Outlook wf Don't Hide Your Light Maryland's Solar Decathlon Entry Moves to the City Page 7 THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Volume t8 • Number 4 • September 24, 2002 Professional Journalists 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- sion. "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 AUSTIN BAILEY 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 Combines Missions, Resources 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 student-university liaisons. 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 PHOTO BY M0N6TTE AUSTIN HAIUV 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 dateline rnaryland 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, umd.edu, 5-1996. YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: SEPTEMBER 24-OCTOBER 2 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® umbi.umd.edu. 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 email@example.com, or visit www.oit.umd.edu/pt. 5:30-7:30 p.m.. Take Five: Chulrua Clarice Smith Perfor- ming Arts Center. See page 3. 'EDNESDAY 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 visit www.oit.umd.edu/pt. 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 email@example.com, or visit www.fda.gov/cdrh/ohip/ dcm/html/grants.html. 1-3:30 p.m.. Spatial Analy- sts with ArcView 3.2 6101 McKeldin Library. Free, but advance registration required at www.lib.umd.edu/UES/gis. 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. umd.edu, or visit www. lib. umd.edu/UES/gis.html. 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. umd.edu . 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. umd.edu/dept/seminars. 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. umd.edu/-gcm/skywarn or http://205. 1 56.54.206/er/lwx/ skywarn/classes.html, or con- tact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Brian Guyer at 5-5391 or email@example.com, 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:// 22.214.171.124/er/lwx/sky- warn/classes.html, or contact guye r@a tmos . umd . edu , firstname.lastname@example.org, broberts® ssl.umd.edu or bryanb@atmos. umd.edu. For more information, contact Brian Guyer at 5-5391 or email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.oit.umd.edu/sc. For more information, contact Jane S. Wieboldt at 5-0443 or oit- email@example.com, or visit www.oit.umd.edu/sc 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com, or visit www.oit.umd.edu/pt. EDNE5DAY 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. umd.edu/UES/gis.html. 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. umd.edu, or visit www.lib. umd . edu/U ES/gis . html . or additional event list- ings, visit lA'ww.college^ publisher.cotn/ouUook, 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. 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Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 207+2 Telephone -(301) 405-4629 Fax «(301) 314-9344 E-mail • firstname.lastname@example.org www.collegep u blisher.com/ou dook OUTLOOK NEWS FROM THE CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 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- land. 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 Bhar.it 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 information. TAKE FIVE WITH CHULRUA 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 Take 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 PerformcngAkts CEbTTERATMARYlAND 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 year. 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. umd.edu. 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 Instruction." 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 l/info/IntlConf2002. PHOTO BV CYNTHIA M1TCHEL The student-run Shuttle-UM service offers commuters 11 routes to get on and off campus. 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 campus." 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 Stimpson. As a move in that direction, beginning this fall, a shutde bus leaves the College Park metro station every eight min- Hearing: 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 technology. "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- ing: • Owls, bats and praying man- tises all use three- dimensional sound cues to locate objects, but they do it differently. What are the differ- ences and similarities? • 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- tions. "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 community." OUTLOOK able Scholarship 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 email@example.com, or go to www.umd.edu/nso. Affairs Celebrates an Anniversary 1 PHOTO BY- KAREN LOGAN 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 million. "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 about." 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. Notable 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 support. 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 hired. SEPTEMBER 24, 2O02 £ 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 Metcalf. 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 PHOTO BV CVNTHIA MITCHEL 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 outlook9accmaiLumd.edu. 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 overall. 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 schools. 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- asm." 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 expectations." 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 Johnson. 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 achievement." Maintaining the Momentum PHOTO BV MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEV T 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 www.inform.umd.edu/PRES/speech_state02.html.To his left are Senate Parliamentarian Marvin Breslow, Chair Kent Cartwright and Executive Secretary and Director Mary Giles. OUTLOOK Let The Sun Shine In! PHOTO B¥ DAVE OTTAL1NI 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- nalism. 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 found. "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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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- pate. 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 participating. 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 email@example.com, or visit www.umd.edu/ohrp/idp.html. SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 Writers' House Opens Doors to Literature, Cultures PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL 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 Campaign 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® accmail.umd.edu, or visit www.umd.edu/CSP 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- ments. 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 www.lib.umd.edu/GOV/. 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. umd.edu. ■■■■■■■■ 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. umd.edu. For more informa- tion, call (301) 405-5651- mmmmmmum 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- 7250. ■■LUMHI 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 bainpugh@beUatiantic.net. ■■■■■■ 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 classes: 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 visit www.umpd.umd.edu/pro- grams_and_services/rad.htm.