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Overall, Students 
Feel Good About 

African-American and Asian stu- 
dents feel connected to the 
greater campus community because 
of strong ties to their cultural com- 
munities, according to comments 
and results of a climate report con- 
ducted by the Campus Assessment 
Working Group (CAWG). However, 
Latino and lesbian, gay and bisexu- 
al students seem to be missing this 

It was of several interesting find- 
ings from the project led by 
Sharon La Voy, assistant director in 
the Office of Institutional Research 
and Planning. She said the group 
first piloted a survey, but found 
that to get more reflective, com- 
prehensive responses, focus 
groups were necessary. This "intri- 
cate" stage took one year and then 
a subgroup of CAWG wrote the 28- 
page report. 

"Findings were not Earth-shatter- 
ing, but some things did surprise 
me. [For example], students report 
that large events, such as games 
and Maryland Day, build communi- 
ty. I pictured small settings. Usually, 
you need to at least talk with peo- 
ple a couple of times, I thought, to 
feel connected. It seems if you're 
enjoying the same thing, you know 
that you have something in com- 
mon. It could be a student devel- 
opment issue also. They are more 
comfortable being near someone 
than talking with them." 

La Voy would like the knowing 
to go deeper, though. "Interaction 
is the key," she says, paraphrasing 
remarks made by Mitch Chang, 
assistant professor of higher educa- 
tion and organizational change at 
the University of California, Los 
Angeles, during the most recent of 
the Provost's Conversations on 
Diversity, Democracy and Higher 
Education. "He said many universi- 
ties have achieved desegregation, 
but the step that really counts is 
integration. Do they [the different 
groups] talk to each other? It's not 
bad to have an Asian table or a 
white table in the cafeteria, but it's 
hard to break into a table. If we 
could find some way to make that 
easier. . . " 

She says it does seem that creat- 
ing cultural- or ethnic-specific sup- 
port groups in response to focus 
group comments does not pro- 
mote integration and knowledge- 
expanding conversations. Howev- 
er, supportive infrastructure and 
programming is not meant to be 
exclusive, but provide a more com- 
fortable place from which to 
explore the greater university. 

Robert Waters, associate vice 
president for academic affairs and 
special assistant to the president, 
and chair of CAWG, mentions 
other ways campus administration 

See STUDENTS, page 4 

Landscape Program Excels at Competition 

-m^ -yatural 
I^L] Resource 
JL ^| Sciences 
and Landscape 
Architecture (NRSL) 
students soared 
from 27th to 13th 
place in the Associ- 
ated Lands Contrac- 
tors of America Stu- 
dent Career Days 
Competition in one 
year, placing third 
or higher in several 
events this past 

"This is an oppor- 
tunity for students 
to demonstrate 
skills and academic 
knowledge," said 
NRSL Professor of 
the Practice Steve 
Cohan, who dou- 
bles as the pro- 



universities nation- 
wide compete in 
one of the country's 
largest academic 
events for three 
days. The program 
includes a career 


fair, workshops and 

Cohan said he 

I — — ^^I^^m 

expected at the 
most six, not 13, stu- 
dents to respond to 
the program in its 
first year. This year's 
team of 16 placed 
second in wood 
construction, third 
in safety manage- 
ment and third in 
truck/trailer opera- 
tion at Hinds Com- 
munity College in 
Mississippi against 
57 other colleges 


gram's head coach and universities 

j . . .'..'. Steve Cohan helped coach students from the , ,-„■•* ■„ * 

and student advisor. „ „ . . . SI -. »._* . ™ from California to 
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to 

Nothing IS dilut- national success in a natural resources and land- Maine, 
ed, it's very demand- scape architecture competition. Cohan said he 
ing," Cohan said can tell the NRSL 
about the program events, which range from program is one of the leading programs in 
safety and use of equipment to plant labeling the industry because of the quality students 
and patio installation. "It's like doing a semes- it is turning out. NRSL Lecturer Dennis Nola 
ter's worth of work in a short period of also coaches the team, which he said exceed- 
tirae.'' Cohan coaches the financial analysis ed expectations. "It was exciting to watch 
and interpretation events. their progress, see their confidence grow and 

Students enrolled in horticulture and land- 
scape architectural programs in colleges and See LANDSCAPE, page 3 

Henderson Steps in as Interim OITVice President 

Enhancing student infor- 
mation systems and working 
out an enterprise email sys- 
tem top Mark Henderson's 
to-continue list as he steps 
into the interim vice presi- 
dent and CIO position of the 
Office of Information Tech- 

Effective May 15, Don 
Riley will step down as vice 
president and chief informa- 
tion officer and assume the 
position of professor in the 
Robert H. Smith School of 
Business and the Department 
of Mechanical Engineering in 
the Clark School of Engineer- 
ing. Riley will continue to 
serve the university as spe- 
cial assistant to the presi- 
dent. In this capacity, he will 
work to enhance the univer- 
sity's involvement in national 
and regional high perform- 
ance networks and interna- 
tional development related to 
international connectivity 
and infrastructure. 

Henderson, now assistant 
vice president and deputy 
CIO, will fill in while a search 
is undertaken for a perma- 
nent vice president and CIO. 
It should begin in the fall. 
Henderson joined the univer- 


Mark Henderson looks forward 
to continuing the university's 
efforts to remain an information 
technology leader. 

sity in 2000 as deputy chief 
information officer and chief 
operating officer. In January 
2002, he assumed his current 
additional duties. Henderson 
does not forsee a lag in oper- 
ations or projects. 

"We're going to continue 
to upgrade the network and 
infrastructure, including 
wireless networks," he says, 
adding that supporting the 
academic and research needs 
of the university is a top pri- 

ority. He is also working with 
various division heads to 
explore "creative ways" to 
reduce the total cost of IT to 
the campus "without sacrific- 
ing quality of services." 

As the university's first 
CIO, Riley created what is 
now the Office of Informa- 
tion Technology. He 
increased substantially the 
university's leadership in 
information technology in 
the state and region and 
guided the enhancement of 
the university's information 
technology infrastructure. 
The university became one 
of the leaders in the national 
Internet2 initiative and high 
performance networks for 
research and education. The 
Mid-Atlantic Crossroads was 
established as an important 
regional and national 
resource. As chair of the 
Internet Educational Equal 
Access Foundation, Riley also 
has been instrumental in 
developing significant pri- 
vate sector donations for 
international connectivity for 
research and education, mak- 
ing important inroads on the 
international "bandwidth 

Years of 

With 50 years of service 
and an undergraduate 
degree from the university, it 
, could be an understatement to 
say that Robert Seigel has 
enjoyed being a part of the cam- 
pus community. 

Seigel and many others were 
honored by the University of 
Maryland Personnel Services 
Department with a banquet 
recently. Each has served the 
university for more than 20 
years. Awards were given in 
five-year blocks. 

"1 reaUy love my people, it's 
amazing how many have stayed 
with me because I try to make 
it a place where everybody 
enjoys working," said Seigel, 
director of instructional televi- 
sion who was honored for 
being here for 50 years. 

In 1976, after years of being a 
lecturer for the engineering 
department, Seigel began work- 
ing on a program that would 
become instructional television. 
He said he was inspired by his 
previous job as a research scien- 
tist for the Navy where he 
encouraged those working with 

See SERVICE, page 2 

Moving Diversity 
from Theory to 

The third in a series of 
speeches in a new initia- 
tive titled "The Provost's 
Conversations on Diversity, 
Democracy and Higher Educa- 
tion," was held Thursday, April 
17 in the Nyumburu Cultural 

Mitchell Chang, assistant pro- 
fessor of higher education and 
organizational change at the 
University of California, Los 
Angeles was the keynote speak- 
er. His comments were followed 
by an open discussion that 
included four university faculty 
panelists: Javaune Adams-Gas- 
ton, associate dean of under- 
graduate studies; James D. 
Greenberg, director of the Cen- 
ter for Teaching Excellence; 
Warren Kelley, assistant vice 
president of student affairs; and 
Jeffrey A, Milem, associate pro- 
fessor of higher education poli- 
cy and leadership. 

Chang was only able to speak 
on racial diversity because of 
time constraints, but focused on 
the benefits of diversity and a 
civil rights based campus dfver- 

See DIVERSITY, page 4 

APRIL 29, 2005 



april 29 

Noon, The Effects of Eleva- 
ted Carbon Dioxide Are Not 
AH Up in the Air 1208 Biolo- 
gy-Psychology Building. With 
Peter Sidling, University of 
South Florida. For more infor- 
mation, visit www. entomology. 

12:30-2 p.m., IRIS Brown 
Bag Lunch See For Your Inter- 
est, page 4. 

4 p.m.. Physics Colloquium 

Physics Lecture Hall. With David 
Ruelle of IHES. For more infor- 
mation, visit www.physics.umd. 

4:30-6 p.m.. The David C. 
Driskell Center Colloquium 

6107 McKeldin Library. Leslie 
Brice, Driskell Center graduate 
fellow, will present " Rezistans: 
Agency and the Aesthetics of 
Power in Vodou Visuality: Jef- 
ferson Pinder, Driskell Center 
graduate fellow, will present 
"Marathon and the Art of An- 
thropology," For more informa- 
tion, contact Daryle Williams at 
4-2615 ordwl46@umail.umd. 
edu, or visit www.driskellcen- 

5 p.m., Maryland Softball 
vs. Eastern Shore Shipley 
Field. For more information, 

7-9:30 p.m., Urban Studies 
and Planning Alumni 
Forum — Planning Problems 
and Prospects: Housing and 
Community Development 
School of Architecture auditori- 
um. Free. For more informa- 
tion, call 5-6789- 

7:30 p.m.. The Long Road 
to Freedom: The Legacy of 
the Underground Railroad 

Rrversdale House Museum, 
Riverdale Park. Anthony Cohen 
will speak. Tickets are $5. The 
museum is located near cam- 
pus, at 4811 Riverdale Road, 
Riverdale Park. For more infor- 
mation, call (501) 864O420 or 


april 30 

10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m, 
Department of Business 
Services 'At Your Service' 
Seminar and Unit Showcase 

See For Your Interest, page 4. 

Noon, Admissions at the 
University of Maryland 

0114 Counseling Center, Shoe- 
maker Building. With Barbara 
Gill, director of undergraduate 
admissions. For more informa- 
tion, contact Vivian S. Boyd at 

12:30-2 p.m., IRIS Brown 
Bag Lunch See For Your Inter- 
est, page 4. 

4-6 p.m.. Superintendents' 
Forum: Superintendents 
Making It Happen 2154 
Tawes Fine Arts Building. With 
Betty Morgan, Washington 
County Public Schools:"Ten 
Top Actions dial Authentically 
Impact Student Achi evement * 
For more information, contact 
Martin L. Johnson at mjl3@ or visit www. 
education . umd . edu/MIMAUE. 

7:30 p.m.. Spring Chamber 
Jazz Combo Recital Gilden- 
horn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. Jazz 
Studies Director Chris Vadala 
presents four student combos. 
Includes original composiUons 
and jazz standards. Free. For 
more information, contact Amy 
Harbison at 5-8169 or harbi- 
son @ warn . umd . edu . 

7:30 p.m.. La Clemenza di 
Tito (Mozart) Kay Theatre, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center, Mozart's final opera— a 
tale of love, revenge and for- 
giveness — brought to life by 
the Maryland Opera Studio. 
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 
for seniors, $5 for students. For 
tickets and information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 
claricesmithce nter. umd . edu . 


may 1 

12:30 p.m.. Opera Al Fresco 

Outdoor Courtyard (or Grand 
Pavillion in case of rain), 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. An outdoor preview 
performance of the Maryland 
Opera Studios May 3 and 7 
scene presentations. For more 
information, contact Amy Har- 
bison at 5-8169 or harbison® 

5:30 p.m.. Chamber Music 
at Maryland: Parts I and II 

Gildenhom Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. A twoday class recital 
by student ensembles of the 
chamber music program at the 

School of Music. Free. For more 
information, contact Amy Har- 
bison at 5-8169 or harbison© 

7 p.m.. The Jimenez-Porter 
Series at the Writers' 
House Presents: A Lecture 
by Declan Spring Dorchester 
Hall, ground floor entrance. 
Declan Spring is senior editor 
of New Directions. For more 
information, contact Johnna 
Schmidt at 5-0675. 

may 2 

1 1 a.m. -4 p.m., SEE Presents 
20th Annual Art Attack 

McKeldin Mall. Featuring BMX 
stunts, rock wall, bouncy box- 
ing, student performances and 
more. Evening concert at Byrd 
Stadium with George Clinton 
& Parliament Funkadelic and 
opening act Cupajo. Gates 
open at 5 p.m., concert begins 
at 6 p.m. For more infomation, 

11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., A Taste 
of India Hornbake Library. A 
fundraiser and Indian food fes- 
tival. For more information, 
contact Priya Ran jan at 5-6587 
or, or visit 
www.glue. umd . edu/~ priya/ 

Noon, Indirect Effects of 
Microbe Decomposers on 
Herbivorous Insects: Linking 
Ecosystem Process with 
Food Web Interactions 1130 
Plant Sciences. With Jess Hines 
of the Department of Entomol- 
ogy. For more information, visit tomology. umd . edu . 

Noon-1:15 p.m.. Talking Age 
and Aging Talk Across Cul- 
tures 0200 Skinner. Howard 
Giles of the University of Cali- 
fornia-Santa Barbara will speak 
as part of the Department of 
Communication colloquium 
series. For more information, 
contact Trevor Parry-Giles at 5- 
8947 or 

5:30 p.m.. Chamber Music 
at Maryland: Parts I and II 
See May I. 

7:30 p.m.. La Clemenza dl 
Tito (Mozart) See April 30. 

or additional event list- 
ings, visit www. college 

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him to take advanced courses 
and get a master's degree. 

Seigel recognized the diffi- 
culty of going to school while 
working full time. While work- 
ing as a lecturer for the uni- 
versity, Seigel began trying to 
persuade the chancellor and 
board of regents that televi- 
sion was a legitimate way to 
offer quality instruction. He 
then got funding from a cam- 
pus loan he said amounted to 
$500,000 to start the Depart- 
ment of Instructional Televi- 

"We deliver education to 
companies by television so 
that students can take courses 
at the places they work and 
get credit," said Seigel. 

Seigel said he graduated 
from the university in 1944 as 
an engineer. Following gradua- 
tion he said he worked as an 
engineer in the Naval 
Research Laboratory. He 
returned to school at MIT. 
and got his master's degree in 
1 947. He got his doctorate 
from the University of Amster- 
dam in 1952. 

He plans to retire on June 1 , 
but said he hopes to maintain 
a relationship with the cam- 
pus. Seigel has plans to come 
back as a consultant when he 
is needed. He said he has 
enjoyed being a part of the 
university since he first start- 
ed as an undergraduate stu- 
dent in 1941. 

"I think I know my way 
around here by now," joked 

Audrey Duncan was hon- 
ored for 45 years of service 
at the Cooperative Extension 
office in Talbot Counry, where 
she works as an administra- 
tive assistant. She said the 
program is a small counry 
operation that includes an 
agriculture extension educa- 
tor, a 4-H youth extension 
educator, a 4-H program 
assistant and a nutrient man- 
agement advisor. 

Before coming to work for 
Cooperative Extension, she 
said she worked for the 
board of education and that 
her former business educa- 
tion teacher encouraged her 
to take the opening for sec- 
retary the university was 
offering at that time. Duncan 
said she enjoys working with 
the young people in the 

"They keep my hopping, 
they keep me pepping," said 

Joanna Schmelssner, 
Delores Forbes and William 
Spa nn were three of the nine 
employees honored for their 
35 years of service. Schmeiss- 
ner currently works as an 
assistant in the President's 
Office.As a former English 
instructor and employee in 
the English department and 
Graduate Studies administra- 
tion, Schmeissner said she 
was brought to the Presi- 
dent's office as a writer, to 

prepare reports and corre- 

"I have an ever-widening 
range of perspective of the 
university that's absolutely fas- 
cinating," said Schmeissner. 

Forbes said she started 
working for the university in 
the late 1960s as a clerk in the 
Food Service Department. She 
said she worked up through 
the personnel and accounts 
payable departments until 
coming to the math depart- 
ment in 1979 where she cur- 
rently works as the director 
for administrative services. 

"I came to the university as 
a young girl, I'm leaving as a 
grandmother, happy and 
healthy," said Forbes. 

Spann said that he became 
involved in higher education 
"by accident," saying his back- 
ground was in business. He 
began working for the univer- 
sity developing student infor- 
mation systems for the admis- 
sions office and then later for 
the registrar. He is currently 
the associate vice president 
for Institutional Research and 
Planning. He said his main 
responsibility now is data 

"My career here has just 
evolved here over many expe- 
riences, all of them preparing 
me for the next," said Spann, 
who added that he's enjoyed 
being part of the university 

— Heidi Schroeder, 
journalism graduate student 


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College Reaches Out to Peers 

Twenty -five faculty 
members from 
schools dotting the 
east coast attended a kick- 
off of the pilot of the Col- 
lege of Arts and Humanities' 
Faculty Partners Program 
earlier this month. The pro- 
gram jumpstarts relation- 
ships between university 
faculty and historically 
black and feeder school fac- 
ulty advisors, who can 
encourage their students of 
color to enroll in university 
graduate programs. 

Arts and Humanities 
(ARHU) is the fourth col- 
lege to join the program, 
since Associate Dean 
Johnetta Davis, director of 
the Office of Graduate 
Recruitment, Retention and 
Diversity (OGRRD), intro- 
duced it in 1997. 

"It's our idea, but we 
spent time showing people 
how it might work for 
them," Davis said. "By the 
time it gets to all the col- 
leges, it will do well, 
because it localizes." 

Chontrese Doswell, asso- 
ciate director of OGRRD, 
who helps oversee the pro- 
gram, called having a point 
of contact of faculty mem- 
bers at other schools 
"rewarding," "It was inter- 
esting to come together," 
Doswell said. "It was a true 
partnership, a team effort." 

Dean J. Dennis O'Connor, 
of the Graduate School, said 
he approved the program 
immediately. "The relation- 
ship between faculty mem- 
bers at partner schools will 
become enriched and over 
time it will become a matter 

of habit that we are seen to 
be the place for students to 
come," he said. 

Davis said she created the 
program in response to sur- 
vey results of incoming 
graduate students, who 
chose undergraduate faculty 
advisors as their number 
one influence in attending 
Maryland. "We reasoned if 
we wanted to get, year after 
year, the brightest and best 
we would have to get to the 
faculty," she said. 

She collaborated with 
Gabrielle Strauch.ARHU 
associate dean of graduate 
and undergraduate studies, 
six weeks before the kick- 
off event."Recruitment 
occurs in a very strategic 
way," Davis said. "To get stu- 
dents for next year you have 
to start now." 

The program includes the 
art history, American stud- 
ies, history, english, 
women's studies and the- 
atre departments. Strauch 
said future one-on-one con- 
nections will spark visits 
between faculty of different 
schoo!s."When a student 
asks for advice they can rec- 
ommend us "said Strauch. 
"In coming years we want 
to expand to include all aca- 
demic programs." Strauch 
said in the near future uni- 
versity faculty involved in 
the program will visit other 

Joi Bostick, Spclman Col- 
lege's coordinator for gradu- 
ate study, is bringing 16 stu- 
dents interested in liberal 
arts graduate study to tour 
the campus. "I was very 
impressed with the Univer- 

sity of Maryland at College 
Park," said Bostick. "It is on 
the cutting edge based on 
how the world has 

ARHU Dean James Harris, 
who calls himself the "wal- 
let" for the "high-agenda" 
program, said he anticipates 
the students' arrival. "We're 
going to put the students in 
touch with other students 
and professors and make 
their visit a productive and 
happy one," he said. 

Harris said he expects the 
program's first step to be 
setting up a list serv for fac- 
ulty. "Our idea was to ex- 
change information for vari- 
ous conferences," he said. 

Harris said the university 
is the first to form such a 
partnership, and it will 
allow students to stand out. 
"One of the best ways for 
students to do that is by 
[personal contact]," he said. 

His college boasts 1 ,300 
graduate students since the 
fall, with a steady increase 
in students of color. From 
1996 to 2000, African Amer- 
icans grew by 27 percent, 
Asians by 30 percent, His- 
panics by 1 3 percent and 
Native Americans by 85 per- 
cent. The percentage of 
white students dropped 
eight percent, which Harris 
calls a consequence of 

Faculty and students from 
Brown University to More- 
house College are invited to 
attend the school's Gradu- 
ate Recruitment Fair in 

— Desair Brown, 
graduate journalism student 


Continued from page 1 

then accompany them to 
the national competition," 
Nola said. "They worked 
extremely hard, learned a 
wide range of materials and 
skills and had a lot of fun in 
the process." 

This is the team's second 
year placing third or higher 
in three events. during the 
25-year old program, which 
is completely sponsored by 
industry leaders. 

Each student competes in 
two to three events. NRSL 
junior Adam Newhart.who 
placed third in both the 
safety management and 
truck and trailer events this 
year, is preparing to spend 
his third year in the pro- 
gram competing in five 
events in ALCA's superstar 
category next year. 

"I hope to make a great 
individual showing and sup- 
port the team with our first 
top 10 showing nationally;' 
Newhart said. "The past two 
years I have competed in 
two, so I want to step up 
my effort to help the team. 
The whole event was quite 

s: Students' Work Paid Off 

an awesome experience." 

Fourteen of the students 
are landscape management 
majors and two are agricul- 
tural majors, Cohan said 
word of the program spread 
throughout NRSL and he 
had to turn several students 
away. Students apply, are 
interviewed and chosen in 
the fall, when they train 
with coaches and keep a 
log of the work of their 
choice until February. Dur- 
ing waiter break the stu- 
dents intern for companies, 
who make gift donations to 
the program. Cohan said 
students didn't pay a penny 
for program costs, which 
averaged about $600 per 
student, including airfare. 

"Companies get to know 
students and the program 
and, as a result, students get 
to work for these compa- 
nies," said Cohan. 

NRSL Department Chair 
Richard Weismiller says he 
is impressed with the indus- 
try-subsidized program. 
"That is one of the great 
things about [ALCA], the 

interaction of students with 
the industry" he said. Weis- 
miller called Cohan the 
backbone of the program. 

A former senior research 
biologist and landscape 
management professional, 
Cohan came to the universi- 
ty in 2000 to teach land- 
scape business manage- 

In 2005, the university 
will host the ALCA program. 
Cohan says he is expecting 
at least 1,500 students and 
industry representatives to 
appear at the welcoming 
ceremony, he hopes to book 
in Cole Field House. For 
now; Cohan said since there 
are many returning stu- 
dents.he is recruiting only 
five or six sophomores for 
next year's program. 

"I want at least two years 
out of individuals" he said. 
"Next year we're going to 
be more stringent and set 
benchmarks for the level of 

— Desair Brown, 
journalism graduate student 

gx true u rricular 

Applying Hobby Knowledge to Work 



Robert Ranzenbach (below, and above fourth from right) knows wind, whether out 
on the ocean or In the Glenn L Martin Wind Tunnel. Above, he poses on the War 
Bride during Key West Race Week with shipmates, including Delaware Gov. Pete 
DuPont (left). 

The adage "mixing business 
with pleasure" definitely 
applies to faculty member 
Robert Ranzenbach. 

Ranzenbach is the manager of 
research and business development 
at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, 
located on campus. He assists with 
the conception and testing of vari- 
ous items, including cars, trashcans 
and sailboats. And thus appears the 
connection: Ranzenbach loves to 

"When you are sailing in the mid- 
dle of the ocean in huge waves and 
high winds in the pitch black of a 
moonless night, you gain a certain 
perspective that is difficult to 
achieve in the often frenetic pace of 
normal life," Ranzenbach said in an 

You can almost sense his love for 
sailing by his appearance and sur- 
roundings. On the day of his inter- 
view, he wore a sweater with a sail- 
boat at the top of his right sleeve. 
The carpet in his office floods the 
entire room with blue. Ranzenbach 
said the carpet was not his idea. 
Still, the color suits him and his 
affinity for the water. 

Ranzenbach said he met his wife, 
Ellen, while sailing, and his two pets 
"love the water," Ranzenbach has 
owned two sailboats: a J-22 and a 
Hobie 21. "Now I just own power- 
boats," he said. 

Ranzenbach was raised in Belle- 
vue.Wash., near Seattle. His home 
was a half-mile from Lake Washing- 
ton. He started sailing at the age of 

"My dad sailed and I grew up sail- 
ing with him," Ranzenbach said. 

A few years after taking junior 
sailing lessons at the Seattle Yacht 
Club, he became an assistant 
instructor. By the time he entered 
college, he was head sailing instruc- 
tor. He joined the sailing team at his 
college, the Webb Institute of Naval 
Architecture in New York. The team 
sailed in Annapolis, Md.,a( least 
twice a year. 

In 1988, he assisted in designing 

the boat that won the America's 
Cup, a prestigious yacht competi- 
tion. Ranzenbach has participated in 
several competitions. He sailed at a 
professional level for two years. This 
past summer, his team sailed from 
Newport, R.I., to Bermuda, winning 
in their class. 

Not all his races end well. Last Jan- 
uary, his team sailed a 36-foot boat 
during Key West Race Week, held in 

"Our boat was actually built in 
Malaysia," Ranzenbach said.'It 
arrived just two days before the 
regatta. So we were pretty poorly 
prepared and did not have a great 

Ranzenbach said he would not 
quit his job to become a profession- 
al sailor. "I sort of had to make a 
choice about whether I was going 
to be a scientist or a full-time sailor 
and I made my choice," he said. 

Ranzenbach 's sailing ability and 
design knowledge allow him to con- 
tribute much to his job at the Wind 

"I'm able to bridge the gap 
between . . . actual sailing, the design 
and the technology that. , .pulls all 
those things together." 

— Jamie Wellington, 
graduate journalism student 

Editor's note: tuttltxtk's feature, extracurricular. Utiles occasional glimpses into 
university employees' lives beyond their day jobs. We welcome story suggestions: call 
Monette Austin Bailey at 001) 405-4629 or send them to otitloah^accmtttl 

APRIL 29, 2003 




DBS At Your Service 
Seminar and Unit Showcase 

On April 30 the Department of 
Business Services will hold the 
"DBS At Your Service" Seminar and 
Unit Showcase in the Multipurpose 
Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center. 
DBS hosts this free event to inform 
the campus about its business sup- 
port services, which include: photo- 
copying, insurance underwriting, 
mail processing and delivery, type- 
setting, temporary project employ- 
ment and travel services. 

Seminar times are 11 a,m, to 
noon or 2 to 3 p.m. Showcase times 
are 10:30 a.m. to 1 2:30 p.m. and 
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact 
Maria Goodlatte at 5-9271 or 
mgoodlat@umd. edu . 

Campus Climate 


"The Provost's Conversations on 
Diversity, Democracy and Higher 
Education" program was initiated 
this spring with the intention of 
providing a forum to promote a 
positive campus climate for diversi- 
ty. The conversations covered 
important topics such as recruiting 
and retaining a diverse feculty,Affir- 
mative Action in higher education 
and advancing the discourse of 
diversity. The next conversation 
will take place Tuesday, May 6 from 
noon to 1 :30 p.m. in the Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. 

The Campus Assessment Working 
Group (CAWG) will attend this next 
conversation to share the results of 
the campus climate study commis- 
sioned by the President's Cabinet. 
Last spring, CAWG conducted over 
20 student focus groups to find out 
more about the students' perspec- 
tives on the university as a diverse 
community. The resulting report 
can be found at 

Variety is the Order of Research Day 


Lisa Haas, a sophomore in the College Park Scholars pro- 
gram, stands beside a display detailing her research on 
"The Muppets: The Everlasting Appeal of Jim Henson 's 
Original Characters" for Undergraduate Research Day 2003 on 
April 3. In the Media, Self and Society track of the program, 
Haas sent e-mail surveys to friends, family members and others 
asking their opinion on why the Muppets remained popular 
among adults and children. Respondents said the two groups 
watching creator and Maryland alumnus Henson's characters 
together was an important factor. She also discovered most of 
the people in her survey picked Kerrnit as the character they 
most indentified with. Open to any research conducted as part 
of a class, internship or program, Undergraduate Research Day 
featured displays on a varitey of topics, including "Air Quality 
in DC: 1950-2003," "Bicycles and Urban Transport in China" 
and "Prosthetics of the Future," among many others. 

www. umd . ed u/cawg. 

For more information and to 
RSVP, contact Marie RTing at or Clayton 
Walton at 

Rundell Lecture 

The Department of History and the 
Center for Historical Studies 
announces that Drew Gilpin Faust 

of Harvard University will give the 
2003 Walter Rundell Lecture on 
Monday, May 5 at 4 p.m. in the Mul- 
tipurpose Room, Nyumburu Cultur- 
al Center. Her lecture is entitled 
"Missing in Action: Naming the 
Dead in the American Civil War." 
Faust is author of many books 
and articles, including the prizewin- 
ning "Mothers of Invention: Women 
of the Slaveholding South in the 
American Civil War" and "James 

Henry Hammond and the Old 
South: A Design for Mastery." 

For more information, call (301) 
405-8739 or e-mail historycenter® 

IRIS Center Brown Bag 
Lunch Discussions 

Two IRIS Center discussions will be 
held this week. The first, "The 
Bangladesh Enterprise Institution: 
Helping the Business Community in 
Bangladesh to Face the Challenges 
of Growth, Governance and Global- 
ization," wUl be held Tuesday, April 
29 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in 1 101 
Morrill Hall. 

Ambassador Farooq Sob h an, 
chairman and CEO of the Bangla- 
desh Enterprise Institution in 
Dhaka, will address how business 
and political parties interact in 
Bangladesh, the proportion of lob- 
bying vs. permits and privilege-seek- 
ing, the mechanisms of influence, 
and how businesses in Bangladesh 
perceive Non Governmental Orga- 
nizations there. 

The second discussion, "The Rela- 
tionship between Foreign Invest- 
ment and Local SME Development: 
The Experience of UNIDO," will be 
held Wednesday.April 30 from 
12:30 to 2 p.m. in 1101 Morrill Hall. 

Stefano Giovannelliis, Director of 
UNIDO in Italy, will speak. With the 
financial support of the Italian Gov- 
ernment, UNIDO has been operat- 
ing since 1998 a small investment 
promotion network in the Mediter- 
ranean, based on investment pro- 
motion units established in selected 
countries and hosted by local insti- 
tutions. The presentation will high- 
light the methodology and the 
results achieved by the units in 
local development, partnership pro- 
motion and institutional support. 

For more information about the 
discussions, contact Jennifer Munro 
at or visit 

Students: Support 

Provides Connection 

Continued from page 1 

can foster greater connectivity and increased 
awareness. The provost's office will request that 
the CORE diversity requirement be reviewed to 
determine "whether it continues to be effective. 
The CORE program requires incoming students to 
take courses in one of five areas: fundamental stud- 
ies, distributive studies, professional writing, 
advanced studies and human cultural diversity. 

"We will also look to expand intergroup dia- 
logue programs and to link them more extensively 
to our academic offerings. 

"At the heart of the students' comments is the 
notion that students who feel good here feel some 
connection to a smaller community," says Waters. 
"The community is sometimes, but not always, con- 
nected to their cultural or sexual identity. We have 
a dual challenge: to provide support to students 
who find grounding in a specific community, and 
to enhance connections between all students." 

Just as the administration struggles with issues 
of improving campus climate, so does the student 
population, reaffirming to La Voy and others that 
the administration "isn't missing the boat" and that 
betterment is everyone's responsibility. 

"When we asked focus groups what would they 
suggest to make the university a better place, we 
were met with some blank stares. It just means that 
there is no magic bullet." 

To see the report, visit 
Look on the right under "New Reports." 

Diversity: Equality in Learning is the Real Issue 

Continued from page 1 

sity agenda. He began by quoting a 
study that stated a higher level of 
cross-cultural interaction has been 
linked to higher graduation rates, 
level of civic interest and social self- 

The idea of diversity is easier dis- 
cussed than implemented, Chang 
admitted. However, the simplest 
ways to begin the process include 
enrolling a diverse student body and 
giving students more opportunities 
to work part time and live on cam- 
pus, he said. 

In order to realize the educational 
benefits of diversity, academic insti- 
tutions must "dismantle and correct 
vestiges of racial barriers," Chang 

"Institutions must have in place 
mechanisms that seek to achieve 
three core purposes: detection, cor- 
rection and prevention" of special 
privileges, he said. Efforts to require 
multi-diverse courses and faculty 
release time to develop more course 
ideas are options to consider toward 
this goal. 

Adams-Gaston echoed Changs 
thoughts during the open forum. 
"We need to move diversity from 
theory to practice," she said. 

Educators need to be aware of 
who is in the room and who is get- 
ting the most opportunity to learn. 
Teachers also need to make a com- 
mitment to hearing varied voices 
and paying attention to students as 
individuals, she said. 

Adams-Gaston pointed out that 
although the university has made 
great strides in the short period of 
time it has been integrated, instruc- 
tors still need to be aware of percep- 
tions, attitudes and views associated 
with the campus environment. 

"Traditional values equate to tradi- 
tional results," she said. "We as educa- 
tors cannot have a monolithic view 
of individuals," 

Greenberg called diversity the 
"hallmark of our campus" and men- 
tioned that when he asks students 
why they chose Maryland, the 
diverse population almost always 
comes up in the answer. However, 
he contended that while diversity is 
a feet and not a matter of belief, 
equality in learning is the underlying 

Milem focused on the discourse 
of preservation versus transforma- 
tion, which he said was not possible 
without "rocking the boat." He 

sensed a form of complacency on 
campus because the school is 
looked upon as "exemplary" in 
terms of diversity. 

"Mitch [Chang] and I teach at two 
universities that wouldn't let us in as 
undergrads," Milem said with a 
laugh, demonstrating the irony of 
student enrollment decisions. 

Kelley wrapped up the panelists' 
speeches by saying that institutions 
need to erase new student anxieties 
and encourage passions in order to 
promote student interaction and, 
therefore, diversity. 

The Provost's Conversations on 
Diversity, Democracy and Higher 
Education began in March and are 
co-sponsored by Student and Acade- 
mic Affairs. Provost William Destler 
said the sessions have been so suc- 
cessful that a fourth meeting is 
scheduled for May 6. The Campus 
Assessment Working Group (CAWG) 
will share the results of the campus 
climate study (see related article on 
page 1) commissioned by the Presi- 
dent's Cabinet, followed by an 
extended dialogue with a quest ion- 
and-answer period. 

— -Jessica Davis, 
junior journalism student