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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER 



Voiume 20 • Number 6 • March i6, 2004 



Giving a Voice to 
Non-Exempt Staff 

Those not represented by 
union bai^aining agree- 
ments can rely on at least 
two staff members to advocate 
for them at the system level in 
another capacity. 

Mary Graham-Fisher, a pro- 
gram managment specialist I 
with the Office of Human 
Resources, and Natalie Torres, 
an administrative assistant II 
also with human resources, 
recently won spots in the Coun- 
cil for University System Staff 
(CUSS) elections. Graham-Fisher 
will serve as the representative 
for non-exempt staff, which 
includes contingent n employ- 
ees; Torres is the alternate repre- 
sentative for College Park. 
Terms ate two years long. Gra- 
ham-Fisher and Torres will 
serve now through June 2005. 

CUSS is an independent body 
comprised of representatives 
from each of the University Sys- 
tem of Maryland institutions. It 
serves as an advisory board to 
the chancellor and the Board of 
Regents on issues such as staff 
compensation plans, perform- 
ance evaluations and benefits 
programs. 

Both women say being a part 
of CUSS is a natural extension 
of their jobs and interests. 

"I was involved with the [cam- 
pus] Senate as a non-exempt 
senator," says Graham-Fisher. "As 
I became more involved, I found 
that a lot of Senate work is more 
on the academic side," 

She found out about CUSS 
through her supervisor and 
thought it would be good way 
to work with and for her staff 
colleagues."! want people to 
recognize that staff keeps the 
university going and they're 
doing a stellar job." 

Torres agrees and would like 
to help non-exempt staff reach 
their potential. 

"1 am interested in seeing 
employees get the training they 
need to help them be more 
effective in their jobs. Well 
trained employees are happy 
employees and they stay with 
the oi^nization longer," she 
says."S would like to see every- 

See CUSS, page 3 



That's Not All, Folks 

For more articles on cam- 
pus happenings, events 
and highlights 
of faciiltv 
and staff 
achieve- 
ments, go 
to http:// 
outlook. col- 
legepubtisher.com. 






I<rEWS FROM THE CLARICE 



Stages 

RICE SMITH C J PERFOR 



PERFORMING ARTS CBKT£R 



Distance Feels Close iti Metaphorical Manteca (Lard) 




Harold Ruiz, director, ss Celestlna, Leslie Yaiiez as Dutce, and Peter Pereyra as Pucho in Teatro de la 
Luna's production of Manteca {Lard), at the Center's Kogod Theatre on April 1 and 2. 



y^ et within the 
I confines of a 
m I tiny Havana 
V_>/ apartment, the 

dramatic comedy "Manteca" 
("Lard" in English) manages 
to cover a lot of distance. 

The one-act play by Cuban 
playwright Alberto Pedro Tor- 
ricnte explores the emotion- 
al distance between mem- 
bers of one struggling Cuban 
family, as well as the distance 
between the stark realities of 
their lives and their dreams 
of better days, Arlington, 
Va.-based Spanish language 
theatre Teatro de la Luna 
brings the powerful "Mante- 
ca" to the Kogod Theatre on 
Thursday and Friday, April 1 



& 2 at 8 p.m. The play will 
be performed in Spanish, 
with siraultiwieoiis transla- 
tion into English. Post-per- 
formance Q-&-AS in Spanish 
with the artists will follow 
each show. 

Written in 1 993, the play 
looks at the struggles of two 
brothers, Pucho and Celesti- 
no, and their sister Dulce, on 
one New Year's Eve. Unbe- 
knownst to their neighbors, 
the siblings have been secret- 
ly raising a pig in their 
cramped tenement. As the 
three prepare to butcher the 
animal for sustenance and in 
honor of the holiday, they 
begin to argue about how 
and when the act should be 



completed. The pig takes on 
metaphorical significance, 
representing their hopes and 
dreams, and the family mem- 
bers with disparate world 
views fi^t their way to a 
new year and a new life. 

Harold Rutz, director of 
the producfion and who also 
plays Celestino, says in his 
program notes: "I dedicated 
this play to all those in Cuba, 
and in the world at large, 
who struggle against the 
wind and the tide in hope of 
something different." 

Tickets are $25 or $5 for 
students (limit two) and arc 
available by calling (301) 
405-ARTS or visiting www. 
daricesmithcenter.umd.edu. 



Working Toward Natural Inclusion 



Though the univer- 
sity demonstrates 
remarkable committ- 
ment to diversity's 
importance, linda 
Williams wonders 
why her college — one 
dedicated to the study 
of societal problems 
and solutions— offers 
so few core diversity 
courses. 

Williams, an associ- 
ate professor of gov- 
ernment and politics, 
is using a Faculty Sup- 
port Award given by 
the faculty relations 

committee of the Diversity Initiative to study 
"the extent to which difference is valued in 
curriculum and pedagogy in core courses in 
the social sciences." The Office of the Associ- 




PM.OTO av MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEV 



Linda Willianis 



ate Provost for Equity 
and Diversity and the 
Office of Research and 
Graduate Studies co- 
sponsor the award, 
which is administered 
by the Office of 
Human Relations Pro- 
grams (CHRP). 

Williams finds it 
interesting that of 65 
core courses tai^t in 
the College of Behav- 
ioral and Social Scien- 
ces in the Fall 2003 
semester, only 1 5 were 
core diversity courses. 
"And of those cour- 
ses, only 27 percent are taught by faculty. You 
have to ask, 'Are we taking this seriously?'" 

See WILLIAMS, page J 



Faculty, Staff 
Opinions Sought 

In order to gauge the campus 
climate among foculty and staff 
concerning their lesbian, gay, 
bisexual or transgender (LGBT) 
colleagues, a campus-wide multi- 
faceted outreach effort will soon 
begin. 

Laura Nichols, a member of the 
Office of Organizational Effective- 
ness' Peer Consulting Network, is 
oi^anizing focus groups, and email 
and online surveys to discern how 
comfortable those in LGBT com- 
munity feel on campus. A report 
relea,sed by the Campus Assess- 
ment Working Group last March 
stated that students in this commu- 
nity didn't always feel welcome or 
supported at Maryland. 

"Dr. [Rob] Waters, after hearing 
the findings of the student climate 
study, felt that the issue was some- 
thing we really needed to explore," 
says Nichols. Waters is associate 
vice president and special assistant 
to the president with respect to 
equity issues. 

The effort also coincides with a 
recent state's attorney general 
opinion that gender expression 
and identity wording should not 
be a part of the university's Human 
Relations Code, though President 
Dan Mote supports the change. 
Different than sexual orientation, 
which is covered imder discrimi- 
nation policy, gender identification 
and expression have to do with 
how a person expresses his or her 
sexual identity. The President's 
Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bi- 
sextial and Transgender Issues is 
working with Waters, Joel Cohen 
and Susan Bayley of the universi- 
ty's legal office and members of 
the LGBT community to resolve 
the issue. 

Through the .surveys and focus 
groups, Nichols would like people 
to help "illuminate" any areas of 
concern that shovild be addressed. 
Eleven groups will nm during 
March and April according to the 
schedule below. A WebCT survey 
will be available soon. 

'Every faculty and staff member 
on campus will be invited to par- 
ticipate," says Nichols. "My hope is 
to hear from as many voices as we 
can." 

Focus Gtoup Schedule 

To participate, call Nichols at (301) 

405-6880. 

All campus non-exempt staff 

Tuesday, March 30, 11:30 a. m,- 1p.m. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall 

All campus faculty 

Tuesday, April 13, 8:30 -10 a.m. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall 

All exempt staff 

Thursday, April 13, 11:30 a.rn.-lp.m. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall 

See FOCUS GROUPS, page 3 



MARCH 



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YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS : MARCH 16 - APRIL 2 



march 1 6 

Noon-1 p.m.. Updates on 
University Direcrtioir for 
Child Csre and Alcohol 
Task Force 0114 Counseling 
Center, Shoemaker Bldg. Patri- 
cia Mielke, assistant vice presi- 
dent for student affairs, will 
speak. For more information, 
contact Catherine Sullivan at 
4-7690 oFCnisl3@umd.edu. 

4:30^:30 p.m.. Path to 
WollnessWest Gym, Campus 
Recreation Center. Free screen- 
ings and wellness assessments. 
For more information, contact 
Jennifer Treger at 4-1493 or 
treger@health.umd.edu. 

5:30 p.m., Edith Piaf: In 
Words and Song Laboratory 
Theatre. Joan Keefe talks about 
the life of French chanteusc 
Edith Piaf. For more informa- 
tion, call 5-ARTS. 

8 p.m.. Masters of Mexican 
Music Dekelboum Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Pcribrming 
Arts Center. Musical traditions 
featured from four different 
regions of Mexico, For more 
information, caU 5-ARTS. 



WEDNESDAY 



march 17 

7 p.m.. Writers Here and 
Now Reading Series 0106 
Francis Scott Kc>' Hall. Free. 
Authors Ed Barrett, and Jen- 
nifer Clarvoe will read their 
work. For more information, 
contact Don Berger at 5-3820. 

7 p.m., Sadat Lecture for 
Peace Dekelboum Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. This year's speaker 
is Mar>' Robinson, former Presi- 
dent of Ireland and former 
United Nations High Commis- 
sioner for Human Rights. Tick- 
ets may be picked up from the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center box office. For more 
information, contact Beth 
Workman at 5-5722 or bwork- 
man@bsos.umd.edu, or visit 
www.bsos.umd.edu/dean/ 
mary_robinson.html. 

7:30-9:30 p.m.. Big Band 
Showcase Kay Theatre, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Free. Chris Vadala leads 
a performance of jazz stan- 
dards by big bands of the Jazz 
Studies program. Eariy arri\^ is 



strongly recommended; late 
sealing at appropriate breaks 
only. For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit 
www. music . umd. edu/calendar. 



THURSDAV 



march 18 

Noon-2 p.m., Kenneth 
Maxwell and The History of 
Empires and U.S. Unilateral- 
ism: Is It All a Question of 
When? 2120 Francis Scott Key. 
Free. Brown-bag lunch discus- 
sion. For more information, 
contaa Daryle Williams at 4- 
261 5 or darylc@umd.edu, or 
visit http://www.driskellcen- 
ter.umd.edu. 

5:30-8:30 p.m.. Kick Off 
Spring Break with Jazz 
Night at Mulligan's Grill 

University Golf Course. Jazz 
night features our favorite imi- 
versit)' jazz band Cheek to 
Cheek. Come early for Happy 
Hour. For more information, 
contact Chris Cantore at 4- 
6630 or ccantore@dining.umd. 
edu, or visit vtrww.dining.umd. 
edu/where_to_eat/restaiirants/ 
mulligans^grill.cfm. 

S p.m.. Making Dances/Tak- 
ing Chances Dance Theatre, 
Clarice Smith Performing yWs 
Center Dance student show- 
case. For more information, call 
5-ARTS. 



march 19 

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., TECH 2004 

Stamp Student Union. A free 
showcase sponsored by the 
Institute for Systems Research, 
Department of Electrical and 
Computer Engineering, Insti- 
tute for Advanced Computer 
Studies, and the Department of 
Computer Science, Register 
online at www.tech2004.umd. 
edu. For more information, 
contact Chris at 4-2716 or 
mcc arthy ©imiiacs . umd . edu . 

9 a.m.-3 p.m., UHR Pre- 
Retirement Seminar 1528 
Van Munching Hall. The 
Employee Benefits Office is 
offering a pre-retirement semi- 
nar for employees in the State 
Pension and Retirement system. 
Seating is limited. For more in- 
formation, contact Dave Rieger 
at 5-5655 ordrieger@umd.edu, 
or visit http://uhr.umd.edu/ 
EBO/registration.html. 



Noon, Developmental Ideal- 
ism and Family Change: A 
Research Agenda 1101 Art/ 
Sociology Building. Arland 
Thornton, professor of sociolo- 
gy at the University of Michi- 
gan, will speak. For more infor- 
mation, contact Hoda Makar at 
4-1049 or hmakar@popcenter. 
umd.edu. 

Noon, Ecosystem Engineer^ 
ing by Leaf-tying Caterpil- 
lars 1 130 Plant Sciences Bldg. 
John Lill from the Department 
of Biological Sciences, George 
Washington University, will 
give the Entomology Depart- 
ment colloquium. For more 
information, call 5-3911. 



march 30 

1 :3O-3:30 p.m.. Seventh 
Annual Faculty Research 
Forum Special Events Room, 
sixth floor, McKeldin Library. 
"Teaching to Transform" is the 
theme for this campus-wide 
diversity initiative. For more 
information, contact Sivagami 
Subbaraman at 5-8287 or 
shjva5@umd.edu. 

5:30 p.m.. Donna Uchizono 
Danes Company Kay The- 
atre, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. For more informa- 
tion, call 5-ARTS. 

6-9 p.m., Adobe Photoshop: 
Designing Graphics and 
Photo Editing 4-i04 Comput- 
er & Space Science. Work is 
geared toward placing graph- 
ics on the Web. Prerequisites 
include aWAM account. For 
more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or 
cwpost@umd,edu, or visit 
www. oit , umd. edu/pt . 



LITTERTOTHIEDITOR 

Dear Ms. Bailey, 

The recent Washingtonian article titled "IVIove Over, UVa' 
was a great testament to how far the University of Maryland 
has come in the past few years. Unfortunately, Outlook's 
report on the Washmgtorrian piece [Feb. 17, "Maryland is 
"Closing Fast" on Virginia] missed a big part of the puzzle in 
the university's rise; that piece is the College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences. 

Washirigtonian reporter Al Sanoff declared Maryland supe- 
rior to Virginia in the behavioral and social sciences, but this 
was ignored in Outlook. The Washingtonian article notes that 
Maryland ranks higher than Virginia in economics and sociolo- 
gy and that we have a "top-flight" criminology department. 
The Washingtonian article also singles out two professors in 
the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. But none of this 
made it Into Outlook. 

Six of seven ranked academic departments in the College... 
are among the top 30 In their discipline. The College ranks first 
or second in the nation in terms of federal research dollars 
secured in the social sciences; lastyear it was nearly $60 mil- 
lion. And we offer four of the five most popular major on cam- 
pus and graduate a quarter of this university's studentsi 

We all celebrate Maryland's growing reputation as one of 
the top public research universities in the country. When we 
talk of sciences and engineering leading the way we must not 
forget that includes the human face of science... 

Sincerely, 

Edward Montgomery, Dean 

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences 



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www. training . umd .edu , The 
fee for acultj' and staff is S 100. 
For more information, contact 
Jane Wieboldt at 5-0443 or 
oit-training@umd.edu. 

Noon-1 p.m.. Impact of New 
Visa Policies on Internation- 
al Students 0114 Counseling 
Center, Shoemaker Building. 
Valerie Woolston, director of 
International Education Ser- 
vices, will speak. For more 
information, contact Catherine 
Sullivan at 4-7690 or cmsl 3® 
umd.edu. 



THURSDAY 



risk communication and public 
perceptions of risk. For more 
information, contact Linda 
AJdoory at 5-6528 or 
riskcenter@umd.edu, or visit 
www, comm . u md , edu . 



or additional event list- 
ings, visit http://out- 
look.callegepubtisher.com. 



april 1 



8 p.m., Baltimore Symphony 
Orchestra Dekelboum Con- 
cert Hall, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center All- 
Beethoven program. For more apnl 2 
information, call 5-ARTS. 



Noon-t:30 p.m.. Brown v. 
Board of Education: A 
Charter for Equal Educa- 
tional Opportunity in the 
New Century Nyumburu Cul- 
tural Center William Taylor of 
Georgetown University will 
speak. For more information, 
call 5-7277. 



WEDNESDAY 



march 31 

9 8.m.-4 p.m., XML 
Overview (OIT Short 
Course) 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. Class partici- 
pants will learn how to create 
wcU-formed and valid XML 
documents. Pre-registration is 
required at least three working 
days before the class date at 



Noon, Stimulating Fish in a 
Warmer, More Urban World: 
Impacts and Interactions of 
Climate Change and Land 
Use Change 1 130 Plant Sci- 
ences. Entomology professor 
Karen Nelson will speak. For 
more information, call 5-391 1. 

Noon-1 p.m.. The Center 
for Risk Communication 
Research Coltoquium 0200 
Skinner. The center is hosting 
its first colloquium series, on 



calendar guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4->oocx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar information for Outlook Is compiled from a combination 
of InforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. To reach the 
calendar editor, call (301) 405-7468 or send e-mail to outlook@3ccmail.umd.edLi. 



Outlook 

Oiirltwfc is the monthly faculty-start" 
newspaper serving the University 
of Maryland campui community. 
Online editions of OmImIi la' 
published weekly at http://outl(3ok. 
coUegep ubi islier. com . 



Brodie Remington 'Vice 
President, University Relitions 

Teresa Rannery • Executive 
Director. Unis'trsicy 
Communicadojiii and Marketing 

Dianne Burch ■ Executive Editor 

Monette Austin Bailey * Editor 

Cyntllia Mitchel • An Director 

Desair Brown • CiraduatL' Assisunt 

Ltttcn to the editor, story sugges- 
tions and campus information arc 
welcome. Please submit all material 
two weeks before die Tuesday of 
publication- 
Send material to Editor. Oitilmk, 
2101 Turner HsU, College Park, 
MD 20742 

Telephone • (301) 405-4629 

Fajc (301) 314-9344 

E-mail • oudook@accnTail.umd.cdu 

http;//outlook,collegepublisher,com 







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OUTLOOK 



Looking for a Few Good Men, and Women 



T 



I he Office for Organi- 
zational Effective- 
ness (OOE) is gear- 
ing up for its next training 
session for its Peer Consult- 
ing Network. Male feculty 
and staff and people of 
color arc especially encour- 
aged to apply. 

After participating in 
concentrated consulting 
skills training, network 
members shadow OOE 
consultants on various 
assignments across cam- 
pus. They continue to learn through coaching 
and a gradual assumption of consulting respon- 
sibilities. PCN members meet regularly for ongo- 
ing professional development. 

"The skills and knowlet^e I've gained as a 




member of the PCN have 
not only contributed to the 
campus clients I've served, 
but have enriched me pro- 
fessionally," says Warren Kel- 
ley, assistant vice president 
for student affeirs. 

Members report 
improved job performance 
and better lunctioning of 
their own units as a result 
of die training they receive. 
Some have even used 
learned skills to move into 
better positions. 
The next training will be held June 7 to 1 1. 
Those interested in applying should contact 
Vicky Foxworth,OOE director, at (301) 405- 
5249 by April 16. For more information, go to 
wvrw. provost.umd. edu/OOE/index . html . 



PHOTO BY JOHN T CONSOLI 



CUSS: Helping Staff Reach Their Potential 

Continued front page 1 

one informed, througli CUSS 
and their system representa- 
tives, that University Human 
Resources does offer a wide 
variety of training that every- 
one can benefit from." 

Graham-Fisher, who wants 
to work on CUSS' benefits and 
compensation committee, 



Reach Mary Graham- 
Fisher at (301) 405- 
3214ormkgratiam@ 
umd.edtj. Natalie Torres can 
be reached at 405-5651 or 
ntorres@umd.edu. 

For information about 
CUSS, go to www.usmh. 
usmd.edu/Leadership/ 
Wo rkgroups/SystemStaff/ 




IVIary Grsham-Flshsr 

believes that getting more staff 
members engaged in the imi- 
versity is an important step. 

"I welcome suggestions and 
comments on ways to engage 
people and hear their ideas," 
she says. 

"I wanted to get involved to 



PHOTOS BY WIUUI6 8R0WM 

(Natalie Torres 

make sure that the people who 
make this university what it is 
are protected," says Torres. "We 
cannot forget the mission of 
the university or the fomilles of 
the employees who are dedi- 
cated to making the mission 
realized," 



WilliaitlSS Studying Politics, Diversity 

Continued from page 1 



Williams is not dismissing 
instruction by graduate stu- 
dents, though she says that 
"it's telling that full-time facul- 
ty are either not electing to 
nor being assigned to teach 
diversity courses." 

She began her research by 
requesting syllabi for each of 
those courses, so that she 
could see how instructors 
pulled diversity into his or her 
instruction. 

"Some have said that their 
syllabus is not a good repre- 
sentation of the class, that the 
experiences and background 
of the students brings some of 
the diversity into the course," 
says Williams. "I think it would 
be better if it became a more 
conscious part of the syllabi." 

Williams' general proposi- 
tion, as she wrote in a paper 
explaining her work, "is that 
diversity-specific courses are 
not enough; broader distribu- 
tive study courses, taken by 
fer more students, must 
become part of the mix IF 
diversity efforts in curriculum 
and pedagogy are to be 
advanced." 

Rather than simply point 
out what is missing,WiUiams 



would like her research to 
uncover best practices for 
integrating diversity into cur- 
riculum that reaches more of 
the university's students. 

While focusing on the cam- 
pus is new for Williams, 
exploring issues of race, gen- 
der and class diversity is not. 
A principal with the Democra- 
cy Collaborative, she works 
with the Scholar-Practitioner 
Engagement Program to dis- 
cern what "ought to be a 
research and practice agenda 
for the 21st century." Her new 
book, ""The Constraint of Race: 
Legacies of White Skin Privi- 
lege," explains how the poli- 
tics of race in the United 
States has acted as a constraint 
on the development of a more 
equitable and generous social 
policy regime. 

All this work on inclusion 
and equal voice fits in with 
Williams' main areas of 
research, namely public policy 
and electoral politics. She 
finds the current "spirited" 
presidential campaign inter- 
esting. "It's going to be a very 
strong challenge, a close 
race. . .and it ought to make 
more people participate." 



On IVIarch 30 from 1:30 
until 3:30 p.m., CHRP 
wili iiost a Campus- 
wide Diversity Initiative Facul- 
tv Research Forum, "Teaching 
to Transform; Intergroup Dia* 
iogue as a Cutting-Edge Teach- 
ing Strategy in All Disciplines." 
It will feature research findings 
by Marvin Scott, kinesiology 
department; Jim Greenberg, 
director of K-12 projects for 
the Maryland Institute on 
Minority Achievement and 
Urban Education; and Dan 
Balon, intergroup dialogue 
program specialist with OHRP. 
The event will take place in 
the sixth floor Special Events 
Room of McKeldin Library. 
For more information, contact 
Sivagami Subbaraman at (301) 
405-8287, or at 
shivas@umd.edu. 

Applications are being 
accepted for the 2004-05 
Faculty Support Awards for 
teaching, research and service. 
The deadline is April 5. For 
more information, go to www. 
inform.umd.edu/oh rp/f acu Ity/ 
fsa.html, or call OHRP at (301 ) 
40S-2838. 




Between the Columns 



Seasoned Seniors Provide Vital Services 



Now into its 26th year, 
the Retired Volunteer 
Service Corps compris- 
es 90 seniors from the commu- 
nity and some retired faculty 
who volunteer in departments 
throughout the campus. 

They march into departments 
where they help whip a stu- 
dent's term paper into shape at 
the Writing Center or help a 
physics student solve a complex 
problem in the Slawsky Physics 
Clinic. This legion of dedicated 
men and women make up the 
RVSC, a program that not only 
benefits the volunteers but also 
the students, faculty and staff 
who work with these volun- 
teers. Their service to the uni- 
versity is valued at nearly a half 
million dollars a year. 

As RVSC coordinator since 
1997 and a volunteer for five 
years in the Writing Center, I 
am no stranger to the university. 
A 1955 graduate, I recall a time 
when there wasn't an Adantic 
Coast Conference and basket- 
ball games were played in 
Ritchie Coliseum. Annapolis 
Hall was a gymnasium, class- 
rooms were primarily in build- 
ings clustered around the Mall 
and the Music Department was 
in a humble prefab building 
near where the South Campus 
Dining Hall now resides. 

My fl:atemity was one of the 
first occupants of the new hous- 
es in Fraternity Row. My class 
was the first to have its com- 
mencement in Cole Field House, 
and the McKendin Librarj' and 
Student Union Building were 
imder construction. 

Who makes a good candidate 
for the Retired Volunteer Ser- 
vice Corps? People who want 
to continue leading fruitful and 
productive lives. We don't want 
to sit in a rocking chair and 
grow old. When you stay active, 



you stay young. 

Volunteers work in more 
than 25 diverse departments on 
campus, ranging from the Engi- 
neering Department and the 
Learning Assistance Service to 
the Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center Where a volimteer 
works depends on his or her 
skill, interest, or pre-retirement 
career. The volunteers come 
from a variety of backgrounds 
and the tasks vary according to 
the interest of the person volun- 
teering, as well as the needs of 
the department. 

RVSC volunteers work hours 
that are convenient both to 
them and to the supervisor and 
in compensation for their serv- 
ice they receive a number of 
&inge benefits. In addition to 
parking privileges, volunteers 
are issued an Affiliate ID card 
that allows them to ride the UM 
Shuttle to and from home, join 
the Health and Fitness Center, 
shop in the University Book- 
store, use the university's 
libraries and have a WAM email 
account. 

The RVSC also has social 
functions each year, including a 
popular holiday party held at 
Mulligan's Grill in December 
and a May reception hosted by 
President and Mrs. Dan Mote at 
their residence. These fiinctions 
give volunteers, feculty and staff 
from different departments a 
chance to interact with each 
other. 

The Retired Volunteer Service 
Corps is always seeking more 
campus opportunities for vol- 
unteers, as well as additional 
volimteers to participate in the 
program. For more information, 
contact the RVSC Office at 
(301) 2664750 or jcollard® 
imid.edu. 

— by Jed Collard, 
RVSC Coordinator 



Focus Groups: Listening 

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Bisexual and transgendar faculty 
and staff 

Friday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. -1p.m. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall 

Gay men faculty 

Thursday, March 18, 8;30-10 a.m. 
2105 Main Administration BIdg. 

Gay men exempt staff 

Wednesday, March 31 1 1:30 a.m.- 

1p.m. 

2105 Main Administration BIdg. 

Gay men non-exempt staff 

Tuesday, April 6 1 1 :30 a.m.-l p.m. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall 



Lesbian faculty 

Wednesday, March 17, 8:30-10 a.m. 
2105 Main Administration BIdg. 

Lesbian non-exempt staff 

Friday, March 19 11:30 a.m. -1p.m. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall 

Lesbian exempt staff 

Wedneday, April 7 11:30 a.m.-lp.m. 
2105 Main Administration BIdg. 

Spanish-speaking faculty and 
staff 

Tuesday, April 20 11:30 a.m.-lp.m. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall 



MARCH l6, 2004 



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Scholarship Day 

On Sept. 22, the first campus-wide 
research and scholarship daj' on 
race, gender, ethnicity and other 
dimensions of dUference will be 
held in the Stamp Student Union. 
The day will feature the work of 
fiicuk)' and graduate students in all 
fields that expands our knowledge 
of difference and diversity . 

Scholars from all disciplines and 
colleges are encouraged to partici- 
pate by submitting proposals for 
papers and poster sessions to the 
Consortium on Race, Gender and 
Ethnicity (2103Tawes) by April 5. 

For more information, contact 
Lil Roberts at C301) 405-3359 or 
lrobcrLs®umd,edu, or visit 
www, crge . imid . edu . 




Operations and maintenance will 
be milling and paving Campus 
Drive between "M" circle and HH 
Lot during spring break, weather 
permitting.There will be detours/ 
maintenance of traffic signs for the 
public. 

For more information, contact 
Adrienne Steams at (301) 405- 
7097 or cs358@umail.umd.edu. 



Ikaitsportation Fair 

The Department of Transportation 
Services (DOTS) will be hosting an 
Alternative Transportation Fair on 
Wednesday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 
2 p.m. at the Prince George *s 
Room in the Stamp Student Union. 

Representatives from WMATA, 
MARC rail, Ride-On, Connect-A- 
Ridc, The Bus, Commuter Connec- 
tions, Howard County Commuter 
Solutions and DOT^ will be avail- 
able to answer questions and to 
enroll faculty, staff, graduate and 
teaching assistants in the 
Mctrochek program — and to issue 
fi^e SmarTrip cards. There will be 
giveaways and hourly door prizes, 
including a brand new bicycle and 
helmet from College Park Bicycles. 

For more information, call the 
Department of Transportation Ser- 
vices at (301) 314-4537. 



Cafl for Proposala 

The Professional Concepts 
Exchange Conference Planning 
Committee te accepting proposals 
for workshops during their 22nd 
annual conference on June 4 at the 
Inn and Conference Center. The 
committee encourages workshop 
topics to address the Conference 
theme: "Empowering the Individ- 
ual for A Workplace." 

For more information, contact 
Theresa Prince at (301) 405-3936 
or tprince@umd,edu. 



Student Leafier 
Memiiiatlofis 

The Office of Commimity Service- 
Learning encourages &culty and 
staff to nominate outstanding stu- 
dents for the "Megan Cooperman 
Award for Outstanding Leadership 
in Service," which will be present- 
ed to a graduating senior who has 
organized and inspired other stu- 



Experts Tackle Taiwan's Upcoming Election 




PHOTO BV DEEIR BHOVVN 



(From left to right) Chung-chian Teng; Haipei Shue; Scott Kastner, assistant professor of government and politics; 
and Tiah-lin Yin. 



A panel of writers and scholars 
analyzed Taiwan's hody contested 
presidential election in a forum 
held by the Institute for Global 
Chinese Affairs in the Language House last 
Thursday. 

Tieh-Un Yin, founder of the Institute of 
Sino Strategic Studies, called the election a 
"triple loss situation" for the Taiwanese. 

"This election could widen and deepen 
the gap fiom mainland China culturally and 
politically... China is afraid of that." 

The election, set to take place in four 
days between Democratic Progressive Party 
candidate President Chen Shui-bian and 
Kuomintang candidate Lien Chan, has been 
recently complicated by Shui-Bian's anti- 
China referendum, 

Chung-chian Teng, a visiting scholar at 
George Washington University, pointed to 
several polls in which Shui-bian, who was 
slighdy traihng Chan, seems to have gained 
momentum and support since he introduced 
the referendum in January. 



"You can see the importance of opinion 
polls in this election." 

On March 20, the Taiwanese will also 
vote on their first referendum, a government 
plan to bolster mihtary btiildup against 
Chinese missiles targeting the island. 

Referendum critics predict that if re- 
elected, Shui-bian wiU introduce an inde- 
pendence referendum, resisting Beijing's 
"one-China" pohcy. 

Independent scholar Haipei Shue hkened 
the two neighbors to a separated couple and 
doubted China's sincerity in rejoining the 
island and mainland. 

"The husband wants the wife back, but 
never says 'I know I have some bad habits... 
that rU quit.' They are pushing for unification 
for the sake of unification," 

For more information on other events 
sponsored by the Institute for Global Chinese 
Affairs, call (301) 405-0208 or visit www, 
inform.umd.edu/igca. For more information 
on Taivran's presidential election, visit 
www.gio.gov. tw/elect2004/ , 



dents to get involved in commimi- 
ty service and service-learning 
activities. 

For more information, contact 
CaraAppel Silbaugh at (301) 314- 
7938 or csilbaug@tmid.edu, or visit 
http://csi. umd.edu. 




Learn the keys to performance and 
productivity in yourself and fellow 
faculty and staff members this 
sunmier. The Organizational Devel- 
opment and Training Office is 
offering programs between April 
and September in: 

• Professional Development 

• Management Development 
, • New Hire Orientation and 

PRD 

• Environmental Safety 

• University Business Skills 

• Peraonal Development 

• Financial Retirement 
"Re-examining the Rules of 

Investing," "Urgency Addiction' and 
"Mentoring the Writing of Others" 
are three of several new courses 
being offered this session. Courses 



range in cost and class time, 

F()r more information or to reg- 
ister for a program, go to www. 
uhrumd.edu and click on the link 
"Training Programs." Or contact 
the Organizational Development 
and Training Office at (301) 405- 
5651. 



Artistic Fresdom in Earty 
MfMlem Italian Art 

Join the Center for Renaissance & 
Baroque Studies for a seminar in 
itsWorks-in-Pro^^ss series from 
12:30 to 1 p.m. on March 16 in 
room 01 39 Taliaferro. Anthony 
Colantiiono, Department of Art 
History & Archeology, will discuss 
the subject of "invenzioni" by pre- 
senting his basic thesis, brief textu- 
al passages, archival documents, 
letters, early theoretical writings 
and iconographic instructions for 
group discussion. There will be 
snacks and coffee. 

For more information, contact 
Karen Nelson at (301) 405-68.W, or 
knelson@umd.edu, or go to 
www.crbs.umd.edu/calendar. 



FacuKy & Staff Women's 
GoH 

All faculty and staff are invited to 
help kick off the 2004 season at 
the University Golf Course on 
March 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
Nine- and 1 8-hole players will plan 
this year's program. Coffee and 
refreshments will be served. 
Admission is $2. 

For more information, contact 
Betty Bowers at (301) 405-6825 or 
ebowers@umd.edu. 



Ethnic Minority Anvards 

Every year, the President's Com- 
mission on Ethnic Minority Issues 
(PCEMI) recognizes those who 
have worked to improve the racial 
climate on campus by presenting 
the Minority Achievement Awards. 
Make your nominations by April 5. 
Awardees will be honored at a cer- 
emony in May. 

For more information, visit 
www.inform.umd.edu/pcemi/ 
awards.html.