■ u?u.Q UoLCr.dOj Outlook University Receives Broadcasting & Cable Archive Page 3 THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Vol u me 1 S • Number o, • November j , zooz Successful Living-Learning Communities a Group Effort Faculty, staff and students say intense collaboration is why the campus' living- 1 earning communities attract hundreds of students and national attention. By working together from idea to inception, each group contributes to the creation of an enriching envi- ronment for undergraduate and graduate students. Apparently U.S. News and World Report found Maryland's living-learning communities noteworthy as well, ranking them 3rd nationally in a new category focusing on the under- graduate experience. Robert Hampton, dean for undergradu- ate studies, says the recognition proves that the university is doing the right thing for its stu- dents. "It provides some external validation of the things we chose to do years ago," he says. "Are we perfect? No. Are we ahead of our peers? Yes." Ten living and learning com- munities have emerged as a result of the patnership between Resident Life and Aca- demic Affairs: Beyond the Class- room, CIV1CUS, College Park Scholars, Gemstone, Global Communities, Honors, H in man CEOs Program, Language House, Honors Humanities and Jimenez-Porter Writers' House. A few grow by invitation and others add members through applications. Some, such as Col- lege Park Scholars, work with students during their first two years. Other communities, such as Beyond the Classroom, are geared toward upperclassmen. "It provides an enriched edu- cational experience for the stu- dents," says Deb Grandner, asso- ciate director of resident life, North Campus. "It makes a big school small and provides ways for faculty and staff to collabo- rate on behalf of students." Kevin Baxter can testify to the benefits of a close-knit com- munity. A former College Park Scholar and history department alumnus 001), Baxter credits the program for his successful college career— and his current job as student services coordi- nator for the community. "When I was coming into Scholars in '96, it was this amaz- ing, experiential learning expe- rience," he says. There were fewer living-learning communi- ties then, so compedtion was stiff. Baxter says he sees less of this as the campus creates more opportunities for students to See RANKINGS, page 3 Musical Trio to Perform World Premiere Work This weekend, three internationally acclaimed musicians will perform a world premiere program that was commissioned by the Clarice Smidi Performing Arts Center and written by a Pulitzer Prize— winning composer. The Grand Trio, composed by David Del Tredici, features Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-Flat major (14 variations on an Original Theme), Op. 44; and Brahms' Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8. It will be performed by the Kalichstein- Laredo-Robinson Trio in the Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall of the Clarice Smith Center on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. As Del Tredici 's first piano trio, The Grand Trio was written specifically for the musicians because Del Tredici was "inspired by the boldness, virtuosity and open-heartedness of their playing." Since their debut at President Jimmy Cartf-v inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have shared classic works and new repertoire with loyal audiences around the world with no change in personnel. One of few chamber music ensembles to retain all its original members, the Kaiichstein- Laredo- Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally acclaimed soloists and maintains its musical mission through both close personal friendships and a strong dedication to music. Audiences from around the world have marveled at the technical mastery and expressive depth of the musicians and to commemorate this landmark 25th anniversary, the complete Beethoven or Beethoven/Shostakovich cycles and per- formances with Bill McLaughlin of St. Paul Sunday will join their already diverse offerings. Tickets for the Kalichstein-Laredo- RobinsonTrio — "one of the most sensi- tive and intelligent piano trios in the world today," according to The New York Times — are $30, $5 for students. For ticket information, call (301) 405-ARTS, Comic Relief at the Clarice Smith Center Armed with rapid-fire wordplay and satire- laden humor, two comedians will poke fun at a variety of topics including some post- e lee don day humor during two performances this week. Comedians Marc Maron and Roy Zimmerman team up for two nights of comic relief on Nov. 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. in the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, with a question-and-answer ses- sion immediately following each show. Known for his standup comedy on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and his frequent appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," Maron has the abili- ty to engage his audience as a storyteller with an intelli- gence that digs deep into subjects illuminating com- mon truths that may go unseen. Maron nffs on sub- jects ranging from corporate domination of the planet to why die cooking channel is the only iiire television. Guitar-t >ting songwriter/satirist Roy Zim- merman is proud to be left- leaning during a time in which the term "liberal" is less than popular. He sings a compelling combination of socially conscious comedy and original music and has been described as "Lenny Bruce meets Ani DeFranco meets Phil Ochs in Brian Wil- son 's living room." In addition to the two tick- eted performances, "A Con- versation with Comedian Marc Maron" will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Kay Theatre. During this free event Maron will talk about how he cre- ates his material and what's next in his career. Tickets to the Wednesday and Thursday events featuring Maron and Zimmerman are $25, $5 for students. Army, University Combine to Form Leadership School The James MacGregor Bums Academy of Leadership has joined forces with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a comprehensive leadership de- velopment program for the corps, "The Corps' goal," notes Fran Nurthen, the academy's director of federal programs, "is to develop leadership at all levels of the organization." Working with the Maccoby Group and the Gallup Organiza- tion, the academy "will develop a series of workshops for corps' exe- cutives, middle managers, coaches and emerging leaders. The work- shops will help create a common leadership language, and help team members understand and develop unique leadership talents. As a first step, the academy will deliver a "leadership for learning" course to hundreds of corps members in half a dozen cities around the country over the next few months. Nurthen is former chief of human resource development at the Army Corps and has more than 30 years of experience in federal govern- ment service. His expertise is in workforce development, executive development, leadership selection, program planning and evaluation and labor and employee relations. First Book Project Aims to Stimulate Readers Colorful posters line the walls of the undergraduate studies office representing books incoming freshmen have read since 1995 as part of the uni- versity's First Book project. It is a varied list. Poetry, a young girl's diary, a sci- fi classic, tales of people attempt- ing to control nature and a man's internal struggle with Vietnam are just some of the subjects of past texts. And, of course, this year's account of a gay man's murder in Wyoming. Phyllis Peres, associate dean of undergraduate studies and director of the Terrapin Reading Society, says the volunteer selec- tion committee, which is volun- teer-driven, strives to make each year's choice thought provoking. "We try not to use books stu- dents read in high school. When deciding on a book, we ask 'Is it a great piece of literature? What is its contextual value?' We're looking for work our students will read, and will speak to first year stu- dents in a significant way," says Peres. The committee also tries to find hooks faculty will find engag- See FIRST BOOK, page 4 NOVEMBER 5, 200 2 dateline rnaryland YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: NOVEMBER 5-11 h ovember 5 RSVP by today to 4-8385 for the Children of Faculty and Staff Information Night on Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in 1 140 Plant Sciences. See For Your Interest, page 4. 2-3 p.m., Assessing for Transformation 6137 McKel- din library. The Office of Infor- mation Technology, the Univer- sity of Maryland Libraries and the Center for Teaching Excel- lence present Gary Brown as the second speaker in their series "Teaching, Learning, Technology?" For more infor- mation, contact Paulette Robin- son at 5-3011 or probinso® umd.edu, or visit www.oit.umd. edu/AS/speakerseries . html . 4 p.m.. Frontiers of Materi- als Science with Light from Accelerators Physics Lecture Hall. With Gwyn Williams of Jefferson Laboratory. Free Phsy- ics colloquium with refresh- ments served at 3:30 p.m. for a small fee. For more informa- tion, call 5-3401. WEDNESDAY lovember 6 Postponed: One Day Used Booksale Hombake Library. Was to open at 8 a.m. to facul- ty, staff and students with UM ID. For more information, call 5-9125 or visit www.lib.umd. edu/booksale .html. noon-1 p.m.. Constructing Socio-Cultural Specific Pro- grams to Meet Student Success Needs 01 14 Coun- seling Center, Shoemaker Build- ing. For more information, con- tact Vivian Boyd at 4-7675 or email@example.com, or visit www. inform . umd. edu/Campus Info/De partments/Counseling/ Calendar/c al_rnd . htm . noon, Talking with Some- one about Alcohol and Drugs See For Your Interest, page 4. 7 p.m.. School of Architec- ture 2002 Lecture Series Lecture Hall 0204, School of Architecture. Presenting the School of Architecture 2002 Lecture Series with David E. Miller, FA1A, Partner.The Miller/Hull Partnership in Seat- tie, Washington and a tenured Professor of Architecture at the A Cappella at the Chapel Don't miss this free concert on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. A part of Homecoming Week, the 8th Annual A Cappella at the Chapel promises to be an evening filled with music provided by some of our campus' talented student groups. This year's performers will be Voices of Truth, Faux Paz, Pandemoni- UM, Treblemekers and the Generics. Performing again this year is the Hometowne USA men's barbershop chorus. For more infor- mation, contact Julie Luce at (301) 314-9866 or firstname.lastname@example.org. University of Washington. The Miller/Hull Partnership's design activities cover a wide range of projects including laboratories, nature centers, schools and higher education facilities, cor- porate offices, community cen- ters and residences. For more information, contact Ann Petrone 5-6283- 7 p.m.. Free International Film Hoff Theater, Stamp Stu- dent Union. "Show Me Love (F-ing Amal)" is a film about two girls— a bored, popular would-be hipster and a melan- choly outsider — who discover love in small-town Sweden. In Swedish with English subtitles. Directed by Lukas Moodysson, 1998, 89 min. The film will be introduced by Rose-Marie Oster of Germanic Studies and Women's Studies and is part of the International Film Series. For more information, see www. intprog.umd.edu/film.html. THURSDAY november 7 9 a.m. -4 p.m.. Treasure Maps; Picture Your Way to Success 1 101U Chesapeake. Workshop participants will learn strategies for clarifying goals and unleashing the power of their untapped abili- ties and strengths. Cost: $ 105. For more information .contact Natalie Torres at 5-5651 or trainde v@accmail , umd . edu . noon-2 p.m., 2002 Terp Red Out Stamp Student Union. Trade in aT-Shirt from another university and receive a brand new Terps T-shirt. For more information, contact vpadmin- email@example.com. 4-5 p.m.. Distinguished Scholar Teacher Lecture 1524 Van Munching Hall. The third presentation in this year's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture Series wUl be given by M. Susan Taylor from the Robert H. Smith School of Busi- ness. For more information, contact Rhonda M alone at 5- 250? or rmaIone@umd.edu. 4:30 p.m., What can you do with a Physics Education, in Addition to Becoming a Professor? 1204 Physics. A physics alumna and two of her colleagues from the Institute for Defense Analyses will speak about what physics teaches that makes physicists market- able to a variety of industries. For more information, contact Karrie Sue Hawbaker at 5-5945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.. 5-7 p.m., 2002 Terp Red Out Dining Halls. See noon-2 p.m. 6:30-8 p.m.. Children of Faculty and Staff Informa- tion Night See For Your Inter- est, page 4. 7-9 p.m., NSF Graduate Fel- lowship Workshop 0106 Francis Scott Key. Faculty mem- bers and student advisors in the life sciences, physical sci- ences, social sciences, mathe- matics, computer science and engineering are asked to en- courage their best sophomores and juniors to attend the NSF Graduate Fellowship Workshop given by Gerald Miller (Miller administered the application and evaluation phases of the NSF program for two years). The workshop is directed toward students who will be eligible to apply in fall 2003 or later. For more information, contact Camille Stillwell at 4- 1289 or email@example.com, or visit www.umd.edu/nso. november 8 RSVP by today for the Eti- quette Dinner. See For Your Interest, page 4. 10 a.m.-noon. Staying on Track in a Market Down- Building a Better Respirator: A Human- Centered Approach Imagine that you are a coal miner crawling through tunnels hun- dreds of feet below ground, an asbestos abate- ment worker removing aging insulation from homes and offices, or a firefighter search- ing through smoke and flames for injured victims. Your life — and perhaps the lives of others — depends on your ability to perform your job effectively. But there's a catch:Your work requires use of a respira- tor, which protects you from hazardous fumes and airborne particles, but also interferes with your performance. Arthur Johnson, a biological resources engineer, has spent years studying the effects of respirators on their wearers. They interfere, he says, with breathing, vision, heat exchange, and , most fre- quently, communications. "Two individuals wearing respirators standing only 1 meter apart can only under- stand about half the words spoken if no context is given " says Johnson. "At 9 meters, they can't understand each other at all." And phone con- versations are almost impossi- ble unless new protocols are adopted based on Johnson's research. By holding the phone by their mouths to talk, ending statements with the word "over," and moving the phone to their ears to lis- ten to the response, workers can greatly increase the accu- racy of their communications. Some problems vary with work levels. Vision, for exam- ple, Is important primarily during low levels of exertion, while respiration becomes difficult during periods of high exertion. Unfortunately, says Johnson, "you can't satis- fy all the problems all the time. There are trade-offs." The best solution at present, he believes, is to design respi- rators to meet specific needs. Johnson and his graduate students are currently work- ing on a two-year contract for the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health.Their goal: to develop recommendations for certifi- cation standards for a multi- purpose air purifying head helmet respirator. Johnson also hopes to get funding for development of a "smart sys- tem" respirator for firefighters that would allow their loca- tion and various vital signs to be monitored. turn 1 101 U Chesapeake Build- ing. A seminar for people try- ing to understand and cope with equity market fluctua- tions. Cost: $15. For more information, contact Natalie Torres at 5-565 1 or traindev® accmail.umd.edu. noon-2 p.m., 2002 Terp Red Out Stamp Student Union and Dining Halls. See Nov. 7. november 11 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Shortcourse Training: . Microsoft Word Level 3 4404 Computer & Space Sci- ence. Participants will work with styles, create form tem- plates, add graphics to docu- ments, use features that simpli- fy working with large docu- ments and more. Prerequisite: MS Word Level 2 or equivalent knowledge. The class fee is $90. For more information and to register, visit www.oit.umd. edu/sc or contact Jane S. Wieboldt at 5-0443 or i t-t raining® umail . umd . edu . 1 p.m., Ge omental it y in a Cross-Cult ural Context 1124 LeFrak. Hong-key Yoon of the University of Auckland will lead the seminar. For more infor- mation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.geog.umd.edu. or additional event list- ings, visit www.college publisher.com/outlook. calendar guide Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-wow 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 data of publication. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or send e-mail to outlook@accmaH.umd.edu. Outlook Otulaoli is [he weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodie Remington 'Vice President for University Relations Teresa Flannery ■ Executive Director, Unjversiry (lomniunications and Marketing George Cathcart ■ Executive Editor Monette Austin Bailey • Editor Cynthia Mitchel • Ait Director Robert K. Gardner * Graduate Assistant Letters to the editor, story sugges- tions and campus information are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Oitttwk, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 Telephone • (301) 405-4629 Fax • (301) 314-9344 E-mail • email@example.com www collegepublisher.com/outlook Yt,E° OUTLOOK 3 ^^^B ^^^^H Hl ^ 1 r v< UtL J@l i 1 ■ DONALD V WEST Bioadcasting m • PHOTO ARCHIVES i 1 II *2 J 1 i i 4 hfji ■» Hl^l - PHOTO BY DAVE OTTALINI Broadcasting and Cable magazine's 200, 000- plus photo archive is being named after long-time Editor in Chief Donald West, third from left. He is shown with Charles Lowry, dean of Libraries; Ramsey Woodworth, Broadcast Pioneers Educational Fund; West; Chuck Howell, curator. Library of American Broadcasting; and Harry Jessell, editor in chief, Broadcasting and Cable magazine. designed to "commemorate the progress of broadcasting through its first quarter centu- ry. They turned out to be a love letter on canvas to a medi- um about which [Taishoff and McGill] cared so much." The murals will one day welcome visitors to the library's newly renovated facility in Hornbake. For more information about the library and its collections, visit www.lib.umd :edu/UMGP/ LAB. that the pictures would be "of enormous value to other jour- nalists and scholars." He says the magazine will continue to donate current photographs "so long as we publish." The library already houses another major broadcasting and cable collection — the papers of founder and first Editor in Chief Sol Taishoff. "Together, they give a detailed record of the Inner workings Of this extremely influential publication " says Howell; Taishoff s son, Lawrence, is also donating a set of four his- toric murals depicting the his- tory, and promise, of radio and television. The elder Taishoff reportedly commissioned the murals in 1945 to commemo- rate National Radio Week. They were designed by his friend, Westinghouse's radio advertis- ing manager, William McGill. Archives honoree Donald West says the four mural set was Rankings: Maryland Living-Learning 3rd in the Nation Continued from page 1 learn in such an environment. Kathy McAdams, executive director of College Park Scholars, the largest of the communities, says living-learning units cre- ate cohesive, productive student groups through division. From the beginning of their college careers, Scholars, for exam- ple, are divided into one of 12 areas of study and will live on a floor with people in at least two of their courses. "It really eases that transition." Cindy Felice, Grandner's counterpart on the south side, uses the word "seamless" to describe how living-learning communities affect campus life connections. Because of the "smorgasboard" of opportunities at the university, she says it is helpful to have one place as a center for a student's life and studies. In some cases, the communities are natural outgrowths of academic pursuits. "Writers have always collected them- selves into social groups," says Laura Lauth, director of Jimenez-Porter. She was also instrumental in the development of the Global Communities program, the newest group. Both reside in Dorchester Hall. "It's not unusual to have a house set aside, but there's never really been an undergraduate house like this." Creating a living-learning community takes more than just collecting people into one place, however. When Resident life and leaders within Academic Affairs first began putting ideas to paper through the Committee on the Academic Environment in 1988, it was clear that in order to create vibrant communities, various members of the campus would need to be committed to such an important enterprise, A com- mittee was formed to develop guidelines for living-learning communities, think through funding and staffing issues and to create a process for approving proposals. No community begins without one to two years of planning. Purpose, mission, roles of faculty and staff are all discussed to make sure a community is viable and necessary. "There are a lot of key players in this: resident life, an academic department, resi- dential facilities, students," says Felice. "Deep and strong roots have contributed to their success, not random concepts. The strength of the programs is built on dedi- cation to primary principles. Without them, the value and success of living-learn- ing communities is diluted." Ten criteria must be met in order for an idea to become a living-learning communi- ty, among them the requirement that pro- grams give faculty significant roles inside and outside of the classroom. "The faculty connection may be the cornerstone," says McAdams. "Faculty are central." Baxter is even more effusive in high- lighting the role of faculty. "They're the lifeblood of every program. Their passion and enthusiasm. ..is so refreshing. What it does for the students is incredible." Al Gardner, a now-retired member of the human development faculty, joined Col- lege Park Scholars as its director of the advocates for children program in 1995. He stayed put until May 2002.The experi- ence meant a lot to him, as well. "You have more involvement with the students. It was the best experience I ever had as a college professor. I feel fortunate to have had it." Student statistics further demonstrate the communities' success. McAdams cites 90 percent retention overall and more than 80 percent retention for College Park Scholars. "The five-year graduation rate is 10 per- cent higher than the rest of the university. Clearly there's something good about coming in through College Park Scholars," she says. McAdams' comments illustrate another community criterion: Programs should re- flect the university's priorities of recruiting, retaining and graduating the broad array of students who enroll at the university. So a solid foundation has been laid with input from all interested and affected par- ties. The university shows its commitment by giving resources and manpower. Facul- ty, through extracurricular activities and seminars, give extra doses of their time. Student leaders coordinate community outreach programs. The student-residents excel. But what about students not living in such an environment? "I believe they should all have it," says McAdams. "Dean Hampton says that all stu- dents should have the opportunity that wiU fit them, that's why there are so many new communities." Within the last two years, three new communities were launched and a few proposals are in the pipeline for others. McAdams, and others, stress that living- learning communities are not about exclu- sion, but about the successful engagement of students in the university and the greater community. "The rest of the university must recog- nize that it's not just about T-shirts and pizza," says McAdams. "We're delivering a supercharged [student]." Broadcasting and Cable Photo Archives Donated to Maryland They represent the histo- ry of radio and televi- sion going back some 71 years. And now, the photo archives of Broadcasting and Cable magazine have found a new home at the university's Library of American Broadcast- ing (LAB). "The 200,000 plus images cover almost the entire history of the medium," says Library Curator Chuck Howell. "Execu- tives, performers, politicians, technicians and visionaries — if they were influential in radio or television, you can find them here." The archives have been named in honor of Donald V West, who joined the magazine in 1953 and was the chief edi- tor from 1982 to 2001. Today he is a member of the Library of American Broadcasting's board of directors and chairs Broadcasting and Cable's Hall of Fame. Published since 1931, Broad- casting and Cable is consid- ered to be the "bible" of the industry. Editor in Chief Harry JesseU says, "It's comforting to know the collection is in good hands." Jessell joined a number of broadcast industry notables, Libraries Dean Charles Lowry, LAB board members and staff to celebrate the donation dur- ing ceremonies at the library's new facilities on the third floor of Hornbake Library last week. Jessell told the assemblage Notable Psychology Chair Bill Hall has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Advi- sory Committee for die Social, Behavioral and Economic Sci- ences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. James Grunig, professor of public relations, will receive the James W Schwartz Award for Dis- tinguished Service to Journalism and Communication, the highest honor conferred by Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Grunig, who received a bache- lor's degree in agricultural jour- nalism from Iowa State in 1964, was presented with the award at the Greenlee school's annual alumni homecoming reception earlier this month. Robert N. Gaines, associate professor of communication, accepted the directorship of the Honors Humanities pro- gram in the College of Arts and Humanities. He will serve a three-year term. Several School of Public Affairs faculty have recently been hon- ored. Herman Daly was award- ed the "Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic" in cere- monies held at the Pio Manzu International Research Center in Rimini, Italy on Oct. 20. The award was in recognition for his work in developing the idea of a steady-state economy. Daly was one of 10 from around the world to receive this honor, including two other Americans, biologist Edward O. Wilson and mathe- matician Benoit Mandelbrot. Jacques S. Gansler, the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise, and Shelley Metzenbaum, visit- ing professor and senior fellow, have both been elected Fellows of the National Academy of Pub- lic Administration. NAPA is an independent, nonpartisan orga- nization chartered by Congress to assist the government in improving its effectiveness. The university now boasts 10 NAPA Fellows, nine of whom are MSPA faculty. Thomas C. Schelling, Dis- tinguished University Professor, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Analysis by the RAND Graduate School. G. Edward DeSeve has been awarded the S. Kenneth Howard Award by the American Society for Public Administration, Asso- ciation of Budgeting and Finan- cial Management. The award recognizes "the exemplary work and professional integrity of an individual who has devoted a significant part of his or her public service career to the advancement of public budget- ing and financial management." NOVEMBER 5, 2002 International Travel Grants Full-time faculty members are invited to submit proposals to the InternationalTravel Fund Committee for support to con- duct research overseas. Awards are made for economy class travel and it is presumed that other sources of support, par- ticularly from the appropriate department or college, are being applied to the project. The purpose of the awards is to provide seed funds for proj- ects of major significance. The International Travel Fund Com- mittee, composed of four facul- ty members, will evaluate the proposals in accordance with the guidelines listed at www, intprog.umd.edu. The deadline for proposals for International Travel Grants is Nov. 15. For more information, con- tact Pernille Levine at 5-7158 or Pernille@umd.edu. Talking with Someone about Alcohol and Drugs Are you not sure what to say to someone about their alcohol or drug use-even your children? Leah McGrath, coordinator of substance abuse prevention, will help you find effective ways to approach someone about these issues on Wednes- day, Nov. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. The workshop is part of the Brown Bag Lunch series run by the Center for Health and Well- being and will be held in 0121 Campus Recreation Center (CRQ. The Center for Health & Wellbeing is a satellite office of the University Health Center. CRC membership is not neces- sary to attend programs. For more information, call (301) 314-1493 or e-mail treger® health . umd. edu . Etiquette Dinner Learn the tricks of the trade at the dining table. Anna Hart, protocol and etiquette consult- ant, will guide participants through a dining tutorial during a four-course meal. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University Golf Course. RSVP by Nov. 8; payment deadline ($10 per person) is Nov. 1 1. Proper attire is required. For more information, con- tact Llatetra Brown at (301) 403-2728, ext. 1 1 or Llatetra® terpalum.umd.edu, or visit www.alumni.umd.edu. Children off Faculty and Staff Information Night All university employees who have children interested in becoming aTerp may attend the annual Children of Faculty and Staff Information Night on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in 11 40 Plant Sciences. The reception is designed to inform university employees and their children about the admissions process and how their relationship with the uni- versity factors into that process, and to provide information concerning tuition remission benefits. RSVP by Nov. 5 to (301) 314- 8385. For more information, contact Shonda Gray at (301) 3 14-8757 or sagray ©deans, umd. edu, or visit www.uga.umd.edu. Call for Proposals: TA Development Grants The Center forTeaching Excel- lence, tn conjunction with the Graduate School, announces its third annual Call for Proposals for the academic year 2002- 2003 TA Development Grants. The CTE will award a num- ber of small grants (ranging from $500 to $3,000) to depart- ments and colleges working to improve the development, sup- port and recognition of gradu- ate teaching assistants. Informa- tion including criteria for evalu- ation and award, examples of previously funded proposals and proposal guidelines can be found at www.inform.umd.edu/ CTE (follow the Grants &Awards link toTA Development Grants). The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, Dec. 2. Two copies of the application materials should be sent to Dina Longhitano, Coordinator, Center forTeaching Excellence, 0405 Marie Mount Hall. For more information, contact Dina Longhitano at (301) 314- 1283 firstname.lastname@example.org. Flowers after the Funeral Richard Cox of the School of Information Studies, University of Pittsburgh, will speak on the spate of book publishing, docu- mentation projects, memorials and museum exhibits about the events of Sept. 11,2001 in "Flowers after the Funeral: the Meaning of Libraries, Archives and Museums in the Post 9/11 World "on Thursday Nov. 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Special Events Room, 6th floor McKeldin Library. For more information, con- tact Marietta Plank at 5-2033 or email@example.com, or visit www.clis.umd.edu. Writers Here and Mow The Creative Writing Depart- ment presents a reading by alumna Joelle Biele on Wednes- day Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Special Events Room, 6th floor McKeldin Library. A book sign- ing will follow the reading. Admission is free. Biele, a Fulb right scholar, has published in many literary jour- nals such as Antioch Review, Hubbub and Indiana Review. She has taught American litera- ture and creative writing at the University of Oldenburg in Ger- many and has served as a lec- turer in the English depart- ment. For more information, con- tact Don Berger at 5-3820 or dbI88@umail.umd.edu. CYC Halloween Hullabaloo PM0T0S BY MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEY Super heroes, prmcesses, kitty cats, firemen and more attended a Halloween party at the Center for Young Children last week. Above, a group of 3- and 4-year-olds listen as their teacher tells them a pre-costume parade story Alorah Van Tassell, right, sits pretty as Cinderella. First Book: Continued from page 1 ing and teachable across disci- plines. About mid-fall, a call is put out for book suggestions. Approximately a dozen facul- ty, staff and students from all over the university serve on the selection committee. Mem- bers use the January academic break to read finalists and come back in the spring to discuss their choices. Last year's book, poet Lucille Clifton's "Blessing of the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000,"was the first book of poetry chosen. "Several classes used the book," says Peres. "When she came on campus, it was stand- ing room only." Peres says there were long discussions about this year's choice. Some of the finalists were "Out of Place: A Memoir" by Edward Said, a Palestinian critical theorist at Columbia University, and "Young Men and Fire" by Norman Maclean. It told the story of and the les- sons learned from a post- World War n mass forest fire in Montana that killed 13 smoke jumpers. "This year, we needed a spe- cial book. So many things hap- pened on campus, both won- derful and terrible," says Peres, who mentioned that this is the first time a play was chosen. "We thought, how can we address issues of community?" What they came up with was "The Laramie Project," which is based on a play by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Pro- ject. Without re-enacting the Diversity murder or introducing Matthew Shepard as a charac- ter, the play explores how his beating death at the hands of two local men affected the hearts and minds of Laramie, Wyo. residents. The play is shaped through more than 200 interviews conducted by Tectonic project members. The production, directed by Adele Cabot, begins a three- week sold out run at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Kogod Theatre on Saturday LoisVietri.a government and politics professor, found the book an interesting choice for her American Government and Politics students. "It is a major component of GVPT 170," she says. "It is a large lecture class with 1 2 dis- cussion sections and 260 stu- dents. They have been asked to... experience 'The Laramie Project' from all three media: text, film and play." Vietri would like students to think about how democratic communities deal with hate crimes and how popular cul- ture plays a learning and heal- ing role in politics. She used the 1999-2000 selection, Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried,"in her Vietnam course. She finds the First Book selections valuable addi- tions to her curriculum. "I think it is a wonderful way to have a community dia- logue and to have students involved in all stages of selec- tion, dissemination and learn- ing exchange."