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Outlook 




Fore! 

Facilities 
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Holds Charity 
Golf Classic 

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER 



Volumt 1 « • Number 5 * Odober 1 , 2002 



Hillel, Dining 
Services Create 
New Eatery 

Managing a kosher din- 
ing center through 
university dining serv- 
ices is practically unheard of 
and is new to the University of 
Maryland this fall. 

For 18 years, Roz Rram man- 
aged Roe's Place, a kosher eatery 
located in the Hillel Center for 
Jewish Life, a private non-profit 
organization that houses a Jew- 
ish center on campus. Kram 
retired last spring, spurring a 
search for a new vendor for Hil- 
lel's kosher dining hall. 

Rekindling a past discussion, 
Scott Brown, the executive 
director of the Hillel Center, 
negotiated with the university 
president's office, campus Din- 
ing Services and the attorney 
general's office to craft a five- 
year contract for Dining Ser- 
vices to manage the kosher 
facility. 

Now called The Sabra Deli, 
the dining facility serves food 
considered proper by the Torah. 
These dietary standards have to 
do with how food is prepared 
and served. Some basic kosher 
guidelines require that meat 
and dairy not be served at the 
same time, meat not contain any 
blood and certain animals — 
those with cloven hooves that 
chew its cud — must not be 
eaten. There are further restric- 
tions prescribed by the Torah in 
the dietary laws of kashrut and 
some members of the Jewish 

See KOSHER, page 2 



Flying High Again 

Grad Students, Faculty Compete in Helicopter Competition 




PHOTO BV CYNTHIA MITCMEl 



Members of the winning Maryland team pose in front of the helicopter beside J.M. Patterson Hail. (Left to 
right) Ron Couch, Felipe Bohorquez, Faculty Advisor Vengalatorre Nagaraj. Jason Pereira, Beeri Nder Singh 
and Mustapha Chehab. Team members Tracy Duvall and Jacob Park are not pictured. 



A team of Aerospace 
Engineering gradu- 
ate students won 
the American Heli- 
copter Society International's 
(AHS) annual student design 



competition, graduate catego- 
ry, for the fifth consecutive 
time this summer. 

The 19th annual competi- 
tion, sponsored by Bell Heli- 
copter Textron, Inc . , required 



contestants to design an 
upgrade program for an exist- 
ing Bell helicopter while 
keeping costs to a fraction of 

See HELICOPTER, page 3 



Maryland Agriculture Still Has 
Viable Future, Says New Study 



The amount of farmland 
and the number of farms 
in Maryland have been 
declining for the last 50 years, 
but agriculture remains a key 
contributor to the state's econo- 
my and quality of life, say 
authors of a new study. 

Titled "The Economic Situa- 
tion and Prospects for Maryland 
Agriculture,*' the study was con- 
ducted for the Maryland Depart- 
ment of Agriculture in the Col- 
lege of Agriculture and Natural 
Resources' Department of Agri- 
cultural and Resource Econom- 
ics (AREC). The question for the 
future, according to the study, is 
whether the decline can be suf- 
ficiently stemmed to maintain 
farming as a profitable econom- 
ic activity and viable way of life. 
Authors of the two-year study 
see continued reduction of 
acreage and farm numbers over 
the next decade, but at a slower 



rate than in the past. They are 
optimistic about the economic 
prospects for commercial agri- 
culture in the market niches 
most suitable for the variety of 
localities in the state — the 
Eastern Shore, increasingly sub- 
urban Central and Southern 
Maryland and Western Mary- 
land. But it will be important to 
maintain and introduce policies 
consistent with both economic 
success and environmental sus- 
tainability. 
The 94-page report includes: 

1. A review of the facts about 
the current situation and trends; 

2. An explanation of these 
facts and trends, and implica- 
tions for the future of Maryland 
agriculture; and 

3. Discussion of policy issues 
and alternatives for promoting 
agriculture and helping farmers 

See AGRICULTURE, page 3 



Bringing Citizens and 
Political Officials Together 



Not a debate, not a town- 
hall meeting, the Recov- 
ering Democracy Forum was 
a unique political dialogue 
where Congressman Robert 
Ehrlich interacted with six 
citizen representatives for 90 
minutes. Those representa- 
tives spoke for scores of citi- 
zens who came together the 
previous week to discuss the 
pressing issues facing the 
state. 

On Sept. 22, Republican 
gubernatorial candidate 
Ehrlich participated in the 
first Recovering Democracy 
Forum (RDF), sponsored by 
the Department of Communi- 
cation's Center for Political 
Communication and Civic 
Leadership (CPCCL). 

Although the event culmi- 
nated in the public forum 
with Ehrlich, the larger RDF 
project of citizen conversa- 



tion reflects the CPCCL's 
commitment to community 
engagement, dialogue and 
student involvement. 

In creating the forum, the 
CPCCL's mission is to bring 
together diverse citizens and 
political candidates seeking 
election. For the 2002 event, 
which showcased the Mary- 
land gubernatorial campaign, 
the CPCCL partnered with 
ASPIRA Association, Black 
Youth Vote, Center on 
Aging/Legacy Leadership 
Maryland, University of Mary- 
land, Leadership Maryland, 
Maryland State Teachers Asso- 
ciation, NAACP — Maryland, 
Prince George's Chamber of 
Commerce and the Restau- 
rant Association of Maryland. 
Shawn Parry-Giles, director of 
the CPCCL, explains that one 

See FORUM, page 3 



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Collaborative 
Welcomes 
Incomparable" 
Leader 

Harris Wofford, a pioneer 
in the realm of service, 
both national and inter- 
national, has accepted an 
appointment as professor of 
practice in the Democracy Col- 
laborative at the university. This 
designation has been reserved 
for a few distinguished individu- 
als who have demonstrated 
excellence and innovation not 
only in the academic world, but 
also in the realm of civic and 
public action. 

Wofford will deliver the Civil 
Society Lecture, sponsored by 
the Democracy Collaborative in 
cooperation with the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences 
and the Maryland School of 
Public Affairs on Oct. 7 at 4:30 
p.m. in the Stamp Student 
Union, The topic is u How Stu- 
dents can Change the World: 
Prospects for Democracy in 
Your Generation/' The lecture is 
free and open to the public. 
Seating is on a first come, first 
seated basis. 

"Wofford brings to the 
Democracy Collaborative a 
combination of skills and 
achievements that are incom- 
parable," said GarAlperovitz, 
one of the collaborative 's 
founders. "His help will be 
invaluable to us in fulfilling our 
commitment to strengthening 
democracy worldwide, through 
constructive initiatives and 
innovative partnerships 
between academic institutions 
and action-oriented non-profit 
organizations." 

Wofford is currendy serving 
as chair of America's Promise, in 
which role he was preceded by 
Secretary of State Colin Powell. 
Wofford's appointment coin- 
cides with the release of 
"Democracy Studies Front & 
Center at the University of 
Maryland," a publication reflect- 
ing the university's wide and 
diverse array of academic cen- 
ters, programs and projects in 
democracy studies. 

Wofford's commitment to 
democracy, internationalism, 
education and service began at 
an early age, and has defined his 
life and career. He was an active 
member of the World Federal- 
ists as a teenager, and met his 
wife, the late Clare Wofford, at a 
World Federalists conference at 
the age of 15. He holds a bache- 
lor's degree from the University 
of Chicago and law degrees 
from both Howard and Yale 
Law Schools. 

See WOFFORD, page 3 



OCTOBER I, 2002 



dateline 
maryland 



YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS; OCTOBER 1-7 



October 1 

1-4 p.m.. Juggling Multiple 
Priorities Management 
Seminar 1100 I1V, Engineer- 
ing. A seminar designed for 
those who have many irons in 
the fire and need to learn how 
to keep them all hot. Learn to 
set goals, set priorities, dele- 
gate, empower; make the most 
of your meetings. Presented by 
Boyd H. Scheff. The fee is $45. 
For more information, contact 
Gabby at 54910 or 
gabby@umail.umd.edu. 

3-5 p.m., Mellon & Javtts 
Fellowship Workshop See 

For Your Interest, page 4. 

5-6 p.m.. Meditation Center 
for Health and Wellbeing,0121 
Campus Recreation Center. 
Basic meditation techniques to 
ease everyday stress. This is 
the first of a six-week series. 
The cost to continue is $50. 
For more information, contact 
Jennifer Treger at 4-1493 or 
treger@health.umd.edu. 



WEDNESDAY 



October 2 

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Textual 
to Spatial Data with 
ArcVlew 3.2 (UNI Libraries) 
6101 McKeldin Library. Covers 
the conversion of text to geo- 
graphic information. Free, but 
advance registration is required 
at www. lib. umd. edu/UES/gis. 
html. Prerequisite: familiarity 
with ArcView. The workshop 
will also be offered on Oct. 24 
and Nov. 12. For more informa- 
tion, contact User Educadon 
Services at 5-9070 or 
ue6@umail.umd.edu, or visit 
www.lfo.umd.edii/UES/gis.html. 

12-1 p.m.. Research and 
Development Presentation: 
The Role of Counseling in 
Promoting Minority Male 
Success 01 14 Counseling 
Center. Speaker: Courtland Lee, 
professor, school counseling, 
Department of Counseling and 
Personnel Services. For more 
information, contact Vivian S. 
Boyd at 4-7675 or 
vboyd@umd . edu . 

12:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.. 
Terrapin Health and Fitness 
Challenge See For Your Inter- 
est, page 4. 

1-4 p.m.. Management 



Just Say Yes to Pie 




Dining Services now offers whole pies for sate in several loca- 
tions around campus on "Friday is Pie Day." The selection will 
rotate and be based upon availability. Prices range from $7.95 to 
$11.95 per pie. Friday is Pie Day continues through Dec. 20. Pies will 
be sold at the following locations: 

• A.V. Williams Building 

■ • The Dairy {Turner Lab) 
• E+M Bakery {corridor between 
Engineering and Math Buildings) 

• Applause Cafe (Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center) 

• Rudy's Cafe I Van Munching Hall) 
For more information, contact Jennifer Pfeiffer at (301) 314-8042. 




Seminar: Legal Issues for 
Managers 1 100 ITV, Engineer- 
ing. Presented by Boyd H. 
Scheff. this seminar will give 
information needed to make 
hiring, promotion and termina- 
tion decisions legally. The fee is 
$45. For more information, 
contact Gabby at 5-4910 or 
gabby@umail.umd .edu. 



October 3 

12:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.. 
Terrapin Health and Fitness 
Challenge See For Your Inter- 
est, page 4. 

1-4 p.m.. Communicating 
Effectively Management 
Seminar HOOiTV.Engineer- 
ing. Learn to communicate 
with others more confidently 
and to ask questions that will 
get others to be open to you. 
Open to anyone who supervis- 
es the work of others. Present- 
ed by Boyd H. Scheff. The fee is 
$45. For more information, 
contact Gabby at 5-4910 or 
gabby@umajl . umd.edu. 

5-7 p.m., Leonardo's Laptop: 
A Lecture by Ben Shneider- 

man 4205 Horn bake. See for 
your interest, page 4. 



October 4 

5-7 p.m., Zephon 1117 

Susquehanna Hall. The Depart- 
ment of English and the Milton 
Seminar present a lecture by 
Jason Rosenblatt, professor of 
English, Georgetown University. 
Pre-lecture reception at 4 p.m. 
in 3 1 1 Susquehanna. For 
more information, contact 
Marshall Grossman 5-3809 or 
mg76@umail. umd.edu. 



SATURDAY 



October 5 

12-1 p.m.. Free Smoking 
Cessation Class 2)01 Health 

Center, Taught by a health edu- 
cator, die smoking cessation 
class meets once a week for an 
hour over a four-week period. 
Classes continue through Oct. 
on Wednesdays from 1 2-1 2 : 50 
p.m. and Thursdays from 3-3:50 
p.m. For more information, 
contact Kelly Dolan at 4-8123 
or dolan@heaIth.umd.edu. 



October 6 

3-5 p.m., I, too, sing, Amer- 
ica: Music Inspired by 
Langston Hughes Centenary 

Dekelboum Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. In honor of Hughes' 
100th birthday, this program 
includes the area premiere of 
"Suite Death," a symphonic 
work for choir and orchestra 
based on poems by Hughes 
and composed by Ysaye Barn- 
well of Sweet Honey in the 
Rock. Featuring the Lesbian & 
Gay Chorus of Washington, D.C., 
inner Light Unity Fellowship, 
Washington Men's Camerata 
and the Washington Women's 
Chorus. Tickets for students 
are $ 5, others $30. Pre-perform- 
ance presentation, "Langston 
Hughes: Dance & Poetry" in 
Dance Theatre at 1 :30 p.m. For 
more information, contact Amy 
Harbison, 5-8169 or harbison® 
wam.umd.edu, or visit www. 
claricesmithccnter. umd .edu . 



October 7 



1 1 a.m,-5 p.m.. Symposium 



Kosher: Deli-Style Dining 

Continued from page 1 



community follow them to 
varying degrees. To ensure 
food is delivered, prepared 
and served in a kosher man- 
ner, a rabbi, known as a mash- 
giach, overlooks all food han- 
dling. As part of the universi- 
ty's contract with Hi! lei. any- 
one who works at the Sabra 
Deli in a religious capacity, 
such as the mashgiach is com- 
pensated by the Hillel Center 
directly and not by the univer- 
sity to maintain the separation 
of church and state. 

"It's a win-win situation,'' 
says Brown. "HUlel can now 
offer the convenience that 
Dining Services brings to the 
students, such as accepting 
Terrapin Express cards." Like- 
wise, he says he is pleased to 
see continued support of the 
6,000 Jewish students at 
Maryland, which comprise 
one of the most significant 
Jewish student populations 
among comparable American 
coUeges, 

More than 100 students on 
campus who adhere to a 
strict kosher diet rely on the 
Sabra Deli for their daily 
meals. During the popular 
Shabbat, or Sabbath meal on 
Friday nights, as many as 300 
students attend the family 
style kosher dinner at Hillet. 
The meal is so well attended 



on Biosensor Technologies 
and Microbial Diagnostics 
Lecture Hall, FDA CFSAN. A 
symposium on biosensor tech- 
nologies sponsored by the Joint 
Institute for Food Safety and 
Nutrition and the Department 
of Mechanical Engineering 
along with the FDA Center for 
Food Safety and Nutrition 
(CFSAN). Runs from 1 1 a.m.-5 
p.m. with lunch provided. Loca- 
tion is the FDA CFSAN facility 
in the Wiley Federal Building 
directly across from the College 
Park Metro station. Registration 
is free. For more information, 
contact K.E.HeroId at 5-5268 
or herold@eng.umd.edu. 

4:30-6 p.m.. How Students 
Can Change the World: 
Prospects for Democracy in 
YOUR Generation Grand Ball- 
room Stamp Student Union. 
Harris Wofford, former U.S. Sen- 
ator instrumental in developing 
the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps 
and the Corporation for Nation- 
al Service, and current chair- 
man of America's Promise, will 
deliver the fall 2002 Civil Soci- 
ety Lecture, sponsored by die 
Democracy Collaborative and 
College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences. For more infor- 
mation, contact Patricia Steele 
5-57 1 7 or psteele® democracy- 
collaborative, org, or visit www, 
democracycollaborative.org. 



that Hillel staff recommends 
customers make reservations. 

"It's very exciting. It is such 
a healthy dynamic" says Vice 
President of Student Services 
Linda Clement about the com- 
ing together of people of vari- 
ous Jewish denominations 
and those from other cultures 
and religions dining together 
at the Sabra. 

Unlike Roz's Place, the 
Sabra offers take-out and deli 
catering, with the typical New 
York deli as its model. Even 
the kosher meats are import- 
ed from New York. 

"The deli aspect is one of 
the exciting changes to the 
old kosher dining facility," says 
Brown. "I dunk that students 
and anyone who eats here 
will be impressed with the 
high quality of the kosher 
foods served," 

The Sabra is open for lunch 
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Monday 
through Friday, and 12:15-1:15 
p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Din- 
ner is available 5-6:30 p.m. 
Monday through Thursday; 7-9 
p.m. Friday; and 5-6 p.m. Sat- 
urday and Sunday. Brown 
hopes anyone interested in 
die kosher dining experience 
will come try it out. 

— Stacy Kaper, University 
Publications graduate assistant 



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



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Outlook 



Omioiit is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University of 
Maryland campus community. 

Brodie Remington *Vice 
President for University Relations 

Teresa Flannery ■ Executive 
Director, University 
Communications and Marketing 

George Cathcart • Executive 
Editor 

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Assistant 

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tions and campus information are 
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OUTLOOK 



Forum: Citizens Speak 

Continued from page 1 



purpose of the forum is "to 
foster increased interaction 
among students from the 
university and the larger 
community over the salient 
political issues that affect us 

air 

To achieve increased inter- 
action, the CPCCL joined 
with the Study Circles 
Resource Center (SCRC), 
which is founded on the 
belief that through dialogue, 
"citizens gain 'ownership' of 
the issues." To fulfill that mis- 
sion, approximately 50 citi- 
zens and students came 
together on Sept, 17. These 
groups identified the ques- 
tions that Congressman 
Ehrlich addressed during the 
public forum last Sunday. 

John Landesman and 
Gwendolyn Whiting of SCRC 
helped prepare graduate stu- 
dents in the Department of 
Communication to facilitate 
citizen dialogues.Thc SCRC 
duo also served as the dia- 
logue facilitators during the 
public forum with the con- 
gressman. 

Among the many issues 
discussed were access and 
cost of higher education, 
child welfare policies and 
practices, die criminal justice 
system and police brutality, 
prescription drug plans, the 
state budget deficit and the 
funding of the Thornton 
Commission. 

Ehrlich identified his top 
three priorities as healdi, 
economic development and 
transportation. He also noted 
that education is always a 
priority for any state govern- 
ment. When asked how he 
would ensure Maryland's 



continued upward rise as a 
premier research institution, 
Ehrlich quickly lauded the 
university's reputational 
achievements, but also noted 
that as with all state institu- 
tions, some difficult priorities 
would have to be established 
in die current budgetary con- 
text. 

The RDF received high 
praise from participants. Carl 
Stokes of Advocates for Chil- 
dren and Youth noted that 
the use of dialogue during 
the public forum allowed 
him to "ask questions in dif- 
ferent ways," which led to a 
more "in-depth exchange," 
Ellyn Wilder, a communica- 
tion and government and 
politics major, called the RDF 
"both interesting and inform- 
ative "offering her "a better 
understanding of many state- 
wide issues." 

Congressman Ehrlich 
expressed support for the 
process by commenting, 
"wouldn't it be great for 
every major party candidate 
running for president or gov- 
ernor to have this kind of 
dialogue with citizens?" The 
candidate's enthusiasm was 
reflected in Us concluding 
promise that if he were elect- 
ed, he would "love to come 
back to campus in six 
months" to participate in 
another forum. 

The CPCCL is also hosting 
a public forum for Libertari- 
an gubernatorial candidate 
Spear Lancaster on Oct. 18 
at noon in Skinner 0200. To 
date, Lt. Gov. Kathleen 
Kennedy Townsend has 
declined to participate in a 
forum. 



Wofford: Brings Expertise 

Continued from page 1 



He was influential in per- 
suading Martin Luther King 
Jr. to adopt the philosophy of 
Ghandi — civil disobedience 
and not violence — in lead- 
ing the civil rights move- 
ment. He helped Sargent 
Shriver in conceiving and 
organizing the Peace Corps 
in the administration of Presi- 
dent John E Kennedy. He 
became its special represen- 
tative to Africa and director 
of the program in Ethiopia. 
In the Johnson administra- 
tion he became associate 
director of the corps. 

National service has been 
a passion of Wofford 's his 
entire adult life.While serv- 
ing as Pennsylvania's Secre- 
tary of Labor and Industry in 
the late 1980s he worked 
with then-Governor of 
Arkansas Bill Clinton and a 
bipartisan working group of 
senators to develop what 
would become the National 
and Community Service Act 
of 1990, signed into law in 
1991. 



In 1993, as a newly elected 
senator, he assisted then-Pres- 
ident Clinton's task force in 
both drafting and passing the 
National and Community Ser- 
vice Trust Act, which created 
AmeriCorps and the Corpo- 
ration for National Service. 

Wofford's career in the 
academic world is of equal 
distinction. He served as 
president of Bryn Mawr Col- 
lege from 1970 to 1978 and 
as president of the State Uni- 
versity of New York at Old 
Wcstburyfrom 1966 to 1970. 

Wofford, who will accept 
his formal appointment and 
charge from President Dan 
Mote at the lecture, com- 
mented,"!! is clear to me that 
the University of Maryland is 
a leader in the nation, per- 
haps in the world, in offering 
an education for citizenship 
— for freedom — to its stu- 
dents. I am deeply honored 
and absolutely de Ugh ted to 
join this noble effort." 

— Sondra Myers 




PHOTO COUHTESY COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES 



Though Maryland farmland is on the decline, say researchers, its loss can be 
slowed with preservation and positive economic conditions. 



Agriculture: Maryland Farms Hold On 

Continued from page 1 



next generation of farmers in 
agriculture, attract new farmers, 
and encourage established farm- 
ers to maintain and improve — 
not abandon — existing opera- 
tions. 

Among the challenges to prof- 
itability are state and federal reg- 
ulations, especially those 
designed to protect water quali- 
ty, that could raise costs and 
reduce the competitiveness of 
Maryland farms. Availability of an 
adequate and reliable farm labor 
force could also have an impact. 

"Given current trends, regula- 
tions and policies, it's unlikely 
that commercial agriculture on a 
significant scale can survive over 
the long-term in the most rapidly 
growing suburban areas " says 
Gardner. "But given the overall 
success widi which Maryland 
farmers have confronted a vari- 
ety of economic threats over the 
last two decades, as well as evi- 
dence that they are already 
adapting to changing market and 
policy-driven demands, we proj- 
ect that the industry will contin- 
ue to decline but only at a rela- 
tively slow and manageable rate 
— losing 40,000 acres and 200 
to 400 farms by 2010." 

However, Gardner cautions, 
"Events will depend ultimately 
upon climatic and market forces 
that no one can predict or con- 
trol, and most importandy on 
local, state and national policies 
that affect agriculture." 

The report is available five 
online at www.arec.umd.edu/ 
policy. Hard copies are also 
available, Jbr a nominal fee, by 
calling (301) 405-0057. 



cope with economic pressures 
and burdens that threaten future 
viability. 

The major factors affecting the 
profitability of Maryland farms, 
according to the report, include 
low economic returns, competi- 
tion for land with non-farm 
development opportunities and 
environmental pressures. 

"When it comes to land use, 
the long-term trend is essential- 
ly a pattern of conversion to 
urban uses," says Bruce Gardner, 
AREC chair. Maryland has lost 
farmland at a faster rate than 
the United States as whole, 
aldiough the rate of loss has 
slowed considerably since the 
1980s, leaving Maryland with 
2.15 million acres of farmland in 
2000 as compared with 4 mil- 
lion acres in 1950 and 2.5 mil- 
lion acres in 1980. 

State farmland preservation 
programs — die most success- 
ful in the nation in terms of 



enrolling acreage — have helped 
stem the tide of agricultural land 
loss, but successful agriculture 
requires more than land preser- 
vation. Economic conditions that 
make possible financial success 
must exist in order to keep the 



Snapshot of Maryland 
Agriculture: 

• 2.15 million acres of farmland 

• 12,400 farms 

' 150+ crops and livestock 
products 

Snapshot off the 
Average Maryland 
Farm: 

• Size: 169 acres 

• Ownership: individual or family 
■ Farmer's age: 54 

• Net farm income: $30,000 

• Off-farm income; 70 percent of 
total 

• Estimated net worth: $545,000 



Helicopter: Team Nails Fifth Straight Win 

Continued from page 1 



the price for a new one. 
Upgrading existing helicopters 
is of Interest to vertical flight 
companies because of the 
high costs of building new 
ones. As a result of their win, 
the Maryland team received a 
cash stipend and an invitation 
to present at the AHS 59tii 
Annual Forum and Technology 
Display, to be held in Phoenix 
next May. 

Founded in 1943, AHS is a 
technical and professional soci- 
ety representing the interests 
of the vertical flight industry. It 
runs die student design com- 
petition to provide engineer- 
ing students with a practical 
design exercise and ro stimu- 
late student interest in the 
technology. Competition spon- 
sorship comes from a group of 
companies in the aerospace 
industry who take turns spon- 
soring a specific year. NASA is a 
major underwriter as well. 
Teams from colleges and uni- 
versities around the world sub- 
mit proposals for the AHS com- 
petition. 

The Maryland team had 
seven members: Ron Couch, 



Felipe Bohorquez, Jason 
Pereira, Beerinder Nder Singh, 
Mustapha Chehab, Tracy 
Duvall and Jacob Park. Visiting 
professors Vengalattore Nagaraj 
of the H.A.L. Company in India 
and Marat Tishchenko of the 
Mil Design bureau in Russia 
joined Inderjit Chopra of the 
aerospace department as facul- 
ty advisors. 

The design work for the 
competition was part of team 
members' coursework for 
ENAE 634 Helicopter Design. 
"We had to improve an exist- 
ing design of a light helicop- 
ter — improving pay load 
capacity, engine efficiency, 
speed and safety measures," 
explained team leader Jason 
Pereira. 

"The project was multidisci- 
plinary and everyone got to 
bring their individual talents 
into it," said team member Ron 
Couch. "Since this was a com- 
petition, we were able to use 
our imagination a little more 
than if it were a real project " 

But that doesn't mean they 
were given carte blanche. 
Strict guidelines, written into 



the competition request for 
proposal they received from 
Bell last September, had to be 
followed. 

"We were designing a real 
helicopter and the judges were 
real designers who could look 
at our numbers and make sure 
they worked," said teammate 
Felipe Bohorquez. 

And "the people judging the 
final designs were from aero- 
space companies — Boeing, 
Sikrosky. Even NASA one year," 
said Nagaraj. 

Beginning last September, 
the team worked for five 
mondis perfecting the design 
and writing their 1 (MVpage 
, upgrade proposal for the exist 
ing Bell model 206 Jet Ranger: 
the 406 UM-TerpRangcr. 

This fifth consecutive win 
not only raises the stature of 
Maryland engineering, but 
also allows students the 
chance to have their work 
seen and evaluated by design 
professionals. A new request 
for proposal is forthcoming 
and the aerospace department 
is eager to start the push for 
win number six. 






OCTOBER I, 2002 





Scholarship of Teaching 
and Learning 

The Center for Teaching Excel- 
lence presents a Teaching and 
Learning Conversation: Talking 
About Teaching: Does it Help? 

What happens when teach- 
ing assistants and practicing 
classroom teachers are provid- 
ed with a regular, ongoing 
opportunity to interact? The 
Center Alliance for School 
Teachers (CAST) in the Center 
for Renaissance and Baroque 
Studies (CRBS) explored this 
issue with eight teaching assis- 
tants and a group of university 
faculty and local teachers. Their 
findings have implications for 
campus training practices and 
outreach efforts. 

The event is presented by 
Nancy Traubitz, Karen Nelson 
and Adele Seeff of CAST, and 
will take place Wednesday, Oct. 
2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount 
Hall. All members of the univer- 
sity community are welcome; 
light refreshments will be 
served. RSVP to Mary Wesley at 
(301) 405-9356 or mwesley® 
deans.umd.edu, or online at 
www. info rm . umd . edu/EdRes/ 
FacRes/CTE/teaching/work- 
shopscon ver. html . 



Mellon and Javits 
Fellowship Workshop 

Faculty members and student 
advisors in the arts, humanities 
and social sciences are asked to 
encourage their best seniors 
and first year graduate students 
to attend the Mellon and Javits 
Fellowship workshop given by 
Professors James Airozo and 
Phyllis Peres. 

Mellon Fellowships are com- 
petitive merit awards for first 
year doctoral students in the 
humanities. Eighty-five awards 
are offered covering tuition, 
fees and providing a $17,500 
one-year stipend. 

Javits fellowships are for MFA 
and first year doctoral students 
in the arts, social studies, or 
humanities. About 75 awards 
are offered covering tuition, 
fees and providing a $28,000 
stipend. 

The workshop will take 
place Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 3 to 
5 p.m. in 1 1 24 H. J. Patterson 
Building. For more information, 
contact Camiile Still well 4-1289 
or cstitlwe@umd.edu, or visit 
www.umd.edu/nso. 



A Conversation with 
Brenda Frese 

Brenda Frese has received high 
praise and numerous accolades 
during her young coaching 
career. The 2002 Associated 
Press National Coach of the 
Year, Frese has been a head 
coach for three seasons, accu- 
mulating an astounding 57-30 
(.655) record .while making 
amazing turnarounds her call- 
ing card. 

Coach Frese will be speaking 
on Oct. 10 from noon to 1:30 
p.m. at the Rossborough Inn. 



Teeing Off for Colleagues 





PHOTO at MOtoETTE AUSTIN BAILEV 



Carlo Colella, director of Facilities Management's 
Architecture, Engineering and Construction 
division, follows through on a shot from the 
12th hole as part of the Facilities Management Charity 
Golf Classic. The tournament raises money for the 
Faculty Staff Assistance Program's Emergency Loan 
Fund. This year's gift was a record $5,000. The majority 
of the golfers are contractors, architects, engineers and 
other vendors who are involved in construction on 
campus. Six university teams, mostly FM employees, 
participated, as did Vice President for Administrative 
Affairs Chuck Sturtz, former Vice President for Student 
Affairs Bud Thomas and Assistant Vice President for 
Student Affairs Services Pat Mielke. 



Reservations are required and 
cost $ 15. Checks should be 
made to the University of Mary- 
land Faculty/Staff Club, care of 
Vonetta Franda. For more infor- 
mation, contact Franda at (301) 
314-8015, vfl4@umaU.umd.edu 
or by fax at (301) 314-1023. 



Hornbake Showcase 

Ben Shneiderman, a member of 
the Institute for Advanced Com- 
puter Studies and the Institute 
for Systems Research, will dis- 
cuss new computing technolo- 
gies in the Libraries' second 
Hornbake Showcase event. 
"Leonardo's Laptop: Human 
Needs and the New Computing 
Technologies'' will be held on 
Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. in the 
Nonprint Media Lecture Hall, 
Hornbake Library. 

In his lecture, Shneiderman 
will guide the audience toward 
embracing the new computing 
technologies. He will explain 
that while the old computing 
was about what computers 
could do, the new computing is 
about what users can do. 

The public is invited to the 
lecture and to the reception 
and book signing that will fol- 
low in the first floor lobby. 
These free events honor Shnei- 
derman's recent gift of his per- 
sonal papers to the Libraries. 

RSVP for the Schneiderman 



lecture to Friends of the Libra- 
ries at (301) 314-5674 or 
kpacker@accmail.umd.edu. 




The School of Languages, Liter- 
atures, and Cultures, the Col- 
lege of Arts and Humanities, 
and the Office of International 
Programs are co-sponsoring an 
International Film Series. The 
films are shown in the newh/ 
renovated Hoff Theater in 
Stamp Student Union and are 
free. Starting Oct. 2, films will 
be shown on the first Wednes- 
day of every month. Each film 
begins at 7 p.m. with a brief 
introduction by a Maryland fac- 
ulty member. All films are subti- 
tled in English. For more infor- 
mation, visit www.intprog.umd. 
edu/film.html. The schedule is: 

Wednesday, Oct. 2, Me You 
Them (Eu tu eles) Introduc- 
tion by Regina Igel, Department 
of Spanish and Portuguese. One 
woman with three husbands 
under one roof! A comedy of 
sorts set in northeast Brazil. 
Portuguese with English subti- 
des. Dir. Andrucha Waddington, 
Brazil, 2000, 104 tnin. 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, Show 
Me Love Introduction by Rose- 
Marie Oster, Departments of 



Germanic Studies andWomen's 
Studies. Dir. Lukas Moodysson, 
Sweden/Denmark, 1998, 89 mm. 

Wednesday, Dec. 4, My 
Friend Ivan Lapshin Introduc- 
tion by Elizabeth Papazian, 
Russian Program, Department 
of Asian and East European Lan- 
guages and Cultures. Dir. Alexei 
Gherman, Soviet Union, 1971/ 
85, B/W and color, 100 min. 

Wednesday, Feb. 5, Will It 
Snow for Christmas? Intro- 
duction by Caroline Eades, 
Department of French and Ital- 
ian. Dir. Sandrine Veysset, 
France, 1996,90 min, 

Wednesday, March 5, Nine 
Queens Introduction by Manel 
Lacorte and Laura Demaria, 
Department of Spanish and Por- 
tuguese. Dir. Fabian Bielinsky, 
Argentina, 2000, 1 14 min. 

Wednesday, April 4, The Eel 

Introduction by Gretchen 
Jones, Japanese Program, 
Department of Asian and East 
European Languages and Cul- 
tures. Dir. Shohei Imamura, 
Japan, 1997, 117 min. 



Terrapin Health and 
Fitness Challenge 

Are you having trouble getting 
enough sleep, eating well, exer- 
cising and managing stress? Do 
you have trouble finding bal- 
ance in your life? Join the Ter- 
rapin Health and Fitness Chal- 
lenge at the Center for Health 
and Wellbeing,0121 Campus 
Recreadon Center. This free 6- 
week self-directed program will 
challenge participants to join in 
a variety of activities to help 
create a healthier lifestyle. Join 
as a team of 4 and enter to win 
a free Chipotle burrito dinner. 
Find out more at one of the fol- 
lowing sessions: 

• Oct. 2 at 12:15 p.m. or 
5:15 p.m. 

• Oct. 3 at 12:15 p.m. or 
5:15 p.m. 

For more information, con- 
tact Jennifer Treger at 4-1493 or 
treger@health.umd.edu. 



An October Harvest off 
Musical Talents 

The School of Music offers a 
variety of performances in 
October, just a few of which are 
noted below. All events are held 
at the Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. For more informa- 
tion on these and other School 
of Music events, call (301) 405- 
ARTS. 

Tuesday, October 1 , 8 p.m. 

• Evelyn Elsing, cello — All 
Alone: A Faculty Spotlight 
Recital 

Friday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m. 

• Larissa Dedova, piano — 
Faculty Spotlight Recital 

• University of Maryland 
Symphony Orchestra 

Tuesday, October 8, 8 p.m. 
University of Maryland 
Symphonic Wind Ensemble