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Annual Faculty 
And Staff 

Page 6 


New Semester 
Brings Academic 

Administrative changes in 
undergraduate studies will 
allow a few faculty mem- 
bers opportunities to pursue new 
projects and interests. 

James Greenberg has stepped 
down from his position as director 
of the Center for Teaching Excel- 
lence (CTE) to return full-time to 
the College of Education. The cen- 
ter is an initiative of the Office of 
the Associate Provost and Dean for 
Undergraduate Studies (look for a 
story on Greenberg and the CTE in 
a later issue of Outlook). 

Javaune Adams-Gaston has 
stepped down from her position 
as associate dean of undergraduate 
studies and director of letters and 
sciences to take the position of 
director of the Career Center. 

"Undergraduate Studies owes a 
great deal to both Jim and 
Javaune," said Donna Hamilton, 
interim associate provost for aca- 
demic affairs and dean for under- 
graduate studies when making the 
announcement. "Their contribu- 
tions. . .have been of great and last- 
ing importance. I thank them for 
those contributions and also wish 
them all the best with the new 
projects and responsibilities that 
will now occupy their time." 
Spencer Benson has been 
appointed director of the Center 
for Teaching Excellence. An associ- 
ate professor in the Department of 
Cell Biology and Molecular Genet- 
ics, he has served his academic 
department as director of both 
undergraduate studies and honors. 
Spencer is a former Lilly Fellow, a 
2001 CASTL-Camegie Fellow, a dis- 
cipline consultant for the Quality 
Undergraduate Education (QUE) 
initiative, and a 2003-2004 AAC&U 
SENCER Scientist. 

He also serves on the University 
System of Maryland-Montgomery 
County Public Schools VTF-K16 
National Science Foundation Math- 
Science Partnership grant steering 
committee. He is the recipient of 
the CASE-Camegie 2002 Maryland 
Professor of the Year Award and the 
2003 Maryland Board of Regents 
Excellence in Teaching Award. 

John Bowman has been appoint- 
ed interim director of the Division 
of Letters and Sciences. A member 
of the university community for 24 
years, Bowman has served in sever- 
al administrative units, including 
Undergraduate Admissions, Inter- 
collegiate Athletics and the Inten- 
sive Educational Development Pro- 
gram. For the past five years he has 
been the associate director of the 
Division of Letters & Sciences. 

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Making a Rainbow Connection 

Jim Henson's Birthday, Work Celebrated 


From Humpty Dumpty to the Old Lady who Lived in a Shoe, Kermit the Frog, who 
often played the role of the roving reporter on Sesame Street News, interviewed char- 
acters out of many memorable children's tales, but his interview with his voice and 
animator, Jim Henson, would have been the most fascinating. This sculpture framing Henson 
looking fondly at his most eminent masterpiece on a marble bench, will be installed in a 
memorial garden on the grounds of the Stamp Student Union next week. The sculpture and 
garden are gifts from the classes of 1998 and 1999. Those two classes, the class of 1994, the 
university and the union split the expenses of the almost 3, 000-pound sculpture and bench, 
which cost more than $200,000. Sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter (above center), who won the 
job out of three finalists in a national competition, cast the sculpture in July and is now fin- 
ishing it. The Jim Henson Sculpture and Memorial Garden will be unveiled by Jane Henson 
and family and dedicated on what would have been Henson 's 67th birthday, Sept. 24, at the 
Stamp Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Other events include a muppet movie fest at 
both the HoffTheater and the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, Md., and an exhibit 
at the Hornbake Library Maryland Room Gallery. See Henson article, page 4, 

Summertime, and the Living is... Busy! 

While many 
on campus spend the 
summer months 
recovering from a 
hectic spring semes- 
ter and preparing for 
the fall term, at least 
one department on 
campus gears up for 
summer, which is its 
busiest time of year. 

Conferences and 
Visitor Services 
(CVS), a department 
within the division 
of Student Affairs, 
brings between 
30,00045,000 guests 
to campus each sum- 
mer. Guests include 
conference atten- 
dees, sports camp 
participants, gradu- 
ate interns, people attend- 
ing weddings at Memorial 
Chapel and others. 

Many are housed in resi- 


Conference and Visitor Services student employees, 1-r, Matthew Gray, 
Billy Bang and Katelyn Sornik. 

dence halls. Each night that 
a guest stays in a bed in one 
of the university's halls is 
called a bednight. This sum- 

mer, CVS had 82,000 bed- 
nights. Who slept here? Par- 
See CVS, page 4 

Moving People, 
Making Money 

Getting to campus, getting 
around campus and going 
off campus should be a bit 
easier beginning this semester, or 
so hopes the Department of Trans- 
portation Services. It has added a 
new park-and-ride route, a new 
.intra-campus shuttle route and 
purchased four custom motor 

The Laurel Park-and-Ride makes 
use of an existing city lot that, 
apparently, didn't catch on with 
the general public. More than 600 
spaces stood empty at the lot off 
of Route 197, just north of Contee 
Road, according to David Allen, 
director of transportation servic- 
es. "So every day beginning at 
7:15 in the morning... we pick 
people up." 

Four free buses run every half 
hour in the morning and riders are 
guaranteed a ride back to their 
cars in case of an emergency. Four 
more runs start from the union at 
4:15 p.m. 

Allen, who uses the service, says 
that like any other form of mass 
transit, people may need to allow a 
bit more time for their commute, 
but "you get used to it." 

The shuttle uses funds reallocat- 
ed from the vanpool that no longer 
operates. Allen says instead of run- 
ning two vans that could carry a 
maximum of 28 people, the park- 
and-ride shuttle can ferry a greater 
number of riders with one bus. 

A second new service is 
designed to make traveling on the 
campus' south side much easier. 
The Campus Connector South 
includes the Memorial Chapel, 
Leonardtown Community Center 
and Van Munching Hall among its 
stops. Allen mentioned that it is 
scheduled to meet the Campus 
Connector North at the Stamp Stu- 
dent Union. 

"So you can get off of one and 
hop right on the other, so you 
could go from the Comcast Center 
to Wawa (on Knox Road)." 

Both run every 30 minutes. "We 
hope to make that every 1 5 min- 
utes, but we need more resources 

Speaking of resources, what 
Allen seems most excited about 
are the four new custom buses 
purchased with revenue genera- 
tion in mind. Each 45-foot coach 
comes equipped with DVD play- 
ers, VCRs and laptop hookups at 
each front seat booth. He's gotten 
some flack for spending $ 1 .6 mil- 
lion on the coaches at a time 
when staff members are losing 
their jobs. Allen said he is aware 
of the unfavorable perception, but 
insists that not only was the pur- 
chase made with some fore- 
thought, the investment will pay 
off for the university. 

"We surveyed campus depart- 


SEPTEMBER l6, 20 3 



September 16 

1 -3 p.m. Introduction to 

GIS 2 109 McKeldin Library. 
Leam the basics of a popular 
geographic information sys- 
tems (GIS) software called 
ArcView 3.2. The session fea- 
tures hands-on instruction. 
Free, but advance registration 
required. Go to www.lib.umd. 
ed u/GOV/gisworkshop . html . 
The course is offered three 
times during the fall semester: 
Sept. 1 6; Oct. 8, 3-5 p.m . ; and 
Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-noon. Seating 
is limited to 18 people. For 
more information, contact Kim 
Ricker at 4-1355 or 
g i s ■;< 1 1 n l a i I . um d .edu. 

1-4 p.m. Edit Pictures for 
the Web with PhotoShop 

0214 LeFrak Hall. Learn how to 
manipulate digital images in 
PhotoShop. Students $99; staff, 
faculty and alumni $189; gener- 
al public $289. Classes are held 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 
16, 18, 23 and 25. Prerequisite: 
functional knowledge of Win- 
dows (file open/save, Web 
browsing, etc.). For more infor- 
mation, contact the LearnTT 
Staff at 5-1670, or go 

2-3 p.m. Faye Duchin lec- 
ture 1 207 Van Munching Hall. 
One of the leading researchers 
in industrial ecology, ecological 
economics and smart growth, 
Duchin will discuss her 
research. For more informa- 
tion, contact Sharon Tazelaar at 
5-6330 or, 
or go to 


September 17 

2:30-4:30 p.m.. Media 
Training Visitors Center Audi- 
torium. University Communica- 
tions media relations staff will 
conduct free media training, 
teaching faculty/staff how to 
develop effective, strategic 
messages in the news media. 
For more information, contact 
Teresa McCain at 5-4621 or 
tmccain® accmail . umd .edu. 

4-6 p.m.. Annual Minority 
Achievement Colloquium 
Series Jill Cole Field House. 
This is the first in a series of 
presentations based on the 
theme "Special Education and 
Minority Achievement: Using 

State of the Campus Address 

President Mote will present his annual "State of the 
Campus" address to the University Senate on Mon- 
day, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m, in 0200 Skinner. This year he 
will be outlining his plan for the future. The meeting is 
open to the entire campus community, and the Senate 
encourages everyone to attend. A question-and-answer 
period will follow the address. For more information, call 
Mary Giles at 5-5804. 

Research to Inform our Teach- 
ing and Testing Practices." Pres- 
ented by the Maryland Institute 
for Minority Achievement and 
Urban Education (M1MAUE), 
the series features professors 
from the Department of Spe- 
cial Education. The next ses- 
sion takes place Oct. 15. For 
more information, contact Mar- 
tin Johnson at 5-0246 or mjl3@ For a summary 
and schedule of speaker pres- 
entations, visit www. education. 


September 18 

12:45-3 p.m.. Corporate 
Time/Web Training -4404 
Computer and Space Science. 
Participants will learn how to 
view their personal calendar in 
three formats, block periods of 
time in their calendar, propose 
meetings to groups or individu- 
als and set up access rights to 
their calendar. The fee is $20. 
For more information, contact 
Jane Wieboldt at 5-0443 or 
o it-train ing@umail . umd . edu . 
To register online, visit 
www.oi t . umd . edu/sc . 

3-5 p.m., Churchill Scholar- 
ship Workshop 01 19 Armory. 
Faculty and student advisors 
interested in life, physical and 
computer sciences are encour- 
aged to send their best seniors 
and beginning graduate stu- 
dents to this workshop. The 
Churchill Scholarship is a one- 
year graduate opportunity 
worth up to $28,000 for Ameri- 
can students to attend Chur- 
chill College at the University 
of Cambridge. Deadline for 
application is Oct. 31, For more 
information, contact Camille 
Stillwell at 4-1 289 or cstillwe®, or visit www. the 
churchhillscholarships. com . 

5:30-3:30 p.m.. Jazz Night 

Mulligan's Grill, University Golf 
Course. Catch the "Cheek to 

Cheek" band. For more infor- 
mation, contact Chris Cantore 
at 4-6630 or ccantore ©dining. or visit www. dining, ere_to_eat/res t- 
aurants/mulligans_gril] . cf m . 

September 19 

6-9 p.m.. Tastes of the 
Mediterranean Mulligan's 
Grill. University Golf Course. 
Try a buffet of salads, assorted 
breads, vegetables, meats and 
desserts from the Mediterra- 
nean. Faculty/staff, club mem- 
bers and their guests pay 
$19-95; general public pays 
$25. 95; and children under 12, 
$8.95. A discounted cash bar is 
also available. Reservations are 
required. For more information 
contact Nancy Loomis at 4- 
6631 or nloomis@dining.umd. 
edu, or visit www.dining.umd. 
mull igans_grill . cf m . 

7 p.m., 22nd Annual All 
Niter Party Stamp Student 
Union. The theme is'Deuces 
Wild.™ Events include a step 
show, a social, an eating con- 
test, a drag variety show, a CD 
sale, the grand opening of ren- 
ovated and new fast food stops 
at the union and more. There 
will be a Comcast SportsNet 
Fun Zone and a casino on site. 
For more information, call 4- 
8618 or visit www.union.umd. 

September 22 

4:30-6:30 p.m.. Networking 
Reception Baltimore World 
Trade Center, 401 Pratt Street. 
Join students and the state's 
top global employers at this 
International Business Student 
Networking Reception in the 
Constellation Room on the 
21st floor of the World Trade 
Center in Baltimore. Hear from 

top corporate executives on 
who is the ideal job candidate 
and what job opportunities are 
available. The event is free for 
students. For more informa- 
tion, call (410) 576-0022 xl04 
or visit 

7-9 p.m.. Maximum Meta- 
morphosis Laboratory The- 
atre, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Gwen Grastorf and 
April Kobetz will direct a free 
stage reading by Caroline Don- 
nelly. For more information, 
contact Amy Harbison at 5-8169 

TU I s D A v 

September 23 

6:30-9:30 p.m., 
Dreamweaver Essentials 
Workshop 0214 LeFrak Hall. 
Start your first class learning 
how to create and manage Web 
sites without html coding 
using Dreamweaver. Students 
pay $49, faculty/staff/alumni 
pay $89 and the general public 
pays $129 for this first class 
and the second one on Sept. 
25. For more information con- 
tact LearnIT staff at 5-1670 or or visit 


September 24 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., MS Excel 

4404 Computer and Space Sci- 
ence. This course teaches par- 
ticipants how to create charts 
to analyze and manipulate data 
and enhance worksheets and 
charts by using drawing tools 
to add graphic objects and 
modify charts to be used in 
presentations. Participants 
must have taken Intro to Excel 
or have similar experience. 
The fee is $90. For more infor- 
mation, contact Jane Wieboldt 
at 5-0443 or oi t-t raining® umatl., or visit www.oit. 
umd. edu/sc 

10 a.m. -4 p.m. First Look 
Fair McKeldin Mall. Enjoy "Mall 
Madness" Sept. 24 and 25 from 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more 
information, call 4-7174. 

6:30-9 p.m., Riggs Alumni 
Center Groundbreaking 

Cole Field House. The future 
Riggs Alumni Center will host 
an open house and ground- 
breaking ceremony. By 2005, 
the center will serve the cam- 
pus as a gathering place for 
meeting old friends. For more 
information, contact Felicia 
Strothers at 5-4678 or or 

or additional event list- 
ings, visit http;//out- 

Changes to 

Outlook will now pub- 
lish an online edition 
every week and an eight- 
page print edition only 
once a month. A reduced 
budget necessitated the 

We will continue to 
cover the news, accom- 
plishments and concerns 
of campus faculty and 
staff. The weekly editions 
will allow us to capture 
news in a timely manner; 
the print edition will allow 
us to give greater cover- 
age to stories. 

As always. Outlook 
welcomes story ideas and 
submissions. Also, we 
welcome thoughts about 
the changes. Call Monette 
A. Bailey, editor, at (301) 
405-4629 or send a mes- 
sage to outlook@accmail. 

Additional Outlook 
print dates for the fall are: 

Oct. 14 

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Dec. 16 

All submissisons (for 
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week before desired pub- 
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Al-Andalus: Cultures in Counterpoint 

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Flory Jago- 
members were 
buried in a 
mass grave during World War 
II, they took the songs that 
had brought her such joy in 
childhood with them. Now 
Jagoda travels the world, 
remembering and sharing the 
Ladino (combination of Span- 
ish and Hebrew) songs of her 
Sephardic Jewish heritage. 

Her performance, along 
with friends and family mem- 
bers on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3 
p.m., marks the first in the Al- 
Andalus: Cultures in Counter- 
point initiative at the Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 
Tli is semester-long explo- 
ration of al-Andalus, the 700 
years in which Christian, Mus- 
lim and Jewish communities 
flourished in relative harmony 
in medieval Spain, celebrates 
and examines its lessons for 
today's world. 

The brainchild of Christo- 
pher Kendall, director of the 
university's School of Music, 
"Al-Andalus: Cultures in Coun- 
terpoint" is also a collabora- 
tion between the Depart- 

ments of Theatre and Dance, 
and the Michelle Smith Per- 
forming Arts Library. Together 
they will explore the ways in 
which the arts play a role in 
peaceful relations among dif- 
ferent cultures, through a 
series of performances, pre- 
sentations and panel discus- 
sions. And the project is right 
at home here on campus, as 
Kendall observes: "Great uni- 
versities have served not only 
as centers for learning, but as 
cultivators of understanding, 
engines of creativity, and cata- 
lysts for change. This universi- 
ty has enormous resources in 
the cultural domain. By 
exploring the medieval envi- 
ronment through the lens of 
the arts we can explore cul- 
tural forces still profoundly 
affecting our world in the 
21st century" 

Other Al-Andalus events 
include early music ensemble 
The Folger Consort perform- 
ing "Las Cantigas de Santa 
Maria" in a program tided 
"Miracles of Al-Andalus"; a 
staged reading of "Nathan the 
Wise," co-presented with 
George Mason University and 

starring Department of The- 
atre faculty member Mitchell 
Hebert; SHARQ Arab American 
Ensemble; the free Take Five 
event "Dance Inspired by Al- 
Andalus," featuring the chore- 
ography of Ziva Cohen and 
Department of Dance faculty 
members NejlaYatkin and 
Alvin Mayes; and the Universi- 
ty of Maryland Symphony 
Orchestra with pianist and 
School of Music faculty mem- 
ber Larissa Dedova in a per- 
formance featuring Manuel de 
Falla's "Nights in the Garden 
of Spain." 

The Michelle Smith Per- 
forming Arts Library will also 
present the 2003 Charles 
Fowler Colloquium on Inno- 
vation in Arts Education, titled 
"Cultures in Counterpoint: 
The Arts as Intercultural Dia- 
logue," from Oct. 19-21. For 
more information on the 
Fowler Colloquium, visit 
fowlercolloq2003. For more 
information about AJ-Andalus: 
Cultures in Counterpoint, visit 
www. claricesmithcenter. umd . 
edu. Tickets are available at 
(301) 405-ARTS (2787). 

Playwright Edward Albee Takes Clarice 
Smith Audiences "Inside Theatre" 

"I think art shouM 
shake people up ar 
make them think di 
ently-both about 
themselves and ab< 
art, in general," thr 
time Pulitzer Prize-\ 
ning playwright 
Edward Albee asse 
in a July 20, 2003 
episode ol PBS' "Ei 
The Arts Show," 

"Any play thai \\ 
any value should fc 
people to reconside. 
some of the values 
■ . think they hold," 

Known for his provoc 
and brilliant plays. Albee will be elucidating 
his thoughts on play writing in a new series 
this season at the Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center called Inside Theatre, which 
begins on Friday, Oct, 10 at 8 p.m. This year's 
series, which focuses on visionary play- 
wrights and which also includes an even.! 
with Wendy Wasserstein on March 7, was 
created and produced with the Depi 
of Theatre. Held in the center's intimate 
Kogod Theatre, Inside Theatre will feature 
luminaries of the stage discussing then craft, 
giving rare insights into their artistic achieve 
merits anu :!ivu process. 

new series provides students 

ulty in the Department of Theatre, the i 
lege and the general campus community 
extraordinary ppportun . rat-hand 

n renowned playwrights whose work has 

had immense impact 
on contemporary the- 
atre, and who continue 
to shape the course of 
21st dramatic litera- 
ture," said Dan Wagn- 
er, chair of the depart- 
_dward Albee has 
defined modern Ameri- 
can theatre for four 
decades with his pow- 
erful works. One of the 
most heralded drama 
tists of the 20th centu- 
ry, he has received two 
Tony Awards (1962 and 
i to his Pulitzer Prizes (1966, 
1975 and 1991). Albee is perhaps most well- 
known for his debut three-act drama "Who's 
Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Released in 1962, 
"Virginia Woolf "was immediately recog- 
nized for its unabashedly honest dialogue 
and jarring interpretation of modern relation- 
ships. His latest play, "The Goat or Who is 
Sylvia?" was awarded the 2002 Tony Award 
for Best Play and has future productions 
planned) for London, Houston, San Francisco 
. Russia. 

Tickets are $25, $5 for students. Off Center 
Productions the theatre department's stu 

.•son, will also present free 
performan ; :uo Story," AlbeeV 


s Laboratory Theatre*. For more informa- 
. call (301) JOS-ARTS (2787) or visit 
www.claricesmithcenter.ui r 

Imani Winds: 

Transposing Tradition 

Imani Winds are quickly 
making a name for them- 
selves by giving audien- 
ces something they haven't 
heard before. A wind quintet 
comprised of musicians of 
African-American and Latin 
heritage, Imani Winds is com- 
mitted to bridging the Euro- 
pean and African musical tra- 
ditions and highlighting the 
best repertoire from diverse 
cultural backgrounds. 

"We love the traditional, 
but there's so much more 
music out there," said Monica 
Ellis, bassoonist of the group 
in an interview with The 
Stamford Advocate. 

By juxtaposing Mozart 
with Jelly Roll Morton, scher- 
zos with spirituals, Imani 
Winds pushes the bound- 
aries of a traditional quintet - 
all the while making their 
performances readily accessi- 
ble to audiences. 

Ellis explained their infor- 
mal approach to perform- 
ance: "We talk to the audi- 
ence. It seems like a simple 
addition to a program, but 
many musicians just per- 
form. We explain things. Peo- 
ple tell us they appreciate it, 
especially non-musicians. It 
also relaxes us on stage and 
makes us open up. . . We're 
having so much fun, and 
audiences recognize that." 

Formed in 1996, the group 
(whose name means "faith" 
in Swahili), has been steadily 
collecting honors for their 
efforts. In 2001 they made 
their Carnegie Hall debut as 
winners of the Artists Inter- 
national Annual Prize and 
their CD/Umoja," (or"unity" 
in Swahili), won the Cham- 
ber Music America/WQXR 
Record Award. Imani Winds 

also serves as resident 
ensemble for the Chamber 
Music Society of Lincoln 
Center Two program and was 
recendy named as Concert 
Artists Guild first-ever Educa- 
tional Residency Ensemble. 

Imani Winds will perform 
on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. in the 
Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center's Joseph & Alma 
Gildenhorn Recital Hall. The 
program will be chosen from 
such works as Wind Quintet 
No. 2 by American composer 
Miguel del Aguila; "Quintette 
en forme de chores" by Bra- 
zilian composer HeitorVilla- 
Lobos; selections by Astor 
Piazzolla, Paquito D'Rivera; 
and Imani Winds' own Valerie 
Coleman and Jeff Scott. 

Immediately following the 
performance, there will be a 
question-and-answer session 
with the artists, moderated 
by Gail Wein of National Pub- 
lic Radio. Tickets for the per- 
formance arc $30, $5 for stu- 
dents. The ensemble will also 
participate in the center's 
free Take Five series o n Tues- 
day, Oct.7 at 5:30 p.m. with 
an interactive performance 
and conversation. For more 
information, call (301) 405- 
ARTS or visit www.clarice- 
smi thcenter. umd . edu . 

For ticket: information or to 
request a season brochure, 
contact the Ticket Office at 
301.405. ARTS or visit www. 

Qari-ce Smith 

Centerat Maryland 

SEPTEMBER l6, 2003 

University Gets a Glimpse of Henson's World 

Inside the Columns 

Welcome to 'Inside the Columns," 
a new monthly feature in Out- 
look, about the Retired Volunteer 
Service Corps (RVSC). In this space, I will 
recognize the work of individuals and/or 
groups of volunteers, promote the talents 
of this merry band of hale and hearty 
retirees throughout the campus communi- 
ty, identify placement opportunities and 
offer assistance to departments and offices 
who would like to benefit from volunteer 

Prior to 1977, a few people with ties to 
the university — retired faculty, staff and 
alumni— informally volunteered their time. 
The RVSC was formally established in 1977 
to formalize the process of identifying vol- 
unteer opportunities for retirees during 
their spare time, recruiting new volunteers 
to fill these needs and enable the university 
to benefit from the experiences and back- 
grounds of these persons. During the 2002- 
2003 school year, the RVSC had more than 
90 volunteers whose combined efforts are 
estimated to have been worth more than 
$400,000. Here is where these men and 
women worked: 

Adult Learning Program 
Adult Health Development Program 
Animal and Avian Sciences 
Anthropology Department 
Architecture Department 
Campus Police 

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 
Counseling Center 
Council on East Asian Studies 
Criminology Department 
Engineering Learning Center 
Environmental Safety 
Gudelsky Veterinary Medical Center 
Horticulture Department 
International Coffee Hour 
Maryland English Institute 
Maryland Health Service 
Learning Assistance Service 
Legacy College for Lifelong Learning 

Meteorology Department 
Natural Resources & Land Architecture 
School of Music 
Slawsky Physics Clinic 
Visitor Center 
Writing Center 

English Editing for International 
Graduate Students 

In this period of budgetary shortfall, 
there could be expanded opportunities for 
more volunteer activity. Supervisors arc 
encouraged to examine their needs to see 
whether a volunteer might be useful to 
their departments or offices. If the RVSC 
doesn't have a volunteer who fits your 
needs, we will attempt to recruit one. 

For example, the Writing Center urgently 
needs additional retired volunteers for the 
fall semester. If you know of anyone with a 
background in English grammar and a 
desire to work with undergraduate stu- 
dents, they should contact either Leigh 
Ryan at (301) 405-3785 or the RVSC coordi- 
nator at (301) 2264750.The RVSC Web 
Site,, contains more 

"A holiday is like a toll of toilet paper— 
the shorter it gets, the faster it goes." 

—Jed Collard, RVSC Coordinator 

Almost 60 pieces of art work 
on display, a sculpture and 
memorial garden near the 
Stamp Student Union and a 
host of campus and local events will 
not only help you remember artist Jim 
Henson's birthday this month, but his 
contributions to the university as a stu- 
dent and a distinguished alumni. 

From Sept. 15 to 
Dec. 19 the Mary- 
land Room Gallery, 
located on the first 
floor of Hornbake 
Library, will display 
the "Jim Henson's 
Designs and Doo- 
dles" exhibit, which 
accompanies the 
celebration of the 
Jim Henson Sculp- 
ture and Memorial 
Garden, to be dedi- 
cated on Henson's 
67th birthday, Sept. 
24. Gallery hours are 
Monday through Fri- 
day, from 10 a.m. to 
5 p.m. and Saturday 
from 12 to 5 p.m. 

The art work 
includes three 

posters, drawings ranging from random 
doodles to television story boards, and 
the four puppets from Henson's five- 
minute puppet show, "Sam and 
Friends," which aired on a local televi- 
sion program. 

The pieces span his career begin- 
ning with the posters he made while 
owning his own silkscreen poster busi- 
ness as a student. The Hyattsville resi- 
dent was often recruited to design 
posters and fliers for student events, 
publications and activiUes. 

Libraries' graphics coordinator 
Rebecca Wilson and Jim Henson Com- 
pany archivist Karen Falk were crafty 
in mo un ting and installing the art in 
the Gallery, which offers a small angled 
space, several glass cases and one wall. 

Wilson also worked with archivist 
and curator Tom t xmnors, who over- 
sees archived records of the Children's 
Television Workshop, which produced 

"Sesame Street." The records are kept 
in the Broadcasting Archives on the 
third floor in Hornbake. 

"The Henson Company members 
were looking for an avenue to show 
this exhibit in conjunction with the 
dedication of the bench and garden," 
said Wilson, who added blow-ups of 
Henson's drawings to the first floor 

sixth exhibit will help spotlight the 
Libraries ' s pecial coll ec tion s , "Helping 
us develop a profile here as a special 
collections library brings a focus of 
what we're trying to do here," he said. 
All three said they have been look- 
ing forward to the exhibit, but also 
identify Henson's work through their 
own experiences. Connors said he did- 

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a :30 PM. 




The exhibit on Henson's I He and work at Hornbake Library through the end of this semester features sketches, 
posters Henson designed while a student at Maryland (such as the Teahouse poster pictured above right) and 
puppet prototypes like Sam (above left), Harry the Hipster and others, 

lobby to extend the exhibit. "So we 
determined which work would fit in 
there and I came up with the layouts 
of space of where we would put 
things among the cases." 

Falk, who brought the pieces with 
her from New York, said displaying the 
art in the gallery's space was difficult. 
"It's a challenge putting up pictures in 
a gallery without walls, but Rebecca's 
been good at showing me the light; we 
have the artwork in these cases," she 
said. "It's nice to have this stuff out 
where people can appreciate it People 
can see what he did with his hands." 

Falk said the archives get a lot of 
requests, but she was glad to mix the 
art with die Libraries' special collec- 
tion of records. "Their collection is 
complimentary to our archives," she 
said. "It's nice to pull from both collec- 

Connors said he hopes the gallery's 

n't have any children, but enjoyed 
watching "Sesame Street" and "The 
Muppet Show," all the same. "I 
watched that each week," he said. "It 
was my time to go into a muppet 
world. [Henson] brings alive the child 
in everyone." 

Both Wilson and Falk said they have 
daughters that have grown up watch- 
ing Henson's signature shows. Falk said 
she remembers watching "The Muppet 
Show," with her father and her daugh- 
ter used to be a "grouchkateer" on 
".Sesame Street," white Wilson said she 
enjoys the videos of those shows as 
much as her 8-year old daughter. 
"There is enough depth for adults to 
get something out of it." she said. "I'll 
probably bring her school class over 
for a tour." 

For more information on the exhibit, 
call (30 1 ) 405-9 160 or visit 
www. lib. html. 

CVS: Campus Hosts Work Hard and Have Fun 

Continued from page 1 

ticipants in more than 1 00 
programs including the 
Maryland Special Olympics, 
National History Day partici- 
pants and the National 
Orchestral Institute. As one 
CVS student employee said, 
"CVS turns the campus into 
one big giant hotel and 
opens the doors each sum- 

But CVS doesn't just open 
the campus up to anyone. 
Eighty percent of summer 
conference programming 
originates on campus. We 
support the university mis- 
sion by enabling depart- 
ments to offer educational 
programs during the sum- 
mer," said Tom Flynn, associ- 
ate director. "We support 
them so they can enhance 
their programs." 

Since its inception, CVS 
has provided assistance to 
more than 1,000 programs. 

A one-stop shop, Confer- 
ences and Visitor Services 
allows meeting planners to 
work through one office to 
coordinate all the services 
the university has to offer; 
such as lodging, dining, 
meeting space, security, 
parking and recreation. 
According to Susan Warren, 
also an associate director, 
"meeting planning and con- 
ference registration services 
are offered to campus facul- 
ty and staff year-round, 
whether the meeting or 
conference is on or off cam- 

CVS helped host the first 
International Conference on 
Acoustic Communication by 
Animals, July 27 to 30. More 
than 1 50 world experts 
were on campus for the 
event, which was jointly 
sponsored by the Center for 
Comparative and Evolution- 

ary Biology of Hearing 
( CEBH/) 
and the Acoustical Society of 
America ( 
index, html). Researchers 
shared findings on how ani- 
mals use acoustic communi- 
cation to survive, mark terri- 
tory and mate. 

"The meedng, by all 
reports, was a major scientif- 
ic success in every sense. In 
addition, [it] was a major 
logistical and organizational 
success," said Department of 
Biology professor Arthur 
Popper,"and much of the 
credit for that work can be 
attributed directly to our 
having worked with Confer- 
ences and Visitor Services." 

The U.S. Surgeon General 
was here too, as part of the 
National Student Leadership 
Conference (NSLC, 
www. nslcleaders, org). Vice 
Admiral Richard H. Carmona 

gave a keynote speech on 
Aug. 8 that focused on lead- 
ership and healthcare. The 
surgeon general's visit 
afforded university officials 
an opportunity to talk with 
an important leader after 
the speech. 

"Having the surgeon gen- 
eral here afforded attendees 
of the conference and my 
office a valuable experience 
to connect with a renowned 
government leader" said Rae 
Grad, director of federal rela- 
tions for President Mote's 

For more information on 
what is offered through 
Conferences and Visitor Ser- 
vices, call (301) 314-7884. 

— Megan McCarthy, 

manager, communications 

and visitor services, 

Conferences and Visitor 



Working Hard On, Off Campus 

Thomas Engram believes in 
the importance of a good 
education, and he believes 
just as strongly in the university. 
As program coordinator for the 
English department's Freshman 
Writing Program, he has an 
opportunity to honor both. 

Engram helps smooth the way 
for the 54 instructors who teach 
English 101 and English litera- 
ture. He organizes syllabi, 
arranges schedules, coordinates 
training and answers a myriad of 
questions so that the 107 sec- 
tions of the course being taught 
run as hitch-free as possible. 

Though his prime directive is 
to work for the department, 
Engram often assists students 
who come into the office looking 
for help. He says there is a flow 
of traffic year-round. He is often 
asked about instructors' office 
hours or how to be exempted 
from freshmen English. 

"I tell them, 'I can't sit in on 
your exemption hearing, but I 
might help you figure out a strat- 
egy to request an exemption'," 
says Engram, who adds with a 
smile that every semester there 
are also students trying to salvage 
their grades after not attending 
class for weeks. 

Engram, a graduate of the uni- 
versity's master's program in stu- 
dent and personnel administra- 
tion ('76), melds healthy doses of 
practical wisdom with his profes- 
sional experience. He seems per- 
fectly suited for an academic 
administrative environment. 

Though from the Boston area, 
he decided to come to Maryland 
for his graduate degree, following 
his father, W. Thomas Engram, 
who worked at the University of 
Maryland University College in 
the Conferences and Institutes 
Division. The elder Engram also 
served as an adjunct Episcopalian 
chaplain for the campus. Another 
impetus for Engram s move was 
the enjoyment he received work- 
ing a Boston University arts and 
humanities orientation week 
attended by nearly 2,200 fresh- 
men. Then Engram knew he 
wanted to be in a larger school 

He worked as a resident direc- 
tor in the Denton community to 
help pay for his studies, function- 
ing more like a hotel manager. 
The university was experiment- 
ing with a hotel management 
program and— as they still do in 


Thomas Engram, program coordina- 
tor with the Freshman Writing 
Program, enjoys helping instructors 
and students who come through the 
English department. 

the summer — rented rooms in 
the more central highrises. 

However, after graduating from 
Maryland, Engram landed a posi- 
tion at the much smaller Wide ner 
College (now University) in 
Pennsylvania as assistant dean of 
students. "It was good experience 
for my first professional position," 
he says, and apparently it whet 
his appetite for more of the same. 

Engram joined the Department 
of English in 1999, after spending 
some time working as a federal 
contractor with the Environmen- 
tal Protection Agency. He says it is 
there that he learned to manage 
often limited resources and make 
the most of information. Engram 
spends a lot of time listening — to 
instructors, students and office 

"Paying attention helps me to 
get information to the students, 
to others." 

His rewards come when, for 
example, a once-anxious graduate 
student who came in with lots of 
questions later earns an outstand- 
ing teacher award. Or a student 
moves from an academic integri- 
ty issue to making the dean's list. 

"We're here to make sure stu- 
dents get an education, and it's 
rewarding to see the retention 
numbers go up," he says. 

When he's not helping in a 
professional capacity, Engram 
gives of his time as a member of 
the Green he It Lions Club and as a 
lay eucharistic minister. His 
parish work, he says, is a continu- 
ation of his father's who died two 
years ago. Again, it's a practical 

"You can be a minister and not 
wear the funny collar," he says. 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage 
Month with the Hispanic 
Heritage Coalition 

For more information about the month's events, contact 
Erick Bautista at 

Wednesday. September 17 

"Estamos Aqui: Latinos in Higher Education." 2123 Jimenez 
Hall. For more information, contact Mark Lopei at lopezma@ or Hugo Najera at 

thursday. September 18 

9:30 a.m., "Cruzando El Puente." Nyumburu multipurpose 
room. Sponsored by Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. 
For more information, contact Melissa Laureano at (240) 793- 
1371 or 

Saturday, September 20 

All day, Columbia Heights Youth Leadership Day. Sponsored 
by Hermandad de Sigma lota Alpha Sorority Inc. For more 
information, contact Ife Jackson at (240) 418-3147 or wayuu- 

monday, September 22 

6:30 p.m., "Large Numbers, Small Voice." A discussion 
about Latino powers in numbers sponsored by Hermandad de 
Sigma tota Alpha Sorority Inc. For more information, contact 
Ife Jackson at (240) 418-3147 or 

tuesday. September 23 

6-8:30 p.m., "Latinos on Capitol Hilf." Stamp Student Union. 
Latino lawmakers will Speak in the Margaret Brent Floom 
about political decisions affecting the Hispanic community. 
Sponsored by the Latino Student Union. For more information, 
contact Rikah Grijalva at (301) 226-0028 or 

monday, September 29 

7 p.m., "A Shared Struggle, Toward A Common Goal: 
Underrepresented Student Collaboration at UMCP." Benjamin 
Building. For more information, contact Mark Lopez at 

friday, October 3 

6:30 p.m., "Luna Lounge." Nyumburu multipurpose room. 
This Open-Mic Night sponsored by Lambda Theta Alpha Latin 
Sorority Inc. will feature poetry, music and refreshments. For 
more information, contact Melissa Laureano at (240) 793-1371 

Wednesday, October 8 

6:30-8:30 p.m., "LTA Annual Fund-raising Dinner." 
Nyumburu multipurpose room. The Lambda Theta Alpha Latin 
Sorority Inc. celebrates its annual multicultural fund-raising 
dinner. For more information, contact Melissa Laureano at 
(240) 793-1371 or, 

Wednesday, October 15 

5-7 p.m., "Grad School 101." Stamp Student Union. Grad 
school Q&A sponsored by Latino Student Union in the Pyon 
Su Room. For more information, contact Rikah Grijaiva at (301) 
226-0028 or 

friday, October 24 

11 p.m. -2 a.m., Hispanic Heritage Month Party. Colony 
Ballroom. Enjoy a student discount at this party sponsored by 
Latino Student Union and La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon 
Lambda Fraternity Inc. 

Transportation: Offers New Services, Charter Option 

Contimied from page 1 

ments to see how much was spent on 
charter bus use" and found two reasons 
for going ahead with it, said Allen. "One, 
the new revenue could be used to offset 
increases in fees. . .and transportation 
costs. Two, it is a lower-cost alternative 
for those who already charter buses off 

The largest Shuttle-UM bus costs $54 
per hour to rent and seats a maximum of 
35. The coaches cost $85 per hour and 
can seat up to 56 people. Already, many of 
the university's teams have rented the 
coaches. The Smith School of Business 
and the Student Government Association 
have also booked the buses. In the month 

the university's owned the coaches, Allen 
says there has been $70,000-80,000 
worth of booking. 

The coaches are self-supporting, says 
Allen, and one will actually cost the uni- 
versity nothing. Purchasing them from 
the interest-charging systems equipment 
fund, Allen said, meant paying more in 
interest than the price of the bus. They 
found that borrowing money from the 
transportation plant fund (that covers 
maintenance) to buy the buses meant, 
"that we could get a bus for free. We'll be 
paying that plant fund back to the tune 
of $ 1 60,000 a year, using revenue from 
the buses. No money is being used from 


We anticipate $300,000 of income in 
this first year." 

Allen, who should have his commercial 
drivers license this month, says the "fabu- 
lous" product sells itself. "Everywhere 
they go, Terp fans want to take a picture 
of them, with them. We bought them in 
North Carolina and drove them up. Peo- 
ple were waving at us and honking. They 
make a statement driving down the road. 

"If our goal is to start having a positive 
income effect, we've got to step out 

For more information about commuter 
shuttle or chartering a coach, go to 


Earlene Armstrong, associate pro- 
fessor in the Department of Ento- 
mology, received a Minority Access 
Mentor Role Model Award at the 
Fourth Annual Role Models Awards 
Banquet last weekend. The only 
tenured track African-American 
faculty member in the College of 
Life Sciences, Armstrong has start- 
ed a major long-term expansion of 
outreach to schools in the commu- 
nity, attracting young people, par- 
ticularly minorities, to the possibili- 
ty of a career in science. 

The Supply Chain Management 
Center at the Smith School and the 
Center for Public Policy and Private 
Enterprise at the School of Public 
Affairs have been awarded $2.5 
million to develop an advanced 
supply chain system for the Army's 
new High Mobility Rocket Artillery 
System (HLMARS). I-DMARS is a 
weapons system that can launch 
guided rockets and then move 
away from its location at high 
speed to avoid detection. 

Martha Connolly is the new direc- 
tor of the Maryland Industrial Part- 
nerships (MIPS) Program. The first 
woman to graduate from Johns 
Hopkins University's biomedical 
engineering doctoral program, 
Connolly brings experience in aca- 
demia, industry and the govern- 
ment to the position. 

Suheil Bushrui . Baha'i Chair for 
World Peace, received the 2003 
Juliet H oil ister Award for his 
"exceptional service to interfaith 
understanding" from the the Tem- 
ple of Understanding. The global 
interfaith association holds consul- 
tive status with the United Nations 
Economics and Social Council. 

Psychology professor Charles E. 
Sternheim has accepted the posi- 
tion of acting senior associate dean 
for the College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences. In his new posi- 
tion he will be primarily responsi- 
ble for faculty affairs. 

A few members of the university 
faculty have received Fulb right 
Senior Specialist grants. Edward 
Kaufman, a senior research associ- 
ate, has received a grant in political 
science at Birla Institute of Tech- 
nology and Science (BITS). Profes- 
sor Roger Betancourt has received 
a grant in economics at the Univer- 
sity of Chile-Department of Eco- 
nomics. Professor Emeritus Saul 
Gass received a grant in business 
administration at the University of 

The Fulbright Senior Specialists 
Program offers two- to six-week 
grants to leading U.S. academics 
and professionals to support cur- 
ricular and faculty development 
and institutional planning at aca- 
demic institutions in 140 countries 
around the world. 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2003 

Twentieth Annual Faculty 


n Oct. 7, President Dan Mote invites the campus community to the 20th Annual Faculty 
and Staff Convocation in the Memorial Chapel. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m., with a 
reception to follow in the chapel garden. Sixteen individuals will be recognized. 

President's Medal Award 



Ralph Bennett is esteemed by fellow fac- 
ulty as a man of utmost integrity, who 
generously and unselfishly invests time and 
energy in the reform and improvement of 
undergraduate education beyond his own 
department and college. 

A Bostonian by birth, Bennett earned 
both a bachelor of arts and a master of fine 
arts in architecture from Princeton Univer- 
sity. His teaching career began in 1 967, 
instructing architecture at the Harvard 
Graduate School of Design In 1977 Bennett 
came to Maryland as lecturer in architec- 
ture and became a professor here in 1988. 

"Ralph's service to the campus repre- 
sents a very long term commitment ... 
including energetic and stimulating teach- 
ing and mentoring, as well as outstanding 
committee work," says Pedro Barbosa, pro- 
fessor of entomology. 

Regarded as a creative and dynamic archi- 
tect, Bennett has dedicated himself to smart 
growth issues, affordable housing and has 
served as commissioner of the Montgomery 
County housing Opportunities Committee, 
During his distinguished career Bennett has 
received 25 awards and honors in architec- 
ture, including a Silver Achievement Award, 
a Gold Awards, a Merit Award and Gold and 
Silver Seal Awards from the National Associ- 
ation of Home Builders, National Council 
on Seniors Housing. He is also a longstand- 
ing member of the American Institute of 
Architects, National Association of Housing 
and Redevelopment Officials and the Cen- 
ter for Architectural Research and Design 

His ground-breaking work in the Pease 
Committee, which transformed undergradu- 
ate education on campus and laid ground- 
work for huuer teaching and learning, has 
led to implementation of a workable pro- 
gram of CORE courses and advising. 

"Professor Bennett has been an architect, 
not just of homes and office buildings, but 
of the future," says Katherine C. McAdams, 
associate professor of journalism in her 
nomination of Bennett for this award. 

Described by Associate Vice Chancellor 
Nancy S. Shapiro as a true "campus citizen," 
Bennett has dedicated himseU' to various 
university programs, such as the College 
Park Scholars, Beyond the Classroom, Gem- 
stone, University Honors, the President's 
Commission on Disabilities and is acting 
chair of architecture. 

Brian Kelly, associate professor of archi- 
tecture, describes his first impression of 
Bennett as a "dedicated academic foot sol- 
dier," and notes Bennett's commitment to 
his students well after they have graduated, 
both as a mentor and as an employer in his 
architectural firm. 

"He is a model for students and faculty 
as a teacher and a mentor" says Shapiro." If 
I could point to one quality above all oth- 
ers that causes him to stand out — it is his 
indisputable and absolute integrity. People 
trust him. He is the quintessential 'honest 

President's Distinguished Service Award Recipients 



For nearly two and a half decades, 
Shirley C. Browner has linked the 
community to campus, attracted 
diversity to the university and worked 
to encourage students here at Mary- 
land as well as high school students in 
the greater community. 

As an educational skills counselor 
in the Counseling Center's Learning 
Assistance Service, Browner has dedi- 
cated herself to teaching undergradu- 
ate courses in study skills, developing 
academic workshops and providing 
educational counseling. 

"She is known on campus for her 
unending efforts on behalf of interna- 
tional students, staff and spouses," 
write co-coordinators of the Return- 
ing Students Program, Barbara J. Gold- 
berg and Beverly R. Greenfeig in their 
nomination of Browner for the Presi- 
dent's Distinguished Sen-ice Award. 

In her tenure at Maryland, Browner 
developed the College-Bound Pro- 
gram, which is designed to assist high 
school juniors and seniors develop 
successful college-level study skills 
and is recognized as a model program 
by local school systems. She also cre- 
ated New Horizons, a campus support 
network for spouses and families of 
international students, that helps 
them adjust to American life by inter- 
acting with others and having access 
to resources and information. 

"Some of our proudest UM gradu- 
ates— reporters, public relations exec- 
utives, television producers — literally 
owe their careers to the time they 
spent with Shirley Browner, to her 
quiet tutoring and encouragement as 
she helped them master grammar, 
spelling and math skills. She is and 
always has been student-focused, and 
she gets results in terms of recogni- 
tion for her creative and tireless serv- 
ice to students," commends Katherine 
C. McAdams, associate professor of 

"Her students often come back 
after completing graduate and law 
school to express their appreciation 
and share their successes with her," 
according to Goldberg and Greenfeig. 



Steven T. Edwards has served as the 
director of the Maryland Fire and 
Rescue Institute (MFRI) since 1993, 
when he was chosen from a national 
search, which attracted more than 70 
applicants! His position at MFRI 
makes him the highest level fire and 
rescue training official within the 
state. Edwards previously served as 
the fire chief for Prince George's 
County from 1968 until becoming the 
director of MFRI. 

As director, Edwards is credited 
with turning around an organization 
that had lost its focus and direction. 
Director Edwards moved quickly to 
provide adequate computer technolo- 
gy that enhanced the institute's work 
process and educational efficiency," 
says Chief Fede rick H.Welsh, of the 
College Park Volunteer Fire Depart- 

I*aul D. Brown, equity coordinator ' 
for MFRI, believes Edwards has made 
MFRI a nationwide training model for 
the fire service. The institution now 
trains 28,000 students a year. 

"The improvements in the curricu- 
lum used to instruct fire service stu- 
dents statewide have been continu- 
ous under his leadership. All MFRI 
training programs now meet or 
exceed state and national certification 
standards in accordance with the 
National Professional Qualifications 
Boards," says Brown. 

Under Edwards' leadership the 
MFRI was awarded the Congressional 
Fire Service Institute Fire Service 
Organization of the Year award, in 
1999. an award given to only one fire 
service organization each year. 

Edwards has also been awarded the 
Distinguished Public Service award by 
Prince George's County CouncD of 
American Legions and an Award for 
Meritorious Service by Prince 
George's Chamber of Commerce. 

After the tornado of 2001 tore 
through campus and claimed the lives 
of two daughters of a MFRI faculty 
member, Edwards "showed the leader- 
ship, strength, compassion, under- 
standing and planning abilities that 
would make any leader proud," 
according to Christine Barker, mem- 
ber of the President's MFRI Advisory 



Since 1974 her exceptional per- 
formance, leadership and service 
to the university has been acknowl- 
edged from the academic community 
to the administrative and technical 
levels at Maryland.With the many hats 
Barbara B. Hope has worn, her career 
at the university began as "fund coor- 
dinator/ typist clerk/ account clerk" 
for the physics department and has 
taken her to administrative positions 
in the Center for Automation 
Research, the office of the Dean for 
Administration for the College of 
Human Ecology, budget and fiscal 
affairs for the Office of the Vice Presi- 
dent for Academic Affairs and Provost 
and further. 

"Barbara has worked relentlessly as 
a partner with the university commu- 
nity to transform this campus' busi- 
ness processing through the use of 

modern software systems. To illustrate 
on of her most outstanding contribu- 
tions, she managed the design and 
implementation of the university's 
new Payroll, Human Resources.Time 
& Attendance (PHR) system," wrote 
Sylvia S. Stewart, interim vice presi- 
dent for administrative affairs in her 
nomination of Hope for this award. 

Hope's commitment to her work is 
not limited to the campus. She has 
given numerous professional develop- 
ment presentations at various higher 
education conferences, including 
EDUCAUSE and CUMREC as well as 
users' groups. 

Dedicated to her work as well as 
her family, it is not out of character for 
Hope to continue her work after she 
has put her daughter to bed. An inside 
joke in the Office of Information 
Technology is that if anyone receives 
an e-mail after midnight it probably 
came from Barbara. It is not unusual 
for most of us to find some e-mail 
from Barbara the next morning, usual- 
ly originating some time after 1 1 
p.m.," says Eloy Areu, director of stu- 
dent application services, in the 
Office of Information Technology. Us 
mortals who need at least seven 
hours of sleep wonder how she has 
been able to do it so consistently. She 
also managed to volunteer at her 
daughter's school regularly, where she 
would spend several hours each week 
helping children learn how to use 
computers," he says. 

Not only do Hope's colleagues 
come to her for data administration 
issues, but she has become a point of 
contact for other schools regarding 
data administration. 



By all accounts, Marie Dory does 
not have an easy job. She man- 
ages hundreds of complex utility out- 
age coordination problems each year 
and is commended by her colleagues 
for her hard work, communication 
and organizational skills. 

Since 1 98 1 . Dory has consistency 
begun her work day at Maryland by 
receiving requests form university 
contractors or project managers to 
close a roadway or shut off a building 
utility service in order to maintain it, 
improve it, or extend it. She then has 
the difficult task of figuring out how 
to cause the least disruption to the 
occupants of the building or users of 
the road while providing the contrac- 
tor or maintenance crew the best 
opportunity to efficiently, effectively 
and safely work on the system. 

"Marie performs this coordination 
ballet many times a day," writes 
Edward. S. Burgan, assistant director, 


and Staff Convocation 

Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award 

Tfje Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award recognizes faculty or staff 
who have made exceptional contributions to the quality of undergraduate 
education at the university. 



Noel Myricks has served as a tal- 
ented and effective mentor of 
students within his department and 
the university. 

Drawing on his expertise as a 
lawyer and as a counseling psycholo- 
gist, Myricks has crafted a program 
fostering the academic careers of stu- 
dents from under-represented popula- 
tions throughout the university, pro- 
viding a valuable introduction to the 
legal profession, and sensitizing his 
department to the issues of race In 
classrooms and in the curriculum. 
Myricks begins his mentoring even 
before student enters campus. He has 
been a central figure in the Bannek- 
er/Key scholarship program, which is 
designed to fund a diverse group of 
gifted students who seek admission 
to the university.Thc campus knows 
him best for his much-heralded guid- 
ance of the university's Mock Trial 
teams, which have won five national 
championships within the last nine 
years. One team also won an interna- 
tional award in the World's Parliamen- 
tary Debate Tournament. 

The success of the team has been 
recognized three times in the last 
decade by the Maryland General 
Assembly and the governor. But the 
public may not know that these 
teams have served as a vehicle for 
encouraging talented minority stu- 
dents to go on to law school and 
graduate school by exposing them 
with the practical aspects of litiga- 

Myricks helps team members pre- 
pare for LSAT and other entrance 
exams, writes letters of recommen- 
dation and even establishes contacts 
at prospective institutions. Moreover 
he has been at the forefront in his 
department in examining the sensi- 
tive issues of racial climate for under- 
graduate and graduate students and 
in suggesting the means for improve- 
ment of that climate by promoting 
racial sensitivity. 

The university has named him Out- 
standing Minority Faculty of the Year, 
the Black Faculty and Staff Association 
has recognized his Outstanding Com- 
mitment to Education and he has 
won the2002-2003 Regents award for 
mentorship.The Kirwan award is a 
capstone to his distinguished teach- 
ing career. 

President's Distinguished Service Award Recipients, Continued 

work management and information 
center Office of Facili ties Administra- 
tion. "Seldom, if ever, are key players 
surprised or uninformed. Seldom, if 
ever, do outages fail to occur because 
of coordination problems. And should 
they fail, whatever the reason, Marie 
is the messenger who communicates 
and explains that failure to the cam- 

Over the years, Dory's dedication 
has been recognized at Maryland 
with various awards such as an Atten- 
dance Recognition Award, an Archi- 
tecture, Engineering & Construction 
Recognition & Achievement Award 
and an Outstanding Performance 

" Marie Dory is truly one of the 
campus' unsung heroes. Although she 
works behind the scenes, she is one 
of the people who make it possible 
for the university to do its work, day- 
in and day-out. Marie is the manager, 
the balancer, the smoother of nerves, 
the resolver of conflicts, and at times, 
the hammer who coordinates the 
campus' utility outages and road clo- 
sures," says Jack Baker, director of 
operations and maintenance. Facilities 



Since 1983,Collota B.Moses has 
worked in Facilities Management 

Housekeeping Services and was pro- 
moted to team leader last year. In 
addition to her extended duties as 
team leader, Moses has taken special 
interest in workplace safety and has 
represented the Housekeeping Unit 
in Facilities Management's Safety Pro- 
gram for the past six years. Moses 
dedicates herself to the monthly Facil- 
ides Management Safety meeting, 
chairs the Housekeeping Unit's 
monthly safety meeting and provides 
guidance and content planning for 
our entire safety program. 

Moses is known as a frequent vol- 
unteer on hiring committees, as well 
as with focus groups for housekeep- 
ing issues such as uniforms and 
administrative practices. "This level of 
personal involvement has con- 
tributed to a safer work environment 
for her co-workers, as well as a clean- 
er, healthier work environment for 
her campus customers," says Sandra 
B. Dykes, assistant director, House- 
keeping Services, Faculties Manage- 

Harry A.Teabout, m, director of 
Building and Landscape Services, 
Facilities Management describes 
Moses as a pleasure to work 
with. "She has always been hard work- 
ing, professional and very customer 
oriented," he says. She is the main rea- 
son our accident rate has decreased. 
Single-handedly, she has led our pro- 
gram to where it is today. Ms. Moses is 
very strong minded and persistent as 
it relates to safety" 

Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize 



As his chair notes ."Throughout his 
professional career, Ashwani K. 
Gupta has used the basic principles of 
thermodynamics to enhance efficiency 
and reduce pollution from the combus- 
tion of fossil and derived fuels, pushing 
them remarkably close to the very limits 
of ideal thermodynamic cycle efficien- 

"He recently used controlled distribu- 
tion of swirl and combustion air flow 
inburners to stabilize the combustion 
process and nearly eliminate undesirable 
noise and oscillations. . . . Much of his 
recent work has dealt with high temper- 
ature air combustion. His recent 
research findings [described in his wide- 
ly read book, High Temperature Air Com- 
bustion: From Energy Conservation to 

Pollution Reduction' have demonstrated 
unexpectedly large energy savings, pollu- 
tion reductions, and equipment size 

The field test trials in many industrial 
size burners have led to energy savings 
ranging from 1 0-60 percent and pollu- 
tion reductions ranging from 25-50 per- 
cent. Gupta's research has attracted the 
attention of the international community 
and led to broad recognition of his con- 
tributions to the worldwide energy 

This Kirwan award recognizes his out- 
standing and seminal contributions to 
the development of high temperature air 
combustion technology. Gupta's 
research addresses a fundamental con- 
cern of modern society, the preservation 
of a green environment through devel- 
opment of better and more diverse ener- 
gy technologies. 

2003-2004 Distinguished Scholar-Teachers 

Each year, the university chooses a select group of tenured faculty who are lead- 
ers in scholarship and teaching. Their zest for learning is an inspiration not only 
to their students, but ot their colleagues as well. 



Colleagues know Scott Angle, Natural 
Resource Sciences and Landscape 
Architecture, for his environmentally 
important work with beneficial bacteria 
and phytoremediation, which (simply) is 
the process for removing chemicals 
from soils. Students know him for his 
innovative teaching and enthusiastic 
research. Angle also holds the position 
of associate dean of the College of Agri- 
culture and Natural Resources, as well as 
associate director of the Maryland Agri- 
cultural Experiment Station. He is widely 
published and holds numerous patents. 



Suzanne Bianchi, director of the Cen- 
ter on Population, Gender, and Social 
Inequality, takes mentoring students as 
seriously as she takes her work. Several 
former students wrote letters of recom- 
mendation, noting Bianchi 's time and 
interest in their projects. A recent doc- 
toral student of hers, Wan He, was the 
first Maryland student to win the Out- 
standing Doctoral Dissertation Award 
from the American Sociological Associa- 
tion in 2000. As a scholar, her research 
on gender, work and families has 
appeared in premiere journals and used 
as a model for students. 



Ramalingam Chellappa, affiliate pro- 
fessor of computer science, holds 
world-class stature in the fields of image 
processing and computer vision. He is 
director of the Center for Automation 
Research in the College of Computer, 

Mathematical, and Physical Sciences. His 
colleagues cite his ability to maintain "a 
golden balance between theory and 
practice." Chellappa edits a premiere 
journal in his field and his highly regard- 
ed by his peers. He is also noted for his 
skill in managing diverse projects while 
engaging students. "Well organized" and 
"never a dull moment" were comments 
students used to describe his teaching 



James Lesher focuses his research and 
teaching on the history of philosophy, 
with an emphasis on early Greek knowl- 
edge. Known as the most prolific con- 
tributors to this field, Lesher has held 
research fellowships at both Harvard 
and Princeton universities. He is sought 
out, nationally and internationally, for 
speaking engagements. Students appreci- 
ate Lesher 's accessibility and depth of 
knowledge. Evaluations repeatedly men- 
tion the respect he gives and earns. 



Professor Vladimir Tismaneanu came 
to the university as an established 
intellectual leader and as a key figure in 
Romania's political resistance movement 
against dictatorship. His research spans 
comparative pontics and political theory, 
and is called "relentless" by colleagues. 
Tismaneanu organizes scholarly venues 
in both post-communist Europe and the 
United States. As for his work with stu- 
dents, he received the first award for 
excellence in teaching mentorship that 
the department conferred. 

SEPTEMBER I 6 , 2003 



Race Against Cancer 

Put together a team of five and join 
the Fourth Annual Race Against 
Childhood Cancer, sponsored by 
the Zachary Hebda Foundation, 
created in memory of Zach. a 5 
year old who died of leukemia. 
Teams and individuals will run or 
walk a certified course throughout 
the campus starting from the Com- 
cast Center at 9 a.m. The top fin- 
ishers will win prizes. Entries 
range from $ 1 to $ 1 7 based on 
early registration and whether the 
participants are walking or run- 
ning. Race Day registration begins 
at 7 a.m. Register online at For 
more information, visit www. 
raceagainstchildhoodcanccr. org. 

Save a Life 

Want to save lives? Join the 
Potomac Valley Search and Rescue 
Group (PVRG), made up of mosdy 
students, staff and faculty. Learn 
more about the PVRG at their 
Open House on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. 
in the Outdoor Recreation Center 
(behind the Campus Recreation 
Center). For more information, 
contact Evan Keto at (301) 226* 
0719 or, or 

Tornado Experiences 

Channel 9 Meteorologist Topper 
Shutt of WUSATV will discuss his 
experiences with broadcasting live 
during the tornado that struck Col- 
lege Park on Sept. 24, 2001 . He will 
share some film footage aired dur- 
ing his broadcast in 1202 Engi- 
neering from 12-1 p.m. For more 
information, contact Melanie Fol- 
lette at (301) 405-7677 or nubi- 
le t@atmos . umd .edu . 

International Coffee 

Practice, improve or maintain your 
language skills in a casual setting 
with native speakers at one of St. 
Mary Hall's free International Cof- 
fee Chats, located in the multi-pur- 

New Scholar Class Welcomed 


The 2003-2004 class of Baltimore Incentive Scholars are (front row l-r) Shakena Mackal!, Taneeka Staples, Janiceia Adams 
and Debra Duttort. (Top row. l-r) Donald Jackson, Latoya Felder, Deon Jackson,- Garluwer Suah and Tameka Brooks. 

The third group of students enrolled at the university as Baltimore Incentive Awards scholars 
will be formally recognized at a dinner ceremony on Sept. 25 at the Baltimore Marriott 
Waterfront Hotel. Students are selected through a competitive process that looks at how 
they have prevailed over adverse life circumstances, showing themselves to be leaders and academic 
achievers. Individuals from nine Baltimore schools receive full financial support for four years. The 
program is funded through private, corporate and foundation support. It is expected to expand to 
more schools and districts in the future. Tickets may still be purchased for $75, or $675 for a table 
of 10. For more infomation, call (301) 405-4638. 


pose room from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 
starting Sept. 15. The Language 
House will provide coffee, tea and 
refreshments. Japanese, Italian, 
German, French, Spanish, Russian, 
Farci/Persian, Hebrew, Chinese, 
and occasionally Greek and Portu- 
guese chats are offered. For more 
information, contact Phoenix Liu 
at (301) 405-6996 or 
PL67@uma il . umd .edu . 

Call for Papers 

Submit papers and proposals on 
ways to promote higher education 
and academic success for this gen- 
eration of learners. The theme is 
"Success 2003: Promoting Higher 
Education for a New Generation." 

Conversations Designed to Delve Deeper 

Following in the path of last 
spring's well-attended 
Provost's Conversations on 
Diversity, Democracy and Higher 
Education, two more conversations 
are planned this semester in an 
effort to keep faculty, staff and stu- 
dents exploring ways to make 
diversity more than a catch word. 
"We want to bring attention to 
it... with a program from the center, 
at the university level," said Rob 
Waters, associate vice president for 
academic affairs and special assis- 
tant to the president. "We're mak- 
ing a lot more of an effort to ask 
faculty to include [these discus- 
sions] in their classes and invite 
their students." 

The next conversations are: 
Changing Faces: Strategies 
for Addressing the Demograph- 
ic Shifts of the Academy. 
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 12 to 1:30 p.m.. 

Nyumburu Cultural Center. This 
session will provide dialogue on 
how higher education institutional 
policy and practice can be trans- 
formed to address the needs of 
underrepresented students. Fea- 
tured speaker: Richard A. Ch a vol la, 
associate director of the Office of 
Minorities in Higher Education at 
the American Council on Education. 

Identity through Poetry: The 
Latino and African-American 
Experience. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 12 to 
1:30 p.m., Nyumburu Cultural Cen- 
ter. The experiences of the Latino 
and African-American communities 
will be explored through the poetry 
of Willie Perdomo, author of 
"Where a Nicke) Costs a Dime" and 
"Postcards of El Barrio," and 
Edward Lynch, whose work 
explores the American class sys- 
tem, African- American youth and 
racial identity. 

Papers are due next month, but 
proposal submissions are due 
Sept. 19. Send proposals to Ward a 
Fallon-Marinelli at mfallon@umd. 
edu or Carolina Rojas Bahr at For more 
information, contact Carolina Rojas 
Bahr at (301) 405-8817. 

Apply for Education 

Applications are being accepted 
for the Louise M. Berman Curricu- 
lum Award, which is sponsored by 
the Friends of Louise Berman Inc. 
Awards up to $500 will be given to 
undergraduate or graduate students 
whose proposals forward the ideals 
of the curriculum as a vehicle for 
growth, as a creative way to inquire 
on the human condition or foster 
cross-cultural dialogue. 

Proposals should include con- 
tact information, Social Security 
number, one or two paragraphs 
stating the proposal's intent, its sta- 
tus (work in progress, yet to begin, 
etc.) and its relationship to the 
applicant's long-range professional 
goals. Include a budget if request- 
ing funds for a speaker. Send four 
copies of the application to: Dr. 
Rose Jackson, 2308 Smith Ave., 
Pikesville, MD 21 209. For more 
information, send a note to Jessie 
Roderick at 
To make contributions to the fund, 
send them to Maggie Neal, 8088 
Leishear Road, Laurel, MD 20723. 

Of Empires, Race and Caste 

Patricia Seed, professor of history 
at Rice University, will give the 
first seminar in the Center for His- 
torical Studies' 2003-2004 series 
on empires. Her subject will be 
"Legacies of Spanish Imperial His- 

tory: The Strange Stories of 'Race' 
and 'Caste.' * 

The seminar will be held Mon- 
day, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. in 21 lOTalia- 
ferro Hall. Discussion will be based 
on a pre-circulated paper that is 
available in the Department of His- 
tory, 21 1 5 Francis Scott Key Hall, 
or can be sent by e-mail to partici- 
pants coming from afar. For more 
information, contact the center at 
(301) 405-8379 or history center® Refreshments will 
be served starting at 3:30 p.m. 

It's All in the Genes 

Stephen Roth, assistant professor 
with the Department of Kinesiolo- 
gy and director of the Functional 
Genomics Laboratory, will present 
the first of the Counseling Center's 
Research and Development Meet- 
ings on Sept. 17 from noon-I p.m. 
His topic will be "Genetic Aspects 
of Health and Fitness." Each lecture 
will be held in room 0114, Coun- 
seling Center, and bag lunches are 
welcome. Presenting speakers are 
asked to allow time for discussion 
by completing their presentations 
by 12:30. For more information, 
call (301) 314-7690. 

Writers Talk 

Andrea Barrett, who most recently 
authored "The Voyage of the Nar- 
whal," will kick off the Department 
of English's Writers Here and Now 
series on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in 
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Fine Arts 
Building. Barrett is a MacArthur 
Fellow who received a 1996 
National Book Award for her short 
fiction collection 'Ship Fever," and 
other awards. For more infoma- 
tion, call (30 1)405-3820, or visit