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Fund for Laid- 
Off Employees 

In response to the hardships 
suffered by campus employees 
who have been laid off, the 
Laid-Off Employees Assistance 
Fund (LOEAF) has been created as 
an extension of the Emergency 
Loan Fund (ELF). It wil] provide as 
much as $ 1 ,000 to employees, 
within six months of their last pay 
check, if they have been let go as a 
result of budget constraints. 

"Many people have called my 
office feeling bad for co-workers 
who have been laid off and asking 
if there is anything they can do. I 
tell them about the fund and that's 
where a significant part of our 
donations have come from "says 
Tom Ruggieri, co-coordinator of 
the Faculty Staff Assistance Pro- 
gram, which administers the ELE 

"I was giving a presentation last 
week and during the break, one of 
the attendees stopped me and 
wrote a check to the fund for 
$ 1 00. Rev. Beth Platz called me yes- 
terday and offered $700 to the 
fund that her church had collected 
during one of their yard sales. One 
administrator donated $500 and 
two others donated $1,000 each." 

Provost Bill Destler provided a 
lead gift of $15,000 and the LOEAF 
now totals $18,438.51. 

"I am grateful that even in these 
very difficult times, people are 
finding it in their hearts to be very 
generous," says Ruggieri. 

Donations can be made to the 
UMCP Foundation (designated for 
LOEAF) and sent to Terry Miller at 
Carlton Building, Suite 217, Cam- 
pus, 3375. 

Redistribution Means Savings for All 


Terrapin Trader customers Bob Koehler. {eft, and Robert DiRosario check out computer equipment. 

Silos, pulpits, power cords, paper 
weights, dump trucks, boats and air- 
plane engines — Terrapin Trader has 
been known to sell it all. 
Located across Route 1 on Paint Branch 
Parkway, this Department of Procurement 
and Supply surplus property operation 
functions much like a massive garage sale. 
When system schools, or even Maryland col- 
legiate neighbors, need to unload dorm fur- 
niture, computers, or file cabinets, they can 
call the Trader. 

"When a department no longer needs a 
reusable item, they can complete a Terrapin 
Trader form, call the Trader for pickup and 
consider it done," says Larry Walton, assis- 

tant director for the physical distribution 

Every day, Trader employees are picking 
up surplus items, though diey'II leave three- 
legged chairs and other pieces that obvious- 
ly are not functional. Within seven days of 
request for pickup, the item is gone and the 
customer just waits for compensation from 
the sale of the merchandise. On average, the 
Trader returns to the original owning 
department $300,000 per year from the 
redistribution of capital equipment sales. 
Capital equipment Is any item worth $5,000 
or more, or any portable and/or sensitive 

See TRADER, page 2 

County Students Soar in Summer Science Program 

Pieces of plas- 
tic tubing, 
elastic string 
and lots of patience 
went into each tiny 
model rocket. So 
when, during the 
culminating friends 
and family picnic, all 
launched successful- 
ly, it seemed a fitting 
and symbolic end to 
the Up, Up and Away 

Run through the 
College of Engineer- 
ing's Center for 
Minorities in Science 
and Engineering and 
part of the statewide 
Mathematics, Engi- 
neering, Science 
(MESA) program, the 
year-long initiative 
introduces county 
public school students to the 
wonders of these fields. This 


Teaching Fellow Peter Rankel works out the rockets assembly along with (I to r) Sheveir 
Ross, Ashida Morrison and Stephanie Onye. 

year's 37 middle schoolers 
spent the two-week summer 

portion building hot air bal- 
loons, paper and balsa wood 

airplanes, and the 
rockets. They worked 
with teaching fellows 
Peter Rankel, Kevin 
McCarthy and Dave 
Saranchak from the 
Materials Research 
Science and Engi- 
neering Center, and 
undergraduate stu- 
dents Jeremy 
Rodgers, Ashley 
Means and Ogbonia 
Orjl- The kids also 
took a field trip to 
the College Park Avia- 
tion Museum and 
NASA Goddard. 

This is the first 
year the Prince 
George's County site 
served middle 
schools and was host- 
ed by the university, 
saidTaifa Hibbert, 
MESA regional coor- 

See MESA , page 3 

Union Food 
Court to Offer 
New Options 

The Student Union Food Court 
is almost complete. With this com- 
pletion, the campus is anticipating 
the opening of several new loca- 
tions including I'anda Express®, 
Chick-fil-A® and a full-service Taco 
Bell®. The new locations, depend- 
ing on the completion of the con- 
struction, should be open for busi- 
ness by the week of Aug. 25. A 
new McDonalds® and Freshens®, 
featuring smoothies, pretzels and 
yogurt will open shortly there- 

As construction continues in the 
Union, however, three popular 
Union locations will begin closing 
in August, the Coffee Bar, Taco Bell 
Express® and The Pizza Shop. The 
Coffee Bar will closed Friday.Aug. 
8. A new Coffee Bar is expected to 
reopen in a new location in 2004. 
A temporary Coffee Bar Express 
cart will open outside Adele's 
Restaurant to meet guests' morn- 
ing caffeine needs by providing 
freshly brewed Starbucks Coffee®. 
Taco Bell Express® and the Pizza 
Shop will close Friday, Aug. 15- 
McDonald's® is scheduled to close 
the week of Aug. 18 and will 
reopen when construction on 
their new restaurant is complete. 

The Marketplace Deli Cart, locat- 
ed on the ground floor of Stamp 
Student Union, and the new Coffee 
Bar Express cart will be open the 
week of Aug. 18 in order to meet 
the needs of Union customers 
prior to the opening of the new 
food service locations in the new 
food court. Planning for the new 
food court began in 1992 with 
input from students, faculty and 

"This input helped us to mold 
the concept and the offerings to 
fit our guests' needs," said Joe 
Mullineaux. associate director for 
the Department of Dining Ser- 
vices. "We are very excited that 
the food court is almost ready to 

The next phase of the new food 
court, to be completed in 2004, 
will bring additional foodservice 
concepts to the Union, including 
Sbarro®, Steak Escape®, and an 
expanded Marketplace Deli featur- 
ing Boar's Head® products. 

"The Stamp Student Union is 
looking forward to offering the 
expanded variety of popular din- 
ing options to the campus," said 
Steve Gnadt, associate director of 
the Stamp Student Union. 

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AUGUST 12, 2003 



august 12 

9: 30 a.m-3:30 p.m.. Creat- 
ing Effective Presentations 
for the Classroom 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
Learn to enhance the visual 
impact of PowerPoint presen- 
tations by exploring the issues 
surrounding color selection 
and graphic composition, 
enhancing presentations 
through thoughtful integration 
of imported graphics. Word Art, 
charts and through useful pres- 
entation tools like "Meeting 
Minder.™ This module of the 
Institute for Instructional Tech- 
nology is open only to faculty 
and those teaching credited 
courses. Registration is 
required at 
iit/register,html. For more 
information, contact Deborah 
Mateik at 5-2945 or zdeb®, or go to www.oit. urren t . html . 

1-4 p.m., PhotoShop for 
Digital Cameras, Scanners 
and the Web 
0214. Learn to size, edit and 
manipulate photos with Photo- 
Shop. Topics covered: colors, 
effects, filters and many more 
image manipulation tools. This 
BSOS-sponsored class will 
cover a lot of material in four 
Tuesday and Thursday sessions. 
Prerequisite: functional knowl- 
edge of Windows and Web 
browsing. Cost: students, facul- 
ty, staff and alumni, $ 189; pub- 
lic, $289. For more informa- 
tion, contact the LearnlT Staff 
at 5-1670, or go to http;//Lear- 


august 14 

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Intermedi- 
ate MS Access 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science. Partici- 
pants will learn to: normalize 
sample tables; establish rela- 
tionships between tables; cus- 
tomize table designs; design 
select queries by using multi- 
ple tables; customize form 
designs by creating calculated 
fields, combo boxes and 
unbound controls; and cus- 
tomize report designs by 
.grouping, sorting and summa- 
rizing data, and by adding sub- 
reports. The fee is $90. To reg- 
ister, visit www.oit.umd. 
edu/sc. For more information, 
contact Jane S. Wieboldt at 5- 

Mars Observing Nights 

'he UM Observatory, on Metzerott Road between 
Adelphi Road and University Blvd., will host several free, 
informal public observing nights for viewing 
the planet Mars, weather permitting, dur- 
ing the month of August. The dates are 
August 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 3D, 
from 9 to 1 1 p.m. For more informa- 
tion (and to find out whether en 
observing night has been cancelled 
due to inclement weather!, call the 
Observatory information line at 5-6555 
or visit 

0443, or go to www.oit.umd. 


august 16 

10 a.m.-1 p.m.. Commuter 
Information and Off -Cam- 
pus Housing Saturday 
Hours 1150 Stamp Student 
Union. Through August 23, the 
office will be open fnr Satur- 
day hours. Commuter informa- 
tion specialists will be on hand 
to assist students, faculty and 
staff in searching for housing 
and transportation informa- 
tion. For more information 
about the service, call 4-3645, 
send e-mail to och@accmail., or visit www.cacs. 

august 18 

7: 30 p.m. Army Blues Jazz 
Ensemble Kay Theatre, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. The U.S. Army's pre- 
miere jazz band teams up with 
drumset artists John Riley and 
Ed Soph in a tribute to the leg- 
endary Woody Herman. Free. 
For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 

august 19 

1-5 p.m.. Inter- and Intra- 
state Conflict in Latin 
America: Translating 
Research into Action Dor- 
chester Hall. The campus com- 
munity is invited to join the 
Latin American Studies Center 
(LASC) and the Center for 
International Development and 
Conflict Management (CIDCM) 
to share their experience 
working toward conflict reso- 
lution across Latin America. 

Visit tow. for 
complete program informa- 
tion. For more information or 
to reserve a space, contact 
Tanya Huntington at 58933 or 
(hunt ing@wam 

august 25 

1-4 p.m., Learn Web Devel- 
opment-Quick and Easy! 0214. Learn to 
create, edit and maintain Web 
pages using standard HTML 
and FrontPage. In three short 
sessions, participants will learn 
to create an attractive and 
effective Web presence. Prereq- 
uisites: familiarity with Win- 
dows and the ability to open, 
save and copy files. Cost: stu- 
dents, faculty, staff and alumni, 
$ 199; public, $ 1 29. For more 
information, contact the 
LearnlT Staff at 5-1670, or go to 
h ttp ://LearnIT. 

September 8 

2-4:30 p.m.. The Multi- 
Ethnic Student Welcome 
and OMSE Open House 

Hornbake Plaza. The Office of 
Multi-Ethnic Student Education 
(OMSE) and the Department 
of Resident Life cordially invite 
the campus community to a 
new student welcome and 
OMSE Open House (rain date 
Sept. 1 5, same time). Those 
who wish to reserve a table to 
display information and 
resources about a college, unit 
or program can RSVP to 
Joseph Sherman at 5-5619 or 

or additional event list- 
ings', visit lutp: / /on t- 

calendar guide 

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

Trader: Moving goods 

Continued from page i 

equipment, such as desktop 

Walton says their seven- 
days goal is in response to the 
first of two directives: depart- 
ments want their surplus out 
of the way and they want to 
get money for it. 

Not only does the campus 
community benefit from the 
redistribution, so can the pub- 
lic, which Walton says is 60 
percent of the operation's cus- 
tomer base. The Trader does 
not accept cash, though it 
operates as a cash-and-carry 
facility for the public. They 
will deliver purchased items 

Terrapin Trader is 
open Tuesday 
through Friday, 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is 
located on Paint Branch 
Parkway, across the 
street from the Maryland 
Fire and Rescue Insti- 
tute. A regularly updated 
inventory list and other 
information can be 
found at www.purchase. For 
more information, call 
Mike Painter at (301) 

to campus offices. In order to 
expand its student customer 
base, Transportation Manager 
Doug Waterman says the Trad- 
er is extending its delivery 
area to include students in the 
greater College Park area. 

Part of the store's charm is 
its customer service. Walton 
and Waterman make it clear 
that they are there to serve. 
No reusable items, except 
hazardous materials, are 
turned away, ■ Because what's 
that saying? 'One man's trash 
is another man's treasure'," 
says Walton. "It's a win-win- 
win situation, for the buyer, 
the seller; and Terrapin Trad- 
er loves it when a plan 
works." Such as it did recent- 
ly when a well maintained 
52-foot boat was sold to 
Greg's Marine Construction 
Inc. for security and supply 
runs to the liquid gas pier 
near Chesapeake Beach. For 
such large items, Mike 
Painter, Trader manager, goes 
to the customer to inspect 
the surplus, make pricing 
recommendations and pre- 
pare a site sale. 

Although furniture sales 
are the lifeblood of the oper- 
ation, a new area of empha- 
sis for the Trader is on com- 
puter components. A recent- 
ly penned contract with UNI- 
COR, a federally run business 
that hires out prison labor, 
allows the university to ship 
truckloads of unusable com- 
puter equipment to Fort Dix 
for dismantling. The parts 
are then shipped to various 
recycling companies. Each 
shipment saves the universi- 
ty approximately $7,000 in 

monitor disposal fees. 

"Did you know that there is 
a pound of lead in every mon- 
itor?"asks Walton. "You can't 
put these in landfills" 

Those computers that can 
be repaired, with minimal 
work, sit in the rear left cor- 
ner of the facility. Waterman 
says that those stocked by the 
Trader are not high end, but 
they work. 

And that's the thing: if it 
works and there's an interst in 
it.Terrpin Trader will sell it. 
According to Glenn Warner, a 
staff member, at least 17,000 
pieces moved through the 
Trader last year. If they can't 
sell something whole, they 
break it into sellable parts. 
The solar house built by stu- 
dents for last summer's Solar 
Decathlon on the National 
Mall was damaged when it 
was removed from its trailer 
after being returned to cam- 
pus. The Trader sold all of the 

"And we gave the money to 
mechanical engineering," says 

The benefits of redistribut- 
ing surplus property have 
caught on nationally with uni- 
versities. Walton, Waterman 
and Painter hosted 1 2 univer- 
sities for the first conference 
for university surplus proper- 
ty managers four years ago. 
This year's conference in Tuc- 
son hosted 46 schools. 

"All we do is redistribute," 
says Walton. "Again, one man's 


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Maryland campus community. 

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SoleMates Links Dance Traditions 


!e Clarice 
Smith Perfor- 
ming Arts 
Center opens 
its 2003-2004 
season, titled "We'll Take You 
There," with the Maryland pre- 
miere of "SoleMates," featuring 
Annapolis-based Footworks 
Percussive Dance Ensemble 

ping. The two groups utilize 
instrumental music, song and 
dance to discover and cele- 
brate the ways in which their 
art forms are related and to 
transcend cultural differences. 

The program explores a 
wide range of dance tradi- 
tions — from the dances of the 
Balanta People of Senegal, 

Members of Footworks and Step Afrika! perform "Solemates, 

and Washington, D.C -based 
Step Afrika! on Friday, Sept. 12 
at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 14 
at 3 p.m. in the Ina & Jack Kay 

There will be discussions 
held before both performanc- 
es—Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., moder- 
ated by Jennifer Cutting from 
the American Folklife Center, 
and Sept. 14 at 2 p.m., moder- 
ated by choreographer/dancer 
Gesel Mason from Mason/ 
Rhynes Productions. 

SoleMates is the critically- 
acclaimed collaboration 
between Footworks, which 
specializes in traditions of 
Southern Appalachian music 
and dance, and Step Afrika!, 
which specializes in tap, South 
African gumboot dancing and 
the African-American fraternity 
and sorority art form of step- 

West Africa to Irish stepdanc- 
ing to South African gumboot 
dancing to clogging. Segments 
like "Miner's Joy* deftly weave 
the talents of both groups 
together and highlight com- 
monalities. Footworks demon- 
strates dances that boosted 
the morale of miners in Ken- 
tucky, and Step Afrika! illus- 
trates the gumboot dance that 
buoyed spirits of workers 
who labored in the oppres- 
sive mining industry of 
apartheid-era South Africa. 
Gumboot has become one 
the most popular traditions in 
all of South Africa. 

Tickets are $25, $5 for stu- 
dents (two tickets per ID). For 
tickets or more information, 
call (301) 405-ARTS, or go to 

A Vocal 

This fall semester offers 
a rare opportunity to 
become a part of the 
Vocal Community, a dynamic 
course offered to undergrad- 
uate and graduate students 
and to the broader commu- 
nity by the Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center in col- 
laboration with the UM 
School of Music. 

Ysaye Barnwell, master 
teacher and longtime mem- 
ber of the Grammy-winning 
female a cappella ensemble 
Sweet Honey in the Rock, 
will build a community choir, 
offering participants an ex- 
pl ration into the deep roots 
of African American choral 
and congregational tradi- 
tions. The class will meet 
Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. 
beginning Sept. 2 in Ulrich 
Recital Hall (1125Tawes), 
and will culminate with a 
Dec. 9 concert in which par- 
ticipants will perform as the 
Sweet Honey in the Rock 
Community Chorus. 

Called "A Seasonal Cele- 
bration of Endings and 
Beginnings " the concert will 
present traditional and con- 
temporary choral works in 
observance of Christmas and 
Kwanzaa, along with other 

This is the first time Barn- 
well brings her interactive 
and dynamic community- 
sing model to a university 
setting. Individuals can still 
sign up to take the class for 
credit. Register via Testudo 
for MUSC448V, Selected Top- 
ics in Music; The Vocal Com- 
munity. For more informa- 
tion, contact Ad ina Williams 
at (301) 405-5974 or 
adina ©warn . umd .edu. 

Helping Students Reach Higher 

Continued from page 1 

dinator. Of the five state 
sites running MESA pro- 
grams, the PG county 
location usually serves 
elementary students. 
Hibbert said the change 
in age and location is in 
response to parents' 
requests and an interest 
in heightening the pro- 
gram's visibility. 

"This is such a critical 
age. I'm not sure what 
we will do next year, 
but it will be here in 
some form," she said. 

Program Coordinator Taifa 
Hibbert helps Mark Coda 
Jr. with his rocket's tail 



£ x i vac a r r i c it I a r 

Capturing Life on Film 

Sharon Tazelaar is all 
about achieving, and 
she has a decade-long 
career in photography to 
prove it. Her career in the 
field, however, would not 
take shape until well into her 
adult life, as a stay-at-home 
mother of four in Bowie. 

"I agreed to submit articles 
about positive endeavors of 
my children's school to the 
education reporter at a local 
newspaper," she explains. 
"Once in a while 1 would 
submit a photo to go with 
the article and soon after- 
ward, other schools in the 

"It's amazing what 
kind of excitement 
you can uncover 
even working for a 
weekly publication 
with a distribution 
of only 25,000." 


neighborhood asked if I 
would take pictures of their 
events and submit them as 

Soon she was given the 
title of education reporter 
for the Bowie-Blade News for 
15 area schools. At the same 
time, she also did freelance 
photography for papers such 
as the Prince George's Sen- 
tinel, the Capital Gazette and 
the Prince George's Journal. 
She especially loved the pho- 
tography aspect of her job. 

"It was a sheer joy when I 
worked in the schools. Chil- 
dren are the most marvelous 
people to photograph," Taze- 
laar says. 

After honing her photogra- 
phy skills, Tazelaar asked the 
Bowie-Blade if there was a 
job opening as a photogra- 
pher. Although there was, 
the newspaper was reluctant 
to hire her as staff photogra- 
pher because she did not 
know how to develop film. 
Still, Tazelaar did not allow 
this to stop her from obtain- 
ing the job. "I learned how to 
[develop film] and came 
right back," she says. 

As a photographer for the 
Bowie-Blade News, Tazelaar 
captured numerous events 
on film— from fires and 
fights to community and 
school events. She also has 
photographed local notable 
people such as Donnie Simp- 
son, a disc jocky from the hit 

radio station WPGC-FM, and 
Congressman Steny Hoyer; as 
well as Jesse Jackson, Cal 
Ripken and former President 
Bill Clinton. "I covered every 
aspect of photojournalism... 
It's amazing what kind of 
excitement you can uncover 
even working for a weekly 
publication with a distribu- 
tion of only 25.000,"Tazelaar 

One of her most cherished 
photos is one that landed her 
acclaim. In it she captured 
an altercation between two 
school children. The photo 
won her first place and best 
in show for spot news by the 
M aryland-Del aware-D.C . 
Press Association, awards for 
which she beat out reporters 
from The Washington Post, 
Washington Times and the 
Baltimore Sun. Tazelaar also 
won numerous other awards 
throughout her career. 

Despite her love and tal- 
ent for photography, the job 
eventually took its toll on 
Tazelaar. During one of her 
assignments she fell off a 
van, an injury that led to two 
knee surgeries and con- 
tributed to her decision to 
leave the profession. She had 
also reached the end of her 
journey as a stay-at-home 

"I finally decided that now 
that my kids were older and 
out of the home, I wanted to 
settle into a desk job," says 

She now works as an 
administrative assistant in 
the School of Public Affairs 
in the Smith School of Busi- 

Tazelaar says that one of 
the most heartwarming 
aspects of her photography 
career was taking pictures of 

"Some people say they're 
not good looking, but I found 
beauty in everyone I pho- 
tographed "Tazelaar said. She 
also still does photography 
for select events like wed- 

When asked what advice 
she would give to a person 
with a career and a family 
who is interested in pursu- 
ing photography, her 
response was definitive. 

"First of all, don't be afraid 
to inquire. I walked into the 
Bowie-Blade [to ask for a 
job] . . . Look everywhere; 
there's always opportunity. 
You can't be afraid. ..believe 
in yourself and do it," Taze- 
laar said. 

— Seyi Iwarere, 
senior journalism student 

Editor's note: Outlook's feature, extracurricular, hikes occasional 
glimpses into university employees' lives beyond tbeir tut} 1 johs.V% 
welcome story suggestions: call Monette Austin Bailey at (301) 405- 
4629 or send tbettt to outIook®accmaiL 

AUGUST 12, 2003 





Crew Coach Sought 

The University of Maryland Crew is 
looking for a volunteer novice 
coach. Every year, about 30 under- 
graduates join the club with no 
prior rowing experience and finish 
the season with a love of the sport. 
Last year's novices competed in the 
semifinals at the Dad Vail regatta 
and won bronze at the Mid-Atlantic 
Collegiate Crew Championships. 

To gel involved, contact Dan 
Cardy at or call (301) 

New Name, Same Service 

Effective July 1, the new name of 
the Personnel Services department 
will be the Department of Universi- 
ty Human Resources. It will contin- 
ue to be located on the first floor of 
the Chesapeake Building. The new 
Web address is; 
those going to 
will be redirected to the new site. 

Computer Discounts 
Available to University 

Longing for a new laptop? Dream- 
ing -of a new desktop? The Office of 
Information Technology (OIT) has 
partnered with Apple and Dell to 
offer the university community dis- 
counted laptops, desktops, personal 
digital assistants and other techno- 
logical accessories. 

University faculty, students and 
staff can visit www.helpdesk.umd. 
edu/purchasing to peruse products 
for personal or institutional use. 
The site also provides free software, 
including a virus-scanning program, 
to the university community. Facul- 
ty, staff, graduate assistants and 
teaching assistants have the addi- 

'Unique and Innovative" Safety Program Recognized 


Robert Galemba (second from left) from the Department of Environmental Health and 
Safety (DES) recently attended the annual Campus Safety, Healdi and Environmental 
Management Association (CSHEMA) conference, where he accepted a Unique and 
Innovative award presented to the university for the DES's work with Dan Lathrop from physics 
on a three-meter liquid sodium geodynamo model project. Pictured are, from left, National Safety 
Council President Alan C. McMillan, Galemba, West Viriginia Environmental Health and Safety 
Director Roger Pugh, former CSHEMA chairperson Marty McDougall and Ohio University 
Hazardous Materials Manager Leroy Scribner. 

tiona) option of purchasing certain 
Microsoft products for personal use 
at a significantly reduced cost. 

For more information, call the 
OIT Help Desk, (301) 405-1500, or 
go to 

Change in University 
E-mail Accounts 

University colleges and depart- 
ments will be able to begin migrat- 
ing to the new Mail® umd E-mail 

System over the 2003-2004 school 
year, where they will enjoy more 
stable and accessible e-mail 
accounts. Mail@umd will eventually 
replace the Warn, Glue, Accmail, 
Deans and Umail e-mail systems. 

Every member of the university 
community who has an e-mail 
address listed in ARES or Testudo 
currently has an address ending in 
■ ©" that forwards e-mail 
sent to it to his or her university 
account. Faculty and staff can see 
what their official university e-mail 

address is at ARES and students can 
check at Testudo. When you migrate 
to the new MailOumd E-mail Sys- 
tem, your e-mail account will be on 
the server. Each 
user's new e-mail address will end 
in ©mail, Once the migra- 
tion is complete, users will need to 
update their official university e- 
mail account in ARES or Testudo so 
that the forwarding will be directed 
to your new address. 

For more information, see 
www. oit . umd . ed u/e mail . 

Soil Testing Lab Closes Its Doors 

New Students 

Honor Scroll 

A University of 
Maryland institu- 
tion for half a cen- 
tury has closed its 
doors, a victim of the state's 
ongoing budget woes. The 
Soil Testing Laboratory, 
housed in H J. Patterson 
Hall, accepted its last soil 
sample for analysis on June 

The Soil Testing Laborato- 
ry was established in 1954, 
when the practice of sci- 
ence-based fertilizer manage- 
ment was in its infancy. It 
was the only place in Mary- 
land where farmers could 
take samples of their soil for 
analysis. Armed with test 
data, Maryland Cooperative 
Extension educators helped 
farmers interpret the results 
and made economically and 
environmentally sound soil 
management recommenda- 
tions, such as how much fer- 
tilizer to apply. 

■"The goal was to help 
farmers produce crops as 
efficiently as possible by 
using soil testing informa- 
tion to guide the purchase 
and application of fertilizers 

and other soil amendments 
they needed. Soil testing 
remains an essential part of 
efficient farm management 
and is a key tool for the pro- 
tection of water quality by 
reducing over-application of 
fertilizers," says Frank Coale, 
extension soil fertility and 
nutrient management spe- 

As the practice of soil test- 
ing gamed popularity, Mary- 
land homeowners also were 
encouraged to have their 
soil tested before fertilizing 
or otherwise amending their 
lawns and gardens. Soil test- 
ing kits were distributed reg- 
ularly at field days, county 
fairs and directiy from exten- 
sion offices and the Soil Test- 
ing Laboratory. 

"The Soil Testing Labora- 
tory provided a valuable— 
and for many years unique 
— service to Maryland farm- 
ers and homeowners " says 
Thomas A. Fretz, dean of the 
College of Agriculture and 
Natural Resources (AGNR). 
"It was a prime example of 
the university's land-grant 
mission of extending 

research-based information 
to residents of the state." 

According to Fretz, the dif- 
ficult and painful decision to 
close the laboratory was 
unavoidable given the cur- 
rent economic situation. 
Never self-supporting, the 
lab has been subsidized 
from the beginning by the 
college and Maryland Coop- 
erative Extension, which can 
no longer afford its ongoing 
operating costs. 

Fortunately for Maryland 
residents, private soil testing 
labs have been established 
over the years, offering accu- 
rate and consistent results at 
comparable costs. County 
Extension offices and the 
Home and Garden Informa- 
tion Center can provide 
interested individuals a list 
of several regional labs. The 
list also is included on the 
AGNR Web site at www. 
agnr. umd . ed u/SoilTesting/. 

Extension educators 
throughout Maryland will 
continue to assist clients 
with interpreting test 
results and putting them 
into practice. 


Incoming students, as part of a recent Orientation program, 
sign the Honor Scroll in McKeldin Library. All incoming 
first-year students are asked to sign the 36-by-5-fcot scroll, 
an initiative of the Office of Judicial Programs. It is a follow-up 
to the Honor Pledge adopted by the university a year and a half 
ago that students are asked to sign before an exam.