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Outlook 




Making a 
Difference 
Through 
Service 

Page 3 



THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Volume 10 • Number 2 ■ February 4, 200} 



Professor Helps 
Unearth History 

A rural pasture in western 
Illinois holds pieces of a 
story of courage and per- 
severance. Pieces of broken bot- 
tle glass, ceramic, buttons and 
pins may be all the physical evi- 
dence of New Philadelphia, but 
its significance endures. 

Paul Shackel, archaeologist 
and director of the university's 
Center for Heritage Resource 
Studies, is working with Univer- 
sity of Illinois at Springfield pro- 
fessor Vibert White to bring the 
story of New Philadelphia, 111. to 
national consciousness. Incor- 
porated by freed slave Frank 
McWorter in 1836, it is the earli- 
est such town incorporated by 
a black person in America. 
Other towns, such as Edwards- 
ville. 111., founded in 1819, or 
Brookland, Mo., in 1 830, were 
earlier settlements, but were 
created by white people and 
not incorporated by an African 
American. 

" 'Free Frank' purchased his 
freedom by working in the salt- 
peter mines in Kentucky and 
acquired this land,'' says Shackel. 
"He divided it into lots and sold 
them. With the money, he was 
able to buy 15 members of his 
family out of slavery." 

New Philadelphia, of which 
only part of its 42 acres were 
setUed, was a biracial, integrated 
community, says Shackel. It was 
mosdy a farming community, 
though small tradesmen such as 
a blacksmith and a cooper (who 
makes wooden barrels) worked 
in the town. At its peak between 
1850 and 1870, 200 people 
called New Philadelphia home. 

"After the Civil War, racism set 
the limits on the town," says 
Shackel. "A major road was re- 
routed past the town" and the 
railroad was also re-directed fur- 
ther north."By the 1920s, the 
town had disappeared from the 
landscape." 

Shackel first learned of Mc- 
Worter after a colleague recom- 
mended a biography on the man. 
"I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great 
to find out more... about the 
whole community? ' White, head 
of African-American studies at 
Springfield and director of the 
New Philadelphia initiative, also 
thought so. He got in touch with 
Shackel last May and asked if he 
wanted to help with the pro- 
ject, which received a $50,000 
grant from the University of Illi- 
nois at Springfield, as well as 
some funds from the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences 
and the graduate school. 

One of the goals is to get New 
Philadelphia listed on the Nation- 
al Register of Historic Places and 
make it part of the national park 

See HISTORY, page 3 



Charities: Raising Funds and Spirits 




■M 







PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL 



Carla Laughery (left), accounting associate in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' human 
relations department, helped her college raise the most funds. Bonnie Smith, executive administrative 
assistant for the vice president of administrative affairs, won two roundtrip airline tickets in a drawing 
of all employees who contributed to the Maryland Charities Campaign. 



Carla Laughery, 
accounting associ- 
ate in the College 
of Agriculture and 
Natural Resources' human 
relations department, may 
have thought herself a pest 
when e-mailing colleagues 
about the Maryland Charities 
Campaign. However, they 
thought otherwise and, with 
her encouragment, contri- 
buted more than $26,000 to 
the fund — the highest total 
contribution. 



"Probably every other day, 
I would e-mail people telling 
them how much money wed 
raised so far and with some 
kind of quote," says Laughery. 
"I think believing in it from 
your heart is what helps." 

She started her fundraising 
efforts by sending a personal 
letter with every employee's 
gift form. In it, she talked 
about how after tragedy 
(such as the Sept. 1 1 terrorist 
attacks, the September torna- 
do that struck campus and 



even the sniper attacks), not 
everyone can afford bereave- 
ment services such as coun- 
seling. She emphasized that 
gifts to Maryland Charities 
would ensure that those serv- 
ices, and more, were provid- 
ed for people in the state. 
She counts herself as fortu- 
nate, so giving is also an 
extension of her gratitude. 

"I've given for a long time. 
I don't have a lot, but,. .." 

See CHARITIES, page 3 



New Officers to Patrol Route 1 Area 

City, County Pledge Additional Support 



The university and Prince 
George's County have 
pledged to provide additional 
police officers and improve 
communication between 
their respective police agen- 
cies to enhance safety and 
security in the Route 1 corri- 
dor near the campus in Col- 
lege Park. 

University President Dan 
Mote and County Executive 
Jack Johnson both said they 
fully accept the recommenda- 
tions of the Route 1 Corridor 
Task Force that they appoint- 
ed to study safety and securi- 
ty in the heavily student-pop- 
ulated areas just off campus. 

College Park City Manager 
Samuel Fin 2, a member of the 
task force, said he will sup- 
port the recommendations 
that apply to the city before 
the city council. 

The task force identified 
problems and made recom- 
mendations in the areas of 
safe transportation, police 
presence in the region and 
crime prevention efforts, 
including information shar- 



ing, public information and 
education, infrastructure and 
alcohol enforcement. The 
recommendations include: 

• hiring six new officers 
for the University of Mary- 
land Police Department who 
will patrol the area Wednes- 
day through Saturday nights; 

• creating a dedicated unit 
comprising two university 
police officers and two coun- 
ty police officers to jointly 
patrol the Route 1 corridor 
on Friday and Saturday nights; 

• assigning a Prince 
George's County officer to 
work out of university police 
facilities to provide dedicat- 
ed crime prevention services 
for College Park; 

• expanding and redefining 
the area of concurrent juris- 
diction shared by the county 
and the university; 

• training for university 
and county communications 
staffs to improve requests for 
service between die agen- 
cies; 

• assignment of a universi- 
ty officer and a county offi- 



cer to establish liaison 
between the university and 
county police; 

• reconfigured shifts to 
provide five additional coun- 
ty officers during critical 
times in the Route 1 corri- 
dor. 

Ken Krouse, campus chief 
of police, says the new offi- 
cers would help patrol the 
busier municipal area of Col- 
lege Park. "Our concurrent 
jurisdiction agreement was 
for the old town area of Col- 
lege Park," he says, adding 
that as more students in 
search of housing moved off 
campus, officers' patrol areas 
have been increased. "It cre- 
ates a heavier workload." 

He is concerned about 
what may be seen as a spike 
in crime as his officers per- 
form more routine municipal 
duties that could result in 
more arrests. He said the 
increase just shows a greater 
police presence. 

During his campaign for 

See PATROL, page 3 



Answering 
Questions About 
New Libraries' 
Catalog 

On Monday, Jan. 6, library users 
of the University System of 
Maryland discovered a new and 
improved online catalog — called 
catalogUSMAI — to assist them in 
accessing the Libraries' collections. 
The following questions and 
answers have been prepared by 
the Libraries to help the campus 
community better understand and 
use the new catalog system (a sec- 
ond set of questions will appear in 
the Feb. 1 1 Issue of Oudook): 

Q, Why was it necessary to 
change catalogs? 

A. In 1991 the Libraries installed 
the CARL integrated library system 
upon which VICTORWeb was 
built. Over the course of the past 
decade significant advances have 
been made in computer hardware 
and software and in the way that 
systems talk to each other. Further 
development to the CARL system 
is no longer feasible. 

The new system, catalogUSMAI, 
provides the same features as VIC- 
TORWeb plus much more. In addi- 
tion to new searching capabilities, 
catalogUSMAI includes options to 
save searches and results, to cus- 
tomize the display and to limit the 
results of a search by format, lan- 
guage, location or publication date. 

By selecting a third generation 
integrated library system, the 
Libraries are positioned to offer 
even more innovative resources 
and services in the future. The new 
system supports the integration of 
other technologies to make identi- 
fying and retrieving materials more 
efficient and straightforward. For 
example, it will be possible to 
search for a magazine in the cata- 
log and link to a particular article 
online or to locate a film and view 
it on your computer screen. 

Q. What are the advantages of 
the new catalog? 

A. The open system design of the 
new catalog has allowed the 
Libraries to customize the look 
and format of the catalog, and to 
provide more search and indexing 
capabilities than were possible 
with the old catalog. 

Q. What are some of the key 
features of the new catalog? 

A. Key features include: 

• An enhanced basic search, 
with on-screen tips to guide users 
in searching and the ability to do 
keyword searches in specific areas 
of the catalog records, such as 
words in the tide area. 

• A powerful advanced search 
capability with options to: 

See CATALOG, page 2 



FEBRUARY 4, 2OO3 



dateline 
maryland 



YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: FEBRUARY 4 



1 



february 4 

12:45-4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Introduc- 
tion to HTML 4404 Computer 
& Space Science. Learn to for- 
mat a basic Web page, includ- 
ing text and paragraph format- 
ting, special text characters, 
hyperlinks and graphics. Pre- 
requisites for the class: familiar- 
ity with the Web and Netscape. 
The class fee is $40. To regis- 
ter, visit www.oit.umd.edu/sc. 
For more information, contact 
Jane S.Wieboldt at 5-0443 or 
oit-training@' umail . umd . edu . 



el 



WEDNESDAY 



february 5 

10 a.m-8 p.m.. Libraries' 
Used Book Sale Ground floor, 
Hornbake Library. 10,000+ 
books, journals and records in 
a variety of subject areas— his- 
tory, art, science, philosophy, 
psychology, sociology, religion, 
etc. — on sale. Campus commu- 
nity members with ID will be 
allowed to browse and buy 
beginning at 8 a.m. Hardcovers 
start at $4 and paperbacks at 
$2. Proceeds to benefit the 
Libraries. For more informa- 
tion, call 5-9125 or visit www. 
lib.umd.edu/booksale.htmt. 

Noon-1 p.m.. Counseling 
Center's Research and 
Development Meeting 0114 
Counseling Center, Shoemaker 
Building. Carl Lejuez of the psy- 
chology department will pres- 
ent "Activation Strategies in the 
Treatment of Depression." For 
more information, contact 
Vivian S. Boyd at vbl4@umail. 
umd.edu or 4-7675. 

Noon-4:30 p.m., Sino-Amer- 
ican Relations in the News: 
Does the Media Reflect a 
Balance? 0105 St. Mary's Hall. 
Sponsored by the Institue for 
Global Chinese Affairs. Chinese 
buffet lunch, noon-1 :30 p.m.; 
students, $5; others, $ 10. For 
more information and to RSVP, 
contact Rebecca McGinnis at 
5-0213 or rml65@umail.umd. 
edu. 

4-6 p.m.. Superintendents 
Forum: Superintendents 
Making It Happen 2154 
Tawes Fine Arts Building. The 
College of Education's Institute 
for Minority Achievement and 
Urban Education will host 
"Improving Teacher Quality 



Black Feminism in the Detective Novel 

Author Barbara Neely will speak on Writing Black 
Feminism in the Detective Novel from 4-5:30 p.m. 
Monday, Feb. 10 in 0200 Symons Hall. Neely is a novel- 
ist, short story writer and author of the popular Blanche White 
mystery novels. White, who works as a domestic, brings her 
intelligence and social location to bear in solving murders that 
defy the police. For more information, contact Luh Prasetyan- 
ingsih, luhayu@wam.umd.edu. 



Improves Student Performance," 
co-sponsored by the Depart- 
ment of Educational Policy and 
Leadership. The featured super- 
intendent is Jerry Weast, Mont- 
gomery Count)' Public Schools. 
For more information, contact 
Martin L.Johnson at mjl3@ 
umail.umd.edu or visit www. 
education, umd . edu/MIMAUE . 



THURSDAY 



february 6 

8:45a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Microsoft 
Word Level 2 4404 Computer 
& Space Science. Learn to: use 
section breaks to format a doc- 
ument; format text in columns 
and sort table data; create and 
use templates; merge a docu- 
ment with data to create multi- 
ple variations of a document; 
use Macros; and more. The 
class fee is $90. To register, 
visit www.oit.umd.edu/sc. For 
more information, contact Jane 
S.Wieboldt at (301) 405-0443 
or oit-training@umail,umd.edu. 

1 a.m. -noon. Introduction 
to Arc View 2109 McKeldin. 
A hands-on workshop on basic 
ope radons of Arc View GIS soft- 
ware. Free, but advance regis- 
tration is required at www. lib. 
umd.edu/UES/gis.html Seating 
is limited to 16 people. For 
more information, contact User 
Education Services at 5-9070 
or ue6@umail.umd.edu, or visit 
www.lib. umd , edu/UES/gis . html. 

4 p.m.. Committee for Phi- 
losophy and the Sciences 
Colloquium 1116 Institute for 
Physical Science and Technolo- 
gy (IPST). Andrew Elby, Physics 
Education Research Group, De- 
partment of Physics, will dis- 
cuss "What Science Education 
Researchers Talk about When 
They Talk about Epistemology': 
An Introduction to Students' 
Views of Knowledge. 7 ' Refresh- 
ments served at 3:45 p.m. For 
more information, visit http:// 
carnap . umd . edu/cpas . 



february 7 

9:1 5-1 1:30 a.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Corporate 

Time-Web 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. Learn to: view a 
personal calendar in three for- 
mats; block periods of time in 
a calendar; propose a meeting 
to another individual or group; 
create repeating meetings; and 
more. The class fee is $20. To 
register, visit www.oit.umd.edu/ 
sc. For more information, con- 
tact Jane S.Wieboldt at 5-0443 
or oit-training@umail.umd.edu. 

7:30 p.m.. Faculty Spot- 
light Recital: Rebecca Kite 

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Internationally recog- 
nized soloist performs works 
for marimba including the 
world premiere of Evan 
Hause's Circle for six mallets. 
Free. For tickets or more in- 
formation, call (301) 405-ARTS. 



SATURDAY 



february 8 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m.. Fighting, 
Folios and 16th Century 
Underwear: Focus on 
Romeo and Juliet Lab The- 
atre, room 2740 Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. The 
Center for Renaissance & Bar- 
oque Studies (CRBS) presents a 
conference to precede the 
Renaissance-inspired produc- 
tion of Romeo and Juliet in 
March. Registration fee of $5 
covers activities; $17 covers 
registration and lunch. Regis- 
tration forms can be found at 
01 39 Taliaferro Hall. For more 
information, contact CRBS at 
crbs@umail.umd.edu or visit 
www. inform .umd.edu/crbs. 

1-5 p.m., Smithsonian Afri- 
can Museum Tour See Black 
History Month Events, page 4. 

8 p.m., FAKAE/Passing the 



Catalog: Easing Research 

Continued fiom page 1 



' combine keyword search- 
es in different parts of the 
record. 

* limit searches by format, 
by language, by range of dates 
or by bbrary collection, 

* browse lists of authors, 
tides, subject headings or call 
numbers. 

* use command language 
searching to create complex 
searches with maximum con- 
trol over a search. 

* Ability to save lists of cata- 
log records to consult when 



using catalog at a later date. 

* Ability to save favorite 
searches and repeat the 
searches at a later date. 

* Library users will also be 
able to use the new catalog to: 

* request materials from 
other USMAI libraries if the 
item is not available at their 
home institution. 

* review requests they have 
made. 

' view lists of library mate- 
rials they have checked out. 



Tradition: First Generation 
Griot in the USA Gildenhorn 
Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Perf- 
orming Arts Center. Diali pjimo 
Kouyate and his son Amadou 
present an evening of tradition- 
al and contemporary music 
and spoken word grounded in 
the Mil in ling Griot/Diali tradi- 
tion passed down through gen- 
erations. As a first-generation 
American, Amadou will present 
music that reflects his ances- 
tral connections, incorporating 
kora, djembe and other instru- 
mentation with vocalization 
and spoken word from the tra- 
ditions of West Africa to the 
hip-hop generation. Free. For 
tickets and more information, 
call (301) 405-ARTS. 



february 9 

7:30 p.m., Singer Yungchen 
Lhamo Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Tibet's internation- 
ally acclaimed diva calls herself 
an ordinary woman born in 
Tibet. Known as "the voice of 
Tibet," since 1 995 she has 
given hundreds of performanc- 
es around the world. Tickets 
are $25 for the public. $20 for 
students. For more informa- 
tion, call (301) 405-ARTS. 



february 10 

HIV/AIDS Charity Basket- 
ball Tournament Feb. 10-14. 
See For Your Interest, page 4. 

4 p.m.. Appetites and Polit- 
ical Desire: Intersections of 
Sexual and Racial Science 
and Geopolitics in the Mid- 
Twentieth Century 21 1 Tali- 
aferro. With Jessica Shubow; 
part of the series The Body and 
the Body Politic. Refreshments 
will be served at 3:30. Discus- 
sion based on a paper available 
in the Department of History 
office, or by sending a request 
to historycenter@umail.umd. 
edu. For more information, call 
Herbert Brewer at 5-8739. 



4:15-5:45 p.m., Introductory 
Massage Therapy Class 

01 40 Campus Recreation Cen- 
ter. Participants will learn how 
massage therapy can help 
reduce stress and improve pro- 
ductivity at work, in addition 
to benefits such as relief from 
muscle pain, headaches and 
other ailments. Free; no reser- 
vations required. Come alone 
or bring a friend. For more in- 
formation, call instructor Geoff 
Gilbert at (301) 881-3434. 

5-7 p.m.. Discussion: What 
Happens When We Make It? 

See Black History Month 
Events, page 4. 



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



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-malf to outlook@accmailumd.edu. 



Outlook 



OufM is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving (he University of 
Maryland tainpus community. 

Brodie Remington 'Vice 

President for University Relations 

Teresa Flantiery ■ 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 are 
welcome. Please suhmit all material 
two weeks before the Tuesday of 
publication. 

Send material to Editor, Ouilwk, 
2101 Turner Hall, Colkfp Park, 
MD 20742 

Telephone - (301) 405-4629 
Fax • (301) 314-9344 
E-mail ■ outlook@accnuil.unid,cdu 
www.coUcgcpublishcr. com/outlook 










OUTLOOK 



Patrol: Meaningful Changes, Improved Safety 

Continued from page 1 



county executive, Johnson 
promised to support increased 
protection at the university. "We 
support the recommendations 
of the task force "Johnson said. 
"Parents are not going to send 
their children into an unsafe 
environment. We want to make 
sure we maintain a first-class 
environment for our students." 
"These commitments repre- 
sent a new spirit of partnership 
and cooperation that will result 
in significantly greater safety 
and security around the cam- 
pus," Mote said. "Even at this 
time of severe budgetary cuts to 
the university and the county, 
we are committing new resour- 
ces to this effort. We are deter- 
mined to do everything we can 
to foster a community that is 



safe and hospitable for our stu- 
dents and meets all reasonable 
expectations for a major univer- 
sity and a college town." 

Recommendations for College 
Park include the use of existing 
resources and ordinances to 
assist with public information 
efforts, street and intersection 
improvements and enforcement 
of city codes. 

Other steps include training 
for student residents of the city 
on their responsibilities when 
hosting large parties; improved 
sharing of criminal information; 
continuing solicitation of com- 
munity input; and improved 
outreach to the community for 
crime prevention. 

In addition, the university 
will provide new resources to 



improve public transportation 
between campus and the sur- 
rounding area for students. 
Mote said the safety program 
improvements will result in one- 
time costs to the university of 
$283,000 plus ongoing costs of 
more than $375,000 annually. 
The cost for Prince George's 
County will be $109,750, which 
includes additional police for 
the Route 1 Corridor. 

Krouse would like the univer- 
sity and surrounding communi- 
ties to know that these changes 
"aren't just a police show," but 
an effort to ensure safety on and 
around campus. 

The entire report is posted 
on the university Web site at: 
wwwurhome . umd.edu/news- 
desk/pdf/ro utel_report.pdf. 



History- The Lessons of New Philadelphia 

Continued from page 1 

are researching census records and deeds. 

White and colleagues hope to get a museum 
established, building upon the historical signifi- 
cance of the area. Several sites related to Abraham 
Lincoln, such as his home site are nearby. Hanni- 
bal, Mo. is also close. Shackel says heritage 
tourism is already big in Illinois and nearby Mis- 
souri and this work will tap into this initiative. 

Shackel, who teaches methods and theory and 
historical archeology, says New Philadelphia is 
more than a model of one man's determination. 
McWorter not only established a town in a place 
with substantial anti-black codes, he created a 
place Shackel says could be a model of human 
relations today. 

"This was not a segregated town. Blacks and 
whites -were coming to the town and living 
together. It's a wonderful story. I want to use it as 
a teaching tool," he says. "That's the power of 
archaeology, . .to make things relevant to society 
today." 

For more information about the project and 
the town, visit www.heritage.umd.edu/. 




PHOTO COURTESY OF HTTP;//NEWPHILADELPHI A.UIS EDU/ 



A sign marks the former site of New Philadelphia, the 
first U.S. town to be incorporated by a black person. 

system. Shackel says that it's a time- and labor- 
intensive process. Artifacts found at the site dur- 
ing an archeological survey last fall are being sent 
to Maryland for cleaning and cataloguing while 
the paperwork is being prepared for nomination. 
Students from Illinois universities and Maryland 



Charities! Last Year's Donations Topped 

Continued from page 1 



In the four years Laughery 
has been organizing the col- 
lege's campaign efforts, it has 
placed first in giving. Co-work- 
ers and supervisors credit her 
enthusiasm. " . . . Carla Laugh- 
ery... has led the college effort 
from Norman Pruitt's office, 
with enthusiasm and commit- 
ment. .. ," wrote Dean Tom Fretz 
in a note to Provost William 
Destler. Laughery passes on 
some of the credit to the "really 
good college" in which she 
works. And, unlike some of the 
other colleges and schools on 
campus, there are agriculture 
and natural resources people all 
over the state. Laughery did her 
best to reach each one. 

"1 had someone make a chart 
for me on our progress and I 
put it on my door. I put balloons 
on it and flowers," she says, 
adding that she would email a 
picture of her door as well. 
"People like to see." 

The college beat its last year's 
effort by $900 and Laughery 
says that makes her feel espe- 



cially good when she considers 
that no one received raises this 
year. She believes the good in 
people comes out no matter 
what, and that giving isn't 
restricted to Maryland organiza- 
tions."! know that some people 
give to other things, and that's 
great, but some people give 
only to this. And I've convinced 
some to do both." 

Enthusiasm such as Laugh- 
ery 's may have been at work 
campus wide. According to 
Assistant Director of Personnel 
Dick Bosstick, this year's cam- 
paign raised $211,318, approxi- 
mately 1 5 percent over last year 
with a 46 percent increase in 
participation. His explanation? 

"Last year was the 9/1 1 year, 
and also the tornado on cam- 
pus. A lot of people gave to 
New York or the campus," says 
Bosstick. "This year was the sec- 
ond highest we've ever had. 
We're one of two in the Univer- 
sity System that beat our goal. 
The other was UMAB [Universi- 
ty of Maryland at Baltimore]." 



The campus raised $18,000 
above the goal. Its highest con- 
tribution total is $221 ,000 and 
Bosstick feels that, since gifts 
are still coming in, the universi- 
ty may topple that record this 
year. "Within the whole state, 
contributions are down, so for 
our gifts to increase is good." 

The Athletic Department con- 
tributed box seat tickets to an 
incentive drawing for depart- 
ments. The winning units and 
the categories in which they 
excelled are: 

• Highest total contributions 

1. College of Agriculture and 
Natural Resources 

2. Office of Information Tech- 
nology 

• Highest Average Contribu- 
tion Per Participant 

1. Mechanical engineering 

2. Economics 

• Highest Participation Level 

1. Procurement 

2. Architecture, engineering 
and contruction department 
of Facilities Management 




Pxtracurfic u I a r 



Working Hard for Change 
in His Community 

Involvement on the 
mayor's council for 
youth in his native 
Cincinnati gave Multitrade 
Supervisor Walter Ficklin a 
glimpse of politics in high 
school. That glimpse had a 
lasting effect. 

Though he spends his 
days working for the 
building services division 
of Facilities Management 
overseeing the work of 17 
men and women, he 
spends just as much time 
as one of four town coun- 
cil members for the town 
of Bladensburg. Ficklin 
won a chance to repre- 
sent the second ward last 
month, with more than dou- 
ble the amount of votes than 
his nearest competitor. A spe- 
cial election was held to fill 
two council seats after former 
Ward 2 councilman Bob 
McGrory was appointed to 
replace Mayor David Harring- 
ton who resigned last fall. 
Councilmember Karla Koles' 
resignation, also last fall, left a 
second hole, which was filled 
by an appointee. Ficklin, 
who's lived in Bladensburg 
four years, saw a mailed notice 
about the election and decid- 
ed it was time to do a little 
more for his community. 

"I wondered if I'd have 
time, though, because I'm in 
school also," he says. Ficklin is 
working on a combined mas- 
ter's in business administra- 
tion and technology manage- 
ment through University Col- 
lege. "But I thought if I wanted 
to make some changes, this is 
the time to do it." 

Since he wanted to make 
sure those who helped his 
efforts really wanted to be 
there, Ficklin didn't ask for 
assistance with his campaign. 
He would tell people what he 
was doing and then work 
with friends who came for- 
ward as volunteers. Campus 
colleagues Teresa McCain, 
with University Communica- 
tions, and Patricia Thomas, 
assistant director of the Office 
of Multi-Ethnic Student Educa- 
tion, were part of his team. In 
the month between submit- 
ting his letter of intent and 
the election, he aggressively 
passed out fryers and went 
door to door. It seems he has- 
n't slowed down since his 
official first day on Jan. 13- 

"I've met with the town 
administrator about my goals, 
the chief of police and the 
town treasurer. I'm scheduled 
to meet with public works 
and code enforcement." 



PHOTO BY M0NETTE AUSTIN BAILEY 

Walter Ficklin 

Ficklin says it's important to 
let those with whom he needs 
to work know what he's 
thinking, and to see where 
they are as well. His campaign 
slogan, "Destiny is not a matter 
of chance, but a matter of 
choice," shapes his efforts. He 
developed a plan of action 
based on die letters in the 
word "choice": 

"'C is for change. I'd like to 
continue some of the good 
changes that happened under 
David Harrington. There's 
been a lot of economic devel- 
opment In the community. I'd 
like to continue that and initi- 
ate new plans. 'H' is for health 
care. The town hosts a health 
fair and I'd like to tailor some 
to specific populations, such as 
preventative care for seniors. 

" 'O' is for opportunities for 
jobs. T is for involvement, 
more community involve- 
ment, and I'd like to get the 
faith-based community more 
involved. C is for crime reduc- 
tion and more visibility of 
town police. And E' is for edu- 
cation. I'd like to try to imple- 
ment anger management and 
street smarts courses in the 
schools," says Ficklin, whose 
term goes through 2005. He 
also wants to see residents 
receive a high level of cus- 
tomer service from their town 
offices. "Smile and return calls 
in a timely fashion," says Fick- 
lin by way of example. 

He's excited and nervous 
about his new post and its 
responsibilities, but confident 
that with the community's 
help he can make a differ- 
ence. He realizes his victory 
was not won in solitude. "I 
give God the glory for it and 
thanks go out to my staff; my 
family in Cincinnati; my 
church, Faith Tabernacle of 
Prayer; and the voters. 

"My goal is to make Bladens- 
burg a world-class town." 



Editor's note: Outlook's feature, extracurricular, will take occasional 
glimpses into university employees' lives outside of their day jobs. We 
welcome story suggestions; call Monette Austin Bailey at (301) 405- 
4629 or send them to outlook@accmall.umd.edu. 



FEBRUARY 4, 2003 




Martin Luther King Jr. 
Scholarship Program 

This program, now in its sec- 
ond year, was established in 
commemoration of the late 
Martin Luther King Jr. Under 
this initiative, continuing jun- 
iors, seniors or graduate stu- 
dents may apply for an eight- 
week, paid Internship in the 
U.S. Department of Education 
in Washington, D.C. 

Up to 10 students will be 
selected for the scholarship. 
It is an exceptional way for 
outstanding students to learn 
about the federal role in edu- 
cation and to experience the 
value of government service. 
Faculty members are asked to 
encourage their best students 
to apply. 

The recruitment announce- 
ment is available at www.ed. 
gov/offices/OSFAP/Students/ 
fshea.html. For more informa- 
tion, visit www.ed.gov, 
www.usajobs.opm.gov and 
www. stude nt jobs . gov. 



Hoover Foundation 
Scientific Scholarship 

Faculty members and student 
advisors in the life sciences, 
physical sciences and social 
sciences are asked to encour- 
age their best juniors, seniors 
and graduate students to 
apply for the }. Edgar Hoover 
Foundation Scientific Scholar- 
ship. 

The university is one of 10 
institutions selected to nomi- 
nate one outstanding student 
for a $25,000 scholarship. 
The student must be in a sci- 
entific field relevant to mod- 
ern-day law enforcement. 

An application, narrative 
statement, two letters of rec- 
ommendation and other 
materials must be submitted 
to Camille Stillwell in 2 1 30 



Mitchell by Feb. 10. Applica- 
tions are available at 2130 
Mitchell. For more informa- 
tion, contact Stillwell at (301) 
314-1289 or cstllwe@umd.edu, 
or visit www.umd.edu/nso. 



Art and Learning 
Center Classes 

Energize your spring with 
yoga, guitar, ballroom dance, 
painting, belly dance and tai 
chi. Or learn to speak the lan- 
guage of love this Valentine's 
Day with French classes 
beginning Feb, 1 2 from 5 to 
6:30 p.m. for six weeks. Kick 
your workout up a notch 
with kickboxing classes, held 
Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. 
for 12 weeks beginning Feb. 
12. Discounts on classes are 
offered for students, alumni, 
(acuity and staff. 

For more information, visit 
www.union.umd.edu/artcen- 
ter or call (301) 314-ARTS. 



Gyntkana Saturday 

Gymnastics 

Gymkana's Saturday program 
for children and teens will be 
offered beginning Feb. 8 for 
eight weeks. 

The coed program takes 
place in 1 120 HHP Building 
(Gymnastics Facility) from 9 
to 9:55 a.m. for GymkaTots 
ages 5 to 7; from 10 to 10:55 
a.m. for GymkaGymnasts ages 
8 to 16; and from 1 1 to 1 1 :55 
a.m. for GymkaTroupers ages 
8 to 16, who will learn Gym- 
kana's novelty style acts. The 
cost for each program is $ 1 35- 
Multiple program discounts 
are available for students 
enrolling in both GymkaGym- 
nasts and GymkaTroupers. 

For more information or to 
register, call program direc- 
tors Scott Welsh or Josh 
Montfort at (301) 405-2566. 




New Hours for Campus Eateries 


^^^ comply with University of Maryland's state budget 


reductions, the Department of Dining Services has 


changed the hours of operation at the following locations: 


The Dairy, Turner Hall 


Engineering and Math 


Monday through Friday 11 


Buildings: 


3,m,-3 p.m. 


E&M Bakery, Monday 




through Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 


Van Munching Hall: 


E&M Deli, Monday through 


Rudy's Cart, Monday 


Thursday 10 a.m -4:30 p.m.. 


through Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 


Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 


4:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. -3 


Taco Bell Express, Monday 


p.m. 


through Thursday 10 a.m.- 


Rudy's Cafe, Monday 


4:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. -3 


through Friday 11 a.m.— 2 p.m. 


p.m. 


Stamp Student Union: 


Mulligan's Grill, 


The Coffee Bar, Monday 


University Golf Course: 


through Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 


Monday 1 1:30 a,m-2 p.m. 


p.m. 


Tuesday and Wednesday 


Taco Bell Express, Monday 


11:30 a. m-7 p.m. 


through Thursday 10 a.m.-5 


Thursday and Friday 11:30 


p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 


a.m.-9 p.m. 


The Piiza Shop, Monday 


Saturday and Sunday 11:30 


through Thursday 10 a.m.-4 


a.m.-6 p.m. 


p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 




r™ or more information, contac 
or pfeFffer@dining.umd.edu, 


Jennifer Pfeiffer, (301) 314-8042 


or visit www.dining.umd.edu. 



Black History Month Events 



The following is a partial list of 
events around campus cele- 
brating Black History Month: 

Smithsonian African Mu- 
seum Tour. Saturday, 1-5 p.m., 
Feb. 8. Sponsored by the B!ack 
Student Union. For more informa- 
tion, call 4-8326. 

What Happens When We 
Make It? 5-7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 
10, Multi-Purpose Room, Nyum- 
buru Cultural Center. Ryan C. 
Holmes will be guest facilitator 
for this discussion of the respon- 
sibility of black people to thBJr 
community when they succeed. 
Refreshments will be served. 

HIV/AIDS Charity Basket- 
ball Tournament. Feb. 10-14. 
Fundraiser for AIDS orphans in 
Africa and to reinforce awareness 
of the epidemic. For more infor- 
mation, contact Saheed Ashiru at 
saheedahsiru@yahoo.com 

King's Dream. 7 p.m.. Tues- 
day, Feb. 11, Hoff Theater, Stamp 
Union. A dramatic presentation 
dedicated to an American legend 
and the spirit of the civil rights 
movement. For more information, 
contact Erik a Ross at 4-8498. 

26th Annual Mufti-Ethnic 
Student Career and Job Fair. 

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, 
Feb. 12, Grand Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union, For more informa- 
tion, contact Christopher Irwin at 
cirwin@ds9.umd.edu. 

Affirmative Action and the 
New Civil Rights Movement. 

7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, Grand 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 
Guest speaker Shanta Driver of 
the Coalition to Defend Affirma- 
tive Action Integration will speak 
on the fight for equality. Refresh- 
ments will be served. For more 
information, contact Jessica Sol- 
omon atjtsolo@wam.umd.edu. 

Student Organization 

Involvement Fair. 10 a.m. -3 
p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, Grand 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 
For more information, call 5-0838. 

Black Europeans? Racism, 
Identity and the Black Ath- 
lete. 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 
19, HHP Bldg., 3rd Floor, Faculty 
and Staff Lounge. Ben Carrington 
of the University of Brighton, 
U.K., will lecture on European 
racism and the politics of the 
Black Diaspora. For more infor- 
mation, contact Jane E. Clark at 
5-2450 or jeclark@umd.edu. 

Black Cultural Southern 
Dinner. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednes- 
day, Feb. 19, The Diner at Ellicott 
and South Campus Dining Hall, A 
dinner featuring employee 
recipes as well as cultural dining 
favorites. For more information, 
contact Pat Higgms at 4-8054. 

Campus Conversations In 
the Diaspora. 2-4 p.m., Friday, 
Feb. 21, Conference Room, 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. For 
more information, call 4-8439, 



Community Service Project. 

Saturday, Feb. 22. For more infor- 
mation, contact Jessica Solomon 
at jtsolo@wam.umd.edu. 

Soul Food Sunday. Sunday, 
Feb. 23. Location TBD. Enjoy some 
soul food with the Black Campus 
Community. For more informa- 
tion, contact J. Hines at 4-8326. 

Guest speaker Kwesi 
Mfume. Time TBD, Monday, Feb. 

24, Hoff Theater, Stamp Student 
Union. The NAACP president will 
speak on the importance of voting 
to the Black community. Free. 

African Diaspora Film Fes- 
tival. Feb. 24-28. A showcase of 
films from producers of the Afri- 
can Diaspora. Will include works 
from Caribbean, African, South 
American and African American 
film makers. For more informa- 
tion, contact Saheed Ashiru at 
saheedahsiru@yahoo.com. 

Brown Bag Lunch: Blacks in 

the Military, noon, Tuesday, Feb. 

25, 7121 McKeldin Library. For 
more information, contact Ann 
Masnik at 5-9263 or 
am68@umail.umd.edu. 

Black History: A Mult i -Eth- 
nic Celebration. 3-5 p.m., 
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1101 Horn- 
bake Library. Lecture will be given 
by Ronald Walters, Director of 
African -American Leadership 
Institute, Burns Academy of Lead- 
ership. The event will also include 
cultural displays, entertainment 
and food. For more information, 
contact Patricia Thomas at 5-6822 
or pthomas@deans.umd.edu. 

Caribbean Heritage Dinner. 

8 p.m. -12 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 

26, Multi-Purpose Room, Nyum- 
buru Cultural Center. For more 
information, contact Latoya 
Shields at (914) 720-1055. 

Black History Family Feud: 
Dept. of Residential Facilities 
vs. Facilities Management. 10 

a.m.-noon, Friday, Feb, 28, Hoff 
Theater, Stamp Student Union. 
Team competition hosted by 
Chick Hernandez of Comcast 
SportsNet. For more information, 
contact Sean Ballantine at 4-7521 
or sballant@accmail.umd.edu. 

Local Americanists Lecture: 
Adamic Appropriations: Race, 
Power, and Naming in Ante- 
bellum African-American Lit- 
erature. 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 
1117 Susquehanna Hall. Lecture 
by P. Gabrielle Foreman of Occi- 
dental College. Wine and cheese 
reception immediately following 
in 3101 Susquehanna Hall. For 
more information, contact Robert 
S. Levine at 5-3810 or rlevine@ 
umd.edu. 

Black History Month Clos- 
ing Ceremony. 3 p.m., Friday, 
Feb. 28, Multi-Purpose Room, 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. There 
will be a speaker and refresh- 
ments will be served. For more 
information, contact Anne Cars- 
well at 4-7759,