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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Volume iS • Number 14 • December 17, 2002 



Exempt Staff 
Will Have 
Union Election 



Exempt staff members will 
have an opportunity to 
choose whether they 
want to engage in collective 
bargaining with the university 
and have a labor union repre- 
sent them. 

The State Higher Education 
Labor Relations Board (SHELRB) 
has certified that more than 30 
percent of eligible exempt staff 
members have signed authoriza- 
tion cards expressing an inter- 
est in having University Profes- 
sionals United/AJFSCME repre- 
sent them in negotiations with 
the university about wages, 
hours, and other terms and con- 
ditions of employment. 

The SHELRB has ordered an 
election on Wednesday, Jan. 22 
in the Grand Ballroom of the 
Stamp Student Union. The 
polling place will be open from 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eligible em- 
ployees must present a photo 
I.D. in order to receive a ballot. 

Eligible employees will 
choose either to be represented 
by the AFSCME union or not to 
be represented. The majority of 
those actually voting determines 
the outcome. If the union wins, 
then every exempt bargaining 
unit employee will be repre- 
sented by University Profession- 
als United/AFSCME, regardless 
of whether the employee voted 
or is a member of the union. 

"It is extremely important 
that everyone understand the 
purpose of the election and the 
importance of voting," said Dale 
Anderson, director of personnel 
services. 

Employees excluded as super- 
visory, managerial or confiden- 
tial under the law are ineligible 
to vote. If the union wins, it will 
not represent the excluded 
employees, SHELRB will mail 
copies of the notice and sample 
ballot to all eligible employees 
at their home addresses. A com- 
plete copy of the election order 
is available online at 
www.mhec.state.md.us/shelrb. 



This is Outlook's last 
print edition of the 
semester, though 
an online version will go 
upon Jan. 14 at www. 
coflegepublisher.com/ 
outlook. All submissions 
for that issue should be 
sent, no later than Jan. 8, 
to: outlook@accmail.umd. 
edu, Outlook will resume 
printing with the Jan. 28 
issue. Have a great break. 



Governor Zooms by Maryland Booth 




PHOTO BY MELISSA SWEENEY 



Gov.-elect Bob Ehrlich stopped by the university's booth at the Maryland 
Technology Showcase held at the Baltimore Convention Center on 
Dec. 4 and 5. Donnie Neuenberger (left), NASCAR driver of the uni- 
versity's "Fear the Turde" race car, presented Ehrlich with a Maryland 
racing team T-shirt. 



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Perfect" New Vice President Named 



John D. Porcari will 
be the new vice presi- 
dent for administrative 
affairs at the University 
of Maryland, President 
Dan Mote Jr. announced 
recently. 

Porcari will join the 
university administra- 
tion after Feb. 1 , having 
served the last four 
years as secretary of the 
Maryland Department 
of Tran sportation.The 
youngest secretary of 
transportation in Mary- 
land history, Porcari, 43, 
boasts a broad back- 
ground in business and 
economic development, 
environmental planning 
and public policy. 

"John Porcari brings 
to Maryland the perfect port- 
folio to take on the leader- 
ship of the university's 
administrative affairs," Mote 
said. "This is a critical time 
for the university as we 
assume greater responsibili- 
ties with shrinking resources, 
John has the experience and 
organizational skill to meet 
those challenges ." 

Mote noted that in four 
years as secretary of trans- 
portation Porcari has under- 




John 0. Porcari 



taken a comprehensive reor- 
ganization of the highway, 
transit and aviation adminis- 
trations. He has been com- 
mitted to community revital- 
ization and to community 
involvement in transporta- 
tion decisions. 

"These are all critical 
areas for us," Mote said, not- 
ing that the university is 
implementing a progressive 
new campus master plan 
with a focus on managing 



traffic and strengthen- 
ing its involvement 
with the local commu- 
nity in economic devel- 
opment initiatives. 

"The University of 
"Maryland is the most 
exciting place in the 
state to be right now," 
Porcari said.'i am hon- 
ored to have the oppor- 
tunity to serve with 
President Mote as he 
guides the university to 
its very promising 
future." 

As secretary, Porcari 
has overseen a depart- 
ment with more than 
9,700 workers and a 
budget of *2.2 billion. 
He is currently imple- 
menting a $9. 1 billion 
six-year capital program 
that includes expansion of 
Bal t imore/Washington 
International (BWI) Airport, 
statewide transit planning, 
service improvements at the 
M otor Vehicle Admin istration 
and transit corridor improve- 
ments. 

He also oversees two 
police forces with law 
enforcement responsibilities 

See PORCARI, page 3 



Journalism 
Lab Provides 
Tech Boost 

The university announced the 
launch of a new journalism center 
designed to help news organiza- 
tions use innovative computer 
technologies to develop new ways 
for people to engage in critical 
public policy issues. 

J-Lab:The Institute for Interac- 
tive Journalism will provide seed 
money to news organizations that 
propose interactive news ideas 
and team them with computer sci- 
entists to help build software and 
easy-to-navigate news experiences. 
The institute also will spotlight the 
best cutting-edge news innova- 
tions through the Batten Awards 
for Innovations in Journalism, fund- 
ed by the John S. and James L. 
Knight Foundation. 

"J-Lab will help address a critical 
need in today's journalism," said 
Thomas Kunkel, dean of Mary- 
land's Philip Merrill College of 
Journalism. "We desperately need 
to develop new ideas on how to 
excite and engage news con* 
sinners about serious issues, or risk 
losing them to the frivolity of sen- 
sationalism, sound bites and info- 
See J-LAB, page 2 



It's Time to 
Make that Walk 

More than 1,700 stu- 
dents expect to 
receive bachelor's 
degrees in this weekend's com- 
mencement ceremonies. Nearly 
1 ,000 will be receiving graduate 
degrees. Based on the past three 
graduations, communication, 
criminology and criminal jus- 
tice and psychology majors will 
be the majority. 

The main commencement 
speaker will be Dorothy Height, 
president of the National Coun- 
cil of Negro Women. The cam- 
pus-wide commencement will 
be held at the Comcast Center, 
at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. 
Guests are urged to be seated 
approximately one half-hour 
prior to the designated time for 
the ceremonies if they wish to 
observe the student and faculty 
processional. 

Graduates, their families and 
friends are invited to join uni- 
versity officials and members of 
^thc faculty and staff at the 
reception following the cam- 
pus-wide commencement. Shut- 
de bus service will provide free 
transportation across the cam- 
pus throughout the day. For 

See COMMENCEMENT, page 3 



DECEMBER I J , 2002 



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dateline 
maryland 



YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: DECEMBER 17-JANUARY 9 



december 17 

3-5:30 p.m. Black Faculty 
and Staff Association Holi- 
day Celebration Multipur- 
pose Room, Nyumburu Cultur- 
al Center. Open to everyone. 
Bring your appetite and an 
unwrapped item for a swap 
meet. Also, bring your favorite 
music for some dancing! For 
more information and to RSVP, 
call Dottie Bass, 5-5618. 

3:30-5 p.m., Numerical 
Analysis Seminar 3206 Math 
Building. Speaker Daniel 
Kessler, Department of Mathe- 
matics, will present: "A posteri- 
ori Error Estimates for the 
Allen-Cahn Problem: Is it Possi- 
ble to Survive Grbnwall's 
Inequality?"Formore informa- 
tion, contact Tobias von Peters- 
dorff at tvp@math.umd.edu or 
visit www.math.umd.edu/ 
dept/seminars/nas. 



december 20 



7-9 a.m., Chick-Fil-A Pe 
Bowl Breakfast with Fridge 
Inn and Conference Center. 
Terrapin fans will have the 
opportunity to get up-close 
and persona] with Ralph Fried- 
gen for morning breakfast and 
"chalk-talk" at the Marriott Inn 
& Conference Center in Col- 
lege Park. Doors open at 7:15 
a.m. and Coach Friedgen will 
address the group from 7:30- 
8:30 a.m. The first 500 fans 
will receive a new Maryland 
football T-shirt! There is no 
cost to attend and a continen- 
tal breakfast will be provided 
free of charge. For more infor- 
mation, contact the Terrapin 
Ticket Office at 4-7070 or 
mk225@umail. umd.edu, or 
visit www.umterps.com. 

5:30-8 p.m.. Holiday Gradu- 
ate Student Outing, Wash- 
ington, D.C. The Office of 
Campus Programs will sponsor 
a trip for graduate students to 
the Pageant of Peace in Wash- 
ington, D.C. Come out and see 
the national Christmas tree and 
hear musical groups from 
around the region. Meet at 5:30 
p.m. at the College Park Metro 
station. Metro fare is free. The 
musical performances happen 
from 6:30-8 p.m. and there is 
an optional dinner afterward 



Lobbying on Behalf of Higher Education 



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lurnni, faculty and staff, students and parents are 
getting organized to speak face to face with their 
, elected representatives on behalf of higher educa- 
tion support in general and the University of Maryland 
specifically. 

Those who reside in Maryland are encouraged to become 
part of the volunteer force by setting up appointments to 
meet with at least one of their delegates and senators. This 
should be done on personal time. Ethically and legally, state 
employees cannot be asked to lobby for the benefit of the 
institution as a part of their work. 

Go to www.stategov.umd.edu to sign up. 

In addition. University Relations is offering training ses- 
sions with tips, contact information, directions and parking. 
Three sessions, all taking place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the 
Visitor Center Conference Room, will be held Jan. 8, Jan. 22 
and Feb. 11. Contact Sandy George at (301 ) 405-4615. There 
will be a self-serve Web-based training option available at 
the Web site on Dec. 20. 



(at participants' own expense). 
The group will return to Col- 
lege Park, after dinner, around 
1 1 p.m. For more information, 
contact Zaneeta Daver, 5-0839 
or zedaver@uriion,umd.edu. 

8-10:30 p.m.. Observatory 
Open House University 
Observatory. Elizabeth Warner 
on "To buy or not buy., .(a tele- 
scope!)" The University Obser- 
vatory hosts open house 
evenings on the 5th and 20th 
of each month from Novem- 
ber through April. The pro- 
gram begins at 8 p.m. with a 
short lecture followed by 
observing through the tele- 
scopes (weather permitting). 
For more information, contact 
Elizabeth Warner at 5-6555 or 
warnerem@astro.umd.edu, or 
visit www.astro.umd.edu/ 
openhouse. 



January 9 

8 p.m.. Classical Music 
Concert Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall. Co-sponsored by the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center and the Embassy of 



Correction 

In last week's issue of Out- 
look, in the story "Giving 
New Students that Extra 
Soost," Joelle Davis Carter's 
middle and last names were 
transposed. 



Israel. Israeli-Arab pianist 
Saleem Abboud Ashkar and 
Israeli cellist Inbal Megiddo 
will perform. For more infor- 
mation, contact Amy K. Harbi- 
son at 5-8 169 or harbison® 
wam.umd.edu.. 



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



calendar guide 

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



Outlook 



Oii/foot is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University of 
Maryland campus community. 

Brodie Remington *Vice 
President for University Relations 

Teresa Flannery > Executive 

Director, University 
Communications and Marketing 

George Cathcart • Executive 
Editor 

Monette Austin Bailey ■ Editor 

Cynthia Mitchel * Art Director 

Robert K . Gardner • Graduate 
Assistant 

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

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

Telephone ■ (301) +05-4629 
Fax «(301)314-W44 
E-mail * oudook@accnvail.umd.edu 
www.coilcgcpu hi isher.com /on dook 



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PHOTO 3V CYNTHIA MITCHEL 



J-Lab: Seeks to Innovate 

Continued from page 1 



partnered, from the 
start, with Knight 
Ridder Newspapers 
to create civic news 
templates," said Hod- 
ding Carter HI, 
Knight Foundation 
president and CEO. 
"The Batten Awards 
honor both Jim and 
his spirit of innova- 
tion in service to the 
community.'' 

The Knight Foun- 
dation has made 
grants to a series of 
projects nationwide 
to further the goals 
of journalism in the 
public interest. They 
include a Web site 
that will help northern Cali- 
fornia news consumers rate 
coverage; an interactive tele- 
vision show that will help 
Chicago-area residents under- 
stand how news organiza- 
tions work; a public-designed 
digital merger of public radio, 
and public television stations 
in Cleveland; and a pilot proj- 
ect in Boulder, Colo., aimed at 
finding out how much local 
election coverage public tele- 
vision can provide. 

"Civic journalism, public 
journalism, community jour- 
nalism, good journalism "said 
Eric Newton, Knight Founda- 
tion director of journalism . ■-' 
initiatives. "We've found. many .3°C 
different ways to describe the 
idea, perhaps best put by 
Arthur Miller, that a good 
newspaper is a nation talking 
to itself." 

J-Lab also represents the lat- 
est journalism initiative at 
Maryland's Philip Merrill Col- 
lege of Journalism designed to 
support and improve the 
news business. The college 
operates American Journalism 
Review (AJR), the Knight Cen- 
ter for Specialized Journalism, 
the Casey Journalism Center 
on Children and Families, the 
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow- 
ship Program for international 
journalists and the Journalism 
Fellowships in Child and Fam- 
ily Policy. It also serves as 
headquarters to the National 
Association of Black Journal- 
ists and the American Associa- 
tion of Sunday and Feature 
Editors. 

"We feel our role as journal- 
ism educators extends far 
beyond the classroom," said 
Kunkel. Initiatives such as J- 
Lab.the Knight Center, AJR 
and the others are critical to 
the betterment of the news 
industry." 

Information on J-Lab calls 
for proposals and Batten 
entries will soon be available 
at www.j-lab.org Regular , 
J-Lab updates will be sent 
electronically to the J-Flash 
mailing list. Subscribers to 
J-F!ash under the Pew Center 
will automatically receive the 
J-Lab updates. Others can join 
the list by writing to asilva® 
j-lab.org. 



"We feel our role as 
journalism educators 
extends far beyond 
the classroom." 
— Thomas Kunkel, 
dean, Philip Merrill 
College of Journalism 



tainmettt." 

The new institute is a spin- 
off of the Pew Center for 
Civic Journalism, which com- 
pletes its work next year. 
Over the past decade, the cen- 
ter has supported hundreds 
of civic news experiments;.,;:;^ 
that invited public interaction 
through town halt meetings, 
focus groups and other meth- 
ods new to journalism organi- 
zations. 

"Civic journalism taught us 
that a lot of people accept 
information when they own 
some of it "said J-Lab Execu- 
tive Director Jan Schaffer. 
"And they own it — not when 
it's spoon fed — but when 
they help gather it, discuss it, 
examine trade-offs and envi- 
sion solutions." 

"Now is the time to capi- 
talize on new technology 
that can help make people 
smarter about public issues 
and advance civic participa- 
tion in the digital arena," said 
Schaffer, who was a Pulitzer 
Prize- winning journalist at 
The Philadelphia Inquirer 
before directing the Pew Cen- 
ter for Civic Journalism. 

J-Lab also will give $15,000 
awards each year to journal- 
ists who build die best inter- 
active news models that fos- 
ter public participation. The 
Batten Awards for Innovations 
in Journalism honor the late 
James K. Batten, former chair- 
man and CEO of Knight Rid- 
der, who championed the idea 
that journalism can both build 
citizenship and tell hard 
truths. 

A $250,000 Knight Founda- 
tion grant will fund an annual 
awards competition and edu- 
cational symposium in 2003 
and 2004. 

"Battens vision helped 
launch the Pew Center, which 



OUTLOOK 



Commencement: 

Continued from page 1 



The World Awaits 




FILE PHOTO BV MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEY 



PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI 



College of Education graduate Kristen Ehrenspeck (above right) will be the main commencement's student speaker. 
The venerable Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women, will deliver the guest speech at 
the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. Guests are asked to arrive at least a half hour early. 



more information, visit 
www.lnf orm . unui.edu/ 
commencement/. 

" 
Individual College and School 
Commencement Ceremonies, 
listed alphabetically 

(Please note that "* next to the cere- 
mony name means that ceremony is 
being held on Dec. 21, not Dec. 22.) 

Agriculture & Natural Resources 

Memorial Chapel . 
Dec. 22{ I 4 f p.fn\! |jr,t sv'siW.MwtJsUitl 

10-71 fifth 

Architecture 

Architecture Building Great Spaed : 
Dec. 22,4 p.m. < »>■ •■ 

Art History/Art Studio 
1240 Art-Sociology Building I 
Dec. 22,4 p.m. 

* "Behavioral and Social Sciences 

Comcast Center 
Dec. 21,7p.m. ■ 

Robert H. Smith School of 
Business 

Comcast Center 

Dec. 22, 4 p.m. 

Speaker: Jay Nussbaum, vice 

president, BearingPoint, Inc. 

^Communication 

Ritchie Coliseum 

Dec. 21, 7 p.m. 

Speaker: Charles A. Moose, chief 

of police, Montgomery County 



'"Computer, Mathematical and 
Physical Sciences 

Concert Hall, Clarice Smith 

Performing Arts Center 

Dec. 21,7 p.m. 

Speaker: Miguel Rios Jr. (physics 

alumnus), chair and CEO, Orion 

International Technologies 

"Education 
Tawes Theatre 
Dec. 21, 7 p.m. 

■ j 

A. James Clark School of 
Engineering-'' ' ; - -'"-■" J '" '' 
Reckord Armory 
Dec. 22, 4 p.m. 

Speaker: D. Wayne Snodgrass, ■" 
vice president, Engineering & 
Manufacturing Electronic Systems, 
Northrop Grumman Corporation 

English, Comparative Literature, 
American Studies, Woman's 
Studies, Dance 

Tawes Theatre 

Dec, 22,4 p.m. 

Speaker: John Caughey, chair, 

American Studies 

Foreign Languages, Linguistics, 

Classics 

0200 Skinner Hall 

Dec. 22, 4 p.m. 

Health & Human Performance 

Ritchie Coliseum 
Dec. 22, 4 p.m. 

History, Jewish Studies, Russian 



0104 Skinner Hall 

Dec. 22, 4 p.m. 

Speaker: Alfred Moss, associate 

professor, history 

"Individual Studies 

Honors Lounge, Anne Arundel 

Hall 

Dec. 21, 5 p.m. 

Speaker: Suzanne Beicken, 

professor 

"Information Studies 

1240 Biology-Psychology Building 

Dec. 21,4 p.m. 

Speaker: Trudi Belardi Hahn, 

University Libraries and president, 

American Society of Information 

and Technology 

Philip Merrill College of 
Journalism 

Hoff Theater 
Dec, 22, 4 p.m. 

"Life Sciences 

Memorial Chapel 

Dec. 21,7 p.m. 

Speaker: Willie May, National 

Institute of Standards and 

Technology (NIST) 

Music 

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center 
Dec. 22, 5 p.m. 

Philosophy 

1115 St. Mary's Hall 
Dec. 22, 4 p.m. 



Porcari: Brings Diverse Background 

Continued from page 1 



at FWI Airport, Port of Balti- 
more, MTA transit facilities, the 
Bay Bridge and Baltimore-area 
tunnels. 

Porcari was deputy secretary 
of transportation from 1997 to 
1998. He previously served as 
vice president of Loiedcrman 
Associates, providing environ- 
mental consulting services for 
public sector civil engineering 
clients in the Washington, D.C. 
area. 

He has also served as the gov- 
ernor's ombudsman and assis- 



tant secretary for economic 
development policy; develop- 
ment manager and development 
review coordinator for the 
Prince George's county execu- 
tive; and as an environmental 
planner for Prince George's 
County. 

The Division of Administrative 
Affairs at the university includes 
the comptroller and the depart- 
ments of budget, business servic- 
es, environmental safety, facilities 
management, personnel servic- 
es, procurement and supply, 



public safety and travel. 

"His intimate knowledge of 
management challenges in a 
major state agency, his oversight 
of capital building projects, his 
skills in strategic planning and 
policy development, his manage- 
ment of complex budgets and 
his facility for working with peo- 
ple make him particularly well 
suited for this leadership posi- 
tion," said Mote. "I look forward 
to welcoming John to the Uni- 
versity community in the spring 
semester." 




Book Bag 



Building Partnerships for 
Service- Learning 

Barbara Jacoby, director of 
Commuter Affairs and Commu- 
nity Service, and associates 
Uossey-Bass, Feb. 4, 2003) 
Summary: It's about how to 
develop on- and off-campus 
partnerships that serve as the 
foundation for service-teaming 
programs. 

Product Engineering and 
Manufacturing 

Linda C. Schmidt, Guangming 
Zhang, Jeffrey W. Herrmann, 
George E. Dieter and Patrick F. 
Cunniff. All authors are faculty in 
the Department of Mechanical 
Engineering. 

(College House Enterprises, 
Knoxville, Tenn,, 2002) 

Summary: This textbook 
explains the new product devel- 
opment process for undergradu- 
ates performing engineering 

design projects. 

■ ■ 

The Way We Think: 
Conceptual Blending and the 
Mind's Hidden Complexities 

Gilles Fauconnier and Mark 
Turner, Distinguished University 
Professor, Department of English 
and member of the faculty of the 
doctoral program in Neuro- 
sciences and Cognitive Science 

(Basic Books, 2002) 

Summary: An analysis of the 
imaginative nature of the human 
mind, written to be accessible to 
lay readers and students as well 
as interested scientists. Concep- 
tual blending is at the root of the 
cognitively modem human 
mind. 

The Rhetorical Presidency, 
Propaganda, and the Cold 
War, 1945-1955 

Shawn J. Parry-Giles, assis- 
tant professor. Department of 
Communication; director, Center 
for Political Communication and 
Civic Leadership; and affiliate 
assistant professor, Women's 
Studies 

(Praeger, 20021 

Summary: Demonstrates how 
Presidents Truman and Eisen- 
hower transformed the U.S. 
propaganda program into a tool 
reliant on presidential surrogates 
in promulgation of Cold War ide- 
ology. 

The Stakes: America and the 
Middle East 

Shibley Teihami, Sadat Chair 
for Peace and Development, Col- 
lege of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences 




Product Engineering 
And Manufacturing 




Jrfltn W. I term ml 
Crorgr Dieter 




(Westview Press, Nov. 2002) 
A concise and penetrating 
analysis explaining Arab and 
Muslim attitudes toward the 
United States. 

Sister Circle: Black Women 
and Work 

Edited by Sharon Harley and 
the Black Women & Work Collec- 
tive; contributors include nine 
campus professors 

(Rutgers University Press, 
2002) 

Summary; Black women in the 
tourism industry, as 19th century 
social activists, as working single 
mothers, as "numbers backers," 
as artists, as authors and media 
figures and other fields. Each 
contributor connects her own life 
history to survey subject. 



To submit your book to Book Bag, send an e-malt in the above format to 
outlook@accmail.umd.edu. Cover images can be accepted as scanned 
jpeg files, which can be sent to cmrtche(@accm art. umd.edu. The next 
Book Bag will appear Feb. 18, 2003. 



DECEMBER 17, 2002 





Rossborough Inn Holiday 
Menu Specials 

Experience the holidays around 
the world with the following 
daily menu specials through 
Dec. 20 at Rossborough Inn: 

• Tuesday, Dec. 17: Ethiopian 

• Wednesday, Dec. 18: Chinese 
« Thursday, Dec. 19: Russian 

• Friday, Dec. 20: Old Colonial 
Buffet 

Call early; reservations are 
required. For more information, 
contact Pamela Whitlow, (301) 
314-8013 or pwhidow® dining. 
umd.edu. 



Business Plan 
Competition 

The university is hosting its 
third annual Business Plan 
Competition, which offers up 
to $50,000 for the best plans 
for new companies. The com- 
petition is open to all students 
and recent alumni. The first 
round involves submitting an 
executive summary of your 
new venture idea. The deadline 
for this round is Jan. 15, 2003. 
For more information, con- 
tact Karen Thornton at (301) 
405-3677 or karent@eng.umd. 
edu, or visit www.hinmanceos. 
umd.edu/Business_PIan/2003/. 



Call for Proposals: 
Teaching With 
Technology Conference 

The Office of Information Tech- 
nology, in conjunction with the 
Center for Teaching Excellence 
and the University Libraries 
will be hosting the 10th annual 
Teaching With Technology con- 
ference on April 4, 2003- 

If technology has enabled 
you to facilitate learning in 
new and exciting ways, OIT 
wants to hear from you. Pro- 
posals for individual, panel or 
round table presentations are 
now being accepted at www. 
oit.umd.edu/twt. The online 
proposal application must be 
submitted by Feb. 14, 2003. 

For more information, con- 
tact Deborah Mateik at (301 ) 
405-2945 or zdeb@umd.edu, or 
visit www.oit.umd.edu/twt. 



Web Developer Classes 

Get on the fast track to become 
a Web designer and developer 
in one week over winter break. 
Learn to: 

• Create an attractive and 
effective Web presence using 
standard HTML and FrontPage 

• Render your own graphics 
using PhotoShop 

• Use JavaScript to add func- 
tionality to your site 

At the completion of this 
course, you will be able to 
design and develop profession- 
al quality Web sites. The course 
runs from Jan. 6 to 13, from 
6:30-9:30 p.m. The cost, includ- 
ing textbook, is $189 for stu- 
dents, faculty and staff. 

For more information, con- 
tact the LcarnIT Staff at (301) 



Music, Food and the Ancestors 




PHOTO BY M0NETTE AUSTIN BAILEY 



Students from Bladensburg High School, Martin Luther King Elementary School in 
Greenbelt, residents from Woodlawn Terrace senior community in Washington, D.C., 
and university students, faculty and staff gathered last week for a Kwanzaa celebra- 
tion m Stamp Union. Local master drummer Joseph Ngawa, above, led the singing of 
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," accompanied by percussion instruments played by students 
(including Bladensburg senior Isatu Jalloh, right). Ngawa also accompanied dancer and 
student Chinweoke Ezekwueche.The event included lighting of the seven candles repre- 
senting the seven principles of Kwanzaa; a speech calling for creation of a world view by 
Acldyn Lynch, professor of political economy and African American studies at die Univer- 
sity of Maryland, Baltimore and father of U.S. Olympic gymnast Jair Lynch; and poetry. 







405-1670 or LearnlT@oacs. 
umd.edu, or visit www. 
LearnlT.umd.edu. 



2003 Bryn Mam 
Summer In s tit u te 

The university seeks applica- 
tions for administrators and fac- 
ulty interested in participating 
in the Summer Institute for 
Women in Higher Education 
Administration to be held at 
Bryn Mawr College, June 22- 
July 18,2003. The institute 
seeks to prepare women for 
leadership positions in aca- 
demic administration. The cam- 
pus will nominate and provide 
tuition for applicants based on 
their credentials, career plans 
and the project they will 
implement upon their return 
to campus. 

Inquiries should be directed 
to Ellin K. Scholnick, associate 
provost for faculty affairs, 1119 
Main Administration Building. 
A letter of application that 
includes the planned project 
and a curriculum vitae should 
be sent to her by Feb. 10, 2003. 

For more information, con- 
tact Scholnick at (301) 405- 
4252 or es8@umail.umd.edu. 



Libraries Improvements 

Library users of the University 
System of Maryland will discov- 
er a new and improved online 
catalog — catalogUSMAl — to 
assist them in accessing the 
Libraries' collections, beginning 
Monday, Jan. 6. The new Web- 
based online catalog will pro- 
vide University System of Mary- 



land and Affiliated Institutions 
(USMAD students, faculty and 
other researchers with more 
advanced features than the pre- 
vious automated library system 
used by the Libraries. 

The Libraries are also config- 
uring a new citation/resource 
linking technology called SFX 
that will link together the 
Libraries' databases and e- jour- 
nals, making it easier to find the 
online full-text of an article or 
track down additional informa- 
tion about a topic. Students and 
faculty searching in the 
Libraries' research databases 
will be able to click on an SFX 
button to link directly to an 
article's full text or to look up a 
journal title in the catalog. 

Some of the new capabilities 
of catalogUSMAl include: 

• An enhanced Basic Search, 
with onscreen tips to guide 
users in searching and the abili- 
ty to do keyword searches in 
specific areas of the catalog 
records, such as words in the 
title area 

• Ability to refine a list of 
search results to show only the 
available items, screening out 
items that are checked out, lost, 
or otherwise unavailable 

• A powerful Advanced 
Search capability, with options 
to: 

— Combine keyword searches 
in different parts of the record 
(e.g. in the author field, search 
for "Beethoven" and search for 
the word "piano" anywhere in 
the record). 

— Limit searches by format 
(e.g., theses, videos or online 
resources), by language, range 
of dates or library collection 

— Browse lists of authors, 



tides, subject headings or call 
numbers 

— Use cbrtihiahd language 
searching to create complex 
searches with maximum con- 
trol over your search 

• Ability to create lists of cat- 
alog records and save them to 
consult when searching the cat- 
alog at a later date 

• Ability to save favorite 
search strategies and repeat the 
searches at a later date 

Library users will also be 
able to use the new catalog to 
place requests for materials in 
other LISMAl libraries if the 
item is not available at their 
home institution, and to view 
their own accounts to see lists 
of library materials they have 
borrowed and review requests 
they have made. 



Award Nominations: 
Teaching with Technology 

Nominations for the "University 
of Maryland Award for Innova- 
tion in Teaching with Techno- 
logy" are now being accepted, 
Co-sponsored by the Office of 
Information Technology and 
the Office of Undergraduate 
Studies, this award recognizes 
outstanding accomplishments 
in the use of technology to pro- 
mote excellence in teaching 
and learning, and it helps high- 
light the many ways in which 
the university has taken leader- 
ship in this critical area. Indi- 
viduals or groups may apply. 
The application deadline is 
Feb. 28, 2003. 

For more information, visit 
www.oit.umd.edu/asAJMITT/.