stewardship of 
gifts," says Wellens. "In return, I 
would give Barbara the title of 
'The Great Catalyst.' Barbara 
has made her mark in the 

Libraries as an individual who 
makes things happen." 

Hair's efforts are internal, as 
well. The Libraries' curators and 
branch staff bring a level of 
expertise and professionalism 
that makes wliat Harr and 
Wellens do that much easier, 
Harrfeels."I see myself and 
Michelle as catalysts for getting 
people to become more aware 
that they are part of the effort. 
When you start thinking that 
way, you're part of the momen- 
tum. You're on a roll!" 

A graduate of Maryland's Col- 
lege of Information Studies and 
a former librarian, Harr knows 
not everyone buys into her 
vibrant vision of libraries, 
which is why it is so important 
to raise awareness and target 
collections to meet varied 
interests. The Hornbake Show- 
case, for example, offers recep- 
tions for collections of donated 
papers, a lecture on why 
"Sesame Street's" successful 
model wasn't copied, a slide 
presentation on the preserva- 
tion of the original Testudo, 
and a discussion of computer 

technologies. The approach 
modeled events surrounding 
the Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center dedication. "In mar- 
keting, you have to get the mes- 
sage out there in a lot of differ- 
ent ways," says Harr. 

This business-like approach 
won her the Potomac Chamber 
of Commerce Businessperson 
of the Year award in 1989 
while she managed not a busi- 
ness but a library in Mont- 
gomery County. She serves on 
tire board of the Washington, 
DC. chapter of the Association 
of Fundraising Professionals 
and holds a designation as a 
certified fund raising execu- 
tive, which requires that practi- 
tioners have at least five years 
experience before sitting for a 
four-hour exam. Harr loves 
being able to meld two pas- 
sions, libraries and marketing, 
into one winning pursuit. And 
it is especially sweet to do so 
for the university at a time 
when it's zooming. 

"I'm back home and it's one 
of the best times to be here," 
she says. 


University professor and artist 
W.C. Richardson was the recipi- 
ent of the Maryland State Arts 
Council Individual Artist Award, 
one of 10 top-level grants given 
in 2002. In July Richardson ex- 
liibited a 10-foot square painting 
on the floor of the Project Space 
at Fuse box, a gallery in Washing- 
ton, D.C. Also in the Art Depart- 
ment, professor Athena Tach has 
been awarded the following 
public commissions; Two plazas 
and two walkways with pave- 
ment designs and sculptures for 
"Wisconsin Place," a new devel- 
opment at the Friendship 
Heights Metro station in Bethes- 
da;a 700-foot long "art walk" 
between Grosvenor Metro sta- 
tion and die new Strathmorc 
Concert Hall in Rockville; and a 
plaza for the new Washington 
Metro Morgan Station in Prince 
George's County. 

Yale Fineman has assumed the 
position of music librarian/head 
of reference and circulation at 
die Michelle Smith Performing 
Arts Library. Fineman was user 
services librarian in the music 
library at Duke University. While 
there, Fineman developed elec- 
tronic resources, most notably 
DW3 Classical Music Resources, 
which Is the most comprehen- 
sive collection of classical 
music resources on the Web 
with links to more than 3,000 
carefully selected, non-commer- 
cial pages and sites in more 
than a dozen languages. 

Kathie Packer is the new 
Libraries development associ- 
ate. She will assist Barbara Harr, 
assistant dean and director, 
external relations, and Michelle 
Wellens, director of Friends of 
the Libraries, in providing 
administrative and development 

The Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center's Development 
Department welcomes Alicia 
Wilmes to its team as the new 
development officer. Wilmes 
comes most recendy from Sub- 
urban Hospital, where she was 
with die hospital foundation. 
She has also held positions with 
the University System of Mary- 
land and Johns Hopkins. 

David Balcom was promoted to 
the newly created associate 
executive director of develop- 
ment position within University 
Relations. In his new role, Bal- 
com will work closely with 
Valerie Broadie, assistant vice 
president for development, to 
manage the constituent and 
central development operations. 
He will continue to work in hLs 
prior capacities until an appro- 
priate replacement fundraiser is 


£ x t r a c u x r i c it I a r 

Melding Art and Politics 

Taking University Expertise to the Community 

He stands proudly in the 
lobby of the Grand 
Hyatt Hotel in north- 
west Washington, D.C., 
trunk held high, vinyl jumpsuit fit- 
ting like a glove. He's Elephis Pres- 
ley. Fashioned by university artist 
and professor Greg Metcalf, he is 
one of 200 Party Animals dotting 
the capital city. 

The Party Animals, a project of 
the DC Commission on the Arts 
and Humanities, are 100 donkeys 
and 100 elephants representing 

also epoxy modelling clay from 
Wisconsin and creepily realistic 
doll hair from Minnesota," says 

Between teaching courses, he 
works on "creating wooden por- 
trait sculptures inspired by the 
principles of traditional Congolese 
ritual sculpture," mosdy comis- 
sions exhibited in New Mexico 
and Florida. He's created sculp- 
tures of Dadaist artist Max Emst 
for the director of the Minneapolis 
Institute of Art, artist Paul Gauguin 


It took university professor Greg Matcalf approximately two weeks to create 
Elephis Presley, 

Democrats and Republicans deco- 
rated imaginatively and placed all 
over the city. Metro area artists 
were given grants to complete the 
4 1/2 by 5 foot sculptures, which 
should be on display through the 
first week of October. At die end 
of October, all of the animals will 
be on display at gardens of the 
Marriott Wardman Park hotel in 
Woodley Park in preparadon for 
an auction. The project is similar 
to the artisdc cows that dotted 
Chicago's streets a few years ago. 

Metcalf, an adjunct professor in 
the Art History, English and Ameri- 
can studies departments, spent last 
spring break (and the following 
week) finishing his statue while 
listening to recorded books in the 
former Woodies department store 
in the District, where several 
artists who didn't have sufficient 
studio space elsewhere finished 
their animals. "People would come 
by and talk and ask questions," 
says Metcalf. "The best comment 
from a spectator: a guy came up 
and said,'Trunka,Trunka Bumin' 
Love' and then walked away," 

Each artist was given a $1,000 
grant and $200 for supplies. Outfit- 
ting Elephis was a project in itself. 
"It took nine yards of white vinyl 
and I had to track down the rhine- 
stones on the Internet from a 
Canadian company They were the 
only company that had rhine- 
stones remotely big enough for an 
elephant-sized Elvis. There was 

as aTahidan Buddha, and one of 
SojournerTruth. u Next in line, sit- 
ting on a rack above my television, 
are Pablo Picasso riding the Guer- 
nica horse, a Bram Stoker, a Jack 
Kerouac, a Kathe Kdllwitz, an Ein- 
stein, a Frida Kahlo and a Dante, 
and a paired [Ella] Fitzgerald and 
[ErnestJ Hemingway.'' 

Easier to see is Metcalf 's display 
of 15 "portrait snowdomes" on die 
fourth floor of Hornbake Library. 
Each small plastic dome features a 
miniature portrait sculpture of an 
artist, author or composer. 

Metcalf s interest in art and poli- 
tics connects in several places, as 
evidenced by his University of 
Maryland doctorate in American 
studies, which he calls a relation- 
ship of art and culture. He worked 
his way through a master of fine 
arts program at Bowling Green 
State University as a political car- 
toonist. So the Party Animals proj- 
ect fit right in with Metcalf s sensi- 
bilities. Will Elephis sit atop his tel- 
evision as well? 

"There's litde enough breathing 
space where I live as it is. I'm fair- 
ly sure I don't get dim back. I 
assume they maintain possession," 
he answers. 

The Party Animals will be auc- 
tioned off at the end of the exhibi- 
tion, with all proceeds going to 
the DC Arts Commission grants 
program and arts education. For 
more information, visit 
www. partyanimals. org. 

Editor's note: Outlook's feature, extracurricular, will take occasional 
glimpses into university employees' lit>es outside of their day Jobs. We 
welcome story suggestions; call Monette Austin Bailey at (301) 405- 
4629 or send tbem to 

An intense partner- 
ship between the 
university's College 
of Education and a local 
high school helped its stu- 
dents achieve higher SAT 
scores, but the big news 
isn't so much the scores as 
it is what this accomplish- 
ment means for improving 
educational experiences 

Partnerships with Prince 
George's County public 
schools are not unusual for 
the college. What is a bit 
different about the work at 
Bladensburg High School is 
the level of involvement. 
Through the college's Mary- 
land Institute for Minority 
Achievement and Urban 
Education (MIMAUE) and 
the K-16 Partnership Devel- 
opment Center, faculty and 
student teachers provide a 
myriad of services designed 
for both schoolteachers and 
their students at what have 
been low-performing 

The university was intro- 
duced as part of a collabora- 
tion of community groups 
and educational institutions 
at a recent press confer- 
ence trumpeting the begin- 
ning of a new initiative to 
improve test scores and 
overall school performance. 
Bowie State University, the 
Maryland-National Capital 
Park and Planning Commis- 
sion, Prince George's Coun- 
ty Libraries and Faith Com- 
munity are the other part- 
ners. For Maryland's part, 
the project is a chance to 
give schools, particularly 

Bladensburg and its feeder 
schools, attention. 

"We don't do to the 
schools, we work with 
them," says Dean Edna Szy- 
manski of the collaboration. 
"We listen. We collaborate, 
and they respond with 
great ideas and enthusi- 

Some of the programs 
include professional devel- 
opment for teachers with 
an emphasis in math and lit- 
eracy, a summer program 
that offers students a 
glimpse of college and its 
possibilities and an initia- 
tive to ease transitions 
between elementary, middle 
and high school. Some of 
the faculty members 
involved are Frances Gulick 
(math), Wayne Slater (litera- 
cy), Neil Davidson (math 
education) and Dennis Kiv- 
lighan (counseling and per- 
sonnel services). Penny 
Largay, a retired county 
regional school director, is 
the university's project 
coordinator. Also, Sonia 
Keiner with the James Mac- 
Gregor Burns Academy of 
Leadership supervised Team 
Maryland, which brought 
1 5 students into the ele- 
mentary, middle and high 
schools for one-on-one 
attention . "They won uni- 
versal praise from these 
schools," says Greenberg. 

"We hope that what 
we're doing will help 
change the academic cli- 
mate," says Martin Johnson, 
director of MIMAUE. "We 
want to lift the level of 

So a 17-point increase in 
SAT scores is a step in that 
direction. "It's important, 
not statistically significant, 
but it went up. We don't 
claim credit for it," says 

Jim Greenberg, director of 
the K-16 center, agrees that 
the scores are merely an 
indicator of an attitude shift 
occurring on several levels. 
"It's not the scores that real- 
ly matter, but the benefit for 
the whole community. What 
we can do is come together 
in a way the helps people 
look more systematically and 
positively at what they're 
doing. Help them do their 
job better." 

The Bladensburg Project, 
as it is called by the county, 
seems a perfect project for 
MIMAUE, which came into 
existence just as the SAT 
Awareness initiative took 
shape. Johnson, Greenberg 
and Szymanski expect even 
greater things, "Because of 
the good things that are 
happening with the project. 
the dean is looking at how 
we might expand the proj- 
ect to two other clusters in 
region 2, Duval and Fair- 
mont high schools," says 
Johnson. "This would 
include 600 to 700 new 
teachers and close to 
20,000 more students. 

"We're committed to con- 
tinuing to work with the 
county and we've gotten a 
tremendous amount of 
response from the faculty," 
he continues. "Every body 
has the same idea: to raise 

Maintaining the Momentum 



he highest hurdle to greatness is getting over being [just] good. We must 
continue to look for those special opportunities that accelerate us, .. .that 
increase our momentum; . . . that allow us to polish our star. This is our 
most critical goal for the coming year — maintaining our momentum." 
— excerpt from President Dan Mote's annual State of the Campus Address, delivered 
during a meeting of the University Senate last week. Full text of the speech may be 
found at his left are Senate 
Parliamentarian Marvin Breslow, Chair Kent Cartwright and Executive Secretary and 
Director Mary Giles. 


Let The Sun Shine In! 


A crane raises the first section of roof from the University of Maryland's Solar 
Decathlon entry. It took nearly two years and some $200,000 in donated 
funds to design and build the solar home. Designed and built almost entirely 
by student volunteers, the home will compete against entries from 13 other 
universities on the National Mall in Washington, DC. between Sept, 26 and Oct. 6. 
The Department of Energy is sponsoring the contest to promote solar energy use. 

UMTV: Students Sweep National Awards 

Continued from page 1 

land is emerging as one of the 
top TV news programs in the 
country," said Journalism Dean 
Thomas Kunkel. 

Kunkel cited the addition of 
former CBS News White House 
correspondent Lee Thornton 
to the faculty in 1997, the 
acquisition and restructuring 
of the university's cable TV*sta- 
tion in 1999 and the creation 
of Maryland Newsline in 2001. 

The program is directed by 
Mark Lodato, a former corre- 
spondent forWUSA TV in 
Washington, DC. and now the 
news director at UMTV "This 
exciting recognition truly 
exemplifies the quality work 
our students produce every 
day," Lodato said. 

Maryland won two other 
national Mark of Excellence 
Awards. A six-student team 
from Capital News Service, the 
college's advanced public 
affairs reporting program in 
Washington, D.C. and Annapo- 
lis, won in the in-depth news- 
paper category for "Many 
Faces, One Maryland." 

The project combined 2000 
census data with old-fashioned 
shoe-leather reporting to iden- 
tify and profile some of the 
state's most ethnically isolated 
communities and demographi- 
cally distinct communities, 
from the greatest concentra- 

tions of Hispanics to the 
fastest-growing census tract. 
The series appeared in news- 
papers around the state. The 
project was edited by Steve 
Crane, director of the CNS 
Washington bureau. 

It is the second time in three 
years Capital News Service 
reporters have won a Mark of 
Excellence Award in the in- 
depth category. A CNS team 
won in 2000 "Maryland's Cen- 
tury," an eight-part series that 
combined 100 years of census 
data with original reporting to 
trace changes in the state over 
the 20th century. 

Meanwhile, a Maryland stu- 
dent won a Mark of Excellence 
in tlie category of in-depth 
reporting online in the first 
year SPJ has given awards for 
online journalism. Amy Silva 
won for "Political Ethics in 
Maryland," a news package cre- 
ated for the college's online 
newsmagazine, also called 
Maryland Newsline. 

The project, which was 
supervised by faculty member 
Chris Harvey, detailed the 
state's push to reform its ethics 
laws following a handful of 
ethics controversies that shook 
the Maryland legislature in 
recent years. Silva is now a 
communications assistant for 
the Pew Center for Civic Jour- 


SPJ selects three finalists in 
each Mark of Excellence cate- 
gory. Maryland and San Francis- 
co State University led all other 
universities this year with five 
finalists each. 

Maryland's other finalists 
were Christian Sorge for TV 
news photography and Cather- 
ine Matacic for newspaper fea- 
ture writing. Sorge's package, 
on the shortage of U.S. flags in 
the wake of Sept. 1 1, was his 
first TV package shot for 
Thornton's television news 
class. Matacie's story, on jour- 
nalists in the wake of Sept. 11, 
was written for Byline, the SPJ 
chapter's newsletter. 

Two other members of the 
Merrill College were honored 
at the national convention. 
Sue Kopen Katcef, a faculty 
member at the College since 
1999, was named best SPJ 
adviser in the nation. The Mary- 
land student chapter of SPJ 
under the leadership of Kopen 
Katcef was named best chapter 
in the region. And Alanna Turn- 
er, a May graduate of the col- 
lege, won the Julie Galvan Out- 
standing Graduate Award. 

"This is wonderful recogni- 
tion for our very talent stu- 
dents and their faculty men- 
tors," Kunkel said. "It's a great 
day for Maryland journalism." 

Choe: Building Support 

Continued from page 1 

tion. Graduate assistants had 
been serving in that capacity, 
but it was felt that a more per- 
manent position allowed for 
better continuity and more 
comprehensive service. 

"We wanted to expand. A full- 
time person can do that more 
thoroughly. Hopefully, we'll be 
seeing new services," says Bran- 
don Dula, assistant director of 
student involvement and diver- 
sity within OCR Choe agrees. 

"I want to provide opportuni- 
ties for people to develop 
socially, personally and in terms 
of their cultural identity,'' says 
Choe, who is second-generation 
Korean American. "I want peo- 
ple to know that I'm here. If 
you're working withAPA stu- 
dents and you notice a trend, or 
an issue, I can be that person 
you talk to." 

Choe comes armed with 
plenty of enthusiasm and signif- 
icant higher education coalition 
building experience. As an 
undergraduate English major at 
the University of Virginia, she 
worked as a volunteer center 
leader. After earning a master's 
in counselor education with an 
emphasis on student affairs 
(also from UVA), she moved on 
to become a resident director at 
Creighton University in Omaha 
and served as a director for a 
women's center she helped 

"It was a great experience, to 
work with a specific, under- 
served population," she says. 
However, she missed her family 
and a more metropolitan, 
diverse community. "So I came 
to George Washington Universi- 
ty to be assistant director for 
selection, training and develop- 

ment with the Community Liv- 
ing and Learning Center. I really 
enjoyed trying to create devel- 
opment opportunities for stu- 
dents and professional staff." 

It is this spirit of coalition 
building for a greater good that 
Choe brings with her to Mary- 
land. She is happy the graduate 
assistantship will continue so 
that she has some support 
determining and meeting the 
needs of a group that is approx- 
imately 14 percent of the cam- 
pus population. ""Thankfully, I'm 
not alone. The graduate coordi- 
nator, Dharma Naik, has been 
here for a year. I don't think I 
could do everything by myself. 
Collaboration is really impor- 
tant to me." 

Choe has spent her first 
month at the university trying 
to get out and meet people, try- 
ing to build relationships with 
organizations. She realizes it 
may be difficult balancing dif- 
fering expectations of her posi- 
tion and reaching the diverse 
APA community. But she looks 
forward to the challenge and is 
excited about involving even 
those not already affiliated with 
APA groups. 

"Although the day-to-day stuff 
can be consuming, I want to re- 
member why I'm here," she says. 

Julie Choe works in 
the Office of Campus 
Programs, 2194 
Stamp Student Union. 
She can be reached at (301) 
314-9544 or by e-mail at 

Dialogue: Understanding 

Continued from page t 

Native English Speakers, 
Women's Circle, People of Color 
from the Greek System/White 
People from the Greek System, 
Story Circle for Biracial or Mul- 
tiracial Students, White People 
on Whiteness, Black/Asian, and 
Asian Women's Circle. 

Suggestions for incorporating 
the program: 

1 . Make participation a 
requirement in your class or an 
option among class require- 
ments. Words of Engagement 
can be an incredible lab or dis- 
cussion-type complement to 
your curriculum. 

2. Offer extra credit for stu- 
dents who choose to partici- 

3. Announce the program in 
classes you teach or visit and 
distribute information about the 
program among the students 
you work with on campus. 
Make sure students know that 
they can receive academic cred- 
it through EDPL 288 or EDPL 
498 (independent study) for 

4. Direct students to the 

Words of Engagement Web site, 
where they can find 
more information about the 
program and register online. 

Through campus assess- 
ments and research, SILC 
has learned that while students 
appreciate the diversity of 
Maryland's student body, they 
want and need more opportuni- 
ties for meaningful interactions 
across difference. In addition, 
students reported frustration 
about programs in which they 
were "talked at" about diversity 
issues and expressed a desire 
for the type of engagement pro- 
vided by hitergroup Dialogues. 
In addition, a growing body of 
research by Jeff Milem, Sylvia 
Hurtado and others indicates 
that students exposed to cross- 
cultural initiatives are, upon 
graduation, promoted faster and 
paid more than their peers. 

For more information, contact 
Bull C. Gorski, assistant director 
of the Office of Human Relations 
Programs, at (301) 405-8192 or 
at, or visit 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 

Writers' House Opens Doors to Literature, Cultures 


The Juan Ramon Jimenez-Katherine Anne Porter Writers' House Living-Learning Program held its grand opening 
celebration last week.. (1-r) Dean for Undergraduate Studies Robert Hampton, Dean of the College of Arts and 
Humanities Jim Harris and President Dan Mote listen as Professor and Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Collier 
speaks to the assembled. Laura Lauth, director of the program, sits to Collier's left. The community, based in Dorchestor 
Hall, offers students an opportunity to not only study writing, but to study works from other cultures as well. 

You've Bean Spotted 

Community Service Programs is 
starting a new volunteer recog- 
nition initiative and needs 
input from campus community 
mcmebers. The You've Been 
Spotted campaign is an ongo- 
ing attempt to recognize peo- 
ple in the campus community 
who are serving others. Assis- 
tance is needed in pointing out 
those individuals who may 
deserve recognition. When you 
spot someone doing service, 
send CSP an e-mail, with the 
person's name and address and 
the service rendered. CSP will 
recogni2e their contribution by 
sending them a small token of 
appreciation, thanking them for 
their service to others, and 
acknowledging all those spot- 
ted on our Web site. 

For more information, con- 
tact Megan Cooperman at 
(301) 405-0741 or mcooperm®, or visit 

Sen. Sarbanes at 
Documents Room Grand 

U. S. Senator Paul Sarbanes will 
be among the featured speak- 
ers when the Government Doc- 
uments & Maps Collection at 
the University of Maryland 
libraries celebrates the grand 
reopening of its new facility in 
McKeldin library on Monday, 
Sept. 30. Festivities, beginning 
at 10 a.m. in room 6137, will 
include a formal ribbon-cutting 
ceremony, remarks by other 
national and local leaders on 
the future of government infor- 
mation, an exhibit and lots of 
giveaways, prizes and refresh- 

For more than 75 years, Gov- 
ernment Documents & Maps 
has served the campus and the 

public as a federal depository 
library providing patrons with 
no-fee access to government 
information. Today, Govern- 
ment Documents has a collec- 
tion of nearly" two million items 
and more than 400,000 topo- 
graphic and thematic maps. 
Since its designation as a 
Regional Federal Depository 
Library in 1968, it also has over- 
seen 67 selective depository 
libraries throughout Delaware, 
Maryland and the District of 
Columbia, including the Library 
of Congress, National Library of 
Medicine and the Johns Hop- 
kins University Library. 

For more information about 
the reopening, visit 

American Culture 
Informants Wanted 

International students in the 
highest level of intensive Eng- 
lish classes at the Maryland 
English Institute are studying 
American culture. They are 
looking for Americans of vari- 
ous ages and backgrounds who 
would be willing to give their 
opinions about aspects of 
American culture such as gov- 
ernment, work, education, reli- 
gion and family. Volunteers are 
asked to participate in face-to- 
face interviews of 10-15 min- 
utes several times during the 
semester. For more information 
or to volunteer, contact Ruth 
Adjogah at 5-8336 or 
ra 1 07@umail. 

Improve your Spanish 

The Divison of Administrative 
Affairs is sponsoring Spanish 
classes this fall. The beginning 
classes are booked, but spaces 
are still available in the inter- 
mediate ones. They are 
designed for students who have 
completed the beginning Span- 

ish class, or who have a good 
elementary understanding of 
the language and want to 
sharpen their skills. 

Class meets once a week for 
10 weeks; there are two sections: 

Class 2A— beginning Tuesday, 
Oct. 1, 12:45-2:45 p.m. 

Class 2B — beginning Thursday, 
Oct. 3, 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

The class fee of $100 covers 
the cost of course materials. To 
register, visit www.personnel. For more informa- 
tion, call (301) 405-5651- 


Commuting Alternatives 

Did you know that there are at 
least five public transportation 
options that come directly 
through campus and even 
more that connect with Shut- 
tie-UM routes? Are you frustrat- 
ed with driving to campus 
every day or wondering about 
other viable alternatives? 

If you answered yes to those 
questions, drop by the Com- 
muter Corner at the First Look 
Fair on Wed,, Sept. 25 between 
10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Thur., 
Sept. 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 
p.m. Learn more about trans- 
portation options from repre- 
sentatives from Metro, Shuttle- 
UM, MARC, Washington Area 
Bicyclists Association and many 
more. This is a great opportuni- 
ty to explore alternative ways 
to get to campus. 

For more information, con- 
tact Leslie Perkins at (301) 314- 

Inside the theatre 

Pulitzer Prize-winning play- 
wright and Academy Award 
nominee Beth Henley joins 
Maryland English professor 
Jackson Bryer for a discussion 

of her work on Mon.,Sept. 30 
from 2:304 p.m.ln the Gilden- 
horn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. 

Henley's Broadway produc- 
tions include Crimes of the 
Heart, awarded the Pulitzer 
Prize and NY Drama Critics Cir- 
cle Award for Best American 
Play, and The Wake of Jamey 
Foster. The acclaimed film ver- 
sion of Crimes of the Heart was 
directed by Bruce Beresford 
and starred Diane Keat on, Jessi- 
ca Lange, Sissy Spacek and Sam 
Shcpard. She also wrote the 
screenplay for Miss Firecracker 
starring Hojly Hunter, Mary 
Steenburgen and Tim Robbins. 

The discussion is sponsored 
by the Theatre Department. For 
more information, contact Car- 
olyn Bain at (301) 320-0773 or 

Rape Aggression 
Defense Class 

Rape aggression defense (RAD) 
is the fastest growing and 
largest women's self-defense 
program in the country. The 
program has a structured, con- 
sistent curriculum of easy-to- 
teach, easy-to-Iearn techniques 
that have realistic and practical 
applications. The Department 
of Public Safety is offering this 
non-credit program to all mem- 
bers of the community. There 
are open spots in the following 

Class 2 — beginning Wednes- 
day, Oct. 30, 6:30-10 p.m. 

Class 3 — beginning Monday, 
Nov. 11, 6:30-10 p.m. 

Classes are $25 for university 
employees, $50 for non-univer- 
sity employees. For more infor- 
mation, contact Shanon Sullivan 
at 5-5740 or (301) 717-5810, or